Jumble Answers for 05/23/2018








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!

24 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 05/23/2018

  1. 🎶 Twinkle, twinkle, little STAR…How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little STAR, How I wonder what you are! 🎶

    🌟 The great unknown got easier for us to understand,
    When deGrasse Tyson came along and took it all in hand.
    He spoke of stars and galaxies, and kids began to listen,
    They actually looked up from tablets to the sky that glistens.
    To BUILD an interest in a child that JUSTLY can apply,
    To why they should trade video games for what’s up in the sky…
    It took a man like Neil to turn the mystery into sense,
    He’s not one to pontificate, I’d say in his defense…
    He doesn’t GLOAT, nor read from text, he’s easy as they come,
    The whole time looking very SPRUCE, the man is quite handsome…
    I know we’re talking outer space, but this guy’s a heartthrob,
    And through the stars within my eyes, I see a STELLAR JOB! 🌟

    No problem seeing any of today’s words, although two friends this morning told me that SPRUCE caused a tic. It was last used quite recently, 3/06, to be exact, and I must say that none of our group here had any trouble with it then. Whether or not today will be the same, is still UP IN THE AIR. I’m going to quickly run through this, because this morning, before it was LIGHT out, we left the house on our way to see the Parade of Ships here in NYC. So, our cartoon shows our featured STAR today, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the renowned astrophysicist, explaining STAR FORMATION to a group of people. ( FYI: There’s a GALAXY’s worth of inFORMATION online about Mr deGrasse, and it’s all as interesting as he is). The dialogue shows him talking about the RED DWARFS, and the audiences dialogue is responding very favorably. Our question asks, what does he do…He does a STELLAR JOB! Good one, David! You’re our SHINING STAR! Ok, eye candy. Besides Mr. deGrasse’s sartorial splendor, which is OUT OF THIS WORLD, the real STARS of Jeff’s graphic are the STARS themselves. A QUANTUM amount of golden beauty! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And if you can, get out and enjoy what land and sea has to offer…It’s FLEET WEEK in NYC! 🌟🙋🏻

  2. Good morning.Nice work Mike and Angela. You’re light years ahead of us. I’m like a school kid waiting each day to see what you guys have posted. Always a goodie or two to find. Today’s puzzle was simple with just a slight tic on Spruce. I had the other three words in the same time it took to get spruce. Once I wrote out the letters for the cartoon, Job jumped right out. The remaining letters gave me stellar. All in all a fun solve. Always is when you get it right. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good morning, Paul! I’m happy to see that you were able to solve it after having a hard time yesterday. Thanks for the kind words, my friend. 🙂🙂🙂

    • Good Morning, STARshine! Thinking of you with all these Sailor Boys coming into port! Tks for the shout out! Enjoy the SUNshine, Brooklyn! 🌟🙋🏻

  3. Neil was JUSTLY proud and could GLOAT when he was able to BUILD a sauna using local cedar and SPRUCE.
    No difficulty with the clue words or the solution. The key was the J in JUSTLY and the three letter word—JOB Just Jumped out. Interesting cartoon and clever answer. I enjoyed today’s Puzzle even though it wasn’t challenging.
    I thought of several songs Angela, but yours is at the top of the list. I won’t write all the oldies I was humming while walking—one had Venus in the title.
    Thanks for the history Mike—I am terrible at remembering if scrambled words have appeared before and appreciate your digging into the archives.
    Angela, your poem was right on target but unlike your usual scrupulous spell-checking, etc. I thought I noticed one little typo—-not complaining, just relieved to know your are human.
    Have a great day sight-seeing and enjoying some outdoor time.

    • Yesterday I replied to your sentence and said you had done a stellar job. Was I ever surprised to see it as the solution this morning!!!

      It’s fun to see if words have been used before and I’ve often toyed with the idea of starting a database for clue word use and date. Maybe someone will volunteer because I know that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it.

      Have a great day, Earl! 🙂

    • Good Morning, Earl. I’m looking for a spot out of the SUN’s glare, so that it’s easier to see! Tks for the Poem Nom. One typo? I had already found 2 after I threw the post up, and now I just saw 4 more!! What can I say? I was rushing like crazy, and did it all in 11 minutes this morning…(Maybe I should keep checking)?? 😂 It’s taking me longer to re-read it! I made corrections, so let me know if I caught the one you noticed. As to being human, I’ve always been proud to learn from my mistakes, and I’m still taking lessons! Feel free to teach, Sir! And BTW, I’m voice typing this, so we may have a few more to deal with! Kudos on your sentence, I especially like our different slants on Spruce. The music I’ll tell you about later. I’m beginning to get strange looks…I guess these people don’t see that many women talking to an iPad! Gotta run…The weather’s glorious, I hope you’re enjoying it too! Ciao! 🌟🙋🏻

      • When I read my original post just now, I realised I meant to say “criticizing” not “complaining” I often have to rad my posts two or three times and still make errors. I think what caught my eye was the JUSTIFY and then when I saw the “to be” before it, I was puzzled. I was thinking of the race horse JUSTIFY and I thought you were trying some pun thing with JUSTLY and then I came to the conclusion that you had just typed the BE by mistake. You fixed it—any others??? Didn’t see and in the whole scheme of things, doesn’t matter.
        I had a wonderful day beside Lake Ontario, even though it was a bit cool.
        Hope you enjoyed your day.

