Jumble Answers for 04/19/2018








Happy Thursday, everyone! Today’s Jumble is THE perfect example of why I just can’t get enough of this game. Even though we’ve seen all of the clue words before, they still gave our brains quite a workout — especially the surprise answer!

When I initially started the puzzle this morning, the ease in which I solved the first two clue words had me thinking that this one was going to be a cakewalk. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I took so long working on NEURON that I decided to skip it and try to back into it later. Noticing that the entire surprise answer was in quotes meant it wasn’t going to be an easy task, but it was worth a try. I was pleased when I ran into HAPPEN because it was just as easy as the first two words and I could now start to take in the glory that was today’s cartoon.

The setting for today’s panel should be familiar to regular players of the game. It’s the office of David and Jeff, or as I like to call it, the “Jumble Creation Station”! We’re greeted by their friendly faces and it looks like we’re just in time for lunch. Jeff is in the foreground and can be seen slicing a loaf of bread with a long serrated knife. An open jar of sandwich spread labeled “Miracle” is to his left along with an open package of lunch meat. The meat appears to be thickly sliced leading me to believe that it’s probably bologna. At his feet are his adorable pooches, Gizmo and Fifi, and they are clamoring for his attention. The aroma of fresh bread and meat has surely caught their attention as they excitedly paw his leg for even the smallest crumb. David is in the background and is busy toiling away at a computer. Is he working on today’s Jumble? We’ll never know, but there’s no doubt that it’ll be amazing!

Reading the dialogue, I couldn’t help but notice that it was very wordy, but in a good way! In fact it was great because they were doing a bit of wordplay of their own which was very enjoyable to read. The cartoon sentence was very short and concise with one word leaping off the page at you. If you took the time to sink your teeth into all of the visual clues of the cartoon, you’d no doubt have more than enough information to get the job done.

The final solution was more challenging for me because I skipped one of the clue words. The big hint today was the word “bread” in the sentence. My newspaper prints the Jumble in black and white so the loaf that Jeff was slicing was on the darker side and looked like rye. With no “Y” in my letter layout, I decided to pause and think about the different types of bread. The “K” from CRACK brought pumpernickel to mind and the rest of the puzzle started to fall neatly into place. With the answer in quotes, I quickly guessed “PUN-PERNICKEL” and went back and solved NEURON. Today’s puzzle surely hit the spot leaving us with a tasty surprise answer that was very easy to digest! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

34 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 04/19/2018

    • Thanks! I’m playing Dr. Dad this morning with a house full of sick patients. They’re feeling crumby, but it won’t leave me crusty! Happy Thursday. 👨🏼‍⚕️

      • YW. I’m sorry to hear. Please be careful. Timing stinks, huh? Hoping they all feel better. Talk to you later 🙋🏻

  1. 🎶Let’s take it SLICE and easy…It’s gonna be so easy…For us to fall in love…SLICE ‘n’ easy does it…SLICE ‘n’ easy does it…SLICE ‘n’ easy does it every time…🎶

    🍞 So now we know what HAPPENs, at lunch when they’re together,
    We see David and Jeff indoors…But wait, this just gets better…
    Wrong deli meat, Dave bears no GUILT, he blames it on the guy…
    And Jeff seems like he doesn’t care…We don’t see him ask why.
    He slices up the bread just so, a smile he does CRACK,
    He’s making sandwiches and puns…Hmm, does he have the knack?
    We thought it was just David who would pun us with a con…
    But seeing this, it’s like Jeff says…”I’ll play, c’mon, “NEURON”…
    I guess it’s not just drawing, maybe Jeff will prove quite fickle…
    Who knew that he would take a bite out of the “PUN-PERNICKEL”! 🍞

