Posts Tagged 'Puzzles'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/18/21

Best Evelyn Anderson Quotes with images to share and download for free at  QuotesLyfe

Speeches are like steer with horns  –  a point here a point there and a lot of bull in between.”   —   E. Anderson

(Very true.  From what I could tell, this quote comes from Evelyn Anderson.  She is new to the Cryptoquote, so we welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club today.  I couldn’t identify a photo of her!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/18/21

Best sights in London & Surrounding Area|UK Tour Center

Visual Description:  England swings like a pendulum do.


Clue/Question:  The popularity of London’s famous clock tower was at an – – –

Scaffolding bill on McAlpine's Big Ben refurb tops £3.5m | News | Building


(For me, this was a little bit of a letdown, after yesterday’s tricky Jumble.  Maybe, it was the final answer slots.  Maybe, it was the L’s and H’s.  But this Jumble pun was like a clarion call.  It rang out loud . . . and clear as a bell.  I remember seeing the Tower of Big Ben . . . about 30 years ago, or so.  And of course, the rosy red cheeks of the little chil-dren.

We have seen all of today’s clue words  in earlier puzzles.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have seen “tartho” before.  The answer letter layout was an entertaining eleven letter jumble.  Fairly cryptic.  I think that the hyphen also had something to do with my quick solve.

Fine cartoon of tourists buying souvenirs in Jolly ol’ London town.  Scaffolding around a famous landmark always is a letdown.  But there are so many things to see in London.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Belated Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/12/21

A splash of gin for Dorothy Parker in final resting place in New York |  World | The Times

I require only three things of a man.  He must be handsome, ruthless and stupid.”   —   Dorothy Parker

(I wonder if she would settle for two outta three?  Dorothy was very intelligent, with a very sharp tongue.  I think she would probably tear me to pieces!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Belated Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 09/12/21

Vincent van Gogh | Biography, Art, & Facts | Britannica

Visual Description:  Van Gogh and his tools.


Clue/Question:  The artist had never sold a painting until now.  This was his first – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (5-letters)  (4-letters)  (7-letters)

pao sanvi on Twitter: "@saatchi_gallery Vincent van Gogh painted  agricultural scenes, farmers at work, fields of wheat, trees and nature"


(Last Sunday there was a lot going on, with it being the first Sunday of the Pro Football season, and with my step-son from Honolulu visiting.  I got the six clue words without a problem.  I even left them blank, so my daughter could look at it too.  But I did write down all the letters of the answer letter layout.  Sixteen letters is a nice sized Jumble.  But after reading the clue/question I was drawing a blank!  Absolutely nothing was coming to me.  So, I went to watch my game, and then socialized with the family.  I’ll get to it tomorrow, I told myself.  Famous last words!  Almost the entire week went by, and I hadn’t even looked at it again.  A couple of hours ago I got an e-mail asking why I hadn’t posted the Sunday Jumble Spoiler.  So, I took it off the top of the pile of papers, and gave it a look with fresh eyes.  At first it was just like last Sunday.  Nothing.  But then, something rang in my skull that the four letter word had to be WITH.  So, figuring it was something WITH something made me see BRUSH . . . for the first word.  Then the floodgates opened!  SUCCESS!!!

All of the clue words were familiar to Jumble aficionados.  Five of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  The only one we’ve definitely seen before was “spopeo”.  I thought that the answer letter layout was a spectacular sixteen letter jumble!  Last week it really stumped me.  I just didn’t know where to start.  I guess my intuition was just off that day.

Great cartoon of Vincent Van Gogh, somewhere in the South of France.  I guess it could be Arles.  I suppose the other guy could be his friend Paul Gauguin.  They were both kind of outcast painters that just sort of found each other.  Hey, everybody needs a friend!  Very challenging Sunday Jumble, for yer uncle!  How about you guys?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/17/21

Dog Digging - Stop Dog Digging - Kathy Santo

Visual Description:  Bad diggity dog!


Clue/Question:  The dog that destroyed his morning newspaper and flowers was an – – –

10 Irish Breeds You May Not Know About - Barking Out Loud, a blog by  Findster


(I found this Jumble pun to be very challenging!  I guess I didn’t pick up on the line “His breed is very playful.”  I knew the first word started with a vowel, because of the clue/question ending in “an”.  But, I first thought it might be UTTER.  And, then I went with UPSET.  But in each case I couldn’t do anything with the remaining letters.  Then I thought the second word might be TERRIERS, but I was short an R.  So, before I realized this, I looked up types of terriers, and saw Irish.  When I re-wrote all the answer letters, I checked off S I R H I.  And, that left me with E S T U R T P E.  I knew Jeff’s drawing of the dog didn’t look like any terrier I’d ever seen.  Too big, with floppy ears and a long tail.  I saw UPSET – again – this time in the remaining letters, and then the light came on!  An Irish Setter who upset his neighbor!  Brilliant!

