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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/11/19

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A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”   —   Hugh Downs

(I know it sounds sing-songy and trite, but if you have that attitude of gratitude you are generally going to be more of a happy person.  Our old friend, Hugh Downs, is 98 – going on 99 – years old!  I have always considered him to be a class act.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/11/19

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Visual Description:  A modern convenience . . . of the 1940s.

LSSOH  =  SLOSH,  DICEH  =  CHIDE,  RALLUP  =  PLURAL,  CASCUT  =  CACTUS   —   Giving us:  LOSHIDEPRAATS

Clue/Question:  She loved having the new way of discarding food scraps in the sink – – –

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Answer:  AT HER DISPOSAL

(If you consider this a stinky pun . . . just put some lemon, or grapefruit, rinds down your disposal.  Then this Jumble will be citrusy fresh!

Hoyt is going all out on giving us new clue words!  Today he’s given us “slosh”.  Our pal, ralis95, can add yet anther new word to his world famous clue word database!  All of today’s jumbles are coming up as new too.  I didn’t have a problem with any of them today though.  The answer letter layout was a fine thirteen letter jumble.  I saw AT, but other than that . . . it was fairly cryptic.

Fine period piece cartoon.  It reminded me a little of the kitchen in “A Christmas Story”.  I always watch that movie at least once each year, just like I watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  The older I get, the more choked up I get when George Bailey gets his life back, leading up to the – improbable – mob scene in his house, singing Auld Lang Syne.  And of course, I laugh myself silly throughout most of “A Christmas Story”.  One of my college sweethearts married a guy who looks like the spitting image of a grown up Ralphie!  I hope they are doing well.  You too, guys.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/10/19

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What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”   —   John Anster

(You won’t be able to achieve it if you never begin it.  We welcome John Anster to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/10/19

 

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Visual Description:  The Long and Winding Road.

BORUT  =  TURBO,  GARWE  =  WAGER,  DPLUED  =  PUDDLE,  YEONRR  =  ORNERY   —   Giving us:  ROWADDON

Clue/Question:  The bottom of the valley was a little further – – –

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Answer:  DOWN THE ROAD

(I’m liking it as a Jumble, but not so much as a pun.  Of course, I get it, but it’s too true to be a good stinky pun.  I don’t think it would elicit many groans.

We do have another brand new clue word though!  Yep, this appears to be the first time they’ve used “turbo”.  And boy, was it ever tough for me to un-jumble “borut”.  I had to back into it.  The other three I got right away.  All four jumbles came up as new.  Hoyt is really keeping our ol’ friend ralis95 busy, updating his world famous clue word database.  The answer letter layout was a nice eight letter jumble.  But, because of the great visual and the way answer slots were set up, I found it an easy solve.  Even without the initial RO.

A very scenic cartoon.  I’d like to be in that convertible, driving down that valley.  Looks like a good time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/09/19

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It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from.  The ability to triumph begins with you.”   —   Oprah Winfrey

(Sure, it has to begin with you.  But, there are scads of people who tried their darnedest, but just couldn’t make it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/09/19

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Visual Description:  Rainy days – and Mondays? – don’t get him down.

MISYL  =  SLIMY,  DUGEN  =  NUDGE,  CIDPET  =  DEPICT,  RANSIP  =  SPRAIN   —   Giving us:  SIMNDEPITPRA

Clue/Question:  The rain made it hard for the ghost to haunt people, but it didn’t – – –

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Answer:  DAMPEN HIS SPIRIT

(Very cute Jumble pun.  And, it’s a very fitting Jumble for those of us in the Northeast, as it is raining all day today, and likely all day tomorrow.  Walking the Wally this morning, my feet got soaked!  Bad choice of footwear, on my part.  I was tired of wearing boots, and I didn’t want my better sneakers to get wet.  Fortunately, the rain, and warmer temps, will get rid of the snow we’ve been dealing with.  Just in time for a new round of snow this Wednesday!

We have a brand new clue word again today.  Today’s word “slimy” will join yesterday’s word “clunky” as new additions to the ralis95 world famous clue word database!  For some reason, its jumble “misyl” gave me trouble.  I also struggled some to get “nudge”, even though we’ve had “dugen” as a jumble before.  We’ve also seen “cidpet” sometime before.  The answer letter layout was a super twelve letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it.

Fun cartoon of a jovial old ghost.  The guy under the umbrella, getting his feet wet, could have been me!  If only there had been a dog leash in his free hand.  I recently saw a special on Karen Carpenter, on a local PBS channel, which put me in mind of one of her songs!  Such a sweet voice!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/08/19

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Our country has plenty of good five-cent cigars, but the trouble is they charge fifteen cents for them.”   —   Will Rogers

(A little play on Vice President Thomas R. Marshall’s famous line:  “What this country needs is a really good five-cent cigar.”  But of course, Will Rogers had to one up him!  Well, Will was a professional humorist.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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