Jumble Spoiler – 05/14/21

Retro Indy: Kurt Vonnegut in photos

Visual Description:  Story time.


Clue/Question:  It was easy for the fictional character to be stubborn because his – – –

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(I was getting a Kurt Vonnegut vibe with this cartoon.  Maybe it has something to do with “Slaughterhouse-Five”, or “Breakfast of Champions”.  I don’t know.  I’m also not picking up on the Chicago references, re the Cubs and Bears.  The young boy seems very specific too, but . . . I’m not putting this all together.

All old reliable clue words again today.  But all of the jumbles appear to be new.  I was able to solve them all right away.  The answer letter layout was a thoughtful thirteen letter jumble.  Nice work, David.  I kind of got the final answer by going backwards.  I saw  MADE UP, then SAW I mean WAS,  then MIND.

I was getting the feeling that the old man was the author of the story being told to the boy, and that he was speaking in the third person.  Is the boy supposed to be a young Jeff Knurek?  I mean, he wasn’t always a four-eyes . . . like me.  Maybe, right before going to sleep, someone will say:  “Lower the night canopy.”?  Someone please confirm, or refute, my suppositions.  “Same as it ever was” . . . be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to David Byrne, of the Talking Heads!



8 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 05/14/21”

  1. 1 Liz May 14, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Princess Bride

  2. 2 Jumble Jeff May 14, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Uncle, if you have not seen The Princess Bride you really need to do yourself a favor and watch it. It is one of the great ones.

  3. 3 unclerave May 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve seen it, but I don’t think I ever saw it straight through, from beginning to end. Great cast. I remember Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal, Chris Guest, and the two main guys. Thanks for clearing it up! — YUR

  4. 4 unclerave May 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks, Liz!

  5. 5 Anonymous May 14, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Dear Unclerave:
    The image in today’s Jumble is from The Princess Bride (1987). We’re looking at Peter Faulk reading William Goldman’s book to his grandson, played by Fred Savage. It’s an amazingly good rendering of the scene from the movie.

  6. 6 unclerave May 14, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks, Wheeler! Now that you mention it, I DO remember Peter Falk as the Grandfather! But, I’d forgotten that the boy was played by Fred Savage. It’s been ages since I’ve watched it. You guys are really on your game! — YUR

  7. 7 Randy May 15, 2021 at 3:25 am

    For some reason,and dont quote me on this,but I believe the jumble originates from Chicago. I think it started in the Chicago Tribune and grew from their. That might be a reason for the quirky chicago references.

  8. 8 unclerave May 15, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I’m not sure if it originated in Chicago, Randy. But it does belong to Tribune Publishing, via Tribune Content Agency, which is based in Chicago. The boys operate out of Chicago, or at least used to. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did a fair amount of tele-communicating. But the “Princess Bride” movie scene Jeff, and others, referenced must take place in Chicago, or one of it’s suburbs. When I Googled scenes with Peter Falk – the Grandfather – you can see the grandson’s bedroom has Chicago sports stuff. Thanks, Randy! — YUR

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