Jumble Answers for 12/31/2018







Good Morning, Everyone!               🙌🏻   GLOVE ME TENDER... 🙌🏻

🎶 Don’t know much about HISTORY…Don’t know much BIOLOGY…Don’t know much about a SCIENCE book…Don’t know much about the FRENCH I took…But I do know that I love you, and I know that if you love me, too…What a wonderful world this would be…. “(What A) Wonderful World” – Sam Cooke 1960 https://tinyurl.com/y8cqftmh
PS: There may have been other songs, better songs, but I chose whimsical. Not only did I go with SUBJECT, I went with the thought of the memories that hold true on New Year’s Eve...and the memories in this clip just FIT LIKE A GLOVE!

🙌🏻 Standing outside a GUAVA bar, where they just shared some JUICE,
Two friends who discuss everything from men to types of mousse,
Get talking about types of Gloves, and what helps them to choose,
And try to put their finger on which win and which ones lose…
Depending on a BUDGET, there’s Cashmere to stretchy wool,
And Leather is a favorite choice, fur-lined to make them full…
(There’s no way STENCH can fit this theme)..But now that that’s been said,
I can get on with ending this and put it all to bed…
So whether you go shopping for the look or for the brand,
The bottom line…Mittens and Gloves are our SUBJECT AT HAND!  

With another day of Sweet Repeat-Repeats to start off our week, we’re also closing out the puzzle year with one for the BOOKS! While we easily SQUEEZED past JUICE, it wasn’t that easy with GUAVA, STENCH caused more than a WHIFF of trouble, and BUDGET ended up COSTing us a second look. Stench NOSED out the group to be our most recent word, at July 14th, while Juice made a PIT stop as our oldest, going back to August, 2014. But they all eventually FIT into place. And now…On to our cartoon…

So, I lied earlier. Well, maybe not lied, more like a case of unrequited GLOVE…I did STRETCH the truth. In order to make our words FIT into a poem, I tried to sell you on a GUAVA bar, when the truth is we’re standing in the middle of TIMES SQUARE, and it really is NEW YEAR’S EVE!  Jeff’s art imitating life! With the BALL atop the One Times Square Building, NYC, we see that we’re in the crowd awaiting the stroke of midnight! How cool is that? Obviously very, since our girls’ breath is definitely visible…But I didn’t lie about the GLOVE conversation..That I COVERED honestly…The SUBJECT of our girls’ discussion is GLOVES vs MITTENS. Our girl at right can be heard telling how her “fingers stay warmer”. And she’s right, since MITTENS do tend to be warmer because your fingers generate more heat when they’re not separated from each other by fabric, as they are with GLOVES. But our girl at left, likes the mobility that GLOVES afford her…And with all this information at HAND…The answer to our question of which is better? It was the SUBJECT AT HAND! Good one, David! Applause! Applause! I give you a HAND!

Ok, eye candy. With the panel shaded in Blue, the 2019 showing atop our building in the background stands out in Red. We see a CAST of characters, all adorned in various winter headgear. Our two main characters are fashionably dressed, the one at left in a Teal Jacket, Scarf, Headband, Boots and GLOVES. Her Black Earmuffs match her pants. Our girl at right, looking better protected against the cold, is clad in a Full-length Purple Puffer Coat, with a matching Knit Hat. Her boots look warmer too, being Black Suede, with Purple Woolen Tops. And of course, there’s her Black MITTENS…🎶bringing in the heat!🎶 But the eye candy? Looking real closely? The Teal Headband, reads 2019, and below the 2019 on the Building? It reads “JUMBLE“! HA! I gotta HAND it to you, Jeff…Kudos! You’ll try FITTING it in anywhere, won’t you? So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And always remember…🎶All you need is GLOVE…all you need is GLOVE…All you need is GLOVE, GLOVE…GLOVE is all you need…🎶 And I hope you’re all SMITTEN!

