Jumble Spoiler – 04/11/18

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Visual Description:   Circa 1868, or so.


Clue/Question:  The author showed off his typewriter’s direction – – –

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(The ever popular period piece pun!  Excuse the alliteration.  No surprise clue words today.  They are all on the ralis95 clue word database!  All of the jumbles appear to be new though.  They all pretty much leapt off the page at me today.

The answer letter layout was the niftiest jumble!  It wasn’t super cryptic, but it wasn’t mega-obvious either.  The letters were there to make the third word TWAIN, but that would have limited the first two words significantly.  FRED LET “TWAIN”???  Doesn’t fit the clue/question very well.

The cartoon is the prize of the day.  That sure looks like a young Mark Twain, to me!  The wall sconce shows that it’s pre-electricity.  And, the stogie in the ashtray was a nice touch.  Fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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5 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 04/11/18”

  1. 1 roy odom jr April 11, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I also got thrown off by the likeness to Mark Twain … somehow, LEFT RED TWAIN didn’t make sense … At any rate, this one took me longer than usual!

  2. 2 David April 11, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Ehhhhhh… I got the answer okay, but this one didn’t quite work for me. The flow from clue to answer feels a little forced. Actually in the online and print puzzle I’m seeing from here, the lead clue is different: “THE AUTHOR SHOWED OFF HIS TYPEWRITER’S DIRECTIONS–“… plural… I think the way you quoted the clue, Unc, singular DIRECTION, actually works better. I know, typewriters have carriages that go both left and write, so DIRECTIONS is plural to reflect that. The problem for me is that I thought DIRECTIONS to referred to Instructions, you know, what we once called the User Manual. That’s what I think breaks up the flow of the answer. But that’s me I guess.

    Another way to come at this same answer that I think would have worked better than TYPEWRITER’S DIRECTIONS is, with a cartoon of half-empty library shelves and books on the floor on each side of an empty librarian’s desk: “AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE, THE LIBRARY’S BOOKS WERE FOUND–”

    Ah well. Tomorrow is another puzzle. Solve on all.

  3. 3 unclerave April 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Glad my error works for you, David! It should have been DIRECTIONS, but I messed up, and I’m perfectly happy to leave it as so. Correcting it is not worth my time. — YUR

  4. 4 LindaLee April 17, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Hey UNC!

    So, I’ve caught up to this little jumble gem, and was stuck on the answer for two days. I ruled out WRITE immediately due to TYPEWRITERS and WRITTEN being in the puzzle. I figured out all kinds of three, four, and five letter words and got nowhere. Then I decided to take WRITE out of my list of clue letters to see what was left……got it then. ENGULF didn’t come easily either. So glad I hung in there. A stumper for me guys! LL

  5. 5 unclerave April 17, 2018 at 9:22 am

    You were far from alone, LindaLee! This Jumble was tough for a lot of our readers. So good to see you, kid. I’m sure you’ll be completely caught up in no time. — YUR 🙂

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