Jumble Answers for 05/15/2017








Good Monday morning my friends and welcome back to another week of Jumble fun!  Jumping right into the clue words this morning, HERBAL gave me the hardest time and wouldn’t give itself up.  I saw that one word of the final solution contained quotes so I decided it would be best to solve it now rather than take my chances backing into it.  Breaking out my trusty notepad, I self-jumbled the anagram 4 times before it became visible.  With palm to face I moved along to the cartoon portion of the program.  Good thing I chose to do my newspaper version of the game this morning because the online paper that I usually use to see the fantastic detail had the 5/22 (next Monday’s) puzzle!  I’ll have to check back later to see if they published next Monday’s lottery numbers as well while they were at it.  Reading the cartoon sentence, I knew the answer immediately and filled in the boxes.  Just to double check my work, I went ahead and wrote out my clue letters and was pleased to see that all was in order.  I apologize that I can’t offer much insight into the cartoon details because I was stuck with the tiny print version.  If you saw something interesting, please leave a message in the comments section.  Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!  


63 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 05/15/2017

  1. No way – crashed right after your last message in the 14th – and I’m 3 hours earlier than you. Your stamina or insomnia is amazing.

  2. Good morning. The trend continues. Was stuck an extra two minutes on herbal. Once I got to the cartoon, People jumped out right away followed by Hungary. Normal Monday puzzle. Till tomorrow stay well.

  3. Good morning, Mike. Good morning, Everyone. Welcome home! You were missed. “I’m late..I’m late..for a very important date…” I had to run out at 6; a friend needed help. All’s well now, I’m back home, but I was thinking Jumble the whole time! Your obsession is contagious! So, good thing you CZECHed the numbers as closely as you did! Wrong puzzle again! I’m reading your post and I’m like yelling out loud to you saying…”Mike…CZECH! CZECH…You got the pun right there!” LOL…(take a look at how many times you said check)! But your comment about the Lottery numbers redeemed you ! I raised my fist in the air, and laughed out loud! Great thought! The cartoon: Seriously, who’s coloring these panels, and why is he soooooo obsessed with “The Color Purple”? Oh…could that be it? Maybe his favorite movie? Well, whatever the reason, once again the ubiquitous purple shirt makes it appearance, and the only woman whose hair is in color? A blonde! And, there are 2 left handed men in the drawing. Not that often you’d see 2 lefties in such close proximity! Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Just a little odd, no? I blinked at HERBAL also, not an everyday word. Unless, “You tell a friend, and you tell a friend, and you tell,…etc”! HA! Glad you’re here, and give us a heads up if you get those numbers! CZECHmate! ๐Ÿฒ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

    • Watching Pens/Sens (on tape delay). Studio host Kathryn Tappan – a blonde dressed in purple! Hmm, where have I seen that before?

      • No Mets. T’row. Batting 1000. I’m watching the Penquins…but live. I don’t get the tape delay. Pope joke, I don’t get it. I don’t think I want to either. LOL

        • Thought you’d know a Saturday Night Live ref being a New Yorker. Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello), used to have commercials for stuff like Pope- on-a-Rope shower soap,as well as contests like “Fin-a da Popes in da Pizza”

          • You know I never watched that much SNL back then. I know of Fr Sarducci, but I don’t know the reference. So now the Penquins game is over, but you’re still watching? Ah, the tape delay. I won’t disclose. I switched to the Dodger game. So what’re we figure? Against the Giants? Jeez. Could be a blood bath, right! LOL.

            • Thanks – game over, Pens win 1-0, series tied. You miss SNL, I miss a Meatloaf song. Maybe I have posting fatigue. Why no Mets?

  4. Earl..I think you made the pun yourself! Goulash..”.delicious puns”? I think it’s a good one! ๐Ÿฒ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

  5. Mike, this is something to chew on. The name, “Goulash”? Something to do with ghouls eating the souls of children, and parents leaving bowls of “osh”, (soup) to distract them from their homes. I think, …I’d have to look it up. And, adding to the list of “Never have I ever….? I’ve never eaten Hungarian Goulash! Am I alone here? Food for thought! HA…We’ve got seriously strong winds here today, but it’s getting warm, 60 already. Strange weather. Up, down…’kinda like the Mets. ๐Ÿฒ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

    • I’ve eaten it, I lived in Germany for 6 yrs –good stuff, but I can’t recall anything I didn’t like while I was living abroad.

