Archive for March 8th, 2022

Jumble Spoiler – 03/08/22

Inside The World's First Electric Cargo Ship - YouTube

Visual Description:  Look, Ma!  No hands!

LUDFI  =  FLUID,  TBYAT  =  BATTY,  ROVSAY  =  SAVORY,  RONWRA  =  NARROW   —   Giving us:  FIDATTSORARRW

Clue/Question:  Navigating the passage between Spain and Morocco proved to be – – –

THE VIEW FROM FEZ: Morocco to Spain undersea tunnel plan in doubt

Answer:  STRAIT“-FORWARD

(A month or two ago, I believe we had a Jumble answer using STRAIT.  Something about the Straits of Magellan.  I’m sure most of you remember that too.  So, with that in mind, and with the clue/question being very specific, I was worried that I was going to have to Google whatever the strait between Spain and Morocco is called.  The answer letter layout wasn’t ringing any bells for me.  But after a minute, or so, the answer came to me directly.  By the way, I just Googled it, and DUH, the answer is the Strait of Gibraltar!

For some strange reason, my computer is not allowing me to open any PDF files today!  I hope I don’t have some kind of virus.  So, I can’t verify that any of these clue words are new, or not.  They all look to be pretty standard Jumble clue words tough.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen both “ludfi” and “tbyat” before.  The answer letter layout is a theatrical thirteen letter jumble.  It was an expertly cryptic jumble.  Nice job,  David L. Hoyt!

Another excellent seafaring cartoon from our resident Midwesterner, originally a Michigander, Jeff Knurek.  I’m sure that the strait is quite a bit wider than that, but there has to be a little drama!  Those big container ships can be pretty massive though.  You almost have to get out a magnifying glass to see the obligatory classic sinking sailboat on the horizon.  But it’s there, folks!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to “Little” Peggy March!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/08/22

Humourist Calvin Trillin wins Thurber Prize-Living News , Firstpost

As far as I’m concerned, ‘whom’ is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler.”   —   Calvin Trillin

(Which is probably why about 95% of us rarely – if ever – use the word.  I know – grammatically – there are legitimate/proper instances to use “whom”, but that whole substituting him, or her, for “whom” just doesn’t work for most of us . . . who are not friggin’ English teachers!  Maybe the word will be retired one day?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to Andy Ross, of OK Go!  (Silly, schlocky pop, but the choreography is a lot of fun!)


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