Archive for February, 2022



Jumble Spoiler – 02/23/22

Plights of the Round Table – Strategic Lessons from the Casino

Visual Description:  Lost Wages, NV.

HGUSR  =  SHRUG,  LDEEU  =  ELUDE,  KAWNEE  =  WEAKEN,  LEKYLI  =  LIKELY   —   Giving us:  SHEEWELE

Clue/Question:  When asked if she thought they could win at roulette, she said – – –

Mac King (born December 2, 1959) is a comedy magician who has performed on  television specials, often as a co-host. He has his o… | The magicians,  Magic show, Clint

Answer:  WHEEL SEE

(Well, it’s certainly not impossible.  With roulette, if you bet a single number the odds are 37 to 1 against you.  If you bet a row of numbers your odds improve to 18 to 1.  But this game has much better odds than say the wheel of fortune, and of course slot machines.  Those are truly sucker’s games.  They say your best odds are in playing blackjack.  But if you want to do something constructive with your disposable income you could find some worthy charities, that are near and dear to your heart, and simply donate it to them.  There are oodles of them out there, from veterans groups, the homeless and hungry, orphanages, native American children’s and elderly/the poor schools/organizations, various children’s hospitals and disease research, to animal rights/protection groups and a slew of environmental groups.  Any of them would appreciate donations from you.  And, even though there’s no adrenaline rush from giving to charities, there’s the satisfaction that you are doing something for others, and not just lining the pockets of some greedy corporations running these casinos and casino apps.

You can’t elude the fact that we’ve seen all these clue words before.  You just shrug your shoulders, and realize that it’s fairly likely that we’ve seen the end of new clue words.  That fact does not weaken the enjoyment of doing the Jumble.  Now, does it?  At least three of the jumbles appear to be new.  The only one we’ve definitely seen is “kawnee”.  If the Kree came down from outer space in the early 1800s, and intermingled with the Pawnee . . .   The answer letter layout made for a straight eight – is straight eight a gambling term? – jumble.  With the roulette wheel taking up the lower third of the cartoon, it wasn’t exactly a long shot that the first word of the final answer would be a play on we’ll.

Fine casino scene cartoon.  If you actually want to succeed at gambling you might want to avoid those big fancy drinks though.  They also have plenty of great shows to attend at many casinos, so you don’t necessarily have to gamble away all your money.  Fights, singers, Cirque du Soleil, and of course magicians, like Penn and Teller, or . . . Mac King, etc. usually are performing somewhere in Vegas.  And, there are plenty of other family friendly attractions too.  When I went I didn’t gamble at all.  I ate pretty well though!  They have some great buffets.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to Lasse Johansson of The Cardigans!

Jumble Spoiler – 02/22/22

Eats & Sweets Hits the Streets - Boulder - Roaming Hunger

Visual Description:  Confection affection!

WATHE  =  WHEAT,  EIFNK  =  KNIFE,  AWLRYE  =  LAWYER,  SUUTNJ  =  UNJUST   —   Giving us:  WATKELEST

Clue/Question:  His compliments of the sugar cookies she’d made included – – –

Eats and Sweets - Lafayette Colorado Restaurant - HappyCow

Answer:  SWEET TALK

(At least it seems to be reciprocal.  She is calling him “honey”.  Chances are she calls all of her customers either sweetie, or honey.  But I wouldn’t be surprised if she showed a little preference to her regular customers.  It’s just good business.  Outside of Christmas time, I can’t be bothered with sugar cookies.  And, even then I don’t get too excited about them.  They’re alright, I guess.  But they’re just . . . sweet.  Not a lot to them.  I can think of a lot of other cookies I’d rather eat.

Today’s clue words were all regular customers, too.  But it turns out that all of the jumbles are new.  At least for me they were.  Surprisingly, it took me a couple of looks to see both “wheat” and “lawyer”.  But none were terribly difficult.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  I thought it was remarkably cryptic.  I’m sure the spacing of the final answer slots was my biggest hint.

Great cartoon of “Sugar’s Sugar” bakery shop.  Along with the sugar cookies, I can see some tasty tarts, some delicious cupcakes, and a big ol’ cake.  I really enjoy almond macaroons, sometimes called almond past cookies.  It all depends on what kind of bakery.  The cookies that I never seem to find are good old fashioned molasses cookies.  I once had a girlfriend who cooked those for me.  My, my, my, they were mighty tasty cookies.  And, she was . . .  Uhh, but that was 40 some years ago, before I got married.  I did have a few when the Chatterbox Club sent over a full meal to my family when my Mom passed away, a few years ago.  It was a very nice spread, and a wonderful gesture, acknowledging a long time member’s passing.  Fun Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to Tom Higgenson of Plain White T’s!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/22/22

Bob Marley | Bob marley art, Bob marley painting, Bob marley poster

Truth is, everyone is going to hurt you.  You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”   —   Bob Marley

(It’s kind of unavoidable.  Usually it’s unintentional, but sometimes . . . We always hurt the ones we love.  Right?  Not that this one was super hard, but it seems like they’re trying to give us ones that have fewer words ending in “E”.  Spotting the letter “O” was the big key for me today.  Fun solve!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to Scott Phillips, formerly with Creed!

