VRIRE = RIVER
SOYMS = MOSSY
DIDNHE = HIDDEN
NLHECC = CLENCH
WHEN IT CAME TO HAVING HIS POSITRONIC BRAIN REPLACED, THE ANDROID WAS – – –
IE MOS DDN LEC = CLOSE-MINDED
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Just when you thought Jumble Genius, David L. Hoyt, had exhausted his list of never before seen clue words, he surprises us this morning with not one, but TWO brand new baddies. They don’t call him “The Man Who Puzzles America” for nothing, folks! Both MOSSY and CLENCH are coming up as new, leaving RIVER and HIDDEN to greet us once again. He’s kept HIDDEN out of the spotlight for quite some time and I had to search back to 9/21/14 to uncover it. RIVER was much easier to locate since it was used a little over a year ago on 5/22/18. Of the group, CLENCH was the only one to give my puny human brain a moment of hesitation so it’ll be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. After finishing up the solves, I noticed that David arranged the answers in reverse alphabetical order as a final surprise.
Today’s cartoon transports us to a laboratory where Jumble cartoonist, Jeff Knurek, offers us a glimpse of a hardware upgrade that is about to be installed in an android. The scientist, dressed in a lab coat, safety goggles, hairnet and booties, can be seen holding what the cartoon sentence describes as a positronic brain.
This fictitious technological device was popularized by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in the early 1940’s. Positronic was named after the newly discovered positron particle discovered by Carl D. Anderson in 1932. Asimov, in effect, added a fictional contemporary spin on an actual scientific discovery. The implant functions as a central processing unit that would provide robots with a consciousness recognizable to humans.
In Jeff’s panel, he chose to identify his character as an android and not a robot. In case you’re not sure what the difference is between the two, I’d be happy to clue you in. A robot can have some human attributes (think arms, head, chest, and feet) but it’s not required to have them all. An android must always be in human form and be able to pass as a human in natural light.
The final solve has been increasing by 1-letter since Monday, so today we find ourselves at eleven. The layout was cryptic and gave absolutely nothing away. The key for my solve was in the dialogue exchange between the scientist and android. The android was insisting that his operating system was functioning perfectly and was rejecting the offer of a “new brain”. MIND came into view first, leaving CLOSE to be found in the remaining letters. The -ED suffix was tacked onto MIND to complete our midweek puzzle and the result was a cleverly crafted finish. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!