Jumble Answers for 07/09/2019











Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! Straight out of the gait we had four clue words that were recycled favorites from 2018. None of them were particularly difficult, but REMOVE did require a few extra seconds to rein in. The gallop poll down below indicates that it gave many of you a hard time as well so it’ll be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The anagram for HEDGE was our only repeat and its layout was the same as the last time we saw it on 8/7/18. It also doubled as our most recently used word while SKINNY comes up as the oldest. David served us up a big ol’ bowl of GUMBO exactly one year ago today making it a tasty surprise to find.

Trotting over to today’s cartoon, we’re greeted by four Jumble characters and a couple of horses. In a bit of a twist, Jeff chose to give the majority of the available space in the panel to his horse drawings even though they didn’t have any dialogue. Bells and whistles went off in my mind and I figured they’d have something to do with the final answer.

In the background we see introductions occurring between the neighbors and the dialogue sorts out that the couple on the left are the new folks in town. The modest home and hills, as well as the cowboy hat, gave me the feeling that we’re somewhere out west. The fence line was somewhat jagged and it added a bit of realism and dimension to the overall cartoon. My favorite detail was the placement of Jeff’s date tag. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it as my favorite detail, but it blended in perfectly on the end of the wooden post.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters. The inclusion of a hyphen and quotation marks had me thinking that I was going to have to work at the answer, but the layout allowed me to instantly see NEIGHBORS. I remember seeing this particular solution before and a quick search found that it was used on 5/19/15. The puzzles have been a breeze since Saturday so maybe the guys are harnessing their creativity for a stumper later on this week. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!






26 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 07/09/2019

  1. *** “Shout Out” to Professor Chuck*** Your mention of yesterday’s puzzle maybe being “loosely related” to Baseball because of the All-Star game? The Baseball connection was a given, which is why I included that Sweet Spot video clip in my post. But the “Home Run” spoken of in the dialogue by one of the parents? That went right over my head…Tonight, (last night)…the “Home Run” Derby! How’d I miss that? 🤦🏻‍♀️ And look who took home the gold! A Met! That little Rookie of ours…Pete Alonso. I’m still cheering! Kudos, Pete! Kudos, Mets! Kudos, Jeff! A good one! ⚾️🙋🏻

  2. Just HORSHING around…

    ° When I had my horse years ago, I loved the friends I made,
    I’d cook for them while they would clean my stall…such a great trade…
    I’d often make a GUMBO, though the okra I’d REMOVE,
    No matter how I tried they just could not get in that groove.
    One guy was very SKINNY, I chose him as the one,
    That I would fatten up so that he’d look like a stallion.
    I figured I could HEDGE my bets, it couldn’t be that tough,
    To get him eating more and more so he’d start looking buff…
    It worked quite well, and so I cooked while my friends did the labor…
    It really worked out well and we became the best Horse NEIGHBORS!

    ° Emotionally distraught, and bordering on bulimic, she was determined to stay as SKINNY as possible, but when she began speaking about wanting to REMOVE two ribs, her Creole NEIGHBORS living on the other side of the HEDGE took her under their wing, and fed her bowls of GUMBO for weeks…

  3. Good morning. My choice for hardest word is Gumbo. It took a second look to get. The cartoon answer even though it was in quotation marks, I stuck with it and finally got the clever answer. I knew a female friend that loved horses so much she payed for three retired PD horses to live on a farm so they didnt have to be euthanized. You never think what happens to horses after they finish their usefulness. Until tomorrow stay well.

  4. Good morning once again. Here’s the SKINNY on the new diet craze. If you REMOVE the GUMBO in GUMBO, you can HEDGE your bet that you will lose weight.

  5. I got a real kick from today’s puzzle. The words easy, but the solve clever. The anagram of the answer had HORSE in it, so it slowed me a little but then NEIGH? fantastic! I’m not much of a horse afficionado spent my childhood around them, loved the gallop, not much else, too much stomach shaking. Had a mule run-in once.Taking her to water, starts trotting, making me run. Panicked, saw a tree, put it between us & wrapped the rein around it; it stopped her. She gave me a look & walked at MY pace from then on. I prefer cats now.

