Jumble Answers for 09/25/2018









Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! All of our clue words were in alphabetical order this morning making for a neatly organized start to the game. After such a challenging puzzle yesterday, it was only fitting that David started us off with a dose of ADVIL. It was easily deciphered though, as were the next two clue words. SHRILL was the only word that required an extra glance before coming into view making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. CLIMB was the oldest clue word of the group with its last appearance on 6/7/14. It was jumbled the exact same way that we see today which made it effortless.

Moving along to our cartoon, the setting for today’s panel is the stage of an elementary school were we see a whole lot of different action scenes occurring. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the frazzled drama teacher in the middle of it all. She is literally being pulled in four different directions as she attempts to mitigate the hazards that are quickly unfolding on every corner of the stage.

The cartoon sentence tells us that this is supposed to be a rehearsal for a Peter Pan production, but it looks more like recess time with props! In the rear we see a young girl soaring through the air with her only safety device being a loop of rope around her waist. Two boys can be seen engaged in a mock sword fight with very realistic looking sabers. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the young child in the crocodile costume crawling along the floor. He tries to get the attention of his teacher to tell her that he’s stuck which leaves him looking like he’s just been swallowed by the hungry creature. And lastly we have young Tinkerbell who figures that now would be as good a time as any to inform her teacher that she wants to change roles. My favorite detail of the piece was the perfectly drawn look of shock, horror, frustration and despair of the drama teachers face. Priceless!

The final solve was an 11-letter anagram that kept the 2-word solution well hidden. The visual clues provided by the cartoon made this an instant solve which was just fine after yesterday’s brain teaser. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!



Mr. Hoyt was kind enough to leave a short video yesterday explaining the recent style changes to the puzzle. You can hear from the wordsmith himself as to why this was done RIGHT HERE!

19 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 09/25/2018

  1. The mountaineer’s CLIMB was declared VALID and she followed the POLICY of no SHRILL yodeling on the summit.
    Not sure what’s going on Mike. I had an early e-mail with just the answers and no place to reply and then nothing. So I went to the old method of yesterday’s puzzle and hitting “NEXT” to get todays. I’ll check the video later, thanks for sharing it with us.
    Scrambled words were no challenge today and the solution was pretty much CHILD’S PLAY when studying the cartoon and the caption. Great PLAY on words, I thought.
    I also noticed the poor young boy in the crocodile costume and felt all kinds of empathy—almost been there, done that. Long story which I shall not bore you with.
    Angela–I haven’t seen your post so I’ll check in later—have some volunteering to do this morning, but not all day.

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    • Hi, Earl. I decided to start posting the answers early and then go back and fill in the narrative and open up commenting at 9am. Sorry for any confusion.

      The video answers all our questions and you get to see Daisy dog too! Great sentence as always. 🙂


  2. If any of you are in the Chicago area, Jeff Knurek and I are hosting a great event this evening at the Lagunitas Brewery from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. It’s the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation’s “GIVE BACK TO SCHOOL” event and it’s going to be a blast. Below are some links to check out in case anyone can join us.




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  3. Good morning. Thanks Mike,beautifully explained. My only thought was Thank God I wasn’t the teacher. I have it bad enough dealing with older guys at the bocce court that act like children then children acting like children. I loved today’s jumble. I got three words right away but was stuck on Valid. Don’t ask. It’s my choice for hardest word. I kept seeing it the way it was. You know. What the blacksmith uses,only that’s spelled anvil. Anyway,I finally got it and jumped to the cartoon. Not giving up I finally got that too. Until tomorrow stay well.

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    • Hi, Paul! After doing my post, I went back to see if CHILD’S PLAY had been used as a surprise answer before. Sure enough, on 5/16/14 it was exactly the same. I hope you’re having a wonderful afternoon! 🙂


  4. Even though I’m away from my newspaper,again,the online version was a quick solve with no problem with any of the words,though shrill looked odd at first,but having solved the 4 words,child’s play jumped right out to me.Have a great day!

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  5. Easy one today but a very cute puzzle at that. Lots of clever details. Love the child on the floor who’s stuck in his crocodile costume. Thanks, Mike for David’s explanation of the new bold letters. As I said yesterday, I’m already a fan. It will be especially helpful on Saturday because in my paper the puzzle on that day is smaller than the ones during the week due to space constraints I guess. Happy Tuesday everyone.

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  6. Hi all – Yes indeed, the ADVIL was welcome relief after yesterday’s headache. No such worries today; only POLICY took a second look.

    The little girl flying looks like she could be wearing a flight attendant’s uniform from Peter Pan-Am, and my favorite detail was the boy holding the rope being pulled off his feet.

    Have a great day, everyone!

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