Jumble Spoiler – 05/11/20

Cellar Doors | New Jersey | Jersey Steel Doors Inc.

Visual Description:  Bulkhead basement doors?


Clue/Question:  The antique store was located in the basement through the – – –

Install a Basement BulkHead Door - Extreme How To


(As a suburban brat, who often visited the big city, and then lived – and worked – there for a number of years, I’ve never quite known the term for the street/sidewalk level doors that open to a building’s basement.  I tried to Google it, but the closest I could come up with was “bulkhead basement”.  The photos that accompany that term are more like the cellar doors you see in farm houses, like in “The Wizard of Oz”.  There’s a definite incline.  But, on city sidewalks they generally have to be flat, so pedestrians don’t trip over them.  How ’bout it, you city slickers?  Can you enlighten me???

All familiar clue words today.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “doydl” and “pxoees” sometime before.  I didn’t struggle with any of them though.  The answer letter layout was a cryptic ten letter jumble.  I figured DOOR had to be the second word, and from LRLEES I was able to see the pun on cellar.

Fun cartoon of an entrance to a basement shop.  I like the bust of David L. Hoyt!  I wonder just how collectible they are?  LOL!  Fun Monday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

7 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 05/11/20”

  1. 1 David May 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    In the 1940s New England house where I lived for a time, we also always called the doors leading from backyard to basement, like the one in your second photo, “the bulkhead.”

    This article I found online about the flat city version avoids the use of the term “bulkhead” and just calls them “sidewalk cellar doors:”


  2. 2 Ken May 11, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Reminds me of the set – up of many Brown
    Stones off of Fulton St., East NY Brooklyn, NY
    down close to Washington Park a few blocks
    from Jamaica, Queens, NY.
    I was in about 5 of them when I lived there &
    they all had a strong metal bar inside which made breaking in Very difficult! !^

    Nice Jumble for a Monday. Cartoon; Thumbs-Up!!×

    Be Blessed

  3. 3 Anonymous May 12, 2020 at 8:46 am


    – Smitty

  4. 4 unclerave May 12, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Thanks, David! — YUR

  5. 5 unclerave May 12, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Thanks, Ken! — YUR

  6. 6 unclerave May 12, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I like hatchway, Smitty! Are/were you a city boy? — YUR

  7. 7 michelinewalker May 15, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I grew up in a very old red brick house. We didn’t have hot water, but I loved the cellar door.

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