Jumble Spoiler – 07/18/16

Visual Description:  Birds of a feather . . .

NNOKW  =  KNOWN,  INOON  =  ONION,  IKWEDC  =  WICKED,  ONISCA  =  CASINO   —   Giving us:  KONOOWKDCNO

Clue/Question:  The woodpecker hoped the tree would be home for a long time, – – –

Answer:  KNOCK ON WOOD

(. . . knock together!  I woke up this morning to the sound of a woodpecker pecking at the eve of my roof!  I hate that!  But last night, while walking Wally, I was serenaded by a couple of hoot owls.  That I like!  Sure, it’s a little spooky.  But, hopefully, they’ll help reduce the number of chipmunks we’re seeing around here.  The little buggers are everywhere.  They are cute, but I have never seen this many chipmunks in my entire life.  Naturalist have “credited” the extremely mild winter we had last year.  They’re not particularly destructive, but they drive Wally nuts!

No new clue words today, but again all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  Once again, my bias prevented me from seeing “casino”.  Even backing into it, all I knew was that I needed an O, a C and an N.  All I could come up with was “casion”, which isn’t really even close to being a word.  My daughter saw it in one second!  The answer letter layout was great, but with all the Ks and Ns and Os the answer was pretty obvious.  The cartoon was great, with the male woodpecker having the more vibrant coloring, the little Home Sweet Home sign above the hole, and then a picture hanging on the wall above a chair, inside the tree.  Nice attention to detail!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


15 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 07/18/16”


  1. 1 Jumble Jeff July 18, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    For the last two months, the Jumble have been drawn on my iPad Pro. It’s been a blessing and a curse. I like my drawings better. I like the pen tool on the app I use and I think it gives me just enough styling to stay true to the original look of the Jumble and still give the cartoons a little more flair. However I miss having original drawings with pencil and ink. I like being able to draw more details into the art because I’m able to zoom into drawing. However, that causes me to take more time with each drawing and in the end it probably isn’t noticed given how small the puzzle printed in most papers.

  2. 2 unclerave July 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Having seen some of those smaller ones, in some of those newspapers, I’m keen to the details you provide, Jeff. As time permits, I try to let the readers know what they might be missing. As lame as my newspaper can be, at least they don’t skimp on the Funnies!

    — YUR

  3. 3 vnatraj1 July 18, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Jeff, even the online version has no detail. What a pity that you put so much effort into it and most of us can’t even see it. Thanks UR for providing us a commentary on the detail. That’s something I really enjoy about this blog. You are so much visual than I am.

    This was a pretty easy puzzle. All the words were instant, except for CASINO, which took me a second or two. For the final answer, I at first thought that the first word was “WOULD” (How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?) but there was no U or L. It quickly struck me, then, that the answer was KNOCK ON WOOD.

  4. 4 vnatraj1 July 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Btw, Jeff (and David), do you guys ever feel the urge to solve a Jumble yourself? Clearly, you can’t solve your own creations. Do you ever wish someone else gave you Jumbles to solve?

  5. 5 Art Shapiro July 18, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    So are these mythical larger drawings visible anywhere online?

    And delighted to see the return of your commentary, Unc!

  6. 6 unclerave July 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks, Art! The drawings came from Google Images. (Zemanta has stopped working for me.)

    — YUR

  7. 7 Damidwesterner July 18, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    CASINO was the toughest. But once I got that, the answer came fairly fast.

    I print the puzzle from the paper, so it’s a full letter-sized page. The cartoon does come out well; I mentioned in another post earlier that the paper’s version is small and sometimes you can’t make out the details.

    The TV Jumble version is the worst, it’s even smaller and since Jeff doesn’t draw those, they’re too contrasty and dark and sometimes it becomes mostly a black smear.

    And I’ll add my joy at the return of the commentary! I’ll even hit the Like. 🙂

  8. 8 unclerave July 19, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    There we go! (And, all I had to do was throw a tantrum, and beg a little bit.) — YUR

  9. 9 vnatraj1 July 19, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    UR: My three-year-old often gets her way with those two things. 😉

  10. 10 unclerave July 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I was going more for Glenn Close’s character, from Fatal Attraction. “I will NOT be ignored!” But three-year-old works for me too! LOL! — YUR

  11. 11 Rit smith July 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    *crickets*. Lol. 😂😂

  12. 12 jenn July 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    UR, Glenn Close…HA! ( I didn’t see Cher’s ‘Moonstruck’, but thought Glenn should have won the Oscar for that performance…how has she not won an Oscar yet??) I didn’t realize there was a ‘like’ to hit, even though now I do remember you mentioning it before…since I will likely forget, consider this a million ‘likes’ for your solutions/commentaries! Your funny jokes, commentaries, and all the time it takes to pull just one day’s worth of the spoiler are all appreciated…I often want to jump in with a comment, but I’m too much of an introvert to pop in too too often! Even behind a computer! All the regulars seem so nice and so darn intelligent…I’m just happy to be along for the ride and enjoy everyone’s comments, and in my mind, I send along an emphatic ‘me too!’ when I read you, or them! =D

  13. 13 unclerave July 21, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Don’t sell yourself short, jenn. You’ve always been a highly valued contributor! You are forever welcome here. — YUR

  14. 14 jenn August 30, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Aw, thanks, Ur. Much appreciated, as are vous!

  15. 15 LindaLee September 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Jenn!! You put into words how I feel most of the time!! Good to see you. LL


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