Jumble Spoiler – 02/21/22

Rutherford B. Hayes Painting by Kai Saarto

Visual Description:  Praise from Hayes!

DLEER  =  ELDER,  ETGAN  =  AGENT,  YAUPTO  =  PAYOUT,  WCDARO  =  COWARD   —   Giving us:  EDEAENPYTCRD

Clue/Question:  Honoring George Washington’s birth starting in the late 1800s created a – – –

Hayes vs Tilden: Cincinnati's own Rutherford B. | Walnut Hills Historical  Society

Answer:  PRECEDENT DAY

(Excellent!  An appropriate and historic, semi homophonic holiday pun!  Ya gotta love it!  But here’s a fun coincidence.  Every morning I do the Jumble first, and then I do the Cryptoquote.  Even though it wasn’t specifically mentioned, today’s Jumble features Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States.  Today’s Cryptoquote was authored by James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States!  And of course, it just so happens to be Presidents Day!  When they established Presidents Day, in 1971, they timed it to roughly coincide with George Washington’s birthday.  But it’s meant to honor all of our past Presidents.

We’ve seen all of today’s clue words before.  However, each of today’s jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  It took me a couple of looks to see PAYOUT.  It always takes me an extra look to see compound words.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  If it weren’t for the holiday this might have been a tough solve.

Great period piece cartoon.  Not sure who the standing guy is, but I like the suits, the quill pen, and the beards.  Both Hayes and Garfield were from Ohio, and both had very impressive beards.  Super Presidents Day Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/21/22

James A. Garfield | Biography, Facts, & Assassination | Britannica

Things don’t turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.”   —   James A. Garfield

(Another fairly tough solve!  No single letter words, like “A”, or “I”.  And, no words ending in the letter “E”.  Once again, the apostrophe was the big clue, but the “V” could’ve been the “S”.  This appears to be our first James A. Garfield quote at the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  The 20th President of the United States was assassinated about 6 months into his term.  Not sure how many quotes are attributed to him.  But, we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/20/22

Dear Prudence: Is it OK for a married woman to go out dancing?

Visual Description:  Ballroom shoes vs. slippers.

SITNIS  =  INSIST,  MARLOC  =  CLAMOR,  TLMELA  =  MALLET,  FMNUIF  =  MUFFIN,  DEHULD  =  HUDDLE,  TTIENN  =  INTENT   —   Giving us:  SSCLMAEFIHDDIEN

Clue/Question:  He made up excuses for why he didn’t want to take Tango lessons to – – –

Pre-Answer:  Two Words  “(3-letters)-(5-letters)”  (7-letters)

The Real Reasons He Doesn't Want to Dance with You – Invitation to Dance

Answer:  DISDANCE HIMSELF

(A wonderfully stinky pun!  Playing up the ever popular stereotype of women wanting to go out dancing, while their husbands just want to stay home.  See, there is more than a little truth in most stereotypes!  LOL!  My wife is the dancer in our family.  But I don’t let her go out dancing with her friends.  Actually, she never asks, because she has a cousin who lost his wife to a dance instructor.  She was a sweet kid too.  I always liked her.  Such a shame that dancing led to the destruction of her marriage/family.

New clue words today?  Uh-uh!  But half of today’s jumbles were coming up as new, for me.  The ones we’ve definitely seen before were/are “sitnis”, “marloc” and “fmnuif”.  None of the jumbles stumped me this morning.  The answer letter layout made for a fantastic fifteen letter jumble.  The way the clue/question was phrased helped me to see HIMSELF.  And, from the SCADDIEN I was able to see the pun on DISTANCE . . . in “DIS-DANCE”.  Very good.

Great cartoon of the middle-aged couple, with different agendas.  She’s in her party dress and dancing shoes, while he’s all comfy in his favorite chair and slippers.  If he wants to make her happy – and keep his marriage – he’ll give in to her, and take those dance lessons.  If he’s smart, he’ll “accidentally” step on her toes so often that she’ll never ask him again!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to Ian Brown of Stone Roses!

