Archive for June, 2022

Cryptoquote Solved – 06/30/22

Marshall McLuhan Documents | The Library

There are no passengers on spaceship earth.  We are all crew.”   —   Marshall McLuhan

(And, some/many of us should probably be thrown in the brig!  Many for dereliction of duty.  And, others for outright mutiny!  There really is no “plan B”, folks.  Continuing in our wasteful ways is proving to be a recipe for disaster.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/30/22

Gender Divide in Bald Eagles - The Center for Conservation Biology

Visual Description:  Wounded wing.


Clue/Question:  The eagle had pulled a muscle and was – – –

Everything you need to know about the city's newest pet: Rover the bald  eagle


(This is my third attempt to post this.  WordPress is futzing things up again.  It keeps going to some “Autosaving” mode, and won’t allow me to Publish.  This happened a few days ago too.

No new clue words.  Three new jumbles, but we’ve seen “ryowr” before.  They all came to me immediately.  The answer letter layout was thirteen letters long.  Lots of O’s.  The final answer slots layout made for a very quick solve.

Great cartoon of a pair of bald eagles.  Very scenic background too.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/29/22

Brady Bunch' Star Maureen McCormick — Her Secret Drug Hell!

Visual Description:  Peter’s predicament.


Clue/Question:  The most popular sitcom episodes featuring the Brady family were the – – –

That iconic horse statue from the Brady Bunch house has a witchy history


(Probably one of the most memorable episodes of that iconic sitcom from the late 1960’s – 1974!  Along with Jan’s “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” rant, and the football breaking Marcia’s nose episodes.  I was a tween/teen when the show was on, so I thought it was pretty dopey.  But I did – like millions of other guys – have a pretty big crush on Maureen McCormick!  Not as big as my crushes on Shirley Jones . . . or Peggy Lipton, but “Marcia” was definitely crush-able.  And, now that I’m an older – not necessarily more mature – man, I have a crush on Peggy’s daughter, Rashida Jones.  If anyone out there was worried about my liking old musicals too much, rest assured that I will always bat for my own team!

All of today’s clue words are on the ralis95 clue word database.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we’ve definitely seen both “ucone” and “lysyh” in previous Jumbles.  The answer letter layout is an elegant eleven letter jumble.  It did a fine job of disguising the final answer.

Great cartoon of a family watching an old re-run of “The Brady Bunch”.  That’s a fine Peter Brady, aka Christopher Knight, on the screen.  Jeff Knurek also gives a nice little send up to the horse statue that the Brady’s had in their living room!  I didn’t realize that it was also in many office scenes in “Bewitched”!  I’m not sure if that was in Darrin’s office, or his boss Larry Tate’s office.  Now that was a show that I always found more entertaining!  And, Elizabeth Montgomery – especially as the bad cousin, Serena – definitely crush-able!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/29/22

Abba Louise Woolson (Goold) (1838 - 1921) - Genealogy

And since all this loveliness can not be heaven, I know in my heart it is June.”   —   Abba Woolson

(I do believe that our Cryptoquote friend is a big fan of my birth month!  It was bustin out all over, but now it’s nearly over . . . for this year.  This puts me in mind of one of my favorite musicals, “Carousel”.  It was one of those great musicals of the ’50s and early ’60s, and it starred Shirley Jones.  I always thought she was gorgeous, in a very wholesome kind of way.  This is the first Abba Louise Goold Woolson quote to make it to the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these.  As it turns out, she was from Maine, where the musical “Carousel” was set!  We welcome Abba Woolson to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/28/22

Rear View Of Couple On Road Trip Driving Classic Convertible Car Towards  Sunset |

Visual Description:  The many Waze to Jumbletown.


Clue/Question:  The road was closed, and they were detoured, but they were not – – –

Train of Thought | Field Guide to Nature


(I’m sure that Jumbletown is WAY off the beaten path anyway.  But you can get there from Hoytsville and Knurekham . . . if you don’t mind driving along the occasional cow path.  Holdover gag from yesterday’s Jumble!  You could also take the road to Leesburg, if you like.  Getting to Argirion would probably be easier for David, but getting to Arnoldfield is right up Jeff’s alley.

Today’s clue words are all elder statesmen of the ralis95 clue word database.  However, all of today’s jumbles are coming up as new.  It took a couple of looks for me to see “radish”, but I got the others right away.  The answer letter layout was a great eight letter jumble.  All the D’s, E’s and R’s made for a quick solve though.

