Jumble Spoiler – 06/19/14

English: N8034T (cn 193B-1230)

English: N8034T (cn 193B-1230) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  One of the effects of deregulation.


Clue/Question:  The cost to change his flight was going to be $600.  He didn’t think that was – – –

Clipper Miles Standish (N805PA), an Airbus A310

Clipper Miles Standish (N805PA), an Airbus A310 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Remember TWA?  How about PanAm, Eastern, National, Northwest, US Airways or Continental?  These were all major players at one time, and there were more.  Now, all we have is American, Delta, United, Southwest and Jet Blue.  There are still a bunch of regionals, but they kind of come and go, and even they are subject to takeovers.  Sure, some companies that get taken over are weak and have bad management, but the end result of all these mergers is that now there is less competition.  And, when competition shrinks prices go up.  And, the jobs that used to pay pretty well, and were considered glamorous?  Now, they pay slave wages, and it’s tough for them to attract younger educated employees.  Think of all this the next time you pay for your checked bag AND your carry-on, and you wedge yourself into your seat with a shoehorn, with your knees up in your face, and nibble on a snack you brought with you, because your airfare does not include a meal anymore.  A cocktail is no bargain these days as well.  And, don’t get me started on all the TSA nonsense, and the airlines policies about making changes.  Flying used to be fun.  Now, it pretty much sucks.

No new clue words today.  Some of the jumblings are new.  The answer letter layout was fine.  The cartoon does a great job of showing the airline’s disdain and the passenger’s frustration.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 06/19/14”

  1. 1 Dave June 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    The last time I flew was 1998, and I have no intention of ever flying again. I didn’t spend 6 years of my life in service to my country, to be treated like I’m a criminal, and have to prove I’m innocent, because my government refuses to profile airline passengers, because it might offend someone.

  2. 2 unclerave June 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I guess the govt. feels that even ex-military folk can turn, Dave. McVeigh and Nichols were both in the Army. Probably not for 6 years, but I know plenty of people who don’t like what the govt. did at Ruby Ridge and Waco, and many of them served in the military. Personally, I never served, but I too don’t trust the govt. after Ruby Ridge, Waco an Elian Gonzalez, etc. But, I am very unlikely to take up arms against my country. And, in the extremest case that I might, I would never target my fellow civilians, regardless who they worked for.

    I feel your pain, the whole procedure is dehumanizing, but I don’t think that profiling is either “correct”, or effective. But, I respect your opinion.

    — YUR

  3. 3 LindaLee June 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Loved the puzzler! Got a little hung up on aflame and italic—pesky vowel starting words! I fly now and then, but have to be drugged! Mmmmm, maybe I should fly more….no not! 🙂 LL

  4. 4 unclerave June 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    😉 — YUR

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