Archive for July, 2022

Sunday Jumble Solved – 07/31/22

Mother Cat and Her Kittens Cats Kittens DIY Cross Stitch - Etsy Canada

Visual Description:  The lovable litter.

DATIER  =  TIRADE,  MOUNLC  =  COLUMN,  TEBUPA  =  UPBEAT,  COSTEK  =  SOCKET,  NRYREO  =  ORNERY,  KEOIVN  =  INVOKE   —   Giving us:  TDCLBAETONEIOK

Clue/question:  The tabby that gave birth to such a large litter loved the whole – – –

Pre-Answer:  Two Words  “(6-letters)”  (8-letters)

HD mother cat and kitten wallpapers | Peakpx

Answer:  KITTEN CABOODLE

(Being a sucker for most of the linguistic no-nos, such as puns . . . and alliteration, I always assumed it was Kit and Kaboodle.  The “K” spelling is a semi-acceptable variation, but the traditional, “correct” spelling is with a “C”.  Either way – phonetically – it still qualifies as alliteration, for me.

Unofficially, David L. Hoyt has given up on giving us new clue words.  What are you going to do?  You can’t get blood from a stone!  At least five of the six jumbles are coming up as new.  The only one that we’ve definitely seen before is “costek”.  I liked the jumbles “tebupa” and “mounlc”.  The answer letter layout was a formidable fourteen letter jumble.  But possibly due to the set up of the final answer slots, and the quotation marks, I was able to get the final answer immediately today.

Cute cartoon of the mama cat, and her five playful kittens.  All baby animals are cute, but even people who don’t care for cats have to admit that kittens are pretty darn cute!  Easy, but fun Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Jumble Solved – 07/30/22

MANGIA, Capurso - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Reservations - Tripadvisor

Visual Description:  Queuing for a seat.

TAGNR  =  GRANT,  LUFTA  =  FAULT,  DOUTIS  =  STUDIO,  NODENT  =  TENDON   —   Giving us:  GNAUSTIOTDN

Clue/Question:  They were willing to wait in a long line to eat there, because the food was – – –

Google restaurant wait times will save you from queue-induced boredom

Answer:  OUTSTANDING

(Worth the wait, huh?  Some places definitely are.  Others don’t always live up to the hype.  Sometimes it’s more about seeing, and being seen, than the actual dining.  Especially with these ritzier places.  You also see lines for these fad foods, like the Cro-Nuts, cupcakes, avocado toast, etc. and certain chicken sandwiches.  Meh!  Not a fan of having to wait.

No new clue words today.  Two of the jumbles did come up as new for me though.  However, we’ve definitely seen both “lufta” and “doutis” in previous Jumbles.  No real stumpers for me.  The answer letter layout was an elegant eleven letter jumble, but it didn’t stop me from seeing the final answer immediately.

Fine cartoon of Jeff and Kathy about to be seated at the trendy ristorante.  Have no idea if this is an actual place, or just something Jeff came up with.  I hope the food was good though!  Mangia!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Solved – 07/30/22

Democrats Join the Mad Tea Party: The Contest Begins between Feinstein and  De León – Berkeley Political Review

Let’s all congratulate us with another cup of tea!  A very merry unbirthday to you!”   —   “Alice in Wonderland

(This was a little different!  It’s not often that they cite the book, instead of the book’s author.  Possibly a first?  As far as the Tags go, I still selected Lewis Carroll though.  Why wait to celebrate, folks?  Every single day should be congratulated.  Right?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Solved – 07/29/22

1st Grade Math Skills, What Your Child Will Learn, Komodo Math

Visual Description:  Addition session.

LNGUF  =  FLUNG,  HGURS  =  SHRUG,  NIETTN  =  INTENT,  DUTEMI  =  TEDIUM   —   Giving us:  UGSHNTIM

Clue/Question:  No matter what numbers are added together, the total will equal – – –

What to Expect From a First Grade Math Curriculum

Answer:  SUMTHING

(LOL!  I think if David L. Hoyt HAD put in – the expected – hyphen the final answer would’ve been a bit too obvious.  Either way, it made for a good pun.  It reminds me of the – now – politically incorrect joke of the Chinese kid named Sum Ting Wong!  Wrong?  Sure, but at least it is one of the cleaner ones.

All of today’s clue words are already on the ralis95 clue word database.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  I really liked “hgurs” and “dutemi”.  The answer letter layout was a great eight letter jumble.  Very decently cryptic!  The quotation marks were a big clue.

Kind of a stock elementary classroom cartoon.  I believe that is Miss Crabapple, teaching the tots, at the whiteboard.  Remember when it was the blackboard?  And chalk?  And having to clean the erasers outside, by clapping them together?  I wonder which is unhealthier, breathing in the chalk dust, or the fumes from the magic markers?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 07/29/22

55 Chinese Proverbs, Sayings and Quotes

When there are no great tigers in the deep mountains, even a monkey can become king.”   —   Chinese Proverb

(I’m sure that there are some who could make this a current political joke.  Donald Trump was some kind of feral beast, and – the majority – viewed him as a threat to mankind.  Which is why in 2020 the mantra was:  Anybody-But-Trump!  None of my Democratic friends really wanted Joe Biden, but . . . ABT!  Joe Biden is definitely no monkey though.  He’s been dealt a really crappy hand with:  the pandemic, supply chain issues, the crisis in Ukraine, record wildfires and floods, weekly mass shootings, an economy that was probably overdue for a “correction”, and an opposition that continues to insist the election was “stolen”, just to name a few.  He’s in better physical shape than his predecessor, but he is pushing 80!  And, that’s the oldest of any person ever elected to the most demanding job in the world.  So, for those who insist on attacking Mr. Biden . . . give it a rest.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Solved – 07/28/22

What really happens in the cockpit when the autopilot is on?

