Jumble Answers for 09/04/2019











Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! It was another easy puzzle this morning, but the cartoon was a period piece so that meant I wasn’t going to come away from the game empty-handed. Mr. Webster ended up being a very interesting person to learn about and I’ll share a few interesting nuggets of knowledge that I unearthed right after we take a quick look at today’s words.

Mr. Hoyt dazzled us with four original anagrams, but all of their solutions were old friends that we’ve bumped into over the past few years. None of them stumped me, but the triple G’s of GAGGLE did cause a slight hiccup. At first glance my eyes saw ALGAE, but my brain knew that it didn’t have enough G power. The other G-word, GIVEN, was our vintage word of the day and was last gandered on 4/28/14. NOTCH was last sheared with us on 6/25/18 making it our most recent repeat.

Today’s panel brings us to a library and it’s there that we encounter the two Jumble characters that provide the foundation for our solve. The gentleman on the left, dressed in period clothing and spectacles that gave him a Ben Franklin vibe, started off the dialogue exchange by asking about the status of a “big word book”. The other fellow, appearing to be in his late 40’s or early 50’s, exclaims that it’s still in the works and also provides a little more information about the book.

The cartoon sentence names one of the characters as Noah Webster and we can deduce from the dialogue that he’s the seated gentleman on the right. Noah Webster, whose surname is synonymous with “dictionary” in the United States, was born in The Hartford, Connecticut Colony of British America in 1758. His father mortgaged the farm in order to send him to Yale College, and he later graduated with a law degree.

Unable to find work as a lawyer (imagine that!), Webster had some financial success by opening a private school as well as writing the “Blue-Backed Speller“. In 1793, Alexander Hamilton loaned him $1,500 in an effort to have him move to New York City and edit the leading Federalist Party Newspaper. He made the move and edited the paper for four years, but he had bigger ideas up his sleeve.

In 1806, Webster published his first dictionary called “A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language”. The following year, he began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary entitled “An American Dictionary of the English Language”. It took 26 years to complete, but in his defense, he had to learn 28 languages to get the job done. The book sold a mere 2,500 copies and he ended up mortgaging his home to develop a second edition. Plagued with debt, the second edition was published in 1840 and contained two volumes. On May 28, 1843, a few days after he completed revising an appendix to the second edition, he passed away at the age of 84. Shortly after his death, the rights to his dictionary were purchased by George and Charles Merriam. They went on to continue publishing dictionaries under the Merriam-Webster name.

After taking half an hour to research Mr. Webster, the final solve wound up only taking a few seconds to complete. The layout was an anagram consisting of 9-letters that would solve into two words. The “IN” at the beginning of the anagram allowed me to find the “ING” suffix, and TO was right behind for the 2-letter word. MEAN was left in the remaining letters allowing me to stitch it all together. With only two days left in the week, my fingers are crossed that we’ll get a real brain-bender on Thursday or Friday. Until then, have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!






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

  1. Good Morning, Mike. Good Morning, Everyone! 🙋🏻

    🎶 Talk in everlasting WORDS…And dedicate them all to me…And I will give you all my life, I’m here if you should call to me…You think that I don’t even MEAN a single WORD I say…It’s only WORDS, and WORDS are all I have to take your heart away…🎶 “Words” – (The) Bee Gees 1977 https://tinyurl.com/y2wjclc3

    📚The early 19th century and Noah Webster’s driven,
    His love of words…need to INFORM, is already a GIVEN…
    Compiling words into a book would take things up a NOTCH,
    And Noah felt that this would help the language not be botched…
    You wondered ’bout a GAGGLE? Did Spelling leave you lost?
    Well Noah saw the need was there…and published at great cost.
    America’s “own English”, and the Dave Hoyt’s of the past…
    Would now a reference book have, where their love of words would last…
    So for him we’re all grateful, education bloomed anew,
    All because Noah Webster saw the way and MEANING TO 📚

      • GM…Same here, overcast, with that little peek of sun every once in awhile. Mike, would you be on the same PAGE as me, in thinking that our characters today resemble Modern Family’s Jay Pritchett and Phil Dunphy? 🤔 Or am I already starting to DEFINE how badly I NOAH I’m going to miss that show? 😥🙋🏻

    • Angela are you a poet?
      We are fairly new to this blog, but we love to read your application of the anagrams in a poem…
      We also love that Mike did this blog to unite the “Jumblers”

      Happy Wednesday..

