Jumble Answers for 11/18/2018









Good Morning, Everyone!      💳 GIVING CREDIT…WHERE CREDIT’S DUE?…💳

🎶 Well, I guess this story must begin that fateful day a way back when,  I decided I should have a CREDIT CARD...So I filled out this application, listed all my recommendations…Sent it off in the mail…And in a month or so the mailman brought me my brand new CHARGE-ALL CARD...Better than checks, safer than money, and not near as dirty!…🎶 “The Credit Card Song” – Dick Feller   1974    https://tinyurl.com/ycjzpfnb

💳 I’ve read about this recently, the MOTION towards no cash,
And while not causing UPROAR, there’s certainly backlash.
A move to further BISECT the haves from the have nots?
I can’t DEFINE the reasoning to satisfy the lots…
But here to buy a FLOPPY shirt with graphics to display,
We see a whole new KETTLE of fish as people go to pay.
But everyone seems quite happy…I can’t help but admit…
And the owner’s even happier ’cause he TOOK CREDIT FOR IT! 💳

I wasn’t sure I’d find all of today’s words in our archives, but surprisingly, it PAID OFF to look. Two of them go back a while…BISECT, went back to 2014, but then appeared again on the 11th of October, in 2016. And FLOPPY was last seen on July 15th, 2016. The other four, 2017 and 18 entries. None of the Early Morning Jumblers were stumped this morning…but there was a slight tic at BISECT, and UPROAR, the latter being one of these compound words that tend to COST some of us a moment or two longer to decipher. Ok..Let’s not INVEST any more time here…Our cartoon awaits..

Before we begin, I’d like to offer my “Welcome Back” to our resident illustrator, Jeff Knurek. As much fun as Guest Jumbler Week can be, there’s no one can hold a stylus to Jeff. I’ve missed you, and I’m happy to have one of your cartoons DRAWING my attention this morning…

That being said, we find ourselves today at the SHIRT SHACK, a T-SHIRT Emporium. Two young women and a young man serve as our customers. The man and woman at the background left, owners as we can ADD UP by the dialogue, are happily discussing how the man’s decision to go CASH LESS proved to be nothing less than a savvy business move. He’s using the word “kids” to describe his clientele, so I suppose we can assume that the Shirt Shack appeals mostly to the YOUNG AT PART…because PARTING with their money they are! And since he’s also saying..”KNEW” and “THOUGHT” it’s pretty CLEAR that he’s PROFITING from his business acumen…He definitely TOOK CREDIT FOR IT! Well, wrap up those SHIRTS, Dave, you’ve made a SALE!

Ok, eye candy… Before I get into it, I first must also give some CREDIT where it’s due. The color’s today are some of the best we’ve seen in a long time. Our bearded owner is decked out in two great shades of blue. Our female shopper at left, a rarely-seen redhead, wearing dark purple, is holding a shirt of powder blue, while her friend, wearing light green, holds a pretty pink one. The CASHier..or shall we call her the CASH “where”?  is wearing a stunning shade of violet, as our male shopper dons the always-stylish basic black, over khaki pants. The display counter is a dark peach-toned wood, and our checkout counter is gray...A WEALTH of color today...and a wonderful BALANCE! It all looks great! As for the candied details? Let’s do the graphics on the shirts. We have the Eiffel Tower in white, a Bird in flight amongst the clouds in black, an angry Unicorn in pink, and an Owl adorning our PAYING customer. But ZEROing in? We see that he’s being CHARGED $25, and he’s having “No problem” tapping his..Gold colored .JUMBLE CREDIT CARD with it’s CHIP to pay! Would you look at that! A CREDIT CARD with Jeff’s signature “J”! That Jeff…What a CARD! So, There you have it Folks, DUN!!! Have a great day, Everyone! And I’ll leave you with one of my favorite CREDIT CARD jokes…”A man asked a Magic Fairy to make him desirable to all women…So she turned him into a CREDIT CARD”...And yes, in the INTEREST of full disclosure.. I did SWIPE the joke! 💳🙋🏻





Jumble Answers for 11/17/2018







Good Morning, Everyone!       🐻 GETTING THE REAL COLD SHOULDER? 🐻

🎶 Way up North to ALASKA, way up North to ALASKA…North to ALASKA, go north, the rush is on…North to ALASKA, go north, the rush is on…🎶 “North to Alaska” – Johnny Horton 1960            https://tinyurl.com/y8sboxg4

