WHETR = THREW
OLDFO = FLOOD
MRKSEO = SMOKER
CASIOF = FIASCO
SLEEPY HOLLOW’S LEGENDARY HORSEMAN LIKED TO RELAX BEFORE HE HAD TO – – –
WHETR = THREW
OLDFO = FLOOD
MRKSEO = SMOKER
CASIOF = FIASCO
SLEEPY HOLLOW’S LEGENDARY HORSEMAN LIKED TO RELAX BEFORE HE HAD TO – – –
SYEZT = ZESTY
ROSYR = SORRY
QKWUSA = SQUAWK
SARPOT = PASTOR
FOR JAMES BOND, STEALING PLANS FOR THE SECRET WEAPON WAS – – –
ESYSYSAPA = EASY AS “SPY”
Happy Tuesday, Jumble players! All of the clue words in today’s puzzle were recycled favorites. After working my way through the five letter anagrams, I found that ZESTY was used in gameplay a mere eight days ago while SORRY is the exact same anagram as the last time we saw it on 9/18/17. PASTOR took me the longest to decipher making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. It was also the oldest clue word of the group with its last use on 2/27/16.
If you enjoy James Bond movies then today’s cartoon panel was a visual feast for your eyeballs. Not being a fan of the franchise left me struggling a bit with the names and faces that we see, so feel free to fill in the blanks in the comments section below.
The setting is an outdoor café where we encounter a cast of different characters from the films. Front and center is the man himself, British Secret Service agent James Bond, having a chat with a close ally. Our cartoon sentence informs us that Bond has recently stolen some plans for a weapon while his dialogue reveals that he’s delivering them in a most peculiar way. Upon hearing that Bond has stuffed the pastry with the secret plans, we can see the surprise look on the mans face as he stops eating and takes a glance inside.
Two of the three characters in the background were easily identifiable as Bond villains. We see Oddjob peeking around the corner of the building and he’s wearing his steel-brimmed bowler hat. Seated directly behind Bond is Ernst Stavro Blofeld and he’s stroking his white persian cat. The woman in the rear had me perplexed but I’m sure someone will let us know what this baddies name is.
The anagram for the final solution was 9-letters in length. The layout wasn’t overly cryptic with EASY almost completely spelled out for us in the front. Crossing out the letters brought AS into view leaving SPY for the funny finish.
Will we see a Halloween themed cartoon for tomorrow’s game? The holiday cartoons are always a treat so hopefully Jeff won’t play a trick on us. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you then!
TIWYT = WITTY
TCEHF = FETCH
SWOYLL = SLOWLY
MRAHEM = HAMMER
WHEN ALL THE CLOCKS WERE FOUND TO BE DEFECTIVE, IT WAS A – – –
ITFETSOWAME = WASTE OF TIME
Happy Monday, Jumble friends! We were greeted with a very easy puzzle this morning that took no time at all to solve. Mr. Hoyt gave us a new clue word in hammer but I was able to nail it upon first glance. Since all of the clue words were instantly visible, I’ll attach a poll and let everyone vote for the most difficult anagram of the day. The other three clue words were all used in 2017 with FETCH being the oldest of the quartet (1/11/17). My final observation of the anagrams is that they were presented to us in reverse alphabetical order.
Today’s cartoon was the highlight of the game and it contained a mathematical twist! Although the setting wasn’t exactly clear, it looks like we’re most likely seeing the storage area of a clock production facility. The panel shows us three Jumble characters standing in front of a large garbage can full of discarded clocks. A man in safety glasses and gloves is tossing them into the bin one at a time as the other two characters try to come to grips with the mistake. The female is disheartened that they can’t be recycled while the male does some quick match to try and figure out what went wrong.
There are a total of 16 clocks in the drawing with six of them displaying a time of 26:00. Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, decided to make today’s cartoon a little more interesting by giving us a math problem to go along with it. In the gentlemans dialogue, he explains that the time is off because each clock is adding 5 minutes to the hour. Over the course of a day, that would equal 2 extra hours. Since the time is displayed in a 24-hour format, the 2 extra hours would make all of the clocks read 26:00. Absolutely brilliant!!!
