Jumble Answers for 03/27/2018









Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday! Yesterday’s clue words and surprise answer were a breeze to complete with SNEEZE being the most searched for solution. Today’s cartoon features some familiar faces, so let’s zip through those clue words so we can get to the fun stuff.

There was nothing stinky about FISHY with its solution coming quickly. OPERA slowed my tempo down just enough to make it require a couple of extra glances. David attempted to throw us off track by starting the anagram with “EAR” but having seen this word used so frequently it’s not becoming the showstopper that it once was. Up next was TANGLE which is one of those words that you either see right away or it takes you a bit to work through. I happened to start solving it with the “T” which made the answer appear almost instantly. And then there was SPRAIN. This word took me the longest to decipher and is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I almost settled on ASPRIN before remembering at the last moment that it would have needed another “I”. A few self-jumbles was all it took for the answer to come into view, and just like that I was off to the cartoon.

So what’s the correct term to call a place that you meet for an adult beverage? For me it’s a bar but saloon, pub or even watering hole are all perfectly acceptable substitutes. Today’s panel features cartoonist cohorts Bill King and Jeff Knurek in their favorite hangout playing a game of darts. Jeff chose to wear his lucky POI shirt for his night out on the town with Bill going with a Cubs jersey for his attire. As Jeff throws a dart at the board, we see the action lines indicating that it hit the bullseye but it didn’t stick for some reason. Clearly frustrated, Jeff exclaims that this is the second time that it’s happened. Bill interjects with some smack talk and tells his buddy that he should “just give up”.

There were a lot of great details in this piece that really added to the drawing. In the background is the scoreboard with “Bill” written on the left and “Jeff” on the right. The darts were pretty cool too with their flights being perfectly drawn. Probably the most obscure but my favorite was Bill’s pinky finger being extended as he holds his quaff!

The surprise answer was a 9-letter solution that turned out to be a blind solve. Writing out the clue letters to check myself, I discovered that the layout was wonderfully cryptic. The two S’s on the opposite sides of the anagram were perfectly placed to keep the answer well hidden.

That’s all I have today so it’s POINTLESS to keep yammering on. Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

46 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 03/27/2018

  1. Good Morning, Mike. Good post, you’ve brought up a lot of good POINTS! ๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  2. ๐ŸŽถTwo POINTS of view..two POINTS of view…two POINTS of view…One for me, and one for you. But you can’t hear the sound, you can’t feel the beat, all know is what I feel…Music sets me free…๐ŸŽถ

    Good Morning, Everyone! ๐ŸŽฏ DART’S ALL FOLKS…! ๐ŸŽฏ

    ๐ŸŽฏ Not everyone is good at darts, as we can from this
    The game calls for precision, it’s not just hit and miss…
    A wrist SPRAIN could occur I guess, if darts aren’t thrown just right
    It’s not that easy aiming and then putting it in flight…
    We see Jeff in today’s cartoon, frustrated as he tries
    He’s thinking somethings FISHY…Has he hit those two Bulls-eyes?
    A soap OPERA may play out here, we see Jeff looking grim
    Could faulty darts be causing this? And maybe it’s not him?
    Jeff feels he hit the spot just right, so who do we believe?
    Bill’s telling him to give it up..A TANGLEd web we weave…
    I wonder how the game will end, there’s numbers on the wall
    They really aren’t helping…’cause I don’t get much at all!
    Since darts are not my game of choice, with this I’ve no prowess…
    The whole thing might be as it says…The game is just POINTLESS! ๐ŸŽฏ

    Flying through the words, like those darts flying through the air, I just POINTED my attention TOWARDS our cartoon. Set in a bar, today we have Jeff and his Chicago Cubs pal Bill SHOOTING darts. I know his name is Bill, because it says BILL and JEFF atop the SCORE board. And I know it’s his friend, cartoonist Bill King, because we’ve seen him here before. Ok, first thought? One of the TIPS to being good at darts, is using at least three fingers. HA! What choice does Jeff have here? It’s all he has! I have to say, it was my morning laugh…Anyway, to be good at the game, you need the right grip, the right stance, and the right release…And since I know nothing about the game, I’m just going to ZOOM IN on the solve. I mean, it’d be POINTLESS for me to try and explain something that I have no SOLID knowledge of, RIGHT? And since my AIM here is to help you all get a GRASP of the puzzle, why WEIGHT…So, with our question asking us what THROWING dull darts are? POINTLESS! TORSO you have it! Bulls-eye, David! FIST full of dollars! Pun intended…Ok, eye candy. I always love Jeff’s use of the simple LINES that depict motion…MOVES me. I like the scoreboard, although the numbers decreasing from 20 to 10 just doesn’t ADD up for me…My eye is DRAWN to Bill’s hand, because it kind of looks like he’s HOLDing two glasses. Or is it just the one? IDK, something about his GRIP, with the extended pinky…but I could be LEANING in the wrong DIRECTion here altogether. Anyway, who am I kidding? I’ve always done the eye candy for Jeff’s benefit…You know, to let him know I appreciate his artistic TECHNIQUE…So it just STANCE to reason that I’m going with his T-Shirt. POI..for POI DOG PONDERING, a group Jeff loves and a Chicago favorite! So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And stay SHARP…Don’t let anything THROW you off your GAME today! ๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

