Jumble Spoiler – 01/15/18

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Visual Description:  Old film impurities.

WINTE  =  TWINE,  GOYFG  =  FOGGY,  LOVIAJ  =  JOVIAL,  FLAREF  =  RAFFLE   —   Giving us:  NGYIAR

Clue/Question:  The farmer took a photo of his wheat field with an old camera, but the photo was – – –

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Answer:  GRAINY

(Ta da!  We have our first new clue word of 2018, with “raffle”!  Someone wake ralis95.  He’s got a little updating to do with his world famous clue word database!  I thought “jovial” might be new, because I can’t remember it being used before.  But, I suppose it could’ve been prior to March of 2008.  And, all of today’s jumbles also appear to be new.  The answer letter layout made for another great jumble.  The cartoon is a fine, granular and gritty Mid-West farm scene.  Great way to start the week.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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8 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 01/15/18”


  1. 1 roy odom jr January 15, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    By gosh, I first thought of the infamous LAFFER Curve, but then the more obvious RAFFLE popped up like a lotto ball. Almost 10 years on this blog, UR? Time flies when you’re having fun! Remind us on the anniversary.

  2. 2 unclerave January 15, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I’ll have to look up the dates, Roy. There’s my first non-Jumble post, then a little later came the first spoiler. Sometime in March. — YUR

  3. 3 David January 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I do recall seeing JOVIAL in Jumble previously within the past 10 years. I have RAFFLE but not JOVIAL on my tough-Jumble-word list, meaning that unlike JOVIAL, RAFFLE gave me trouble for a while the first time I encountered it, maybe about five years ago. I think RAFFLE has an unusual letter pattern while JOVIAL’s is more obvious. (J’s in a regular Jumble word will usually go first, followed by a vowel, and -IAL is a known ending.)

    RAFFLE may have been a final-answer word instead of one of the regular words, though, and that could be why it’s on my partial, tough-word-only list but not ralis95’s complete one.

    Usually I can immediately solve a six-letter final answer without reading the clue or cartoon, but I got hung up on the possible -ING in this one. I knew RAYING wasn’t a common word (though I see now that it appears on an anagram solver website), and there was no other -ING possibility, so i gave up quickly and had to read the clue and cartoon to solve it. I’m going to add GRAINY to my tough-word list now because it could appear later as a regular word. And then we could have the RAFFLE-ralis discussion again!

    Good, interesting puzzle, David and Jeff, and good column Unc.

  4. 4 unclerave January 15, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    It looks like my first post was 03/13/08, and it was called; “der Spitzkrieg”. Followed on 03/14/08 with: “Spitzkrieg Slop”. I think the first Jumble and Cryptoquote spoilers were 03/16/08, but forgot the title.

    — YUR

  5. 5 roy odom jr January 15, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks, UR. I knew it had been a while, just wasn’t sure how long. It’s been a great, daily read for me. Thanks for conceiving and executing it!
    David, I had the same feeling. It’s a standard shortcut to link I, N and G into -ING. One of the crossword solving engines (Chambers.co.uk) lists RAYING as a possible combination, but I don’t see how it can be a real word. Jumble guys did their homework.

  6. 6 mark hein January 15, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    LOVIAJ is not really a scramble for JOVIAL, it’s only the first and last letters switched.

  7. 7 unclerave January 15, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Good eye, Mark! It may not be a strong scramble, but I think it still qualifies as a scramble, guy. — YUR

  8. 8 Damidwesterner January 16, 2018 at 12:28 am

    I saw Jovial as a first/last swap as well. Right off I sometimes try that just to see. All the Jumbles were pretty easy, but took a minute to come up with the answer.


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