YLLYS = SLYLY
ETKAW = TWEAK
MYLESL = SMELLY
BPHIOS = BISHOP
WHEN HENRY FORD WANTED TO TALK TO HIS WORKERS, HE’D HAVE THEM – – –
SL EA ME BS = ASSEMBLE
Happy Monday everyone! Love is definitely in the air as the Jumble puzzle nudges into the second week of February. Valentine’s Day is this Friday so hopefully Jeff came up with a tasty themed treat to finish off the week. As far as today was concerned, it was all pretty much run of the mill stuff. There weren’t any noticeable oddities in the words except for the fact that a couple of them had an -LY suffix. All of the anagrams were brand new and the answers they produced have been seen over the past couple of years. I think our electorate is right on the money for choosing YLLYS as today’s hardest scramble. It was the only speed bump I encountered this morning so I’ll go ahead and pick it too.
Our cartoon featured a spot-on caricature of Henry Ford. I think I’ve finally seen his likeness frequently enough to be able to recognize him at first glance! Today we see him pausing production on an automobile assembly line so he can lead a brief chat with his employees. They don’t seem to mind the interruption and it should be noted that Mr. Ford was very generous when it came time for compensating his workers. The fledgling U.S. auto industry was entirely profit-driven but Mr. Ford wanted to retain only the best employees. He increased wages for the monotonous work on his assembly lines to $5 per hour which was more than double the average auto-workers wage. He also shortened the workday from nine hours to eight which is pretty much the standard even to this day.
I thoroughly enjoyed the parade of Tin Lizzles rolling down the assembly line. It’s amazing that a few tweaks in an assembly line could cut the production time down from 12 hours and 8 minutes to a mind-boggling 1 hour and 33 minutes. The worker with the odd-colored hat received most of my attention. Maybe the colorist wanted it to be a few shades darker so that he could have the appearance of being a shift supervisor. Whatever the reason was, it worked!
The final solve was a tiny tangle of 8-letters. One glance at those double S’s made the solution self-evident and my fun for the day was through. Have a merry Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!