Fine cartoon of a couple heading down the highway.  The guy seems a little aggravated, but the woman is remaining calm, finding an alternate route.  It looks like they’re the only ones on the road.  I’d think there’d be more traffic heading to Jumbletown!  I’d like to see that.  Fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/28/22

In Wisconsin: Stowing Mowers, Pleasing Bees - The New York Times

The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee; a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy.”   —   Emily Dickinson

(I love the sentiment of the quote, but poets are certainly not apiologists, nor even apiarists.  Bees collect nectar from clover, and other flowers.  Passing the nectar from one bee to the next adds enzymes, and after some time, and a bit of dehydration, the nectar becomes honey.  We try not to cut our lawn until every two weeks, or so, to allow the clover to blossom, for the bees.  Bee well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/27/22

Richelle E. Goodrich (regoodrich) - Profile | Pinterest

The best fathers have the softest, sweetest hearts.  In other words, great dads are real marshmallows.   —   Richelle E. Goodrich

(I wonder what color of dads are in a box of Lucky Charms then?!?!  Remember when they first came out, in the 1960s?  I think there were maybe four colored shapes of marshmallows.  From today’s commercials for them I think they must be up to a dozen, or more.  Pretty ridiculous.  Is there actually ANY cereal in the box anymore, or is it all marshmallows???  I can proudly say that I have never eaten Lucky Charms in my entire life.  You know, I’m SO glad that they included the middle initial – E. – with today’s author’s name.  I wouldn’t want to confuse her with all the other Richelle Goodrichs out there!  This is our first quote from the author of “Smile Anyway”, which has always been my philosophy.  So we welcome Ms. Richelle E. Goodrich to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Gotta love a pretty redhead!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/27/22

How to identify common breeds of dairy cattle - Farm and Dairy

Visual Description:  Meadow muffin myths.


Clue/Question:  The story the cow as telling was a – – –

Breeds of Dairy Cows | Dairy cow breeds, Dairy cattle, Cattle farming


(Young calves are so bull-ible!  But I guess it’s just like how any child can be taught to believe in something, when it comes from a trusted, loving parent!  Why would Mommy/Daddy EVER lie to me???  It’s called tradition, little ones.  It starts very early, and is oft repeated.  And, the more you hear it the more you’ll accept it as truth.  . . . Regardless of those pesky facts . . . like science and reasoning.

Lately, the clue words are always striking a chord of familiarity!  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but it seems we’ve seen “cwiet” at least once, maybe even twice, before.  The answer letter layout was a novel nine letter jumble.  Cryptic enough on which for some to chew their cud!  The layout of the final answer slots, with those quotation marks, along with Mama’s storytelling, made for a quick and creamy conclusion.

Cute cartoon of the dairy farm scene.  I’m guessing that they’re either Holsteins, or Ayrshires, but I was out sick on the day that my class field trip went to the dairy farm, so I couldn’t say for sure.  But I’ve done a lot of driving through dairy country!  And, I probably stepped in a cow-pie, or two, while taking walks with my Dad and aunts, visiting my grandparents.  Perceptibly, stepping in poop does NOT make me an expert on cows though!  Fun Monday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Solved – 06/26/22

Record-high rents push New Yorkers into basement homes

Visual Description:  Future cellar dweller.


Clue/Question:  The cheapest unit in the apartment complex was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (6-letters)  (3-letters) THE (6-letters)

The Pros and Cons of Renting (or Buying) a Garden Apartment | Apartment  Therapy


(Kind of a homophonic pun!  And, not the most obvious Jumble answer, for me, or my daughter.  I tried it for a while, then I let her work on it for a while.  We both agreed that the three letter word had to be either ALL or FOR.  ALL left me with FSATREODEES, and FOR left me with SAATEDEESLL.  Neither one of those jumped out at me.  I wasn’t thinking a rhyming answer, I guess.  I did mention to my daughter that it looked like the landlord was holding a LEASE in his hand.  When I asked her if she got it, while we were heading out to late Korean Barbecue lunch, she said No.  I said maybe it was LEASED FOR THE LEAST, but she said she thought there should be quotation marks somewhere.  I said No, that’s usually when a word of a different spelling replaces a word.  When we got home, I tried LEASED FOR THE LEAST, and it worked.  So, I guess the old boy’s still got it!

No new clue words today.  However, all of today’s jumbles appear to be new.  They were no problem at all.  The answer letter layout was a fantastic fourteen letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it from my point of view.

Great cartoon of a dumpy looking basement apartment.  I lived in a basement apartment, in Brooklyn, for three years, back in the mid ’80s.  On DeGraw Street.  I rented from a couple named Geoff and Naomi.  Very nice people.  They had a son, and a beautiful Golden Retriever too.  But it was much nicer than the one in Jeff’s drawing.  I did have to deal with some very healthy waterbugs, from time to time.  I guess it was actually more of a street level unit, in a brownstone, and the real basement was below me.  But they’d sometimes come up through the floorboards.  My Russian Blue would bat them around, but he wouldn’t eat the disgusting things.  I always had to have a can of D-Con on hand!  They’re big and ugly, but better in some ways than regular cockroaches.  Aah, the good old days!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/25/22

Anthony Bourdain of 'Parts Unknown' on the Key to Happiness | Fortune

An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.     Anthony Bourdain

(I only came to know of Anthony Bourdain because my daughter has long been a big fan of cooking shows.  At first, I thought that he came off as kind of snooty.  But I really grew to admire the man.  He valued all cultures.  His “suicide” never really sat right with me.  I understand that he had a history of depression, but I think that his activist, justice seeking – especially with the Palestinian people – words and actions made him a number of enemies.  Intentionally silenced???  Something we’ll never really learn the truth to.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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