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Cryptoquote Solved – 10/13/22

Ayn Rand's Legacy of Unifying Social Cruelty

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”   —   Ayn Rand

(A very popular line with people who are – purportedly – rugged individualists.  But apparently the quote is mis-attributed to Ms. Rand.  There is no record of her uttering, or writing, these words.  But, in her book “The Fountainhead”, the main character, Howard Roark, does reply to the question:  “My dear fellow, who will let you?” with: “That’s not the point. The point is, who will stop me?” I have never actually read any of her works, but – from what I’ve heard – it sounds to me that she had a very negative reaction to the socialist/communist government that had taken over her Mother Russia Which is probably why she left, and came to America.  Libertarians love her, but she rejected the term “libertarian”.  All I really know is that while growing up everyone pronounced her name like Ann, but somewhere along the line the pronunciation became like Ine.  Considering her given name was Alisa, then changed to Alice, I have no idea where, or how, she came up with the pen name Ayn.  Maybe she was the Prince of her day?  Maybe Prince was a fan of her works?  Please excuse the mental diarrhea.  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 08/15/22

Career Training in Lincoln, RI - Spotlight on Lincoln Tech

Visual Description:  Alternative to college.


Clue/Question:  The instructor who taught the job training course taught the – – –

Apex Tech commercial | Now I can't phone you. You have to take the first  step! Here's a true blast from NYC TV past — a vintage Apex Technical  School commercial, with


(Well . . . that works for me!  The world is always going to need good plumbers, mechanics, electricians, HVAC people, med techs, etc., etc.  Those are the subjects that aren’t typically taught in colleges and universities.  And, not everyone is cut out for college, and the careers that they’re supposed to prepare you for, both men and women.  That’s why we have “trade” schools.

All of today’s clue words have been previously used here at the Jumble.  But it appears that all four of the jumbles are new.  Maybe “cugohr” was the toughest one to unscramble.  The answer letter layout was a twisty twelve letter jumble.  I keyed in on the first word ending in ING and came up with WORKING.  From the remaining LASCS the word CLASS appeared.

Fine cartoon of the adult education course students and their instructor.  Or, maybe he’s some kind of counselor, ascertaining the students’ aptitudes.  People aren’t always right for what they think they want.  Someone has to guide them, I guess.  Fun Jumble!  I had to go away for a couple of days.  I’ll try to catch up with the backlog tomorrow.  Thank you for your patience, folks!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 08/10/22

How important is Milan Kundera today? | Milan Kundera | The Guardian

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden.”   —   Milan Kundera

(Hey, a quote about cats two days ago, and today we’re . . . going to the dogs!  I love both, but I guess I’m more of a dog person these days.  They both have their virtues though.  This appears to be our first quote from the Czech writer, who’s been a naturalized French citizen for over 40 years.  He’s best known for “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”.  The gentleman is 93 years old!  So, we – finally – welcome Milan Kundera to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 08/02/22

Irritating Golf Habits, 27 Ranked

Visual Description:  Goofs attempting golf.


Clue/Question:  The golf ball that landed on the roof of the house was – – –

456 Golf Frustration Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStock


(Of course it was off course!  While some – strange – people enjoy owning a house that borders a golf course, it does come with the obvious perils.  Trespassers, divots in their lawns, dents in their siding, and the occasional broken window are the price you have to be willing to pay to watch a bunch of – mainly – hacks try to play the game of golf which “. . . is a good walk spoiled”, according to Mark Twain.  And, George Carlin’s opinion of golf is much more harsh.  But the best explanation of golf comes from Robin Williams.  It’s a classic.

Good ol’ reliable Jumble clue words.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “dluegs” in the past.  The answer letter layout was a tremendous twelve letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  But the the layout of the final answer slots made for a very quick solve.

Fun cartoon of David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek trying to play a round of golf.  The neighbor can’t be too happy about what just transpired, but he should be thankful that David didn’t break a window.  Stick to Spikeball and word games, fellas!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 07/28/22

Helen Keller - 2 Painting by Wayne Pascall | Pixels

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”   —   Helen Keller

(Well, for someone who’s always in the dark . . .  Just about everything is better when done in the company of a friend, or loved one.  More often than not, I’m walking with my Wally-boy, who of course is man’s best friend.  Especially in the summer months, I try to avoid the direct sunlight as much as possible, as my pale, pale skin is not really conducive to tanning.  Just burning.  Melanoma is a real concern for me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 07/27/22

Mark Twain's Grave – Elmira, New York - Atlas Obscura

Visual Description:  Samuel Clemens’ funeral.