🐻🐻Two polar bears out in the wild, an igloo missing BRICKs,
The bears look pretty NERDY, but they’re up to dirty tricks.
It’s definitely a HAZARD, being out there on this day,
The poor guy in the “ice box” obviously the entree…
A bears’ diet we’re seeing here, DEFIER comes to mind,
They’ll eat whatever pleases them…and it looks like mankind…
I know it’s just a comic strip, I get it’s just a tease…
But that poor guy all broken up? Enough for my BRAIN FREEZE…🐻🐻

Establishing that DEFIER is truly a word seemed to be the biggest challenge this morning, and along with NERDY they appear to be new entries into our Jumble collection. BRICK and HAZARD, both old favorites, also proved to be the easiest in the mix, solved with BEARly a PAWS

Today’s Guest Jumbler, CHAD CARPENTER, https://tinyurl.com/ycaga6s9 has brought us to the frozen TUNDRA. Both written and drawn by Chad, the comic deals with wildlife, nature and outdoor life, began in 1991 in the Anchorage Daily News, and today appears in over 500 newspapers. Looking at our panel, we see two POLAR BEARS having dinner. Sadly, the main course is a victim of their BI-POLAR disorder…And what the poor guy was doing out there, so ICEsolated, we may never know…It’s just too unBEARable to watch…But seeing the F and the Z, realizing that the Bear on the left is practicing the right to BEAR arms, and noting that he’s touching his head the way we all do when that COLD Man Quiver hits…The answer to our question is served right up…One of the Drawbacks of a POLAR BEARS‘ Diet? BRAIN FREEZE! Good one…But aBEARantly we saw it coming!

Ok, eye candy…With the panel having a blue background, black darkened sky, and the rest awash in white, the only color showing is a bit of the blue-jeaned leg and brown shoe of our DUPE DU JOUR. Yea, it’s bleak…and beCLAWS of that, I’ll pass on the candy today…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…And keep in mind…If you sometimes feel like there’s nothing but PANDAmonium in your life? Try your best to grin and BEAR it…And you’ll realize that after MAUL, it makes things a lot less POLARizing…🐻🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 11/16/2018






PS   DAN   AM   AE   =      EMPA – “NADAS”

Good Morning, Everyone!             🍩 COMING UP EMPTY? 🍩

🎶 Say hey, good lookin’ – what ya got COOKIN‘, How’s about COOKIN‘ somethin’ up with me?…Hey, sweet Baby…don’t you think maybe…We can find us a brand new recipe?…🎶  “Hey, Good Lookin'” – Hank Williams  1951 https://tinyurl.com/y8dr7j89

“In the WARMLY scented kitchen, Baldo became TIPSY, and the DEBATE was whether he was DRAWN to the aroma of the baked goods or had he tested the liqueurs…”

🍩 In the WARMLY scented kitchen, Tia Carmen happily bakes,
And she’s hoping everyone enjoys her food when they awake.
She seems a wee but tired, and she looks a little DRAWN,
Perhaps she needs to rest some more, ‘stead waking before dawn…
The Family does sometime DEBATE the fact she works so hard,
But Tia knows she’s needed, so no slacking’s in the cards.
As far as feeling TIPSY, yes it comes…but then it goes,
Ok, she’ll try to rest some more…She needs to…this she knows.
But right now dinner needs be planned…perhaps a nice frittata?
A good idea, once she’s done with these empty EMPANADAS! 🍩

All of our words today are SWEET Repeats, but the opinions are SPLIT this morning as to which may be the toughest. None of them were really hard to DIGEST, but DEBATE seems to have gotten the most DISCUSSION….

Our cartoon today is of the comic strip, BALDO, https://tinyurl.com/y9mpqala, which gives us two Guest Jumblers. Written by HECTOR CANTÚ and illustrated by CARLOS CASTELLANOS, BALDO presents a look into the lives of three generations of a Hispanic family, living together as a household. Shown here are BALDO, the main character, and his Great-Aunt, TIA CARMEN, who is often described as being a little ditzy.  Carmen has been baking, but it seems that she’s forgotten to stuff her BAKED TREATS, which are called EMPANADAS. https://tinyurl.com/ycqs8ost. NADA in Spanish means NOTHING. So in answer to our question…BALDO called the empty pastries…EMPA-“NADAS”! It’s a very fulFILLING pun!

