Jumble Spoiler – 11/16/18

Visual Description:  A meatless mishap.


Clue/Question:  After Tia Carmen forgot to stuff her baked treats, Baldo called them – – –

Answer:  EMPA-“NADAS

(What’s wrong?  Nada . . . nada damn thing!  That’s one of my oldest gags.  I think this is our first semi-foreign Jumbles.  But of course, empanadas, and many other Hispanic dishes, have been incorporated into American cuisine.  The U.S. of A. is still the great melting pot, for all who – wisely – choose to assimilate with our culture/society.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  But, it looks like all of the jumbles are new.  The answer letter layout was a fine jumble.  It didn’t give anything away.  The quotation marks were a big help to solving the final answer.

Today’s guest artists, Hector Cantu and Carlos Castellanos, of “Baldo”, gave us a nice domestic kitchen scene.  My newspaper does not carry “Baldo”, but I have seen it in others.  It’s been a great week of guest artists, so far.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google


2 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 11/16/18”

  1. 1 David November 17, 2018 at 9:15 am

    This one was a little too foodie-niche for my taste. I’m not sure “empanadas” are commonly enough known for a Jumble puzzle.

    I did come up with this final answer four minutes late but probably wouldn’t have gotten it with pencil, sorry Unc, pen and newspaper. I did find -NADAS and recognized the connection of that term to the clue. Then in randomly trying the remaining letters in the online puzzle, I got credit for the answer. I thought, okay, now that they mention it, I have *heard* of empanadas, but I’ve never seen or eaten them. They’re not like tacos or egg rolls, “foreign” foods most people know.

    There’s a Polish jelly doughnut sold in some US cities for Mardi Gras called “paczkis,” often pronounced here as “POONCH-keys.” So if you like foodie niche final answers, how about a holiday puzzle for Ash Wednesday: “It’s Lent… time for the bakers to lock up their…” PACZ-“KEYS.” Uhhhh… no. Not many would get that one.

    It has been a very good guest puzzler week, anyway, I agree Unc. It’s blown my average solve times to bits, but still good fun.

    For those who want to see more Baldo by Hector Cantu and Carlos Castellanos, here’s a link to today’s comic:

  2. 2 roy odom jr November 17, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    A more “gringo” take on this one would be EMPTY-NADAS!
    They seem to be similar to what we call, down here, Natchitoches meat pies.
    Great cartoon. I always chuckle at Baldo and Tía Carmen, and the generation gap!

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