Jumble Answers for 10/25/2018









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!

23 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 10/25/2018

  1. ๐ŸŽถ Well, a-beat the drum and hold the phone…The sun came out today
    We’re born again, there’s new grass on the FIELD…A-roundin’ THIRD and headed for home…It’s a brown-eyed handsome man, Anyone can understand the way I feel…Got a beat-up glove, a home-made bat
    And a brand new pair of shoes…You know I think it’s time to give this game a ride…Just to HIT THE BALL, and TOUCH ‘EM ALL..A moment in the sun….It’s a-gone and you can tell that one good-bye….Oh, put me in coach, I’m ready to play today…Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today…Look at me, gotta be, CENTERFIELD…๐ŸŽถ “Centerfield” – John Fogerty 1985

    โšพ๏ธ Got no ISSUE with the teams, I have no horse to run…
    The Series being played, but they’re not my Summers’ Sons…
    I knew my chances did ABATE much sooner than I wished…
    And NY as a whole this year was kind of just dismissed.
    I’m not a GROUCH about it, but my heart just can’t partake
    I’d be over a BARREL if I said I gave a shake…
    I love the Sport, but let’s be fair, my team didn’t show Aces,
    October’s not so sweet for me…there are no REGULAR “BASES”! โšพ๏ธ

    No challenge with any of today’s words, all Sweet Repeats. And as a Baseball Fan, the answer was another gift. David spelt it OUT for us…

    Today, we’re finding ourselves most likely at the World Series, looking at our featured PLAYER, suited up in White, with Blue, having reached THIRD BASE, on a TRIPLE. His right foot is raised slightly off the bag. We also see who I believe to be Joe Maddon, Manager of the Chicago Cubs standing in his DUGOUT, holding a LINE-UP CARD, and keeping SCORE, with a Yellow Pencil. He’s in a discussion, perhaps with his BATTING COACH, about his STAR PLAYER, whose HITTING STREAK has enabled him to reach FIRST, SECOND and THIRD BASES, in this one GAME….So, in answer to our question…He reached them on a: REGULAR “BASES”! Sweet! Short and simple…the pun I mean…The feat on the FIELD?…Not so much! But once again, a good one, David! You’re the HOME RUN that would’ve made this a CYCLE!

    Ok, eye candy…Jeff’s given us the Red Sox, uniformed in Red, with Boston emblazoned across their chests, playing the FIELD. We see an understandably angry Third BASEman, SPORTing a soul patch, thumb extended, seeming to be pointing at his nemesis…Off to the side, we see the SHORTSTOP, CLUTCHing his glove, looking totally bewildered…I guess he couldn’t STOP that LINE DRIVE…Each man’s’ cap shows his team’s letter, B and C. The Third Baseman’s right sleeve shows Boston’s logo, a Red Sock, but comically, the Shortstop’s sleeve is showing a rather altered Sock..it’s more of a J..as in Jumble! What are the odds? The entire filed is shaded Green, and the background which I thought might be Green is Black, with WRIGLEY-White images that appear as foliage of some kind. A GREEN WALL? IVY going out on a limb…It’s a nice TEAM effort of details…But if I was FORCED OUT to make a DECISION? I’m going to go with the gesture and the odd look of the Boston Third Baseman’s mouth…The way Jeff’s drawn him, it looks like there should be dialogue coming from him, and that maybe it was STRUCK OUT by mistake…I could be wrong, but it’s just my CALL…Too bad we can’t go to the VIDEO TAPE! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! PLAY BALL! โšพ๏ธ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  2. Good morning my Junk Jumble friends. I find it offensive that such a great piece of work is placed inside my junk mail everyday. But I’ll get over it because, well you know,”what’s one mans junk is another mans treasure”.Another easy Breezy day. If I had to pick one word that was just a Teensy- Weensy bit harder than the rest I would have to say Grouch. After writing down the letters the first word that jumped out was regular followed by bases. Done, just like the ex Brooklyn Bums. If they make a comeback,it truly will be a miracle. But that only happens in movies. Terrific job Mike. You drove me a little nuts trying to find out how you came up with the teams name. I had the old magnifying glass out and still couldn’t see anything. Thanks for all the hidden treasures. Angela,nice song choice. I think I heard it before but will check it out. Another great job on everything else. Until tomorrow stay well.

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    • Hey Brooklyn, Good chilly Morning! Thanks for the Shout Out. You’ve definitely heard the song, you’re going to recognize it immediately. Back then, they played it on the radio a gazillion times a day…As for the details? You know the only way we see it all is by looking at the on-line cartoon. Impossible to get it all otherwise. Take a look, you’ll be amazed…Brooklyn Bums…I haven’t heard that in a long, long time…Have a good one, Bud…If you’re playing Bocce today? Bring the GLOVES! โšพ๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


      • Angela ,I know you were serious about “three finger brown”. I knew about him,just got a kick at how you came back with a true fact and a little zinger to his remark. Having learned why they draw like that from you guys,it was the perfect come back. Nothing but the truth.

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      • Hey Paul. I figured you must have known of him. What I meant was I really wasn’t trying to be glib or anything…but now, reading it over, and considering that I was pretty blunt, it does look like a zinger, even though that wasn’t my intention…And, that’s the truth! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, playing today? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


    • Good afternoon, Paul. I use the online version to see all of the extra stuff. The ivy wasnโ€™t visible in my newspaper copy but it was easily seen in the other one. As always, I thank you for your very kind words. Enjoy the day!


  3. Hi Everyone –
    It was BARREL that took me the longest. I’m also rooting for Boston, Mike, after the Brewers went down. For a song, Steve Goodman’s “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” came to mind.

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  4. The neighbourhood GROUCH had an ISSUE with the way the decorative BARREL was placed and his vociferous vocalizations would not ABATE in spite of many mayoral pleas.
    At the hospital and the Wi-Fi is acting oddly. I’ll come back later, I hope๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ก

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    • VOCIFEROUS VOCALIZATIONS? ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป You’re definitely CLAMORING for attention today! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


    • It looks like you had a difficult time getting ABATE into your sentence! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      If you have a chance to get back online, I look forward to hearing about anything that I might have missed this morning. Enjoy your day!


  5. Hi all – Only BARREL took a second look. I thought the answer might contain CYCLE but the letters didnโ€™t work. Then saw BASES, and the quotation marks gave it away.

    Actually, after watching this whole postseason, I thought the answer should actually have been PASSED BALL or WILD PITCH. Seems to be this yearโ€™s theme, along with โ€˜analyticsโ€™.
    When I saw theโ€™Bโ€™ on the caps I assumed that, given David and Jeffโ€™s Midwestern BASES, that they were referring to the Cubs and Brewers, but no, he actually went ahead and wrote BOSTON on the jerseys.
    Thanks for the tipoff on the ivy; I think though that if the game were there, we might be looking at green spray-painted dead leaves and vines.

    ย ๐ŸŽตโ€Cold, cold, cold; Cold, cold, cold
    Man, it was freezing in that hotelโ€๐ŸŽต (Little Feat)
    But itโ€™s out of New England and on to the ๐ŸŽตโ€Bloody red sun of fantastic LAโ€๐ŸŽต. If the Sox arenโ€™t affected by losing the DH, though, they might not even have time to thaw out!

    Happy Thursday, everyone. Time to catch up on the SJ Sharks on my off-day,

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