Jumble Answers for 08/23/2018








Good morning everyone, and happy Thursday! There weren’t any new clue words in the lineup this morning so instead it was a trip down memory lane with some old favorites. Both THUMB and GAUZE were instantly visible and took no effort to decipher. THUMB is the oldest word in todays game having last been used on 5/18/15 while GAUZE was last used exactly three years later on 5/18/18. ACCENT was the only word to slow me down which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. It took an extra minute or so before I tried pairing up the C’s to finish it off. The Y and M placed together made MYSELF leap off the page to complete the quartet and allow me to begin working on the surprise answer.

A simple tennis themed cartoon was in store for us today with the game looking like it has just ended. We see four characters in the panel playing a doubles match and two of the characters are identical. I did take some time to carefully look at the twins to see if I could spot any differences but Jeff was very careful to make every detail exactly the same. While the twins jump for joy and high-five one another in mid-air, they can also be seen with huge smiles on their faces. Our other two characters are drawn with emotions of defeat and anger which in effect made the twins stand out even more in the cartoon.

My favorite part of the cartoon was the shape of the shading between the two characters that lost the match. I’m sure it’s purely coincidental, but doesn’t the shading look to be in the shape of the State of Michigan with Toronto just to the right? For some reason it jumped out at me and now I can’t “un-see” it!!!

The final solve was instant after reading the cartoon sentence. The letter layout was an impressive 12-letters long, but the given word of “and” gave it all away for me. My fingers are crossed for a challenging puzzle tomorrow since we’ve had it way too easy this week. Have a tremendous Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

28 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 08/23/2018

      • You’re welcome…Yes, it was…Soft serve! MMM…Makes me think of Carvel ice cream!🍦🍦🍦LOL…Hope you have a great day too! 🎾🙋🏻

  1. 🎶 I’m like a RUBBER BALL, Baby that’s all that I am to you (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)…Just a RUBBER BALL, ‘cuz you think you can be true to two (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)…You bounce my heart around (you don’t even put her down)…And like a RUBBER BALL, I come bouncin’ back to you…RUBBER BALL, I come bouncin’ back to you…🎶 “Rubber Ball” – Bobby Vee. 1961

    🎾 I MYSELF do not indulge, although I’ve played at times…
    It’s nothing I could put my THUMB on…strenuous I’d surmise?
    The workout’s good, it takes some strength, the ACCENT I suppose
    Is knowing when to weave and bob…momentum ever grows.
    The outfits kind of throw me off, I wonder why it’s been
    That GAUZE-like outfits woman wear…but shorts on all the men?
    Why don’t the women dress as such, we’re all at ease in shorts…
    That skirts are the de rigueur? Must they be out on the courts?
    It’s just something I’ve thought about…but perhaps there’s a catch?
    Is it because they look so good? The ultimate GAME, SET and MATCH? 🎾

    Sweet Repeats our words today, we’ve just seen GAUZE on 18 May
    And TENNIS we’ve seen many times…we just were here in June…
    So which one of our Jumble Men brings TENNIS back again-again?
    The words a breeze…but stressing for the tune!

    Easy, breezy…whether a TENNIS PLAYER or not, the phrase being so well known…It’s a WINNER! Eye candy? Clever, the harried opponent exclaiming “They’re ‘TWO’ good”. And the disgruntled one? Does he SERVE as a young John McEnroe perhaps? The one who always FLEW OFF THE HANDLE? Have a great day, Everyone! BYE! BYE! 🎾🙋🏻

  2. I imagine that this puzzle was inspired by the famous doubles team, the Bryan brothers. The twins in the cartoon don’t much look like the Bryan brothers, and the Bryans have shorter hair.

    • Hi, Mike. I’m not a fan of tennis so thanks for a little background on who the characters might be. After doing a search, I agree that they don’t look like the Bryan brothers, but maybe they were the inspiration for Jeff’s cartoon. Thanks for the input and have a great day!

