Jumble Spoiler – 06/02/11

Boy and Tree

Image by Billie Hara via Flickr

Visual Description:  “Barefoot boy, with cheeks of tan!”

NOOIN  =  ONION,  TIENW  =  TWINE,  WSEFTE  =  FEWEST,  FERTOF  =  EFFORT   —   Giving us:  OIOTWNFSTOT

Clue/Question:  The runner who forgot his running shoes was . . .

Answer:  NOT TOO SWIFT

(I can see this one tripping up a good number of puzzlers!  The clue words were fun, and fairly challenging.  And, a superlative job of scrambling the answer letters!  Really top rate, David.  I hope no one strained themselves trying to read the silly sign in the crowd.  That’s just Jeff, pulling a semi-mean spirited, anti-bonus clue “joke” on us.  For those of you with the reduced size Jumble in your newspaper it reads:  DON’T READ THIS.  KEEP RUNNING.  Now, when I was a boy I used to run barefoot . . . even on the street.  And, I was pretty darn fast, too.  But now, if I walk outside, barefoot, just to pick up the newspaper, I feel every single pebble, as though someone were driving nails into my feet!  Getting old sucks!  Youth truly is wasted on the young.  I just re-read John Greenleaf Whittier‘s: The Barefoot Boy, for the first time in I don’t know how many years.  It’s a beautiful poem of childhood’s innocence.  It passes all too swiftly, but fond memories of those joys stay with you to the very end.  Be well, my friends.  And, always strive to do good.)   —   YUR

3 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 06/02/11”


  1. 1 Keith June 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Today’s Jumble was almost a stumper for me, and one of the most challenging in quite a while. Got all the clue words, but had a tough go of it with the final answer. I was just about to throw in the in the towel, but finally figured it out.

    I had also thought there might be a bonus clue on the sign. Yeah, tough one to read in the reduced size w/out a magnifying glass.

  2. 2 unclerave June 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I don’t think it will surpass Friday, 5/27’s one, but it looks like a good number of people are having trouble getting today’s answer, Keith.

    — YUR

  3. 3 Lesley June 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I zoomed through the clue words, even ONION and EFFORT, but for the life of me I could not get the solution for 2 hours! So I watered plants, did laundry, took a swim, and finally cheated on the first word: NOT. Then I sneaked a peek at the T in TOO. Finally, I got it. Smart husband was not around to help…fishing again! He did catch another striped bass, though. As for bare feet, I try to walk the beach, even in winter to keep my 50 something feet tough and rough. The tomboy in me is still there! I will read the poem later! Thanks, YUR!


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