Here’s to the New Year, Everyone! Cento Anni! May you live a hundred years! 🍾🙋🏻


Jumble Answers for 12/30/2018









Good Morning, Everyone!           🇨🇦 LEAF-ING THE OLD ONE BEHIND! 🇨🇦

🎶 O CANADA!…Our home and native land!..True patriot love in all of us command…🎶 “O, Canada” (Music) Calixa Lavallée 1880; (Lyrics-English) Robert Stanley Weir 1908     https://tinyurl.com/y7k86jcp

🇨🇦 Where we celebrate July the FOURTH, and praise our country great,
In Canada, February 15th, the Flag they celebrate…
A WRITER may look to EXPAND and pen a VOLUME here…
And shine like an AURORA while ENCORE the crowds would cheer…
But I’m just looking to get through this poem and what relief!
It’s done and now I feel that I’ve TURNED OVER A NEW LEAF! 🇨🇦

So, TBT…Five of these words today were easy, breezy…But AURORA?…Phew! It definitely had me shaking my head…Where’d David get this one from? Polar lights, Northern lights, Southern lights...NO DELIGHT! For sure, it’s a stumper! And I couldn’t find it in the Archives…Kudos, David! You caused me to get out paper and pen…and it’s been years! The others are all Sweet Repeats, with VOLUME our most recent having being seen on May 5th, and WRITER our oldest having last appeared on June 4th, ’17. And so…TORONTO our cartoon…

Today we’ve traveled North to CANADA and back to February 15th, 1965. We see the new CANADIAN FLAG being hoisted for the first time, and we hear the CANADIAN Citizens singing its praises. Happy to be replacing their old FLAG, and getting rid of the Union Jack that was on it, they’ve TURNED it OVER to this new one, showing a Red Maple LEAF…And with our question asking…What did they do? They TURNED OVER A NEW LEAF! Good one, David! OTTAWA to go!

With the skyline silhouetted in black along the background, the panel opens up to purple. We see two Mounties, dressed in Red Jackets and Black pants.. one hoisting the new FLAG, and the other folding the old. The Union Jack image is shown in Blue and Black and White,  and the Coat of Arms of CANADA is shown in Yellow, Black and White. Two characters are shown at front in silhouette, and four others appear in winter clothing, all looking at the FLAG being raisedAnd from the smiling faces, it’s easy to see that this new FLAG was definitely a welcome reLEAF! So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone! Enjoy, EH? 🇨🇦🙋🏻

Jumble Answer for 12/29/2018






RI   RN   T   OO   =  “ROT” IRON

Good Morning, Everyone! 🔧WELD, WELD, WELD, WROUGHT HAVE WE HERE🔧

🎶 Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above…Don’t FENCE me in…Let me ride through the wide open country that I love…Don’t FENCE me in…Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breeze, and listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees, Send me off forever, but I ask you please…Don’t FENCE me in…🎶 “Don’t Fence Me In” – Roy Rogers 1944   https://tinyurl.com/y7tmkspu

🔧 Iron working’s quite involved, I have a friend who’s chosen,
To make it his career, and he’s told stories of locks frozen…
He can ATTEST to RAVEN-colored metal being strong,
And when he sees a DOODLE of graffiti…it’s so wrong.
He’s worked on gates so RELIC-like, they give him quite a jolt,
But being quite proficient, it’s all just nuts and bolts…
I’ve watched him hang a new gate, seems like he’s hardly tryin’
He’s good at his profession, and he’d never deal “ROT” IRON!🔧

Today’s words…Here’s what’s HANGINGRELIC. Would you believe in the 4+ years since Mike’s been posting this blog, RELIC has appeared 10 times! You heard me right..10 times! And oddly enough only once has it been anagrammed as it is today! Now if we’ve seen it 11 times as of today, can you imagine how OLD this word is, and how far back it must go beyond these 4 years? I don’t know about you, but I’m fascinated by these little idiosyncratic tidbits! Of course, as you’d expect, our other words pale in comparison…RAVEN‘s been seen only once, and is our most recent entry, at March 16th, ’18, and DOODLE and ATTEST have made a few appearances. ATTEST was DECLARED the stumper, since too many of the Early Birds saw ESTATE and mistakenly thought they were HOME free!…Ok, on to our cartoon…with WARP Speed!

