Jumble Answers for 05/31/2018

LAGCN = CLANG

RYERB = BERRY

FEYAST = SAFETY

SPIOME = IMPOSE

CARTOON ANSWER:

QUESTIONING THE DOG ABOUT THE RIPPED-UP NEWSPAPER WAS – – –

CLRRAETIOE = “RE-TORE-ICAL”


Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle is all about the cartoon and its challenging surprise answer. I’ll skip my usual rundown of the words and just go ahead and pick IMPOSE as the most difficult anagram of the day.

The setting for the panel is rather basic. We see a man and a woman in an ordinary looking living room where they discover a torn up mess on the floor. The culprit is a dog and he looks as though he’s been in this situation many times before. The woman is asking her pooch a question as if the evidence of a torn up newspaper might elicit some kind of a response. The dog can obviously sense her ire and he opts to hunker down on the floor instead.

The man can be seen on one knee and he’s holding a single scrap of newspaper. With a smile on his face he informs the woman that the dog managed to keep the Jumble puzzle intact which adds some levity to an otherwise tense situation. If you look closely at the tiny scrap of paper you just might be able to see that it’s actually the same Jumble that we’re doing today! I have no idea how Jeff can draw such a tiny cartoon within an already small cartoon and it just blows my mind. The detail work on his drawings is absolutely stunning and this fine example proves that he’s the most talented artist the Jumble has ever had. Period.

The final solution was an absolute brain buster and it took me quite a while to figure out. Looking at the combination of letters that the clue words provided didn’t give me any clear starting point so I began reading the dialogue and sentence over and over again. It finally came to me that the woman was asking a rhetorical question and some self-jumbling got me on the right path. Don’t feel bad if you weren’t able to pull this one off because the Jumble is rarely this difficult. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Jumble Answers for 05/30/2018

LOYUS = LOUSY

AADNP = PANDA

RZAHAD = HAZARD

NTENUL = TUNNEL

CARTOON ANSWER:

SLEEPY HOLLOW’S INFAMOUS HORSEMAN WAS ABLE TO HELP HIS TUG-O-WAR TEAM – – –

LUPDAHAEL = PULL AHEAD


Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! The clue words weren’t overly challenging this morning and were all instantly visible upon first glance. We’ve seen them all before but they haven’t been used in over a year. HAZARD was the oldest of the bunch with it’s last appearance on 8/2/16. TUNNEL would be my choice for the most challenging word of the day. The double N’s were the trickiest part of the solve and they were separated just enough to keep the solution well hidden.

We’re back in Sleepy Hollow this morning where we see a group of period clothed competitors partaking in a game of tug-o-war. The addition of the Headless Horseman transformed the cartoon into a dark and mysterious piece which added a layer of intrigue to the puzzle. We’ve covered the Headless Horseman exhaustively in the past so let’s change things up and talk a bit about the game that we see them playing.

The origins of tug-o-war are uncertain but there are accounts of the sport being played in ancient Egypt, Greece, India and China. A popular legend says that the Sun and Moon played tug of war over the light and darkness which seems to coincide with the imagery that we see in today’s panel. The Chinese elevated the sport to the “next level” with 548 ft ropes that had shorter ropes attached which allowed more than 500 people on each side to compete!

Did you know that tug of war was actually an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1920? Although we don’t see it anymore, it lives on in the lesser known World Games which are still held around the globe today. I bet a few of you will remember the television show “Battle of the Network Stars” back in the late 70’s. It featured celebrities representing each major network competing in different sporting events with the final one being the tug of war. Lou Ferrigno’s performance in May of ’79 was the shows greatest battle and was a blast to watch on YouTube.

The final solve wasn’t much of a challenge after writing out the clue letters. Our cartoon sentence sneakily omitted Headless which I picked up on at the start. By simply crossing out HEAD made the rest of the solution instantly visible leaving us with a dandy of an answer. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answer for 05/29/2018

OYNIS – NOISY

CIGNI – ICING

RELHAB – HERBAL

TORETH – HOTTER

CARTOON ANSWER:   SHE LOVED LOSING WEIGHT AND SEEING THE POUNDS VANISH – –  – 

NI   IIN   HRA   OTT   =   INTO THIN AIR 

Good Morning, Everyone!           💃🏻 WEIGHING IN 💃🏻

🎶 When somebody loves you, it’s no good unless he loves you, all the WEIGH. Happy to be near you, when you need someone to cheer you, all the WEIGH….
Through the good or LEAN years…And for all the IN-BETWEEN years come what may…Who knows where the road will lead us, only a fool would say…But if you’ll let me love you…It’s for sure I’m gonna love you, all the way…ALL the WEIGH…🎶

💃🏻With HERBAL wraps and calories that she put to a count,
And exercising every day, and walking all about…
The ICING on the cake is shown, no pun is here intended…
Determined to lose all that weight, her goal is now so rendered.
But what’s with him, and looking at her like he’s quite impressed?
Gee, don’t you think his phrasing to her needs to be addressed?
Just something in his wording, he’s so NOISY…and I’m bothered
He seems just too excited here. He should say…”Looking HOTTER
The “great” don’t seem to cut it, Why? Wasn’t she great before?
I think he needs to check himself, and praise her even more.
I’m sure that she looked good before, just now it’s less to see,
And I hope she’s feeling good for her, and did it not for he.
I like to see her confidence, she’s happy and it shows…
She’ll feel a whole lot better too, when she gets all new clothes!
Let’s hope he’s thinking twice before expressing how he cares…
‘Cause sometimes saying the wrong thing don’t go INTO THIN AIR! 💃🏻

With NOISY leading the PACK as recently as 3/13, today’s words are returning favorites…POUND for POUND a nice mix of easy, breezy with perhaps a little HOTTER spice with HERBAL. Ok, our cartoon. Looking at the FRAME, my first thought, as you already know, is what’s up with this guys reaction? Oh, BUTT WEIGHT, maybe we should MEAT our characters first…Today, Jeff has us in a bedroom, where we see a couple, MOIRA and LES. MOIRA’S  trying on clothes, that are now all too BIG for her because she’s lost a lot of WEIGHT. LES is looking on, and commenting that she “looks great“. Ok, now, lets be honest here. On a SCALE from 1 to 10, doesn’t it seem a little OFF? You know like one of those left handed compliments? And I’m left handed, so I think I know from whence I speak! Maybe it’s just me, BUTT I feel he’s kind of speaking with a FORKed tongue. I DONUT know… Maybe I shouldn’t UNLOAD on him so HEAVILY? It’s just that I think he could have WEIGHED in a little differently. He’s definitely not in the RUNNING for a NOBELLY Prize in Tactfulness here. Anyway…With LES’S saying..”Where have you GONE“? and our question telling us…how happy MOIRA is with all the WEIGHT she’s LOST and loving seeing the POUNDS vanish..What does that give us? INTO THIN AIR! “THIN” air! Good one, David! WEIGH to go!

Ok, eye CANDY…or today, we’ ll call it dEYE-it candy…There’s a pile of clothing on the floor, and hanging out of the drawers. Quite FITTING for the theme here, but not what I was GOING for…We see more clothing hanging in the closet, but they’re no BIG deal. We can see MOIRA’s image in the mirror, but it’s a little THIN…So that leaves our couple themselves, MOIRA or LES…I’m going to ignore LES’s paunch, and DOUBLE CHIN, because the irony alone makes it a WAIST of time…Am I right?…AlDOUGH I do like the little DRAWstring on his SWEAT pants…Great deTAIL, Jeff. And there’s a Jewelry Box atop the bureau…BUTT, today, the solution? I’m going to CHEWs the team EMBLEM on MOIRA’s jersey. The HORSESHOE “U”. INDY COLTS. And Number 4? JIM HARBAUGH? Captain Comeback? A little MOIRA irony, Jeff? Come BACK? Gee, I hope not. Not after all that DIETING! So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day everyone…And keep this in mind…No one means to GAIN WEIGHT. It just happens by SNaccident!  💃🏻🙋🏻

 

 

Jumble Answers for 05/28/2018

MUYTM – TUMMY

VAEWE – WEAVE

EONPEV – PROVEN

SIPRHM –  SHRIMP

CARTOON ANSWER:  

HE WAS A COOK IN THE MILITARY, AND HE WAS PROUD TO – – – 

TMY   EAVE   REN   SHRI =   SERVE IN THE ARMY

 

“And they who for their country die, shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Rodman Drake 🇺🇸 💔

🇺🇸    GOD BLESS AMERICA, LAND THAT I LOVE   🇺🇸

Good Morning, Everyone..…May you have a Blessed MEMORIAL DAY 

 

 

 