    • Well, Jamu..Had you met HERBIVORE? Maybe she was just shy. I mean, you can’t blame her for highTAILing it out of there…as a MULE, one doesn’t just walk up to a perfect stranger, and start haulin’ ASS…It’s a no BRAYner! 😉🙋🏻

  6. Good Morning, Mike. Good Morning, Everyone….Do you think our guys were STALLing…Or MAREly just HORSING around with us? Because even the puzzles’ question is NEIGHly the same! 🐎🙋🏻

      • LOL! I know…I’m looking! Hopefully it’ll MAREly be a matter of time…But we need to go back FODDER than I thought! I’m trying to reaREINge my schedule so that I can spend the time…But I’m SADDLEd with so much today…😉🤦🏻‍♀️

  7. Hi Everyone –
    Like Jamu I saw horse in the answer letters, which threw me for a while.
    Looking again at the cartoon after the solve, I realized another clue was the horse, with the open mouth, communicating with the other.

      • Angela – I actually thought of that after – not before – I wrote it. Lots of funny horse puns today from all.

        • Better late than NEIGHver, I always say! 😂 And HORSES are always a SHOE-in for good puns. GuaranSTEED there’ll be a lot more coming before the day’s done! I’m trying to PACE myself as it is! 😂
          But Caroline, on a serious note, I think the letters spelling HORSE are going to THROW a lot of people off today. Makes you wonder if David did it intentionally…wanting people to see that word inSTUD of the actual answer. Or maybe I overthink these puzzles a BIT too MULCH! 😉🙋🏻

  8. Today’s puzzle, is seemingly causing a Mumbo-GUMBO of confusion with letters spelling out Horse…perhaps David thought to HEDGE his bet, and that’s why he didn’t REMOVE them? I hope he lets us in on the SKINNY…after all, we are like NEIGHBORS now…🐎🙋🏻

  9. Hi all – No problem with the words today. For a second I thought “Corral-ation” for the answer, but then saw the correct one.

    It looks to me like the resident filly is less enthusiastic about her new neighbor than anyone else in the cartoon.

    Hi Mike, I see you’re still in mid-season form. Back just in time for the All Star Game eh? Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to distinguish this game (or any recent baseball game for that matter) from last night’s Home Run Derby. 😂

    Angela, very happy for you that the Home Run Derby MET its match!

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “She had to HEDGE her GUMBO recipe and REMOVE the butter and sausage in an effort to remain SKINNY”.

    Going *way* off topic – Given the recent comments here on theological study and the general interest in music, I have a question – Just curious if anyone has ever heard the term “The Sackbut, The Psaltery and The Dulcimer”?

    • Hey Steve…Thanks. We’re a very happy group here in NY!!..Nice sentence! 👏🏻👏🏻 We all love that HEDGE! 😉…Check your email…🙋🏻

  10. *** FYI*** EVERYONE…I located the picture of the Jumble Puzzle from 05/25/2015 that Mike and I were speaking of in the comments. If you click on the blue lettering, HERE you can take a look! 🙋🏻

  11. Angela –
    I know it’s late, but that’s me… behind the times.
    So the original cartoon was published four yrs ago & I find it funny & clever? Boy am I out of this league! No wonder I played baseball with heavy wooden branches for bats & woolen gloves for mitts.

    • Hi Jamu. I’m sorry, but I’m not following you. Why wouldn’t you find it funny and clever? It is. But it’s not the “original” cartoon..as you can see. They’re both two totally different cartoons..I only went searching and posted it because I remembered it from years ago…having the exact same answer as today’s puzzle, with the question being so similar. So, again, I’m not sure what you mean…🤔🙋🏻

  12. Angela – I’m behind the times in that I find the older puzzles clever & humorous & the new ones made up of forced answers. NEIGH BORS is really just one word that fits. Many things that you & Paul & Chuck write are much the same – homonyms or words that can be split into two or even three words. I admire & am envious of that ability. I try but it’s always clumsy

    • Jamu..I appreciate everyone’s contribution. Some people just have more of a flair for things than others. But it’s not a competition here…it’s just fun. You shouldn’t feel badly about anything. Kind of defeats the purpose. As for the puzzles…what David does every day is masterful. Of course you’re entitled to your opinion, but I could never stand in judgement of the job he does. I joke around, and maybe call him and Jeff on a few things, but it’s all tongue in cheek…and it’s all in fun. We’re all here because we love the Jumble, and we enjoy the repartee…🎶Don’t worry…be happy…🎶🙋🏻

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