Outside a Mansion, we find ourselves placed at the decaying portal of a GATE. WARPED and hanging poorly…It’s definitely a PLIGHT for sore eyes. The two workers present, who are called IRON WORKERS, despite working mainly with STEEL, surprised by its’ condition, can be overheard saying how they “can’t believe it’s still standing”, and “it’s pretty rusted”. What it is… is ROTTED. The GATE was made of ..”ROT” IRON! HA! Good one…Another good one, that David has WROUGHT!

Eye candy? Mansion, Black silhouetted in the background…A Terra-Cotta colored brick wall stands enclosing the property. The full-bearded IRON WORKER at front, holds a lit TORCH and what appears to be a Graber harness bag. He’s wearing a WELDING HELMET. The second worker, standing at the Black GATE, sports a soul patch and a rather odd haircut. TBT, he appears a little BURNED out. No tools, no helmet, no goggles…kind of a HEAVY METAL look to him, but there is something on his left wrist that may be a watch, I’m not STEELy sure…Both of them are dressed in Blue Work Shirts. But once again today, I think I have to go with the Bye Candy, the “What’s missing”...Neither one of these guys are wearing Gloves…WELD, that’ll never do! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! IRON done here! 🔧🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 12/28/2018







Good Morning, Everyone!            💡 FIELD OF BEAMS! 💡

🎶 How many ROADS must a man walk down…Before you call him a man? How many seas must a white dove sail…Before she sleeps in the sand? The answer, my friend, is BLOWIN‘ in the wind…The answer is BLOWIN‘ in the wind…🎶 “Blowin’ In The Wind” – Peter, Paul and Mary   1963  https://tinyurl.com/ybykfxuk

💡 The body has its power, spiritually called Chakra…
And our “Fields of Energy” penetrate with much FERVOR.
Energy can be directed and can GYRATE through our nerves,
And can make a VIXEN turn serene and get her peace deserved…
What may start out so DIMLY, permeates our every gland,
And here we have the cutest pun with “Energy” on land…
With a Windmill power producing,  we can see what Energy wields,
And we get our double meaning of today’s ENERGY FIELD!💡

Three of this morning’s words are showing up within our archives, with FERVOR appearing twice, and holding the title of our oldest word, at July 15, ’15. GYRATE, making its 4th appearance, was last seen this past July 26th. And DIMLY has been seen twice, in 2016 and ’17. VIXEN isn’t showing in our listings, despite looking very familiar. FERVOR caused quite an INTENSE pause this morning, with its’ challenging anagram, and had 6 of the 11 Early Birds stumped, while GYRATE ran second, TURNING a few heads itself. So, on to our cartoon…

Todays theme is truly a timely one. While we’ve dealt with it before, this time the Jumble Guys have tongue-in-cheeked us with a little bit more of a POSITIVE SPIN. With our ENVIRONMENT so in need of ALTERNATIVE POWER to keep us CURRENT, they’ve also DUG UP a little homage to the inner STRENGTH we all need to face today’s CHANNELges. We’re out in a FIELD, where we see a pair of Farmers, shooting the BREEZE about the POWER of their WINDMILLS. Not just BLOWING smoke, they’re discussing how they’re GENERATING enough ENERGY to help supply POWER to their neighboring town…So, in answer to our question..What they created is an ENERGY FIELD! Good one, David! CHAKRA! CHAKRA! 

