Jumble Answers for 12/04/2019












Happy Wednesday, Jumble friends! Not only did Dr. Halsted invent rubber gloves, but he also created a surgical technique called the radical mastectomy, developed an aseptic regimen to keep his operating room squeaky clean, and also integrated newly discovered anaesthetics into his surgeries. And he did all this while addicted to cocaine and morphine! In his defense, those substances were legal at the time and it’s said that his addiction grew from use of cocaine as an anesthetic agent that he developed himself. With so much success during his career, his fellow colleagues often referred to his operating room at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a small room where medical miracles took place.

All of today’s clue words were solved in no time flat and were actually a tad bit easier than one would expect for a midweek puzzle. WINCH is coming up as new but combining the C & H made it a piece of cake. I was most surprised to see that David kept the two D’s paired in RIDDLE. Usually he spreads them out if the answer contains double letters, but that wasn’t the case today. THWART would be my choice for the most difficult anagram, and it would have been a whole lot harder to decipher if the T’s weren’t in the correct spots.

Today’s panel brings us to a hospital where we encounter a Doctor and a nurse. The cartoon sentence gave us some background information including the invention, year of first use, as well as the individual credited with the discovery. Although the sentence was informative, no further research was needed by the player to arrive at the final solution. But you know me pretty well by now, and I didn’t let that stop me from diving into the mundane topic of rubber gloves to bring you a few nuggets of knowledge for your Wednesday morning!

Doctor Halsted came upon the idea of creating surgical gloves after one of his nurses contracted dermatitis from using the hospital’s antiseptic solution. The nurse, named Caroline Hampton, was the first person to use medical gloves in the operating room. Not only did she create history by pioneering their advancement in the medical field, but she also went on to marry the inventor himself. Upon retirement, the happy couple moved from Baltimore to the High Hampton mountain retreat in North Carolina where the childless couple raised dahlias and Dr. Halsted dabbled in astronomy. Halsted passed away from bronchopneumonia on September 7, 1922 and Caroline lived less than two months before passing in November of the same year. After reading about their relationship, I’m convinced that the woman we see in today’s panel is none other than Nurse Hampton herself.

The final solution was an anagram consisting 12-letters that would solve into 5 words. HAND was quite visible amongst the sea of vowels, and once crossed out, it allowed the other small words to easily come into view. It wasn’t the most difficult puzzle we’ve seen lately, but the imaginative solution, coupled with the unique history of the invention, made for a fun solve that was surprisingly educational. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!





21 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/04/2019

  1. Good Morning, Mike and Everyone…Todays’ puzzle was easily CLEANED up. Cute and clever..💉🙋🏻‍♀️

    🙄 He started thinking that he’d need a figurative WINCH of sorts…because before he could try once AGAIN to THWART the boy from giving another inane answer to the RIDDLE, he already HAD A HAND IN IT…🙄

    🤷🏻‍♀️ The man was an enigma, and RIDDLE came to mind,
    She felt that she was in a WINCH, and put into a bind…
    She tried in vain to THWART him, but never had much luck,
    And seemed to always feel that she was somehow really stuck
    Her efforts time and time AGAIN did nothing…he won’t quit…
    He’s not happy unless he always HAD A HAND IN IT…🤷🏻‍♀️

  2. Hi all – No problem again today – I feel like I’m getting set up for a puzzle I can’t solve soon.

    Thanks for the details Mike! Glad to see you’re not completely cut off by the snow! I presume one of Dr. Halstead’s first improvements to his invention was the addition of a 4th finger!

    Your little hypo icon made me nostalgic Angela; my PC’s at work all had an animated cursor that was a needle like that with the plunger moving in and out. Very appropriate for a lab, and you could select any individual pixel you wanted with that sharp tip! It also gave a good laugh to several people when they connected to my computer remotely.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “ ‘RIDDLE me this’ said The Joker to Batman – ‘Tell me AGAIN how you expect to THWART my evil plan with a simple WINCH.’ “

  3. Another easy one today. Scary to think that doctors once performed operations without gloves or even washing their hands. In nursing school we learned that William Halsted is considered the father of modern surgery. He was one of the founders of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He was also hopelessly addicted to cocaine and morphine which were not illegal substances at the time. Doctors often experimented on themselves in those days to try to figure out ways to anesthetize and control pain in their patients. Some years ago there was a Cinemax Series called “The Knick” which was based on Dr. Halsted’s life and portrayed him as a brilliant though flawed and tormented human being.

  4. Thanks for all that info Betty, very interesting. I wonder who the first person was to discover latex allergies!

    • I don’t know that answer Steve but latex didn’t come into use until the 1960’s. From Halsted’s time until then the gloves were actually made of a thin rubber, and I think they were made by Goodyear. The Watergate burglars donned surgical gloves for their caper.

      • Ah, more interesting stuff. Like how the blood and plasma bags etc. used to be glass bottles. I guess the cartoon caption is wrong then, because that’s where I saw ‘latex’.

    • I don’t know what I did, but you’re very welcome anyway! This does tend to be a good place to find some laughs.

  5. I immediately saw DREIDL as the third jumble. Then when I saw this didn’t fit into the solution, which I had immediately by first looking at the cartoon and the five blanks, I had to rethink and rescramble to RIDDLE. I was mildly surprised because I didn’t think dreidl was that uncommon a word 🙂

      • Hello Angela! After “spinning” my wheels a bit, your response piqued my curiosity, so I went to look it up on a couple places like The Free Dictionary and Grammarist. Though dreidl is an alternative spelling, it looks like dreidel is the more common form. So you’re “tops” on this one! 🙂

        • LOL…Ed, I’ve SPUN my wheels more times than I’d care to remember, so you’re in good company! I think if anything, dreidl might be an alternative spelling, but not in the English language per se. And from what David’s said, he only goes by the Merriam-Webster dictionary…So, bottom line? Dreidl may not be GERMane to the puzzle at all! 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. Good evening. Just got back from A/C with the church group. I had a nice day with friends and came home a winner of $27.27. Hey it’s better than losing. Plus the lunch was on Resorts with my $30.00 comp. Todays jumble was a pleasure doing it on the bus. It was as easy as our normal Monday’s. Even the cartoon answer took little time to get Thanks Mike for your interesting post. A lot of information. Had no knowledge about any of that until tomorrow stay well.

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