Posts Tagged 'Puzzles'

Jumble Solved – 02/03/23

New Charles Clinkard Shoe Stores | Home › Blog

Visual Description:  Dos zapatos.


Clue/Question:  The new shoe store was about to open, and they were – – –

Asian woman buying new footwear in shoe store. European granny choosing  shoes in background. Stock Photo | Adobe Stock


(A nifty pre-stinky pun!  New shoes always smell great.  It’s only after they’ve been on folk’s feet for a while that they begin to stink.  It’s one of those facts of life.  We all have our individual scents, and some are stinkier than others.  In some cases it’s a matter of hygiene, but in just as many cases it’s a genetic/hormonal thing.  What are ya gonna do?  I think with teenage boys it’s probably a combination of the two.  They’re a little lax with the hygiene, and those hormones are raging!  Some folks are grossed out by other people’s feet, while others seem to be enamored with them.  I stand squarely in the center on the subject.  Generally, they don’t bother me, but I’ll never understand foot fetishes.  Of all the parts of the human body to be . . . attracted to!

All familiar old clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  They all came to me immediately.  The answer letter layout was a nifty nine letter jumble.  Very cryptically crafted.  But the hyphens and quotation marks made for a quick solve.

Great shoe store cartoon.  There’s the owner/manager, and two assistants/clerks, and plenty of pairs of shoes.  I like the name of the store:  Goody Two Shoes!  The shoes better be pre-paired.  Sane people don’t buy one shoe of one design or size, and another of another design or size.  Although, there are more and more fashion freak shows out there these days.  I know we’re all supposed to be non-judgmental these days, but some things really go beyond the pale.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 02/03/23

Leonard Nimoy 'cooked up' Star Trek's death of Spock for leverage, says  William Shatner

I have been, and always shall be, your friend.  Live long and prosper.”   —   “Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan”

(Said to Captain Kirk in the very dramatic death scene of Spock, as he’s dying from a fatal dose of radiation.  He has saved the Enterprise, and the lives of all on board, because:  “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”.  But, of course, the writers found a way of bringing Spock back to life in “Star Trek III:  The Search for Spock”.  How?  I don’t remember.  It was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.  No, wait!  That’s from that other space oddity . . . er, odyssey.  Well, these movie quotes have been fun.  No idea how long they’re going to go on, but I guess we’ll see.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/02/23

Devil's Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia – Reflections of a Misfit

Did you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?”   —   “Batman”

(This line was spoken by Jack Nicholson, as the Joker, in the first – serious – 1989 “Batman” movie, starring Michael Keaton.  There was the campy 1966 movie, based on the popular television show, and some serial shorts back in the 1940s, but this was the first of the serious feature films of The Caped Crusader.  I saw all the ones up to the George Clooney one, but after that I lost all interest in the newer ones.  I think I saw the first Christian Bale – Dark Knight – one, and most of one of the other ones, but that was enough.  All of these super hero movies are just a bit too much.  I know they’re all big box office draws, but I’m sure that’s for a younger crowd than I belong to.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Did anyone else’s newspaper print a microscopic Celebrity Cipher today?  I was able to solve it, but man . . . I have trouble reading them in the normal sized fonts these days!  I hope it was just a one-off.   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 02/02/23

New Coffee Stand In UES Subway Stop Aims To Caffeinate Commuters | Upper  East Side, NY Patch

Visual Description:  Drink fast, folks!


Clue/Question:  The people who purchased coffee on the train platform were – – –

The NYC Coffee Shop Subway Map - Thrillist


(This pun feels fresh ground!  But . . . maybe only because it’s taking place on a subway platform . . . this time.  This punny answer could also have worked for people purchasing coffee on a city sidewalk, or even inside any popular coffee bar.  But I like it anyways!  Although, if this were the New York City Subway system they would – presumably – have to drink their coffees quickly, as you are not supposed to bring any liquid in an open container onto any train car.  Whether, or not, that rule is strictly enforced is another matter entirely.

All of today’s clue words are on the ralis95 clue word database.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new.  Although, we have definitely seen “tubean” before.  A few days ago we had the clue word INHALE, but I noticed that the letters can make the word HALINE also.  It’s an adjective relating to the degree of saltiness.  Similar to SALINE.  There are a number of online references/definitions of the word, though no Merriam-Webster’s listing of the word.  I could buy the argument that it’s not a common/usual word, but when I was taking care of a pool in the summers, during my college years, the word was burned into my brain!  The answer letter layout was an elusive eleven letter jumble.  Superbly cryptic.  Initially, it had me stumped.  I guess I was trying to come up with something coffee related, or train related.  So I dropped it, and went on to do both the Celebrity Cipher and the Cryptoquote.  When I came back to it I got it immediately!  I wouldn’t be surprised if this gave some of you some trouble too.

Great cartoon of the commuters queuing at the coffee kiosk, while waiting for their train.  Lots of great detail in the cartoon.  You can tell that Jeff put a lot of work into this one.  There is even a rat running down below, along the tracks!  And the name on the coffee cart is perfect:  “Joe To Go”.  There is definitely a lot to like about today’s Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 02/01/23

Princess Bride' Line Connects Fan and Inigo Montoya Actor

My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my Father.  Prepare to die.”   —   “The Princess Bride”

(Another very funny movie!  Directed by Rob Reiner.  It starred a very young Mandy Patinkin, and a bunch of other great actors.  I think Inigo says this line five or six times!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

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Jumble Solved – 02/01/23

Best Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

Visual Description:  Run, run, run, as fast as you can!


