Sunday Jumble Solved – 08/28/22

5 questions for Suffern Middle School teacher

Visual Description:  Primarily grade school.

DFLIED  =  FIDDLE,  GEEINN  =  ENGINE,  SOLONE  =  LOOSEN,  CLAAAP  =  ALPACA,  SMCIYT  =  MYSTIC,  SALIYE  =  EASIL  —   Giving us:  LEEISNLAAMSTESY

Clue/Question:  The meaning of “basically”, “chiefly”, “fundamentally” and “inherently” are – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (11-letters)  THE  (4-letters)

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Answer:  ESSENTIALLY THE SAME

(Those are some of my favorite words!  You don’t want to always use the word “basically”, because then you start to sound like those athletes, spouting all the safe sports clichés!  I think all their agents and PR people coach them to speak this way.  Don’t be controversial!  Or, honest!  Kinda boring, actually.  It almost makes me miss the days of big mouths, like Rickey Henderson, Deion Sanders and Terrell Owens, amongst others!

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Four of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we have seen “solone” and “claaap” in previous Jumbles.  I didn’t struggle with any of them today.  The answer letter layout was a fantastic fifteen letter jumble!  Beautifully cryptic!  I wasn’t seeing the final answer, until I wrote out the vowels and consonants, in alphabetical order.  That’s when ESSENTIALLY came to me.  And the AMES brought me to SAME.

Classic classroom cartoon.  The kids look like either middle school, or high school.  I think the clue/question should’ve used IS instead of ARE, but I doubt many folks care all that much about it.  Actually, a little bird clued me into this.  I probably would have missed it!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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