Jumble Answers for 01/31/2019

NYIKD – DINKY

NORGP – PRONG

INCSEK – SICKEN

LAEVBI – VIABLE

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE CARP THAT HID BEHIND THE ROCK IN THE GARDEN POOL WAS – – – 

IK   OG   EN   IB   =       BEING “KOI”

Good Morning, Everyone!                    “KOI” PLOY? 

🎶 Down in the meadow in a little bitty POOL…Swam three little FISHIES and a Mama FISHIE too…”Swim” said the Mama FISHIE “Swim if you can”…And they swam and they swam all over the dam…🎶 “Three Little Fishes” – Kay Kyser 1939 https://tinyurl.com/ya268dce

🐠 You see them in some gardens, beyond a persons’ fence,
Amidst the rocks and flowers, perhaps beside a bench…
Some can look kind of DINKY, constant maintenance is due,
A PRONG or two placed just so right and lining of the flue.
Not wanting fish to SICKEN, and VIABLE it is,
Consider just the right plants for photosynthesis…
If done right and looked after, it can be quite a joy…
And you will be amongst those who are happy BEING “KOI”…🐠

Our words today are not only all old favorites, they’ve been FLOATING around the Jumble Archives many times over…Who would have thought that DINKY would be making its 8th appearance since 2015? Does that seem a little FISHY to you? Well, it’s true…And PRONG held on to become our newest entry, having last been seen on July 10th, 2018, where it was anagrammed as GORNP. But while we were going along just SWIMMINGly this morning, when we got to VIABLE? 5 of the Early Birds didn’t catch that WORM…It took a few guesses before it was, well…VIABLE!…So that’s today’s SINK or SWIM word, Folks…And now, on to our cartoon…

So, WATER you know! Well, BASSically, I think it pays to know that a KOI is a CARP, because knowing that, this was REELy a pretty easy solve. Finding ourselves under water at a GARDEN KOI POOL, we seem to be at the Hard ROCK Cafe, and are witnessing a typical WATERING HOLE occurrence…He trying to pick up She. And what a CLOWNFISH he is too…”Let me see those beautiful golden scales”… Please, he’s KRILLing me…What a LINE. But unfortunately, it doesn’t look like our girl is taking any time to MULLET over…Or is she? Is she BAITing him? Or is she HOOKED? Is she falling for him SOLEly on his line of CARP, or is she simply caught between the ROCK and a hard place? Hard to tell. Me, personally? I wouldn’t be COD dead entertaining a LINE of that SCALE…But then again, who am I to GILL-t the girl? Maybe it’s lonely down there, and the chance of romance isn’t all that FINtastic.  …Maybe she’s just aMONKst a bunch of real Bottom Feeders...Well, either way…By hiding behind the ROCK like that? She’s just BASSicallyBEING “KOI”. Good LINE, David! You just keep getting BETTA and BETTA!

Ok, Eye candy. With the entire panel shaded in a tEELish blue, the only other color we see is our two Orange-hued KOIS. Off towards the front of the POOL, we see some Horsetail plants, which are good for water filtration. But the candy? If you look closely, you can see a woman standing at the POOL’S edge, holding a small bucket, dropping food into the water, and THREE LITTLE FISHES rising to the BAIT. Nicely PLAICEd, Jeff, nicely PLAICEd! So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And keep in mind…It’s usually never a good idea to fall HOOK, LINE and SINKER for a line of CARP…Unless you meet a REEL KIPPER! 🐠🙋🏻

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Jumble Answers for 01/30/2019

OGYOE = GOOEY

SAHHR = HARSH

WTREET = WETTER

ANNPIK = NAPKIN

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE GUITARIST CAME UP WITH A NEW MELODY, BUT DIDN’T THINK IT WAS – – –

GOOHRWTTNIN = WORTH NOTING


Happy Wednesday, Jumble geniuses! All of today’s anagrams were new but their solutions were old favorites. NAPKIN took just a moment longer to decipher than WETTER so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. GOOEY was the oldest word in the group with its last appearance on 10/24/17 while HARSH was our most recent repeat back on 7/31/18.

