Jumble Spoiler – 06/25/18

Visual Description:  Great moments in canned beverages!


Clue/Question:  When he applied for a patent on his pull-tab invention, the patent office said – – –

Answer:  CAN DO

(From one of the longest answers I’ve ever seen, to one of the shortest answers I’ve ever seen!  I wonder what the shortest Jumble answer has been?  Hmmm???  Ya know.  Kids today have probably never even seen these PULL-tabs.  All they know are the PUSH-tabs that are on cans today.  They don’t even know that drink cans used to be tin cans, and not aluminum cans!  I have memories of those tin cans, and actually using can-openers to drink from them.  They made little triangular notches in the can, and then you could either pour the contents into a glass, or drink right out of the can.  And, you had to make two notches with the can opener.  One to pour out of, and one for ventilation, so it would pour properly.  There are still a few canned goods where you use these old can-openers.  Like Herhey’s Syrup, and condensed milk, and the big cans of juice.  Wow!  Tomorrow’s topic of discussion:  Rabbit-ears!

All of the clue words have been used some time in the past.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, with “conth” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a decent jumble, all things considered.  I doubt anybody struggled to get the answer though.

The greatest effort probably went into the diagram in the cartoon.  Kudos to Knurek!  I’m guessing this is early 1960s . . . some time.  Not a big challenge, but still entertaining.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google


7 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 06/25/18”

  1. 1 ejwo321 June 25, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Learning to drive stick shift…the only choice I had. Neither of my sons has ever driven stick shift.

  2. 2 roy odom jr June 25, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Absolutely, UR! It made me wonder, who invented the pull-tab, and does this cartoon depict that person?
    The new pull-tab was so popular it started a FRAZE CRAZE …

  3. 3 unclerave June 25, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    I learned on an automatic, but the first car I bought/owned was a “standard” transmission. A 1973 Mercury Capri! I got about a year out of it, and then sold it to my sister when I moved to NYC. She drove it for 3 years, or so. I’ve driven a couple others over the years, on occasion. I’d be a little rusty, but I think I could handle one, if I had to. — YUR

  4. 4 unclerave June 25, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Nice find, Roy! Since Jeff lives in Indiana, I bet he knows this story. Plus, I thought it was hilarious that Iron City beer was the first company to use the pull-tab tops. I drank gallons of that swill when I was going to college in Southeast PA!
    — YUR

  5. 5 Damidwesterner June 26, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I remember dad opening cans of motor oil with one of those triangular can openers. He taught me to do the little notch for ventilation. He had a large can with a flexible metal hose to pour, we poured the oil into the can first.

    Can’t recall opening many soda cans but tomato juice cans and the like, plenty of those! 🙂

    Stick shifts are the new anti-theft devices for cars. 🙂

    And lastly, the absence of tin in our lives means tinfoil hats are rare. We have to make do with aluminium foil hats these days. 😀

  6. 6 LindaLee July 30, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Push tabs?? I’ve not seen those. Those pull tabs on tuna and fruit are buggers to get off!

    Grand puzzler and history lesson! LL

  7. 7 unclerave July 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Sure you have, LL. That’s what’s on beer and soda/pop cans now. You don’t pull a tab off anymore. You push them in! — YUR

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