Jumble Answers for 01/31/2018









Happy Wednesday morning, everyone! The first two clue words were no problem at all and were actually super easy. Looking at the anagram FINKE, I felt that we’ve seen it recently so I did a quick search. Sure enough, I found that it was used on 01/05/18 and it was in the exact same letter layout. LAGOON took just a second to decipher because I saw GALLON at first and tried to make a few other words starting with “G” before I moved on. My pick for the most difficult word of the day is MISUSE, but honestly it wasn’t much of a challenge.

Moving on to the cartoon, I attempted a blind solve without the aid of the clue letters or dialogue but wasn’t able to crack it. The 2-6 format of the word in quotes had me stumped and whatever the the answer was going to be surely would be a stinker of a pun.

Looking more closely at the panel, we discover that a skunk is spraying a fox with his defensive weapon. The other skunk watches with glee as the fox gets bombarded with the stink and he gives a “thumbs-up” indicating that the target was successfully sprayed. Curious as to how accurately a skunk can shoot their foul smell, I took to google for some research. It turns out that they can hit a target with a high-degree of accuracy up to 10 feet away. They also have two scent glands and can alternate between the both of them for a total of six shots. That fox didn’t stand a chance!

There was one detail in the cartoon that I’m almost certain you couldn’t see in your newspaper copy of the puzzle. Jeff added a small white rabbit tucked behind a bush just to the left of the skunk’s nose that isn’t spraying. I’ve added a close-up photo below for your viewing pleasure. The look of horror on its face is priceless.

David gave us a letter layout for the surprise answer that was challenging and very cryptic. It started with a K and ended with ISS so KISS came to mind but nothing materialized after that. Starting over, I saw KNI which brought STINK into mind leaving the remaining letters to flow neatly into place for the finish. I often say that the surprise answer was a stinky pun, and this time it literally was! Have a wonderful Wednesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!



25 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 01/31/2018

  1. ๐ŸŽถNobody NOSE the trouble I’ve seen…Nobody NOSE my sorrow. Nobody NOSE the trouble I’ve seen…Glory, Hallelujah. Sometimes I’m UP sometimes I’m DOWN, Sometimes I’m almost to the GROUND…Oh, nobody NOSE the trouble I’ve seen..Nobody NOSE my sorrow…๐ŸŽถ

    ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป I DOUBT that there is anyone who hasn’t heard the stories
    Of what a skunk is capable of when theyโ€™re in their glory…
    Emitting an aroma that can cut you like a KNIFE
    The aftermath of getting sprayed not one you want in life.
    Skunks used to be unheard of where city confines meet
    But people now are seeing them scurrying across a street
    They can live in a LAGOON, but under my neighbors deck…?
    We saw a skunk was borrowed and my neighbor was a wreck…
    We both ripped up our decks of Trex and now we’re going pavers
    It’s worth it for the peace of mind and all the stress it’ll save us.
    The MISUSE of a movement, that gives a skunk a scare?
    Just pray it isn’t threatened because then you best beware.
    So now we’re looking forward to the outside food and drinks
    Without the fear of skunks who exercise their GOOD IN-STINKS! ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป

    ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐ŸปAlong the line of good anagrams, Lagoon is tops! My friend Vince said Gondola. Hmm…I asked him DiD he see a D? He SHOT me a look…Kind of like the looks here in our cartoon…DeaDly! And that’s exactly what we have here today..Deadly shots! Jeff’s giving us two Skunks, and a shocked Fox. Who obviously didn’t have the good SCENTS to get out of the way! Out-foxed the Fox, huh? Poor baby…Let us SPRAY. Skunk spray, a chemical compound comprised mostly of sulfur and hydrogen, is called THIOL. THIOL means, one does not want to experience this Eau de Bemoan! The specific thiols found in skunk spray, (E)-2-butene-1-thiol, and 3-methyl-1-butanethiol, are especially volatile and dreadfully malodorous. And when feeling trapped or threatened, and after using all their ODOR defense mechanisms, BOTTOM line? The Skunk sprays..up to 10 feet at a time! So, now that I’ve put a DAMPER on your breakfast…Let’s WHIFF through the solve. The Skunks “KNEW” when to spray, due to…GOOD IN-STINKS! Well dunk Vince in a RINSE of some peroxide and baking soda, and hang him out to CRY! Solved! Good one, Dave! You get a “Thumbs up” just like our Skunk! And you got us PHEW this one without a STINK! Ok, eye candy. Gotta be Jeff’s little Rabbit. Hiding in that bush and enjoying the show. Hmm…I wonder if he’ll use it later…You know at “Show and SMELL”! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And keep in mind…A Skunk always…NOSE! ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

