Jumble Answers for 06/20/2018











Happy Wednesday, Jumble players! All of the clue words were old favorites with HGSITT being the only one to give me a challenge. We last saw it on 7/26/16 where it was jumbled as THIGST. With gameplay being on the easier side so far this week, I didn’t mind that the solution to this anagram was a plural word. POTZA was also a great Jumble and deserves a mention. When a word contains a Z, it’s usually fairly easy to figure out its placement. It took a few extra seconds before it came into view making this 5-letter word my second place pick.

Moving along to the cartoon, the first thing that I noticed was that the nursing cap being worn by the female character. The addition of this detail along with the vertical lines on the wall and the vests worn by the men gave me the feeling that this was a period piece. The dialogue and sentence confirmed my suspicions and informed us that what we’re looking at is one of the first uses of a hypodermic needle on a patient. It’s unclear if the setting is the Doctors office or the patients home, but the addition of the other medical instruments on the table seem to indicate that it’s the former.

Ancient Greek and Romans knew injection was a method of medicine delivery from observations of snakebites and poisoned weapons. In 1656, Sir Christopher Wren performed the earliest confirmed experiments with hypodermic needles by performing intravenous injections into dogs. It wasn’t until 1853 that the needle was popularized and injection was accepted as a medical technique by a Doctor named Alexander Wood. His refinements to earlier needles included an all glass syringe and a hollow tip.

Dr. Wood is the gentleman that we see in Jeff’s brilliant cartoon and the glass syringe and hollow tip of the needle are both visible. Jeff is always on point with his cartoons and obviously spends a lot of time researching each subject to give us a drawing that is not only entertaining but based on fact. His attention to detail is often overlooked so it’s always an honor to fill you in on the subtleties that you may have missed.

The final solve came instantly after reading Doctor Wood’s dialogue and observing the backwards C’s all around the needle. Even though the puzzle wasn’t very difficult, the time spent interpreting and researching the cartoon made this piece a real gem. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

37 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 06/20/2018

  1. 🎢 I saw her today, I saw her face, it was a face I loved, and I knew…I had to run away, and get down on my knees and pray that they’d go away…But still they’d begin, NEEDLES AND PINS…Because of all my pride, the tears I gotta hide…Oh NEEDLES AND PINS, NEEDLES AND PINS, NEEDLES AND PINS…🎢

    Good Morning, Everyone! πŸ’‰PUNS and NEEDLES! πŸ’‰

    πŸ’‰ I GUESS there’s many of us who just don’t kick up our heels,
    At the thought of getting needles cause we know just how it feels…
    Not a NOVICE to the concept, though I sometimes get the TIGHTS
    And my muscles seem to tense up as anxiety takes flight…
    But then I met a druggist at my local CVS…
    Who said the key just lied within eliminating stress.
    And this young girl name of TOPAZ said to just take a deep breath
    And allow my arm to just go limp…it’s not like sudden death…
    So I finally learned to man up, and I must say more than not
    That I now get through the flu seasons…’cause I GIVE IT A SHOT! πŸ’‰

    Growing up, I always hated NEEDLES….Simply put, they were the VEIN of my existence…But today’s words weren’t. Sweet Repeats all, (GUESS appearing as recently as January), it was only NOVICE that gave me an ever so slight STICK…I mean TIC…Seen back in June ’16, it was anagrammed as CIVENO then…perhaps a little easier to solve. Yet for some reason today, I saw Income..and of COURSE, that just didn’t PAY off…Anyway, it’s time to ROLL UP our sleeves and take a STAB at our cartoon. Today, we’re taken into a DOCTORS office, most likely mid 1800’s. I’m saying most likely, because when I went to do a little research, there were pictures… A LOT of graphic pictures…And since it’s 5 AM, and I’m on an empty stomach, and I’m not looking to be STUCK with a sick one all day, I decided to not give it a SHOT. I’m just going to copy a little sound BITE I came across, and leave it at that. Should anyone out there want more information, and really feel the NEED…LE tell you what to do…INOCULATE for you to check Wikipedia. In any VEIN, this is what I PINned down: “In 1844, an Irish doctor, Francis Rynd, constructed the first-ever hollow steel needle and used it to inject medicine subcutaneously. He went on to brag about it in an issue of the Dublin Medical Press. But then, in 1853, depending on who you believe, it was either a Frenchman or a Scot who invented the first real hypodermic needle. The French physician was Charles Pravaz, and the Scotsman, Alexander Wood”. Hmm… Interesting, no? Put you on PINS and NEEDLES, no? BLEED I say more.. NO! My POINT exactly…So, as far as who’s WHO in our cartoon? It does look like DR WOOD, and more of the data did POINT to him, but NEEDLES to say…I’m leaving it up to you…Ok..now of COURSE we need our SOLUTION…So, with our dialogue saying..”Ready”, “A slight PINCH” and “Let’s try this”…And our question asking what were the Doctors ready to do? They were ready to…GIVE IT A SHOT! Well PINCH me so I know I’m not dreaming! Good one, David! You’re a regular SHOT in the arm!

