Independence Day Jumble – 07/04/16

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Visual Description:  John, Tom and Ben, enjoying a spot o’!


Clue/Question:  After gaining independence from Britain, their favorite beverage was – – –


(An aromatic, patriotic pun!  Happy Fourth, everybody!  David L. Hoyt has given us yet another new clue word, in “allied”.  I’m not sure if ralis95 works holidays, but hopefully he’ll see this and add this to his world famous clue word database.  I struggled to get the word.  I have very little patience these days, so I backed into it.  The jumble for “blight” is new, but the other two have been previously used.  The answer letter layout gave nothing away.  You just knew the second part of the answer was going to be TEA, and there weren’t enough spaces – or an H – for HERBAL, so the more appropriate LIBER became very obvious.  The cartoon is great!  I’m saying the first guy is John Adams, although I suppose he could be George Washington.  But, the middle guy is definitely Thomas Jefferson, and the third guy is Benjamin Franklin.  Have a safe, and respectful, Fourth of July, people!  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

2 Responses to “Independence Day Jumble – 07/04/16”

  1. 1 Damidwesterner July 4, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Pretty easy today, though ACUTE gave me a bit of thought.

  2. 2 vnatraj1 July 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I had a lot of trouble with ALLIED too! For the final answer, I went exactly your route, UR. I knew TEA had to be part of the answer and was thinking HERBAL-TEA but there was no H and the dash wouldn’t make sense for that answer. The difference was that LIBER did not become obvious to me. Instead, I thought BRIT might be part of the answer and tried BRITE-ALE and so on. After a minute plus of beating around the bush, I finally came back to -TEA and then it struck me – LIBER-TEA!

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