Jumble Spoiler – 06/10/16

Courtship In Sleepy Hollow, or Ichabod Crane a...

Courtship In Sleepy Hollow, or Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel, 1868 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Gales a gustin’!

CITYH  =  ITCHY,  SONOW  =  SWOON,  LIEEDY  =  EYELID,  NEDTAT  =  ATTEND   —   Giving us:  IHSWEDAND

Clue/Question:  Sleepy Hollow’s horseman maintained his speed in spite of the – – –

Ichabod pursued by the Headless Horseman

Ichabod pursued by the Headless Horseman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  HEADWINDS

(LOVED it!  A true groaner of a pun!  All of today’s clue words are old favorites, however three of the jumbles are coming up as new.  Hoyt has used “sonow” before.  The only jumble that gave me any pause was “lieedy”.  Compound words, such as “eyelid”, always catch me a little off guard.  The answer letter layout did a very good job of hiding the answer.  I definitely don’t think it gave anything away.  The period, fictional cartoon was very entertaining.  The speeding horseman in the background holding his pumpkin head aloft, as he heads for the covered bridge.  The windswept young couple could be Ichabod and Katrina.  I didn’t know – or, I’d forgotten – that Washington Irving named his main character after someone he had met while he was in the Army.  Irving met Colonel – maybe not at the time, but eventually – Ichabod Crane, at Fort Pike, on Lake Ontario, New York, in 1814.  The unusual name stuck in Irving’s head, so he used it in his story.  You can visit some of the sights from the story if you visit Sleepy Hollow, NY.  I believe Sleepy Hollow is actually the name of a cemetery in the Tarrytown area.  Irving is buried there.  The area was incorporated as North Tarrytown in the late 1800s, and was known by that name until 1996.  It was in that year that they voted to formally change the name to Sleepy Hollow, NY.  It’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from me, but I’ve never been there.  Maybe someday!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


8 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 06/10/16”


  1. 1 vnatraj1 June 10, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    A real good pun, although I guess it is much easier to solve it if you know the Sleepy Hollow story. I did not, and found this very hard as a result. I had to think a few seconds for EYELID. For the final answer, I was initially thinking of SPEEDBUMP, but the letters didn’t fit. Nothing else came to my mind, so I resorted to guess work: WADEHINDS, WADDSHINE, WINDSHADE (none of which are real words). And then, after nearly 3 minutes, it struck me: —-WINDS. Unscrambling the rest gave me the answer. Note to myself: Sleepy Hollow => HEAD in the answer.

  2. 2 unclerave June 10, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I think it’s pretty much required reading here in the U.S., Vijay. (Or, at least it was.) The story is an American classic. — YUR

  3. 3 Damidwesterner June 10, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I had problems; EYELID took a long time, but the worst was getting the last jumble wrong, which got me totally off track. I knew HEAD would be part of the answer, but since I screwed up the last jumble, I was totally thrown off.

  4. 4 vnatraj1 June 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    What did you get for the last word initially, Damid?

  5. 5 vnatraj1 June 11, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I see, UR. I have lived in the US for the past 15 years but I did not grow up here, so I have certainly missed out on several aspects of American history and culture.

  6. 6 unclerave June 11, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I took a chance that that was the case, Vijay. All things considered, you are still very formidable. — YUR

  7. 7 Damidwesterner June 11, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Vnaj, I’m not going to say! 😀

  8. 8 vnatraj1 June 12, 2016 at 12:16 am

    You’re very kind, UR.


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