Clue/Question:  Mr. Twain passed away in 1910, but he certainly – – –

Humor Quote MARK TWAIN I Did Not Attend Funeral Sent Nice Letter | eBay


(Ooh!  Now that is a wonderfully stinky pun!  A bit of a pen-name pun.  One that he picked up from his time working as a riverboat pilot, on the mighty Mississippi.  Besides being one of America’s favorite author’s, he was also a popular humorist and lecturer.  Maybe the most famous man of his time.

Familiar clue words.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we’ve definitely seen “ldeeu” before.  The answer letter layout was an elite eleven letter jumble.  I thought it did an excellent job of disguising the final answer.  I had to write out the consonants, in alpha order, and then the vowels, in alpha order, to be able to see the final answer.

Fine period piece cartoon of the mourners.  And, it looks like a pallbearer is shown holding one corner of Mr. Twain’s casket.  I’ve been a pallbearer a few times.  It’s one of those many hands make for light work tasks.  And, someone has to do it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 07/25/22 (Late)

How you can Be Sure That Your Roofer Won't Do a Bad Job | New Baltimore, MI  Patch

Visual Description:  Roofer madness!


Clue/Question:  If they were going to repair the roof before the next storm, they’d need to – – –

How to Check a Roofing Contractor's License in All 50 States


(“How you gonna do it if you really don’t wanna climb by standing by the wall?  Get your back up off the wall.”  Dat’s Kool . . . & The Gang, baby!  I used to be good at “Name That Tune”.  But now, with all the Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Harry Styles, etc. songs I just draw a blank.  And, you can pretty much totally forget about anything Rap, or Hip Hop!  I got Monday’s Final Jeopardy Rock & Roll Hall of Fame question – Stevie Nicks – but I whiffed on Friday’s Final Jeopardy Inaugural question, because I was thinking it was Tennessee’s gubernatorial inaugural ball, and NOT Al Gore’s Vice Presidential inauguration!  So, I thought it was Paul Simon’s “Graceland”, but the answer was Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al”!   And, I was SO sure I was right!  Oh, well.

We’ve seen all these clue words before.  Three of the jumbles came up as new for me, but we have seen “gfyog” before.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  I think the spacing of the final answer slots was my biggest clue.

Fine cartoon of a home owner, with a leaky roof, and a couple of roofers.  Nice storm clouds on the horizon.  And, a cute puppy dog pressing up against the window.  Sorry for the late posting.  Some days just get away from you.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 07/22/22

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center - Des Moines Hotel - overview

Visual Description:  Back to basics.


Clue/Question:  The couple stayed at a remote bed & breakfast.  They wanted to be – – –

The Rustic Inn in McCall, ID | Expedia


(A fantastically – stinky – Friday Jumble pun!  And, one of the longer final answers for a non-Sunday Jumble.  It looks like they’re staying at The Grizzly Adams’ B&B.  And, maybe they’re going to have to catch their breakfast themselves!  They better hope that they don’t become a bear’s breakfast!

All familiar old clue words today.  Although, it has been quite a while since Hoyt has used “midst”.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we’ve definitely seen both “innoo” and “campit”  in previous Jumbles.  I think Hoyt inn-advertantly broke one of his own rules!  One of his jumbles is part of the final answer!  Oh, well.  A fabulous fourteen letter answer letter layout jumble.  But I think with the quotation marks, and all the repeating letters, this became a pretty quick solve.

Great cartoon of the rustic hostelry.  It looks like the mountain man is so back to basics that he uses a quill pen and an ink-well.  I would not expect much in the way of amenities.  Their wake-up call is probably a rooster.  But at least no one should be bothering them.  Fun Friday Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 07/22/22

Sally Ride Is Getting Her Own Forever Stamp | Live Science

The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.   —   Sally Ride

(Either part of a longer quote, or maybe just a short answer to a reporter’s – or a child’s – question.  Sally was the first female American astronaut.  And, even though she was married to a fellow astronaut for nearly five years she was the first astronaut known to have been LGBT.  Tragically, she died of pancreatic cancer at the early age of 61.   This looks to be the first Sally Ride quote to be used at the Cryptoquote, so we welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/30/22

Marshall McLuhan Documents | The Library

There are no passengers on spaceship earth.  We are all crew.”   —   Marshall McLuhan

(And, some/many of us should probably be thrown in the brig!  Many for dereliction of duty.  And, others for outright mutiny!  There really is no “plan B”, folks.  Continuing in our wasteful ways is proving to be a recipe for disaster.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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