Jumble Answers for 04/12/2018








Good morning everyone, and happy Thursday! We’re in the homestretch of puzzles for the week with yesterday’s game being the most difficult so far. The majority of folks that stopped by were looking for help with FLEGNU as well as the surprise answer, LEFT AND “WRITE”. If you fell victim to Jeff and David’s nasty curveball yesterday, it’s time to stand up, brush yourself off, and head back out to the plate to take a swing at today’s offering.

Leading off today’s game was SIGHT. It was pretty obvious as was the next word which was SHRUG. The 5-letter words took more time to write out than to solve so I was feeling like nothing could slow me down. My go get ’em attitude quickly subsided as soon as I ran into the next anagram which was TIRADE. A nasty slider. Impossible for me to hit. David jumbled this word so perfectly that I actually skipped over it and moved on to DILUTE. Now that was an easy one to figure out after using my technique of trying the anagram backwards. And there I was right back where I left off only a few seconds before, and more frustrated than ever! After what seemed like an eternity of just staring at it, I broke down and pulled out my notepad. It took a few minutes to figure out and I was just happy to be done with it.

Everyone’s favorite part of the Jumble is the cartoon and I was especially pleased to see that this morning’s panel featured a baseball theme. We may have had to wait a couple of weeks into the season to get it, but it’s better late than never. The setting was a baseball field where a couple of coaches are cheering on a player as he heads for home. The look on the players face shows us that he’s not under any pressure to get there as he leisurely gallops towards the plate. By reading the sentence and dialogue we learn that the player has just hit a home run and he’s savoring every second of this glorious moment. There wasn’t much fine detail in today’s drawing except for maybe the shadowy crowd cheering in the stands. I’m happy that Jeff showed restraint by not forcing any in because the drawing was perfect just the way it was.

The solution to the surprise answer wasn’t overly difficult to solve with HIS being the first word that I found. It was neatly placed together in the beginning of the anagram for an instant solve. I would have switched the position of SHRUG and SIGHT to make the layout more challenging, but perhaps our wordsmith thought TIRADE was enough trouble for today. HIT was found next with STRIDE taking just a few moments to figure out and finish this one off.

On a final note, you only have a few days left to enter April’s giveaway. Head over to the front page of my blog for your chance to win an “I ❤️ Jumble” coffee mug and a $20 iTunes gift card. You can use the gift card to get rid of those pesky ads in the Just Jumble app and still have a few bucks to spare. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!


30 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 04/12/2018

  1. Good morning. The worker did Dilute the mixture and Shrug his shoulders when his boss asked him why? This caused his boss to go into a Tirade at the Sight he just witnessed. Another great puzzle which took me some time to get. Thank you Mike for your tip the other day. None of the words were an instant read so I used you technique in using the last letters first. This brought the first two words into view. Tirade was solved because I got the cartoon answer and knew what letters I needed. Thanks again Mike for all your input. Until tomorrow stay well.

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      • Thank you Earl. I like yours much better. Three of us went out to the Olive Garden for soup and salad last night and was watching the girl make mixed drinks. Brought me right back there after reading your sentence.


    • I’m glad it helped you out, Paul. It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a try for those words that seem impossible to solve. It’s been a great week of puzzles — definitely more challenging than we’re accustom to.

      The clue words were difficult to use in a sentence so I see why you needed two. I didn’t even give it a try. Sometimes I know better than to venture out into those murky waters. 😊

      Have a great Thursday, my friend!


  2. The cocktail server flew into a TIRADE when when she caught SIGHT of the bartender trying to DILUTE her drinks and then pass it off with a sheepish SHRUG.
    I agree with you Mike. TIRADE was the toughie today. I looked and looked and did what you did and it still took several jottings before the answer appeared. The rest was fairly easy and I was relieved that no quotation marks appeared.
    I’ll leave it to others to comment on “eye-candy” and other esoterica.
    Have a great Thursday everyone.


  3. Glad to see a baseball themed puzzle today. Didn’t have an instant blind solve, but it came to mind while I was unscrambling the words, none of which gave me any troubles today.

    Until tomorrow.

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  4. Hi all – I’ve been seeing so many baseball articles on the subject lately that my first thought on the answer was “Increased his launch angle”, but that’s way too analytical, so the real answer was then obvious. Had to use the letters to back into “tirade.”

    Today’s “song from the ceiling” at Peet’s – Peter, Paul and Mary’s hit version of Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind.” Sounds just as powerful as the day it was recorded.

    In history:
    1865 The Civil war begins as Confederate shore batteries open fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay.

