Jumble Spoiler – 04/14/12

Maine coon

Maine coon (Photo credit: fox_kiyo)

Visual Description:  Fanatics of The Pine Tree State.

DNELB  =  BLEND,  PLIEM  =  IMPEL,  TAISCT  =  STATIC,  ALIYES  =  EASILY   —   Giving us:  ENMAICASI

Clue/Question:  People from Bangor who get carried away with their state pride are . . .

Answer:  MAINEIACS

(Wonderful pun!  Do I hear Frank Witzel groaning?  Very fun cartoon, filled with Maine-ish clues.  Most of the clue words were very well jumbled.  I say most because “blend” was simply spelled backwards.  I love the word “impel”, though I probably never use it, but it’s great for Jumbles and crossword puzzles.  I thought “easily” was well-jumbled.  Not super tough, but just mixed up nicely.  The word “static” is new to the ralis95 clue word database.  Some might argue that the letters could also spell attics, but even though certain words are allowed to end in S, it does NOT apply to plural nouns, as attics would be.  The answer letter layout was great.  I thought today’s answer was pretty obvious, but as I checked the viewing stats for today, I see that a good number of people are/were having trouble getting it.  You just never know.  I guess it makes no never mind.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  My mom loves Maine Coons!  She had one for a number of years.  He was a wild kitten, but he mellowed out nicely.  He didn’t “meow” like other cats.  He had this throaty staccato sound.  Kind of like ack ack ack.  Big cat, with lots of character.   —   YUR


19 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 04/14/12”


  1. 1 Angie April 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I definitely had “attics” and did not see “static”. I figured out the final clue answer without looking at the available letters and then realized “attics” must be wrong. Oops! Thanks for clearing that up “o)

  2. 2 Gwen April 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Hi
    got the words pretty quickly 2day, but I could not get the puzzle answer, spent over an hour trying to figure it out. I spent too much time thinking about the pictures on their T-shirts, thinking they were relevant.

  3. 3 ralis95 April 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    YUR:

    In spite of your comments to the contrary, ATTICS is being added to the duplicates in the database, joining veterans MODELS & SELDOM and LADIES & IDEALS. Afterall, it’s not about plural nouns, is it? It’s all about whether the scrambled letters will produce more than one solution and therefore should not be used because of the confusion it creates.

  4. 4 unclerave April 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    That’s fine for ATTICS, as it is not in the clue word database, because it does not qualify as a Jumble clue word, under the rules, as we understand them. However, in my opinion, STATIC does qualify as a valid Jumble clue word, regardless of whether the letters can produce another word, if that other word does not qualify as a valid Jumble word.

    — YUR

  5. 5 unclerave April 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Maybe we should hire a lawyer! LOL!

    🙂 — YUR

  6. 6 Lesley April 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I guessed the solution quickly, but I struggled with every word, even BLEND! Funny cartoon, guys! I always wanted a Maine Coon. Parents wouldn’t allow it! I got tabby instead! Love cats!

  7. 7 Rick April 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Gotta mention one thing about your check-in statistics. i usually check-in regardless of the difficulty of the puzzle(s). I seldom get a chance to do the cryptogram amymore, but I do like the sayings and your comments on them.
    I also find it interesting to see which words stump others as far as the Jumble.

  8. 8 ralis95 April 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Or —- leave it up to Hoyt!

  9. 9 David L. Hoyt April 15, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Here’s the answer to the STATIC-ATTICS problem…We have a special Jumble solver that we use to keep things like this from happening but for some reason ATTICS doesn’t come up as a valid word when STATIC is typed in. I have no clue why since ATTICS is certainly a valid word. It’s very odd. The Jumble solver is tied to a common dictionary. No clue why this happened but we are looking into it. It’s just another example of how difficult it is to be perfect when it comes to stuff like this. Things like this just happen from time to time no matter how hard we try to keep them from happening.

  10. 10 unclerave April 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Hey, Hoyt!

    How can you say that ATTICS is a valid word??? Since when are the plural of nouns – the ones where you just add an S – considered valid? Hasn’t that always been a major No-No?

    — YUR

  11. 11 David L. Hoyt April 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I just meant “valid” word in a broader sense as in a word in the dictionary which can cause confusion. Officially there are no rules regarding plurals in Jumble. It’s one of these “rules” that just evolved.

  12. 12 unclerave April 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Well, I hope it’s a “rule” that doesn’t de-evolve! I don’t want to see a new crop of plural nouns, ending in S, as valid clue words. That would be quite cheesy. In regards to ralis95’s concern about the duplicates database, and the rule about a jumble only spelling one word, I think words like STATIC need some kind of exemption when the ONLY other word is a plural noun ending in S. Without the exemption, it seems that you could be eliminating a lot of great clue words that contain an S.

    — YUR

  13. 13 David L. Hoyt April 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Fear not. That rule won’t de-evolve. No plans to change that.

  14. 14 Linda Greene April 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Where do I get the answers to the 6 word Jumble in the Sunday paper yesterday (4/15). It said answers on Page H3?, but it was a different puzzle answer about baseball
    . I also did last Sunday’s jumble and don’t know where to find the answer (4/8).

  15. 15 unclerave April 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Linda Greene,

    It sounds like you might be doing the online “Sunday” Jumble, because the Jumble in most newspapers yesterday, 4/15/12, *was* about baseball. (Or, maybe your newspaper is somehow pulling down the online Sunday Jumble?) The online Jumbles for Sunday are never the current ones. I’m guessing that they’re re-runs from some time in the past. Jeff Knurek has explained it in the past, but I forget the reason why there’s a difference. Licensing issue???

    You could always Google search by the Clue/Question in the puzzle. (Don’t put in the date!) If it’s one that was in print since March of 2008 it might be on this blog.

    — YUR

  16. 16 Betsy April 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    This was a hard one that I had attics for instead of static. Who has more than one attic? So I just went to unclerave’s page and now I can move on to today’s puzzle…enjoyed the comments today, thanks uncle!

  17. 17 LindaLee April 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I had attics, but figured I had to be wrong…and finally came up with static. Again, my pistons must need something…I got stuck on a couple of words — but figured out part of the puzzle when I read the puzzle — just knew Maine was in there somewhere.

  18. 18 wkshank April 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I am glad to have found this page! I had saved this jumble because it’s the first one I ever remember not being able to solve pretty easily, and today instead of just tossing this old unsolved one that was still lying around (I’d forgotten to check the next day’s paper, which promptly got tossed out), I googled “jumble bangor” and found your discussion. I was unaware that simple plurals are not valid as answers, so I had “attics” as well. It’s a common word, and the directions don’t say anything about plurals. Glad to know I was not the only one who struggled. (My best guess with “attics” in place was “Maine-tics” which made no sense.)

  19. 19 LindaLee April 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I do enjoy it when y’all talk shop!! :0)


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