Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/25/15

OPUS Library picture with OPUS Special Collect...

OPUS Library picture with OPUS Special Collections Librarian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The regimented reading room.


Clue/Question:  When the librarian gave her new employee instructions, she gave her an – – –

Temp refdesk Librarian Barnstar

Temp refdesk Librarian Barnstar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(All I can say is . . . Wow!  At first glance, this was just your run-of-the-mill Sunday Jumble.  But, there was something very unique about today’s puzzle.  More on this later . . . maybe.  There was at least one new clue word today.  It looked like it might be two, but I’m pretty sure we had “highly” just a while ago.  But, “lopped” is definitely new.  ralis95 has not issued an update to his famous clue word database in quite a while, but I know that he has been very busy.  But, in consulting said database, I noticed one thing, and then another and another.  Something that I bet ralis95 picked up on right away.  It is something that I’ve never seen David Hoyt do before.  Did you guys catch it?  Tell me exactly what Mr. Hoyt did today.  It’s actually kind of a three-fer!  Jeff’s great cartoon leaves no doubt where this is taking place.  And, boy.  That is one stern looking librarian!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

8 Responses to “Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/25/15”

  1. 1 LindaLee January 25, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Well, don’t know if it’s what you saw, but all of the clue letters were alphabetical, Both in their jumbled form, then the clue letters only in each individual unjumbled form. And then, of course, in the whole clue letter layout.

    Excellent Sunday puzzler. And I managed to work it through during breakfast, and not all day and Monday!

    Always, always, always loved the library. Then when we moved, it was the bookmobile that came to us. That was so exciting!

    Thanks all for a fun Sunday morning. LL

  2. 2 unclerave January 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    LindaLee smacks a triple to the deep corner! Pretty neat, huh? To my recollection, Hoyt has never done that before. I thought it was pretty special . . . and very apropos! — YUR 🙂

  3. 3 jenn January 27, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Referencing UR’s Sunday’s jumble thought – ‘that is one stern-looking librarian’… she looks like a matronly Grace Jones! =)

  4. 4 unclerave January 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I like that observation, jenn! — YUR

  5. 5 Doug Sponseller February 11, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I know it’s an old Jumble, but I just happened to do this one today. Another observation is that all of the unjumbled clue words are in alphabetical order by their first letters. Of course, that’s an outgrowth of all of the clue letters being in alphabetical order. Is this possibly the most clever jumble ever? If only it also had a sinking ship in the background of the picture (I always like when they slip those into water scenes).

  6. 6 unclerave February 12, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Hey, Doug!

    To my knowledge, this is the only time David L. Hoyt has ever done something like this. It was definitely a rare treat! Thanks for reminding me, and all of us, of it. I had actually forgotten about it, and it’s only a little over a year old. Doing the puzzles every day, and then posting these spoilers, makes it hard for me to remember them all. Even the “memorable” ones! I would have to agree with you, that this is probably the most clever Jumble I have ever seen.

    Be well, Doug.

    — YUR

  7. 7 Doug Sponseller February 13, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Hey UR, thanks for the reply. I’ve probably been doing jumbles for close to 50 years (I’m 63). I never remember seeing one like this going back to the days of Henri Arnold and Bob Lee, although I haven’t done every one since those days :-). About the only very slightl flaw with this is that it violates one of my perceived unwritten rules of Jumble: the scrambled clue words should look somewhat pronounceable. Although I notice the current creator doesn’t seem to adhere to this as much as in the past.

    Speaking of unwritten rules, has your blog discussed those? I just discovered it with this puzzle, so I have not followed your history. Another unwritten rule that seems to have been violated occasionally by the current author is that the clue cartoon and caption should not contain any of the words contained in the individual word or puzzle solutions.

    Well I guess that’s enough rambling for now. Thanks for providing this service to us Jumble fans.


  8. 8 unclerave February 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm


    As far as the scrambled/jumbled clue words looking “somewhat pronounceable”, I’m not aware of that being an unwritten rule. I do know that David L. Hoyt, the word-guy, tries to give us variations to the scrambled/jumbled clue words, for a couple of reasons. One is that there are really only so many five and six letter words that can be spelled to make only one word. And two – because of One – he doesn’t want the scrambled/jumbled words to become too familiar.

    Your second point IS a valid “unwritten rule”, that they try very hard to adhere to, but on occasion something falls between the cracks. Even when these occasional slips occur they generally don’t result in a give away of the answer. They sometimes fall prey to the whims of their editors too. There have been occasions where editors make a change to the puzzle that the guys don’t find out about until they show up in the newspaper. They are fairly rare though.

    These “new” guys are pretty sharp. Jeff Knurek gives us a mix of traditional drawings and send ups to movies, television shows, cartoons and other comic strips. They both do a good job of keeping the Jumble fresh and relevant. They are friends of the blog, and chime in on the spoilers from time to time.

    I’ve been posting these spoilers since spring of 2008, so feel free to look up Jumbles and Cryptoquotes going that far back. And, welcome to UncleRave’s Wordy Weblog!

    — YUR

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