Jumble Answers for 09/19/2018









Good morning, Jumble players! For a Wednesday surprise, Mr. Hoyt gave us a new clue word in FOLKSY. It was also my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day so it’s pulling double duty this morning. I’m sure some of you are thinking that ROTARY deserved the top spot but we’ve seen it too many times in the past for it to cause any problems other than perhaps a quick second glance. BEACH is the oldest clue word of the group having last been used on 6/6/16 and jumbled as CABHE. With all of the clue words out of the way, I was ready for some cartoon fun!

The setting for today’s panel brings us to a repair shop where we see two Jumble characters hard at work. The man on the left, identified as “Tom” by the name tag that he’s wearing, pauses for a moment to have a few words with an employee seated to his right. The cartoon dialogue centers around the billboard across the street while the cartoon sentence informs us that Tom has invested quite a bit of his hard earned money on the sign.

The words on the billboard were quite large and easy to see in my newspaper. For those that couldn’t make it out, it reads “FAMILY FIX-IT SHOP” followed by “We can fix anything!”. The sign also had a picture of a lamp on the left and a lawnmower on the right. At the very top of the billboard there are three small lights to indicate that it can be illuminated. That must have been a pricey feature and no doubt added significantly to its’ cost.

Since the sign says “Family Fix-It Shop”, we can reasonably assume that the female character we see is either Toms wife or close relative. Both of the characters hands are obscured from view so we aren’t able to see a wedding ring. Her dialogue says “We’ve put everything into them” which seems to indicate that it was a mutual decision. Based upon these observations, I’d venture a guess and say that they are indeed married but it really had no impact on the overall puzzle.

We do see quite a few details within the drawing, so let’s start with Tom first. He’s holding a screwdriver in his right hand and his bench has two screws, a spring, some wire snips, and a lawn trimmer. The female, who is wearing a name tag with no name on it, is also holding a screwdriver and can be seen fixing a small gadget. There are a few tiny parts on her desk that look like a flat washer, a gear and a hex key. My favorite detail wasn’t any of these, but if you look out their window you’ll probably notice it. It was the two-tier cake visible in the shop across the street!

The letter layout for the final solve was 10-letters in length. FOR was instantly visible after writing out the letters. Crossing it out, GO came into view next followed by BROKE for the finish. The surprise answer seemed like a repeat and a quick search showed that it was used on 3/16/16 with the layout of ORBFKOEROG. Even though it was a repeat solution, the well-drawn cartoon and new clue word in FOLKSY made for a Wednesday winner. Have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

23 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 09/19/2018

  1. ๐ŸŽถ Hey Girls, gather round…Listen to what I’m putting down, Hey Baby, I’m your HANDY MAN…I’m not the kind to use a pencil or rule, I’m HANDY with love and I’m no fool…I fix broken hearts, I know that I truly can…Here is the main thing I want to say…I’m busy twenty-four hours a day…If your broken heart needs REPAIR, I’m the man to see. I whisper sweet things, you tell all your friends, and they’ll come running to me…That’s me…Come, come, come, come, come, come…I’m your HANDY MAN…Yeah, yeah, yeah…๐ŸŽถ “Handy Man” – Sweet Baby James Taylor 1977

    ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”ฉI remember growing up, when we had all these shops,
    YOUNG as I was I still recall those owned by Mom and Pop…
    As FOLKSY as it may have been, the neighborhood was flush,
    And you could go and bring your “stuff” and nobody was rushed.
    The ROTARY phone on the wall, a pencil hung beside…
    The sights the smells of these old shops..I’ll always hold inside.
    A shoe repair, a fix-it shop, the corner candy store,
    I wish that I could bring them back, the days that were before.
    They disappeared like most things do, like sands upon the BEACH…
    The memories remain with you…but so far out of reach,
    Today we have conglomerates, where no one knows your name…
    Big business translates to a place where money is the fame.
    We don’t fix things, we buy all new, with prices sure to soak…
    And all those Mom and Pop stores? They were left to GO FOR BROKE…๐Ÿ”ฉ๐Ÿ”จ

    With a few things SCREWing with my head this morning, I just couldn’t wait to WRENCH myself free to get to today’s cartoon…These other issues, I’ll HAMMER them out later, although I may need some asVISE…So, I SAW a “B”, there was a “K”…I knew it’d be a CINCH today…I took a chance and yes, it fit, and easily…I’m done with it! Today’s words were easy, breezy, and I NAILed it in no time!

