Posts Tagged 'Jeff Knurek'

Jumble Spoiler – 03/24/21

What's open on Labor Day: SoCal beaches, parks, trails - Los Angeles Times

Visual Description:  Zoo-ology lesson.


Clue/Question:  She forgot that giraffes have seven vertebrae, but she’d try to remember – – –

Cervical Vertebrae - Assignment Point


(Excellent pun!  I don’t think this was a s t r e t ch by any means.  I thought it was an easy r e a c h.  But, I have to admit that I was not aware of the fact that mammals have the same number of cervical – neck – vertebrae!  I guess I just never thought about it.  I’ll have to store this in my memory banks, in case it comes up on Jeopardy, or something.

We’ve seen all of today’s clue words in past Jumbles.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with only “lentk” having definitely been used before.  I was able to see all the clue words immediately this morning.  The answer letter layout was a nifty nine letter jumble.  I knew that NECK had to be in the answer, but I’ve been a little fuzzy lately in seeing the pun aspect.  But, I did get the answer in about seven seconds.

I always enjoy Jeff’s cartoons with kids and animals.  Almost as much as anthropomorphic animals, historical period pieces, sports themed puzzles, TV/Movie themed ones, and sea scenes with the classic sinking sailboats.  Congrats to Jeff for being the Champion of the 11th annual JCC Poker Tourney in Indiana!  Today’s song is dedicated to you, bud.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthday, Benj Gershman of O.A.R.!

Jumble Spoiler – 07/22/20

Powerball, Mega Millions: How much states spend on lottery tickets ...

Visual Description:  Convenience store speculation.


Clue/Question:  She didn’t plan on purchasing a lottery ticket, but did it – – –

Florida Lottery Player Wins $1 Million Prize Jackpot!


(Excellent stinky pun, using one of the boy’s more reliable Jumble homophones.  Jeff likes to portray himself as this Indie, hip kind of guy, always sporting the Wilco tee shirts.  But, in reality, he’s secretly a big NSYNC fan.  He just loves *By Buy Bye*!  He’ll try to say that they’re Sydney’s favorite boy band, from her kiddie days, but I just think he has a little thing for Lance Bass.  LOL!

All of today’s clue words were reliable old re-runs.  Three of the jumbles came up as new for me, but we’ve most definitely seen “snivha” before.  No stumpers for me today.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  It was cryptic enough.  The quotation marks in the final answer slots were the big give away.

Nice convenience store cartoon.  Stereotypical looking clerk.  Great attention to detail, with the wall of SODA and WATER, the bags and canisters of chips, the lottery machine and the security camera.  That Jumble Jackpot is really up there!  Ya know, word-on-the-street has it that Hoyt is actually a big Backstreet Boys fan too!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 07/04/20

Democrat Donkey Boxer and Republican Elephant Vector Image

Visual Description:  Jackasses!


Clue/Question:  When the donkeys partied loudly on the 4th of July, it was a – – –

How a donkey and an elephant came to represent the Democrats and ...


(In anticipation . . . of the emancipation . . . and extirpation . . . of the American nation . . . from the usurpation . . . of the Trumpian barbarization, brutalization and bastardization.  And, to the truly building of an equal and just civilization, that was supposed to be laid out in our Declaration . . . of Independence.  Save yer money on streaming “Hamilton”, folks!  Yer Uncle’s gotcha covered!

There were no new clue words today, yet every one of the jumbles is coming up as new.  None of them tripped me up today.  The answer letter layout was a brilliant twelve letter jumble.  Beautifully cryptic!

Great braying jackasses!  Although, I can’t imagine any animal enjoying fireworks.  Maybe they’re braying in fear, or they’re just trying to drown out the booming of the bombs bursting in air?  I dunno.  But, they’re cute donkeys.  I hope you are all enjoying your 4th with friends and loved ones!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google and VectorStock

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/10/13

English: Ad for James Mann, taxidermist; Theat...

English: Ad for James Mann, taxidermist; Theatre Alley, Boston MA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Capitalism on parade.


Clue/Question:  The new taxidermist moving to town gave the old taxidermist . . .


(Not as many of you do the Sunday Jumble, but I’m sure a good number of you struggled some with this one.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this pun hasn’t been used in an earlier Jumble, except with undertakers!  Same concept.  Great clue word jumbling today!  I struggled to get “fiasco”.  I think I’ve struggled with other jumblings of this word in the past, as well.  I really like the jumbling of “petite” and “famous” too.  And, it looks like “native” is going to be a new addition to the ralis95 clue word database.  I thought the answer letter layout was masterful.  A great all-around Jumble.

