Jumble Answers for 02/04/2020












Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! This one wasn’t obvious at all and the final solve took quite some time to crack. I actually spent more time trying to figure out what our Dynamic Duo was up to rather than pursuing the punny payoff. The obvious part was that the guys were suspended from the ceiling in order to give them the illusion of flight. Where they were off to in such a hurry was left to our imagination and I guess we’ll have to wait for a trailer to find out more about the plot. Summer blockbuster, anyone?

All of today’s clue words were repurposed repeats. The only anagram that we’ve definitely encountered before was MCAPH. If your solve was anything like mine then you probably met your match when you arrived at LOOIER. I kept seeing OILIER for some strange reason. It was apparent that the O’s needed to be broken up and the answer became quite visible once I shuffled them around. INSIST was fairly challenging too, but it wasn’t anywhere near as difficult, in my opinion, than ORIOLE was.

You’d think that we’d have seen more people on this movie set. But I’m sure there are plenty of stagehands working behind the scenes to ensure the safety of the cast. David and Jeff look a bit more like marionettes than actual superheroes. I feel like someone needs to tell them to quit hanging around and get back to work! And why is David wearing a cape while Jeff isn’t?

My favorite detail had to be the Chicago cityscape. The most notable buildings seem to be the Sears Tower, John Hancock Center and the Centennial Wheel. The lighting, camera and director shouting at the cast really made the whole thing feel like a professional movie set. It’s always a treat when we get to see both David and Jeff in the same scene!

The final solve was an extremely cryptic anagram consisting of 12-letters. There was nothing obvious about it and David even upped the ante by having some of the letters spell out words. Breaking up the anagram into vowels and consonants seemed to help, but I found myself relying upon trial and error for the most part. My big break came when I finally stumbled upon ACTION and there was no hiding the rest of the answer with half of the letters crossed out.  Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




50 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 02/04/2020

  1. Hi Everyone –
    I had no idea what was going on, so thanks for all your insights, Mike. I feel like we’ve seen ORIOLE before, but it still stumped me until I was able to get the answer and back into it.
    Sorry about the Super Bowl, Betty and Steve, but your team looks good for next year.

    • My pleasure, Caroline! Today’s anagram (LOOIER) was last used on 7/3/15 while ILOOER was used on 6/23/19. It wasn’t terribly long ago so maybe that’s why you remember seeing it?

      I’ve tried to get away from using the exact dates in my writing unless I find something particularly interesting. Everything flows a bit better that way and I can always attach a link to a word in case you’re curious. Sorry for the oversight today! 😊

    • Thank you, Caroline. The Chiefs played a better game and really did deserve the win. But as they say, “There’s always next year” and ,yes, they are a still a good team.

    • Thanks Caroline! Yes, I’m not complaining about a Super Bowl trip after a 4-12 season last year, and the ownership and players seem set to be competitive for quite a while after years of disfunction. Don’t ask me about the Sharks, though!

  2. I have been doing these for 60 years and I love them Thank you for keeping us coming back for more

    • You’ve got quite a few years of solving over me, Carol. That’s quite an accomplishment you’ve got there! I’m sure D&J will be pleased when they find your kind words. 🙂

  3. I too kept seeing oilier until I got out paper and pencil and separated the vowels & consonants. Studying “duration” I was able to come up with “time” and figuring the ending would be “tion” I was able to come up with “reaction”. It took a bit of thought but I was able to get it.

    • Now that’s a unique way of solving it, Betty! You’re obviously more observant than me this morning. Studying “duration” was quite brilliant so kudos to you. 🙂🏆

  4. Good Morning, Mike and Everyone. Despite having seen Oriole anagrammed exactly as it is today back on 07/03/15, and it appearing so many times over the years, it always seems to be a stumper. But what’s got me more curious than Jeff’s missing cape, is whether or not he’s sporting the signature Jumble “J” like David and the Director are. (We can’t see the front of his shirt, so it’s UP IN THE AIR). And I took him, the Director, to favor Jon Favreau…except where Jeff drew him as Caucasian, the person coloring the panel depicted him as African-American. A ROLE reversal? So many questions today in this SUPER puzzle! 😉 Wishing Everyone a great day! 🙋🏻‍♀️

    • After having won the ORIOLE spotting contest, the CHAMP decided to INSIST on a new TREND for the game which would allow other species of birds to be included in the eye search.

  5. 🐤 When the TREND to see who’d spot the first ORIOLE each day began, Nick considered himself the CHAMP, and started to INSIST they address him as such, until the disapproval REACTION TIME of the others was quick to shut him down…🐤

    🏆 There always was a new TREND, be it serious or inane,
    And the only rule they did INSIST was that they stay the vein…
    If ORIOLE the days first word, then birds should be the course,
    And if someone should be a CHAMP that day, it didn’t make him Boss
    They tried to hold the rules intact…so things would run sublime…
    And most times it went smoothly…keeping with REACTION TIME!🏆

      • Thanks, Chuck. Yea, Nick used to be a really TWEET guy…but then he started hanging out with some jailBIRDS…and he became a real CRANE in the neck! 🐤😂🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. Hi all – CHAMP took me a few extra looks after seeing whether PH was used, and ORIOLE is one of those words just recognized from past usage. Since they were doing a second take I figured RE was the start of the answer, and “duration” showed me TIME, and the remaining letters made ACTION obvious.

    The first thing the cartoon made me think of was the movie “Topkapi” where the thief is suspended on wires to steal a jeweled dagger, so I looked below them but saw Chicago instead. I also kind of remembered a movie preview for “Mission Impossible” that had a similar look, and sure enough, the wiki entry for Topkapi says these are called “trickwire” scenes, and the earlier movie inspired the later.

    Have a great day, everyone. My street’s getting torn up this morning by the water company on a pipe-replacement project that was originally scheduled to finish in October, but now has a sign that says “through April 30”. Oy.

    “The jockey stopped racing in Baltimore when he noticed a TREND, that his horse would INSIST on looking up and CHAMP at the bit whenever an ORIOLE flew overhead.”

  7. Maybe these Super Heroes are “THUMBLE Man” who’s known to always SEW things up, and his trusty sidekick, “BOBBIN”…who is usually hanging by a THREAD…And the movie they’re shooting is …”PUNS…and NEEDLES”?…😂🤦🏻‍♀️

      • ROTFL! 😂😂😂 Totally unreal! And wayyyy too eerie…I was singing the song…and you’ll see from the email that I wrote it that way! Then Dom said…”but the phrase is Pins and Needles, no? You reversed it…” …And I was like…”Oh..right”…and I changed it! 🎶 Needles and Pinsa…🎶 😂🙋🏻‍♀️

  8. Oriole definitely looked like oilier to me which messed with my getting the cartoon solution.As far as the SB,did SF lose it,blowing a 10 point lead in Q4, or did KC win it with their comeback? No doubt a little of both.

    • Definitely some of both, but mostly the amazing Mahomes, and everyone on both sides handled it with the utmost class and professionalism which I was delighted to see for a change.

    • Hi Ann…Reaction time is defined as the ability to respond quickly to a stimulus. Note that Jeff used the word “quickly” in the Director’s dialogue. The pun here today, the play on words was David pointing out that the Scene needed to be REpeated…and that since a Director yells “ACTION” when the time is right…how soon the actors got it all together would be their REACTION TIME. It really is very cleverly written, albeit a little broad! 😉 Hope you’re enjoying your evening! 🎬🙋🏻‍♀️

  9. I came up with CREATION TIME but then checked to see if I was correct or incorrect. The rest is history.

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