Archive for November, 2021

Jumble Spoiler – 11/30/21

Why Genius Sports Is Crashing Today | The Motley Fool

Visual Description:  Heartbreaking loss.

CRPHE  =  PERCH,  VAAUG  =  GUAVA,  RONLMA  =  NORMAL,  RENOYR  =  ORNERY   —   Giving us:  ERGANMON

Clue/Question:  The sports bar was full of adult males.  After their team lost, the bar was full of – – –

Group Of Disappointed Customers In Sports Bar Watching Sporting Event On Tv  As Team Lose Shot In Slow Motion Stock Video - Download Video Clip Now -  iStock

Answer:  GROAN MEN

(I’ve been there!  And, I’ve expressed some choice expletives too.  I’ve had to apologize to some patrons who weren’t there for the game, and were not appreciative of my . . . indelicacies.  And, I’m just a fan.  There are plenty of numbskulls out there who place sizeable wagers on these games.  So, when they lose they really lose.  Some actually lose it.

All of today’s clue words are already on the ralis95 clue word database.  I like to tease him by calling him “ornery”, but he’s really just an old softy.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “renoyr” in past Jumbles.  I had no struggle with them today.  The answer letter layout was a straight eight letter jumble.  I thought it was enjoyably cryptic.  The final answer slots layout, with the quotation marks, were big clues for me.

Fine cartoon of a sports bar during football season.  It looks a little like the joint that I hang out in.  Except there are always multiple games being shown.  It’s not a bar for just one set of fans.  I’d really have to travel to get to one of those places.  And, then getting home safely could be an issue.  The perils of being a transplant!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to John Ashton, of The Psychedelic Furs!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/30/21

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe | Poetry Foundation

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation; the two keep pace in their downward tendency.”   —   Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

(Gerty certainly did his best to keep Germany afloat!  Hmm.  I’m just wondering.  What was the last good/great work of literature written in the U.S.?  I’m pretty much a troglodyte, so I surely can’t answer my own question.  Is there hope for America?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy Birthday to Billy Idol!

Jumble Spoiler – 11/29/21

Why Point Break Has Two of the Best Character Intros of All Time

Visual Description:  Surfs up, dudes!

MUHBT  =  THUMB,  OYDOZ  =  DOOZY,  GYVOEA  =  VOYAGE,  SINARI  =  RAISIN   —   Giving us:  TBDOOOGRAN

Clue/Question:  When offered roles in a surfing movie, Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze – – –

Patrick Swayze News, Pictures, and Videos - E! Online

Answer:  GOT ON BOARD

(Wow!  Paddling back thirty years for this one!  I remember enjoying this movie.  Being a dad of two young kids at the time I’m fairly certain I rented the VHS of the movie and watched it at home.  Keanu was the undercover FBI agent assigned with infiltrating Swayze’s gang of surfing bank robbers.  I think I wanted Keanu to cross over to the dark side, but good – law and order – is supposed to triumph over criminal activity . . . in the movies.  Of course, it was the betrayal that bothered me most.

All of today’s clue words were already on board with ralis95.  All four jumbles broke in as new.  It took me a few looks to see “raisin”.  The answer letter layout was hanging ten letters.  Decently cryptic.  It took me a few looks to get the final answer.

Great cartoon of Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, and director Kathryn Bigelow.  Not sure if signing them to the movie at the beach is historically accurate, but it makes for a fine Jumble.  I liked the guy surfing just behind Patrick’s shoulder, and of course the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon.  It’s a shame that Patrick died at only 57.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Ringo Garza, of Los Lonely Boys!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/29/21

Moore | Lapham's Quarterly

It does not matter how badly you paint so long as you don’t paint badly like other people.”   —   George Moore

(I guess you should just try to be original then.  I don’t think I could paint to save my life!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Martin Carr, of The Boo Radleys!

Belated Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/21/21

The Smart Set - Wikipedia

The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.”   —   George Jean Nathan

(Yeah.  The good ones can get you with just a look.  Apparently, this guy was the cat’s pajamas in his day!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish readers!   —   YUR

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Belated Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 11/21/21

HR Hotline: Are We Required to Provide Employees with a Break Room?

Visual Description:  Lunch hour is winding up.

SLOPAT  =  POSTAL,  EDILYE  =  EYELID,  MPLUME  =  PUMMEL,  GURSAY  =  SUGARY,  UDONEF  =  FONDUE,  RXTEPE  =  EXPERT   —   Giving us:  PLELIMMLSUYFOEEET

Clue/Question:  The workers finishing up lunch at the clock factory were – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (4-letters)-(4-letters) (9-letters)

The Ultimate Break Room Etiquette - The HR Digest

Answer:  FULLTIME EMPLOYEES

(Another excellent Jumble pun!  They definitely look full.  And, I bet they’re on the clock.  Probably union folk too!  They’ve got to put in those eight hours, one way or another, to complete that forty hour work week.

