Jumble Spoiler – 12/29/18

Visual Description:  Corroding conduit.

LECRI  =  RELIC,  VERNA  =  RAVEN,  TTETAS  =  ATTEST,  LODDEO  =  DOODLE   —   Giving us:  RIRNTOO

Clue/Question: The badly decaying metal gate at the old mansion was made of – – –

Answer: ROT IRON

(Not a difficult solve, but not the most satisfying pun – for me – either.  It might be a regional thing, but where I’m from the word WROUGHT and ROT are pronounced differently.  Sure, the difference is subtle, but it’s there.  I’ve always heard WROUGHT as RAWT, and ROT more as RAHT.  Both pronunciations are acceptable though.  I promise not to inundate you with dictionary links this time, because you can Google those things yourself.

Oldie but goodie clue words today.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, with “lecri” and “ttetas” having definitely been used some time in the past.  They all came to me immediately this morning.  The answer letter layout was an admirable 7-letter jumble.  It hid the final answer nicely.

Fine cartoon of the old gated estate.  I guess the mansion must be set a ways back from the street.  I hope the guys are up on their tetanus shots!  It looks like the welder really has his work . . . cut out for him.  Enjoy the weekend, folks.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google


12 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 12/29/18”


  1. 1 David December 29, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    For me this final answer was a “pun grenade” with a delay between my solving it quickly as the letters were fairly easy to unscramble and then thinking “Huh?,” until I got the joke.

    But I liked the pun better than you did, Unc. As with the “GOOD RE-POUR” answer and your gripe about correct pronunciation of “rapport”
    you’re right, and what better forum than this to remind your readers that English is confusing enough without getting sloppy in enunciation, so truly, I encourage you to keep on keepin’ on.

    For that reason the following is a different situation than what you’re doing, but I’m reminded by it that my uncle’s last name was “Hoar.” A lot of jokes came his way. He’d get indignant and say that there was a difference in the pronunciation. And in the dictionary, he’s right, there is a subtle difference between the two almost-homonyms. But *my uncle* might have done better laughing along than arguing the point with people giving him the business, as Wally Cleaver would have said.

    Speak clearly, all.

  2. 2 roy odom jr December 29, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I agree, UR, but I’ve heard it both ways … almost like ROD IRON. I somehow doubt that when Morse’s assistant got the first telegraph message, he read it out as WHAT HATH GOD ROT?

  3. 3 unclerave December 29, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Is there really a pronunciation difference between Hoar and Whore, David??? How did your uncle pronounce his name? — YUR

  4. 4 unclerave December 29, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Yes, roy. I’m sure it sounded more like WHAT HATH GOD RAWT. The ROT sound is also acceptable, but it kind of has that Mid-West sound to it. And, our boys are Mid-Westerners! — YUR

  5. 5 Damidwesterner December 30, 2018 at 12:22 am

    How do you pronounce ‘Rotgut’? 😀

  6. 6 David December 30, 2018 at 11:33 am

    As a subtly two-syllable word, barely hitting the A. I’ve heard a few people pronounce “whore” the same way, or as a two-syllable word with an ooo-er sound.

    I shouldn’t speak for David or Jeff, but it seems unlikely we’ll be seeing a Jumble puzzle with a pun about a hoar frost.

  7. 7 unclerave December 30, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Rahtgut. — YUR

  8. 8 unclerave December 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve heard some New Yoahkas pronounce it “whooo-er”, but I thought it was just them. For me, HOAR and WHORE are pronounced EXACTLY the same.

    Maybe that’s exactly what we need! A more adult Jumble! One where we can use a hoar/whore pun! — YUR

  9. 9 David December 30, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    We did have a couple puzzles in 2018 where cartoon characters were apparently cheating on their spouses, which I recognized was pushing longstanding Jumble boundaries. But whooo-ers are still probably farther than they can go in family newspapers.

    Oh, and you’re right, in dictionaries “hoar” and “whore” are pronounced exactly the same. But don’t try to tell it to my indignant uncle.

  10. 10 unclerave December 31, 2018 at 11:15 am

    LOL! — YUR 🙂

  11. 11 LindaLee January 4, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Pronunciation aside, I loved the pic of the old cemetery with the rawt-iron fence. LL

  12. 12 unclerave January 4, 2019 at 11:38 am

    🙂 — YUR


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