Jumble Solved – 01/27/23

The trusty Encyclopedia Britannica. | World book encyclopedia, Britannica, Encyclopedia  set

Visual Description:  Pre-Google Googling.


Clue/Question:  They were selling lots of encyclopedias and expanding their business, which – – –

Collier's Encyclopedia with Bibliography and Index 24 Volume Set 1963:  Louis Shores, Louis Shores: Amazon.com: Books


(A satisfyingly stinky pun!  So . . . look THAT up in your Funk & Wagnalls!  A VERY dated, silly tagline that Dan Rowan used to use on the late ’60s to early ’70s hit comedy TV show, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”.  Usually followed up with Dick Martin saying:  You bet your sweet bippy!  That showed spawned a number of popular one liners that entered the American vernacular.  Most of them now long forgotten, unfortunately.  If you remember any of them then you’re old . . . like me.  But the show also spawned a lot of pretty successful careers!  Many/most of them have passed on, but Pamela Austin, Barbara Feldon, Ruth Buzzi, Jo Anne Worley, Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn are still with us.  Hmm.  All women!

STOP THE PRESSES!  Unless it has appeared in a much earlier Sunday Jumble, it looks like we have a new addition to the world famous ralis95 clue word database, in “UNMASK”!  I do not remember seeing it before, and coincidentally the jumble “kuansm” was the only one to give me pause.  The only jumble I can verify we have seen before is “gauteo”.  The answer letter layout was a twisty twelve letter jumble.  Absolutely nothing obvious about it.  Being old enough to remember using encyclopedias was a big help in getting the final answer.

Fine cartoon of some period encyclopedia publishers.  Can’t tell if this is American encyclopedias, or British encyclopedias.  I remember World Book, Britannica, Collier’s and Funk & Wagnall’s encyclopedias.  I grew up with a set of Collier’s.  I always enjoyed looking things up in them.  Nowadays we Google everything.  My only problem with most internet info is that you rarely know if, or when, something may have been changed.  They don’t usually reference earlier iterations.  We still need actual hardcover books.  Harrumph!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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6 Responses to “Jumble Solved – 01/27/23”

  1. 1 Art Shapiro January 27, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    One might guess that a career as an encyclopedia salesman ranks somewhat below that of a typewriter repairman. At least the latter might have a handful of customers.

  2. 2 unclerave January 27, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    You got that right, Art! Both of those are kind of sad though. Technology giveth, and technology taketh away! — YUR

  3. 3 Anonymous January 28, 2023 at 10:08 am

    I grew up in the tail end of the Encyclopedia Era. My early schooling included these heavy books in the library but never at home. If we needed to look something up, it was off to the library.🤌 Including encyclopedias in our reports were taboo. Almost cheating, if you were caught referencing these books. Ironically, my daughter wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Seems like a rewarding profession. 📖 and summers off as well. ☀️

    Speaking of taboo, the kids 👉 over there cleaned the chalkboard a dozen times y’day, six from the asst principle. 🙋🏻‍♀️ Three days in a row of .500 ball. 🥱 wake up Smitty! 💤

    Have a great weekend folks, good day and God bless 😇

    — Smitty the great peacemaker

    PS. – I never mentioned J***l* J**f one time in the above post. I have learned that it’s better to forgive and forget than never to have loved at all (from you Unc.) 🙏 for that. We will just let it be 🎵

  4. 4 unclerave January 28, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    You might like to chew on this, Smitty. It’s pretty rare for me just to approve someone’s comment. More often than not I reply to them. So, on any given day, you might see .500 of the comments on this blog coming from yours truly.
    — YUR

  5. 5 LindaLee January 31, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, so much here!!!

    Woot, a new (possibly) clue word — and it gave me a bit of trouble too — UNMASK! Unc., when you send Ralis a new clue word from a SundayJumble, do you add it to your list?

    Encyclopedias!!!! I remember when the encyclopedia salesman sold mama a set of Collier’s. It was so exciting. We received a volume each month until we had them all. And we received extra story books along with it, and they also threw in a book case to put them in. They came in handy for many school projects. I loved looking through them. A grand memory. :). LL

  6. 6 unclerave January 31, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    For the most part I wasn’t notifying rali95 of new words, because I was under the impression that he was a follower, and receiving the email notifications. After a while he told me he was following the blog, but not getting the emails. He generally catches all the new clue words himself, even the Sunday ones since his paper began carrying the Sunday Jumble. And my copy of the database is read-only, meaning I cannot update it. More recently I’ve notified him of minor glitches I’ve found on the database.

    I also remember our family receiving the monthly volumes. They definitely came in handy, and they were just fun for looking up random stuff, LL. — 🙂 YUR

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