Jumble Spoiler – 01/09/16

English: Wrought iron and wickerwork fence Sur...

English: Wrought iron and wickerwork fence Surrounding The Grove. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Good neighbors at the gate?

MIOCC  =  COMIC,  HENTT  =  TENTH,  SINHIF  =  FINISH,  GEPDEL  =  PLEDGE   —   Giving us: COTENFNHEE

Clue/Question:  When it came to choosing wrought iron or chain link, they were – – –

English: A pice of chain link fence over some ...

English: A pice of chain link fence over some railroad tracks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  ON THE FENCE

(Hmm!  Decisions, decisions.  Wrought iron always looks classier, but I remember too many movies where someone – bad guy, or good – gets impaled on a wrought iron fence!  Ee-ew!  What a way to go.  Chain link looks a little industrial/institutional, but it gets the job done, for considerably less than wrought iron.  Picket and split-rail are mainly territorial markers.  They have a certain charm, but they’re not really for those concerned at all with security.

All of today’s clue words are old favorites, but all of the jumbles appear to be new.  I saw them all immediately.  How ’bout you guys?  The answer letter layout was a decent jumble, in itself.  It may have stumped some of you.  But, not yer Uncle Rave.  He is yer resident Idiom Savant!  Jeff’s cartoon needs no de-fence from me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


6 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 01/09/16”


  1. 1 Shimon Kaplan January 9, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I came up with the surprise answer after solving the first three jumbles. After I figured out that I needed two e’s to get my answer, I unjumbled the last word. It was neat.

  2. 2 unclerave January 9, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Aah! So you backed into PLEDGE. That’s okay. Sometimes I have to do that too. — YUR

  3. 3 vnatraj1 January 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Today was my best day so far this year. I saw everything immediately, including the final answer. Solved the whole thing in 8 seconds.

  4. 4 unclerave January 9, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Wow! Impressive, raj! How do you go about timing yourself??? — YUR

  5. 5 vnatraj1 January 11, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Hi YUR

    I solve the jumble online here:
    https://www.uclick.com/puzzles/tmjmf/jumble_online_1.swf?

    Note that they have a different Sunday jumble than the ones found in the papers but, for the rest of the week, they are the same.

    – Vijay.

  6. 6 unclerave January 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Ah, yes. The online version times it for you! David L. Hoyt has explained why the Sunday online one is different than the newspaper one, but I keep forgetting why they’re different. The online one is some kind of re-run.

    — YUR


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