Archive for November, 2022

Cryptoquote Solved – 11/30/22

The Life Story of Thich Nhat Hanh | Plum Village

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world Earth revolves.”   —   Thich Nhat Hanh

(If I were a gambling man I would have bet a great sum that we have never had a quote from this man.  But it seems we have had a quote from  the “father of mindfulness”, at least one other time.  This was a bit of a tricky solve, as I did hone in on “which”, but shied away when I was seeing the name Thich!  But the words “tea” and “as if it is” put me back on track.  Just in case we haven’t done so before, we welcome Thich Nhat Hanh to the Cryptoquote Club.  It looks like he passed away, just this past January, at the age of 95.  You know, reading the obits I noticed that a lot of nuns live well into their 90s too.  Maybe there is something to staying out of the ol’ rat race!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 11/30/22 3rd Grade Teacher Thank You Gifts For Women, Third Grade Teacher  Appreciation Gifts For Her, Teacher Week Gifts, BOHO Rainbow Thank You  Gifts For Teachers : Home & Kitchen

Visual Description:  Contrasting Strokes.


Clue/Question:  The difference between the words “dark” and “light” is – – –

Bernadine Lormilus —


(Like the difficulty of the last two days’ Jumbles to today’s!  Not that today’s was super hard, but any time you have to unscramble twelve letters, to make three words, it’s going to be more of a challenge.  Great Jumble pun, utilizing a well-worn idiom.  I just heard that Christine McVie, of Fleetwod Mac, just passed away, at the age of 79.  Another piece of my adolescence has bitten the dust.  And the world has lost another songbird.  Rest In Peace, Christine.

Believe it, or not, it looks like we have a brand new clue word today, in “chilly”.  I suppose it is possible that we’ve seen it in an earlier Sunday Jumble, but it is not currently on the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  So, soon it shall be.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new.  I can only confirm that we’ve seen “penti” in an earlier Jumble.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic, it did a fine job of disguising the final answer.  At first I thought I might be in trouble, but the answer struck me like a bolt of lightening.

Fine classroom scene cartoon.  It looks like the teacher is giving a little language studies class.  I think the opposite of an 8 or 9 year old is ralis95!  The boss-man is really getting up there.  Well, none of us are getting any younger, are we?  Let’s make the best of everyday.  Who knows if it might be our last!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 11/29/22

Premium Vector | Small white kid with a nanny goat and a grey hegoat  walking on green grass

Visual Description:  Down on the farm.


Clue/Question:  The goat parents took their children to a restaurant that was – – –

How to Encourage Friendliness and Trust in Baby Goat Kids


(Oh, you kidz!  A really corny pun!  But cute as heck.  Goats are related to sheep, right?  Do they ever call a nanny goat a ewe?  Or, a billy goat a ram?  I guess not because they don’t call kids lambs.

It’s one of those rare days where all the clue words are on the ralis95 clue word database . . . and all four jumbles have been used in prior Jumbles!  That doesn’t happen very often.  It’s not really all that interesting though.  The answer letter layout was an excellent eleven letter jumble.  But even without writing it down, or reading the clue/question, I was able to get the final answer.  The cartoon and the final answer layout was all I needed.

Really cute cartoon of the little goat family dining at a makeshift table.  With a chicken wait staff and a few other patrons, all eating in the barnyard.  Very nice.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Belated Jumble Solved – 11/28/22

Horseback Riding in Bend Oregon | Visit Bend

Visual Description:  Happy – high – Trails!


Clue/Question:  To reach the summit quickly, the rider wanted her horse to – – – 

Luxury Horseback Riding Vacations | The Alisal Guest Ranch and ResortAnswer:  GIDDY UP

(Probably one of the easiest Jumbles of all time!  Gee, pony.  Git on up that hill, horsey!  Seven letter Jumble answers aren’t exactly a big challenge.  But it’s a cute pun.

No new clue words on this day, but it looks like all four jumbles are coming up as new.  They were all pretty quick solves.  The answer letter layout was a slight seven letter jumble.  Decently cryptic.  But the cartoon’s dialog, the clue/question, and the spacing of the final answer slots made for an immediate solve.

Fun cartoon of the trailing rider and her stodgy steed.  He doesn’t look like he’s very anxious to get to the top of that summit.  Oh well.  You can lead a horse to the hill . . . but you can’t make him climb.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 11/29/22

Julia Child and Martha make Croquembouche | Julia child recipes,  Croquembouche, Birthday cake flavors

Taking ‘naps’ sounds so childish.  I prefer to call them ‘horizontal life pauses.’”   —   Unknown

(The busters from the country and the hitters from the shop, everybody wants to do the horizontal bop.  —  Bob Seger  Today’s quote sounds, to me, like it would be from someone like a Julia Child, or a Martha Stewart.  Someone on the snooty side.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Belated Cryptoquote Solved – 11/28/22

Cowboy Bebop OST - Waltz for Zizi (1 hour loop) - YouTube

Have you seen my heart, somewhere in your castle of yellow leaves?”   —   A Waltz for Zizi, “Letter to November”

(Very interesting.  I don’t know if this is from a poem, or a song.  And if this is a single person, or a group.  I couldn’t find anything definitive.  Therefore, I don’t feel comfortable welcoming who/whatever A Waltz for Zizi is.  But I do like the line.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Solved – 11/27/22

Tyson Stars in Great Names Visit - News - Hamilton College

Visual Description:  Neil . . . giving his spiel.


