NILFA = FINAL
GUROH = ROUGH
IKOROE = ROOKIE
SIMOWD = WISDOM
WHEN PROMISING TO RESPECT OUR VETERANS, “RESPECT” IS A – – –
FN ROH ROO WDO = WORD OF HONOR
Good Morning, Everyone! 🇺🇸 HAPPY VETERANS DAY 🇺🇸
🎶 Oh beautiful for spacious skies….For amber waves of grain…For purple mountain majesty above the fruited plain…AMERICA, AMERICA, God shed his grace on thee..And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea🎶… “America The Beautiful” – Mr Ray Charles 2001
I spent so much time trying to identify the man and the quote in today’s puzzle, that I’m going to forgo the usual breakdown of today’s words. Suffice to say they were easily solved…
With today being Veterans Day, our cartoon, rightfully so, honors our Veterans. At first quick glance, my initial impression when looking at the gentleman at the lectern addressing the crowd, was that he was Joe Biden. But after enlarging the picture, I saw that the man had facial hair, a bushy mustache and chin whiskers, which eliminated Joe. Then I tried identifying the quote, and I came up empty there too. But while doing so, I read through a few of the speeches that Joe Biden had made on past Veterans Days, and I was very moved…As I am by the words used in our puzzle today. It’s a powerful statement. Thank you, Jeff. But going by the hats worn by the three men in the audience plus the man seated at the dais, and the pin affixed to the hat of the man seated farthest left, I think it’s safe to say that we’re at a gathering of the American Legion. But sadly, that’s about all I can tell you. So, if anyone out there recognizes the man and the words he’s speaking, please write in and let us know. Or maybe Jeff will tell us who he patterned today’s moving cartoon after.
As for the solution, with the words Promise and Respect being used in both the dialogue and the question, and “Respect” being emphasized by the quotation marks, it was easy to conjure up HONOR, and WORD was a given. So whether you solve like I do, with the cartoons’ clues, or with the circled letters that offered up all those “O”s, it was a pretty easy segue into WORD OF HONOR. Nicely done, David.
And in Honor of the brave men and women whom we celebrate today, the heart and soul of all that is America, I thank you for your service, I pray for your strength, and I offer you my utmost Respect…God Bless America 🇺🇸 Today and every day....🙋🏻♀️
“It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America.” — Barack Obama