Ok, eye candy. While a perfectly deLIGHTful DRAWing, there really isn’t all that much to get ENERGIZED over. Grassy FIELD, five TURBINES, all shown SPINNING the tale….Our man, sporting a soul PATCH, is dressed in typical Farmers’ garb…Gold plaid shirt, jeans, and a blue cap, and he has a work towel hanging from his pocket. Our woman, Olive Green pants, with a Black top to match her head scarf.  He’s holding a shovel. And rows upon rows of crops…albeit with no candy CROPping up. So I think I’ll just take a pass…and TURN over and get some  sleep. But you know me, I can’t RESIST leaving you without a little pun…RENEWABLE ENERGY? I’m a HUGE FAN! So, there you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! Time for me to unWIND! 💡🙋🏻


Jumble Answers for 12/27/2018







Good Morning, Everyone!        📺 NO NEWS…IS KNOW NEWS 📺

🎶 R-E-S-P-E-C-T…Find out what it means to me…R-E-S-P-E-C-T...Take care, TCB…🎶 “Respect” – Miss Aretha Franklin 1967

📺 It’s been a controversial year, much news that’s been bereft,
Degrees of volatility, both from the right and left…
Old faces that have disappeared, old ways now shown the door,
And new found #MeToo standing up to reassure…
No such thing as a MISHAP, now there’s VOUCH of what is true
And all the UNWIND in its wake, made way for something new…
Respect is what we saw unfold, and newsrooms would ENACT
An atmosphere where Old-Boy networking won’t be a fact.
They cleared the air, the word went out, this wasn’t just a whim,
It’s not a clue, it’s “on the air”…and now it’s NEWS TO HIM! 📺

So, here’s the SCOOP on today’s words…A few little quirks as I like to call them…Let’s do ENACT first, because it’s the big NEWS STORY.. Today’s entry, number 9, is a new anagram, and it’s also our most recent word, from this past April. But for it’s first 7 appearances, 2015-2018 it was anagrammed as: CANTE each time. In 2014, we had CANET, and it also makes it our old NEWS of the group, dating back to August 21st, ’14. VOUCH, was no slouch either. It’s been used 4 times before, but not since 2016. MISHAP is showing for the 3rd time, and UNWIND, for the 4th, with two previous anagrams done exactly as todays’. No one needed a BREAK during rehearsal though,  since the words were all CAMERA ready…Just REPORTING…Ok, now for the MAIN STORY…

Off-set at a NEWSROOM, we see a very confident ANCHORMAN, who I’ll call Mr. POMPOUS-Dopoulis sitting awaiting makeup. (Off-side: This is by NO MEANS a reference to the similar sounding George Stephanopoulos, a very well-respected, and respectful NEWS Journalist). Speaking with two female members of the crew, he’s overheard addressing one as “Toots”. Hmm, Toots?…Well, one of them is telling him that they “need to talk”. In the background we see two more crew members, the male stating that Mr P-D is clueless. Now this statement can be taken two ways…One, he has no clue that his time is up and he’s being fired, and two, he has no clue that his behavior is unacceptable and maybe that’s why he’s being fired. Either way, he’s OLD NEWS….So, between the dialogue and our question, we can hear..loud and clear, that the impending dismissal is…NEWS TO HIM! Good one, David! SCRIPTED just perfectly…And now…a WORD from our Sponsors…”Get the free JUST JUMBLE app. Follow us on Twitter @PlayJumble”

…Thanks for staying with us, Folks…We’re back with the Eye Candy segment of our broadcast…We’re seeing some serious Color Commentary today…Beginning with our sunken ANCHOR, and leaning LEFT, we have a Blue suit with a Red tie. A blonde women, in a Red power suit, wearing Powder Blue flats. A woman, Green sweater, Black pants. A woman, Purple blouse, White collar, Black skirt and flats, and a man,  whose dress I can only describe as garish…Teal checkerboard double-breasted jacket, Green striped tie, Beige shirt. Black pants, and wing-tipped two-tone shoes. The shoe’s two tones though, are Teal and Beige! Yes, you’ve heard it here first...Teal and Beige! Oh, the humanity! Talk about Fake News! Oh…we weren’t? Well, we should be, because if this isn’t a walking, talking Fashion Faux Pas, I don’t know what is! But as bad as he is, he’s not the BREAKING NEWS. We still have the ANCHOR Desk in the background, with overhead lighting, and a Studio Camera on a wheeled pedestal. There’s the “Green Screen” (although shaded in Blue) used for Weather REPORTING, and it’s showing the blue “H” which means a center of high pressure (usually calm, sunny weather). Well, the High Pressure part is right….Because the eye candy? Take a good look at the woman forefront LEFT. Looking closely? Can you see her expression, which is one of resigned disgust and perhaps a bit of sadness?  And notice how she clutches her tablet protectively close across her chest? Her body language speaks volumes…I think she’s “Toots”..#MeToo Toots...(Good work, Jeff)! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…and keep in mind…Today, we all have iPHONES …and EYE think it’s a great bit of NEWS…📺🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 12/26/2018






