BATHI – HABIT
PHETD – DEPTH
TUBEAN – BUTANE
LTANUW – WALNUT
CARTOON ANSWER: HE CHECKED THE KNOTS FOR TIGHTNESS TO SEE IF THEY’D LEARNED – – –
HT DTH UAE WAT = WHAT HE’D “TAUT”
Good Morning, Everyone! ➰ LEARNING THE ROPES ➰
🎶 It’s KNOT unusual to be loved by anyone, It’s KNOT unusual to have fun with anyone…But when I see you hanging about with anyone…It’s KNOT unusual to see me cry, I wanna die…🎶 “It’s Not Unusual” – Sir Tom Jones …(78 years old)!
➰ The Boy Scouts are notorious for tying up loose ends…
And Knot Tying becomes a HABIT, a Merit Badge it lends.
They delve into it with great DEPTH, like here out in the woods,
Amidst the trees where WALNUTs grow, they practice with the goods…
Perhaps they build a fire, perhaps BUTANE is used…
(I had to get the rhyme with this, although not pride infused)
So I’ll just tie this up right now, before embarrassment caught…
And leave our Leader, knowing that they learned just WHAT HE’D “TAUT”! ➰
Once again today, all of our words are Sweet Repeats, and all have appeared more than once in the past. WALNUT, though, believe it or KNOT, makes it’s 9th appearance today, having been used in 2014, ’15, 4 times in ’16, and once each in ’17 and ’18. That’s a lot of KNOTS…and I found it interesting. We’ve seen HABIT 5 times: last used in July ’18, DEPTH, 5 times: lastly in September ’18…And that brings us to BUTANE. “TU-BEAN”..or KNOT to Bean! This word caused a bit of a KNOTTY situation this morning. With 4 of my 11 Early Bird Jumblers insisting that it could be UNBEAT, I looked it up. And yep, there it is: Webster Dictionary: Unbeat(verb) “to deliver from the form or nature of a beast”. Huh? Having appeared in our Jumbles twice before, without any question, I’m wondering if it’ll LIGHT up the boards today. Of course the letter arrangement invalidates it for game play, but…Yep, there it STILL is! Anyway, just keep in mind: I don’t make the news, I just report it…
So, our cartoon…Today we’re outdoors at a Camp STUMPing ground. We see a Scout Leader, BOW, TEACHING the art of KNOT TYING to a young Scout, Tyler, (TIE for short). KNOT to be undone, Tie is overheard saying that he’s definitely LEARNED the ROPES, and he’s proud of his HANDiwork. Our Leader, not looking to get TIED UP with MINOR details, gets right to the POINT, and tells Tie that he’s done well. BOWsLINE is that his KNOT is “nice and SNUG“. But beTWEEN the diaLOG, and our question, David’s hardly given us the SLIP! “SNUG”? “TIGHTNESS”? What’s your first TAUT? Bow’s looking to see if Tie learned…WHAT HE’D “TAUT”! How’s that for TYING up loose ends? Great pun, David. You’ve pulled this one off without a HITCH!
Ok, eye candy. Our backGROUND consists of a BLACKWALL of silhouetted trees, KNOTTY PINES, perhaps? There’s a singular Dome Tent and ASH best as I can tell, the remnants of a CAMPfire. There’s grass, like a SHEET, BENDing all across the panel. Bow, sitting upon a tree STUMP, is shown wearing a Khaki uniform shirt, Black cargo shorts, and Brown shoes. An additional piece of Rope lies by his side. Tie, cLAD in a similar Shirt wears Denim cargo shorts with a Gold belt buckle and White sneakers. Both of our Scouts are wearing Brown knee socks, and Red neckerchiefs with slides. Since they’re KNOT wearing the same shorts, I felt that Jeff wasn’t being SQUARE with us, but then I remembered that he doesn’t color the panels…There’s always that HITCH. But where’s the candy? There’s the SQUARE KNOT that Tie’s tied…(I think it’s a SQUARE KNOT…if I’m KNOT mistaken)…But I’m going with the Badges on our guys Shirts, reading “HAPPY CAMPERS” with a picture of a Basic Ridge Tent. Great detail, Jeff! And that TIES it all up for today. So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…And I wanted to leave you with a KNOTTY PUN, but WOOD you believe it? I seem to have hit a WALL…➰🙋🏻