Posts Tagged 'Puzzles'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/12/21

Attack on the Capitol broken down into 24 hours in Hulu special - ABC News

Active natures are rarely melancholy; activity and sadness are incompatible.”   —   C. N. Bovee

(This one took some time getting started.  Once I settled on ARE RARELY the rest fell into place.  I don’t remember him, but apparently we’ve had a C. N. Bovee quote before.  Just as with the BLM protests, I wonder if this pandemic shutdown is partially responsible for the right-wing attack on the Capitol Building.  Folks who don’t have a job to go to have too much time on their hands!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/12/21

Shore Board brings ocean ads just off the beach

Visual Description:  Boating and fishing billboard.


Clue/Question:  The fishing boat owner wanted more customers, so he put up a billboard to – – –

01/14/2016 | Area Boat Prepping For 'Wicked Tuna' Television Spotlight | News Ocean City MD

Answer:  REEL EM IN

(Is this a fishy smelling pun, or what?  Of course it is.  Why did the guys float this upon us hook, line and stinker.  Just for the halibut!  After all, they know – net net – that they’re the only game in town.  Well, Jumble game that is.  It gives them a license to krill.  Oooh!  I’m really sorry for that last one folks.

As you might have guessed, there are no new clue words today.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve been exposed to both “xtree” and “blineb” sometime in the past.  No stumpers for me today.  The answer letter layout was another great eight letter jumble.  Not obvious.  It was the combination of the apostrophe and the answer letter slots, along with all the fishing talk going on, that made this like shooting fish in a barrel.

Fine big billboard cartoon, down the shore, near a pier.  There’s a seagull perched upon the billboard, and a trawler off in the distance.  Plus – almost imperceptibly – Jeff snuck in the classic sinking sailboat!  I always give him bonus points for that!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Stay away from any boat called the S.S. Minnow, folks!  Sadly, we lost our beloved Mary Ann Summers recently.  Yes, the lovely Dawn Wells passed on at the tender age of 82, from complications related to COVID-19.  Rest in peace, Dawn.   —   YUR

Dawn Wells dead: Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island dies at 82 |

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/11/21

How Washington Irving Awakened Rip Van Winkle | by Patrick Parr | The  Startup | Medium

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.”   —   Washington Irving

(One of America’s earliest, and greatest, writers!  We know him mainly for his short stories, such as “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, but he also wrote a number of acclaimed biographies on Christopher Columbus, the prophet Muhammad, Oliver Goldsmith, and a five volume one on his namesake, George Washington.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/11/21

Cleared and Ready for Takeoff: New York City Week - Central Park (repost)

Visual Description:  Mr. and Mrs. Ed.


Clue/Question:  The horses had been married for years and liked being – – –

Advancing with Watercolor: Darks against Lights “A Hansom Cab” - YouTube

Answer:  HITCHED

(And, what a hansom couple they make!  Yeah.  That’s right.  Two can play at this game.  LOL!  Maybe her name is Daisy.  And though they didn’t have a stylish marriage, Ed could afford a carriage.  And, they do look sweet, pulling down the street, with a couple from Kalamazoo!  Thank you!  Thank you!  I’ll be here all week.  Try the veal!

We continue with all classic clue words, today.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have unquestionably seen “vawee” and “gehed” before.  For me, they were all gimmes today.  The answer letter layout was sinch . . . at seven letters.  Dollars to donuts we’ve seen this final answer a time, or more, before!

Great cartoon of a hansom cab, likely driving through a city park.  The Brits call it a cab, while we – correctly – call it a carriage.  Why can’t those Limeys learn proper English???  I really like it when Jeff draws horses.  Especially talking ones!  He gives them so much character!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/10/21

The Paris Review - Blog Archive Escaping Samuel Johnson - The Paris Review

When calamity has been suffered, the first thing to remember is how much has been escaped.”   —   Samuel Johnson

(Hopefully, there has been something that has escaped the calamity.  I don’t think that Samuel Johnson ever experienced a massive:  hurricane, or tornado, or tsunami.  But, the quote does have a lot of merit.  If you escaped with your life, and the lives of your loved ones, you can survive most calamities.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/10/21

Skydiver Leaps From Stratosphere in 'Space Jump' Practice | Space

Visual Description:  Millennials watching YouTube hits.


Clue/Question:  When skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped from 128,000 feet, he was at the – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (6-letters)  (2-letters)  (3-letters)  (6-letters)

Felix Baumgartner's Future Plans - Business Insider


(I should say so!  “Fearless Felix” – a well deserved nickname – set a number of records that day.  Some which he still holds.  He was the first to break the sound barrier, without the aid of vehicular power, reaching a speed of 843.6 mph!  Also known as Mach 1.25.  This happened way back in October of 2012.  Another guy broke his height record  two years later, but that guy utilized something called a “drogue parachute”, whereas Felix did not avail himself of that kind of chute.  Exactly what kind of parachute he used is a mystery to me.   Very cool though.  But, other than proving that it could be done, I don’t know how mankind benefits from this feat.  I bet he gets a lot of free drinks and meals as a result though.  And, I’m sure his corporate sponsors richly compensated him.