    Ok, eye candy. We see a nurse, holding an empty tray, Pass….While DR Who WOOD you PICK holds the NEEDLE aloft, we see lines surrounding it, denoting that it’s shiny and new, with its huge POINT…Pass Out..I mean Pass…We have a table, showing a magnifying glass, a barrel, a plunger, forceps, and 2 protective covers. And a Bunsen burner, for sterilization I presume, shown with a whiff of smoke above the flame…All really good details, but Pass. And then we see our patient, looking confident and ready to take the PLUNGE…But, I just can’t decide…POINT is, I’m STUCK…So, I think I’ll forgo the candy this morning…This whole thing sort of GOT UNDER MY SKIN…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And don’t let anything NEEDLE you today…Just stay SHARP, and get the JAB done! πŸ’‰πŸ™‹πŸ»

  2. Good morning. My Guess is that being a Novice at designing, his first creation wowed the audience with Topaz covered Tights. Being a novice myself at putting the words in a sentence, I had to post right away and will read after I’m done. For me, I had slight tics on three of the four words. I can only guess that I’m still in sleep mode. When it came time for the cartoon answer it was a complete blind solve. Cute answer but it was a no-brainer. Sometimes when it comes so easy you feel like you have been cheated. Oh well, I shall take it. Who knows what tomorrow brings. In respect to tomorrow, stay well.

    • Great post Mike. So much good information I never realized how much was put into each drawing. Angela,great post as always and nice choice on the song. Don’t know if I ever said this but when I joined the Navy and we were getting our shots you went through a doorway and when you got to the other side you got a needle in each each shoulder at the same time. I think I got four needles that first day. Had to laugh (internally)didn’t want to get into a fight when a couple of guys fainted. There is an education.

      • Good Morning, B’klyn! Thanks for the Shout Out and the Poem Nom! I laughed at your story, because I remember my Father telling me the same one when I was a kid. That it was ok to faint…”bigger men than you have done it”! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Have a good one, Bud! πŸ’‰πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Remember Angela in League Of Their Own,the Manager tells the girl “There is no crying in baseball” and then we see Wilmer Flores of the Mets crying when he was out in the field because of rumors that he was traded. That’s when everybody immediately fell in love with the guy. The kid has heart and is always trying to do his best. One of my favorite Met player.

        • Brooklyn, There’s crying in every sport, we know that. I remember us speaking about this last year. Papers made a big deal out of it, remember? Flores is a sweetheart. And what was he like 16 when they signed him? A baby. We’re all he knew….He’s a good player, capable of covering the entire infield. Lugo looks like he’s getting a little tense…βšΎοΈπŸ™‹πŸ»

    • Brooklyn…Good Morning, and Bravo! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» I’d wear those Topaz Tights any time! πŸ’‰πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Hey wait a second girl. It wasn’t me that fainted. REAL men don’t faint. What did you read to give you that idea.? Never bothered me.

        • Hey Brooklyn..Sorry! .LOL…I WASN’T referring to you. I wrote that wrong..The comment is what my Father would say to me…that “bigger men (than me) had fainted”. That I shouldn’t feel so badly about the fear, and he’d relate the story of the Army induction..I’m sure it never bothered you, Bud! Here’s to you, and the Mets tonight! πŸ»πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»

  3. I would GUESS that only a NOVICE would wear black TIGHTS while searching for TOPAZ gems in Brazil.
    The only clue word to slow me down was NOVICE—I could not get beyond INVOICE for some time. The solution was easy, although I prefer “injection” to “shot.”
    Thanks for the details about the cartoon, Mike. I totally missed the backward “C’s” and was drawn to examine the drawing more carefully. So much work goes into each day’s cartoon, it’s amazing.
    Angela—thanks for the song—I haven’t heard it in years and was trying to IMAGINE what you would come up with today.
    Great job with the poem, in spite of your dread of needles and injections and great punning as well.
    I’ve had so many injections, vaccinations, TB tests, etc. etc. that nothing really bothers me. BUT some phlebotemists are better than others. Worst one for me? Yellow Fever. And recently the new Shingles Vaccination—no problem with the actual injection, but my arm was sensitive for days. Still better than having Shingles, again.
    Have a Wonderful Wednesday everyone and think of anything but “needles and pins.”

