Jumble Answers for 02/07/2020












🎶 Even when I’m wide awake…I keep turning back one page…I can’t find the PLOT. Something else is TAKING SHAPE...I know what it’s like..To keep LOSING YOUR PLACE…I know what it’s like…I know what it’s like…🎶 I Know What It’s Like” – Jeff Tweedy   2018 

🗺 The plans were done up really quick…a LAZIER man would fail,
George Bergstrom had but a few days to come up with details…
A CHALK design, then blueprints drawn…approval didn’t take long,
And things were MOSTLY starting…(And I give up on the PRONG)
The Pentagon was in the works…and after the red tape…
Of changing the location…it was definitely TAKING SHAPE! 🗺

In the spirit of full disclosure, (and with the word EXCITED in our puzzle reminding me)…I’d like to mention something before we delve into what the Jumble has planned for us today. Last Saturday’s puzzle, the one with the divorced couple dining at the same restaurant, had a solution of “Ex-Sighted“. And something about it kept drawing my attention…So I took some time this week to go through my totally disorganized files…and Voila…Success! Way back on April 12th, 2013, there was a puzzle who’s question asked…”After seeing her former husband for the first time in years, she was not…” And as right as rain, the answer was “EX-SIGHTED”. And I was! I’m still looking to see if I have the actual cartoon, but I’m happy enough that I was at least able to dig up the “written” part of the self-imposed quiz! So, there you have it!…And I may plant this link in my post tomorrow also, since some of our readers only do the Jumble on weekends.

Ok…the business at land...Today’s words…Strangely enough, starting from the top, Chalk missed the mark. I couldn’t find it anywhere…and the same goes for Lazier. Lazier, I could understand, but Chalk surprised me. And while we saw Prong a little over a year ago, it’s SOLMYT that’s doing the double duty today. Repeat anagram and lastly seen in August...And it’s LAZIER that stumped 3 of the Early Birds…In fact one of them turned blue…printing it out so many times…

So, circa late 1941 – early 1942, today we find ourselves in Arlington County, Va, at the site of the PENTAGON, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. The background story is that this wasn’t the originally planned location. The land first chosen, Arlington Farms, was bordered by roads on five sides…hence the Architects, business partners, George Bergstrom and David Witmer designed a five-sided building. A Pentagon. But after President Franklin Roosevelt voiced his concern that the new building could obstruct the view of Washington from Arlington Cemetery, he chose the Hoover Airport site instead. And since he liked the design layout, and a major redesigning at that point would have been too costly an underTAKING, the “pentagonal” SHAPE was kept…And the rest is History…literally…So in answer to our question…the Architect was excited to see the structure…TAKING SHAPE! Good one, David…you always know how to build the excitement!

Eye candy? The layout of the cartoon shows this…Everything’s spread out… We can see the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in the background. Near the buildings foundation we see two yellow cranes, a red cement-mixer truck, and two slabs of building material lying on the ground…And if I had to guess which side of the panel Bergstrom is on in the cartoons’ design, I’d go with the right, as we look at the drawing. Reason?…Since I couldn’t come across any definitive photos showing either man sporting a mustache as depicted, and not wanting to just brush it off, I went by their ages. And with Bergstrom being 13 years older than Witmer, I’d say that’s Bregstron holding the blueprints. He just has a somewhat ionic look about himself…But the riveting gem today? It’s the work crew. If you look really closely, you’ll see three men off to the left, two atop the slab being lifted by the crane at right, and another three standing at the cement mixer. High five, Jeff…Nice details…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And let’s remember to build on the good things in life…and not take anything for Granite…🗺🙋🏻‍♀️