If you’ve ever wondered what Jumble artist Jeff Knurek looks like, well today’s your day to meet him! We see Jeff strumming on his guitar while he’s using a hassock as a seat. His wife, Kathy, can be seen sitting in a comfy chair in the next room over while diligently working on her laptop.

The dialogue in today’s cartoon revolves around music and Kathy is asking her husband if he’s writing a new song. Jeff replies that he’s playing around with some new chords and we see he has a pencil behind his ear in case he hears something he likes. At his feet are his dogs, Fifi and Gizmo. Fifi is a Pappillon and is on the left side of the music stand and Gizmo is a chi-weenie and is laying on the right. Gizmo has something in his mouth which looks like either a leash or a toy.

There was so much detail in today’s panel that I’ll just go ahead and list what I saw. Kathy is wearing an Indiana School of Nursing sweater while working on her laptop. The laptop has a pineapple logo on the back which is common in tv, print, and movies so as not to infringe on Apple copyrights. Jeff, of course, is wearing a Wilco t-shirt and it looks like his residence is a no shoes zone as he depicts himself wearing socks. My favorite detail of the piece wasn’t visible to the unaided eye. If you look closely at the headstock of his guitar, you might see some writing. Zooming in on it, it says “Martin” which is a popular guitar brand for musicians.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters which is the same amount as yesterday’s. The layout kept the solution very well hidden and gave nothing away. The cartoon sentence gave us “guitarist” and “melody” as potential clues which weren’t much help in guessing the answer. I started the solve by eliminating -ING which left me 8-letters to work with. WORTH was clumped all together and jumped out at me first leaving NOT to be found for the finish. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 01/29/2019

GAWRE = WAGER

CINWE = WINCE

VTANIE = NATIVE

PLLETE = PELLET

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE STAGE PERFORMERS OFTEN HAD PROBLEMS – – –

AGRINCNTIET = INTERACTING

 


Happy Tuesday, Jumble players! Today’s puzzle featured four clue words that have been used before, but all of the anagrams were new. The only one that wasn’t immediately visible to me was NATIVE so it’s my pick for the most challenging anagram of the day. It was also the oldest clue word of the quartet and was last in gameplay on 11/20/16 where it was scrambled as VATENI. PELLET was the most recent repeat, followed by WINCE and then WAGER.

Our cartoon brings us to a stage where we encounter three Jumble characters. The scene was a familiar one and was instantly recognizable as being from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. What first caught my eye was the amount of dialogue presented to us which totaled 33 words! Rarely do we get that much information in a panel so I figured that it would play a key part in the final solve.

Romeo can be seen with his back to the balcony as he recites his formulaic sonnet. I can almost hear him saying each word slowly in a flat and monotone voice which ultimately catches the ire of the director. He can be seen yelling at Romeo through his paper megaphone while his dialogue tips us off that the two actors have recently broken up.

Jeff did an outstanding job of framing his cartoon by giving us three different levels of perspective. First we see Juliet high above the stage on a balcony, followed by Romeo at eye-level, and then finally the director on the floor. The characters were proportional to their respective positions within the frame which added to the visual impact. As far as extra detail, there wasn’t a whole lot that jumped out at me. The two actors are dressed in period costumes while the director can be seen wearing a beret and single knotted scarf. The window next to the balcony was my favorite detail for today with its vines adding some extra flair.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters and would solve into one word. I thought that the anagram itself was extremely cryptic and gave nothing away. The cartoon sentence said “stage performers” which led me to find ACTING first. INTER was found in the remaining letters for the finish. Today’s game was definitely more challenging than yesterday’s gimme and I hope you found it as entertaining as I did. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 01/28/2019

RAYHI = HAIRY

HTALC = LATCH

WLATLE = WALLET

CEFOFE = COFFEE

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE SPARE DIDN’T ALWAYS FIT IN WITH THE OTHER FOUR TIRES AND OFTEN FELT LIKE A – – –

HILHWETFFE = FIFTH WHEEL

 


Happy Monday, Jumble players! Today’s puzzle was barely a challenge, but it did offer up a brand new clue word in COFFEE. I could have sworn that we’ve seen it before but maybe it’s just one of those words that’s common enough to look like it’s been used in the past. WLATLE was the only anagram that wasn’t immediately visible which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. If you’re a regular player of the game you probably remember that we saw it just over two weeks ago where it was scrambled as WELTLA on 1/13/19. Our oldest word ended up being LATCH and was last in gameplay on 4/25/18 where it was jumbled as CALTH.

