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Jumble Spoiler – 05/14/21

Retro Indy: Kurt Vonnegut in photos

Visual Description:  Story time.

WADAR  =  AWARD,  MRYMU  =  RUMMY,  SAGNIS  =  ASSIGN,  GDLEEP  =  PLEDG  —   Giving us:  AWDUMMASINPDE

Clue/Question:  It was easy for the fictional character to be stubborn because his – – –

A History of Newspaper Puzzles | The Spokesman-Review

Answer:  MIND WAS MADE UP

(I was getting a Kurt Vonnegut vibe with this cartoon.  Maybe it has something to do with “Slaughterhouse-Five”, or “Breakfast of Champions”.  I don’t know.  I’m also not picking up on the Chicago references, re the Cubs and Bears.  The young boy seems very specific too, but . . . I’m not putting this all together.

All old reliable clue words again today.  But all of the jumbles appear to be new.  I was able to solve them all right away.  The answer letter layout was a thoughtful thirteen letter jumble.  Nice work, David.  I kind of got the final answer by going backwards.  I saw  MADE UP, then SAW I mean WAS,  then MIND.

I was getting the feeling that the old man was the author of the story being told to the boy, and that he was speaking in the third person.  Is the boy supposed to be a young Jeff Knurek?  I mean, he wasn’t always a four-eyes . . . like me.  Maybe, right before going to sleep, someone will say:  “Lower the night canopy.”?  Someone please confirm, or refute, my suppositions.  “Same as it ever was” . . . be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to David Byrne, of the Talking Heads!

 

 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/13/21

Dogecoin plunges during Elon Musk's 'SNL' gig | Fox Business

Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.”   —   Elon Musk

(I remember a reader, from a few years back, who said that he was not a fan of Elon Musk’s because of how he sometimes acted and spoke.  I think that Elon may have spoken at the university where the reader worked at, and it left him a little cold.  I wonder if – now that Elon has revealed he has Asperger’s Syndrome – that reader has softened his opinion of him?   I just watched the SNL opening monologue that Musk did last Saturday, and I thought it was great.  But, apparently, not everyone did!  A story on MarketWatch criticizes him for using the term Asperger’s, and NOT mentioning that it’s on the the Autism Spectrum.  I think that anybody with half a brain realizes that Asperger’s IS on the autism spectrum, and that that spectrum is pretty wide.  But they didn’t really say what the preferred – politically “correct” – terminology is!  It did go on to say that another man was diagnosed with “the autism-spectrum-disorder condition commonly known as Asperger syndrome”, but that’s not exactly catchy.  That’s like “the artist formerly known as Prince” . . . on steroids!  Then the article goes on to PRAISE Greta Thunberg for calling her Asperger’s diagnosis her superpower!?!?  There’s either a double standard going on here, or I guess poor old Elon just can’t please some people.  Maybe they’re short selling Tesla!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to John Richardson, of The Gin Blossoms!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/13/21

 

Photos: Actress Taiwo Aromokun throws a birthday party for her stylish twin  boys

Visual Description:  Bros being bros!

OSBNI  =  BISON,  LYNVI  =  VINYL,  ASYLIE  =  EASILY,  RRLEAG  =  LARGER   —   Giving us:  BINVYLESILRGER

Clue/Question:  When the competitive identical twins celebrated their birthday, it was – – – 

MOMS CRAZY COOKING: Twins Birthday Party = TWO Cakes

Answer:  SIBLING REVELRY

(They likely started fighting in the womb.  And, it will probably continue til they’re in the tomb.  But they’ll do just about everything together.  Identical twins have a kind of inseparable bond.  I guess it’s because they started from a single egg.  I cannot imagine having a twin, let alone an identical one.  I’m pretty sure my parents were glad they didn’t have twins.  Although, my Dad was a twin.  But he was a fraternal twin.

All of today’s clue words are regulars to the Jumble game.  Surprisingly, all of the jumbles have come up as new.  It took me a few looks to see “larger”.  Don’t ask me why.  Just a good jumble, I guess.  The answer letter layout was a very ambitious fourteen letter jumble.  A little intimidating at first.  But there were enough clues in the cartoon and the clue/question to make for a swift solve.

Great birthday party cartoon!  I was going to guess that the brothers were thirteen, but then I counted the candles on both cakes.  They’re twelve!  I guess today’s final answer was a semi-homophonic pun.  Just different vowels.  A lot of great birthdays today.  I’ll just throw two at you:  Harvey Keitel is 82, and Stephen Colbert is 57!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Stevie Wonder!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/12/21

The Sunday Conversation: Journalist Gail Sheehy on her 'Daring' career -  Los Angeles Times

If we don’t change, we don’t grow.  If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”   —   Gail Sheehy

(I guess I’m still growing.  I was so surprised to find out “No Soap” means “Outta luck”!  “Outta luck” was a clue in a Crossword puzzle yesterday.  And I thought maybe NO SALE, or possibly NO SOUP, as in the Soup Nazi episode of “Seinfeld”.  In my nearly 64 years on earth I’ve never heard of “No Soap” before.  Maybe, it’s more regional.  Or, maybe it’s a phrase from days gone by.  All I know is I’ve never heard it said before.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Eric Singer, of Kiss!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/12/21

Why Do Rabbits Jump Over Each Other? - Fur, Wings, & Scaly Things

Visual Description:  Inspired by a town in Somerset County, NJ.

