“You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.” — Samuel Butler
(It doesn’t necessarily have to be “faith” in a higher power. It can faith in yourself. Faith in your teammates. Or, just faith in your fellow man. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: The Canasta brothers.
ZADDE = DAZED, NALST = SLANT, TOOLIN = LOTION, MURSEM = SUMMER — Giving us: DAEDSLALOOSMME
Clue/Question: The twins turning 80 didn’t want a party, just the – – –
Answer: SAME OLD, SAME OLD
(They just as likely – maybe even more so – could be playing Bridge. Canasta just sounds like a card game that 80 somethings would play. Any 80 somethings out there want to weigh in on this? There were no new clue words today, and only two of the jumbles were new. We’ve definitely seen “nalst” and “mursem” before. The answer letter layout looked a little imposing at first, but it really didn’t take me long to see the answer. A 14-letter answer, for a non-Sunday Jumble, is very impressive. I can see some of you getting caught up in something more card related, for the answer. The repetitive nature of the answer does play into the twin aspect. Cute cartoon. The one brother seems a bit more robust than his twin. Maybe the littler one is suffering from osteoporosis. He probably shouldn’t have smoked so much, and he should have drank more milk! LOL. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.” — John Paul Jones
(One of our original American heroes! But from this quote, and others, and from his pictures, I bet he was more than a little hard to take. Macho and arrogant, and very ambitious. Yeah, I don’t think we’d be best buds. But, this appears to be the first JPJ quote to appear in the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers. So, guess we should salute that. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
“People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.” — Eric Hoffer
(I don’t know. Do ingratitude and cowardice necessarily go hand-in-hand? Neither trait qualifies as a virtue, but I’m not so sure these personality flaws go in tandem. What do you guys think? Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: The blooming business.
SOGEO = GOOSE, CAHWT = WATCH, ROHYTE = THEORY, EERRBA = BEARER — Giving us: GOSWTCORYERER
Clue/Question: When the farmer began selling his own vegies and fruits, the result was a – – –
Answer: “GROW–CERY“ STORE
(I like it! You know me, folks, the stinkier the better, when it comes to puns! And, today’s is about as stinky as they come. I bet farmer Jack is using good old manure to fertilize his fields. We actually have another new clue word today, in “bearer”. Our good friend, ralis95, will have to add this to his world famous clue word database! Three of the jumbles came up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “sogeo” before. Both “rohyte” and “eerrba” presented a bit of a challenge. The answer letter layout had me stumped for about a minute. A testimony to David Hoyt’s hard work. At first I thought the second word was STORY. But, even that gave me enough, in the remaining letters, to see that the first word was going to be a pun on GROCERY, and I just swapped the Y for an E to make STORE. Cute cartoon, as usual. From roadside stand to full-fledged grocery store. I love driving through the country and stopping at roadside stands, for farm fresh fruits and veggies. Some of them even use the honor system! I hope we all make an effort to support our local farmers. It’s good for the economy, and locally grown produce is usually healthier for you, because it’s fresher. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: Thriving . . . and surviving.
IDYLO = DOILY, SEASY = ESSAY, PILREP = RIPPLE, UGPALE = PLAGUE — Giving us: OIYESSRPPLPLE
Clue/Question: When he started making fun of his wife’s skiing ability, he was on a – – –
Answer: SLIPPERY SLOPE
(Yeah. She might end up giving him the cold shoulder, for quite a while. Fun stinky pun! No new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up as new. None of them were super easy, but I’m betting “ugpale” really slowed some of you down. The answer letter layout was an excellent jumble, too. Nothing obvious about it. Jeff’s cartoon, with the contrasting skiing styles, was pretty funny. There’s a third skier in the background, and maybe a couple on the ski lift, but they’re kind of hard to make out. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
“This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues.” — Diana Nyad
(Kind of a strangely worded/punctuated – run on – sentence. But, dreams are definitely important, and you have to work at them. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR