Jumble Answers for 05/31/2017








Good Wednesday morning everyone!  ASKED was the only word to give some pause today, but with a little thinking and a dash of luck, it came after a minute or so.  Moving along, I thought CHATTY was “catchy” at first but that extra C was nowhere to be found.  With all of the clue words completed, it was on to the cartoon.  A quick read of the sentence and dialogue gave me all I needed to solve the puzzle and a check of the clue letters confirmed my answer.  The letter layout had the words well hidden, so if you weren’t able to solve it blindly, you may have struggled a bit.  The cartoon was excellent and featured a locksmith explaining to an employee the value of customer service while pointing to a keyhole.  A very subtle clue that I overlooked until I studied the cartoon for a few minutes.  Another great clue was the woman in the background asking another employee to make her a key.  I really enjoyed her stretched out pinky finger and trendy glasses!  A few weeks ago, I upgraded my front door lock to a keyless entry system where you can unlock the door by entering a code manually on the keypad or if my phone is in my pocket, the Bluetooth function will automatically unlock it.  No more worries about the kids losing their key or hiding a spare one under the doormat.  Enjoy your final day of May for the year and I’ll see you tomorrow!  πŸ˜€ πŸ”‘ 

68 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 05/31/2017

  1. Good morning, Mike, good morning Everyone.
    SAFE to say, Sushi gave me a raw deal. Don’t eat it, didn’t recognize it. Blinked twice, still couldn’t get it down! Clock ticking, I moved on. Docket, check; we just had Socket on Monday. Chatty, well…in my case, DUH! An adjective after my own heart! Did I forget Asked, you ask? I’ve constantly heard that people from Brooklyn can’t pronounce the word correctly, that we say: AKSED. I don’t know, I don’t hear it. Aks me again later. But I can spell it, so no problem there. The puzzle answer was “a LOCK”, as we say here in NY, aks anybody! The two blond women discussing making a KEY, big hint. And, needed those S’s and a U, so..Sushi. It irked me that I didn’t get it straight away. (A little nod to y’days Brits)! Not a real OPEN and SHUT case for me today. Good COMBINATION of words, nicely drawn cartoon. Eye candy for me? The key on the locksmiths tie. Tie? The ones I’ve known were a lot more low KEY than that! We don’t see many locksmith businesses around any more, with digital keyless entry becoming so popular. And lock picking is a skill that really opens doors, don’t you think? LOL. Maybe I should open a business. I could call it..”.SURE-LOCK HOMES,”and plant “A-LEMON-tree”outside!

    Final thought: Aside to Dave: COVFEFE? Anything?

    Hoping we all find our KEY to happiness. Ciao πŸ”‘πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • John Cleese of Monty Python had a one hour special in 1977 spoofing SherLOCK Holmes called “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Strange_Case_of_the_End_of_Civilization_as_We_Know_It”.
      In one sequence he comes up with multiple variations of “Elementary, my dear Watson” including “A lemon tree, my Dear Watson”, and “A yellow Manta ray, my dear Watson”.

      • And a 🎢”Yellow Rose of Texas”🎢…? You know I don’t do Marty Python. And you know I dare not click on this link. Next thing I know I’ll be receiving “anonymous” ads for organic strawberries or cheesecake or hair conditioner or something. Alright, the hair conditioner maybe I’d be interested in….πŸ’‡πŸ»

  2. Other than a short pause at “sushi” I had another no-pen day.
    SUE was SHE who PICKED up the LOX for the SAFEty drill and TUMBLED over the COMBINATION of bagels and cream cheese.

      • Earl, Second thought, they’re all good ones! PICK, LOX! A true NYer! And let’s not get started on BAGELS! We got the best. It’s that NY WA-DUH! πŸ˜€πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Hey Mike, KEY win last night. Too bad you can’t LOCK some of those insurance runs in for next time! πŸ™‹πŸ»

        • It was Home Run city last night! Such a great game it’s too bad I was exhausted and didn’t see much of it. Congrats on the Mets win too. πŸ˜€βšΎοΈ

          • Great game for you. Squeaker for me! I turned it off. Maybe they do better if I don’t watch! πŸ™‹πŸ»

            • Worked for me and the magical Patriots Super Bowl victory so there may be some truth to your theory! It was a drag having to read about the game in the paper this morning and not seeing it live. Hopefully I can stay up and watch and not fall asleep at 9.