Jumble Answers for 05/27/2018

CEKHTS – SKETCH

AAAPPY – PAPAYA

GARFEO –  FORAGE

AARTEK – KARATE

REWLTO – TROWEL

TOSHOE – SOOTHE

CARTOON ANSWER:  WITH SO MANY RACE CAR DRIVERS, 300, 000 SPECTATORS, TV COVERAGE, ETC., THE INDY 500 IS- –

KC   PAA   FRE   KTE   TOL   OOT  =  A LOT TO KEEP TRACK OF

Good Morning!   🏁 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES 🏁

🎶 Love it when it’s four wide, love it when it’s FAST…Love it when the leader’s caught, the pack is moving past…Love it when they’re making lots and lots of noise…Can’t wait to hear DW. say ” boogity, boogity, boogity, lets go RACING boys.”….🎶

Once again, Ladies and Gentleman….Welcome to the Jumble coverage of the Indy 500! We have words today anagrammed with just enough of a twist to cause a little head SPINning, but there’s no DEAD ENDS! Great words! The cartoon? A plethora of detail! But first, the solution. With our man saying there’s SO MANY things to be considered, our question asks what the RACE was…”It was...A LOT TO KEEP TRACK OF! Brilliant, David! A real “WINNER“! Ok, keep the MOTOR RUNNING…I’ll be back with the eye candy…🏎🙋🏻

Heres a little something to KEEP you FUELed up in the meanTIME

As I sat making a SKETCH of the seating arrangements for the KARATE classes reunion dinner, he tried to SOOTHE my nerves, knowing it was his fault that I had to FORAGE around using a TROWEL to find the splattered pieces of PAPAYA all over the ground….Talk about the MELON FELLIN…

Ok. Eye candy. Let’s START…We see the iconic, tall, flag topped SCORING PYLON, with its tiny little numbers, 1-33, marking the number of CARS RUNNING in the RACE. How Jeff does it, I can’t imagine. We see the traditional BLIMP, which Jeff has labeled, “GO DANICA“, in honor of DANICA PATRICK’S final race today. There’s a few CARS off to the right side, in various stages of RACE prep. Off to the left, we see a capped figure with a flag…Moving FORWARD, over to the right hand side, we see CAR #13 featured, DANICA’S CAR. Nice tribute. CENTER STAGE, we see an interview taking place. From the ID hanging around her neck, we see that the reporter is named CATHY K. (A twist on Jeff’s wife, perhaps)? We see from her microphone logo, (IMS) that she works for the INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, and she’s speaking with TONY GEORGE, the President of the IMS. Now here’s where it gets really good. He’s holding a CLIPBOARD, listing the items on his “2 1/2 miles long” list. The INDY 500, is 2 1/2 miles long! You gotta love it! And on his list, we see….1- PACE CAR…which is the CAR used to lead the starting grid around the TRACK for some warm ups. 2- CELEBRITIES, which the INDY is known for hosting, 3- 🎶BACK HOME IN INDIANA🎶 which is the traditional homesick HOOSIER favorite performed each year, and which this year again, will be performed by JIM CORNELISON, 4- ANTHEM, Of course, our National Anthem, which today will be sung by KELLY CLARKSON, 5- RACERS, Enough said, 6- ENGINE START, The COMMAND to START ENGINES, 7- GREEN FLAG, The traditional flag waved to START the race, actor CHRIS HEMSWORTH getting the honor this year and lastly..? After all these critical, time sensitive issues that MR. GEORGE must see to? Number 8 reads...PLAY JUMBLE! Play Jumble!! Jeff, you never cease to amaze! So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Oh, and as a final note? Today, 8th Pole Position, Car 3, Team Penske? HELIO ❤️CASTRONEVES! And once again, I ask…Can’t you just see that face framed in the WINNER’S WREATH? Wishing us all a great day, INDYed…!     See you at the FINISH LINE!! Got Milk? 🏁🏆🏎🙋🏻

🏁 Today Jeff’s SKETCH is showing us a pic to SOOTHE the soul,
Of every Race Car fan out there, the young as well the old.
Where some prefer KARATE, and others go for ball,
The Indy offers an excitement, quite unlike them all.
No FORAGE for the horses here, it’s not the kind of race,
For this is the iconic one where danger keeps up pace.
Where some may spend a day like this with TROWEL in their hand…
For Indy Folks, the race today’s the best in all the land.
So sit down with a drink or two, maybe Milk with PAPAYA,
For milk is what the winner drinks, you’ll see no Stolichnaya….
The Indy will take place today, a racing game of love…
And those who know, will surely see ...A LOT TO KEEP TRACK OF…🏁