  3. To me this makes as much sense as SAME, GET, and MATCH, or as MAMA, GET, and TECHS, or as SCAM, TAG, and THEME.. Namely, it doesn’t make sense. At least to me it doesn’t. MATCH relates to twins but nothing else matches. Since all of these are equally plausible, it makes this jumble highly ambiguous.

    • I wrapped Rafa’s THUMB in bright orange GAUZE MYSELF to ACCENT his shirt and headband.
      Easy Jumble today from the clue words to the solution—didn’t have to write anything down.
      Thanks for the word history Mike and the shading detail–I’ll have to go back and check that out.
      Angela—another “oldie” that I had almost forgotten about—although tennis balls are not the kind of “rubber balls” that keep bouncing back to you. Still a very appropriate choice.
      Your poem and post were great considering you are not a tennis player. I was for many years and still love to watch the masters tournaments—The US Open will start soon and I am excited..
      BTW—I think the ladies wear skirts because of the rules at Wimbledon—where white is required and so are skirts for women–not sure why other sites would follow that lead, but who knows. In the past there has been some controversy about what ladies wore underneath their short skirts—don’t
      remember who the fashionistas were……..
      And for those who could care less about tennis—Rafa in my sentence refers to Rafael Nadal, one the world’s best from Spain.

      • You’re most welcome, Earl. You’re sentence was great and I had a similar one in mind when trying to come up with one. Take care and let me know what you think of the shading when you get a chance.

      • Good Morning, Earl…I think we were all of the same mind SET this morning! Wrapping the THUMB in GAUZE! It was a given! I wrote 2 similar sentences myself…Perhaps we were SET up today? 😉 Great colorful sentence! Thanks so much for the Shout Outs and the Poem Nom. But I’m pretty sure we’ve had at least 7-8 TENNIS puzzles in the past year, so it’s becoming old hat, an aficionado or not! 😉 ….And you and I have spoken about the tournaments, etc before. I too enjoy watching..especially “our girl”, Ms Serena❤️
        The skirt thing always irked me a little. I do remember Martina Navratilova in shorts once though…I’ll have to look it up. I still think it’s got something to do with shades of sexism and voyeurism…😉 if not so much today, as years ago.

        I’m glad you enjoyed the song…As I wrote, I hit a little snag with the music this morning…It didn’t “BOUNCE” out at me as it usually does, but I’ve always liked 🎶Rubber Ball🎶, so I went with it…These oldies amaze me..and I’m always so glad that my Father introduced me to so much of it, from the 40’s on. I’ve said it many times, he left me an amazing legacy. If there was money, I’m sure it’d be gone by now…but the words and the music he left me? Priceless! Anyway…Rafa! I have 3 in my inner circle..one family, two friends. But we spell it Raffaello, the Italian way. Two go by Rafa, one by Ralph…(he really got Americanized)! 😂 Beautiful weather today…before another predicted heat wave…Hope you get to go out there and enjoy it! Ciao, Bello! 🎾🙋🏻

    • In tennis, the phrase means the present GAME is over, the SET(meaning the one who won six games) is over and the MATCH is over because one player has won. at least two out of three sets or three out of five sets.
      Too much information? Sorry but scoring in tennis is not simply ONE TWO THREE.

  4. Good morning. Nice job Mike. In all my years I don’t think I’ve ever tried tennis. Angela, you got a chuckle out of me just reading the first line. I do like that song and perfect fit for today’s jumble. Everything else was just icing on the cake. Well done. Today’s jumble was easy until I got to Myself. Since it didn’t come to me right away, I went to the cartoon. That was an instant solve, so after writing down the letters i had and then crossing them off, I realized I needed an M,S and E. Now it was plain as the nose on my face what the last word was. Hey, it’s a win. It just took an extra five minutes to get. I just patted myself on the back for a job well done. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • I’m glad you were able to successfully finish this one off, Paul!

