Posts Tagged 'Puzzles'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/22/21

MEDICINE/ 1912 NOBEL PRIZE French Biologist ALEXIS CARREL Bronze Medal |  eBay

All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and receive help from other people.”   —   Alexis Carel

(Medical science owes a great debt to Dr. Carrel.  In particular in advancing vascular surgery.  Today’s Cryptoquote shorted him an R in his name, but we’ve had him here before.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/22/21

Mole & Gopher Control | Mole Trapping | Tyler, TX, East Texas

Visual Description:  Tunnels of love?

NCAKK  =  KNACK,  DIGEU  =  GUIDE,  DRSIAH  =  RADISH,  TNTNEI  =  INTEN  —   Giving us:  NKGUDRAINET

Clue/Question:  When the moles moved into their yard, the owners didn’t care for the moles’ – – –

California Center on Teaching Careers on Twitter: "Happy Mole Day! Mole Day  is an unofficial holiday celebrated by chemists and chemistry students on  October 23 in honor of the mole, a measuring

Answer:  UNDERTAKING

(And, that’s the mole truth, and nothing but the truth!  We usually hear more about mole hills – as in making a mountain out of a mole hill – but mole runs are a more common sight in my neck of the woods.  Fortunately for me, I’ve only had them in my backyard, where it’s a little more wild and natural.  They’re just a very minor nuisance.  But for someone’s pristine front lawn?  Ugh!  They’re a real eyesore!  And, I suppose they’re a bit of a hazard as well.  But moles can be beneficial to your yard/lawn . . . if you’re having a problem with grubs!  They love to eat grubs and beetles, and worms.  Hey.  They’re God’s creatures too!

All of today’s clue words have been used before.  However, it’s looking like all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  They all came to me right away.  I’m sure Ken could come up with a cute short story with these clue words!  The answer letter layout was an elusive eleven letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  After about 20 seconds I saw UNDER.  That left me with NKGAIT . . . for the TAKING!

Great suburban couple, looking out their living room window, at the two cute little moles.  I like how the runs are interspersed with a few mole hills.  Hey, they gotta come up for air!  Anyone remember the 1950’s horror move:  “The Mole People”?  It starred Beaver Cleaver’s dad, Hugh Beaumont!  I probably saw that movie at least three or four times on TV, when I was a kid.  They played a lot of ’50s movies on TV in the early to mid ’60s.  It was one of my favorites, along with “Creature From the Black Lagoon”.  Good, campy fun!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/21/21

More public input wanted on unleashed dogs in Chico – Chico  Enterprise-Record

Visual Description:  Pups unleashed.

VRWEA  =  WAVER,  AHTSS  =  STASH,  THYMHR  =  RHYTHM,  BARTIB  =  RABBIT   —   Giving us:  AERSTSRTMAIT

Clue/Question:  A dog that knows which houses to stop at to get snacks – – –

Pumpkin-Carrot Dog Treats | The Top Knot Kitchen

Answer:  IS TREAT SMART

(These dogs are from a bygone era.  Just about every community, that I can think of, has instituted a leash law.  It’s mainly for the dogs’ protection, but also so folks don’t end up with stray dog doo on their precious, pristine lawns!  Never mind that the vast majority of folks almost never step foot on their lawns!  They’re tended to by landscape companies, and the owners occasionally glance at them from their windows, or as they drive up their driveways and into their garages.  Too many Americans have become domestic isolationists!  Not yer Uncle though!  He’s out there two, three, sometimes four times a day, waving to – and talking to – whoever he sees.  American hospitality still lives, for some of us. 

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “bartib” in at least on prior Jumble.  Some people might argue that “rhythm” is a word that uses only consonants, but the letter Y is a bit of a switch-hitter.  Most of us remember that the vowels are: A, E, I, O, U . . . and sometimes Y.  Some folks forget about that sometimes part!  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  Sufficiently cryptic.  I picked up on the “Lady and the Tramp” vibe, so it was a quick solve.

Fine cartoon of the wandering pups.  Hmm!  The look suspiciously like Jeff’s dogs.  I sure hope that he doesn’t let his dogs run free.  The pooches could end up in the pound, and Jeff could be stuck paying a ticket/fine!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Charlotte Caffey, of The Go-Go’s!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/21/21

Rumi: the Musical | London Coliseum

Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”   —   Rumi

(I know that life can be tough – tougher for some, more than others – but we should be grateful for every single breath we take.  I don’t think that we are alone in the universe, but the kind of life that we know is such a rare thing of beauty.  None of us should take it for granted.  Nor this fragile planet that has given us this life.  Be grateful for every little thing that you have, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Charlie Lowell of Jars of Clay!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/20/21

Billie Jean King wants you to be “All In” on your authentic self | The 19th

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing toward being a champion.”   —   Billie Jean King

(All of us should have a good idea of our strengths and weaknesses.  And, also our thoughts, ethics and emotions.  Like Dirty Harry said in “Magnum Force”:  “A man’s got to know his limitations.”  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Daniel Tichenor, of Cage the Elephant!

