Jumble Spoiler – 02/20/18

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Visual Description:  The Geo-Science class.


Clue/Question:  When teaching her kids about the Mariana Trench, she gave them the – – –

Image result for Mariana Trench

Answer:  LOWDOWN

(It’s kind of Geography, and kind of Geology.  Right?  Probably more one than the other, but I decided to play it safe, and called it Geo-Science.  I liked the pun though.  Not really sure of the etymology of the word/phrase, but it’s pretty common.

We have two brand new clue words today!  Our good buddy, ralis95, is going to have to warm up the ol’ Commodore 64 – just kidding, boss – to add both “woven” and “redeye” to the world famous clue word database!  I had to back into “redeye”.  But, in my defense, it is a compound word of dubious distinction.  Yes, WordPress does not like it.  So, that means that it must not be an accepted compound word in Great Britain.  Ah, screw them anyway!  The jumble “oakal” has definitely been used before, but the others came up as new.  The answer letter layout was a good jumble too, but the answer was pretty obvious to me.

The cartoon is classic classroom stuff.  But, it is accurately informative.  And, they kind of threw in a bonus pun, with the kid saying: “That’s deep!”  The word “deep” can mean also mean intense and profound.  Deep is a very versatile word.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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8 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 02/20/18”

  1. 1 Colltales February 20, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Impressive graph. Jim Cameron went down to the Mariana Trench, on a custom-made submarine. I could never picture myself doing the same. Cheers

  2. 2 unclerave February 20, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I know! It’s kind of like outer space down there. So dark and mysterious. I’d like to experience it, but I’m not quite sure if I could handle it. I’d imagine there would be a kind of claustrophobic element to the experience. I doubt the opportunity will ever present itself anyway! Nice to hear from you, Wes.

    — YUR

  3. 3 Barb Taylor February 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Well after the “easy” jumble of past 2 days I got a good kick in the teeth! Every word was difficult for me and I also had to back in to red eye. Then the solve was easy of course but man those words. Guess that’s why I keep coming back Unc, few easy, others hard. Still lovin The Jumble!

  4. 4 Colltales February 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Very claustrophobic. The vehicle he used itself was more like a heavy shell wrapped around his body. He practically couldn’t move, and obviously was in extreme good shape to endure the trip. He may be arrogant but I admire the guy’s gumption. Same here, David.

  5. 5 David February 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    It is amazing that trench goes so deep. Nice graphic to drive the point down!

    So this puzzle had *two* compound words, including the final answer. I saw WOVEN right away but also got nowhere for a time with our other new word. Like you I had to back into new toughie REDEYE. If I hadn’t gotten help on where the D went, I think I’d still be stuck on REDEYE. That’s a toughie and a great new word for Jumble!

    Trying to solve this puzzle online as always, first I typed DOWNLOW in as the final answer. (No, that’s not really a word without a hyphen, but that’s what I thought of first). That got no credit. Then I knew I had to flip that compound word around.

    Interesting on REDEYE–is it or isn’t a word? It’s definitely an accepted word in English with a hyphen, which is probably how WordPress wants it, but of course that would mean it doesn’t really qualify as a regular Jumble word. The websites for Miriam-Webster and the American Heritage Dictionary also want it hyphenated. Dictionary.com says either way is acceptable. I can’t see what the Oxford English Dictionary website wants these days without subscribing, but my wife got a 1971 print edition of the OED as a high school graduation present, and in there, it’s hyphenated.

    When I unscrambled it backing in, it didn’t even occur to me until I read your comments, Unc, that it might be considered an improper word without the hyphen. I’m pretty sure it’s frequently used without a hyphen in many print media publications… and in photo editing software! I still say it’s an acceptable Jumble word and a great addition to our database. Maybe David’s use of it will cause Mirriam-Webster, AHD, and OED to update and add a new acceptable spelling.

    Rock on all.

  6. 6 Damidwesterner February 20, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I wondered about Redeye. And I wrote the answer as Downlow. Hey, it fit the clue letters! 😀

  7. 7 unclerave February 21, 2018 at 11:26 am

    You are either an urbanite, or someone very young at heart, Damid! — YUR

  8. 8 Damidwesterner February 22, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I plead guilty and will leave it at that! 😀

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