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Jumble Spoiler – 10/19/21

Meet the Beatles for Real: The Beatles and American Bandstand

Visual Description:  Early Fab Four interview.


Clue/Question:  When asked if “She Loves You” would be a hit song, The Beatles said – – –

The Beatles Love Me Do 50 years on: Stuart Maconie on October 5, 1962, the  day the Swinging Sixties began - Mirror Online


(Talk about an ear-worm kind of song!  Even though I was only six years old when the song came out, I remember the huge impact it had here in the U.S.  The radio stations played it so much, and it was just so catchy that you’d be playing/hearing it in your head, long after actually hearing it.  My younger cousin, Doug, actually ended up crying, because he couldn’t get the song out of his head.  And, of course it was mainly the “Yeah, yeah, yeah” part!  My Mom, and the older generations, were pretty dismissive of The Beatles, when they first came out.  They weren’t fond of Rock and Roll in general, and they couldn’t stand their “mop-top” hair!  But the younger generations just ate them up!  Good times.

We seem to have a brand new clue word today, in “heyday”!  I double checked the world famous ralis95 clue word database, and it was nowhere to be found.  So, our good friend finally has a little updating to do!  And, all four of today’s jumbles are coming up as new.  I was able to see them all immediately though.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  But with all the repeating letters, I doubt that anyone struggled to get the final answer.

Super cartoon of the Fab Four.  From the top left, clockwise, we have:  George, Ringo, John and Paul.  I’m not 100% sure, but that might be Dick Clark interviewing them.  Definitely not Ed Sullivan!  I was at a 65th birthday party this past Friday, and they had a Beatles tribute band performing.  They were very good, and they got the party dancing.  Pretty good likenesses too.  And, yes, I did dance.  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Todd Park Mohr, of Big Head Todd and the Monsters!

Child Abuse

I think we need national, and international, standards when it comes to “the age of consent”. And, no group should be able to marry off their children until they reach the age of consent. — YUR

Alonge Bukola

Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that includes sexual activity with a minor. A child cannot consent to any form of sexual activity, period. When a perpetrator engages with a child this way, they are committing a crime that can have lasting effects on the victim for years. Child sexual abuse does not need to include physical contact between a perpetrator and a child. Some forms of child sexual abuse include:

  • Exhibitionism, or exposing oneself to a minor
  • Fondling
  • Intercourse
  • Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate
  • Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction
  • Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children
  • Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal
  • Sex trafficking
  • Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare.

How can I protect my child from…

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/30/21

Lance Mannion: The successful don't work any harder than the failures

I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.”   —   Will Rogers

(Better to be a kook, than a crook!  There is no honor in taking advantage of anyone, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy Birthday to the marvelous Johnny Mathis!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/07/21

Marie Osmond

If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.”   —   Marie Osmond

(It usually takes a little bit of time to realize that you’re going to laugh about something that didn’t quite go as planned.  And, it takes that little bit of time for the sting to wear off.  But that Marie Osmond is truly an American girl!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers!

Jumble Spoiler – 08/16/21

The Jolly Green Giant - YouTube

Visual Description:  From the valley of the jolly . . . Ho, ho ho . . .


Clue/Question:  They grew Iceberg, Romaine, Butter and Leaf, and the supervisor was the – – –

The Wild Reed: Engelbert Humperdinck: Not That Easy to Forget


(It’s good to have a title!  Back in the day when I was gainfully employed, mine was Chief Cook and Bottle Washer.  I was actually kind of a jack of all trades . . . master of none!  Those days were fun.

All of today’s clue words are welcome reruns.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have definitely seen “tuseg” sometime before.  “Afdur” always reminds me of Englebert Humperdink.  Some of you will know why.  The answer letter layout was a very impressive thirteen letter jumble.  Unusually large for a Monday.  And, wonderfully cryptic.

Fine farm scene cartoon.  It looks like she may be training some new pickers.  Boy!  Since the pandemic, good help has really been tough to find.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Tim Farriss of INXS!

No Spoilers for a few days!

I’ll be traveling for a memorial service.  See ya when I see ya!   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/04/21

Local grandfather clock store closing after 51 years [PHOTOS]

Visual Description:  Grandfather clock chiming!


Clue/Question:  The clock hands showed that it was 12 Noon at the – – –

Mary Baker Eddy's Grandfather Clock | Mary Baker Eddy Library


(Children are so honest!  They call things as they see them.  They don’t look like any hands I’ve ever seen, but they’ve always been called hands.  I don’t know anyone who has one big hand and one small hand either.  What’s that about?  I’m glad that they still teach kids how to read an analog clock though.  Digital clocks aren’t as reliable as the basic analog clock, and analog clocks make you think.  And, thinking is still important in this world, folks.

