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We need to reject the politics of fear! And, I think our government could use a healthy infusion of estrogen. Get out and vote tomorrow, friends! — YUR

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We Need a Record Turnout, Colltalers

Climate change, immigration and asylum rights, healthcare, women’s choice, racial and sexual rights, gun control, wage and labor reform, voting rights, plus your own picks. By now, most Americans should have this down. Now let’s go voting them on Tuesday.
Before anything, billions around the world believe we’ll do the right thing. Sharing values of solidarity, independence of mind, and compassion, they’ll stand with us when we say no. And the suddenly global-relevant U.S. midterm elections can deliver just that.
The diminished importance implied on the title has nothing on the reality of these massive election, though. All 435 House seats are technically up for grabs, along 35 of the 100 Senate seats, 39 governorships, and an onslaught of measures and initiatives – pot expanding legalization, freedom of religion, and animal rights, among them – to be decided by federal, state or local communities.

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Spoilers likely Suspended for the next week!

Sorry about the late notice.   —   YUR

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If you’re not happy with things, make sure you get out and vote on November the 6th. (And pray that the obscene gerrymandering isn’t a factor this time, like in 2016.) — YUR

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The Only News Fit to Print, Colltalers

A journalist was murdered by rulers of his own country. A toddler, separated from relatives by immigration, showed up in court alone. A torture apologist got to lead the presidential race of the world’s fifth-largest nation. These were breaking news last week.
And yet, in the U.S., news was the 10-minute rant-and-praise the president performed at the White House by a mentally unsound superstar. That’s the absolutely unintended truth hidden in Trump’s, and every would-be dictator’s, motto: ‘the press is the enemy.’
It is not, of course, and besides all it means for a healthy democracy, the most consequential role of a free press is to present facts as they actually are, and reality as it unfolds. That requires courage, expedience and trust that the reader doesn’t need help sorting out the content. And yet, if a news organization is driven by ratings…

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/14/18

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Visual Description:  Aroma ambush.

FCEETF  =  EFFECT,  RSMOYT  =  STORMY,  FONRUF  =  RUNOFF,  VARSIO  =  SAVIOR,  NGLOBE  =  BELONG,  WOSNID  =  DISOWN   —   Giving us:  ECTSTRNFAORENDN

Clue/Question:  He’d gotten a job in the men’s cologne section and was now – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (5-letters)  (3-letters)  “(7-letters)”

Image result for fragrance spritzer

Answer:  FRONT AND SCENTER

(Beautiful pun!  Stinky in so many ways!  With the advent of modern, good hygiene it’s hard to understand why – otherwise rational – people would want to immerse themselves in perfumes and colognes.  I think part of it is tradition/conditioning, and the other is effective marketing.  They tell us these scents are so alluring, and they will make us more desirable.  And, we buy into it, hook, line . . . and stinker!  Too many of them are either over flowery, or they smell like bug spray, to me.  And, some people don’t seem to understand what constitutes enough, and what is too friggin’ much.  Soap, powder, and deodorant – daily – is all anybody really needs.  And, I know some people who don’t even need deodorant.  I go for the trifecta though.  People who spray others, without permission, should be charged with assault with a toxic substance.

All of Sunday’s clue words are old favorites, but all of their jumbles appear to be new.  Hey there, ralis95!  Just an FYI.  The word “runoff” comes up under the F’s, as the Alpha Equivalent of the Word “ffnoru”.  A mild snafu.  The answer letter layout was a nice 15-letter jumble.  Nothing about it was obvious. 

Nice department store cartoon.  Pretty soon we’ll have to explain to the kids what these were.  Amazon.com, and other online shopping venues, are killing the department stores.  Interesting times we live in.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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No Spoilers Today – 10/13/18

. . . and Sunday’s and Monday’s will be late!  Sorry for any inconvenience.  Be well and do good, friends.   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/07/18

Visual Description:  Period of acclimation.

CAITIL  =  ITALIC,  SDUNED  =  SUDDEN,  WODTAR  =  TOWARD,  REGYUN  =  GURNEY,  FANNTI  =  INFANT,  CAUCER  =  ACCRUE   —   Giving us:  ITASDETWDUNEIATAE

Clue/Question:  She wasn’t sure she was going all the way in the water and had a – – – 

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  “(4-letters)  (2-letters)  (3-letters)”  (8-letters)

Answer: WADE IN SEE ATTITUDE

Corrected Answer: WADE IN SEA ATTITUDE  (see the comments)

(Classic stinky puns always make for the best Jumbles!  And, today’s was a classic play on words.  Lots to like about this Jumble.

None of the clue words are new today.  Which is just as well, because ralis95 rarely does the Sunday Jumble.  But, all of the jumbles came up as new.  I had to skip over both “gurney” and “accrue”, because the jumbles were so good.  I was able to see “gurney” the second time around, after toying with the idea of either gunnery or  urgency, but lacking a letter in each case.  But, I had to back into “accrue”, which is a testament to Hoyt’s great jumble, because I’ve gotten “accrue” much more easily in the past.  The answer letter layout was an impressive 17-letter jumble, but the answer came to me quickly, even without the A and E of “accrue”.

I’d have to credit Jeff’s great cartoon at setting up the answer for me.  The woman is clearly just wading, while the hubby and child are enjoying being more fully submerged.  It looks like another family surrounding a fire pit further up the beach, although they’re awfully close to the water for a fire.  And, the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon is always the cherry on top!  Great Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Tough) Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 09/30/18

Visual Description:  DIY travel planners.

HHENPY  =  HYPHEN,  GEINNS  =  ENSIGN,  DULCOY  =  CLOUDY,  BEGLIR  =  GERBIL,  RWHAMT  =  WARMTH,  DARMED  =  MADDER   —   Giving us:  HHEENSCLOGRIWAHADD

Clue/Question:  He wanted to go to the mountains.  She wanted to go to the beach.  So they – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (8-letters)  (4-letters)  (3-letters)  (3-letters)

Answer:  SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW

(I spun my wheels for quite a while on this answer!  I feel the boys may have used a little misdirection on this one.  Maybe I’m just a little old to pick up on this kind of answer.  I knew the first word had to end in ED, but I thought words two and three were EACH OWN.  That left me with HHSLGRIAD, and I couldn’t do squat with that.  I went to a sports bar to watch my team, came back and offered it to my daughter and her boyfriend.  The junk I wrote in negatively affected them, and they put it down to try later.  I picked it up again and thought the first word might be related to COMPROMISED, so I Googled synonyms and got excited when I saw CONCEDED, but there was only one C.  From that search it finally hit me!  SEARCHED!  After eliminating those letters HIGH AND LOW made a ton of sense.  For a while I thought maybe some of the circles were in the wrong spots.  Nope.  Just a tough Jumble.

No new clue words, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  I had to skip and come back to both “ensign” and “gerbil”.  I’m very glad I didn’t have to back into either one of those words, all things considered.  Needless to say, I think the answer letter layout is a master jumble!

Fun cartoon.  Once you have the answer it’s obvious what the couple are doing!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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