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Jumble Spoiler – 07/14/18

Visual Description:  The marathon match!


Clue/Question:  After the outfielder ended the 15-inning game, he was ready to – – –


(Other than the unnecessary – and slightly misleading – apostrophe, this was a great Jumble.  It’s a little ironic that it’s coming on the heels of the marathon Semifinal match at Wimbledon, between the American, John Isner, and the South African, Kevin Anderson.  After six hours and 35 minutes the South African prevailed.  That kind of beating will probably add to the unlikelihood of Anderson upending Djokovic in the Final match.  But, I’m about as casual a tennis fan as there is, so I don’t really care all that much who wins it.  I think there was probably more interest in the Women’s Final, which recently concluded, with Angelique Kerber upsetting Serena Williams.  Even though she lost, Serena won a moral victory, seeing as how she reached the Finals, just 10 months after delivering her baby.  And, at the ripening age of 36.  Congrats to both women!

We have another new clue word today, in “cache”.  Our buddy, ralis95, will have to update his world famous clue word database once again!  I hope all this updating isn’t wearing him out.  Two of the jumbles came up as new, with “zimea” and “treeso” having been used before.  I still think they are superior jumbles!  The answer letter layout was definitely cryptic.  The cartoon stuff and the leading nature of the clue/question is what led me to the answer.

The cartoon was really fun, with the moon high in the sky, and the clock showing 1 O’clock.  And, it is clearly the outfield.  I’m guessing that those are visiting fans in the stands, who are celebrating, as the Home team has the last at bat.  But, the scoreboard/clock makes it look like the Jumbles are the Home team!  Hmm!  Could we be looking at both a grammatical error, AND a Jumble – sorta – continuity error?  LOL!  Ain’t I a stinker???  I know my grammar and punctuation are far from perfect, but I just like getting my digs in, when I can!  I think this was a fairly tough Jumble , for a Saturday!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/13/18

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”   —   Guillaume Apollinaire

(This man died 100 years ago, but I think he might fit in pretty well in today’s world.  Most of us tend to overthink a lot of things, especially the things like happiness.  Just get your attitude in order, and try to live in the moment.  If my high school French serves me well, Guillaume is the French version of William.  It might be the only reason I was able to come up with the author’s name.  This is Gui’s first quote to appear in the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  Welcome to the Cryptoquote Club, sir!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/13/18

Visual Description:  The most hated Albanian-American in the world?


Clue/Question:  The shady pharmaceutical executive’s profits were – – –


(This guy makes Gordon Gekko look like Pope Francis!  Maybe the best thing about this Jumble is that this A-Hole was convicted, not for his price gouging, but on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiring to commit securities fraud.  I won’t be posting any photos of this massive S-Heel, and I won’t even give him the satisfaction of posting his name, because this sorry excuse for humanity deserves neither.

There are no new clue words today.  However, two of the clue words do spell out in alphabetical order.  And, they are “deity” and “glossy”.  I can’t remember ever having two such words in a single Jumble, but my memory is far from perfect.  All of the jumbles came up as new.  I was able to see all the clue words instantly though.  The answer letter layout was entirely another thing.  This beautiful 14-letter jumble had me guessing for over a minute.  I don’t think there was anything obvious about it.

Great courtroom scene cartoon.  The shmuck’s smirk is dead-on!  And, the expressions on the jury faces are priceless.  Unfettered capitalism is bad enough, but it’s made even worse when sociopaths like this are calling the shots.  The conspiratorial part of my brain has to wonder if maybe this cad was put out there to make the actions of other CEOs and CFOs look acceptable.  Nothing really surprises me these days.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/12/18

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”   —   Sydney Harris

(In case anyone was wondering, this quote is from the – now dead – author, and not the lovely – currently living – actress.  Just as with any machine, you can’t expect to work non-stop without breaking down.  If you don’t take the occasional break you might seize up, just like an engine that has burned off all its oil.  I like this next Harris quote:  “Terrorism is what we call the violence of the weak, and we condemn it; war is what we call the violence of the strong, and we glorify it.”  And, to take this thought a little further:  And if “They” are winning the war . . . just accuse them of atrocities.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/12/18

Visual Description:  Dealing with unsavory characters!


Clue/Question:  He longed to be a bounty hunter and planned to – – –


(I actually got the answer pretty quickly, but it took a couple of seconds for me to appreciate – or even get – the pun!  In order for bounty hunters to arrest the law breakers, they have to catch them.  And, very often they have to pursue them.  “Oh, okay!  I get it.  Bad cop, bad cop!”  Bounty hunters are a lot like cops in, some ways.

David L. Hoyt really is on fire with his new clue words!  He gave us another one today, in “pushup”.  No rest for ralis95!  His world famous clue word database continues to grow, and grow! 

I’m still NOT a fan of the “word” EMCEE.  A “Master of Ceremonies” is also known as an MC, via initialism, so why make up a “word” such as EMCEE?  With doctors do we write out EMDEE?  With Military Police do we write out EMPEE?  Does anyone drive an EMGEE?   What genius decided to make a 5-letter “word” out of a 2-letter initialism?  And then, what other geniuses decided that it should be accepted, and recorded, as an actual word?  Can anyone come up with ANOTHER “word” such as EMCEE???  And please, don’t give me a rapper’s name!

Back to the Jumble.  All of the jumbles appear to be new.  They were all pretty good.  I especially like “surbad”.  It’s like the combination of someone’s name, and a funky urban title.  The answer letter layout was 14-letter masterpiece!  I’m sure that it kept plenty of you scratching your heads.  And, speaking of scratching, Jimmy Kimmel has a funny joke about all of the Croatian soccer players’ names ending in IC – sounds like: itch!  He said it had him reaching for the calamine lotion!  I bet Kimmel would enjoy doing the Jumble!

Super funny cartoon!  Gotcha Bounty Hunters!  I wonder how much I could get for turning in either David, or Jeff?  I could use the scratch!  Has punning become an actual crime?  In today’s PC environment it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.  Not sure if the other WANTED character is supposed to be anyone well-known.  Can you guys make out the bounty hunter’s tattoo?  It looks like a cop dragging away a perpetrator!  Great stuff, Jeff and David.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/11/18

If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s important and then give it all you’ve got.”   —   Lee Iacocca

(I would’ve thought that we’d had a Lee Iacocca quote before, but I couldn’t find a Tag for him!  Hmm.  Well, Lee.  Welcome to the Cryptoquote Club!  Lee is still hanging in there at 93.  He’ll be 94 in October.  I’m betting he’s had a pretty good life.  Good for him!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/11/18

Visual Description:  Back in the saddle . . . for the first time!


Clue/Question:  The inventor of the saddle had the – – –


(It’s gotta beat bareback!  I’m not sure which the horse prefers, but I know very little about the majestic beasts.  I’ve ridden a large pony before, but never a horse.  I’m sure that some will call this a stinky pun though.

We have yet another new clue word today, in “jigsaw”.  The ralis95 clue word database is really getting a good workout lately!  More and more additions to it.  All of the jumbles appear to be new today also.  The only one that gave me any trouble was “gjwias”.  It’s kind of funny, because I was just looking up saws the other day, due to that carpenter Jumble.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble.  But, the quotation marks, the cartoon’s dialog, and the leading nature of the clue/question made getting the answer pretty easy.

Fine period piece cartoon.  Hard to tell exactly when and where this is supposed to be.  Could be the Tatars, or some other group from the Steppes of Eurasia.  Lot’s of horsemen in those regions.  Maybe Jeff will tell us who they are.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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