The setting for today’s cartoon is a beautiful outdoor scene featuring a Jeep parked somewhere on an off-road trail. The driver is nowhere to be found so we can only assume that he or she is off exploring the great outdoors on this sunshine filled day. In his or her absence, we see a conversation occurring between the tires on the vehicle with one of them feeling left out.

The Jeep that we see in the panel took up the majority of the space in the frame leaving little room for extra details. Jeff managed to squeeze in a couple of hills in the background that are lined with 12 trees. There are also tufts of grass or bits of bushes visible along with two clouds in the sky. Turning my attention to the vehicle, there was something written in the center of the steering wheel that caught my eye. It appears to read “900” which made me think that it’s the model series of the Jeep. Upon closer inspection, it looks like it might also read “Jeff” in cursive but I’m not really sure.

The final solution was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. The layout was cryptic, but the conversation between the tires made this one an instant solve. Have a magnificent Monday and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow for more Jumble fun!

 

Jumble Answers for 01/27/2019

AIFURN – UNFAIR

DSOWMI – WISDOM

CODROT – DOCTOR

TULOTE – OUTLET

NLAVAD – VANDAL

DHYYAE – HEYDAY

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE RETURNING SCRABBLE CHAMPION GUARANTEED ANOTHER VICTORY BY SAYING – – – 

UR   WIM   DOO   OTE   VNA   HYY =     YOU HAVE MY WORD ON IT 

Good Morning, Everyone!   🎶ABC…IT’S EASY AS 1-2-3🎶  – The Jackson Five 1970 https://tinyurl.com/y8ct94cn

🎶 You think that I don’t even mean a single WORD I say…It’s only WORDS and WORDS are all I have…to take your heart away…It’s only WORDS…and WORDS are all I have to take your heart away…🎶 “Words” – The Bee Gees 1968 https://tinyurl.com/yafv2v8x

🔠 I guess there’s nothing UNFAIR ’bout being at your best,
But using as an OUTLET the boasting and the jest…
Can take away your HEYDAY despite the WISDOM held,
If you’re faced with some tiles that leave you nothing spelled…
This guy seems like a VANDAL, he’s out to steal the show,
A Champion the last time don’t mean he’s good to go…
So what remains for us to see is if a DOCTOR’s due,
If just in case this guy don’t win…and then we’ll see ensue…
Him be brought down a peg or two, he won’t be the big hit,
The letter of the law dictates…YOU HAVE MY WORD ON IT 🔠

Looking thorough the Archives for today’s WORDS, I was surprised to see how many past puzzles dealt with DOCTORs. There were at least 10, but oddly enough, I couldn’t find the “Word” DOCTOR. Does that seem possible? Nor could I find HEYDAY or VANDAL. And trust me, I went UP and DOWN the lists…But I did find the other three, and our most recent is OUTLET, having last appeared on March 4th, ’18. Once again, as y’day, each of today’s words called for a second look, but none of them drew a PASS…And most of the Early Birds were on BOARD with choosing HEYDAY as the word that caused the most blinks… Ok. And now I’m UP for our cartoon…

Today we find ourselves attending the SCRABBLE CHAMPIONSHIP, https://tinyurl.com/y97hfe9q where we see the 2018 reigning champ, Nigel Richards  https://tinyurl.com/yb98k3ug  sitting across from his female opponent and SPELLING out to her his intention to win…She doesn’t seem that receptive though, and you can READ a little anger in her expression. She’s kind of GRIDding her teeth…Three people are watching this all go DOWN: The MC, who’s voicing Nigel’s confidence, the reigning “Fastest Jumbler” Paul Lockwood, who was featured in the Jumble of October 16th, EGGS SCRAMBLED, and our own esteemed WORDsmith, David L Hoyt. Knowing WORD had to be one of our answer entries, I unSCRABBLED the rest as such…There’s Nigel’s assurance, his opponents’ use of the word PROMISES, the MC being so impressed and the word GUARANTEE in our questionSoI deciphered that the Champ’s telling her…YOU HAVE MY WORD ON IT! Good one, David! You didn’t exactly SPELL it out for us, but you didn’t let us DOWN, either

