LZWTA – WALTZ
COIVE – VOICE
NHIYNW – WHINNY
DLIMAS – DISMAL
CARTOON ANSWER: THE CARPENTER WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY THE STAIRS SQUEAKED BUT COULDN’T – – –
WAT OI NN DIL = NAIL IT DOWN
Good Morning, Everyone! 🏃🏻A Hop, a TRIP and a Jump!🏃🏻
🎶If I had a HAMMER, I’d HAMMER in the morning…I’d HAMMER in the evening all over this land…I’d HAMMER out danger, I’d HAMMER out a warning…I’d HAMMER out love between my brother and my sisters…all over this land…🎶 “If I Had a Hammer” – Peter, Paul and Mary 1963
🏃🏻 He’s done a WALTZ around this step since 2009,
And it still gets its share of laughs each and every time…
The man, in case you don’t know from Modern Family,
Is one of the great comic actors…playing Phil Dunphy.
His VOICE alone has made me laugh, his cadence always right,
It’s nothing like a WHINNY sound, Phil reigns on Wednesday nights…
And what could have been DISMAL, a broken step to bear…
Instead became a running gag that’s lasted all these years.
And Ty Burrell enables one to never wear a frown…
The role he plays Phil Dunphy? We’ve seen him NAIL IT DOWN! 🏃🏻
Today’s puzzle offers up all old favorites, with only VOICE having a repeat anagram. WHINNY is a fairly new word, having made its first appearance on 11/11/18. In fact, today we have a little Jumble quirk as I like to reference it. All four words were not only last seen in 2018, they also ran consecutively from September thru December. And while none of them were terribly challenging, a few of the Early Birders did have the slightest blink at DISMAL.
I’m going to STEP forward, and say that our cartoon today brings us into the home of Claire and Phil Dunphy, part of the wonderfully talented cast of TV’s Modern Family. Not only does our character look like Phil, (played to perfection by the master of comic timing, Ty Burrell), who I FELL for immediately, but ever since the show began, back in 2009, there’s been a running gag with that broken STEP. And no matter how many times we see Phil trip on the way up, and say, “Gotta fix that STEP“, and Claire for some reason trip on the way down, it’s still hysSTAIRical. And since Jeff is a big fan of Phil’s, and despite our question referring to a “squeaky” STEP, not a broken one, I’m still STANDING by my belief that Jeff just left it up to us to PHIL in the blanks! So, with our Carpenter holding a hammer? He just couldn’t…NAIL IT DOWN! Good one, David! You’ve STEPped UP once again..,
Eye candy? Besides the Carpenters cap, with its crossed Hammer and Saw, and the Tell-Tale NAIL behind his ear, there’s the picture frames hanging on the wall, just like in the Dunphy home. The one at left, is of the entire Dunphy clan, Phil with Claire in the background, and the three Dunphy children at front: Haley, Luke, and Alex, who looks to be holding an iPad, (which she is often seen with on camera). And the photo at right, of Phil, pictures him as a Cheerleader, which he was while in College. And in a cute little detail, if you look real closely, on the STEP Phil’s touching upon, you can see two NAIL HEADS from the former repair. Nice detail, Jeff. But I’m going to STEP it up a bit, and make today’s eye candy a spoken one. The Carpenter saying...”I could have sworn I fixed it”....Phil DID fix the step early on, but after an Earthquake hit in 2010, it broke again…and it’s remained broken ever since, even as Modern Family sadly enters its’ final season…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…and I don’t know about you, but when I think about saying goodbye to Modern Family, and Phil?…I keep hearing 🎶The STAIRS of a Clown🎶 playing in my head…Even though Phil’s afraid of Clowns! 🏃🏻🙋🏻