Jumble Spoiler – 04/10/17

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Visual Description:  Soup time!

MERIG  =  GRIME,  OHDUN  =  HOUND,  PITPEO  =  POTPIE,  LHITPG  =  PLIGHT   —   Giving us:  GIHNOPIPT

Clue/Question:  She offered the plumber soup that was – – –

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Answer:  PIPING HOT

(Okay.  It works.  But, I’m not so sure about today’s new clue word, “potpie”.  You all know I’m not the biggest fan of compound words, but when I look it up online I see it both as a single word, and as broken down to the two words . . . that it is!  Hmm!  I would urge ralis95 to proceed carefully, before adding it to his world famous clue word database.  FWIW, I had to back into it.  I thought maybe my newspaper had made a mistake!  All of today’s jumbles came up as new.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble.  The cartoon is great, with the plumber’s monkey wrench, acetylene torch, and crack-of-the-butt.  I think that’s almost a kind of uniform for them!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


9 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 04/10/17”


  1. 1 David L. Hoyt April 10, 2017 at 11:44 am

    In regard to POTPIE…I consider the Merriam-Webster dictionary to be my official dictionary in cases like and they have it as one word: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potpie I just checked a few other dictionaries and found it as one word in those also. Maybe I don’t want to use it again to avoid confusion. Usually I just follow what Merriam-Webster says. I’ll see if anyone else has any thoughts about it. I’m totally cool not using it again if we collectively agree to eliminate the word. Thanks!

  2. 2 haliburton76 April 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I have no problem with POTPIE, David. I just have to quickly distinguish it from similar words like TIPTOE and OPIATE …

  3. 3 unclerave April 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Tiptoe is a compound word too, but generally more accepted as a single word than potpie. I was a little hung up on tiptoe for a while, but not opiate. I don’t think we need to waste any time debating potpie though. You can write it as two words, or as one, and everyone knows what you’re talking about. I only brought it up because I enjoy stirring the pot. I can shut my pie hole!

    — YUR

  4. 4 lindalee April 10, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I put it down as TIPTOE and merrily solved the jumbler—-until I started circling my clue letters to make sure I had the answer correct. Then I was very puzzled until I figured out TIPTOE was not correct! OY! It took a bit of time to figure out POTPIE — Unc, POTPIE was in my handy, dandy Spelling Ace. That picture of the pot pie is yumm!! And there is a reason they make some t-shirts longer in the back than in the front! 🙂 LL

  5. 5 Damidwesterner April 10, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I had to back into Potpie as well, and even so, I wasn’t sure it was the correct word. Still, it was the only thing that fit.

  6. 6 unclerave April 11, 2017 at 10:28 am

    The word does seem to be a bit contentious, Damid. But, even WordPress accepts it without question, and they are VERY picky. They don’t recognize a lot of things that are common in *American* English, so even though it’s out there – a lot – as two separate words I guess we have to accept it as a compound word.

    — YUR

  7. 7 Gary O'Daniel April 12, 2017 at 12:13 am

    For the 3rd word derived from PITPEO, I first came up with “PEPITO”, but when I realized that didn’t result in a possible answer, I stumbled upon POTPIE. This is the first time I’ve discovered two possible words for a given set of letters in any Jumble I’ve ever done.

  8. 8 unclerave April 12, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I think the only problem with PEPITO is that it – so far – does not qualify as an English language word. Languages DO adopt foreign words when the usage becomes common place, but I don’t think we’re there yet. Plus, it’s more commonly a name, which goes against the Jumble criteria for clue words. But thanks for the comment, Gary O!

    — YUR

  9. 9 l w c April 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    There is some controversy about “potpie” vs “pot pie”.

    It is officially two words. we got it originally from the Dutch and the English as meat pies. But after becoming popular with Americans generations ago, the food industry took over and marketed them as potpies.

    Once the “Big Marketing” takes over, they make the rules while the rest of us succumb to their pervasive influence. Notice what happened to “frito”, “xerox”, “saran wrap”, etc. Those are now words.


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