Jumble Answers for 04/09/2019












Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle surely raised my spirits with its unique blend of clue words and cryptic final answer. And the cartoon? It was top shelf, too! All of our clue words were old friends, but their anagrams came up as new. The most challenging one for me was TATTOO because of the equal number of consonants and vowels. Once I employed the double letter trick, the answer came to me in a flash. Our oldest clue word this morning was SMELLY and I had to go all the way back to 11/30/16 to find it. DIMLY ended up being our most recently used with a gameplay date of 12/28/18. Yesterday our clue word solutions were in reverse alphabetical order while today we find them in an ascending order. Thanks for the whimsical touch, David!

In today’s panel, Jumble artist extraordinaire, Jeff Knurek, delights us with a backwoods inspired drawing of three peculiar looking men. There is a fourth man in the panel, but he’s attired in a jacket and dress shirt to differentiate him from the others. The three men are all posing for the camera which is one of those old-timey kind that resembles an accordion. They’re all slightly hunched over and looking deadpan ahead as they wait for the process to be finished. Would it have been too much for one of them to smile or show off some moves like JΓ€ger?

The extra details were overflowing in today’s cartoon, and I couldn’t help but drink them all up! The stills and dilapidated shack added some vertical dimension to the piece, but Jeff didn’t stop there. He also weaved in an oak barrel on its side, a couple of jugs labeled “xxx”, some firewood and of course that lovable looking mutt with his tongue partially sticking out. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t a bordeaux collie, so let’s just call him a hooch pooch instead. It was hard to pick one detail as my favorite, so I’ll offer up three instead. The piece of grass sticking out of the middle guys mouth was clever as was the overgrown lawn that they were standing on. And doesn’t the last guy look a little bit like David L. Hoyt? I have no proof to back it up, but the glasses and bald head seem to suggest that it’s him!

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. The two word solution was cleverly hidden within and nothing obvious jumped out at me. The double letter trick helped once again and allowed me to first find STILL. STOOD was quick to be found in the remaining letters for a refreshing finish. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

17 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 04/09/2019

  1. Good Morning. Mike. Good Morning, Everyone. Mike, I heard there was Snow in New Hampshire STILL this morning! I hope you’ve been spared…πŸ™„πŸ™‹πŸ»

  2. 🎢 I’ve been a MOONSHINER for seventeen long years…And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer. And I go to some hollow and set up my STILL…If whiskey don’t kill me…Lord, I don’t know what willβ€¦πŸŽΆ “Moonshiner” – Bob Dylan 1963

    🍯 There’s whiskeys and there’s “whiskeys”, depends upon the proof
    And some can go down easy…while others raise the roof…
    And Moonshine for so many years brewed hidden in a Still,
    All DIMLY lit and SMELLY, and a lot of it pure swill…
    Today we’re SHOWN a Mountain scene where Mountain men held sway,
    And produced jugs of Moonshine that they sold to pay their way.
    A business held behind the scenes, all hidden in the woods…
    With Prohibition in place…they did the best they could.
    So men bearing a TATTOO, rolled up their sleeves and did,
    Whatever they deemed needed to keep them off the grid.
    And while today it’s different, legal Moonshine then was nil…
    So Mountain Men were clandestine and quietly STOOD STILL …🍯

    Looking at our puzzle in DISTILL of the early morning, something about it JUGGED my memory, and I did a little research…Sure enough, back on December 16th, 2017, we had a puzzle about a Moonshiner painting a picture, and its’ solution was: STILL LIFE. http://tinyurl.com/y5gazvan The Moonshiner featured that day was a slightly similar look-alike to the man standing in the middle of today’s threesome, although today’s character seems less unkempt, and a little more defined. Dressed in overalls and wearing the same floppy Mountain Man hat, they both seem to epitomize the stereotypical Appalachian Moonshiner of times gone by. But something about the faces of our trio today makes me wonder if Jeff is “tongue-in-cheeking” us with a little of his whimsy. None of the men today appear to have that generic look of Jeff’s usual Jumble characters, so I think they may be caricatures of “real” people. And if I had to guess, I think they may be Mac King, the comic magician, (something about the hair and the nose), Nate Bergatze, the Old Hickory, Tennessee born and bred stand-up comedian, (the mustache, beard, and exaggerated paunch), and our own David Hoyt, America’s Puzzle Man extraordinaire (the familiar hairless dome). All three, good friends of Jeff’s…Nate, the “Tennessee Kid” has just released his first one-hour standup comedy special of the same name on Netflix, and he was just on the Tonight Show last week, where he told his “Olivia” joke, and did one of his trademark hysterical riffs on his long-suffering wife. But, of course, my guesses may be totally off TRACK…and I could just be all WET…Anyway, the photographer saying…”No one move” was all the PROOF we needed for this puzzle today…And STOOD STILL could practically be heard HOLLERing off the page…Great puzzle, Guys…BOOZE two never fail to imPRESS!

