Jumble Answers for 12/12/2017











Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday! There’s so much to wrap your head around in today’s puzzle that I hope I don’t forget anything. So let’s get Kraken and start right at the top!

Is Mr. Hoyt a Star Trek fan? At first glance I thought NEMOY was a tip of the hat to Leonard NIMOY but the spelling was off. Thinking a little more, the first 4-letters spell NEMO as in Captain Nemo from the Jules Verne novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”. I’m not sure if David planned his jumble that way or if it was just a coincidence. Looking at the rest of the completed clue words, they all seem to have an ocean theme. DIGIT might be a stretch for octopus tentacles, but GRITTY and QUENCH sure do fit! Speaking of GRITTY, it was the only word to give me a slight pause so it’ll be my choice for the most difficult anagram to decipher.

Floating along to the cartoon, Jeff went into detail overdrive with an octopus holding eight different food items. Going clockwise, they are a fish, ice cream cone, hamburger, sushi, hot dog, fish sandwich, pizza, and a shrimp. The only dialogue was the octopus stating “I love sushi” so I was left to rely upon the cartoon sentence for the solve. Picking up on tentacles, we all know that an octopus has eight of them. Sure enough, EIGHT was in my clue letters leaving DINNER to be found instantly. Interestingly, the letter layout also spelled out INGREDIENT with an H to spare!

Today’s Jumble is a perfect example of why this game continues to capture my attention day after day. Have a terrific Tuesday my friends and I’ll see you tomorrow!


62 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/12/2017

  1. 🎢I’d like to be under the sea, in an OCTOPUS’ garden in the shade. He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been, in his OCTOPUS’ garden in the shade…🎢

    πŸ™πŸ™ To be right on the MONEY, perfection must be met
    There’s no such thing as “Almost”, “Close”, or you would lose the bet.
    A human has Ten DIGITs, on hands and Ten on feet
    So Twenty is the total, and here the same should meet.
    This GRITTY little octopus, with ravenous desires
    May try to QUENCH his appetite, but something wrong transpires.
    An octopus’ tentacles as Arms are Six not Eight
    The other two appendages are Legs…Lets get it straight!
    The cartoon’s cute…The solve today? It may not be a winner
    It should be Six. So can we say…that this guy “EIGHT his DINNER”? πŸ™πŸ’

    Todays words are nothing to get TIED UP in, and I can’t help thINKing that we’ve seen them all before. But the solution? I know I’m really going out on a LIMB here, but I can’t KELP it. You know I’m such a STICKler for details. We all may know that an Octopus has Eight Tentacles, but only Six serve as Arms. I’m not SQUIDding! I have to HAND it to Jeff, the cartoon’s a Gourmands delight, but the wording is a tad deSEAving. SEA, here I was early this morning, thINKing I might stay in bed and CUTTLE for a while. But I have so much to do, so I figured I may as well get KRAKEN. I got my FEET on the floor, went through my routine, and then my thoughts were OCTOPIED with the puzzle. So, I got settled, well ARMED with my paper, my iPad and my coffee, and I was REEDy to SEAS the day! And then I read, and I’m like…well a little put off. Not up in ARMS or anything, but a tad under WATER. Something was off, but I couldn’t put my FINGER on it. I solved the puzzle, and anyone can SEA the Eight Tentacles, but something was still GNAWing at me. And that’s when I remembered REEDing about the Eight vs Six. Six serve as ARMS, and the other Two as LEGS for movement. Anyway, I suppose the Octopus can eat with all Eight. Kind of deFEETs the PORPOISE, but hey…So, from left to right, we have a Catfish, Pizza, Fish sandwich, a Hot Dog, a Can (of SEAfood I suppose), an Ice Cream Cone, a Hamburger,and a plain old Fish. He…”EIGHT” his DINNER…Great pun, Dave. Ok, eye candy. Today we’re SWIMMING in possibilities! BUOY, is there a lot to SEA! But I’m not going to go FISHing around amongst the food. Way in back, shaded in black, right in the center? I believe its a Shipwreck. Now THAT FLOATS my BOAT! ….So, there you have it Folks, Done!
    Have a great day, Everyone! I apologize for all my CARPing, it’s just that I had such a strong INKling to take a STAND for the LEGS. InSQUIDious? Perhaps…But I SQUIDn’t mean any harm…SU,SHI what I mean? πŸ™πŸ™‹πŸ»