As for the eye candy…The entire kitchen is shaded in light blue, the only color being our two characters and the empanadas at front. BALDO is dressed in his usual outfit, the white-striped red pullover with jeans, and is seen staring judgingly, with a rather CRUSTy look, into the hollow shell of the baked good. TÌA, wearing her favorite long-sleeved lilac dress, with a darker shaded scarf around her neck, has a look of sadness and disappointment. How unfair! She’s such a SWEET woman, and let’s face it, when baking, there’s always that MARGARINE for error…The platter she’s holding is piled high with the empanadas, which she’s baked to a perfectly beautiful golden brown color…And they’re the eye candy for today…So they’re empty…So what? All she need do is switch COURSE, say they’re Croissants…and call it a day! I wouldn’t worry about it TÌA…We’ve all been there. Personally? I’m constantly accused of being HALF BAKED!…(In fact, I’ve even begun to WARM up to the idea)! The way I look at it, as long as I know they LOAF and KNEAD me? Then I’m ok with whatever they call me! And Tia? You’ll  always be a SWEETheart in my book! So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone!…And a thought…If someone’s SWEET enough to bake for you? The YEAST you can do is be grateful, and just enjoy the FRUITS of their labor….🍩🙋🏻


Jumble Answers for 11/15/2018









Happy Thursday, everyone! Today’s puzzle featured two brand new clue words to baffle our brains. Both LOTTO and PATCHY made their debut into gameplay this morning but they were quickly deciphered along with the rest. Our other two words were both used in 2018 with INVOKE being the oldest of the group. We last saw it jumbled as OVENKI on 3/29 which was slightly more challenging than what we saw today. Since all of them were instantly visible to me, I’ll leave a poll down below where you can vote for the most difficult anagram of the day.

It’s hard to believe that we’re already at day #4 of Guest Jumbler Week. Yesterday’s puzzle ended up being the most searched for answer of all time for this blog so don’t feel bad if you weren’t able to figure it out. There was a LATTE discussion in the forums in which players went back and forth about the grammatical intricacies of the sentence, but overall it was a well brewed pun that suited the cartoon perfectly.

Today’s panel is courtesy of Ed Steckley who is an award winning illustrator from Queens, New York. The first thing that I noticed about the cartoon was the very fine detail work of the piece. Unfortunately my newspaper was a bit skimpy on the ink this morning so I had to look at the online version to get the full effect. The lines of the cartoon have a soft feel to them and it looks as though it might have been been drawn by hand without the aid of a digital device.

The cartoon sentence informs us that little Rube Goldberg wanted to catch a mouse so he constructed a thingamajig to get the job done. In his books, Mr. Steckley always has Rube devising inventions with interactive sequences which help him accomplish mundane tasks. It definitely was a treat starting at point A and following the the path to point K where he traps the silly looking mouse. I could go into great detail about every mechanism, but instead I’ll share with you my favorite part of the cartoon. If you look under the saw-horse that Rube is standing on, you can see the hole in the wall where the mouse has taken up residence. An absolutely superb drawing!

The final solve consisted of an 11-letter anagram that was rather cryptic. The painstaking detail of the machine and wording of the cartoon sentence made CONTRAPTION jump out at me after staring at the letters while enjoying a few sips of tea. If you enjoyed Ed’s cartoon, be sure to stop by his website and pick up a signed copy of his latest book which features more of Rube’s unconventional CONTRAPTIONS! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow! 🐭

Jumble Answers for 11/14/2018









Happy Wednesday, Jumble geniuses! Today’s puzzle started off with a brand new clue word in BLOAT. It also ended up being the only word that wasn’t instantly visible so it’ll be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The remaining three words were old friends, but their anagrams were new. MARKET ended up being the oldest one in the group and was last used on 11/9/17 and jumbled as KTREMA.

It’s Day #3 of Guest Jumbler Week and we’ve been treated to some really great cartoons so far. Today’s guest is Sandra Bell-Lundy and she brings us a a panel from her strip, “Between Friends“. Bell-Lundy, a Canadian native, launched her comic in May 1990 and it now appears in more than 175 newspapers. The comic focuses on three middle-aged professional women and the problems that they face in their lives.

