Jumble Answers for 05/28/2019











Happy Tuesday, Jumble players! Is anyone else exhausted after the long holiday weekend? Thankfully, today’s puzzle was on the easier side and didn’t require any mental gymnastics to sort it all out. David added two new clue words, OFFER and SIMMER, but the double letter trick made them effortless. It worked on BANNER as well, so I was at the cartoon after only a few short seconds. OPERA was our most recently used word (3/27/18), and it’s also my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. BANNER was the oldest and was used on 10/14/10. It was also the only repeat anagram of the group with its Jumble having been previously used on 11/10/08.

Our cartoon this morning lands us in Italy where we see a family of four deciding on how to spend the day. The dialogue between the characters informs us that everyone has a different landmark that they’re interested in seeing. Dad wants to visit the Forum, while his wife is interested in the Trevi Fountain. The kids, of course, have their own ideas, with sister wanting to do a bit of shopping, while brother is intent on seeing the catacombs. Without an agenda for the day, it looks like mom and dad are in quite a jumbled mess!

The cartoon panel is split into halves with the top portion showing us a detailed rendering of the Pantheon, while the bottom shows the upper two-thirds of the Jumble characters. Jeff gave each member of the family some unique flair which added a touch of realism to his drawing. Dad was wearing a safari hat and fanny pack, mom had a visor, sister had glasses, a bracelet and pocketbook, while brother had a cell phone and skull t-shirt. My favorite detail was found in the lettering at the top of the Pantheon. The frieze contained a second Jumble as well as some Roman numerals. It was easily deciphered and read “JUMBLE SINCE 1954” which was a nod to the 65th anniversary of the Jumble this year!!!

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 8-letters that would produce two words. The key for me was “Italy’s capital” in the cartoon sentence, with the obvious answer being ROME. ROAM was quickly found in the remaining letters for a swift finish. Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! Ciao!

UPDATE @ 11:14am:  ROAM MORE is a perfectly viable alternative answer.  Thanks for pointing it out, Caroline!






24 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 05/28/2019

  1. Good morning. I give a slight edge to OPERA for my choice for hardest word. It took a minute to finally sink in where the others were instant reads. The cartoon having such few letters were not a challenge. I rearranged the letters and at first saw More,then got roam and changed my first thought to Rome. The guys nailed this one. Until tomorrow stay well.

  2. I’m still on the road so I had to access the Jumble online.I found the anagrams an easy Minday with the anagrams with double repeated letters in offer,simmer and banner.Being a former HS Latin student,it’s always good to see references to Ancient Rome.

  3. The excitement of having had a BANNER year at the OPERA theater soon turned into a low SIMMER as the personnel was told that an unknown person had recently made an OFFER to buy the business.

    • Hi Chuck…👏🏻👏🏻 Bravo! I’m SINGING your praises! I like the low SIMMER! Saluti! 🍷🙋🏻

      ° Not wanting to SIMMER in the hot sun by walking back and forth through the Roman scenery, the OPERA singer took the directors’ OFFER and agreed to perform standing under the shade of the large BANNER…it would beat having to ROAM ROME…🍷

  4. Hi Everyone –
    I thought my answer “roam more” made sense, so I didn’t look any further.

    • That’s a perfectly valid answer, Caroline. Paul said he found MORE as well. I wonder if David will chime in with his thoughts? 🤔

      • Not at all, Mike. I wonder if many others went with that answer. Wishing you and everyone a great day.

      • HI Caroline and Mike…Going that route, I think an answer of “ROME” MORE would have been a clever pun, that way ensuring that Italy’s capital would be included in the solution. David would have just needed to substitute another E in place of the A…Made use of OE in OPERA instead of OA. 🤔🙋🏻

    • Caroline, you and I are on the same wave length. I too saw “roam more”.

  5. Hi all – I put the M’s together and got IMMERSE, but saw SIMMER when that didn’t fit. Then I couldn’t believe I was stuck on such an easy answer with ROME being obvious until I realized I had the last word as BARREN instead of BANNER. Then it made sense.

    I love the kid’s choice of visits (and appropriate T-shirt) but I suspect someone will tell him that catacombs aren’t the only combs he should become familiar with.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    • Thanks for the details Mike. Seeing MCMLIV chiseled on the ancient monument reminded me of an old puzzle – How did the coin dealer know that his customer was a fraud when he (the customer) tried to sell him a coin dated 204 BC ?

      • BC-Before Christ. It couldn’t have been minted BC, because Christ hadn’t yet been born? 🤔🙋🏻

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