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!

![![enter image description here

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 ___ ___ ___ ????™

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ 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

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 $^1$



Row 2

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


Fixed Shot Full

Row 3

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


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


Super High Test $^1$

Row 5

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


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 $^1$


Doctors checked

Row 7

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


Haitian puzzler

Row 8

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


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: $^1$, $^1$, $^1$, $^1$

One day he LOST his MOJO; his PENCIL just went LIMP.
His DOCTORS CHECKED the dosage with which he had been FIDDLING.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ 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
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ 7- erchoyvp, 8- fngvfsl $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Jun 22 '18 at 13:44
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ 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
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ 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
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ @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

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.