‘It Was Perfect’: Man Proposes To Girlfriend In Tribune ‘Jumble’ Puzzle

By Christen A. Johnson
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Jumble” is a cartoon-word game combination in which you unscramble four words, and once you unscramble those words, there are circled letters within the words, and those letters are used to solve a mystery answer that is based on the cartoon. The “Jumble” was the basis for one young man’s proposal to his puzzle loving girlfriend.

EVANSTON, Ill.

When Aly Jiwani began to consider taking the next step with his anagram-loving girlfriend, Paula Acuna, he had a vision for the perfect puzzle proposal.

“One of our earliest memories is to use our Chicago Tribune app on her iPad and zoom into the ‘Jumble’ page,” said Jiwani, 30. “Then, we use a piece of scratch paper on the side to solve the ‘Jumble.’ ”

“Jumble” is a cartoon-word game combination in which you unscramble four words, and once you unscramble those words, there are circled letters within the words, and those letters are used to solve a mystery answer that is based on the cartoon, according to David Hoyt, the “Jumble’s” wordsmith.

Jiwani said Acuna loves word puzzles, everything from The New York Times crossword to a book of NPR Sunday puzzles he gave her.

“It’s a thing,” Jiwani said. “I enjoy doing the puzzles with her. She’s way sharper at puzzles than I am.”

Jiwani sought out the Tribune about six months ago to make his proposal plans come to life.

“I began doing research in terms of the differences between the Chicago Tribune (newspaper) and the … Tribune Content Agency (the separate business unit that syndicates articles and features),” he said. “I had a friend at the Tribune, and she connected me to the agency. It took me two or three emails, but after following up, I was put in touch with David directly.”

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