Jumble Answers for 12/18/2019












Happy Wednesday, jumble fans! Whether you call them roach coaches, gut trucks or mobile kitchens, food trucks are all the rage right now. In today’s cartoon Jeff capitalized on the trend by introducing us to his interpretation of the “El Jefe” food truck from the 2014 movie Chef. The movie was written, produced and directed by actor Jon Favreau and he plays the lead character role of Carl Casper. In short, the film tells the story of Chef Casper, who after an altercation with a food critic, quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant to operate a food truck business with his son. The movie was on Netflix not long ago but has since been removed and it now plays on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service. You can still catch a spin-off of the show on Netflix entitled The Chef Show, but be cautioned that it’s rated TV-MA and isn’t appropriate for the kiddos.

RETIRE didn’t look at all familiar when I bumped into it this morning and it turns out that it’s a new clue word. The double R’s and E’s looked intimidating at first but I managed to see the answer, for whatever reason, straight away. HELIUM was the only word that briefly baffled me so it’ll be my pick for today’s hardest anagram. Speaking of anagrams, they’re all coming up as new but their answers have appeared in various puzzles earlier this year.

The prices of the sandwiches might be a little high, but having the option and convenience of a food truck nearby when hunger strikes makes paying a little more seem to be worth every penny. The chalkboard menu of this particular truck lets customers know at a glance what sandwiches are being offered for sale. The family-friendly cuisine means everyone should be able to choose something for their particular cravings. We see they have Cuban sandwiches for $8, and either ham and cheese or grilled cheese ones for $7. I’m sure chips and drinks are probably for sale as well but we don’t see any bags or cups in the panel.

The caricature of Jon Favreau was remarkably lifelike and Jeff nailed all of his facial features perfectly. Jon’s curly hair is one of his defining traits and you can make out the little swirls that Jeff added with exacting precision. I didn’t bump into one particular detail that impressed me the most as all of the individual elements blended seamlessly into one cohesive cartoon. I hope Jeff shares this masterpiece with Jon on social media because I’m sure he’d get a kick out of seeing it!

The final solve was an anagram consisting 10-letters that would be used to form two words. The “NBCU” at the front of the layout had me thinking BUNCH because it was one of our clue words. This misdirection by David might have added an extra minute to my solve time but it was a welcome interruption after a couple of super easy puzzles earlier in the week. Examining the layout a little more closely revealed an HU at the end of the anagram that brought HUNGER to mind. With those letters crossed out, the entire answer was a done deal. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




29 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/18/2019

  1. Good Morning, Everyone! A great puzzle to take a BITE out of today! Enjoy! 🌭🙋🏻‍♀️

    🎈With a BUNCH of things left to do before he could RETIRE for the night, he knew he was GOING to leave filling the balloons with HELIUM for last…fearing it might CURB HUNGER…and he hadn’t eaten all day…🎈

    🌮 Native NY’er borne and bred…a food cart’s part of life,
    A quick and easy lunch to go…no hassle and no strife…
    You know you’re GOING to enjoy the BUNCH of things they serve
    You check them out, you make sure that you won’t get thrown a curve…
    Some have a HELIUM balloon, attracting the attention…
    But word of mouth’s what does the trick…(no pun here do I mention)…
    The carts are just a given…and we know they won’t RETIRE
    We just expect to see them here…amongst the muck and mire
    Food carts on every corner, with long lines of old and younger…
    And yes they do, do quite a job of helping to CURB HUNGER! 🌮

  2. Hi Everyone –
    I thought the answer might be take orders, but the letters didn’t work.
    Helium took me the longest. When the clue word has an h, I usually try it for my first letter if I can’t pair the h with another letter like s or t.

    • Hi, Caroline! Excellent tip with the H and think I’ll keep it in mind when we cross paths again. I’m always learning something new over here. Enjoy the day! 🙂

  3. Good morning. This is the second time at least that Helium stumped me. Guess I’m not eating enough blueberries to remember better or is it just that dreaded old age creeping up. The cartoon answer took a little time but the answer was there in the sentence. Parked along side of the road. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Hi, Paul. If you look at the layout and compare it to the letters they give you on Wheel of Fortune, we wound up with the R, N, and E but no S, T or L. With the added help of the sentence and cartoon, I’m sure you would have eventually come up with it if you gave it some extra time. But there’s no judging here so tomorrow is another day. Keep smiling, my friend! 🙂

  4. As she was GOING up the stairs to RETIRE for her afternoon nap, she observed through the window at the top of the stairs a BUNCH of balloons, supposedly filled with HELIUM, floating over the neighbor’s barn.