              • You just had too much weekend. It’ll get you every time. I don’t care for the Patriots all that much. You understand, it’s a NY thing. Boston-NY has always had a big sports rivalry. In fact, I think I was like 10-11 before I realized Bostonsucks wasn’t one word! Who knew? πŸ˜‚β€οΈ

    • Hey Earl – Since you only had a short pause at SUSHI, I find it hard to believe your AVOWAL that you find words ending in A,E,I,O, or U difficult.

  3. Good morning. Another good day with chatty taking an extra minute to get. The cartoon answer was a little challenge. After a few minutes I used that trick of putting the paper down and going for the second cup of coffee. When I picked it back up, within a minute the answer came to me. After reading your entry and now seeing the finger pointing at the lock it was a great clue to help solve it. Until tomorrow stay well. I’m out of here.

    • I agree that it’s been an easy week so far, Rita. I’m already itching for that stumper puzzle that we all know is just around the corner! πŸ˜‰

      • Mike, They have creams for that today. No one should suffer the heartbreak of Stumper Puzzle. πŸ™‹πŸ»

  4. Does anyone read the Gil Thorp comic strip? It’s in the sports section of my newspaper and I’m trying to get into it. If anyone can help me with some background to the current story, it would be appreciated!

  5. Hi, Mike! The clue words were the most fun for me today because I don’t remember seeing any of them in the Jumble before, and I have never written the word SUSHI so had to self jumble that one a few times. Like you, I thought CHATTY was β€œcatchy” until I needed the other β€œc.” Like Angela, I loved the fancy key on the owner’s tie, which I wouldn’t have gotten to see without your enlarged picture. Thanks. Earl’s puns were great, as usual.
    Keyless entry to your home. Great idea. Not available when our young ones had to go into the back yard, pick up a brick, and move a little dirt to get the key.
    Enjoy your day, all! See you tomorrow.

    • SUSHI was a fun word to solve, and it came right away for some reason. It’s amazing how obscure words do that sometimes. I remember the “old days” of getting the house key from under a rock so the art of hiding a key outside is not lost on me. I wish it was ok to post the cartoon in it’s full detail every morning, but I don’t feel comfortable doing so. The creators of the Jumble get paid for there hard work by people purchasing a newspaper subscription and it’s one of the only reasons that I subscribe. That’s why I only zoom in and post small portions of the cartoon that don’t give away the whole thing. Your sunshine hasn’t come yet and it’s been about a week of overcast skies. I’m still full of hope that it’ll arrive soon and get my summer garden warmed up. Take care and all my best to my two favorite folks in Arizona!

      P.S. I’ll get those recipes out to you soon. 😊

  6. Good morning everyone. I too wrote down catchy at first and stumbled at sushi but I had figured out the cartoon answer so knew what letters I needed and worked backwards. Don’t know why but sometimes those five letter words give me more trouble than the six letter ones. Have a Happy Wednesday everyone. Sun is out this morning but it is cool and windy.

  7. Like most of you, I had no problem with today’s puzzle. The sun shines bright on my old KY home with more rain forecast for later today. Have a bright day!🌞🌈

  8. Also an easy puzzle for me today. I agree some of the five letters give me more trouble than the six letter ones do. Is the sun ever going to shine again in Connecticut? Getting a little tired of rain. Enjoy the rest of the week.

  9. As soon as I read the puzzle clue and counted the answer squares and studied their arrangement, I had the answer. I had a bit of trouble with ALL the words but it helped to know which letters had to go in the circles. Good fun!

    • It sure was a fun puzzle, Denny! I’m glad you were able to solve it, and it’s wonderful hearing from you. Take care and come back soon. πŸ˜€

  10. Steve– not to worry. It is more like imitation than plagiarism. And yes words ending in vowels do tend to flummox but not completely stymie me. I think it’s because I rarlely write anything down unless the puzzle answer is many letters long and I don’t easily get it from the cartoon clues. Each of us has his/her own approach in unscrambling the clue words and solving the puzzle. It is very interesting to me to read others struggles and methods.
    I wonder if anyone has kept a record of the words which have been used so far. At times people make reference to words having been used before.

    • Thanks, Earl – you are too kind. I think once or twice I’ve looked back through the archived posts here for a word I knew had been used, but of course that can be tedious. I’m sure a good web programmer could automate that, but it’s beyond me. A list of words would be interesting.

        • Mike, I don’t know if you saw – someone left a comment on the 5/28 entry wanting to know how to follow the blog or get it in her mailbox. It’s not the main 5/28 entry, it’s one that Angela added that’s only the Jumble picture, so there’s only one comment on it.

