Jumble Spoiler – 09/26/14

Gingerbread house with gumdrops.

Gingerbread house with gumdrops. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Unfounded fairytale fright.

VURSI  =  VIRUS,  VLATI  =  VITAL,  DEPRAA  =  PARADE,  NOPYLE  =  OPENLY   —   Giving us:  ISITLPDEL

Clue/Question:  There was a rumor going around that she was a witch . . . she wanted to – – –

Illustration by Theodor Hosemann

Illustration by Theodor Hosemann (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  DISPELL IT

(Now, this is more your classic, stinky pun!  Ya gotta love it!  None of today’s clue words are new, but all of the jumbles appear to be new.  For whatever reason, I had a tough time getting “openly”.  Maybe, because the jumble came across as a two syllable word?  Nice job, Mr. Hoyt.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble.  I can see a number of you having some difficulty in solving this.  Although, it was very apparent that the second word had to be IT.  A great Hansel and Gretel-esque cartoon from Mr. Knurek.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

6 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 09/26/14”


  1. 1 chrisbye September 27, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Isn’t dispel the correct spelling of dispell?

  2. 2 unclerave September 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Yes. That’s why DISPELL is the pun and why they put quote marks around it. She’s mixing up something – a potion? – and reciting some kind of spell, to make people – at least the kids – forget that they think she’s a witch. They could have gone with DIS-SPELL also, I suppose. You have to allow for a little poetic license. — YUR

  3. 3 chrisbye September 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you for your response.
    My dictionary shows dispel can mean to drive away, scatter, or dissipate a rumor.
    That is what the witch is trying to do.
    There is no need for a pun, or quotes if this spelling was used.

  4. 4 unclerave September 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Right, but making the answer a silly pun is the whole point of the Jumble. She’s trying to dispel the rumors by casting a spell. Besides the answer being a pun, there is also irony in her actions. Once one tries to over analyze these answers . . . the joke is lost. — YUR 🙂

  5. 5 LindaLee September 28, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Yes, yes! I loved this one. Had to back into openly, but that’s OK!!!! The guyz continue on their roll. Always entertaining! LL

  6. 6 unclerave September 28, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Love the enthusiasm, LindaLee! — YUR 🙂


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