Jumble Answers for 11/12/2018









Happy Monday, Jumble friends! Regular players of the game will immediately recognize that today is the start of Guest Jumbler Week. This annual tradition is in its 6th year and features talented and popular cartoonists that draw their own cartoons and, in some cases, create puns for the puzzle. It’s always a unique spin on the game that introduces us to new characters and settings that broaden our Jumble horizons!

All of today’s clue words were old favorites with CEDDEA being the only anagram that we’ve definitely seen before. Even though it wasn’t new, it still took me the longest to decipher making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. On an interesting note, BASIC was last used on 10/26/16 and VIPER was used the next day 10/27/17. TURKEY ended up being the oldest clue word of the group and was last used in gameplay on 5/6/17.

Today’s cartoon featured the comic strip “Crankshaft” which is written by Tom Batiuk and drawn by Dan Davis. The daily strip follows elderly bus driver, Ed Crankshaft, and the adventures he encounters while dealing with life’s curveballs.

In today’s panel we see that Crankshaft has, once again, driven his bus into his neighbors mailbox. This is a recurring gag in the strip and you can’t help but feel sorry for George Keesterman every time it happens! Keesterman has his right hand on his forehead and an obvious look of frustration on his face as his mailbox and all its contents lay strewn on the ground. Crankshaft can be seen looking out of the corners of his eyes at his neighbor with an apologetic “oopsie” kind of face.

The final solve was in typical Monday fashion with a short six-letter anagram to work through. After looking at the letters, BUS was quickly found leaving TED for the finish. It was a very easy start to Guest Jumbler Week and I look forward to seeing all of the talented artists that Jeff and David have lined up for us. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

22 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 11/12/2018

    • Hi, Chuck! I woke up at 3:30am, did the puzzle online without writing anything down, and then turned over and went back to sleep. It was awesome seeing Crankshaft as the cartoon because I read it daily. πŸ™‚


  1. Good morning. A very enjoyable guest picture. This was a typical Monday jumble. Easy as pie. If I would guess which song Angela would pick,id say “the wheels on the bus go round and round”. Maybe she can read this before posting and make my psychic powers come to reality. Thank Mike on all your information. Until tomorrow stay well.

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  2. 🎢 The wheels on the BUS go round and round…Round and round, round and round…The wheels on the BUS go round and round, All through the town…🎢 “The Wheels On The Bus” – Written by Verna Hillsm and published in 1939 https://tinyurl.com/y8e8mhtp

    🚌 Ed Crankshaft’s a curmudgeon but contrary to the rule,
    He has a softer side to him…no VIPER, just a mule…
    The comic’s written very well, BASIC small town USA,
    And we become like family while reading every day.
    We know that he has daughters, and that he lost a son,
    His wife has passed away also, now Lois is his Hon…
    And other characters take part, like Ralph his closest friend…
    And Ralph last year at Christmas Eve? I cried almost no end.
    The comics come, the comics go, like DECADEs they do change
    And some are just real TURKEYs, while others we engage…
    We see ourselves in comics, we relate to what we’ve read…
    I laugh a lot, but you can catch me cry too…Yep, “BUS”-TED 🚌

    The words today were as easy as it is to fall in love with Ed Crankshaft…They’re here every day, as he is…And it just gets better and better as time goes by…The mailbox? It happened to me once…A guy backed his car right into it…And when he rang my bell to come outside to see…All I could think of was..”Wow, what an honest guy”. He paid me for it, even though I didn’t want his money, and we ended up becoming friends…You never know in life…Anyway…”BUS”-TED! It’s a good one…A WHEELly good one!

    Ok, eye candy…Three things that true readers of CRANKSHAFT may have noticed…The Bus Number. I always felt it was 13 because that was Ed’s Jersey number when he played for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Team. And when they finally gave him his due, and retired his Jersey in July 2016, they made Baseball fans across America stand up and cheer! And we finally felt that Beanball Bushka, the sabotager that he is, finally got his due, too… Then there’s Ed’s jacket…Shouldn’t it be Red, especially if he was driving the BUS? And lastly, his glasses…Shaded light blue? Since when? So, There you have it Folks…Done! Late, WHEELly late, but done! And we all know how Ed feels about lateness! I bet he’d really enjoy seeing me chasing after his bus! Especially in my 4-inch heels! πŸ˜‚ Have a great day, Everyone! And keep reading the Comics…We can all use the laughter in our lives…πŸšŒπŸ™‹πŸ»


    • Evidently I have the gift. I nailed that song. I’m starting to get the vibe again. Something tells me there will be another Jumble tomorrow. Could I possibly be 2 for 2. Terrific post Angela from the poem to the puns and all the hidden information. Is it possible that guy used that elaborate ruse just to gat a date with you.? If so,he deserves a medal for ingenuity.