DGE   EL   AR   AL   =   ALL “A-GREED” 

Good Morning, Everyone!           💰💰  THE “I’s” HAVE IT 💰💰

🎶 MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY…MONEY...Some PEOPLE got to have it, Some PEOPLE really need it…Listen to me why’all, do things, do things, do bad things with it. You want to do things, do things, do things…Talk about CASH MONEY, MONEY...Talk about CASH MONEY-DOLLAR BILLS...why, y’all…🎶  “For The Love of Money” – The O’Jays  1973     https://tinyurl.com/hhgzakb

💰 Sitting ’round a table, a NUDGE, and then a smile…
We’re looking at the One-Percent that DWELL along the aisle.
Where Money goes where Money grows, a FAIRLY well-known thought,
And those of us not in that class? We know what can’t be bought…
We shake our AUBURN-toned heads…prices causing us to bleed,
Because the One-Percenters sat around and ALL “A-GREED”!💰

Feeling like a Monday…In more ways than one…With Christmas Eve and Christmas Day behind us, I don’t know about you, but to me, it feels like Monday. And then looking at our puzzle today…the feeling continues! With all of our words being Sweet Repeats and easily deciphered, the MOVE on to our answer solution was an easy one too…and all of the Early Bird Jumblers A-GREED! We’re seeing NUDGE today, for the 5th time, and it also comes in as our most recently used word, having appeared on February 7th. DWELL stands as our oldest, having first been used back in December of 2015. AUBURN, solved with the slightest bit of a tic, caused a pause…but it was a very tiny pause, nowhere near 500 %!…while FAIRLY, similar to our word Family from y’day, relied on the oft-used “LY” as an ending solution…And I wondered if we’d had two such similar words on back-to-back days before…And this is one of those odd ruminations that often BUILD up in my mind early in the morning, and COST me sleep! I think I definitely need to reappRAISE my priorities…I VOTE for more sleep in the coming New Year! Ok…Let’s MOVE on to our cartoon…

Today, we’re brought into a Board Room, where we see five Executives proposing to RAISE prices 500 percent! 500 %! Gives you HALF a mind to acCOST them and ask…”Are you kidding me? This is total nonCENTS“! But, unFORTUNEately, this is how it too often GROWS in Big Business…where their “IN THE BLACK” often makes us see RED! Anyway…Between the dialogue and the key word SELFISH in our question? We easily ALL “A-GREED” on today’s answer…Good one, David…HooRAISE! HooRAISE!

Ok, eye candy…Silhouetted black city skyline, floor to CEILING windows…Black granite-topped table, with four black chairs and a brown one for our main Man of the DOUR. Everyone very well dressed, RICHly-colored, (black, gray, purple, red, blue), SUITing  their POSITIONS…which are all the same…Hands RAISED! MORE MONEY! The eye candy? Maybe our blonde woman at left…The ornate hanging earrings and the three-ringed bejeweled fingers?…(I think they’re JADEd)?…I guess no one’s ever told her that LESS is MORE, huh? So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone!…And I feel it always PAYS to remember, that MONEY..🎶Can’t Buy Me Love🎶! 💰🙋🏻



Jumble Answers for 12/25/2018






IE   T   F   DG   =   GIFTED

Good Morning, Everyone!              🎁 IT’S A WRAP! 🎁

And it is a WRAP! Christmas is finally here! And the GIFT giving is in full force! Our words were a gift, solved easily enough, and our answer SIGNED, SEALED and DELIVERED! We see a TALENTED young girl, in the process of making PRESENTS for her Family…And she’s obviously…GIFTED! Can it get any easier than this? Good one, David! WRAPPED up with a Bow!