          My wife has been sick today and hasn’t recovered yet, so my posts may be sporadic until things get back to normal. You guys have fun, and I’ll see you later.

            • Thank you. She does seem much improved right now, but that’s a low bar compared to yesterday; things do look much better. I hope you’re ok also. Later. ❀️

              • Hey – The Giants may have one jerk pitcher, but at least their mascot is well-behaved. Are the Mets cursed this year or something? Ex-Marine Sandy Alderson seemed to be so intelligent and in charge when he ran the A’s, now,he’s got a zoo.

              • Excuse the typos, sitting in traffic. Yea, you’re 100% right. Foolish move. Alderson…what? You think it’s the air out here? And the ” zoo” to a Mets fan will always be the “other” NY team. The Bronx Zoo. Glad your wife’s feeling better. Wasn’t just sympathy..empathy too. Been there, done that. Sitting here hoping that when we get home, they don’t decide to hang out! They’re starting to talk about BBQ ing steaks and the Warriors game. You’d think they didn’t have homes of their own! LOL. Another loss for my boys. Good thing I don’t take it to heart! HA Later…

              • Re: Mets loss – talk about been there done that – Giants score 1 run in last night’s loss, then the A’s get shutout 8-0 today. At least you guys scored a run!

              • OUCH”. So you follow both? They’re both your teams? Need to know what to cover…don’t want any misplaced loyalty. LOL. Almost home. Long day, but nothing like it, right? Did my whole play by play besides my scorecard. Obsessed much? LOL! Shoulda’been a sportscaster, but even I feel that it’s a man’s job! HA…Steaks are happening, like they didn’t eat enough at the game. Citi Field has some serious food..Really amazing. βšΎοΈπŸ™‹πŸ»

              • Yes Giants and A’s are local. Angels, Dodgers and Padres are not – I’d need MLB Extra Innings to see them. They to me are like Cleveland and the Reds are to you – that far away. You wouldn’t expect to see them on your local stations, would you? πŸ™‚

              • 🎢”So far away…doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore…”🎢 That’s a lot of baseball, tho. I’d never sleep! LOL. πŸ™‹πŸ»

              • Angela – I’ve got a song quiz for you if you feel Ok, feel like taking it, your friends don’t take over your house, good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise:

                One local sportswriter told tongue-in-cheek of basketball players waxing philosophical, quoting Cleveland guard J. R. Smith as saying “Whatever’s going to be, I’ll let it be.” Then the writer said, “Doris Day and John Lennon couldn’t have said it better.”

                Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify both the song references *and* spot the error. I have great faith in your abilities πŸ™‚ “This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.”

              • Cake. Lennon, “Let it Be”. Day, “Que Sera, Sera..whatever will be will be..”. The error ? Smith has no concept of syntax???? My friends don’t take over, well kind of, LOL. but they cook, they clean up and they put all their toys away, so…! I plan on watching the game anyway. Thank God fur separate floors! LOL πŸ™‹πŸ»

              • Yea, that’s why I put out the disclaimer! The minute I hit that post button, I was like….OOO..OOO!! LOL. Good one, you got me! Saw Lennon and fell right into the web! LOL. So not the whole cake, maybe like some scones! Didn’t ace today’s quiz either, missed one….And now I hear them yelling at Wheel of Fortune. SMH. I got a lot of your comments to go thru. I threw you out a 🎢 somewhere. Maybe when the game was starting? You’re not rooting for the Cavs are you? πŸ™‹πŸ»

              • 🎡So far away🎡will (Carole) KING James be from a repeat crown (I hope).

              • Huh? Really? I was being facetious! You’re looking at the Cavs? Get out! And look again, I sent you a Foreigner. I’m still trying to check out your old comments! Games going blow for blow….πŸ€

              • Steve, sorry I think I lost the thread. It’s jumping back and forth between the 2 days. πŸ€

              • Ah, I read it wrong. It’s all one sentence! LOL. The words and the music! πŸ˜‚ I’ll never make this whole game! πŸ€

              • Steve, I have to return some phone calls before the game starts. And edit my play by play! Catch you after the jump ball. πŸ€πŸ™‹πŸ»

              • McCartney, not Lennon? But still with the Beatles. That’s the error…? Besides a basketball player waxing philosophic? πŸ˜‚ πŸ™‹πŸ»

          • I hope your wife is feeling better this morning, Steve. All my best for a speedy recovery and we’ll see you around when it’s best for you. I replied to the comment so thanks for letting me know. πŸ‘πŸ»

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