Jumble Spoiler – 06/13/19

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Visual Description:  Even before John Jacob Astor.


Clue/Question:  Samuel de Champlain helped make Quebec the perfect location – – –

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(“Fur” sure!  I can hear the pun-haters moaning all over the world.  They are just people of very limited humor.  Pay them no mind.  Us Jumble folk know what’s what!

I just received the latest edition of the world famous ralis95 clue word database!  It has now broken the the 34 page mark!  By my count, we’ve added 18 new clue words since the 02/23/19 edition.  And, believe it or not, we will be adding a new word once again, thanks to today’s “karat”.  We’ve seen carat – of diamond weight fame – on a few occasions.  But, today marks the first time we’re seeing the gold purity “karat”!  I guess you’d have to say that it’s a 24K new clue word!  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “merfa” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a golden thirteen letter jumble.  It gave nothing away.  I figured the en-quoted three letter word had to be FUR.  From the KRAADETSTL I pulled out TRADE.  And, from the KATSL I heard the TALKS . . . and got the full pun.

The cartoon is an awesome historical period piece.  We’re looking at Fort Saint-Louis, perhaps at the base of Cap-Diamant.  The one guy looks like a Grizzly Adams kind of trapper, and the other a Pilgrim kind of dude.  The man in the canoe looks to be a First Nations native, perhaps an Algonquin.  The name Québec comes from the Algonquin word Kébec, which means “where the river narrows”.  Our friend, Sammy, got a lake named for his troubles.  A marvelous Jumble all around.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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11 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 06/13/19”

  1. 1 Anonymous June 14, 2019 at 9:47 am

    “We’ve seen caret – of diamond weight fame – on a few occasions.”

    Well that confused me, so I looked it up, and that’s not quite right, but what I thought I knew was wrong too. As you said: KARAT is a measure of gold purity, with 24K equaling 99% pure gold. But it turns out the diamond-weight word is “carat…” two A’s there as well, and who was the Ad Wizard who thought it was a good idea to have two similarly spelled words, one referring to gold purity and the other to diamond weight? That’s just asking for confusion and trouble.

    I thought “caret” was not really a word, but you’re right, it is, just something that has nothing to do with jewelry. It’s a proofreading mark, telling the writer to insert a word here.

    I like your final answer better than my first try: ‘FUR’ STALK TRADE.

    Trade (and stalk and talk) on, all!

  2. 2 David June 14, 2019 at 9:47 am

    That was me, again.

  3. 3 unclerave June 14, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Damn, David! Not you, me! That was just a typo. I meant CARAT all along. I may have been subtly influenced by the proofreading mark, when I looked up the difference between KARAT and CARAT. We must’ve clicked on the same Google return! I will edit the post accordingly. Thanks! — YUR

  4. 4 unclerave June 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

    No problem. — YUR

  5. 5 David June 14, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I thought “caret” as diamond weight might have been a typo, mainly because I also remember encountering CARAT in Jumble several times, as you said, but not CARET. Our puzzlers might avoid using CARET for a couple reasons. It can also unscramble to ACTER, which is not nearly as common a spelling for a performer, but is in the dictionary. Also CARET may not be known commonly enough in English to qualify as a Jumble regular word.

    I remember years ago encountering something like GLOIN as a regular word in the puzzle, and I unscrambled it to LOGIN, a computer term from the 1970s to 1990s, when they wanted LINGO. Unless the “L” is the only letter used in the final answer, making that mistake makes the final answer unsolvable. DLH tries to avoid those situations, though he does use words that have more than one anagram solution when one is common and the other much more obscure. I haven’t seen LINGO in the puzzle for a while, but now LOGIN is kind of fading away as a word in English usage.

  6. 6 David June 14, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Never mind… I just realized: there’s no way they would use CARET as a regular word… because it also unscrambles to the much more commonly used word: TRACE.

    Is TRACE in ralis95’s database?

  7. 7 unclerave June 14, 2019 at 12:35 pm


    LINGO is definitely on the ralis95 clue word database, but LOGIN is not. I’ve never been a big proponent of taking words OFF of the clue word database, but an argument could be made for removing LINGO. LOGIN is acknowledged as a legitimate word by the Cambridge English Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary, and Dictionary.com. But, surprisingly NOT by Merriam-Webster’s! Personally, I still consider LOGIN to be a common, everyday word, so perhaps LINGO needs to go! Hey, Hoyt! Are you reading this???

    — YUR

  8. 8 unclerave June 14, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    TRACE is not on the ralis95 database. Most likely because of CARET, even if it’s not the most common of words. — YUR

  9. 9 David June 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I’m not surprised. I think avoiding TRACE as a regular Jumble word is the right call for DLH. He still could use it in a final answer; it has pun pivot potential.

  10. 10 David June 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Also…CRATE! REACT!! CARTE (blanche)!!! CATER!!!! RECTA (plural form of… well… you know… c’mon now! This is a family puzzle and column)!!!!!

    /I’ll stop now

  11. 11 unclerave June 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    LOL! So many reasons for Hoyt to avoid CARET! — YUR

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