Jumble Answers for 09/03/2018









Good morning everyone, and happy Labor Day! BLINK makes its debut into gameplay this morning but was easily solved upon first glance. Actually all of the clue words were no trouble at all and they took longer to write down than to figure out. The jumble for SPRAWL was the most impressive of the bunch so for that reason alone I’ll choose it as the most difficult anagram of the day.

The setting for today’s cartoon brings us to an open expanse of land where we see the construction of railroad tracks taking place. Two well dressed gentleman in period clothing have looks of both panic and shock on their faces and the cartoon dialogue informs us of the reason. They’ve run out of rails for this portion of the track so all they can do in the meantime is have their worker lay ties. Speaking of ties, we can see 15 of them in the panel with only 14 secured to the rails.

Although this panel wasn’t overflowing with detail, there were still a few extras that gave it some visual appeal. As previously mentioned, the period clothing gave the cartoon a dated feel and the pocketwatch chain of the middle character was a wonderful surprise to find. The worker in the back captured most of my attention, and how couldn’t he. Even though he’s standing behind the other two characters, he towers over them. His biceps are bulging from swinging that hammer all day and he even has a rag hanging out of his back pocket to indicate that his job is very labor intensive.

The letter layout for the final solution contained 11-letters. I was able to see TRACK immediately upon writing out the letters which gave the entire answer away. It was a Monday puzzle so I wasn’t expecting too much of a challenge. Enjoy your Labor Day and let us know in the comments section if you have any special plans. Have a merry Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

31 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 09/03/2018

    • 🎢 I’ve been working on the RAILROAD all the live-long day. I’ve been working on the RAILROAD just to pass the time away….Can’t you hear the whistle blowing…Rise up so early in the morn…Can’t you hear the captain shouting, “Dinah, blow your horn!”…🎢 “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad” – Anonymous 1894

      πŸš‚ It’s Labor Day, Jeff’s giving us a pic of what it’s like,
      To manually create, with ones’ own hands and sweat and spike…
      The laborers who country-crossed a SPRAWL of rails to ride,
      Perhaps at night KAZOO music helped all the aches subside.
      The work was hard, no CRUTCH had they like workers have today…
      Today you BLINK and OSHA’s there to any fear allay.
      And whether we are seeing Vanderbilt or Daniel Drew…
      We have to know the hardships that these workers once went through.
      So gratefully today as Labor Day let’s us sit back?
      We owe a debt of gratitude to those men BACK ON TRACK πŸš‚

      Sweet easy Repeat words today..SPRAWL-Last seen a smidgen over a year ago, on August 24th, 2017, appeared as RWASLP that day, but didn’t DERAIL anyone. I think because we also had HYPHEN that day, and that one was hard to NAIL DOWN for a few of us. And CRUTCH, the old-timer of the group, (2016), last showed as: THURCC. Today’s anagram is LAID OUT much simpler. And the C K and C K is LAYING the GROUND WORK for our solution. Our cartoon…Once again today, the dialogue INTERSECTING with the question, DELIVERS the answer without looking at our words, if you so choose…Not to mention the cartoon LAYING a great FOUNDATION. The dialogue…”Stopped”…A work slowdown..”Out of rails” – RAILS are TRACKS…”Can only lay Ties”- TIES are the rectangular wooden supports for the RAILS. The question: “Behind schedule if they didn’t get…”BACK ON TRACK”… Good one, David. You LAID it out perfectly for us! Another great puzzle whose DESTINATION could be reached no matter which way you CRISS-CROSSED it!

      Eye candy? The landscaping is all green, with blackened mountainside in the background. The solitary WORKMAN, biceps bulging, clad in a white sleeveless T-Shirt, holds the ubiquitous SLEDGE HAMMER used in CONSTRUCTION. The light blue sweat/grease RAG hanging from his right rear pocket epitomizes the WORKING MAN, and the three SPIKES lying at his feet DRIVE the idea home…Great details, Jeff. But it comes down to our RAILROAD TYCOONS. The picture of sartorial splendor, and impeccably groomed, they’re quite a SITE at the actual RAILROAD location. The one at left, dressed in beautiful shades of blue with a black vest. The one at right, resplendent in shades of brown. And if you look real closely, a Pocket Watch Fob is visible. So TIMELY. But it’s their SHOES that are the Heart and SOLE of this drawing. Jeff drew them to be two-toned: White, with Chocolate Brown perforated Wing Tips…How I loved those shoes! But unfortunately, the colorist did them both as SOLID and Cognac colored. How cool would it have been to see them as he RAILly drew them? All that TRAVAILing for nothing…Sorry Jeff, but major Kudos! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Enjoy your Labor Day celebrations, Everyone!…And here’s to the American Worker…🍷To the Victor goes the TOILS! πŸš‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

