Jumble Answers for 12/11/2018

TAWEH = WHEAT

ECONU = OUNCE

FLAMEE = FEMALE

TEPIRM = PERMIT

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE SKIER GAVE EXACT INSTRUCTIONS AND EXPECTED THE SPEEDBOAT DRIVER TO – – –

WHTONLEEIT = TOW THE LINE


Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! All of today’s clue words were familiar old friends, but we did have two brand new anagrams to work through. ECONU and TEPIMR came up as new while TAWEH and FLAMEE have definitely been used in the past. FLAMEE took me a few extra seconds to decipher which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Breaking up the double E’s at the end was the trick to getting it solved where my natural instinct is to leave them coupled. FEMALE was also the oldest clue word of the group and was last scrambled as AMFEEL on 12/6/16.

Our cartoon panel brings us to a body of water where we encounter a female getting ready to do some water skiing. She looks like she’s almost ready to go but her dialogue indicates that she wants to go over the route one more time with the driver. She tells him the exact speed she’d like to go at different intervals so that she can perform at her best.

There were loads of fun details in the cartoon that you might have overlooked if you were in a rush to get this one solved. Starting with the larger boat in the foreground, you can see that Jumble is written in cursive right above the stern platform. There was also plenty of rope bobbing in the water to keep our Jumble friend a safe distance away from the propellers of the motor. The female in the water has her life preserver on and there are three fish swimming right near her skis. In the background is a male skier that is already up and going. The operator of that boat appears to be female and her long hair is straight back behind her head indicating that the boat is at full throttle. If our skier doesn’t hurry up and get going, she’s going to have to contend with some huge waves that will surely be coming her way!!!

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. I thought the layout was cryptic and kept the answer well hidden. The “HT” at the beginning of the anagram brought THE to mind as one of the 3-letter words. LINE and TOW came into view after staring at the remaining letters for just a few seconds. The final solution was a fun play on the proper “toe the line” idiom that people often confuse. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

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Jumble Answers for 12/10/2018

HAPTC = PATCH

ZIYZD = DIZZY

GLIEBR = GERBIL

FUTEFB = BUFFET

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

USING THEIR HIGH BEAMS AT NIGHT ON THE UNFAMILIAR ROAD WAS A – – –

ATHDIGRIBE = BRIGHT IDEA


Happy Monday, everyone! There’s no better way to start off our week of jumbling duties than with a brand new clue word. PATCH made its appearance into gameplay this morning but it was instantly visible upon first glance. DIZZY and BUFFET met the same fate leaving GERBIL as the only word that took some extra time to work through. Our oldest word of the day ended up being DIZZY where it was scrambled as ZIDYZ on 1/28/17.

Today’s cartoon featured a simple drawing of two people driving in a vehicle at night. The cartoon sentence informs us that the couple is cruising in unfamiliar territory and that they’ve decided to use the assistance of their high beams to illuminate the roadway. The passenger can be seen using her cell phones GPS in an attempt to identify where the sharp curve in the road is and we see a picture of it on her handset.

Since the cartoon is showing us a nighttime scene, the interior of the vehicle is shaded mostly black. We do see a faint glow from the vehicles instrument cluster as well as one around the gear shift. The only extra detail that I could identify within the panel was the 6-point deer that is semi hidden behind some shrubs in the top left corner.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. Even though the layout didn’t give anything away, the leading nature of the cartoon sentence made this one an instant solve. I wish all of you a merry Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 🚘

Jumble Answers for 12/09/2018

SBYILU – BUSILY

MYNZEE –  ENZYME

SMTACO – MASCOT

TODPET – POTTED

GREDDE – DREDGE

DICINT – INDICT

CARTOON ANSWER:  WILL THE ACROPOLIS BE A TOURIST ATTRACTION IN ANOTHER 2,000 YEARS? – – – 

BSI   NE   MAS   OTE   REE   INT  =  IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN 

Good Morning, Everyone!              🏺 “IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME”! 🏺