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/20/22

Lyndon B Johnson | The Art of Robert Templeton |

There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few we can solve by ourselves.”   —   Lyndon B. Johnson

(How can anyone not like a quote that extols the virtues of cooperation and teamwork?  Love him, or hate him, LBJ knew how to get people to work together . . . for the common good.  Of course, the world was a substantially simpler place back then, and he didn’t have to contend with the immediacy of the internet and social media.  But still, it would be a breath of fresh air if we could just get back to that mindset of working toward some middle/common ground . . . and just loosen the binds of our recalcitrance.  Too many of us have lost the concept of the “common good”, and it has resulted in a kind of stagnation, and a weakening of our country.  As #16 said, nearly 164 years ago, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  It appears that history is repeating itself . . . again.  And, because we do not live in a vacuum, there are people out there who are more than happy to exploit this weakness.  I seriously doubt that Vladimir Putin would be so brazen if he was dealing with a more unified United States.  Maybe I’m wrong, but this is one man’s opinion.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band.  (I’m not a big Country Music fan, but I can give a little.  This sounds like a song that LBJ would have liked.  Simple pleasures.)

Jumble Spoiler – 02/19/22

South America

Visual Description:  Geography lesson.

ZIMEA  =  MAIZE,  AAPDN  =  PANDA,  ORANWR  =  NARROW,  PGROEH  =  GOPHER   —   Giving us:  AEDANRGR

Clue/Question:  Many South American countries are home to the Andes because of the way they’re – – –

What Makes The Peruvian Andes So Special?

Answer:  ARRANGED

(Mountain ar-ranged, that is!  A truly stinky pun, devoid of any real humor or cleverness.  Just kidding!  Not the most entertaining pun though.  Unless you’re into geography, like I am!  When you’re talking about mountains though it’s also a matter of topography, and also geology.  And, I like all those subjects.  I’m a real earthy kinda guy.

SPOOK still hasn’t been used as a “new” clue word!  Hint, hint!  Yes, as you might have surmised, there were no new clue words today.  Two of the jumbles did come up as new, but we’ve definitely seen both “zimea” and “pgroeh” in earlier Jumbles.  The answer letter layout was a straight eight letter jumble.  Decently cryptic.

Fine cartoon of a map of South America, and a teacher giving his students a geography lesson.  My one and only foray into South America was when a cruise we were on landed in Venezuela.  We might’ve docked in Maracaibo, because I remember it was a fairly long bus ride to get to Caracas.  It’s a beautiful city, but we witnessed a guy ripping the gold hoop earrings right off a lady’s ears!  Ouch!  I don’t speak Spanish, but I’d love to see some other countries down there.  And hopefully, see the Andes!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday Daniel Adair, of 3 Doors Down!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/19/22

Antoine Rivarol Quotes Updated Mar 2021

A fool may have his coat embroidered with gold, but it is a fool’s coat still.”   —   Antoine Rivarol

(Just another overly flowery Frenchman!  Yet, he speaketh the truth!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to Dave Wakeling of The (English) Beat!  (Great early ’80s music!)

Jumble Spoiler – 02/18/22

Jousting Knights Wall Art, Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, Wall Peels | Great  Big Canvas

Visual Description:  Joust kidding!

HFETT  =  THEFT,  BNUTL  =  BLUNT,  MCNETE  =  CEMENT,  NIYAML  =  MAINLY   —   Giving us:  TETLNTEMEMAIL

Clue/Question:  A brave knight wearing a suit of armor ready to do battle is an example of – – –

Airplane shorts | Christopher Peter

Answer:  METTLE IN METAL

(We haven’t had a good homophonic pun in a little while!  I like it.  I rarely, if ever, use the word METTLE.  It’s a great word, and it should be used more often.  I wonder if this Jumble idea was suggested to the boys?

All the clue words were very familiar to the Jumble world.  However, all of today’s jumbles appear to be new.  None of them tripped me up though.  The answer letter layout was a tremendous thirteen letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  I was a little surprised how quickly I got the final answer.

Fun cartoon of a medieval jousting tournament.  For some reason, the squire reminds me of Johnny Henshaw-Jacobs, played by Stephen Stucker, in the movie “Airplane!”.  I love the scene where it’s all going a little crazy, but then it’s suddenly black!  The lights come back on, and Johnny’s there with the plug in his hand saying:  “Just kidding!”.  Hilarious!  In the relatively small newspaper version of the Jumble it looks like the queen is sticking her tongue out at the hero knight!  What’s it look like to you guys using the app?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to Dennis DeYoung of Styx!


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