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      • Good Morning, Caro! Good ones! Do you mean as long as I don’t disapPOINT? LOL…I always have a smile for you, Big Guy, you know that for sure…I AIM to please…Talk to you later! ๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


    • Angela you always point out details which I have missed or forgotten about—“Poi Dog” if that’s the name of the group. Plus I can’t see the details unless I go to a web site where I can magnify the cartoon, and I usually don’t bother. Not a true Jumble Junkie, I guess. As they used to say in Dragnet—“Just the facts, ma;am, just the facts.” My approach to the Jumble has been—just the answers, Earl, just the answers. I’ve learnt a lot on this blog about the amount of talent Jeff and Dave put into each drawing and the scrambling of words and the solution. Thanks again for all you offer each day.

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      • Hey Earl! “Poi dog” ..Mutt in pidgin Hawaiian. That just stuck in my head the first time Jeff alluded to Poi dog Pondering in his cartoon. In fact, if you care to, go back to the blog of 02/17, where Jeff featured them, and I wrote about them. Very interesting background story. And of course, you can always read up on them at Wikipedia. By now, you know I’m not a “sleeper” by nature. The website with the best illustration usually posts at 3AM. I’m usually looking at it by 4. I get my “assignment” ๐Ÿค” for the poetry, and then study the enlarged picture for the juicy bits of my eye candy. Mike mentioned that he puts aside 30 minutes for his write up. I average 38-40, including the music! Then I wait for my paper delivery, which is usually around 5:15. I check the colors, and if any editing is needed, I do so. The whole process is exhilarating! The poetry is second nature, I’ve been doing it since I was a child. The write up sometimes takes a bit of research. God bless the Internet, right? LOL…So, there’s nothing wrong with just the facts, Earl. You have us for the rest! Thanks for the kind words, you’re always a. Sweetheart! โค๏ธ Wishing you a great NY night, Sir! Ciao! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  3. Her husband’s SPRAIN on the day of the OPERA seemed FISHY to Maria and she suspected his story was a TANGLE of obfuscations and outright lies.
    Thanks Mike for all the details. Later I have to check out a website where I can enlarge the cartoon and see those gems.
    I would call the setting a PUB, short in Britain for a public place where darts are often played.
    Angela, I shall check your post later. I am volunteering today for someone who had to travel and could not do her shift.

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    • Good Morning, Earl. Obfuscation! You always MYSTIFY me, fellow wordsmith! Outstanding imagery, and great use of today’s words. No worries, I’m here whenever. And Kudos for the good that you do! ๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  4. Good morning. Something was Fishy at the Opera because the main actor received a Sprain when he and his standby did Tangle while changing places.
    Talk about painting a picture,you three amigos did just that. Nice job. For me the word that took the longest was tangle. The other three words I breezed through. When it came time to the cartoon it was close to an instant read. Once I saw a “P” in the letters the answer popped right up. Until tomorrow stay well.

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    • Good Morning, Paul. Thank you. You painted quite the pretty picture here yourself! Kudos! You’re getting really SHARP at this. I’m so proud of you, Brooklyn! Hope you have the best day…๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  5. Blind solve and a cruise through the CWs, though I did see PARSNIP before SPRAIN!

    When I was in college in Berkeley, we spent many an evening at the Albatross Pub (affectionately known as The Bird) playing darts, drinking beer and eating free popcorn. The place had about 15 boards (we always had a favorite) arrayed on two walls in the back. Our game of choice was Cricket, but weโ€™d play 301 in a pinch. As the beer flowed the out chart and math became more challenging however!

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    • Sounds like many great memories were made there, John! Probably made for quite a few rough mornings too. Enjoy your day, my friend. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป


    • John, I have a sarcastic quote from the Chronicle for you – โ€œThe Giantโ€™s home opener isnโ€™t until April 3 (against their grand traditional rival, the Seattle Mariners.)โ€
      (Iโ€™ve only been to The Albatross once, but had a good time. It was the favorite of one of my co-workers. Still there, as far as I know. Iโ€™ve played darts at two places in Oakland both now renamed: Kingโ€™s X and Egbert Sousรฉโ€™s.)

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      • That is hilarious, Steve. Mariners actually play at home on Opening Day and I will be there with both of my sons! We are all excited and full of hope, yet again!

        Did a search this morning and ascertained that The Albatross is still open. Will have to drop in on my next trip.

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    • I learnt to play 301 at Lake Chad Club in Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria by tolerant British expatriates. Never got very good but had a good time and think I might enjoy doing it again. Thanks for dredging up some memories John.

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      • We talk about Brooklyn, and Berkeley, Seattle, Oakland…and then…
        Oh…” Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria”! ..๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

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  6. Good morning again. I posted this earlier but couldn’t find it and then I realized I posted it on yesterday’s blog checking for the plant that Lelia mentioned. Yesterday Lelia had a great sentice with the words and added Bougainvillea in it. Earl seemed to know what she was talking about so,today I decided to look up this new and strange word for me. Not being a botanist left me wondering what she was talking about. It really is a beautiful plant. That’s the great thing about this blog. You always learn something. Thank You for that and as always stay well.

