Jumble Answers for 10/08/2018











Happy Monday, Jumble fans! Today we observe Columbus Day here in the States while our friends up north celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. Although our favorite puzzle wasn’t themed for either holiday, what we did get was a very well thought out and tricky surprise answer to challenge us once again right at the start of the week.

The game started off with a new clue word in ETHIC and then continued with three recycled favorites. I wasn’t able to solve it at first so I decided to skip it and figure out the others. BEIGE and IGUANA were readily visible leaving me to work through SAYING. After a few moments I noticed the ING in the anagram which brought the answer immediately into view. Returning back to were I began only moments before, all I could see was HECTIC. A few self-jumbles in the margin of my paper finally made it appear making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.

Our panel brings us to an office where we see four men seated around a rather large desk. Behind it is a bespectacled gentleman who is reading something from a piece of paper. A quick read of the cartoon sentence informs us that the document is the will of German-American businessman Levi Strauss and the four men are surprised to hear that their uncle has left his company to them.

Mr. Strauss started his career in San Francisco where he opened a West Coast branch of the families dry goods business. He imported goods from his brothers in New York which included clothing, bedding, combs, purses and handkerchiefs. In 1871, Strauss met Jacob W. Davies who was one of his customers and also a co-inventor of riveted denim pants. Davies eventually went into business with Strauss to produce the iconic blue jeans. Upon his death in 1902, Mr. Strauss left his estate to his four nephews with a value of about $6 million.

The letter layout for the final solution was 9-letters in length. With HIS given to us, IT and IN jumped out at me right away. GENES did take a few seconds to see making for an impressive and clever punny surprise! The pair of jeans on the desk was a well placed detail that I didn’t notice until after my solve. Enjoy your holiday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

30 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 10/08/2018

  1. Good Morning, Mike. Happy Monday, and Happy Columbus Day!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ™‹πŸ»

  2. 🎢 She’s Venus in BLUE JEANS…Mona Lisa with a ponytail. She’s a walkin’ talkin’ work of art, she’s the girl who stole my heart…My Venus in BLUE JEANS…Is everything I hoped she’d be…A teenage goddess from above, and she belongs to me…🎢 “Venus in Blue Jeans” – Jimmy Clanton 1962

    πŸ‘–While Levi never married, his work ETHIC was strong,
    He believed in Family Business, and to them it would belong.
    His sisters’ sons were like his own, and as the SAYING goes..
    “Keep money in the Family”…and that’s the way it grows.
    So Levi Strauss drew up a will, the year was 1890,
    The BEIGE material that Strauss dyed, was selling high and mighty…
    Those Overalls were famous and became Denim Blue Jeans,
    Two Horses on their logo, no IGUANA..nothing green.
    And just as he used Rivets on his Jeans to make them sturdy,
    His nephews sat quite riveted and heard that they were worthy…
    And Brothers Stern went on to become wealthy men of means,
    ‘Cause Uncle Levi’s Family Ties had willed IT IN HIS “GENES”πŸ‘–

    As part of my own strong work ETHIC, the search for today’s words showed them all to be old favorites except it, and IGUANA say that IGUANA posed a problem, you know just to have some PUN with it, but it didn’t…The words were all easy breezy, and the solution was a SNAP! 🎢ZIPPER dee-doo-dah🎢…Done! SEW, our cartoon today is bringing us to the office of Levi Strauss, the date December 16, 1890. We see that he sits with his four nephews, holding some legal documents. For the sake of todays puzzle, WILL say that it’s his WILL, and I’m sure that you all know that old SAYING…”Where there’s a WILL…there’s RELATIVES”..but most likely, it’s Incorporation Papers with a WILL. Having decided to incorporate Levi Strauss and Company, Levi’s keeping 55 % of the shares for himself, and dividing the rest amongst his four nephews, the sons of his sister Fanny and her husband, David Stern. Having never married, and not having children of his own, Levi did what he felt was FITTING. The four nephews were: Jacob, Sigmund, Louis and Abraham. Jacob became President, Sigmund First Vice-President, Louis Second Vice-President, and Abraham, Treasurer. And upon Levi’s death on September 26th, 1902, they become the full owners of the company…And that SEWS it all up, Folks. As for our solution? It’s all in the dialogue…LEVing them the “Family Business” (the Blue “JEANS” Company), “Great Uncle”…Levi did it to keep…IT IN HIS “GENES”! Well now how RIVETING is that? Great pun, David…A perfect FIT…

    Ok, let’s adDRESS the eye candy…Pretty STRAIGHT…CUT and dry…Gray striped wallpaper. The 5 men, all nattily dressed in period CLOTHING. Clockwise, starting with Levi: Navy suit-Red tie-Blue shirt, mustache; (most likely) Jacob, Brown suit-Black tie-White shirt, mustache; Powder Blue jacket-Black pants-Black Bolo tie-White shirt, mustache and beard; Green suit-Red tie-Blue shirt, clean shaven; and Tan suit, back to the camera. Mahogany desk, gold pen set. And the only other item on the desk? Those BLUE JEANS…It SEAMS they went everyWEAR Levi did! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…I’m going to LEV you a link with some really great reading MATERIAL..And DENIM outta’ here…
    https://tinyurl.com/yajtw8ur πŸ‘–πŸ™‹πŸ»

