Jumble Spoiler – 05/26/11

Terry's Coffee Shop in Brooklyn close to Marcy...

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Visual Description:  Harried greasy spoon worker struggling to render us obese.


Clue/Question:  For the over-worked fast-food cook, Monday was turning into . . .

Answer:  FRYDAY

(Very nice!  Fairly predictable pun.  But for me, that’s what makes language fun!  I had no trouble with “sunny” and “fiddle”, but it took me a couple of looks to get “rural”.  Must be some kind of American Idol backlash/mental block.  But, boy-o-boy!  I had to work backwards from the answer to get “yawned”.  Even after figuring out I needed another Y, I still had some trouble.  That is some clever scrambling.  It’s either that, or I’m just a little dopey this morning.  I was a little surprised to see how many people had trouble unscrambling “debtor” from yesterday’s Jumble.  I received over 210 queries yesterday, and so far about 10 today.  Mr. Hoyt must be doing something right!  It’s a beautiful day, here in the Northeast.  Yesterday, there were another 77 reported tornadoes plaguing the Midwest.  It just boggles the mind.  And we’re still only midway through the tornado season!  Let’s keep a good thought for all those effected, and help out any way we can.  Be well and do good, friends.)    —   YUR

4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 05/26/11”

  1. 1 Sandie Chandler May 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    isn’t it affected, not effected?

  2. 2 unclerave May 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Could be. I use “effected” 90 something % of the time. I only use “affected” when I’m talking about an attitude or behavior.

    — YUR

  3. 3 Amy May 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    “Effected” means to bring about or to cause something to happen. “Affected” means influenced or changed by an external factor. I don’t think it is accepted to use “effect” in place of “affect”. Just saying….

  4. 4 unclerave May 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm


    See. Even with your definitions they pretty much sound the same, to me. “cause something to happen” vs. “changed by an external factor”. But, it looks like it could be a point of view thing. He, She or They effected vs. I or We were affected? I wasn’t an English major, and I’m not a teacher or anything. I see them as one of those rare aberrations of the English language, where they sound the same AND they even mean something similar. You are probably correct, but your definitions aren’t enough for my brain to process, or change my usage. I would need a greater, and slower, explanation to get through my thick skull.

    But, please continue to say away!

    — YUR

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