Jumble Answers for 12/12/2018












Happy Wednesday, Jumble warriors! POORLY is a brand new word making its debut into gameplay this morning, but the “LY trick” made it a cinch to solve. For new readers joining us today, the “LY trick” is when you see LY in an anagram, place it at the end of your solution. This technique eliminates two letters which often times is all it takes for the answer to come into view. The remaining three words were all repeats, but their anagrams came up as new. The oldest word in the group was PLAID and it was last seen as DALIP on 7/9/16. I wasn’t stumped by any of David’s offerings so be sure to vote in the poll below to let us know which one gave you the most trouble.

Our cartoon brings us to an office where we encounter three Jumble characters. The sentence informs us that the man in the middle is Henry Ford while the identity of the other two characters is kept a mystery. We see Mr. Ford pecking away at a typewriter and the dialogue between the characters lets us know that he’s writing a book about his life and work.

Henry Ford is of course the founder of Ford Motor Company. In 1908, his mass-produced Model T car was the vehicle that set his company apart from other auto makers of the time and he sold millions of them over the next twenty years. Mr. Ford had a vision of producing vehicles that the common person could afford with the original price of one starting at $850. Ford knew he could do better so he created the concept of mass-production which allowed the price to drop to around $300 in 1925. At such a reasonable price, Ford dominated the auto market with sales of his “Tin Lizzie” making up 40% of all vehicles sold in the United States.

There were a few extra details in today’s cartoon that made it visually interesting. The typewriter on the desk gave the panel a feeling of a period piece. All of the characters were well dressed with their attire consisting of vests and ties. We see a small Model T on the desk along with a lamp and four finished pages of Mr. Fords book. My favorite detail was the lattice-style window in the background that made the cartoon feel larger than it actually was.

The final solve consisted of a 13-letter anagram. The key for my solve was the word “book” that was found in the cartoon sentence. BIOGRAPHY instantly came to mind leaving AUTO to be found in the remaining letters. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

23 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/12/2018

  1. 🎢 1847, when skies were dark and grey, two men left Ballinascarthy, bound for the USA. Their names were John and William FORD, a father and his son, they went to live near Michigan, in a place called Dearborn. William met a girl and married, they had a baby boy…His parents called him HENRY, he was their pride and joy. At sixteen years he went to work, got an engineers degree…The man who put the world on wheels, when he built the MODEL T…🎢The Ballad of Henry Ford” – Thomas Maguire 2010 https://tinyurl.com/ybwlcthy

    πŸš™ The year was 1922 when this book hit the shelves,
    And Henry Ford wrote all about his business and himself.
    His GRANT to us called “Fordism”, he built the Model T,
    And earned himself the title of Captain of Industry.
    Far from a perfect person, beliefs POORLY he held to
    His anti-Semite feelings quite unfortunately were true…
    As a friend of Thomas Edison, the mighty minds would meet,
    And over BRUNCH discuss the ways to “fuel” Americas’ feet.
    Should Model T’s have seats of PLAID, one thought at brunch might be…
    Well maybe not, but it’s all there in his…”AUTO”-BIOGRAPHY πŸš™

    An interesting man, an interesting life. (You can read about him here, if you choose. https://tinyurl.com/ya6azhux ) The man who FUELED many a foot in America, HENRY FORD is credited not with inventing the AUTOmobile, but afFORDing middle-America the opportunity to own one. And with the invention of the MODEL T, America became SOLD on the “TIN LIZZIE” as it was called.

    With none of today’s words STEERING us in the wrong DIRECTION, and all of them seeming familiar, I searched to see if they’d appeared IN THE PAST. I found that GRANT had been used twice, 01/03, and 09/06, 2017. But then, would you believe BRUNCH showed up four times? Twice in Summer 2017, and then way back on 01/22 and 12/21-2015 also? So now I’m really REVVED UP, and I figure I’m on a ROLL…I mean, not only do we have Repeats, we have a regular ASSEMBLY LINE going here…But alas, a ROAD BLOCK…POORLY TURNED out to be untRACEable, and PLAID only MATERIALized once, in July 2016. So, it’s BRUNCH ON THE TABLE as our OLD TIMER today…

    As for our cartoon: Finding ourselves in the study of HENRY FORD, the dialogue and question handed us the solution on a silver CHASSIS…”My Life and Work”, (Cute…The actual name of the “Book”), and “The BOOK about Henry Ford and his CAR”, CRANKED out “AUTO”-BIOGRAPHY ON A DIME! And it’s as clever as it is a perfect description! Great pun, David! You’ve really DRIVEN this one home!

