DICTUN = INDUCT
RNAENM = MANNER
GADMAE = DAMAGE
AIMURT = ATRIUM
RRDEAK = DARKER
GRITBH = BRIGHT
HE LEARNED HOW TO PLAY BLACKJACK THANKS TO A FRIEND WHO WAS THERE – – –
INT NN DAG ATI DAE BIG = AIDING AND “A-BETTING”
Good Morning, Everyone!
♥️♣️ WHEN THE BLACK IN BLACKJACK CAN PUT YOU IN THE RED ♠️♦️
🎶 I sat there with TWO TENS…I thought I’d have some fun…The DEALER hit SIXTEEN with a FIVE…Just enough to make TWENTY ONE…Hey hey hey, yeah yeah, how unlucky can one man be…Well every quarter I get…Yeah, BLACKJACK takes it away from me…🎶 “Blackjack” – Mr Ray Charles 1957
I’m switching STRATEGY today, and PLAYING my HAND a little differently. It might be a GAMBLE, but I didn’t OPEN the topic…David did. So, if need be, you can SETTLE UP with him later…😉 But if time PERMITS, and I’m feeling LUCKY, I may come back later with a rhyme, and a RUN down on today’s words. Suffice to say, they weren’t any problem, with only ATRIUM making me slightly BLINK…
I’m going to try to give it to you STRAIGHT. I play BLACKJACK, and I’m going to tell you how I was taught. It’s basic, but if you really feel the need to get into details about the GAME, here’s a link to the whole nitty-gritty….
BLACKJACK is a gambling card game in which players try to get cards with a face value as close as possible to 21 without going over; and when playing, you’re only playing against the Dealer. DOUBLING DOWN is when after you’re dealt your two original cards, you choose to double your initial bet in return for a single card – with no further options. You do this, hoping that you’ll either hit a hand that beats the dealer’s or the dealer will bust (go over 21) when their turn comes. It can be risky, but it’s a chance you’ll have to take if you want to be a winner at blackjack.
The doubling down ruling is pretty much the same as the first rule of blackjack – you always assume that any card you can’t see is going to have a value of 10. If you count the four 10s and the 12 face cards, there’s more cards in a deck that are worth that amount than any other value. And since blackjack’s about playing the odds, it’s just the rule of thumb that you go by. So, knowing this, you’ll only want to double down on a hand where the total value of your cards is 11 or less. This way, no matter what card you’re dealt, you’ll never have the chance TO GO OVER 21. You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you’re hedging your bet with the chance of busting. STRATEGY…all STRATEGY.
Ok…with that being said, when it came to today’s puzzle, my usual strategy didn’t PLAY OUT. I usually study the cartoon, and come up with the solution. But today, I needed to write out my letters while looking for the cartoon’s clues. And the big one for me was the word HELP-(ABET) in the dialogue, since it was no GAMBLE guessing that the word BET had to be in there somewhere…I first disallowed HIM and THE for the 3-letter word, since the letters didn’t BACK IT UP, so I knew that it had to be AND. And with the way the question was phrased, I took a shot that the answer words would be past participles, and the ING’s were right there LAID OUT ON THE TABLE. So I took out the words AND and BETTING...leaving me NAIDAIG. …The HELP? AIDING. And that last A gave us the pun that we knew had to be in there because of the quotation marks. ABETTING! AIDING AND “A-BETTING“! Such a common phrase…but now how clever was that? Excellent PLAY on words, David! You’re definitely a WINNER with this one!
Eye candy? The backdrop is a wall lined with black slot machines, and we can see a man and a woman, silhouetted in white. An empty table is shown mid floor. The two men are wearing photo ID Badges that read “2019 Pro Jumblers Fest“. The woman is dressed in a blue T-Shirt that says “World’s Best Grandma“. They all look familiar, and “real”, and I know Jeff’s featured them before. Well the men anyway. The woman? I wouldn’t BET the house on it. The man at left, (except for a slight difference with the hair), looks like Will Shortz, the Hoosier who’s the Crossword Puzzle Editor for The New York Times, and was last seen helping a woman buying a pair of boots on 02/10/2019. But his tag reads “BOB“, so I could be way off THE MARK. The man in the middle, who’s tag reads “JAMES“, I know we’ve seen before, and in Jeff’s gambling cartoons too…in fact, the one of 11/10/2018, where Jeff placed him sitting next to him at a poker game comes to mind. I’m looking at it as we speak…and I think it’s him. Do I want to BET on it? Hmm..I’m still weighing my ODDS…The requisite green felt table shows what Bob is saying…The dealer, sporting a pinkie ring, and who for some reason has his tongue sticking out, is showing a 6 of Clubs, while James has an 8 of Diamonds, and a 3 of Hearts , giving him his 11. But it’s Grandma who seems to be Lady Luck today…. (“Luck Be A Lady” – Frank Sinatra 1965). She’s holding the King of Diamonds for her 10, and the Ace of Spades for her 11. Grandma’s showing “21”…Grandma’s showing…BLACKJACK…Too bad she didn’t make a larger BET! So maybe we should forget all about James. Whether or not he’s scoring on this hand? It’s only NATURAL Grandma’s WIN is IN THE CARDS! Get that woman another drink…on the HOUSE! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And remember…If you’re playing Blackjack? Try to Count your Blessings…but ALWAYS COUNT your cards! ♥️🙋🏻