Better late then never…Unless you’re racing today! 🏁🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 05/26/2018

SAYEA – ESSAY

NRUKT – TRUNK

KOIREO – ROOKIE

KPACET – PACKET

CARTOON ANSWER:  TO WRITE DOWN THEIR GOLF SCORES, THE 

CARTOONIST USED – – – 

SS   TN  ROE  PKE  = PEN STROKES

Good Morning, Everyone!                  🖊🏌It’s a DRAW  🏌🖊

🎶 Keep your head down and don’t get confused …Which way the wind blows, which club to use…Your concentration slips away, you’re not any good but that’s okay…After you swing, still on that tee, it sure is better than hitting three…And as you stand there, feeling like a stiff ..You better love the one you WHIFF…love the one you WHIFF, love the one you WHIFF, love the one you WHIFFGOLF is silly, but it’s sad…if you ever make contact, you should be glad …Cause there it sits, looking back at you..take another cut, cause you’re hittin’ two…I know your heart aches, too much to bear… it’s the agony that we all share…so get it together or right away, cause if you can’t, we’ll be here all day…After you swing, still on that tee, it sure is better than hitting three…And as you stand there, feeling like a stiff, love the one you WHIFF, love the one you WHIFF..love the one you WHIFF…🎶

🏌🖊 So, Beetle’s dressed in civvies, and he’s with a certain mister,
And Hi and he hang out we see, ’cause Lois’s Beetles’ sister.
I grew up reading Beetle, the perennial private…
A ROOKIE in the ways of life and always running late.
He bumbled and he messed up, seems he went through life that way,
And like we see him on the course, he ever did ESSAY.
I have a TRUNK with old comics, a PACKET here and there…
And Beetle is amongst them, with his cap low on his hair.
I don’t have Hi and Lois, though their fans reach far and wide,
And these comics of Mort Walker, were his joy and were his pride…
So we see him in this golf cart, with the characters he held dear,
As Jumble pays respect to him, who died earlier this year.
I salute you Mr Walker, and if you don’t know him, Folks….
Read up on him, and all the joy he brought with his PEN STROKES.🖊🏌

Our words today are all old favorites, and easy, breezy for a Saturday morning.
But our cartoon today is extra special. Jeff’s given us a cartoon, with a CARTOONISTADDISON MORTON (MORT) WALKER, who sadly passed away on January 27th. The creator of the iconic BEETLE BAILEY, he drew the daily comic strip for 68 years, longer than any other U.S. artist in the history of the medium. He also gave us HI and LOIS, BONER’S ARK, and many others. We see him at a golf course, sitting in a cart marking score. The others in the FOREsome, are BEETLE BAILEY, his brother-in-law, HI FLAGSTON, and Brigadier General AMOS T. HALFTRACK. MORT’S  entering each man’s STROKES for the hole, with the precise STROKES of a pretty large PEN. HI looks happy to have 3. BEETLE, not so happy with a 6. But it’s MORT that has me wondering…Something about the look on his face, and his rather vague dialogue. Do we believe his 3, or do you think he’s just PUTTING us on? IDK! Anyway, our question asks…What did the CARTOONIST use to write down the scores…PEN STROKES! Good one, David! You PULLed it off!

Ok, eye candy. What should we HOOK onto today? We have a few choices…this may be ROUGH. We can see that MORT’S wearing a GOLFING glove on his left hand. FITTING, but I’ll pass. General HALFTRACK, in the background, is dressed in satirical GOLFING attire. CLOTHES, but that’s not it. We see his GOLF BALL, still in flight, the trajectory of the ball shown leaving the exaggerated swirls of his SWING. His effort is highlighted, by us seeing his tongue HOOKed at the side of his mouthGreat detail, Jeff, an ACE. But what really DREW my attention today, far and AWAY? If you look real closely, clutched DEEP in BEETLE’S left hand? A GOLF BALL. ‘GIMME a High Five, Jeff! I love it…and that’s no LIE! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone. And I’ll share a GOLFING secret with you…Know what a little BIRDIE told me? There definitely is a WOOD that can lower your score…And its called a PENcil! 🖊🏌🙋🏻

 

 

 

 

