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Jumble Spoiler – 01/14/21

The funniest kitchen renovation fails ever | Monagiza

Visual Description:  Renovation re-evaluation?


Clue/Question:  Costs of installing their fancy new fireplace were going – – –



(Sounds like a shady contractor to me!  Whether there was an existing fireplace before, or this whole enterprise is new, the contractor should have known more about the situation before writing up the estimate, and beginning work.  Live and learn, couple.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have seen “ruyrh” before.  Another example of the difficulties of the English language is FORGO and FOREGO.  Technically, they mean different things – to do without vs. to go before, but because people confuse the two frequently, forego is acceptable even when you’re intending forgo.  Just some more nonsense, folks!  The answer letter layout was a wonderful eleven letter jumble.  It was nicely cryptic.

Fine cartoon of the frustrating situation.  Once you have a hole in your roof there’s no going back.  The contractor really has the couple over a barrel.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/14/21

Aperitif & Digestif: The Bookends to Your Meal - Tales of the Cocktail  Foundation

Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.”   —   William Penn

(Even though I’m very familiar with the phrase/quote, I was kind of thinking – hoping actually – that the big A-word was going to be APERITIF.  Yeah, I know aperitifs are before dinner drinks, and you would want a digestif after dinner, but that’s where my head was at . . . for a few seconds.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/13/21

Period Design LLC » Cardiology Office

Visual Description:  In the midst of Chicago.


Clue/Question:  The new downtown cardiology center was built in the – – –

5 Minerals and Vitamins for Heart Health – Schiff Vitamins


(Take heart, folks.  Yes, this was a very stinky pun, but I bet most of you got the answer in a heartbeat.  You probably had your heart set on a more challenging Jumble.  But, do not lose heart.  Because you know . . . in your heart, that tomorrow is another day!  And, know that David and Jeff’s hearts are in the right place.  Cross my heart!

All of today’s clue words familiar to the Jumble faithful.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, however we have seen “tafih” before.  I had a little trouble seeing “cigar”, but just a little.  The answer letter layout was an elegant eleven letter jumble.  It hid the final answer very nicely.  The combination of the leading nature of the clue/question, the great cartoon, and how the final answer letter slots were laid out, made for the easy solve.

Great cartoon of a downtown Chicago office building.  Ooh, today all the Chicago shows are on!  I’ve never seen a doctor’s examination room . . . with a view before!  Maybe it’s the kind of glass that you can see out, but they can’t see in.  Just by coincidence, I had my “wellness visit” today.  Healthy as a horse!  Even though that Jumble was two days ago.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/13/21

Bernard Baruch confers with Shirley Baruch. 1958 Photograph by William  Jacobellis

We can’t cross a bridge until we come to it, but I always like to lay down a pontoon ahead of time.”   —   B. Baruch

(Bernie was THE Man of his day!  A very influential financier, he palled around with Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and even JFK.  Also, one of the better CUNY – City University of New York – colleges, Baruch College, was named for him.  Nice job of keeping the author name on the down-low!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/12/21

Attack on the Capitol broken down into 24 hours in Hulu special - ABC News

Active natures are rarely melancholy; activity and sadness are incompatible.”   —   C. N. Bovee

(This one took some time getting started.  Once I settled on ARE RARELY the rest fell into place.  I don’t remember him, but apparently we’ve had a C. N. Bovee quote before.  Just as with the BLM protests, I wonder if this pandemic shutdown is partially responsible for the right-wing attack on the Capitol Building.  Folks who don’t have a job to go to have too much time on their hands!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/12/21

Shore Board brings ocean ads just off the beach

Visual Description:  Boating and fishing billboard.


Clue/Question:  The fishing boat owner wanted more customers, so he put up a billboard to – – –

01/14/2016 | Area Boat Prepping For 'Wicked Tuna' Television Spotlight | News Ocean City MD

Answer:  REEL EM IN

(Is this a fishy smelling pun, or what?  Of course it is.  Why did the guys float this upon us hook, line and stinker.  Just for the halibut!  After all, they know – net net – that they’re the only game in town.  Well, Jumble game that is.  It gives them a license to krill.  Oooh!  I’m really sorry for that last one folks.

As you might have guessed, there are no new clue words today.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve been exposed to both “xtree” and “blineb” sometime in the past.  No stumpers for me today.  The answer letter layout was another great eight letter jumble.  Not obvious.  It was the combination of the apostrophe and the answer letter slots, along with all the fishing talk going on, that made this like shooting fish in a barrel.

