Jumble Spoiler – 08/17/21

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Visual Description:  Urbane Suinae.


Clue/Question:  The piglet told his mom he’d taken a bath, but she knew what he said was – – –

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Answer:  HOGWASH

(Why, that’s just nonsense!  The lie was written all over his face.  Most of us are very familiar with the idiom, but probably never thought much about its origins.  It has nothing to do with bathing pigs.  It goes all the way back to the Middle Ages, when they would collect food scraps and runoff from breweries and pubs.  The older it got the stinkier it got.  They would use this funky concoction to feed the pigs.  Wash is another word for swill.  I remember when I went to sleep-away camp they would call this koolaidy/punch drink they served belly wash.  I don’t know if the camp still serves it – it was just flavored sugar water – but I’m sure it beat the heck out of hogwash.

All of the clue words are familiar old friends.  It seems that all of the jumbles are coming up as new though.  No real head scratchers.  The answer letter layout was a slight seven letter jumble.  It was jumbled properly, but the answer was pretty evident.  I think they borrowed this one from Jumble for Kids.

Really cute pig family cartoon though.  The mom has pierced hoop earrings, a full head of hair, and she’s wearing some kind of dress.  It looks like lipstick too!  In typical fashion, the little sister pig is squealing on her lying, filthy brother.  He better hope mom doesn’t go hog-wild on his little pork-butt!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Gilby Clarke, formerly with Guns N’ Roses!


16 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 08/17/21”

  1. 1 Mark Toner August 17, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Like this my mate how you hope your well. Just wanted to give you a shout haaah you no not any good at this righting stuff haahaah

  2. 2 lwc August 17, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    This cartoon reminds me of the old joke… “lipstick on a pig”.

  3. 3 Anonymous August 18, 2021 at 7:53 am

    You can’t put lipstick on a pig!!!

    – Smitty

  4. 4 unclerave August 18, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Always good to hear from my *wiseguy* buddy, Mark! LOL! I hope you’re well too. — YUR

  5. 5 unclerave August 18, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    It’s more than a joke. It’s an expression about dressing up something crappy, to make it appear better than it actually is. — YUR

  6. 6 unclerave August 18, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Well, at least you really shouldn’t, Smitty. It’s deceitful. — YUR

  7. 7 Mark Toner August 18, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Nice one great too know your still with us my friend

  8. 8 LindaLee August 29, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    I have never heard that lipstick thing!!!

  9. 9 unclerave August 29, 2021 at 4:44 pm


    It’s an expression from the world of finance. It means to dress up a nothing . . . dog . . . pig of a stock, to make it more saleable to unsuspecting buyers. You’re trying to hype something of lesser – dubious – value just to generate a commission. It’s what they do in bucket shops, not in legitimate brokerage houses. — YUR

  10. 10 lwc August 30, 2021 at 12:21 am

    LindaLee wrote: “I have never heard that lipstick thing!!!”


    You’ve never heard the expression “putting lipstick on a pig” ?

    My dad’s from the country and I first heard it from him and his family. I think it’s a reference to having something (or someone, like an daughter you want to marry off) so ugly, that if you put enough lipstick on it (or her), nobody will notice the difference.

    If you’re’ talking about a “thing”, it’s funny; but, if you’re talking about a real person, …not so funny.

    I’ll let you judge.

  11. 11 unclerave August 30, 2021 at 11:11 am

    That’s right, lwc. Just ignore my explanation . . . COMPLETELY! LOL! (Plus, your literal interpretation is extremely harsh!) — YUR

  12. 12 Angela August 30, 2021 at 11:47 am

    I always thought it to mean that try as you might, there’s some things that are just bad, and no amount of effort is going to make them good. You know..“You can put lipstick on a pig…but it’s still a pig”…🐷🤷🏻‍♀️

  13. 13 unclerave August 30, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Yes. Like a bad stock! I never worked in a bucket shop, but I’ve been familiar with the phrase since the ’80s. Pigs have long been maligned, and unfairly! They’re THE smartest animal in the barnyard. And, they’re the next smartest animal period . . . after chimps, dolphins and elephants. And, they’re not filthy animals. They only roll in the mud to cool off when it’s hot. Otherwise they prefer to stay clean. — YUR

  14. 14 Angela August 30, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    🥓 Poor pigs…they get a lousy rap, folks always quick to knock,
    While all the while they’re clean and smart…the best of the farm’s flock…
    The lipstick thing? You never know, it might get things a shakin’
    And I don’t mind…as long as it don’t change the taste of bacon! 🥓

    Enjoy your night, UR. Be well and stay safe…🙋🏻‍♀️

  15. 15 lwc September 2, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Unc says my interpretation of “lipstick on a pig” was harsh !

    My Marine trainers taught me if you have to kill someone, don’t stop ’til you know he’s dead.

  16. 16 unclerave September 3, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Ooh-Rah!!! — YUR

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