Good Sunday Morning, Jumble Fans. Here are our words and solution for today. I’m going back to sleep for a few hours, but for all of you Early Birds out there, who are wide awake and will REMAIN so, I didn’t want to leave you hanging, so…Enjoy! And for those of you interested in reading more of what’s TO BE SEEN…Click on the link in your Email that says, “Comment” or “Add a Comment“, and you’ll be brought to our page, where you can take a TOUR of our SITE. Of course leaving a Comment is not required, but we’d definitely enjoy hearing from you should you choose to do so….Until I return, ” Ta léme argótera”! 🏺🙋🏻

🎶 What do you do with the SANDS OF TIME when they carve out lines around your eyes… I can close my fists up good and tight, But I can’t hold back the sands of time…Night and day, Night and day, you REMAIN, you REMAIN…🎶 “You Remain” – Willie Nelson with Bonnie Raitt 2002    https://tinyurl.com/y7cp83me

🏺 The beauty that is Ancient Greece is widely known to man,
And tourists have been visiting way back since time began.
A BUSILY sketched out schedule is sure to be topped off,
By touring the Acropolis, of this no one would scoff.
The ruins that are the Parthenon, where ENZYMEs may have settled,
A lot to DREDGE up on your tour as long as you’ve the mettle.
There’s climbing that’s required, POTTED areas, no terrain…
The superstitious ones can bring a MASCOT if it rains…
The steps sometimes get slippery, so caution is required,
Of course there’s places on the way to stop should one get tired.
Greek history abounds here, INDICT may come to mind…
(And even if it doesn’t…I had to make this rhyme)!
The visit’s not a cakewalk, but from all that you will glean..
It must be on your schedule, yes…IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN 🏺

I was very surprised this morning to find that INDICT and POTTED weren’t listed in the ARCHIVES that we work with. I feel we’ve SEEN both words before, but perhaps I’ve SEEN them while jumbling on David and Jeff’s JUST JUMBLE game. (And for those of you who may not have TOURED that APP yet, I highly recommend it). Of our REMAINing 4 words, ENZYME GOES BACK the farthest, to January 29th, 2016. And the only word that caused a pause this morning was POTTED. 8 of my 11 fìloi ( friends?) SAW Topped, and couldn’t CLIMB past it..TBT, look back UP at my poem…3rd line. I was thinking it too, even after I knew it was POTTED! I had to rewrite line 7! How about you all? What word almost RUINed your morning?

Still going with our outdoor themes, today we find ourselves in Europe, above the city of ATHENS, GREECE, visiting the ACROPOLIS. Here’s a link to some information about it, should you be interested. https://tinyurl.com/yagsb77x. We see a couple, stopping along the way to take photos of The Parthenon. They’re overheard discussing how amazing it is to be looking at RUINS that are 2,000 years old. And the solution to our puzzle came to me right here in our dialogue. Him mentioning the 2,000 years, the “Remains” and her saying…”Show” our family..To be seen. IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN! Oh TROY, oh TROY, how clever is that? Once again, David, you’ve REACHED all new HEIGHTS! Way to RHO!

Ok, eye candy. Except for the “ROCKS and ROLLS”, Jeff’s really not given us much to SEE. Various brown pieces of stone and columns are strewn about…”THE REMAINS OF THE CLAY”..😉 The brown Parthenon stands in the background…SEE? Not much. Sorry, I hate to RUIN this for you…But there are two little things that caught my attention…The woman’s phone is capturing the image of the ANCIENT RUIN. I always love when Jeff gives us those dePICtions…and the man is wearing a Fanny Pack, which may not be as ANCIENT as you think. I’ve seen them displayed again in Macy’s and they were mentioned as an idea for a Christmas gift on one of those numerous morning talk show deals…But the funniest part? They were offered for sale with extension straps. I suppose for those of us who remember them from the early 90’s was it? What? We’ve REACHED all new WIDTHS? 😂 So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone..And I’ll leave you with a little GREEK “punny” that might be found relevant even AFTER ALL THESE YEARS...”ANCIENT GREEK  politicians always blamed the MEDEA”! 🏺🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 12/08/2018

