Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 07/31/11

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Visual Description:  Mis-match in the boxing ring.


Clue/Question:  What the lightweight didn’t have when he stepped into the ring with the heavyweight.


(LOTS of great clue words today!  The first two I found very easy, but the other four were more interesting and more of a challenge.  “Scotch” and “gambit” were really fun, and “tirade” threw me for a few seconds.  Nice scrambling of the answer letters, but the answer itself was pretty evident to me.  Enjoy your Sunday, friends.)   —   YUR

4 Responses to “Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 07/31/11”

  1. 1 Joe July 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    The last word threw me for a loop even though I had previously solved the puzzle. Those six letters create two distinct words (tirade and airted). Yes, airt is ironically an English word that comes from Scotland, perhaps the guy who makes these is trolling us.

  2. 2 unclerave August 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I think if Mr. Hoyt starts giving us Scottish (Gaelic) English words as clues we are all in a heck of a lot of trouble! You *might* get a positive ruling on it in Scrabble, but I wouldn’t count on it here, Joe.

    Thanks for educating us!

    — YUR

  3. 3 Lesley August 1, 2011 at 8:46 am

    FATHOM threw me for awhile! I had about 8 different words written out, but I kept putting the TH at the end or beginning! I took a swim, came back, to puzzle and instantly got it. It is weird how JUMBLE solutions work for me sometimes. Walking away from the puzzle and coming back to it later often produces instant resolution! I often used the word GAMBIT in teacher meetings, and those who were much younger or from departments other than English would stare at me in puzzlement. I’m sure they went back to their classrooms and looked it up! HA!

  4. 4 David L Hoyt August 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Joe, To expand on Uncle Rave’s comment, which I agree with…In regard to AIRTED being a word (answer). It comes down what’s a common word and what’s not. The instructions say “…to form ordinary words” as in common words that people are familiar with…words used in everyday ordinary speech. That’s the intent anyway, as stated in the instructions. The problem is that everyone has their own definition of what’s common and what’s not. I don’t think AIRTED is common at all but some people might. I’ve never heard it used before which certainly makes it uncommon to me. I may goof from time to time but I doubt too many people would think that AIRTED is an “ordinary word.” If we started ruling out common Jumbles because that can be unscrambled into “uncommon” words we’d be eliminating most words since there are a zillion uncommon words. The line has to be drawn somewhere or else there’d be no words left to play the game.

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