Jumble Answers for 01/10/2020











Good Morning, Everyone!


🎶 Well, the RACE is on…and here comes pride up the BACKSTRETCH…Heartaches are goin’ to the INSIDE…My tears are holdin’ back, they’re tryin’ not to fall…My heart’s out of the RUNNIN‘…True love’s SCRATCHED for another’s sake…The RACE is on and it looks like heartache…And the winner loses all…🎶 “The Race is On” – George Jones 1964

🏃🏻‍♂️I’ve never run a Marathon…although I like to run
The discipline that it entails is hardly any fun
Time AFTER time the training calls for strictness I can’t do
I’d never CONCUR with those who the regime pursue…
Participants AMAZE me, their stamina profound
I’m more a go-alone runner (the HYPHEN did astound)
So I will run to keep in shape, but do it at my pace
No marathon for me…I do the one-girl HUMAN RACE! 🏃🏻‍♂️

Having been born and raised in NY, the word MARATHON has always been a part of my lexicon. The race, of course…and then there’s the New Years Eve TV Marathons, and that movie, Marathon Man from 1976, that I’m sorry I ever ran across. So for me, and I suspect a good portion of the HUMAN RACE, the word Marathon’s been around a long time….As are our words today. While we’re starting off with all new anagrams, the words themselves have definitely been around the block. And they’ve all been run by us last in 2018. You know, for a moment there, I was going to say “last year”..but it’s not last year anymore, is it? I guess I’m still adjusting to 2019 coming to an end. Only sometimes I get the feeling that I do a lot of running in place! Anyway, it’s CONCUR that’s coming in as our latest entry, from 12/22/18, and today’s level of difficulty? If I had to crunch the numbers? There were three Early Birds saying “It’s Greek to me”, when they got to CONCUR! So, enough of these fleeting thoughts…Let’s get a leg up on this puzzle…and get the show on the road…

Today the Wonderful World of Jumble brings us back to Ancient Greece, circa 490 BC. And as ATHENSance would have it, we find ourselves at a forum, with six Athenian citizens in attendance. The discussion at hand concerns organizing a race, but as Human nature would have it, our cartoon’s giving us a little run for our money. Taking a bit of a stretch with poetic license, the words we’re hearing from our race organizer, are really the words of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee and the Modern Olympics. And his proposal is the plan for the first marathon at the 1896 Olympics, held in Athens. Pheidippides, the soldier he speaks of, ran approximately 25 miles, from a battlefield near the town of Marathon to Athens, to announce to the Athenians that the Persians had been defeeted. Sadly, though, not being as fit as a…lyre... his cries of “Niki, Niki”…didn’t ring true for him. “Victory“ wasn’t his…he keeled over and died. So much for drawing the line, huh? All pain…no gain. So, in a nod to Greek history, de Coubertin organized the first official race from the Marathon Bridge to Olympic Stadium in Athens, a distance of about 24.85 miles. A Greek postal worker, named Spiridon Louis, won that first race in 2 hours, 58 minutes, 50 seconds, finishing seven minutes ahead of the pack. But of the 25 entrants, only 9 runners reached the finish line. Not so much “Niki, Nike” there either…And the finish line today? It’s all in the huge clues given in the dialogue of the two budding runners at right…”training”- “people” – “run that far”...It was the HUMAN RACE that invented the Marathon. Or the (Battle of) Marathon that invented the HUMAN’S RACE…Let’s face it, Folks…Either way, this could really cover a lot of ground…and it’s definitely a WINNER!

Eye candy? We can see the Parthenon in the background, atop the Acropolis, with people standing to the left and right of it. There’s a Temple at left…Tunics and sandals are running amok, and our main character is standing atop a platform created from a Doric column. But I’m going with the woman standing alone to the left of the group. Holding a plate of grapes, it made me wonder…Were refreshments served at forums back then?….It’s definitely raisin‘ awareness…So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…And remember… Marathoners may be better off in the long run, but as far as I’m concerned…There’s a time and a pace for everything…And may pace be with you…🏃🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️







