Helpful Tips For Solving the Jumble Word Puzzles

Solving the Jumble Puzzle

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As I stated in my summary, the Jumble has been a puzzle I have been working at for over 30 years--longer than many of you have been living, I'm sure! Several of us at the law office where I worked, tried to solve the Jumble during our breaks morning and afternoon. Some were good at unscrambling the words, and some could figure out the cartoon puzzle answer without doing the words. I am one of those people who usually doesn't get the point of jokes, so the cartoon was difficult for me. But since my retirement, I have improved and usually I can solve the Jumble in 10 minutes or less. The Sunday Jumble is always tougher, but the one this Sunday was really easy. The picture is of this Sunday's version and that is the one I am giving tips on how to solve.

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1. Let's start with the letters in the first word of the Jumble: W A Q U K S. The two underlined letters are the spaces in the unscrambled word that you will need to solve the cartoon puzzle. Since there is a q and a u, you can be quite certain that those two letters go together since there are no words with a q that don't also have a u. Now try to come up with a word that either ends with an s or starts with an s. From there, it is quite easy to come up with "squawk." And the two letters you will be using are q and u.
2. The next letters to unscramble are: F U M N I F. When a double letter appears, try putting those two letters together in the middle of a word. In this case, "muffin" comes up fairly easily. Thus the two letters you need from that unscrambled word are m and n.
3. D U G E T B are the letters that need to be unscrambled. Here there is no simple test for unscrambling so look for words within the letters, i.e. get, bud, bet, dug, etc. and try to put those words together. You will come up with "budget" and the two letters to use will be b and g.
4. The fourth group of letters are S N I T I S. Look for small words again and you come up with in, is, sit and sin. Since "in" is one of the words within the letters, try words that begin or end with "in." Also "ist" is an ending for lots of words. If you put "in" at the beginning and "ist" at the end, the only letter left is "s" and "insist" pops up pretty easily. I and i and t are your next letters.
5. Now we have Q U A T E E for the next letters to unscramble. Once again we have a "q" and "u" so we know they go together. Many words end with "ate" and if we put "qu" and "ate" together, we have "quate" with an "e" left over. Put the "e" in front of "quate" and we come up with "equate" with the letters underlined being e and u.
6. The final group of letters to unscramble is I G L G E G. In this case, we have three letters the same. So let's go with the idea that two of them will be together in the word, i.e. "gg." Put "e" at the end, "gg" in the middle and you have "i," "g" and "l" left. And what word jumps out at you but "giggle?" The last letters to use in solving the cartoon puzzle are g and g.

The letters we have to use to solve the Cartoon Puzzle are q, u, m, n, b g, i, i, t, e, u, g, and g. Looks pretty difficult, but not really. Count the letters you have to make sure they are the correct number to use in the puzzle. Then double check the letters to make sure you have picked the right letters out of the unscrambled words. That is one of my biggest mistakes--writing down the wrong letter. Write down your 13 letters and look at them for words within those letters. Also decipher combinations of letters, such as double letters, ending or beginning groups of letters. In doing this we come up with "ggg's," "ing," "quit," "bug," "bite," "me," etc. Look at the puzzle and figure out what the characters are and how they are interacting. Since they are beetles, the word "bug" seems appropriate to use somewhere. And with the lady beetle continuing to order the man beetle around, you think about "stop" or "quit." Put "bug" and "ing" together and that makes "bugging." So now you have the middle word which should make the other two quite easy. The last word only has two letters and one of the words we came up with earlier was "me" which seems logical when you say "bugging me." That leaves four letters q, u, i, and t and they spell "quit." Puzzle solved! "QUIT BUGGING ME."

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Solving the Cartoon Puzzle

Perhaps you have unscrambled all of the words but one. That word just doesn't seem to come to you. There is another way to go about solving your problem.

My next step then is to try to solve the cartoon puzzle. Once I determine that answer, I look at the letters to be used and see which ones I still need to finish the answer. Say that the last word of the group is impossible for me to unscramble. The answer to the cartoon, in my mind, is "quit bugging me." The letters from the other five unscrambled words are q, u, m, n, b, g, i, i, t, e and u. From those letters I can spell "quit bugin" and "me." Hence to spell "quit bugging me" I still need the letters g and g. That tells me that g is the first letter and g is the third letter of the word to be unscrambled. With a small amount of deciphering, the word "giggle" will appear. Success! All words are solved along with the cartoon puzzle.

Just another way to solve the puzzle and unscramble the words. Wasn't that fun? And really not too difficult if you just know where to start. Happy solving!

"By leading a brain-healthy lifestyle, you may be able to prevent Alzheimer’s symptoms and slow down, or even reverse, the process of deterioration." (http://helpguide.org/elder/alzheimers_prevention_slowing_down_treatment.htm) If this is true, my brain health should be A+. Now if I could just get myself out of my chair to exercise my body, I would be the healthiest 83-year old in Iowa.﻿

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joaniebaby on February 04, 2016:

Thank you. I hoped it would be helpful. I should bring it up-to-date as I have thought of more hints.

joaniebaby (author) on June 26, 2012:

Thanks for reading Christy. Crossword puzzles are too difficult for me, and too time consuming. But my mother loved them.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 26, 2012:

I used to do the jumble and I still like crossword puzzles :)