Jumble Answers for 12/16/2019












Happy Monday, Jumble fans! We start the week with a very simple and straightforward puzzle. CELLO did require a few extra seconds to come into view, but besides that it was clear sailing. All of the solutions have been used over the past couple of years with TUREMT being the only anagram that we’ve definitely seen before. The double letter trick of combining similar letters, or separating them if they’re already together, would definitely have helped you out if you were stymied by any of them.

Our cartoon introduces us to three Jumble characters. The two people shown seated are busy assembling scissors while the third person performs a quality control check on one of the pairs. The dialogue informs us that the tester is less than impressed with the craftsmanship of the scissors and has decided to place them in the rejection pile. The 6 little squiggle lines around the blades offers visual evidence to support the claim and the employee sheepishly inquires if it’ll count against his quota.

The workbench had all of the necessary hardware to construct the scissors but surprisingly absent was a hammer or press to join the halves. My favorite detail was the box of 17 rivets. There was also a loose one on the bench to bring the total to 18. A small stack of paper is also on the table along with a couple of pairs that are in production. A small box sits just to the left of the seated gentleman and it appears to contain a couple of finished units.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 7-letters. THE was already given to us so our task was to find two short words. I was able to guess the answer with the help of the visual clues but decided to write out the letters just to make sure I was correct. The U at the end of the layout helped form CUT leaving MAKE quite visible in the remaining letters. Enjoy the win today because I’m sure we’ll run into some difficult puzzles by the end of the week. Have a merry Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




15 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/16/2019

  1. Good morning. Let’s face it today. I think we all are a Cut Above The Rest. No problem on this Monday Jumble. The boys gave us an easy one to get our mo-jo back. It worked! Nothing more to say but take care and we will meet again on the flip-flop.

  2. The CRAFTY CELLO player had a KNACK for being upset with the maestro at times and would MUTTER profane words about him under his breath.

  3. Good Morning, Mike and Everyone! This one was definitely a SNIP…I mean a Snap! Hoping we all MAKE THE CUT today!
    https://tinyurl.com/l5nfv47 “Cut Like a Knife” – Bryan Adams 1983 ✂️🙋🏻‍♀️

    ✂️ His business kind of slowed down, it worried him no end,
    A CELLO player that he was, but had a yen to spend…
    His wife would always MUTTER…”You’re gonna drain us dry”..
    So he got into scissors…now he’s wondering just why…
    Not being the most CRAFTY man, he felt he had a KNACK
    For bouncing back…but now he’s got piled scissors on a rack…
    So he’s not sure decision making’s still his forte…but
    He’s hanging in there hoping that maybe he’ll MAKE THE CUT ✂️

    🤷🏻‍♂️ After developing a KNACK for playing the CELLO, and hoping he’d MAKE THE CUT, he heard a MUTTER or two behind his back, but being as CRAFTY as he was, he made it work to his advantage…🤷🏻‍♂️

    🎻 He bought another Knick KNACK, a CELLO made of wood,
    And yes he heard them MUTTER…and he’d stop if just he could…
    But he was always CRAFTY, and loved the D I Y,
    One thing led to another…and then the years went by
    So now he’s a collector…and yes, maybe in a rut…
    Perhaps he’ll open up a shop and call it…MAKE THE CUT 🎻

  4. For some reason cello also gave me reason to pause,even though a friend of mine is a concert cellist.The other anagrams were a snap as was the final puzzle solve.Weather wise we were hit w another 3-4 inches of snow late yesterday.With 40+ degrees in the upcoming forecast.

    • Good afternoon, Chuck. Someone said that we’re slated to receive 3-6” tomorrow. Please tell me it was soft and fluffy stuff?!
      Enjoy the heatwave! 😉

  5. Like everyone else, found today’s puzzle easy breezy which is a nice way to start the week. Hope all of you have a good day and that you’re able to stay warm and safe with all the bad weather headed for the Midwest and East Coast.

  6. What I enjoy most is to guess the answer before unscrambling the words. This one took but a minute to guess. I hesitated with FRATCY… started to write TRAF but traffic would not and when I started CRA the word came up immediately… how crafty!

    • Hi, Christian! Sometimes the Monday puzzle earns a bad wrap for being too easy when in reality you remind us that it offers a chance to hone our puzzle solving skills.
      Great job on the solve and we hope you drop in again soon! 🙂🙂🙂

  7. Hi all – Taking it easy on us today. ‘Y’ at the end showed CRAFTY, and the double letter gave MUTTER.

    Have a great day everyone!

    Just to try a different slant — “The Neapolitan distiller had a KNACK for making CRAFTY limonCELLO, but was heard to MUTTER that using these California lemons instead of Italian make it harder to MAKE THE CUT for the zest.”

      • Thanks Mike. Better than lounging on a pile of debris! 😂🙋🏻‍♂️
        Actually, the only time I remember limoncello mentioned was in a Danny DeVito interview where he regretted drinking too much of it.

  8. I appreciate your comments on the picture. It’s pretty small in our newspaper so your comments add to the fun of it all!

    • I’m glad that you find them helpful and entertaining, Laurel! Jeff spends a great deal of time on his drawings and often adds little clues that are overlooked. I might not catch them all, but it’s sure fun trying!!!

      Here’s a link of Jeff drawing a Rolling Stones cartoon from a few years back. It’s pretty timely since he entertained us with a drawing of the band in Sunday’s game! https://youtu.be/yOa96e1K7fE

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