Jumble Answers for 11/18/2019












Happy Monday, Jumble friends! Guest Jumbler Week #7 is finally upon us, and it didn’t sneak up on me like in years past. I’m sure there’s a lot of planning and coordinating done by David and Jeff to bring us this unique twist on the game so I’d like to start the week off by offering up a big THANK YOU to both of them. Here’s hoping that year number 7 on the 65th anniversary of the Jumble is the best one yet!

All of today’s anagrams were brand new, but that wasn’t the case with their solutions. They’ve all made their way into the game over the past couple of years, and their order of appearance in the lineup had them listed from oldest to newest. EXERT was the only one from 2018 while the other three were from March and April of this year. I didn’t find any of them particularly challenging, but INVOKE would be my pick for the most difficult anagram if I had to choose.

When first looking at the panel I noticed that “Dennis the Menace” was listed as the Guest Jumbler. Usually the current cartoonist gets the credit instead of the character so maybe the guys will drop a line and explain the reason for the change.

Dennis the Menace first appeared in newspapers on March 12, 1951. The lovable 5 1/2 year old is the brainchild of Hank Ketcham and appears as a single panel on weekdays and a full strip on Sundays. Upon Hank’s passing in 2001, creative control of the cartoon was passed on to his assistants, Ron Ferdinand and Marcus Hamilton. In 2010, Hank’s youngest son, Scott Ketcham, joined the team.

Today we see Dennis finishing up his dinner, and like most children, he knows that mom has saved the best part for last! The aroma of a post-dinner treat is wafting past his nose and his eyes remain closed as he sniffs in the heavenly goodness that’s surely on the way. The actual dessert, or any food for that matter, was absent from the panel except for a couple of crumbs on the table and one on his bib.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters. Noticing the “KE” at the end of the layout brought CAKE instantly to mind leaving PIECE and OF for the finish. Today’s game might have been on the easier side, but if Guest Jumbler Week is anything like years past, we’ll soon encounter some difficult ones that’ll make it truly memorable. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




24 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 11/18/2019

  1. Good Morning, Mike and Everyone. Could it be any SWEETer? Easy, breezy, Jumble teasie! A PIECE OF CAKE🍰 indeed! Have a great day, Everyone! 🙋🏻‍♀️

    It was a PIECE OF CAKE getting the CAMPUS group to cooperate, and therefore no need to EXERT any type of FORCE or INVOKE any outside help…

    🍟 🧁He hated to EXERT himself, or FORCE to exercise,
    And he was fond of every sweet…besides loving French Fries…
    Called “Big Man on the CAMPUS” tongue in cheek really the rule,
    The mention of a cheeseburger could easily make him drool…
    He’d INVOKE all his friends to help, they cooked for him with ease,
    As long as there was food around he stayed very appeased…
    And satisfied he went through life, no excuse did he make…
    He’d laugh and say..” My Kingdom? I live for a PIECE OF CAKE”! 🧁🍟

  2. Isn’t it odd that today’s puzzle is headed with the comic’s character, Dennis the Menace, listed as the Guest Jumbler, instead of the present creators’ names, (Marcus Hamilton, Ron Ferdinand, and original creator, Hank Ketchum’s son, Scott), as it’s always been done in the past? 🤷🏻‍♀️

    • Since they all work as a team on Hank Ketcham’s creation, they really didn’t want any one person to get credit. Although it was Ron that I reached out to and I believe provided the artwork.

  3. Then after he gets his cake, this brat starts screaming for a Coke, and the only way his parents can get any peace is if they give it to him. I.e., PEACE IF COKE.

  4. In order to EXERT a little muscle, the small college CAMPUS police FORCE had to INVOKE a curfew for one night because of the nearby looting.

  5. Hi all – My first thought for the answer was LABOR OF LOVE, but the letters quickly showed it was a PIECE OF CAKE, just like the whole puzzle; maybe just a quick pause at CAMPUS.

    Thanks for the explanation of the credits today!
    I don’t know if I’d use the term “lovable”. I sympathize more with Mr. Wilson.

    Loved your poem today Angela; BMOC indeed!

    Have a great day and week, everyone!

    “The decision to INVOKE the CAMPUS police and EXERT FORCE to stop the spread of ideas almost always has the exact opposite effect”.

    • Oh come on, Steve! Even Mr. Wilson misses him when he’s away although he never admits it. Dennis almost always has good intentions, it’s just that his helpfulness and actions are always more than a little “off”. 🙂

      • Well, I *do* read the strip, so I guess there’s some attraction. I’ll discuss it with my other advisor, W. C. Fields! 😂🙋🏻‍♂️

        • Steve..Take a look at his “official” description according to the Jumble…Generous, to say the least! 😉🙋🏻

      • I’m not sure what you mean, but now that you mention it, I’m thinking John Belushi. 🙋🏻‍♂️

        • I didn’t have anyone in particular in mind…it was a faceless body. But I guess with “Animal House” being what it was, John’s a good candidate! 😉🙋🏻

  6. If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake. The puzzle was indeed a piece of cake this morning. I love Guest Jumblers week so am looking forward to the rest of the offerings. Have a good Monday all.

    • Well, look at you channeling your inner Eileen Barton! (Or is it Martha Stewart? 😂)
      “🎵How-ja do. How-ja do, How-ja do?
      Had you dropped me a letter I’d ‘ve hired a band!🎵”

  7. I second Betty’s comment,that today’s anagrams and puzzle solution were a piece of cake,even for a Monday.Speaking of Dennis the Menace,I am a daily comics reader and have always enjoyed the Dennis strip.

    “Dennis the Menace welcomes us to our seventh Guest Jumbler Week. Dennis the Menace is the brainchild of Hank Ketcham. Dennis is a combination of good intentions, misdirected helpfulness and exuberant energy, which never fails to provide an entertaining mixture of merriment. Thank you, Ron Ferdinand, for helping bring Dennis to the Jumble. To see more Dennis the Menace go here: https://www.comicskingdom.com/dennis-the-menace”

    …And the Guest Jumblers for the rest of the week are a very interesting group…😉
    Stay tuned,,,,🙋🏻‍♀️

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