Jumble Spoiler – 11/19/20

Stone Soup," by Marcia Brown (1947). A treasured book from childhood  courtesy of "Captain Kangar… | Picture books illustration, Stone soup book,  Autumn activities

Visual Description:  Smart aleck teen.


Clue/Question:  Val was silent when Holly called her by her first name, even though – – –



(Great pun, Jan Eliot!  I’m just guessing that this pun, and most of the subject matter of “Stone Soup”, comes from your actual life.  I vividly remember when my younger sister started calling my mom by her first name.  It was always dripping with attitude and sarcasm.  I think it’s something that daughters are more prone to do with their mothers, than sons with their dads.  I would use my mom’s first name when talking to one of my siblings, but face to face it was always Mom!

None of today’s clue words are new.  However, three of the jumbles appear to be new.  We’ve definitely seen “raywe” before.  It took a few looks for me to make out “mishap”.  It’s a common word, but also a little unusual.  The answer letter layout was a crafty eleven letter jumble.  At first, I thought the first word was going to be SHE’D, but that left me with WRTMOOM.  From that though I could see that the first word had to be MOM’S, and then the quotation marks sunk in, and I got the pun!

Cute cartoon of Val/Mom grinding her teeth, as Holly sashays out of the picture.  I’m not familiar with the “Stone Soup” comic, but I’m wondering if Jan got the name from the old French story about three traveling soldiers who cajoled some frightened villagers into giving them additional ingredients for their *stone soup*?  It was one of the stories that was occasionally told on “Captain Kangaroo”, when I was growing up!  I hadn’t thought of that old story in decades!  Thanks, for being a guest cartoonist at the Jumble!  And, thanks for bringing back a fond memory!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  It looks like the guys, or their editors, gave you an additional “L” in your last name!  Oh, well.  Mistakes happen.   —   YUR

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4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 11/19/20”

  1. 1 David November 19, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    This one’s a little more challenging if you don’t know the comic, as I didn’t, because there’s nothing in the cartoon or clue to indicate Holly is Val’s daughter. (They could be friends.) But I saw the rest of it fairly quickly and then backed into MOM’S.

    This was another Tribune online puzzle that omitted the apostrophe from the grid, which an Uncleraver complained about a couple of weeks ago, but I’m on to that rabbit hole. I’m not sure why an apostrophe is hard to show, because the Tribune online version does display the other punctuation such as quotation marks and hyphens that are more common in Jumble final answers.

  2. 2 unclerave November 19, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Really, David? I picked up on the mother/daughter vibe immediately. And, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the strip before either.

    I guess I’m fortunate to be a techno-saurus, who still solves these things from traditional newspapers. Heck, I can remember when the news came on stone tablets! — 😉 YUR

  3. 3 lwc November 21, 2020 at 12:49 am

    It did seem obvious that Val and Holly were mother-daughter.

    So, Unc used to read the news on stone tablets.
    We might need to start checking birth certificates ! 😋

  4. 4 unclerave November 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    To you and me, clearly, lwc. But, not to everyone. We all process things a little differently.
    I’m allowed to exaggerate a little . . . on the side of old! LOL! — YUR

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