Jumble Answers for 05/19/2019

VANHEE – HEAVEN

TRIBET – BITTER

KRIQUY – QUIRKY

DLUMEO – MODULE

NROCEF – CONFER

LWROTE – TROWEL

 

CARTOON ANSWER:  EXPLORING ALASKA FOR ITS NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE 1800s WAS DIFFICULT, BUT THAT – –

 

 

HA   ITT   IRY   MOE   CER   TRW  =   CAME WITH (THE) TERRITORY

 

Good Morning, Everyone!      ❄️  TERRITORIAL BEHAVIOR?  ❄️

🎶 Where the river is windin’ big nuggets they’re findin’…North to ALASKA…go north the rush is on…North to ALASKA… go north the rush is on…🎶 “North to Alaska” – Johnny Horton 1960 

❄️ The resources were always there, but Seward took his lumps,
The BITTER words were spoken, and on Bill they truly dumped,
They called it one big Folly, not like Ziegfeld sadly though
It earned the reputation of the “The Icebox”…full of snow…
Far up and close to HEAVEN, the QUIRKY names prevailed
When Seward would CONFER with Johnson mostly things would fail…
The criticism brutal…a TROWEL could have spread,
The words that hurled towards Seward…a lot of insults said…
(Was MODULE a word back then…in 1867?
I should have phrased this differently…because this rhymes with Heaven)…
The bottom line…Alaska loomed and later showed its glory…
But ’til that time the brouhaha CAME WITH THE TERRITORY ❄️

While researching our words this morning, I was pretty sure QUIRKY would come in as new, but I couldn’t find CONFER either. Somehow though, I thought we had seen Confer before. So we may have 2 newbies to add to our list…Our remaining 4 words were all in play last year, with BITTER showing as the most recent, at 12/3/18. And according to the Early Birds, while none of today’s words SNOWED them under, there was a slight Muddle with MODULE…but it wasn’t all that DIFFICULT…So…let’s move on and EXPLORE our cartoon…

Jeff’s RESOURCES today bring us into the office of President Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, who served from 1865 to 1869. The year circa 1868. We see him CONFERring with William Seward, his Secretary of State, and the topic is the difficulty exploring Alaska’s resources. Seward, an expansionist, sought every  opportunity to gain TERRITORY for the United States. By 1867, the Russian government saw its North American Colony, (today ALASKA) as a financial liability, and feared losing control as American settlement reached there. It instructed its minister in Washington, Baron Eduard de Stoeckl, to negotiate a sale. De Stoeckl did so deftly, getting Seward to raise his offer from $5 million to $7 million, a sum that today is equivalent to $129 million. On March 30, 1867, de Stoeckl and Seward signed the treaty, and the Senate met on April 1, approving it by one vote. Six months later, on October 18th, 1867, Alaska was formally transferred to the United States. But because of its location, it’s terrain, it’s weather and the large amount of money that had been spent, the purchase of Alaska became known as “Seward’s Folly“; and it wasn’t until decades later, with the discovery of gold, and the ensuing Klondike Gold Rush, in the late 1890’s, that it’s value truly became known. Years later, on January 3rd, 1959, The TERRITORY of Alaska finally became our 49th State…So, in answer to our question…Things were difficult, but that CAME WITH THE TERRITORY! Good one, David! You definitely sold me!

Ok, eye candy….Unfortunately today, we have a bit of FOLLY ourselves. Each of the online sites that we use to EXPLORE Jeff’s details have let us down. And we all know how DIFFICULT it is to see all these PRECIOUS NUGGETS utilizing a newspaper alone. I can tell you that the Presidents’ Office, (not yet known as the “Oval Office”), is painted green, with black drapery adorning it’s walls. On the Presidents’ desk we can see an inkwell with its quill, and a wing-spread American Eagle sculpture standing beside it. Both Mr. Johnson and Mr. Seward are dressed in period-appropriate suits, with the President sporting a pink bow tie. Seward stands before an easel, depicting a large map of Alaska. But there’s a group of black books shelved behind him. I feel so strongly that something is written on them, and would be visible if only I could enlarge the cartoon panel…But as hard as I try, I’m getting a SNOW JOB on line…Anyway, the only thing I can say is stay tuned…If and when the sites update our puzzle, JUNEAU I’ll be back to give you all the details. So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And don’t worry…there’s SNOW way I’m giving up…❄️🙋🏻

7:30 PM – NYC – UPDATE: With the online sites finally updated, I can see that the three middle books of the five on the top shelf are reading: V1 V2 and V3. The rest is a series of squiggly lines. The book at the left end ..more squiggly lines, the one at right, just a dot. There is a generic bookend visible at right. The entire group of nine books on the bottom shelf simply have a circled sign on each one. Not as exciting as I had hoped…But I do see that Seward is wearing an ascot in lieu of a necktie, under the raised collar of his suit jacket which happens to be a tailcoat. He also sports a pocket square, folded to a 3-point pyramid…Sartorial splendor to say the least…And that’s a wrap! Have a great night, Everyone! Enjoy! 📚🙋🏻

 

 

 

24 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 05/19/2019

  1. Good morning. Loved your song choice Angela and use of the words plus the hidden treasures. The fourth and fifth word took the longest for me to get. It seems that most of the time either one is usually the last word one figures out. The cartoon answer even with seventeen letters wasn’t a problem to solve. I actually got territory first then figured out the other two words. Until tomorrow stay well.