Ok, eye candy…With just a light Cream shading at the background, where our two PLAYERS are seated, today’s panel comes ACROSS nicely colored. Nigel, dressed in a Black T-shirt, should have a little more Gray in his hair, and a lot more in his beard…but it may be POINTless to mention, since we know that the “color man” doesn’t really worry about accuracy as much as we do…His female opponent, dressed in a Purple blouse, sports a very chic Gray spiky hair cut. At front, going ACROSS LEFT to RIGHT, there’s the mustachioed MC, wearing a Navy tux with a red bow tie, Paul, in a Green dress shirt, and David, also in Purple. Everyone’s wearing eyeglasses, except for Nigel. We see the SCRABBLE BOARD in Yellow, atop a Brown table, and each PLAYER has their TILES lined up on the trays before them. My eye candy? Nigel’s holding a TILE…and it’d be really uTILE if I could name it. I want to say it’s an “O”, since I can see a rounded top, and a #1 on it, but I think I see a STAR too…And considering that the TILES are numbered at the lower right hand corner, I’m at a loss for WORDS…Anybody? Can you READ any more into it than I can?…(And while you’re at it, does anyone else think that maybe the answer should have been in quotes)? So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And remember…In SCRABBLE it’s all fun and games…until someone loses an “I”! 🔠🙋🏻

***PLEASE NOTE: I accidentally sent the Email out with the same link for both the Scrabble Championship and Nigel Richards. My apologies. It’s been corrected above. 🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 01/26/2019

DEMMO – MODEM

KEHRI – HIKER

TAYRIF – RATIFY

CEJERT – REJECT

CARTOON ANSWER:   WILLIAM CLEMENT INVENTED THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK BECAUSE HE WAS ABLE TO – – –

MEM   HK   ATI   EET   =   MAKE THE TIME

Good Morning, Everyone!     🎶 TIME IS ON MY SIDE 🎶    The Rolling Stones -1964 https://tinyurl.com/y74lanhf

🎶 My GRANDFATHER’s CLOCK was too large for the shelf, so it stood ninety years on the floor…It was taller by half than the old man himself…Though it weighed not a pennyweight more…🎶 “My Grandfather’s Clock” – Johnny Cash 1959 https://tinyurl.com/y9yf3wx5

🕰 In the days before a MODEM and the like became the norm,
Was a man named William Clement with a clock of stately form.
So determined to perfect it, he would REJECT social fun,
And the drive to RATIFY his clock began to get humdrum.
But he knew that he could swing it and a HIKER he became,
Going back and forth with paperwork so he could claim his fame…
And in 1680 England things finally did chime…
And all because Bill Clement made sure to MAKE THE TIME 🕰

After all the new words we’ve endured this week, today we get a reprieve…all old TIME favorites. Would you believe that between 2014 and today HIKER has appeared 10 TIMEs? And what really got me was that not once was it anagrammed the same! It’s only 5 letters! Talk about I before E, etc, etc…!!! Anyway, HOUR other words are all Repeat-Repeats also, with MODEM, appearing for the 6th TIME and being our most recent entry, dating back to October 16th ’18. None of HOUR words took much TIME in solving, but RATIFY did look like Tariff to a few of the Early Birds at first glance, and called for a SECOND look…So, on to HOUR cartoon…

Today we travel back to circa 1680’s England, and find ourselves in the home of Mr & Mrs WILLIAM CLEMENT. Mrs Clement looking ever so fashionable in her Blonde Gibson Girl upSWEPT do and high ruffle-necked blouse, is ready to leave for the Opera, and goes looking for Bill. But Bill is so WOUND UP in MAKING his clock, that he REJECTs the invitation, and CHIMES in with the news that he’s going to spend a few more HOURS working…Wait a MINUTE, again? Poor Mrs Clement, always coming in SECOND…No wonder she looks a little TICKed off…But in answer to our question…William invented the GRANDFATHER CLOCK because he was able to…MAKE THE TIME.