  3. Good morning and Happy Columbus Day. I hope the weather is better by you then for our marchers in today’s Parade. It’s 62 degrees and slight mist falling. Another solid hit on your song choice Angela. You got me to laugh and enjoyed your complete analysis of today’s jumble. My choice for the hardest word was Ethic. Today’s five letter words were harder than the six. Looking at the cartoon, the answer was an automatic “it in his Family”. The only problem to that answer was that the last word was a letter too short. After writing down the letters the last word came into view. Very clever, I might add. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn, Thank you, and same to you! I’m thinking the same thing, those poor kids that’ll be marching…Especially the young girls in those majorette skirts, or whatever they call them..They’re gonna freeze…and we’re having a little more than a mist here, it’s been drizzling for a while…Thanks for the Shouts Outs, it was an easy go this morning..And you know you’ve got me laughing once again with your “in his Family”! Hold on to it…Maybe the Jumble Guys will give us a Carroll O’Connor puzzle one day, and you’ll be in like Flynn! πŸ˜‚. Wishing you a good one, Brooklyn! πŸ‘–πŸ™‹πŸ»

  4. Good morning again. Sorry Mike. Let’s just say I’ll chalk it up to old age. I completely left you out. After reading your entire post, then Angela’s, my mind slipped and thought you took the day off. And all the time you wrote you heart out today. Thanks for everything. It was spectacular. Apologize for excluding you. The Brooklyn term would be “My Bad”.

  5. Hi Everyone –
    I had to back into both ethic and saying, with saying taking a bit longer because I wasn’t looking for the ing ending.

    • Hi, Caroline! I just happened to notice the ING and wasn’t even looking for it. David has been giving us some really tough but fun puzzles over the last week and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying each one. I hope you’re having a great Columbus Day and a happy Monday. Take care. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

      • I also kept seeing hectic rather than ethic,saying came more quickly than iguana which was a stumper,but in his genes saved the day.My Indians have their backs to the wall but are home to save the day. As luck would have it I have another accordion conflict this afternoon,this time on old Route 66 in Lincoln,Illinois.

        • I tried the IC suffix, Chuck, but it still wouldn’t come to me. David has been giving us some spectacular puzzles lately. Enjoy your accordion festival! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

  6. Count me in with those who struggled with ethic. Figured out the cartoon answer before that word. Also, saying didn’t come to me right away either – must be Monday morning foggy brain. The Levi Strauss family are still prominent citizens in our city and are great supporters of our community programs especially the arts.

    • I immediately thought of you, Betty, when I read about Mr. Strauss. He was a smart businessman for bringing his company to the site of the good rush. And it’s great to hear that they’re such a giving company! 😊

    • His smartest trick was not to go rushing off to the mountains to find gold, but to sell supplies to the people who did.
      Betty, do you remember seeing psychedelic and colorful Peter Max commercials for Levis on Bay Area TV in the late 60’s, early 70’s?

      • Yes, Steve, he found his own gold mine outfitting the miners and the brand is still going strong today. I do indeed remember the Peter Max commercials.

  7. Hi all – These words were harder than they looked for me. Got BEIGE right away, but putting Y at the end delayed seeing SAYING. Fiddled with GAIN until I happened to write IG and said β€œoh no, not IGUANA again.” Surprisingly, ETHIC took the longest because I was trying TH and CH when the IC trick would have worked right away. The answer was obvious. I looked for a J, but since there was a G, GENES was correct.

    Great job on all the details and history Angela and Mike.
    I don’t have anything else to add, so just have a great day everyone!

  8. I’m not SAYING a BIEGE IGUANA is necessary but the ETHIC,of breeding one may be questionable.
    No time today, later I hope.

  9. Hey Mike and Angela–
    Finally a chance to read all the comments and your analysis and dissection of the words and solution. Like many others, ETHIC gave me the toughest time. The others and the solution were easier but Monday’s do not usually challenge me as much as today did. Great cartoon and puzzle.
    Angela–As soon as I saw the cartoon I thought of your song—finally a musical moment that met our metaphysical mean. Well done and I give you a bright shiny brass button/rivet.
    Loved your pithy poem and all the puns. I haven’t checked the cartoon in colour, so I’ll take your word for it. Thanks.
    Do others remember the days when you bought Levis and immediately washed them over and over so they would be less rigid and then throw them in the dryer so would be more or less skin tight? Somebody in marketing in Levi Strauss company must have been paying attention. Love the soft, worn-in effect of today’s jeans but the torn, ripped ones? Not for this wrangler.

    • I don’t ever remember owning a pair of Levi’s, but I agree that nothing beats a well worn pair of jeans. I saw a pair of Levi’s on an antiques show that were worth many thousands of dollars because of the red stitching or something. I don’t recall the whole story but the the stitching made them vintage and some people collect them! I could Google it but I’m doing dinner prep. Hope you had a wonderful day, Earl!

    • Hi Earl…Can it be? A tune that made us attuned?…A lilt that lit our liking?…A sound that solidified our selections?…We’ve achieved Nirvana! πŸ˜‰ It was just meant to be..TBT, it’s still in my head after all these hours…It’s a nice song. As always, Thanks for the Shout Outs. You’re very sweet…The jeans? I don’t really remember jeans as being rigid. I always washed and re-washed them to get the “washed-out” look..πŸ˜‚ Now we just buy them that way. And I’m still throwing them in the dryer to tighten them up…Wear just seems to loosen the material. Wrangler? πŸ˜‰ Indeed! Have a great night, Earl. Ciao, Bello..πŸ‘–πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • Hey Prof. I think as youths we all had to settle for things…But we survived, right? ..And I always look back and think that it must have pained our parents more to refuse us than it did us to be refused…Sorry about your game today..Those €%!Β£Β₯* Astros! πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Indeed those Astros got my Indians,can I say,wait until next year? At least my 2 accordion performances went better than games 1 and 3, which I missed.

        • Wait until next year? HA! You’re talking to a Mets fan! It’s our mantra…It’s tattooed on the inside of my left arm! πŸ˜‚ And you know God works in mysterious ways…He did a good thing making you miss those games…Kept the blood pressure down! Anyway, glad to hear the performances went well…Hope you’re having a good night, Prof…πŸ™‹πŸ»

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