Visual Description:  Departing duo.

CLKOF  =  FLOCK,  TWHAC  =  WATCH,  RFMAIF  =  AFFIRM,  KOVEIN  =  INVOKE   —   Giving us:  FOKWTAFROKE

Clue/Question:  After so many flights over such a short period of time, the pilot was ready to – – –

Cockpit view of the Embraer 195 flown by two female airline pilots - YouTube

Answer:  TAKE OFF WORK

(Excellent Jumble pun!  It seems that most pilots of commercial airlines either come from the south/southwest, or they affect that accent.  It’s all folksy sounding, like the guy that used to do the Radio Shack commercials, or the guy when you first call up the Discover Card.  I guess it’s supposed to put the passengers more at ease than some guy from Brooklyn saying:  We’ll be flying through some violent thunderstorms today, but ayyy . . . fuhgeddaboudit!

Today’s clue words are all familiar, and some were even appropriate.  The cockpit crew has to watch for a flock of birds, so they don’t have to invoke emergency actions and maneuvers.  And, then they won’t have to affirm us of our safety.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  But we’ve definitely seen “twhac” before.  The answer letter layout was an elusive eleven letter jumble.  I thought I might have to write out the consonants, and then the vowels, in order to get the final answer, but it came to me after a couple of looks.

Fine drawing of the pilot and co-pilot in the airline’s cockpit.  You can see the control tower in the distance, and a couple of other planes that have just taken off.  And, a nice attention to detail in the cockpit.  Fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Solved – 07/28/22

Helen Keller - 2 Painting by Wayne Pascall | Pixels

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”   —   Helen Keller

(Well, for someone who’s always in the dark . . .  Just about everything is better when done in the company of a friend, or loved one.  More often than not, I’m walking with my Wally-boy, who of course is man’s best friend.  Especially in the summer months, I try to avoid the direct sunlight as much as possible, as my pale, pale skin is not really conducive to tanning.  Just burning.  Melanoma is a real concern for me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Solved – 07/27/22

Mark Twain's Grave – Elmira, New York - Atlas Obscura

Visual Description:  Samuel Clemens’ funeral.

HMPUT  =  THUMP,  LDEEU  =  ELUDE,  GIKSIN  =  SKIING,  GLRAUF  =  FRUGAL   —   Giving us:  THMELSKIFRA

Clue/Question:  Mr. Twain passed away in 1910, but he certainly – – –

Humor Quote MARK TWAIN I Did Not Attend Funeral Sent Nice Letter | eBay

Answer:  LEFT HIS MARK

(Ooh!  Now that is a wonderfully stinky pun!  A bit of a pen-name pun.  One that he picked up from his time working as a riverboat pilot, on the mighty Mississippi.  Besides being one of America’s favorite author’s, he was also a popular humorist and lecturer.  Maybe the most famous man of his time.

Familiar clue words.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we’ve definitely seen “ldeeu” before.  The answer letter layout was an elite eleven letter jumble.  I thought it did an excellent job of disguising the final answer.  I had to write out the consonants, in alpha order, and then the vowels, in alpha order, to be able to see the final answer.

Fine period piece cartoon of the mourners.  And, it looks like a pallbearer is shown holding one corner of Mr. Twain’s casket.  I’ve been a pallbearer a few times.  It’s one of those many hands make for light work tasks.  And, someone has to do it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Solved – 07/27/22

Black cat hunting in a meadow. Stock Photo | Adobe Stock

Black cats were created to give everyone the opportunity to be owned by a mini-panther.”   —   Unknown

(Very cute.  Strange that it is “Unknown” though.  I kind of doubt it was said all that long ago.  But whatever!  A lot of people are still afraid of black cats!  Silliness!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Solved – 07/26/22

Are Thrift Stores Safe? Vintage Shopping During COVID

Visual Description:  Thrift shopping.

CUEND  =  DUNCE,  SEDSR  =  DRESS,  FROVLA  =  FLAVOR,  HERYOT  =  THEORY   —   Giving us:  DNEDSFLATEO

Clue/Question:  The vintage sweater with so many buttons was – – –

The 9 Best Thrift Shops in California!

Answer:  OLD-“FASTENED

(Yeah.  I guess OLD FASHIONED is hyphenated sometimes!  But this was a very clever, stinky pun!  My daughter LOVES shopping at thrift shops.  In a lot of them you just pay by the pound!  Now, that’s a good deal!  I’ve got a lot of old suits that I probably should donate to one of these places.  All I really need is a nice blue one for happy occasions, and a black one for funerals.  Right?

Classic clue words again today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “cuend” before.  The answer letter layout was an elusive eleven letter jumble!  It did an excellent job of disguising the final answer.

Great cartoon of some smart shoppers at a second-hand store.  I can’t make out the name of the store though.  I can usually read backwards, but the small cursive is making it difficult for me.  The multi-buttoned sweater is a little much, but I do like the argyle one  the other lady is holding.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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