Jumble Spoiler – 07/12/14

Octopus Eyeful

Octopus Eyeful (Photo credit: neptunecanada)

Visual Description:  Kind of a Hernán Cortés meets Jules Verne scene.


Clue/Question:  The fleet of giant octopuses was an – – –

octopus 2

octopus 2 (Photo credit: AlKok)

Conquistador Helmet at the Oakland Museum

Conquistador Helmet at the Oakland Museum (Photo credit: benchilada)

Answer:  ARMADA


English ships and the Spanish Armada, August 1588.

English ships and the Spanish Armada, August 1588. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Not really a pun, but it made for a fun Jumble.  There were no new clue words, but all of the jumbling was new, to me.  I thought the jumbling was very imaginative, but I only hesitated – slightly – in getting “lagoon”.  The others I just kind of saw, immediately.  The answer letter layout was satisfying, especially considering the shortness of the answer.  The cartoon was a real piece of work today.  The Spanish sailors, with one using the word “invincible”.  The Spanish Armada was thought to be “invincible” . . . until the English and Dutch spanked them pretty good!  The silliness of a large group of octopuses attacking the ships.  They are such freaky and scary looking – but fascinating – creatures.  Looks like they already took care of one ship, because our classic sinking sail boat, on the horizon, looks more like a Spanish Galleon today!  Fun stuff.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

6 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 07/12/14”

  1. 1 mark kunkler July 13, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Kind of cool that two of the words were nautical( as was the answer)- kind of a theme thing:
    fathom and lagoon.


  2. 2 LindaLee July 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I did not hesitate slightly on lagoon! I am putting it in the diabolical category! And, I didn’t figure it out. When I was checking my handy dandy Franklin Spelling Ace with what I thought might be words, lagoon popped up! And looking back at all of my diagramming, I don’t think I’d have gotten it. Good grief, there it was! And my time — 18:20…my score was 680 out of a mex score of 1400. But then, that is skewed due to the diabolical word answer popping up on the Spelling Ace. Yes, I’m still driving my self bats with the timer. Armada! A hoot! Boy, theses little buggers are not the most attractive sea animal! Almost sci-fi.

  3. 3 unclerave July 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm


    Good catch. And, this is a little unusual for the Jumble. Myself, and some others, have *suggested* this to Mr. Hoyt in the past, but he kind of resisted, citing some kind of conflict with another of his word games. Maybe, this time around, it was sub-conscious? — YUR


    This morning there was a great piece, on Sunday Morning, about jellyfish. They are probably even more ancient, in the scheme of animal life on earth, but they are even more bizarre than octopuses! They come in all sizes, and an Australian one, as big as your thumb, can kill you, or make you want to die! Yet another good reason why I’m more of a mountain man, and not a big fan of the ocean! — YUR

  4. 4 David L. Hoyt July 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Yep, just a coincidence on two other nautical themed words getting in there. I didn’t even notice. Most of the themed Jumbles (in regard to all the Jumbles having the same theme within the puzzle) fall under the JUMBLE BRAINBUSTERS brand which is also owned by Tribune. We try to keep them separate to give JUMBLE BRAINBUSTERS more value and uniqueness in the overall scheme of things. If you Google “JUMBLE BRAINBSUSTERS” you can see a bunch of books in which the puzzles feature individual words that all have the same thing within the puzzle.

  5. 5 mark kunkler July 14, 2014 at 3:27 am


    The net result is that now the issue has been set strait.


  6. 6 unclerave July 14, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Excellent, Mark! It’s like a wave of nautical terms. I may be out of my depth.
    — YUR 😉

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