Jumble Spoiler – 06/30/17

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Visual Description:  Taking notice of Otis.

WYLOL  =  LOWLY,  PODTA  =  ADOPT,  RHOFUT  =  FOURTH,  GULAPE  =  PLAGUE   —   Giving us:  ODOFRLE

Clue/Question:  When elevators in buildings started to become popular, people were – – –

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Answer:  FLOORED

(And, all the youngsters are wondering:  “What’s with the guy in the monkey suit?”  Well, children, back in the early days of elevators they were not automatic, as they are today.  They required an elevator operator, to do things like open and close the inner and outer doors, and work the lever to make it go up and/or down.  And, the elevators didn’t stop by themselves level to the floors, like they generally do today.  The elevator operators had to control that.  It took some practice and, of course,  some were better at it than others.  They were kind of like the ride operators, at carnivals and amusement parks.

All of the clue words are old favorites again.  Three of the jumbles came up as new.  We’ve seen “podta”  before.  And, I know I’ve told you this before, but “adopt” spells out in alphabetical order.  Oh!  And “gulape” is Swahili for fly.  No, really!  Not sure if that is from the verb, to fly, or from the noun, for the annoying critter that carries germs and such.  It would be really ironic if flies carried the “plague”, but I think that was more fleas.  And, fleas do not fly, they jump.  The answer letter layout was a dandy of a jumble.  It was not obvious, at all.  The cartoon was a nice turn of the century piece.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


2 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 06/30/17”


  1. 1 haliburton76 June 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    No, it wasn’t immediately obvious. My first thought was UPLIFTED, but that was too long, not to mention that what goes up, must come down too!

  2. 2 Damidwesterner July 1, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Today, I paid attention to the tense and got the ED part. But the two Os also gave it away.
    I remember being in one of these elevators when I was a kid in the ’60s. In a department store. I liked the moving cage part.


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