Jumble Answers for 02/18/2019










Good Monday morning, Jumble friends! The solve of today’s puzzle was completed in a span of about 20 seconds making for a super quick game. All of the clue words were easily identifiable and didn’t cause me any hesitation. BERTH was a new word making its debut into gameplay, but there wasn’t any way that David could scramble it that would make it difficult. SPIRAL pulled double duty this morning as it was our oldest clue word of the quartet and my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day. We last saw it just over eight months ago on 6/16/18 where it was scrambled as SARLIP. INWARD ended up being our most recent repeat and was featured last month on 1/18/19.

Today’s cartoon offering featured four women playing a game of cards with the Golden Gate Bridge providing a beautiful background scene. These women were drawn in detail which leads me to believe that they are either friends or some relation to Jumble artist Jeff Knurek. The dialogue indicates that two of the women are mother and daughter and they’re playing as a team against the other two ladies. We can see some of the faces of the cards in the players hands as well as on the table but I’m not sure who has the advantage because I’ve never played this particular game.

In the background is the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and we almost see the entire one-mile length of it in the panel. The bridge connects the city of San Francisco to Marin County and the impressive structure is the most photographed bridge in the world. We see several generic Jumble characters making use of the footpaths near the bridge with a couple of them jogging and one couple walking their dog. Whenever Jeff draws a body of water, I always look for his signature sailboat which today he added on the far right-hand side. The women are dressed in shorts and short sleeves and we can see that “Fran” is wearing sandals. What surprised me most about today’s cartoon was the lack of vechicles on the bridge, but the panel looks more calm and tranquil without them.

The final solve was an extremely cryptic anagram consisting of 14-letters. The visual clues in the cartoon gave the answer away instantly making it a Monday morning gimme. Have a terrific start to your week and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

26 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 02/18/2019

  1. Good Morning, Mike…We dodged another bullet. It stayed warm enough to just get rain. Hope you fared as well. Have a good one! ♠️🙋🏻

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  2. Two Shout Outs: One, to Jeff..LAL HET SEBT! Happy Belated🎈Birthday!🎈 Hope you had a great day!..An two, in the wee small hours of this morning, there was a re-run of the TV show “Mom”, called “Sword Fights and a Dominican Shortstop” from November 3rd, 2016. Rosie O’ Donnell plays an alcoholic at an AA meeting, and in her share she mentioned the Jumble! How cool is that? 🙋🏻


  3. 🎶 I left my heart in San Francisco, high on a hill, it calls to me…
    To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars, the morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care…🎶 “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” – Tony Bennett 1962 http://tinyurl.com/y5o4o6nb

    ♣️♦️The Golden Gate a fine backdrop, a GROVE of trees beyond
    It’s such a tranquil image…one photographers find fond…
    Looking INWARD at the table, we see Bridge hands being played
    But I don’t know the East-West game and can’t say what’s displayed…
    A ship shows in the distance, maybe headed for its’ BERTH
    It’s not atilt as usual I’ll say for what it’s worth…
    For those of you familiar…there’s a SPIRAL ship most times
    (And I needed that description so that I could make the rhyme)!
    But our cartoon shows these women happy down to a her…
    So I guess “the West” fits perfectly with these four BRIDGE PARTNERS…♥️♠️

    As I said, I don’t know anything about Bridge, and in case you don’t either and would like to, here’s a little help.. http://tinyurl.com/y4f6hphd But today, sitting in the shadow of the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, I can tell you this much…We see 4 happy smiling woman, enjoying the surroundings and the game. The woman being addressed as Fran is holding an Ace of Spades showing amongst the 6 cards in her right hand. 3 cards are faced down in front of her. The woman to her left holds 5, and we can see a Two of Clubs, with 2 faced down cards. On the table, I can see what I think is an Ace of Diamonds at the bottom of a 3-card lay, a Three of Clubs next to it, and a third card besides that which I can’t identify. Fran’s Mother is holding 6 cards in her left hand, with 4 faced down, and the woman to her left, holds 5, with 2 faced down. The deck is showing between them. What does this all mean? I have no idea! But it’s obvious it’s Bridge, and these women are…BRIDGE PARTNERS. Good one, David! Well PLAYED!

