Jumble Answers for 12/09/2019












Happy Monday, Jumble fans! David started off the puzzle with a brand new clue word this morning. SLIMY made its debut into gameplay, and it did have me seeing SMILEY for a few extra seconds before realizing that there wasn’t an extra “E” hanging around. Other than that, the other three came quickly into view. Early polling results indicate that SPRAIN is causing all sorts of trouble. It was kind of surprising seeing as it was our most recent repeat from 9/15/19. It may have helped you if you read the cartoon before attempting the solve. The “RA” at the beginning of the layout allowed me to see “RAIN”, and I tacked on the leftover S & P to finish it off.

Our cartoon didn’t have loads of detail, but sometimes less is more. The setup was simply a ghost trying to scare an umbrella shrouded man that’s walking in the rain. The dialogue of the ghost leads us to believe that his attempt was unsuccessful, but we can’t be 100% sure since we’re unable to see the targets face. I think it’s safe to assume that he was oblivious though based upon the leisurely pace he seems to be keeping.

The raindrops were my favorite detail and you can tell that it’s raining hard based upon the length of the action lines trailing each one. There was a big puddle of water underneath the ghost and it was cool to see the rain passing right through him. Another unique addition was the drop of rain coming off of the umbrella and hitting the mans shoe. At first it looked like his feet were wet from walking through the puddle until I noticed a couple more on the umbrella that were ready to drop. The ghost didn’t remind me of anyone in particular, but the hat and mustache had me thinking that he might be a caricature of someone. If you do happen to recognize him, be sure to let us know in the comments!

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. HIS was already given to us which made the solve a little bit easier. All of the letters were there for “RAINED”, but since it appeared in the sentence I thought it safe to try a different route. That’s when I saw SPIRIT and DAMPEN was a quick find in the remaining letters. It was definitely a fun way to start the week, and I look forward to the challenges that are headed our way. Have a magnificent Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




21 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/09/2019

  1. Good morning. I like the fact that for me it wasn’t a typical Monday jumble. I had to think to get both answers. Not everything was an instant read. Until tomorrow stay well.

  2. I first thought of parsnip – too many letters but sprain quickly followed. So we’re off to a good start this week. Happy Monday to all.

  3. I also saw parsnip first,and thought rained on his parade might be a puzzle solution,with parade being the second word rather than spirit ,but alas there was only one a available.Definitely more difficult than usual for a Monday puzzle.

    • I agree with you Chuck. But that’s why this was better than our normal Monday solve. It was a little harder to come up with the answer. Not everything is black and white. There sometimes are gray areas. Take care.

      • Paul I think you’ll enjoy this… https://tinyurl.com/s3t4aft
        And if you happen to read the comments, someone says that Sinatra learned how to “sing it sad” after Ava Gardner “stomped his heart”. Please…Sinatra always knew how to sing anything six ways from Sunday…and anyway, he recorded this the first time in ‘46. She didn’t break his heart until many years later. If you’re ‘gonna talk about Sinatra…get your facts straight! 🎤 🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Hi…Chuck and Paul. I think what might have made it seem hard, and threw one off a bit, even though it set up the answer, was the word “his” The idiom itself, which is a pretty common one, is “Dampen your spirits”. But of course we needed his in the answer because we’re talking about the one ghost. It was a clever little twist on David’s part..maybe to SCARE us off a little! 😉 Hoping Everyone’s having a great day! 👻🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. 👨🏻‍🦯 He needed a NUDGE to apply the SLIMY salve and bandage on his ankle after the SPRAIN, because he thought it would DEPICT him as weak…and it definitely did DAMPEN HIS SPIRIT.🧎🏻‍♂️

    🧎🏻‍♀️She wondered how’d they DEPICT her, and it did cause a strain,
    The first time that they met her on the floor with that bad SPRAIN…
    The man who gave her such a NUDGE, then quickly walked on by,
    Was nowhere near a gentleman…and how she’d hate to cry
    His SLIMY action towards her, showed a man of no true grit..
    And she hoped that Karma’d come around and DAMPEN HIS SPIRIT… 🧎🏻‍♀️

  5. Hi all – SLIMY took an extra look after first trying LY at the end. I really wanted the last word to be PARSNIP, but one more look solved it. Got the answer from the cartoon.
    That’s the friendliest ghost I’ve seen since Casper, a interesting change from the usual scary stuff. The cartoon almost looks like our weather this morning; fog and drizzle before it clears up later this AM.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “The stories would DAMPEN HIS SPIRIT, but how did the runner expect the sportswriters to DEPICT him after his SLIMY NUDGE caused the leader to SPRAIN his ankle?”

    • So we’ve had a new clue word on Sunday AND Monday. Here’s hoping that DLH continues the trend!

      Excellent sports-themed sentence, Steve. Very impressive! 🙂👍🏻

  6. I too thought parsnip was the word until I realized it had too many letters! I tried posting 12/9 but was unable to send my comment. I had posted a thank you to Chuck & Angela for their kind words for my favorite Uncle Joey! It was nice that they appreciated him.

    • Hi Veronica. I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble posting y’day. Sometimes there’s a little quirk or two with the website. Nothing to do with us, of course, 😉 it’s the site itself. You just have to keep trying. Veronica, you’re very welcome, for what I posted about your Uncle Joey. Just thinking of what he went through amazes me. The men of that generation were in a class by themselves, as you definitely know. Brave, valiant men, and we owe them a debt that can never be repaid. I’ve the utmost respect for our military, and it did me good to hear that he returned home. Thank you for thinking of me, and I hope you’re enjoying your day. God bless you..Be well. 🇱🇷🙋🏻‍♀️

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