Archive for January 5th, 2015

Jumble Spoiler – 01/05/15

English: Portrait of Bill Evans, meteorologist.

English: Portrait of Bill Evans, meteorologist. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Career Day, or a class field trip to a TV station.

PRUET  =  ERUPT,  NDLAG  =  GLAND,  SAJTUD  =  ADJUST,  TUQEEA  =  EQUATE   —   Giving us:  ERGDSEE

Clue/Question:  To become a meteorologist, he had to get – – –

[en] weatherman weather forecaster, meteorolog...

[en] weatherman weather forecaster, meteorology, meteorologist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  DEGREES

U.S. television journalist Walter Cronkite in ...

U.S. television journalist Walter Cronkite in Vietnam, interviewing Professor Mai of the University of Hue for CBS (Cropped) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Cute weather pun.  Back in the earlier days of television, all the “meteorologist” needed was a loud sports coat and a gregarious personality.  They were more simply known as weathermen, back then.  Now, they are qualified and certified, so we have to take them more seriously.  Sure.  Almost all of those we see on the news today are wanna-be actors, following carefully crafted scripts.  Television Journalism has become a kind of oxymoron.  The “News” these day is much more emotional, than informational.  It’s:  All the news we want you to hear . . . told to you by your friends.  Edward R. Murrow, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Harry Reasoner, Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings, et al. are no doubt spinning in their graves.  A tangent?  Moi???  Oh, well.  I guess I’m going to lose a few subscribers!

No new clue words, but we have three new jumbles, according to my records.  Only the one for “erupt” has definitely been used before.  But, it’s a good one.  Made me stop and think, for a moment.  The others kinda jumped out at me.  Fine answer letter layout.  Cool cartoon.  I like the weather guy’s hair!  Most weather people have great hair.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/05/15

English: Portrait of H. L. Mencken by Carl Van...

English: Portrait of H. L. Mencken by Carl Van Vechten. Gift, Carl Van Vechten Estate. The Library of Congress, Washington, D. C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it.”   —   H.L. Mencken

English: Adah Mencken

English: Adah Mencken (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I generally like and admire Mencken, and I know he wasn’t a fan of representative democracy, but this sounds more like an Ayn Rand quote, to me.  I’d like to hear the context of this quote.  Hal, you are good at coming up with source documents. Was this part of a commentary on FDR, or Hitler, or something else?  Appreciate anyone’s help on this.  Probably no relationship to H.L., but I liked this retouched photo of the actress.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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