Jumble Answers for 12/17/2019












Happy Tuesday, everyone! Gathering around the table for a family dinner, even if it’s take-out pizza, seems to be a thing of the past. Only 40% of American families still practice the tradition, but it happens 3 or fewer times per week. And roughly 10% don’t ever eat together at all! Not to toot my own horn but I insist that our family sits down together each evening to share a home-cooked meal. We take turns going around the table and each person has to share at least three ways they participated in school. When it’s the adults turn, we share a few details about situations we encountered during the day and maybe crack a joke or two. It might sound corny, and in today’s cartoon it’s definitely a bit cheesy, but it’s a tradition that I enjoyed while growing up so I figure why not try and keep a good thing rolling.

It looks like Tuesday is a new clue word day so let’s take a moment and welcome JOYOUS into the fray! The J was the odd-ball letter that helped me see the answer almost instantly though. Surprisingly, 3 of the 4 clue words had a Y in them, but only 2 had it positioned at the end of the layout. Since the new kid on the block had it in the middle, I’ll go ahead and make it my choice for the hardest offering. All of the anagrams are coming up as new but their solutions have all been used in the first half of this year.

Today’s cartoon was a wonderful domestic scene. A family of four is sitting down for dinner and it looks like pepperoni pizza is on the menu. In my household, pizza night happens almost every Friday but I’m the only one who actually likes pepperoni so we usually order a plain cheese pie.

It was while counting the slices of slightly smoked salami, which totaled 31 in case you were curious, that I found a BIG boo-boo in the drawing. If you count the slices of pizza you’ll no doubt arrive at 9. Since it’s impossible to cut a pizza from edge to edge into an odd number of equal-sized slices, we have to assume that dad’s piece (which isn’t shown) brings the count to 10. I guess this family could have requested that their pizza be sliced into 10, but your typical pie usually has 8 pieces.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters that would transform into a single word. The LY trick of extracting the suffix brought the letter count down to a more manageable sum of 7. The double letter trick was utilized to pair the M’s and reduced the letter count even further. At this point, IMMENSE was perfectly visible and the LY was tacked on to finish it all off. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!





10 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/17/2019

  1. Good morning. Another day of easy words but unable to solve the cartoon answer without using the letters. It took awhile to come up with the solution. Until tomorrow stay well.

  2. Hi Everyone –
    My biggest problem was having to back into joyous. The Jumble has helped me expand my knowledge of words (and many other things) as well as improve my spelling.

  3. Easy one again today which is nice. We’re off to a good start this week. Hope all of you have a good day.

  4. Hi all – The words were no problem, and I tried MASSIVELY for the answer before seeing that it was in the dialog. The letters showed the right word.

    Mike, you gave me a fun few minutes using the nit-picking and math parts of my brain thinking about cutting a pizza into an odd number of slices. My first thought was that I could instantly cut an odd number of pieces, but you obviously meant equal sized pieces. So then I thought that if you cut it like a Mercedes hood ornament, you’d get three equal pieces, but again, of course you meant a straight cut across the entire pie. (Yes, I’ve always been like this; it’s a blessing and a curse). Now I’m hungry! 😂

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “Show MERCY and MARVEL at those who brave the NIPPY air to sing us the JOYOUS Christmas carols we enjoy IMMENSELY.”

    • I’m glad you knew what I meant, Steve. I went back and made some edits to make it flow better.

      Just got in from shoveling and it wasn’t the fluffy stuff. I’d say a total of 3” fell but it was wet and felt extremely heavy. #ChristmasinNewEngland

      Have a great day, my friend! 🙂

  5. “MERCY”, she uttered as she had to MARVEL about the IMMENSELY JOYOUS reception her children gave to the stray dog which she ushered in the door so that it might find refuge from the NIPPY weather.

  6. 🤷🏻‍♂️ He could choose to be at the MERCY of her NIPPY attitude or MARVEL at the JOYOUS times they shared…either way he had to admit that he enjoyed her company IMMENSELY…🤷🏻‍♂️

    👨🏻‍⚖️ He knew that he would find himself at MERCY of the court,
    And hindsight definitely told him… he simply should have bought…
    That jacket that he wanted, to keep NIPPY winds at bay…
    Since just because you MARVEL doesn’t mean you go astray..
    There’s nothing JOYOUS happening now, he thought deep and intensely…
    He just wants to stay out of jail…he’s feeling that, IMMENSELY…👨🏻‍⚖️

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