Jumble Answers for 03/20/2018









Good Tuesday morning, Jumble fanatics, and happy first day of spring! At 12:15 pm Eastern time, the sun will be directly in line with the equator giving us the vernal equinox where both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres will have the same amount of daylight. To our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, happy first day of autumn!

Excellent clue word choices today with PARKA and SCROLL being the two that gave me the most trouble. SCROLL took the longest to figure out so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The U’s in FLUKE and UPDATE were a big help and allowed the words to instantly come into view.

The setting for today’s cartoon is in a living room where a chaotic situation is taking place. There’s a bird loose in the house and he definitely doesn’t appear to be leaving anytime soon. From our bird’s-eye view perspective we see four different characters with each one having a different facial expression and body language. Mom appears to be in shock with one hand behind her head and the other one near her mouth. Junior appears to be in awe with a huge one-toothed smile and an extended arm reaching out to his new “friend”. Dad is clearly angry at the feathered intruder for not only interrupting his coffee time but also violating his personal space. As dad swats at the bird, which has a look of confusion on its face, we get a glimpse of the best detail in today’s panel that is on dad’s rolled up newspaper. There’s a tiny Jumble puzzle on the paper as well as a Family Circus comic! You’d probably miss it if you didn’t look hard enough so I’ve included an enlarged photo of it below.

The final solve will no doubt be the reason that most people will arrive at this website today. The letter layout was wonderfully cryptic and didn’t give anything away. The only help we get with this puzzle was the one letter A in the solution. I struggled quite a bit with this one and had to do quite a few self-jumbles before FLAP came into view. CAUSED wasn’t difficult to figure out once the other two words were solved. This puzzle was definitely on the more challenging side and it definitely left me feeling like a birdbrain! Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!




45 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 03/20/2018

      • LOL…Good Morning, Big Guy! Had ‘ya on a wild MOOSE chase, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Huffin’ and a PUFFIN? That’s ok, Caro. You’re still the TWEETest guy to me! Stay warm, and good luck with the FEATHER…๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  1. ๐ŸŽถEvery little SWALLOW every CHICK-a-dee..every little BIRD in the tall oak tree…The wise old OWL, the big black CROW, Flappin’ their wings signin’ “go BIRD, go”. Rockin’ ROBIN..Tweet-tweet-tweet…Rock-rock-rockin’ ROBIN..Tweet-tweedilly-tweet…Go rockin’ ROBIN ’cause we’re really gonna rock tonight…Tweet-tweedilly-tweet…๐ŸŽถ

    Good Morning, Everyone! ๐Ÿฆ HOME TWEET HOME? ๐Ÿฆ

    ๐Ÿฆ It has to be unsettling, to have a bird fly in
    Removal is the only thought…but where do you begin?
    Someone may grab a PARKA and hide beneath its hood,
    Another grabs a cell phone and SCROLLs for data would.
    This happened to my neighbor, but luckily he knew
    Enough to close the door connecting to the kitchen through…
    This FLUKE unnerved his dog though, barking began with him
    The bird and dog now trapped inside his screened solarium.
    I looked over the fence and asked if I could be of help…
    The bird was flapping back and forth, and louder were the yelps…
    This went on for an hour, the UPDATE stayed the same
    The bird aloft, my neighbor calling out his dog by his name…
    And then he grabbed a fishing net, the bird now in its trap…
    He finally got the bird outside, but it sure CAUSED A FLAP! ๐Ÿฆ

    Choice for what might be today’s stickler? I think SCROLL. UPDATE, one of those compound words that some dread, may cause a little FLAP also. But all old favorites, with all new anagrams. Our cartoon…Talk about a FLUKE! Today Jeff’s showing us the swirling, whirling motion of a bird getting into someone’s home. ROBIN them of their relaxation. What a TERN of events! The couple, of course are stunned, and have looks of desperation on their faces, as they FLAP their arms trying to shoo it away. What the PECK? WREN did this bird get in? Seems like nobody CROWS! The young boy though, is happy as a LARK! He wants to keep it! Keep it? Are you kidding? This can RHEA be a problem! The bird is FLYING all around like a…like a LOONY BIRD! Our solution is stating…the Bird…CAUSED A FLAP! Well rattle my CAGE…Good one, inSEED, David! A real HOOT! So, eye candy. Jeff’s use of lines of reflection make the outer wall we see appear to be windows, and they seem sealed. There’s a small table, near the man, holding a cup of coffee that luckily isn’t WARBLEing, it’s still full. I guess he hasn’t SWALLOWed any of it yet…It looks like it hasn’t BUDGIED at all. But there’s a newspaper CLUTCHed in the man’s hand…And if you take a GANDER? Can you see what’s printed? SWOOPS! There it is! The Jumble and The Family Circus Cartoon! You SOAR are something, Jeff! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! It’s the first day of Spring….Yes, another storm may be coming, but let’s not BROOD about it…Let’s think positive…You know TOUCAN do it! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

