Archive for the 'Language' Category

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/11/20

Is there “Common Sense” in safety? - Safety Risk .net

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.”   —   Source Obscure

(I started off thinking that the first word was FOLLOW, as this being some kind of directive quote . . . and, because there is nothing COMMON about yer Uncle!  LOL!  I quickly figured out there probably weren’t that many W’s in this puzzle.  Then the repeating GK’s/TH’s hit me, and the whole thing started to make SENSE.  This has the ring of a Mark Twain, or Josh Billings quote, to me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/11/20

12 Long-Spanning Facts About the George Washington Bridge | Mental ...

Visual Description:  Bureaucratic myopathy.


Clue/Question:  When they started charging a toll to use the bridge, it was a – – –

REMINDER: New Toll Prices Going into Effect 3 AM Sunday The ...

Answer:  FEEASCO

(Excellent pun, of an excellent clue word!  I think we had a jumble of fiasco within the last week, or so.  Don’t ask me when though, because all I do know is that it wasn’t yesterday!  I remember the days when the government would tell us that the tolls were only until the bonds were being paid off.  And, then it would be free!  Big lie.  They quickly realized the kind of revenues the tolls were generating, so they made them permanent!  And, just about every chance they get . . . they raise the tolls . . . citing one bogus lie after another.  Don’t even get me started on EZ-Pass!

No new clue words again today.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  No toughies for me, today.  The answer letter layout was a clever seven letter jumble.  It was nicely cryptic.

Fine cartoon of a traffic jam at a newly tolled bridge.  I liked the protesters.  I also liked the harried toll-taker.  But, $3.00 is relatively cheap.  I think they charge $15.00 to cross the George Washington Bridge now.  Thieving bastards!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/10/20

Jesse Owens: 7 Lesser Known Things About Once The Fastest Man On Earth

Find the good.  It’s all around you.  Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.”   —   Jesse Owens

(Boy, it’s hard to find a more inspiring story than Jesse’s!  He had to put up with the segregationism of the United States, that treated blacks like second class citizens.  At least in Germany – despite it being Hitler’s “Master Race” Germany – he was allowed to travel with, and stay at the same hotels as, the white American athletes.  And, the predominantly German crowd gave him thunderous ovations.  Jesse even received a salute from Hitler, as he passed by Hitler’s box.  When Jesse Owens returned to the states he did NOT receive an invitation to the White House.  Nor did Roosevelt send him any message of congratulations!  And, they wouldn’t even let him use the front door of the Waldorf Astoria.  He had to use a service entrance, and a freight elevator, to get to get to his reception.  What a crock!  Things still need improving today, but they’re a heck of a lot better than in those days.  Be well and do good, friends.  Find the good!)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/09/20

An American thinker's Jewish journey - The Jewish Chronicle

If you would lift me up, you must be on higher ground.”   —   Ralph Waldo Emerson

(And, if you weren’t before, you were afterward.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/09/20

bending | Gokhale Method Institute

Visual Description:  Dr. Stern?


Clue/Question:  The doctor had a rough, callous bedside manner, but he – – –

Lisa Edelstein, Annual Pomegranate Society & Friends Event, 5/6/19 ...


(So, this is almost a double pun, right?  He’s tough – MEAN – to make sure you get/stay WELL.  I like that.  I also used to like Dr. Gregory House.  He wasn’t one to suffer fools.  Okay, I actually watched the show to see Dr. Lisa Cuddy.  What a woman!

No new clue words today.  However, two of the jumbles appear to be new.  But, we’ve definitely seen “nirle” and “lazwt” some time ago.  I had a pretty tough time coming up with “sermon” though.  I was going to try to back into it, but I couldn’t get the final answer without the E, M and N!  I knew that DID was part of it, and figured WELL was likely part of it.  Fortunately, “sermon” finally came to me.  The answer letter layout was a wonderful eleven letter jumble.

Great emergency room cartoon.  I’m a little surprised that not everyone is wearing a mask.  Stay away from this hospital, folks!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/08/20

File:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Thomas Buchanan Read IMG 4414 ...

A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.”   —   H.W. Longfellow

(I didn’t pick up on this being a Longfellow quote until I was about 3/4s done!  Teach your kids right from wrong, but don’t use words that make them feel stupid.  They stay with them a long, long time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Happy Birthday, to my beautiful baby sister, Debbie!  She is one year behind Kevin Bacon!  LOL!   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/08/20

Daily celestial challenge Tuesday - Animal Kingdom — Steemit

Visual Description:  Masticating manatees.


Clue/Question:  To eat the seagrass, the manatees – – –

Florida manatee boating deaths rise | AMI Sun

Answer:  GRAZED IT

(Not really the most biting of puns.  More of a nibbling, today.  We cant always be champing at the bit for the mega-stinkers.  Sometimes we just have to settle for a light munching.

No new clue words again.  But three of the jumbles appear to be new.  We’ve definitely seen “purep” sometime earlier.  No stumpers today.  The answer letter layout was a conservative eight letter jumble.  Nicely cryptic.

Cute cartoon of an aggregation of sea-cows!  I’m guessing the middle one is the mommy, and the lower one is the baby.  They are not the most attractive of mammals, but they’re very gentle creatures.  I know that they’re endangered in Florida, but I don’t know all that much about them.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/07/20

Media Info | Barbara Kingsolver

The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”   —   Barbara Kingsolver

(“Change” is so much easier when you’re young.  It gets incrementally harder as you get older.  Barbara K has led a very interesting life.  And, it looks like we’ve seen her at the Cryptoquote at least once before.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/06/20


Oliver Wendell Holmes - HISTORY

A child’s education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.”   —  O.W. Holmes

(Ollie was the man.  But, exactly how would that work???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/06/20

704 Best George Washington images in 2020 | George washington ...

Visual Description:  Maybe at the National Gallery of Art?


Clue/Question:  Betsy Ross is credited with making the first American flag, – – –

Betsy Ross, the woman who made the flag!


(Ooh!  This is a great stinky pun!  Historians seem to think the story is bunk, but she did sew other flags, both during and after the American Revolutionary War.  But, true or not, she was a big help with the war effort.  And, she made it to the ripe old age of 84!

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles seem to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “grawe” sometime before today.  Whenever I see a jumble for “tycoon” my mind goes to cottony . . . until I realize I’m missing a T . . . and that would be seven letters instead of six.  The answer letter layout was a beautifully cryptic twelve letter jumble.  The quotation marks – as usual – made getting the answer pretty easy.

Nice cartoon of a family visiting a museum.  Probably either the National Gallery of Art, or The Smithsonian.  I went to both those places when I was in high school, but that was quite a while ago.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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