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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/24/21

Robert M. Hensel (@wheelierecord) | Twitter

No disability or dictionary out there is capable of clearly defining who we are as a person.”   —   Robert M. Hensel

(This guy is no “Woe is me!” kinda guy.  He hasn’t let his “disability” define him whatsoever.  He is showing the world what can be done with the right attitude.  I couldn’t decide if the F was J,K or M, so I had to Google him.  This is – hopefully – the first of many quotes from Robert, as we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 07/24/21

Slaves of the Needle:" The Seamstress in the 1840s

Visual Description:  Seamstresses.


Clue/Question:  Their new line of blouses had become very popular and were  – – –

Seamstress: What Is It? and How to Become One?


(Gee.  I wonder how long before they cancel the word “seamstress”?!?!  It could go the way of “actress”, as now there is a huge push to refer to all performers/emoters as ACTORS.  Will they go with “seamsters”??  Hmm.  Might be confused with teamsters.  SeamsX???  Maybe they’ll scrap the word entirely, and go with the much fancier couturière.  Although that is feminine also.  All the romance languages are pretty gender specific, but you don’t really hear the call for gender neutrality from the French, Italian, or Spanish.  Is it an overall English mania, or is it specific to the United States?  Do the Canucks and Limeys get their knickers in a twist over this stuff?  I’d like to think that they’re having a nice little chuckle at our expense.  It seems to me that my liberal brethren have become exceeding dogmatic these days.  That does not suit my mindset.  I guess they’ll just have to call me a cafeteria liberal!

We’ve seen all of today’s clue words before.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve seen “rogof” without question, via earlier Jumbles.  None of them gave me any trouble this morning.  The answer letter layout was a tidy ten letter jumble.  By itself not obvious.  The final answer slots were the big clue for me.

Fine cartoon.  I like the sewing machines in the background.  Why do women’s clothing button the opposite way of men’s?  Now THAT seams a little pointless to me!  If THAT were to go away you wouldn’t hear a peep outta me.  As long as they all button the way I’m used to!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/23/21

23 Mother Teresa Quotes to Inspire You to Be a Better Person |

Each of us feels that we are just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less without that missing drop.”   —   Mother Teresa

(So true!  Each and every one of us matters.  We are all children of the universe.  Rock on!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to David Essex!

Jumble Spoiler – 07/23/21

Coswick Ltd. | Interior Design Products from Natural Wood

Visual Description:  Change in plahns.


Clue/Question:  When the architect asked them if they wanted oak floors, they said they – – –

Durable Hardwood Floors | Hardwood Flooring


(And, why “wood”n’t they?  Hardwood floors have been very poplar for a number of years.  They certainly look spruce and spiffy!  I suppose they might even be ash-light bit cooler in the summer months.  But, it seems like wall-to-wall carpeting might keep the house somewhat cherry-er in the winter months.  That’s my cri-teak at least.  Anyone have any other chestnut to add?

None of today’s clue words were missing from the ralis95 clue word database.  All four jumbles were coming up as new for me though.  All decently challenging.  The answer letter layout was a polished ten letter jumble.  A fine-grained jumble, indeed.  Of coarse the quotation marks cured me, and clued me, into WOOD.  I’m not that dense.

Fine cartoon of a couple working with the architect, who’s laid out the blueprints/schematics.  Great Friday Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Alison Krauss!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/22/21

Hold my hand: Touching may ease pain by syncing brainwaves

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.”   —   Barbara Kingsolver

(If your friend is in need, then go to them.  Don’t worry about saying something stupid.  They need to see that you care enough to really reach out to them.  For them to be well . . . you need to do good.  Shalom/Salaam, my friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to George Clinton!  (Bow-wow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yeah  Bow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yeah!)

Jumble Spoiler – 07/22/21

COVID vaccine gender gap: More women than men getting coronavirus shots -  Chicago Sun-Times

Visual Description:  Queue-identified waiters.


Clue/Question:  They were willing to wait in line to see the show because they heard it was – – –

Frequently asked questions - COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Essex


(*Ba-dum-tsss*!  That old gag!  Well, guys, as has been mentioned here numerous times, a lot of our Jumble puns are going to be re-runs of one sort or another.  It doesn’t make the Jumble experience any less, because they’re infrequent, and there is usually a new wrinkle each time.  So, let’s not harp on the last time you may have seen this pun-swer.  Just be in the moment, my friends.  Namaste.

