Jumble Answers for 01/31/2019






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! 🐠🙋🏻

33 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 01/31/2019

  1. Morning, everyone –
    Really funny post and puns today, Angela, and very funny answer, too. Jeff’s animals always have so much charm and personality.
    I didn’t know the word koi but was able to figure it out after finding being.

    • Good Morning, Caroline.Thank you very much. I felt it cute and clever myself. And you know I’m with you on the cartoons…Jeffs’ wildlife is always adorable. I’ve known about Koi fish for a long time now. because one of my brothers had a pond on his property for many, many years. Glad you worked it out…Have a great day, and stay warm! 🐠🙋🏻

  2. This Jumble to me is pretty obscure. “Koi” won’t anagram in Wordsmith, and you don’t get a dictionary reply if you Google “define: koi”. Furthermore, this Jumble is cooked. There is another obscure or esoteric answer as well, namely BEING OIK. “define: oik” Googles to a definition: an uncouth or obnoxious person. I think that fish was being pretty oik when it wouldn’t even talk about its scales, although really, this is the first time I have heard of either OIK or KOI. To me the two answers are equally plausible, although I would give an edge to OIK because it has a dictionary definition.

    • Good Morning, Jim. I have to say, that I thought everyone knew about Koi fish. But after hearing Caroline and now you say that it’s new to you, I’m forced to change my tune. But I don’t know why you’d say that the female Koi is being oik. Her reluctance to respond to his CARP was quite understandable. He’s harassing her.. I’d liken it to a man telling a woman that he’d liike a better look at her legs, etc. But that’s my POV, as a woman who’s been harassed one time too many…But I know Jeff and David meant it all in fun, and I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it because it is very clever…I hope the rest of the day goes better, Jim…Enjoy! 🐠🙋🏻

      • I think crossword puzzle workers would have a better chance of solving this Jumble, Angela. I know the word “KOI” would be “foreign” to me if I weren’t a cp addict.. Just thinkin’.

        • Hi Chuck, You may be right. IDK….It’s true, CP, over the years, have managed to fill my head too with a ton of bits and pieces, but I really thought that Koi Ponds were pretty mainstream. I guess I take too much for granted..🐠🙋🏻

      • I couldn’t tell from the cartoon what gender the fish were. Notice that I used “it” instead of “him” or “her” to describe the fish. I was talking about the second fish’s uncommunicativeness.

      • I don’t do crossword puzzles and I don’t think I’ve seen the koi ponds either. Could also be I just don’t remember.

        • LOL! 😂 Thanks! True tho…I took a vertigo pill and fell out for an hour…it’s getting better..🤕🙋🏻

  3. I thoughto koi was spelled k-o-y so that made me doubt dinky since I thought I needed the y Otherwise I had the 4 anagrams and being koi solution.We’ve ‘warmed’ to -11 in WCentral Illinois but still no real newspaper delivery.Stay warm.

    • Good Morning, Prof. It wasn’t the most challenging puzzle by any means, but KOI was key! As for the weather, it’s reallly something. Hopefully we’ll all be warmer after the weekend. Stay safe and have a good one! 🐠🙋🏻

  4. Good morning. Another enjoyable Jumble because you had to think a little bit. Not everything was automatic. When it came time to the cartoon answer I first started to make one word and then realized it was two. Had Being and arranged the last three left as KOI. I had no idea what it was and checked with my phone and learned something new. Angela check out Mutts and Old Big Happy. Both will give you a good laugh. You again nailed it with your song choice and I enjoyed your use of the words coupled with the poem and puns. Really some good stuff. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn. I did read the comics, and they always make me laugh. That little kid James is a trip! Thanks for the Shout Outs, I had a good time with this one…And I’m more and more surprised at Koi not being immediately recognizable..I feel like the FISH out of water! 😉Have a good one, Bud. Stay warm…🐠🙋🏻

      • I think you are by the standards of us mortals. I got a chuckle just doing this. I just listened to the song because I only knew a few lines. Enjoyed seeing the turntable with the old records. Think they only had 33 1/3 and 78 Rpm back then. 45s wasn’t even a dream.