The layout for the final solution was an 11-letter anagram. The visual clue of the clocks coupled with the leading nature of the sentence made the solution a blind solve. The addition of Jeff’s math quiz had me spending a few more minutes on the puzzle than I should have, but it definitely wasn’t a waste of time. Have a merry Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
TQAEEU – EQUATE
POYRTH – TROPHY
GLEYCR – CLERGY
MEAABO – AMOEBA
EUSKNN – SUNKEN
NRIEDH – HINDER
EUE TH CLG ABA NN HIN = HUNG IN THE BALANCE
Good Morning, Everyone! 🎪 CHECKS?…AND BALANCES? 🎪
🎶 He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease…A DARING YOUNG MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE…His movements were graceful, all girls he could please…And my love he purloined away. This young man by name was Signor Bona Slang…Tall, big, and handsome as well made as Chang…Where’er he appeared the Hall loudly rang, with ovations from all people there…🎶 “The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze” – Eddie Cantor (circa) 1936-1946)
🎪 I think I’d EQUATE Trapeze work with boarding SUNKEN ships,
I’d have to have the CLERGY there to watch should I do flips.
My Vertigo would HINDER me, so if up there I’d be?
The reason would be baffling…a losing bet maybe?
I picture an AMOEBA, splattered along the floor,
There’s no remote thought comes to mind, and trust me, I am sure…
Forget the bet, I wouldn’t dare, and save the TROPHY too,
I like to swing, but not this way…you won’t see me persue.
In life we all have qualities, but of my any talents?
Nothing comes close to this right here: Oh, no…HUNG IN THE BALANCE! 🎪
What an eclectic group of words we’re seeing this morning. All Sweet Repeats, and I really think their previous anagrams were much more challenging than these, because I SWUNG through these…🎶with the greatest of ease...🎶!..And none of the Early Bird Jumblers found any of our words to be too IN TENTS, except maybe for AMOEBA. One of them did find it just a tad bit STICKY… And I did come ACROSS one little quirk, with CLERGY. It was anagrammed exactly as it is today, back on August 28th. The rest of our words? A mix between 2017-18, with AMOEBA bringing up the rear from July 22nd of 2016. Ok, enough time spent here…Let’s get on the the MAIN ATTRACTION!
Today, we find ourselves at the BIG TOP. I’d be LION if I tried to tell you where we are exactly, since CIRCUS to me was always Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey…but as we all know, they FELL through the cracks last year. So, let’s just say we’re looking at the Jumbler Tumblers. It has a nice RING to it, no? Standing CENTER RING we find a RINGMASTER and a performer who I believe to be a TIGHTROPE WALKER, since she’s seen holding a BALANCE BAR. The conversation is CENTERed on the fate of the male TRAPEZE ARTIST that we see FLYING overhead, with his female partner. It seems that his PERFORMANCE hasn’t been UP to par, and he’s just NET SWINGING it. It looks like his job may be UP IN THE AIR, unless he gets his ACT TOGETHER. It’s not an easy POSITION to be in, and he may end up being the FALL GUY…Anyway, with our question asking where his future was after all these SHORTcomings? It HUNG IN THE BALANCE! Good one, David! You’ve definitely GRABbed my attention!
Ok, eye candy…The panel is shaded in light Blue. The RINGMASTER, clad in the requisite Tuxedo and Top Hat, is scowling…You can see he’s definitely not CLOWNing around. Our Prima Little Schemer, clad in Purple, is shown smiling, gloating over the fact that, as she puts it..”You never see me falling”…Obviously, she’d never lend A HAND…Beyond them we can see the NET. But the Eye CATCHER today? Our TRAPEZE guy…With his tongue HANGING out? Take a real close look…He’s not gonna CATCHER this time either..🎶.A NETter one bites the dust🎶! So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone..and remember…It may be fun being a TRAPEZE ARTIST…until you’re LET GO! 🎪🙋🏻
COVAL – VOCAL
MUYMR – RUMMY
UENVAE – AVENUE
GIFTRH – FRIGHT
CARTOON ANSWER: WHEN HE REFUSED TO WEAR HIS HEARING AIDS, HIS WIFE – – –
VAL RUM AEE FIGH = GAVE HIM (AN) EARFUL
Good Morning, Everyone! 👂🏻🗣CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? 🗣👂🏻
🎶 Here you are again…Tellin’ me you’re sorry, Baby, tellin’ me you wanna come on back home…Where you belong. There you go again, lyin’ and alibiin’..Singin’ that same old worn out song…Here it comes now...I CAN’T HEAR YOU NO MORE...I’ve HEARD it all before. You ain’t a reachin’ me no how…No way, no time until dooms day...I CAN’T HEAR YOU NO MORE, I CAN’T HEAR YOU NO MORE...🎶 “I Can’t Hear You” – Betty Everett 1964
🗣👂🏻As much as I feel for this guy…his hearing now impaired,
You have to sympathize with her, her feelings not be spared.
