Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/12/20

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Visual Description:  Talk about yer odd couples!

GENIOP  =  PIGEON,  RVENTA  =  TAVERN,  BOAHIP  =  PHOBIA,  MEHANU  =  HUMANE,  CURACE  =  ACCRUE,  NVIGLI  =  LIVING   —   Giving us:  EONTAPOIHMRELN

Clue/Question:  He thought living with a pachyderm would be ok, but the result was an – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (8-letters)  (2-letters)  THE  (4-letters)

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Answer:  ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

(Gotta love it, on a number of levels!  I guess you’d call it a literal/figurative pun.  It reminds me a little of those commercials for pistachios.  Strangely enough, I find those commercials mildly offensive!  Elephants are such noble, intelligent creatures, and the commercials portray them as sort of crass.  Ironically – maybe? – I have no problem with this cartoon.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old favorites.  The whole ralis95 Sunday issue is moot today.  All of the jumbles are coming up as new though.  Five of them I saw right away, but I struggled a bit with “rventa”.  As a confirmed teetotaler, I’ve never seen the inside of a “tavern”.  And, if you buy that I’ve got some prime property in the Okefenokee Swamp I’d like to show you.  The other jumble I struggled a bit with was “curace”.  I spent twenty four years in banking with absolutely zero training in accounting, so I stayed away from accruals.  The answer letter layout was a nifty fourteen letter jumble.  By itself, it gave nothing away.  It was the cartoon that was literally the elephant in the room!

Super fun cartoon.  A classic, fussy looking ringmaster.  A sloppy, Oscar Madison-ish elephant, crushing a couch and coffee table.  The glory days circus poster on the wall.  And, a bag of Carter’s peanuts on the floor!  Tons of fun . . . literally!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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4 Responses to “Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/12/20”


  1. 1 David January 13, 2020 at 11:36 am

    The non-Flash online puzzle got messed up again. The correct January 12, 2019 cartoon was displayed, but the regular words and final answer were a rerun of the DAY OF “WRECKONING” puzzle of Sunday, December 8, 2019. That answer sorta fits the January 12th cartoon, but you’re tasked with trying to find an answer that begins with a consonant while the clue ending “but the result was an…” suggests a vowel would come first, so lotsa luck. I got nowhere. Pretty annoying that this keeps happening.

  2. 2 unclerave January 13, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    I remember, a ways back, there was a good reason why they didn’t post the Sunday Jumble online, anywhere. I thought it was for some legal/licensing reason, but maybe it was because of certain technical issues that they thought they had resolved. But, apparently, not fully. — YUR

  3. 3 David January 13, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    I remember the puzzle you’re thinking of and suspect the problems with Sunday in particular have been technical.

    They need two different templates, one for the Monday-Saturday puzzles (2 five-letter words, 2 six-letter words) versus the Sunday puzzles (6 six-letter words) and seem to be having problems juggling the two. And the Sunday non-Flash template seems to be jerry-rigged with unresolved coding issues.

    The biggest problem is that even if the crew gets the correct puzzle with the correct cartoon, clue, and grid entered, a solver has to reset the puzzle and start over entering all six regular words to change any part of a final answer entry on the non-Flash Sunday puzzle as seen online at the Seattle Times and other websites.

    Also the non-Flash Sunday puzzle isn’t coded to display the six regular words on the same screen. It shows only two regular words at a time, and the solver can’t advance and even see let alone solve the next pair of regular words until the two displayed words are solved on Sunday, so backing into a regular word on which a solver is stuck isn’t as feasible.

    These two problems are not issues in the Monday-Saturday non-Flash Jumbles online. All four regular words are displayed with the cartoon and final answer, and the final answer entry can be changed on the fly without resetting the puzzle.

    But even so the non-Flash version looks different from the newspaper and is clunky to enter letters in. There is a Flash version of the puzzle that looks like the printed puzzle, is a breeze to use relatively, and works well and has fewer technical problems, but they don’t even try to run the Sunday puzzle in Flash; they never developed a template to do it, and just rerun a years-ago Monday-Saturday puzzle on Sundays. Unfortunately I suspect the Flash version that works well other than Sundays will be going offline within the next year as browsers stop supporting Flash due to security and support concerns, a development that will cause problems for a number of puzzle websites.

  4. 4 unclerave January 13, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Yeah! What David said. — YUR 😉


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