Archive for February, 2022

Jumble Spoiler – 02/28/22

Top 10: the best luxury Florida Keys hotels | Telegraph Travel

Visual Description:  Chillaxin’.


Clue/Question:  Their vacation in Florida’s southernmost tourist destination was – – –

Florida Keys Road Trip Itinerary: The Top Things to Do in the Florida Keys  from Miami to Key West

Answer:  LOWKEY

(“Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go”.  Remember back when the Beach Boys song “Kokomo” came out?  Around 1988, or so.  It caused this huge torrent of requests for travel agents to book trips to the island of “Kokomo”.  The only problem was that there was no such place!  At least not at the time of the song.  There was/is a Kokomo, Indiana, but it’s not exactly tropical.  Maybe Jeff Knurek has been there!

None of today’s clue words are new.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  They were all very quick solves for me.  The answer letter layout was a scant six letter jumble.  When they’re that short the final answer is never very tough.

Fun cartoon of a couple of tourists chilling down in the Florida Keys.  Ya gotta love the hammock.  There are some other folks posing on the beach, with . . . something large.  And, because this is a beach scene, we get the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon!  Are you guys jealous of these tourists?  I know I am.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/28/22

13 James Baldwin quotes that are still painfully true today

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”   —   James Baldwin

(This usually means you’ve lost your family, or they’ve completely declared you persona non grata.  You can stand to lose just about anything else . . . but them.  A fitting closing to Black History Month.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/27/22

Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) - New NEA reports on nuclear data evaluation

Visual Description:  Binary code-horts.


Clue/Question:  The number 1 said he was superior to the number 0 because 1 was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (6-letters)  (4-letters)  (7-letters)

Cute and funny colorful 10 number characters, cartoon vector illustration  isolated on white background. One and zero, ten smiling characters,  birthday greetings, anniversary Stock Vector | Adobe Stock


(Hey!  Whadayawant fer nuthin’?!!!  This Jumble punswer is putting me in mind of the incomparable Billy Preston!  Before most of us knew him as a brilliant solo performer, he was a much sought after session keyboardist during the 1960s.  He reinvigorated The Beatles during their “Get Back”/”Let It Be” days, back in 1969.  And, he was one of the few referred to as the “Fifth Beatle”.  “Get Back” is even credited as “The Beatles with Billy Preston”, the only one of the Beatles songs to credit NOT just one of the Fab Four.  And, he recorded a beautiful duet, with a sweet voiced girl named Syreeta, that just might be the most romantic song of all time!

All of this day’s clue words were familiar old friends.  However, four of the jumbles did come up as new, for me.  The two that we’ve definitely seen are “gdeaan” and “turagi”.  None of the jumbles stumped me any.  The answer letter layout was a stupendous seventeen letter jumble!  I thought it was masterfully cryptic.  But the final answer came to me almost immediately.

A workmanlike cartoon of a couple of numbers on some kind of cosmic plane.  Not a whole lot you can do with numbers in cartoons, folks!  They’re just kinda Meh!  The only people who might get a little excited by them are computer programmers.  Repeating all the various sequences of zeroes and ones would drive me batty!  But to each their own.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/26/22

How To Build A Birdhouse

Visual Description:  An old tool beats a young fool!


Clue/Question:  He had used the same hammer for more than 50 years because it was – – –

How To Build A Birdhouse


(“I’d rather be a hammer than a nail.  Yes, I would.  If I only could, I surely would.”  Thank you Simon & Garfunkel!  A very beautiful song, utilizing Peruvian flutes, from way back in 1970!  It’s from the Bridge Over Troubled Waters album, which was/is a total masterpiece.  “El Condor Pasa” was actually written by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles, even further back, in 1913.  Paul Simon was granted permission to record the song using English lyrics.  It might not be quite as well known as the album’s title track, or “The Boxer”, or “Keep the Customer Satisfied”, but it’s a hauntingly beautiful lilt.

None of the clue words are new.  The first three jumbles do appear to be new though.  The only jumble I can confirm we’ve seen before is “mhsuum”.  I don’t remember any of the jumbles stumping me.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic too.

Crafty cartoon!  The younger guy looks like a wiseguy.  Pops is sporting a hat that reads “Sawdust Engineer”, and suspenders.  He’s also holding a nail, along with his experienced hammer.  And, on the workbench – along with the burgeoning birdhouse – is a box of nails!  An amusing Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy belated birthday to Nate Ruess, of fun!