  1. The jumble was hard for me today. Not used to some of those words. Had to refer to the answers. Thanks.

  2. IN the BLINK of an eye, the KAZOO player lost a CRUTCH in the mall and took an embarrassing SPRAWL.
    Today’s Jumlble was not labour intensive for me but did a great job at honouring those who did so much hard work building the rail network
    Thanks for all the details Mike–you are a man of exceptional exactitude.
    Great song Angela. Anonymous? That’s surprising.
    Thanks for your poem and post. Bulging biceps? Hummmm–have you been watching Rafa at The Open?
    Have a lazy labour day all.

    • Good morning, Earl! Your sentence was impressive as usual and painted a very vivid picture. You made it more intriguing by leaving us wondering if the kazoo player was male or female. Well done! Have a great start to the week. πŸ™‚

    • LOL…Yes, I have been watching..but he wasn’t my muse! πŸ˜‚πŸ’ͺ🏻 I’m just familiar with bulging biceps! πŸ˜‰ And if you note, Mike used the same phrase! πŸ˜‰ You’re just trying to get me to tip my hand, aren’t you? Maybe another day!!!! πŸ˜‰ But…Thanks for the laugh! Great sentence, great imagery..as always…And thanks very much for the Shout Outs…It was a fun write, albeit a serious topic. And besides Rafa..(I love the name), I’ve been watching our Miss Serena…How amazing has she been? You go,Girl! Have a great Holiday, Earl! Enjoy! πŸ·πŸ™‹πŸ»

      PS: Earl..When I went to look for the date, I did see recordings by Pete Seeger and John Denver mentioned… (and I’m sure there’s others)….But I couldn’t exactly recall if I’d ever heard it sung by either of them, so I stayed true to it, and just went with what was stated on Wikipedia…Anonymous. But I’m betting you could find recordings on YouTube. Ciao, Bello…πŸš‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

  3. Good morning. Nice job Mike. Angela, you had me checking your song choice which by the way was perfect for this picture. I thought Gene Autry sang it other than Anonymous but could not come up with it. Earl, great job on the words, It painted a perfect picture of the poor guy taking a fall. I had the first three words right away and was hung up on Sprawl so I tried the cartoon. After looking at the letters I already had, the answer came rather quick. Once I knew the two letters I needed for the cartoon answer, the word finally came to me. Enjoy what’s left of the holiday. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Hey Brooklyn, Good Morning…Paul, take a look at what I just Postscripted to Earl. You may be right…And I’m loving how you’ve taken up this interest in the music! Kudos! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» I just got home a little while ago, and I’m in the middle of something..but when I get a breather, I’m going to check it out., and I’ll let you know…And yes, agreed…it’s the perfect song for today! Have a good one, Bud! Talk to you later…πŸš‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • Hey Brooklyn…I never got to check for you, but Mike McCormick was nice enough to look into it. He found a mention of Bing Crosby singing it…Could that be what you’re thinking of? I don’t have much memory (is that proper English)? πŸ˜‰ of Gene Autry. I know of him, but not much more. But I saw that he had a TV show in the 50’s. There’s probably a good chance you may have heard him sing it on there, or on one of those old variety shows there used to be. I used the Anonymous relating to who wrote it, and I think I caused a little confusion for you and Earl, because I never do that! Sorry, Brooklyn..I wrote it all up real quick at 4AM, while driving back home…Hope you had a great day…It sure is hot!! Ciao, Bello! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Hey Angela there was no confusion. I thought Gene Autry sung it but I couldn’t find it in all the songs he did. How about this one by him. Your Wickey You Wacky Your Wow Wow Wonderful. That’s the title of the song. On 78 speed,think before 1950s. The following words are ever since the day I first met you. Your silly your daffy and you
        Cuckoo too but I love you so what can I do. Not to many people know that song. We got that from our Aunt and Uncle. My sister got the collection from the house that wasn’t our own. Did anybody ever hear of the gutter bum song? Don’t know the artist but I remember some of the words to the 40s song I think. Also on 78.