Eye candy? With the panel shaded completely in Purple, the Brown color of the CLOCK and the Workbench definitely STANDs out. Beyond Mrs Clement, we see Patterned wallpaper, with Lattice work above it. The CLOCK is opened, and we see William with his right HAND inside the clocks’ PIT, and the PENDULUM, which is Gold, is being held. His left hand is adjusting the HOUR hand. A missing LINK though is that we don’t see the CHAINS. Perhaps it’s a little too EARLY in the process…On his workbench are the two Gold WEIGHTS, the clocks’ Gray DIAL, 3 Gray gears and a small Gray handle. A Brown Phillips head screwdriver lies nearby. Jeff’s expertly drawn the CLOCK to MINUTE detail, with flowers engraved on the upper door, and showing both the ornately-carved SPLIT PEDIMENT at top, and the PLINTH at the bottom, besides the little hook inside where the PENDULUM will HANG, and the tiny latch on the door. William, sporting long Grayish hair SWEPT up on the sides, is casually dressed for the TIME in a beige vintage draw-string shirt. Mrs Clement, as mentioned before, dressed in TIMEless elegance befitting her NIGHT at the Opera, is draped in layered Purple, with a White Collar. She’s seen with her right HAND rising up, in a SWINGing MOTION…But the eye candy today? If you look real closely…William has a single BEAD OF SWEAT on his brow…Maybe it’s TIME he took a break…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And keep in mind…THYME waits for no man…but BAY LEAVES…🕰🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 01/25/2019

WARLT – TRAWL

PUCEO – COUPE

TOREES – STEREO

SSUYHL – SLUSHY

CARTOON ANSWER: THE BOUTIQUE WAS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS, SO THEY HAD A – – –

TAL   COE   STEO   SLUH   =   “CLOTHES -OUT” SALE

Good Morning, Everyone!            👗CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS 👗

🎶 I move to dissolve the corporation…In a pool of margaritas,
So let’s switch off all the lights…And light up all the Luckies, crankin’ up the afterglow…’Cause we’re GOIN’ OUT OF BUSINESS…EVERYTHING MUST GO…🎶Everything Must Go” – Steely Dan 2003 https://tinyurl.com/yb3ft4jg

👗 Despite the no exchanging, no refund or no return,
A Going Out of Business Sale has many a head turned…
You’re in a COUPE and driving by, or maybe on a walk,
Or maybe you already knew…by hearing others talk.
You get to TRAWL for bargains, on the street if it’s not SLUSHY
And there’s so much that one can buy, especially those not fussy.
Some stores may use a STEREO, to blare out to the street,
Drawing attention to the shop, and there the owner greets…
And let’s you know that bargains wait, cause she’s about to bail,
The warmer weather ‘waits her..so here’s the “CLOTHES-OUT” SALE! 👗

In what might be a first, today we bring 3 new entries into the Jumble FOLD…The only word that’s a Sweet Repeat is STEREO, which we’ve seen 6 times since 2014, with the last appearance being July 14th, ’18, where it was anagrammed as TREESO. All 4 words caused a slight pause this morning, with TRAWL and SLUSHY calling for the most attention…That being said, let’s CLOTHES OUT this word portion, and MOVE on to our cartoon…

Today we find a ourselves outdoors at the PEEK-A-BOUTIQUE, where a GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE is in progress. We see the owner, Doreen Tail, (who goes by Ree for short), telling a customer that she’s CLOTHESing up SHOP and “moving someplace warmer”. I guess REE TAIL feels that she just doesn’t want to RACK her brains anymore worrying about the cold weather…The customer she’s speaking with, happy to be “walking by“, can be seen going through BLOUSES of various colors, while holding a Blue SCARF draped over her arm. Another woman is off to the side, looking through a display of SOCKS. And with 80% OFF, you know these items are marked to MOVE. But once the inventory’s gone, so will Ree be…The business will CLOTHES…So our solution? The Boutique’s having a “CLOTHES-OUT” SALE! Good job, David! You’ve SOLD us!

