Jumble Spoiler – 02/01/17

Image result for a bed of roses

Visual Description:  Non-seasonal nonsense.

SUDEO  =  DOUSE,  TUBRS  =  BURST,  MOSTOH  =  SMOOTH,  DUNEFO  =  FONDUE   —   Giving us:  DOEBRSSOOFNE

Clue/Question:  Trying to plant flowers in the rocky soil was – – –

Image result for rose bushes

Answer:  NO BED OF ROSES

(Maybe they’re doing this one for folks from the southern hemisphere?  Up here it’s winter, people.  You don’t go trying to plant things this time of the year, regardless of the soil type.  LOL!  But, what it reminded me of was that silly Infiniti commercial, where the young family drives their live Christmas tree out into the woods, and then plant it on a snowy day.  Ludicrous!  They probably would’ve needed a backhoe to break ground to do that.  And, anyone who’s planted any tree before knows that that requires copious amounts of water.  I read that they teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation, to promote the use of live Christmas trees, rather than cutting down trees, for the Christmas holiday.  And, that’s cool.  But, the commercial is just plain silly.  And, apparently it upset some people because they never called it a Christmas tree.  They called it a “holiday” tree.  I don’t focus on nonsense like that, but I guess it’s important to some.

Oh, well.  No new clue words today, but three of the jumbles did come up as new.  Hoyt has used “sudeo” before.  I had a little trouble figuring out “dunefo”, but not too much.  The answer letter layout was a superb jumble!  Very cryptic, and far from obvious.  I really had to key in on Jeff’s great cartoon to get the answer.  I think this was a very visual gag.  You had to see that the couple was trying to plant multiple rose bushes.  A single plant/bush does not constitute a “bed”.  The idiom though – which I personally haven’t heard in quite a while – has nothing to do with flower beds.  A “bed of roses” is a phrase signifying the good life.  The easy life.  Rose petals are soft and very aromatic.  Without the thorns, that would make for a very comfortable bed!  So, when they say it’s “no bed of roses” they just mean that something is hard, or tough.  I think that it made for a splendid Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 02/01/17”


  1. 1 haliburton76 February 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I know it’s officially winter, UR, but down here, the Japanese magnolia is already blooming and a tinge of green is showing in the St. Augustine grass. Hasn’t been much of a winter. Today’s Jumble was, well, a bed of roses!

  2. 2 vnatraj1 February 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Terrific final answer, and wonderful cartoon! I also had some trouble with FONDUE (it was, an continues to be, in my “tougher words” list). SMOOTH wasn’t automatic, either. For the final answer, I first thought that it was SO — OF —–, but nothing made sense. After some thinking, I tried NO — OF —–, and it suddenly hit me: NO BED OF ROSES. Very, very nice.

  3. 3 unclerave February 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Mild winter so far up here too, hal. But, I wouldn’t try to plant anything. — YUR

  4. 4 LindaLee February 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Hey ! Grand jumbler for sure! I had to back into FONDUE.

    Unc, if I saw that commercial it was over my head. I’m hoping that the thorns were removed prior to that lovely girl getting on the roses! It is a beautiful picture.

    I’m in the south and the weather has been all over the place. Cherry trees are blooming, daffodils are up in some places. It looks like spring. And then tomorrow could be in the 20s!

    Take care all. LL


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