    1633 Galileo is convicted of heresy for claiming that the Earth is not the immovable center of the Universe.

    Now I’m history until tomorrow.

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  5. Hi, all! With newspaper in the yard, I went to Seattle and their timer said I had a 13-minute solve. TIRADE and DILUTE each took some extra work, but what took the longest was rethinking the answer because before seeing the boxes, I decided the answer would be that the batter “GOT THE SWING OF IT” but I have decided to accept HIT HIS STRIDE. Ha ha

    Yesterday I didn’t get to answer my delightful comments from Mike & Steve, which I will do shortly, because as soon as we got home from dr. apt, I realized that Jerry was sick, which I hadn’t noticed while jumping out of bed at 6 a.m. He had a slight temp, so I babied him the rest of the day with chicken noodle soup, doing his chores, and making sure both of us got naps. With all of our doctor apts, we sound like we’re falling apart, but I feel happy & healthy and wish the same to all of you!!

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    • You two are sure having a lot of Doctors appointments, Lelia, so I’m glad that you reassured us that your doing well.

      We’ve had two difficult puzzles in a row so don’t feel bad about a 13-minute solve. I timed my solve with cups of coffee which ended up being two!

      I wish Jerry well, and let him know that I said hello! 🙂


      • Hi, Mike! Thank you for cheering me up yesterday by saying I was a tough woman, making me laugh by describing your funny thoughts about surgery with no numbing, and thinking of me when you saw another robin. We think & speak of you often. I fed the birds yesterday for my sick guy and saw way more different kinds than usual.

        I loved it when Paul wanted to hear more about bees that you were forthcoming with information about the quantity of bees you have with more ordered. My HS girlfriend’s father had hives in his back yard but would not let us near them so I have been curious about the subject for a long time. Their honey was DELICIOUS.

        In closing, who is more daring? Me having surgery unnumbed or you putting your ear to a hive full of bees? Ha ha


  6. Good Afternoon, Everyone. ⚾️ STRIDE WITH PRIDE ⚾️
    I noticed some eye candy today. The coaches and the player, whom I’m calling Giancarlo, (only because the cleat fits, and Jeff’s art does usually imitate life), are wearing the same type neck-lined short sleeve baseball jersey. It doesn’t appear regulation though. There’s no buttons. On a legit jersey, with buttons, when the placard comes together at top, it doesn’t fall into that sort of neckline at all; its higher up on their collarbones. The person in the dugout, who is sporting a totally different V-neck shirt that resembles a T-Shirt, may not be a player at all, dressed as he is. Perhaps he’s a the bat/ball boy. And to the left side of the coach on the lefts legs, the On-Deck Circle is in view. Also, behind said coach, isn’t that a bat rack? Have a great day, and here’s hoping we keep the brawls where they belong..on the ice! 🍻 ⚾️🙋🏻

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    • Hi, Angela! Great write-up with details no one else has mentioned. Good for you. I laughed at keeping the brawls on the ice. I was disappointed at seeing one of my Arizona Coyotes hit an opponent on the head with his stick. See you tomorrow.

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      • 🎶Chances are, cause I wear a silly grin, the moment you come into view…🎶
        You too, Bud…⚾️🙋🏻


      • Hey Mike. Aren’t we limited to only six since the new rulings? I figure they’re just using their hands now…No? 🙄 Anyway, it says “home run AFTER home run”…Wouldn’t that board already be showing some digits? 😂
        Tks! Same to you! ⚾️🙋🏻


  7. Hi, Steve! Thank you for the Stanley Cup playoffs schedule. At the end you asked, “Got all that?” After first reading, no, but after reading it twice more, yes! Thanks for the time it took to send all that to me. This will allow me to make plans ahead of time to watch some of it.

    That was quite a clever comment you made to the trooper playing with his new radar gun, telling him he [you] didn’t notice a speeder who “Blue Bayou.”

    Thank you for mentioning “Sentimental Journey” and that your grandfather played it on his clarinet. You inspired me to send you that song in honor of your sentimental story for me about keeping your little vial of Pacific Ocean water on your desk in Chicago for 2 years until you returned to the west coast. I was excited to think of a song to go with your story. I have tried without success to think of one for different comments for a long time because you have given me so many songs.


    • Thanks Lelia. Toronto/Boston at 4, Sharks/Ducks at 7:30. I think you could see the Sharks on USA Network. Here, they’re on my local channel, so I’m hoping our local broadcast team gets a chance to work the game. See you tomorrow, hope Jerry feels better.


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