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This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36

Jumble® was one of my favorite puzzles growing up. They were quick and fun and relatively easy; they took just long enough to keep me occupied while eating cereal before the school bus came every morning.

Below are eight jumble-style puzzles, each with a picture that may help you to understand each section's respective answer.

The basic rules are these:

  • Each puzzle consists of a series of anagrams for you to solve. Please note and respect the tag.
  • The underscores(_) and boxes(⌼) show letter position. The ⌼ is an indicator that the specified letter(s) will be used in the solution of that individual Jumble-style puzzle. This solution will be a caption of sorts for the adjacent picture.
  • The eight solutions will be comprised of (2) or (3) words, for a grand total of (18) words.
  • The (18) solution words will fit (somehow) into the Final Problem as indicated by the "____" placeholders.
  • The final word in the last couplet (indicated with "????") in the Final Problem is the ultimate goal.


Good luck and have fun!


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The Final Problem:



There was a ___ ___ who ___ like a ___.

One day he ___ his ___ ; his ___ just went ___.

His ___ ___ the dosage with ___ he had been ___.

They ___ him up! They ___ him ___ of ___ ___ ___ ????™




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    $\begingroup$ Jumble!! Ah, the memories! $\endgroup$ – Sid Jun 22 '18 at 5:47
  • $\begingroup$ Is it possible that in the first set, the letters you want from the fourth word are 1,4 rather than 1,5? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 22 '18 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ ... ah, no, looking at the final problem, perhaps not. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 22 '18 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan always looking downfield, huh? $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jun 22 '18 at 13:32
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Thanks @Hagfy for these $^1$ (A really big part of the puzzle)
Thanks @David Starkey for these $^2$

Row 1

feared -> f d $^1$
Violin -> i l i n
Magic -> g i c
Warthog -> w h
devilish -> d h $^1$


Caption

(WHICH FIDDLING) $^1$


Row 2

firearm -> f i
regulator -> u o
Rifled -> f l d $^1$
Restricted -> s t e
Phalanx -> h l x $^1$


Caption

Fixed Shot Full


Row 3

Pocket -> o
protector -> t
goofball -> o o
Magician -> m
juggles -> j l s


Caption

Lost mojo


Row 4

Station -> s t i $^1$
methane -> h e
pollution -> p u $^1$
petrol -> e t r
chemistry -> h
gasoline -> g s


Caption

Super High Test $^1$


Row 5

Arboreal -> e l
Haired -> h d $^1$
dirty -> dir
infested -> i d
accomplice -> c m p $^1$


Caption

Riddled chimp


Row 6

Prescribe -> e c $^1$
traction -> r c t o $^1$
Hospitalized -> h d $^1$
checkup? -> c k
scoped -> s o e d $^1$


Caption:

Doctors checked


Row 7

islander -> i a n r
zigzag -> z z
creole -> el $^1$
republic -> pui $^2$
Habitat -> h a t $^1$


Caption:

Haitian puzzler


Row 8

flaccid -> l c i $^1$
Satisfy -> i $^2$
complete -> l e
harrumph -> m p $^1$
phony -> p n


Caption:

Pencil Limp? $^1$


Final words:

which fiddling
Fixed shot full
lost mojo
Super high test
Riddled chimp
Doctors checked
Haitian puzzler
Pencil limp

The Final Problem: $^1$, $^1$, $^1$, $^1$

There was a HAITIAN PUZZLER who RIDDLED like a CHIMP.
One day he LOST his MOJO; his PENCIL just went LIMP.
His DOCTORS CHECKED the dosage with which he had been FIDDLING.
They FIXED him up! They SHOT him FULL of SUPER HIGH TEST RIDDLING!™

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    $\begingroup$ I think I have a few more: rot13(1-SrnerQ,QrivyvfU; 2-evSYrQ,cUnYnaK; 4-FgnGVba,CbyyHgvba; 6-gEnPGvBa,FpBcRQ; 7-peRbYr?,UNovGng; 8-sYnPpVq,uneehZCu,CRAPVY YVZC?) $\endgroup$ – hagfy Jun 22 '18 at 13:05
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    $\begingroup$ 7- erchoyvp, 8- fngvfsl $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Jun 22 '18 at 13:44
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    $\begingroup$ I think the last word of 1 is the first and last letter (D and H) which could give rot13(JUVPU SVQQYVAT)? Also I have a misspelled possibility for 7: rot13(UNGVNA CHMMYRE)? $\endgroup$ – hagfy Jun 22 '18 at 13:46
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    $\begingroup$ OH! I think for 6 rot13(UbfcvgnyvmrQ -> QBPGBEF PURPXRQ). Here's my final story so far: rot13(Gurer jnf n UNGVNA CHMMYRE jub ___ yvxr n ___. Bar qnl ur YBFG uvf ZBWB; uvf CRAPVY whfg jrag YVZC. Uvf QBPGBEF PURPXRQ gur qbfntr jvgu JUVPU ur unq orra SVQQYVAT.) Nothing on the last line yet. $\endgroup$ – hagfy Jun 22 '18 at 14:15
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    $\begingroup$ @PL457 Aha...I think rot13(Gurl SVKRQ uvz hc! Gurl FUBG uvz SHYY bs FHCRE UVTU GRFG EVQQYVAT)! $\endgroup$ – hagfy Jun 22 '18 at 16:15

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