(Fairly Tough) Jumble Spoiler – 07/23/16

Grand Canyon, from South Rim near Visitor Center

Grand Canyon, from South Rim near Visitor Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Standing at the brink of grandeur.

UNOCE  =  OUNCE,  LIHEW  =WHILE,  ALPEDD  =  PADDLE,  SOBBAR  =  ABSORB   —   Giving us:  ONEWHLDDLAOB

Clue/Question:  Their tour of the Grand Canyon began with their guide saying – – –

Grand Canyon in Winter

Grand Canyon in Winter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  LOW AND BEHOLD

(Good pun!  It took me a bit to figure it out.  All of the clue words were old favorites, but all of their jumbles came up as new.  I got all of them immediately.  The answer letter layout kept me off balance for a good bit.  The quotation marks had me puzzled for a while.  The expression is kind of redundant, but I guess it’s called for when you’re dealing with something so awe inspiring.  I’ve flown over the Grand Canyon, but I’ve yet to visit it.  Some day.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


10 Responses to “(Fairly Tough) Jumble Spoiler – 07/23/16”


  1. 1 haliburton76 July 23, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    It *was* tougher than usual today, UR. I first thought that the Grand Canyon is a big HOLE, so I was looking to use WHOLE. Then I suspected the middle word might be THE. With the available letters, I made BED AND HOLLOW … a senseless expression, but it made me chuckle! After I put it aside for a few minutes, I was able to BEHOLD the right solution … and it’s a stinky, LOW pun!

  2. 2 ralis95 July 23, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    YUR: I converted the Jumbles into words quickly, but the solution evaded me . . . until I saw the word HOLLOW in the letters. It seemed to fit the situation (I guess you could call the Canyon a really big hollow), but the only other two words available from the remaining letters were BED & AND. Didn’t make sense to have it be “BED” AND HOLLOW, but with Hoyt being much younger than me, and so much smarter, I decided he knew what it meant and I went with it. Was I wrong! Thanks for posting the real solution.

  3. 3 unclerave July 23, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    You and hal are definitely on the same page, boss! I was seeing HOW and BELOW and BELLOW. The LOW portion of BELLOW set me on the actual answer. — YUR

  4. 4 vnatraj1 July 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Interesting that so many people found this tough. I got the final answer instantly. As soon as I saw the words Grand Canyon, I knew that LOW had to be one of the words. Instantly, I knew that the answer was “LOW” and BEHOLD. I did have a fair bit of trouble with PADDLE (I was initially trying to get a word that ended in ED). That word alone took around 10 of the 18 seconds I took to solve the Jumble.

  5. 5 unclerave July 23, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    My wife, whose second language is English, but who was educated in English speaking schools, is fairly fond of the expression. But, I don’t think it’s terribly common in modern American conversational English. Maybe, that’s why it came to you so quickly???

    — YUR

  6. 6 vnatraj1 July 25, 2016 at 11:01 am

    You may be right, UR. English is my second language, and I was educated in English speaking schools as well. What would be the American equivalent of ‘lo and behold’?

  7. 7 unclerave July 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I guess it depends on the context, Vijay. If it’s a real exclamation, like with something biblical or monumental, you might actually use: Lo and behold! Or, maybe just: Check this out! If it’s just part of a conversational segue, it might be something like: and before you know it. Lo and behold is a little corny.

    — YUR

  8. 8 vnatraj1 July 26, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Very interesting, UR. The Grand Canyon is monumental, though, right? 🙂

  9. 9 unclerave July 26, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Oh, yeah! The guys were most appropriate with its usage! — YUR

  10. 10 LindaLee August 26, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Oh law, this was tough. Husb looked through all of my three letter words and said did not have the right one on my list for my first word. Ratz! So, I found about three more and when I hit on “Low” it all came together. I can again move forward!!


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