Jumble Answers for 12/11/2018












Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! All of today’s clue words were familiar old friends, but we did have two brand new anagrams to work through. ECONU and TEPIMR came up as new while TAWEH and FLAMEE have definitely been used in the past. FLAMEE took me a few extra seconds to decipher which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Breaking up the double E’s at the end was the trick to getting it solved where my natural instinct is to leave them coupled. FEMALE was also the oldest clue word of the group and was last scrambled as AMFEEL on 12/6/16.

Our cartoon panel brings us to a body of water where we encounter a female getting ready to do some water skiing. She looks like she’s almost ready to go but her dialogue indicates that she wants to go over the route one more time with the driver. She tells him the exact speed she’d like to go at different intervals so that she can perform at her best.

There were loads of fun details in the cartoon that you might have overlooked if you were in a rush to get this one solved. Starting with the larger boat in the foreground, you can see that Jumble is written in cursive right above the stern platform. There was also plenty of rope bobbing in the water to keep our Jumble friend a safe distance away from the propellers of the motor. The female in the water has her life preserver on and there are three fish swimming right near her skis. In the background is a male skier that is already up and going. The operator of that boat appears to be female and her long hair is straight back behind her head indicating that the boat is at full throttle. If our skier doesn’t hurry up and get going, she’s going to have to contend with some huge waves that will surely be coming her way!!!

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. I thought the layout was cryptic and kept the answer well hidden. The “HT” at the beginning of the anagram brought THE to mind as one of the 3-letter words. LINE and TOW came into view after staring at the remaining letters for just a few seconds. The final solution was a fun play on the proper “toe the line” idiom that people often confuse. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

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

  1. 🎢 TOW, TOW, TOW your boat, gently down the stream…merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…life is but a dream…🎢 “Row Your Boat” – Eliphalet Oram Lyte 1881

    🚀 She felt that being the only FEMALE farmer, she should “TOE” THE LINE and vote with the men to PERMIT the extra OUNCE of WHEAT grain to be added to the Church Picnics’ punch. 🚀

    The words today were easy breezy. I love the eye candy name of the Speedboat “Jumble” written in script at the back, with the elusive “J” hidden beneath the rope. And it’s amusing that the boat is a beautiful shade of teal blue, yet the water is completely white! WAVE to go! But I find myself conflicted with todays’ answer. My feeling is that the opening word to our solution, TOW, should be in quotes. The correct phrase, “TOE THE LINE” is an expression that means to either conform to a certain standard/rule, or to stand ready at the starting line of a footrace. It’s often ‘misspelled’ as “TOW THE LINE”, with the familiar verb “TOW” being used in place of the homophonic verb “TOE”. But, “TOW” doesn’t hold true to the etymology, so “TOW THE LINE” becomes what’s known as an linguistic eggcorn, and should therefore present “TOW” in quotes. In linguistics, an eggcorn is an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical – homophones, or oronyms, (think “Ice Cream, you scream..”), or our Puns…The new phrase then presents a different meaning from the original, despite it possibly being believable in the same context. It’s a bit confusing, yes…but in light of all this, I’m left a little AT SEA…no pun intended!πŸ˜‰! Have a great day, Everyone!..And always be SHORE to TOE THE LINE! πŸš€πŸ™‹πŸ»

  2. The FEMALE trainer would not PERMIT an OUNCE of whole WHEAT bread in her weekly menu.
    Fun puzzle today–terrific Tuesday everyone.

  3. Good morning. Another fun puzzle today. My choice for hardest word was Permit. Took me extra minutes to get. The cartoon answer was solved within a minute and looking at the letters confirmed it. Thanks Mike for the hidden treasures. I still can’t find the three fish with my magnifying glass. Angela,row row row your boat brings to mind when it was sung in the lower grades in the auditorium and one section would start and after awhile the next group would start and then finally the third group join in. A simple song brought joy in the way it was done. By the way,I thought I was back in college with the teacher giving us a lecture. I was so confused and then I heard a bell ring and immediately thought Thank God the class was over. It was then I realized it was just the Egg Timer going off. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • ROTFL! “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me”? Good Morning, Brooklyn. What? You think I’m only good to do shtick? πŸ˜‚ The kids recently did a school thing with the 3-Part “Row, Row”.It was adorable..and it never seems to gets old…Enjoy your eggs, Bud! Have a good one! πŸš€πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • What goes A ROUND comes A ROUND.
        πŸŽ΅β€Sarah Jackman, Sarah Jackman
        How’s by you? How’s by you?🎡 πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

        • Hi Steve…I need your help here. Round for the Row Boat song? But Sarah Jackman? Allan Sherman? Gimme a hint…πŸ€”πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • The fish were very difficult to see, Paul. They were drawn under the water so they were hard to spot. I missed them in my newspaper copy but saw them in the online version. 🐠

      • There they are again!
        πŸŽ΅β€Swam three little fishies and a mama fishie too..β€πŸŽ΅

  4. Hi Everyone,
    I struggled with FEMALE and had to back in. Once I knew that e and l came at the end, it was so much easier. I missed almost all of the puzzle details mentioned, Mike, so thanks!
    Paul’s story of “Row Your Boat” being sung as a round brought back some good memories.

    • You’re welcome, Caroline. Although we both picked FEMALE as the hardest word, PERMIT is by far the winner in today’s poll. Enjoy your day! πŸ™‚

      • Perhaps, Mike, PERMIT took us longer the last time around. It’s always interesting to see how the votes are cast and compare with the poll and particular people.

        • I went back and checked the 5/28/18 appearance of PERMIT and you said that KERNEL was the word that gave you the most trouble. All I saw was FLAME and couldn’t get it out of my brain for some reason. It also had three vowels which took some time to figure out the correct placement. I’ll have to add it to my list of difficult words. πŸ™‚

  5. For what it’s worth, I also think the word “TOW” should be in quotes or maybe I just don’t have both oars in the water!!

  6. Hi all – All the words took a second look before showing up, but the answer was quick.

    Thanks for the details, which are all invisible in the paper.
    Angela, the water in the Chronicle is green and white – πŸŽ΅β€Love to see that green water in motionβ€πŸŽ΅- so I hope it’s not kudzu or something invading.

    Have a great day!

    πŸŽ΅β€Won’t you let me in, immigration man
    I won’t toe your line today; I can’t see it anyway.β€πŸŽ΅

  7. Sorry for the late response. Here’s the “TOW” THE LINE explanation…The reason why I didn’t put quotes around “TOW” in the “TOW” THE LINE puzzle is that I totally screwed up. As dumb as this will make me look, I didn’t actually know that the origin of the phrase was TOE THE LINE. I thought it was TOW THE LINE to begin with so I didn’t think it needed the quotes. Everyone is correct for sure in that it should have been shown as “TOW” THE LINE. No doubt I botched that. I read all about the expression TOE THE LINE. I really should have known that. Thanks for keeping me on my toes! Much appreciated.

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