Jumble Spoiler – 10/20/21

Antiekcentrum in Amsterdam - Antique Center | Amsterdam.info

Visual Description:  The antique find.

ZELAG  =  GLAZE,  CNHIF  =  FINCH,  SLJOET  =  JOSTLE,  LEEINF  =  FELINE   —   Giving us:  GLEFNHOSLEFLI

Clue/Question:  The quality construction of the 200-year-old bookcase gave it a – – –

Antique, Bookcase, English, Oak, Victorian Shelf - Antiques Atlas

Answer:  LONG SHELF LIFE

(I like it!  It’s adequately stinky.  And, a nice play on words.  They generally use the term “shelf life” in describing certain foods.  Dry goods mostly.  How long will they last – unopened – on your pantry shelf.  It’s similar to the ubiquitous “expiration date” on a lot of foods and medications.  It gives you a general idea of how long something is safe to eat/consume.  Some foods will have a “Use by date”.  And, some will say “Sell by date”.  You can still use something past its “Sell by” date, within reason.  The “Use by dates” and “expiration dates” are more serious.  But even they are more of a guide, than a hard and fast rule.  You need to use both your senses, and common sense, when it comes to these dates.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  It turns out that yesterday’s “heyday” had been used back in January of 2019.  And, of course it was a Sunday.  Our good friend ralis95 knows about it now!  All four of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  No stumpers today.  The answer letter layout was an impressive thirteen letter jumble.  But the final answer kind of jumped off the page, for me.

Cute cartoon of an antique shop.  Some people are always going to appreciate antiques, but the general popularity has waned over the last decade, or so.  They can be relatively expensive, and some require some special care.  Most people today are looking for cheaper, more care-free furnishings.  What I like most about antiques are the rich histories that come with them, and of course the craftsmanship.  They’re from a bygone time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Jim Sonefeld, of Hootie & The Blowfish!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/19/21

Poems to Help your Public Speaking: Emily Dickinson welcomes March -  Buckley School of Public Speaking

If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves.”   —   Emily Dickinson

(This sounds better in theory, than in practice.  But I do tend to address the small things first.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Karl Wallinger, of World Party!

Jumble Spoiler – 10/19/21

Meet the Beatles for Real: The Beatles and American Bandstand

Visual Description:  Early Fab Four interview.

YBEHA  =  HYENA,  CTAYH  =  YACHT,  ADEYYH  =  HEYDAY,  TQUEEA  =  EQUATE   —   Giving us:  HEAYAHHYYEAE

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

Answer:  YEAH YEAH YEAH

(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!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/18/21

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Car Collection - Art of Gears

I like to sit around the pool, listen to music, barbecue, grill, stuff like that.  Just the guy next door, I guess.”   —   Dale Earnhardt Jr.

(Isn’t barbecuing and grilling the same thing?  It is where I come from!  How about you folks from down South?  What do you say?  This was a pretty quick solve for me.  The hardest part was coming up with the author.  First Dale Earnhardt quote at the Cryptoquote!  So, we welcome Dale Jr. to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/18/21

Catch and Release Fishing Technique - FishingWorks

Visual Description:  Responsible angling.

XOPYE  =  EPOXY,  LYATL  =  TALLY,  GHUTTA  =  TAUGHT,  RUNCCO  =  CONCUR   —   Giving us:  EOYTALAHTCCUR

Clue/Question:  The angler released the fish back into the water and said – – –

Catch and Release - Best Practice | Poronui

Answer:  CATCH YOU LATER

(He lives . . . to swim another day!  And, now he’ll have a story to tell all the other fish.  Maybe, he’ll remember the experience and not bite at the next worm on a hook that he sees?  Doubtful.  I remember catching the same fish a couple of times, on the same day!  When they see food they eat it.  That’s the punchline to the old gag about being on a seafood diet!

We’ve seen all of today’s clue words in previous Jumbles.  Two of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  But we’ve definitely seen both “lyatl” and “ghutta” sometime before.  “Concur” is a big word in our house because of the movie “Catch Me If You Can”, with Leonardo DiCaprio.  He’s a young conman who, at one point, pretends to be a doctor after watching some episodes of “Dr. Ben Casey”.  His big thing was to ask all the real doctors:  “Do you concur?!”  And, of course he’d usually answer them: “I concur.”  The answer letter layout was a very impressive thirteen letter jumble.  Expertly crafted by David L. Hoyt!  But because of the final answer slots, I got the answer right away.

Fine cartoon of a happy, and responsible, fisherman.  Looks a little bit like my buddy, Mark!  He loves to go fishing in his kayak.  He’s mostly catch and release anyway, regardless of size.  It’s just a great way to spend time outdoors, communing with nature.  I got a kick out of the other fish under the water.  Great Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Peter Svensson, of The Cardigans!


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