Jumble Answers for 05/25/2018

GACOR – CARGO

FHERS – FRESH

CAPTIN – CATNIP

MYIFAN – INFAMY

CARTOON ANSWER:  GEORGE VI’S NEW SHOES WERE CAUSING HIM SO MUCH PAIN.  THEY WERE – –  – 

CGO   FRH   TNI   IFA =  FIT FOR “ACHING

Good Morning, Everyone!       👑👞 WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES 👞👑

🎶Everybody get on your FEET…You make me nervous when you’re in your seat…
Take off your SHOES and pat your FEET, we’re doin’ a dance that can’t be beat…
We’re BAREFOOTIN’, we’re BAREFOOTIN’, we’re BAREFOOTIN‘, we’re BAREFOOTIN‘…We don’t have no SHOES on….🎶

👑👞 It’s 1937, Coronation’s in the air…

And Edward has had second thoughts, his heart just wasn’t there…
So his brother George is called upon, to sit atop the throne,
And supposedly the shoes he’ll fill are definitely causing groans!
Wallis Simpson, an American was CATNIP to old Ed,
So he abdicated Kingship, she was that much in his head…
With the story one of INFAMY, and FRESH in everyone’s mind,
George was next in line to be the King, no other would they find.
The Father of Elizabeth, who would be future Queen,
Is seen here trying on the shoes…symbolic so it seems.
And then Edward packed his CARGO and took off with his wife…
And together they were jet setters and made a brand new life.
And George reigned over England, filling shoes not for his makin’
Which is why we see him pictured here with ones just FIT FOR “ACHING”! 👞👑

Oh Captain, My Captain! Walt Whitman, yes. The Jumble? No! It’s CATNIP, and we’ve seen it right here, last July. As for our other words, while not the most difficult, and not new, the anagrams are done just well enough to maybe REIGN a little on your PARADE… Because today, even our 5-letter words may take a SECOND look, and as a RULE, it’s usually not the case…Good work, David! Ok, on to our cartoon…Today, we find ourselves in ENGLAND, the year 1937. We see KING GEORGE VI, with his daughter, Elizabeth, and a valet. The KING is trying on a pair of shoes. GEORGE’S  older brother, Edward VIII had recently abdicated the Throne, which forced GEORGE to take his place. Bitter rivals since childhood, GEORGE had no desire to be King, and wasn’t prepared to be thrust into such a position. Forced to “Fill his brothers’ shoes so to speak, is what I believe prompted our Jumble today. I could be making a ROYAL mistake, but by GEORGE, it’s sure what it seems to me. And our dialogue, showing GEORGE asking if the shoes weren’t made for the Princess, just shows a little more of Jeff’s whimsy. Elizabeth did grow up to inherit the throne. Plus, it also pays to mention, that Edward always teased Elizabeth, who even as a child, possessed an air of dignity and nobility, by calling her “Queen Elizabeth”! SOLE, bottom line? The shoes don’t “FIT“. And as we all know, poorly fitted shoes? ACHING feet! So, our question asks…What were these shoes, that caused GEORGE  such pain? FIT FOR “ACHING“! HEIR! HEIR! This, Folks, is a PUN! In fact, it may just be the CROWN JEWEL! Kudos, David, Kudos!

Ok, eye candy. Besides the looks on everyone’s faces, increasing DECREES of astonishment, there’s not much else to see. (Although, looking at Elizabeth, dressed in PURPLE, the color of ROYALTY, did CROWN off my morning. They finally got it right)! But the GEM of the day, is the portrait of King George V , the father of GEORGE and Edwardhanging on the wall. Yes, that’s today’s CROWNING GLORY! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And a thought for today…Be like a Pineapple: Stand tall, wear a CROWN, and be sweet on the inside…Pip, Pip, Cheerio! 👞👑🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 05/24/2018

GHIMT = MIGHT

RTIDH = THIRD

DEEDLP = PEDDLE

FISHIN = FINISH

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE TOURISTS THOUGHT THEY’D BE ABLE TO VISIT BIG BEN, BUT THEY COULDN’T – – –

MITTIEDEFNH = FIND THE TIME


Happy Thursday, Jumble players! I think I might have achieved a new solve-time record with today’s game. All of the clue words jumped right out at me with only a slight hiccup on FISHIN. Very rarely does David have part of an anagram spell out an actual word, so to see FISH was a reel treat! With the F in the front and IN in the rear, FINISH came quickly into view allowing me to sail on over to the cartoon.

