Archive for April, 2022



Cryptoquote Solved – 04/25/22

Aliens, androids and imaginary worlds: What made Arthur C Clarke so cool -  Hindustan Times

I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life.  It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”   —   Arthur C. Clarke

(LOL!  So, what is the earth then?  Chopped liver???  Maybe some of his characters think:  Earth.  It’s a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there!  Great scenery, but there are all these big cockroaches walking around on two legs!  Who knows how smart humans are, compared to other denizens of the galaxies?  Maybe one day we’ll find out.  I just thought it was interesting that we had both Arthur C. Clarke and Tracy Clark in two of our favorite puzzles, on the same day!  Be well and do good, friends.     YUR

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Jumble Solved – 04/25/22

Home - Tracy Clark

Visual Description:  At the Meet the Author!

NHUCK  =  CHUNK,  NNOOI  =  ONION,  ELHOBD  =  BEHOLD,  RDOAPN  =  PARDON   —   Giving us:  NKONBEOPAO

Clue/Question:  When the author answered every question asked, she was being – – –

Our Discussion with Tracy Clark on "Broken Places"

Answer:  AN OPEN BOOK

(Getting to know the famous author is always interesting to the readers.  Readers want the inside scoop on where the author is coming from, and how that might’ve influenced some of the stories and their characters.  Cop – and ex-cop – mysteries are usually pretty popular stories.  I’ve read a number of the James Patterson novels.  I’m sure the Tracy Clark stories are similarly entertaining.

We have seen all of today’s clue words before.  However, all four jumbles came up as new for me.  Regardless, I didn’t find any of them to be difficult to unscramble.  The answer letter layout was a tidy ten letter jumble.  I thought that it was wonderfully cryptic.  The layout of the final answer slots made for a pretty quick solve.

Great cartoon of folks yearning to hear from their favorite author, at an area book store.  Ms. Clark seems to be promoting her book:  “Borrowed Time”.  Not really her latest book, but maybe this is one of her most popular stories, and folks would like a signed copy from the author.  Hey, they also make for great gifts!  Is that David L. Hoyt waiting to meet the author?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Delayed Friday Jumble Solved – 04/22/22

Farm Stands and Markets | Town of Pittsford

Visual Description:  The roadside farm stand.

WNDUE  =  UNWED,  RUCOT  =  COURT,  PRCOEP  =  COPPER,  PDXEUL  =  DUPLEX   —   Giving us:  UEDCORCOPRDUPE

Clue/Question:  Farms that grow fruits and vegetables – – – 

Castro Valley Farmers Market: The Urban Village | BARTable

Answer:  PRODUCE PRODUCE

(The cartoon scene comes off as fresh!  But that jumble pun is aged, to the point of being rotten!  Maybe, even putrid!  Okay, maybe not that bad.  But I do have a feeling we’ve seen this answer before.  I’m sure that it rang familiar to many of you too.

All of these clue words have been used before.  However, it looks like all of the jumbles have come up as new!  That’s cool.  The answer letter layout was a ferocious fourteen letter jumble.  I really felt that it was well thought out!  Definitely not obvious.  I think it was just that both of the final answer slots were seven letters.

Beautiful roadside farm stand cartoon.  I see a great variety of vegetables.  Corn, tomatoes, potatoes and yams – remember them – up top.  And, cucumbers and some kind of gourd, or possibly melons down below.  I can’t specifically make out any fruits, but I guess they might be in there.  The stand takes me back to a lot of the stands in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  Fine cartoon, and fine Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Solved – 04/24/22

A Slip of the Lip

Visual Description:  Coffee talk.

NIEDIO  =  IODINE,  HAWTTR  =  THWART,  SSULYT  =  STYLUS,  GBRIEG  =  BIGGER,  SGIOPS  =  GOSSIP,  RWNOAD  =  ONWARD   —   Giving us:  OITHWTYUGGESSIONA

Clue/Question:  If you make a promise to keep a secret, you should keep it.  But that – – –

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

two women talking cafe drinking coffee Stock Footage Video (100%  Royalty-free) 24379466 | Shutterstock

Answer:  GOES WITHOUT SAYING

(Now that’s a pretty smart pun!  That is pretty much the definition of keeping a secret.  Right???  Ya gotta love it.  Now, we just gotta hope that she will live up to her words.  A slip of the lip can sink a ship!  Also know as:  Lose lips might sink ships!   Yeah, some of our older readers can relate to this.  Some things are better left unsaid.

All of today’s clue words are already on the ralis95 clue word database.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “hawttr”, “ssulyt” and “gbrier” in previous Jumbles.  They all came to me instantly though.  The answer letter layout was a spectacular seventeen letter jumble!  Beautifully cryptic.  Nothing about it was obvious.  The final answer slots just kind of screamed out the answer to me.  Like someone who can’t keep a secret.

Great cartoon of a kitchen scene, with two women talking over coffee, while one of the women’s dog pretends to sleep.  He’s listening to the whole conversation!  The dog could be a mole!  LOL!  Fun Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 04/21/22

Polvo :: Thoreau, el libertario

What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t go a tolerable planet to put it on?”   —   Henry David Thoreau

(Yes!  Even before John Muir we had some great minds with an essential appreciation for nature.  HDT was such a mind.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 04/21/22

sweet potato/ibijumba/kg - eMall.

