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Belated Jumble Solved – 01/24/23

How to watch the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show | Mashable

Visual Description:  Winner, loser and whinnying loser.


Clue/Question:  If Westminster’s competition was for insects, the winner would be – – –

Who won the Westminster Dog Show in 2022? Breed results, group winners &  Best in Show | Sporting News


(I think that the judge is a little biased.  After all, it IS traditionally a dog show!  I mean I can understand not giving the blue ribbon to the horsefly.  They are nasty creatures.  But that corn farmer’s grasshopper is WAY cuter than a stinky old flea!  Fleas drink their hosts’ blood and pass along infections and diseases.  Ugh!  Maybe there was a talent competition, and the flea was a singer, or something.  Like in “Finnegan’s Flea”, one of my all-time favorite cartoons.  That would definitely make him a winner.

All four of the Jumble clue words are long time classics.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new for me.  But Hoyt has definitely used “rnwos” at least once before.  None were terribly tough though.  The answer letter layout was a tenacious ten letter jumble.  It did a fine job in disguising the final answer.  The quotation marks, in the final answer slots, were the biggest clue to the pun.

Ya can’t go wrong when Jeff gives us a cartoon with critters!  The horse and the dog are Knurek Klassics!  Initially, I did not even notice the grasshopper, but it was great too.  Even the flea, under a magnifying glass, is pretty good.  I liked how the judge was a bit of a poet.  A very entertaining Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Jumble Solved – 01/23/23

How to Clean a Dryer

Visual Description:  Washing worries.


Clue/Question:  The psychiatrist dried her clothes on low heat because she didn’t want to – – –

Craft Cottage - How To Felt Wool Sweaters for Craft Projects


(I guess this pun is more shrinky, than it is stinky!  I think I’ve heard that most psychiatrists actually see a shrink themselves.  I guess they don’t subscribe to “Physician heal thyself!”, which actually has a few meanings.  Maybe they’re keeping this other famous quote in mind:  “A Man Who Is His Own Lawyer Has A Fool for a Client”.  But everybody can use some help every once in a while, and you can’t always see your own problems as another set of eyes might.

Another day where all of the clue words appear on the ralis95 clue word database, yet all of the jumbles appear to be new!  It actually took me a few looks to see both “karate” and “encore”, one being of Japanese origins and the other being French.  The answer letter layout was a tidy ten letter jumble.  I thought it was well laid out and cryptic.  But the cartoon’s dialog and the clue/question kind of screamed out SHRINK!

Cute cartoon of the couple in their laundry room.  From the way the husband is speaking it sounds like he is a psychiatrist as well.  So, I think it would be nearly impossible for her to not SEE A SHRINK.  Ya know, when it comes to those kind of sweaters, if you don’t want to take them to a dry cleaners, you just wash them in cool water.  After the spin cycle is over you just find a place to let the sweater lie flat to dry.  It’s much safer than risking them in the dryer.  Even on low heat.  “Ancient Chinese secret!”  LOL!  That reminds me, Kung Hei Fat Choi to all those who follow the Chinese New Year!  So sad that a pathetic old man took out his deep-seated aggression on a group of innocent people.  I think he could’ve used a good psychiatrist.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Solved – 01/23/23

13 Different Types of Jellyfish You Should Know

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.”   —   E.E. Cummings

(I’ve got no major issue with the sea.  Salt water is supposed to be good for soothing your body, and all that stuff.  Just don’t drink it!  Also, they say that the sea is unforgiving.  And she is in many ways.  She’s home to killer whales, stinging jellyfish, a variety of sharks and other fishies with teeth that bite.  She also has riptides and rip currents that can really mess you up, or even kill you.  So, if you’re smart, you will show the sea the respect that she deserves.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Sunday Jumble Solved – 01/22/23

Parachute vs. Casper: Which Down Pillow Is Best?

Visual Description:  Answer to the My Pillow Guy!


Clue/Question:  After using the highest quality feathers to make the pillows, they were – – – 

Pre-Answer:  Two Words  (9-letters)  (7-letters)

9 Best Down Pillows 2023 | The Strategist


(A nicely challenging Jumble.  And a decent pun too.  I grew up using down/feather pillows, but they were all a bit long in the tooth!  I remember little feathers popping out of the seams, from time to time.  I’d think they’d be difficult to launder.  You probably have to take them to a dry cleaner.  Some people still swear by them.  I’ve generally used various foam pillows for the last 40 years or so.  Never bought a My Pillow!  But I do own a couple of memory foam pillows.  I like a single stand alone pillow, so the memory foam one works great for me.  But the wife likes to be elevated, and uses multiple pillows, with the memory foam one being the base.  She also thinks that, by itself, it’s too hard.  Obviously, there is no ChatGPT being used on THIS blog!

All of today’s clue words are on the ralis95 clue word database.  I was hoping maybe “osprey” might be new, but no.  Surprisingly, all of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  That is pretty impressive.  The only one to give me any serious pause was “pseory”.  Probably because the clue word starts with an O.  The answer letter layout was a spectacular sixteen letter jumble!  Wonderfully cryptic, with only four vowels.  My first inclination was that the first word was going to end in ING, but nothing solid was coming to me.  Then, for the second word, the word PERFECT just kind of jumped out at me!  With the GTOIDWRNH remaining I was still thinking the first word would be ending in ING, but I couldn’t do anything with TODWRH!  Abandoning the ending in ING helped me to see DOWNRIGHT . . . and the pun!