NOOEZ – OZONE

LIYHL – HILLY

RAURHH – HURRAH

TUNMTO – MUTTON

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE SWISS CHEESE AT THE CHURCH PICNIC HAD AN ATTITUDE THAT WAS – – – 

ONE   HIL   HRAH   UTTO   =  HOLIER THAN THOU 

Good Morning, Everyone!            🧀  SWISS DIS? 🧀

🎶 So you met someone who set you back on your heels – GOUDA GOUDA...So you met someone and now you know how it feels – GOUDA GOUDA…So you gave him your heart too, just as I gave mine to you…And he broke it in little pieces, now how do you do…HURRAH and hallelujah, you had it coming to ya…GOUDA GOUDA for him…GOUDA GOUDA for me…And I hope you’re satisfied you rascal you…🎶 “Goody, Goody” – Frankie Lymon 1957   https://tinyurl.com/y7ek6l2l

🧀 There’s cheese that goes with white wine and cheese that goes with red…
There’s cheeses that have reeked so bad the OZONE layers bled…
There’s cheeses for a picnic, the HILLY view serene…
There’s cheeses that are fruity-flavored and they’re tinged with green…
There’s cheese that goes with MUTTON and some with steak tartare…
There’s cheeses aged so richly that you give a last HURRAH
I do love cheese but still I’m sure a cheese that’s this highbrow?
I’ll take a pass for surely it’s not HOLIER THAN THOU! 🧀

Talk about whimsy! DAIRY I say I laughed until the COWS came home? Until I turned BLUE? I mean does it get any CHEDDAR than this? Ok, Ok, I’ll stop…Today’s words give us a freeBRIEHURRAH. it’s new, it’s FRESH, and it TASTED, I mean it tested the patience of a few of the Early Bird Jumblers.. But it was MUTTON, that really got their GOAT. And now I think it’s time ASIAGO on to our cartoon…

Ok, you know the PROCESS…Today Jeff has taken us outdoors once more, this time to a Church picnic. At first I wrote that the black silhouetted building at the back of the panel was a COTTAGE, but then I saw the steeple, and had to CUT it out of my post. Along the back, we see 6 WHITE silhouetted figures, 3 male, and 3 female, the male farthest right doing the honors at the smoke-emitting GRILL..ED I think his name is. And up front, we have our man of the SOUR, with the SHARP tongue. The SWISS CHEESE. WEDGEd between a male, COLBY, colored a mustard yellow, and a female, BRIE, a golden yellow, he’s sitting there on the cutting board acting like MUENSTER Big, boasting that he’s liked the best. Please…his story’s full of HOLES! What a STINKING attitude, am I right? WHEEL Big Shot. I’d like to CREAM the guy…No class, no CULTURE at all…Anyway, NEUFCHÂTEL that everyone is just FETA up with him, especially JACK, a beige French GRU YÈREing the mustache. He calls him a ham…HAM and CHEESE. (Now can that get any CHEDDAR)? …But in answer to our question…What kind of an attitude did the SWISS CHEESE at the CHURCH picnic have? One that was…HOLIER THAN THOU! HA! David, now that’s a pun AGED TO PERFECTION!

Eye candy? Besides the Cheese du BORE, and his fellow Cheeses du jour, I guess we have to go with the SLICER and the two accents of green GARNI, looking to be parsleyBut bottom line, no matter how you SLICE it, the HOLE cartoon is a CUT above! Jeff, you’ve SERVED up a Gem!…And I’m gonna just RIND this up! So, There you gave it Folks! Done! Have a GOUDA day, Everyone…No, scratch that…Have a GRATE one! 🧀🙋🏻
And I’ll leave you with a little something to SAVOR…🎶SWEET dreams are made of CHEESE, who am I to disaBRIE  I CHEDDAR the world and the FETA CHEESE, everybody’s looking for STILTON…🎶 “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” – The Eurythmics 1983   https://tinyurl.com/z6tnnww

Jumble Answers for 12/07/2018

NUYNS – SUNNY

LOGTA – GLOAT

RODRIT – TORRID

MTTCOA – TOMCAT

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE LANDSCAPERS AT NASA’S JOHNSON SPACE CENTER SPECIALIZED IN – – –

UNN   GLO   ORRD   OCT  = GROUND CONTROL

Good Morning, Everyone!                🐛 GRUB-A-DUB-DUB 🐛

🎶 GROUND CONTROL to Major Tom, GROUND CONTROL to Major Tom…
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on…🎶 “Space Oddity” – David Bowie 1969     https://tinyurl.com/y97ao3fn

