Jumble Answers for 04/02/2018

TDPAA = ADAPT

TOBUA = ABOUT

HOYTER = THEORY

SPULCT = SCULPT

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN FIREFIGHTERS RESCUED THE KITTENS FROM A TREE, THEY AVERTED A – – –

APAOTHERSCT = “CAT-ASTROPHE”


Good morning Jumble friends and happy Monday! If you do the Jumble during the weekend, you’ll no doubt remember Saturday’s puzzle which had a very challenging surprise answer paired with a stellar cartoon. If you happened to skip it, do yourself a favor and seek it out. It was so much fun that you don’t want to miss out!

Monday’s are usually a cakewalk, so with that mindset I began my solve. The first two clue words were no trouble whatsoever. THEORY took only a few seconds to decipher and ended up being my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. If you had trouble solving it, my suggestion would be that when you see a “Y” in a Jumble, you should try making words that end in “Y”. Of course it doesn’t always work, but if your drawing a blank it doesn’t hurt to give it a try. Moving along to the final clue word, the S and T were in their correct location making SCULPT instantly visible. And just as quick as I began, I was ready to venture over to the cartoon.

The setting for today’s panel is a scene that really warms your heart but in reality very rarely occurs. We see a firefighter climbing up a ladder to rescue a kitten that’s “stuck” in a tree while the other firefighter hands one over to its owner that’s just been “saved”. The owner in this case is a stereotypical “cat lady” that looks a bit crazy standing there in her house lounger dress and slippers. She’s thankful to have her fur-babies back and maybe this time she’ll keep a closer eye on them.

My favorite detail of this piece was very small but definitely caught my eye. If you look at the right arm of the firefighter on the ground you’ll notice that he has an American flag patch on his arm. Some might think that Jeff made a boo-boo by having drawn it backwards, but you’d be incorrect! The flag displayed on the right shoulder of a uniform must ALWAYS have the blue star field be in the highest position of honor which is towards the front. An easy way to think of it is by thinking of the patch not as a “patch” but as a loose flag attached to his arm like one on a flagpole. As the firefighter walks forward, the blue star field advances first leaving the red and white stripes to flow to the back. Great job, Jeff!!!

The solution to this jumble was an instant solve for me after reading the dialogue and sentence. The letter layout definitely kept the answer well hidden, but the visual clues were more than enough to get the job done.

Lastly, it’s the beginning of a new month so that means it’s time for another prize giveaway! The prize this month is going to be fantastic so keep an eye on the homepage where I’ll post all the details later today. Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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43 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 04/02/2018

  1. The art department was ABOUT to ADAPT a radical THEORY explaining how Michaelangelo was able to SCULPT his most famous works.
    No time right now, later.

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    • Good Monday morning, Earl! I really enjoyed this sentence because it flowed very well. Job well done!!! I know that Monday is your volunteering day and you sound busy. I look forward to hearing more of what you have to say later. 🙂

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  2. Good morning on this snowy day. Thank you Mike for that information I had no idea about the flag and was glad you enlarged it so we could see. Today’s puzzle was fairly easy for me. I had no problem with the words and flew right to the cartoon. It took two good looks to come up with the answer. All and all a good day. A belated Happy Easter and holiday to all. I went out early after mass and came home a little late. I finished the words this morning but have not gotten Sundays answer yet or even read the blog. Can’t decide to try for a solve or give up yet. Until tomorrow stay well.

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    • You’re welcome, Paul, and I’m happy that you had a wonderful Easter! You should keep trying for the answer just a little longer. It was a very fun puzzle and I’m sure the answer will come if you give it some time. 🙂🙂🙂

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      • Thanks Mike for telling me to stick with yesterday’s cartoon answer. You know how I hate it when the answer is in quotations I had the answer all along but took time to get it in the right order. It pays to go back to the puzzle a second and third time. Nice sentence using the words today Earl. As always stay safe.

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  3. Morning all,
    You’re right, Mike, about THEORY, which was the only word I had to back into. It was even harder for me because I was thinking that catastrophe ended with a y instead of an e. After much futile jumbling, I realized my mistake. Thanks for your interesting explanation of the flag patch.

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  4. I love this blog. Not just because the answers appear but I learn something every day. Today it was the reason why the flag was drawn that way. Every day details are pointed out that I either ignored or was ignorant about. Thanks Mike for educating me today and most days!
    Plus I get to use my brain a little more than just solving the puzzle.

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    • Awww, thanks Earl! I get the fun part of pointing out all the details but it’s Jeff and David that do all of the hard work and deserve the credit. And you’ve definitely added a twist to our daily fun by putting the clue words into a sentence. You’re efforts are seen by many thousands of people a day, Earl!

      Thanks for the very kind words, my friend! 😊

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  5. I had no problem with any of the words,not even theory .I usually have a problem with a hyphenated solution,but cat popped right out with cat- astrophe,following quickly,

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  6. Good morning, Everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Holiday weekend.

