Jumble Spoiler – 03/12/19

Visual Description:  Outside the Denver Mint?

CAAKB  =  ABACK,  PMETT  =  TEMPT,  RADYEM  =  DREAMY,  KRHNIS  =  SHRINK   —   Giving us:  ACTETDEMSIN

Clue/Question:  The Lincoln penny debuted on the centennial of his birth because – – –

Answer:  IT MADECENTS

(Copper definitely has a distinctive scent.  Some might even call it smelly.  So, I guess that means this is a stinky pun on a few levels!  In case any of you were wondering, this would have to be 1909, the year the Lincoln penny was introduced.  It was the first U.S. coin to depict a U.S. president.  Prior to that it was deemed too monarchical to have the image of a president on a U.S. coin.  We can blame George Washington for that line of thinking.  It held for well over 100 years though!  The Lincoln penny replaced the Indian Head penny, and was designed by Victor David Brenner.  If you look closely, right above the rim, below the shoulder, you can see the sculptor’s initials VDB.  You can see it in the image above better than on most pennies, because the initials wear away fairly easily.

No new clue words today.  But, “aback” happens to be the very first word on the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  If Hoyt were to allow plural words ending in “I” then abaci could be the first clue word.  But, that’s not likely to happen.  They’re not cheap and easy like just adding an “S”.  If they were allowed we could also have alumni, cacti, fungi, nuclei, and octopi.  Something for the Hoyt Commission to consider?  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with only “caakb” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a nicely cryptic eleven letter jumble.  At first I was thinking the word MINT or MINTS, before it all made sense to me.

Fun turn of the century cartoon.  The one reporter with the old style camera, and the others wearing their bowler, or derby, hats.  I’m not sure if Abe would have been flattered, or mortified, to be the first.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

2 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 03/12/19”


  1. 1 roy odom jr March 12, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Another great plug for numismatics from the Jumble crew! And from UR.
    PS. For a short while in 1909, the “VDB” was on the bottom of the reverse, scandalizing people who thought the sculptor was calling too much attention to himself! The initials were removed (creating some rarities) and put in the present location in 1918.

  2. 2 unclerave March 13, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Atta boy, roy! — YUR


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