Simple cartoon of the pillow maker, and the potential customer.  I liked the sewing machine and the big bag of goose down, for stuffing the pillows.  And there are a couple of completed pillows on the opposite table.  Nothing fancy was needed today, so that’s what we got.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Jumble Solved – 01/21/23

Hunting Cartoons: The Back Pew - BP

Visual Description:  Casual deerstalkers.


Clue/Question:  The hunters didn’t see any deer, but they did get to – – –

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(That’s my kind of hunting!  I fully understand the need for hunters, in this day and age, but I don’t think I, personally, could actually kill an animal.  It’s just not in me.  I’m too tenderhearted.  And too spoiled, I guess.  I don’t like to think about how the sausage is made.  I wouldn’t necessarily call this a stinky pun.  Maybe just a little . . . gamey.

Four classic Jumble Clue words.  We’ve seen them all on a number of occasions.  But I believe that all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  I say “believe” because I started this yesterday, and saved it as a draft, and WordPress hides the Tags once you start writing the body of the post.  The Tags are where I enter the jumbled words.  But I also check off any jumbles, on the newspaper or print-out, as I’m checking the Tags, and there are no checks to these jumbles.  Regardless, they were not particularly difficult to unscramble.  The answer letter layout was an elevated eleven letter jumble.  Decently cryptic.  The cartoon and the clue/question set it up for a quick solve.

The cartoon is very amusing.  With the two guys just enjoying their cups of coffee, and hanging out.  I like the – ironic – deer watching them from behind a distant tree!  The two hunters look like they could even be brothers.  Ya gotta wonder if they’ve ever shot anything!  I think they just need a reason to get out of the house every once in a while.  I can relate.  Fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google, and Jeff Larson

Cryptoquote Solved – 01/21/23

Introducing Anne Frank to a New Generation - WSJ

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”   —   Anne Frank

(And today we get a message of hope and optimism!  I hope that the NY Giants win tonight, and the Buffalo Bills win tomorrow afternoon!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Solved – 01/20/23

Nelson Mandela - Quotes, Spouse & Death - Biography

Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front.”   —   Nelson Mandela

(It’s really great seeing all of the recent quotes from people of peace!  Gandhi is long gone.  King is gone.  And Mandela is gone too.  Thankfully, people like Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg have picked up the mantle of civil rights, peace . . . and sanity.  Let’s not dismiss them as naive.  Life/the world can be a beautiful place, for all of us, but we all have to do our part.  Sometimes just not being an obstructionist is enough.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Solved – 01/20/23

Kangaroos overrun small Australian town

Visual Description:  The Hobart Globetrotters!


Clue/Question:  The Kangaroos were winning the basketball game because of all their – – –

Aggressive Kangaroos Are Attacking Selfie-seeking Tourists in Australia


(I’ve heard of wheel-chair basketball and donkey basketball.  And I’ve heard of kangaroo boxing.  But I’ve never envisioned kangaroo basketball.  Their upper limbs look kind of weak, compared to their very impressive lower limbs, but with the advent of the “Air Bud” movies . . . why not?  Animals doing human activities can be very entertaining.  And, if nothing else, the very idea can make for an amusing Jumble!

No surprise that all of the clue words have been used before.  I’ve made a few suggestions – some of them even completely “politically correct” – to the guys, for new clue words, but so far just crickets.  Makes you wonder if they even bother to read our blog anymore!  At least three of the jumbles are new.  But we have definitely seen “nhett” in a previous Jumble.  They were all a slam dunk for me today.  The answer letter layout though was another twisting turnaround jump-shot of a twelve letter jumble!  A fair dinkum jumble, Hoyt!  Good on ya, mate!

The cartoon is jam-packed with hilarity!  Besides the kangaroo players – two of them executing a beautiful alley-oop – on the court, there is also an announcer and color team of a duckbill platypus and a koala bear.  Not totally sure which is which, but that really doesn’t matter.  They’re all really cute.  A fun finally Friday Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Jumble Solved – 01/19/23

Great Wall of China: photo, its length and construction history

Visual Description:  Ancient Chinese . . . History.


Clue/Question:  To build China’s famous system of walls, they went to – – –

12,164 Great Wall Of China Panorama Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free  Images - iStock


(It is an engineering marvel!  And today it is probably China’s greatest tourist attraction.  But I hear they also have some really inspiring gorges.  I hear they’re . . . gorgeous!  And there is The Forbidden City & Imperial Palace in Beijing.  The Terracotta Army.  And that place where they raise all those Giant Pandas!  China is a big country, with plenty to see.  If Jeff Knurek hasn’t been there yet, I’m sure that it is on his bucket list.  I know I’d love to visit.

All of today’s clue words are on the ralis95 clue word database.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new though.  We have definitely seen “giwhe” at least once before.  All the clue words came to me pretty quickly.  The answer letter layout was another terrific twelve letter jumble.  It is a magnificent structure . . . much like the Great Wall.  Decently cryptic too.

The cartoon seems to be of a college history class.  The professor is standing at his lectern, pointing to the map of China.  The one student is getting away with a stinky pun of his own!  A doubly funny Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Solved – 01/19/23

Greta Thunberg vs Andrew Tate: 6 times the Swedish climate activist  out-trolled the Twitter trolls | Euronews

We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.”   —   Greta Thunberg

(Another one of the dynamic young women who are trying to save us all . . . from ourselves!  Her work as an environmental activist is inspiring a whole new generation in curtailing global warming.  This appears to be the first of her quotes at the Cryptoquote.  So, we welcome Greta Thunberg to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

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