Christmas Eve Jumble Spoiler – 12/24/14

Sergeant Rayene Stewart Simpson decorating a C...

Sergeant Rayene Stewart Simpson decorating a Christmas tree in Korea, 1953. Simpson was later decorated with the Victoria Cross while serving with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in 1969. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The family tree tradition.

LEMPI  =  IMPEL,  GRPUE  =  PURGE,  DUGERT  =  TRUDGE,  ICOSAF  =  FIASCO   —   Giving us:  IPEPURTUDSC

Clue/Question:  When they added ornaments to the Christmas tree, they – – – 

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  SPRUCED IT UP

(Maybe they Scotch Pined it up!  Or Douglas Fir’d it up.  I like the expression spruced up!  Too many of our tried and true idioms seem to be waning in popularity.  Too much urban/pop speak is taking over our vernacular, in my opinion.  ‘Tis a sign of the times, I suppose.  It’s kind of a cyclical/generational kind of thing.  I suppose the language will survive, despite today’s . . . and tomorrow’s inanities.  End of grumpy old man rant.

There were no new clue words today, while all of the jumbles came across as new, to me.  I thought they were an eclectic bunch, even though I had no trouble in unscrambling any of them.  I can tell a lot of thought went into today’s answer letter layout.  Nothing given away.  Nothing obvious.  The cartoon makes for a nice middle class holiday postcard, with only a hint of self-promotion.

I hope everybody can be with friends and family this holiday season.  Merry Christmas, my friends.  Be well, be joyful and do good.)   —   YUR


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