Jumble Answers for 10/09/2018













Happy Tuesday, everyone! All of the clue words were instantly visible upon first glance making it the first time in over a week that I was able to see them all without the slightest hesitation. FURRY is a new clue word making its debut into gameplay this morning while the other three were recycled favorites. HAMPER would be my guess as to the most difficult anagram of the day. It was also the oldest clue word of the group having last been used on 6/2/14.

Today’s cartoon brings us back to school where we see three students getting a math lesson. At the front of the room is a math teacher and she is explaining how to solve a very basic algebraic equation. She’s utilizing a projector to transfer the image onto a screen where she begins to explain how to solve this jumble of numbers with a single variable. All of the students are paying close attention and don’t seem intimidated by this new concept.

The were some interesting details in today’s panel that caught my attention. The first thing that I noticed was that the student on the far right is seated in a chair rather than at a desk. She is seated facing the young boy so perhaps she’s sharing his desktop? The other young girl on the far left has her pencil in hand, but there’s no paper on her desk. Maybe she already knows how to solve the equation and is just pretending to pay attention? My favorite detail was the small lines coming out of the front of the projector. They were very faint but it did add a sense of realism to the piece.

The letter layout for the final solution was 12-letters in length. The NU together in the layout brought NUMBERS to mind as the visual clue was a math lesson. By crossing out the letters, BY and THE were both instantly visible for the finish. This sure was a fun puzzle and I hope you were able to figure out the equation on the board! Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

22 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 10/09/2018

  1. 🎶 Heartaches BY THE NUMBER…Troubles by the score. Everyday you love me LESS…Each day I love you more…Yes, I’ve got heartaches BY THE NUMBER…A love that I can’t win….But the day that I stop COUNTING…That’s the day my world will end…🎶 “Heartache By The Number” – Guy Mitchell 1959

    ✖️➕I’ve been STUNG by New Math…I don’t thing that I’m rare,
    I thought it wouldn’t HAMPER me, but trust me there was fear…
    There was no need for me to learn, except to help the Kids,
    It caused a WOBBLE here and there, my teeth I’d often grid.
    There’s nothing warm and FURRY, endearing this was not…
    So many times I wondered why had old Math gone to pot?
    I tried my best, I hit the books, but I felt so encumbered,
    I’ll help them Read, and Write and Rhyme…But I’ll pass BY THE NUMBERS! ➕✖️

    I found it amusing, that WOBBLE and STUNG were used this past February, on TWO consecutive days, the 14th and 15, respectfully…And all of our words today? As easy as 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣!…Oh, and 4️⃣! This TWOsday, once again, we find ourselves back in a Classroom, learning NEW MATH. We last were here on August 30th, when we learned “NEXT TO NOTHING”, the story of ONE and ZERO. But our ANSWER today needn’t be taught…The hints: MATH, Methodical…The dialogue. The little boy saying…”She’s Thorough”…The teacher..”Step 1️⃣ Step 2️⃣”.The SOLUTION? BY THE NUMBERS! Good one, David…We can always COUNT on you!

    Eye candy..Projector, illuminating EQUATIONS on a Blue Board…Teacher and 3 young children, at Brown tables and chairs…Little girl at left, with the little Mauve Bow…ODDly, she’s the only one who seems to be taking notes. She’s holding a pencil, but she’s MINUS any paper…Boy wearing a Solid Red #17 Sports Jersey. I wonder who he COUNTS as his favorite player? But the blonde girl at right? Sitting sideways? Where’s her little table? That just doesn’t ADD UP! So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone!..And I’ll leave you with a life LESSON for us all…May our Joys be ADDED, our Sorrows SUBTRACTED, our Friends MULTIPLIED, and may Love be DIVIDED amongst us all..➕✖️🙋🏻

  2. Good morning. Where is there a happy medium. We have had a few days where jumble was (at least in my eyes) extremely hard to days when they were a walk in the park. It is so hard to find the middle ground. Take today for instance. I breezed right through the words and the cartoon answer. Another cute finish on the cartoon answer. Mike and Angela,you guys find so much in the drawing that most of us miss that you two would make great detectives. Between that and song choice,plus poem and puns,you guys got an A+ for the course. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn. How’re you doing? Thanks for the Shout Outs…And you’re Number 1 in my Book, too! Have a good one. Sincerely, Joe Friday. 1️⃣🙋🏻

    • Thanks, Paul! I don’t mind the swing of extremes in the puzzle because it keeps us engaged and lures us back day after day for another try. I hope you’re having a wonderful day and thanks for the passing grade! 😉

  3. While trying to solve HAMPER, I came up with AMPERE. Has that word ever been used in a Jumble or would it be too obscure?

