Tough Jumble Spoiler – 12/30/19

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Visual Description:  Urban fixtures?

MOSPT  =  STOMP,  NRIBE  =  BRINE,  ROSMYT  =  STORMY,  CANGLE  =  GLANCE   —   Giving us:  STPRINESTRLANE

Clue/Question:  The mimes had worked together for years and enjoyed being – – –

Image result for STRIPE LANTERNS

Answer:  SILENT PARTNERS

(Oh, sure.  NOW I get it!  But, when was the last time we saw a fourteen letter answer on a Monday?  Really!  The pun makes perfect sense, now that I see it.  But, boy, at first I was NOT seeing it.

First things first.  It is looking like we have a new clue word today, in “brine”.  The ralis95 clue word database goes from BRING to BRINY, but no “brine”.  So, there you go.  Two of the jumbles came up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “mospt” and “cangle” before.  The answer letter layout was an enormous fourteen letter jumble, which I thought did a super job of disguising the final answer.  My first thought was that the mimes were street performers, so the first word was going to be STREET.  But, I couldn’t make squat out of PNSRLNIA!  Then their shirts told me that maybe the first word was STRIPE, but that left me with NSTRLANE.  I could work with that, but the answer STRIPE LANTERNS just didn’t ring very punny.  Then I thought maybe the the second word was STRIPERS.  But, nothing can be made out of NTLANE!  I was about to throw in the towel, as I was beginning this post, when the answer just came to me.  I wasn’t even looking at the letters.  I had to check off the letters, one by one, to see that it was correct.  Now, guys.  PLEASE don’t tell me the answer was STRIPE LANTERNS!

Great cartoon of a couple of mimes, and a small crowd.  It was the woman’s comment that made me think the first word might be STREET!  I liked the tips hat on the ground, but it didn’t stand out that well because of all the feet.  I just hope that most of you had an easier time with this one than I did.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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4 Responses to “Tough Jumble Spoiler – 12/30/19”


  1. 1 Barb Taylor December 30, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Usually I’m the one scratching my head over a long jumble Unc. But today the solution came to me out of the blue cuz of the mimes. So the silent partners quietly slipped into my brain & out of my pen. It’s good to have a solution early & easily even on a monday which is when we expect it. Hope u r having wonderful holidays Unc & wishing u a very blessed New Year celebration. 🎆😀

  2. 2 unclerave December 30, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks, Barb! I am. Both of my step-sons are in town with their families, so we’ve been busy, busy, busy. Gotta love the holidays! I hope is going well for you and yours this holiday season too! — YUR

  3. 3 David December 31, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    A two-word 14-letter answer can be tough to unscramble if you don’t see it quickly with help from the clue and cartoon. I got lucky on this one like Barb and thought of SILENT immediately with the mimes, which made PARTNERS easier to see too.

    But I went total DUHHHHH… on the basic 7-letter one-word RESOLVE a week or two ago, an excellent pun and final answer, set up with a great cartoon and clue lead-in, that didn’t seem to give others much trouble. I just wasn’t seeing it no matter how I spun the letters. It happens.

    Happy New Year to all!

  4. 4 unclerave December 31, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    I think I was definitely distracted by the woman character’s bit of dialog. For me, it was a bit of misdirection. But then again, I get most Jumbles that many people seem to think were difficult.

    Happy New Year, David! — YUR


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