Jumble Answers for 01/04/2020













🎶 Whatever it takes to win your love…I hire me an airplane, have it paint your name up in the sky above…I tell the world I’m yours, put it on a BILLBOARD out on the interstate…If it takes forever to get us together…Honey I’ll do whatever it takes….🎶 “Whatever It Takes” – Kenny Chesney 1994

🗣A city girl, both born and bred…Billboards weren’t much AROUND,
But as a child I remember that I’d SWOON if one we found
While traveling through some VENUE, we’d see some ‘long the way…
I don’t recall the messages, or if we’d travelled ASTRAY
But rural areas I know feature Billboards by the ton…
And the Farmer of our puzzle’s looking to “AD” A NEW ONE!🗣

With the first weekend of the New Year underway, here in NY we’re way under our third straight day of rain…but you know the battle cry…”Good thing it’s not snow”…But even though I’m still in Christmas mode until Monday the 6th, I’ve been forced to spend a little more time than usual indoors…A vertigo victim, weather like this doesn’t do me well…so I’ve tried spending some time, (albeit not too successfully), catching up on my reading. And I found it amusing that in one of the papers I peruse, the Indy Star, there was an article y’day, headlining this: “With new-look VENUES, a nascent Broadway musical and a Madame CJ Walker Netflix series, 2020 will be an exciting entertainment year for Indianapolis…” VENUE…not a word we see all that often…and yet here it is today. (But what about that “nascent”? Now there’s a 2020 word, huh)? Anyway, I just got a little chuckle over encountering Venue two days back-to-back…And like our other words today, there’s nothing new to AD to the Wonderful World of Jumble entries, although all of our anagrams are getting a fresh start…And since we’ve had quite a few Billboard-themed puzzles over the years, I thought today’s answer seemed familiar, but the closest I came to a match is a puzzle from way back on 11/23/12, where the solution was AN AD-VANTAGE. Close…but we can’t sell it….Anyway, sorry if I’ve digressed…And with all that being said, I think I should start in on our cartoon…

Out on a rural highway somewhere in America, today we come upon two representatives of the Acme Sign Company, Hyacinth and Lowell. HI and LO are overseeing the erection of a yet another Billboard, and their dialogue is telling us that they’re out there at the request of a Farmer, who’s looking to ADD more to the landscape. Oddly enough though, nothing on the signs pertains to Farming, but we’ll get to that in the Eye Candy segment…Right now, we’re trying to figure out why this Farmer’s painting the town red with Billboards…And our question is telling us that his ADvertising like this has been so profitable that he’s decided to…”AD” A NEW ONE! Good one, David…Right on the money!

Ok, Eye Candy. We have HI and LO dressed in their company polo shirts, embossed with the logo Acme Signs. Posted next to them, is a green road sign reading: Jumbletown 10 and Capital City 30. Behind them, we can see a red truck, complete with a crane, and three workmen putting up the new Billboard. A single blue car is seen traveling along the highway, and beyond it all, are three Billboards in a row, that read:”Have A Great Day”, “Buy Jumble Books Today”, and “Just Jumble App”, left to right. Now…as I mentioned above...Farming? For what? And the pièce de résistance? In Hi’s hand? The work order? It reads: “Play Jumble Lex-Go“. So I ask you, again…Farming? Hmm…Seems to me that there’s something else CROPping up here! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone!…And keep in mind …”Truth in ADvertising”? I’ll leave you with a quote from Albert Einstein…”Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – And Jeff definitely had fun with this one! 🗣🙋🏻‍♀️





22 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 01/04/2020

  1. Good morning. It’s a Christmas and Hanukkah miracle. This whole week has been (I believe) a success. Today was no exception. I had no problem with the words or the cartoon. It just took me a couple of minutes longer to get the simple answer. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Morning, Paul. A Holiday miracle, indeed! Definitely an easy, breezy ONE, and very clever to boot. Have a great day, Brooklyn…Stay dry! ☔️💦🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. Agree,an incredibly easy week and start to the new year.The only thing to give me pause was the 2 letter word in quotes,”ad” in the cartoon solution,but given the rest of the solution,
    “a new one”, ad came quickly to mind.A rare Saturday at home with a real newspaper helped with the quick solution.

    • Good Morning, Professor! Yes, it’s been a good week. And a lot of fun, may I AD! Have a great day, Prof…enjoy your paper! 🗣🙋🏻‍♀️

  3. Hi all – Putting the Y at the end showed ASTRAY. Then UNROAD didn’t work, so I saw ROUND and AROUND. The answer took a minute, but seeing ONE left AD and NEW from the letters.

    I see that the cartoon has taken my usual “Have a great day”, but that’s ok, I won’t sue.

    “He went ASTRAY trying to get AROUND the Warrior’s new Chase Center VENUE and accidentally wandering into one of the luxury suites caused him to SWOON”.

