Jumble Answers for 11/16/2019











Good Morning, Everyone!           🚙 DRIVING THEM CRAZY! 🚙

🎶 CAR TROUBLE on a lonely road..CAR TROUBLE on a lonely road…I picked up my Baby ’bout 1/4 to 8, her Dad said don’t keep my girl out late…be back home at a half past ten…or else…£%”!*&@!…🎶 “Car Trouble” – The Eligibles 1959

🚙 When your car starts to lose it’s OOMPH, the best thing you can do,
Is try to DEFINE just what’s wrong…and what repairs pursue,
But most times you’ll be better off to face the music playing,
‘Cause otherwise you’ll fool yourself, and only keep on paying…
You’d hate to see leaks here and there…it’s sure just to get WETTER,
And you’ll be wise to not think that things will be getting better…
You’d hate to be driving one day and hear a hiss and clomp,
And find yourself stranded somewhere…awash in oil’s SWAMP
So do yourself a favor…stop the bleeding, get a clue
The time has come…go do what it is you “NEW” WHAT TO DO 🚙

With all of our words today being Sweet Repeats, the oldest, OOMPH, goes back to 10/21/11, and it was also in game play on 10/28/13, where it was anagrammed exactly as today. DEFINE is also a repeat anagram, having appeared as is on 11/18/18, and it also comes in as our newest entry, as of 05/05/19. And there wasn’t any trouble getting through the puzzles’ traffic this morning…So, now let’s fasten our seat belts, and CRUISE over to today’s cartoon…

Set on what looks to be a lonely, deserted country road, we see our characters, a man and a woman lamenting the breakdown of their car…once again. And with the woman remarking that they should “just junk it and go shopping this weekend”, one gets the impression that they might have been looking forward to a little bucolic weekend getaway. But…Foiled again! She’s probably thinking…”Please…’gimme me a BRAKE! If you thought this might happen, why didn’t you say something…”. Ah, the lack of CARmunication in a relationship…This is what happens when a couple doesn’t hone up their fine MOTOR skills…they just end up hitting those nasty SPEED BUMPS! Anyway, if he did think it might happen…then he “NEW“. And as our question is asking? By now….? They “NEW” WHAT TO DO! YUGO shopping for that NEW car…Nicely done, David! You’ve DRIVEN home another winner!

Ok, eye candy. We can see a red tow truck approaching. And speaking of…How many of you, initially, just by looking at the cartoon, thought that TOW might be our word in quotations this morning? We had the right letters for it, so do you think David was purposely trying to STEER us in the wrong direction? Just to STALL us for time, and throw us off the beaten PATH? It’s a thought…Anyway, just beyond our guys leg, rust corrosion is visible and there’s a dent at the side of the headlight. The headlight itself is missing a piece of glass. The front bumper also shows signs of corrosion. We have our guy looking somewhat bewildered…only let’s not forget, he did have a feeling. But it’s our woman who definitely looks TIREd of the whole thing. From the look on her face, you can tell she’s WHEELy had enough of all this, and we’ve already heard how aPINIONated she is about it. But what definitely popped into my line of vision this morning? The gold Jumble “J” emblem perched atop the blue cars‘ grille. I thought for sure it was a Lincoln from the 80’s, but I guess not! We’d just seen a Jumble car last week, on the 7th, when another car from the Jumble fleet was DUMBSTRUCK, remember? Two CARtastrophes occurring so closely together? Almost bumper to bumper, so to speak? Are our guys trying to DRIVE home a point?…Hmm...FUEL for thought. So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…And always be sure that any auto body shop you use comes highly WRECK-amended…🚙🙋🏻‍♀️




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

  1. He wondered how he’d DEFINE this, because despite giving it all the OOMPH he could muster, he still couldn’t raise himself out of the SWAMP, and only succeeded in getting WETTER and wetter…if only he NEW WHAT TO DO…🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. Good morning. I lost my oomph on oomph. After I looked it up I was surprised that the word eluded me. It looks so easy when your stairing at it. The cartoon answer came after playing around with the letters. Nice job Angela. Never heard that song before. I didn’t miss much but it’s perfect for today’s jumble. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn! LOL! Didn’t really enjoy the music, huh? Sorry, I was in a rush, but it’s what popped into my head. TBT, I’m surprised I even found it on YouTube..it’s a real oldie from my Father’s vault. And as for OOMPH, it looks like you’re not alone. It’s climbing up the poll…Anyway, I put up my rhyme after you’d already posted, but I hope it gives you a chuckle to make up for the song…I was thinking of you when I wrote it! 😉 Wishing you a great day, Brooklyn! Enjoy! 🚙🙋🏻‍♀️

  3. 🃏He had a sinking feeling, overwhelming like a SWAMP,
    He’d started wishing that he’d never been given the comp…
    He’d definitely DEFINE it as overconfidence…
    ‘Cause now he’s losing miserably…soon he’ll be down to cents…
    His OOMPH all gone, he’s wondering could this maybe get better?
    And now he went and spilt his drink…his leg is getting WETTER…
    If only he’d have walked away with that last hand he drew,
    ‘Cause now he’s down so much that he wished he NEW WHAT TO DO…🃏

  4. I didn’t get a chance to comment about yesterday’s puzzle, but if anybody cares, there was a 1945 movie titled “Don’t Fence Me In” starring Roy Rogers.