  2. Good morning. Thanks again Mike for the extras. Enjoyed every bit. Angela,thanks for the laughs. Between the both of you,my day starts off on a good note. For me, lagoon was the last word to get. Took a few extra minutes. The cartoon took about five minutes before the light went on inside my head. Crossing out the letters confirmed my hunch. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • No problem, Paul! Iโ€™m happy to see that you solved it without too much trouble โ€” even with those pesky quotation marks. Enjoy the last day of January. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    • Good Morning, Paul. Thank you very much, and you’re welcome! As least you didn’t see Gondola like my friend did. Either way, he was all wet…So, no “Quotation Trepidation” today, I see? Kudos! Wishing you a great day, Brooklyn! ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

  3. No DOUBT the MISUSE of his KNIFE left the sailor stranded in the remote LAGOON.
    Three out of four is 75%, right? That’s what I had until I got to LAGOON. Solved the puzzle and backed into the letters I needed. Gallon was stuck in my brain.
    Thanks Mike and Angela for the information and creativity– although I don’t think I care very much about the chemical makeup of skunk spray. Even seeing a dead one along the road gives me nausea because of the reek which seems to last forever. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ท ๐Ÿ‡

    • Good Morning, Earl. Thank you LOL…Sorry about the data…One never NOSE…You think you hate them? I ripped up the HOLE back of my house! Enjoyed your sentence! Have a good one, Sir! ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

  4. Sorry Earl. I didn’t see your name when I did the first post so in between getting my breakfast and second cup of coffee I comprised a few lines with the four words and they are close to yours. But I can’t let it go to waste,so here goes. The chefs intended Misuse of the Knife other then for his culinary skills,left no Doubt in his mind he had to dispose of the weapon by throwing it into the Lagoon.

  5. I came to the answer as I worked the CWs, but couldnโ€™t get LAGOON to save my life. Beatrice yelled the answer out to me as she headed upstairs!

    • Lots of people saw GALLON at first. That was stuck in my head until I coupled the Oโ€™s together. Great job, Beatrice (and you too, John ๐Ÿ˜‹)!

  6. Misuse was the toughest for me followed by lagoon. I backed into both. The kn from knife led me to stink and the answer.

  7. Hi all – Well, Iโ€™m glad I finished my breakfast first. Took a minute to see GALLON, then another to realize that MIS was a prefix for MISUSE. Then when the letters didnโ€™t work, had to go back to get LAGOON.

    It took me until 5 AM to realize that Elvis would be returning to the building twice this morning:

    ๐ŸŽตโ€Blue moon, you saw me standing alone
    Without a dream in my heart
    Without a love of my ownโ€๐ŸŽต

    ๐ŸŽตโ€When my blue moon turns to gold again
    When the rainbow turns the clouds away
    When my blue moon turns to gold again
    You’ll be back here in my arms to stayโ€๐ŸŽต

    Unlike the solar eclipse, I actually did get to see the Super-Blue-Blood Moon.
    It wasnโ€™t as spectacular as I had hoped since it was setting into a bit of a haze and therefore not as big or red as expected, but still a pretty cool sight.
    Now itโ€™s a good excuse for an extra nap. Have a great day!

    • Sorry about that, Bud! TMI! Sentimental with the ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ today…
      ๐ŸŽถBlue moon, you knew just what I was there for…You heard me saying a prayer for…Someone I really could care for๐ŸŽถ
      Merle Haggard did a good rendition of ๐ŸŽถWhen..๐ŸŽถalso..,
      We saw the moon real early this morning. It was beautiful..Again, sorry! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

      • You donโ€™t have to be sorry, I was grossed out as soon as I saw the cartoon.
        It was still fun, though!

        • And yet still. you didnโ€™t make a STINK over it…Agreed, a SCENTsational puzzle! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

    • It was too cloudy here to see the moon. They said it was most likely going to clear up but sadly that didnโ€™t happen. Enjoy your nap! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  8. Hi, all! Thanks for the cute bunny, Mike. Reading the cartoon sentence first, I guessed SOME IN-STINKS or MERE IN-STINKS but changed to GOOD IN-STINKS after solving 3 words. Like John, I struggled with LAGOON, but not having the help of Beatrice solving up-side-down or going up stairs, I had to self-jumble LAGOON more than 20 times, eat my entire breakfast, memorize the letters & think about itโ€ฆ

    Before I could finish, we had to leave for Jerryโ€™s dr. apt. where we saw the biopsy report, from his cystoscopy 2 weeks ago, of no cancer AND no more abnormal cells.
    We ate lunch on the way home. The second we got home, I lay down for a rest & slept until dinner time, exhausted because, like Steve, we got up in the night to see the Super Blue Blood Moon.

    One last word of completion: I did get LAGOON right before we left by backing into it. Good night.

    • Hi, Lelia! I was so happy and relieved to hear the wonderful news about Jerry!!! Iโ€™m sure the rest of our โ€œJumble familyโ€ will chime in and say likewise.

      Yesterdayโ€™s puzzle sure was difficult and the page view statistics prove it. LAGOON and MISUSE were tops in peopleโ€™s searches. You definitely werenโ€™t alone.

      Any Super Bowl plans in the works for Sunday? Iโ€™m having family over to watch the game and plan on serving fried chicken wings and other quick finger foods so nobody misses a play. Have a wonderful Thursday! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

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