Jumble Answers for 01/29/2019










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!

32 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 01/29/2019

  1. 🎶 Talk about LOVE and ROMANCE..Just wait till I get myself straight..I’m gonna put ROMEO’S fame right smack dab outta date…Our love’s gonna be written down in history…just like ROMEO and JULIET…🎶 “(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet” – The Reflections 1964 https://tinyurl.com/y72xqpra

    🎭 Oh Romeo, Romeo…who cares where thou art,
    You’ve done it again…and this time I do part.
    My Father a WAGER he had that you’d stray,
    No longer a WINCE will I have while you play.
    Our NATIVE surroundings I hoped could induce,
    You into fidelity…but you’re too foot-loose…
    With my heart always broken a PELLET I’ve kept,
    And oft thought of suicide when the sadness crept…
    But taking my life because you make me blue,
    Seems way too dramatic…a trait Montague…
    So before our affair ends up history enacting?
    I’m leaving you Ro…it’s the end INTERACTING…🎭

    I mean you never know…ROMEO and JULIET was full of puns and PLAY on words, right? And anyway, I didn’t start this, David did. I just took a STAB at it, and added a little DRAMAtic twist. KNIFE and easy…Let’s face it Folks…she was Italian. Trust me, it could have PLAYed out like this…Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me…Be foolish enough to try to fool me trice? I definitely need to pack my bags, because I’m way too pretty to go to jail for killing you…THE END.

    Act 6: The reCAP..ULET: Juliet, resplendent in Purple with a black bodice, lounges against a trellised archway. Romeo, mustached with a goatee, and SHEATHed in Green, with Olive accents and Olive boots, is leaning with the same posture. Our Director, looking very French, has a OUI mustache, a Black Beret and a Red Neckerchief over a White shirt. He’s speaking into a Red Megaphone, reminding them to ACT like they’re in love…We see a black Stage Apron, and a Balcony of Gold. Nothing’s really jumping out at me, though. I’m getting BARD, really…I guess the only prop is Romeo’s DAGGER, but since it doesn’t come into PLAY in my SCENEario…Oh wait…What light through yonder window breaks? Look real closely… Juliet has a Braid. That’s it! I mean the whole thing was just my TWIST on it anyway, right?… So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And remember…All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely PLAYERS…But that’s what got ROMEO into trouble in the first place…isn’t it? 🎭🙋🏻

  2. Good morning. What’s that old adage. “Be careful what you wish for.” Yesterday I complained about how dumb the creators made me feel because of such an easy Jumble. Today was a day for the thinking cap. Only Wager was an instant read for me. Wince followed next them Pellet which took some time. I caved in and looked up Native. When I saw the word I just kept shaking my head in disbelief as to why I never saw how easy it was. The cartoon answer was another time to use the noggin. It took a little time to finally solve. Thanks creators for a fun start to the day. Mike I always learn on how much I miss from you everyday TY. Angela,perfect song choice and just loved your poem and use of the words. Really clever and you had me smiling. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • I had a feeling that you’d make this kind of post, but I didn’t forsee it being the very next day! Enjoy your triumphs and learn from your defeats. Thanks for the kind words, too. Stay warm, my friend. 🙂

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn. Tks for the Shout Outs, you know how much I enjoy making you smile. And you know not everyone gets our “humor” right away…You and I have spoken about this before…The written word is devoid of inflection, and unless you know someone pretty well, it’s hard to read between the lines…(Maybe it’s a Brooklyn thing)? 😂😂 Hope you have a good one, Bud…Stay well..and warm! 🎭🙋🏻

  3. Native was the word that tripped me up this morning. I had to back into it. In retrospect it doesn’t seem like a difficult word but it was. No problem with the cartoon solution. Am thinking of all you midwesterners and east coasters with this bone chilling cold. Our news reported last night that the Bay Area will be 100 degrees warmer than many parts of the country and we’re only in the 50’s and 60’s. Stay warm!!

    • Hi Betty. Thank you. A little mind boggling, right? I went out early this morning, and got everything I think I’ll need until the weekend. Hopefully, I won’t have to leave the house! Fireplaces, music, chicken soup and we…I’m content! Be well! 💨❄️🙋🏻

      • I was thinking along the lines of a big pot of minestrone, Angela. Sounds like you’re prepared to hunker down. Hope you have a good book too.

        • Ah, but of course, Paesana! But I did that the other day when we were threatened, and ended up dodging the bullet. (There’s still some in the freezer). So it’s the chicken soup going now, plus a beef stew. I tend to eat like a piglet when it snows! LOL! (Speaking of, I always think of your sister now, whenever I see ceramic pigs)! 😉 I do have a few books that I’ve started, but I’m really deep into Kakuro puzzles, and I have a few of those books left too, (104 puzzles in each), so I think I’ll be ok. I also have all the new episodes of “This Is Us” to catch up on…so I think I’ll alternate between the thinking and the crying! 😂 (That show kills me)…I’m just praying it won’t be as bad as they predict…Altho it’s started to snow already, and we were told not until near midnight! Que Sera, Sera! …Betty…PS: Before I was ready to send this, I went to turn on my noon news a little early, and Howard Schultz from Starbucks was on speaking of his intention to run for President. I don’t know anything about him, except that he was born in Brooklyn! 😉 But he seems like an extremely decent man..And it looks like so many hats are being tossed into the ring already …Maybe I will be doing a lot of reading…I don’t know half these people! 🤔🙋🏻

      • NATIVE gave me lots of trouble, too.
        Angela, you got me started on Kakuro. A columnist said something about Kakuro frying your synapses. I still can’t complete the hard ones but I’ve progressed a lot.

