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Cryptoquote Solved – 10/04/22

Wheatfield with Crows, c.1890' Art Print - Vincent van Gogh | Art.com

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”   —   Vincent van Gogh

(Kind of ironic, coming from the guy who cut off  – part of? – his ear, allegedly to impress a prostitute.  I just read that the woman/girl that he – physically – gave it to was a cleaner at a brothel, and not the actual prostitute.  But was it intended for the prostitute?  Hmm!  He clearly wasn’t in a good place at that time, and eventually he shot and killed himself.  The experts refer to him as a Post-Impressionist, but I still think of him as mainly an Impressionist.  I can’t say whether this was a tough cipher, as I picked up on the author’s name right away.  I did struggle some to solve the Celebrity Cipher!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 10/04/22

How To Smoke Weed At Work | Potent

Visual Description:  Combusted busted, no more trusted.

MYDIL  =  DIMLY,  VONWE  =  WOVEN,  GMYOSG  =  SMOGGY,  CBNEOK  =  BECKON   —   Giving us:  IMLWENSOGBKO

Clue/Question:  He told his wife he was quitting cigarettes, but he was just – – –

Give mom a cigarette break - Macleans.ca

Answer:  BLOWING SMOKE

(He thought he was pulling the wool over her eyes, but she could see through the haze of his deception.  There are SO many telltale signs that someone is still smoking.  The stench clings to you like a wet dog.  The fumes are in your hair and on your clothes.  It stays on your breath, and it can even stain your fingernails.  But once you’re hooked it’s very hard to stop.  It’s much more than behavioral.  It’s a chemical addiction that enslaves people with addictive personalities.  Fortunately, I did not inherit that gene from my parents . . . both smokers.  The only chemical addiction that I have is to caffeine.  I’ve quit before, for cleanses, and you do go through withdrawals.  But because it’s generally good for you – in moderation – it’s an indulgence that I allow myself.

I think that Hoyt has given up on giving us new clue words, and is just trying to bring back clue words we haven’t seen in a while.  It’s definitely been a few years since we’ve seen “beckon”.  Two of the jumbles came up as new for me, but we’ve definitely seen “mydil” and “vonwe” in earlier Jumbles.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  But the clue/question, and the great cartoon, made for a quick solve.

Great scene of the hubby trying to sneak a smoke out on his back deck.  But the Missus, and Fido, caught him in the act!  And, he’s been confirmed as a liar!  Dude!  Just admit that this is bigger than you, and get some professional help.  There’s no shame.  Lots of folks just can’t quit on their own.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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