From this end, it looks like we have a new clue word in “unhurt”.  I suppose it could have been used in an earlier Sunday Jumble, but ralis95 will definitely be seeing it today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “rhidt” before.  The answer letter layout was an excellent thirteen letter jumble.  It disguised the final answer wonderfully.

Fun cartoon of the naughty doggie, and the – probably – estranged neighbors.  The victim looks like a Mr. Wilson type!  My Golden liked to dig, when she was tied up outside, which wasn’t often, but . . .  A fun and challenging Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/17/21

EMILE ZOLA - watercolor portrait Painting by Fabrizio Cassetta

If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you:  I came to live out loud.”   —   Emile Zola

(I wonder if Emile was the first to use the phrase to live out loud?  It certainly has been popular since the Anna Quindlen novel of the mid ’90s, and the movie of 1998.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/16/21

The History of Coco Chanel - Blog – Opulent Jewelers

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”   —   Coco Chanel

(Unless . . . you have a nice, heavy sledgehammer!  LOL!  No.  We should always try to avoid exercises in futility.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Betty Kelley, of Martha & The Vandellas!

Jumble Spoiler – 09/16/21

VE-Mpls-11.3.11-016_full – Vertical Endeavors

Visual Description:  “It’s a put on.  It’s a put on.”


Clue/Question:  The cost to use the facility’s new rock-climbing walls seemed – – –

Vertical Endeavors Duluth- Indoor Rock Climbing | Explore Minnesota


(Definitely pricey!  This must be in the city.  Those young upwardly-mobile professional types just love wasting their money on this kind of thing.  I think you’re much better off going to one of those axe throwing places.  Some of them charge about $25 an hour, and it’s a great way to work out your frustrations.  You can put up a picture of your boss.  Thwack!  Or, a picture of your ex-spouse.  Thwack!  Or, a picture of just about anyone who has pissed you off.  Thwack!    Aahhh!

All of today’s clue words already reside on the ralis95 clue word database.  However, all of today’s jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  They all came to me pretty quickly.  The answer letter layout was a tremendous twelve letter jumble.  A lovely ascent.

Great cartoon of an indoor rock-climbing facility.  I wonder if they offer a discount if you forgo the safety cable?  You’d have to sign a waiver, I’m sure.  This is mainly for fit people, right?  Do the chunkier folk partake of indoor rock-climbing?  Hmm.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy Birthday to Kenny Jones, drummer for The Who!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/15/21

Portrait of Nye Bevan by Walter Stevens Cole, 1942 – People's History of  the NHS

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road:  they get run over.”   —   Aneurin  Bevan

(Oy!  And, I was worried about Middle Eastern names, and such!  It’s hard to believe that the Welsh are even part of the United Kingdom.  Even though we’ve had a quote from Mr. Bevan before, I did have to Google Aneurin to get his last name.  I’m glad to see that he was a fellow beer drinker!  Always a good source for finding a middle ground.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Mitch Dorge of Crash Test Dummies!

Jumble Spoiler – 09/15/21

ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL UNIFIED BOWLING TOURNAMENT - Special  Olympics Indiana - Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties

Visual Description:  Bowling with the Punsetters!


Clue/Question:  When the last member of their bowling team arrived, they were – – –

Monroe team sets record at state bowling tournament


(Set ’em up.  Knock ’em down!  Set ’em up.  Knock ’em down!  Bowlin’, bowlin’, bowlin.  Keep them Jumblers rollin’.  Keep them Jumblers rollin’ . . . Naugahyde!  Been quite a while since we’ve seen David L. Hoyt in a Jumble cartoon.  Let alone him AND Jeff Knurek.  More often we see just Jeff, or Jeff and one or more of his family members.  It’s nice to see ol’ chrome dome again!  Hey, maybe David could audition for the part of Blofeld, in the next Bond film!  LOL!  I hope he’s not allergic to cats!

Monsieur Hoyt chose to use all well-seasoned clue words for this Jumble.  However, he was very careful to craft all original jumbles this day.  None of them stumped yer uncle though.  His answer letter layout was an elegant eleven letter jumble.  I found it suitably cryptic.  I think the clue/question’s leading nature, and the final answer slots were the big clues.

Great cartoon of Jeff and David – and company – at a bowling alley.  Maybe one of the boys will chime in and reveal the identity of the other two teammates.  Bowling is a lot of fun.  I usually do better after a couple of beers.  But there is a limit.  Too many beers is a formula for disaster.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger!


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