Visual Description:  Prattling produce!

GANIA  =  AGAIN,  DMYUD  =  MUDDY,  BKUREE  =  REBUKE,  TMOINO  =  MOTION   —   Giving us:  GAMYREMIN

Clue/Question:  It’s a good thing sweet potatoes can’t talk.  If they could, there’d be a lot of – – – 

West African Yams Information and Facts

Answer:  YAMMERING

(Apparently, the Limeys do not recognize the contraction for there would!  No biggie, really.  I just thought I’d throw that out there.  Depending on who you listen to, yams and sweet potatoes are different root vegetables, or they’re the same thing.  I know some people call sweet potatoes sweet yams, so maybe that’s why many think they’re the same.  But other sources say that yams are starchier, like a regular potato, and not as sweet as the sweet potato.  Also, yams are kinda found world wide, while sweet potatoes are a New World root vegetable.  But this still made for a great Jumble pun!

No new clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  I spaced a bit on “gania” and tried to make angina!  Ran out of squares, and had to reassess.  The answer letter layout was a nifty nine letter jumble.  Very nicely cryptic.  The cartoon, and clue/question just screamed out YAMMERING to me!

Cute cartoon of the produce pickers, and the talkin’ taters!  Jeff has done Cesar Chavez proud.  No, wait.  These are probably folks who work in the produce section of the supermarket.  I think that the lady is setting up onions!  Either way, it’s a fun cartoon, and a fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 04/20/22

Peter Rabbit's Garden Snack, 500 Pieces, New York Puzzle Co | Puzzle  Warehouse

Visual Description:  The Peter Rabbits on vacation.

NOHMT  =  MONTH,  PCYIS  =  SPICY,  RFXIEP  =  PREFIX,  CLAPDI  =  PLACID   —   Giving us:  MOHSPYPREPAC

Clue/Question:  It was the rabbis’ first time sleeping in a tent, and they were – – –

Adorable pictures of baby animals you'll love instantly | Reader's Digest  Asia

Answer:  HOPPY CAMPERS

(So stinky!  But so cute, too!  It’s like right out of a children’s book, or something.  Peter Cottontail is all grown up now, and he’s left Farmer McGregor’s garden, and he’s got kids of his own! And, now he’s taken them camping.  They sure look pretty hoppy . . . er . . . happy!  I never knew that rabbits drank coffee though.

We’ve seen all of today’s clue words in Jumbles gone by.  Three of the jumbles/scrambles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “pcyis” in previous Jumbles.  I was able to see all the clue words right away.  The answer letter layout was a twisty twelve letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  I think the quotation marks in the final answer slots were the big clues.

The cartoon is really great.  I like the pup tent, but I think it could be a bit of a contradiction.  Baby rabbits are called kittens, sometimes kits, or kitties even.  They’re not really called bunnies.  And, never pups!  But there’s a great campfire going, and there seems to be a raptor of some sorts on the horizon.  A very satisfying Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 04/20/22

Sierra Club apologizes for founder John Muir's racist views

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”   —   John Muir

(The father/co-founder of the Sierra club!  And, the man who helped preserve the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park.  He came about at just the right time, and he influenced a lot of people into valuing and respecting the natural world.  Without his influence, who knows where we would be?!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Delayed Cryptoquote Solved – 04/19/22

Eating Tomatoes Wards off Depression

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”   —   Lewis Grizzard

(Yeah.  Probably eating just about anything homegrown gives you a great feeling of satisfaction.  But if tomatoes are your thing . . . okie dokes!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Delayed Jumble Solved – 04/19/22

Find Your Farmhouse-Style Backyard With Brick Pavers, a Retaining Wall, and  These 2 Features in Oakl | ZLM Services LLC

Visual Description:  Solid stepped footings.

SIEUS  =  ISSUE,  NHETT  =  TENTH,  PGREHO  =  GOPHER,  NPITLS  =  SPLINT   —   Giving us:  SSETNTGOPESPIN

Clue/Question:  The stairs made of granite featured – – –

How to Design and Build a Paver Walkway – Fast and Easy Steps | Exscape  Designs

Answer:  STEPPING STONES

(Rolling Stones?  Stone roses?  “I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone”?  “Heart of Stone”?  “Turn to Stone”?  Stone in Love”?  “Roll Away the Stone”?  “I’ll Turn to Stone”?  “Stone Cold Crazy”?  “Sticks and Stones”?  “Throwing Stones”?  “Stoned Soul Picnic”?  And “Stepping Stone”?  Only a couple of bands, but plenty of songs with stone/s/d in the title!  Some stones kinda stink when you hit them with a hammer, or another stone.  Probably sulfur content?  Does that make this a stinky pun?  Nah!  It’s late and I’m just rambling.

Now it’s the next day and I really should adjust the title.  There!  Done!  There were no new clue words for this particular Jumble.  However, all of this day’s jumbles/scrambles are coming up as new, for me.  They were all pretty quick solves.  The answer letter layout was a flamboyant fourteen letter jumble.  Decently cryptic.  The preponderance of S’s, T’s, N’s and E’s made for the quick solve.

Great cartoon of a landscaping company transforming this lady’s yard.  The guys look like they are skilled at what they’re doing, and the woman seems happy with the work that they’re doing.  Looks like a win/win all around.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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