        • Hey Earl. ROTFL! Talk about typos! JUSTIFY! Of course your eye caught it…It stuck out like a sore THUMB! And I must HAND it to you, great catch! Talk about burning the candle at 4AM! Talk about re-reading with my eyes closed! Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees! (Oh wait, that was y’day)! 😂 Scratch that…Talk about haste makes waste! I did see the “be”, when I went back in; deleted it, and still didn’t realize I had the wrong Jumble word in there the whole time! And even though I CAN Justify the mix-up, I’m just going with the Mea culpa. It’s so much easier! Ok, I re-wrote it, and thanks so much for SHINING a LIGHT on it for me. Obviously, it was OVER my HEAD all day! Criticizing or complaining, Sir, I graciously accept both. I’m happy to hear that you spent a wonderful day outdoors. And thanks for asking, yes, I SHORE did too. Have a great night, Earl. I’ll look up at the STARS and SALUTE you! 🌟🍷🙋🏻

      • Talking to our iPads.
        🎵”If you spend your days talkin’ to a machine
        You might forget you’re a human being”🎵
        😂😂 And that was in 1967! 🙋🏻‍♂️

    • Hey Earl, about yesterday: although I never annoyed a dog with my leaf-blade whistle, I could always get my cats’ attention by blowing across the neck of a bottle to make that boat whistle/foghorn sound. They didn’t run away in fear or anything; they would just turn around with a look that said “What the H*LL kind of animal have you brought into the house for us to deal with NOW?” 😂

  4. An easy hump day puzzle! Blind solve and straight cruise through the CWs – had stars in my eyes!

    Until tomorrow.

  5. Spruce required a second glance from me. As I recall it has tripped me up before. No problem with the other clue words or cartoon answer – clever. Happy Wednesday everyone.

  6. Hi, all! As usual, I read the cartoon first and as frequently happens, I had an instant solve. When I know the answer as I read the question, I call it an instant solve rather than a blind solve because I don’t understand what blind solve means literally.

    After my instant solve of the cartoon, I knew 3 words at first glance, but CRUPES, better known as SPRUCE, wasn’t coming to me so I wrote the cartoon answer, eliminated used letters by putting a large dot under them, and used the remaining 3 letters to solve SPRUCE, a process that we lovingly call “backing into” the answer.

    Calling it “backing in” indicates that we should do the words first and then the cartoon, whereas doing the cartoon first and using those letters to solve a word as I did today is a “backtracking” process, hence “backing into” the answer. Since we are free to do it either way, words first or cartoon first, we are not necessarily “backing up” so I simply said that I used letters from the cartoon answer to solve a word.

    I frequently solve a Celebrity Cipher in our paper, which is just like a Cryptoquote or Cryptoquip. A few days ago I solved this one:
    “Our planet…in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves,” by Carl Sagan.

    • That’s for sure, Lelia, especially when you contemplate the “Pale Blue Dot” Voyager photograph that NASA took expressly at Carl Sagan’s request.

      A different photo: 🎵”In a highway service station
      Over the month of June
      Was a photograph of the earth
      Taken coming back from the moon
      And you couldn’t see a city
      On that marbled bowling ball
      Or a forest or a highway
      Or me here least of all”🎵 Or *us* here, least of all, either

  7. Hi all – Instant solve on everything but, of course, SPRUCE. Arrrgghh! Every..single..time! Maybe next time.
    There’s not much to see in the drawing, but it would have been worse if he had been explaining black holes.

    🎵”Where are you little star? (Where are you?)
    Whoa oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
    Ratta ta ta ta ta too-ooh-ooh
    Whoa oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
    Ratta ta ta ta ta too-ooh-ooh
    Twinkle twinkle little star
    How I wonder where you are
    High above the clouds somewhere
    Send me down a love to share”🎵
    That’s what you get when you try to transcribe doo-wop lyrics. An ELEGANT 1958 adaptation of the rhyme by The Elegants.
    (And Angela, another song with “little” in the title. Can’t make this stuff up!)

    My favorite Tyson moment actually had nothing to do with astronomy but rather, music. He did a TV segment where he visited a studio to investigate the “auto-tune” technology that corrects singers’ voices. So he sings a couple of lines, and the exchange goes:
    Studio Guy: “Well, you sang that rather well in the key of ‘F’.
    Tyson: “Thanks.”
    Guy: “Unfortunately, it’s playing in ‘E’.”
    So he corrects it and they listen.
    Tyson: “So I sing a wrong note in here, and it comes out right?”
    Tyson “That’s EVIL!” 😂😂
    Happy Wednesday!

    • …Which is why I wasn’t copying all that early this morning! LOL…It sounds sooo good, but it does little when transcribed..Speaking of… What have I wrought? Bad enough we’re on the other side, please not here too! I think this may be where one says,”No mas”! Such a LITTLE word…G, Yes, Spruce did get you last time, but I didn’t want to say it this morning…”Oh, we all breezed through it…except Steve” 😉 Too cold! deGrasse Tyson has a lot of good one liners, right?…But I’m afraid to say that, because then….😂 😂 🌟 Twinkle…Twinkle. 🌟…Bud! Hope you’re having a good one! 🙋🏻

        • I’m glad you’re laughing! ‘Cause I’m soooo not looking to open a Pandora’s box here! 😉 He really does have an amazing cache of words of wisdom, and a lot involving kids. I like that he says “kids”. The kids like him too. We talk about him all the time. He’s relatable. That’s the key, to be able to relate to them. To become LITTLE like them. (Gotcha there, didn’t I)? Which is what I try to constantly do with them. Let them be little. Let them be curious. Let them ask the questions, no matter how inane they may seem. Let them break things. (He’s got another good one about that too…but I’m sticking to just one here)! 😉 No music, just words! 😉 This is UP THERE in my Top Ten. 🌟🙋🏻
          “Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children.”

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