    So I TURNed my attention to this amazing cartoon! Visiting the FAMILY FIX-IT SHOP, we find ourselves listening to TOM, dressed in a Blue shirt with a name tag, and his wife Geri, similarly CLAMPED, I mean clad. Her name tag is blank. I found that odd, but that’s what I SAW. Having just opened their shop, they decided to GO FOR BROKE, and invest all their DISPOSABLE income into BILLBOARD advertising. And why not? They’re big, they’re eye catching, and looking at the one erected directly across the street from the shop? Atop the BAKERY? …It just SEAMS like a PIECE of CAKE that it’ll attract attention…They definitely SCENT it to the right location…

    So, while we’re talking SWEETS, let’s just get to the eye candy…The Big Yellow BILLBOARD…I like the three SPOTLIGHTS atop it…makes it easy to SPOT at NIGHT. Jeff definitely went the DISTANCE here. There’s the LAMP showing in the left hand corner. SHEDS a lot of LIGHT on the whole thing…and the LAWN MOWER? MAN..U ALL know how those BREAK down…With the entire background of the panel shaded in Blue, it’s hard to make out the CAKE displayed in the window, but from what I can see on one of the on-LINE sites, I’m pretty sure it’s a BLACK and WHITE layer. But I was really hoping that the BAKERY’s AWLning would be Red and White…It WOOD have looked nice. Ok, Toms’ Brown WORK TABLE…He’s working on FIXING a WEED WHACKER, and we can see beside it: The roll of replacement line he used, a coiled spring, NEEDLE-NOSE PLIERS and TWO LOOSE SCREWS…(Which prompted my favorite early morning Jumbler to remark that Jeff gave me a Shout Out…Sure, as if I haven’t heard THAT one before)…Tom’s holding a Yellow SCREW DRIVER. Geri’s seen, Yellow SCREWDRIVER in hand, REPAIRING what may be an old IPOD, or perhaps an ANSWERING MACHINE? I’m guessing, because I can’t exactly make the CONNECTION…(I did want to ask that “favorite” Jumbler I mentioned earlier, but after I SAW the mood he’s in this morning? I probably WOOD have just gotten an..”I TOOL you so..” Or something to that effect…I SOLDER to think, and then I’d need to tell him to just get BENT). So…Anyway….
    LATHE across her Brown WORK TABLE, we can see a few metallic tabs, and two loose CIRCULAR DISCS, but again, I’m not WHEELy sure what they are. I’m not all that MECHANICALLY aDEPTH, but I can work with my hands, and I do have a great set of TOOLS…And I might be a little better inFORMED then most. My Father was an amazing HANDYMAN…And I made sure I listened and learned a lot..For example: I know that a HAMMER is more than just a divining ROD to locate the most expensive parts adjacent to the object you are trying to hit…You know, the basics…

    Anyway, I think I’m going to go with the GOOSE NECK LAMP that Geri’s using for her close up JOB. I have a thing for GOOSE NECKS, in fact I’m using one right now…It’s old, but I just can’t seem to SHED myself of it..So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…And keep in mind. Not every man is going to be as HANDY as TOM. To some, DIY often means DESTROY IT YOURSELF…I have one of those in my life now. But I learned to take the good with the bad…After all, he is pretty LEVEL-headed….And he is a STUD… ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”ฉ


  2. The YOUNG people at the BEACH were fascinated by the FOLKSY ROTARY converter that powered the merry-go-round.
    Rotary may be a repeat scrambled word, Mike, but unlike FOLKSY, it gave me the longest pause. The solution was easily reached–based on the dialogue in the cartoon that indicated the couple had put all their resources into adverttising and indeed might end up BROKE if that failed. Clever answer I thought. And big thanks for all the details–I caught most but missed the cake across the street.
    Angela—love your song this AM and I’ll be humming it for a while, I suspect. Your poem was nothing but noticeable nostalgia notwithstanding neighbourhood notion shops. And the puns were piled up like the gadgets that need repairing in the “Fix-it-Shop” Brilliant.
    Have a winsome Wednesday word sleuths.

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    • My guess was that people would try to make an -LY word and come up short. Either way, they were both terrific anagrams. Thanks for the kind words and your sentence was terrific. Enjoy your day! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Good Morning, Earl! I’m still singing it too! Such a catchy tune, right? And that sweet voice of his doesn’t hurt! Thanks sooo much for the Shout Outs!… “N” the alteration has me near FIXIN’ to die! ๐Ÿ˜‚ You’ve done really well with it this morning…I so love alliteration! I remember in a writing course, we spent an entire month on it…I was a Logophile in Love! ๐Ÿ˜‚ And once again, your imaginative use of these mundane words amazes me! I particularly liked ROTARY, especially picturing those old telephones…And it served me well with the themes’ poem. A different slant from yours…I love the different creativity it allowed us…Hoping your Wednesday is winsome too, Earl! Ciao, Bello! ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

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  3. Good morning. Thanks Mike for all your input. I missed a lot in the picture. Angela, great song choice besides poem and puns. Earl, thanks for always coming through. I sort of agree with Earl on rotary being slightly harder than the rest. Folksy was instant but I doubted myself and kept trying to come up with another word. After ten minutes I checked all the words and found out that I had them all right. The cartoon answer was simple once I put the letters down. My first thought for the first word was BE, but I ruled that out because it was together and they wouldn’t do that. They came up with another cute answer. They even gave us a nice hint with spending all that money for advertising. Until tomorrow stay well.

