Jumble Spoiler – 04/25/14

Elephas maximus indicus, in Chitwan National P...

Elephas maximus indicus, in Chitwan National Park, Nepal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The old Duck Soup gag!


Clue/Question:  Whether or not the zoo’s new pachyderm was from Africa or Asia was – – –


Elephant_4217 (Photo credit: gmacfadyen)


(Reminiscent of the courtroom scene in Duck Soup, when Chicolini says:  “Now I ask you one.  What is it has a trunk, but no key, weighs 2000 pounds and lives in a circus?”  Lawyer:  “That’s irrelevant!”  Chicolini:  “Relephant!”  “Hey, that’s the answer.  There’s a whole lot of relephants in a circus.”  Classic bit, from a classic comedy.


English: Fig. 1: Asian Elephant. Fig. 2: Afric...

English: Fig. 1: Asian Elephant. Fig. 2: African Elephant Deutsch: Fig. 1: Asiatischer Elefant. Fig. 2: Afrikanischer Elefant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No new clue words today, but I thought the clue word jumbling was great.  The jumblings of “elude” and “burlap”  look new to me.  Some New Yorkers use the word “elude” when they should be using “allude”.  The same ones will use “report” for “rapport”.  They try to argue that it’s a regional pronunciation issue, but that’s poppycock!  The words have totally different meanings, and they are pronounced differently.  The answer letter layout was also jumbled pretty well.  I would have switched “burlap” and “infect”, to make it a little tougher, but that’s just me.  I liked the way the cartoon hid the elephant’s ears.  That’s one of the big giveaways in telling an African elephant from an Asian elephant.  But, the younger guy’s question does have some merit.  Most zoos have Asian elephants.  They have the smaller ears, are a little smaller than their African counterparts, and can be domesticated.  The African elephants are wilder, and need much more space than the Asian ones.  A fun cartoon and a fun pun.  Good Friday fare!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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7 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 04/25/14”

  1. 1 Aileen Kaye April 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

    This is the first JUMBLE ever to leave me a bit sad. NO elephant should be in a zoo or a circus. I wish they had not done this one.

  2. 2 unclerave April 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I have mixed feelings about zoos, Aileen. I wish the animals could live wild and free, but we’ve messed up so much of their habitat. And, there is so much illegal trading in exotic animal parts, that poachers are willing to break the laws, and kill these beautiful creatures for a quick buck. Zoos are far from perfect, but they’re a kind of sanctuary that seems to be necessary.

    I don’t think the guys are making any kind of statement with this Jumble though. I’m sure that it’s just about the wordplay for them.

    — YUR

  3. 3 Lesley April 25, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Loved this one! RHYME was a tough one, but I did not cheat! Elephants are such beautiful and smart animals. I agree with you, YUR, about the Jumble being just wordplay.

  4. 4 Aileen Kaye April 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    YUR, I see your point. However, I still wish they would not have used this topic for such a normally light-hearted puzzle. I still love the JUMBLE guys. Thanks for taking the time to answer my comment and for taking the time to do this daily analysis.

  5. 5 unclerave April 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you, ladies! Aileen. At least it was a zoo, and not a circus. (All things are relative.) I know many zoos don’t provide them with adequate space, but they generally don’t “train” them to perform, like circuses do. And of course, the cartoon did not contain, or even hint at, any kind of abuse. I acknowledge that we all have our “buttons” though. This was yours. Lots of times, something in the cartoons sets off some kind of social injustice in me, and I go off on a tangent. I know the guys had no intention of getting me started. It’s just something that I pick up on.

    I always try to respond to comments. Especially, when it’s a first-timer, and there’s some concern over the Jumble itself, or my commentary. With a lot of the regulars, I don’t always reply. Sometimes they’re just sending out an “Attaboy”, so those don’t usually require a reply. If they take issue with something that I said, or if they have a question, then, of course, I respond.

    Feel free to comment any time, Aileen. — YUR 🙂

  6. 6 LindaLee April 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Great puzzler and I even got the answer with the dreaded ” “s. I did not breeze through the jumbled words!

    The elephant made me sad because we recently lost an elephant in our zoo. Age was part of an issue. I do know they are well taken care of and there are all kinds of rules for the minimum number of elephants you can have, what their habitat must be like be like, etc. We all probably be losing our other elephant due to the codes and restrictions and will not be adding elephants.

    And you are right about the circus Unc. I’m sure circus people as a whole take care of their elephants and other animals. But, they have to work and be trained, etc. I just hope they feel loved.


  7. 7 Aileen Kaye April 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    OK Thanks for commenting and for all you do for JUMBLE fans!

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