29 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 01/10/2020

  1. HYPHEN…Gave me PAUSE!
    🤷🏻‍♂️It never ceased to AMAZE him that AFTER all this time, the English Professor still didn’t CONCUR with him over the use of a HYPHEN between the words HUMAN RACE…🤷🏻‍♂️ 🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. ➖ So thirty-odd contestants, signed up before the rest,
    Or were they thirty “odd” people?…HYPHEN’s put to test…
    He did AMAZE the others when he tried to show them how
    That tiny dash could “dash” meaning..he did raise a few brows…
    And AFTER shown examples, they finally did CONCUR,
    That meanings could be misconstrued…and things become a blur
    It took some real convincing, and despite them losing face…
    They finally did realize..oh well, that’s the HUMAN RACE ➖🙋🏻‍♀️

  3. RACE has two other anagrams, so HUMAN RACE does as well. One of these is HUMAN CARE. The reason marathons exist is because enough people cared enough about healthy habits including running that they sponsored running races, including marathons. There is also HUMAN ACRE, but acre is a two-dimensional unit, and running races are linear; hence one dimensional. That is, until the day someone invents a running race where the participants run around on an approximation to a space-filling curve.

  4. Good morning. Finally a little struggle today. It took some time but I finally made it to the finish line. Even though I crossed over with the cartoon answer,I’m thinking this can’t be it. I think I’ll give up and see what the real answer is. I would have bet that mine was another possible answer. I was ready to take a half credit. Thank you Angela for that great music from George Jones. You can’t help but have a big smile on when he gets to singing. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn…Glad you made it to the finish line! And I’m with you when it comes to George. He can add some pep to a step. Have a good one! 🏃🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. AFTER inserting the HYPHEN into the sentence, it did AMAZE me how much more sense it made and I had to CONCUR with my professor, who told me as much.

    • Hi Chuck. Good Morning. Totally agree! 👏🏻👏🏻Those Hyphens make a huge difference! Have a great day! 🏃🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Having been born and raised most of my life in Brooklyn, for the past few years I’m now residing on Staten Island. 🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Angela, a number of years ago there was a really cute program on TV called “Brooklyn Bridge”. It was produced by Gary David Goldberg and I believe it was based on his childhood experiences growing up there. We just loved the show. I’ve only been to New York (Manhattan) three times but I just love it there. I am always in awe when I see the Statue of Liberty.

        • Betty…How I loved that show! And that little boy!..I haven’t thought about it in years though….but I’m going to look and see if I taped any of the episodes. I kept two VCR’s, since I have like a gazillion tapes for the kids, and they watch them all the time…so if I did keep any of the Brooklyn Bridge episodes, I’m definitely going to watch them. Thanks for the memory…the show just seemed to disappear if I remember correctly…And the Statue of Liberty? I know I’ve told you that I see it all the time, going over the Bridge from here on SI to Brooklyn. And there are a few points on the Island where you can see across to it also. And I choke up every time…One would think that after all this time it might become old hat…but not to me. My heart still swells…Especially if I think of my Grandmother…and the story She told of seeing it from the ship as they finally neared NY Harbor from Italy…. “America…America…We’ve reached America”!!… Hmm..I seem to have gotten something in my eye…😥🙋🏻‍♀️

      • I actually have a couple of episodes on a VCR Tape. One of my favorite ones is where the little Jewish boy falls For the red headed Irish-Catholic girl. The families meet for dinner at a Chinese Restaurant and when the two families arrive the restaurant owner says to his son in Chinese “This Means Trouble” and they are playing the music from West Side Story Sharks vs Jets. I thought the series might be on Netflix but no dice. Regarding the Statue of Liberty, I totally get your reaction. We were able to find all of our grandparents’ names on their various ship’s manifests and loved hearing them tell of their adventures coming to America – not very romantic, they were in steerage.

