Archive for the 'Language' Category

Cryptoquote Solved – 06/02/23

75 Inspirational Maya Angelou Quotes on Life & Love - Parade:  Entertainment, Recipes, Health, Life, Holidays

My mother shed [sic] her protective love down around me and without knowing why people sensed that I had value.”   —   Maya Angelou

(I don’t know . . . maybe Maya was already quite elderly when she said this.  It just comes off as addled.  I do see that the 3rd intransitive of the verb can mean: to pour out, but she could have just said that, or maybe used the word showered.  Great lady, but this was a miss for me.  Be well and do good, friends.     YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/01/23

790+ Kid In Candy Store Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images -  iStock | Candy shop, Possibilities, Overwhelming choices

Visual Description:  All-day sucker fans.


Clue/Question:  The kids just bought giant lollipops and planned to finish them – – –

Kids in a candy store | Research World


(Definitely an Americanism, that the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers know well, and just might pass with the Gen X-ers.  My kids are Millennials, and they don’t know half of the expressions that us older folks use.  They’re always asking for explanations, and some of them are hard to explain, because we just heard them so often . . . without explanation.  But, what I don’t get is how these younger folks just accept acronyms, without knowing/understanding what they stand for.  My mind screams:  That’s NOT a word!  What does it stand for?!  And, they’re like:  I don’t know.  What’s it matter?  Sometimes I think that the world is changing a little too fast.

All four of today’s clue words are on the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  Surprisingly, all four jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  None of them caused me to pause though.  The answer letter layout was a tasty twelve letter jumble.  I thought that it was wonderfully cryptic.  With the hyphen in the final answer slots – and the fact that I’m older – made for a lickety-split final answer.

Great cartoon of kids in a candy shop.  I guess there are still a few of them around.  Mostly they’re just candy counters at drugstores, or at the checkout aisle at supermarkets and big-box stores.  The girls remind me of a couple of neighbor girls, Malke and Shandy, or as I like to call them Chatty Cathy and Barbie Doll.  They are 9 and 8 years old.  A good number of the Orthodox Jewish kids are afraid of dogs, but these girls love coming up to me and my Wally boy.  I have to keep reminding them that even though Wally is friendly, he’s still a dog, and just might bite if he’s startled.  Rescues from hoarding situations are a little different than most dogs.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/01/23

The Way of Art | Art is not a thing; it is a way. ~Elbert Hubbard

Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyway.”   —   Elbert Hubbard

(I’m not sure that I agree with this.  At least not 100%.  First off; I don’t think my friends always understand me, and second; I like to think that – at least some of – my “enemies” can be reached, through reason and logic.  But, I’m pretty sure that we’ve had this quote before.   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 05/31/23

Hungry? Utah wildlife officials suggest catching this 'tasty' invasive  species | The Hill

Visual Description:  Freaking for frogs.


Clue/Question:  They were watching a fascinating documentary about frogs that was – – –

Hungry Invaders: American Bullfrogs – Wildlife Leadership Academy


(A very amusing Jumble pun!  But, this answer does sound very familiar too.  I couldn’t say WHEN we’ve had it before, but I’m pretty certain that we HAVE had it before.  Maybe it wasn’t in the context of a family watching a documentary, but “ribbiting” rings a bell.

All four of today’s clue words are on the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “prieg” and “barjeb” in previous Jumbles.  They all came to me immediately.  The answer letter layout was nifty nine letter jumble.  Decently cryptic.  I think that the quotation marks were the big clue in getting the final answer.

Great cartoon of the family activity.  This documentary must be on live TV, since mom doesn’t want to miss any of it.  If they were streaming it they could just pause it and come back to it later.  I know that mom gave the negative response to dad’s question, because I can’t imagine the kids saying NO to ice cream!  I don’t think I ever have.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 05/31/23

Unsheltered author Barbara Kingsolver looks back at her most memorable  works |

Everything you’re sure is right can be wrong in another place.”   —   Barbara Kingsolver

(Hopefully, that is just for a few things . . . and not for everything.  I remember hearing about a people out there – either somewhere in South America, or in some South Pacific island – where smiling is considered an aggressive act, because you’re bearing your teeth!  How natural is it – for most of us – to automatically smile upon meeting someone?  Wow!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 05/30/23

LIV Golf as It Looked Inside Trumpworld - WSJ

Visual Description:  Jeff’s friends.


Clue/Question:  His 300-yard drive off the tee was way out of bounds and – – –

Pros, amateurs pair up, tee off 3M Championship | Sports |

Answer:  LONG GONE

(This doesn’t look like Oak Hill Country club!  Probably some club in Indiana.  But then again, these aren’t pros.  They’re just duffers, like most of us who occasionally pick up a golf club.  I think that most pro golfers were pretty much born with a club in their hands.  A lot of us remember seeing those videos of Tiger Woods as a 3 year old.  I think the younger you start, the better your chances of becoming proficient at the sport.  But, like with everything, there are exceptions to the rule.