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      • ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป I noticed and was just going to tell you. FLYing up that scoreboard! I think it’s the solve. Before 6 this morning, I had 5 people tell me it posed a problem for them. Thanks for the shout out….Batten down the hatches! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

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      • HA! Cute…I’m EMUsed! Yes, it is the early BIRD who catches the worm, but I was distracted by my cousin TWEETing me…That CHICK…I’m TALON you, she drives me nuts!! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  2. Good morning. Thanks Mike for the enlargement and your terrific input. Even with a magnifying glass you can’t see anything. Angela great song choice and post. I had to Scroll the weather report for an Update and take my Parka along while we went fishing for Fluke. Today’s puzzle was a real challenge. For me (unlike Mike) it was just the opposite. The first three words were instant reads with update causing me to look for its answer. The cartoon took me sometime to get. I finally got caused first and then the rest. I came close to giving up on the cartoon too. Glad I stuck with it. At least it wasn’t a total failure. Until tomorrow stay well.

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    • Good morning, Paul! I had a feeling that you or Earl would use FLUKE as a fishing term instead of its other meaning. Great work and excellent job on solving todayโ€™s puzzle. It was definitely on the challenging side. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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    • Hey Paul, I like your sentence. Keep it up and maybe we will have several posters using their brain cells to come up with ideas about how to use the clue words. Today was a struggle for me and I think yours was great.

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    • Hey Brooklyn, Thank you! I had a feeling you’d like the song. And hopefully soon we’ll be down at the Bay fishing for those Flukes without the Parkas! I can’t wait! You make the 4th person from B’klyn this morning telling me the solve caused a tic or two…so no rEGRETS, you’re not alone! And Kudos…your sentenced SOARED! Have a good one, Bud! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  3. It was a felicitous FLUKE when the PARKA was found beneath the SCROLL describing how to UPDATE your wardrobe for an upcoming Nor’easter.
    Clue words were no problem. The solution? A real stickler for a Tuesday. I got the A and eventually the flap but the scrambling left me scratching my head in feathery frustration.
    Great post Mike and thanks for the details, particularly nice since I am a big fan of “Family Circus”
    and read it religiously every day that I see a newspaper.
    Love your choice of song today Angela but may I make a suggestion? When I saw the cartoon in color on a website, I immediately thought of “Blue Birds Over, the White Cliffs of Dover” being a unrepentant Anglophile.
    Have a great Tuesday everyone and if you are in the path of the storm, stay safe.

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    • Good Morning, Earl. Major kudos on your sentence….You know how I love the “smell of alliteration” in the morning! I have the puzzle in color, and the idea of a Bluebird tune was FLYING around in my head WREN I saw it, but I couldn’t shake this one, my first choice, off… It mentions so many Birds..I even flirted with ๐ŸŽถNorwegian Wood๐ŸŽถ for you, but it only mentioned Bird once…so I just put it to NEST…Good choice, though, my Anglophile aficionado! So, Earl…notice anything “familiar” about the woman? ๐Ÿ™„ Gotta love it!
      Crossing over the bridge to Jersey as we speak so that we’ll be back before the latest storm hits…ROBIN us of our first day of Spring! Have a good one! Ciao! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

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    • Hello Earl – I happened across this lyric about time and the change of seasons for this Equinox day that I thought you might remember and like:

      ๐ŸŽตโ€Time, time, time, see what’s become of me
      While I looked around for my possibilities
      I was so hard to please
      Ahhhh, seasons change with the scenery
      Weaving time in a tapestry
      Won’t you stop and remember me?
      (At any convenient time)
      Funny how my memory skips
      While looking over manuscripts
      Of unpublished rhyme
      Drinking my vodka and lime

      Look around; Leaves are brown
      There’s a patch of snow on the ground.โ€๐ŸŽต
      … But itโ€™s bound to melt soon!