    • Good Morning, Earl. I thought the same thing this morning..When was the last time I heard this song! And I went digging to see if I had it. Not a 45, but I have it on an album. 🎢IMAGINE🎢? You know we put all that to bed 🎢Yesterday🎢, right? !! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ And Thanks for the Poem Nom…I’ve truly gotten over my fear of needles, though. Now I’m like..”Let ‘er rip”! The wrist, the hand, it’s all good…”Cause as you said, if you find someone who’s good at it, you got a SHOT! I was blessed to find a Dr who has some kind of Magic hands…So, it’s been years since I’ve fainted…(You didn’t really think it was TOPAZ, did you)? πŸ˜‚ And good move with the Shingles Vaccination. One of my brothers came down with a case, and it was one of the most brutal things I’ve ever seen…Have a good one, Sir! Enjoy this beautiful sunshine! πŸ’‰πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Nothing but clouds and rain drops up here but this afternoon may have some rays.

        • Hey Earl..Hope it clears up for you. We’ve been at the beach all day…but I think we’re on tap for rain tonight and trow. As long as it stays out of those high 90’s I’m good! Hang in there.πŸ™‹πŸ»

  4. Man, I had a mostly blind solve, save for SHOT, but I struggled mightily with NOVICE, even knowing the letters I needed! All of the other words were instant reads. It just goes that way some days!

    Hope the M’s can bounce back today against the Bronx Bombers!

  5. Tights is the one word that tripped me up but as a nurse I knew the cartoon answer immediately. While I’ve given my share of injections in my career, it’s still the doctors that call the shots. Great research on the subject, Mike. It was a huge advance when the plastic single use syringes replaced the old glass syringes which had to be sterilized and the needles had to be sharpened periodically as they developed burrs which made injections very painful, Here’s wishing all of you and happy & healthy Wenesday.

      • No, the used equipment was returned to the hospital’s Central Supply Department where technicians checked the needles for burrs, and sharpened them if necessary. Everything was then thoroughly washed, repacked, then autoclaved before using them again. In this day and age of infection control, it’s hard to believe that bedpans, wash basins, & thermometers were all reused at one time.

        • Thanks for the in-depth explanation, Betty! I wonder how many times the needles could be used before discarding?! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

  6. I was wondering about pants and tights being plural since we usually say a pair of pants and a pair of tights.. I ran across this explanation…Joseph Twadell Shipley’s The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots. He argues that words such as pants, jeans, trousers, breeches, knickers, pajamas, drawers, and panties occur in plurale tantum (i.e. these words only occur in the plural form in the English language) β€œbecause of the human bifurcation,” or more simply put because humans have two legs. In contrast, both skirts and dresses are not bifurcated and consequently take both a singular and plural form.
    Mike’s trick of separating consonants from vowels sure helped me with NOVICE.

      • I guess that makes Lelia even, since she like my double letter strategy! lol

  7. Hi, Mike et al! Easy words and quick cartoon solve except for a little extra time on TIGHTS, so I agree with you Mike, that β€œtights” took the longest even though both of our girls wore tights to dance & acrobat classes. Thank you for our wonderful history lesson, Mike.

    • Hi, Lelia! It’s such an easy word but it escaped me for the longest time this morning. I hope both you and Jerry are having a wonderful Wednesday. πŸ™‚

  8. Hi, Steve! I am proud of you for receiving such a complimentary comment from Jumble Jeff yesterday! Way to go! I agree that your comments about the Beetles were informative, interesting, clever, and true. I read your thanks to me yesterday for my congratulations so you are very welcome!

    My daughter thanks you for hoping her house is still in one piece after taking care of me for a week.

    Keep on glowing!!

    • Thanks Lelia. I thoroughly enjoyed my 15 seconds of fame, and I’ll try not to let it go to my head! (Except for that blood pressure increase!)
      Hope you are all feeling well.

  9. Hi all – The solution and first two words were instant, but the last two made me feel like a NOVICE Jumble player. That word took a couple of extra looks, but I finally actually gave up on TIGHTS, even though I suspected GHT and had actually written down TIGHST. Just a mental block, or not considering a plural, I guess.

    Yes indeed, get yourself down to where your doctors or pharmacists hang out their SHINGLES and get yourself protected.

    Thanks for all that interesting information Betty. I still remember opening up a black satchel at the hospital where I worked and finding a forearm, and then realizing it was a training device for the phlebotomists!

    Great song choice Angela and funny coincidence that I had been thinking of it recently, possibly because one of the jackets for the single blared β€œThe group and record that knocked The Beatles out of #1!” They would have been proud of that because at the time The Beatles had held the 1-5 spots on both the singles and album charts for a few weeks in 1964, an amazing feat. Somebody had to replace them eventually.

    Have a great day everyone.

    • PS – Sometimes when the Searchers sang β€œNeedles and pins-ah”, we would sing β€œEzio Pinza!” πŸ˜‚

  10. Unlike others here, it was GUESS that gave me the hardest time, followed by NOVICE.
    Steve, congratulations for solving the puzzle within the puzzle yesterday. I wasn’t surprised, given your “half vast” music knowledge.

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