Jumble Answers for 06/20/2018

POTZA = TOPAZ

SUSGE = GUESS

HGSITT = TIGHTS

VOCNIE = NOVICE

CARTOON ANSWER:

AFTER THE HYPODERMIC NEEDLE WAS PERFECTED, DOCTORS WERE READY TO – – –

TAGESTIHOVI = GIVE IT A SHOT


Happy Wednesday, Jumble players! All of the clue words were old favorites with HGSITT being the only one to give me a challenge. We last saw it on 7/26/16 where it was jumbled as THIGST. With gameplay being on the easier side so far this week, I didn’t mind that the solution to this anagram was a plural word. POTZA was also a great Jumble and deserves a mention. When a word contains a Z, it’s usually fairly easy to figure out its placement. It took a few extra seconds before it came into view making this 5-letter word my second place pick.

Moving along to the cartoon, the first thing that I noticed was that the nursing cap being worn by the female character. The addition of this detail along with the vertical lines on the wall and the vests worn by the men gave me the feeling that this was a period piece. The dialogue and sentence confirmed my suspicions and informed us that what we’re looking at is one of the first uses of a hypodermic needle on a patient. It’s unclear if the setting is the Doctors office or the patients home, but the addition of the other medical instruments on the table seem to indicate that it’s the former.

Ancient Greek and Romans knew injection was a method of medicine delivery from observations of snakebites and poisoned weapons. In 1656, Sir Christopher Wren performed the earliest confirmed experiments with hypodermic needles by performing intravenous injections into dogs. It wasn’t until 1853 that the needle was popularized and injection was accepted as a medical technique by a Doctor named Alexander Wood. His refinements to earlier needles included an all glass syringe and a hollow tip.

Dr. Wood is the gentleman that we see in Jeff’s brilliant cartoon and the glass syringe and hollow tip of the needle are both visible. Jeff is always on point with his cartoons and obviously spends a lot of time researching each subject to give us a drawing that is not only entertaining but based on fact. His attention to detail is often overlooked so it’s always an honor to fill you in on the subtleties that you may have missed.

The final solve came instantly after reading Doctor Wood’s dialogue and observing the backwards C’s all around the needle. Even though the puzzle wasn’t very difficult, the time spent interpreting and researching the cartoon made this piece a real gem. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Jumble Answers for 06/19/2018

DORUG = GOURD

LATFU = FAULT

VISALH = LAVISH

NULBED = BUNDLE

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN THE BEATLES WERE ASKED IF THEY WANTED TO TOUR AMERICA, THEY WERE – – –

ORFLTAIUL = ALL “FOUR” IT”


Good Tuesday morning, everyone! We’ve seen all of the clue words before and they were all solved instantly upon first glance. NULBED was a mighty fine Jumble and is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. It was last used on 6/6/17 and jumbled as LNBUED. On 3/3/17 it was the same anagram that we see today where it gave me just a hint of trouble.

The setting for today’s cartoon appears to be a music studio where we see four musicians having a conversation with another gentleman. Each musician is dressed in the same exact clothes and their hairstyles match as well. The only difference between them is that they’re each playing a different musical instrument. It wasn’t rocket science to figure out that Jeff was giving us a look at the Beatles before they “made it big”.

The final solution was a quick solve after reading the dialogue and sentence. The visual clue of the Beatles grouped next to each other brought FOUR to mind leaving ALL and IT to be found within seconds. This super easy puzzle was perfect for the novice Jumble player and the delightful cartoon added to its charm. Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 06/18/2018

GITEN = TINGE

SUNKK = SKUNK

PIATOU = UTOPIA

ELMYIT = TIMELY

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN THE ELEPHANTS WORKED TOGETHER, THEY WERE – – –

TNGSKUUTIIML = “MULTI-TUSKING”


Happy Monday, Jumble fans! Jeff and David gave us an unusually difficult puzzle to start the week and I couldn’t have been more excited. All of the clue words were old favorites with PIATOU being my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. We last saw it on 1/07/18 where it was jumbled as APOUTI. After trying several different letter combinations on my notepad, TOPUIA finally brought it into view which allowed me to move on to to the cartoon.

