Jumble Spoiler – 10/19/18

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Visual Description:  Earnest astronomy lesson.


Clue/Question:  When he taught students about the brightest star in the night sky, he was – – –

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(A brilliant stinky pun!  A shining example of David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek’s puzzling skills.  And, a great way to cap off the work week.  I’ve been noticing Mars in the southeast evening sky lately, not too far off from the moon.  I always take the time to gaze upon the cosmos, as I walk my Wally-boy at night.  I can’t really identify all that much of it, but I do have a great appreciation for all its majesty.

All of today’s clue words are old favorites again.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, with “soybs” having definitely been used before.  “Bossy” is one of those words that spells out in alphabetical order.  The 13-letter answer letter layout was a fairly cryptic jumble.  It didn’t seriously give anything away.

The clue/question’s leading nature, the cartoon’s dialog, and the quotation marks were all big clues for me.  Fortunately, I do know that SIRIUS is the “Dog Star”.  But, I did pull down ABOUT IT first.  And, that’s when I got “SIRIUS”.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 10/19/18”

  1. 1 David October 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    You and I came at this (seeing ABOUT IT in the letters with the answer pattern, then quickly unntangling SIRIUS) the same way again.

    I know very little about astronomy, but I do know how to spot Sirius. In the next month or two, in most of the US, Sirius begins to appear in the southern sky probably right around that time you’re walking Wally-boy before bed, and later in the winter, it will rise more in the western sky. The way to pin down Sirius for sure (besides looking for a very bright star) is to look first for three stars appearing very close together in an almost straight line. Those three stars make up Orion’s Belt (a reference “Men In Black” fans will recognize), part of the Orion constellation. Sirius is the very bright star not far away from and almost in line with Orion’s belt. Another nearby star of Orion, in a different corner, fairly bright, but more reddish like Mars, is Betelgeuse… inspiring the name of the lead character in another movie from back then… “Beetlejuice,” a red supergiant star. All easy to spot in the early winter sky because of their proximity and brightness.

    When it comes to astronomy, other than the North Star and Big Dipper and planets like Mars, Orion is about all I got.

  2. 2 lwc October 19, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    This is a great picture for Christmas !

  3. 3 unclerave October 20, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for the info, David! At least I’ve gotten better at identifying Orion over the years. I always thought that most of the constellations took A LOT of imagination to see! — YUR

  4. 4 unclerave October 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Which one, lwc??? (LOL!) — YUR

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