Jumble Spoiler – 03/03/10

Visual Description:  A couple of swabbies receiving their assignment.


Clue/Question:  What the sailors were given to clean the back of the ship.


(This ship looks more like a barge!  I know, I know.  Picky, picky, picky!) YUR

13 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 03/03/10”

  1. 1 Richard Anderson March 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Panda, drone, arouse, frosty answer: a stern order. Here’s a tip to help. First; I read the letters in each clue; Then I look at the picture and read the caption; Then I sound each clue out as written; Nad-ap, Or-ned; O-a-sure; Tos-fry. I can usually figure the word out this way. Then I look and find other words within the clues. Pan,dap,pad,and, Ore,are,ruse,eros, Fry,sot,try,soy. Just a few hints for new-comers to Word Scramble as this was once called. I been figuring these words out since I was eight years old. This puzzle took me eight minutes. Have fun!

  2. 2 unclerave March 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Atta boy, Richard! Keep those cards and letters coming!


  3. 3 Richard Anderson March 5, 2010 at 11:22 am

    That’s Grate, Party, Goose, Exhort, and Aerate. Maybe if they would just Grate Goats chhes on my pasta I would eat it more often. This one was easy. The crossword took three minutes. Now on to Sudoku. Have fun Richard

  4. 4 Richard Anderson March 6, 2010 at 10:25 am

    This was easy. I had the caption first. Dog-tired. Foist, lucid, emerge, and reduce. 4 minutes. Off to the sudoku I go. Have fun everyone.

  5. 5 unclerave March 6, 2010 at 11:17 am


    Looking at the cartoon first is breaking with Jumble etiquette! You MUST avert your eyes from the cartoon, and unscramble the clue words FIRST! Tsk, tsk, tsk! For old pros, like us, the cartoon is a dead-give-away a good 60% of the time. It’s tantamount to cheating. Turn in your Scripto, and never darken on Uncle Rave’s door again! JKLOL! Do what you want, brother.

    But, Soduko(:p?)? Don’t bring up that mathmatical hoo-hah on this board! This here is a wordy weblog! Go play with the cryptoquote! It’s much more inspiring!

    ;~} YUR

  6. 6 Richard Anderson March 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Un-scrambling the words is the first part and reading the caption is the second part I accomplish. I am having fun. Sudoku is quite boring. I would rather do the New York Times Crossword puzzle. Maybe I’ll buy a book containing more word Jumbles.

  7. 7 unclerave March 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Ahh, so we ARE on the same page! That’s what I like to hear, buddy! The NYT crossword puzzle is fun . . . but time consuming. I stick to these quick and dirty games!


  8. 8 ralis95 March 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    unclerave: It’s been awhile since we last chatted, but your dialog with Richard Anderson has intrigued me as to the various ways of solving Jumbles. As a writer of action/adventure novels, words and their meanings have always fascinated me. I was first attracted to Jumbles some seven years ago and quickly discerned that over time, the same words were being used again and again. So I decided to develop and maintain a database of the words used in the puzzles, which soon stabilized at 2226. Each word is listed in the database in alphabetical scramble next to its unscrambled word (ceadde in the 3/9 puzzle is listed as acddee which converts to decade). There are fourteen scrambled words in the database (such as aeglr) with multiple conversions (large, glare & regal) which I have never seen used in a puzzle. From time to time a new word will show up in the puzzles, which is promptly added to the database – but that happens ever so less frequently. I find that most times I can discern the unscrambled word just by looking at the jumble, but on those occasions when I’m stumped and don’t have time to waste, I will use the database to help solve the puzzle. I continue to enjoy your solutions for both Jumbles and Cryptoquote – keep up the good work!.


  9. 9 unclerave March 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Pretty ambitious, ralis95! I don’t think I’d have the patience for that. But, I’m a little puzzled. If your database was created from *words used in the puzzles* how did those 14 multiple conversion words get in there, if you’ve never seen them *used in a puzzle*?


  10. 10 ralis95 March 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    unclerave: I just knew you’d catch that! I should have read what I wrote more carefully before I sent it, but I didn’t. The 14 came about because, from time to time, I would add a word from another non-jumbles source to the database thinking that it might come up in a puzzle. I think the term that applies is: “hoisted by my own petard!”

    Best, ralis95

  11. 11 unclerave March 10, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Yep. Yew blowed up. Blowed up REAL good! LOL! S’all good, ralis95! Wuz jes lookin’ fer sum clarificashun.


  12. 12 Richard Anderson March 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I have been doing the Jumbles since 1961. Yes, I have see the same scrambled words used again and again. But not as often as you might think. But new words come in all the time. I don’t use a data base because I also have a dictionary and memory. If you think Jumbles are hard try the New York Herald Tribune Crossword puzzles or maybe the London Times and New York Times on Sunday.

  13. 13 unclerave March 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Wow, chef! I wasn’t even tying my own shoes in 1961! I rely on my vocabulary/jumble/hangman-type skills, with my trusty Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary . . . for confirmation purposes.


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