Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/02/18

Visual Description:  Post supper suffering.

HCTTAH  =  THATCH,  EYULSR  =  SURELY,  FIRTAF  =  TARIFF,  BRANER  =  BARREN,  MITGAB  =  GAMBIT,  BACLOT  =  COBALT   —   Giving us:  THHSELTIBANGMICOL

Clue/Question:  The meal at the fancy restaurant was delicious, but they were having problems – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (10-letters)  (3-letters)  (4-letters)

Answer:  STOMACHING THE BILL

(Fantastic Sunday Jumble!  A marvelous pun!  No new clue words, but five of the jumbles came up as new.  We’ve definitely seen “braner” some time before.  The answer letter layout was an impressive 17-letter jumble!  I knew it had to be *something* THE BILL.  At first I toyed with MASTICATING, but knew the letters weren’t right for that – and too few.  So, I wrote out HSTANGMICO.  I knew the word had to end in ING, so that left me with HSTAMCO.  Then, it hit me like a punch to the gut!  Great cartoon, as usual.  Jeff is a master of drawing chichi restaurants!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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3 Responses to “Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/02/18”


  1. 1 David December 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Yes, agreed, outstanding puzzle. This is the first puzzle that’s given me trouble since Guest Jumbler week and the week before that, when I struggled with several puzzles. It also didn’t help that once again the Universal online version of this puzzle at the Seattle Times had a technical error, a new one in a sorry litany of Sunday puzzle carelessness. The fourth word, TARIFF, was missing the T in the list of available letters, although it’s deducible, because the six-letter word made from the five letters they did show would would be TARIFF or AFFIRM..

    There was a false rabbit hole in today’s final answer that didn’t trick you, Unc, but messed me up. My first instinct was ——-ING THE BILL, which is correct, but I didn’t see STOMACH–not a word we are called on here to unscramble very often, and though I got the gist of it from the clue, I still missed it for a while. I also tried to shoehorn masticating in. Then I noticed we also had the letters for ——-ING THE COST, same theme, but a time-wasting rabbit hole to run down.

    Ya got me! Great job guys.

    Chew on, all!

  2. 2 David December 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Sorry… I just realized I wronged Universal… this time it was my mistake. Their online puzzle today is working fine. I now think what happened is that I made an error in the first word of the puzzle, typing ATTACH for THATCH, slightly different letter configuration, and in trying to correct it quickly before I was in the right position, the puzzle blanked the T on TARIFF. My apologies.

    Or maybe the Russians, I mean, Chinese hacked the puzzle while I was playing… I’ll go with that!

    Trade on, all!

  3. 3 Damidwesterner December 3, 2018 at 12:42 am

    I got part of it as well, like you Unc I figured it had to be ‘the bill’. That left me with HANGM as I didn’t get some of the clue words. As I said before, I don’t normally do the Sunday Jumble unless I can get most of the words or the answer quickly due to time constraints. 😀


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