In today’s panel we see a woman that just can’t fall asleep. It’s a situation that I’m all too aware of and it’s an absolutely horrible feeling. The cartoon sentence identifies the character as Susan and her sleepless night began after having a cup of coffee after 3pm. It looks like Susan might suffer from a caffeine intolerance and she should avoid those late afternoon pick me ups. But the damage is done and we see her lying in bed with her eyes open a mile wide and her pupils constricted to pinpoints.

The final solve consisted of a 13-letter anagram that was extremely cryptic and kept the solution well hidden. I noticed “SLEE” in the layout so I figured SLEEP would be in the answer. With the remaining letters resembling mush, I scrapped SLEEP and started again. Reading the sentence a couple of more times brought PROBLEM to mind and all of the letters were there. The leftovers looked like SEATTLE until I focused a bit and found LATTE. Placing the remaining “S” on PROBLEM finished this one off making for one clever answer! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow! 😴

Jumble Answers for 11/13/2018









Happy Tuesday, Jumble fans! The clue word choices for today’s puzzle were an interesting mix but not overly challenging. All of the anagrams were new but the words they produced were recycled favorites. GUITAR eneded up taking the most time to solve which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. We saw it exactly one month ago where it was jumbled as IGRUTA, but it still tripped me up. CAUGHT is the oldest word in the quartet and made its last appearance in gameplay on 1/20/17 where it was scrambled as GUCATH.

It’s day #2 of Guest Jumbler Week and today’s panel is courtesy of Dave Whamond. Mr. Whamond is the creative genius behind the “Reality Check” comic strip and was born in Edmonton, Alberta but grew up in the small northern Canadian town of Whitecourt. His strips provide a wacky vision of the world that exposes the hidden hilarity in ordinary circumstances which is exactly what we see today.

The setting for today’s piece is an operating room where we encounter three characters. The cartoon sentence informs us that the robot is undergoing abdominal surgery and we see a female and male duo performing the necessary repairs. Under the bright lights of the operating table we see that they’ve swapped their scalpels for wrenches in an attempt to remedy the situation, but what caught my eye was the fact that the robot was wide awake and watching the surgery take place!

There were a few other details that Mr. Whamond added to make his drawing visually appealing. We see a small bolt flying out of the robots “chest” cavity which was probably the cause of his discomfort. The head mirror on the male surgeon added a touch of realism to the piece, but what I was most impressed with was the dog robot that was looking into the operating room from behind the circular window in the rear of the panel. Was this robot the significant other of the patient bot? Even though robots don’t have feelings (yet), it was a well placed detail that gave the panel some emotion during a tense situation.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters and created two words that were separated by a hyphen. Looking at the layout, I noticed the word CUT spelled out perfectly but it was too obvious. I saw the ING ending next so I decided to cross it out in an attempt to reduce the amount of letters I was working with. Still thinking about CUT, I saw the G next to it which brought GUT to mind. The rest of the answer flowed naturally for the finish after remembering the visual clue in the cartoon. Today’s cartoon was a hoot and the answer was definitely not a gimme. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 11/12/2018









Happy Monday, Jumble friends! Regular players of the game will immediately recognize that today is the start of Guest Jumbler Week. This annual tradition is in its 6th year and features talented and popular cartoonists that draw their own cartoons and, in some cases, create puns for the puzzle. It’s always a unique spin on the game that introduces us to new characters and settings that broaden our Jumble horizons!

All of today’s clue words were old favorites with CEDDEA being the only anagram that we’ve definitely seen before. Even though it wasn’t new, it still took me the longest to decipher making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. On an interesting note, BASIC was last used on 10/26/16 and VIPER was used the next day 10/27/17. TURKEY ended up being the oldest clue word of the group and was last used in gameplay on 5/6/17.

Today’s cartoon featured the comic strip “Crankshaft” which is written by Tom Batiuk and drawn by Dan Davis. The daily strip follows elderly bus driver, Ed Crankshaft, and the adventures he encounters while dealing with life’s curveballs.