Today’s panel featured four elephants somewhere in the wild and they seem to be constructing a foot bridge. Three of them appear to be males with a lone female in the bottom right-hand corner. She’s carrying some vines which are perfectly coiled around her left tusk while the other three gather logs of wood. After reading the dialogue and sentence, it’s not known why they’re building such a structure so perhaps it’s irrelephant. What we do find out is that they’re working in perfect unison to complete the task which was key to the final solve.

The surprise answer was a mammoth 12-letter Jumble which contained a hyphen and quotation marks. It seemed intimidating at first, but by noticing the -ING ending right off the bat allowed me to eliminate 3-letters. TUSK came into view next leaving a simple jumble of MULTI for the finish. Have a great Monday ivoryone, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Jumble Answers for 06/17/2018

UNCOPE – POUNCE

KEDRRA – DARKER

MAAPLI – IMPALA

CROCHS – SCORCH

SITUHA – HIATUS

MICENO – INCOME

CARTOON ANSWER:  HE WAS NOW TALLER THAN HIS FATHER, BUT HE STILL – 

OU   DK   MPL   OH   IT   OE  =   LOOKED UP TO HIM

Good Morning, Everyone!              🏆 HAPPY FATHER’S DAY 🏆

🎶 You’re the end of the rainbow, my pot o’ gold, you’re DADDY’S Little Girl to have and hold….A precious gem is what you are, you’re Mommy’s bright and shining star, You’re the spirit of Christmas, my star on the tree, you’re the Easter bunny to Mommy and me…You’re sugar, you’re spice, you’re everything nice, and you’re DADDY’S Little Girl…🎶

🏆 When I grew up in Brooklyn, I would hear out in the street,
A phrase that always stuck with me, that others would repeat.
They’d say “Law of the Jungle” was the only way to go…
IMPALAs POUNCE is what I gleaned, the image my mind showed.
It seemed a whole lot DARKER than what I had learned at home…
My Father having taught me things like “All Roads Lead to Rome”…
So thinking that to SCORCH someone was how to get ahead,
Caused a HIATUS to come between the street and my homestead.
My Father taught me kindness and respect…the rule of thumb,
To meet and treat all equally, not look at ones’ INCOME
And those became the principles, till this day never dimmed,
My Father taught me right from wrong…and I LOOKED UP TO HIM 🏆

Today’s words are a nice blend of the SHORT and the TALL. Easy, not so easy. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re hard, but we may have had to pull on that old thinking cap for one or two. I found them all to be Sweet Repeats, except for DARKER. It may be new. Yet somehow, it seems so familiar. But, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been doing the puzzles on the Just Jumble App for a while now, so I may have seen it there. One other thing I thought I’d mention is that today, the word HIATUS is printed here, and also on the 4-word version that a lot of our readers have in their papers, the Vintage Jumbles. I’m not sure if this is a first, but I did find it amusing. Ok, on to our solution! Today, I believe we find ourselves in Detroit, supposedly on FATHER’S DAY, at the home of the U-HAUL Family. We see a man, STRETCH say 30ish, slightly TALL, giving his Father, AVERAGE, AVI for SHORT, say late 50ish, average HEIGHT, a card. From the dialogue, we see that it’s hand made, just as the younger man made in his youth. We can see that the Avi is visibly moved, and Stretch goes on to say that his Father has always been his hero. In the background, the wife and Mother, CASSIE, CASE for SHORT, is seen…also visibly moved. There’s a lot of MOVING going on here, with this U-HAUL Family. Our question states…Even though the son was now TALLER than his FATHER, he still…LOOKED UP TO HIM! Good one, David. HIGH Five!

