Jumble Spoiler – 12/16/17

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Visual Description:  The thrill of hill swill!


Clue/Question:  The painting of the moonshiner’s equipment was a – – –

Image result for a hillbilly still


(I can’t imagine that there are all that many moonshiners these days.  Not sure how many “dry counties” there are anymore.  You’re probably more likely to see folks cooking meth, than running stills these days.  Which is probably more dangerous, in many ways, in the long run.  There are some small-ish companies that legally make moonshine though.  I’m not a big fan of the harder liquors – more a beer and wine guy – so I’ve never had any “white lightning”.  But, as always, to each their own!

None of today’s clue words came up as new, yet all of the jumbles did.  None of them tripped me up any.  The answer letter was also a very good jumble, but I’d be surprised if anybody had much trouble coming up with the final answer.  The cartoon was pretty amusing.  Snuffy Smith used to always try to outsmart them durn revenoores!  And, Granny liked brewing her “tonic”.  Why does “XXX” always represent both a very potent potable, and hardcore porn???  Kinda strange, huh?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

5 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 12/16/17”

  1. 1 David December 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I never tried the illegal, home-brewed stuff. Legal craft-distilled moonshine is, well, I wouldn’t say *popular* here in the southeastern US with its history of the hill-and-backwoods-brewed stuff, but it’s a niche liquor with many brands available in the state-run liquor stores. I tried one small bottle and decided, nah, not for me. The one I tried was, in flavor, kind of like a grain alcohol, not a particularly distinctive or appealing taste. If I tried other moonshines, maybe I’d find one I liked better, but I was over it. The legal stuff isn’t any stronger than any other whiskey.

    The XXXs on moonshine jugs was supposed to mean triple-distilled. Apparently single-distilled moonshine was weak and unpalatable. But true XXX would be so strong, close to 100% alcohol, as to risk alcohol poisoning, so it’s not legally made.


    As always, Unc, rock on, and thanks.

  2. 2 David December 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I forgot to thank you for the “Revenooer Man” cut, which I don’t remember hearing before and enjoyed. One of George Jones’ better known tracks is from the other side of the tracks, White Lightning. George may have been trying to get back on the good side of cops with Revenooer (and his Highway Patrol track), as George was known to down a drink or two in his day and probably had to worry about a DUI stop. His 50s rockabilly music helped bridge R&B to rock ‘n’ roll.

    Also note that Jeff’s cartoon today shows a fer-real Mountain Dew triple-distilling setup. It seems Jeff knows a thing or two about making moonshine. Hmmm.

  3. 3 roy odom jr December 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I’ll second that. I haven’t had backwoods moonshine, but “communion wine” kept many Arkansas wineries/distilleries in business through Prohibition, like Wiederkehr and Post. I love their domestic product, Cynthiana. Best holiday wishes, UR!

  4. 4 LindaLee December 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Very interesting David! I’ve had it in PJ before. Don’t remember much! LL

  5. 5 unclerave December 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    You, David, and Roy know a heckuva lot more about white lightning than this northern suburbicon! What the heck is “PJ”, LL? — YUR

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