    Eye candy? I DRANK it all in…I like the Cork on the KEG behind Mac, and the old-time accordion-type Camera on the Tripod Stand. I especially like the photographers’ hand-held powder lamp…which was WHISKEY business back then, with its exploding flash. The little Wood Pile behind Nate STACKS up nicely. The STILL itself, black with red coils and details, STOOD out, and the two oversized JUGS are a cute X-ercise in Moonshine design…But I’m going with Nate’s big PAW on Beau the BOOZEhound’s head…You need to look real closely, since it’s BARLEY visible, but it’s the cute little TOUCH that caught my RYE this morning…Have a great day, Everyone! And remember…Drink in moderation…Too much alcohol can often lead to very POUR decisions…πŸ―πŸ™‹πŸ»

  3. Dave and Jeff could recycle this puzzle someday, maybe with the same clue words, but with the cartoon changed to say “After an all-out raid by the revenuers, the moonshiners…STILL STOOD”!

    I notice there are two “LY” words today. A good day for Steve!

  4. The evening TATTOO bugle recalling the trainees to their SMELLY barracks, where they will be SHOWN a military training film, was DIMLY looked upon by some of the recruits.

    • You definitely painted a picture with this one Chuck! Too funny! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Kudos! Here’s my take: Hope you have a good one! πŸ―πŸ™‹πŸ»

      Β°”Being stuck again discarding all the SMELLY debris from the back of the TATTOO parlor, he decided they needed to be SHOWN a lesson, and in the DIMLY lit alley way he STOOD STILL and waited for them to emerge…

      Β° He went to get a TATTOO the first one in his life..
      He thought about it long and hard..it caused a lot of strife.
      He’d been SHOWN many pictures, to choose what he might get,
      He liked some of the bigger ones, but they just caused more fret.
      He looked upon it DIMLY, deep down he did feel scared,
      But having made his mind up, he thought he was prepared
      Till all at once he caught a whiff of something odd and SMELLY…
      And realized that it was his skin…and then he turned to jelly…
      The tattoo was a failure, cause the rest was all in nil,
      He jumped up off the table when he should have just STOOD STILL!!

  5. Ly words seem to be popping up with frequency lately.Tattoo was a problem for me,too many t’s and O’s ,so I had to work backwards from the “stood still” solution to the tattoo anagram solution.No snow here in WCentral Illinois w high temps in the 70’s ,at least for now.

  6. Good afternoon. Little late today because I had a 10:30 mass at church today for a fellow bocce player and one of four people I sit with at church every Sunday. He was known as the “Old Man, he was 89. I liked him because he reminded me so much of my pain in the neck late father-in-law. I understood why he was like he was and he really had a good sense of humor. When he played bocce and was on my side, I took him on my end because I could let him know what to do. One day he was spot on and made three good shots in a row and one of the guys said,”You’re Good”, and his reply was “What do you expect, I’m Italian”. Today’s Jumble was a pleasure, not too hard or too easy. Just right. The moonshiners reminded me of my three good buddies in my first hitch in the Navy. One was from Alabama, the other from Tennessee, and the third from the swamps in Florida. They went back to the one guys house in Alabama but I stayed back at the barracks because I was saving to get married and only took liberty once every two weeks. Well, they came back with some Alabama white lightning and his car was all shot up because of a feud with one of his neighbors. He wanted to go back and get his shotgun and return but thank goodness the other guys talked him out of it. Sorry I got carried away. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Hey Brooklyn…Leave it to those Italian men, huh? πŸ˜‰ I’m sorry for your loss, Paul. You had spoken of the guy before, and I know you were fond of him. But at least you know you helped him enjoy himself right up to the end…89 and playing Bocce?! We should all be so lucky…Your Moonshine story is another gem…And as for getting carried away…I think today’s just a day of melancholy memories ..We all got ’em…Too bad it’s STILL Lent…I think you deserve “a nice glass of wine” as my Grandpa used to say…πŸ˜‰ Enjoy the day, Brooklyn…And 🍷This ones for you…πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Forget the wine. I could go for a couple of vodkas. My young ones slept over Saturday to return to another funeral in NJ and was just in time for chili that I just finished making. I tried to get them to open a bottle of wine but they reclined because I gave everything up. I told them it doesn’t bother me but they stuck with water like me.

        • LOL…Well if you’re calling for the vodka, then pour me my Black Label on the rocks and let’s really make it a party! I’m all in! And I think that was very stand up of your kids…I would have done the same thing under the circumstances..and knowing you? You’d have passed on the wine too, if the tables were turned…It’s obvious you did a good job raising your kids, Brooklyn, and there’s Respect..What goes around, comes around, and we reap what we sow……. Oh, Paul, I know I asked you already, but you didn’t answer…The other day after you mentioned Sandra Dee, I found you a really cute video…Did you get to see it? πŸ™‹πŸ»

  7. ***FYI*** Heard from Steve…Surgery a success.πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» He’s seeing better already. πŸ‘€ πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • YW, Paul. Yes, it is…very good news…He’s feeling very happy and said it went better than he expected. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»

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