Jumble Answers for 05/22/2018








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!

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  1. ๐ŸŽถLove and MAPLE SYRUP shine like embers warm, like thoughts divine…They tell us it is spring. Love and MAPLE SYRUP stir the thoughts of people into words…Of songs that they can sing. Love and MAPLE SYRUP goes together like the sticky winds of winter, when they meet. When lonely lovers come to rest…Beneath the trees they do their best…but still they can’t be free…๐ŸŽถ
    Good Morning, Everyone! ๐Ÿฏ MAPLE, MAPLE NOT ๐Ÿฏ

    ๐Ÿฏ Who out there doesn’t love it, on pancakes and French toast?
    Or waffles topped with berries and the whipped cream I love most?
    Keep your PEANUTs and your FONDUE dips, if I could have my druthers,
    I’d choose to have a stack of something syrupy and buttered.
    I love to watch it pouring out, the heat above it rise…
    The only problem being that the syrup loves my thighs!
    And while summer’s new bikinis wait to don and STOMP around,
    The last thing that I need to do is put on syrup pounds!
    So this morning in the diner, I just sat and watched aquiver…
    As the couple next to me indulged…I heard ..”Cry me a RIVER”…
    ‘Cause I’m giving up the syrup…yes, It hurts but it’s consensus,
    I’m sticking with bacon and eggs, so I don’t get TREEmendous!๐Ÿฏ

    While none of today’s words STUMPed me, I’m wondering if we’ve seen the comPOUND word Peanut before. It would seem that we must have, it being such an everyday word… I’m not esCHEWing it, it’s just that I couldn’t find it in the listings this morning. Perhaps Mike may know. And maybe Fondue may cause a slight POURS. So, on to our cartoon, which today brings us ๐ŸŽถInto the Woods๐ŸŽถ….But not on Broadway. From what I’ve read, accounts tell us that the Indians of the Lake States, Southeastern Canada, New England, and the Appalachian Mountains knew and used MAPLE SYRUP a long time before the first explorers and colonists came to America. But there’s also a story out there about an Iroquois Indian Chief, throwing a tomahawk at a TREE, and striking SAP….Which his wife later found and used to marinate some meat in…but it’s stated as being a myth. So, I guess there’s no MYTHtaking it…But going with that knowledge, I’m going to call this American Indian couple that Jeff has given us, Joy and Troy Iroquois. We see Joy, smiling, kneeling on the ground. She’s using a hollowed branch, called a SPILE, hammered into a MAPLE TREE, to collect SAP into a basket made of BIRCH BARK. Ingenious! Another SPILE is shown on the same TREE, while the same procedure is taking place on two other TREES in the background. Troy is shown touching the TREE, as he gazes at it somewhat lovingly. Hmm. SWEET, if not a little HALF BOILED. Our dialogue, showing Troy and Joy speaking about the TREES, and all “the wonderful things” they’ve been given by them; combined with our question asking what the discovery was, COLLECTively give us…It was..”TREE-mendous”! And since it takes about 40 gallons of SAP to make one gallon of MAPLE SYRUP, I’d say they’re probably going to be STUCK there for a while! But hey, SYR UP to the job, or KNOT, I always say! Anyway, good one, David. I WOODn’t expect anything less.

    Ok, the SWEET eye candy. WOOD you believe that Joy’s dressed head to toe in purple? I’m aMAIZEd! I mean, what animal hide do we suppose that outfit came from? Ridiculous, as FOREST I’m concerned…The rest of the panel..green grass, green leaves, broken tree trunk..But, if you look real closely, off to the left…beyond the first two TREES? Oh my DEER! It’s a DEER! He’s STAG, DOE…Probably out looking for some FOOD. FOR THOUGHT rest of his family. But he seems to be a little too attracted to one of the BASKETS. Uh oh…MAPLE Troy needs to see what’s SAP! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! I’m making like a TREE, and LEAFing…๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป
    PS: Aside to Earl…I thought of you and your Grandfather this morning while doing this. SWEET memory, right? โค๏ธ

      • Thanks, Mike. Happy Day to you too! WOOD you know if Peanut’s been used before? ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

          • Yes, me either. Maybe a new word? ๐Ÿฅœ That would be exciting! LOL.,,And yet it seems like such a common one, right? Hopefully, weโ€™ll find out. ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

            • All I found referencing peanuts was an old cartoon that had a peanut brittle factory with an answer of โ€œcrunching the numbersโ€. I think it just might be a new word!