    So, what’s on the MENU today? We always knew David was born and BREAD to be a wordsmith, but Jeff? We really didn’t SEED this coming, did we? And even DOUGH our words have been SERVED up before, I bet “NEURON” edge with that one, huh?. Sorry, just my RYE sense of humor, Folks…You know how I LOAVE a good pun…Ok, our cartoon…So, looking at this we have to laugh, because today EGOs there, doesn’t he? And all along we thought Dave with the words, and Jeff with the graphics and never the GRAIN shall MEAT! Well today, we’re SEEDing differently, aren’t we? And RYE KNOT? A little TWIST on our usually FARE…We see our Jumble Boys preparing to have lunch. David is seen at his desk working. I guess he KNEADS to MEAT a deadline. But it’s Jeff who’s acting the CUT UP! Making a joke about Pita BREAD being “PITA-FUL”! That just CRACKED me up! Too PUNny, right? And as he SLICES away, our question asks…What’s their favorite BREAD? “PUN-PERNICKEL”! Ha! DOUGHn’t you just LOAVE it, Folks! Good one, David! I TOAST you! Ok, eye candy…Boy, Jeff really SPREAD it aROUND today! I’m alMOIST CRUMBLEing under the WEIGHT! Ok, WHEAT, let me take it all in. Alright, HAIR GOES…
    David. It’s always nice to see him, but I’m LEAVEN that alone. There’s Jeff’s tablet on his desk and it looks like it may ROLL off…There’s a jar marked “MIRACLE” that he WHIPped up, KNIFE touch, but it’s colored too yellow…OAT to be whiter, no? There’s Jeff’s Poi T-Shirt, but we’ve seen it so many times before that it’s starting to get CRUSTy. There’s the deli SLICES, but they’re not MEATing the RYEteria either. And of COARSE there’s the LOAF Jeff’s CUTTING… But this is taking WEIGH too LONG, and I’d hate to become persona NAAN grata aROUND here, so I’m just going to WRAP this up…Ok, before this whole thing goes to the DOGS, I think I’ll just go with FIFI and GIZMO, lapping up the scenery under the table… So, There you have it Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone! Relax and enjoy. And don’t let anyone try to tell you that you FOCACCIA goals in life by LOAFing aROUND…They don’t know you in the YEAST! Ok, ok…CRUST me, I’m going!
    But CHALLAH if you KNEAD me! 🍞🙋🏻

      • Tks, Mike. I was BREAD for this! And you get a TOAST from me! It’s a great puzzle today, just what we KNEADed, right? Hope you have a good one! 🍞🙋🏻

  2. A tiny CRACK in the NEURON system may HAPPEN and cause intense feelings of GUILT in some individuals.
    NEURON also slowed me down –all those vowels and a double N! Following the clues given in the cartoon and heeding the pun quote marks, the solution was as easy as “open sesame.”
    Great writing from you Mike and Angela your puns and poetry were as smooth as marmalade on toast. Thank you both.

    • Open “SESAME”! Kudos, Sir! And NEURON to something with that sentence! Tks for the shout out…I had so much PUN with this one today! They definitely gave us an Upper CRUST puzzle! Have a good one! 🍞🙋🏻

    • You’re sentence was top notch today, Earl! Such an impressive use of NEURON that only you could craft.

      Thank you for the compliment and enjoy your day! 🙂

  3. Good morning. When I looked at the cartoon I’d swear it was Angela writing the script for the guys. It was puntastic. Three of the four words were a breeze. I could not get Neuron for the life of me. I decided to get the answer as I needed the letters to solve the cartoon which was in quotations. I needed all the help because I just loathe words like that. It took awhile but I succeeded. Great job as always Mike and Angela. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn! I have a FEELING that NEURON’s going to get on everyone’s NERVEs today! We’ll see…And me help with the Jumble? I’d LOAVE to give it a RYE! I think this was a brilliant puzzle today, I had so much fun…Thanks so much for the shout out…You, Bud, are a CUT above the rest! Have a great day, Brooklyn! 🍞🙋🏻

    • Thanks, Paul. We saw NEURON last June and it was jumbled EXACTLY the same way. It gave me trouble then, and as you just read, today as well. I’m glad you stuck with it and finished it off for the win. Definitely not an easy task today.

      I hope you didn’t get any snow like we just did. No accumulation but I’m so done with it this year. All my best for a wonderful day. 🙂

    • Paul, I left a comment for you late yesterday requesting that my vote be for milk in tomato soup. Thanks.

  4. Well, my streak of no blind solves continues! Like Mike, NEURON took an impossibly long time to solve. I had the surprise answer solved, so I started playing with NNE to crack the word. Great puzzle today, Jeff and David!

    Until tomorrow.

    • Way to keep your streak alive, John! It looks like I have mighty fine company to commiserate with over our NEURON befuddlement. Have a wonderful day, my friend. 🙂

  5. Count me in with the “couldn’t get Neuron” crowd. I too backed into it. Figured the cartoon answer would have the word “pun” in it so that was a much easier solve. All in all it was a very clever puzzle today. Jumble is just so much fun. Hope your patients recover quickly, Mike.

    • Thank you, Betty. I just came back from doing my rounds and everyone is resting comfortably. I hope the sun is shining for you today. 🙂🤞🏻☀️

  6. Hi, all! What a treat having both of our Jumble creators in the cartoon-puzzle today! Our paper was still in the yard so I went to Seattle for a timed solve of 5 minutes. Not bad for the still coughing one. I’m not getting up for the day yet, so enjoy your day and I’ll be seeing you…tomorrow…zzz

    • Lelia. Try Burt’s Bees Honey and Lemon Natural Throat Drops. No MSG, no artificial flavors or preservatives. I’m always leery of artificial ingredients. They work well even during allergy season (which is already here by me), for the scratching and burning sensations that pollen can cause. I find them very effective for everything. Feel better. 🙋🏻

    • Hey, what are Mike’s bees, chopped liver? Give ‘em a shot. 😂
      Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re frozen solid by now.
      Mike, I meant to tell you that I thought of you when I saw a bumpah stickah
      last week – “Use yah blinkah!”

