Jumble Spoiler – 07/13/17

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Visual Description:  This guy keeps cranking them out!  (Sorta)

DPAAT  =  ADAPT,  PITYS  =  TIPSY,  SOYMLT  =  MOSTLY,  CIRNUH  =  URCHIN   —   Giving us:  AAPTTPSMOYURCN

Clue/Question:  To sell his new electric ignition systems, Charles F. Kettering created a – – –

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Answer:  STARTUP COMPANY

(A very clever pun!  Kind of a merging of the old and the new.  The phrase, start-up company, is fairly ubiquitous today, but it’s a relatively new phrase.  Apparently, it was first used in a Business Week article from September, 1977.  Certainly not the norm back in 1911.

All of today’s clue words are old favorites, although all of their jumbles came up as new.  I had to skip, and come back to, “tipsy”.  And, I can see some having trouble with “urchin”, seeing how it starts with a vowel, and it’s not all that common, unless you’re a big Charles Dickens fan, or really into marine biology.  The answer letter layout was beautifully cryptic!  You really had to pick up on what they were trying so hard NOT to say!  And, the cartoon is a great likeness of Mr. Kettering.

I usually learn something new from the Cryptoquote, and the Jumble is usually just stuff I pull out of the cobwebs of my mind.  But today, The Jumble taught me who Charles F. Kettering was!  I’ve heard the name for probably 40 years or more, but just in the context of The Charles F. Kettering Foundation.  They’ve long been huge sponsors of shows on PBS.  But, the name always just went in one ear and out the other, for me.  Just another fat-cat with mega-bucks, I thought.  I’m sure just about everybody in Michigan, and people who may have worked for, or who had family that worked for General Motors, knows who he was.  But, for me, he kind of flew under the radar.  But, what an innovator!  NOW, I finally know who he was!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


6 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 07/13/17”


  1. 1 Sheryl July 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Thanks! Always enjoy your Jumble Spoilers.

  2. 2 haliburton76 July 13, 2017 at 11:20 am

    At first glance, I thought the fourth word was UNRICH, illiterate slang for *needy* or *low-fat*! The thought of the unruly street child quickly supplanted this humorous moment.
    You’re right about the educational value of the Daily Cryp, UR, and I think Charles F. Kettering, making his Jumble debut, has been a Cryp attribution before, though I’m not sure when.

  3. 3 LindaLee July 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Yes, URCHIN was a bit of a bugger. And it took me sometime on the answer. I was sure STARTER was a word in the solve. Finally got START-UP and had to unscramble COMPANY — doh!!!

    Another grand Jumble day! LL

  4. 4 David July 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Interesting column about the term “start-up company” and Mr. Kettering and his foundation. I too have heard Kettering’s name without thinking much about why.

    “Tipsy” and “urchin” are both words I stumbled over big-time years ago the first time I encountered them in Jumble because both use very uncommon letter patterns. But I keep a spreadsheet of such words, so these two didn’t get me again today. This daily puzzle could take way above a player’s average solve time with two fiendish jumbles like that, to say nothing of a long bonus answer, if that doesn’t come quickly.

    And when that happens, that final answer today is a good example of our strategy tip to read the clue and ask: is there a word they’re avoiding? Cartoonists usually employ very succinct wording, so when they don’t, ask why. And here, sure enough, the letters s-t-a-r-t are available with a five-letter slot, and then you think, okay, only a few two-letter words could go with “start”; u-p are also available, and when you pull those seven letters out, it’s easier to think of or unscramble the third word.

  5. 5 unclerave July 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    His name DID come up as an existing Tag, hal, though I too can’t remember when and why! — YUR

  6. 6 unclerave July 13, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I hope the rest of the kids were paying attention during your class, professor! — YUR 😉


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