🐛 As many of you surely know, Grubs in the grass remain
One of the things we dread to find, a gardeners true bane.
Those TORRID days we spend outdoors, trying to cultivate
A stretch of grass to GLOAT over, a display quite first rate…
We chase away the TOMCAT, the rabbits and such ilk…
Our SUNNY dispositions hoping to grow grass like silk.
But Grubs show up and oft times tend to definitely take its’ toll
And we’re left high and dry as we perform our GROUND CONTROL🐛

So, Fellow Jumblers, we’ve sucSEEDED in drawing another work week of Jumbling to a close…and as our week winds down, we find that all of todays’ words have been PLANTED here before. The one word that stopped 7 of the 11 Early Bird Jumblers dead in their TRACTS this morning, and had them SCRATCHING their heads, is TOMCAT, one of those oft times complicated compound words. …And it just so happens to be the oldest of the group today, having last appeared way back on August 6th, 2015, and anagrammed as MOACTT. There was also a very slight PAWS at TORRID, but GLOAT and SUNNY easily SHONE through…

Once again today, we find ourselves outdoors in a field of GRASS. Jeff’s LANDED us onto the GROUNDS of the Lyndon B Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas. This is where Spaceflight training, research and flight CONTROL take place. You know, the GROUND work…We see three LANDSCAPERS, one most likely an Environmental Engineer, whom I’ll call Tom Jones, and two other GROUNDSkeepers, named HOEmer and DRAKE. Tom is kneeling, as is Hoemer, inspecting the dead patches of GRASS that have been caused by GRUBS. It’s most likely mid-summer, (which is when we usually see this type of damage) and the white C-shaped larvae of various beetles and chafers, has unfortunately FEASTED themselves into our SOIL and eaten away at our GRASS ROOTS...We see Tom turning and HOEmer tugging on pieces of the TURF. Speaking from experience, I can tell you that when GRUBS are the culprits, the dead patch rolls up just like a carpet, and you can easily see that it has no roots. It’s totally ROOTless! But our dialogue is telling us, that desBLIGHT the presence of these intruders, our men stay calm and in CONTROL, and remain solidly GROUNDED. GRUB Spray is mentioned as a solution, and we feel assured that it’ll definitely sucSEED  in restoring the 🎶Green, Green Grass of Loam…🎶 So, in answer to our question…The LANDSCAPERS specialized in…GROUND CONTROL!…And that about COVERS IT! Good one, David…MEALY good one!

Ok, eye candy…We see two beige-bricked buildings, with a large structural sign identifying it as the Johnson Space Center. The NASA logo is featured, which is a Sphere representing a Planet, the Stars representing Space, the Red Chevron, in the alternate shape of the constellation Andromeda, (which is a Wing representing Aeronautics), and then the orbiting Spacecraft going around the Wing. There’s also a logo displayed on both HOEmer and Drakes hats, and HOEmers’ shirt, that appears to be a triangled Blade of GRASS. There’s a large black and white Aircraft at the backGROUND, off to the right. DRAKE, at left, is holding a rake, and a small utility bucket’s behind him. He’s wearing black PLANTS, I mean pants, and his shirt is teal. HOEmer, kneeling off to the right, wears jeans and a navy shirt. But it’s Tom who provides us with the candy today. He’s wearing white gloves…White gloves? To work in the GROUND? Hmm..I think we’ll need some exSTAINing here…He’s digging with a three-pronged Cultivator, and he’s a leftie! I’ll give you a big HAND for that Jeff! He’s dressed in black pants, to match his tie, a brown vest, and a white shirt. But the cute little treat that I KNEEded  to see this morning? He’s wearing khaki-colored KNEE PADS! I just really FELL for those! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! Bye, bye…GROW Long! 🐛🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 12/06/2018

CNAIP = PANIC

NTTEH = TENTH

LBPBEE = PEBBLE

RULLAP = PLURAL

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THEY BUILT THE CASTLE ON THE HIGHEST POINT SO THEIR ENEMIES WOULD HAVE AN – – –

PAITTHBLELUL = UPHILL BATTLE


Happy Thursday, Jumble fans! Although there weren’t any new clue words this morning, David offered up four brand new anagrams in an attempt to get us to wave our white flag of surrender. It definitely wasn’t the first two words with both of them coming instantly upon first glance. The last two were rather challenging, and rightfully so, with only one puzzle remaining before the weekend. PLURAL took the most time for me to decipher which earns it the title of most difficult anagram of the day. TENTH is the oldest word in the quartet with with its last appearance on 3/16/17 and jumbled as HENTT.