In today’s panel we see that Crankshaft has, once again, driven his bus into his neighbors mailbox. This is a recurring gag in the strip and you can’t help but feel sorry for George Keesterman every time it happens! Keesterman has his right hand on his forehead and an obvious look of frustration on his face as his mailbox and all its contents lay strewn on the ground. Crankshaft can be seen looking out of the corners of his eyes at his neighbor with an apologetic “oopsie” kind of face.

The final solve was in typical Monday fashion with a short six-letter anagram to work through. After looking at the letters, BUS was quickly found leaving TED for the finish. It was a very easy start to Guest Jumbler Week and I look forward to seeing all of the talented artists that Jeff and David have lined up for us. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 11/11/2018









Good Morning, Everyone!                ⛽️  A JOB WELL DONE! ⛽️

🎶 You sacrificed to serve our nation, you make us proud in many ways. Because of you, we have our freedom….We honor you on VETERANS DAY...🎶 “On Veterans Day” – Words and Music by Karl Hitzemannm   2014   https://tinyurl.com/y8oe5qkq

🇺🇸 Today, Veterans Day…A day where we MUDDLE through the grounds of cemeteries, placing FLORAL pieces at the GRASSY headstones of our fallen heroes…A day to not make WHINNY sounds about the state of affairs of our nation, but to strive to FERRET out the issues that divide us, the PIMPLEs that besmirch our good name…And look to resolve them instead of worsening them…A day when we honor our Veterans, past and present, and hope that new days will dawn for America…days where every man can say that he DID WELL FOR HIMSELF...🇺🇸

To all our Veterans, to all our heroes, to you the heart and soul of all that is America, I thank you for your service, I pray for your strength, and I tip my hat to you in respect. Happy Veterans Day. God Bless America. Today and every day….🇺🇸

Today’s words weren’t OIL that easy…PIMPLE impelled a few of the Early Morning Jumblers to scratch their heads, while FERRET scurried around for a while before it came into view…The other 4 words…Iffy, but doable…

Our cartoon today has us back out on the OIL FIELDS, which we’ve visited many times before.  You may recall that just one month ago exactly, on October 11th, we visited with a couple who were not SITTING WELL because an OIL RIG had been erected right beyond their front porch…WELL at least today we’re nowhere near a Homestead…Instead we’re seeing a man who truly brings it on HOME! He’s a OneMan RIGGING Crew! And he’s telling us so, by saying..”I’m SUCCESSFUL because I do it all”! He DOES it all! And HE’s doing it WELL…Wink..Wink…He..DID WELL FOR HIMSELF! Good one, David! You definitely brought this one BARRELin’ home!

Ok, eye candy…You all know the DRILL..We look for the something that really WRENCHes our eye…We see an OIL BARON who stands out, but the rest is pretty BARREN…A green FIELD, two RIGS in the background. The Man of the Hour…all 24 of them, standing on a yellow ladder with a WRENCH in his hand, working on the MAIN gray RIG. On the ground beside him we see an opened red tool box…and right behind the RIG, we have the front end of an orange car. Not much to go on, a little BORING…But I did find three tiny BITS of candy…Our man is wearing a GREEN HAT, and a single bead of sweat is visible upon his face…But the real MONEY shot? The clasp on the OIL Barons’ TIE? There’s a tiny little OIL RIG on it! Jeff, that’s a HOLE lot of talent! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone. And remember..OIL’s WELL THAT ENDS WELL, ⛽️🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 11/10/2018







Good Morning, Everyone!                 ♠️  I GOTTA’ HAND IT TO YOU…♠️

🎶 He said, “Son, I’ve made a life out of READIN’ PEOPLE’S FACES, knowin’ what the cards were by THE WAY THEY HELD THEIR EYES...So if you don’t mind me sayin’, I can see you’re out of aces…For a taste of your whiskey, I’ll give you some advice”…He said, “If you’re gonna PLAY THE GAME, boy you gotta LEARN TO PLAY IT RIGHT…You’ve got to know when to hold ’em…Know WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM…There’ll be time enough for countin’, when the dealin’s done…🎶 “The Gambler”Kenny Rogers 1979.              https://tinyurl.com/y9mr5q2x

