Jumble Spoiler – 03/16/12

English: Watt's steam engine at the lobby of t...

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Visual Description:  Inflated History lesson?


Clue/Question:  When James Watt talked about his steam engine, some people thought he was . . .


(Nice long answer.  Not sure how many of you guys found it difficult, though.  The answer letter layout didn’t give anything away.  I love that!  The answer just came too quickly to me.  Maybe I just relate too much to being full of hot air.  I’m sure many of you have no problem agreeing with that.  The clue word jumbling was top notch!  I had a little trouble coming up with “radial”, even though we’ve seen it before.  I didn’t have to write out combos, or anything, but it was  challenging.  Surprisingly, to me at least, “afford” is new to the ralis95 clue word database.  Very illustrative cartoon!  I hope some of you elementary teachers out there can see fit to using this in your History – and English – lessons.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS. The only bummer about today’s Jumble is that, during some research, I came across a picture of James G. Watt, who was – very unfortunately –  Secretary of the Interior, for a couple of years under Ronald Reagan.  That tool is somebody I’d sooner like to forget.      YUR

4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 03/16/12”

  1. 1 ralis95 March 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm


    You’d like to forget James G Watt, the Secretary of the Interior under Reagan, but the whole country, I think, will soon want to forget the current Sec’y of Energy, Steven Chu, who said in 2008 that “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Looks like he is close to succeeding!

  2. 2 unclerave March 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    That quote has been taken so far out of context, by the right’s Fear Machine, ralis95, that it isn’t even funny anymore. He was talking about *gradually* ramping up gasoline taxes over the next 15 years until they eventually were consistent with Europe’s rates, to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work. And, he was envisioning the U.S. relying more and more on alternative (renewable) fuel sources, so gasoline wouldn’t be so important. He was speaking with THE BIG PICTURE in mind, and strictly as an academic. Now that he’s been in politics a few years, I’m sure he’ll choose his words with more of an eye on them coming back to bite him on the butt!

    Watt was just plain nasty.

    — YUR

  3. 3 Lesley March 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    No comment from me about the political aspects of this cartoon. I’m getting over my second bad cold of the season, so I did all this week’s Jumbles in one sitting today. I loved the drawing, and yes RADIAL gave me trouble, too.

  4. 4 unclerave March 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Actually, Lesley, there’s nothing political in the cartoon. Only in my PS. I’m glad you’re beginning to feel better.

    === YUR

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