Jumble Spoiler – 10/22/20

American Museum of Natural History on Twitter: "When did you first visit  the Museum & see the blue whale? It went on display in 1969 & was renovated  in 2003. (One key

Visual Description:  A changing of the guard.

NUPDO  =  POUND,  GBSOU  =  BOGUS,  NIRDAC  =  RANCID,  LENGUJ  =  JUNGL  —   Giving us:  OUNBSRCIJGE

Clue/Question:  He would be happy to start work as their new night watchman after – – –

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Answer:  SECURING THE JOB

(A very clever pun.  And, an answer that took a little bit of work.  At least it did for me.  This puts me in mind of the “Night at the Museum” movies, starring Ben Stiller.  I know I saw the first one, and possibly parts of the second one.  But, I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen any of the third.

No new clue words today.  I thought “rancid” might be new, but no.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “nupdo” before.  I had a little trouble with “nirdac”, but I didn’t have to back into “rancid.  I thought the answer letter layout was an excellent eleven letter jumble.  I feel it didn’t give anything away.  I just figured that the third word had to be JOB, and the first word ended in ING.  It still took me about half a minute to figure out the USRCE though.

Fine museum cartoon.  It looks like the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City, as in the first movie.  The young guy doesn’t look much like Ben Stiller though.  I guess Jeff was going more generic with this.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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9 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 10/22/20”


  1. 1 David October 22, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    I needed a little extra time today too. RANCID was a new addition to my tough Jumble words list, anyway; I must have seen it faster last time. I also needed extra time for the final answer. For me the key was remembering that J in a Jumble final answer usually (not always, of course, but usually) will be used as the first letter of its word. That’s as good a starting point as any to try and get unstuck, and it helped me today.

    Good one guys!

  2. 2 Colltales October 22, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Once my son and I spent a night at the AMNH, but even that we had a spot saved right under the big whale, there were too many fun things to do. Like petting a huge bat. Or getting up and close to one of the diorama inhabitants. A treasured memory to me and a great adventure for my son, I’m sure – (he says he can’t remember it).

  3. 3 Randy October 23, 2020 at 3:47 am

    It took me a bit to get rancid also,but the other words came to me. The answer took me a couple minutes. I finally figured out the last word was job and with the remaining letters I came up with rescuing which I knew wasn’t right. Finally got securing after a v8 moment (palm to the forehead). Nice puzzle. Did you ever get a chance to work on that celebrity cipher I left you when all that mess with the cryptoqote ensued?

  4. 4 unclerave October 23, 2020 at 11:36 am

    LOL! I think this happens a lot, Wes. I bet one day he’ll tell his kids about it though! — YUR

  5. 5 unclerave October 23, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Great word though, right David? — YUR

  6. 6 unclerave October 23, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Well, it looks like I was in good company, guys! No, Randy. Not yet. — YUR

  7. 7 David October 23, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Oh yeah, RANCID is a terrific word, conjuring up the odor of rotting meat and the sight of crawling maggots. Your comment made me wonder about its word origin. Apparently from the Latin rancidus “rank, stinking, offensive,” to English in the 1640s. https://www.etymonline.com/word/rancid

  8. 8 unclerave October 23, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    A most descriptive word! — YUR

  9. 9 LindaLee October 27, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    David…good info about the J. If I’m stuck, and remember, I’ll start looking for J words. LL


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