DBYUD  =  BUDDY,  FNOTE  =  OFTEN,  UGATOE  =  OUTAGE,  SBPHIO  =  BISHOP   —   Giving us:  UDDOTNOTBIO

Clue/Question:  The baby bunny that was finally able to jump over the creek was – – –

Vale of Belvoir Ramblers: July 2020Answer:  BOUND TO DO IT

(A Jumble with a Mama and baby bunny could never be called stinky!  They’re too friggin’ cute, fer Chrissakes!  In case any of you are wondering about my unusual Visual Description, the name of the town it brought to mind is Bound Brook, NJ.  Once upon a time I used to work very close to that town, in Bridgewater.  Now, aren’t you glad you asked?

All classic Jumble clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but David L. Hoyt has resurrected one of my all-time favorite jumbles, in “ugatoe”!  It just looks like it could be a real word.  The answer letter layout was an eloquent eleven letter jumble.  It did a fine job of disguising the final answer.  But I’m sure we were all determined to get it! 

A lovely pastoral cartoon scene.  The baby bunny blissfully bounded the bucolic babbling brook, to the bravas of dear Mama!  This is what happens when mothers instill confidence in their children.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Billy Duffy, of The Cult!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/11/21

C.G. Jung: Art of Illusion | Inside A Soul

We cannot change anything until we accept it.  Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”   —   Carl Jung

(I’m too tired to comment on this quote.  It took me quite a while to even get the darned thing started.  And, I wouldn’t want to be misunderstood.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Happy birthday Eric Burdon!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/11/21

7 Reasons to Visit a Dude Ranch for Your Next Vacation - The Dude Ranchers  Association

Visual Description:  He’s talking to her.  She’s talking to the horse.

INNOO  =  ONION,  LAGEE  =  EAGLE,  LDCEDU  =  CUDDLE,  FTAIYR  =  RATIFY   —   Giving us:  OONEEDDRF

Clue/Question:  When they returned to the stable on horseback, it was the – – –

Home

Answer:  END OF THE RODE

(A fine homophonic pun.  They could also use this – kind of – answer for people returning to the dock in their row boat.  Perhaps they already have.  I’m not sure.  We’d need a Jumble historian to verify whether END OF THE ROWED has ever been used before.  Or, they could do something with a heckler being thrown out of a club, and have the answer be END OF THE RUDE.  Are you listening, Hoytie?  If you say it, Knurek can draw it!

All of today’s clue words have been down this trail before.  Two of the scrambles have come up as new, but we’ve definitely seen both “innoo” and “lagee” on past paths.  Nothing to malign about the nine letter answer letter layout.  It was fine for the end of the line equine themed Jumble.

Great drawing of what’s likely a dude ranch.  For whatever reason, my son brought up “dude ranch” yesterday, at lunch.  Don’t remember the context.  But, it kind of foretold today’s Jumble.  Weird, huh?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Eric Burdon, of The Animals, and War!

 

 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/10/21

Robin Williams Lived Intensely - The Atlantic

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”   —   Robin Williams

(But they will never hurt you!  It’s hard to believe that he’s been gone nearly seven years!  This crazy world could sure use a little of his insanity today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Happy birthday Henry Fambrough, of The Spinners!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/10/21

African Cats List ~ List of African Wild Cats ~ Cats For Africa

Visual Description:  A pride of humans.

LATPN  =  PLANT,  TORIA  =  RATIO,  CCHTEI  =  HECTIC,  SSMAEE  =  SESAME   —   Giving us:  LANROHEISS

Clue/Question:  Of all the movies featuring felines of Africa, “Pantera Leo” has the – – –

Why you should watch movies with your kids regularly – SheKnows

Answer:  LIONS SHARE

(We’re all familiar with the Big 3 African felines.  Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs.  But I bet some of you might be surprised to know that there are TEN cats native to Africa!  I know I was.  I would’ve guessed five or six, tops.  But of course the King of the Jungle gets the most press.  They’re the largest of the cats, and the males have those beautiful manes.

No new clue words today.  But once again, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  No real head scratchers today though.  The answer letter layout was a fierce ten letter jumble.  I thought it was stealthy, and gave nothing away.  The apostrophe in the final answer slots, and the dancing around the word LION were the biggest clues, for me.

Cute cartoon of a young family watching Disney’s “The Lion King”.  Maybe Jeff could get a job as an animator with Disney, if this Jumble thing should fall through.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday Henry Fambrough, of The Spinners!

 

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/09/21

Alistair Cooke – Learning from Dogs

Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of popular mythology since the Greeks.”   —   Alistair Cooke

(I just watched a movie last night that is now nine years old, called “Django Unchained”.  It’s directed by Quentin Tarantino, so it is wildly entertaining, yet younger viewers should not buy into it as historically accurate.  Similar to his World War II psuedo drama “Inglourious Basterds”.  They’re both fun, cartoonish romps, full of gratuitous violence, but misleading and ridiculous at the same time.  Both of these movies likely had Alistair Cooke spinning in his grave.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to David Gahan, of Depeche Mode!


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