    • Hi Chuck. Good Morning. Yes, there was. And of course we care. You know how we all love these little tidbits we get to share. It was definitely one of those good old westerns. I hope you enjoy this….🐎🎶🙋🏻‍♀️

        • LOL! Our posts crossed…like horses galloping into the night! 😂 You’re very welcome…and you’ll see I enjoyed it too…and yes, what memories! Bittersweet, but still…what memories! ❤️💔🐎🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Know something, Chuck? Watching the clip just now? I don’t know why, but it got me kind of choked up…Well, maybe I do know why…but I’m not going to get myself all sentimental and end up wrestling with memories this morning. But my point is…maybe the guy, Jim, was right yesterday calling me on Harry Connick’s version. Between Gene Autry and this Roy Rogers version, I definitely blew it. Some things just shouldn’t be tampered with…So, a mea culpa from me…(but I STILL rather look at ❤️ Harry)! Here’s to the old westerns! And the happier, simpler days….🍷🐎🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. Oomph? Got me but a nice Sat puzzle.A rare weekend at home w attendance at the final WIU home game in the offing vs SIU,so an in state rivalry game.Go Leathernecks.FYI WIU is the only team w US Marine Corp approval to use the nickname, “The Leathernecks.”

    • Good Morning, Professor. Oomph seems to be getting a lot of people this morning! And yes, it is a good puzzle. You’ll be in attendance? Brrr! I give you props! Bring the blanket! Good luck, and enjoy the game! 🏈🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. Hi Everyone –
    I gave up on the answer to this one.
    Luckily, our old car self-destructed on our driveway this year, not on the road.

        • Good Morning, Anne….And I’m sure it’s a testament to your caring for it, and keeping it very well-maintained Thanks for commenting, Anne, and please do so again! Wishing you a wonderful day! 🚙🙋🏻‍♀️

      • They’re treacherous. My 1990 Honda CRX got stolen out of my driveway in 2015. Nothing like that since, fortunately.

    • LOL! Caroline, you always make me smile! It seems like nothing ever unnerves you! I wish I were more like you…maybe then I could get off these HBP meds! 😂 Good Saturday morning to you, and I wish you a wonderful day! 🚙🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Our car was only 20, Chuck.
        Angela, I think I’ve given you the wrong impression. I come from a long line of worriers!

        • You do? Well then that surely explains why I like you so much! It’s not just the shared affinity for poutine! 😉 I worry about worrying! You have no idea…half the time my family avoids telling me things, because they know I’ll be stressing out over it! Only then, when I do find out? I’m stressed that no one told me! 😂 I’m a menace! And I wish I could change too, because most times it’s all so futile. Plus the meds thing…I’d pay good money to not have to take the damn meds! Anyway, I wish we didn’t have this in common, but such is life, right? Ok, gotta run..I need to get back to worrying about that “Don’t Fence Me In” thing! 😂😂 Have a great day, Caroline! 😘🙋🏻‍♀️

  7. Hi all – I only recognized OOMPH from having seen it here. Surprised it’s that old. Saw TWEET and RETWEET before the double letter trick did double duty for WETTER. Almost gave up on the answer, wanting the last word to be ‘IT’, but finally saw TO DO and got it. I also liked the dents in the fender and bumper and the cracked headlight, and the tow truck driver has fuzzy dice hanging from his mirror.

    Angela, your song reminded me of “It’s Late” and “Wake Up Little Susie” about not getting your date home on time. And since I was watching Tom Petty on YouTube last night (more on that later):
🎵”Breakdown, go ahead and give it to me
    Breakdown, honey, take me through the night (baby, baby, breakdown)
    Breakdown, now I’m standin’ here, can’t you see?
    Breakdown, it’s all right; It’s all right; It’s all right”🎵

    Have a great Saturday and weekend, everyone!

    I read a great comment on a YouTube video last night. I was watching Tom Petty’s “Refugee”, and someone had posted:
    “Dad: Turn that off!”
    “Me: WHY, Dad?”

