Image of the Noah Webster postage stamp, 4 cents. Courtesy of the Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database. Original work of the United States federal government. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Early American book signing session.
EMUSRM = SUMMER, RREFOV = FERVOR, NIOCRI = IRONIC, GEREDE = DEGREE, RATNEV = TAVERN, NANCON = CANNON — Giving us: MMFEOIIDGTENNN
Clue/Question: The publication of his dictionary was this for Noah Webster.
Answer: A DEFINING MOMENT
(I thought the answer was relatively tough to get. The answer letter layout certainly gave nothing away. None of the clue words were what I’d call obvious. They were all jumbled pretty well. The easiest was probably “cannon”. The only new addition to the ralis95 clue word database is “tavern”. I thought the concept of the cartoon was cute. I don’t know when the practice started, but I don’t think these kind of book signings took place in Colonial times. I could be wrong. Any history buffs out there know for sure???
I have a bone to pick with the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, and any newspaper with a similar practice. You should NOT be printing the answers to that day’s puzzles! That is just so lame! However, if that is going to be your – lame – practice, please clearly mark it as TODAY’S Answers. I was visiting with my elderly mother, and was unfamiliar with which page of which section contained the puzzles. I’m pretty sure there was no index on the section I was handed. So, starting from the first page and working backwards, because I don’t read in a Chinese or Hebrew style, I came upon, quite unexpectedly, the answers to the Sunday puzzles. Right there, on page two. It took me a couple seconds to realize that they were the answers to the puzzles that I was looking to do. As a result, I saw the first two or three Jumble clue words. That is so annoying. Your readers should be able to wait for the answers, like the rest of the world does. And, if they just can’t wait, well, that’s what I’m here for. And another goddam thang! Print the FULL sized puzzles, NOT these reduced abominations. You lose a lot of the detail. That goes for your comics section, too. Are times that tough for you, that you can’t afford to print things in their full size? You do realize that the majority of the people who still read newspapers are Baby Boomers and older, right? C’mon! Have a heart!
This concludes today’s rant. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR