Jumble Answers for 02/21/2020










Good Morning, Everyone! 🏠..WON’T YOU COME HOME, BUILD BAILEY..🏠

🎶 “I’ll be over at ten”, you told me time and again…But you’re late, I wait around and then (bah dah dah)…I went to the door, I can’t take any more, it’s not you, you let me down again…baby, baby, try to find…(Hey, hey, hey) a little time and I’ll make you mine…I’ll be home...I’ll be beside the phone waiting for you…Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh Why do you BUILD me up (BUILD me up) Buttercup baby, just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around?…And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby when you say you will (say you will) but I love you still…I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin’…You know that I have from the start…So BUILD me up (BUILD me up) Buttercup, don’t break my heart…”Build Me Up Buttercup” – The FOUNDATIONS  1968

🏠 As anyone who’s been there knows, construction takes its toll,
Things can get pretty HECTIC as we watch the job unfold…
A MISHAP here, a promise there and schedules run long,
And most things we’ll just live with…as we hope nothing goes wrong…
You EXERT lots of patience, although sometimes it wears thin,
Especially when people ask…”When did this job begin”?
But if we’re lucky like these two and find a treasure trove…
We count our blessings and exhale…(and here I’m dumping CLOVE)…
The bottom line, once you do start…no matter how you kvetch…
It’s all irrelevant really…’till you hit the HOME STRETCH! 🏠

A term usually reserved for sports, HOME STRETCH is the definition of the final part of something, particularly between the last turn and the finish line on a racetrack, or the third base line and home plate in baseball. But the way it’s used here today is especially amusing. The finishing of the construction work is within sight, in the final STRETCH, it’s a construction job being done on our couples HOME, and in addition… it’s an addition! Literally!STRETCHing that space by expanding…But the real coo here? The woman’s pregnant! An addition indeed! Job truly well done by David…a very clever multi-play on words….

And speaking of…today we have a split-level decision…While they’re all old favorites, two of them, (VOCEL and SAMPIH, going way way back, to 2010 and ‘13 respectively), are repeat anagrams, while the other two are from the end of last year. And it was only MISHAP that caused 3 of the Early Birds to hammer away at a little…the rest were put up with ease…

Our couple today shares center stage with one other major character, and three minor ones. Built around a suburban USA background, we see our contractor showing the home owners his set of blueprints. And as the husband surveys them, we hear our expectant Mother saying how glad she is that the work will be done before it’s time for their new addition. And she’s definitely happy with what she saw. Obviously their guy did a bang up job, and nailed it by staying on schedule. Let’s face it, Folks…Construction can be a punishing business…axe anyone of those guys…and they’ll tell you how awl-encompassing it is…Anyway, with the husband praising the timing, since obviously nothing got jambed up, we can honestly say that this contractor was definitely above board…and he did a riveting job!

Eye candy? It’s pretty much nuts and bolts…but I think I’ll go with the guy hammering away on the roof. He’s wearing the oddest expression…Who knows?…maybe he’s got a screw loose…So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And I wanted to leave you with a little construction joke…but I’m still working on it! 🏠🙋🏻‍♀️


27 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 02/21/2020

  1. 🧄 HECTIC, rushed and rounding the HOME STRETCH…as he cut the CLOVE of garlic, he didn’t want to EXERT himself to bend when all the skin from the bulb fell to the floor…which caused a major MISHAP when the puppy began chewing on it..🧄

    🤦🏻‍♂️He heard the jokes ‘bout Auto Complete…but still he left it on…
    And what was meant as CLOVE came out as LOVE…The emails gone!
    You talk about a MISHAP…he’ll need EXILE after this…
    Commitment’s not his strong suit…and she’s one for wedded bliss…
    He really needs to learn to stop and not live life so HECTIC,
    And after this he’s sure that now he really may have wrecked it…
    He hopes she doesn’t take it wrong…he knows she’s out to catch…
    A husband..but there’s no way he’s going down that HOME STRETCH! 🤦🏻‍♂️

  2. Good morning. My choice for hardest was Hectic. I just couldn’t get it on my own. The cartoon answer took some time but once I made up my mind the first word was Home the second word finally came to me. A clever answer. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Hey Brooklyn. You’re in good company with Hectic…it’s been HAMMERing the competition! Hope you’re staying warm! I had to batten down 💨💨 the hatches out here! 🏠🙋🏻‍♀️

  3. Hi Everyone –
    The toughest for me was Mishap because I forgot to try the mis prefix. Like Paul, once I eventually thought of Home, the whole answer came to me, and I was then able to back into Mishap. Wishing all a great day.

    • Hey Caroline. You know what they say…There’s no place like HOME! 😉 Hope your day’s going well! 🏠🙋🏻‍♀️

      • I was at a little Greek restaurant today, which had saganaki on the menu. They only added this dish to the menu a few weeks ago. I told the young waitress that it was the subject of the Jumble yesterday, but she never heard of the Jumble.

        • Never heard of the Jumble? 🤦🏻‍♀️ Sacré bleu! Oh wait…that’s French! 😉..The humanity! (That’ll have to do until I can look up something shocking in Greek)! 😉 What is it with this kids today? No HOME training! 😉 I guess you didn’t try it, huh? God, it’s soooo good. But you know me, I never met a cheese I didn’t like…(think Poutine)! And it’s so easy to make too. (Just be sure to pin your hair back)! 😉 I wonder if they do any honey with it. My friend who taught it to me drizzles a little honey on it after the lemon…but he’s got a serious sweet tooth. Although it’s good that way too. Me…I just stick with the basics..brandy and lemon…and my fire extinguisher! 🙄🙋🏻‍♀️

        • είμαι σοκαρισμένος! …And .just in case, I apologize beforehand to our Greek readers out there..😉🙋🏻‍♀️

      • I almost tried the dish but decided to get it next time instead. I’ve never had it before and didn’t even know the name before yesterday.

        • I think you’ll like it. And a lot of places serve it as an appetizer, so you don’t have to feel that badly if you don’t like it…FETA than wasting an entree! 😉 And what a funny coincidence…I was just playing the Just Jumble App, and the puzzle’s from 02/15/17. It’s about cheese…and the women “saver-ed” the fancy cheese because they had a coupon for 70% off! Serendipity! 🧀🙋🏻‍♀️

        • Hi Caroline. It was quite the coincidence. I liked that puzzle. Women friends sitting around eating cheese and talking about saving money…Two wonderful pastimes! 😂 and all that talk of saganaki gave me the craving. But I have a friend eating here tonight who doesn’t drink, so I’m doing mozzarella carrozza instead. Another easy delicious cheese appetizer…Buon Appetito, Caroline! 🧀🙋🏻

        • Thanks, Caroline It was delicious…You’d like this too….Old Neapolitan recipe. This is pretty much how I do it..but I top it off with lemon and parsley…Soooo good! Have a great night, Caroline…🧀🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. Got all the anagrams without difficulty but it took me some time to figure out the cartoon answer. Once I got home, stretch was obvious. Happy Friday to all.

    • I’m so literal…I read your second line and thought…”I guess Betty was thinking about the puzzle while she was out”..🤦🏻‍♀️😉 I so need a break! Hope you’re having a wonderful day, Betty! 🏠🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. Hi all – It took a few tries before realizing that “Mis” was the prefix for MISFIT.
    I didn’t see the answer at first – something about “delivery” or “last” something? Wrote the letters to see HOME STRETCH. Very funny; full marks to David for that one!

    Had to laugh at “JAMBed up” Angela. Good thing it wasn’t, or the door would have been A JAR.

    Have a great day everyone!

    “In the HOME STRETCH before the imminent onset of winter, he decided to EXERT extra effort, CLOVE to the HECTIC schedule and CLOVE all the logs for the fireplace without a single MISHAP.” (Yes, I looked up CLOVE definitions on Wikipedia 😂 )

    • Hmm..You didn’t see the answer at first…Take a look at your opening line…Let me know if the duck comes down…😉😉!! You know I do the puzzle from the cartoon first right? So I had HOME STRETCH from the DOOR! 😉 Because to both David and Jeff’s credit, there was a ROOMful of clues between the dialogue and the question…(And I also secretly smiled at the thought of “stretch” marks…but whether or not David had that in his blueprints is another story)! 😂 As for JAMB..Tks! I really went back and put it in as a CLOSEr…(I think that’s when I lost the whole post)! But as for your two CLOVES? I laughed, for two reasons…1- I’m notorious for doing two cloves of garlic anytime I see a recipe that calls for one…(one clove of garlic? Please…we put that on donuts)!😂…and 2- For some strange reason I can never forget something from one of my earliest Catholic school Religion classes. “And a man shall leave his Father and Mother and shall cleave to his wife…” Cleave? Huh? Like a hatchet? It bugged me…So, of course you know I asked….And I think that might have been the first of manyyyyy a time the nuns sent me home with a note!!! 😂😂! Have a great day, Steve!

      • I see now that I typed MISFIT instead of MISHAP, but I had to re-read it 4 times to see it! 🤦🏻‍♂️😂🙋🏻‍♂️
        By the way, my emails started working again – go figure!

      • By the way, leave it to you to get sent home with a note like that. That’s *very* funny! 😂 I bet it’s still on your “permanent record”! 😂🙋🏻‍♂️

        • LOL! Yeah…Got so bad my poor Parents ended up investing in a rubber stamp! 😂😂📃🖊🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Good Afternoon, Professor. I see that the avatar changed…but I’m pretty sure it’s you..And WOODn’t you just know it? The Early Birds did say that MISHAP might be just as tough to NAIL down as Hectic…I guess they were on the right TRACK…Have a great day, Prof! 🏠🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Hey David, Hi! Yeah, why didn’t you think of it sooner? It’s a keeper! But I don’t know if you’ve read through all the banter here…I was wondering if “stretch” marks might have been thrown into the mix too? This puzzles got a wealth of good material! Anyway, thank you so much, once again, for thinking of us, I get such a kick out of watching and listening to you speak. You’re so expressive…the genuine laughter and animation just gets to me…I can’t get through it without smiling along with you! …But just a word of advice…Stay away from those poker tables…😉! Have a safe trip David…and thanks again! YEOJN! 🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Hi David! I just can’t thank you enough for stopping by and letting us know your thoughts on today’s puzzle. I have to say that I’m really enjoying all the new words that you’ve been adding to the puzzle and NAUNTS really had my gears grinding on Wednesday. Have a safe flight and all our best to Claire and Daisy!

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