Jumble Spoiler – 04/19/18

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Visual Description:  Two hard up guys.


Clue/Question:  The Jumble creators’ favorite bread is – – –

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(Actually created in 1954, by a guy named Martin Naydel!  Back then it was called the Scramble!  Then, in 1962, it was taken over by the tandem of Henri Arnold and Bob Lee.  They ran with it – together – for about 30 years, with Henri continuing with Mike Argirion for roughly another 18 years!  Henri was the artist and Bob and Mike were the word men.  Jeff Knurek drew for a few years, with Mike Argirion, before pairing up with word-man David Hoyt.  Their first Jumble together was published February 28, 2011.  And, some/many of you saw the BIG announcement of their pairing, on February the 26th, and then, of course, the spoiler to their first one RIGHT HERE, on UncleRaves’s Wordy Weblog!  How about that!  And, Knurek and UncleRave have – loosely – been together, on the Jumble since 2008.  Wow!  Time sure flies, don’t it?

All of today’s clue words are tried and true.  With three of the jumbles appearing to be new!  We have actually seen “unorne” before.  It gave me fits today, just as it did way back before!

The answer letter layout was another masterpiece of a jumble.  Very cryptic, indeed.  I would not be surprised if a number of you guys struggled with this one.

Cutting the dark bread, in the cartoon, may have been the biggest clue.  The pups are eagerly awaiting a handout!  Boy, resorting to bologna sandwiches, on bread you have to cut yourself!  Times must be tough over at Tribune.  I feel so bad for the guys.  Maybe we can start a GoFundMe page for them.  What do you think, folks?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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12 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 04/19/18”

  1. 1 Anonymous April 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Just for fun look up the etymology of pumpernickel. Thanks Uncle for keeping up this blog for the many years.

  2. 2 unclerave April 19, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    The “devil’s fart”??? LOL! — YUR

  3. 3 Jumble Jeff April 19, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Well, we created this one. 10 years certainly do fly by. If I remember correctly, you weren’t too kind to the new guy when I started. Luckily we both have gotten wiser and better at what we do. I love pulling out Jumble books at the store and pointing out to my kids when they were in the Jumble. They’ve grown up through my cartoons. I can’t wait to see what their future holds. Hopefully I’ll get to share it all the Jumble fans. LAL HET SEBT!

  4. 4 Anonymous April 19, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I saw -PERNICKLE right away from the available letters and “bread” clue, and then got PUN from the remaining letters–yes, I misspelled the ending, but since I do the puzzle online, I got no credit for that misspelled solution until I reversed the last two letters. I bet some paper solvers made the same mistake but didn’t even realize it.

    I think pumpernickel bread is a great treat, but it’s hard to find where I live on the Outer Banks of NC.

    Eat on, all.

  5. 5 David April 19, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    OK that was me. WordPress didn’t even give me a chance to enter my name that time.

  6. 6 unclerave April 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    That happens, from time to time, David. No worries. I’m a big fan of both Pumpernickel and Rye bread! More flavorful than White, or Whole Wheat! — YUR

  7. 7 unclerave April 19, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Interpretation of the written word is always a subjective thing, Jeff. I always thought that my critiques of BOTH of you were pretty even-handed. You know, and I know, I’ve always been a straight shooter, and I call ’em as I see ’em. My aim has always been to keep you guys on your toes, so you can put out the best Jumbles possible. Without sounding too cocky, I think I’ve achieved that.

    I can’t imagine you NOT sharing it with the Jumble fans for a long long time! You could easily eclipse old Henri! Unless it’s your decision to do something else. You know, take things in a different direction. A better offer could come up, for either of you, or both of you. You guys are businessmen after all.


  8. 8 roy odom jr April 19, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Many thanks to Dave & Jeff for modernizing the Jumble, both with “new” words and up-to-date cartoons. Bob & Henri gave us the “classic” Jumble, but you guys make it seem contemporary. Always a pleasure to work! DOGO KROW, SUGY!

  9. 9 Damidwesterner April 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Yep, Neuron gave me the most trouble. Seems like the letter U is a problem for me. Still, I got the answer from the letters I had already gotten. So I sorta backed into Neuron. 😀

  10. 10 jenn April 20, 2018 at 9:04 am

    After reading the clue and not examining the picture too closely, I thought the answer would be ‘Pun’-der Bread, a play on ‘Wonder Bread’, of course. I wasn’t even close, as is usually the case! =) Super interesting commentary, UR, thanks for all the history and details. I ditto Roy’s comment about Jeff and Dave’s influence on the Jumble. There would be a void in our days without the daily quiet joy of examining the drawings and solving the words and puzzles, as well as reading your always-interesting Jumble dissections and observations. Make that ‘usually’ quiet- if I crack a particularly tough puzzle or word, you can probably hear my ‘woo hoo!’ all the way in New York! A round of applause to all 3 of you guyz!

  11. 11 unclerave April 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I didn’t have to go quite that far, Damid, but it was close! It’s not an everyday word, but it’s not a super-specific-scientific word either. I think it’s just a good jumble, and Hoyt should feel free to use it again in the future, because it’s a toughie! — YUR

  12. 12 unclerave April 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I’m glad that you appreciated my little history lesson, Jenn! I realized, as soon as I saw the word “creator” in the the clue/question, that I’d never done any kind of Jumble history before. I guess I kind of hit a nerve with my highlighting things, but c’est la vie! — YUR

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