As VOCAL as she probably gets, I’ll bet it brings a FRIGHT…
To call and get no answer… it really isn’t right.
What AVENUE can she turn to, what options can she use?
If asking him just does no good, if he will still refuse?
(I bet they can’t play RUMMY, it’d lead her to the Gin,
It’s useless, him not hearing? There’s no doubt who’d always win)
Bottom line, let’s hope Tom got on board, and things went back to cheerful…
Until that time she had no choice, she just GAVE HIM AN EARFUL…👂🏻🗣
With all of today’s words being old favorites, the oldest one, FRIGHT, last seen way back on June 5th, 2016, appears to be the only one that put a little tic of fear into the Early Bird Boys this morning. I haven’t HEARD anything else about any of the others, but then again, it’s still really EARly…And with that being SAID…it’s on to our solution…
Relaxing comfortably on his couch, in his living room, today we meet TOM. As he sits with his tablet in his lap, we see his wife, whom I’ll call GERI, raising her voice and SOUNDing off at him, in obvious frustration. From our question and our dialogue, we HEAR that Tom, who should be wEARing HEARING AIDS, refuses to…And Geri, who’s forced to talk to the wall, isn’t happy about it. So she…GAVE HIM AN EARFUL! How’s that SOUND, Folks? Good one, David…AURAL good one!
Ok, eye candy. The first thing I couldn’t help but notice, is that our couple has a rather distinctive look. For those of us who are regulEAR daily Jumblers, we’ve come to recognize Jeff’s usual suspects, and these two aren’t. Instead, they seem to be patterned after a couple that may be “real life”. And considEARing that it’s late OctobEAR, the way thEAR dressed leads me to believe that it’s not a couple who lives nEAR Jeff, in the Midwest. Tom’s floral-patterned shirt and cargo shorts, and Geri’s sleeveless top seem better suited to a warmEAR climate. With the panel shaded in pink, the couch, the lamp, and the table are colored mauve. Hanging on the wall, is a mountain scene with water, framed in Bamboo. Tom’s two HEARING AIDS are shown lying on the table. But the eye candy HEAR today? LOBE and behold, it’s the Pineapple Jeff’s placed on Tom’s Tablet. APPLEsolutely endEARing! So, ThEAR you have it, Folks..Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And I’ll leave you with this little bit of selective HEARING humor: Married couple in the midst of a heated argument: WIFE: “You never LISTEN to me. You only HEAR what you want to HEAR“. HUSBAND: “Sure, I’ll have a beer”…BA-BOOM! Somebody’s gonna get HERTZ! 👂🏻🗣🙋🏻
The creative geniuses behind the Jumble have just released a new puzzle book called…..
TAPOD – ADOPT
OSGEO – GOOSE
DUGLES – SLUDGE
GTORNS – STRONG
CARTOON ANSWER: WITH THE MOVIE BEING SO POPULAR, THE LONG LINES – –
AOT OOS SDE TRON = STOOD TO REASON
Good Morning, Everyone! 🎥”WHAT’S MY LINE”? 🎥
🎶 Is this the REEL life? Is this just fantasy?…Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality…Open your eyes…Look up to the skies and see…🎶 “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen 1975
📽 I can’t remember when I last waited in such a queue,
I’m not one to ADOPT and jump on things when they’re brand new…
It’s obvious this movie has brought out the crowds real STRONG,
But Queen never impressed me, so here I’d not belong.
Their music wasn’t SLUDGE to me…without it I could live,
What’s good for GOOSE don’t always mean a gander I should give…
So here’s this movie ’bout them, after months of trailers teasin’?
Makes sense that since it opened now? The lines just STOOD TO REASON!📽
With all of our words being Sweet Repeats today, they were easily recognizable, with perhaps a little pause at SLUDGE, since it’s a rarely seen word. A little quirk? GOOSE appeared here very recently, September 26th, to be exact…just one month ago! That’s a feather ruffler, wouldn’t you say?
