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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?

GRAWE  =  WAGER,  SEHAC  =  CHESS,  TRYMOS  =  STORMY,  COYNTO  =  TYCOON   —   Giving us:  WGEESSSORTYO

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

Betsy Ross, the woman who made the flag!

Answer:  SEW THE STORY GOES

(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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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/05/20

Alan Jay Lerner | Playbill

I sit down to write a lyric, and when I get up I’m usually about three pounds lighter.”   —   Alan Jay Lerner

(This is pretty much the same way I solve the Cryptoquote!  But, three pounds???  That seems a little excessive.  I figure two pounds, tops.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/04/20

Barbara Jordan 1936-1996

What the people want is very simple.  They want an America as good as its promise.”   —   Barbara Jordan

(A truly great American!  Smart as a whip!  Such a shame that she died so young.  I would’ve loved to have seen her as Prez or Veep.  But, it wasn’t meant to be.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/03/20

Was Ernest Hemingway a Spy? - HISTORY

What is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”   —   Ernest Hemingway

(I’m so glad that I’m a sociopath!  Just kidding, folks.  Ernest had a way of keeping things pretty simple.  This one took a little work getting started, but once I got going it went quickly.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/03/20

Special: Red Wing Shoe Factory Tour! | Red Wing Shoe Store Amsterdam

Visual Description:  Flirting with copyright infringement?

RBTEE  =  BERET,  TALGO  =  GLOAT,  CYAFIP  =  PACIFY,  NCRDHE  =  DRENCH   —   Giving us:  ERTGLTAIFDNH

Clue/Question:  The new shoe company was off to a great start and taking orders for shoes – – –

Red Wing Shoes - History, Philosophy, and Iconic Products

Answer:  LEFT AND RIGHT

(Oooh!  That’s a real stinker!  Not as stinky as my nephew Geoffry’s sneakers . . . back in the day.  Nor, his uncle/my brother Geoffrey’s boots . . . back in the ’70s!  In both cases we had to keep their shoes outside.  They did keep the raccoons away though.  Do all Jeff/Geoffs have stinky feet in their tween to teen years???

No new clue words again today.  But, don’t cha know, all of the jumbles came up as new!  I struggled to get “beret”.  I think I even spelled it out correctly, in my head, but was pronouncing it wrong!  Made me feel pretty silly.  The answer letter layout was a splendid twelve letter jumble.  Beautifully cryptic.

Fine cartoon of a fictional shoe company!  Cirque Solé Shoes!  Very clever name!  The boys really put their best foot forward today.  Today’s entry gets A+s all around!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/02/20

Bespectacled Birthdays: Sam Levenson, c.1957

You must learn from the mistakes of others.  You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.”   —   Sam Levenson

(Clever and true.  Sam looks like he was a jolly fellow.  His bio is – strangely – on the sparse side.  We’ve seen him here before though.  Possibly with this same quote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/02/20

4 Beach Activities to Do With Your Family | ACTIVEkids

Visual Description:  In Joisey, they’re at the shore.

SEFHR  =  FRESH,  YKALE  =  LEAKY,  BAREHL  =  HERBAL,  ANNCNO  =  CANNON   —   Giving us:  EHEKYEBCAN

Clue/Question:  They swam and built a sandcastle.  It was going wonderfully.  Everything was – – –

Family on beach making sand castles smiling - HOW Foundation

Answer: BEACHY KEEN

(Well, that’s just . . . peachy!  Of course, it’s a bit of a stinky pun.  But, it’s not like it’s low-tide, or anything.  Today’s Jumble reminds me of a once popular expression:  Life’s a beach . . . and then you die!

We’re having a successful run of no new clue words.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “ykale” before.  It took me a few looks to see “herbal”.  The answer letter layout was a splendid ten letter jumble.  Without the quotation marks this might have been a more difficult solve.

The cartoon has a little bit of everything.  A nice family, enjoying a picnic on the beach.  You can see the sandcastle they built earlier.  The waves are lapping the shore.  There’s a gull on the ground, and one in the air.  And, you have the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon!  “Who could ask for anything more?  Who could ask for anything more.”  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/01/20

Amazon.com: Artemus Ward (1834-1867) Npseudonym Of Charles Farrar ...

I am saddest when I sing.  So are those who hear me.  They are sadder even than I am.”   —   Artemus Ward

(America’s first stand-up comedian!  He was likely the inspiration for Josh Billings and Mark Twain!  Dude died of tuberculosis though.  At only 36!  I’m sure he probably had a passable singing voice.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/01/20

 

Similar to "Race for a Dollar," Trading Up asks kids to roll die ...

Visual Description:  A coin class clown?

REUVC  =  CURVE,  TOHOP  =  PHOTO,  FNELEN  =  FENNEL,  EEESDC  =  SECEDE   —   Giving us:  CRPOTNNEEE

Clue/Question:  Pennies make up 1/100 of a dollar.  That’s – – –

 

WHY WAS THE COMPOSITION OF THE PENNY CHANGED AND WHY DO WE ...

Answer:  ONE PERCENT

(Another fine stinky pun!  But, it makes me wonder how much longer our government is going to issue/mint pennies!  Copper is too expensive, and the cost of minting them exceeds the value of the coin.  Even using zinc and food coloring!  Or, whatever.  I think a lot of us probably have a pretty big stash of pennies somewhere in our houses.  The *pure* copper ones are probably worth at least 2¢ each!  The newer ones?  Eh!

No new clue words today.  But, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  Solving them was easy money, for me.  The answer letter layout was a de-cent ten letter jumble.  Nothing counterfeit about it.  Remember laughing – or sneering – at the yokels who would say “cash money”?  Little did we know how prescient they were with their redundancy!  Credit, debit and pre-paid cards.  PayPal, Venmo and Zelle.  Then, there’s Bitcoin, Litecoin, and a whole new slew of cryptocurrencies out there!  Crap that is beyond my ken.  Who knew that the rubes would be proven “correct”?  Well, I guess the increased popularity of Country music and NASCAR should’ve been a big hint.  Hey!  I’m an aging Rocker, who still says “cash is king!”  Pretty soon you’ll be able to see yer dear ol’ uncle at yer local tar pit.

Cartoon?  Teacher, rugrats, money.  I think that says it all.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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