Sneaky Jumble Spoiler – 11/09/09

Visual Description:  One bar buddy telling the other how he almost got married. (twice)


Clue/Question:  The bachelor described his broken engagements as . . .

Answer:  NEAR MRS.

(I was ALMOST going to put this one up for you guys to give me the answer.  I was ready to guess “MANS ERR”, but without an apostrophe I knew that wasn’t right.  When you assume that each of the words need to have one of the available vowels it definitely makes it a head scratcher.  I guess part of the clue to the answer lies in the guy saying: “I said I wasn’t ready to both”.  Both what?  To love and to honor?  To have and to hold?  In sickness and in health?  Something from the wedding vows, I suppose, but I can’t see it being some things specific.  Only when I gave up on idea that both words had to have a vowel is when I was finally able to figure it out.  In this case, the word “MRS.” definitely should have quotation marks in the puzzle!  – – – There are some visual clues to near misses, as with the dart board and the TV screen showing a filed goal attempt – which looks good, to me – but they are pretty subtle.) —   YUR

(The extra “s” helps it to make more sense.  Thanks, for pointing it out to me, guys!  But, there still shoulda been quotation marks for “MRS.”!  Right?) —   YUR

11 Responses to “Sneaky Jumble Spoiler – 11/09/09”

  1. 1 Ken Haley November 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for the was driving me nuts.

    To your question “Both what?”, the answer is both engagements! (you left out the “s” when you quoted the clue). So “near misses” makes even more sense.

  2. 2 Anonymous November 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    to “both” the women to whom he was engaged.

  3. 3 unclerave November 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    You guys are good! I totally spaced on the “s” in engagements. The dude broke off a couple of engagements! I was never formally engaged, even once, so I guess looking for the multiple never occurred to me.


  4. 4 JT November 9, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I got stalled–way back there –trying to get one vowel — in each word. How silly –of me. What was I thinking.
    I have been getting jumble answered stalled too many times–lately.
    Oh well– it is still fun watching from the sidelines.

    You–all–are great.


  5. 5 Anonymous November 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    The period after the last box is also a clue, normally I don’t see punctuation.

  6. 6 unclerave November 10, 2009 at 12:31 am

    That did it for me, too.


  7. 7 Aurora November 10, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Wow, thank you Jumble master! Now I can move on with my day after hours of mass confusion. I’ll read clues and examine the illustration much more carefully from now on! 🙂

  8. 8 unclerave November 10, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Just be careful in trying to ascertain visual clues, Aurora. After all: “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”


  9. 9 Anonymous November 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    mans err was mine too. hard but easy as it turns out.not one of your better ones. but a puzzler !

  10. 10 wily willy December 12, 2009 at 2:37 am

    thanks for being there for us old codgers driven batty by some of these near misses.

  11. 11 unclerave December 12, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    De nada, papi!

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