Archive for December 16th, 2021

Belated Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/12/21

Niccolò Machiavelli - The Decision Lab

Any manifest error on the part of an enemy should make us suspect some stratagem.”   —   Niccolo Machiavelli

(You should never assume that your enemy is slow, or crazy.  He/She might be crazy . . . like a fox!  This was definitely a tough cryptoquote for me to solve.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Belated Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/12/21

Pillow Stuffing 101: Which Cushions are the Best Quality? – SleepCosee

Visual Description:  Stuffing time!

TASEYW  =  SWEATY,  UNNLAA  =  ANNUAL,  SANSOE  =  SEASON,  ZORICE  =  COZIER,  PAURTB  =  ABRUPT,  GREEED  =  DEGREE   —   Giving us:  SWTNNUSSOOIEBTDGE

Clue/Question:  The fluffy feathers had arrived, so the pillow maker could now – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (3-letters)  (4-letters)  (2-letters)  (8-letters)

Sewing Down South Waterlife Lumbar Pillow - 9604943 | HSN

Answer:  GET DOWN TO BUSINESS

(Very cool . . . and the gang?  I guess we could call this the My Pillow Gal.  I’m betting that Mother Goose’s Pillows are also made in the U.S. of A.  But I highly doubt that she would waste everybody’s time – and her own money – supporting a wild allegation of fraud that’s been disproven over and over and over and over again.  Nah.  She’s got more sense than that.

All of this Jumble’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “unnlaa”, “zorice” and “greeed” in previous Jumbles.  The only one to give me any trouble was “zorice”.  I didn’t have to back into it, but it was tough for me.  The answer letter layout was a super seventeen letter jumble.  But the W kind of stood out, and the final answer slots were a big help too.

Great cartoon of the pillow business.  It looks like everyone is eager to get down on it.  Good.  Hard work.  That’s the American way!  Right?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/16/21

Justice Sonia Sotomayor A Humanitarian, Liberal Voice On Court - News Taco

Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.”   —   Sonia Sotomayor

(I’ve always been glad that she’s a progressive jurist, but I really don’t see what she’s talking about here.  I know there was a time when girls were relegated to Home Economics, Literature and the Arts, and boys were expected to go into Engineering and the Sciences and such, but aren’t those days long gone?  I’m sure that individual teachers may have their biases, but that’s just human nature, and it goes both ways.  What is the inequality that she is speaking of?  Ladies???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Dave Rublin of American Authors!

Jumble Spoiler – 12/16/21

235 Cartoon Of A Number 15 Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images -  iStock

Visual Description:  “. . . the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.”

NAOCG  =  CONGA,  CNMHU  =  MUNCH,  UGOATE  =  OUTAGE,  DSLEET  =  ELDEST   —   Giving us:  NAMNOAEDES

Clue/Question:  The individual digits that make up the number 11 are – – –

Cartoon Numbers Royalty Free Cliparts, Vectors, And Stock Illustration.  Image 11659555.

Answer:  ONE AND THE SAME

(I’m getting the feeling that we’ve had this Jumble before.  If not exactly the same, then something very similar.  Maybe, it’s just these anthropomorphic numbers, on an infinite grid, that are freaking me out a little.  Reminiscent of some scenes from “The Matrix” movies.  I remember watching those . . . and not fully understanding what the heck was going on!  Yer uncle is not really a fan of obscure symbolism.  He’s a simple soul.

All of today’s clue words have definitely been used before.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve seen both “naocg” and “dsleet” sometime before.  Surprisingly, three of today’s jumbles gave me some trouble.  Not back into trouble, but skip and come back to trouble.  The only one I saw right off the bat was “munch”.  Good job, David L. Hoyt!  The answer letter layout was a tidy ten letter jumble.  Decently cryptic, but the final answer for me was a little anticlimactic, considering the difficulty I had getting some of the jumbles.

Another fine Jeff Knurek numbers cartoon, but there’s really not a whole lot to praise.  Numbers on a grid are just so antiseptic.  But where else is he going to put them?  It would be tough putting them into any other kind of setting.  Today’s songs are the antithesis of antiseptic.  They are downright funky!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday(s) to Billy gibbons of ZZ Top, and Bill Bateman of The Blasters!


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