♠️ The key to playing Poker…well to playing for the win…
Is putting on a Poker Face, and not some silly grin.
So seeing that our girl here has HYENA traits a showin’
I can’t help but keep thinking that the pot will not be growin’
I’m not sure who’s the foil here, so many smiles abound,
You can’t make grandstand gestures when you’re playing for a round.
Nobody here looks DRENCHed in sweat, they all seem quite amused..
So I’m not sure who’s in or not…I feel a bit confused.
Maybe it’s just a friendly game, maybe those chips aren’t real..
‘Cause Poker calls for ownership and DISOWN seems the feel…
Whatever’s going on here, we can see her cards are GRAND
And winning with that Royal Flush, a true GO HAND IN HAND!♠️

All of today’s words are Sweet Repeats, with DISOWN being seen as recently as Octobet 14th. A little quirk, GRAND appeared on The 15th of November last year, and DRENCH the very next day. Our oddest word, HYENA was last seen on December 28th. A few of the Early Bird Jumblers had a little tic with DRENCH, but DISOWN CHIPped away at them the most this morning, with FIVE of them seeing Wisdom at first glance….

So, our cartoon…Once again today, we’re GAMBLING. What’re the ODDS? Having just been at a Casino a few days ago, on the 1st of this month, today we find ourselves at what apPAIRS  to be someone’s basement, since a staircase is seen in the background at left. There’s a POKER GAME in progress, and Jeff, our resident cartoonist, has chosen to be in attendance. Perhaps it’s his residence! ANTE‘s at a table with THREE others, who may be “real life” characters, but I can’t be sure. At first glance, my eyes immediately went to the bald man at front, who I thought to be David. But because of the heavy eyebrows and rather exaggerated jowl, I wouldn’t PUT MY MONEY on it. We see our sole woman player, holding a ROYAL FLUSH in her HAND, with the 10-JACK-QUEEN-KING and ACE of SPADES clearly visible. Nice detail, Jeff. And since nothing beats what she’s HOLDING in her HAND in a POKER GAME…and those double H’s and D’s were hard to miss, our solution was a simple one…The ROYAL FLUSH and WINNING? They…GO HAND AND HAND! Good one, David! Once again, you’ve HANDed us a WINNER! 

OK, eye candy…The panel’s shaded in light teal, but the colors today are very vibrant. The CHIPS are all RED ones, which are FIVE dollar CHIPS, so it looks like the entire POT is under $200. It seems that Jeff and the other gentleman playing are “ALL IN” too, since there are no CHIPS showing in front of them. They’re both TALKING TRASH to our woman, trying to unnerve her, and cause her to FOLD, but she’s got her MIND SET on WINNINGDIRTY pool, Guys! The other man, who apPAIRS  to be a little older, is wearing a gray pull OVER, with yellow striped sleeves, and he’s sporting a rather oversized chain with an amulet of some kind at his neck. His eyeglasses are trendily red-stemmed. He’s wearing a black cap, and the image on the white inset looks like a familiar LOGO, but I’m DRAWING a blank, and I just can’t identify it. Perhaps one of you may recognize it. The woman, is sporting a very unique hair cut, which is what LEADS me to believe she’s a friend of Jeff’s. Her right ear has THREE piercings with THREE small loop earrings. And Jeff is dressed in one of his favorite signature black Poi Band T-shirts. If you look real closely, you can see the Logo visible behind his cards. But here’s the TWO things that I’m finding to be the raw DEAL. The bald gentleman at front. I really don’t think it to be David, mostly because of the sinister look of him., especially the dark-bridged eyebrows…But, above his left ear? There’s THREE little MARKings..and whenever Jeff DRAWS a caricature of Dave, he places the exact same THREE dots. A conundrum..And the real WINNER for me today? He doesn’t seem to be HOLDING a HAND, the PILE is too thick. He’s HOLDING what looks to be the remainder of the DECK of cards. So is he the DEALER? And if so, no one HOLDS a deck of cards like that, FOUR fingers or not! The THUMB should be at top, not the bottom. So I’m really LEFT wondering, and the eye candy becomes the “SHY candy”…I’m just SHY of making up my mind! What do you all think? Let me know…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…and I’ll FOLD with a little POKER JOKER…What do you call a Comedian who plays POKER? A JACK of all SPADES…and a Master of PUNS! ♠️🙋🏻

