Jumble Answers for 03/02/2020












Happy Monday Jumble friends!  Danny Devito is the type of actor that is instantly recognizable in both film and television due to his unique physical attributes.  Standing at just 4’10” and weighing 174 pounds, his disproportionate height to weight ratio is often used as a comedic punchline.  He came to fame with his portrayal of taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma on the television series Taxi, and went on to star in feature films such as Terms of Endearment, Twins, and Batman Returns.

The most interesting fact that I learned about the venerable 75-year-old actor was his on-and-off relationship saga with actress Rhea Perlman.  After 30 years of marriage, they officially called it quits in October 2012.  They reconciled in March of 2013 but separated for a second time in March of 2017.  To this day they are still technically married but they remain separated.  They consider themselves close friends but have no intentions of filing for divorce.  Maybe the third time truly is the charm!

Our 6-letter anagrams were new but everything else about the lineup was old hat.  BOIRT was used on 3/20/14 while FEHTT came into play on 5/3/18.  MERELY was the only anagram that wouldn’t come at first glance, but utilizing both the double-letter and LY tricks allowed me to conquer it with ease.

The cartoon shows Devito in his green room where a stagehand has been summoned to bring him to the set.  He’s all dolled up in a tuxedo and looks like he might be the featured guest on a late night talk show.  The cartoon sentence was very specific though and stated that he was needed on a film set.  A search of IMDB.com shows that he just finished filming a movie called Harry Haft so maybe it has something to do with that.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 14-letters.  There was nothing SHORT about its enormous length and it’s actually the LONGest anagram ever offered on a Monday since I’ve been keeping track.  I’m sure it’s no coincidence as our esteemed anagram-artisan David L. Hoyt often surprises us in very subtle ways.  But since David supplies Jeff with only the scrambles and punny solution, I’m thinking  Jeff is the man to thank for today’s length vs caricature conundrum.  Hopefully one of the guys will have a spare minute or two to respond and straighten things out.

SHORT was noticeable after careful examination of the layout and the LY suffix was quickly tacked on the end.  THERE and BE flowed organically from the remainder to bring it all to a close.  Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




23 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 03/02/2020

  1. Good Morning, Everyone! Have a great day! 🙋🏻‍♀️

    🎬 A Jersey boy down to the core…I feel a sense fraternal,
    His roots in the old country share a town with my paternal…
    The THEFT of height he carries…genetic with his bones,
    Has not affected him as far as how his stardom rose…
    Can’t say MERELY a short man, his ORBIT’s always been,
    You can’t think Lou DePalma without breaking into grin…
    He’s SHAKEN up a few things…binges with Clooney a trip,
    And watching him on late night, you’ll assuredly hear a blip
    He’s more than just the comedy though…with drama he’s been courtly…
    And his “Give me one moment“…Ah, the pun he’ll BE THERE SHORTLY! 🎬

    🔒Feeling terribly SHAKEN and as if thrown into ORBIT after the THEFT, she knew she had to do more than MERELY change the locks, and the Alarm Company rep assured her that he’d BE THERE SHORTLY…🔒

    🍸💍She liked martinis SHAKEN, not MERELY just a stir,
    And she enjoyed a drink before each THEFT…calming for her…
    Excitement like an ORBIT, adrenaline did flow,
    And she knew that she’d need be quick…’twas almost time to go
    She looked into the mirror, raised her glass and said…”Ms Courtney…
    Riches await at the Hotel…and you need BE THERE SHORTLY” 💍🍸

  2. Good morning. My choice for hardest word is Merely. I was stuck on it and jumped to the cartoon which I got right away and knew the four letters needed to solve the word. I actually had it earlier but for some reason it never clicked in my head what it was. Looked Greek to me. Until tomorrow stay well.

  3. I wasn’t stuck on merely but wasn’t sure of the spelling.And to think I was almost the 6th grade spelling bee champion,except for not knowing how to spell acquaintance .The anagrams were a Monday cinch,with a blind solve for the cartoon answer,given the presence of ” height challenged” Danny Devito.

  4. The museum personnel were not just MERELY SHAKEN up by the THEFT of the diamond, a few employees think it may have gotten into alien hands and is now somewhere in ORBIT over the universe.

  5. Easy one today and yes, it was a very long cartoon answer for a Monday morning. I knew Danny Da Vito was short but didn’t realize he weighs 179#. Yikes! Welcome back Mike. Happy Monday to all.

    • Thanks Betty. You’re comment about airline travel being uncivilized was poignant as our flight home seems to have occurred on Noah’s Ark rather than a passenger plane. I’m beginning to honestly think that I’m the only traveler that doesn’t fly with a service animal! There were a few crying babies on board, but they were no match for my AirPods with a noise cancellation feature. PURE BLISS!

      Have a stellar week!!! 🙂

      • Yes, Mike, I feel your pain. When I fly, I often think that of my grandparents who immigrated from Italy and traveled by ship in steerage. Is History repeating itself?

  6. Hi all – ORBIT took an extra look, but I recognized it because it often comes up in the Word Search World Traveler app when the puzzle subject is outer space. Then I misspelled MERELY at first. The answer was obvious.

    Welcome back Mike!
    Have a great day, everyone!

    “He already had a spare to insert into its ORBIT, so he was MERELY SHAKEN, not inconvenienced by the THEFT of his glass eye”.

      • From the Chronicle in 2003 (Mal Sharpe was a beloved local musician and comedian who produced hilarious “Man in the Street” interviews on local radio):

        “LOST AND FOUND: At the Ivy Room in Albany (CA) the other night, the ‘Big Money in Jazz’ Band was playing a Louis Armstrong tune when trumpeter Jim Gammon told trombonist Mal Sharpe that his glass eye had fallen out.
        Half the band started crawling on the floor looking for the eye, says Sharpe, while the rest continued playing. Gammon was fearful that Stuart the tap dancer, an Ivy Room regular, would crush the object. When the audience realized what was up, many joined the search, lighting up the floor with a surprising array of flashlights and lasers. Finally, KCSM DJ Dave Ramirez spotted it, lying on a carpet near the trumpeter’s chair. Gammon raced to the restroom to wash it, returning to the stage in time to join in on ‘Struttin’ With Some Barbecue’ and go on to the next tune, Eye Got Rhythm.”

        • Hmmm.A CORNEAcopia of information…and humIRIS too! 👁😉🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Actually, probably not Mike. It’s not televised and it’s on *so* early (12:10 PM). Also, I probably wouldn’t recognize most of the Giants yet anyway! 😂 Spring training doesn’t produce the buzz here that it does back East, I don’t think. Maybe in the East and Midwest, it’s all the fans tuning in just to see some sun and warm weather! 😂🙋🏻‍♂️

        Nice hat and bow tie, by the way!

        • What, you don’t like watching 36th round draft picks?! 😂😂😂

          Thanks. I’m more excited for DST starting on Saturday than St. Patties Day, but there wasn’t an emoji for that!

  7. Looking at the letters in the jumbos, I thought the answer might be “along” shortly, but I didn’t have the “g”.

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