Ok, on to our cartoon. Today we find ourselves lined up outside a movie theater, waiting to see the movie BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Since it’s not slated to open here in America until November 2nd, I’m imagining Jeff’s brought us to the UK, where it just opened on Wednesday. The movie is a biographical piece about the former Rock Band from Britain, QUEEN, and it’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Not looking to further play either music or movie critic, I’ll just tell you that there’s information about it all over…on TV, in the papers…ALL over..So feel free to look into it if you chose….As for our puzzle, the dialogue’s telling us what the cartoon’s showing us…The lines are long, and everyone’s STANDING on them…(or in them, depending where you live)!..The long lines..STOOD TO REASON! Good pun, David…A STAND OUT as usual!
Ok, eye candy…The panel is shaded in Blue…Beyond the eight people we see at front, there’s a line wrapped around the corner, silhouetted in black. The movie marquee, bright Yellow with black lettering, is half hidden, but as I stated earlier…it’s ALL over the media, so we know! We see two couples, a group of three women, and a man alone. The man at back, noting the placement of his thumbs, seems to be texting…but I found it amusing that the woman he’s with is reading it…🎶ONE VISION🎶 I guess. He’s sporting rather interesting facial hair, and a little bit of a low pony tail. 🎶WE WILL ROCK YOU🎶 comes to mind…And the three women smiling happily, remind me of 🎶YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND🎶…But what’s got me totally stumped? The placard displayed on the wall of the theater. Shaded completely in blue, it’s showing a man. Pictured with heavy-lidded eyes, parted hair, wearing a suit and tie, he’s holding his fingers up in the air as he glances sideways. Very 1940ish. The letters “J E” are printed next to him…Who is he? I’m totally lost…If anyone out there knows, please write in and tell me…I haven’t the slightest clue…I mean I’m not 🎶UNDER PRESSURE🎶, but I sure am curious! So, There you have it, Folks! Done! 🎶ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST🎶! Have a great day, Everyone….And Jeff, if you’re LISTENING? Who is that guy? 🎥🙋🏻
USIES = ISSUE
AEATB = ABATE
ORHUGC = GROUCH
REBLAR = BARREL
WHILE ON A HITTING STREAK, THE BATTER REACHED FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD ON A – – –
SSEABEGRUARL = REGULAR “BASES”
Happy Thursday, Jumble fanatics! The clue words presented to us this morning by Mr. Hoyt were all old friends, but that didn’t mean that they were pushovers. Sorting through all of the vowels in ABATE took a few extra seconds making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The anagram for ISSUE was the exact same one we saw on 12/16/17 and was no trouble at all. BARREL was the oldest word in the lineup and made its last appearance in gameplay on 9/12/16.
With the World Series in full swing, it was only fitting that Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, entertained our eyeballs with a baseball themed cartoon. Looking closely at the jerseys worn by the players, today’s cartoon featured a matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox. Since the Jumble cartoons are drawn well in advance, I’d venture a guess that Jeff prognosticated that these two teams would be battling it out for the sports highest honor, but only half of his vision was correct. It would have been amazing to see a repeat of the 1918 World Series though!
The cartoon sentence informs us that a batter from the Cubs is on a hitting streak and has managed to routinely swing his way to first, second and third base. The two characters in the Cubs dugout are elated by the sluggers performance and offer up words of praise in their dialogue. The Red Sox players on the field were drawn with looks of defeat on their faces as they seem to have realized that the game is slowly slipping through their fingers.
There were several details within the cartoon that were visually entertaining. The Cubs coach holding a roster was drawn in intricate detail which leads me to believe that it’s a caricature of an actual member of the staff. The jerseys worn by the Red Sox players have the iconic Red Socks on their sleeve, but it looks almost as if Jeff has fashioned them into a “J”! Now that’s impressive! My favorite detail was the ivy covered outfield wall which is synonymous with Wrigley Field.
The letter layout for the final solution contained 12-letters. I immediately noticed that the first five letters spelled out BASES which left REGULAR to come into view shortly thereafter. If the letters were jumbled a bit more, I’m sure that it would have made for a very difficult solve.
A big thanks to Jeff for having the Red Sox being featured in today’s Jumble cartoon! This panel will rank right up there as one of my all time favorites. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
ICNGI = ICING
LYHYS = SHYLY
DGREEN = GENDER
SOFINU = FUSION
THE LAKE HAD BECOME SO POPULAR WITH ANGLERS, THE PARKING LOT HAD – – –
IINSHLGENFSI = FISHING LINES
Happy Wednesday, Jumble chums! The first thing I did this morning was scour the cartoon in search of the “wealthy couple” that we’ve seen for the past two days. The majority of voters in yesterday’s poll, myself included, thought we’d see them once again but they were nowhere to be found. In their place was a fun cartoon with a fishing theme so let’s wade into the waters of today’s game by starting off with our clue words.
