Jumble Spoiler – 05/30/15

New York Mets first base coach Rickey Henderso...

New York Mets first base coach Rickey Henderson on July 16, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A tribute to Rickey Henderson.


Clue/Question:  He stole second and now led the league in steals, which pleased his – – –

Rickey Henderson's retired number displayed at...

Rickey Henderson’s retired number displayed at the Oakland Coliseum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FANBASE

(We have more rules about the clue words than we do the answers.  As soon as I figured this one, I said to myself:  Ugh, another compound word!  But, then I questioned whether it was a valid compound word.  The word “fan” is generally listed as: short for fanatic, which for me puts in doubt the validity of the single compound word of “fanbase”.  WordPress doesn’t seem to like it.  And, when I tried to find a Merriam Webster listing I was unsuccessful.  I’m far from being an accomplished English major, but I do have pretty good instincts about these kind of things.  Regardless, that is the answer.

There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  The answer letter layout was great, especially for the size of the answer.  The cartoon is great tribute to a great player.  Rickey Henderson played for 24 years in the Bigs, and few more in the minors.  He was always in remarkable shape, often in better shape than players half his age.  I don’t know if anyone could ever top his career stolen base mark, at 1406.  Personality-wise, he could be a bit of a lightning rod, but no one can dispute his baseball talents.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

7 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 05/30/15”

  1. 1 haliburton76 May 30, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Like you, Unc Rave, I was a little surprised to see the closed compound FANBASE, but that’s the only thing it can be, and voilà, there it is in Collins English Dictionary online – listed as a British word, not American!

  2. 2 Linda Lee May 30, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I got fanbase immediately, but had the husb check the answer against your blog to make sure I was right because I felt it should at least be hyphenated. And my handy-dandy Franklin Spelling Ace said it was not a word. I’m thinking the paper messed up and didn’t leave a space and it should have been two words????

    At any rate, great puzzler!!

    As always Guyz….thank you!!! LL

  3. 3 LindaLee May 30, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    My e-mail connection dropped out, so this may post twice.

    Thanks so much for the info Hal. I must have been posting as you posted! LL

  4. 4 David L. Hoyt May 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Here’s the story on “fanbase”…

    My dictionary (Harper Collins English Dictionary) actually does show it as one word.


    I’ve always thought it was one word, but now after seeing the comments I’d agree that it’s probably more common as two words. I simply typed it into my dictionary to confirm it was one word and it was there, so it didn’t even occur to me to check other sources.

    I checked with my parents who do the editing and they found a few different sources that show it as one word also. I just checked and saw a few too.

    But based on my research this morning, I’d actually slightly lean toward to the two-word version.

    That’s the scoop. I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Thanks!


  5. 5 David L. Hoyt May 31, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I did a little more research on this and it appears that “fanbase” is a valid word in the English dictionary but not the American English dictionary. That’s where the confusion occurred for me. Although I have found it as one word in a number of other sources. But I feel that it’s two-words in American English and one word in British English based on my new findings.

  6. 6 unclerave May 31, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I love a good debate . . . and just stirring the pot. I generally don’t dig compound words. It’s hard for me to say why. Maybe, because they just seem kind of lazy to me. They also seem a little arbitrary. So, when WordPress underlined it as misspelled – and they’re a British outfit – I decided to Google it’s definition, as a single word. I saw a few dictionary listings that did have it as a single word, But, for me, the American gold standard is Merriam Webster’s, and they didn’t have a listing for it. So, I took the opportunity to make a federal case of it!

    It’s kind of funny that the word was more of a lightning rod than Rickey Henderson!

    — YUR

  7. 7 Linda Lee May 31, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Mr. Hoyt, thank you for clarifying, You did your research! And gave us a grand puzzler. I only looked in my Frankln Spelling Ace, should have also googled it. And, it goes to show you that your puzzlers are not just something we do to pass the time, we are really into them!! And we stuck with the fanbase answer and came to our fave Unc to see what he thought!

    All the more fun! LL

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