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      • Thank you Steve. Amazing lyrics which I don’t think I have seen before.
        Reminds me of the other TIME so good—“If time could be captured…..”

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      • Hi Earl – Thatโ€™s Simon and Garfunkle, โ€œHazy Shade of Winterโ€ from Bookends.
        I cheated twice today and used two Winter references, but just the parts that talked about Spring. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • Psst…Grasshoppper…I BIRD it through the Grapevine, that it might be 3, using ๐ŸŽถLittle Green๐ŸŽถ twice in the same week…But I know you and Joni..Got that “L Bird” thing goin’ on, so no harm, no FOWL!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


      • Brooklyn….Mayor not only cancelled alternate side, he closed the schools? Alternate side I could see….but he NEVER closes the schools!!! What the h–l are we in for? ๐Ÿ˜ณโ„๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  4. Hi all – SCROLL took the longest, but popped out as soon as I put the two Lโ€™s together. Saw โ€œCAUSED Aโ€ right away, but had to write the letters to get FLAP.

    Mike, that bird of spring you were looking for in the yard? ITโ€™S INSIDE THE HOUSE!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ โ€œDa boid is on da wing? Oh how absoid! Cause everybody knows, da wing is on da boid.โ€ (Angela, your trip to โ€œJoiseyโ€ inspired me.)

    Thereโ€™s a line of test equipment that Iโ€™m sure Jerry is familiar with called โ€œFluke.โ€ I always wanted to see a commercial that said โ€œIf it works, itโ€™s a Fluke!โ€

    Happy Tuesday Afternoon, and Happy Spring. Our Pineapple Express just arrived – about 1.5 inches of rain over the next 3 days.

    โ€œ…the primal rite .. of Spring’s promise beyond the snows; the rite of fire and evergreen, light and music.โ€

    ๐ŸŽตโ€Just a little green
    Like the color when the spring is born
    There’ll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
    Just a little green
    Like the nights when the Northern Lights perform.โ€๐ŸŽต

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    • ๐ŸŽถ There’ll be icicles and birthday clothes…๐ŸŽถ Literally! โ„๏ธ And I was hoping from HERON in, it might be Spring! I’d take the rain over the snow HENny day! Have a good one, Bud! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  5. No problem with the clue words or cartoon this morning which I can unfortunately well relate to. As you may know many of our homes in San Francisco are attached to each other. Several years ago a seagull fell into the lightwell between my home and the home next door. I heard this huge flapping & squawking noise. I never realized how large those birds are when up close and personal. We had to call animal control. They had to throw a net down into the space, and a big red blanket over the bird. They then had to pull it up three stories literally kicking and screaming all the way. It appeared unharmed so they brought it back to the S.F.Bay. We now have a net over the lightwell. I know this story is for the birds but it is true.

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    • Hi Betty – My wife always tells me how difficult it was to have a picnic in Canada with the huge seagulls stealing the sandwiches right out of their hands.
      If you think theyโ€™re big, we used to be able to walk up to the pelicans perching on the railings at the Santa Cruz Municipal Pier. Theyโ€™ll definitely make you think twice about getting too close.


      • I totally believe you, Steve. We have hoards of seagulls over in the lagoon at the Palace of Fine Arts. People feed them bread, etc. and they are so aggressive. They literally leap in the air and peck mercilessly at the smaller birds attempting to get a morsel. I think a few of them could join the Warriors and help with rebounds. Fortunately we don’t have pelicans too.