              • Crunching the numbers! That’s very cute. Must have shown an accountant or something…Maybe it is new, then. You know, we could just ask David to tell us…I’m sure he wouldn’t CHEW us out! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

    • Thanks for remembering my EARLier story. My iPad was acting balky when I posted so I did not bring it up again. I was also going to mention that today plastic lines are used in sugar maple groves and arranged so that gravity Takes the sap to a lower place– no more buckets

      • You’re very welcome, Earl. I remember thinking at the time how sweet the story was, and your saying that it reminded you of a “childish pleasure”, related to your Grandfather touched a chord in me. I’m an absolute SAP when it comes to things like this! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plus I had never before heard of anyone putting syrup on snow! The imagery you put forth remained with me. I pride myself on being a very visual person, which I know helps with my writing….And the “graphic” of your story that day was brilliant! (And if I’m not mistaken, you mentioned the plastic piping then too)! I hope I’ve added a little SWEETness to your otherwise gloomy day, and hopefully, I’ve given you a smile. You do so for me many, many times over. Have a great day, Good Sir. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

      • ….And PS: I did catch your “EARLier” reference! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

  2. A RIVER boat is no place to STOMP on PEANUT shells or try to serve an elegant FONDUE.
    Mike and Angela, thanks for the legend/ story about the origins of maple syrup. I had never heard that before. I have to go back and look for the deer–missed it.
    A new song for me Angela but very appropriate–well done chanteuse. Your poem was also sweet and smooth like syrup.
    A side note: I almost gave up on putting those clue words in a sentence. Struggled for quite a bit and still not overjoyed with my result. I agree that PEANUT took the longest to unscramble.
    Pouring rain up here so no walking until. .?? โ˜”๏ธ โ˜”๏ธ ๐Ÿค”

  3. Good Morning, Earl. Gordon Lightfoot’s ๐ŸŽถLove and Maple Syrup๐ŸŽถ. Early ’70’s I think. Thank you so much for the shout out and the Poem Nom. And I agree, the words weren’t the easiest to work with, but you’ve made them FLOW, as always. And a special thank you for the Chanteuse. I’ve always loved that word. I may not carry a tune so well though, but I’ll carry the word with me…You’re very SWEET. But now, I’ve a side note for you, too. Go back and look at my post.. I’ve added a Post Script…โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป
    Oh, and PS: No rain downstate yet, but darkness and the threat…A perfect day for Nutella Hot Chocolate and Vinyl! โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ“€

  4. Enjoyed all the posts this morning. I had a very hard time with PEANUT, which I ended up backing into. I was excited when I thought I finally had it solved – tuneup – only to realize I was missing a letter. Wishing all a great day.

  5. Another blind solve and quick work on STOMP and RIVER. I paused on FONDUE, but Beatrice solved that one upside down from across the table! We (at this point, Beatrice was fully engaged) were completely stumped by PEANUT, even knowing that T, E and U were the circled letters. Fortunately I saved face by solving it before she did!

    Until tomorrow.

    • ….And did she PLANTER nice๐Ÿ’‹one on you? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

    • It blows my mind how easily FONDUE was found but a simple word like PEANUT had us stumped! Thereโ€™s always tomorrow…….. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  6. What “Treet” of a puzzle this morning. As was the case with other folks peanut took me the longest to solve with fondue a close second. All in all it was a good challenge for a Tuesday morning. Happy day everyone.

