Jumble Spoiler – 10/12/20

The essential workers of New York City, in street photos - Vox

Visual Description:  Tyrant of the tubes.


Clue/Question:  The subway train operator was in charge and had everything – – –

A subway conductor looks out onto the platform at the Times Square... | New  york subway, Conductors, Subway


(A strap-hanging stinky pun!  I wonder if in Australia, do they ride in the Down Underground?  I can’t even remember the last time I rode a subway, it’s been that long.  I know it’s been since they did away with tokens, and went with Metro-Cards, but that is not saying a lot.  I think I used one of their ticket machines, and I’m glad it wasn’t during the rush hour, because I’m sure I fumbled with it.  I miss the old days when you’d just go up to the booth and buy some tokens.  I’ve always been a coin guy, and tokens were essentially coins.

There were no new clue words, and only one new jumble today.  We have seen “racyr”, “sudeo” and “tuniog” in the past.  None of them stumped me today.  The answer letter layout was a twinkling twelve letter jumble.  But, the clue/question made getting the final answer a piece of cake.

Fine cartoon of a subway operator, encouraging the passengers to step lively!  The operator is the engineer, or driver, but I think the longer subways had either multiple operators, or maybe a conductor, to help out with the other cars.  Like I said, it’s been quite a while.  I do remember the major subway etiquette – that some jerks always seem to ignore – is that you should let the exiting riders off first, before trying to rush on and – maybe –  get a seat.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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26 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 10/12/20”

  1. 1 lwclwc October 12, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    I guessed the answer within a few minutes before starting to unscramble the words.

    Atlanta began operating a metro rail system [MARTA] in the early 1970’s.
    The female operator sticking head out the window is a familiar site, except here she would use a hand mike to talk through the speakers inside the railcars.

    “carry” didn’t take long;

    “douse” and “outing” looked strange and took a little time.

    “lonely” was the hardest, but once I got the first three, all I needed was to find places for ‘l’, ‘o’, and ‘e’.

  2. 2 Ken October 12, 2020 at 9:47 pm


    OH Yea, Subways; My J train>>Fulton St. & Van Siclen Ave.>>last stop>>Nassau St. {My favorite St. in the World!!}…….》》Memories ☆

    So Looooong…….k

  3. 3 Randy October 13, 2020 at 7:11 am

    The jumbles were fairly easy,but the solution took me a bit. I kept seeing current in the jumbled letters, but that left with nothing in the remaining letters. I stepped away and came back to and then got it. I guess it was so obvious I missed it the first time. Frustrating though when you get a word stuck in your head and cant think of anything else.

  4. 4 LindaLee October 13, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Last time I was on a Subway was in 2001 in NYC. I got fussed at for smiling at people and was freaking them out.

    For a second…just a second or maybe 2, I didn’t get the UNDER gist of the answer. 🙃. LL

  5. 5 unclerave October 13, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I guess whatever it takes, lwc! Thanks for sharing about Atlanta. — YUR

  6. 6 unclerave October 13, 2020 at 11:24 am

    I have definitely been there before, Randy! — YUR

  7. 7 unclerave October 13, 2020 at 11:27 am

    It took me a second, or two, too, LL. I thought to myself: that’s not a pun! But, then it dawned on me: Oh yeah, subways are – largely – underground! Some days my pun-dar is a little on the fritz! — YUR

  8. 8 lwc October 16, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Gee, unc !

    Where is LindaLee living that people on the subway fuss at her for smiling ?

    Tell her to come down to Atlanta and ride MARTA for a couple weeks. If she smiles at anyone, they’ll probably smile back.

    They might add in a “HI !”.

  9. 9 unclerave October 16, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I think LindaLee is sort of a country girl, lwc, but she visited NYC and rode the subway. New Yorkers are a little defensive/standoffish on the subways, because there are often scammers and nut-jobs that you don’t want to deal with. It’s mainly a don’t mess with me look.
    — YUR

  10. 10 LindaLee October 18, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Okay y’all. I’ll clarify.

    It was my first trip to NY. Riding the subway, or walking around, I did what I’m used to doing, smiling at people or saying hey. It’s what we do (in the South where I live). In NY, people would avert their eyes and hurry away, ignore me , etc. After I pointed it out, the husb pointed out, fuss-ily, that the reaction of the natives was due to the fact that they weren’t used to that kind of gesture and I was freaking them out. I kept smiling. He kept telling me “you’re doing it again!”

    Now, when we visited Chicago, it was a whole different story. It was definitely more warm and welcoming. Now, remember, this was my experience. I’m not trying to disparage NewYork! I loved the trip! And the sights! And the food and little diners. My visit was in 2001 prior to 911. LL

  11. 11 lwc October 18, 2020 at 11:04 pm


    Apparently, like Unc implied, people in New York are trained to be a little neurotic. Human neighborliness is viewed with suspicion.

