Jumble Solved – 02/08/23

The Cat Conundrum

Visual Description:  Kitty sittin’ pretty.

CYTIH  =  ITCHY,  RBOUR  =  BURRO,  NZSAAT  =  STANZA,  GDSEIT  =  DIGEST   —   Giving us:  ITCBRTAADES

Clue/Question:  The tabby watched the robins from his spot by the window, which to him was the – – –

Gray Catbird - eBird

Answer:  CATBIRD SEAT

(A wonderful stinky pun, using the old idiom that I’m sure left a lot of the younger readers scratching their heads over!  It’s either from the famous baseball announcer, Red Barber, or the well-known writer, James Thurber.  Not quite sure which one used it first.  Red was calling games long before I was a baseball fan.  I knew a bit about the game during his last few years, but I hadn’t really gotten into it until 1967, when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.  Catbirds are one of my favorite birds!

Of course all of today’s clue words are on the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “cytih” in at least one previous Jumble.  I thought they were all moderately challenging.  The answer letter layout was an electric eleven letter jumble.  I thought it was both cagey and cryptic.  You had to be eagle-eyed to figure out the final answer.  Or, maybe you just have to be an old word-nerd, like yer Uncle Rave.

Fun cartoon of the owner watching her cat, who’s watching the birds, who are eating at the bird feeder.  I think that cats are nature’s perfect predators.  They make wonderful loving pets, but they will kill things even when they’re not hungry.  It’s just in their nature.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.   On this day in Black History, 37years ago, Debi Thomas became the first Black woman to win a National Figure Skating title.  And also 37 years ago Oprah Winfrey became the first Black woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.  I guess 1986 was a big year for Black women!   —   YUR

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2 Responses to “Jumble Solved – 02/08/23”


  1. 1 Anonymous February 9, 2023 at 11:15 am

    I liked the “Early” Oprah, but once she got very popular I kind of got turned off by her. She got a bit too big for her britches 👖. It had nothing with her being black, just too pompous for me 👃. I enjoyed Dr. Phil when he was on her show. I hear they don’t get along now. She’s still pals with Gayle 🤴 though. Gayle was a local TV anchor for many years in Hartford. At one point there were rumors that they were lesbian lovers 💕 I think they both denied that 👅.

    Speaking of rumors, I heard the lovers over there kissed 16x y’day! Half of those came from their top Cupid💘 Tks! 🙋🏻‍♀️

    Brian Walshe, the man who dismembered 🦵 and incinerated 🔥 his wife last month had a court date today. The case was continued for a few more weeks though. Poor 👩. I hope he gets life in prison. 😈

    Have a great day folks,

    — Smitty

  2. 2 unclerave February 9, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    It seems that there is nothing but horrific crime news these days. Very sad what one human can do to another. I’ve never referred to the corporate media as “Fake News”, but they do like to control the content, and the narrative of such. They decide what is newsworthy, and they don’t report on a lot of things. They also bounce around from one thing to another, maybe because there is so much crap going on, but it seems to me that they leave so many stories unresolved. I also don’t appreciate them holding back on what used to be considered normal, relevant facts, under the guise of privacy and not offending certain groups. So many articles that I read leave me wanting, and feeling that I’ve just wasted my time reading it. Political correctness run amok??? Very sad indeed.

    — YUR


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