Jumble Answers for 11/14/2019












Happy Thursday, Jumble geniuses! Talk about a dirty job, but I suppose somebody’s got to do it. The allure of high-paying wages as a coal miner can seem pretty tempting, but the hazards associated with the profession, especially health related issuses later on in life, would make me want to take a pass. The average person can earn upwards of $60k right out of high school whereas the typical American worker only earns $47k at a normal 9-5. Is the risk of black lung disease, bronchitis and emphysema worth the extra $13k per year? Sadly, many folks, most notably those in the central Appalachia area of our country, are rolling the dice for a chance at the extra dough. The CDC has noticed an alarming uptick in lung diseases associated with coal mining and warns those entering the sector to have their lungs checked at least every 5 years.

I bet you’re wondering if TODDLE is a brand new clue word? Well it turns out that the verb meaning “to walk with short tottering steps in the manner of a young child” has been used before. Many years have passed since its last appearance on 12/23/12, and it took me quite a few extra looks before I noticed the double D’s. The other three words were fairly obvious and were picked apart in no time flat.

Today’s cartoon brings us to a coal mine where we encounter three jumble characters wrapping up work for the day. They appear to be in good spirits and their dialogue centers around them bidding farewell to one another for the evening. I’m sure they’re dreaming of a warm meal and a hot shower after being underground all day. We see them holding their lunch pails as they saunter away from the entrance, and it was interesting to find that Jeff imagined them all walking in unison with their left foot firmly planted and their right one raised a few inches off the ground. My favorite detail was the entrance to the mine itself. It’s constructed of wood, as indicated by the visible grain, and fastened together with four nails. The coal dust on their faces, and of course the setting sun, gave the panel a realistic feel, but they weren’t obvious clues, to me anyway, when attempting the final solve.

Speaking of the final solve, it was a rather large anagram that clocked in at an impressive 14-letters. It’s obvious that Mr. Hoyt paid special attention to the layout as all of the letters were evenly scrambled to keep the 5-word solution well hidden. The fact that the words were so small made the solution seem daunting at first, but finding AND and DAY allowed the rest of this common phrase to flow quite easily. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!





16 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 11/14/2019

  1. 🎶DAY IN, DAY OUT….The same old hoodoo follows me about…The same old pounding in my heart whenever I think of you, And Darling, I think of you Day IN AND DAY OUT…DAY OUT, DAY IN…I needn’t tell you how my days begin…When I awake, I awaken with a tingle, One possibility in view…That possibility of maybe seeing you…🎶 “Day In, Day Out” – Frank Sinatra 1967 https://tinyurl.com/ygyawgjn

    Good Morning, Mike and Everyone…I have to ADMIT that I couldn’t get the BANANA seat out of my mind…so I wrote a second rhyme. Have a great day, Everyone! And just like most of us here on the East Coast, I can DIG that a slight warm-up is on its’ way…🙋🏻‍♀️

    🍌 He hated to ADMIT that drinking the YUCKY concoction of BANANA and dried herbs caused him to walk with a TODDLE, and he realized that his nutritionally-related habits, DAY IN AND DAY OUT definitely needed to change…🍌

    🤷🏻‍♂️ He watched the kids all mill around, most nothing more than TODDLE,
    He failed to see what others did…he’d no desire to coddle…
    BANANA-eating, milk all spilt…to him the kids seemed YUCKY,
    He really felt not having kids placed him among the lucky…
    He’d no shame to ADMIT it, it’s what he was about…
    He lived a very stress-free life…each DAY IN AND DAY OUT 🤷🏻‍♂️

    🚴🏻‍♀️ He peered into the old garage, and YUCKY came to mind,
    He needed to ADMIT that there was mostly junk to find…
    But then he saw his teenage bike, with the BANANA seat,
    And riding it around the block, brought TODDLE to his feet.
    He had to laugh, since years ago this bike that brought him clout…
    Today would cripple him if ridden DAY IN AND DAY OUT! 🚴🏻‍♀️