    Bless their hearts ! 🤕

  12. 12 unclerave October 19, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Yeah, and it’s especially true on the subways. They’re a little better on the streets, although they are usually in a big hurry. But, once you actually get one who isn’t in a big rush, they are generally very friendly and helpful. With so many transplants they know what it’s like to be new to the city.

    — YUR

  13. 15 lwc October 24, 2020 at 3:16 am

    It happened again !
    Something I did dropped the Jumble Spoiler, Cryptoquote accounts, and others.

    I’ve have to do a postmortem of my last actions.

  14. 16 unclerave October 24, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Hmm! I hope things work out for you, lwc! — YUR

  15. 17 lwc October 25, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    I first learned to use computers during my freshman year in 1969. Eventually, I learned to be in complete control once I got the hang of it.

    But times have changed. The computers have gotten smarter but I haven’t.

  16. 18 unclerave October 26, 2020 at 11:02 am

    I know what you mean, lwc. I’m not a fan of change, when I really don’t see any benefit. I like operating systems that I’m used to. WordPress wants users to use the newer format, but I’m glad they still allow us old-timers to use the “Classic” format. — YUR

  17. 19 lwc November 1, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    I saw the change to WordPress when I signed back into it.
    They seem to have added some new features/complications.
    Why ?

    It was working just fine as it was.
    Progress is only for the young. I don’t want any more progress !

  18. 20 unclerave November 2, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Do you have your own blog, lwc??? — YUR

  19. 21 lwc November 2, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    No. I considered creating a blog couples years ago, but decided I didn’t have an issue passionate enough to merit the time.

    Also, WordPress is not as easy to comprehend and navigate as sites were when I began working online. WordPress is one of those systems that’s smarter than I.

    However, I congratulate you for creating yours and hope you are getting what you want and expect from it. I appreciate seeing comments from people in other states.

    The only feature I wish your site could do is annotate the city and/or state your correspondents are writing from. I had considered whether I had the ability to create a map to post pin marks of everyone when they posted.

    Did I mention I voted early two weeks ago ? I hope everyone else did. It’s quite a benefit to get it out of the way. The lines might be extra long for tomorrow’s official voting day. Even down here it’s too cold to stand outside in long lines when voting takes only 15 or 20 minutes.

  20. 22 unclerave November 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    I can look up people’s locations via the ISPs, but I can’t annotate the city and state to their comments, lwc.

    My family and I voted last week! It was nice to get it out of the way. Pray for no shenanigans! — YUR

  21. 23 lwc November 3, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    The Target store and a few others got their windows smashed during street protests a few months ago. They had to board them up while doing repairs.

    This time they are boarding windows in advance in anticipation of… whatever ?

    This is the biggest problem with our current president. It’s not so much his policies, which I’m not so sure he has any real policies other than himself, but the kind of discord his rhetoric engenders. A real commander-in-chief draws people together. Unfortunately, that does seem to be his style.

    Everyone should stay indoors tonight just in case some crazies want to go out to please our Dear Leader.

  22. 24 unclerave November 4, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    I agree, lwc. The violence and looting were very unfortunate side effects of what were largely peaceful protests. Some of it was simply the result malicious opportunists. But, a lot of it seems to have been intentionally agitated by forces that wanted the peaceful protests to devolve into violence and chaos.

    I’m not a fan of ANTIFA, but in my mind it makes no sense for them to be the responsible party, because it’s counterproductive to the stated causes. By and large, I think most people DO recognize that there is a factor of systemic racism, both in our police departments, and in society in general. And, they do sympathize with the plight of the oppressed. But, the aspects of violence and wanton destruction both scare and confuse them, to the point where it sours their initial support for the changes that the protests are seeking. The Trump people realize this, and play it up, because they know that fear and demonization are two of the basest of human emotions.

    There have even been reports of the police leaving stacks of bricks in the areas where they knew the protests would occur. And, reports of police *plants* agitating some of the destruction during the protests. And, in many cases, we’ve seen frustrated(?) police attacking protestors unnecessarily!

    The President is a masterful manipulator, because he knows his likely supporters – and those who aren’t prone to questioning authority – can be easily swayed by fear tactics and inflammable rhetoric. Fearful people are drawn to his illusion of strength, like moths to a flame. It’s a very sad situation, my friend.

    — YUR

  23. 25 lwc November 5, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Unc, I’m skeptical that ANTIFA is anything real. I have the sense that it’s a made-up name some left-win nut invented, possibly to sell books.

    Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

    I have the same feeling about QAnon. Is it real, or a hoax ?

    Hoaxes in the United States:

  24. 26 unclerave November 5, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    I think you might be putting too much into your Search criteria, lwc. They both exist, but neither one of them seem to have any kind of centralized governance. QAnon is more of a (extreme fringe) theory, than a formal group. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAnon
    And ANTIFA has groups that are less hands on, but many who are much more into physical confrontation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antifa_(United_States)
    — YUR

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