Bonus track:

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/26/22

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.”   —   William Blake

(By all accounts, Blake was a late 18th to early 19th Century Renaissance man!  Either that or he was some kind of time traveler.  He was way to cool for his time.  The world could use some more Billy Blakes!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Chris Culos of O.A.R.!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/25/22

Elbert Hubbard Quote: Do not take life too seriously. You will never get  out of... - CoolNSmart

If you have no enemies, you are apt to be in the same predicament in regard to friends.”   —   Elbert Hubbard

(You’ve got to put yourself out there, one way or another, folks.  Not everyone is going to like you anyway.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Mike Peters of The Alarm!

Jumble Spoiler – 02/25/22

There's a Matchmaking Site for Gorillas, Too | The New Yorker

Visual Description:  Ape envy.


Clue/Question:  The gorilla spent so much time with his girlfriend because she was his – – –

Fallout 4 memes


(Ideally, she would be his only mate, but gorillas are rarely monogamous.  Primates are a fairly large order, which ultimately includes us humans.  While a good number of monkeys are monogamous, apes and humans tend towards polygamy.  So, if you’re ever caught cheating . . . just blame evolution!  Of course you’ll also have to keep that in mind if you catch YOUR mate cheating.  LOL!  Ooh.

All of today’s clue words are on the ralis95 clue word database already.  But, surprisingly, all of the jumbles have come up as new, for me.  None of them tripped me up though.  The answer letter layout was a nifty nine letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it.  The lead up of the clue/question, the cartoon, and the quotation marks and hyphen were the big hints.

Cute cartoon of a troop of gorillas.  It looks like our Romeo is giving his Juliet a mango, or something.  Maybe he was coached by Dian Fossey?  Maybe not.  Gotta love the eyelash designation of the females!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Daniel Powter!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/24/22

20 Lazy man's guide to enlightenment quotes By Thaddeus Golas -

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.”   —   Thaddeus Golas

(Overreactions are rarely helpful.  A measured reaction is usually best.  Sometimes no reaction at all is warranted.  This appears to be Mr. Golas’ first quote at the Cryptoquote, at least since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, we welcome Thaddeus Golas to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to George Thorogood!

Jumble Spoiler – 02/24/22

Facts About Disinfectants that You Should Know - Aftercare

Visual Description:  The only internet site you can trust is Uncle Rave’s Wordy Weblog!


Clue/Question:  Getting medical advice from the internet can sometimes be – – –

State health officials discuss uses, dangers of anti-parasitic animal drug  Ivermectin | WOAI


(If you be illin, don’t be chillin like a villain, drillin for a fillin on the interwebs.  Don’t settle for a crock, or some poor schlock, call up your doc!  Don’t wait untilin, or stand around millin and/or stillin.  And, the good Lord willin, you won’t be killin your damn self . . . fool.   Self treating yourself, based on something you read online CAN be fairly dangerous.  Don’t be drinking bleach, or some kind of disinfectant, because some guy with orange skin and a funky comb-over said something out loud, when he probably shouldn’t even have been thinking it.  And, if you don’t have parasites inside of you please don’t take Ivermectin!

Even without checking the ralis95 clue word database I could’ve told you that there were no new clue words today.  But I checked anyway.  The second two jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely had “doydl” and “fatsf” in previous Jumbles.  It took me a few looks to see “pelvis”, so good a jumble there.  The answer letter layout was a tense ten letter jumble.  For a couple of seconds, I toyed around with it starting with DIS.  But then I saw ILL, and I got the pun!

Fine cartoon of an older couple.  The hubby is experiencing some kind of symptoms, and thinks he can diagnose things himself.  Good thing that he has a better half!  Very often I’ll check WebMD, just to get an idea of what might be up.  But I generally follow up with a doctor, and don’t rely on sketchy treatments from flaky sources.  Use yer noodles, poodles!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Matt McGinley, formerly with Gym Class Heroes!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/23/22

Robert Henry Grant Quote: “When you hire people that are smarter than you  are, you prove

When you hire people who are smarter than you are, you prove that you are smarter than they are.”   —   R. H. Grant

(There really is no upside to having duller people work for you.  Smarter people will only make your job easier for you.  It seems that Robert Henry Grant was Canadian politician in the early 20th Century.  This is his first quote to make it to the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, we welcome R. H. Grant to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Howard Jones!  (Flashback to the ’80s!)

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