  2. Good morning. Easy breezy today on both ends. It took me less than a minute for the cartoon answer to pop into my head. It describes all of us to a tee. It’s just what we do. Angela,another touchdown with your song choice and word usage. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Hi, Paul. Good Morning. Thank you. There was no getting around the song, right? It was a given. And the words were fun to play with. And yes, I agree…easy, breezy…with a cute, clever solve. Have a good one, Brooklyn! ⚒🙋🏻‍♀️

  3. Hi Everyone –
    Another one on the easier side with a very fitting answer.
    Betty, thanks for thinking of us in the cold and snow. Yes, it is early and record-setting in Rochester. We’re being hit by polar air, which I’ve read is tied to global warming.

    • It sure appears as though D&J have been taking it easy on us all week, Caroline. My guess is that they know Guest Jumbler Week is going to be brutal — at least I hope that’s the case! Stay warm over there!!! 🙂

    • Do you live in Rochester, Caroline? Oh my it’s always so very cold there. You’re very brave folks.

    • The thing that chilled me was when the Twin Cities’ weatherman noted last winter that “the only thing between us and the North Pole is a chain-link fence.” Yikes!

  4. On his daily TODDLE to city hall, the mayor had to ADMIT that the BANANA peels and other YUCKY food litter in the streets wasn’t doing much for the reputation of his beloved city.

  5. It’s been a Monday sort of week puzzle wise. Can a stumper be far behind?? Happy Thursday to all.

  6. D’s,A’s,Y’s and N’s were the repeated letters,that led to a quick day in and day out solve.Speaking of weather, our frigid snowy weather will ‘warm’ up today,to above freezing this afternoon,still over 20 degrees below the average high for this early Nov day.

  7. Hi all – I wasn’t sure about YUCKY, but nothing else fit.
    I was reading and eating BANANA at the same time!
    Got the answer after writing down the letters.
    ‘DOLTED’ and ‘TODDLE’ – My brother was working in Colt’s country when Joe Namath and the Jets beat them in Super Bowl III. The next morning, someone had hung up a sign reading “Baltimore DOLTS”!
    🎵”Darling, be home soon
    It’s not just these few hours, but I’ve been waiting since I TODDLED
    For the great relief of having you to talk to.🎵 (Lovin’ Spoonful)

    Besides the coal mining diseases, I’m not sure about the good pay either:

    🎵”You load 16 tons, and what do you get?
    Another day older and deeper in debt
    St. Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go
    I own my soul to the company store”🎵(Tennessee Ernie Ford)

    Angela, I thought you might go with that or “Working In a Coal Mine” by Lee Dorsey, but I enjoyed the alternate slant.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “When the other families kept seeing his kid TODDLE around DAY IN AND DAY OUT with YUCKY BANANA slime all over his face and clothes, he had to ADMIT that his parenting skills were almost nonexistent.”

    There was an interesting article lately about the first lines of novels and how they get you to want to read more. I’ve always felt that way about songs, and one of my favorites started up right as I walked into Peet’s this morning:
    🎵”Well it’s been building up inside of me for, oh, I don’t know how long;
    I don’t know why, but I keep thinking something’s bound to go wrong..”🎵
    Coupled with the music, how could you not want to find out what’s going on?
    (Spoiler alert – it turns out well 😂)
    🎵”Then she looks in my eyes, and makes me realize when she says
    ‘Don’t worry baby (don’t worry baby), everything will turn out all right’ “🎵

    • Steve…And 2 Lous we’re signing “9 to 5” when we all went out to breakfast this morning 😉(Although I’m pretty sure I heard one humming it during the commercials of the CMA’s last night. You gotta love Dolly)…And 🎶Working🎶 did blow by for a fleeting moment, but when a puzzle solution falls right in your lap? That’s no alternate slant! …“It was the best of LINES…it was the worst of LINES”! 😉 Have a good one! ⚒🙋🏻‍♀️

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