        • Hi Caroline! Aptly put! But I’ve been accused for years of havng a fried brain….so??? 😂😂
          Yes, I remember introducing them to you..and warning you of their addictive properties, too! But I knew you’d like them. And not to worry, it took me a considerable amount of time before I tacked the challenging ones. Now I find them all so relaxing. I’m glad you’re still doing them! How’s the cold and snow up by you? I’m hearing so many different stories from everyone upstate…💨❄️🙋🏻

      • I’ve been surprised that I’m still discovering new things about Kakuro.The harder ones seem to have many possibilities and require a lot of trial and error. Would you say that’s true?
        Right now the temperature is OK but we could get wind chills of minus 25 and 3 to 6 inches of snow. How about you?

        • It’s kind of weird here right now. Raining at a steady pace but it’s 40°. Which is great, or it would be all snow. We’re supposed to feel the brunt t’row night and Thursday, but with the cold and winds, and not so much snowfall. The Mid-West is in the real trouble with the deep freeze, I feel for them. The Kakuro? The key with the harder ones, especially, is the constants. Those combinations that can only be one thing. Like 29 being only 5-7-8-9. etc. I always look for those first, because you really can’t progress without identifying them. But, yes, the bigger the grid, the bigger chance of increased possibilities. They’re impossible to do though, without working both ways..across and down. That’s where it gets hairy…I just wish the boxes were bigger, because I squeeze all of the possible numbers into each box! LOL! My puzzles are definitely not neat! 😂😂 Stay safe and warm, Caroline…Be nice to have some hot steaming poutine right about now! 😉🍟🙋🏻

      • Yeah, I always look for the constant, one possibility answers first. But the harder puzzles don’t have many of those. When I used to do Sudoku, I would copy the puzzle on lined paper and make big boxes. But I haven’t tried that with Kakuro.
        Poutine for the cold. Great idea!

        • …And yes, without those…anything goes! 😉 Too many possibilities! That’s a very good idea with the Sudoku, but I think it might be too involved with Kakuro because of all the split boxes with the across and down totaling. It is an intimidating grid! I still do my 2 Sudokus each day, but it’s very rare that I find a challenging one….And guess what? I’m frying up some potatoes…Better than nothing! 😂🍟🙋🏻!

  4. Hi all – I finally saw NATIVE after trying about five other combinations; no real problem getting the rest.

    Have a great day and stay safe and warm, everyone.

    Angela, he had a OUI mustache? As in ‘small’? Funny.
    I love the song choice – so much so in fact that I used in a comment on another comic strip a few days ago. It had cats in a scene reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, so the line “Just like the ones in the CAT-alog” worked particularly well.

    In honor of the day of the week today and the 50th anniversary of the movie below, I’ll leave you with this Lynyrd Skynyrd lyric:
    🎵”Train roll on many miles from my home,
    See, I’m riding my blues away.
    Tuesday, you see, she had to be free
    But somehow I’ve got to carry on.
    Tuesday’s gone with the wind.
    Tuesday’s gone with the wind.🎵

    • LOL! Yes, A OUI bit of a mustache! (And don’t you think I was told this morning that it wouldn’t PLAY? I should have made another WAGER, huh)? 😂😂 Steve…What “movie below”? I’m not following you…🤔🙋🏻

      • “Gone With The Wind”. 50th anniversary of that, “Wizard of Oz”, — and a lot of other things too! 😉😉😂🙋🏻‍♂️

          • Oops, you are correct of course – I’m getting all the anniversaries mixed up!
            You can leave the post as is though, I ain’t proud!

            • ROTFL! Maybe we need one of those 25¢ Ice Cream🍦Cones!!! 😂😂😂 Time flies when you’re having fun! 😂🙋🏻

  5. Chuck B:??? 🤔🙋🏻
    Because she placed a WAGER that the corroded PELLET would never work in the NATIVE firearms they found, she was forced to WINCE when she heard the gunshot.

    • The sound of the PELLET gun going off made the NATIVE New Yorker WINCE as he was about to WAGER on the last horse race of the day. Stay warm, Angela!!

      • 👏🏻👏🏻 Bravo! Good one, Chuck. Nicely done! And we all love that last race, right?…Warm’s the key word for the next few days, Chuck…I wish you the same! 💨🙋🏻

  6. I’ll WAGER that NATIVE New Englander had to WINCE when hefting the 50-pound bags for his PELLET stove before INTERACTING with us here! 😉😂🙋🏻‍♂️

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