    The eye candy? Jeff’s given us a plethora…There’a a pretty green expanse, with an aqua-colored Pacific Ocean. Gray mountains show beyond the Bridge. The Bridge looks great, thanks to Jeff, but it’s showing as black, and we know it should be International Orange. (For those who may not know, Jeff does the drawings, someone else, whom we don’t know, does the coloring). Off in the background along the path at right, we see a woman walking holding either a phone or a water bottle, with a male couple, (one sporting a goatee and wearing dark shades), holding hands and walking ahead of her. They have a small dog on a leash. Jogging along in the opposite direction is another male figure. On the left side of the pathway, there’s a single male runner. There’s the aforementioned sailing ship, but this time Jeff’s left it upright. Nice change of pace! Two seagulls are seen flying above and the sky shows 2 fluffy white clouds against a soft blue horizon. There’s nothing really “hidden” though. Three of the women, except for Fran are wearing glasses. Fran’s Mother, to me the key character, is a face we’ve seen before, but I’m not sure who she is. Knowing that Jeff has a sister, I first thought perhaps she was Jeff’s Mother, Mary Lou, but I looked back to the puzzle of October 27th, 2018, where Jeff featured his parents, in “Gave Him an Earful”, and it doesn’t resemble her at all. But again, I know we’ve seen the face before. Anyway, she’s wearing a powder blue blouse, with a pendant at her neck. To her left, is a woman in a red top, with a visor to match. Fran wears a green top with black shorts, and the woman to her left has on jeans shorts with a purple blouse. So, since I’m just COASTing with all of this, I’m forgoing the eye candy in lieu of a question. Jeff? No TRICKS…Who’s Mom? Happy President’s Day, Everyone! And I hope nothing comes along today that you can’t DEAL with! ♠️♥️♣️♦️🙋🏻


  4. Good morning. Get ready here it comes. Angie’s female friends favorite word. Since I last posted I thought I’d catch you guys up with a PLETHORA of information. Saturday was a complete bomb. Sunday was a complete success which brings us to today. My choice for hardest word was Spiral. It took me as long to get the word than Mike to solve the whole puzzle. After writing down the letters and taking time out to study the cartoon the answer finally appeared Thanks Mike and Angela for all the hidden treasures and the perfect song choice to match the cartoon. Until tomorrow stay well.

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    • Oh no, you don’t! I’m not taking that rap! She’s no friend of mine! 😂 And I’m pretty sure I was using the word way before her! Good Morning, Brooklyn, I was starting to get worried. Good to see you. And thanks for the Shout Out. One can never go wrong with Tony Bennett. Stay warm, and have a good one! ❤️🙋🏻


      • Hi Mike,no need to explain. Some days it’s easier for some and hard for others. That’s why you guys created the list for hardest word. It’s fun to see the different opinions. Sometimes the most simplest word eludes us.


  5. I also saw the puzzle as almost an instant solve with inward looking like windward originally,and bridge players as a blind solve before the letters yielded bridge partners as the correct solution.We also got a dusting of snow both Sat and Sun nights.Our son and his 2 daughters had a nice weekend visit and left on the early morning 7 AM Amtrak for Naperville.Enjoy the Presidents’ Day holiday.

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    • Chuck, reading your post, and with there being a card game in the Jumble, I hope you don’t mind if I dedicate a song to you and your family:

      🎵”Riding on the city of New Orleans
      Illinois Central, MONDAY MORNING rail
      Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
      Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail
      Good morning, America, How are you?
      Say don’t you know me? I’m your native son
      I’m the train they call the city of New Orleans
      I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.
      Dealin’ CARD GAMES with the old men in the club car
      Penny a point; ain’t no one keepin’ score
      Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
      Feel the wheels rumblin’ ‘neath the floor…
      The conductor sings his songs again
      The passengers will please refrain
      This train’s got the disappearing railroad blues”🎵


  6. Good Morning, Chuck. Somewhat of a STRETCH, but …😉🙋🏻

    ° On his way to dock the boat within its’ BERTH, he sailed past the GROVE of newly planted SPIRAL-shaped topiary, and kept his disdain for them INWARD…

    ° She took the upper BERTH, since he slept with such SPIRAL movements that she felt he’d make her as nauseous as he did the time he drove speeding through that GROVE, and she had to pray to keep her meal INWARD.