Clue/Question:  When it comes to providing Earth with heat, light, etc., the Sun – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (4-letters)  (1-letter)  (7-letters)  (3-letters)

The Cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson - POLITICO Magazine


(A great Jumble pun!  And a fairly challenging one.  Assuming this is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – not to say there aren’t other African-American astrophysicists – he has become this generation’s Carl Sagan.  He doesn’t specifically credit Sagan as his inspiration to become an astrophysicist, but he does remember the day in 1975 that Carl Sagan invited the then 17 year old to come up to Ithaca, NY to visit Cornell University.  Both of them have received criticism for their celebrityhood, but they both have inspired – and continue to inspire – a lot of kids to pursue careers in the sciences.  Neil has already outlived Carl by 2 years.  All he needs now is his own snappy catch-phrase!  A la “Billions upon billions!”

We didn’t discover any new clue words today.  They’ve all made it around the Sun numerous times.  Five of the jumbles are coming up as new for me.  The only one we’ve definitely seen before is “bmmeel”.  Strangely enough, there are SIX words on the ralis95 clue word database that begin with EMB.  Could there be another – undiscovered – one out there?  The jumble “weylea” made me look a couple of times.  The answer letter layout was a fine fifteen letter jumble, fantastically cryptic!  I was able to extract A and JOB right away.  From the SDLEELASRTO the word DOES appeared.  Then, from the LELASRT, the pun word STELLAR shone bright!

Great cartoon of the astronomy lecture.  Maybe it’s at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, or maybe he’s guest lecturing at some high school or university.  Pretty sure it’s not a major anniversary of Neil’s birth!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 11/26/22

Women's History Month | Spotlight on Mary Ann Evans aka George Eliot - Blog  - Free Library

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”   —   George Eliot

(Thank you, Ms. Evans!  This is so true.  All our pets ask of us is to love them.  Be well and do good, friends.)      YUR

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Jumble Solved – 11/26/22

California Wildfires: Peanuts' Charles Schultz Home Ruined | Time

Visual Description:  Jeff’s mentor.


Clue/Question:  Charles Schulz drew Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown – – –

Early Charles M. Schulz artwork


(Happy hereafter birthday to America’s most iconic cartoonist!  It didn’t dawn on me – initially – that it was his birthday, until I did the Celebrity Cipher.  I always do the Jumble first.  More often than not they go with a celebrity – living or not – whose birthday it is.  For guys like Jeff I’m sure that it’s practically a sacred day of observance!  Even though he died more than 22 years ago, you can still see the comic strip “Peanuts” in a number of newspapers.  And you can still find the television holiday specials somewhere on TV.  Ironically, today’s Celebrity Cipher speaks of learning to not discuss religion – among other things – yet a major scene in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is heavy with religion.  Maybe he learned that lesson later in life?

We have all classic Jumble clue words today, with all new jumbles!  The only one I had to look at twice was “loclsr”, but I saw “scroll” quickly enough.  The answer letter layout was another terrific twelve letter jumble.  Beautifully cryptic, but for me the “J” kinda gave it away.

In today’s cartoon, Mr. Schulz speaks of Charlie Brown’s optimism, but I see it even more as Lucy being the tiger who can’t change her stripes.  Maybe even to the extent of The Scorpion and the Frog.  Yep, I think Lucy would pull away that football even if it killed her!  All in all, I think that Jeff chose the perfect hero to emulate.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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PS.  Apologies for missing the bigger picture, folks!  Thanks to my newspaper NOT being physically delivered on Saturday anymore, I did not even see that this is the 100th anniversary of Charles M. Schulz’s birth!  I go straight to the three puzzles – that I’m forced to print out – and then close down the window, because if I leave it up for long it slows down the computer terribly.  I just came back to read the Funnies, and saw the multitude of tributes to the great man.  My paper carries 17 comic strips and panels, and of them 14 paid tribute to Mr. Schulz.  15 of 18 if you include the Jumble!  Great going, guys!   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Solved – 11/25/22

50+ Best Walt Disney Quotes on Life, Dreams and Family - Parade:  Entertainment, Recipes, Health, Life, Holidays

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”   —   Walt Disney

(I think the bigger part of courage here is confidence.  The more confident you are in your abilities the more courageous you can be.  Generally speaking, confidence is not innate.  It has to be taught and/or nurtured.  A little caution is fine, but not to the extent where it creates doubt.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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