Posts Tagged 'jumble solution'

Jumble Spoiler – 02/06/16

English: Dog in a retreat. Português: Cachorro...

English: Dog in a retreat. Português: Cachorro em um retiro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Department store diva.

PALAH  =  ALPHA,  RIWTL  =  TWIRL,  KOLTEC  =  LOCKET,  VHALIS  =  LAVISH   —   Giving us:  ALHTLLEAVI

Clue/Question:  The shopper demanded 50% off everything in the store because she wanted to – – –

Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at th...

Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa. I took this picture. This looks just like my dog Yuma. He was from a shelter in Evanston Il. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  HALVE IT ALL

(Punderful!  The “alpha” shopper liked to “twirl” her way to get the “lavish” “locket”.  Which one of our readers used to do this with the clue words???  Was it JT?  Could be.  It’s all kind of a blur to me by now.  None of today’s clue words are new, but three of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  Hoyt has definitely used “palah” before.  The answer letter layout was an admirably constructed jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  Knurek’s cartoon sets the tone perfectly.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  The family and I got ourselves a new family member, from a local animal shelter.  Wally!  He’s believed to be a 2 year old yellow lab and chow chow mix.  But, who really knows?!  I guess we could have a DNA test done on him, but it’s not all that important.  He’s medium sized, with short golden fur, a short muzzle and a semi-stocky build.  He’s no Ginger!  No dog will ever be.  But, he’s got a sweet disposition and he seems to be acclimating well.  So far, no accidents.  Knock wood!   The house feels more complete again.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/05/16

English: Cherry picker, Exeter Cathedral A buc...

English: Cherry picker, Exeter Cathedral A bucket truck being used to allow conservation work on the cathedral’s west front. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Bell-tower bonus.

RANPO  =  APRON,  MILTI  =  LIMIT,  NUMIEM  =  IMMUNE,  FYLMES  =  MYSELF   —   Giving us:  ARNLITMNEMYE

Clue/Question:  Installation of the new clock was completed in a – – –

English: Looking west across Fulton at a JLG 8...

English: Looking west across Fulton at a JLG 800AJ cherrypicker at work. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  TIMELY MANNER

(Yes!  That is an apropos pun!  No new clue words today, however three of the jumbles came up as new.  We have definitely seen “milti” before.  The answer letter layout was wondrous.  Nothing given away.  And, a great cartoon.  The big cherry-picker, in the background, puts me in mind of the giant construction crane that fell in the Tribeca neighborhood of lower Manhattan, this morning.  What a tragedy!  At least one dead and three injured, two seriously.  The HUGE crane fell on Worth St., between Church St. and Hudson St., destroying a number of cars, and damaging a few buildings.  Bricks are everywhere.  Considering the time of day, and the immensity of the crane, it’s a minor miracle that more people were not killed and injured.  But, it’s still a tragedy none-the-less.  My heart and thoughts go out to the victims and their families.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/04/16

English: Black Cat #1, Harvey Comics

English: Black Cat #1, Harvey Comics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Harvey Comics’ haunt.

ZOYDO  =  DOOZY,  YOLRA  =  ROYAL,  NIWOWD  =  WINDOW,  BUSTIM  =  SUBMIT   —   Giving us:  DOYOALNOWSUBT

Clue/Question:  He told Casper the ghost his secret because he knew Casper – – –

A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52F-70-BW Stratofort...

A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52F-70-BW Stratofortress (s/n 57-0162, nicknamed “Casper The Friendly Ghost”) from the 320th Bomb Wing dropping Mk 117 750 lb (340 kg) bombs over Vietnam. This aircraft was the the first B-52F used to test conventional bombing in 1964, and later dropped the 50,000th bomb of the “Arc Light” campaign. B-52Fs could carry 51 bombs and served in Vietnam from June 1965 to April 1966 when they were replaced by B-52Ds which could carry 108 bombs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  WOULDN’T SAY BOO

(I love it!  An American icon . . . of my largely misspent youth!  And, it’s a nice, long, 13-letter answer too.  None of today’s clue words are new, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  I thought we’d seen “bustim” in the past, but it wasn’t in my list of Tags.  Maybe it was before I started entering jumbles as Tags?  Whatever.  It’s there now.  I thought today’s answer letter layout was brilliant!  Nothing about it was obvious, in my opinion.  The biggest clue to the answer was the apostrophe in the answer block line.  That and the phrasing of the clue/question made the probability of the first word ending in N’T pretty high.  And, since there was no C, I figured the word had to be WOULDN’T.  However, the full answer still wasn’t quite resonating with me, so I wrote out the remaining letters:  OYOASB.  For a second I was seeing BOY, but what can you do with OAS???  Fortunately, after that realization, SAY BOO came very quickly.  For those of you who are not cartoon and comic junkies, Casper was “The Friendly Ghost”.  Whereas the stereotypical ghost wants to scare you, mainly by saying BOO, Casper is a nice kid/ghost, who just wants to be friends.  The portrait above the fireplace is probably the human incarnation of Casper.  Either that, or they’re in the home of Richie Rich, another Harvey Comics character.  The Casper character long preceded Richie Rich, so you wouldn’t imagine Casper being the ghost of Richie Rich.  But, an interesting story line could have Richie and Casper being childhood friends.  Maybe Richie was even responsible for Casper’s death!  Maybe Casper was a rival for the hand of Richie’s girlfriend, Gloria!?!  Maybe Richie wanted Casper out of the way, so he . . . But, I digress.  I hope you kids, and codgers, enjoyed today’s Jumble as much as I did.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/03/16

English: Author: Irish Tug of War Source: (OWN)

English: Author: Irish Tug of War Source: (OWN) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Getting old is no picnic!

