The Belated, But New and Improved Early Halloween Bonus!

Who wants to take a crack at it???  Any other amateur puzzlers out there, looking for a forum???  Lemme know, and I’ll see what I can doBe well and do good, friends!  Thanks, ralis95!   —   YUR

13 Responses to “The Belated, But New and Improved Early Halloween Bonus!”


  1. 1 Wimpy November 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Unc- the best I can do is funny, scary, spooky, and attire cant get final. on my computer its a pic of a witch over a caldron and clue is on Halloween kids of all ages in come to i”m guessing its YUR and Treats but i think ralis95 made a mistake but that could be the trick great puzzle. In the words of Vinny Barbarino of Welcome back Kotter fame I’M SO CONFUUUUUSED Be Well Wimpy

  2. 2 LindaLee November 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    OK, I got Funny, Scary, Spooky, Attire —- right so far???? Answer: Come to : You For Treats…..good grief, when I copied the puzzle letters down I put an N for a U so I had “??? For Treats,” figured out and was so stuck. No wonder I’ve been struggling all day to solve the puzzle! When I started this post, I decided to re-write all the letters. Very nice!!

  3. 3 LindaLee November 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Wimpy, so glad I was not the only one who struggled with this! Good puzzling I’d say!

  4. 4 ralis95 November 3, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Wimpy: Unlike the professional Jumble puzzles produced by David Hoyt and Jeff Knurek, where Jeff’s creative art work helps lead a viewer to the answer, the Halloween Challenge clip art was merely meant to be symbolic of the day’s events – not as a help in arriving at the solution. Sorry about that, if you were mislead. The words, of course, are FUNNY, SCARY, SPOOKY, ATTIRE – producing the letters necessary for the answer words: YOU FOR TREATS. I’ve felt for awhile now that puzzles such as this could well be based on an entire sentence structure, incorporating the clue words in a meaningful sequence, leading to a solution of words that completed the sentence. As such, the Halloween Challenge meets that goal. I’m not sure I’ll try anymore – at least not for awhile, anyway.

    LindaLee: Glad you got it right and enjoyed it.

  5. 5 unclerave November 3, 2012 at 9:51 am

    @ Wimpy (and maybe LindaLee),

    I think you might have gotten a little tripped up on the extra word “in” in the Clue/Question portion of the bonus puzzle. Hoyt and Knurek have editors who are paid to catch these kind of things. This puzzle was a ralis95 labor of love! But, I think it’s pretty cool that you suspected that YUR was part of the answer. I make this blog about myself, enough. Both, Hoyt and Knurek, and ralis95 have done Unclerave tribute Jumbles in the past, so I don’t expect them ALL to be about ME! LOL! I’ll take whatever I can get though!

    @ LindaLee,

    Glad you liked it, kiddo!

    — YUR

  6. 6 Linda Tate November 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

    @Ralis–after really studying the puzzle,I thought maybe I should be reading it, “Kids of all ages in ‘attire’ come to –then the answer. That helped me with the flow. Still had to work on the answer. You did good!

  7. 7 unclerave November 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

    @ ralis95,

    The Zemanta feature, that WordPress provides us bloggers, for pics and related articles, is similar in some ways to clip art! You can’t always get EXACTLY what you want, not like having your own professional cartoon artist, but it generally gets you something in the ballpark.

    I loved that your clue words were in a “meaningful sequence”. They helped set up the the theme of the puzzle very nicely. I’ve mentioned having the clue words follow the theme of a Jumble, to D.L. Hoyt, sometime in the past, but he wasn’t all that receptive to the idea. You know these temperamental geniuses. You can’t TELL them anything! LOL!!! He’s probably afraid he’d have to share his royalties/residuals, or however he’s paid! The cheap bastid! (lol, again!)

    So far, your bonus puzzle has drawn a boatload of hits, and it’s growing as I type this! If you combine this with my earlier attempt, with the disappearing artwork, you’re up there with some of the daily spoilers! I know you don’t want to ruffle Hoyt and Knurek’s feathers too much, by giving them too much competition, but whenever you do come up with a new one you know that you always have a forum here at Unclerave’s Wordy Weblog!

    Peace,
    YUR

  8. 8 Bill Shalhoub November 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Really cute, but pretty easy. I liked the way you set up the sequence, really different from the usual Jumble format.

  9. 9 David L. Hoyt November 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I just wanted to clarify having the themed clue words as part of the Jumble…We have have been doing this since 1999 in our Jumble BrainBusters line of books. In Jumble BrainBusters every clue word fits the theme of the Jumble as a whole and the final answer. The branding logic at Tribune Media is to keep that themed game play more as a Jumble BrainBusters thing and to mix it into Classic Jumble. We can probably sneak it into Classic Jumble from time to time but the they really want to keep Jumble BrainBusters very distinct and different. It’s a branding continuity thing. If you Google “Jumble BranBusters Books” you can see what I’m talking about. So it wasnt that I wasn’t receptive to the idea. I love the idea. It’s just there were these other factors. That’s the scoop here from Jumble Central.

  10. 10 David L. Hoyt November 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I just re-read what I wrote and made a typo. I meant to say …
    The branding logic at Tribune Media is to keep that themed game play more as a Jumble BrainBusters thing and to NOT mix it into Classic Jumble.
    Oops.

  11. 11 unclerave November 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I think most of us picked up on that on our own, Sparky! 😉

    — YUR

  12. 12 Wimpy November 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Ralis 95- Now i got it i was convinced YUR was an answer word. DOOOOOHHH. Excellent job Thanks. WIMPY

  13. 13 shoulder workout November 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for finally talking about >The Belated, But New
    and Improved Early Halloween Bonus! Unclerave’s Wordy Weblog <Loved it!


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