Jumble Spoiler – 12/01/17

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Visual Description:  Scientist latch on to a new innovation.

TIODT  =  DITTO,  SERHF  =  FRESH,  UBANDO  =  ABOUND,  ENOBMA  =  BEMOAN   —   Giving us:  TTFESADEAN

Clue/Question:  When Velcro was invented, people were – – –

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Answer: FASTENATED

(A riveting pun!  I’m sure that it baffled a few of you, but you have come here to secure your inclinations.  Right?  You all come here to “screw your courage to the sticking place!”  You want to stay in the loop.  You’re hooked.  Yes, Unclerave is here to unite the Jumbled masses!  Aah, the ties that bind.

But, you’d all rather hear about the mundanity of clue words and jumbled words, so here goes.  No new clue words.  Three of the jumbles were.  Hoyt has used “serhf” before.  The answer letter layout was a humdinger of a jumble!  It took me a few looks to see the answer.  The cartoon conveys an historical moment in engineering.  Supposedly, Velcro was commercially introduced in the late 1950s, but I have no real recollection of the stuff until about 1970.  Maybe, it was primarily used for more industrial purposes, before reaching the general public?  Dunno.  But “socks”???  Heck, burdocks stick to just about everything!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


7 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 12/01/17”


  1. 1 roy odom jr December 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Yes indeed, UR, before I looked at the letters, I expected the solution to include CAUGHT or HOOKED! One of the most cohesive puns in a long time …

  2. 2 ralis95 December 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Velcro was a major factor in the cabin fire on 1-27-67 that destroyed Apollo 1 during a launch rehearsal test at Cape Kennedy that killed all three crew members—Command Pilot Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee—and destroyed the Command Module (CM).

  3. 3 unclerave December 1, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Really? Did it create some kind of static electricity issue, ralis95? — YUR

  4. 4 Barb Taylor December 1, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Bemoaned the struggle to unscramble bemoan… ugh. Momentary struggle trying to figure word that would adhere to fast? Quickly renoticed the quote marks & came up with the answer. Hoyt & Knurek made me work again! 😂 Hugs to our Unc.

  5. 5 ralis95 December 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    YUR: Apollo 1 was in a test mode at the Cape, simulating a full deep space environment, fully pressurized with oxygen. A random spark occurred inside the sealed cabin on the floor near the foot of one of the Astronauts and the resulting oxygen-fueled flame spread quickly to the many velcro strips throughout the cabin, creating an almost instant conflagration with resulting overpressure that kept the inward opening escape door from moving. The Astronauts couldn’t get out and perished very quickly. NASA blamed Rockwell Int’l for the disaster, but records revealed that NASA ignored numerous notices from RI to decrease or eliminate the velcro, as well as modifying the test procedures for safety’s sake.

  6. 6 unclerave December 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Wow! Thanks for the inside scoop, boss! — YUR

  7. 7 LindaLee December 5, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    OMG Ralis!!! That is incredible and so sad.


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