Ok, let’s adDRESS the eye candy…The panel’s colored pink. Except for the Red 80% OFF sign seen right above the CLOTHES RACK, all the signage is bright Yellow. Ree is DRESSed in a Black scalloped BLOUSE with Gray SLACKS. The woman she’s speaking with is wearing a Black MAXI SKIRT, with a White BLOUSE. And our second shopper is clad in a Purple top and JEANS. The 4 BLOUSES on the rack, all either Short-Sleeved or Sleeveless, are left to right, Mauve, Black, Red, and Peach. The customer is holding a Green one. At the curb, we see a stand, reading EVERYTHING MUST GO, holding 3 BERETS, Peach, Brown and Beige, with a few Green SCARVES folded beside them….It’s a nice LOOK, but nothing’s really catching my eye, so I’ll just CLOTHES this OUT…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And keep in mind…Serious SHOPPING is not for the faint of heart…You need to take CHARGE! 👗🙋🏻

 

Jumble Answers for 01/24/2019

ONWSO = SWOON

VODTI = DIVOT

HRYITT = THIRTY

SAUCCE = ACCUSE

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN THE STAND-UP COMEDIAN RAN OUT OF NEW IDEAS, HE WAS – – –

SWNDITTHIASE = AT HIS WIT’S END

 


Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle was very similar to yesterday’s game in that all of the anagrams were new while their solutions were recycled favorites. In my opinion, the anagrams featured today were much easier to solve with SAUCCE being the only one that took a few extra seconds to figure out. David did a great job of throwing us off course by leaving the two C’s coupled together in the layout which I immediately broke up. When nothing came to mind, I reverted back to the original anagram and happened to see the error in my ways after staring at it for a bit. Our oldest clue word of the day was THIRTY where it was scrambled as TTIYRH the last time we saw it on 2/13/17. SWOON was our most recent with an appearance on 6/8/18.

Today’s cartoon brings us to a comedy club where we see a comedian practicing his material. We’ve seen several cartoons in the recent past featuring a comedy club setting, but this one is identified as “Giggles” by the bubble-lettered sign in the background. The characters were drawn with impeccable detail which means that they’re not our ordinary Jumble folk. On the stage is a comedian that wasn’t familiar to me but seated next to him is a woman that looks like Lissa Sears.

Our comedian looks to be having some real trouble with his set, but his friend is right there offering up advice on how to improve. She suggests using props or impersonations to wow the crowd but our beleaguered funny man feels that he’s done it all before. Jeff perfectly captured the emotion that this guy is feeling by having him steady himself on the microphone stand with his left hand while his right one holds the mic down at his side.

There weren’t a lot of extra details in today’s piece with the cartoon relying heavily upon its caricatures to impress. The tiny sign on the table was very difficult to see but it says “two drink minimum” with a smiley face underneath. The brickwork behind the stage gives the club a “cellar” type of vibe which was also a very nice touch.

The final solution was a 12-letter anagram that solved into four words. The layout gave us many possible word choices with THE, HIS, and AND being at the top of my list. HIS seemed like the best place to start so I crossed out the letters. The flow of the cartoon sentence brought AT to mind leaving WIT’S END to found shortly thereafter. The final solution was a very stinky pun that definitely impressed, so well done David and Jeff! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 🎤

Jumble Answers for 01/23/2019

WOYSN = SNOWY

CEOGK = GECKO

SARPIN = SPRAIN

SHRUOC = CHORUS

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN THE LIONS FIGURED OUT HOW TO BUILD A FIRE, IT WAS A – – –

SNOGECSRAICRUS = ROARING SUCCESS

 


Happy Wednesday, Jumble geniuses! Gameplay began with four brand new anagrams that solved into past favorites. Although GECKO took a couple of extra seconds to come into view, my pick for the most challenging word today was CHORUS. I thought the anagram was well thought out and the separation between the C and H was just enough to keep it cryptic. SNOWY ended up being the only word that came into view instantly upon first glance making the overall lineup a delightful challenge for a midweek offering.

