Jumble Answers for 01/29/2020












Happy Wednesday, everyone! I gotta admit that this one left your friendly neighborhood spoiler-man a little confused. Was David trying to make a play on the more common phrase of “drive another nail in my coffin?” All I have to say is plank goodness for the visual clue of the hammer hanging off of the carpenter’s tool belt. It’s the one clue that drove the answer home instead of driving me completely mad!

There weren’t any new clue words this morning, but I did notice the slight goof that Mr. Hoyt warned us would be coming. SINGE was last used on 1/1/20 which makes it exactly 4-weeks old. Maybe I had a little too much fun at my New Year’s Eve party because I don’t recall seeing it the next morning. For a repeat, it was scrambled quite well and eluded me for a few seconds longer than any of the other word. I’ll even go ahead and make it my pick for today’s hardest word! And I’d truly be remiss if I didn’t make mention of DAISY. That is, of course, the name of David’s pampered pooch. Since it’s winter in Chicago, my hope is that the squirrels aren’t driving her too crazy. Hopefully they’ll both stop by again real soon in another video greeting.

Today’s cartoon is a speed demon’s worst nightmare. But there was a slight glimmer of hope for our time-crunched craftsman. Granny looks to be driving a souped-up hot rod and she’s probably just as frustrated by the delay as he is. Our main characters are tied up in quite a traffic snarl and it looks like they have nothing to do but hurry up and wait. It’s the exact opposite on the other side of the road and cars seem to be zipping by at a dizzying pace.

Jeff nailed the senior look by having granny wear those over-sized sunglasses and making her seem too short to see over the dash. My favorite detail was the lucky number 7 that you got when you added up the pips. I’m not a big gambler but a 3-4 roll in craps is often referred to as a “Skinny McKinney.” Wouldn’t it have been hilarious if Jeff had a pair of dice in the carpenters truck of a 2 and a 4? Talk about a winning roll!

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. It was 2-letters shorter than yesterday’s layout but the triple I’s made it seem just as daunting. Like I said in my open, the visual clue of the hammer steered me towards DRIVE. The -ING in the remainder brought the suffix into view which left a simple 4-letter anagram to bring it all home. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

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

  1. Good morning. Today was easy breezy. No problem with either the words or cleaver cartoon answer. Until tomorrow stay well.

  2. There are several shadow solutions. The intended answer has problems. DRIVING on NAILS, for instance, will cause flat tires. There is also DRIVING SNAIL. But that’s what he is doing, not what he wants to be doing. And INVALID RINGS. Is he using his cell phone while driving in traffic? Or INVALID GRINS. Grinning at the other drivers won’t break up the traffic jam.

  3. With Daisy an anagram and driving in the puzzle solution,I couldn’t help but think of the movie,”Driving Miss Daisy”.

  4. Hi all – For a second, I thought the first word might be the rock type “gniess”, but I didn’t think they would give us such a hard word on a Wednesday. The answer obviously had “ING” somewhere, and staring at the rest of the letters and the cartoon showed DRIVING and the rest.

    Mike, from your description that must be 🎵”The Little Old Lady From Pasadena”🎵 Go Granny, go Granny, go Granny, go!

    For anyone interested in “DRIVING SNAIL”, check out Jay Leno driving Oakland’s iconic fire-breathing snail car around Lake Merritt!

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “If you’re into edible greens, you can lightly SINGE the flowers and leaves of the DAISY to bring out the FLAVOR WITHIN”.

    Peet’s Song From the Ceiling today; The Supremes’ “(Baby, baby) Where Did Our Love Go?”

  5. I thinks it’s been two years since that first video. Not three years. Although I’m not certain.Time goes by so quickly. Could be three years but I feel it’s been two years.

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