Ok, eye candy. I’m so DRAWN to the drapes. The inclusion of the finials on the curtain rods deserves a ROUND of applause. Great detail, Jeff. Stretch’s arm on Avi’s shoulder, and Avi’s arm, in turn on his…both outSTRETCHED to one another…very TOUCHING. Case’s hand to her throat in sentimental surprise…MOVING. And I like the Detroit Red Wings Logo on Stretch’s Jersey, and Avi’s shirt…but I’ll FLY past it.  The card is cute, but just like the newspaper in Case’s hand, I can’t make out the image too well…just not GRAPHIC enough…So, that leaves the old writing on the wall…There’s an old PHOTO of the three of them, hanging on the wall. And Stretch is sitting upon his Father’s shoulders…Just the LIFT I needed this morning…So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great Father’s Day, Everyone! I RAISE my glass to all who celebrate! 🍷🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 06/16/2018

PYMET – EMPTY

VTEEN – EVENT

SARILP – SPIRAL

CIPMAT – IMPACT

CARTOON ANSWER:    THE TENNIS MATCH WOULD BEGIN – – –

ET   ET   SIA   MAT  =  AT A SET TIME

Good Morning, Everyone!               🎾    IT’S SIX, LOVE...  🎾

🎶I’m like a RUBBER BALL, Baby that’s all that I am to you (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)…Just a RUBBER BALL, ‘cuz you think you can be true to two (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)…You bounce my heart around (you don’t even put her down)…And like a RUBBER BALL, I come bouncin’ back to you…RUBBER BALL, I come bouncin’ back to you…🎶

🎾 After a trying day at work, while looking to relax,
Two men head to the tennis courts, but not poetic wax…
Some friendly trash talk’s spoken just EMPTY kidding smack,
With smiling faces we can see, the words hold no IMPACT.
Their tennis EVENT’s starting at 6 o’clock we see…
The guy in back? I SPIRAL…Jeez, he needs to wear a tee!
But returning to our players, let’s hope they have some fun,
By the looks of them it seems as if it’s already begun.
It should be quite a match up, though they both look past their prime…
Get out there Guys, and play your game…As it’s AT A SET TIME! 🎾

After a week of a lot of HITS with just a few MISSes, we’ve no reason to find FAULT with any of today’s words either. Every SINGLE one was seen beFOREHAND, in fact within the last three months of last year. This not only makes them ALL Sweet Repeats, it also gives us a slight ADVANTAGE, don’t you think? Anyway, LET’s move on to our cartoon, and SET our minds on the solution…Today, we find ourselves in the Locker Room of what looks like a private Blue CHIP Tennis Club. Our two PLAYERS, ACE and ALLEY are MEETing up after what seems to have been a day at work. I- FORMATIONed that idea from ACE’s a-TIE-er. We hear them RANKing on one another about who has the better SHOT at WINning, and while they’re not making a RACQUET, they are HOLDing their own…We hear ALLEY say that the game’s SET for six, and he looks just about ready, while ACE is seen still changing OUT of his work clothes. Our statement: When would the MATCH begin? AT A SET TIME! Good LOB, Dave! You BOUNCED that one right off us!

Ok, eye candy…To the left of ACE’s feet, sits an OPENed gym bag with his Polo Shirt and Tennis Shoes. At ALLEY’S  feet his can of TENNIS balls awaits. Both men are in their stockinged feet, with ALLEY lacing his left shoe. Each of their TENNIS bags are shown. The gentleman seen walking past, in the background, is shirtless, wrapped in a towel, with a SECOND towel draped around his neck. Since he’s carrying a bar of soap, I guess he’s on his way to HIT the showers. Walking bare-footed though, I hope he doesn’t slip and fall FLAT on his face. Maybe DOWN THE LINE the club should make it a POINT to get its members to BREAK the habit, and FOLLOW THROUGH with a fine if needed. Even if it’s just a DEUCE. And then, beyond himwe see a wall mirror with a sink faucet, topped off by a clock denoting that it’s 5PM. So, what did Jeff DRAW that QUALIFIES for my vote today? I’ve narrowed it down to the HAIR on ACE’S legs, and the hole in ALLEY’S shoe…Should there be a TIEBREAK? No, I think today, both FIRST and SECOND SERVE as the WINNERS. So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And remember…In Life, as in TENNIS…It’s better to have LOVED and LOST, than to have never PLAYED at ALL…🎾🙋🏻