    • Hi Ray. While I’m sure everyone is familiar with the word amp, you may be right in thinking that the full word isn’t very widely known. I looked and I don’t see it in the blogs’ records. But you may have just put the bee into Davids’ bonnet! You never know! Have a good day, Ray! 🐝🙋🏻

  4. When I opened the HAMPER I was STUNG by a FURRY critter and felt a slight WOBBLE when walking down the hallway.
    I also found the scrambled words not difficult. Using the double letter together tactic certainly works today. The solution was also readily apparent and not sequestered behind a pun orr two.
    I haven’t heard that Guy Mitchell song in ages Angela. Thanks for quoting an oldie again.
    I like the way you used numbers to pun-very clever and digitally appropriate And thanks Mike and Angela for the historical background on the scrambled words. I always like to know which word is new—and I depend on you two for that.
    Two points that slightly bothered me:
    One: Are the directions she gives about the equation on the board really “New Math”? I know next to nothing about that and yet using my old lessons in algebra I was able to solve for X. Wasn’t the rule back then that whatever you do to one side you do to the other in an equation? She said take away 3–from each side and go on from there and you can solve for X Which I was able to do.

    Two: A projector to illustrate a math problem? Sorry, that just does not seem OK with me. How long would it take to write out that equation on a white board, or in this case, thanks Angela, a blue board? Projectors are fine for maps, graphs, cartoons, art work, et. al. but in this case I’m not sure it added anything to the concept of the cartoon or solution. Am I nitpicking/? I’ve been know to do that. So mea culpa.

    • ROTFL! 😂😂 You know what they say, right? NUMBERS don’t lie! Earl, you of all people should know that I’m MATH CHALLENGED! It was a toss up in my head this morning..Is it? Isn’t it?..But I just went with the one I dealt with and failed at most recently, the New Math! And then, when I read Mikes’ post, I LOL! …And Mike did say he hoped you could figure it out! So, I’ll accept the Kudos for the music, (I like the song too)… and the puns…Thank You…and I’ll take the lumps for the >€%!£* MATH! Love your sentence, I was wondering which HAMPER you’d go with…And today, the boards and projectors are quite common…It’s a whole New Ballgame out there, Earl! Hope you have a good one! ✖️➕🙋🏻

      • Smart boards, yes, but I think they are computer driven and I do not see one in the cartoon. Yes, I agree it’s a whole different world out there and the removal and chalk and dust and erasers doesn’t bother me in the least.

        • Earl..I really don’t know that much about them…And as I’ve said before, I don’t make the news here…I just report it..🙋🏻

    • Your sentence was intriguing, Earl. I’m not sure what kind of furry critter has a stinger, but I definitely don’t want to find out!

      The projector is used for the smart board and all of the elementary and middle schools around here have them. I see them when I go to parent/teacher conferences but I’ve always seen them mounted to the ceiling and not on a table like we saw today. Not exactly sure how they work but the kids seem to like them.

      • Thanks for the information about the Projectors–never saw one on a table–always up high on the ceiling.
        The furry critter with a stinger was a figment of my imagination–part tarantula part scorpion? Let’s hope those two don’t cross-bred and give us a new menace.😖😮👎

  5. Being a former math prof,the solution was obvious,as were the words with hamper giving me a slight reason to pause.I’m still relatively in shock,given the Astros sweep of my beloved Indians.Reminded me of the NY Giants sweep of the 111 win Indians in the ’54 WS.

    • Hey Professor…Being a former MATH failure..even I found it all obvious! 😂 It was a gift today…The Giant sweep you’re talking about is way before my time, but I can surely empathize with you. The sweeps can really sting…Hope you cheer up soon, Prof.. That Fat Lady has sung…😢🙋🏻

    • I had faith that you’d be able to solve it, Professor Chuck! I had to email today’s game to my brother who is a middle school math teacher and he had a chuckle as well. Sorry to hear about your Indians… 😕

  6. Hi all – Yes, this was like a Monday instant solve.
    Just to keep Earl company and to encourage nitpicking, I will also. (Hey, I’ve got nothing better to do right now).
    I also thought the projector was odd, but for a different reason; since she’s not holding any kind of controller, it’s too old-fashioned. Haven’t seen one since an Al Davis press conference. I figured she’d be using powerpoint. And I’m glad to see at least one kid is using an actual pencil, although do they still have sharpeners in classrooms?

    The other problem is the solution. Besides the fact that I would have swapped the ‘X’ and the 3 to opposite sides of the equal sign, she says that step one is to subtract 3 from both sides, but in fact she has subtracted “X” from both sides.

    I’ll try to find something more useful to do now! Have a great day, everyone!

    🎵”Murder by numbers, one, two, three
    It’s as easy to learn as your A, B, C, D, E”🎵 (The Police)

    Once again Angela you’ve called up a song I should know but don’t.
    But just the mention of Guy Mitchell always brings back a song and a memory for me – hearing “Singing the Blues” on the radio in the living room while my family was getting ready to leave to go to a drive-in movie. (Geezer alert! 😂)
    By the way, Wikipedia says that Guy Mitchell had a TV show on – wait for it – ABC!

    • You should see how they have kids do math now, Steve! My son often asks for help and it takes me a few minutes to figure out what the heck is going on! 😂😂😂

  7. Steve..”If you hear it, it will come.”..😂 TBT, I have no idea who Guy Mitchell is/was, I just know the song. But I’ll take your word (and Wikipedias) for it…The Math??? 😂 Have a good one, G! Oh..And yes, some classrooms do still have pencil sharpeners..but most kids have those little ones that they can carry around with them…✏️✏️🙋🏻

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