Jumble Answers for 12/04/2018












Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle featured a brand new clue word in LOOPY. All of the anagrams were new as well, but they were all instantly visible upon first glance. EXPEL was the oldest repeat with its last appearance on 4/6/16 and scrambled as ELPXE. My choice for the most difficult anagram of the day is REFUSE. The word itself has two meanings and can be used as a verb to indicate or show that one is unwilling to do something or as a noun meaning trash. With all of the clue words out of the way, it was time to focus my attention on today’s cartoon.

In today’s panel we are greeted by two gentlemen having a conversation. I didn’t need to read the cartoon sentence in order to immediately recognize that the seated gentleman was Benjamin Franklin. We see him showing his acquaintance a pair of glasses in his right hand while his left hand is pointing to a letter that is layed out before him on the table. Also on the table is another pair of glasses along with some lenses that appear to be cut in half.

The letter, in my opinion, was the most interesting detail in today’s panel. A quick online search revealed that it was written to Mr. George Whatley on May 23, 1785. The letter is often credited as proof that Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals and it also contains a sketch that explains how they work. A transcript of the correspondence between the two men can be read HERE, with the last letter being the one that we see in today’s cartoon.

The anagram for the final solution consisted of only 8-letters. Noticing the two L’s paired together along with the apostrophe in the answer field brought YOU’LL instantly to mind. SEE was found quickly thereafter leaving a solution that required no ink to be spilled. This definitely wasn’t a difficult Jumble to complete, but the interesting facts learned about Franklin’s invention made it a worthwhile endeavor. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll SEE you right back here tomorrow! πŸ‘“


33 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/04/2018

  1. The JOGGER became a bit LOOPY when he saw he had to EXPEL the REFUSE from inside his running shoes. Easy solve with REFUSE being a bit hard to decipher.

    • πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»…The “REFUSE from his SHOES” You’re a Poet! …”The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back “…FRANKLIN Jones. The irony! πŸ˜‰πŸ™‹πŸ»

  2. 🎢 I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,I can see all obstacles in my way…Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind, It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)…Sun-Shiny day..🎢 – “I Can See Clearly Now” – Johnny Nash 1993 https://tinyurl.com/j8cth2o

    πŸ‘“ The man one of inventions, most people think the Key,
    That LOOPY thing out in the rain that gave electricity…
    He went on to EXPEL much doubt, he proved the naysayers wrong…
    Determination and his gump…he knew where he belonged…
    And Ben was truly all alone when it came to great thinking
    One to REFUSE that early fails equaled the chance of sinking…
    I doubt he was a JOGGER though, an indoor man was he…
    Except for in that rainstorm, and these glasses that YOU’LL SEE πŸ‘“

    Easy, breezy puzzle today…CLEARly got right to the point..As I will, since I’m in a terrible rush… So I’ll just CUT right to the chase. I FOUND this on-line article https://tinyurl.com/y9vbedyc which I think is very interesting, and you can even SEE the little drawing that Ben sent, and that Jeff used here in his cartoon. Take a LOOK…And if you look really closely at Jeff’s handiwork, you can actually SEE Ben’s signature in script. Great detail, Jeff!

    Ok, Eye candy…The gentleman speaking with Ben? LOOK closely at his jacket…The bottom left BUTTON is missing…An overSIGHT, perhaps?
    So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Ben Franklin quotes…”Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing”. ..Good old Ben…πŸ‘“πŸ™‹πŸ»

  3. Good Monday morning. Oh wait,It’s Tuesday. Coulda fooled me on the day. This was as easy as it gets. No problem with the entire jumble. Nice job Mike and Chuck. I guess I lost my psychic powers with my choice on yesterday’s song. After listening to Angie’s choice I wish I hadn’t. I see why it was chosen because she used Rubber Ducky before. Today’s choice was a clear winner as well as her entire post. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Tuesday Morning, Brooklyn! So let me SEE if I got this straight. Thumbs down on the country pick y’day? It didn’t REV your ENGINE? But it didn’t DRIVE you to drink, did it?πŸ˜‰ Trust me, I would have used your Rubber Duckie choice, if it wasn’t so soon…FARM be it from me to want to let you down! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the Shout Outs, Bud….I like the “CLEAR” winner line! Have a great day, Brooklyn! πŸ‘“πŸ™‹πŸ»

  4. Cute and easy puzzle this morning. I for one am very grateful for Ben Franklin’s invention of bifocals. I wear progressive lenses which are really trifocals without the lines so I don’t look old but see very well. Imagine how awful it must have been for people before then. Between presbyopia and developing cataracts one could have very compromised vision early on. Yay Ben!! Happy Tuesday everyone.