    Eye candy…I want to start by giving Kudos to Jeff, because
    Henry’s image is really ON THE MARK. OIL I CAN say is “very well done”. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»! Ok…Since Henry had only one son, Edsel, it appears that that’s him, at Henry’s left, by now a grown man in his late 20’s. Going by the time line, the young boy at Henrys’ right could be Henry II, his oldest grandson. All three, sporting hairstyles of the 20’s and dressed in perfect period attire, are seen with vests and ties, and those distinctively collared shirts. Henry’s in brown with a white shirt, Edsel in gray over blue, and Little Henry, black over beige. He alone sports a bolo string tie, as children did then. The chair is green…and is most likely one of the green leather chairs that were de RIGueur at the time. Atop the desk we see a Black manual typewriter, (a sheet of paper within), with a KEY detail being its’ silver return arm…Nice TOUCH. Beside it we see a stack of completed pages. All the sheets of paper are showing squiggly lines representing type. At the desks’ right hand corner, is a silver gooseneck lamp, with a replica of the MODEL T Convertible (black, of course)! beside it, on a wooden base. Looking closely, you can see the intricate spokes of the wheels, the windshield, the radiator cap hood ornament, and inside, the steering column and wheel and the actual tufts in the upholstery. A criss-crossed lattice paned window, also FRAMING the period perfectly, is shown as part of the yellowed background. These details are all amazing. Again, Kudos, Jeff. But the star of this SHOWROOM today? Look closely at the Toy CAR Little Henry’s holding in his hands. The year is what? 1920-22? Were there even cars that looked like that back then? Or Is it a prototype perhaps of what was to come? I saw a really pretty 1939 Miasto that looked just like that little MODEL..Nah, way too far in the future, don’t you think? ..Hmm…Or is it simply Jeff once again PLAYfully giving us the SHAFT? So…There you have it, Folks…Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And in case you’re wondering why it was called the MODEL T? It was simply a natural progression starting with the Model A in 1903. Then came the B, C, F, K, N, R & S. And the missing letters? They were just experimental or never even got off the drawing board. Just goes to show you that just because an idea falls FLAT at first? Doesn’t mean it should be reTIREd…Have you driven a FORD lately? πŸš™πŸ™‹πŸ»


  2. Hoping to get a GRANT, his presentation at the BRUNCH went POORLY because of an ill-fitting PLAID suit.
    I was a little apprehensive when I saw the number of circled letters and the quotation marks, but the solution was apparent with the visual clues in the cartoon.
    Have a winsome Wednesday everyone.

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  3. Good morning. Thank you, our three amigos for a job well done. Loads of good information today. The words were no problem and when I moved to the cartoon,the answer did appear in the deep recesses of my brain but,and I’m serious here,that light bulb did not go on. After awhile I just gave up because I had a more fun project to get out. For those who do not know,today is National Ding-A-Ling day along with a few other special events. Well,one of the guys at the bocce court is always making comments to others so I thought I’d send him a congratulations for a national day in his honor. Also sent it to some other people to make sure they congratulate him today when they see him. Pay back is a —— Gotta have fun in life. Until tomorrow stay well.

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    • There’s such a thing as Ding-A-Ling day?! Who comes up with those names…. But I agree, it’s all in good fun. Sorry to hear that you weren’t able to clinch a win this morning. At least you got some interesting reading material! Enjoy your day!