  7. Good morning. Thank you Mike on the history lesson and deer sighting. I again missed it even with the magnifying glass. You Angela an Earl always go the extra mile. I’m sure like me,others appreciate it. Today’s jumble was a wash out for me. I had Founed for the third word. It’s a word but not what they want. I had to do an errand and when I got back after fifteen minutes I gave up on the fourth word and cartoon answer. Got to get back in the grove. This break took away my drive for a win. Right now the feeling is,”Oh well,tomorrow’s another day”. Where before,if I didn’t get it,I felt like a loser. I was always taught to do your best at whatever you do. Even if it was shoveling dirt. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • No worries, Paul. There are days when I just donโ€™t get in the groove and I read about how easy it was for others. It makes me frustrated, but itโ€™s the challenge we all enjoy and keep coming back for. And donโ€™t worry โ€” weโ€™ve got your back! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Me again. I looked up the address that you gave us yesterday and the place is HUGE! It was hard to see detail in the satellite image so Iโ€™ll trust your written description. Very cool!

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn. Thank you, you ole SWEETheart, you! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

  8. Hi all – I had to start writing down the letters to see PEANUT; the rest was quick.
    Is this scene taking place on Mikeโ€™s land, or are we in Toronto with the Maple Leafs? We never did anything as useful as getting syrup from our maple. We just used the seeds as toy helicopters or split them partway in half to make funny noses. Ah, childhood before electronic devices.

    Thanks for the song Angela! I was surprised it was a Lightfoot that Iโ€™d never heard of.

    Iโ€™ve never tried it, but I suspect that if I made PEANUT and maple syrup FONDUE, my guests would STOMP on it and throw it in the RIVER.

    Wishing a sweet day to everyone.

    • We did the same growing up in Brooklyn, G. My Mother called them Polly Noses. I don’t know if that was a Brooklyn thing or not. We have to ask Paul. And we never thought about syrup either…Maybe because we saw so many dogs lifting those legs, you know???๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Happy to share a new piece of music with you..You know I got a million of ’em…As for your FonDON’T? Carry it to the River? Now you know they were leaving that mess right there..and let’s not imagine what might get Stomped!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Did you do those chores yet? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a SWEET one too, Bud! ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

      • Oooh, I would so love to steal โ€œFondonโ€™tโ€ if I thought I would remember it! ๐Ÿ˜‚
        Maple noses too? How about blowing on a blade of grass between your thumbs to act like a musical reed?
        Warriors in the โ€œHouseโ€ tonight! Letโ€™s hope Steph โ€œWax Lips Houlihanโ€ keeps his mouthpiece in! ๐Ÿ˜‚
        Back from Peetโ€™s, the dermatologist and the pharmacist; all is fine. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

        • Steal it for where? Have you started a Round Table of your own?๐Ÿ˜‰ Why not just screen shoot it? I do that with everything now. It’s there if you need it, if not just delete it after you’ve finished with it. I can’t keep creating a zillion folders! You called them Maple Noses? I have no idea where the generation before me got Polly Noses. I texted my cousins, and they agreed that we were all told the same thing. Polly. Yours makes a lot more sense! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚I’ll ask the Lous later. They’re all Brooklyn born and bred, and there all at least 10 years older than me. And yes, to the grass and the musical reeds. There was something else too, but I can’t remember right now. I’ll try to ask them that too, if my brain kick starts.And G, you know you can’t dub that Sweet Boy “Wax Lips Houlihan”! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ ( I still love watching Mash, one of my favorite all time shows). You know how the cameras were always on him before? Imagine now? He’s not going to be able to “chew” ๐Ÿ˜‰ without it getting ink…Poor guy…That one “weak” moment…and…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚! Glad everything went well..๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

      • Talking Heads paying their Fon-dues:
        ๐ŸŽตโ€Take me to the river, drop me in the water
        Push me in the river, dip me in the water
        Washing me down, washing meโ€๐ŸŽต
        Probably take more than that to โ€œwash downโ€ that peanut/maple syrup concoction.

