Jumble Answers for 12/11/2019













Happy Wednesday, Jumble friends! Garbage disposal units are pretty common in the United States — nearly 50% of all homes have one. For some reason they aren’t utilized quite as much in other parts of the world. Only 5% of homes in Great Britain use them and the number shrinks to 3% in Canada. The thinking behind their use is that they turn food scraps into liquid waste. Since food scraps are approximately 70% water, they can easily be ground up and treated by a local wastewater treatment plant or sewer system instead of being tossed directly into a landfill. It seems like common sense to me.

Another day, another brand new clue word. SLOSH makes its debut into gameplay this morning which brings the new word count for the week to 3. If you add CLUNKY in from Sunday’s puzzle the number increases to 4! The remaining anagrams, all of which are coming up as new, didn’t trouble me in the least. RALLUP, or PLURAL, would be my pick for the most difficult anagram simply because those double L’s looked a bit menacing. If David coupled up the C’s in CACTUS then it might have been a whole different ballgame.

Today’s cartoon had the look and feel of a kitchen from the 1960’s. Since the garbage disposal became a common fixture in US homes starting in 1940, I think I might be a couple of decades off! I really liked the way that Jeff drew the large oversized sink and faucet. The small curtain on a rod was left open for us to see the device that nowadays is often tucked away behind a cabinet door.

Our plumber can be seen holding a pipe wrench in his right hand while his dialogue explains where the waste goes. The woman of the house looks like she’s cleaning up after a meal and she’s smiling from ear to ear as the leftover bits magically disappear. One of the food items that she’s tossing down the drain is broccoli but I couldn’t make out what the other bits were. The only thing that seemed to be missing was the on/off switch to activate the unit. The woman is holding a large plate that is obscuring the spot on the wall where it’s usually located so it just might be behind it. The final detail that I noticed was the floral design on the backsplash tiles. It wasn’t much, but it definitely gave the kitchen a homelike feel.

For the first time this week the final solve didn’t give us any part of the answer. The layout consisted of 13-letters and would form three words. David, being the gentleman that he is, decided to keep AT neatly together for us to discover. HER seemed like the logical 3-letter word which left DISPOSAL to be sussed out of the remaining letters with little difficulty. This stinky pun has been used before back on 12/06/15, but it’s been such a long time that I wouldn’t have remembered it if I didn’t go looking. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!



12 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/11/2019

  1. Good Morning, Mike and Everyone! I really enjoyed COMPOSTing this this morning,…Wishing Everyone a wonderful day! 🚰🙋🏻‍♀️

    🎶 Call Roto-Rooter that’s the name…and away go troubles down the drain…Roto-Rooter, Roto-Rooter,Roto-Rooter…🎶 “The Roto-Rooter Jingle” – Captain Stubby & The Buccaneers 1954 https://tinyurl.com/yaszutfh

    🚰 Invented in the ’20’s, John Hammes or GE’s
    Responsible for this today…less scraps for you and me,
    The woman thinks it’s wonderful…a SLOSH and then voilà…
    The single, PLURAL, triple load…all down the drain so far
    To some it wasn’t welcome…the environment they’d CHIDE,
    Any many states did disallow their use both far and wide…
    Like spines upon a CACTUS, they felt more bad than good,
    Results from scraps put down the pipes..not something that they should
    But homes did start including them, they went for the proposal
    That down the drain trumped garbage cans…so it’s AT HER DISPOSAL! 🚰

  2. 🥃 Watching them all SLOSH their drinks around, he thought about how drunken words could sting like the spines of a CACTUS, and he wanted to CHIDE them on their rowdy behavior, but before he even had a chance…they began a PLURAL chant…”We’re AT HER DISPOSAL, We’re AT HER DISPOSAL”…and he felt sorry for the woman being harassed…🥃

    🌵He gifted her a CACTUS plant…she wondered should she CHIDE
    Of all the things he could have bought…he brings this to his bride?
    She thought the card attached was cute…but would it do the trick?
    Wrote PLURAL on the card it said…”With you I’m gonna stick”…
    He took it to the sink and with the water he did SLOSH,
    And she just watched him thinking she’d have rathered something posh…
    And thoughts of what her Mother said when she took his proposal…
    ‘Bout settling just so she’d have a man AT HER DISPOSAL! 🌵

  3. Good morning. Loved it today. It took some time but I was able to get all the words and the cartoon answer. With the cartoon I thought THE, was the middle word but once I realized Disposal was the last word the other two appeared. It was a challenge, nothing came to me at first glance. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Morning, Paul. It was a toss up between keeping AT or forming THE with the T. I’m glad that it all worked out and you’re +3 for the week. 😎👍🏻

  4. Before her son went out to SLOSH in the water puddles, his mother decided to CHIDE him about not studying hard enough since he didn’t know the PLURAL of the word CACTUS.

  5. I wasn’t sure slosh was a legitimate word,and then thought the 3 letter word was the rather than her,but given disposal as the 8 letter word and the extra a for the 2 letter word,her fit in for the ultimate solution.Fortunatly the snow went N and E of us here in WCentral Illinois.

  6. Another easy one today. I was able to get all the answers without difficulty. Don’t know if it’s a West Coast thing but we now have 3 garbage cans: a blue one for recycling, a green one for composting and a black one for actual trash. We are supposed to use the composting bin for items we would otherwise put in our garbage disposals. Progress?? Happy Wednesday to all.

    • Hi Betty…We were given brown plastic compost bins a while ago…I think they chose us as one of the pilot program areas…but it never really got off the ground, and it wasn’t enforced..I think there were too many complaints from the neighborhood residents…🤷🏻‍♀️

  7. Hi all – All but the last word took me a few extra looks today, but trying SH and CH helped get the first two. PLURAL took a little longer, but it figured it wasn’t an ‘UP’ word since that was already put together. The answer was instant from the cartoon.

    The picture today says 1950’s to me especially from the woman’s hairstyle, and the sink and faucet look almost exactly like the one where I’m sitting right now.

    Yes Betty, I say it’s progress. I think it’s better to compost but I’m too lazy to tend a pile myself, so I love the green bin (especially since I don’t have a garbage disposal.)

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “She didn’t care what the PLURAL of CACTUS was (cacti or cactuses), she just knew she had to CHIDE her son not to SLOSH water all over her drought-loving succulents and risk drowning them.”

    I love the idea of a compost bin-would love one because in my older yrs can’t keep up my outside one any longer. I can’t get a recycle bin in my area by the ocean in eastern NC! Guess they do not recycle around here,terrible! the town I moved to3 yrs ago is a small seaside, fishing town I asked all trash co none complied! Back in 1950’60s on LI we recycled & we use to garden organic also.
    In Cal for past 30 yrs everyone was concerned with waste and recycled, composted,etc.
    I found today’s jumble fun & easy-brought back many memories of my kitchen back on LI.
    Have a great wednesday everyone!

  9. Betty is correct. A compost bin works better than just a sink disposal. For sure, do not put grease, egg shells, coffee grounds or bones down your disposal. They will plug your pipes and need to be separated out at the treatment plant and hauled as sludge to the land fill.
    Husband and I do the Jumbo daily and love the challenge.

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