And Jeff has been good to us too…He’s given us some amazing eye candy today…We see our girl, in the PRESENTS of her parents, making the following: A Snowman, a blue Dreidel, two necklaces, one of brown rings, the other of what looks like pink shells, Holly leafed Pom-Pom earrings, a red candle, and a Nativity structure made of wooden sticks. Extra rings, sticks, cut pieces of paper, and an extra Pom Pom are seen strewn about.  Her Father, clad in a green University of Michigan Sweatshirt, smiles happily, while her Mother, with a red BOW of Stars in her hair, sports a White Tree-Trimmed Sweater, with a Star on its shoulder, and she’s exclaiming how talented her daughter is. She’s holding a small Christmas Tree, topped off with a Gold Star. We see a pair of scissors, sheets of paper, glue, showing a cow’s head and reading, “MOO GLUE” (very clever, Jeff)!…and a red work rag near at hand. But the eye candy? If you look real closely, showing on the Mom’s sweater, right under her right sleeve, there’s a man in a red Sleigh holding on to reins..Santa perhaps? Bringing GIFTS?… So, There you have it, Folks! Done!

Hoping  you all received the gifts your hearts desired.. and that your hearts this Christmas morning are filled with the true meaning of the Day…Gift giving and receiving is a wonderful thing, but the real wonder of Christmas lies within our belief. And may we always Believe…Have a wonderful Christmas Day, Everyone! Share the joy, share the love, share the light….🎁🙋🏻


Jumble Answers for 12/24/2018







Good Morning, Everyone!     🎄 THERE’S NO BAA…HUMBUG HERE! 🎄

🎶 Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidid, Prospero año y felicidad…I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas...From the bottom of my♥️heart…🎶 “Feliz Navidad” – Jose Feliciano 1970    https://tinyurl.com/jtlupcv

To all our readers out there who celebrate this miracle that is Christmas, I want to wish you a joyous Christmas Eve. And a Special Shout Out to David and Jeff for giving us these wonderful puzzles each day. Gentlemen…To you and yours may you enjoy all the blessings of the Season🍷(And David…safe trip to Green Bay)!

Have a great day, Everyone! And I hope Santa is good to each and every one of us! Feliz Navidad…Merry Christmas! 🎄🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 12/23/2018









Good Morning, Everyone!             ⚽️ GO FOR THE GOAL! ⚽️

I get no KICK from champagne…Mere alcohol, it doesn’t move me at all…So tell me why should it be true…That I get a KICK out of you. Yeah, I get a KICK…yes, you give me a boost…yea, I get a KICK out of you…🎶 “I Get a Kick Out of You” – Frank Sinatra  1962    https://tinyurl.com/y75afq2w

⚽️ The PLIGHT of any sportsman is to THWART the other team,
In Soccer it’s that CANNON shot to help you see your dream…
UNWISE to get too cocky, INFAMY is not the goal,
Steady as a rock, a SIMILE one should behold….
It’s playing for the team that counts…that is the player’s fame,
You score for one,  you score for all…AT THIS POINT IN THE GAME ⚽️

Once again today, we have a word that I could swear we’ve solved here before, yet I can’t find it amongst the listings: SIMILE. Most likely I’ve seen it while playing David and Jeff’s great JUST JUMBLE game, and I associated it with here. Our other five words are all old favorites, with THWART being the most recent, from August 26th,’18. A little quirk…That day, a Sunday also, POINT was one of the answer words. And it just so happens, that THWART was the only word that THWARTED a few of the Early Birds this morning. They knew the word, but they had trouble spelling it…It’s that “W” sound…and they wanted to start off with “TW“. The rest were all easy solves, with our oldest word being INFAMY, making its 7th appearance today, and dating back to 2015. Ok, enough BOUNCING around in the Archives…Let’s SCORE some POINTS with our cartoon…