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    • Good Morning, Paul. I thought of the answer immediately too, as you said, knowing Alaska was a territory, and the phrase being a familiar one. Sorry about posting so late…I know you look for the puzzle early on a Sunday. .None of the online sites published, and it’s a good thing my Dally News is delivered by 5, or I’d never even have the words. And MODULE made my friends blink too….Thanks for the Shout Out, and I’m glad you like the song…It’s been years since I’ve heard it…Enjoy the day, Brooklyn, I hope it’s a great one! 🙋🏻

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  2. FYI: I THOUGHT SOME OF OUR READERS MIGHT FIND THIS INTERESTING: With the TV Show The Big Bang Theory airing its’ final episode Thursday, I decided to record as many past episodes as I could find. It’s always been a favorite show of mine, and I thought I’d relive the past 12 years worth…Late last night into the wee small hours of this morning, waiting for our puzzle to be published on line, I decided to watch a few episodes. One, that originally aired on April 26th, 2012 was titled the “The Stag Convergence”, and as any fan of the show knows, it opened with the familiar scene of the lunch room of CalTech. As usual, Sheldon was holding court, and he was deep into a soliloquy about LICHENS! He went on about the fungus, the moss…the whole nine yards, as only Sheldon can do. And I thought, despite knowing the word in our puzzle on Friday, I have to admit, I couldn’t tell you the last time I heard the word spoken….And here, this morning..”BAZINGA” as our beloved Sheldon would say…Talk about Serendipity! 😉🙋🏻

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      • …Are you familiar with the show? Sheldon needs no rhyme or reason…He was merely being Sheldon…pontificating about “something in his mind”…Those in the know dare not question!!! LOL!!! 🤔🙋🏻

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  3. Hi all – CONFER was the word that took me extra time today, after trying FORCE, ENFORCE and FROCEN.

    Good thing the US had FAIRBANKS so we could afford to BARROW the money to finance this purchase.
    Thanks to Wikipedia, I can say that 1959 was a great year for vexillologists, vexillographers and vexillophiles (all concerning flags), since after designing, producing and selling all those 49-star flags, they did it all again a few months later with the 50-star version.

    Great song, Angela. When I first listened to it on the radio, I couldn’t decide whether the lyric was “the rush is on”, or “to Russia’s own”.

    Have a great day, everyone!

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    • I’m so LOL’ing….Not at anything you’ve said, but from the irony of this all…First, the mondegreen dilemma…We’ve all been there, one time or another…I’ve had a few beauts myself…But the real amusement comes from your saying that you used Wikipedia to read up on flags….Had you been a devotee of The Big Bang Theory, and Sheldon in particular, all.these “Vex” words would already be familiar ones. Taken from the Latin word vexillum, meaning flag, and the Greek suffix -logia meaning study, a flag enthusiast is indeed a vexillologist. We learned that…Because who’s the most famous one of all? Why Sheldon Cooper, that’s who! 😂 You can’t make this stuff up! Sit back, turn up your volume, and enjoy! https://tinyurl.com/y5l65ewm
      And if you still have a straight face after viewing this? The drinks are all on me! Thanks for the Shout Out, and have a good one, Steve! 😉🇺🇸🙋🏻

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      • I’m not VEXED at all; I’m laughing! My favorite part is that he thinks the comments that say he has “a robotic delivery” are compliments! 😂😂
        Well, that and that he just happens to have a Nebraska state flag right at hand. 🙋🏻‍♂️

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      • ROTFL! As I knew you would be!!!! 😂😂 ..But favorites? …Not the …”What kind of flag questions keep you awake at night”? Or the ..”Not a real virgin…oh no”?…And lastly…”..Invite them in”? 😂😂 I could watch it a thousand times, and catch a different nuance each time…But the Nebraska flag…Sheldon is nothing if not anally rigid…He’s better prepared than a Boy Scout…With Penny as his guest .”Flag Virgin”, he made sure to have her state flag at hand…Sheldon rarely gets caught off guard! 😉 You have no idea how I hate to see the show end…It was groundbreaking IMO…🇺🇸🙋🏻

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    • LOL! Yes, that is wrong..but it’s clever in it’s own right! Nice to meet you, Lois and thanks for commenting. Please stop by again. Enjoy your day! 🙋🏻

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  4. Hi Everyone,
    CONFER was the hardest word for me, too.
    Thanks for all the history about Alaska, Angela, which I had long forgotten!
    The house Seward considered home is now a museum in Auburn, NY and is where Seward helped escaped slaves on their way to freedom. He was attacked the same night that Lincoln was shot but survived.

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    • Hi Caroline. I came across a lot of interesting information on both Seward and Johnson, but I didn’t include any links since the puzzle didn’t refer to either of them, per se. I felt the link I did use was a pretty good recap of the purchase itself. I’m glad you enjoyed what I did provide. As for Confer, I’m still so surprised that it’s coming up new. Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful day! Be well! 🙋🏻

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  5. FYI: With the online sites finally updated. I can see that the three middle books of the five on the top shelf are reading: V1 V2 and V3. The rest is a series of squiggly lines. The book at the left end ..more squiggly lines, the one at right, just a dot. There is a generic bookend visible at right. The entire group of nine books on the bottom shelf simply have a circled sign on each one. Not as exciting as I had hoped…But I do see that Seward is wearing an ascot in lieu of a necktie, under the raised collar of his suit jacket which happens to be a tailcoat. He also sports a pocket square, folded to a 3-point pyramid…Sartorial splendor to say the least…And that’s a wrap! Have a great night, Everyone! Enjoy! 📚🙋🏻

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      • I know, right? Good Morning, Clay…I sooooo love my NY Daily News! The clarity, the color…Only thing is, you can’t really see the minute details, even if you “spread” the picture,..which is why I go online also. I’m glad you liked it. I was worried that you might have signed off, and eouldn’t get to see it. The Daily News has an amazing puzzle section on Sundays…you can spend hours enjoying it all! Hope you day’s going well Clay! 🙋🏻

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