    • I did flirt with 🎶Wake Up Little Susie🎶 (No pun intended)! 😉 for a very brief moment, but it was FLEETing! 😂 I just couldn’t get this TRACK out of my head…Have a great day, Steve! 🚙🙋🏻‍♀️

    • …Oh, Steve…BTW. We did have OOMPH in game play back in February, and last year in September, but I was just doing the oldest and newest words for today. Plus I was citing it for the repeat anagram. And since our blog only goes back to 2014, I couldn’t link to either of its dates. 🚙🙋🏻‍♀️

          • Well, only in some cases. 😂
            That’s interesting though. I took “oldest word” to mean the word whose last appearance was the least recent, where you meant the word whose first appearance happened before all the others. Funny language, this English! 😂🙋🏻‍♂️

            • Yikes! Isn’t that the same thing? Oomph is the oldest, because even though it was used numerous times, it goes back the farthest. Aren’t we really saying the same thing? Semantics? …Uh, is this a Math question? 😂😂🤷🏻‍♀️

              • No, I thought oldest meant that if you looked at the most recent occurrence of each of the words, the one whose most recent occurrence happened the longest time ago. Your definition is better, the word that appeared first overall. 🙋🏻‍♂️

              • Maybe I’m just way overtired, but it still seems the same to me…I have to give it some more thought, when I’m not so bogged down. But I am having a sense of déjà vu with Paul’s method of word solving…🙄😂 God knows I didn’t sign up for this part of it! 😉 🤷🏻‍♀️

              • LOL, I thought exactly the same thing – don’t ask me to explain Paul’s word-numbering system! 😂🙋🏻‍♂️

              • LOL! ..And yet I’m a whiz at Sudoku and Kakuro…Go FIGURE! No pun intended! Could be that “Idiom” Savant thing again! 😂😂🤷🏻‍♀️

  8. Easy one again today. I still have my 1966 Volkswagen Bug. She has 155,000 miles on her and we still buzz around the city. She was stolen from me about 25 years ago but fortunately the police found her and she was returned. I now have “the club” when I park her but she’s in the garage the rest of the time. Beep Beep!

    • Hi, Betty. Good Morning. Yes, I remember you telling us about your Bug…And how fortunate that it was returned to you. That’s rarely heard of. It was just meant to be, as my Grandmother used to say. Well, actually she said it in Italian, but I won’t even entertain the thought of trying to say it as She did…I’d have to turn in my Neapolitan card! 😂 I’m just happy for you that you have her back. And as for the puzzle? A RIDE in the park! Have a good one, Betty! Beep Beep, indeed! 🚙🙋🏻‍♀️

    • They also found my car after a year, but I didn’t want it back! 😂 It wasn’t in great shape, had been repainted from burgundy to black, and I’d already signed the title over to the insurance company

      • They found mine after a month. They had torn out the ignition wires and dented the driver’s door but other than that she was okay. The insurance company wanted me to settle right away but I’m glad I didn’t since it wasn’t a huge repair and Volksy was like a member of the family. As Angela said I guess it was meant to be. I did pray to St. Anthony, Angela. Know you can relate to that.

        • Relate? I preach about it! 😉 He’s my favorite Saint. And as scatterbrained as I’ve become lately, I’m DRIVING the poor guy ragged! 😂 I must invoke His name at least once a day…I’ve always believed in the power of the saints, and St. Anthony especially. (Anthony was my Father’s name, and I have 3 nephews and 4 cousins lucky enough to be named after Him)…And let’s be honest…it always works!! And yep, it was definitely meant to be! 🙏🏻🙋🏻‍♀️

  9. Thanks, but occasionally you Jumblers booboo! The third word can also be spelled as “infeed”, and “define” as well! Keep up the good work, I do Jumble whenever I purchase the LA Times Saturday and Sunday, all the best, Bill Utvich Rosamond Ca.

    • Hi Bill. Nice to meet you. Thank you for your comment. A little while ago, another reader pointed it out to us also. His comment’s not showing above, because he entered it on yesterday’s page. But it’s a valid point, and I’m a little surprised that it hasn’t come up before, since this isn’t the first time DEFINE’s being used in the Jumble. It’s extremely rare that something like this happens, but since I did find it in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which I know to be the one that David uses, I can’t dispute it. I am hoping that he has the time to look in on our page today. As far as the good work goes, I couldn’t agree more. What David does here with these puzzles is mind-boggling to say the least. He’s definitely a Master at his craft, so this one slipping through the cracks is just a fluke, I’m sure. Again, thank you for our comment, and we hope you join us again in the future. Have a wonderful day, Bill. 🚙🙋🏻‍♀️

  10. If it makes David feel any better, I worked with computers and printers from 1966 through 2013, and I didn’t know the word ‘infeed’ either. But then, I didn’t *repair* the printers. 😂🙋🏻‍♂️

    • And yet here, while cooking breakfast this morning, from the kitchen I overheard one of the Lou’s say “infeed”, and another tell him “no…you’re thinking inBREED”…🙄 And TBT, I shook my head…at both of them…It’s been too longgg a day! 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

  11. For this to have a double meaning required by Jumble, NEW would have to be a verb. I new, he news, I newed, I am newing. Or maybe it’s the past tense of a verb, in which case the verb would have to be NOW. I never heard of NOW as a verb either. I now, he nows, I new, I have newn, he is nowing.

    • Hi Jim. The puzzles’ question is asking…What did they know. They “NEW”, the pun in lieu of KNEW, that they needed to go shopping for a NEW car…It may not be the easiest solve, but it is doable. Thanks for commenting, and have a great night. 🚙🙋🏻‍♀️

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