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  2. Mike. Now I SUSHI the SUSHI that EYE took as a can! Great eye! And the SHRIMP may be another BIG overSIGHT of mine. EYE saw a catFISH. I’ll have to STAND corrected on this one! But I did have fun with it. I couldn’t FATHOM my day without the Jumble! Have a grEIGHT day, Bud! πŸ™πŸ™‹πŸ»
    PS: I’ve never done SUSHI…πŸ˜‰


    • Now you’ve got me thinking…. The shrimp could be a prawn. And why no lobster or oyster? Hmmmm….. The impracticality of a pizza slice, hot dog and a hamburger under water were excellent choices by Jeff. It gave it a whimsical β€œcartoony” feel. πŸ™‚

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  3. Good morning. Enjoyed everyone’s comments and it was an interesting thought about the first word. Now that you said that Mike, I think Jeff was thinking along those lines. The words were easy and yes my choice for the most difficult was gritty. I drew a blank on the cartoon answer and went back to it three times before it clicked. All and all, a fun puzzle. Angelia,there was no catering hall across from the Marlboro theater. Right now I have a senior moment and only have a vague idea of where it was. Until tomorrow stay well

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    • Hey Paul. Good Morning, and thank you. I picture this place in my head so vividly. I’m going to ask my cousins who hung out with me. A bunch of them are still in Brooklyn. Maybe they’ll know what I’m thinking of…Oh. Maybe it was on 86th St!
      I’ll check with them. After all these years they kind of get the “method to my madness””..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Have a grEIGHT day, my Friend! πŸ™πŸ™‹πŸ»v


  4. In his quest to QUENCH his lust for MONEY at the casino, the GRITTY contractor liked to use his largest DIGIT to keep the slots moving.

    Easy word solve today and once I studied the cartoon and the EIGHT came into view the rest was child’s play.
    Appreciate the details Mike—I can’t see all those things in my newspaper–yes I am back to buying a paper on some days. So it’s black and white and I could use a magnifying glass to see some stuff.
    I’ll not attempt any puns today, Mike and Angela seemed to have that field covered and Harry is right on the eight ball with his posts. Well done everyone.
    Snow up here this AM and more to come this PM. Winter has arrived meterorlogically if not chronologically.

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    • Good Morning, Earl, and thank you. I chuckled at your sentence, because I know it stems from distant memories! πŸ˜‰ We won’t talk about it! πŸ˜‚ Good one, though.
      Say it isn’t SNOW!!! I’m so sorry! Hang in there, NYer, we’ve only just begun!
      And, yes I like Harry’s EIGHTempts this morning too! Have a grEIGHT day! πŸ™πŸ™‹πŸ»


    • Good Morning, Moose! Had a little trouble staying AFLOAT with this one? Couldn’t SINK your teeth into it? Couldn’t thINK of the solution???
      DROP us a LINE…That’s why we’re here…We’ll always get you back into the SWIM of things!!!! Have a grEIGHT day, Big Guy!
      Ciao, Bello! πŸ™πŸ™‹πŸ»


  5. Hi, all! I think the cartoon picture of the octopus sitting on a large piece of coral with the puffer fish in the background is one of my favorites, hence I agree with Mike’s last sentence wholeheartedly. This is why Jumble is our fav β€œday after day.”

    All words were easy. First glance at the letters gave me β€œhunger” without a β€œu.” Separating the vowels & consonants gave me DINNER. I got EIGHT, the obvious one, last. DUH

    I need to thank 3 guys for liking my story about my pine tree; Harry with a joke, Steve with a joke, and Mike with smiling faces. You made my day so thank you!!!

    Steve et al, here is β€œMusic ON HOLD.” On the phone last night, first I heard the rousing & fun Jingle Bell Rock that Angela treated us to yesterday morning. Next was Rudolph. Last was That Thing You Do by the Wonders themselves with the great drummer, wonderful guitar solo, and that inimitable scream. First time I’ve enjoyed being on hold.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed my post today, Lelia! I often point out just the obvious clues and keep my inner feelings about the puzzle to myself. I let my last sentence slip today, and you caught me!!! Enjoy your afternoon and talk soon. πŸ™‚


      • Hi, Mike! We were in the same boat liking this underwater cartoon. However, your strong feelings about it had to do with great artistic reasons. I just thought the octopus and puffer fish were cute. LOL

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    • Lelia, I wish I had your β€˜hold’ music! (Speaking of β€œEight Arms to Hold You”). Mine is uniformally awful, and I have to listen to some this afternoon. I’ve never heard β€œThat Thing you Do” so I’ll check it out. Now you’re giving me songs, thanks!


      • Hi, Steve! Thanks for your comments to me. Here are the takes of 2 comedians about music on hold.