Somewhere, somehow, we’ve had “dimly” before.  But guess what?  It’s not on the current version of the ralis95 clue word database.  Somehow it escaped the boss’s attention.  I figure we’ve had it before because the jumble “lmiyd” is already a Tag!  Along with “nooez”.  The other two came up as new.  Marvelous letter groupings!  Makes my job a little easier!  I saw all the clue words immediately this morning.  The answer letter layout was a towering thirteen letter jumble.  Fairly cryptic, but it couldn’t hide the final answer from yer dear old uncle!

Great cartoon of a granddad showing his granddaughter his grandfather clock!  It appears to be chiming.  I hope that the little girl appreciates the lesson.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday, Rob Cieka, of the Boo Radleys!  (They had a great cover of “There She Goes”!  NOT about heroin!)

Jumble Spoiler – 07/30/21

OTD in History… September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris ends American  Revolutionary War | by Bonnie K. Goodman | Medium

Visual Description:  Ben and the Brits.


Clue/Question:  The 1784 Treaty of Paris, signed by the U.S. and Great Britain, was a – – –

Results of the Revolution - Treaty of Paris 1783 | Library of Congress


(Surrre it was.  Pretty much like all treaties, pacts, and agreements, it wasn’t really worth the paper it was written on.  As far as actual peace goes that is.  Otherwise we wouldn’t have had the War of 1812.  Of course our history books try to paint us in the more positive light, but the underlying reason for going into that war – like all U.S. wars of the 19th Century – had more to do with Expansionism, than anything else.  And, guess who suffered as a result of that?  That’s right.  The indigenous peoples on our frontier.  We are really good at putting lipstick on the pig!

All of the clue words already reside on the ralis95 clue word database.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen both “xtree” and “supea” before.  I had a bit of trouble unscrambling “mrenso”.  I had to skip it, and then come back to it.  I guess I’m not much for sermons!  The answer letter layout was another impressively long jumble.  I thought it was beautifully cryptic.  I was able to see MASTER pretty quickly . . . and then I PEACEd the rest together.

Great period peace cartoon.  Although, it was signed in 1783, not 1784.  The only easily identifiable person is Benjamin Franklin.  The guy to Ben’s immediate right looks like a little Fred Flintstone in a powdered wig!  I’m guessing that the dopey looking guy to Ben’s left is some British signatory, who’d never heard of John Hancock’s famous signature.  Another great Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Yesterday’s spoilers were delayed by auto issues, grocery shopping, and streaming “Mare of Easttown”.  Apologies.   —   YUR

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Happy 85th Birthday to George “Buddy” Guy!

Curtain Raiser

So much bad news, friends! The Amazon rain forest news might be the most distressing! We need to pressure Brazil into positive action, before it’s REALLY too late. — YUR


I Am Because You Are, Colltalers

As Haiti is set to bury assassinated President Jovenel Moïse while First Lady Martine, wounded in the attack, greets Haitians, the first 500K Covid shots arrived in the 11 million-plus nation. In Cuba, the westward island next door, dueling pro and anti-government rallies all call for a lift of U.S. sanctions.
The dream of a post-apartheid South Africa’s at risk for widespread unrest, looting, and killing of civilians, triggered by ex-President Zuma’s refusal to testify at a corruption probe. And in the front of new threats, humanity has just acquired a newer one: the Amazon Rainforest now emits more CO2 than it absorbs.
We begin with the virus that came to dine on us, Covid, and the one crucial reason for Haiti and other developing nations to have had almost no access to vaccines: Big Pharma’s monopoly over drug patents, many acquired after the…

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Curtain Raiser

The more things change . . . the more things stay the same! — YUR


The Truth Is No Safe Haven, Colltalers

After 12 years, Benjamin Netanyahu is no longer Israel’s Prime Minister. Successor Naftali Bennett has a similar mindset about the Palestinians, but there may be an opening for a reset in the region. The G7 just ended another purpose-free meeting by both ignoring Israel and the climate emergency.
Atmospheric carbon dioxide just hit its highest level in four million years as the U.S. braces for a record-setting drought. Don’t count on the Supreme Court though: it’s busy ruling on vote restrictions. Or the rich, having fun with tax-free rockets. But do count on Darnella Frazier to make us humans.
We start with two letters: one, an open “Letter Against Apartheid” signed by 1,600+ international artists, expresses solidarity with Palestinians and their plight for decolonization. The other is by a group of House Democrats to Attorney General Merrick Garland about the role the Justice Department…

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