Jumble Answers for 02/12/2020












Happy Wednesday folks! Illinois was known as “The Prairie State” long before Fred J. Hart decided that a change was needed. The 24-year State Senator was in the middle of a re-election campaign when he hit upon the idea to link his state with its most famous non-native son. Hart originally proposed “Home of Lincoln” until a friend pointed out that it might falsely imply that Lincoln was born there. The motto morphed into “Land of Lincoln,” and on May 17, 1955 Governor William Stratton signed the measure into law. But the rebranding wouldn’t quite be complete until a few months later when U.S. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen seemingly wanted a piece of the Prarie Pie. He pushed a bill through Congress that granted copyright status to the Illinois state government for exclusive use of the newfangled slogan.

Our clue words were extra-special this morning in that all of the anagrams were original AND UNCUT rang up as new! The double U’s coupled together made it a bit too obvious and it solved without a hitch. SMEEAS was the only one to cause a stir so it’ll be my pick for today’s hardest anagram.

Today’s cartoon served as a delivery vehicle for an enormous amount of information pertaining to the great State of Illinois. There really wasn’t anything jaw dropping about it other than a few unique looking characters and a nifty rendering of Honest Abe. I’m perfectly fine not having every cartoon knock my socks off and today’s panel was the perfect example of function over form.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters. David did a fine job of concealing the answer but it was a bit too obvious based upon the letter count. Lincoln had many nicknames such as “The Liberator,” The Illinois Rail-Splitter” and simply “Old Abe.” STATESMAN lumped all of his positive attributes into a single word and I’m sure you’d be hard-pressed to find one that’s more fitting. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!



11 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 02/12/2020

  1. Good morning. Enjoyed jumble today. I didn’t breeze through it and had to think for the outcome. A clever finish. Until tomorrow stay well

    • I thought it was on the easier side for a Wednesday Paul. But I’m glad to hear that you managed to come up with the solution. Way to go, my friend!!! 🏆

  2. AFTER having to AFFIRM his allegiance to his country, the STATESMAN decided to munch on some UNCUT SESAME rolls.

  3. 🍗 When the SESAME chicken for the STATESMAN’s luncheon arrived UNCUT, he swore that AFTER today he’d AFFIRM to never use that caterer again…🍗

    🎩 Abe Lincoln came upon the scene…self-educated lawyer…
    A background as a country boy…akin to a Tom Sawyer
    With UNCUT hair and gangly stance…comparable to a reed
    But passionate ’bout politics strong like the SESAME seed…
    And AFTER, worth he would AFFIRM debating Stephen Douglas
    He went on to succeed…and always kept his moral compass…
    As President he served us well…an asset to our Nation
    Remembered as the “Honest Abe”, and Illinois’s great STATESMAN 🎩

  4. Easy one today and a nice nod to Lincoln’s actual birthday. When I was young, we used to get both Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthday’s off. I didn’t realize that it was as late as 1955 that Illinois because the “Land of Lincoln” – thanks for the interesting facts, Mike. Honestly, I hope all of you have a good day.

    • You’re welcome Betty. It was fun to learn a bit about the history of Illinois and honestly I was surprised to see that it was located so close to the Dakotas! I guess I never realized that fact.
      Oh, Illinois has a State anthem as well and you can hear it HERE . All my best for a terrific Wednesday!

  5. Sesame also stumped me at first.I then thought the cartoon answer would be president,then senator,and then finally statesman.

  6. Hi all – AFFIRM took some extra jumbles, and SESAME took the longest. Even the simple word AFTER hid surprisingly well. Writing out the letters showed the answer.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “The STATESMAN had to AFFIRM that subsidies to the SESAME farmers would remain UNCUT AFTER his bill passed in order to get support for it.”

  7. Sesame Stumped me for a while & then I couldn’t clear NAMASTE from my mind long enough to reach the solve. Til tomorrow, stay well.

  8. Not to get political, but maybe not such a great statesman since over 600,000 Americans were killed during his time in office!

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