    I looked at today’s puzzle early this morning, and I caught my breath for a second, and felt my heart skip a beat. Here in NYC, we’ve had a really tough go of it these past few weeks, losing too many members of the Bravest as we call them. FDNY- NY’s Bravest. I personally attended two wakes-memorials-funerals…call it whatever you’d like, it’s still something held only because we’ve lost one of these heroes. So, in my heart I just couldn’t “go on wth the show”…and pun and rhyme about cats stuck up in a tree, and a woman outdoors in bed clothes and slippers. Even though there was some great material there to work with. Just my heart speaking instead of my mouth and my pen. The old “the show must go on” took a back seat to the reality and the loss I’m still feeling. I will say this though. I know many men of the Brotherhood. And that flag patch is especially endearing to me because I remember being told one beautiful summer night by one of these beautiful brave men that the “field of stars” is worn “closest to your heart”. So when I saw Jeff’s drawing, it especially touched mine. 💔 I’m sure my Fireman embellished the explanation much further, but it’s that piece of the conversation that’s stayed with me ever since. And I also remember coming away that particular night with a different sense of what it takes to make these men do what they do…They’re a rare breed. And I tip my cap in salute. So…not wanting to make this sound any more like a funeral dirge than it might already…I can’t help but think that Jeff must have been gritting his teeth with this cat panel…And thinking “Boy, this is really going to the dogs…” I wish everyone a great day…And if you get a chance, thank a Fireman today. Just because..🚒 🙋🏻

    PS: On a lighter note: Today is what the Italians call La Pasquetta, Little Easter. Or Easter Monday of the Angels. On this day, we usually have a picnic of sorts. We eat outside, play Bocce, and enjoy the beauty of Spring…Well, here on Staten Island, it started snowing before dawn, and we got about 3 inches. It stopped a little while ago, and it’s starting to slush up a little. Not conducive to dining al fresco…So, in keeping with tradition, I plan to have some of the Littles sitting on the floor when they stop by later, on a huge old traditional checkered tablecloth…and eating whatever there may be of the leftovers…No Bocce, though…These kids are all card carrying members of the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight…I can’t afford the cleanup…🙋🏻

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    • I completely understand, Angela. Your words were extremely powerful and must have been very difficult to put down. Thank you for sharing a write up that reminds us all of the sacrifices these brave women and men make. 😢

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      • Thanks Mike. I dropped the ball though, not mentioning the women who also serve. My apologies to them. My mind was on the men who fell. I enjoyed your post…🙋🏻

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  7. Agree,on a visit to NYC several yrs ago we walked by a firehouse on 9th Ave that had a memorial wall dedicated to the firefighters who were lost on 911. May we never forget that horrible day.

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    • Hi Chuck. Among the hundreds, I personally lost Fire Fighter friends numbered in the double digits that day. And so many more are still losing the battle from the related illnesses they’ve developed. It’s something you never come to grips with. I hope you had a nice Holiday, despite Loyola’s loss…Maybe next year…🙋🏻

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      • John Madden was in NYC that day and has noted several times on his radio shows here how affected he was by the sight of police and firemen running INTO buildings that everyone else was running OUT of. Seems like that could be the very definition of courage and bravery.

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      • Yes, totally. I’ve heard Madden say that too. It doesn’t go away. I’m still haunted by images of that day…I can’t imagine what goes through the minds of the responders…🙋🏻

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  8. I too paused at theory but had already figured out the cartoon answer so backed into it. Thanks for the information about the flag on the firefighter’s arm. I did not know that fact so am proud to have learned something new today. I too have great respect for fire fighters and the most difficult job they do. If you have visited San Francisco you have probably been directed to Coit Tower onTelegraph Hill. In the 1800’s we had a local character named Lily Hitchcock Coit who was so fascinated with firefighters that she followed them to fires and eventually had her own fire helmet. When she died she left a bequest to honor these heroes. There is a lovely statue of firefighter’s carrying a woman to safety in our Washington Park and of course Coit Tower which does resemble the nozzle of a fire house though we are told that is strictly coincidental. Nevertheless it does seem a fitting tribute. Hey, Angela, I haven’t heard of La Pasquetta. I think you East Coast Italians have more celebrations than we West Coasters. Happy Monday everyone.

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    • Hey Betty. We do like a good celebration! TBT, I don’t know if everyone here holds to all the old customs. My family raised us steeped in the tradition, and I don’t want the ones coming up to not know the richness of the culture. I try to keep them all going as best as I can. Any excuse to eat, drink and be merry, and at the same time keep the flame alive…But in Italy today they really pull out all the stops. It’s a national holiday. No work, no school, and you don’t have to go to Church, so it’s just time at the beach or in the country relaxing, playing games, barbecuing and eating. Always the eating! …And the wine…Lots of wine! 😉 I intend to do my part there, too! I hope you had a good Easter…Have a great day! 🍝🍷🙋🏻

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    • Hey Betty. I got a chance to read up on Lily. She was definitely way before her time, wasn’t she? Fascinating woman. I had never heard of her, so I appreciate your sharing. Hope you’re enjoying your night…🙋🏻

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  9. Hi all – Yes, THEORY took an extra look but the rest was easy.

