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In the game Undertale, there is a character named Papyrus who believes that the Jumble puzzle is much harder than the daily crossword.

Help prove him right by trying to solve this brainteaser:

Title: "Jumble". First word: first and sixth boxes are shaded, scrambled letters are "N E H K T C I". Second word: fifth and eighth boxes are shaded, scrambled letters are "E T S R R I N A". Third word: first box is shaded, scrambled letters are "S L E P Y A R". Fourth word: second and fourth boxes are shaded, scrambled letters are "S A N M R P A E". Instructions: "Now unscramble the grey [shaded] squares to get the surprise answer, as suggested by the cartoon on the right". The boxes given for the final answer are two, then a dash, then five. The cartoon is a robot saying "Bone appetit! Nyeh heh heh!" at a table, one hand under a plate, while a shorter figure with a robot hand slaps themself on the head. The caption to the cartoon is "Papyrus served spaghetti as usual; it was his standard evening (blank here for answer)."

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  • $\begingroup$ Source: my Twitter $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Nov 1, 2015 at 22:49
  • $\begingroup$ Are you allowing partial answers? I'm pretty sure of what I have for the first four, but I don't have a good answer for the punchline yet. $\endgroup$ Nov 1, 2015 at 23:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Dennis: The first 4 all have multiple possibilities. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Nov 1, 2015 at 23:38

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The four words are

THICKEN, RETRAINS, REPLAYS, and SPEARMAN

and the spaghetti is, of course, Papyrus' evening

RE-PASTA. (zoom-in, ba-dum-tish)

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  • $\begingroup$ Ding ding ding, we have a winner! $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Nov 2, 2015 at 2:18
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There's a cooking-related possibility for all of the first four:

KITCHEN, STRAINER, PARSLEY, PARMESAN

which gives this:

KEIRPAM

Not sure what that could anagram to, though - all of the words have multiple possibilities anyway so this could be entirely wrong.

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    $\begingroup$ Those were my first thoughts too, but I'm thinking they're red herrings given the lack of final answer. $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Nov 1, 2015 at 23:56
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    $\begingroup$ Good job on finding all the red herrings. :P $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Nov 2, 2015 at 2:18

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