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    • Hey Brooklyn! Good Morning! Thank you very much, it was a lot of fun. ..Paul I had asked y’day..Any residue from the Plaza reach where you live? That was definitely one for the books, huh? Have a good one, Bud! The most perfect weather for Bocce today! Knock ’em dead! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


      • Sorry slipped my mind. No,just could hear the fire engines That happened early and I got out after 1:00. I found out because my son sent me a picture of the smoke that he got from one his workers that happened to be there. In the beginning they had it as only five cars. If you came from the Marine Parkway Bridge or west bound Parkway they blocked you from traveling toward Flatbush Ave because of all the fire engines and emergency service vehicles.

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        • No problem..I was just wondering if any of that what must be carcinogenic smoke and fumes reached your area…What a mess! I know…My friend and my cousins were pulled off the road and detoured..They said the fumes were brutal, and the sky became so blackened it was scary. They all said good thing they had their phones set with News Alerts, because otherwise they’d have thought we were under attack again. Terrible how our minds go there right away, isn’t it? The way we live now…Sad, but true…. I’m glad nothing reached your neighborhood. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  4. Young was problematic as I was trying to put the y last.Rotary was another interesting word as was folksy but the overall solution came into view quickly,given the letters,

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  5. Hi all – I saw FOLKSY right away, I think from all the folk music I listened to.
    Iโ€™d be an ODD FELLOW, LION if I said I saw ROTARY quickly. Iโ€™d deserve to be hit in the eye with a CLUB and given a SHRINER. I put Y at the end via Mikeโ€™s trick, but it took a few looks before starting with R showed the way. I thought โ€œGo the limitโ€ for the answer, but then the โ€œput everything into themโ€ showed the correct one.

    I thought the woman might be repairing some kind of desk clock, because the spiral in the lower left looks like a spring and the circles look like they have gear teeth.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    Hereโ€™s that punctuation song again Angela! โ€œComma, comma, comma..โ€. The version in my head will always be the original by Jimmy Jones in 1959 though.
    I love this little note from Wikipedia when I looked up his name:
    โ€œOn Leap Day 1960, “Handy Man” became the first of four consecutive Hot 100 runners-up that Percy Faith’s “Theme from A Summer Place” kept out of the top spot, the others being Jim Reeves’ “He’ll Have to Go”, Bobby Rydell’s “Wild One”, Paul Anka’s “Puppy Love”, and The Brothers Four’s “Green Fields”.
    โ€œSummer Placeโ€ spent *9 Weeks* at #1. No wonder people got sick of it!

    After my recent โ€œSongs from the Ceilingโ€ drought, there was another yesterday at the 99 cent store – Seals and Croftโ€™s โ€œSummer Breezeโ€. Too bad they waited until I was standing in an aisle full of Halloween merchandise four days before the Autumnal Equinox this Saturday, though. Better late than never, guys!

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    • Geez, now hereโ€™s adding insult to injury. In looking up those songs, I found that the Billboard website has a search function to see the Top 100 from any given date – it says โ€œTry a birthday or anniversary.โ€ So I typed in my birthday โ€” and it wonโ€™t go back that far! ๐Ÿ˜‚ They really know how to hurt a guy!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • Bad enough Billboard made me spend 2 minutes scrolling the year back from 2018 instead of just typing it in! And you know what else? Lifetime warranties ainโ€™t what they used to be, either. Donโ€™t get me started! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • G, didn’t you and I do this Billboard thing together a few months ago? Near your birthday? And you were deflated then? ๐Ÿ˜‰ We use it all the time when we disagree on the timing of a song. It’s an amazing tool…And, again…we ask…What the hell did we do before the Internet! ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


        • I donโ€™t recall that โ€” which only further proves the point, I guess! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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          • Not really. It’s probably me. If you don’t remember, than I guess it was with someone else…you have a better memory than I do…But I so thought it was us! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป Temp 80..


    • At least you weren’t surrounded by red-nosed reindeers and Santas!๐Ÿ™„ I took pics, I’ll send them to you! I knew you’d enjoy my COME..a’s , I did a LOL when I put them in. I wasn’t going to add that part, but I figured you earned it! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚..for sending me all those Sunday puzzles! ๐Ÿ˜‰I do like Jimmy Jones version, but it’s so different, TBT, I might even like it more,,but early this morning, we needed some Sweet Baby James here..The Baseball War was going on! ๐Ÿ˜‚ ROTFL! ๐ŸŽถSummer Place๐ŸŽถ Is a pretty song, but how cool are those others you’ve mentioned? Great music…all of it, and all in the vault too. Along with the Lettermans’ version…That was even better..I could never get into the ๐ŸŽถSummer Breeze๐ŸŽถ though. I was never big on S&C…And the alarm clock ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป has a nice RING to it! Hang in there, G! โฑ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


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