POST SCRIPT:  Anyone who follows JUMBLE on Facebook, has already noticed that a new Cover Photo was posted this week. For those of you who don’t follow…(and you should)! 😉 or don’t join us here on Sunday’s…Just a little heads up. Monday begins  the 6th Annual Guest Jumbler Week, where Jeff turns his stylus pens over to a different fellow cartoonist each day. It’s always fun…So, be sure to tune in each day, and be part of whatever surprises are in store for us this year! 🖊🖌




Jumble Answers for 11/09/2018







Good Morning, Everyone!    🎩 SAY IT ISN’T SO…SERIOUSLY…SAY IT ISN’T SO🎩 

🎶 TALKING is cheap, people follow like sheep…Even though there is no where to go. How could she tell he deceived her so well…Pity she’ll be the last one to know…SILENCE is golden, but my eyes still see…SILENCE is golden, golden, but my eyes still see…🎶 “Silence is Golden” – The Four Seasons 1961                 https://tinyurl.com/yczkfyk5

🎩 From what we see upon the wall, they only have this son,
And most likely the quiet treatment long ago begun.
Dad’s thinking it’s not MANLY, he says so and he’s brash…
He knows this isn’t steady work, there’ll definitely be no STASH.
Where Mom may be more CUDDLY, she’d rather hear him speak,
She’s picturing that box routine he’ll do week after week…
She wonders if it’s her fault, since PONCHO was her choice,
Maybe a name of cover-up made him cover his voice?
Whatever is the reason, it seems mum’s here to stay…
Say what you will, but it looks like it’s down to YOU DON’T SAY! 🎩

While all of our words today are Sweet Repeats, the anagrams are all new; and while there may be a bit of a challenge to them, for the most part, it’s not much to SPEAK of. Our two oldest words, MANLY and CUDDLY came out of the BOX at the end of 2017, while STASH, which looks like the easiest word of the day, is also the newest, having been seen as recently as October 13th. And just a week before that, on October 6th, we had PONCHO…Ok, that’s a WRAP!

Three times last year, we SPOKE about MIMES here in our Jumble pages: in February, March, and October. But from what I can see, this looks like it’s first APPEARANCE this year. So, let’s ACT IT OUT...Today, Jeff’s brought us into the home of Mr & Mrs WYATT IT-US. Seen sitting in easy chairs, reading, they’re approached by their son, PONCHO, dressed as a MIME. But, MIME oh MIME, it’s not a happy scene…From the dialogue we HEAR that this SILENT desire of their son has once again reared its’ bowler-hatted head. While Mom is asking him to SPEAK OUT, it seems that he’s NOT ALOUD to…You know, MIME rules and all that. And Dad is definitely not happy with the whole thing. He knows that becoming a successful MIME is practically UNHEARD OF! I guess he’s figuring all that money spent on a college education…and the BOX his son will end up thinking OUT OF isn’t even there? No, he can’t HANDle it.. And with him SAYING “Not the MIME thing AGAIN”? I’m guessing the third MIMES the charm…So, in answer to our question. What did they SAY? They said…YOU DON’T SAY! Good one, David! You definitely keep ’em coming…MIME after MIME...

OK, eye candy…Light purple shaded panel, matching green easy chairs. Picture on the wall, showing the IT-US Family, years ago. Mom, wearing powder blue slippers, sits reading a book. Poncho, dressed as we’re TOLD all MIMES are, in striped shirt, bowler hat, and a blue pair of PANTs. O MIME, but wait..shouldn’t they be black? His white face shows the requisite black teardrop, and he’s wearing white gloves. But he’s sporting a bit of a beard on his chin, which is usually UNHEARD of with MIMES. Dad, in black stocking feet, is reading a newspaper, opened to the BLACK and WHITE comic section …We can see the Family Circus and Ziggy, and above that a Jumble puzzle featuring a guitarist. There’s three others also, but I can’t put my FINGER on them. Maybe one of you out there can give me a HAND. But what really caught my eye this morning? The picture on the wall, showing Mom, Dad and Poncho holding balloons…If you look real closely, you’ll see that Mom and Dad had so much more hair back then…Sure, no STRESS! I bet those were the Best MIMES of their lives! So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And maybe we should rethink that whole “Children should be seen and NOT HEARD” thing…Just SAYIN‘! 🎩🙋🏻