        • Do you really? That’s fantastic. I have hundreds of tapes, so I’m hoping they’re left categorized the way I left them…or I may be looking for a needle in a haystack! But I do intend to look. I remember the episode you’re speaking of. So sweet…The entire show was so sweet, and I’m sure it was patterned after Goldbergs life. Just like the show that’s on now, “The Goldbergs” created by Adam Goldberg. I enjoy that show so much, even though I can’t relate to it all that well. It’s just so down to earth, that you can’t help but get caught up in the characters. Two great shows by the Goldbergs…and coincidentally, the other night on Jeopardy GOAT, Goldberg was a category! So here’s to all the Goldbergs out there! 🍷 Are you watching Jeopardy? The wealth of intelligence amongst those 3 guys is mind-boggling. I’m going to hate to see it end. As for the Statue..(sigh)….I too found the manifestos of my Grandparents through the Ellis Island Foundation. It was very emotional for me. Sadly, all of my Grandparents were gone by the time I researched it. And my family too came over in steerage. I can’t imagine…But they weathered the storm…oft times literally, and they made it here…And look what they did for us. I’m eternally grateful to them all…Life, huh?

        • Betty and Angela – My wife looked online and found the passenger list with her and her parents’ names when they came to Canada from Holland around 1953 on the re-purposed (and supposedly un-seaworthy) US Liberty Ship renamed SS Groote Beer, which doesn’t mean “good drinking”, but “Big Bear”.

          • It’s amazing the information that’s available to us today. Right at our fingertips. I often wonder how we got along in life before…🤷🏻‍♀️

  6. No problem with the words but had to take out paper and pencil to get the cartoon answer. Kept thinking the answer would have something Greek in it for some reason. At any rate I did get it figured out. So far a successful week. Happy Friday to all and keep warm to all of you in the winter storm zone.

    • Greek…Quite understandable…The cartoon led us DOWN THAT PATH…But I do think it’s dialogue definitely SET THE PACE for the clever solution. And yes, Betty, it’s been a very good week, Jumble-wise! This weather though? The past few days we’ve had temps and wind chills in the low 20’s…Now it’s 45…and tomorrow and Sunday? They’re talking high 60’s! Hold the Nutella Hot Chocolate! 😉 Have a wonderful day, Betty! 🏃🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️

  7. Concur gave me reason to pause,but race was a given for the 4 letter solution quickly followed by human for the final human race solution.Speaking of Ancient Greece,believe it or not I was a classic honors student in HS with 4 years of Latin,studying Caesar’s Commentaries,and 2 years of Classical Greek,studying Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey .

    • Hi Professor. CONCUR had a few of my friends running around in circles this morning too. I kept hearing them saying Crunch. Sometimes they just make me SMH! But yes, it was a pretty easy solve. Latin! You too? I signed up for Latin and French classes both, because I felt they’d help me with my intentions to write, and studying the root languages would be beneficial. I passed on the Greek though! But the Latin? Oy! It slayed me! My translations were deemed a “disgrace“ by the Professors! LOL! I tried! 😉 Have a great day, Prof! 🏃🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️

  8. The word “concur” brings back memories of the movie “Catch Me If You Can” with Leo DiCaprio where he is impersonating a doctor in the emergency room of a hospital. Anyone remember this scene?

    • Hi Chuck…An amazing movie, for sure. It’s mind-boggling to think of what he was able to get away with, right? Or should I say…”Do you CONCUR”? 😉Here’s the scene, but it is a little gory…🙄🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Thanks, Chuck…but hardly…it’s all Google! And I’m a big fan of the movie too! I’m glad you enjoyed it…Chuck…double check your login…Have a great day! 🎥🙋🏻‍♀️

  9. Hi all – I don’t know about you, but to me this was the harder puzzle I’ve been expecting. AFTER took a second look, then I tried the UN and CC combos before seeing CON to get CONCUR. Never did see the answer after seeing the words CHARM, MARCH and RANCH. Should have seen RACE. Days like this make me glad I don’t have to post the answers, but they’re fun!
    Thanks for the details (HYPHEN!) I thought the plate of grapes was a laurel wreath.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “You will AMAZE the world if you get all the grammarians to CONCUR on the proper use of the HYPHEN AFTER the conference”.

    • …And here I really felt the dialogue placed the answer right in our laps. You know me, I go for the solve before I look at the words…HUMAN nature I suppose! 😉 And those Hyphens! 👏🏻👏🏻 They are a point of contention! Have a great day, Steve! 🏃🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️

  10. It felt as though the solve might be in some form of common Latin that’s often used in. English as well. A plethora of vowel usage served to convince me. Got the words, had to look up the solve. I had to laugh at my wrong headedness.

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