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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/25/20

COVID-19 treatment instructions by Dalai Lama is fake news, says senior  official - Phayul

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”   —   Dalai Lama

(I always liked the Dalai Lama.  Good guy.  It took me a little while to see that he was the author of this quote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/25/20

9 Sexiest Female Pro Cyclists | Total Pro Sports

Visual Description:  Plotting a course.


Clue/Question:  Before they chose a route to travel, they looked at the map to – – –

A Sample 3-Month Training Plan for Cyclists | ACTIVE


(A stinky pun, to be sure.  Looks like our guys decided to take the shorter weigh today!  Some of you die-hards might be able to cite another time that they used this gag, but it seems fresh to me.

All of today’s clue words are tried and true.  The only jumble that’s a rerun is “broot”.  The other three came up as new.  The answer letter layout was a tidy ten letter jumble.  It actually had me guessing for a minute or two.  But, I eventually saw my way to it.

Fine cartoon of some serious bike riders.  I see they’ve got those lycra/spandex bike pants.  I’m much more of a casual bike rider.  Just jeans, or cargo shorts, for me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/24/20

Is your glass half full or half empty? Science can tell us why you are  either an optimist or a pessimist | Metro News

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.”   —   Sam Lefkowitz

(Who???  Beats me.  This seems to be his one and only quote.  Google has him as an author, but no books come up, if you query that.  It looks like he might be a sports reporter for the Boston Celtics.  But, I’m obligated to welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club!  I think this is just part of the Thanksgiving theme.  I thought the quote was a little hokey.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/24/20

Architect-Contractor Relationship: What Contractors Wish Architects Knew

Visual Description:  Building a professional relationship.


Clue/Question:  The conversation between the architect and the general contractor was – – –

Should you hire an architect or contractor first? Or both at the same time?


(What a well-built pun!  Utilizing finely engineered conversation, and a smartly laid out cartoon, on a sound foundation of a clue/question.  A fine example of form following function!

Guess what, guys?  Hoyt has snuck in another new clue word today, in “sunset”.  Looks like our pal ralis95 will have to update his world famous clue word database once again.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, while we’ve seen both “greve” and “thacc” sometime before.  The only one to give me pause – as usual – was the compound word.  The answer letter layout was another terrific twelve letter jumble.  But, the clue/question led me to a very quick conclusion.

Fine cartoon of the contractor and the architect.  I liked both the blueprints and the architect’s model.  Good job, guys!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/23/20

Ina Garten on What She'd Serve Donald Trump: 'A Subpoena' - Eater

If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.”   —   Ina Garten

(I was able to see the first five words of this quote right off the bat!  And, the rest came very quickly too.  My daughter is a big fan of her cooking show, “Barefoot Contessa”.  This appears to be the first Ina Garten quote to be used for the Cryptoquote, so we welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/22/20

Woody Allen - Wikiquote

I took a speed reading course and read “War and Peace” in twenty minutes.  It involves Russia.”   —   Woody Allen

(It’s been a while since we’ve had a Woody Allen quote!  Very funny guy!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 11/22/20

Read How to Become an Elementary School Teacher - EarnMyDegree

Visual Description:  . . . and to hold?


Clue/Question:  After showing her students how to divide by two, she said – – –

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

30 Terrific Activities for Teaching Division | WeAreTeachers


(Wow!  A pretty impressive pun!  I like the homonym puns.  The answer also reminds me of the old TV show “McCloud”, starring Dennis Weaver.  His favorite catchphrase was “There you go!”  I’m a sucker for fish outta water stories.

We actually have a new clue word today, in “thinly”.  I’ve already notified ralis95, and he said he will add it to his database.  Four of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “bagler” and “kormes” before.  I thought “puyyrs” and “bagler” were fairly challenging.  The answer letter layout was a fantastic fifteen letter jumble.  I was able to directly to HALVE, and then the rest just fell into place.

Cute elementary school cartoon.  Half an apple, half a sandwich, and half a banana.  I like the kid asking to share the teacher’s lunch!  Lots of fun, guys.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/21/20

One small act in gift giving can create a ripple effect across the world

The least movement is of importance to all nature.  The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.”   —   Blaise Pascal

(Ah, the butterfly effect!  1. As John Gribbin writes in his cult-classic work Deep Simplicity, “some systems … are very sensitive to their starting conditions, so that a tiny difference in the initial ‘push’ you give them causes a big difference in where they end up, and there is feedback, so that what a system does affects its own behavior.”  But, as General Stanley McChrystal writes in Team of TeamsThe reality is that small things in a complex system may have no effect or a massive one, and it is virtually impossible to know which will turn out to be the case.  – – – from The Butterfly Effect: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerful Mental Model, a great article in!  The idea of Chaos theory is very interesting.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/20/20

Lemon Velvet Cake - homemade, light textured, and great lemon flavour!The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake

A house is not beautiful because of its walls, but because of its cakes.”   —   Russian Saying

(How can anyone argue with such logic???  Alright, maybe a pie guy could, but I would side with the cake people.  And, it’s got to be a rich and decadent chocolate cake!  No namby pamby vanilla, or red velvet for me.  Ooh, I do like a nice lemon cake though!  And, I like coffee cakes with either cinnamon, or almond paste.  But, this time of year I do eat more than my share of pumpkin pie, and the occasional slice of pecan pie.  I probably like a greater variety of pies than I actually do cakes, because so many fruits lend them selves to making delicious pies.   But, I’ve never heard of a Thanksgiving cake.  Have you?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/19/20

William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin

Constant complaints is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.”   —   Benjamin Franklin

(I’m assuming he came up with this quote post-independence.  Because pre-independence complaining was positively de rigueur, for patriots.  This quote is actually more suited to William Franklin, Ben’s illegitimate son, and Governor of New Jersey, who was a staunch Tory.  Boy, Thanksgivings must have been very interesting at that house!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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