    There were so many kittens and they were so high up, they should have charged her a “CAT-ASTRO FEE.”

    ‘Til Tuesday, be well.

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    • Years ago, I asked my friend who worked in animal control if he ever received calls for cats in trees. With a grin on his face he said only a handful a year. He then asked me a question which was “How many cat skeletons do you see in trees?” and then went on to say that they’ll come down when they’re hungry enough. 😂😂😂

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  10. Hi, all! I solved the cartoon answer immediately except for ending the word CAT-ASTROPHE with a “Y” at the end rather than an “E.”

    All 4 words were a quick solve even with my saying “trophy” for THEORY at first look. One look later…done!

    I am a cat lover so have hundreds of funny stories about our cats, but tomorrow is my date with The Taxman and I have some double checking to do. At one time we had a floor to ceiling cat scratching-post and 5 adult cats in the house: Gato, Sugar, Spice, Grey Girl, and Monkey Face.

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    • Hi Lelia – I’ll see your five and raise you two more. Harry, Katrina, Meow, Spike, Cinnamon, Willy, Rush. Seven at once, eleven in all over 31 years. 🐈

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      • Hi, Steve! Loved your cats’ names! I don’t know how to count our cats because Spice had 7 kittens and then 5 kittens that we kept for only 6 weeks.
        First Laddie wandered in from the alley & we kept him as a backyard cat. Then came the 5 indoor cats. After 3 died, Diane came home with a beautiful grey tabby kitten named Jessica that she kept when she married, but first she started feeding another backyard stray, a huge grey cat she named Grey Boy. He kept our dog company so we kept him, vet bills & all, until he died at a very old age.

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      • Lelia, when I first moved in here, there were already four very nice cats. I was also a “rescue” 😉. They were Kitty, Werner (von Brown cat), George and Fred.
        On the day that the last of that “Gang of Four” died, my wife adopted a brother and sister from our local shelter, the first two I named earlier. The rest were all abandoned on the street over the years and were extremely happy to come inside to a place of safety, warmth, food and love. Amazingly, they all got along fine with each other.

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    • LELIA!!! I SAW MY FIRST ROBIN EARLY THIS MORNING!!! And what made it even more special was that there was another one about 15 feet away. I was so excited and thought of you instantly!!! 😊😊😊

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      • CONGRATULATIONS, MIKE!! What exciting news that you saw not just one robin but two!! Spring has sprung, songs to be sung, bells to be rung!!! Those robins are lucky to have you feeding them with your weather still thinking it’s winter. We have looked every day for a robin, but your diligence paid off & you are the winner!!

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      • 🎵”And even when I’m old and grey
        I’m gonna feel the way I do today,
        ‘Cause, you make me feel so young.”🎵

        That’s the song, right? I’m just glad Mike’s robins weren’t frozen to the trees!

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      • They were on the larger side (well fed) and now I’m convinced it’s spring!

        Here’s hoping your taxes go smoothly and you can enjoy your Tuesday with that headache out of the way. Talk soon! 🙂

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  11. Hi, Angela! Tax prep all done! Found your reply to my comments about chocolate, chocolate everywhere and shed a tear at the thought of not one single one of Nonna’s aprons being found. Makes me want to come there and search every dresser drawer and closet carefully.

    Our younger daughter, Diane, learned to crochet when her first 2 children were little and my house is full of her stuff because I display items made or given to me by children & grandchildren that have sentimental value rather than purchased junk. I have crocheted doilies on 4 pieces of furniture, custom made by her to fit. I bought a glass dome on a beautiful wooden base the exact right size (which took me about 6 years to find) to display an angel she made for me, crocheting her head, hair, halo, arms, & clothes and embroidering her face. My piece de resistance from her, the last & most elaborate thing she crocheted, was The Lord’s Prayer, which I had custom framed behind glass in a 3 ½ by 3 1/3 foot frame. That’s what I would do with one of Nonna’s aprons. I would hand wash it very carefully, gently iron it, and take it to a framing place to choose a rich, deep colored background for them to attach the apron to with stitches so small you’d never see them and then have them frame it behind glass with a custom frame the right color to look great with the apron. Another idea is to choose a picture that shows off the apron really well and take it to a really good copy place and have it enlarged to poster size and frame it. Jennifer, cheer-leading for a little football team when she was quite young, gave me a one by three inch picture, which I had enlarged to poster size & framed, and is now one of the highlights of any tour through our house of people visiting for the first time. She pretends to be embarrassed when I show that and her very large, beautifully framed H.S. grad picture to her boyfriend-of-the-day, but I know she is pleased. I’m going to hope you find an apron or a large stash of them somewhere.

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    • Hi Lelia. Thank you for your concern about the smocks. But believe me, we did plenty of searching, there’s none to be found. We each have our pictures, so at least we can try our best to re-create them. You did the right thing by preserving your keepsakes. We’ve all learned a lesson, though, and we’re a little more careful with certain things now. Live and learn, right? Hope you have a good night. 🙋🏻

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