Finding ourselves once more outdoors, today we’re on a SOCCER Field, watching the JUMBLERS play the SUDOKUS. The Jumblers are seen scoring the first GOAL, and understandably celebrating. The GOAL KEEPER  for the Sudokus is also seen, dramatically experiencing the agony of deFEET. We’re asked that if the Jumblers scored the first goal, they were ahead..? AT THIS POINT IN THE GAME! A good enough answer, but a few of the Early Birds got “SOME” and “THAT” into their HEADs...At “SOME” point, At “THAT” point…and that caused a bit of a slowdown, since we had only one M, but we did have “T’s”. And the phrasing of both choices made sense, too. The key though? …The other Jumbler player saying…”Good way to “START“. THAT gave me THIS…As I said, easy enough, but there were a few BALLS in the air with THIS ONE. And only THIS was the KEEPER!

OK, eye candy. The panel is shaded in Green. We have our cheering fans blackened in silhouette, with one holding a Red JUMBLERS pennant aloft. The SCOREboard is lit in Yellow. The Sudoku player, dressed in Red, is shown between the GOALposts, and appears to be wailing and tugging at his hair, totally up in ARMS. It’s just one GOAL! Boy, he’ll really be KICKING himself if this KEEPS up! He really needs to USE HIS HEAD, and calm down. Our Jumbler players, dressed in Green, one RUNNING, one kneeling, are both wearing wide grins…and Gold “J” emblems on the right side of their jerseys. The Player who SCORED is wearing a Gold headband, and matching wristbands. It all makes for a great picture, but nothing’s really getting into my HEAD this morning I think I’ll just PASS…and THROW IN THE TOWEL. So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone..Get out there, KICK up your heels…and have a BALL! ⚽️🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 12/22/2018







Good Morning, Everyone!         👮🏻  CRIME and PUN…ISHMENT! 👮🏻

🎶 The warden threw a party in the county JAIL…The PRISON band was there and they began to wail…The band was jumpin’ and the joint began to swing, you should’ve heard them knocked-out JAILBIRDS sing…Let’s rock…everybody, let’s rock, everybody in the whole CELL block…Was dancin’ to the JAILHOUSE Rock…🎶 “Jailhouse Rock”- Elvis 1957     https://tinyurl.com/hqmucmq

👮🏻 The intrigue of police work always held such fascination,
And TV shows have managed to bring it ‘cross the nation…
I’m sure you would CONCUR that the excitement and the gore,
Has captivated audiences…there’s such a real allure.
So looking at this cartoon, I think I see a man,
Who played a dapper detective with quite a grand élan.
He wasn’t one to STALL a case or suffer any fools…
And nothing would he FORGO, sometimes even breaking rules.
While sometimes known to HECKLE, his manner brusque and firm,
He always seemed to know much more than others even learned.
The man Dennis Farina, with a gloriously handsome face…
I really think that’s who this is…we see GOT ON HER CASE! 👮🏻

Strangely enough, I couldn’t find the word STALL in the records that we keep. Seemingly such a simple, common word, I was surprised that it hadn’t been introduced into Jumble play long before today. CONCUR and HECKLE have each appeared once before, and FORGO, has been seen twice, the last time as recently as June 22nd. None of the words posed any problem, and were all easily IDENTIFIED