 

Jumble Answers for 06/15/2018

VAARL – LARVA

WARND – DRAWN

TOPTEN – POTENT

SYUBLI – BUSILY

CARTOON ANSWER: THE EARTH ORBITS THE SUN – – –

LRA   DRA   OEN   ULY = ALL YEAR ROUND 

Good Morning, Everyone!         🌎 GO AHEAD EARTH…MAKE MY DAY! 🌎

EARTH Angel, EARTH Angel…Will you be mine? My Darling Dear..love me all the time…I’m just a fool …(just a fool)…A fool in love, with you…🎶

🌎 What we see DRAWN for us today, is POTENT as its real,
We once again are sharing in the wisdom that is Neil’s…
He’s s teaching more young children, ’bout the power up above,
And shaping these young minds in hopes that science they might love.
While some study ’bout LARVA, and others go towards ground,
deGrasse Tyson’s all about the Cosmos so unbound…
He’s BUSILY showing these young kids things that surely astound…
And he’s at it with his heart and soul…he teaches ...ALL YEAR ROUND! 🌎

Our words today are all Sweet Repeats, the most recently seen being LARVA, which CRAWLED onto our pages back in February. While they’re not OUT OF THIS WORLD words, perhaps POTENT may be in the TOP TEN, and cause a slight STOP OVER. Ok…Our cartoon today brings us to the HAYDEN PLANETARIUM, in NY City, where we see renowned Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson once again teaching about the SOLAR SYSTEM. I say once again, since you may remember Mr. deGrasse Tyson being here with us three weeks ago, on May 24th. Today he’s showing a group of young children, perhaps on their school year-end field trip, the wonders of the EARTH ORBITing the SUN. Our dialogue tells us that he’s using words such as SOLSTICE and EQUINOX, but as usual, he makes things interesting by putting a NEW SPIN on it. As one child asks how long it takes for the EARTH to go AROUND the SUN, the children’s teacher, standing to the right, answers “365 DAYS”…a YEAR. So when our question is asking…The EARTH ORBITS the SUN???….We answer with…ALL YEAR ROUND! BOOM! Good one, David! SUNsational! Ok, eye candy…We have HEAVENly bodies of our SOLAR SYSTEM hanging in the background…and SATURN is RINGing a bell. I think I’ll give it the CONSTELLATION prize today. So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! It’s Friday…Get yourself ready for a STELLAR weekend…All you have to do is PLANET right! 🌎🙋🏻

 

Jumble Answers for 06/14/2018

CYDAE = DECAY

LDANB = BLAND

BONGOL = OBLONG

EYLLVA = VALLEY

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN CHUCK YEAGER BROKE THE SOUND BARRIER, HE WENT – – –

DEABNDOBONVAEY = ABOVE AND BEYOND


Happy Thursday, everyone! We didn’t see any new clue words this morning, instead we had a mashup of old favorites. BONGOL is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day because it was the only one to give me a few extra seconds of pause. It turns out that OBLONG was the most recently used clue word with its last appearance on 4/13/18. With all of the clue words finished in a flash, it was time to zoom on over to the cartoon.

The setting for today’s cartoon appears to be a desert where we see three servicemen staring up at the sky. At first I thought they were watching a fireworks display but the cartoon sentence and dialogue cleared up the matter. We learn that it’s Charles “Chuck” Yeager they’ve come to see as he blasts off in the Bell X-1 aircraft in an attempt to break the sound barrier.

This aviation accomplishment occurred on October 14, 1947 over Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert. Yeager traveled at Mach 1.07 at an altitude of 45,000 ft in the X-1 aircraft he nicknamed Glamorous Glennis after his wife.