The lineup this morning featured four recycled favorites, but all of the anagrams were new. The only jumble that caused me to flounder a bit was DGREEN. David baited us by spelling out GREEN within the anagram and I took it hook, line and sinker! By rewriting the letters in the margin of my paper, I was able to construct a new anagram and reel in the answer. FUSION was also a mighty fine jumble but I was able to hook onto it right away. It was last used in gameplay on 12/24/16 making it the oldest clue word of the bunch.
Our cartoon brings us to a lake where we see a traffic jam at a small boat launching dock. There are five vehicles in the panel with each one towing a boat. Our cartoon sentence reveals that this particular lake is a popular spot for anglers while the dialogue between the characters informs us that they’ve been waiting their turn for hours.
The panel seemed overcrowded, but that was the whole point of the cartoon. It made the fine details rather difficult to sea, but I’ll point out a few that caught my eye. The man standing behind the truck with a boat partially in the water was wearing a hat with a logo of a fish jumping out of water. The character next to him had a hat with a single “J” on the front which presumably stands for Jumble. He’s also holding a beverage cup in his hand and there’s a line coming out of the top indicating that it’s hot. Directly behind him is a man in a truck that has sunglasses on and some large dice hanging from his rear view mirror. Circling back to the vehicle putting the boat in the water, I noticed a tiny detail that ended up being my favorite. There are a few action lines around the rear brake light which gave the panel a splash of realism!
The layout for the surprise answer was an anagram containing 12-letters. The cartoon sentence said anglers instead of fishermen causing me to see FISH almost immediately. The ING suffix came next followed by a short solve of LINES for the finish. Not an overly difficult puzzle for a Wednesday but it was fun nonetheless. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow! 🎣
RDTEN = TREND
PIREG = GRIPE
DURETG = TRUDGE
ODIMUP = PODIUM
WHEN HE WAS ASKED TO TRAIN THE NEW HORSE, THE JOCKEY SAID HE WOULD – – –
TNGIETREODI = GET “RIDE” ON IT
Happy Tuesday, Jumble fans! I was happy to see that David slightly increased the difficulty level of today’s puzzle after yesterday’s cakewalk. All of the clue words that he chose were recycled favorites but their respective anagrams were new. TRUDGE was the only one to give me a slight pause which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I noticed that all of the clue words were used in 2017, with TREND & PODIUM both appearing in April while GRIPE & TRUDGE showed up in July.
It looks like our jet setting couple from yesterday have been reunited as Jeff has decided to grace us with another cartoon based upon their extravagant exploits. Very rarely do we get to continue the adventures of our beloved Jumble characters so it was a pleasant surprise to see them featured for the second day in a row. This time they’re at a racetrack and we see them having an interaction with a horse jockey. The cartoon sentence reveals that the wealthy duo have decided to get into the racehorse game and they’ve approached this particular jockey to train their steed. The dialogue sets the timeframe for the training at one month and the jockey wastes no time in getting started.
Fresh back from Milan, we see our female character decked out from head to hoof in western-inspired clothing. Her cowboy hat sits neatly upon her perfectly quaffed hairdo and the design on the front has a horseshoe emblem in the middle. It blended seamlessly with the horseshoe earrings that are dangling from her ears. The tassels hanging from her shirtsleeves were quite impressive as were her thigh-high cowboy boots. Her beau is dressed almost exactly the same as the last time we saw him with the exceptions being new cowboy boots and a small stud in his right ear. In the background is a shadowed racetrack with a horse and jockey galloping down the straightaway. My favorite overall detail of the piece were the two cupolas on the building in the background. Each one was adorned with a racehorse weathervane which made for quite a surprise when stumbling upon them.
Our surprise answer was cryptically hidden within an 11-letter anagram. With todays theme being about racehorses, I saw RIDE after staring at the letters for a few seconds. With those letters eliminated, I was able to see ON and IT leaving GET for the finish.
Will we see this couple featured in tomorrow’s cartoon panel? Be sure to cast your vote down below to let us know what you think! Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow. 🐴