There’s nothing more exciting than a medieval battle scene filled with swords, knights in shining armor, and a king in a castle. Jeff provided all of the above elements to turn today’s cartoon into an instant Jumble classic. The panel features a group of brave souls that are plotting to besiege a castle in a very hostile takeover. The dialogue between the men indicates that the campaign won’t be a cakewalk and that they’ll continue their forward progress at all costs.

There were plenty of extra details within today’s cartoon to keep our attention long after the solve. The little scar on the right cheek of the knights face was a hidden gem that lets us know that he’s been battle tested before. We also see a plethora of weaponry from the period including seven polearms with extremely sharp points. There’s also a large sword being held by the brains of the operation that has a minimally decorated cross-guard and an oversized pommel. Looking closely at the castle in the background you can spot a group of eight men that are ready to protect their king at all costs. The castle is small in size but it did have indented parapets for extra visual appeal. Lastly we see The king in the middle of the group and he’s wearing a four-pointed crown and a stoic look upon his face.

The final solve consisted of an anagram containing 12-letters. The layout was extremely cryptic and kept the solution well hidden. The dialogue and sentence focused on the castle being built on the “highest point” and the difficulty they’d have reaching it. Spotting the U in the anagram brought UPHILL to mind leaving BATTLE to be found a few moments thereafter. Today’s cartoon is a perfect example of how the pun is truly mightier than the sword. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 12/05/2018

MERIG = GRIME

LOPTI = PILOT

GADJEG = JAGGED

GNEIOP = PIGEON

CARTOON ANSWER:

HE DIDN’T WANT TO PAY MUCH FOR THE OFF-ROAD VEHICLE AND WAS TRYING TO GET IT – – –

REPTJDIE = DIRT “JEEP”


Happy Wednesday, everyone! Mr. Hoyt offered up a new clue word in JAGGED which makes it our second new word this week. Using the double letter trick of coupling the G’s together made quick work of it leaving PIGEON as the only word that slowed me down this morning. PIGEON was also our oldest clue word of the day and was last used on 5/16/17 where it was brilliantly scrambled as ONEPIG.

Moving along to today’s cartoon, we see two Jumble characters standing beside a vehicle that is in a serious state of disrepair. A third Jumble character of a young boy can be seen playing behind the steering wheel and he probably envisions himself taking the jalopy out in the woods for an off-road adventure. The dialogue between the two men consists of them trying to negotiate a price. The seller is asking for one thousand dollars and the buyer counters with an offer of five hundred due to its condition.

Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, did a superb job of showing us the many flaws of the vehicle. There’s a broken headlight, a mangled bumper, a broken windshield wiper, a flat tire on the passengers side and a completely missing tire on the drivers rear side. He even went so far as to have the vehicle propped up on a cement block for an added touch of decrepitness! My favorite detail overall was the glimpse of the items within the garage in the background. It looks like there are some spare parts to the vehicle that are leaning up against the wall.

The final solve consisted of an anagram that was 8-letters in length. It was the same amount of letters as yesterday’s puzzle but one of today’s words was in quotes. With the main focus of the cartoon being the vehicle, JEEP was the obvious choice to start me on my way. With those letters crossed out, DIRT was instantly found leaving us with a very punny answer. I wish you all a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 12/04/2018

PXLEE = EXPEL

YPOLO = LOOPY

SUFREE = REFUSE

GJOREG = JOGGER

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

BEN FRANKLIN’S RESPONSE TO BIFOCAL SCEPTICS WAS – – –

ELLYUSOE = YOU’LL SEE


Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle featured a brand new clue word in LOOPY. All of the anagrams were new as well, but they were all instantly visible upon first glance. EXPEL was the oldest repeat with its last appearance on 4/6/16 and scrambled as ELPXE. My choice for the most difficult anagram of the day is REFUSE. The word itself has two meanings and can be used as a verb to indicate or show that one is unwilling to do something or as a noun meaning trash. With all of the clue words out of the way, it was time to focus my attention on today’s cartoon.