    • YOUR “Have a great day”? Talk about false ADvertising!!! 😂 Good Morning, Steve…and Have a great day! 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. 🧖🏻 Considering that the first VENUE had caused her to SWOON, she wondered why the wedding planner insisted she still look AROUND…and felt she was being led ASTRAY, as the planner kept saying…”Let’s AD A NEW ONE”…🧖🏻

    🎸 Priorities in order, the VENUE he must find
    Had to ensure the safety of the teens he had in mind
    The rock group caused the girls to SWOON, and as they jumped AROUND
    He wanted to be sure that they’d not fall upon the ground…
    These young girls easily led ASTRAY, he feared they’d charge the stage,
    And his job was to guarantee they’d danger not engage
    Maybe besides safe venue, he’d be better off begun…
    Searching second security teams…yes he’ll AD A NEW ONE 🎸

  5. I’m with Paul, it’s been an easy breezy week which makes me feel so smart. When I was a child and we traveled to see my grandparents,my sister and I used to look forward to the different billboards and ads. There was a company called Burma Shave which made shaving cream and they would place little with verses along the road. One that I remember went, “Cattle Crossing means go slow…..That old Bull …. Is Some Cow’s Beau”….. Burma Shave! Happy Traveling today folks.

    • Burma Shave is the first thing I thought of also! Here’s one from online:

    • Hi Betty. Good Morning. It’s so funny that you mentioned Burma Shave, because I was looking them up this morning. I thought for sure that there’d been a puzzle since I’ve been a part of the blog, mentioning it, but I can’t seem to find it. I came across a lot of Billboard puzzles though, dating back to 2011, only I gave up after that because I’m in the throes of a beaut of a vertigo attack. The stakes were just too HIGH.😉…But I was always fascinated by the Burma Shave signs…and look what I found. https://tinyurl.com/ncmwn A treasure trove! There’s a gazillion of them here…and the one you’ve mentioned is right here: https://tinyurl.com/sk9yd8v. I love these sayings…talk about wit! I think you’ve heard me mention that I’m part of a 5-man group (well 4 men and me)…that we call The Round Table/The Luigi Board, after my friend Lou. We’ve done “Burma Shave Night” a few times, and they were hysterical. At first I couldn’t keep up with the others that well, because I’ve never seen one “in person”, but after I got creamed the first night, I made sure I read up on them as best I could. They’re amazing insights into rural America…Anyway, I hope you enjoy the link…And I wanted to incorporate this quote into my post this morning, but my head was all over the place, and I forgot. It’s an Ogden Nash…the man that my Father made me “cut my teeth on” when I showed a propensity for punning…I’m not sure of the year he said it, but it still rings true today… “I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all” …I’ve always found it inTREESing…😉 And as Steve would say…😉 Have a great day, Betty! 🗣🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. Hi Angela, I actually bought that book, “The Verse By The Side of the Road” containing all the Burma Shave ads. It’s a hoot. Sorry about your vertigo. Hope it will pass soon and is not a serious condition. I would love to be a fly on the wall when your Round Table group meets. I’ll bet is is very punny. Take Care.

    • Did you really? How cool are you? 👏🏻👏🏻 I think I’ll get myself a copy of it too…Probably easier than searching on line every time I’m thinking of a quote! The vertigo, thank you. But it’s a long time ailment. Some middle-ear imbalance thing. It started years ago, around ‘87 or ‘88 I think, in the midst of a brutal snow storm. It has a lot to do with the barometric pressure. And I have “triggers”…caffeine and salt. Suffice to say with all this Christmas..ing going on, I’ve abused both. And I’m sleeping as slipshod as ever, maybe even a little worse…So I probably added volumes to it. But it’s the constant barrage of rain that’s doing me in this time around, it’s relentless. I have meds, thank God, but they tend to put me into a zombie-like state, and I hate the feeling. Anyway…As for the Round Table? I’d love for you to have a seat at the table, let alone be a fly on the wall! You’d love it! We’re totally irreverent, and the competition is fierce! 😂 We’ve gotten so loud at times with laughter, that we’ve been asked by a restaurant’s management to please “conduct ourselves”! LOL! …Which is why we mostly frequent establishments that’re owned by somebody’s family…Much safer that way! 😂😂. And, yes…it’s definitely a lot of PUN! 🙋🏻‍♀️

  7. Does anyone remember the old Mail Pouch Tobacco ads? I’m not sure they were on billboards, but they were plastered all over barns in rural areas. Just asking!!

  8. Thanks, Angela. Burma Shave and Mail Pouch signs! What memories! Hope you’re feeling better, Angela.

    • Glad I could help, Chuck. I hope someone remembers the Mail Pouch and comments for you. And thank you…I hope so too…🙋🏻‍♀️

    • …That didn’t make sense, did it? I meant to convey that I’m hoping I feel better soon too. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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