Fine big billboard cartoon, down the shore, near a pier.  There’s a seagull perched upon the billboard, and a trawler off in the distance.  Plus – almost imperceptibly – Jeff snuck in the classic sinking sailboat!  I always give him bonus points for that!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Stay away from any boat called the S.S. Minnow, folks!  Sadly, we lost our beloved Mary Ann Summers recently.  Yes, the lovely Dawn Wells passed on at the tender age of 82, from complications related to COVID-19.  Rest in peace, Dawn.   —   YUR

Dawn Wells dead: Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island dies at 82 |

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/11/21

How Washington Irving Awakened Rip Van Winkle | by Patrick Parr | The  Startup | Medium

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.”   —   Washington Irving

(One of America’s earliest, and greatest, writers!  We know him mainly for his short stories, such as “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, but he also wrote a number of acclaimed biographies on Christopher Columbus, the prophet Muhammad, Oliver Goldsmith, and a five volume one on his namesake, George Washington.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/11/21

Cleared and Ready for Takeoff: New York City Week - Central Park (repost)

Visual Description:  Mr. and Mrs. Ed.


Clue/Question:  The horses had been married for years and liked being – – –

Advancing with Watercolor: Darks against Lights “A Hansom Cab” - YouTube

Answer:  HITCHED

(And, what a hansom couple they make!  Yeah.  That’s right.  Two can play at this game.  LOL!  Maybe her name is Daisy.  And though they didn’t have a stylish marriage, Ed could afford a carriage.  And, they do look sweet, pulling down the street, with a couple from Kalamazoo!  Thank you!  Thank you!  I’ll be here all week.  Try the veal!

We continue with all classic clue words, today.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have unquestionably seen “vawee” and “gehed” before.  For me, they were all gimmes today.  The answer letter layout was sinch . . . at seven letters.  Dollars to donuts we’ve seen this final answer a time, or more, before!

Great cartoon of a hansom cab, likely driving through a city park.  The Brits call it a cab, while we – correctly – call it a carriage.  Why can’t those Limeys learn proper English???  I really like it when Jeff draws horses.  Especially talking ones!  He gives them so much character!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/10/21

The Paris Review - Blog Archive Escaping Samuel Johnson - The Paris Review

When calamity has been suffered, the first thing to remember is how much has been escaped.”   —   Samuel Johnson

(Hopefully, there has been something that has escaped the calamity.  I don’t think that Samuel Johnson ever experienced a massive:  hurricane, or tornado, or tsunami.  But, the quote does have a lot of merit.  If you escaped with your life, and the lives of your loved ones, you can survive most calamities.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/10/21

Skydiver Leaps From Stratosphere in 'Space Jump' Practice | Space

Visual Description:  Millennials watching YouTube hits.


Clue/Question:  When skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped from 128,000 feet, he was at the – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (6-letters)  (2-letters)  (3-letters)  (6-letters)

Felix Baumgartner's Future Plans - Business Insider


(I should say so!  “Fearless Felix” – a well deserved nickname – set a number of records that day.  Some which he still holds.  He was the first to break the sound barrier, without the aid of vehicular power, reaching a speed of 843.6 mph!  Also known as Mach 1.25.  This happened way back in October of 2012.  Another guy broke his height record  two years later, but that guy utilized something called a “drogue parachute”, whereas Felix did not avail himself of that kind of chute.  Exactly what kind of parachute he used is a mystery to me.   Very cool though.  But, other than proving that it could be done, I don’t know how mankind benefits from this feat.  I bet he gets a lot of free drinks and meals as a result though.  And, I’m sure his corporate sponsors richly compensated him.

Hoyt has spared us any new clue words today.  And, if you read my reply to Randy’s comment, about one of yesterday’s clue words, “thorny”, Mr. Hoyt might have to remove said word from the eligible list of Jumble clue words!  Surprisingly, all of today’s jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  None of them tripped me up any.  The answer letter layout was a stupendous seventeen letter jumble.  I think there was nothing obvious about it.  The lengths of the final answer slots were the biggest clue, for me.  I got HEIGHT OF right away.  Then figured out the rest from the remaining letters.  A fine pun, indeed.

Fun cartoon from Mr. Knurek.  My guess is that these are college kids, watching the recording of the remarkable event from a dorm room.  But, that’s just a guess.  Could be young techie types, working at some internet company.  Hard to tell the difference these days!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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