Jumble Spoiler – 07/31/20

How to Talk to Your Auto Mechanic: Communication Is Key to a Good ...

Visual Description:  Playing things by ear.

ALGRI  =  AGILE,  BROTI  =  ORBIT,  XTCEEI  =  EXCITE,  FONETS  =  SOFTEN   —   Giving us:  AGIOIEXTFTN

Clue/Question:  In order to pinpoint the problem, the auto mechanic needed to – – –

8 Car Noises & What They Mean | Firestone Complete Auto Care

Answer:  GET A FIX ON IT

(Awesome Jumble!  Wonderfully stinky pun!  Those plug-in diagnostic things are great for some/many things.  But, some guys just seem to have an ear for these things.  They’re like old school general practitioners.  They know what everything is supposed to look, sound and feel like.  I hope trade schools are still teaching young mechanics the fundamentals, and not relying solely on those diagnostic crutches.  I know that dental hygienists still need to learn how to use the basic tools.  Because of the COVID-19, they are not allowed to use those hydro-sonic plaque blasters.  Getting scraped by the scalpel thing was a trip.  It felt like had stepped back in time!

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but Hoyt has definitely used “broti” before.  I had a little trouble getting “agile”.  But, thankfully, I didn’t have to back into it.  Three of the clue words started with vowels today.  The answer letter layout was a remarkable eleven letter jumble.  Hopefully, the length of the five final answer slots were a hint to you, like they were to me.

Fun auto mechanic’s garage cartoon.  The older guy is like the car whisperer.  He just lets the engine speak to him.  Hopefully, the younger guy will learn from the master.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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3 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 07/31/20”


  1. 1 hal odom jr July 31, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    UR, an article in this week’s online The New Yorker profiled the return, after 25 years, of the comic strip THE FAR SIDE. However, in describing the landscape of the American comics page in the 1980s, the author said the Daily Jumble “looked like something you’d be served alongside peanuts in a veterans’ bar.” That *must have been* in the waning days of the Bob Lee-Henri Arnold regime! Not our current, clever Jumble team!

  2. 2 unclerave July 31, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    That woulda been their wheelhouse, roy! I think our guys started shortly before I started this blog! I never heard from Bob or Henri. Critics think sounding snarky makes them sound intelligent. It usually just makes them sound snarky. — YUR

  3. 3 Ken July 31, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    UR,

    As I went through the Puzzle with “AGILity”,
    I felt like almost being in “ORBIT” with the “EXCITEment” it generated!!WoW^.!!
    I had to “SOFTEN” the effect on my neurons with a mild downer~~…For I had to “GET A FIX ON IT”☆…or be in prolonged ectacy…….

    So Looooong… ¥

    PS Did I hear someone in the “Peanut Gallery”
    say…”Get a Life??¿”


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