    • I was surprised to learn that Franklin was able to convince his eye doctor to cut the lenses in half! They were quite expensive back then!!! Have a great day, Betty. πŸ™‚

  5. No JOGGER would REFUSE to EXPEL another runner whose stride was LOOPY and obstructive.
    Interesting puzzle and background–thanks Mike.
    Fine sentence Chuck and Mike will note I used the other meaning and pronunciation for REFUSE.

  6. Hi all – LOOPY took me the longest after trying every letter except L first.
    Then I though EYE would be in the answer, and took awhile to see SEE, see?

    I liked the Franklin stove in the background, but it reminded me that my water heater failed last night and I’m waiting tor the repairmen, so I’ll just wish you all a great day.

    • πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» A SIPHON sore EYES! Good catch, G…good πŸ‘ EYE! Good luck! πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Thanks Angela. At least my heaters are still working (not Franklin stoves, but the Wedgewood is close!). Still waiting for everybody. πŸ˜”

        • Anytime, G. Great catch..πŸ‘πŸ» Not just the stove itself, but the “Franklin” name. Double kudos! And you’re right..I’d rather be without the water for a while instead of the heat. Hopefully he’ll be there before you need to wash your hair! πŸ˜‰ I caught your Dick Groat’s Goat (of all animals?πŸ˜‚) early this morning…but I fell asleep before acknowledging it…Note Chuck giving me a run for my money? Offer up whatever you’ve got..I’ve drawn a blank! πŸ€”πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • Sorry to hear that, Steve. I get a chuckle when people call it a β€œhot water heater” when it actually heats cold water. Let us know how you make out!

  7. Gee Steve, I thought it was a rule that water heaters had to fail on weekends or holidays. How’d you manage to have it go kaput on a weekday? I had to buy a new water heater last year. Good luck with your repairs.

    • Hi Betty…How true. “They” stay that the average life of a Hot Water Heater is 5-7 years. I’ve been in my home 15 years, and I’ve replaced mine twice…WATER you know? Averages out I guess…I’m just glad that each time it happened that I wasn’t away..YET! The last time it flooded right on the morning I was leaving for a few days…The emergency call was worth every “penny…Saved is a penny earned”! πŸ˜‰ Old Ben sure COINed a lot of phrases! πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re enjoying your day! πŸ‘“πŸ™‹πŸ»

  8. Draining hot water heaters every now and then seems to help and certainly can’t hurt if you can find the time!

    • Hi Chuck..Thank you…I found that out a little late in the game, but better late than WETTER! πŸ˜‰πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • LOL! πŸ‘πŸ» Or if Rod Carew ever had a pet curlew? (These aren’t as easy as they first seemed, are they)? πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • …Or if Babe Ruth ever had a Saber-tooth? πŸ…….(it’s like pulling teeth)! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ», Kudos…I’d gladly welcome many more if you’ve got them…I’m thinking Catfish Hunter,(double whammy), Bear Bryant, Larry Bird, Tiger Woods… but I’m not rhyming to save my life!πŸ˜₯πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • Chuck…I’ve tried. But I’m throwing in the rosin bag. I’ve completely STRUCK OUT as far as baseball players go…How about FOREgoing it for another sport? Did Slammin’ Sammy Snead have a pet centipede? πŸœπŸ™‹πŸ»

  9. Your telling us about Ben’s hands made me look up the fact that he was left handed. The letter from your link states “but am happy in the invention of double spectacles.” It doesn’t say “my invention.” Maybe the letter he received and was long in replying to was actually thanking Ben for inventing them and giving the man a pair!

    • I admit that it wasn’t the best link, Clay. I chose it because it FOCUSED more on the bifocals and omitted other text that wasn’t relevant to today’s cartoon. It’s always great hearing from you! πŸ™‚

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