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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/28/20

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Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.”   —   Og Mandino

(Well, not those who ALWAYS weep and complain.  Every one of us has a valid reason for weeping and complaining, from time to time.  It’s the constant complainers that drag you down.  I like to point out the obvious sometimes.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/28/20

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Visual Description:  Queen for . . . 24,818 days!  Give or take.


Clue/Question:  For Elizabeth, becoming Queen of England in 1952 was a – – –

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(Aah!  A literal/figurative pun!  Those are always fun.  Good old Elizabeth II is the longest reigning British monarch, at 67 + years!  She surpassed Queen Victoria in 2015.  She was 26 years old when she took the throne, and now she’s 93 years old.  Very likely she’s the oldest reigning British monarch as well.  I will never understand the media’s, and so many Americans’, fascination with the Royal Family.  It’s all overly romanticized nonsense to me.

Very well-worn clue words today.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “nooni” sometime in the past.  I was able to see all the clue words right away today.  The answer letter layout was a very lengthy fourteen letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it, at all.  For me, CROWNING was an immediate given.  But, I was leaning towards the word EVENT, before I noticed the Ms, and no V.  If Hoyt wanted to go all the way to nineteen letters – which I don’t think we ever have – the answer might have been CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT!

Great period/historical cartoon.  The young Liz, on a great throne, big crown, and all the high muckety-muck archbishop dudes, and such.  I’m more than happy living in a democratic republic.  England can keep their monarchy.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/27/20

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Not knowing you can’t do something is sometimes all it takes to do it.”   —   Ally Carter

(And, not thinking that you can’t do it is a big help also!  This is our first quote from the author of young adult fiction, like her series “Gallagher Girls”, and a whole bunch of other books.  Looks like a nice lady.  I like fresh blood!  We welcome her to the Crytoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/26/20

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In order to compose, all you need to remember is a tune that nobody else has thought of.”   —   Robert Schumann

(Easy for him, as he was a genius of a composer.  Primarily for piano.  Very accomplished, but, tragically, a short and troubled life.  But, this appears to be the first of his quotes to be used for the Cryptoquote, so we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/26/20


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Visual Description:  Municipality necessity.


Clue/Question:  Spending so much money replacing sewage pipes was a – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (5-letters)  (2-letters)  (3-letters)  (6-letters)

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(A wonderfully stinky pun!  Not like raw sewage, or anything, but good and stinky.  Not an easy solve either.  At least not for me.  I wanted the word WASTE to be part of the answer, but of course there was no W.  No F either, so the word OF was out too.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  I thought maybe “whimsy” might be new, but I guess it’s just been a long time since Hoyt has used it.  Four of the jumbles appear to be new, with both “rambek” and “teynit” having definitely been used in the past.  The only one that tripped me up was “rambek”.  I didn’t have to skip it, or anything, but I think it’s a fine jumble.  The answer letter layout was a very impressive sixteen letter jumble.  Nothing given away there.  You really had to pick up on the gag to get to the final answer.  Without counting, I first thought it was going to be STRAIN ON THE . . .   But, that left me with MYESD.  I was long on one and short – and wrong – on the other.  At least I had the middle nailed!  I went back and checked off the letters for ON THE SYSTEM, and that left me with ARIDN.  Then it sank in.

Great cartoon of the workmen laying the sewage pipes, with some of the town/city administration looking on.  I like the back-hoe and the hoisty thingy.  I can’t make out what’s on the window.  Great Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/25/20

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No solution can ever be found by running in three different directions.”   —   Deepak Chopra

(To be sure.  But, choosing your direction can only occur after you have weighed the options.  Otherwise, you are just flying off half cocked.  Surprisingly, this is the first Deepak Chopra quote to appear in the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So we welcome Mr. Chopra to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/24/20

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”   —   Anonymous

(A lovely thought, and it’s very true.  But, most of us kind of get locked into the quasi-negative, self-defeating mindset.  Oh, and don’t forget about laziness and procrastination!  Knock those bad boys out of the way, and you could even achieve those goals and dreams.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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