The setting for today’s cartoon brings us to a large, open area of land where we encounter four lions. Although India has the largest population of lions in the world, I believe that the location for today’s piece is somewhere in Africa. The cartoon sentence informs us that the lions have figured out a way to start a fire while their dialogue expounds upon their achievement. The quip between the largest lion and the lioness lets us know that the fire was anything but a group effort and they all seem to take pride in the discovery.

The fine details in today’s piece included a tree in the background with a couple of small hills and some clouds. The mane attraction was the single log burning with a few tufts of grass around it. Looking closely at the image, you can see a bit of fire on the lioness’s tail which she hasn’t noticed yet! Off to the right side of the panel is a couple of legs of the main course with the gruesome details just out of our view.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 14-letters. The layout was brilliant and kept the two-word solution extremely well hidden. At the end of the anagram I saw ICRUS which brought CIRCUS to mind. The remaining letters produced gibberish so I headed back to the cartoon for more clues. I noticed the male lion was saying “Arrrrrr!” which brought ROAR to mind. ING was there for ROARING leaving SUCCESS to be deciphered with little effort. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 🦁

 

Jumble Answers for 01/22/2019

LUTPI – TULIP

BWALY – BYLAW

IUCSCR – CIRCUS

DENDDO – NODDED

CARTOON ANSWER: THE PROCESS FOR MAKING BEEF JERKY IS- – –

TU YA CR NDD = CUT-AND-DRY

Good Morning, Everyone!         🔪WHERE’S THE BEEF? 🔪

🎶 She said “I’ve had burgers well done and rare..Now I’ve got one that ain’t even there”..She got no response from ringing the bell…And that’s when she started to yell…”Where’s the BEEF…Where’s the BEEF? Where’s the BEEF“?🎶 –  “Where’s the Beef”? Coyote McCloud and Clara Peller 1984  https://tinyurl.com/y8zpbxob

🔪 It’s not like there’s a BYLAW saying you must marinate,
Depending on your taste buds…it’s a choice that’s left to fate.
I’ve never tasted Jerky, I’ve no desire to…
The look alone, not to my taste…not TULIP-like imbued…
I guess it’s like a CIRCUS, different things appeal to some,
The animals, the trapeze acts…the reasons people come…
I’m know there’s Jerky fans out there, the heads NODDED agree,
And I’m not passing judgement…it just never interested me.
I’m big on Beef, I’m never one a good steak to pass by…
But I’m unlike our couple here…I don’t do CUT-AND-DRY! 🔪

Once again today, it seems we have a new entry in Jumble play: NODDED. Our other three words BYLAW, CIRCUS, and TULIP, have appeared in 2016, 17, and 18, respectively. And except for a slight tic at CIRCUS, none of the words posed any problems…

Unfortunately, I’m having a little problem with a new Website format this morning, so I’m going to CUT to the chase…We see a couple, dressed in Cincinnati Reds Jerseys, planning to make BEEF JERKY. The woman, reading from a cook book, is telling the man it’s simple…Slice, season, and place on the racks. The man, wearing a Red’s cap, mentions that it’s straightforward…Between them, the big clue…It’s CUT AND DRY. Beef Jerky is lean meat that’s been CUT into strips and DRIED.. https://tinyurl.com/yb9ywfm7  Good one, David..Looks like you CUT right to the chase too!

The eye candy…The view from the window…A snow covered housetop, snow drifts, and icy ground. There’s a shoveled path shown leading into the couple’s house..Nice detail, Jeff. The knife, in the man’s left hand, (Nicer detail, Jeff! A Southpaw)! with little ^^^ marks, denoting its’ sharpness…To the right of the slab of meat, the DRYING RACK. And on the counter, a bottle of Worcestershire Sauce. It reads: LEA…and there’s a capital P...It’s not exactly spelt out…but you get the DRIFT…At least it doesn’t say Jumble! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! Let’s hope we stay DRY!  🔪🙋🏻