DBYEOM = EMBODY
TUIPYP = UPPITY
NDAVIE = INVADE
NCCILI = CLINIC
GNHYUR = HUNGRY
RYUHOL = HOURLY
THE BUSY SCIENTISTS ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WERE – – –
EOD PTY IV LIC HUG HR = HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE
Good Morning, Everyone! 🎛 ROUND-TER PRODUCTIVE? 🎛
🎶 AIR I go again, I hear those trumpets blow again, all aglow again, takin’ a chance on love. AIR I SLIDE again, about to take that RIDE again…STARRY-eyed again, takin’ a chance on love….AIR I SLIP again, about to take that TRIP again….I got that GRIP again, takin’ a chance on love…Um – I’m in the groove again, takin’ a chance on love...🎶 “Taking A Chance on Love” – Miss Ella Fitzgerald. 1940
🎛 I’m not real big on Outer Space, I don’t crave any knowledge,
It never interested me, from grade school all through college…
I don’t mean to sound UPPITY, it just could not INVADE
Into the thoughts inside my head, what I read usually fades.
I know we need much study, much purpose does it serve,
But to me HOURLY Space Study would just throw me a curve…
For what it does EMBODY, and for those HUNGRY for it,
I know the work is vital, but with me it doesn’t sit.
The work of a Space CLINIC, the good that it will do,
I understand the reasons why, but still I bid adieu…
I’m happy with my feet on Earth…I need the atmosphere,
To float around in Outer Space? No way, I’m staying here.
My hat is off to those up there, whose findings are constructive,
But I would never volunteer…nor be HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE! 🎛
Words…The word “word” keeps going through my mind. Words, sound bites, lip service…I’ll apologize in advance, but my heart’s just not into this this morning. Two more mass shootings. TWO…MORE…And a two month old baby one of the victims? 29 lives taken? There are no words. None that will do justice anyway. I’m angry, I’m scared, I’m heartbroken. And I’m sorry to be saying it here, but it’s just too much. When will it end? What’s the answer to all this carnage? I wish I knew….So, I’ll give you the puzzles’ details, because the show must go on, but it definitely won’t be my usual light-heated fare. And to our readers, our neighbors, our brothers and sisters in El Paso and Dayton…I’m so sorry. There are NO words…
Except for UPPITY, a new entry, we’ve seen each of our other five words a few times over. EMBODY, our oldest, goes way back to July 2008…but we’ve also seen it in 2018. Actually the same goes for all five words..used here and there throughout the years, but all being in game play last year, with the most recent being CLINIC, which appeared on 10/20. And I found it interesting that HOURLY is making its 10th appearance since 2010, with a new anagram; yet with all the different combinations, it was only one, RUHOLY that was repeated. We saw that in 2014, and twice in 2017. And from what I can tell, the rest of today’s anagrams are all new also. And while none of our words posed any problem, there was a slight tic or two with UPPITY and HUNGRY. I’d also like to mention that I think I’ve counted about 30 uses of our words today, so it’s quite an accomplishment, IMO, to see so few repeated scramblings. Hats off to you, David.
Today’s puzzle places us aboard the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. We see three Jumble characters, two main ones, a man and a woman at front, and a third way at back. As I mentioned in my rhyme, I’m not knowledgeable about the Space Station, so I’ve included the link for you to read through if you choose. The dialogue is telling us that perhaps our two Scientists weren’t on the ball in the past, but now that they’re “264 miles (HIGH) above the Earth”, they’re “finally able to get the experiments going“. They’re finally PRODUCTIVE. The busy Scientists are: HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE. It’s a good one, David, but I have a feeling it may stump a reader or two. The Early Birds looked for Gravity, Overly and Greatly at first thought for the first word, and nothing was coming to mind for the second. But once concentrating on why the woman was mentioning the exact distance in mileage…? HIGHLY came to mind…and ‘Busy’ and ‘Work’ gave way to PRODUCTIVE. It’s very clever, but as I said, it went OVER a few HEADS…
The eye candy…The interior of the Space Station is shaded in gray. At the left wall, a three-tiered control panel is colored red, blue and yellow, from top to bottom. The control panels at left overhead, and the ones at right are nondescript. Our two Scientists may be in a uniform of some kind, since they’re both clad in the exact black shirts, with light blue pants and white shoes. And they’re holding what appears to be a octagonal- shaped sphere, with a smaller round one inside, enclosing a small animal – a gerbil or a hamster. It looks like this… But what it is they’re studying? Who knows…There’s a label on the sphere, but it’s not legible. So, what’s the best little detail this morning? Way back, pretty much impossible to see, is that third character I mentioned earlier. Bald, bespectacled, and dressed the same as the other Scientists, he seems to be reaching up to adjust something on a panel to his right. But he has a rather bewildered, lost look about him. TBT? With or without the glasses? I think that might be David…on a Word Search...So, There you have it Folks, Done. Have a great day, Everyone…And here’s to hoping that we find some answers…🎛🙋🏻