Jumble Spoiler – 09/01/21

Gambling: When does it become a Problem?

Visual Description:  Reality check.


Clue/Question:  He’d been addicted to online sports gambling, but after he quit, he was – – –

Inside the booming world of online sports betting: Free money and big  addictions | Fortune

Answer:  DEAD-ASS BROKE  actually:  BETTOR OFF

(He’s definitely better off . . . and hopefully, he’s not dead-ass broke.  The proliferation of all the sports betting apps and online casino apps is very alarming/disturbing to me.  With so many of the commercials for them – both television and radio – they use these ridiculously tempting offers to lure in new *customers*.  One says you can bet on Tampa Bay Buccaneers and you’ll win, as long as they don’t lose by 74 points, to the Cowboys!  HOOK!  And, that’s just the latest sucker come on.  They all know that once they have you they are going to make money off you.  My advice is to avoid these apps, and don’t risk a gambling addiction that can ruin yours – and your family’s – life.  It’s not worth it.  Today’s cartoon makes it look like quitting is easy.  But do you know of any addiction that is easy to quit???

We have seen all of today’s clue words in previous Jumbles.  However, all of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  I didn’t have any trouble with any of them today.  The answer letter layout was a nifty nine letter jumble.  I thought it was sufficiently cryptic.  Seeing the final answer slots, with the quotation marks around the first word, and also the two F’s in the answer letter layout, made for a pretty quick solve for me.

Nice cartoon of the recovering couple walking in the park.  Yes, the wife is recovering too, because addictions affect more than just the addicted party.  I think Jeff is trying to make the park clock tower kind of the land equivalent of the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon.  It has a certain charm, but . . . Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthdays to Archie Bell of Archie Bell and the Drells, and to Greg Errico of Sly & The Family Stone!

(A little Houston music for lwc!)

11 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 09/01/21”

  1. 1 Angela September 1, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    LOL! I agree, UR…The ubiquitous clock tower! 🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. 2 unclerave September 1, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    I mean . . . it’s alright, I guess. It’s just never going to thrill me like the sinking sailboat on the horizon. — YUR

  3. 3 Angela September 2, 2021 at 2:13 am

    Ditto! 🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. 4 Randy September 2, 2021 at 3:15 am

    Seeing this puzzle about gambling reminds me of a very recent jumble where one of the clue words was beret. I actually put rebet first then I realized I needed different letters for the answer. Maybe beret needs to be taken off acceptable words list?

  5. 5 Ken September 2, 2021 at 5:07 pm


    I said this before but worth repeating: If you do gamble NEVER lose more than approx. 20% of your disposable $$$!! By disposable I mean $$$ that in no way, if lost, adversely effects your life*…if you can’t do this, for say a couple months, stay away from gambling!!×

    UR is correct, the gambling Apps stink…For say, team sports, you need need inside info, for example, injuries/personal issues not made public yet…there’s legal ways to do this…and of course, doesn’t guarantee squat!¥…

    Last example: When I was in Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean) there was a small slot machine center on Base.. I made friends with two employees who would tell me the couple of machines that had recently hit…I would pick 3 machines to play…they hit I quit…after about a month of this I ended up around $800 ahead…this is small potatoes to a High Roller like UR but it’s a far sight better than losing^^^…plus, I truly had fun***(By the way, the slots are truly a Bad Beat)

    Side order: Not much to do on Diego Garcia but I had a great time…Merchant Seaman are not hard to please, Ha

    May God help those who are recovering from gambling addiction!!! Amen

    Peace to all…….k

  6. 6 LindaLee September 2, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    You are so right about addiction affecting the whole family, friends, work mates, etc., etc.

    Recovering from rotator cuff surgery here! Going pretty well. PT is becoming more intense! OY! And, I may have said this before…not sure. I did some rather goofy things the first day or so.

    Y’all take care!!! LL

  7. 7 unclerave September 3, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    I don’t think so, Randy. I think *rebet* is only slang. — YUR

  8. 8 unclerave September 3, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Yeah, but by your own admission, Ken, you’re a genius. Most people are only of modest intelligence, at best. — YUR

  9. 9 unclerave September 3, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Ouch, LL! What goofy things did you do??? — YUR

  10. 10 lwc September 4, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Ken wrote: “When I was in Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean)… Not much to do on Diego Garcia but I had a great time…”

    Ken, I looked up Diego Garcia. It’s smack in the middle of no place. I could see people getting stuck there and committing suicide from boredom. 😦

  11. 11 unclerave September 5, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Now, now, lwc. Lots of people seek out places of solitude. Especially tropical ones. — YUR

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