Jumble Spoiler – 09/18/17 (1st things 1st)

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Visual Description:  A hunky bug eradicator.


Clue/Question:  The clever Hungarian exterminator named his new company – – –

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(One of THE most clever Jumble puns, in a long time!  There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles appear to be new.  They’ve definitely used “rosyr” before.  And, “berry” is another word that spells out in alphabetical order!  And, I didn’t struggle with “poetic”, for a change.  I guess it’s becoming second nature to me.  The answer letter layout was a challenge.  It took me a while to see the answer.  I figured PEST was one of the four letter words, and I had to write out OBOAT to get the rest of the answer.  You could argue I should’ve known that the middle word was A, but I couldn’t rule out the possibility of B, considering the hyphens, and that it was a play on words.  Sorta like WEED-B-GONE, ya dig?!  I also thought the answer letter layout might’ve been  portion of David’s lunch that day; a bottle of SOBE and a bag of POTATo chips!  Cute cartoon.  I really didn’t pick up on the dude’s big boots until much later, but I also like the bugs crawling up the wall, behind the lady.  I went to college in Western Pennsylvania, and we had a number of kids of Hungarian ancestry.  They would refer to themselves as either bohunks or hunkies.  Supposedly, the terms are “derisive” and “offensive”, but they seemed to wear them as badges of honor.  My last college girlfriend was a hunky.  I just Googled her last name, and I saw a photo of a young lady – see above – who has to be her niece!  I remember she had a brother, name Alan.  The resemblance is unmistakable!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

7 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 09/18/17 (1st things 1st)”

  1. 1 M J Schreiner September 18, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I thought that this was great but got stuck on thinking it started with spot a something or rather and it certainly didn’t work out it took me awhile before I finally got to run to boot. Great one!

  2. 2 David September 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I love this pun too! Very clever puzzle. I read the clue and thought, “Hungarian… whattttt???!?” Well done guys!

    And unc, I’m glad you’re catching up, because I think we might have had a rare, new Jumble word in one of the puzzles you were out-of-town for and haven’t had a chance to write up yet. I think it was on the Sunday one. At least it was a word new-to-me: BUCHAP. Threw me for a loop and i had to back into it.

  3. 3 jenn September 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    What a hall-of-fame punny answer! My first thought was a take on Hungarian goulash…Hungarian ‘galoshes’ instead of boots…of course, this was waaaay off course! Then I thought the very thing you did, UR, ‘Bugs B Gone’! Poetic is one of those words that has forever exhausted my brain as well, UR, and it finally has been taken off the !#%#! toughie word list! Enjoyed your interesting commentary UR! Have a super day, all.

  4. 4 Barb Taylor September 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    So Unc, would that have been Duquesne, Carnegie Mellon or Pitt? Or am I totally off base? Grew up near Pgh & very familiar w/term “hunky” tho am Ukrainian. Knew there was sumtin special boucha! And the young lady is very pretty.

  5. 5 unclerave September 19, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    You prove that great minds think alike, jenn! Thanks, hon. — YUR

  6. 6 unclerave September 19, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    You’re just a little too far north, Barb. I went to a small college in southwestern PA – but now it’s a full fledged university – called Waynesburg College! Everything was chill in the 70s, but now they’re much more religious. A little too much for me and my fellow alums! The girl looks so much like my old girlfriend. I’d bet dollars to donuts she’s her niece. Take care, Barb.

    — YUR

  7. 7 LindaLee September 26, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I’m familiar with Bohunk, which is what the Bohemians were called where I grew up. I always figured it was a shortcut for their name–like US Citizens were Americans.

    AND, how in the world did I totally miss this awesome JUMBLE! Maybe we didn’t get the paper that day, or were gone==traveling?? I don’t know. I missed a knock-out gem! LL

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