Christmas Jumble Spoiler – 12/25/20

High angle view of African American family baking cookies in kitchen at  home photo by Wavebreakmedia on Envato Elements

Visual Description:  Cookie cooking clan!

MATUG  =  GAMUT,  GREME  =  MERGE,  THEEIR  =  EITHER,  TNOKYT  =  KNOTT  —   Giving us:  GAMMREIRKNY

Clue/Question:  They loved baking Christmas cookies together and were enjoying all the – – –

Afro-American family baking — Stock Video © WavebreakPremium #22644367

Answer:  MERRYMAKING

(Wow!  I have to admit that I did not get today’s final answer!  At first I was trying to come up with a word like CAMARADERIE, but ending in ERY.  Then, I did consider a word ending in ING, but wasn’t seeing the answer.  So, I let my daughter look at it, and after a couple of minutes, she got the answer.  Personally, I never would have thought that MERRYMAKING was a compound word.  Go figure.

No new clue words today.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “matug” and “greme” before.  I was able to see all of the clue words immediately.  But, that eleven letter jumble of an answer letter layout was a toughie for me!

Cute cartoon of a family that bakes together.  I wasn’t sure how many generations I was looking at, so I wasn’t sure if GRAMMY was going to be part of the final answer.  I didn’t work at it very long, so I don’t know if I’d have come up with it on my own, or not.  But, my baby girl bailed me out.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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9 Responses to “Christmas Jumble Spoiler – 12/25/20”


  1. 1 Angela December 26, 2020 at 12:16 am

    Hi UR…Merry Christmas to you and yours! …And take a look at the puzzle of Christmas Past…2015. Be well, stay safe…and to all a good night…🎄🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. 2 David December 26, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    We had this same final answer five years earlier:
    https://unclerave.wordpress.com/2015/12/25/

    …but the setup led into it less clearly, and it gave me more trouble this time around too. I had to find the MAKING part from the letters–that word comes to mind easier with the elves in the 2015 puzzle–and then I could see MERRY.

    We certainly can’t complain about a rerun answer if it’s still a challenging solve, plus there are only so many Christmas puns to draw on for Jumble.

    Happy Holidays to all Jumblers!

  3. 3 unclerave December 26, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    The Jumble historians have spoken!!! I’m guessing that I had an easier time solving the one five years ago. Sounds like the cartoon was merrier. Thanks for the interest, Angela and David! Happy Holidays to us all! — YUR

  4. 4 Anonymous December 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Christmas 🎄 cheers for you and family 👪

  5. 5 unclerave December 26, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks, Anonymous! — YUR

  6. 6 Randy December 28, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I would not really consider gamut a common word. I had to look and look and finally decided that is what the word was. The solution came to me easily after I figured out merry stated it off.

  7. 7 unclerave December 28, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I think the definition that David L. Hoyt uses for “common word” is any word that is not a proper name, surname, corporate/brand name, or a specialized medical/scientific term. And, words that the dictionary deem as “archaic”.

    But, you got there, Randy! And, now that word will be etched in your memory banks. — YUR

  8. 8 lwc December 28, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    David’s definition for “common word” !

    Is he also excluding common noun endings [I can’t think of the proper terminology] like “er”, “-ing”, “-ly”, etc ?

    I hadn’t been sure about that.

  9. 9 unclerave December 29, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    No, lwc. We already get a lot of “ly”s. But, Hoyt doesn’t allow plurals that just end in S. — YUR


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