      • Hi Rita. Someone today said to me, “It’s beef stew, you just add paprika”. And, I make beef stew all the time, but I add tomatoes to it! I think we add tomatoes to most everything! LOL. Living abroad, I envy you. The culture, the food, …the food! LOL. Hope you’re having a great day! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

    • Man, what did you have for breakfast? That’s an awfully Grimm interpretation. I guess the ghouls just wanted to have fun.

      • That was to Angela, not Rita. Tripped up by the WordPress reply ordering again.

      • No breakfast today, because I knew we’d have a big lunch! LOL. Look it up, I know there’s something in my head about the origin of the word goulash, and it had to do with ghouls. Should I look it up? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

  6. Could not get CWs 2&3..but true to Mondays I was snap on the puzzle w/o them.

  7. Nice to know I’m in good company as I too had to get out the pencil to figure out herbal though I had already figured out the cartoon answer and knew what letters I needed. Good puzzle to start the week. Have a happy day everyone.

  8. Mike, one more. Apologies….I just re-read your post. You only had 2 checks! I guess it was just seeing the word and hearing those CZECH bells going off in my head! (I really should look into seeing somebody about this, huh?)??? ….LOL…Ok, I’m already behind schedule this morning. No mas, the CZECH’s in the mail!!! ๐Ÿ“ฌ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

    • Except it’s Hungary and not the Czech Republic, so aren’t they Magyars? I know, picky, picky – jeez, everybody’s a critic today. I’m glad you didn’t let a little detail prevent a good pun!

      • Hey Steve… “C’o-Mag- Yar” gonna let a couple of hundred miles make a difference? ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŽถ

  9. Yep, herbal was my hangup too. After rearranging the letters to “helbar”, I saw it.
    The only clue I picked up from the cartoon was the guy saying “I’m starving”, although the mention of “Budapest” was a giveaway.
    This was fun!
    Just an aside – what’s with all the baseball chatter here? You guys aren’t on Facebook?

    • No I’m not. The chatter is usually at the end of the day and therefore the bottom of the comments, but Mike wasn’t around on the weekend and I just *had* to know.

  10. By the way Mike and Angela –
    “When I wake up early in the morning
    Lift my head, I’m still yawning
    When I’m in the middle of a dream
    Stay in bed, float up stream (Float up stream)
    Please, don’t wake me, no, don’t shake me
    Leave me where I am, I’m only sleeping
    Everybody seems to think I’m lazy
    I don’t mind, I think they’re crazy
    Running everywhere at such a speed
    Till they find there’s no need (There’s no need)
    Please, don’t spoil my day, I’m miles away
    And after all I’m only sleeping”

    • Steve, I thought it BORSCHT just to blur the (border ) lines a little today! But with this? I know the heart of Rock n Roll is the BEET, but the PRAGUEability of me guessing this one is zero. I need a hint….๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

        • ๐ŸŽถMonday morning feels so bad, Everybody seems to nag me..Coming Tuesday I feel better…๐ŸŽถ But it’s afternoon here, and I’m at lunch with the Round Table Gentlemen. Quickly, I still can’t place the song. Later on that. Today’s subject: Jeter and baseball. (But I soooo badly want to throw Paprika out there to see what they’d give me! I have to find a way to work it in). ‘Gotta run, gone too long! Any minute they’re ‘gonna flush be out! LOL. Hmm, maybe I should have ordered the goulash! WAITER?!!!

          • ๐ŸŽต”Gonna have fun in the city” ๐ŸŽต,eh? Have fun and good luck.

