Jumble Spoiler – 01/06/20

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Visual Description:  It’s a dog’s life.


Clue/Question:  With the dogs getting along so well together, going for a stroll was a – – –

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(Now, this is a classic stinky pun!  And, a great way to ease into the first full week of the new year.  I’ve already made one mistake of putting “19” on a spoiler, instead of “20”, but I was able to catch it before any of you could complain to me about it.  It could easily happen again, so keep a sharp eye out!

All of today’s clue words are again old favorites.  Nothing for ralis95 to do in regards to his world famous clue word database.  The jumbles all came up as new, but none of them gave me any trouble today.  The answer letter layout was a non-obvious ten letter jumble.  Today’s Jumble was very visual.

Great cartoon of female friends walking dogs in a city park.  Two ladies chatting, an older gent on a park bench, the happy pups, some joggers on the path in the distance, and all against a backdrop of a cityscape.  A very nice Monday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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7 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 01/06/20”

  1. 1 Ken M January 6, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    ABACUS….terrific word for what it is & what it does^^**Started approx 5,000 yrs ago in Babylon!!>>Amazingly, still used frequently in
    the Middle East, China, Japan & a few other Countries…

    Don’t hear “WALK IN the PARK” much anymore??¿

    Have a Great 2020……. {{HALALUYA}}☆☆☆

  2. 2 unclerave January 6, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    I’m sure a good number of the old idioms and adages are going to kind of die out fairly soon, Ken. Such a shame. — YUR

  3. 3 ralis95 January 7, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    It’s the first time in ages that David has used a sequence of letters RWODL that can be solved two legitimate ways: WORLD (which turns out to be the right way for the puzzle) and DROWL. You and I have disagreed over the years about some letter sequences that can be solved two ways, but the issue then was always whether the result was is wide use or not. DROWL certainly does not fit that category, as it is quite common with regards to describing a person’s look or attitude. Besides, it’s been in the duplicate word section of my database for years now. If you’d let me send you the complete database sometime, you’d know that! 😉

  4. 4 unclerave January 7, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    I don’t know, boss. I still only see the one, fairly obscure listing for the word “DROWL”. That listing was put up earlier in May of 2019, a few weeks before it came up in the 05/29/19 Jumble. I don’t see it in any other dictionary listing. The word DROLL is much more common, and the sole definition of “DROWL” (WordPress does not recognize the word) does come close to that. I guess it could be a Gaelic version of DROLL, but then that might not be considered English. I don’t doubt that you grew up hearing the word, but I just can’t find it in the traditional dictionaries.

    But, I don’t think I ever had an issue with you sending me your duplicate word section. Did I??? Next time you’re ready to send a new version feel free to include it.

    Great hearing from you, ralis95! — YUR

  5. 5 ralis95 January 7, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    You know, when you get to be 85 like I did last week, you need to be allowed some eccentricities. I grew up in a German/English/Scotish/Irish community of solemn churchgoers and I forever remember the word drowl being used to describe a person’s somewhat sour or deeply reserved continence. In those days the spelling was definitely DROWL. But I will defer to your younger knowledge and delete drowl from the database.

  6. 6 David January 8, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    I gotta disagree with you on this one, ralis95, and side with Unc. I think WORLD has much more common modern usage in English than DROWL, so IMO, RDOWL is fair game.

    It’s not rare for a five- or six-letter Jumble anagram to pop more than one solution on a website like https://www.thewordfinder.com/anagram-solver/
    but typically the alternate solution(s) see(s) very limited modern usage in English.

    TAPLOR is an anagram that can resolve to PATROL or PORTAL. DLH would be willing to use the letters for TAPLOR in a final answer, but you wouldn’t see it as a regular anagram in Jumble, because both PATROL and PORTAL are common words. DLH is generally very careful to exclude regular-word anagrams that have more than one modern, common-word solution from Jumble.

    The last time I remember throwing a yellow flag for this offense was many years ago, and I’ve mentioned this before here. It may even have happened before DLH and JK were the Jumblers. The puzzle had a regular word anagram, something like NOGIL, that could unscramble to LINGO or LOGIN, and IMO, LOGIN is just common enough to make NOGIL not a great choice. It messed me up, because I didn’t think of LINGO and tried to solve the final answer with the circled letter(s) in LOGIN, and got nowhere. There were probably complaints, because that particular duplicate-solution anagram has not reappeared.

  7. 7 unclerave January 9, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday, Boss!!! I have no doubt that your memory is correct, I just cannot find a source to corroborate it. Regards to the missus! — YUR

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