In today’s panel we are greeted by two gentlemen having a conversation. I didn’t need to read the cartoon sentence in order to immediately recognize that the seated gentleman was Benjamin Franklin. We see him showing his acquaintance a pair of glasses in his right hand while his left hand is pointing to a letter that is layed out before him on the table. Also on the table is another pair of glasses along with some lenses that appear to be cut in half.

The letter, in my opinion, was the most interesting detail in today’s panel. A quick online search revealed that it was written to Mr. George Whatley on May 23, 1785. The letter is often credited as proof that Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals and it also contains a sketch that explains how they work. A transcript of the correspondence between the two men can be read HERE, with the last letter being the one that we see in today’s cartoon.

The anagram for the final solution consisted of only 8-letters. Noticing the two L’s paired together along with the apostrophe in the answer field brought YOU’LL instantly to mind. SEE was found quickly thereafter leaving a solution that required no ink to be spilled. This definitely wasn’t a difficult Jumble to complete, but the interesting facts learned about Franklin’s invention made it a worthwhile endeavor. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll SEE you right back here tomorrow! 👓

 

Jumble Answers for 12/03/2018

CAMWA = MACAW

TLOTA = TOTAL

ROIRMR = MIRROR

TIRBET = BITTER

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE TRUCK DRIVER WHO BECAME A FARMER HAD A – – –

ACAOTLIRRRTTER = TRACTOR TRAILER


Happy Monday, Jumble fans! Although there weren’t any new clue words to start off the week, we did get three new anagrams to play with. MACAW was the only one that we’ve seen in gameplay before way back on 5/14/14. Today’s words were all instantly visible upon first glance making it hard to choose one as the most difficult. I’ve attached a poll down below where you can vote for the one that troubled you the most.

Our cartoon panel brings us to a farm where we see a truck, a tractor, and a couple of gentlemen having a conversation. The man on the left, dressed in a turquoise blue shirt, black pants, and a safari hat, seems surprised to see his neighbor getting ready to haul away an old tractor. He inquires where “Betsy” is going with the response being that she needs to go into the shop for repairs.

The cartoon sentence informs us that the owner of the tractor is a former truck driver and that he’s decided to pursue farming as a new career. He seems to have trouble breaking the truck driver mold though with his attire seemingly better suited for hauling rigs. He’s wearing a red flannel shirt, blue jeans, and a trucker style cap. Also noticeable was an oversized belt buckle with a picture of a big rig on it along with a wallet attached to a chain in his back pocket.

The farm scene was well drawn with a shaded barn and silo in the rear. We see approximately 20 rows of tilled earth with the curvature of the land starting out flat near the barn and rising into a steep hill near the parked truck. My guess is that angle was too much for ol’ Betsy to handle and that’s why she finally broke down. The truck hauling the tractor has an antique look to it. The “J” logo on the grill was a a terrific detail to find along with the hula dancer bobble on the dashboard.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 14-letters. What jumped out at me were the three R’s and two T’s all nestled together in the layout. This made TRACTOR come instantly to mind leaving TRAILER to be found almost as fast it the remaining letters. Although the puzzle was a cinch to complete, the vintage machinery in the cartoon along with their hidden details made today’s game a gem. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow. 🚜

Jumble Answers for 12/02/2018

HCTTAH – THATCH

EYULSR – SURELY

FIRTAF – TARIFF

BRANER – BARREN

MITGAB – GAMBIT

BACLOT – COBALT

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE MEAL AT THE FANCY RESTAURANT WAS DELICIOUS, BUT THEY WERE HAVING PROBLEMS – – –