Clue/Question:  When the fairy-tale cookie men shook hands, they did it – – –

Gingerbread man song | Leal Elementary School


(A wonderful, good smelling pun!  Fresh out of the oven.  I love gingerbread man/woman cookies.  I also love ginger snaps.  Not as much as molasses cookies, but they’re both a nice change of pace from the chocolate cookies I usually go for.  When I was a kid, my Mom used to bake a fine gingerbread cake!  It was really great.  She would always serve it warm, with a dollop of whipped cream.  Real, homemade whipped cream too!  SO good!  She also baked a chocolate upside down cake that was to die for.  She got the recipe from my Gramma, who got it from her friend, Emily.  The recipe calls it “Em’s Glop”!  So rich and decadent.  And, of course, that was also served with homemade whipped cream.  I used to bake when I was a teen, and I have the recipe, but I’ve never made it myself.

Old reliable clue words today.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen both “esege” and “latpn” in previous Jumbles.  They all came quickly.  The answer letter layout was great eight letter jumble.  But I saw the final answer very quickly.

Fun cartoon of a couple of bakers admiring their creations.  I think with the gingerbread men it’s less about crumbs, and more about breakage!  Especially when they’re a little over-baked, they can be pretty brittle.  I remember story time on the old “Captain Kangaroo” show.  One of the stories was “The Gingerbread Man”.  That show was so wholesome and educational, long before “Sesame Street” ever came along.  These Jumbles can be the catalysts to some great memories!  Be well and do good, friends.     YUR

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Jumble Solved – 01/31/23

A Netflix-Inspired Journey to the Astral Plane - The Ringer

Visual Description:  Evens vs. primes.


Clue/Question:  When the 3 started dating the 5, the result was – – –

Astral Projection Guided Practice | Gammadian Freeman, Insight Timer


(But together they make eight!  They’re really more odd individuals!  But THAT can’t be made into a silly pun, now can it?  It has been some time since the guys have given us one of their – primarily – numeric Jumbles.  I’m not quite sure what part that lonely letter A is playing in this gag.  I think he’s lost, and maybe he was looking for an A bar!  Hopefully, all are welcome in this establishment!

I say – with great confidence – that all of today’s clue words have been used before.  And, I also assert that all of today’s jumbles are coming up as new.  However, none of them were really very tough for yer dear ol’ uncle.  The answer letter layout though was an elegant eleven letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  I saw AN ODD right away, and the remainder gave me COUPLE.

Fine cartoon of numbers, and a letter, on some kind of graphic plane!  I think this must be one of Jeff’s rules when it comes to these numeric cartoons.  I like that they’re all drinking though.  It looks like the number 6 is kinda jealous!  Don’t worry, pal.  I’m sure that there is a 9 in your future out there.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 01/31/23

See the Stars of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Then & Now - E! Online

Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”   —   “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

(Good advice . . . from a hedonistic teenage slacker!  That being said, I’m a BIG fan of the movie!  It’s exceedingly funny, and a star-turning role for Matthew Broderick.  He’s had many other notable roles, but he will be forever remembered as Ferris Bueller.  Like I said to hal, I think we might be in for a series of movie quotes.  Change is good.  And that Mia Sara is a pretty little thing!  “Oh, yeah!”  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 01/30/23

What animals were the Ewoks modeled after? - Quora

You’ve failed, your highness.  I am a Jedi, like my father before me.”   —  “Return of the Jedi”

(WOW!  What an inspirational quote!  Truly life altering . . . NOT!  LOL!  I guess every now and then they throw in a totally irrelevant zinger, just to keep us on our toes.  I think that was the third of the original “Star Wars” movies, before they got cute, and came up with all the pre-quels and back story nonsense.  I gave up after the Jar Jar Binks fiasco, but I hear from some die-hards that the other films were much better.  My tolerance for “fantasy” has decreased over the years.  And I was never a fan of “Use the force, Luke!” to begin with.  It’s just a very thinly veiled: Have faith.  Don’t trust your eyes, or your own skills, just “use the force”.  Bleah!  Mystic nonsense!  The best thing about that movie was the Ewoks.  They were like bad-ass Teddy Bears!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS. Apologies for the erroneous Morgan Freeman birthday greetings the other day!  I thought that the Celebrity Cipher always used quotes from a celeb celebrating a birthday.  My bad.   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 01/30/23

284 Seniors Dining Illustrations & Clip Art - iStock

Visual Description:  A SeniorMatch meetup?


Clue/Question:  When they greeted each other at the restaurant at 12 PM, it was – – –

Gorgeous Old Couple on a Date in Vintage Restaurant Looking Through Photos  on a Smartphone, Stock Video - Envato Elements

Answer:  HI NOON

(A lunchtime liaison for latent lovers???  Perhaps!  Hey, everyone needs a little companionship!  And chances are that this is a widower and a widow.  Both consenting adults, trying to make a connection.  A lunchtime date is perfect because it gives them both enough time to make their afternoon naps!  I’m sure that one, or both will order the blue-plate special.  Do restaurants still offer those???

We have most definitely seen all four of today’s clue words in previous Jumbles!  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we’ve definitely seen “nmisu” some time in the past.  No real toughies today, for me.  The answer letter layout was a slant six letter jumble.  Kinda hard disguising a two letter and four letter word answer, but it was sufficiently cryptic.  The quotation marks always help too.

Cute cartoon of the two vertical seniors, greeting each other at the restaurant.  One using a walker, and the other a tripod cane.  Hey, all things will be equal if they get horizontal!  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  First they have to compare photos of their grandchildren, and exchange a laundry list of their aches and pains.  The gent is more impressed with her timeliness, but she seems a little hot to trot, throwing out the “handsome” right off the bat!  It’s a ballroom dancing term, kids.  It has something to do with the Foxtrot.  LOL.  I hope the date works out for both of them.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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