        My utility company has great music on hold, so rather than clutter my desk with a radio, I dial their number, put my phone on speaker, and listen to their music all day.

        One day I was unhappily on hold, partly because the music was lousy, when a song came on that I was really enjoying. About that time they answered me, so I said, β€œPut me back on hold and answer me again in 3 minutes!”

        I hope you get some great music on hold today!


      • No chance of that, but I’ll recall your stories to try to ease the pain. It’s not only bad fake classical music but it’s completely distorted. Come to think of it, it’s a pharmacy – maybe it’s a clever ploy to sell more ibuprofen!


      • Hi, Steve! I can’t believe all of our coincidences! When I wrote the sentence to you about Music ON HOLD, I first wrote, β€œOn the phone last night, on hold with a call to my pharmacy, first I heard….”
        I should have left the pharmacy part in. I hope your music today was tolerable enough that their ibuprofen ploy didn’t work. See ya’.


  6. Hi, Angela! I hope your burns are healing fast. Actually you gave us β€œRockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” rather than β€œJingle Bell Rock” as I said in my post. I just remembered that it was a very happy Christmas song with a whole lotta rockin’ goin’ on. Thanks.


    • Hi Lelia. Thank you for asking. The pain is lessening. They don’t look any better, but they do feel a little better. Take care. πŸ™‹πŸ»


  7. Hi all – No problems with words or answer today.
    πŸŽ΅β€Su-su-sushi, Mushi-mushi
    Cherry blossom and rice
    Su-su-sushi she’s so niceβ€πŸŽ΅
    I feel sorry for that poor crustacean in the tentacle though -🎡He’s only a prawn in their game.β€πŸŽ΅

    Mike, your writeup is a perfect example of why this blog continues to capture my attention day after day. β€œGet Kraken” indeed!

    Angela, an especially perfect choice of song with the Beatles’ Octopus’s Garden. You probably know that the movie β€œHelp!” originally had a working title of β€œEight Arms to Hold You”, which is even noted on the label of the 45 single of β€œTicket To Ride/Yes It Is”. Maybe that even inspired β€œEight Days A Week” – not sure of the timing.
    Oh, also, β€œI think we think too much”? β€œYa think??” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Have a good day. Special thoughts to Earl buried in snow, and Happy Hanuukkah to anyone celebrating tonight and beyond.

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    • Grasshopper:.LOL…🎢Sushi Girl🎢 If I remember, one of the first songs you offered up, with a disclaimer…Since we hardly knew one another back then. Remember? Now we know each other πŸ™„ I STILL don’t do Sushi! πŸ˜‚
      Eight Arms to Hold You. 4 men, 2 Arms apiece, unlike the octopus. And, some of us think more than others….And read more than others…And talk more than others….πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ πŸ™πŸ™‹πŸ»


  8. I was taught that the octipus has 8 arms, No tentacles and no feet. was I taught wrong? cephalopods have 8 arms and 2 tentacles. If dear old Henri is still alive maybe he could guest for a week and draw in Jeff’s style!


    • Henri Arnold, a veteran Daily News cartoonist known for his pun-filled β€œJumble” and the popular one-panel comic β€œMeet Mr. Luckey,” died Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015, in Sarasota, Fla. He was 97. RIP, Kind Sir…..πŸ’”

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    • Hey Paul. My cousin’s telling me the Marlboro was on Bay Parkway. And the Cotillion Terrace that I’m thinking of was on 18th Avenue. I’m more confused than ever…We need to ask those Bocce Boys again,,,πŸ™‹πŸ»


  9. I said Bay Parkway first and they all said 18th Ave. I thought either one that’s why I had to check first. Who knows thereall long gone. One of these days I’ll have to take a ride and know for sure.

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    • I think you’re right Paul. I’m going to look it up, there has to be info out there. My cousin said it was shuttered for a long time and he thinks they made a CVS there about 10-15 years ago. Now he’s not sure. I’ll let you know what I find. Now it’s just a question of curiosity got the…best of me! πŸ˜‚ Stay tuned Brooklyn…! πŸ˜‰πŸ™‹πŸ»


  10. Angelia,I thought I sent something earlier but I don’t see it. That sounds right about the Marlboro. More like fifteen years at least when they closed From there I went to the UA theater by the belt parkway near the sewer plant and boat yards.

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    • Hey Paul. I meant to look it up, but I haven’t had a chance yet. I am going to tho. The UA is the multi plex right? I’ve only been there once. News saying we’re having a 45Β° drop in temps within the past 18 hours. I know it’s gotten very windy here. How cold is it going to get??? πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ™‹πŸ»


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