Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/22/12

English: Bronze statue of Rocky Balboa at the ...

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Visual Description:  The ultimate underdog, not underselling himself.

FRAIMF  =  AFFIRM,  TEILBG  =  GIBLET,  RLUUNY  =  UNRULY,  WASRLP  =  SPRAWL,  TSTOPY  =  SPOTTY,  ADRREH  =  HARDER   —   Giving us:  FGIUUPPTTHA

Clue/Question:  Producers didn’t want Sylvester Stallone to star in “Rocky“, so he . . .

Answer:  PUT UP A FIGHT

The Balboa Choice (Rocky Balboa tribute)

Image by Laurent Lavì Lazzeresky via Flickr

(I kinda look forward to the movie-themed jumbles!  They’re fun.  The Hollywood producers have the wide lapelled, open-collared shirts of the ’70s.  This Rocky looks a little paunchy and haggard, though.  More like the Rocky of the last few flicks, than the original.  Of course, he wasn’t as cut in the first film as he was in II, III and IV, but this drawing makes him look old.  A couple of new clue words today, in “spotty” and “harder”.  The jumbling was good, but I only had to think on “affirm”.  I was drinking beers and watching the beginning of the Giant’s v. 49er’s game while doing this.  By the way, congrats to the GIANTS . . . and the pats . . . I guess.  I was pulling for the Ravens.  Not because I’m a fan of theirs, but I was hoping to see the Giants avenge their Super Bowl XXXV drubbing, from back in early 2001XLVI ought to be another great match-up, though.  Both teams are playing better than anybody expected.  I gotta give the edge to the Giants.  They beat the Pats in week 9, in Foxboro.  And, this was when the Giants were playing fairly mediocre ballThey are really clicking right now.  But, no one ever takes the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady Patriots lightlyIf the game is as good as either one of the Championship Games then we’re in for a very entertaining Super Bowl.  Back to the Jumble.  I don’t think the answer letter layout gave too much away, but I think it could have been better.  I would have swapped “affirm” and “giblet”, and also “unruly”, “sprawl” and “spotty”.  But, that’s just nit-picking.  It was a good Jumble.  Be well and do good, my friends.)   —   YUR

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