      I was introduced to tennis due to it being a unit in our high school phys ed class. I played a couple of times after that but I never cared much for it. I’ve always preferred to watch people hitting balls as far as they could as opposed to keeping them in a confined area. To me, tennis is just oversized ping pong. 😂

      Have a wonderful day, Paul!

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn! Always a great day when I can bring you to chuckle! I’m glad you enjoyed it all, icing included! 😉 And, as always…Thanks for the Shout Outs! You’re too Sweet! 😘 Perfect weather for a Bocce game today, right? I hope you get in some good ones! Enjoy! Ciao, Bello! 🎾🙋🏻

  5. Historians believe that the game’s ancient origin lay in 12th century northern France, where a ball was struck with the palm of the hand. Louis X of France was a keen player of jeu de paume (“game of the palm”), which evolved into real tennis, and became notable as the first person to construct indoor tennis courts in the modern style. Louis was unhappy with playing tennis outdoors and accordingly had indoor, enclosed courts made in Paris “around the end of the 13th century”. In due course this design spread across royal palaces all over Europe. In June 1316 at Vincennes, Val-de-Marne and following a particularly exhausting game, Louis drank a large quantity of cooled wine and subsequently died of either pneumonia or pleurisy, although there was also suspicion of poisoning. Because of the contemporary accounts of his death, Louis X is history’s first tennis player known by name. Another of the early enthusiasts of the game was King Charles V of France, who had a court set up at the Louvre Palace.

    It wasn’t until the 16th century that rackets came into use, and the game began to be called “tennis”, from the French term tenez, which can be translated as “hold!”, “receive!” or “take!”, an interjection used as a call from the server to his opponent. It was popular in England and France, although the game was only played indoors where the ball could be hit off the wall. Henry VIII of England was a big fan of this game, which is now known as real tennis. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, as real tennis declined, new racket sports emerged in England.

  6. Gauze was a repeat word for me, but thumb made me pause. Game, set and match was a given with tennis being the topic.

  7. Another easy one today so imagine a stickler is soon to appear. No problem with the clue words or cartoon answer but I always learn something on this site. Great information about the history of tennis, Clay and Mike, as always I appreciate your analysis – State of Michigan and Toronto. WOW!! Have a good day everyone.

  8. Hi all – Went through the words until the last one, when neither the -LY or ‘Y’-at-the-end tricks worked. I’m telling you Mike, David is taunting us! Saw SELF though, so saw MYSELF quickly. Looking at the cartoon and the pattern of the answer it was obvious since, as Earl and others pointed out, “Game, set and match” is a very common term used at the end of a game of tennis, with MATCH being the pun referring to the identical twins. I also thought of the identical twins from Stanford who won many doubles titles at Wimbledon and elsewhere.

    Very creative interpretation of the shading Mike, but I think that for me, as Grace Slick once almost said, seeing that would require more Michoacán than Michigan.

    Next time I’ll just use ACCENT to augment the flavor of the chilies instead of trying to stuff them and having to wrap my THUMB in GAUZE after cutting MYSELF.

    Angela, one of the great old “Bobby, Bobby, Bobby” songs – very enjoyable despite what Jerry Lee Lewis might think of them.

    Have a great day, all!

    • …And we all thought this..just beGAUZE the man mentioned THUMB? 😉 No one thought to take a different TACK? 😉 I’m glad I considered the GAUZE-like outfits…at least I didn’t SKIRT the issue! 😉 Yea…Jerry Lee just got jealous…🎶’Cause the times they were a changin’🎶 Enjoy, Bud! 🎾🙋🏻

  9. Mike–it took me a while to go and look at the cartoon again. And yes, now that you have pointed it out, I can see the shape of Michigan–,with a little imagination. It’s like those people who look at clouds in the sky and some see Mickey Mouse and others see amorphous shapes.
    But, unless I am mistaken, the twins are NOT identical in every way. Isn’t one of them right-handed and the other left??

    • Good eyes, my friend! Well, it’s an assumption that you could make based on the cartoon, although we’ll never truly know for sure. And thanks for getting back to me about Michigan. 😊

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