Jumble Spoiler – 07/17/21

The Best Wine Bar, in Boston

Visual Description:  Complaining couple.


Clue/Question:  After raising their prices, the bistro at the vineyard turned into a – – –

The Best Wine Bars in Boston Right Now

Answer:  WHINE BAR

(A little bit of a letdown, after THEREABOUT.  But I’m not going to make a big STINKY about it.  We have to ALLOW for the more obvious gimmes, from time to time.  Let the Brits get in a snit over us Yanks calling their Golf “Open” The British Open.  I’d rather be watching Major League RUGBY anyway.  So, everybody EXHALE, because Collin Morikawa is peaking at just the right time.  USA!  USA!  USA!  Hey.  We’ve all got a little jingo in us!

No new clue words today.  ALLOW is one of those words that spells out in alphabetical order.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  But breathe easy, we’ve all seen “lxahee” before.  It always seems to take me a few looks to see “RUGBY”.  The answer letter layout was a straight eight letter jumble.  It was fairly inconspicuous.  The quotation marks, the setup, and the cranks’ complaints . . . served me well in getting the final answer.

Either David, or Jeff, must have become oenophiles not too long ago.  We seem to be seeing more wine related jumbles recently.  No complaints though.  But listen, folks.  You can’t take your frustrations out on the wait staff, as they’ve just go a job to do.  But I do know how this couple feels.  We used to have a great Vietnamese restaurant near us.  It was set in this little hole-in-the-wall strip mall store, and it had about five tables.  The food was great, and very reasonable!  So, what do they do?  They land a much bigger venue, in a more upscale location, and jack their prices way up.  Great for the owner.  Not so much for their original clientele.  We just have to take these things “Day by Day”!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Fran Smith Jr., of The Hooters!

13 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 07/17/21”

  1. 1 LindaLee July 18, 2021 at 9:49 am

    And, it seems like we had a ‘whine’ pretty recently.

    Around these parts we’ve had a few great little restaurants to expand into new, bigger, better buildings and they didn’t make it! So hated it for them. And, since things have opened up, restaurant prices have risen…and their costs have risen. Seeing it in grocery stores, hardware stores, restaurants, etc. Sign of the current times and maybe some opportunists too. LL

  2. 2 unclerave July 18, 2021 at 11:28 am

    A lot of restaurants have it tough because a lot of their staff haven’t returned. Droughts out west have affected lots of produce. And, then there are crazy floods in Germany and Belgium! The whole world is going nuts! — YUR

  3. 3 LindaLee July 18, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    True on all counts Unc!

  4. 4 lwc July 19, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    LindaLee wrote: “…since things have opened up, restaurant prices have risen…”

    I’m convinced this shall pass, LindaLee. It thinks it’s a temporary after-effect of the CoVid pandemic. Give it a few more weeks to see if things settle back to “normal”.

  5. 5 lwc July 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    “the dog came home from the kennel well groomed.”
    “a well-groomed dog is usually a well-behaved dog.”

    So the way I read the hyphen controversy, if “well” modifies a noun or adjective, it’s hyphenated, but not when it modifies a noun.

    Do we agree ?

  6. 6 LindaLee July 21, 2021 at 9:30 am

    lwc…not sure…..did you mean ….not when it’s a verb? Noun is listed twice?

  7. 7 unclerave July 21, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Guys, guys, guys. Let’s not reinvent the wheel here. The cited examples are pretty self explanatory. It’s hyphenated when placed in front of a noun, but not when WELL is simply modifying the verb, as in groomed.
    The stroke was not well aimed
    The dog came home from the kennel well groomed.
    A well-groomed dog is usually a well-behaved dog.

    It’s all about the usage of “well” as an adverb.

    VERY technically, the Jumble answer was in error. But it shouldn’t/didn’t prevent us from coming up with the answer. The whole issue is a tempest in a teapot. — YUR

  8. 8 Angela July 21, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    A tempest in a teapot, indeed! Especially in light of the fact that the exact same solve was used back on August 20th, 2016! And there was no BREW-ha-ha then! Bottom line? We’re here for the PUN…not the PUNctuality, right? Anyway…Hope Everyone’s doing WELL…😉🙋🏻‍♀️

  9. 9 lwc July 21, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    LindaLee wrote:
    “lwc…not sure…..did you mean ….not when it’s a verb? Noun is listed twice?”

    I apologize LindaLee for not forming that question better.

    I was trying to better understand when the hyphen “-” is used after “well -“, and when it’s not.

    It won’t be the first time I didn’t get something. I’m still working my way through Ken’s cryptic poems.

  10. 10 lwc July 21, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Unc wrote:
    “It’s hyphenated when placed in front of a noun, but not when WELL is simply modifying the verb…”

    OK, Unc; got it !

    Apparently, I’ve been doing it wrong all of my life. My English teacher, Mrs Wheadon, didn’t clarify any of this. 😦

    Thank you and LindaLee !

  11. 11 LindaLee July 21, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I’m thinking that is what lwc was going for — adverb. Thanks Unc!

  12. 12 unclerave July 21, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Don’t think I actually KNOW this stuff, lwc. I just had a . . . well-founded . . . suspicion. LOL! — YUR

  13. 13 unclerave July 21, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Yup! And, I completely missed it back then. Don’t know if I was in a rush back then, or if I might – and this might be somewhat of a stretch – actually be getting smarter in my old age! Naaaah! But, WELL PLAYED, Ange! — YUR 😄

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