Jumble Spoiler – 05/08/14

English: Overview of the Hanseatic School for ...

English: Overview of the Hanseatic School for Life, including the fish pond, auditorium, soccerfield, and some guest houses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Sometimes it’s more than instinct.


Clue/Question:  The wild ox did so well in school because he was a – – –

Tibet-5811 - Tibetan Yak all dressed up.......

Tibet-5811 – Tibetan Yak all dressed up……. (Photo credit: archer10 (Dennis))



Soviet VTOL Yakovlev Aircraft Yak-38. 1976.

Soviet VTOL Yakovlev Aircraft Yak-38. 1976. (Photo credit: Peer.Gynt)

(Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!  We have another winner, folks!  A relevant, relatively modern pun.  Merriam Webster’s has the first known use of the word brainiac being in 1982.  WordPresss’ spell-check does not even recognize the word, so today’s answer might escape some Brits.  There were no new clue words today, but I’m seeing all the jumblings as new.  None of them were terribly difficult to un-jumble though.  RIOCIN reminds me of ricin, which is bad, but “bicker” reminds me of a girl I once loved, named Bricker.  And, that can’t be bad. The answer letter layout was fantastic.  It was a brilliant jumble in itself.  But, it’s the cartoon that really makes today’s Jumble.  With the wise owl as the teacher, and two animals that are considered some of the smartest in the animal kingdom, sitting in the front row.  The dolphin has his personal little water tank, and the monkey looks like he’s tired of always being beaten to the punch.  There’s even a little irony in this, as the yak is not really considered to be a very intelligent beast.  Another fun one!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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6 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 05/08/14”

  1. 1 David L. Hoyt May 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I had a feeling you were going to really like today’s Jumble. I thought of this one while jogging and I was sure happy to see that another name for a “yak” is “wild ox.” It made the wording work perfectly. Like you say though, it’s really Jeff’s amazing artwork that makes all this so fun. He’s incredible! It’s fun for me to get the new cartoons from him. I’m always beyond impressed with them.

  2. 2 unclerave May 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm


    I look at today’s Jumble as the total package! Great pun, great clue words, great answer letter layout and great cartoon. You guys are a great team!

    — YUR

  3. 3 WIMPY May 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    HEY UNC- I loved today’s Jumble…How I knew “YAK” was beyond me…Our beloved Bills took a W.R Sammy Watkins first pick….TOLD YOU SO…LOL..Enjoy the Draft…Your favorite Nephew…WIMPY

  4. 4 unclerave May 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Watkins is good, but he better average AT LEAST one TD per game! Did you see what they gave up in order to trade up 5 spots? Next year’s 1st round pick AND this year’s 109th pick . . . to get a position player that they’re already deep at! If this kid doesn’t absolutely crap gold I hope that Whaley loses his job! I am SO pissed! And, if you’re a Bills fan you should be too.

    — YUR

  5. 5 Art Shapiro May 9, 2014 at 12:41 am

    I’m probably the only aficionado of yaks around here. (I even have a small hand-blown glass yak.) But I just couldn’t figure out how “BINARY YAK” would be an appropriate answer. Oh well.


  6. 6 unclerave May 9, 2014 at 9:32 am


    I can never tell when you’re pulling our leg, bro! “BINARY YAK” is hilarious! It’s a good thing Hoyt hasn’t tried to pass off “brainy” as a clue word, huh? I just realized that besides Bricker, I had a girlfriend in college named Benyak. A skinny, little, mousy beauty, who initially didn’t interest me in the least. But boy, did she end up stealing my heart!

    — YUR

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