THH   SEL   TI   BAN   GMI   COL  =  STOMACHING THE BILL

Good Morning, Everyone!                  💸 WHOA…BELLY  💸

🎶 Next to a beauty queen…Used to the finer things. Yeah, I missed work for three days…Kissin ‘ on you, didn’t get paid…I couldn’t help but think...I CAN’T AFFORD to love you…But I can’t afford not to…Hoo-hoo-hoo…🎶 “Can’t Afford to Love You” Blake Shelton   2010     https://tinyurl.com/yd28l4bw

💲🍝 He didn’t think that dining here a GAMBIT would compare,
For SURELY he’d have forgone that steak extraordinaire…
The bill reads like a TARIFF, his stomach starts to churn,
He feels like something THATCH-like’s making his throat burn.
This meal will leave him BARREN, his budget shot to shreds,
He’s hoping that he’s brought along those anti-acid meds…
His wife is looking at him ’cause his skin’s tinged COBALT blue,
She’s wondering what’s happened…has he come down with ague?
The bottom line, they’ve wined and dined, they’ve definitely had their fill…
The food was good, and now what’s left is STOMACHING THE BILL!🍝💲

Sunday words always bring that extra little BITE of a challenge…and today was no exception. It’s not that our words were particularly hard today, it just seems that they were perhaps a bit more cerebral and masterfully anagrammed. You needed that thinking cap today. The two words that I couldn’t find in the archives, THATCH and GAMBIT for example, are not words you’re likely to hear ACROSS THE TABLE at your next DINNER party. SURELY we’ve seen TARIFF and BARREN, the former in September 2017, the latter two way back in 2016. And our last and most recently used word, COBALT?…Well, did it make you blue? I looked back to November 2017, when it was last on the MENU, and it didn’t pose a problem, but I think today’s anagram might be a little harder to DIGEST…So, how’d you FARE with our words today? Drop us a line and let us know. Ok..On to the MAIN COURSE

Today we find ourselves amongst the EPICURES. Except our poor protagonist seems to need a CURE! Having just finished a “delicious MEAL” at a “fancy Restaurant“, we overhear PEYTON, PAY for short, asking his waiter how his BILL “got so big”-“Whoa BELLY“, this is so much” The suddenly sickening look on his face, prompts his wife, the lovely DINAH to ask if he’s “feeling alright”...while the waiter is asking if there’s a BEEFPay meanwhile is SWALLOWING hard, and doing a SLOW BURN. He has no idea how he’s going to CHARge this MEAL, since it’s obvious he’s BITTEN off a lot more than he could CHEW, and the STEAKS are high.  Poor guy..he needs a pill after seeing this BILL! And what we have here Folks is what’s know as…”As the STOMACH Turns...” So the problem? STOMACHING THE BILL! HA! SAVOR that one Jumblers! Great play on words, David! It may have COST us an EXTRA moment or two…but it was very WELL DONE!

Ok, eye candy…It’s hard to igGNAW how nicely our couple is DRESSED. We see Pay, (who bears a striking resemblance to Larry David) in a Gray suit jacket worn OVER EASY a Black sweater with a Green collar. Dinah, wearing a Burgundy dress, with SCALLOPed sleeves, sports a string of pearls, lying just below her NECK BONE. Obviously, they both have good TASTE. The dining chairs and tablecloth are both shades of blue…COBALT perhaps, and two Pink Brandy snifters are sitting on the TABLE, in front of our couple. A single bowl is shown, with two spoons. Perhaps a little SORBET to cleanse the PALATE? (You know, so you don’t CHOKE when you see the BILL)! The panel is shaded Gray, and Black silhouetted DINERS and a waiter are seen along the background. There’s a lot of hands in motion. Pay is holding the BILL, which lists numerous dollar signs, in his left, while his right is raised towards his face. Dinah is reaching across to him sensing something’s gone aFOWL. And the waiter has his left hand raised, pointer-finger extended in SUPPERcation…But the PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE? If you look real closely…the waiters’ Serviette? The best yet! There’s a tiny scripted “J” to match the one on his jacket…MEN..U can’t make this STUFF up! Great detail, CHEF! I guess the Jumble Guys are SERVING us more than just puzzles! So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And to all our Jewish brethren…May your Festival of Lights shine brightly…Happy Hanukkah! 🍝💲🙋🏻