Hoyt has spared us any new clue words today.  And, if you read my reply to Randy’s comment, about one of yesterday’s clue words, “thorny”, Mr. Hoyt might have to remove said word from the eligible list of Jumble clue words!  Surprisingly, all of today’s jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  None of them tripped me up any.  The answer letter layout was a stupendous seventeen letter jumble.  I think there was nothing obvious about it.  The lengths of the final answer slots were the biggest clue, for me.  I got HEIGHT OF right away.  Then figured out the rest from the remaining letters.  A fine pun, indeed.

Fun cartoon from Mr. Knurek.  My guess is that these are college kids, watching the recording of the remarkable event from a dorm room.  But, that’s just a guess.  Could be young techie types, working at some internet company.  Hard to tell the difference these days!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/09/21

Dolly Parton Unleashes 93 Songs to Streaming to 'Bring Some Light' Amid  Pandemic | Billboard

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”   —   Dolly Parton

(Cute and folksy sounding.  And, kind of a strange metaphor.  But, who is going to question the Queen of Country Music?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/09/21


Why Should You Take Your Car to a Professional Auto Body Shop?

Visual Description:  It’s just a dimple!


Clue/Question:  He had the small dent in his wife’s car repaired to keep her from – – –

2020 Lexus RC 300 Base 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe Pricing and Options


(Sum-Ding funny about this!  It’s a very stinky pun!  But, that’s what we love about the Jumble.

There were no new words today.  It’s definitely been a while since we’ve seen “doily” and “thorny” though.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but I know we’ve seen “dufil” and “gandor” sometime in the past.  The answer letter layout was a dandy eleven letter jumble.  I thought it was nicely cryptic.  The quotation marks and the dash were very big clues to the final answer.  Two days in a row for that!

Great cartoon of a car in a body shop.  It looks like it could be a Lexus RC, which is a sweet little coupe.  But, it could also be a Jumble coupe!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/08/21

Tommy Lasorda death: Former Dodgers manager dies at 93 - Sports Illustrated

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”   —   John E. Southard

(So very little on the author of this marvelous, positive quote!  He’s either a gentleman who was born in 1944 and died in 2004, a man who was born in 1945 and died in 1994, or a guy who was born in 1893 and died ? . . . sometime.  Or, he could have been – maybe still is – anyone else!  Any way, we should all strive to let go of all the hurts and slights of our lives, and concentrate on giving back to those who have been good to us.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I read a little while ago of Tommy Lasorda’s passing.  I wouldn’t have been surprised had today’s quote come from Tommy.  I was never a Dodgers’ fan, but I definitely think he was good for the game of baseball.  A seemingly great guy, who took a chance on a kid named Mike Piazza!  As a Mets fan, I’ll always be thankful for that.     YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/08/21

Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties | Breckenridge Real Estate

Visual Description:  Scenic situation.


Clue/Question:  When they looked at the available lots in the new development, they were – – –

Summit County Real Estate | Breckenridge Real Estate


(There you go!  Ending the work week with a bang.  Nothing ambiguous about the clue/question today.  I think that this Jumble would have worked well during the Lee/Arnold days too.  Even though the word SITE is probably more common now with the internet, it’s origins fit today’s puzzle perfectly.  A SITE is more simply an area, lot, or place.  A specific place on the internet is a website, or more simply, a site.  I provide this Captain Obvious tidbit for those who might be new to the English language!

No new clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new for me.  They’ve all been added to my Tags, as per my long standing policy.  The only one to give me any trouble was “giesnn”.  I was never in the Navy, so the only real exposure to “ensign” comes from the movie “Ensign Pulver”, which was a silly movie from the early 1960s.  But, looking it up, I discovered that it had a very impressive cast!  No Newman, Brando, or Burton, mind you.  But, Burl Ives and Walter Matthau were certainly no slouches.  AND, probably in a very minor role, Jack Nicholson!  Unfortunately, less than half of the cast is still with us.  I guess that’s to be expected of a movie that is 57 years old!  I wonder if it’s available on Netflix?

Beautiful cartoon of what promises to be an upscale housing development.  Large lots, with views of mountains and the woods.  A far cry from low-cost/affordable housing!  Fun Jumble though.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Today would have been Elvis Presley’s 86th birthday!  A Happy Birthday to “The King”, in the great beyond!  This song is probably the opposite of this Jumble’s future housing development.   —   YUR

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