Jumble Spoiler – 02/01/18

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Visual Description:  Man-made mountain’s majesty.


Clue/Question:  Mount Rushmore’s supervisor was needed, so he prepared to – – –

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(Maybe not the headiest of stinky puns, but it’ll do.  No new clue words today, although I did try to create one on my own.  More on that a little later. 

Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “croph” having definitely been used before.  I actually struggled a bit with “edenel”, and I settled on what I’m guessing is kind of a modern era used term, but not an officially accepted word, in lendee.  I guess it’s the same with borrowee.  Yup.  WordPress doesn’t like that either.  But both words are generally recognized these days.  Maybe, someday the formal, more authoritative dictionaries will accept these as legitimate words, but not today.  Maybe Hoyt is paying them not to recognize them.  Maybe “needle” is one of his favorite words?  Maybe I’m rationalizing my mistake?  Maybe I’m rambling?  Probably.

The answer letter was a swell jumble.  It wasn’t obvious, but it gave me enough to realize my mistake.  For a few seconds I thought maybe my newspaper put one of the circles in the wrong place.  I’ve heard others having that problem, but it would have been a first for me.  Fun cartoon.  I’m guessing the supervisor is either sculptor Gutzon Borglum, or his son, Lincoln.  I never knew it took 14 years to build it.  Ironically, the first place they considered for the project is known as the Needles!  But, Borglum rejected it because the granite was of poor quality.  Ya can’t make this stuff up, folks!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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10 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 02/01/18”

  1. 1 David February 1, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Interesting material on Mt. Rushmore, Unc.

    I always thought it a little odd that Rushmore got bumped up from its original designation as a national monument, which it certainly deserves, to a national park. It’s kind of an odd duck out as national parks go.

    Note that there’s some vacant space to the viewer’s left of George. I fully expect some president, someday, I don’t know who might be inclined to do this, but some president, to issue an executive order to have his likeness carved in the vacant space next to George in “his” national park, just a little higher and a little bigger than Mr. Washington. You know, make the new head really huuuuuuuuuge.

  2. 2 Ritsmith February 1, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I don’t think the newspapers place the circles. The cartoon is sent as an image. If it’s wrong for one, it’s wrong for all.


  3. 3 David February 1, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    HaHaHa. The yoke’s on me. Mt. Rushmore is a national *memorial*, not a national *park.*

    Emily Latella: “Oh. Never mind.”

  4. 4 Ritsmith February 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    No thoughts?

  5. 5 jenn February 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    UR, I was in the same boat, with an errant word solution, only mine was ‘flaut’ instead of ‘fault’! Oy vey. Took me some time till I realized I goofed in thinking ‘flaut’ was a word. Guess it will hang out with my other ‘non-words- that- still- seem- like- words- to- me’… ‘trang and drang’!

  6. 6 unclerave February 1, 2018 at 10:58 pm


    Just going by the things others have brought up. Like I said, it has never happened in my paper before, and as it turned out . . . it still hasn’t. But, the guys have indicated that some newspapers have made numerous mistakes in the past. And, they have never argued with any of the followers’ comments stating their paper messed up. — YUR


    Please don’t give 45 any ideas! And . . . monument, memorial, or park? Eh! Whatever the designation, it’s still pretty awesome, and worth seeing. Maybe I’ll get there one day. — YUR


    What might “flaut” be? A variation of float, or maybe flaunt? And, what are “trang” and “drang” for you? Like dang, or something? Enquiring minds want to know! LOL! — YUR

  7. 7 David February 2, 2018 at 9:27 am

    FLAUT, jenn, I totally get it. You could drill some holes in a piece of PVC pipe to make a fat flute, and then you’d have a FLAUT. And then you could show off or FLAUT your new FLAUT to the flute players in the marching band.

    Some of my more notorious Jumble word inventions include similar misspellings. There was HUBLIS, you know, a lot of nerve, when they wanted BLUISH. Or MISSLE, like a rocket, when they wanted SIMILE. Or could-be-a-word like UPDYTE, the way an Englishman would pronounce UPDATE, instead of DEPUTY. And then a couple of slangy words, BASSY, a bass-heavy sound, instead of ABYSS, or LOGIN, how you’d sign into an early model computer, but they wanted LINGO. There are plenty more where these come from.

    It’s easier to mess up a puzzle inventing a word when solving in the newspaper than online. The fun part is that occasionally it won’t matter if the circled letter(s) are in the same position in your invented word as in the real word. That happened to me at least once many years ago. Of course you might not even realize it, because you’d think you had the answer.

    The two online Jumble versions tell you David Hoyt is going for a different word than you came up with and won’t let you advance to the final answer until your regular puzzle words match his answers, so it’s harder to get stuck on the final puzzle because one of your words is wrong. But this can make it harder to try to back into a regular word you’re stuck on if you know the final answer, because you can’t fill in those letters in the bottom row and see what’s missing the way you can with the newspaper.

    I don’t know about in newspapers, but in the past few months, there have definitely been two Sunday Jumbles on the online mobile version, for smartphones or tablets, that have had a wrong letter circled. And then the Sunday Jumble is unsolvable unless you see the answer in spite of the error, and there is much cursing across the land.

    Rock on all.

  8. 8 unclerave February 2, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Our good friend, David, is a real piece of work, folks! While Smitty apparently thinks I was *flouting* reason with my wondering if a circle was misplaced, David demonstrated that: “Hey! Shit happens!” All while helping to explain Jenn’s dream of a *flautist*! This is genuine commentary, friends. Dig it.

    — YUR

  9. 9 LindaLee February 4, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Smitty, my paper has been wrong and others have not been. So it actually does happen.

    Dang, I should have been making a list of my words that weren’t!

    Another head on Mt. Rushmore —- travesty!

    Here’s to Spring! LL

  10. 10 jenn February 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Ur, Drang and Trang remind me of something ‘Klingon-y’. Maybe twin Klingons or something, ha. David- I so enjoyed the list of your words that aren’t words….really quite funny! I did think of flaut right along your line of thinking, flute-y! Oh,and thanks for the online issues’ explanation. 10:22 pm…Guess it’s time to get the flaut out of here. Have a happy weekend, everyone!

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