Jumble Spoiler – 02/18/16

English: Kendrick Lamar at Michigan State Univ...

English: Kendrick Lamar at Michigan State University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Teenage daughter’s influence on the Jumble.

MUFRO  =  FORUM,  FHSAL  =  FLASH,  SWIDON  =  DISOWN,  TOATOT  =  TATTOO   —   Giving us:  FUFLDSNAOO

Clue/Question:  When they cranked up the music while doing the laundry, they had – – –

English: Fitz and the Tantrums - Michael Fitzp...

English: Fitz and the Tantrums – Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs at a 2010 performance in San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  LOADS OF FUN

(This reminded me of the first part of this year’s Grammy Awards.  I kept saying:  Who???  What???  Fortunately, they mixed in the tributes nicely, and I was able to recognize those songs!  I guess it means I’m getting old.  Hey!  At least I do know who Ed Sheeran and the Alabama Shakes are!  I also know who Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars are, but neither are really my style.  And, I have heard of this Kendrick Lamar guy and The Weeknd, but I never heard their songs before.  You readers are likely not too familiar with the acts that I listen to.  Such as:  Fitz & The Tantrums, Lost Leaders, David Gray, Snow Patrol and The Decemberists, but I have no problem being in the minority. 

Jumble?  Oh, yeah.  There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles came up as new.  Hoyt has used “toatot” before.  It took me a few seconds to unravel “swidon”.  The answer letter layout was a beautiful jumble.  It hid the answer nicely.  Luckily, we label laundry with the language of loads.  And, Jeff’s cartoon indicated multiple loads.  Oh!  And, belated birthday greetings to Jeff Knurek.  Yesterday he turned 50!  “Oooh, what happened there?  Makes you sound like bad milk!  He TURNED; we had to throw him out.”*  Actually, he’s still just a pup.  But, he’s coming along nicely.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS. * Thanks to George Carlin for those funny words.  He used them to describe 30, but I think they apply just as well to 50!   —   YUR

PPS.  Not sure if this was Jeff, or the editors, but apparently the first woman should be saying:  Watch me, “Nae, Nae”.  Someone changed it to “Nea, Nea”.  Oops!      YUR


11 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 02/18/16”


  1. 1 vnatraj1 February 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Three of the words gave me trouble today. It took me a few seconds to unscramble FLASH, DISOWN and TATTOO. For the final answer, LOADS was really obvious, as UR said. That made solving it real easy.

  2. 2 David L. Hoyt February 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I’ve been getting quite a few e-mails today from people saying that today’s puzzle was very hard for them to solve (the LOADS OF FUN puzzle), I’m just curious to know if you’re seeing more page views today and that it really is a tough puzzle. I wasn’t expecting so many e-mails about it being so difficult and am curious to see if you’re seeing any evidence of people struggling to solve it. Thanks!

  3. 3 Sheryl February 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Enjoying your daily emails. Love your sense of humor as well as your intellect. Thanks!

  4. 4 unclerave February 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    As of 4:30, it does look like Jumble queries are up about 43% over yesterday, cuz! This surprises me too. Maybe it’s due to “swidon” or “toatot”??? — YUR

  5. 5 unclerave February 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Flattery will get you everywhere, Sheryl. — YUR

  6. 7 vnatraj1 February 18, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    David, that’s very interesting! From a personal perspective, I have been solving (for fun, but timing myself) the Jumble for the past few years. At this point, I typically get all the words instantly. The final answer doesn’t take too long typically, either. Today, I had to think a few seconds for THREE of the words (FLASH, DISOWN and TATTOO). The latter two are words that I have seen before (I maintain a list of “tough” words) and yet they took me time. In that sense, yes, today’s puzzle was tough. On the other hand, I found the final answer very easy because LOADS came to me instantly. If people didn’t see that, it is a different situation, of course – the answer letter layout was excellent. Personally, I found the Jan 12 puzzle the hardest – the final answer, STAYING POWER, was really hard. The Jan 23 puzzle (“THINNING HAIR”) was also hard, in some respects harder than the Jan 12 puzzle. For the latter, you could at least get STAYING as the opposite of LEAVING (although that didn’t strike me), but for the former, there was really no obvious clue. I would be curious to hear what others have to say.

  7. 8 Damidwesterner February 18, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    DISOWN gave me the most trouble. TATTOO would have been OK if I knew how to spell. And the cartoon went quickly, so I didn’t think it was overly difficult. As far as a hard one, the Grand Canyon (Bunga Low) one comes to mind.
    Still, I’ve always wondered. Do most people solve the jumbles by staring at them and sort the letters out in the head? Or do you scribble them out? I always unscramble them in my head; it sounds like Vnat does as well, but he’s been doing this a long time and I’ve only been doing them less than a year.
    As far as the Nea/Nae, I chalk it up to the spellchecker app 🙂

  8. 9 unclerave February 19, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Hey, Hoyt! (and others concerned)

    The final numbers for 02/18/16 Jumble showed a 262% increase in queries over 02/17’s! And, that doesn’t even include a fair amount of (overnight?) queries that are showing up in today’s stats. I thought it was a relatively easy Jumble, but . . . It does seem that a good portion of the queries may have been driven by “swidon”. I guess you never know. I thought that today’s (02/19/16) was probably tougher, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

    — YUR

  9. 10 vnatraj1 February 19, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Damid, Bunga Low was from last year, but yes, that was a tough now. Deja View was tough, too. I think I gave up on that one! I always solve the jumbles without writing anything down. However, for the final answer, when I used to solve the paper jumble, I used to write the consonants out on one line and the vowels on another and then cross letters out as I solved the words. Now, since I do the online version, the website does that for me automatically and I don’t need to scribble anything.

  10. 11 David L. Hoyt February 19, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for all the info. That 262% increase jives with what I saw via e-mail. Thanks!


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