All four clue words are familiar old friends.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me, but we’ve definitely seen “guymg” and “nnnaco” in previous Jumbles.  My eyes were playing tricks on me, and I originally wrote down GUMMY instead of MUGGY!  I didn’t realize it until I wrote down the answer letter layout, and attempted to solve the final answer.  A second look fixed that.  The – real – answer letter layout was an easier eight letter jumble.  Now, the final answer made sense!

Fine cartoon of a couple of Jeff’s buddies, trying to play golf.  If you want to know exactly who they are I guess you’re gonna have to visit that other site, as Jeff has sworn off all affiliation with this blog.  Of course, who they are really don’t matter much to any of us.  They’re just a point of trivia . . . unless you are related to either of them.  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 05/30/23

Miles Davis - JazzTimes | Scribd

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”   —   Miles Davis

(I’m not exactly sure what Miles is talking about, but I think – generally – that singers, and other musicians, try to emulate a certain performer/style, especially when they are starting out.  It takes some time to develop a sound that is you.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 05/29/23

How to make the most of your Memorial Day BBQ during the pandemic

Visual Description:  The kickoff to Summer!


Clue/Question:  His wife figured he’d eat too much at the Memorial Day cookout because she – – –

Brad Little to speak at Boise cemetery on Memorial Day | Idaho Statesman


(This is a marvelous pun!  And, not at all stinky . . . unless he starts in with hotdog burps!  Then it could get really ugly.  I have these memories – as a small child – of visiting my paternal grandparents and wondering why their house always smelled like Vienna sausages!  That’s my German side of the family, and I guess my Grampa really liked having Vienna sausages with his beer.   Strange, the things that stay with you.

All four of today’s clue words are on the world famous ralis95 clue word database!  The big guy just recently turned 88 years young!  We should all wish him a very Happy Birthday!  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “keywel” in an earlier Jumble.  The answer letter layout was a twinkling twelve letter jumble.  Somewhat cryptic, but the final answer came to me very quickly.

Great cartoon of the devoted wife, tending to her hurting hubby.  The guy should know by now that he is no longer a teenager, and that his eyes are bigger than his stomach.  But we all tend to overindulge a bit when it comes to holiday barbecues.  Everything just smells SO good coming off of the grill!  Besides greeting the summer, we all should remember the real reason for Memorial Day, to remember all those who selflessly gave their lives in service of our country.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 05/29/23

25 Memorial Day Thank You Quotes

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”   —   Winston Churchill

(I wonder how Winnie would feel about the “USA, USA, USA!” chant, which started with the 1980 Winter Olympics, when our hockey team beat the Czechs, but has since become so ubiquitous, and more than a little jingoistic?  I can’t imagine he’d approve of it.  We always used to be more of a humble people, pretty much welcomed all over the world.  Nowadays, most countries look at us with a very suspicious eye, and sometimes with utter disdain.  We should always be proud of our country, but we could all stand to be somewhat classier about it.  Strange comment for Memorial Day???  Maybe.  But we should be more introspective on the day where we remember – and appreciate – all those who gave their lives in service of our country.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Solved – 05/28/23

The Five Worst Sounds in the Universe |

Visual Description:  The demon seed!


Clue/Question:  The sound of his fingernails on the chalkboard was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (1-letter)  (5-letters)  (4-letters)  (6-letters)

Fingernails Scrape Blackboard Sound Effect - YouTube


(A wonderful stinky pun!  But probably one that only our older readers would get.  Do yinz remember the scene in “Jaws”, when the town is holding a meeting to figure out what to do about the great white attacks?  Everyone was panicked, and talking all at once, and captain Quint just slowly raked his fingernails down the blackboard.  To say it got people’s attention is quite an understatement.  Everyone immediately STFU!

All six of today’s clue words are already on the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  Yet, all six jumbles are coming up as new for me.  One through five came to me immediately, but “nmraat” had me stymied.  I had to back into MANTRA.  It’s a good thing that the first thirteen letters of the answer letter layout was enough for me to see the final answer.  Knowing now that I needed the ATA got me to singing the familiar tune.  Even completed, there was nothing obvious about the answer letter layout.  I think it was the spacing of the final answer slots that clued me in.

Today’s cartoon could almost be called a period piece.  I don’t think that many schools use chalk/blackboards anymore.  They mainly use whiteboards, with dry-erase markers.  I always thought that chalk was pretty cheap.  Probably cheaper than those markers.  But I guess today’s teachers don’t want to deal with full erasers.  I remember teachers assigning us kids the chore of cleaning the – chalk – erasers.  I don’t remember if everyone took their turn, or if they used it as a form of punishment.  Did they ever link the inhalation of chalk dust to any lung problems???  Still seems like it would be cheaper, to me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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