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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/29/16

Historia

Historia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.”   —   A. Whitney Brown

(And, it’s almost always written down with a certain bias.  “History is written by the victors.”  —  Walter Benjamin  The victors are always the virtuous ones, and losers are – essentially – the bad guys.  Revisionist history is a term that is mainly used derisively, but more often than not, most history requires a good amount of revising.  History has always been my favorite subject, but I know to take most of it with a good dose of salt.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/29/16

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Visual Description:  Women’s bar.

CANTE  =  ENACT,  BIRTO  =  ORBIT,  DAPCMA  =  MADCAP,  RUXULY  =  LUXURY   —   Giving us:  ENOIDPUR

Clue/Question:  With each glass of wine they filled, money – – –

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, sh...

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, showing colour Shot with Nikon D70s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  POURED IN

(This one was a little tricky for me.  My very first inclination was for the second word to be UP, but that left me with ENOIDR.  From that dead end, I quickly switched UP with IN, and then the answer came pouring in!  There were no new clue words today, but two of the jumbles were new.  We’ve had both “cante” and “birto” before.  I didn’t struggle, but I did have to think a few seconds on the first three jumbles.  “Luxury” jumped right off the page for me, though.  “Madcap” is another compound word, but it’s one that doesn’t really bother me.  But, why hasn’t deadend become a compound word yet?  Seems to me it would make a good one!  But, I digress.  The answer letter layout made for another good jumble.  Maybe you didn’t, but I had to think a little to get the answer.  Fun cartoon.  Jeff intentionally went a little overboard on the money angle.  Even the guy in the back looks like he’s paying with cash.  Wine bars seem to be more of a chick thing.  LOL!  Most guys are going to either have a beer, or some kind of liquor.  Some kind of mixed drink, or maybe a shot.  I love a nice glass of wine, usually a Cabernet, but only as a prelude to, and then with, a meal.  Drinking wine, without the benefit of a meal, usually results in a headache and sometimes a hangover.  And, I can do without both of those.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/28/16

Barbed wire (rusting after years of hard work)...

Barbed wire (rusting after years of hard work) Français : Vieux fil de fer barbelé rouillé Italiano: Filo spinato (arrugginito) Русский: Колючая проволока, покрытая ржавчиной (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Cowboys’ conundrum.

COSAH  =  CHAOS,  CLEET  =  ELECT,  ROSWOR  =  SORROW,  OYMENK  =  MONKEY   —   Giving us:  CHELOWOY

Clue/Question:  When the ranchers cattle escaped under the fence, he said – – –

English: Ex-Iron Curtain barbed wire.

English: Ex-Iron Curtain barbed wire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  HOLEY COW

(I’m relatively sure we’ve had  other versions of this answer before.  But, it’s the cartoon that makes this one really special.  It looks like a scene from an old western, with the barbed wire fencing fading off into the horizon, and the mesas in the background.  The one guy kind of tipping his hat back was a nice touch.  If you have the reduced size Jumble you probably can’t see that one of the escaped cattle is running on his hind legs, and he’s carrying a shovel.  Great stuff!  None of the clue words are new today.  Three of the jumbles are though, with “cleet” having been used sometime in the past.  It’s amusing that the clue words kind of describe the current presidential election!  Oh, yeah.  And, the answer letter layout was also a nice jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/28/16

Maya Angelou at the Discovery 2000 conference.

Maya Angelou at the Discovery 2000 conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter.”   —   Maya Angelou

(Yeah, baby!  At a bare minimum give them a quick:  S’up?  All most people really want is some kind of acknowledgement that you’re not just walking past a stone.  If you’re not just passing by, listen for an answer.  And, smile.  Make someone’s day.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/27/16

American Author Ernest Hemingway aboard his Ya...

American Author Ernest Hemingway aboard his Yacht around 1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”   —   Ernest Hemingway

(A little trial and – hopefully NOT – error!  We need to be able to take that leap of faith sometimes.  No one can afford to be gullible, and be taken in by con men, but there are times when you just have to trust that the other person is going to do the right thing.  It’s all part of the golden rule.  Be well and do good, friends.)    —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/27/16

An animation depicting the orbits of GPS satel...

An animation depicting the orbits of GPS satellites in medium Earth orbit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Future space junk.

CINCY  =  CYNIC,  LEPSL  =  SPELL,  GRULAF  =  FRUGAL,  TIEPOT  =  TIPTOE   —   Giving us:  YNCSPEFALPTOE

Clue/Question:  There are more than 1000 satellites orbiting earth, because there’s – – –

Ozone cycle

Ozone cycle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  PLENTY OF SPACE

(Yeah, but all those holes in the ozone layer, the thermosphere, and the exosphere, have got to be taking their toll.  Right?  It’s got to be the same as with drilling holes in the earth.  How many holes do we think we can drill into the ground, extracting oil and natural gas, and replacing it with mostly salt water, without some kind of repercussions?  There are natural fault lines throughout the U.S., but which state – without a major fault line – do you think is seeing the most earthquakes these days?  It’s Oklahoma!  They had more than 900 earthquakes last year.  55% more than they had in 2014.  They used to average about 2 per year.  They are – largely – not of the magnitude of the ones along the major fault lines, but still, they do damage, and . . . they’re just not natural.  With all of our concerns for the ozone layer, already depleting for other man-made reasons, how many more man-made holes can we afford to inflict on our planet’s atmosphere?  There are about a thousand active man-made satellites out there currently, but there are thousands more that are floating around out there, essentially as space junk.  Sure, satellites are a very necessary part of modern life.  But, doesn’t there have to be a kind of tipping point?  It just seems that too much modern technology, or actually, too much of our need of/dependence on modern technology, is outpacing our planet’s ability to sustain all of these intrusions.  I could go on and on, but most of you are only here for a puzzle spoiler, so I’ll stop for now.

Without further ado . . . there were no new clue words today!  But two of the jumbles were new, and two were re-runs.  I was able to get the first three immediately, but “tiptoe” stumped me . . . once again.  With me, it’s always those compound words that trip me up.  Even though I knew the spelling was incorrect, I was seeing “pottie”.  Since Hoyt doesn’t inflict street talk upon us, I knew this wasn’t right.  Since the final answer wasn’t all that tough, I knew I needed a T, O, P and E, so I was able to back into “tiptoe”.  Even though I could figure out the answer, minus four letters, I thought it was a great answer letter layout.  Nothing given away.  The cartoon is great, but I was surprised to see the word “plenty” in the dialog.  They should have just used LOTS!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Hey, Hoyt!  The word POTTY is not in the ralis95 clue word database yet!   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/26/16

, pastor.

, pastor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why don’t you start believing that no matter what you have or haven’t done, that your best days are still out in front of you?   —   Joel Osteen

(Our first Joel Osteen quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  And, it’s a great one!  Great advice!  Be well, keep plugging, and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Just so all of you know, I failed to solve the Sunday Cryptoquote from 07/17/16.  There were no single letter words, and – I think – nothing ended in E.  There were a few double letters, one in the quote and two in the author name, but I couldn’t come up with Errol Flynn.  It was a toughie!   —   YUR


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