    ° While she did the X-word puzzle, he told her that copse was another word for GROVE, that SPIRAL was another word for coil, and that BERTH was another word for a bunk bed…what he really wanted to tell her he kept INWARD!

    …And the real unaBRIDGEd entry….

    ° Wanting to name the new boat “Onward and INWARD”, his explanation was that he sailed onward, and brought the boat to BERTH inward, but his wife let him know that the correct phrase was “Onward and Upward”, and that she had no intention of letting him once again apply his SPIRAL way of thinking to misname something. She left him a note saying…”You GROVE me crazy one time too many”!


  7. “San Francisco Open Your Golden Gate You’ll Let No Stranger Wait Outside Your Door” sung by Jeannette Mac Donald in the 1936 movie, “San Francisco” starring Clark Gable & Spencer Tracy. That song is really the anthem for survivors of the 1906 Earthquake which was featured in that same movie. On opening day in 1937, my mother and her brother & sisters walked across the bridge as it was not open to cars until the next day. 50 years later they closed the bridge to traffic and, her brother (who was in his 80’s) and my children walked across it for the celebration. So many people crowded onto the bridge that it flattened out completely and they thought it might collapse. It was a very frightening experience. In 2012 for it’s 75th Birthday the City Fathers did not repeat that activity but did close it to all pedestrians and traffic that night and had the most magnificent fireworks display I’ve ever seen. I live within walking distance of that beautiful bridge. I never tire of seeing it. Truly it is my favorite landmark in the city. Happy Monday to all.

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    • Betty…What beautiful, beautiful memories. I so enjoyed reading this. It is a beautiful bridge, and I think it’s wonderful to live in its’ shadow. Happiest Monday to you! ❤️♦️🙋🏻


    • I’ve been anticipating your comments all morning , Betty! I knew that you’d have a lot to share and you didn’t disappoint. The bit about your mother’s brother (your uncle?) was my favorite part and the fact that he walked your children across 50 years later was so sweet. Thanks for sharing those memories!!!


    • Great minds think alike Betty! Everyone thinks of “I Left My Heart” as SF’s song, but the true natives know it’s really “Open Your Golden Gate”, so much so that that was the choice to welcome the world back to Candlestick Park for the completion of the World Series after the earthquake in 1989.


  8. Hi all – INWARD would have taken longer if I hadn’t seen WARD right away. BRIDGE was obvious, so I wrote the letters to get the other word.

    Mike, you’re right about the lack of vehicles being unusual. In fact, Herb Caen often referred to it as “the car-strangled spanner”. There was one day without any though – 5/4/1987, the Bridge’s 50th anniversary, when so many people were allowed to walk on it that they feared a collapse for awhile. Three of my friends went there:

    Angela, good song choice, and so cool that Tony Bennett got to sing it in front of his own statue in Union Square. Also, at least the Chronicle got the color of the bridge right!

    The first thing I wondered is whether Betty is one of the bridge partners. It’s probably within walking distance, possibly at Crissy Field along the waterfront. I’m sure it’s not this morning though or they’d be freezing to death. It was 38 on this side of the bay this morning and probably about the same over there.

    Have a great day, everyone!

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    • Hey, G. If the Chronicle couldn’t get it right, who could? 😉 Here’s to a good one, despite the chill…❤️♣️🙋🏻


    • I’m not a card player, Steve, but you’re absolutely correct it’s much too cold out there on Crissy Field to play cards – especially today. I think it’s about 48 now but pretty windy. I’m always amazed at the wind surfers out on the bay. They’re a hardy bunch.


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