Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/19/19 (Oh, ralis95!)

Image result for the Alaska purchase

Visual Description:  Bill Seward and Andrew Johnson considering the logistics.


Clue/Question:  Exploring Alaska for its natural resources in the 1800s was difficult, but that – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words (and THE)  (4-letters)  (4-letters) THE  (9-letters)

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(Definitely NOT a gimme, for me!  And, it was one of those literal/figurative puns.  Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867, and remained a territory for its first 102 years, finally becoming a state in 1959.  The answer did not jump off the page for me.  I knew there was a paste tense element to it, but I kept seeing the words MORE and WHAT, and not CAME.  I didn’t belabor very long to get the answer, but it took me more than a few looks to see the word the characters were avoiding.

We appear to have two new clue words today, in “quirky” and “confer”.  I felt strongly that “confer” was new, but felt like we’d seen “quirky” before.  Maybe we’ve seen it since 02/23/19, the date of my latest copy of the database?  Five of the jumbles appear to be new, with only “tribet” having definitely been used before.  “nrocef” gave me the most trouble.  The answer letter layout is a very impressive, and cryptic, seventeen letter jumble.  I thought it disguised the final answer very well.

Great period piece cartoon.  Super good likenesses of Secretary of State William Seward and President Andrew Johnson.  The clothing and everything in the White House office look to be appropriate for the time.  The people who referred to it as “Seward’s Folly” were actually in the minority.  The deal worked out to be about 2 cents per acre, so even the harshest critics look like buffoons.  And, Sara Palin can see Russia from her front porch, so we also got that going for us!  Actually, I hate it when we make political hay from someone’s figurative speaking.  I never cared for the woman, but I knew she wasn’t speaking literally.  Some people just can’t resist the low-hanging fruit.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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1 Response to “Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/19/19 (Oh, ralis95!)”

  1. 1 David May 19, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I didn’t have trouble with QUIRKY or (once I got to it) the final answer, but got hung up on CONFER for a couple of minutes. It wasn’t on my tough Jumble word list, either. If we’ve had it before in the last ten years as a
    regular word, I got it quickly then. It’s on my list now.

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