        • Hi Paul (butting in here)
          They were closer in time than I would have guessed. I also had a turntable with 16 2/3 RPM for “Talking Books”.

          From Wikipedia:
          “After World War II, two new competing formats entered the market, gradually replacing the standard 78 rpm: the 33 1⁄3 rpm (often called 33 rpm), and the 45 rpm.
          The 33 1⁄3 rpm LP (for “long-play”) format was developed by Columbia Records and marketed in June 1948.
          RCA Victor developed the 45 rpm format and marketed it in March 1949.”

        • Brooklyn, You have no idea how you make me smile. You really are a ray of sunshine…which is breaking out here by the way…I thought the turntable was a nice touch too. And you’re right, it was all LP records back then. I still have 2 turntables, and I still listen to some of my Father’s old 78’s, and a ton of 33 1/3s. I just enjoy the vinyl…Stay safe, Brooklyn…😘🙋🏻

  5. It would probably SICKEN some people to know that a DINKY end of a dinner fork PRONG would make a VIABLE self defense weapon.

    • 👏🏻👏🏻 Kudos, Chuck! Really good one! You have the wildest imagination! LOL…I so love when a number of people can be faced with the same words, and manage to create such different scenarios. Words are truly fascinating little creatures, aren’t they? 😉 Stay warm and safe…and enjoy the cocooning! 🐠🙋🏻

  6. No problem with the words or cartoon answer this morning. We have a lovely Koi pond at our Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Am suffering vicariously with your cold cold weather. I just read that we are 123 degrees warmer here in the Bay Area than some cities in Minnesota. Do stay warm and safe. I hope this cold snap breaks soon.

    • Hi Betty. Good Morning. Aren’t they beautiful? Very peaceful, a calming influence…Tks for your well wishes. It hit us last night and this morning. I think we may be up to 8° now, but I came in early this morning, and it was at 1°, with a WC feel of -13…and it actually hurt…I can’t imagine what the Midwest must feel like. The numbers are staggering…Hope your day goes well…🐠🙋🏻

  7. Hi all – Only SICKEN took an extra second. I first thought FIN or SHY for the answer’s second word, but the letters weren’t right. Wrote the letters out to see the answer.

    I’m also surprised that KOI isn’t better known, but I’m figuring that it’s more common around here with the strong Asian and Japanese influence (Lunar New Year starts next Friday 2/5). (And by the way, I typed “Koi” into my Chrome address bar which does a Google search and it instantly brought up many pictures and definitions.) There are Koi ponds all over the place, and you see carp for sale in stores and markets. Apparently the raccoons and other wildlife find them delicious, and some are so valuable that theft is also a problem.

    Have a great day everyone. The Weather Channel says temps in the 40’s to 60’s aren’t that far away for the East and Midwest; good luck!

    Great writeup Angela. That fish isn’t being KOI because she’s shy – she wants nothing to do with him because she knows he’s just one of the Hoi Polloi.
    I thought there were only two little fishies until I went online. Not sure if I’ve ever heard your song, though. ( 😂 Just kidding, of course!). Actually, I think the pond is connected to a river somewhere:

    🎵”Now the Rawlson is a Swedish town, the rillerah is a stream.
    The brawla is the boy and girl,
    The Hut-Sut is their dream.
    Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla, brawla sooit.”🎵

    • Hi Steve..Thanks very much for the Shout Out, as I said it was a clever, fun one. We too have a lot of Koi Ponds around here, they’ve been popular for a long time. But I guess maybe not everyone’s in TUNA with them! 😉 Have a good one, G! 🐠🙋🏻

    • Terrific. Sung by Gene Autry. How about your wiki your wacky your woo woo wonderful. That number not many people know. I use to have the record that my sister gave me from my parents.

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