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    • Hi, Paul! Thank you for your shout-out complimenting my sentence and about mentioning the beautiful bougainvillea. I learn something new almost every day on our friendly Jumble forum.

      Iโ€™m not sure & donโ€™t want to have to go back to search, but something tells me that Betty mentioned the bougainvillea a few days or weeks ago. If she did, I hope she speaks up so we can give her credit where credit it due.


    • Hey Paulโ€ฆWe have a lot of bougainvillea here also. You see a lot of it growing, especially on Long Island. We have it in large potsโ€ฆYou should check out the nurseries next time youโ€™re out thereโ€ฆMy brother has taken me to amazing placesโ€ฆin Huntington and Dix Hills, and thereโ€™s a place called Hicks in Westbury I believe thatโ€™s a tropical paradiseโ€ฆ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  7. Hi all – SPRAIN took an extra look, but TANGLE took the longest. Had to write down and jumble the letters. Then the answer was obvious.

    When the dart bounced out, did it make the sound โ€œPOInk!โ€?

    And you thought the scoring in tennis was obscure the other day. Wait โ€˜till you start counting down from 301 by triple-eighteens.

    It seems there are several flights involved in our cartoon here – The trajectories of the darts, the feathers or โ€œflightsโ€ on the darts themselves, and the flight of beers our sportsmen ordered to gear up for the game! You can scarcely have a proper match without all three.

    Since it took so many tries to get TANGLE, and since I have the distinct advantage of feeling unconstrained by the *actual* words, I will tell you that, because he fell off his horse into the Seine on his way to the OPERA, the GALLANT GENTLE PARISIAN knight smelled all FISHY.

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  8. Hi, all! Easy Tuesday solve after a short pause on SPRAIN. Even though I frequently solve the cartoon first, today when I had to do the words first, write the letters, and then solve, I felt as though I had done the Jumble โ€œthe right way.โ€ Donโ€™t know why, I just did. First thing that jumped out of the letters for me was POINT. Done!

    What a FISHY TANGLE of events at the pub today when I got a SPRAIN in my wrist from throwing POINTLESS darts while the background music was OPERA.

    Still working on my tax prep. Have a happy Tuesday.


  9. Hi, Mike! I was so excited to hear that you would be painting the bee-hive that I Googled โ€œpainting a beehiveโ€ and read all about it. I remember last year that after telling me about the fantastic birthday party for your son the weekend before his birthday that on the day of his birthday you were going to surprise him with the beehive.

    I have been looking forward to hearing more about such a wonderful gift. Next I hope to hear about your honey harvesting, which I know nothing about. I really enjoyed reading about the painting of the beehive. Quite a production with a lot of decisions to make.

    Loved your post today filled with happy talk, lots of information, and your famous pointing-out of fun details.

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    • The hive was painted a semi-glossy yellow color and we stenciled some small black bees all over the box to spruce it up a bit. Next Sunday is the big day when our huge order of bees finally arrive and we get to place them into the hive. I have to drive about 45 minutes to pick them up and then drive home with them in the rear of our SUV. Hearing them buzz all the way home is definitely going to make me nervous but you have to do what you have to do! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you very much for complimenting my writing today. I set a limit of approximately 30 minutes to get it all done so some days itโ€™s easier than others. I apologize if I donโ€™t respond to your comments right away because once Iโ€™m done with my morning online โ€œroutineโ€ I tend to get distracted with other projects.

      Still no robin but it wonโ€™t be long now. See you tomorrow, Lelia!

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  10. Hi, Earl! Here are 3 late Thank Youโ€™s to you for liking my sentence. You are quite welcome for my mentioning the thorny bougainvillea. They grow like wild flowers in parts of Arizona & California. In Phoenix, our spectacular one took up half the flower-bed, covered one-third of the front of our house, and grew up onto the roof. When Jerry, my husband, got his arms seriously scratched one day, as usual, while trimming it, he sawed it off at the ground. Our neighbors were horrified.

    Thanks for going back to look at my comments. If I post at 9 a.m. here in the Phoenix area, it is already noon in NH, three hours difference.


    • Leila—I’m in NY, same time zone as NH and I don’t always come back to this blog later in the day. I guess I should start doing it more often—I suspect I have missed some replies I should have read.
      I had not seen bougainvillea until I worked in West Africa. There it grows in the tropical rain forest areas with a vengeance—loves water and sunshine!! My most favourite flower however was not a flower at all but a tree—coffee, whose flowers have the most beautiful aroma ever.


  11. Hi, Steve! Thanks for The Taxman! Too funny! โ€œIf you try to sit, Iโ€™ll tax your seat. If you take a walk, Iโ€™ll tax your feet. Cos Iโ€™m the taxman.โ€ My tax prep is almost done. Almost but no cigar, yet. Thanks for your encouragement & this song sent at the perfect time.


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