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      • ROTFL! Brooklyn, You slay me! And trust me… I could use the laugh today! Yes, you have the gift…a few of them actually. You’re funny, you’re witty, you’re self-deprecating…And now you get to add physic into the mix? πŸ˜‚ Who’s got it better than you? πŸ˜‚ Thanks for the Shout Outs, Bud..I did it in such a rush that I didn’t even get all my thoughts together. My heads just so full today. And then seeing the news from California has me totally sickened. As for the mailbox…Thanks for the compliment, but we both knew who one another were before the incident. You know, nodding and saying hello when we saw one another. He lives around the corner. (Although my friends did keep asking why he was parking in front of my house all the time)! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But if you saw the damage he did to his car? I doubt he was that taken with me! It would have been one hell of an expensive come on! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ We do hang out once in a while though, I’ve had him here for some barbecues, and I cook for him every now and then. He’s a nice guy. Hmm..Now you have me wondering! Maybe I should ask???? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Have a good one, Brooklyn. And get the chores done today…because the way they’re talking? Come tonight? We’re gonna need the Ark! πŸšŒπŸ™‹πŸ»


  3. Hi all – Today was a real Monday breeze, which we’re waiting for here to blow the smoke away. No problems with the words or answer. Today’s word DECADE is like yesterday’s FERRET; the double-letter trick worked on one pair of letters but not the other.

    In the Chronicle, Ed’s glasses are clear and his coat is red, so I guess they got something right at last, Angela.

    Have a great Monday everyone.

    πŸŽ΅β€Every day I get in the queue (whoa, the Magic Bus)
    To get on the bus that takes me to you
    I’m so nervous, I just sit and smile
    Your house is only another mile
    Thank you, driver, for getting me here
    It’s been inspected; have no fear
    I don’t want to cause no fuss
    But can I buy your Magic Bus?
    I don’t care how much I pay
    I want to drive my bus to my baby each day

    I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it (You can’t….have it!)

    Thruppence and sixpence every day
    Just to drive to my baby
    Thruppence and sixpence each day
    ‘Cause I drive my baby every wayβ€πŸŽ΅ The Who, 1968. β€œThirty Years of Maximum R&B” is now 50.

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    • Yes, they did get it right this time.. I wonder why the colors differ so much, paper to paper? Although yours is the only one that seems to be different. The others, and the on-line versions are all the same. And I read papers from around the country. Another mystery. I guess…But Bud… You do realize this is a School Bus we’re talking about here, right? There’s no “Baby to get to” and “Want it, want it..etc”. These are minors’! There’s laws against that! What are you thinking? 😳 (Besides..Ed would never allow it! He’s strict)! πŸ˜‚ No Who, Bud…not this TRIP! Have a good one, G! Talk to you later..πŸšŒπŸ™‹πŸ»


  4. I enjoy reading Crankshaft daily in my Peoria Journal Star,and being from Ohio originally like his Toledo Mudhens baseball reference.Speaking of Toledo there was a War of 1812 famous battle fought on Lake Erie by Commodore Perry at the Toledo port.As a kid my family stayed at the Commodore hotel in Toledo.

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    • In high school, I was friends with a family of five boys whose father was in the Navy, and whose first name was actually Commodore. They told me that on occasion when he really wanted something done and could get away with it, he would call up and say β€œThis is Commodore Walter Schole” and people would spring into action. (That’s what they told me, anyway.)


    • Hey Professor…You know the Toledo Mud Hens are a real team, right? They started out in 1896 and were called the Swamp Angels, in the Interstate League, and they played in Bay View Park, outside the Toledo city limits. The park was located near marshland inhabited by tons of American coots, which were known as “mud hens”. So the local press started calling them the “Mud Hens”, and the nickname stuck. They’re affiliated with the Detroit Tigers franchise.βšΎοΈπŸ™‹πŸ»


      • Yes indeed,I am familiar with the real Toledo Mud Hens baseball team.On a note related to the “Wheels on the bus go round and round” rhyme,my wife read and sang that to half our twins,Jane,who is home sick today,in Dixon.

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      • Hi Chuck. I never knew of them until I became familiar with Crankshaft. I don’t think I ever knew what a mud hen was either! You don’t really come across that many of them growing up in Brooklyn! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ As for “The Wheels”? Part of the reason for the insanity today? 😳 There’s no school…So kids? HA! If I had a nickel…seriously, just a nickel for every time I’ve sung that song over the years? I’d own a BUS company!!! πŸ˜‰ And there’s choruses too…And the kids know if you skip over one! God help us all! LOL!! Sorry to hear Jane’s not feeling well, Prof..Hope it’s nothing serious…And I hope you’re all enjoying your visit despite it…πŸšŒπŸ™‹πŸ»


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