Jumble Answers for 05/02/2019












Happy Thursday, Jumble geniuses! Today’s puzzle was the perfect combination of challenging clue words and a clever final answer that left even this true believer stumped. And talk about timely! Jeff delivered a fantastic comic book themed cartoon with Avengers: Endgame still being in theaters. The film has already raked in $1.2 billion dollars and is on track to become the highest-grossing film of all time. It just might knock Avatar from the top spot that its held since 2009 if it can earn a measly $1.58 billion more!!!

David didn’t offer up any new clue words this morning, but three of his anagrams were new. HAVOC was our only repeat, and it was also our most recently used word (5/21/18). The double T’s & E’s of TETHER were my kryptonite, so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. SALMON was a mighty fine jumble, too, but nowhere near as difficult as TETHER.

In today’s cartoon, Jeff transported us back to 1961. It was a time when digital devices were nonexistent and children still interacted with one another! We see three small kids sitting on the steps of a home and they’re all engrossed in a comic book. The cover reads “The Fantastic Four” and I instantly recognized that it was issue #1. Even though the dialogue gave us information about the characters and their creators, you might have overlooked the common thread that tied it all together.

On the cover we see the superheroes battling their protagonist, Mole Man, and it looks like they’ve met their match. Even though the drawing on the cover was tiny, you can still make out a few of the characters. If you want to see the original cover in full detail, please click HERE. Jeff even managed to stick in the Comic Code Authority stamp in the top corner of the book which was my favorite detail.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters which was one letter less than yesterday’s. The “V” was the uncommon letter and at first I thought it might be part of HAVE. A few scrambles of the letters brought MARVEL into view with the rest of the answer coming shortly thereafter. All in all it was a brilliantly clever answer that brought a big smile to this comic book enthusiasts face. Super job, David and Jeff! Excelsior!!!








46 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 05/02/2019

  1. Drat, I was going to put a link to the original. Well, as Angela said the other day, you all don’t just monkey around. lol

  2. Good morning. Thanks transplant (Angela) for your comment yesterday. I just went back and checked it out and enjoyed the line “I’ll keep the porch light on”. Now it’s driving me nuts because I can’t remember who said it. I can almost see his face. Please,who said that famous line!! Going nuts trying to remember who it was. Regarding A/C. The short version is that I came home with $157 to the good. Couldn’t be happier. There was 8 of us this time from bocce, 3 were girls. One of the girls even won the free trip next month. Thanks Mike on a great post. The words today was challenging. It took me a little longer to get Salmon than Tether. When it came time for the cartoon,after two minutes I decided to get the day rolling and look for your answer. All that concentration I used on the slot machines has worn me down. I’ll stick with that excuse,it’s better than nothing. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn. I think it’s from an old commercial for Motel 6? But now that you mention it, for some reason, I think I hear Wilford Brimley’s voice. I know it was a Southern accent, had a sweet little drawl to it…πŸ€”πŸ™‹πŸ»

    • Jimmy Dean? …And I have to ask, Brooklyn, since I’ve never played a slot machine in my life…How does one “concentrate” on a slot machine? πŸ˜‰πŸ™‹πŸ»

  3. Paul. Motel Six used to say: We’ll keep the light on for you. Is that maybe what you’re thinking about?

  4. TETHER was the toughest for me. I don’t recall ever knowing about this comic book. The first answer word I got was AT, which was the only two-letter word I could think of, and then MARVEL came into view. Wishing all a great day.

    • Murderers ROW? The old NY Yankees? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Clay…I was hoping you’d take up my challenge yday…and name the groups of animals I posted for you. No go? πŸ€”πŸ™‹πŸ»

        • Hey Clay…This is it…..I copied it from yesterday…iIt was my reply to your comment about having 2 days of animal-themed puzzles…πŸ˜‰πŸ™‹πŸ»

          Good Morning, Clay. You know I was thinking the same thing earlier this morning. Do you remember last year, or maybe the year before, when Jeff drew us barnyard animals until we cried FOWL? He nearly DROVE me crazy! I particularly recall the Hamilton cartoon, with a few farm animals in the CAST. Well, I haven’t HERD anything, but if I do, I won’t PACK it in, and I’ve no intention to BALE…(I’m definitely KNOT a quitter),…But since I do take great PRIDE in my work, another SWARM of animal themes may just β€œcaws” me to CRASH and burn! I can take a LITTER bit, but another GANG? I think the YOKE would be on me! … Ok, Clay. Your assignment should you choose to except it? Name the 12 groups I’ve just mentioned!!!! Good luck! πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Pride of Lions. Pack of Wolves. Herd of Buffalo. Litter of Kittens? I used to know Crash but cannot think of it now. I am stumped.

        • Clay..These are the 12 I played in my post…πŸ™‹πŸ»

          DROVE of Donkeys
          CAST of Falcons
          HERD of Elk or Buffalo
          PACK of Mules or Wolves
          BALE of Turtles
          KNOT of Toads
          PRIDE of Lions
          SWARM of Bees
          CRASH of Rhinoceroses
          LITTER of Kittens or Puppies
          GANG of Buffalo
          YOKE of Oxen

        • YW..But this is a great list. Thank YOU! I did mine piecemeal…but this is really comprehensive. I like this! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • As an owner of several cats…Destruction of Cats is apropos even when they’re not wild!

