Jumble Spoiler – 02/28/11

Line art drawing of a crossword puzzle.

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Visual Description:  The first and last(?) pairing of the 3 Amigos(?).  Mike passing the baton to David . . . and Jeff blending in.

AERCZ  =  CRAZE,  OSMEO  =  MOOSE,  ESYRJE  =  JERSEY,  MDSWIO  =  WISDOM   —   Giving us:  CROOSRSWSD

Clue/Question:  What the rival puzzle makers had when they met.

Answer:  CROSS WORDS

(Gotta side with Mike, on this one!  Maybe they’re just trying to ease us into the new guy.  Or, maybe they’re going to go with a NYT crossword puzzle daily progression of difficulty, or something.  But either way, today’s was as obvious as the shine off David’s dome.  The clue words were – individually – well scrambled, but changing the order of “CRAZE” and “MOOSE” – and also, but less so “JERSEY” and “WISDOM” – would have gone a long way in making the answer letters better scrambled/more challenging.  No matter the scrambling, I don’t think many would have had all that hard a time getting the answer.  The cartoon kind of says it all.  Although, there are some newspapers out there that print the Jumble reduced just enough where they might not have been able to make out what’s on the newspapers the guys are holding.  I’m certain that things will get better.  But, for today?  Meh!  Hear that, cuz?)   — YUR


2 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 02/28/11”


  1. 1 LUJBEM FEJF February 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    The one amigo, with the stache, would be puzzle superstar, Will Shortz. And yes we have discussed increasing difficulty in the future. FYI- David will be mixing up “Bonus Answer” letters with consideration for those of you who look to them in the order that they are solved. BTW- Will Shortz is a big Jumble fan. He said it only takes him 5-10 SECONDS to solve all four words.
    NEOYJ!

  2. 2 unclerave February 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Wow! Will Shortz. Really? I remember when he took over for Eugene T. Maleska!

    We’ll have to see how this “Bonus Answer” letters thing looks before I pass judgment. You know I don’t like anything that makes solving these any easier.

    There are some days when I can get the clue words that fast. Probably not as consistently as Will, but I could probably give him a good run for his money.

    YUR


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