  5. I remember seeing Jon on Kimmel a few years ago, where he spoke about how he really enjoys cooking now, after the movie, and how he built a “man cave kitchen” in his home. Life imitating art! LOL! …And as for eating…just looking at Jon over the years is a testament to his love of that! I loved him in the episode of Friends, where he asks Monica if she liked pizza, and then he takes her to a “great little place he knows” …in Italy! But as I mentioned, Food Carts in NY have been a staple for years. And the different kinds of food they offer today is amazing. One of my earliest memories as a very small child, is being at Rockefeller Center, and the aromas of roasting chestnuts and those big three-ring pretzels wafting through the cold night air. Even here on Staten Island, (which is often considered the “forgotten borough”), I see carts, with a various array of delectables. In fact, there’s a library not far from me, housed with a multi-floor office building. There’s a small, expanse of opened area nearby, and there’s a man who comes every weekday with his Sabrett Hot Dog cart. It’s amazing to see the number of people who patronize him. Every day! And rumor has it that he’s a very wealthy man too…that he just does it because he’s RETIREd and it keeps him busy. Plus he enjoys the camaraderie. Who knows. But it’s just part of the fabric that makes NY. ..And know what? I think Jeff may have gone with the Favreau angle just because he likes the name “Jefe” …It does have a certain ring to it! 😉🌭🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. Another vote here for helium. Had to take to pencil and paper to solve it but did get it and the cartoon answer as well. Food trucks are a huge rage here. Happy Tuesday to all.

  7. Hi all – Had to stare at the last word a couple of times, but seeing the IUM made it elementary as it often does. When I read “along the side of the road” I thought CURB and got the answer.

    “Roach coach” is also our preferred nickname, Mike. My only thought was that the selection was a little bland for a Mexican food truck. The ones we have along with all the other cuisines tend to have a lot more ethnic items and a lot more spices, and tri-tip is probably my favorite.

    I really liked all the info about the food carts, Angela! I didn’t know they were so numerous, and you painted a great picture.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    Songs from the ceiling at Peet’s this morning – a very appropriate Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” (It’s been raining pretty hard since last night), and what must have been Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me.” That one surprised me, because I didn’t really remember this version, only Eric Burdon and the Animals’ hit.

    “I hope that including the word doesn’t mean that Jeff and David are looking to RETIRE, but if they ever do, I’m GOING to bring a huge BUNCH of HELIUM balloons to their party!”

    • Tks, Steve. But, I don’t think it’s common to find dirty carts. I have friends that own a slew of them. They don’t “work” them, they rent them out to street fairs, feasts, etc They’re very strict with who works them, and how they’re kept. And the carts are inspected by the city. Oft times randomly. Granted, I’m sure there’s always the exception, but as a rule, I think they’re pretty much monitored and controlled. I tried helping out one of my friends once. Key word being ONCE…His guy didn’t show up, and he needed a body. Italian feast, in the dog days of August. 😱 I lasted about 2 hours. The heat is ridiculous…besides he told me I had to “control” my hair! Right there you know there’d be a problem! I’m lucky my hair fit into the cart! 😂😂 Have a good one, Steve! 🌮🌭🙋🏻‍♀️

      • I didn’t mean to imply that they were unsanitary, just that that’s the somewhat joking nickname that people use around here. I suppose it comes from a time when food inspections weren’t as common as they are today and there weren’t as many of the upscale food trucks that you see now. 🙋🏻‍♂️

        • And I didn’t mean to make it sound like you were. Sorry, semantics. Anyway, let’s face it, here in NY, the franks we get from the carts have always been known as the “Dirty Water Dogs”! 😂🌭🙋🏻‍♀️

          • Now that’s funny! 😂 Never heard that one.
            🎵I *don’t* love *that* dirty water
            New York food cart, go back home”🎵 😂🙋🏻‍♂️

            • Get out, really? I thought everybody knew that. It’s been all over the internet for years. And all of my friends that came here for the first time couldn’t wait to “try” them!😉 The song? A take on the Standells? 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

              • Standells, of course. 😂👍🏻 Does that imply the hot dogs are boiled in water rather than grilled?

              • Yes, boiled in the proverbial “dirty water”. 😉 But whatever spices are added to that water can make you think you died and went to Heaven. Kind of like going to Nathan’s..but.minus the pushing and the shoving, and the lines and the wait…and the re-mortgaging your house to feed a few kids…😉🌭🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Hi, Steve! The El Jefe food truck serves Cuban-American style sandwiches — not Mexican food. I can see how the offerings might not hit the spicy/ethnic notes that you crave. But if you were starving and the nearest restaurant is a block or two away, I think anything would taste good! 😂

      • No so much that I crave spices (well, a little.) On the contrary, I’m kind of amused that around here you would have to sort of go out of your way to get food from a truck that *wasn’t* spicy, like a grilled cheese or a plain turkey sandwich.

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