        • …I’m not into cats, so I’ll just stay mum.πŸ˜·πŸ˜·πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • Here is one for you and anyone else…
        Expanded States is title of Crossword puzzle…

        Okay, I get that they use a word before the first two letters of the State and I get photo id, it’s ok, and log in. I don’t get search ma. Unless of course, you’re a teenager and you want to find the car keys. lol

        • Clay..you’re right on the three you’ve named here. As for SearchMa, I don’t think you’d know it unless you use Twitter. It’s a a Social Media Manager..@SearchMa πŸ™‹πŸ».

      • Very Good Angela! Never heard of it and I had put search ma into google and nothing of note came up. I just did searchma and that is right there. It’s the only example of the four where the two words are basically one word because of Twitter. As for yoke, I thought of oxen because of the Bible’s use of it but felt like that was their burden of equipment. Thanks for the help.

        • Hi Clay. You’re very welcome. You know, even though I think it’s a great word play, it seems kind of a stretch for what I call “Mainstream” America. By far, not everyone tweets, right? I know most of my friends and family don’t….So I’m sure you’re hardly the only person stumped by that one today. Like today’s Jumble. This morning I was discussing with my friends that if one wasn’t aware that the FF were part of MARVEL comics, the solution to today’s puzzle could elude you. The word play is fantastic, don’t get me wrong. Very, very clever, but the key was the MARVEL. IDK, maybe it’s just me…Anyway…As for yoke…It is used as you’re saying also. Another little condumdrum! I guess the YOLKS on us! πŸ˜‚ Hope the painting’s done…Enjoy the night, Clay! πŸ·πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • I believe you or Mike wrote the same thing about the Time magazine Jumble; that since it was a part of the answer, one would have to know that they do the “Person of the Year.”

        • Yes, that was me. As I said, IDK…maybe I “think it too hard” like my little nephew says! πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹πŸ»

        • …Or in this case, the word Marvel would work itself out from the letters, but the “real” zing, the cleverness of the MARVEL Comics pun wouldn’t be appreciated…πŸ™‹πŸ»

  5. The game commissioner wishes he could somehow TETHER the SALMON as they MERGE swimming upstream creating a bit of a HAVOC, but, of course, he knows that is impossible.

  6. Had to separate the letters from tether in order to figure it out but once that was done, things fell into place. It was a very clever cartoon today – β€œMarvelous”. Happy Thursday to all of you.

  7. Tether came quickly to mind for me,but not so with havoc and salmon.Given the cartoon,the overall solution was a snap.Being rid of our snow ,finally,rain ,rain go away for another day!

    • I wish you better weather too, Chuck. All I know is that when I go to the Chicago Tribune website for the Jumble, the first thing I’ve seen for what seems like weeks is a β€œWeather Alert’ banner.

  8. Hi all – VACHO is too good not to be a word – like telling an Argentinian cowboy to hurry up – but I saw HAVOC. All I could see in the third word was TEETH, but saw TETHER as soon as I wrote down the letters. Likewise with the answer – β€˜AT’ seemed like the only possible two-letter word, and then MARVEL jumped out from the letters and dialog.

    Not that much of a comic fan, but my college roommate was completely into Marvel, and particularly liked the Silver Surfer, as I recall.
    Mike, when I clicked your link I saw the price of $1.99 and my eyebrows shot up a bit. Then I realized that was for the digital versions!

    Have a great day, everyone!

    Angela, Tom Bodet is what I thought too, but what also came to mind was this – I bet y’all know this lyric:
    Β πŸŽ΅β€I keep my Christmas lights on, on the front PORCH all year long…🎡 πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

    • LOL…Yea, Motel 6..The lines forming to the left……πŸ˜‚ But the lyrics? I don’t think many people would be familiar with them, do you? She’s not that well known…(Gretchen)…Or do you mean someone else? πŸ€”πŸ™‹πŸ»

      • No, you got her right, that β€œRedneck”. πŸ˜‚ Funny thing is, I have Christmas lights on all year too, and I don’t *think* I’m a redneck β€” although you never know; I’ll have to check with Jeff Foxworthy. πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

        • LOL..Yea, he would know! πŸ˜‚ I’m surprised you know of Gretchen though. Besides two of my nephews, and one of the Lous, you’re the only other person I’ve ever heard speak of her. She’s not very well known outside of country music fans…πŸ€”πŸ™‹πŸ»

          • Saw her video completely at random – probably by mistake because my NHL Center Ice channels are in the range 455-470, and then Country Music Channel (CMT) is on 471. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

  9. I just noticed on Jumble Facebook there’s today’s puzzle, accompanied by this:
    “Going old school in the Jumble today. I saw Endgame and it was fantastic! If you don’t want to see Superman die, I wouldn’t go see it. NEYOJ!”
    Are our heroes breaking the No Spoilers rule?

    • Hi Mike. Yea, I saw that too. Keep in mind, Superman is a DC Comics character, not a Marvel character…πŸ€”πŸ™‹πŸ»

  10. OK, not being a comic book fan, I don’t know Marvel from DC. So they’re spreading fake news?

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