Jumble Spoiler – 09/28/15

"He met with a severe fall" from Wal...

“He met with a severe fall” from Wallace Goldsmith’s illustrations to Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Forest spirits.

RONHO  =  HONOR,  ACCOO  =  COCOA,  BBOONH  =  HOBNOB,  MOYLOG  =  GLOOMY   —   Giving us:  HOOOBO

Clue/Question:  When the owl realized he was a ghost, he said – – –

Two striped owls (Pseudoscops clamator). Seems...

Two striped owls (Pseudoscops clamator). Seems as one of them is singing “I’m bored!!!!” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  BOOHOO

(Something dark and easy to start the work week.  We do have a new clue word, in “hobnob”.  We need to alert ralis95, so he can update his world famous clue word database!  It was the only word to give me any trouble.  I suspected it, but confirmed it by backing into it.  The answer letter layout wasn’t all that cryptic.  And, with the cartoon’s dialog, the answer was pretty self-evident.  But, the cartoon was cute.  It’s not often that The Jumble deals with actual death.  There are ones with un-dead zombies, and ghosts after the fact, but I can’t remember one where a person, or creature, was depicted as expired.  They always say there’s a first for everything!  Does anyone out there remember when The Jumble displayed a death?  Oh well.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


7 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 09/28/15”


  1. 1 jknurek September 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Not that I can remember. We’ve done a few mortuary Jumbles, but never a body in the scene. I kinda like this drawing. I was being cute when I showed the mouse running away.

  2. 2 unclerave September 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Wow. Thanks for writing in so quickly, AND for pointing out the mouse for me! I had missed that, completely. I did catch that it looked like the owl flew square into the tree trunk, but I missed the mouse running off into the bushes. I guess, in the balance of nature, that this little mouse dodged a bullet! — YUR

  3. 3 Ada September 28, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Actually thought hobnob was easy. Guess us old folks hobnob a lot more the folks your age.

  4. 4 unclerave September 28, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Okay, Ada. I won’t ask. Wouldn’t be gentlemanly. — YUR

  5. 5 Joe Key September 29, 2015 at 3:28 am

    What do you mean when you say you “backed into a word”?

  6. 6 unclerave September 29, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Hi, Joe!

    When I say “backed into a word” I’m talking about deviating from the norm of: 1. Unjumbling the four clue words. 2. Writing out the answer letters. 3. Reading the cartoon and Clue/Question. 4. Solving the Jumble.

    If a particular clue word is stymieing me, I write out the letters for the words that I was able to unjumble, then I jump to the cartoon and clue/question. Nine times out of ten, that will be enough to come up with the answer. With the answer you can figure out which letters you are missing from the answer letter layout. Then, with those letters, I can usually solve the unjumbled word that had stumped me earlier.

    To some it might sound like more work, but it’s usually faster than trying to play around with all the letter permutations. I consider it a very mild form of cheating, albeit one I don’t lose any sleep over.

    — YUR

  7. 7 Joe Key September 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

    That’s what I thought you meant but I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing a trick to use on some of those tricky words. Putting the letters in a circle usually helps me with tough words. If I get to the point of having to back into a word I just go full monty and go to the unjumble web site. Usually only happens once every couple weeks or so. Thanks for the reply! I enjoy your blog.


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