All the clue words on this day were old reliable Jumble clue words.  Five of the jumbles appeared to be new, with only “udonef” having definitely being used before.  That was the only one to trip me up . . . again!  But at least I didn’t have to back into it.  The answer letter layout was a super seventeen letter jumble.  It hid the final answer very nicely.  The hyphen was a big help in solving it.

Great cartoon of the employees’ break room.  It looks like a single slice is still up for grabs.  I’m sure someone will scarf it up by quitting time.  A very full-filling Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Happy first night of Hanukkah to all of our Jewish readers!   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 11/28/21

Young Woman Sewing in the Garden Poster Print by Mary Cassatt - Item #  VARBLL0587258136 - Posterazzi

Visual Description:  Rick Leach memories.

CRAFOT  =  FACTOR,  BAUCAS  =  ABACUS,  UDETMI  =  TEDIUM,  RLLFOA  =  FLORAL,  TOSEOH  =  SOOTHE,  CAHHTT  =  THATCH   —   Giving us:  FATCSTEIFRLSOTHT

Clue/Question:  Her attempt to sew his favorite old shirt back together was a – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (4-letters)  “(6-letters)”  (6-letters)

Rick Leach - Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

Answer:  LAST STITCH EFFORT

(This shirt must be forty years old, or so!  Rick must be Jeff’s childhood idol.  Big time QB for Michigan in the later ’70s.  I know I was a fan too.  I was hoping that he would go to the NFL, but he opted to play baseball for the Detroit Tigers, and later for the Blue Jays, Rangers and Giants.  I haven’t thought about him in quite some time.

There were no new clue word today.  However, five of the jumbles appear to be new.  We’ve definitely seen “toseoh” before.  The only jumble to give me any trouble was “udetmi”.  But I didn’t have to back into it.  The answer letter layout was a spectacular sixteen letter jumble!  It took a couple of minutes for me to see the final answer.  I think I saw LAST first!  And of course the quotation marks helped.

That doesn’t look like Jeff.  Maybe his dad, or older brother maybe.  Maybe it’s even Rick Leach!  Could be.  Congrats on Michigan defeating the HATED Ohio State yesterday!  It’s been a long time coming.  Fun Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/28/21

Jonathan Swift - Biography | Writer | Political Journalist | Head of Clergy

Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are an imitation of fighting.”   —   Jonathan Swift

(I don’t quite get the hair style, but I always enjoyed “Gulliver’s Travels”!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/27/21

Recordamos al gran escritor Eduardo Galeano, a ochenta años de su  nacimiento | Ministerio de Cultura

We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.”   —   Eduardo Galeano

(And then we become immortal!  At least for a time.  I’ve had a number of first kisses.  None recently, of course, as I’ve been married for 35 years.  But I’ve had my share.  A few of them have been unmemorable, but the majority of them were awesome!  The second glass of wine is a lot like the second beer.  They can lead to a first kiss.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds!

Jumble Spoiler – 11/27/21

Antikcart Franz Anton Ketterer Founder of Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks  History Blog - Antikcart

Visual Description:  Going Cuckoo!

FOVRA  =  FAVOR,  SERTC  =  CREST,  MDOONI  =  DOMINO,  CDRUEE  =  REDUCE   —   Giving us:  FORCSTMIOEUE

Clue/Question:  The clockmaker’s apprentice would learn to build quality clocks over the – – –

Answer:  COURSE OF TIME

(But of course!  The clockmaker is giving a master class, and his student will learn the craft, through on-the-job training . . . over time.  That is the best way to learn a trade, or any job for that matter.  That’s kind of how I built a 24 year career in institutional banking.  I graduated college with a degree in Fine Arts!  I didn’t have a single Accounting, or Finance class.  I did take one Economics class, but the instructor spoke with this mono-tonal voice and a thick Hungarian accent.  I didn’t know what the heck he was saying half of the time . . . at least.  Most of banking is just common sense anyway.

All of today’s clue words are already encased in the ralis95 clue word database.  Three of the jumbles were up to the minute additions.  Only “sertc” was one that we have surely seen before.  It took me a few looks to see “domino”.  The answer letter layout was a towering twelve letter jumble.  Brilliantly cryptic!

I liked the period piece cartoon.  This could be Franz Anton Ketterer, largely credited for creating the first cuckoo clock around 1730.  Although, the haircuts kind of suggest an earlier era.  Artistic license!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy – “Epic” – birthday to Mike Bordin, of Faith No More!

 

 


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