All of this day’s clue words already have a place on the ralis95 clue word database.  Although, three of their jumbles appear to be new.  We have previously seen “neess” before.  I can see both of the six letter jumbles giving some of you a little trouble, but the five letter ones seemed very apparent.  The answer letter layout was an enigmatic eleven letter jumble.  The entire setup just kind of made solving the final answer a breeze.

Cute cartoon of the queue.  It’s nice to see David and Claire getting out and mingling again.  Undoubtedly, they’ve both been vaccinated.  And, good for them!  To all the rest of you who have resisted getting the vaccines, listen to Mitch McConnell, Steve Scalise, and FOX News.  They’ve all – just recently – come out publicly, encouraging folks to get the shots.  They are seeing how this Delta variant has been striking folks who thought they could get by without getting the shots . . . and they’re VERY concerned.  Heck, it’s their constituents!  The more of them who get sick – and possibly die – the more the Democrats will benefit in the next election!  You see, we Democrats don’t want any harm to come to you guys.  You are still our brothers and sisters.  And just remember, all of these vaccines were developed under the Trump administration.  They weren’t designed to hurt anyone.  Least of all you guys.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Emily Saliers, of Indigo Girls!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/21/21

Saint Augustine of Hippo Quotes - One Journey

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”   —   St. Augustine

(Fine quote, but there are some things that this man came up with that I don’t agree with.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Emerson Hart, of Tonic!

Jumble Spoiler – 07/21/21

20" CLIP-N-TRIM - HEDGE TRIMMING ATTACHMENT - G120B | Granberg International

Visual Description:  Precision pruning laser.


Clue/Question:  The new equipment they used to trim the bushes was – – –

Toro Battery Hedge Trimmer Review | 60V Brushless | Pro Tool Reviews


(I want ME one O them!  I don’t have a big hedge, but I do have numerous bushes that need trimming annually.  Plus, I have this neighbor who planted – what were supposed to be just – “bushes” about thirty years ago, but they grew into twenty five foot TREES!  The height doesn’t bother me so much, but all the lower branches jut out about eight feet onto my property, making it very difficult to cut the grass on that side of the back yard.  Now a laser trimmer would be SO sweet!  And if his tree-bushes should happen to catch fire???  Oops!  Mistakes happen!

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new for me, but we have unequivocally seen “nirdg” in an earlier jumble.  I thought “tayerg” was the toughest of the jumbles.  I had to skip over it, and come back to it.  The answer letter layout was tree-mendous twelve letter jumble!  Initially, I thought it was a little intimidating, but the pun just kind of came to me.  Nice job, Mr. Hoyt.

The cartoon almost has a space age look to it.  Of course, I have no idea if this is supposed to be laser technology, but it looks pretty cool.  Real clean cut!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Yusuf Islam, aka: Cat Stevens!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/20/21

Thomas Fuller Quotes - 14 Science Quotes - Dictionary of Science Quotations  and Scientist Quotes

He’s my friend who speaks well of me behind my back.”   —   Thomas Fuller

(Sounds like a friend to me too!  What more could one ask for?  This one was a little difficult to start.  I originally thought the first word was going to be IT’S.  But by the time I made it to the author line I was able to see THOMAS, and that made all the difference.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Stone Gossard, of Pearl Jam!

Jumble Spoiler – 07/20/21

Family of deer. | Baby animal drawings, Deer illustration, Family drawings

Visual Description:  Like a babe in the woods.


Clue/Question:  The parents loved their baby deer and would – – –

Doe And Fawn Paintings | Fine Art America


(Way too cute to call this one a stinky pun.  Buck Henry is the proud, proud papa.  Jayne Doe is the adoring mama.  And, Li’l Thumper has come to take a peek at the little princess, and future pal.  The setting is idyllic.  A cool forest glade, away from the prying eyes of predators.  All is placid.  All is tranquil.  You can almost hear soft, flutey, classical music playing in the background.

All of today’s clue words are denizens of the ralis95 forest.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, although we’ve definitely seen “vocnie” in past Jumbles.  It was the toughest of the jumbles for me.  “rhufto” was the next toughest for me.  The answer letter layout was an elegiac eleven letter jumble.  It will haunt me for the rest of my days.  Oh, the humanity!

We’ve already described the wondrous cartoon, so there’s not that much more to say.  I took a nice five mile hike with my daughter this morning.  A good amount of the way out was uphill.  Coming back was a little easier, but the trail is very rocky, and little streams cross it frequently.  Good workout!  Other than, be well and do good, friends!)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google Happy birthday to Mick MacNeil, of Simple Minds!  (Back to the ’80s!)

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