            • Hey Steve, Ok follow this.. Kind of long, but it’s all in the details. Talk about six degrees of separation! After beating baseball to death, we segue to the hockey playoffs, then to Canadians, then to Canadian Caesar cocktails, (huh, who knew)? So here, I see an opening…I ask if there’s Paprika in it. (2 of them give me the side eye…๐ŸŽถTwo out of Three ain’t bad๐ŸŽถ…I digress..) We continue.From Caesar to the Romans, then Catholics. From Catholics (P-H-E-W, right)? we get to the Pope canonizing those two children the other day. THE POPE. And then? The wedding guy? The one with the ‘life sentence’ joke? He turns to me and says..,”Paprika? You’re fishing for a goulash pun, huh”? 35 minutes later!….Busted! LOL. And without a pause, (straight faced as he always is), he gives me…” PAPa-rika! Here’s your pun”! I have to admit, it took me a second or 2, (OK, maybe 4), and then..Eureka, I got it! I’m telling you, these guys are good, I’m so on my toes around them. I really think you and Harry would be right at home with them. They could sometimes come up with some of the worst puns ever, totally groan inducing, but they don’t miss a trick. I have my cell phone around all the time, because if some inane reference pops into my head, I’m texting myself, I need to remember it. Fuel for the fodder! (Yea, I know, that was groan inducing)! So, yes, it was fun; not in the city, but in Brooklyn! No goulash, pasta dishes all around, “with a nice Chianti”….๐Ÿ๐Ÿท ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

              • Hi Angela – And you talk about me typing lenghty messages! Mine was like 10 lines! Very enjoyable reading, though. I couldn’t hang with any of them for a minute. I console myself with a quote by Einstein to a young intimidated student who was explaining his work – “Please young man, slow down! I do not understand things quickly!”
                PAPArika, as in papa, the pope? “I think I understand” again. I’ll give you a pope joke later.
                “2 out of 3” – no clue.
                “A nice Chianti” – Silence of the Lambs? I swear, I’ve never seen it, but I read and these things are in the air, like young Beatles fans who were born *long* after the breakup – who knows where they get it — maybe Musak at the 99- cent stores?

              • Stop the presses! ๐ŸŽถ2 out of 3 ain’t bad..๐ŸŽถ Say it isn’t so…You so got this. Read it again. I know it was long, I said that in my first sentence. I just wanted to show the insane connections. And I beg to differ. You’d hold up just fine. The wit is there, it’s in your comments. Like I said you and Harry have the gift, albeit Harry’s might bite a little more! ( She says, smiling sheepishly at Harry)! LOL. And we got Mike going, but he’s much younger, so I think a lot of the references aren’t second nature. Yes, the Pope..PAPA..PAPRIKA, Eureka. Ah, maybe you had to be there! HA . Yes, of course, Silence of the Lambs. The young kids and the Beatles? Well they always knew McCartney, right? So I think it all just carries back I guess. Anyway, music breaches the great divide, no? Speaking of, familiar at all with Big Bands? (Uh oh, this is long too….) ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

              • Angela -maybe sometimes some wit, but not *quick* wit.
                Some Big Bands, yes. My cool grandfather was a musician, played clarinet and all types of Sax, could play anything by ear and read music as well, played in the US Army band in WWI. His explanation to me of why Glenn Miller was so revolutionary at the time was eye-opening.

              • Get out! OMG! That’s amazing…Ok then you should enjoy this. When I got home and read the comments between you and Lelia about the begin, began, bee-gn, I was chomping at the bit! I was hoping one of you picked up on it. I’m going to post the link. I hope it works. And I think the wit gets quicker as you go along. Anyway…๐ŸŽถ Cause 2 outa 3 ain’t bad…๐ŸŽถ….??? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pCXVxE_YeP4

              • Without even clicking it, it must be “Begin the Beguine”. No idea which band though. I can never tell Cole Porter from Noel Coward.

              • Ha! Now that’s funny! Noel Coward! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Yep ๐ŸŽถ Begin the Beguine๐ŸŽถ I was flipping out here!

              • Angela – I wonder if your record collecton has these? Whenever someone critized rock and roll songs for being too silly or stupid, my mother would always say, “Hey, don’t forget, we had ‘Hut-Sut Ralson on the Rilla-Ra’, ‘Marezy-Doats’, ‘Three Little Fishies’, and ‘Flat-Foot Floogy with the Floy-Floy’.”

              • Mairzy Doats and the Fishes, yes. The other 2 I’m not sure of. I think every generation had music that seemed absurd to the one before. Nature of the beast. Steve, Meatloaf????

              • Strangely, I don’t remember that one. I only know Bat out of Hell and Paradise by the Dashboard Light. Funny the random holes in my knowledge.

