Jumble Spoiler – 02/04/16

English: Black Cat #1, Harvey Comics

English: Black Cat #1, Harvey Comics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Harvey Comics’ haunt.


Clue/Question:  He told Casper the ghost his secret because he knew Casper – – –

A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52F-70-BW Stratofort...

A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52F-70-BW Stratofortress (s/n 57-0162, nicknamed “Casper The Friendly Ghost”) from the 320th Bomb Wing dropping Mk 117 750 lb (340 kg) bombs over Vietnam. This aircraft was the the first B-52F used to test conventional bombing in 1964, and later dropped the 50,000th bomb of the “Arc Light” campaign. B-52Fs could carry 51 bombs and served in Vietnam from June 1965 to April 1966 when they were replaced by B-52Ds which could carry 108 bombs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I love it!  An American icon . . . of my largely misspent youth!  And, it’s a nice, long, 13-letter answer too.  None of today’s clue words are new, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  I thought we’d seen “bustim” in the past, but it wasn’t in my list of Tags.  Maybe it was before I started entering jumbles as Tags?  Whatever.  It’s there now.  I thought today’s answer letter layout was brilliant!  Nothing about it was obvious, in my opinion.  The biggest clue to the answer was the apostrophe in the answer block line.  That and the phrasing of the clue/question made the probability of the first word ending in N’T pretty high.  And, since there was no C, I figured the word had to be WOULDN’T.  However, the full answer still wasn’t quite resonating with me, so I wrote out the remaining letters:  OYOASB.  For a second I was seeing BOY, but what can you do with OAS???  Fortunately, after that realization, SAY BOO came very quickly.  For those of you who are not cartoon and comic junkies, Casper was “The Friendly Ghost”.  Whereas the stereotypical ghost wants to scare you, mainly by saying BOO, Casper is a nice kid/ghost, who just wants to be friends.  The portrait above the fireplace is probably the human incarnation of Casper.  Either that, or they’re in the home of Richie Rich, another Harvey Comics character.  The Casper character long preceded Richie Rich, so you wouldn’t imagine Casper being the ghost of Richie Rich.  But, an interesting story line could have Richie and Casper being childhood friends.  Maybe Richie was even responsible for Casper’s death!  Maybe Casper was a rival for the hand of Richie’s girlfriend, Gloria!?!  Maybe Richie wanted Casper out of the way, so he . . . But, I digress.  I hope you kids, and codgers, enjoyed today’s Jumble as much as I did.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

11 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 02/04/16”

  1. 1 Joe Key February 4, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Hey Unc, are you on Facebook at all? Would love to see your spoilers there.

  2. 2 unclerave February 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I used to link them to my Facebook page, but I stopped. Do you think i could/should set up a separate Uncle Rave page? It’s been so long since I set up my fb page. I wouldn’t know where to begin. Any tips? — YUR

  3. 3 Joe Key February 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I think I would poll your current readers to see how many would be interested in a Facebook page. I would hate for you to double your work for just a few. I could and would help you set it up.

  4. 4 haliburton76 February 4, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Please don’t move it to Facebook … stay independent!

  5. 5 vnatraj1 February 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I had a little bit of trouble with SUBMIT (this is a word that has always given me trouble) and ROYAL as well. For the final answer, I went exactly the same way as you. I guessed that the first word was WOULDN’T and then got stuck for a few seconds. Finally guessed that SAY was the second word and then BOO became clear. In hindsight, I should have thought of BOO because the clue talked about a ghost.

  6. 6 vnatraj1 February 4, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Btw, UR. I LOVE your anecdotes and in-depth analysis of each clue and discussion surrounding it. I learn a lot every day.

  7. 7 unclerave February 4, 2016 at 5:29 pm


    Linking the spoilers to Facebook just increases the way people can see them. Followers will still get email notifications, and people can still come directly to the blog. It should be a positive.

    — YUR

  8. 8 haliburton76 February 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Yes, Unc Rave, just adding a link to FB is fine, as long as you don’t give up your distinctive website! –RHO

  9. 9 unclerave February 4, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks, Vijay! It’s always nice to be appreciated. — YUR

  10. 10 unclerave February 4, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    No worries, hal. — YUR

  11. 11 unclerave February 4, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks, Joe! — YUR

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