Jumble Spoiler – 08/06/18

Visual Description:  Remaking a classic fairy tale.


Clue/Question:  Little Red Riding hood’s “Grandmother” was in a hurry to eat and – – –


(Someone needs to refresh my memory.  Did the Big Bad Wolf eat Grandma, and then take her place?  Or, did he decide that she was probably too scrawny/stringy to bother with, and just tie her up somewhere?  Or, was she just off on an ocean cruise somewhere?  It’s been a long time since I’ve read this fairy tale.

All of today’s clue words are old favorites, although all of their jumbles appear to be new.  I didn’t struggle with any of them today.  The answer letter layout was a nice 12-letter jumble, that was not too obvious.  The answer is a great old expression.  Very descriptive.

The cartoon was a lot of fun.  I always wondered if Little Red was a special needs kid, or something.  How do you not immediately see that the creature in Grandma’s bed is not Grandma?  Furry face, big black nose, pointy ears . . . dog breath!  C’mon, kid!  What the heck were you thinking?  There’s a picture of you and Grandma right on the wall!  And, isn’t there supposed to be some kind of funky subtext to this fairy tale?  I dunno, guys.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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2 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 08/06/18”

  1. 1 David August 6, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I had to look up the Wikipedia article to refresh my memory too about the ending of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Turns out that there are numerous versions (with varying endings) of this fairy tale in many cultures. The most famous to Americans may be the Brothers Grimm version, which follows very closely a 10th century French fairy tale. In these two versions, the wolf eats the grandmother and the two kids, but the three people are saved when a character arrives and cuts open the wolf’s stomach. The wolf dies. It’s also said to be very similar in plot structure to Jonah and the whale from the Bible as well as ancient stories from Greece and Rome.

    People love to discuss/argue subtexts in fairy tales, yes. You’ll see all kinds of goofy theories. This one has been said to have been a puberty rite (teens passing into adulthood, coming out of the wolf), or similarly, a rebirth story.

    Even though this particular one has a happy ending, the Grimm fairy tales can be violent by the standards of stories told to young kids today and probably would not get published if submitted now by a contemporary writer. “Little Red Riding Hood” has been rewritten to have grandma and the kids get locked in a closet instead of eaten. We wouldn’t want to give the little ankle-biters nightmares, or mess them up as badly as us 😉 .

    Keep solving Jumble, all!

  2. 2 lwc August 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    There are varying versions of the story in different cultures, but the version I grew up with is the wolf eats grandma then gets in bed to wait for Little Red.

    And, you put it more delicately, she does seem like pretty dumb little kid.

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