17 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 02/07/2020

  1. 🔪 As the crime scene was TAKING SHAPE, the CHALK outline drawn by the police was MOSTLY smeared by the rain, because the LAZIER of the two detectives, in a slipshod attempt to remove the PRONG used in the murder, didn’t cover the body…🔪🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. Good morning. Lazier would be my choice for the hardest word because it did take a little longer to get than the others and when I checked it came out lazy so I started to try and make another word. I finally gave up and checked my usual way and I see I was right all along. The cartoon answer took shape for me after a few minutes. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Hey Brooklyn…Took shape, indeed! 👏🏻! And LAZIER just looks wrong, doesn’t it? 😉 Have a good one, Paul! 🗺🙋🏻‍♀️

  3. I agree, Angela, lazier does look wrong. I don’t think we give enough credit to David and (or) Jeff for their (his) expertise in knowing how to place letters for optimal confusion!! Just saying!

    • Agreed, Chuck.. I stand in awe of David’s logophilic prowess. And I’ve always been DRAWN to Jeff’s handiwork. Both excellent at their craft…And I try my best to give them a virtual high FIVE as often as possible. For all the moaning and groaning…and cheering we do over these daily puzzles, our collective abilities pale in comparison to theirs. Just sayin’! 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. Another vote for lazier looking like a non word,but after looking it up,it passed the muster.Being the pentagon ,shape popped right out quickly followed by the overall “taking shape ” solution.

    • Passed the muster? Wasn’t that yesterday’s puzzle? 😂 Good Afternoon, Professor! And yes, it’s a masterful anagram. As for the solution…I too found it an easy, breezy solve…with the SHAPE of that pentagonal figure DRAWing me in…Hope you’re enjoying your day, Prof! 🗺🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. Hi all – The unusual shape of the building made the answer easy to see. The third word stopped me for a minute. Usually words with ‘Z’ stand out, but making it the comparative (if that’s what it’s called) LAZIER hid it pretty well. At first I was trying LAZY and also saw REALIZE.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    Your use of “right as rain” made me smile Angela – can’t remember the last time I heard that. And your first reference reminded me of one of my all-time favorite songs, “Shapes of Things” by the Yardbirds
    🎵”Shapes of things before my eyes just teach me to despise
    Will time make men more wise?
    Now the trees are almost green, but will they still be seen
    When time and tide have been?
    Fall into your passing hands, please don’t destroy these lands
    Don’t make them desert sands”🎵

    “He cut the ground PRONG off his AC adapter MOSTLY because he felt LAZIER than usual, but when the outlet started to smoke, he had to CHALK it up to experience.”

    • Hey Steve…I had the same thought this morning about the Z. As I told the Prof, it’s masterfully done, IMO…And this morning I heard them flinging around lazy, realize, and…Wait for it… Laissez-faire … Laissez-faire!!! What??? 2 letters to each box??? SMH! It was just one of those mornings! 🙄 And when I told him…”back up…and you’ll realize the word…” He said..”Is it realize”? Trust me, I threw in the towel after that! 🙄 Right as rain? Who knows..there’s so many of them shoved into the abyss! The Idiom Savant…at your service! 😉 ..And your sentence 👏🏻👏🏻brings to mind all these Apple chargers laying around. Could they make their cords any cheaper? Talk about FRAYed nerves with these things! Have a great day, Steve! 🗺🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. I too saw realize at first. Doesn’t seem like lazier should have been that difficult but it did take me some time to figure out. Cartoon answer was more apparent. Interesting history about the Pentagon, Angela. Wishing all of you a good day.

    • Hi Betty. Good Morning! Lazier…definitely the stumper of the day. And hard to believe it hasn’t been in game play before now. I too found the Pentagon info interesting. Sometimes it amazes me how I’ve gotten this far in life knowing so little about so many things! 😂 We do get educated here, don’t we? Who knew? 😉 Have a great day, Betty. Enjoy! 🗺🙋🏻‍♀️

      • I also enjoyed the Pentagon details that I’d never heard, and wondered whether there’s a Hexagon somewhere.

        • I’m glad you liked it! There were a few different articles out there…all interesting… But the hexagon? You’re pulling my leg, right? 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

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