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      • ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป EGGScellent! Eureka! He’s done…I was worried if he took any longer we’d be stuck in THRUSH hour traffic! ๐ŸŽถHomeward Bound๐ŸŽถ….๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ


    • What an amazing story, Betty! In my commentary, I was going to ask if anyone ever had a bird fly into their home. Itโ€™s never happened to me but I was sure that some folks have had this happen. Thanks for letting us all know about your incident! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


  6. Betty, I believe it, and I’m far from GULLible… It’s a HOOT! Like a regular Free-for-OWL!
    You have me ROTFL…Have a great day! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


      • LOL…Thank you, Betty. I try! I’m sitting around waiting for a friend, and I’m bored to tears. This is what happens..all these nonsensical things pop into my head! And I just squinted at the tiny type on my phone and thought…”Sure, here’s where I end up with CROWs feet because of him”! ๐Ÿ™„ Hmm. Mistress? IDK..It does carry that Iffy-ness you know?..I mean I am a GROAN women and all…but…๐Ÿ˜‚ Let’s go with the Pun Master…Too much PC nonsense in the world as iit is! And thanks again, Betty. I hope you have a SWANderful day! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  7. Hi, all! It was a quick Tuesday solve for me with the word UPDATE taking a few extra seconds. At first glance, I thought CAUSED A RIOT but knew I would have to change my 4-letter word to a โ€œbird word,โ€ which I did without a FLAP of my arms.

    Jerry built a huge, walk-in cage in our back yard for Dianeโ€™s beautiful cockatiel. One day the cockatiel was gone & we grieved, but then a man rang the doorbell while holding our bird.
    Lelia: Ooooh! You found our bird!
    Man: My son found it.
    Lelia: I am going to give him a huge tip!
    Man: No, a tip is not necessary.
    Lelia: Please accept it! My daughter will be so happy!
    Man: No, he does not need a tip!
    Lelia: Well, Iโ€™d surely like to give him one!!
    Man: Lady, my son stole your bird!
    Lelia: Oh.

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    • LOL…You SOAR let him off easy, Lelia! After ROBIN your cockatiel, you should have given him the BIRD Degree! Have a good one! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


    • โ€œB-B-B-Bird bird bird, bird is the WORD!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚
      What a great story! If yours spoke, you should have taught him to say his name and address!

      Hey Lelia, was that restaurant named Skyline Chili by any chance? I happened to see a commercial that had a spaghetti dish that looked just like you described.

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      • Hi, Steve! Thanks for liking my bird story. The rest is when the father told me that he listened for a few days about this โ€œwonderful little old lady who was movingโ€ and had given her bird to my son, but early this morning (Saturday) I told my son that we needed to go thank that lady. He had all kinds of protests such as, โ€œShe has probably already moved,โ€ and that he was not sure he could remember how to get there, but the dad told him to โ€œget in the car.โ€ He said that he had been driving for well over an hour before his son finally gave up, broke into tears, and told the truth.

        I didnโ€™t catch the name of the restaurant. Jerry was watching TV, mumbled something about chili on spaghetti but he thought that looked like too much cheese on top, and I took a chance that it wouldnโ€™t be over before I could get to the TV. I got there in time and even got to see some people struggling with all that grated cheese on top and eating the spaghetti. To me, it looked like fun and also delicious.

        Jerry said that he has heard of the Fluke brand equipment, it is from back east, the equipment they did use was from back east but he canโ€™t remember the name of it, and he did not ever get to use the Fluke brand. I think your clever commercial with a double meaning is very funny.

        The reason I got SCROLL fast was because noticing only one vowel, I immediately put 3 consonants together choosing โ€œSCRโ€ and there it was.


  8. P.S., Steve, ever since 3/17 when we had to Jumble โ€œhugoneโ€ to make โ€œenough,โ€ I have wanted to tell you how sweet I thought it sounded when you used โ€œhugoneโ€ and 2 other Jumbled words to tell us that you were going to give your wife a hug.

    I give Jerry & family lots of hugs and say โ€œI love youโ€ to every family member I see and never hang up the phone without saying , โ€œLove yaโ€™, bye.โ€ A few days ago after talking to Joyce & then Diane on the phone and saying โ€œLove yaโ€™, bye,โ€ I called my pharmacist to ask a question, she answered me well, and then I said, โ€œThanks so much for your time in answering that for me. I really appreciate it, love yaโ€™, bye.โ€ I realized immediately what I had said but gave it 2 seconds of silence after which she quietly, and Iโ€™m pretty sure embarrassed, said, โ€œYou, too.โ€ I thought it was funny.

    In the classroom, my little ones would sometimes call me โ€œmomโ€ by mistake. I thought that was sweet.


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