Jumble Spoiler – 05/21/20

Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo—here's why

Visual Description:  The condensed Corsican?

RYOSR  =  SORRY,  NROTS  =  SNORT,  EETHLM  =  HELMET,  IREDIB  =  BIRDIE   —   Giving us:  ORRSNOHETRDI

Clue/Question:  The 5-foot-2inch military leader got his troops to stand at attention – – –

Napoleon Bonaparte | Explore Royal Museums Greenwich

Answer:  IN SHORT ORDER

(Excellent stinky pun!  Everyone general-ly thinks of Napoleon Bonaparte as being French, but ethnically he’s much more Italian.  He was born on Corsica – a little north of Sardinia – in 1769, just fifteen months after France had purchased the island from the Italian city-state of Genoa.  I wonder if most Corsicans are on the short side???

No new clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  It took me a couple of looks to see “helmet”.  The answer letter layout was a sneaky twelve letter jumble.  I thought it hid the words ORDER and SHORT very well.  Ignoring the obvious, I saw THEIR, and figured the first word was ON.  But that left me with ORRSD.  AtleastI’m declaring this a NEW compound word! – that helped me to see ORDER, which then led me IN short . . . to SHORT.

Great early 19th Century military review cartoon.  The second in command appears to be a toad of a sycophant.  I like how the one soldier is breaking ranks, as he stares at Napoleon’s stature, in disbelief.  I remember watching a great old movie with my mom, as a kid, called “The Corsican Brothers”.  A splendid old swashbuckler!  Haven’t seen it in forever.  I’ll have to check with TCM.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

2 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 05/21/20”


  1. 1 michelinewalker May 22, 2020 at 11:12 am

    The old “foot” was longer. I have read that Napoleon was 5 foot 6. He was short, but taller than most believe.

  2. 2 unclerave May 22, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Hi, Michelle!

    Back then, 5’6″ might’ve been close to average height! Probably it was the Brits who painted him as being short. Stinkin’ Limeys! LOL! Of course, Art Wellesley was 5’10”, and carried himself like a 6 footer, so maybe by comparison Nappy was considered diminutive.

    — YUR


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