Jumble Spoiler – 12/27/16

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Visual Description:  A royal appreciation.


Clue/Question:  Once ranked #1 for 302 straight weeks, Roger Federer was – – –

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(Liz II and P-Phil always prefer the even-tempered, well-mannered, types of tennis players.  But, it’s usually been the bad boys who have made the sport grow.  Tennis had always been a staid, elitist sport that really didn’t register that much with the masses.  When the fiery Jimmy Connors came along many more people started to pay attention to the sport.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that he also had a public romance with the very lovely, and equally talented, Chrissy Evert.  Another famous hothead who made the sport grow was Ilie Nastase.  He had an awesome skill set, and was always entertaining.  John McEnroe was a much later hothead, who became famous for arguing and berating the refs and line judges, besides his great talent.  The British press nicknamed him “SuperBrat”.  Guys like Federer, Sampras, Becker, Laver, Chang and Lendl were all great champions, but the sport always grew more when the bad boys ruled the court.  Probably the best non-bad boy #1 to ever play is the currently #2 player, Novak Djokovic.  Instead of being a bad boy he is famous for clowning around and his all-around charm.  Wimbledon prefers the goody goody types.  They’re trying to maintain the tradition of the sport.

No new clue words today, but three of the jumbles came up as new.  We’ve seen “mareyc” before.  I thought they were all pretty challenging.  The answer letter layout was also a nifty jumble.  Great pun.  And a great likeness of the royal couple, and Roger, of course.  Lots of fun!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 12/27/16”

  1. 1 Earl Johnson December 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    You forgot Arthur ASHE.

  2. 2 haliburton76 December 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    NUDGE and DISMAL didn’t exactly jump out at me either, UR. I kept wanting to say MISLAID! Roger was definitely a solid player, but I always preferred Raffy’s style.

  3. 3 Colltales December 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Only thing is, even though I love McEnroe and the thrilling player Jimmy Connors of the last years became right before retiring, Roger does stand above all the rest for the beauty of his athleticism and quality and variety of his game. He doesn’t seem ready to acknowledge that he’s sadly no longer ‘that’ player (just like other champions, he risks squandering a glorious past by insisting on playing, but who can blame him?). Hot headed players do bring excitement, but Roger redefined the pure artistry tennis can be about, beyond the sheer competitiveness it ignites on contenders. And his talent extrapolated the game’s barriers, attracting crowds who wouldn’t care about it otherwise.These days, no one is as thrilling as he once was, except perhaps Monfils, who also brings something of that angry streak too. I for one, fear for the mechanical virtue that produces titles but bores everybody to death. With no outstanding American player driving ratings, and the soon to be retired Williams Sisters, (plus high ticket prices, and greedy bosses who want to gear the game back toward the wealthy as it used to be) there seems to be little hope, or role models, for talented but underprivileged kids to take an interest. The sisters kept the ‘Arthur Ashe’ element alive, and Roger, who yes, came from the elite too, just like every other top 10 player today, had that transcendence to offer, all catlike moves and making it all look so simple and elegant. We’re already missing him and it’s clear that the crowds would love him to win one more Grand Slam, just to put the perfect achievements of his career way beyond the reach of the next spoiled robotchamp. But it’s unfortunately unlikely. Specially now, with Trump lol.

  4. 4 unclerave December 27, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    DOH! I certainly did, Earl. And, Arthur was one cool and classy cat. (I was just thinking about him, as I was reading Wes’ comment though.) The U.S. Open wouldn’t be the same without him. — YUR

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