Jumble Answers for 01/23/2019










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! 🦁


24 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 01/23/2019

  1. 🎢 A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh
    A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh
    In the JUNGLE, the mighty JUNGLE, the LION sleeps tonight…In the JUNGLE, the quiet JUNGLE, the LION sleeps tonight…🎢 “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – The Tokens 1961

    πŸ”₯ The Jungle King’s no GECKO, there’s nothing cute and sweet,
    No SNOWY-White Prince Charming who does a meet and greet.
    Protector of his chosen herd, though not one stalking prey,
    And leader of the CHORUS when it’s time to eat the slay.
    The Lioness goes out to stalk, starts with a SPRAIN or two,
    But it’s the major Leo who steps in when strength is due…
    And according to this cartoon when fire may have came,
    He might have caused a spark…but it was She who brought the flame…
    Her “we” we see in quotes printed…proves she’s the brains behind…
    Whatever goes on in the herd…she sets the daily grind.
    We see the dead Impala’s legs splayed out upon the ground,
    (Make note also of her singed tail…the proof the she abound)…
    The bottom line…It’s a big “We”..so do we need to guess?
    Who’s prowess made the fire such a big ROARING SUCCESS? πŸ”₯

    Today, IMO…I’d be LION if I didn’t admit that the cartoon drawing may be taking a back seat to its’ diaLOG…With both females being the real ANIMAL attractions. The aforementioned “WE”, and the “I kind of like my meat ‘ROAR’!” Jeff at his best! One can see that he truly takes PRIDE in his work! Have a great day, Everyone! And remember…Where there’s Smoke…There’s always…”FIRE” -The Ohio Players 1974 https://tinyurl.com/y8ed53wm πŸ†πŸ”₯πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Angela:
        I can’t believe that they’re lip-syncing, with that large contingent of instrumentalists behind them. I like that the lead singer sometimes has an expression like he can’t believe those sounds are coming out of his mouth either!

        • LOL..I don’t think they are either…And he does make the oddest faces. Maybe he’s feeling some kind of twinge hitting those high notes! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‹πŸ»

  2. Sprain was looking like aspirin to me,but circus was no problem.Gecko also was problematic spelling wise .Newspapers were not delivered due to snow and ice but I could access the puzzle on the Arkansas Democrat site.

    • We were in the same boat, Chuck. At first I thought SPRAIN as parsnip! My newspaper delivery was all screwed up this week because of the snow so I hope it returns to normal for you real soon. Thank goodness for the online version!!!

  3. A special good morning to all. Today I feel like a genius because I stuck with Jumble and refused to give up. Mike said it took an extra couple of seconds to get Gecko. Well it took me a couple of hours to get that and finally Chorus. I was completely baffled and decided to look at the cartoon. I had an instant blind solve and went with that now knowing the seven letters I needed for the completion. After playing around with them I got the two words at last. A very satisfying conclusion I might add. Thanks Mike for a fine post and Angela, you nailed it with your song choice,use of the words,poem and puns. Until tomorrow stay well.

  4. A CHORUS of boos rang out when the GECKO, representing the insurance giant, slipped on the SNOWY movie set and suffered an ankle SPRAIN.

    • Hi Chuck…Good Morning! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»Bravo! Nicely done..I was hoping you’d post…Tell the truth? It was hard getting around SPRAIN, right? And so many of my thoughts centered around using Sprained instead…it was easier for some reason. Snowy, sprain…they went together, but there wasn’t much wiggle room….Although I could swear, growing up, that one of my uncles, my Aunts’ husband, (who never had much patience for all of us cousins…and there were a slew of us)..would get frustrated at all the ruckus we’d cause and tell us…”I’m going to SPRAIN you kids”! Does that sound at all right? Did people say that?…Anyway, love your sentence…And hope you’re having a good one! β„οΈπŸ™‹πŸ»

      Β° While filming the GECKO commercial, the producer slipped on the SNOWY pavement…evoking a CHORUS of laughter and causing a SPRAIN to his ankle…

      Β° Already fearing that bringing the warm weather GECKO into the SNOWY atmosphere might cause him harm, he drew a CHORUS of boos from the animal activists, when the tiny lizard slipped and had to be treated for a SPRAIN.

      Β° With his arm in a sling because of the SPRAIN, he found it hard to hold onto his pet GECKO, and walk through the SNOWY streets on his way to see “A CHORUS Line”.

      Β° Green with envy that his nemesis got the part in the ad, the GECKO walked distractedly on the SNOWY street – fell – and amidst his CHORUS of curses, knew that he’d have a SPRAIN to his wrist…

  5. I don’t remember hearing the phrase “Sprain you kids”, but I do like same. I really had more trouble trying to figure out how to use the word CHORUS. Thanks for the kind words, Angela. Hope your Wednesday is going great!

    • Hey Chuck…It seems my day goes so well until I turn the news back on…I should do like others are telling me they’re doing…not watching. πŸ™„ But it’s like the moth to the FLAME..I keep tuning in, and ending up upset…The phrase…I have to ask my cousins if any of them remember him saying that to us…It seems so vivid a memory. As for CHORUS, I think it lent itself to a little more flexibility than the other words. And you’re very welcome, I really enjoy your creativity…πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»

  6. Hi all – I’d say GECKO was my hardest word. I saw CHORUS right away because I always try the CH together first. (Also TH, SH, SC, etc when they’re present).

    Starting the fire was an especially remarkable accomplishment without opposable thumbs. Next, they’ll be opening cat food cans. I was wondering also about the tail being on fire, but I guess she’s tough enough!

    Mike, my officemate from Duluth always told me the standard joke there was
    β€œI saw my first robin today.” β€œOh, yeah?” β€œYeah, frozen to a tree.”
    I was beginning to worry that we’d find you frozen to one of your trees.

    Have a great day, everyone.

    Had to laugh at all the β€œa-weema-weh”s, Angela. We’re both posting non-words today. (I also like the clips of Pete Seeger singing that.)
    Song from the ceiling at Peet’s this morning –
    πŸŽ΅β€Da dum, da da dum, da da dum da da dum
    Da dummmm, da da da da da dumm, da da
    I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
    When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May
    Well I guess you’d say, What can make me feel this way?
    My girl (my girl, my girl)
    Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl)β€πŸŽ΅ (The Temptations, 1964)
    Funny, because although it’s not cloudy, it was cold by our standards.

    • G…Not just the thumbs, how about the absence of anything used to cause the friction? I mean besides the “we” female throwing off some? What SPARKED the whole thing? Although there does seem to be something lying beneath the log, at the very far left side. Notice it extending out a bit? And on closer look, do you suPAWS that the flame may be drawn just in front of the Lioness, and only appears that it’s on her tail? …You know, WHISHful thinking…? Anyway…FOOD for thought, right?..But wait…What’s this? A-weema-weh ISN’T a word? Get out…you’re LION! πŸ˜‰ Wishing you a great day too, G! πŸ†πŸ”₯πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • Hi, Steve! I went to the store and bought a 50lb bag of sunflower seeds just before the storm in hopes of luring them to my feeders. No luck spotting one yet, but I’m always on the lookout. The birds are much easier to see with the white background of the snow so it should be soon. 🀞🏻

  7. Your GECKO with CHORUS line is great, Angela. My wife and I were fortunate to have seen it in 1977 on a bus trip.

    • LOL! Thanks, Chuck…I got a little FIREd up after a while! πŸ˜‰ And yes, it was a great play…Marvin Hamlisch was definitely gifted…πŸŽΆπŸ™‹πŸ»

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