Jumble Answers for 09/04/2017







Good morning, AMERICA!           LABOR DAY!

🎶 MEAT me in Saint Louie, Louie..MEAT me at the Fair….🎶

🎶”There are people in this country who work hard every day, Not for fame or fortune do they strive. But the fruits of their LABOR are worth more than their pay, And it’s time a few of them were recognized….For the waitress, the mechanic, the policeman on patrol, for everyone who works behind the scenes…With a spirit you can’t replace with no machine…Hello America, Let me thank you for your time….”🎶

Even though we’ve seen all of today’s words before, it was the scrambling of FOCAL that threw my eyes out of focus! And then I couldn’t get Edie Falco out of my head. Which led me to the Sopranos. Which led me to Little Steven Van Zandt. Which led to me to the Man, Bruce. Which led me to…🎶…Born in the USA…”🎶. Which led me right back to where I should be…LABOR DAY. (It really shouldn’t take this long, tho. It’s not easy living in my head…)! Todays cartoon shows us a group of people going through “A Lot of Work” to prepare their Labor Day cookout. And here’s where the eye candy comes in today…”COOKOUT”. The word. I’ve never said cookout in my life. In NY, we say Barbecue..and then there’s Barbeque, and BBQ. We use it as a noun AND a verb. And it got me to thinking…(Which is NEVER a good thing…)! What do you call it, Jumble America? Grilling? Barbecuing? Cooking out? Does BBQ go in your mouth, but you invite people over for a “Cookout”? Do you blend your nouns and verbs? Does it depend on what you’re cooking? And what’s up with “smoking”? Drop us a comment today, and let us know where you’re from, and what you call it. I was doing the research, but it was too much work…🇺🇸🙋🏻

PS: It’s nice to see a LABOR DAY puzzle for LABOR DAY. Thanks, Guys! (And ok, I can’t help myself…The little bead of sweat? Cute!)

Have a great Holiday, Everyone! And to those of you who are struggling with the aftermath of Harvey, know that we’re all hurting for you, and praying for you, and rooting for you. America Strong. God Bless America. 🇺🇸🙏🏻




28 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 09/04/2017

  1. Good morning. Another Monday giveaway. Both ends of the puzzle were an instant read. I’m sure my friend that is back from vacation will also have no trouble solving it today. Yesterday like me she and her husband were stuck at the cartoon answer. I look forward for the happy medium. Not too easy or hard. Like the three bears “just right”. Until tomorrow stay well.

  2. The scientist’s FOCAL point was trying to avoid creating a rogue ROBOT that would not only FOLLOW the owners but TACKLE them unawares.
    Love your opening paragraph and hope that all those who labor today–serve persons, EMTs, Uber drivers, convenience store workers, et. al. are treated with the respect they deserve. Give them a smile and a Thank You!
    Easy solve today and look forward to tomorrow’s challenge.
    Had to stop and think about what I call preparing food out-of-doors.
    Growing up it was not cookout or barbecuing but simply outdoor grilling. We had a permanent grill that my father made. Some friends in Nigeria who came from Australia introduced “barbie” to me. Today I use barbecuing (BBQ) more than anything else.
    Love being teased into thinking about words and phrases that I use and others say.
    As a child we had breakfast, dinner and supper but when I went to university I realized that most Easterners call dinner, lunch and call the evening meal, dinner–which I do now.

    • Good morning, Earl! So that’s one for barbecue. We have a permanent brick barbecue also. I’ve gone through the meal thing with friends from different parts of the country. We always went with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. But then Supper crept in…That would be a good discussion for another day. Great sentence, as always. And I should have given a special shout out to everyone in the Medical field. They make sacrifices above and beyond, holidays or not. My opening is 40 Hour Week, by Alabama. Great song. Enjoy your day! 🍔🙋🏻

    • For us in RI it was breakfast, lunch, supper. Great sentence, Earl.
      Your intelligence is not artificial!
      For the life of me, I have no recollection of what we called outdoor cooking. To me, a barbecue would have to have something rotating on a spit. (Disclaimer – not a foodie, obviously!)

