Jumble Spoiler – 03/01/11

papier-mâché tray by Leslie Hurry

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Visual Description:  Ah, yes.  The first of the unnecessary “bonus letters”.


Clue/Question:  What the ceramics maker became when he worked too many hours.


(No.  That’s not the monogram of Jeffrey Robert Knurek on that vase!  It’s the initials of that Brit chick billionaire, who created our punnable character.  Shouldn’t there be quotation marks around “HAIRY”, guys?  The only clue word that took more than two seconds to get was “advice”, and the answer was already pretty obvious.  You can make out “HARRYPOT” right in the poorly scrambled answer letters.  I didn’t even notice the initials until I was starting to post this.  And, using four letters from a five letter clue word?  What up wi dat?  Is this the new kid-friendly version of the Jumble, or have you guys given into, and now want to become part of, the dumbing down of America?  TRY HARDER, boys!)   — YUR

8 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 03/01/11”

  1. 1 JT March 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    They are just “easing in” , the ” onset games” for themselves??

    or for not themselves??

    We will watch.

  2. 2 unclerave March 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Jes, JT. We weel watch dem. An if dey dun strayten up, eets curtins por dem! Ah hah ah ah ah ahhhh!!!


  3. 4 unclerave March 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Yeah, Marc.

    I’m not the biggest Harry Potter fan. I AM entertained, when I DO get the chance to watch the films, but I just don’t understand . . . *the mania*. I almost feel like a bit of an outsider, looking in on *humanity* sometimes, and very often I just shake my head in disbelief (and sometimes disappointment). Some might call me a crank, and well . . . everybody is entitled to their opinion.


  4. 5 Lesley March 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I read so many Harry Potter book reports that I finally had to ban them! I never got past 10 pages in the first book! Anyway, this puzzle was so easy except for “advice” because it started with a vowel. I thought they had put a kid puzzle in by mistake. Sunday’s puzzle was torture, and Monday and Tuesday were too easy! It did make me laugh, though. JKR in the vase…sneaky! I liked that!

  5. 6 unclerave March 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm


    Next time you feel yourself beginning to get stumped say to yourself: Hmm! Maybe this word starts with a vowel. 🙂

    The JKR was sneaky! I’ll give the guys that much. I didn’t even notice it . . . *initially*. But the answer was already SO obvious, that the initials were unnecessary.


  6. 7 Amy March 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I think to appreciate the HP series, you had to grow up with it. I was 12 when I read the first, and I read all of them as they came out, growing up at the same time Harry did in the books. If you start to read the books as an adult, they seem very childish (at least the first ones). So I can see how people don’t get it. I’m not a crazy, obsessive fan, but they are really good books. The levels of the plot sort of matured as I did, so it worked out well.

    On a side note, these jumbles are much too easy. I haven’t even had to cheat once this week. LAME!

  7. 8 unclerave March 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I’m glad the HP series works for you, Amy. But, I don’t think it’s merely a matter of age. My son who is now 24 read the first two book, mainly because *it was the thing to do*. Then he lost interest. And, I know far too many adults – folks about my age, and older – who went completely GAGA over each and every book. The stories are entertaining, and I have nothing against fantasy as a genre. But, I think a lot of people (too many?) just like getting caught up in these very public kind of manias. Ya gets where I’m coming from? Don’t tell me you also think that Red Velvet cake is “the best ever”!

    You are right, though. So far, these jumbles have been pretty easy. I think we saw some general improvement today, but we have yet to be challenged! I guess we just have to show a little patience. The new guy, David L. Hoyt, is supposed to be a puzzle genius, so maybe he’s just sandbagging us. Maybe he’s only drawing us in with these first few, so he can lower the boom with a real killer Jumble!

    One can only hope.


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