  4. Kazoo made me pause but the other words came into view quickly as did the final solution with back jumping into view quickly ,which was a surprise for me, since I’m still gone from my newspaper, with our other 2 little grandughters,Marla and Alice,in Naperville.

    • I’m without a newspaper today as well, Chuck. This is one of the holidays that they don’t print. Enjoy the holiday with your granddaughters! πŸ™‚

  5. As a side note to Angela’s song choice, “The Eyes of Texas”, the school song of the University of Texas at Austin, is sung to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”.

    • Hey Mike…How’re you doing? You know what’s funny..I don’t know if you were following on Friday, but Paul and I were going back and forth on Red, Yellow and Green songs with the traffic light puzzle. We segued into country, and I had 🎢The Yellow Rose of Texas🎢 locked and loaded, but he quit on me! πŸ˜‰ I’ve never heard of this college song, but I looked up the lyrics, and it’s a nice flow! I still have to take a look to see if Gene Autry every recorded the Railtoad song…Maybe you know? πŸš‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Angela: I looked up the Railroad song on Wikipedia. It doesn’t mention Gene Autrey, but it says “Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album 101 Gang Songs (1961).”

        There is a bit of history behind “The “Eyes of Texas” version. After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee was president of Washington College (now Washington and Lee). He would end his speeches with “Gentlemen,the eyes of the South are upon you.” William Prather was a student of Washington College at the time, and later in 1899 became president of the University of Texas. He always ended his speeches with “Gentlemen, the eyes of Texas are upon you.” The Texas Cowboys, a service organization, had a minstrel show every year. In 1904 a UT student, John Sinclair, wrote “The Eyes of Texas” lyrics to poke fun at Prather. “The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
        All the livelong day.
        The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
        You cannot get away.
        Do not think you can escape them
        At night or early in the morn —
        The Eyes of Texas are upon you
        Til Gabriel blows his horn.”
        The song debuted at the Texas Cowboy Minstrel show that year. It is now played with grandiose solemnity at football games, graduations, and even funerals.

        • Hey Mike…I’m out on the water…and I just wrestled with a fish…who won! 😒 I hope Paul sees this…I’ll get back to you as soon as we dock…Thank you! πŸ™‹πŸ»

        • Hey Mike..Thank you very much..Maybe that’s who Paul is remembering, Bing Crosby. As I said earlier, I saw a mention of Pete Seeger and John Denver, but I was in a rush, and I never use the song if I haven’t heard it sung by the artist…
          The story is interesting, and funny…What started as a prank became history…
          Thanks for doing the leg work for me. I’m going to post to Paul, since I don’t know if he reads all the comments. Take care. πŸš‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • I just heard a rendition by the U of T Longhorn Band…and I realize I have heard it..watching college football..πŸš‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

  6. Hi all – No trouble with any of the words or answer today.

    How appropriate that on Labor Day we see a crew performing actual labor. These men were known as dancers – Gandy Dancers to be precise – and their work was so brutal that no one would RAIL at their performance if they chose not to wear TIES.

    I did a little research. This work, like the repetitive work in the farm fields and sailing ships, lent itself to songs and chants and therefore to early folk music. The gandy was a big lever used to shove the rails into position:

    β€œIn these calls the men begin to tap their gandy against the rail during the first two lines to get in rhythm and unison. Then with each “huh” grunt the men threw their weight forward on their gandy to slowly bring the rail back into alignment.
    Up and down this road I go
    Skippin’ and dodging a 44
    Hey man won’t you line ‘um…HUH
    Hey won’t you line ‘um…HUH”

    Great job as usual Angela, Mike and Earl, and what a wonderful detail for Jeff to have included John Henry! I didn’t catch that either, but what a steel-drivin’ man, right up there with Big John down in his mine.

    I hope you don’t have to do anything nearly as strenuous today, and have a great day!

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