The setting for today’s panel appears to be a tourist attraction located somewhere in England. We see a man and woman at the gate of a landmark and they have that “not from around here” look about them. The man, who is sporting a fanny pack and camera, can be seen referencing a map while his partner snaps a picture with her cellphone camera. The subject of her photo is a rifle-toting guard who is in full uniform dress and wearing a tall bearskin hat. Reading the dialogue and sentence we learn that the location for this piece is the entrance to Big Ben and if these tourists don’t hurry, they just might miss their train!

Big Ben is actually the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock located at the north end of Westminster Palace. The official name of the tower in which it’s located is the Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is the largest of five bells and weighs a whopping 13 tons! If you’re planning a visit anytime soon, you’ll surely be disappointed to learn that Big Ben has gone silent. The tower is going through a four-year renovation with an expected completion date in the 2020’s.

The letter layout for the surprise answer managed to keep the solution well hidden making for an impressive Jumble. Although the cartoon was well drawn and entertaining, the solve flowed naturally from the sentence that we were given making it no trouble whatsoever. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 05/23/2018

LIBUD = BUILD

LATOG = GLOAT

CRUPES = SPRUCE

SJYLUT = JUSTLY

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON EXPLAINS STAR FORMATION, HE DOES A – – –

BLOASREJTL = STELLAR JOB


Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! All of today’s clue words were old favorites and didn’t give me any problems whatsoever. CRUPES did require a quick second glance before coming into view so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. If you’re a regular player of the Jumble you probably noticed that CRUPES looked familiar — and you’d be correct! It was last used on 3/6/18 where it was jumbled the exact same way.

The setting for today’s cartoon appears to be a lecture hall where a presentation is being given. The speaker was immediately recognizable as Neil deGrasse Tyson who is an astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Mr. Tyson is one of pop culture’s most prominent scientists and speaks about cosmic curiosities in a way that “ordinary people” can understand. By reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that his presentation is focusing on red dwarf stars and the audience looks mesmerized by the facts that they are hearing.

The letter layout for the final solution was very impressive and I wouldn’t be surprised if it managed to stump some of you for a while. Knowing that Mr. Tyson presents scientific information in a manner which is easy to understand had me thinking that WORK or JOB would be somewhere in the solution. Sure enough, JOB jumped out at me leaving STELLAR to be found after a few quick self-jumbles of the remaining letters. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 05/22/2018

SMOTP = STOMP

IRREV = RIVER

UDONEF = FONDUE

PUNTEA = PEANUT

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN THEY FIGURED OUT HOW TO GET SYRUP FROM MAPLES, IT WAS – – –

SOMERNDEEUT = “TREE-MENDOUS”


Good morning, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle was more challenging than we typically see on a Tuesday and offered some unique clue words that we haven’t encountered in quite some time. STOMP and RIVER were instantly solved upon first glance leaving just the 6-letter words to contend with. FONDUE became visible after noticing that the F was the last letter in the anagram as well as the ON being neatly coupled together in the middle. PEANUT was by far the most challenging to decipher and is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I thought it was PETUNA at first but the absence of an “I” made me continue my search. A few self-jumbles eventually did the trick and I made my way to the cartoon.

The setting for today’s panel is a forest where two people can be seen collecting sap. Although they appear to be Native Americans, they could also be aboriginal people of Canada because Canada produces 90% of the world’s supply of the sweet stuff. After reading the dialogue and sentence, I didn’t pick up any additional information that wasn’t already depicted in the visual clues leaving me little to work with.

A quick search on how maple syrup was first discovered made for some very interesting morning reading. Although there isn’t any documented information on its discovery, there is a legend that seems to be widely regarded as truth. One late-winter morning, an Iroquois Chief was headed out on a hunt but not before pulling his tomahawk from a tree where he’d thrown it the night before. As the day warmed, the sap began to flow from the tree into a container that was at its trunk. That evening his wife thought it was plain water and cooked their evening dinner in the liquid. The boiling turned the sap into maple syrup which flavored the meal like never before!

My favorite detail of this cartoon was very difficult to see unless you took some time to thoroughly examine the drawing. If you look at the left edge of the panel, you’ll notice some trees. The head and front legs of a deer can be seen just poking out from those trees which was quite a surprise when I first saw it.

The final solve was a brilliant answer which took quite some time to decipher. The letter layout was masterfully jumbled and gave nothing away. After a few minutes of trying, I read the dialogue and sentence again and noticed that the information all had to do with trees. TREE was in the anagram and that’s when the answer began to flow. Have a tree-mendous Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!