      • My bees are not doing well….. There was a large article on the front page of our paper about the population taking a hit because of these near freezing temperatures. We’re losing 20-30 bees per day. I lifted the top cover yesterday and they weren’t moving around at all. I’ll open the hive fully on Sunday for a closer inspection.

        I’m not sure if I reported it to you guys or not but I did open it last Sunday and the queen was rescued from her cage and they had plenty of sugar water and pollen. They were very lively with my wife being the only one to get stung. What a difference one week has on the colony.

        That stikah is wicked cool, Steve! You should have banged a uey and taken a pikcha! 😂😂😂

        • Sorry to hear about this, Mike. That’s a strange TWIST of events. You know ZWIEBACK in the day, I considered investing some DOUGH in bees…but the more I BREAD about it, the more I figured it could be a real PAIN in the butt…Pardon my FRENCH! 😂🍞🙋🏻

      • Steve…I’m sure Mike’s bees will RISE above all this…Just give it some THYME…😂🍞🙋🏻

  7. Hi, Mike! The first sentence I wrote on the 17th but did not post it because I’m not as brave as Steve, was about making a flute out of a guava. Earl’s sentence was excellent and Steve did the flute from a guava, which made me laugh, but I was delighted by your quick & clever response to Steve about remembering as a child being taught if life gives you guavas, make a flute! That is funny!!!
    My hardest word today was NEURON also.

    • I’m sorry to hear that you’re still not feeling well, Lelia. You told us that you’d be down for a couple of days while you recuperated, so I hope you’re at the tail end of it all.

      As you may have read, illness has infiltrated my humble abode and stricken two victims who were both perfectly healthy just 16 hours ago. I’m making sure that they’re drinking plenty of clear liquids and resting comfortably. I’m a natural doter so it’s no trouble at all.

      All my best for a quick recovery, and rest well. 👨🏼‍⚕️👋🏻

  8. Hi, Angela! Thank you again for the ditty you wrote for me using our clue word BENIGN. I hope you are well or getting there.


    I’m sure your struggle with Benign,
    Is meant to be a real good sign!
    Your news will come, just give it time,
    And everything will be just fine!


    Angela! I just got the call!
    Biopsy showed nothing at all!
    Just as you said, my nose is fine!
    You were right! Benign was a sign!

    • Great news, Lelia! If only wishing could make things so! The power of prayer… I didn’t see this until after I had suggested the Burt’s Bees, or I would have combined the posts. I wanted to mention, that a lot of people think Burt’s Bees is only for cosmetics, but it’s not so. And everything they produce is all natural, so I’m a big fan. You’re very welcome, and thank you for your reply poem, it’s very cute! Take care. 🙋🏻

  9. Hi all – Well, the answer had to start with PUN, so that was obvious. I had to write the third word and got NOUNER, from which I thought RENOUN, but the letters didn’t fit the answer, so then saw NEURON. I really thought RENOUN was a word, but looked it up to see it’s RENOWN.

    So we’ve gone from instant coffee and Campbell’s soup yesterday to Miracle Whip and packaged baloney today, have we? A veritable gourmet’s delight this week! At least the bread is freshly sliced.
    I was really amused to see that Jeff, although he’s switched to drawing on an iPad, still has it sitting on what I presume is a proper artist’s drawing table. It’s still comforting to have some of the old surroundings with your new tech.

    Angela, I was SO CLOSE to being able to CHALLAH-out to David and Jeff, but you strung me out until the *last* sentence. 😂

    History – 1775 – The American Revolution begins at Lexington and Concord, Mass.

    • Ah, G..What can I say? I guess you just KNEADed to come up with something else! Early this morning, (way before you awoke), I was ROLLing with laughter, punning back and forth with a friend for so long…that he finally told me I was a HAM, and that the WHOLE thing was getting STALE! Ham? Where? It’s bologna and salami, for PEETS sake! But he CRUMBled on me, anyWEIGH, and called it PITS! So…you know you’d have to RISE up pretty early in the morning to give me a run for my HONEY! WHEAT…You’re on the West Coast…Fuhgettaboutit!..Any way we SLICE it, Bud…you’re TOAST! 😂
      And Steve, please…These History lessons? Isn’t there anything that’s KNOT about one upRISING or another? DATE in, DATE out…You’re really BUNming me out here! At YEAST think about it, ok? Have a good one, Grasshopper! 🍞🙋🏻

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