Check out the comment that our friend Jeff Knurek posted.  I thought I’d address it here, instead of replying to his comment, because only a certain number of comments show up.  I think there’s a way you can see more than the ones that are displayed, but that’s for the really ambitious blog readers.  Most of y’all are a li’l more casual.  Anywho, Jeff is broadening his horizons, and has recorded some music.  I took a listen, and it’s actually pretty good.  There’s a link to a website, where you can hear three or four of his songs, within the comment.  I normally don’t like to give out free plugs, but where else can a kid like this get the kind of exposure that Unclerave’s can provide?!!  Nowhere, baby!  Besides . . . the guy is almost family.  Right???  But, Jeffy.  Facebook?  I barely have enough time to post these spoilers these days.  I rarely have time to putz around on facebook.  You should see my email’s inbox.  It would take me days to clean that up.  But anyway . . . Check out Jeff’s comment and the link to his music.  You’ll be glad you did!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR



(Scary) Jumble Spoiler – 07/13/12

April Fool's bear

April Fool’s bear (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Kind of a hybrid April Fool’s/Friday the 13th scenario.


Clue/Question:  He was going to run for president, but in the end he . . .


floating paper fish

floating paper fish (Photo credit: Paul Keller)

(This, again, would have made for a great Unclerave’s Wiseguy of the Day contest.  But, those take up too much time, so you guys have been spared, once again!  It actually took a few minutes for me to catch on to the answer, but I figured the first word ended in “ED” and the last word was likely “TO”.  I thought the answer letter layout was beautifully cryptic, today.  You really had to take the sum of all the parts of the Jumble to come up with today’s answer.  No new clue words, today, but everything was nicely jumbled.  Actually, Jeff Knurek running for office isn’t scary, at all.  He’s very civic minded and socially conscious.  But, if David L. Hoyt were to run . . .   Brrrrr!  I shudder to think of that!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS. 27 years ago, today, the Live Aid concert(s) took place, largely in London and Philadelphia, but also some performances from: Sidney, Cologne, The Hague, and Moscow.  It was hu-uge!  Trump had nothing to do with it . . . but it was hu-uge!   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler(?) – 04/12/12

1962 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop

1962 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Jeff Knurek, murdering The Beach Boys.


Clue/Question:  When the Jumble artist went for a drive, he did this.

Answer:  ????  ???  ?????  SANG CAR TUNES  (Today’s Unclerave Wiseguy of the Day winner is Frank Witzel, with his crack about the groan not coming from the ’62 T-bird!  Nice going, Frank!  Thanks to everyone who played along!)   —   YUR

(Another 12 letter answer?  A silly pun??  And, an expertly crafted answer letter layout???  What can all that mean?  It means that it’s time for another installment of the Unclerave Wiseguy of the Day Contest!  YAY!!!  Who said Boo?  Why, I oughta . . . Okay, guys.  Same *rules* as last time.  The first one with the correct answer is not necessarily the winner.  You have to have the correct answer AND some kind of relevant wisecrack.  It can be aimed at the Jumble itself, either one/both of the creators – Jeff Knurek and David L. Hoyt – or at yours truly.  Try to stay away from profanity, please.

For the record, none of the clue words were new, today.  However, they were all nicely jumbled.  I know it’s a little late in the day for a contest, but I kinda got into a cleaning jag.  Now my hands smell like Tilexbleach – and I’m feeling a little light-headed.  Time to hit the showers, I guess.  Be well, do good and make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area, when using funky household cleaning products!)   —   YUR 

PS.  When I was a kid, my Gramma owned a ’62 Thunderbird!  It was either this color, or a little lighter shade.  Cool car!  It was kinda like Ford’s Mustang . . . before they came out with the Mustang.   —   YUR

Big Jumble News!

Rave on

Image via Wikipedia

For some of you – who CAN be bothered reading the Comments section – this may already be *old* news.  But, for the rest of you, dig what one of the Jumble creators, and current Uncle Rave visitor/fan, Jeff Knurek, has imparted upon us:

Dear Uncle Rave and Jumblers…
We have some BIG news for all of you. We are sad to announce that long time Jumble co-creator, Mike Argirion, will be retiring. His last Daily Jumble will be February 26th. We wish Mike LAL HET SEBT!
With that announcement, we welcome Master Puzzle creator, David L. Hoyt, who will take the torch and along with puzzle partner, Jeff Knurek (me),and will be creating the Jumble puzzles that you all play and love. David and Jeff’s first Daily puzzle will run Feb. 28th. Please take a good look at it, for it stars Jeff, David and some other puzzle guy that some of you may recognize.
David and I have been puzzle partners for 8 years now and together are the two most syndicated puzzle creators in the world. (Sounds impressive!) The Jumble will only change for the better. We hope to remove archaic words from the word list. We also hope to challenge and entertain you with fresh new puns and fun cartoons filled with clues, special guests (David, myself and more) and things that make David and I giggle. We promise to try to use quotation marks when and where they are necessary, but will still look here to see when we goofed. I certainly have appreciated Uncle Rave’s descriptions and discussions on the Jumble (for the past three years of lurking) and look forward to the future. Keep up the great work and thank you so much for Jumbling. It’s going to get real fun!



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