Today’s cartoon brings us outdoors to the scene of a CRIME, which I believe to be circa the late 1980’sWe see four DETECTIVES, two male, two female, with one, a young, brown-haired woman, whom I’ll call the NEED DETECTIVE (since I figure she NEEDS the experience), kneeling on the grass, “tagging and bagging”. Having placed EVIDENCE GLOVE B, (which is 4-fingered…too funny), into an EVIDENCE bag, we see the Senior Detective, who I believe is patterned after the late, great Dennis Farina, inconsiderately stepping on EVIDENCE GLOVE A...Tampering with EVIDENCE? Talk about a ROOKIE move. Everyone knows you never contaminate a CRIME SCENE. And adding insult to injury, we hear him telling his younger colleague that her services are no longer needed, since he’s arrived, and will be “taking over”. He even calls her a ROOKIE. Huh? It’s her CASE! Echoing our Need Detective…”Are you kidding me”? Assault and Unmannerly? Breaking and Censoring? Smarmed Robbery? PETTY Larceny? I’d say he’s GUILTY as charged! And you’d think he’d be a little nicer, no? I mean just in CASE  they’d have to work together some time in the future? But I guess not…And the look of incredulousness on our Need Detective’s face? That’s a CRIME just waiting to happen!! So, in answer to our LEADING question? The Senior Detective…GOT ON HER CASE! Clever, David, very clever! A great SOLVE!

Ok, eye candy. For those of you not familiar with Dennis Farina, the late Chicago native served on his city’s Police Force for almost 20 years. After retirement, he was hired as a consultant for director Michael Mann, which led him to a true CASE of art imitating life. Starring in numerous Police oriented dramas, he first CAUGHT my eye when he portrayed Lt. Mike Torello in CRIME STORY, set in Chicago, and later Detective Joe Fontana, in LAW and ORDER, set in New York. Known as much for his sartorial splendor as his street smarts, he was a driving FORCE to watch in ACTION. And I can’t help but think that this is him. The full head of thick, wavy hair, the mustache, the coffee cup, the pinkie ring, the meticulous Blue suit, and those fabulous (intended-to-be) two-toned shoes!! IMO, the EVIDENCE is all there. Talk about EYE CANDY! But perhaps I digress…Ok, the rest of the panel…And Jeff’s given us a plethora of details here…A city skyline is silhouetted in the background. We have the YELLOW POLICE TAPE  roping off the CRIME scene, that actually reads “Crime Scene Do Not Cross“. The male Detective at back stands behind EVIDENCE MARKER C, and is holding its’ EVIDENCE BAG. which appears to contain a knit hat. What’s really notable here, is that with the bag being clear, Jeff’s drawn it so that you can actually see through it, and read the letters “SS” from the tape behind it. Kudos, Jeff, an amazing detail. His female counterpart holds what I first thought to be a cell phone, but considering the time period I think we’re in, I now sense that it’s a note pad. The 3 EVIDENCE MARKERS are Yellow. And all four Detectives are wearing SHIELDS that display a 5-POINTED STAR, synonymous with the Chicago PD...(further Farina EVIDENCE)?,,and we can even see Collar Stays on Dennis’s shirt. A small tweezers is shown on the ground near Bag B. Looking closely here, it appears that the Need Detective isn’t wearing Gloves, which are de rigueur for any CRIME Scene, but with real scrutiny, I can see a ridge below her shirt sleeve, which must be a glove. I doubt she’d FORGO wearing them, Rookie or not. So, with all these amazing details, what’s my eye candy? (Besides Dennis)? It has to be the steaming Coffee Cup in Farina’s right hand. Printed across the top, one can see the image of the Greek Key Design which as far as coffee cups go, belongs exclusively to the ANTHORA Paper Coffee Cup, iconic to New York City‘s daily life. It became our definitive coffee-to-go cup. But, if we’re in Chicago…how do you explain that? Were they sold outside of NY? So, THIS is my Eye Candy…and the PLOT thickens! But before I can close out this CASE? Jeff, how’d I do? You know, for a ROOKIE? Is it Farina? So…There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day everyone…And I’ll leave you with a little advice a cop once gave me..”It’s always wise to carry a stale baguette in your purse. That way if a mugger ever tries to attack you with a sharp tool, you can just knock him out…” You know…LOAF CONQUERS AWL! 👮🏻🙋🏻