Jumble Spoiler – 08/19/11

Wagon Queen Family Truckster (1 of 5)

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Visual Description:  A reworking of 1983’s “Vacation“!


Clue/Question:  His new electric car was a . . .


(A little slow on the uptake this morning!  First off, I initially had the third word as LEGALY!  In my mind it looked fine!  So, I had an LEA where the GAL should have been.  Then, I’m looking at the cartoon, and I’m seeing Jeff Knurek instead of Clark Griswold.  Sorry, buddy!  So now, with some bad answer letters, I tried NOVEL as one of the words, but couldn’t do anything with WOAST.  Then I took a closer look at the cartoon and the clue/question and took a stab at VOLTS, but was left with WONEA?!?!  So now, with a third look at the cartoon, I’m realizing this “new” electric car looks like an old Vista Cruiser, or something.  Actually, a Ford LTD Country Squire . . . in the movie.  Now I’m realizing, this isn’t Jeff!  This is Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, in Vacation.  And, my earlier suspicion that WONEA should – somehow – be WAGON made me re-evaluate the third word.  Knowing I needed a G actually made getting “galley” pretty easy.  The shorts on both of the characters should have been another big clue, but I just wasn’t seeing it.  What a great movie, though!  It’s where I fell in love with Beverly D’Angelo!  Christie Brinkely???  Pffftt!  Who needs her, when you’ve got the loverly Beverly?!!  One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when old Aunt Edna is eating a sandwich, and is informed that the dog just peed on them!  Instead of doing some kind of a spit take, she just shrugs it off and takes another bite!  Mmm!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

10 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 08/19/11”

  1. 1 Angie August 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I thought of “galley” immediately, then had to think twice whether it was a word. I instantly thought “legally”, but knew there weren’t enough “L”s. I had “volt” right away on the answer too, but it took me a few seconds to realize that it was actually part of the answer. I try to figure out the final clue all at once, not looking at what letters are left over after I figure out one word.

  2. 2 DW Taylor August 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I did the same thing with “legaly.” I got volts and then I suspected wagon just like you did and changed “legaly” to galley. Of course this wouldn’t have happened to us if we realized that legally is spelled with two ls before y.

  3. 3 unclerave August 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm


    Ideally, I do the same thing, Ange. But, usually I don’t make a mistake with any of the clue words. Also, sometimes with puns (the badder the better, I always say!) you just have to piece it together anyway you can. — YUR

    @DW Taylor,

    Deep down, we knew, bro! Sometimes the efficiency side of our brains just overrides the (often funky) knowledge side! When you’re married to someone for whom English is a second language you really get an appreciation for just how difficult a language it is.

    — YUR

  4. 4 Richard Anderson August 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    To easy. what a pun. Been having several of these bad puns lately. Did not have any trouble with any of the words.

  5. 5 Mike C. August 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I had no problem with galley but divest took me a while. I kept looking for words that start with V for some reason. When I let go of that notion, I was able to finally put it together.

  6. 6 unclerave August 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Nobody likes a killjoy, Richard! ;-( LOL! — YUR

    @ Mike C.

    I have a background in the wonderful world of Finance, so “divest” almost jumped off the page for me. Maybe if the G was earlier in the scramble I would have seen “galley” earlier. It’s hard to say. I think, overall, it was a fairly challenging Jumble.

    — YUR

  7. 7 Lesley August 20, 2011 at 7:29 am

    If I could have only gotten FARFENUGEN (sp) out of my head, I would have solved this puzzle more quickly!

  8. 8 unclerave August 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I think you’re missing a G, kid. From the old Volkswagen commercial. (I just looked it up.) It’s farfegnugen. German for “driving pleasure”. You’re a nut.

    — YUR

  9. 9 Motman September 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I’m embarrassed I didn’t get the Vacation references at all. Looking back at the cartoon, the kid’s even wearing a Wally World (TM) t-shirt.

  10. 10 unclerave September 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Don’t beat yourself up, Motman. It took me quite a while to pick up on it, and I consider myself quite the film buff, and a fan of Chevy Chase. A lot of things had to sink in before the light bulb went off!

    — YUR

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