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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/06/20

 

Oliver Wendell Holmes - HISTORY

A child’s education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.”   —  O.W. Holmes

(Ollie was the man.  But, exactly how would that work???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/06/20

704 Best George Washington images in 2020 | George washington ...

Visual Description:  Maybe at the National Gallery of Art?

GRAWE  =  WAGER,  SEHAC  =  CHESS,  TRYMOS  =  STORMY,  COYNTO  =  TYCOON   —   Giving us:  WGEESSSORTYO

Clue/Question:  Betsy Ross is credited with making the first American flag, – – –

Betsy Ross, the woman who made the flag!

Answer:  SEW THE STORY GOES

(Ooh!  This is a great stinky pun!  Historians seem to think the story is bunk, but she did sew other flags, both during and after the American Revolutionary War.  But, true or not, she was a big help with the war effort.  And, she made it to the ripe old age of 84!

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles seem to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “grawe” sometime before today.  Whenever I see a jumble for “tycoon” my mind goes to cottony . . . until I realize I’m missing a T . . . and that would be seven letters instead of six.  The answer letter layout was a beautifully cryptic twelve letter jumble.  The quotation marks – as usual – made getting the answer pretty easy.

Nice cartoon of a family visiting a museum.  Probably either the National Gallery of Art, or The Smithsonian.  I went to both those places when I was in high school, but that was quite a while ago.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/05/20

Alan Jay Lerner | Playbill

I sit down to write a lyric, and when I get up I’m usually about three pounds lighter.”   —   Alan Jay Lerner

(This is pretty much the same way I solve the Cryptoquote!  But, three pounds???  That seems a little excessive.  I figure two pounds, tops.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 07/05/20

Queen Elizabeth is not retiring when she turns 95, palace says

Visual Description:  21st Century irrelevancy.

VIEIDD  =  DIVIDE,  SMTUPE  =  SEPTUM,  IMRFNO  =  INFORM,  INTTAA  =  ATTAIN,  NNCAYO  =  CANYON,  GLHEGA  =  HAGGLE   —   Giving us:  IIEPMIORANCNNHGG

Clue/Question:  Elizabeth II has been queen for 68 years, which makes her the – – –

Pre-Answer:  Two Words  (8-letters)  (8-letters) 

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates official birthday at Trooping the Color

Answer:  REIGNING CHAMPION

(And, she has simply outlived her great-great-grandmother by 13 years and counting.  Liz is 94 now, while Vicky kicked it at 81.  Of course nutrition, medical science and healthier lifestyle have played a large factor in Liz’s success to date.  How long can she go on?  Her “mum” – The Queen Mum – made it to 101, so who knows?!  But, more importantly, who cares?  As an American, the idea of “royalty” is both archaic, and a little offensive.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Five of the jumbles appear to be new, with “vieidd” having definitely been used before.  It took me a couple of looks to see “septum” . . . and it was right in front of my nose the whole time.  The answer letter layout was a spectacular sixteen letter jumble.  Nothing about it seemed obvious to me.  The whole royalty thing, and number of years, led me to REIGNING.  And, from the PMIOACNH I quickly figured out CHAMPION.  Gotta love a good sports/boxing metaphor!

Great cartoon of Lizzie and Phil, tooling around Trafalgar Square, in their fancy limo.  And all the folks caught up in the time warp of the British Empire – and who don’t seem to mind being referred to as “subjects” – cheer them on, never giving much thought to how their tax Pounds are paying for the antiquated, lavish lifestyle of people who happen to be of a particular bloodline.  Curious and queer, when you stop to think about it.  But, who says “commoners” truly think?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/04/20

Barbara Jordan 1936-1996

What the people want is very simple.  They want an America as good as its promise.”   —   Barbara Jordan

(A truly great American!  Smart as a whip!  Such a shame that she died so young.  I would’ve loved to have seen her as Prez or Veep.  But, it wasn’t meant to be.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/04/20

Democrat Donkey Boxer and Republican Elephant Vector Image

Visual Description:  Jackasses!

LAACN  =  CANAL,  CYTKA  =  TACKY,  BSARBO  =  ABSORB,  EDMIEP  =  IMPEDE   —   Giving us:  NALTCYORBIEE

Clue/Question:  When the donkeys partied loudly on the 4th of July, it was a – – –

How a donkey and an elephant came to represent the Democrats and ...

