Jumble Spoiler – 09/23/21

Advice on Choosing a Bit for Your Horse

Visual Description:  The process of breaking them in.

GIFNE  =  FEIGN,  CROUC  =  OCCUR,  LABEVI  =  VIABLE,  GATIMS  =  STIGMA   —   Giving us:  EINOURVBSTA

Clue/Question:  Seeing the bridle with its mouthpiece made the young horse – – –

100 Golden Palominos Rose Parade - YouTube

Answer:  A BIT NERVOUS

(Just a bit?  If I were the horse, I’d probably wonder if I’d be able to eat with that in my mouth!  My experience with horses is fairly limited.  But I have a cousin who used to compete in rodeo events, in her younger days.  And, she’s had horses her entire life.  My uncle – her dad – was a pretty well known cowboy, in some circles.  I remember seeing him ride in a couple of the Rose Parades, with a team of Palominos!  Very cool!

We have seen all of today’s clue words before.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen both “crouc” and “gatims” in earlier Jumbles.  They all came to me quickly, but I guess “labevi” took the longest to get.  The answer letter layout was another David L. Hoyt special eleven letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic, but the final answer was a quick solve for me.

Another great cartoon from our good friend Jeff.  A fine horsie, and a great drawing of a bridle.  We Jumble devotees are lucky to have Mssrs. Hoyt and Knurek providing us with quality puzzles.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday to Bruce Springsteen!


5 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 09/23/21”


  1. 1 Archon's Den September 24, 2021 at 1:02 am

    If I have a problem with a word, it always seems to be the third. I had to solve, and then go back to see which letters were needed. It reduced 720 possible combinations, down to only 48, which my subconscious could more easily handle. 🙂

  2. 2 Randy September 24, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Hoyt does love those talking horses doesn’t he? Our old friend I before e strikes again with feign lol. A few really easy puzzles in a row…wonder what doozies we have in store friday and Sunday? Cheers all

  3. 3 unclerave September 24, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    I think – I definitely don’t know – that the whole *I before E except after C* business is supposed to apply only to words with the hard E sound. (But of course there are exceptions to every rule.) FEIGN has a hard A sound . . . which is kind of strange in itself! I am SO glad that I don’t have to learn English as a second language, because it is an absolute bear!

    I thought Friday’s Jumble was semi-tough, Randy!

    — YUR

  4. 4 unclerave September 24, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I always refer to that as *backing into a word*, Arch! You might be right about the third jumble being the toughest. I’m not a numbers guy, so I don’t know if 720 and 48 combinations real, or exaggeration. Fortunately, even with the toughest jumble, I don’t think it’s taken me anywhere near those number of attempts to unscramble a jumble! I’ll take your word for it though.

    — YUR

  5. 5 lwc September 24, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Unc wrote: “I am SO glad that I don’t have to learn English as a second language”

    Same here, Unc !

    However, I think the English language has been corrupted over centuries by so many foreign influences. I recall learning in junior high that English originated as a dialect of German.

    But, once it made its way to England, the French showed up with their frog language. Then the Italians and the Spanish got in the way and brought Latin with them. Then some people crossed the ocean where we picked some native American words; then we had Chinese immigrants Out West; and after WWII we learned some Japanese.

    I don’t think it will stop. English, at least our version of it, is forever picking up new influences.

    But I agree with your first point, since we were born with it, we’ll be fine. But, if we had to learn it from scratch, I know I’d have a hard time learning English.


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