Jumble Spoiler – 01/18/18

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Visual Description:  Putt-putt putting?

XTOCI  =  TOXIC,  RUYRH  =  HURRY,  SLUBEH  =  BUSHEL,  DUNOFE  =  FONDU  —   Giving us:  TOIRRBSHFDE

Clue/Question:  Trying to putt with so many geese on the green was – – –

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Answer:  FOR THE BIRDS

(Will you take a gander at that!  This was a slightly new take on a classic stinky Jumble pun.  But, I loved it!  Because, it’s true and topical.  Canada geese have been a problem for quite a while now, as many of them have altered their migration habits, mainly due to climate change caused by man-made global warming.   There.  Now that I’ve alienated the denying portion of my readers, let’s get on with the Jumble.

Three of today’s jumbles appear to be new, with “ruyrh” having definitely been used before.  I almost had to back into “fondue”, but it finally came to me.  Great jumble!  And, all of the clue words are old favorites today.  The answer letter layout was a wonderful jumble.  It took me a few seconds before the fairly obvious answer finally came to me.  Cute cartoon.  Canada geese are very handsome and majestic birds, but they’ve become quite a nuisance.  They’re fairly brazen, very noisy, and very messy.  Their poop is a very oily kind of poop, that doesn’t easily wash away, like other poops.  Some enterprising people make money by renting out their dogs to chase away geese from golf courses, parks, and university and corporate grounds, etc.  Usually Shelties and Border Collies, or various mixes of one or the other two smart and very quick breeds.  I used to have a Sheltie/Shepherd mix who was both rocket fast, and slippery agile.  When he would get away, as an adolescent, there was just no catching him.  At least not by me.  My one stepson, who is a gifted athlete, caught him a few times, but just a few times.  Fortunately, he knew how to come home, but sometimes it would be for a day or two.  I suspect he might have been running around with some coyotes back then.  I used to let him loose, as my wife would pull into the driveway, from about 200 yards or so.  He would get to her in about 4 – 5 seconds!  His name was Boone, and I used to call him Bullet Boonie!  He lived to be 17 1/4 years!  We probably should have put him down about 6 months to a year before he died, but my wife and daughter wouldn’t allow the conversation.  Anyway, back to the geese.  When Boone was younger, he ingratiated himself with some of my neighbors by chasing away the Canada geese on their lawns.  After being chased a few times, the geese eventually move on to safer realms.  We have Boone’s cremains on a little altar in our living room.  He was joined a few years ago by my sweet Ginger.  Sigh!  At least I have my Wally boy!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Images courtesy of Google  (The dog looks very similar to our Boone.)


6 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 01/18/18”


  1. 1 ejwo321 January 18, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I love watching the border collies do agility at my dog club. We have one in my rally obedience class too. they are very smart, agile and quick. My Cavalier King Charles happens to be very smart too, though they are not known for intelligence. His job in the backyard is chasing squirrels off the bird feeders. One of the hardest facts of life is saying goodbye at their deaths. I can still cry over my most recent dog loss (Anna, 3 years ago!) though I love my current Oliver dearly.

  2. 2 unclerave January 18, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Cavalier King Charles are such sweet dogs! My neighbor who moved away a while ago had one named Teddy, who developed a heart condition, and had to eventually be put down. Then, he got a little girl and named her Sophie. I hope she’s still with them. They were both such loves, and fan favorites of the neighborhood. Our pets are like children who never grow up, talk back, and move away. All they want is exactly what they give. Pure love. Take care, Joy.

    — YUR

  3. 3 LindaLee January 19, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Our pets are indeed our children! And if they aren’t–my question would be WHY? I thought my daddy would flip when he found out that I had my Ruby’s teeth cleaned! It was necessary. 🙂

    In an area in the mountains that we have a condo, the homeowners were asked to walk their dogs around the lake to help shoo off the geese. The husb and I were walking Mel-the-dog, our Aussie, and he was chomping at the bit to get after the geese. Much to my horror, and ignoring my screams, the husb let Mel off his lead. OMG, Mel took off, the geese headed for the lake, Mel took a flying leap over the sea wall. My heart stopped, and, mid air, Mel turned his head to us with the look of HOLYS…what have I done! Then he hit the water. So, there goes the husb after him. I thought he was going in too. So I’m screaming at him not to jump in. Fortunately Mel swam to the wall and we were able to pull him over. Quite an exciting few minutes. And Mel-the-dog seemed quite please with himself. Loved that baby.

    We did not the paper delivered with this jumble in the am as usual– too much ice and snow for the paper person, and I’m glad she did not risk it. So, I got to work my jumble on the fancy one that times you. I finished this gem up in 2:45. Was quite excited. I didn’t get hung up, and that is not ordinarily the case with the jumbles. I still don’t like being timed, makes me nervous! Super jumble guyz!!!!! Thanks all!! LL

  4. 4 unclerave January 19, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Great story, LindaLee! I remember the satisfied look on Boone’s face too! LOL! — YUR 🙂

  5. 5 jenn January 21, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Ditto on the doggie thoughts! Our 2 bassets could not have cared less about geese, but let a chipmunk, bunny, or squirrel step on their lawn, and you’d have thought it was raining cats by their outraged roo-ing ! Funniest thing about our sweet Sunny…every year around Easter when the Cadbury egg commercial would come on, and she’d hear the chickens cluck and all the various animals auditioning, she would go bananas and bark like mad at the tv screen. Every. Single. Year! She was also outraged at any motorcycle and orange construction barrels. But geese? Geese that came right up to our deck? Couldn’t be bothered. … Chauncy will meander out with us to wrangle geese, but he’s much more akin to the flower-sniffing Ferdinand the bull! …and LL, I’m with you, timed Jumble solving makes me nervous as well- I’m just happy to get them solved, no pressure, no timer telling me I’m slower than molasses!

  6. 6 unclerave January 22, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    jenn,

    I think Sunny was just jealous of the basset in the Cadbury commercial. She(?) probably thought she could have done it MUCH better! LOL! Yeah, the timed thing was really important to Vijay, and some others who do the Jumble exclusively online, but it’s never been very important to me. I know there are times when I see each jumbled clue word instantly. But, I don’t rush to fill in the boxes and write out the answer letters, so I can set some arbitrary speed record. That’s more for people who are concerned with things such as your all-time favorite movie, or which Who song, or Stones song, is your “favorite”. I try not to waste my time thinking about absolutes. The only time I do concern myself with “time” is with online Solitaire. I had one time when I completed a game in like 1:50, or so. Ever since then I don’t think I’ve gotten below 2:02. I always try, but I don’t obsess about it.

    — YUR


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