  3. Hi all – TACKLE took the longest, and I like the bead of sweat to indicate hard work.

    Angela, the trip around your head was very enjoyable. But as they say, “It’s a nice place to visit, but…”

    It seems that Angela’s alliterations, Earl’s erudition, and Lelia’s lexicography have inspired our local sports-headline writers. Today’s said “Long-ball bug bites Bumgarner” – I guess I would add “in the butt.”

    John, the A’s did all they could to help the Mariners – it’s up to you guys now.

    Still warm here, but much cooler than it has been, and trending down.

  4. Quick and easy puzzle today. Off to paint the laundry room floor. We’ll be hooking up appliances by week’s end and I can officially call this project DONE!!

  5. I grew up in the south and we call it a cookout. Barbecue is a sauce you put on pulled pork or chicken.

  6. Hi, all! Jumble finished after I finished tackling the word TACKLE.
    Great Labor Day cartoon.
    Jerry is from Nebraska, and he calls it “putting something on the grill.” In Arkansas, we cooked everything indoors on the stove so I have no name for it.
    Daughter just brought over smoked ribs from their “smoker,” with all the fixin’s. Yum!

  7. I wondered why the words came so easily for me this morning; then I realized that my local paper reprinted the cartoon from August 25! (the cartoon with “key osk” as the solution)

    • That should make it easier, as long as your memory is better than mine! Marlene, it’s good to hear from you, and I hope you weren’t impacted too badly by Harvey. Good wishes!

    • HI Moose. Yes, it was! Judge breaking records with those walks tho, huh? Better than striking out…I was wondering what the deal was with Sanchez’s suspension, and I guess he “negotiated ” it down to three! LOL..Beautiful weather, right? Hope you’re enjoying your day….⚾️🙋🏻

      • He’s hitting much better. Have you noticed that he rarely swings at the first pitch, which in many cases is a strike. Yesterday, heat. Today, sunny and 80 degs.
        Our Church will be collecting for the folks in Houston. We wish them well.

        • Hey Moose. Yea. And then he gets pitched a lot of crap.. At least he’s calmed down and stopped swinging at the lousy pitches. I shouldn’t even be saying that, I’d fold like a cheap suit under that kind of pressure. My friends and I hit the stores last week and loaded up 4 cars and brought it down where they were loading trucks to go down there. They left the other day. We haven’t done the clothes yet. I gave money to JJ Watt, from the Houston Texans. He was calling for 200 grand, and he’s gone over 10 million. How cool is that? It’s going to take a long time for them to recover. People here on SI are still feeling the aftermath from Sandy. And a lot of them here had flood insurance…Not only have these people lost everything, now the health issues may arise from all that stagnant, infested water. It’s just overwhelming, right? I do a lot of crying and praying. And hoping for the best…Mother Nature, huh? Hope your night goes as well as your day…I know you had a good day! 😉 🙋🏻

  8. Hi –
    Easy one today. My computer’s still going dark at times and I couldn’t read the comments earlier on the dark background. Angela, I just think of barbecues as using that kind of sauce. Funny sentence, Earl, though I’m worried about those robots.

    • Hi 🎶Sweet Caroline🎶.Sorry you’re still having problems with the computer. And I apologize that I didn’t see this earlier, ironically I was at a late night barbecue! 😉 Thanks for sharing. See you later on today! 🙋🏻

      • Angela, no apology needed. It’s good for you to take time away from this. I’m going to start looking for a new computer tomorrow.

        • Hi, Caroline. Funny thing is, my friend TOOK my phone away from me! LOL…I’m glad to hear you’ve decided to get a new computer. Trust me, you’ll be saving money in the long run. (Is that another one of “those phrases”)? Do some research, there’s so much out there to choose from. Good luck! Have a great day! 💻 🙋🏻

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