    • I tried tapping some maples about 5 years ago but gave up due to a lack of trees. It was pretty cool driving the spigot into the tree and watching it flow.

      • I can see where a โ€œlack of treesโ€ might be an obstacle! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
        Me, Iโ€™m still wrapping my brain around โ€œdoing the Jumble upside downโ€!
        Jumble meets Yoga for mental and physical health! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

        • Iโ€™m definitely going to try it tomorrow. Talk about a new spin on the game! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

          Oh, I got a new Jumble book in the mail today and found a mistake on the front cover! I was so surprised!!! ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคญ

      • Touchรฉ, Steve. My sentence could have been more clearly written! The imagery of Beatrice standing on her head is good, though!

        • Just teasing, John, but I thought your sentence was great, and has created Jumble Yoga, which should be a part of all of Davidโ€™s future in-person events! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

    • Steve—I thought about putting peanut butter and maple syrup into a fondue, but could not get past the sticky mess that would have been—enough for any foodie to stomp off.
      I used to put a blade of grass—had to be about six inches long–between my thumbs and blowing. Made a high-pitched sound that drove our family dog nuts. I had forgotten about that boyhood “toy” Thanks for reminding me.

      • We had childhoods well mis-spent, but I must admit it never occurred to me to torment a dog with it! Very funny, Earl!

      • Great! Thanks for asking! It certainly is amazing what one can see ENLARGING the Post Star PDF of the Jumble!

        • Very true. I completely missed it in my newspaper copy during breakfast and it popped out at me when I enlarged it while doing my write up. More online newspapers should offer the PDF file because it makes the puzzle so much more enjoyable.

  9. Hi, all! Enjoyed your blog, as usual, Mike, especially the fact about Canada producing 90% of the worldโ€™s honey. I called Jerry into my study and asked, โ€œDo you remember how much we LOVED the honey we bought in Montana? Now I know why it was so good.โ€

    Two minute solve for me because after reading the cartoon question & dialog first, as usual, looking for a word they avoided saying, I knew it was TREE with the answer being TREE-MENDOUS. All 4 words were easy for me because as I looked at the last one, the word โ€œnutโ€ jumped right out which gave me โ€œnutpeaโ€ which I quickly changed to PEANUT. Make those salted peanuts to eat while watching the Red Sox play.

    Today is Joyceโ€™s birthday so I am heading to Cracker Barrel to bring home 3 meals because none of us wants to eat out today.

    • Even looks like the Deer/Moose is about to drink from the box of maple syrup under the tree it is next to. Would never see that box if not for the enlargement

      • I wonder if they actually drink the sap? I learned that squirrels actually gnaw into the bark and drink it but didnโ€™t find any info about deer/moose. ๐Ÿค”

    • Happy Birthday, Joyce! ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ‚ ๐Ÿฐ

      Cracker Barrel sounds like a delicious lunch. I havenโ€™t been in years but learned that theyโ€™re building one very close to where I live so thatโ€™ll definitely change. Iโ€™ll ask for your favorite dishes when they get close to opening.

      Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed the blog this morning. I got up early to make Belgian waffles for breakfast and opened up a bottle of maple syrup that we had in the pantry. Little did I know that half an hour later Iโ€™d be doing a write-up on the stuff!

      Iโ€™ve slowed down on my peanut consumption due to the salt, but still enjoy a smaller portion size from time to time. With all this peanut talk, Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll have a litte bowl tonight during the game.

      Have a wonderful Birthday lunch!!!

    • Hi Lelia – Weโ€™re talking maple syrup here, not honey. Mikeโ€™s bees might get offended! ๐Ÿ˜‚
      If there were a ceramicist who made a jug to mistakenly lead insects into leaving honey in it though, you might call him a BEE-TRICKS POTTER. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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