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    • LOL! Brooklyn, you slay me! Good Morning…I think you got the gist of National Ding-A-Ling Day a little twisted. It’s not for calling people Ding-A-Lings! It’s a day put aside to reach out to people that we’ve kind of lost touch with. To reconnect with old friends, etc. the Ding-A-Ling started as a reference to a phone ringing….You gave me one hell of a smile! Thanks for the Shout Out, and be nice out there today, ok? πŸ˜˜πŸ™‹πŸ»


    • Here, Brooklyn, I found this for you…πŸ˜˜πŸ“žπŸ™‹πŸ»
      National Ding-a-Ling Day is observed across the United States each year on December 12.
      Ding-a-Lings on this day call the people they haven’t heard from in a while. It may be an old classmate, co-worker or neighbor from years ago. Or perhaps a call will go out to the child who used to mow the grass during the summer. How about that couple who carpooled for soccer. What was their name? There are all sorts of people in our lives who manage to slip out of our lives who would love to hear the ding-a-ling of a call from you or me. Why don’t you join the Ding-a-ling club and call someone this year?
      Call someone you haven’t heard from in a long time and use #NationalDingALingDay to post on social media.
      In 1972, Franky Hyle placed a free ad in Chase’s Calendar of Events with his PO Box Number in Melrose Park, IL stating that for $1 you can join the National Ding-A-Ling club. The club, with 871 original members, would call friends and relatives they haven’t heard from in awhile every year on December 12. In a 1975 Lakeland Ledger article, the idea for the club developed during a discussion among friends about people being friendlier and led to the meaning of the term ding-a-ling. After looking up the word, they found it meant β€œOne who hears bells in his head.”
      From this evening discussion, Hyle created the National Ding-A-Ling club. The tradition grew and on December 12 millions of people will call those individuals who are dear to them.


      • I have the app. which tells me what every day is. Thanks for explaining it’s use for today but, I really like the way I used it today. I use to text him every day on what the National Day was. Finally stopped because he said he doesn’t read them. He just gets a kick out of throwing digs at everybody. This worked out good because a few people congratulated him for his special day. His a Jet fan so that explains everything.

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  4. Final solution,auto biography was a given with Mr Ford mentioned.One didn’t need the anagram letters for that solution.As far as the anagrams,my vote for brunch as being the most difficult ,was the only one so far.The others,even poorly, were obvious to me.

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  5. Hi all – PLAID took an extra look after thinking PALLID, and POORLY would have taken longer without the LY trick. Henry writing about himself building cars made the answer obvious.

    Interesting that it took 19 tries to produce both the Model T and the T-shirt, but that was quicker than WD-40. And since you also mentioned Edison, Angela, the quote attributed to him seems appropriate: β€œI have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” He’s going to need a bigger alphabet to name that product, and I don’t think any number of failures was going to be sufficient to produce a successful Edsel. (Nice PICKUP on Edsel, also.)

    Have a great day everyone!

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    • Here’s my favorite HF quote: Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

      Have a good one, Steve! πŸ™‚


        • LOL! I had a different πŸ˜‰ thought in mind…. but I’ll BITE! I can’t let anything DRIVE me crazy! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy, G! πŸš™πŸ™‹πŸ»


        • Hey Brooklyn…I’m just going over the Bridge! It really is pretty at night, you know? Went to a party on your side of the Bridge..got there at 8, left by 9:45. I’m just so partied out already and there’s still 2 more weeks to go! It’s toooo much! Oh Henry’s…I bought some recently from Amazon. I don’t think they’re in stores anymore, I really don’t know. I bought them by the box, because my friend likes them. I’m a 5th Avenue freak. I can’t resist! ..So your friend, the Ding-A-Ling. I can understand where you’re coming from. There’s one in every bunch, right? . And you’ve mentioned him before. He sounds like one of those guys that gets his pleasure by putting other people down. IMO, it’s all a cover up for his own inadequacies.So I’m sure he had it coming….Ignorance is bliss, you know? He probably don’t even realize what a creep he is! πŸ˜‚ And yea, a Jets fan..it figures! πŸ˜‚ Hope you’re having a good one, Brooklyn…I’m rounding my corner…πŸ˜˜πŸ™‹πŸ»


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