Jumble Answers for 12/19/2019












Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! You don’t see folks organizing their photos that much — if at all — anymore. A lot has changed in the world of photography since Nícephore Níepce snapped the first recorded photograph near Burgundy, France back in 1826. In order for his picture to develop, he had to leave it in his camera for over 8 hours! And even after all that time, the image he managed to capture of the landscape outside of his home was grainy and crude at best.

The process of developing photgraphs made a gigantic leap back in the 1960’s with the introduction of photo booths like Fotomat. Customers could easily drive to the small hut-style buildings that were conveniently located in strip malls and shopping center parking lots and drop their film off for “quick” processing. But the largest, and arguably most important advancement came back in 2002 when Sanyo introduced the first cell phone with a camera. To this day, big tech companies are constantly battling to be the first to bring even the most minor of refinements to the market in an effort to make their cameras supreme. All we’re left to do is press the capture button on our touchscreens and enjoy the instant results. It’s nothing less than picture perfect!

Did STUCCO leave you saying uh-oh? It sure tripped me up and I had to take a few extra minutes to sort out those pesky C’s. The double letter trick of separating similar letters flopped so the process was anything but smooth. The other three anagrams were instant solves and both of the 5-letter ones are coming up as new. GIFTHR was the lone repeat this morning and it comes with an interesting twist. It just so happens that we saw this exact same anagram as a final solve to a Halloween Jumble back on 10/31/09!

The first thing I noticed about Jeff’s cartoon was that all of the available space was perfectly utilized. From the desk in the foreground all the way to the sideboard table in the back, every bit of the panel was neatly arranged for our viewing pleasure. While our couple struggles over the arrangement of their glossy and matte prints in a photo album, we’re offered the more relaxing experience of looking at the pictures in the room and seeing all of the interesting places they’ve been fortunate enough to visit.

On the desk in front of the gentleman is a picture of the couple posing in front of the mouth of a volcano. Layed out in front of her is a photograph of hubby “holding up” the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Going clockwise around the frames on the back wall we see them near a body of water with a sailboat, holding hands in front of the Eiffel Tower, and finally they’re arm-in-arm near Big Ben. Each one of the pictures had so much detail that I was unable to choose one as my favorite.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters that would transform into two words. The P & O near the front of the layout brought PHOTO instantly to mind after having spent so much time admiring them in the cartoon. FINISH was readily visible in the remaining letters to bring it all to a close. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




6 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/19/2019

  1. Good Morning, Everyone! These weren’t the best words to meld into CLEAR coherent prose…as a MATTEr of fact, the rhyming was easier! Here’s to a PICTURE perfect day, Everyone! Enjoy! 📸🙋🏻‍♀️

    🦏 She’ll never forget that while he was concerned about getting the perfect PHOTO FINISH, she was experiencing the FRIGHT of her life, feeling as if STUCCO-like points were stabbing her heart, as she stood staring into the HONEY-colored area that encased the eyes of the HIPPO …🦏

    🤷🏻‍♂️The picture of the HIPPO, she couldn’t get to stick,
    The STUCCO texture of the wall, just made it way too thick…
    So “Help me, HONEY…this won’t work”…is what he heard her call,
    And he knew what a FRIGHT she had of messing up the wall
    He tried to tell her earlier, to use the wall more thinnish…
    If her DECOR was to produce the perfect PHOTO FINISH 🤷🏻‍♂️

  2. Good morning. Starting the day off in a good frame of mind as it was a total solve. It wasn’t a blind solve. Looking at the letters a second time brought out the first word then the remaining letters finished the cleaver answer. Until tomorrow stay well.

  3. Stucco kept looking like scout with an extra c,but having gotten stucco,the puzzle was a quick solve,Yes,I remember using the photomat booths to drop off and pick up photos.Phone cameras have certainly changed that industry.

  4. After having seen a HIPPO completely destroy a STUCCO building at the zoo, my HONEY had FRIGHT dreams for a month.

  5. I was stuck on stucco this morning. Had to back into it. All in all I thought it was a very clever puzzle.

  6. Hi all – Saw the GHT combo to get FRIGHT, but got stuck for a few tries on STUCCO again. I actually solved HIPPO twice, after forgetting it after the first solve. First guess at the answer turned out to be right.

    Even before Fotomat, a huge “development” in film processing was the Polaroid Land camera, letting you bypass the store altogether. My family got an early one in the 60’s with the two separate rolls and a bottle of stinky fluid to spread over the finished print to seal it, and we pretty much kept up with all the versions through the SX-70, I think.

    Mike, thanks for all the details. I don’t remember ever seeing a stucco house in New England, but there are sure a lot of them here.

    Angela, I thought you’d name the guy “Matte”.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    They give us those nice bright colors
    They give us the greens of summers
    Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah
    I got a Nikon camera
    I love to take a photograph
    So mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away”🎵

    “The Three Little Pigs felt secure in their STUCCO house, but after getting the huge FRIGHT of a raging HIPPO smashing down the wall to get to their HONEY stash, they went to brick just in time to fend off the Big Bad Wolf.”

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