              • I think it’s on the Bat Outa Hell album. If you get a chance listen to it. I think it was his biggest hit. This wouldn’t be classified as a random hole..this could be at a Bermuda Triangle level! LOL

              • Could be that that song was bigger, but Paradise got played a lot more on MTV – you know the olden days when MTV actually played music!

              • Yea, the good old days. No Mets? Cause I got the night wrong. I missed a lot more than one today…You should have seen me at lunch! I’m way ahead of you in the lose column. Throwing in the towel. I’m beat. Say Goodnight, Gracie. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

              • Wow, didn”t even know it was Cole Porter when I posted that! Some concidences today!

              • Angela – Ok, here’s my Pope joke – I think you’ll get the reference. From an online chat long ago:
                Guy 1: Does the Pope wear boxers or briefs?
                Guy 2: Neither; he wears a thong.
                Me: Ewwwww. Thanks for that image — talk about “Pope on a Rope”.

            • “Friday on my Mind”… How great was that song? ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

              • You know, I’m not sure. I just know the song! LOL ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

              • Angela – Looked it up – Easybeats! Yay me! (he said modestly). But I never knew they were Australian – they sounded like a garage band from Joisey to me.

              • Yes, yay you! I figured they were British. I can’t even recall that name. But the song was so good, right? Ok look up the goulash thing. I want to watch last nights Madame Secretary before the game comes on. Late, cause we’re playing Arizona. They’re like almost at .550 I think. Oh God, shudder the thought! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

              • Wikipedia goulash had nuttin’ about ghouls. To be contnued (by you). I’m outta here for dinner.

              • Jeez. Ok, I’ll look or make a phone call. There goes Madame Secretary. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

              • Priorities, priorities. Goulash can wait! (It probably tastes better the next day anyway).

              • Ok. “I’ve seen dead people.” Jeez. Look up ghouls and you want to poke your eyes out with a fork. This is what I’m piecing together from what I read and what the foodie amongst my friends told me. I’m blaming him entirely for putting this idea in my head. Osh is a Yiddish stew. Centuries back, to appease ghouls that fed on the souls of children, people would leave bowls of osh outside their doors. Ghoul osh. Myth, tongue-in-cheek, trying to sell me the Brooklyn bridge, IDK. I know this though, I feel like I need an exorcism right about now. Pretty sure that if the Mets don’t give me nightmares tonight, this will! I need to listen to some more Artie Shaw! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

  11. Hi, Mike et al. Jerry accidentally solved the cartoon puzzle for me because I read it out loud, asked, โ€œWhere is Budapest?โ€, he replied, โ€˜Itโ€™s the capital of Hungary,โ€ and I exclaimed, โ€œYou did it! Thatโ€™s the answer!โ€ The only clue word I had trouble with was BEGAN because I pronounced it โ€œbeeโ€™ gn.โ€ I had it spelled right, just said it wrong. I have done that several times over the years.
    Have a wonderful Monday. See you tomorrow.

    • Hi Lela – ‘bee-gn’ must be this week’s SYRUPY – you look at it and go “am I sure that’s a word?”

  12. Oh yeah, about the Jumble! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I even had to pause on BEGAN, longer on RIPPLE (should have gotten that, just heard the Grateful Dead sing it two nights ago), then needed the instant-solve answer to get the letters for HERBAL.

  13. Steve, I didnโ€™t even notice that you put Lela rather than Lelia because that was my motherโ€™s name. My great grandmother, named Lelia Ann, named my grandmother Lelia Ann who got tired of spelling & pronouncing Lelia so named my mother Lela. My mom returned me to the original spelling. My mother pronounced my name Leelโ€™ yah, but I pronounce it Leeโ€™ lee uh. I named our daughters Joyce and Diane.
    My worst mispronunciation of a Jumble word was โ€œicing.โ€ I think I tried many hours to get that word because I was pronouncing it โ€œikโ€™ ing.โ€

    • Thanks, that’s very interesting, and I was wondering about the pronunciation (“You say it ee-thur and I say it I-ther”). I think Joyce and Diane may be relieved and think you did them a favor (my father was a ‘Junior’). But I will probably never be able to look at a cake again without thinking ik-ing (ask Angela about Pashmina stew). ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Herbal took me forever this morning. Had to back into it, as I had the puzzle solved immediately today! Out of practice, as I am traveling and haven’t done a puzzle in a week!

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