      • po·et ˈpōət/…noun
        a person who writes poems.
        synonyms: verse writer, versifier, verse-maker, rhymester, rhymer, sonneteer, lyricist, lyrist, elegist; laureate; literarybard, swan; derogatory poetaster; historicaltroubadour, balladeer; archaicrhymist; raremetricist, ballad-monger, idyllist, Parnassian, poeticule
        ° a person possessing special powers of imagination or expression.
        “he is more poet than academic because of his gift for language”….

        Hi Eli. It’s a pleasure to meet you. And thank you, it’s very much appreciated. With apologies to David, I went to the Oxford DICTIONARY for this one. And I suppose by definition that I am. But not by trade. It’s just something that has always come easily to me, since I was a child, when I began a love affair with words. I’m happy you enjoy reading us, and we’d love to hear from you again. Happy Wednesday to you too! 📚🙋🏻

  2. Good morning. Another day of success. The words were fairly simple and after writing down the letters for the cartoon it came easy since I decided that the first word would end in ing and the second word would be to. Thanks Angela,I’ll listen to your song choice after this. Until tomorrow stay well.

  3. An eclectic mix of WORDS, but somehow they DEFINEitely managed to work! 😉🙋🏻

    °GIVEN time, he was MEANING TO INFORM them that it was he alone who corralled the GAGGLE of geese, and considered it a definite NOTCH in his belt…

    °He thought it was a GIVEN, that her GAGGLE sure did grate,
    On ears of anyone around…the sound did resonate…
    No reason to INFORM Folks…no way could she deny,
    The decibel of her laughter was one NOTCH way too high.
    And even though she knew it, ‘cause he’s told her the years through,
    Her answer was…”What, fix It? Yea, ok, I’m MEANING TO”!

  4. All the words were easy, the solution evaded me. I considered the two ending letters as TO or IT. Settled on IT cause TO is most often considered a preposition. The only word that came to me with the leftover letters was NAMEING. The word seemed misspelled but went with it. I was wrong and laughed because I missed the whole purpose of the dictionary – MEANING s.

  5. Okay, so I’m three for three so far this week. Both the words and cartoon answers seemed easy which means we may be in for a real stumper later this week. Have a good day all.

    • Hi, Betty. Do you remember in David’s video when he mentioned that he sometimes reverses the order of difficulty with Monday being the hardest and Friday being the easiest? Monday wasn’t exactly difficult, but it was the only challenge so far this week. I guess we’ll see! 🙂

  6. Hi all – I saw ALLEGE before GAGGLE. Trying CH and TH gave NOTCH, then INFORM was solved just like yesterday’s INCOME, putting the IN at the beginning. The answer was *much* easier to solve once I wrote down the letters *correctly* (Duh).

    Have a great day, everyone!

    Nice song Angela – I’d forgotten that one. Reminded me of The Association:
    🎵”Oh I’m beginning to think that man has never found
    The words that could make you want me
    That have the right amount of letters, just the right sound…..
    …Cherish is the word I use to describe….”🎵

    Here’s one for New Hampshire, Mike!
    “GIVEN his park ranger duties, he‘d been MEANING TO INFORM his boss of the huge GAGGLE of Canada geese despoiling the NOTCH just outside Franconia”.

  7. Always enjoy Jumble daily in the Chattanooga Times -Free Press,but today tried looking for it on Google and completed it there. Keep up the great work and always put God first in your life. William E. Meredith. Psalm 118:24. Thanks

    • Thanks for taking the time to write, William. It’s kind words such as yours that makes it all worth it. We look forward to hearing from you again real soon. 🙂

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