LIRDL  =  DRILL,  CLUPK  =  PLUCK,  MURSEM  =  SUMMER,  TETAMU  =  MUTATE   —   Giving us:  DLLPLCSUEMUAE

Clue/Question:  The tug-of-war was going well until he – – –

Tug of war contested at the 1904 Summer Olympi...

Tug of war contested at the 1904 Summer Olympics. It was later dropped from the Olympic program but remains a recognized sport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  PULLED A MUSCLE

(I’d say more wordplay than pun.  Not terribly difficult.  A nice long answer though!  All of today’s clue words are old favorites, yet all of their jumbles came up as new.  The only one that took me some thought was “mutate”.  The answer letter layout was actually pretty good.  It’s just that there are two visual clues in the cartoon.  One, you see the guy grabbing his arm, in pain.  And two, the company name on the banner/sign in the background is Kingco, which could be a play on Kinkos.  A kink is a pain, that can be caused by a pull.  And of course, the clue/question was very leading.  Great cartoon.  All the letters might have made it seem like it was going to be more difficult than it ended up being.  I guess size isn’t everything!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Groundhog Day Jumble – 2016

Closeup groundhog (Marmota monax)

Closeup groundhog (Marmota monax) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The testament of greed.

FALWU  =  AWFUL,  GAMIE  =  IMAGE,  LTUNAF  =  FLAUNT,  DOGINI  =  INDIGO   —   Giving us:  WLIGLUNIN

Clue/Question:  His heirs all wanted a piece of his fortune, but he was – – –

English: groundhog

English: groundhog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  UNWILLING

(Ooh!  That is one stinky pun!    No new clue words today, however three of the jumbles came up as new.  We have seen “gamie” before.  The jumbles were good, but none of them tripped me up any.  Gotta love “dogini” though!  The answer letter layout was good, but not great.  It wasn’t super obvious, but I got the answer right away.  Cute cartoon.  It certainly tells the story!  Oh, yeah.  Happy Groundhog’s Day!  What a load of crap event this is!  And, people want to debate doing away with the coin toss for football overtime???  Oh, well.  Be well . . . be happy with what you get . . . and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Someone who reads my local newspaper, The Journal News, complained that the Sunday, 01/31/16, Jumble contained an inaccuracy.  The equation on the blackboard was for Einstein’s theory of “special relativity”, and not “general relativity”!  The correct equation would be:  \[ R_{\mu \nu } - \frac{1}{2}Rg_{\mu \nu } = \frac{G_ N}{8 \pi c^4}T_{\mu \nu }. \]  At least I think that’s the right one.  Any physicists out there???  LOL!   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/01/16

Susanna Clarke, being interviewed by Juliet Mc...

Susanna Clarke, being interviewed by Juliet McKenna (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Publishing promotion event.

COLKB  =  BLOCK,  NOREP  =  PRONE,  CABENO  =  BEACON,  NICORI  =  IRONIC   —   Giving us:  OKPOBEON

Clue/Question:  When it came to answering questions about his new novel, the author was an – – –

Answer:  OPEN BOOK

(A Monday morning gimme!  I guess after Saturday’s and Sunday’s Jumbles the guys felt we needed a break!  Toughest weekend pairing in ages.  There were no new clue words, although all of the jumbles came up as new.  I thought the jumbles for both “prone” and “beacon” were fairly challenging.  The answer letter layout was admirable.  Another fine jumble.  The cartoon’s dialog and the clue question were very leading.  I can’t imagine any of you having any trouble getting today’s answer.  Fun cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/31/16

Gravity Probe B (GP-B) has measured spacetime ...

Gravity Probe B (GP-B) has measured spacetime curvature near Earth to test related models in application of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Big Al, at the board!

KONREB  =  BROKEN,  DADCEE  =  DECADE,  MOTUTS  =  UTMOST,  PENWEH  =  NEPHEW,  TALLEY  =  LATELY,  FOMIRN  =  INFORM   —   Givi8ng us:  BEDADUSNEATLNR

Clue/Question:  Not fully comprehending Einstein’s general theory of relativity was – – –

Ball falling to the floor in an accelerated ro...

Ball falling to the floor in an accelerated rocket (left) and on Earth (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  UNDERSTANDABLE

(I guess they couldn’t grasp the gravity of the situation!  There were no new clue words today, but five of the jumbles came up as new.  I know we’ve seen “penweh” before.  The answer letter layout did a great job of keeping the answer hidden.  This was kind of a word replacement pun for comprehending.  A fine cartoon, with a great likeness of Albert Einstein.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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