Answer:  CELEBRAYTION

(In anticipation . . . of the emancipation . . . and extirpation . . . of the American nation . . . from the usurpation . . . of the Trumpian barbarization, brutalization and bastardization.  And, to the truly building of an equal and just civilization, that was supposed to be laid out in our Declaration . . . of Independence.  Save yer money on streaming “Hamilton”, folks!  Yer Uncle’s gotcha covered!

There were no new clue words today, yet every one of the jumbles is coming up as new.  None of them tripped me up today.  The answer letter layout was a brilliant twelve letter jumble.  Beautifully cryptic!

Great braying jackasses!  Although, I can’t imagine any animal enjoying fireworks.  Maybe they’re braying in fear, or they’re just trying to drown out the booming of the bombs bursting in air?  I dunno.  But, they’re cute donkeys.  I hope you are all enjoying your 4th with friends and loved ones!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/03/20

Was Ernest Hemingway a Spy? - HISTORY

What is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”   —   Ernest Hemingway

(I’m so glad that I’m a sociopath!  Just kidding, folks.  Ernest had a way of keeping things pretty simple.  This one took a little work getting started, but once I got going it went quickly.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/03/20

Special: Red Wing Shoe Factory Tour! | Red Wing Shoe Store Amsterdam

Visual Description:  Flirting with copyright infringement?

RBTEE  =  BERET,  TALGO  =  GLOAT,  CYAFIP  =  PACIFY,  NCRDHE  =  DRENCH   —   Giving us:  ERTGLTAIFDNH

Clue/Question:  The new shoe company was off to a great start and taking orders for shoes – – –

Red Wing Shoes - History, Philosophy, and Iconic Products

Answer:  LEFT AND RIGHT

(Oooh!  That’s a real stinker!  Not as stinky as my nephew Geoffry’s sneakers . . . back in the day.  Nor, his uncle/my brother Geoffrey’s boots . . . back in the ’70s!  In both cases we had to keep their shoes outside.  They did keep the raccoons away though.  Do all Jeff/Geoffs have stinky feet in their tween to teen years???

No new clue words again today.  But, don’t cha know, all of the jumbles came up as new!  I struggled to get “beret”.  I think I even spelled it out correctly, in my head, but was pronouncing it wrong!  Made me feel pretty silly.  The answer letter layout was a splendid twelve letter jumble.  Beautifully cryptic.

Fine cartoon of a fictional shoe company!  Cirque Solé Shoes!  Very clever name!  The boys really put their best foot forward today.  Today’s entry gets A+s all around!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/02/20

Bespectacled Birthdays: Sam Levenson, c.1957

You must learn from the mistakes of others.  You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.”   —   Sam Levenson

(Clever and true.  Sam looks like he was a jolly fellow.  His bio is – strangely – on the sparse side.  We’ve seen him here before though.  Possibly with this same quote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 07/02/20

4 Beach Activities to Do With Your Family | ACTIVEkids

Visual Description:  In Joisey, they’re at the shore.

SEFHR  =  FRESH,  YKALE  =  LEAKY,  BAREHL  =  HERBAL,  ANNCNO  =  CANNON   —   Giving us:  EHEKYEBCAN

Clue/Question:  They swam and built a sandcastle.  It was going wonderfully.  Everything was – – –

Family on beach making sand castles smiling - HOW Foundation

Answer: BEACHY KEEN

(Well, that’s just . . . peachy!  Of course, it’s a bit of a stinky pun.  But, it’s not like it’s low-tide, or anything.  Today’s Jumble reminds me of a once popular expression:  Life’s a beach . . . and then you die!

We’re having a successful run of no new clue words.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “ykale” before.  It took me a few looks to see “herbal”.  The answer letter layout was a splendid ten letter jumble.  Without the quotation marks this might have been a more difficult solve.

The cartoon has a little bit of everything.  A nice family, enjoying a picnic on the beach.  You can see the sandcastle they built earlier.  The waves are lapping the shore.  There’s a gull on the ground, and one in the air.  And, you have the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon!  “Who could ask for anything more?  Who could ask for anything more.”  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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