Two nights before his scheduled flight, Yeager fell from a horse and broke two ribs. He was worried that the injury would remove him from the mission so he chose to see a civilian doctor. The doctor taped his ribs to help with the pain and Yeager only told his wife and fellow project pilot, Jack Ridley, about the accident. On the day of the flight, Yeager was unable to seal the hatch of his aircraft so Ridley fashioned a device using the end of a broom handle as an extra lever which allowed Yeager to seal the hatch!

Yeager retired from the Air Force on the 50th anniversary of his historic flight and the plane he piloted is on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. General Yeager is now 95 years young and resides in Penn Valley, California. He started a foundation named the “General Chuck Yeager Foundation” which supports programs that teach the ideals by which General Yeager has lived.

The final solution came quickly after staring at the clue letters for a few seconds. The letter layout was a dandy but the AB near the front of the layout and the V at the end brought ABOVE into view. AND came next followed by BEYOND for the finish. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 06/13/2018

BIRON = ROBIN

SULYO = LOUSY

NETTAN = TENANT

SARYAT = ASTRAY

CARTOON ANSWER:

HOW MANY GUARDS PROTECT THE NEW YORK HARBOR STATUE? THEY’RE NOT – – –

RBILOSYTEATTAY = AT LIBERTY TO SAY


Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! We saw a slight uptick in the clue word difficulty this morning with NETTAN and SARYAT. TENANT was last in play on 2/17/18 and ASTRAY was on 6/16/16. Of the two, SARYAT required a few extra moments of pause before it came into view making it my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day.

For today’s cartoon, Jeff took us on a field trip to Liberty Island in New york City. We see a young boy speaking to a security guard while other visitors take pictures of the colossal neoclassical sculpture in the background. What’s interesting about today’s panel is that Jeff chose to show us a view from the rear of the statue instead of the front. This view didn’t allow us to see Lady Liberty’s face but he still managed to delight us with two other features which are the torch in her right hand and a tabula ansata in her left. It was difficult to pick just one amazing detail from this cartoon as my favorite so I’ll share two with you. The first is the torch souvenir in the young boys right hand. The second one is so small that you can’t see it unless you view the cartoon online. At the base of the statue you’ll see 3 people taking a picture with a selfie stick. Two of them are wearing baseball hats with the New York Yankees logo on the front!

The final solve was unique in that a question was stated in the cartoon sentence and the surprise answer would be the solution to it. I don’t recall the last time the Jumble creators attempted a format like this and it made for an entertaining change of pace. The clue of “harbor statue” brought LIBERTY instantly to mind allowing for a blind solve of the puzzle. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 06/12/2018

GIRRO = RIGOR

UGGAE = GAUGE

LHEWAT = WEALTH

TAREHF = FATHER

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE BATTLE FOR BUSINESS BETWEEN THE SOD SELLERS WAS A – – –

RAUWTFR = TURF WAR


Happy Tuesday, everyone! WEALTH was the only clue word to give me pause making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. We last saw it used in a Sunday puzzle on 7/30/17 where it was jumbled as THALEW. With all of the clue words solved in a flash, it was up to the surprise answer to give me the challenge that I’ve been craving for over a week.

The setting for Jeff’s cartoon was a yard where some new sod is being rolled out. Reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that it’s actually two competing businesses laying fresh turf with a simple chain link fence separating the crews.

The two business owners are in the middle of the panel having an argument over who handles customers in this particular neighborhood with the gentleman on the left insisting that it’s his territory. The man on the right won’t admit that he’s cutting in on his competitors turf and instead argues his opinion which is that he does a better job. Even the laborers are getting into the fray with the woman sticking her tongue out and the other gentleman telling her to grow up. The only thing that these two businesses can agree on is that they both want to make some quick green.

The final solution was a blind solve after reading the cartoon sentence. The letter layout was a great Jumble but not challenging enough being only 7-letters in length. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!