Jumble Answers for 03/03/2020












Happy Tuesday fellow word-nerds!  Who knew there was so much contention when it came to learning how to write fancy letters?!  A simple Google search for “when did cursive writing start being taught in schools” returned countless articles offering opinions serving both sides of the issue. Proponents fiercely argue that it’s a time honored tradition while opponents say it’s no longer useful due to the abundance of computer keyboards and screens.  Other than writing out Christmas cards, a shopping list or signing a check or document, I don’t find myself using it all that much.  But when I stopped to really think about it for a minute, I realized that I used cursive for tasks that have —for the most part— all gone the way of the dinosaurs!  Our school doesn’t teach it, but my kids have learned to both read and write it on their own.  A little self-initiative on their parts, as well as some gentle prodding on mine, made the task quick and painless.

There weren’t any new clue words for the second day in a row, but that suited me just fine because those chosen for the lineup were challenging enough.  Each anagram came up as a “Hoyt-Original,”which is simply a fancy way of saying that each scramble was also new.  ONLINE definitely tripped me up the longest as I kept trying to force the N’s together.  It happened to randomly come into view when I scrambled the letters a few times on my own though.  It was our most recent anagram as well but I don’t recall it giving me that much trouble last time.

Our cartoon was a period piece of a school classroom, and judging by the hairdos and clothing styles, I’d say we’re somewhere in the early 1900’s.  The 5 characters filled the panel out nicely, and there was enough space left over to easily reading the writing on the blackboard.  My favorite detail was the line drawing tool sitting on the sill.  I remember seeing a similar one during my elementary years.  But that one was of the 5-pronged variety and it was used to easily draw staff lines.  The only thing that was missing in the piece was perhaps a flag on a pole in the background.  No classroom is really complete without one!

The final solve was an anagram consisting 11-letters.  There sure were a lot of T’s and E’s, but their over-abundance seemed less intimidating when the clues in the drawing were taken into account.  The LETTERs on the board were the big hint and I easily saw the word after a taking a few peeks at the layout.  THE came next, and TO was spelled out perfectly in the remainder for the finish.  Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




11 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 03/03/2020

  1. Today marks the 12th Anniversary of Jeff Knurek serving as the Jumble’s cartoonist. On March 3rd, 2008, he joined forces with the late, great Mike Argirion to give us his very first Jumble cartoon, a boxer looking to improve his footwork by joining a Soccer team…The solve: JUST (FOR) “KICKS”! It’s been great Jeff, and we look forward to many, many more years of your magic! Congratulations! Happy, Happy Anniversary! 🥂🍾🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. 🐶 While looking ONLINE for a local TATTOO artist that could give him exactly what he wanted TO THE LETTER, he heard his wife CHEER as the dog finally learned to FETCH…🐶

    🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♂️With nothing they could CHEER about…the man was just a wretch,
    He treated them as servants…do this, do that…go FETCH
    They blamed themselves for hiring the guy without much vetting,
    The ONLINE application couldn’t show what they were getting…
    Between that TATTOO on his neck, and his churlish behavior,
    They’d had enough and hoped that maybe someone’d be their Savior
    Things couldn’t stay the way they were…they needed someone better …
    And this time they’ll do questioning that comes down TO THE LETTER…🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♀️

  3. Good morning. Happy Anniversary Jeff. Thank you for all your work. You really know how to make a guy feel inferior. All kidding aside, it’s enjoyable to look for your work and start the morning everyday. Today was a gift handed to us. The words were simple and the cartoon answer was a complete blind solve. I didn’t even have the letters down and did so to see if I was correct. The answer is every bit as great as the drawing. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • In fairness to them, they’re faithfully copying what’s shown on the banner above the blackboard, although I agree we were taught a different cursive capital “A” than what’s shown here.

  4. Easy one this morning. I was very happy that my Grandson’s school still taught cursive though truth be told I’m not sure how much he uses it. Happy Super Tuesday to all.

  5. Hi all – Pretty much an instant solve today, with a quick pause at CHEER. I first tried “in” and then saw “on” for ONLINE.

    Yes Mike, I remember our music teacher (who only came around on Mondays) using that holder with 5 pieces of chalk to quickly draw musical staffs on the blackboard! Haven’t thought about that in decades, but I NOTED at the time that it was a KEY timesaver to make room for more instruction. (Of which, about all I remember is that “Giuseppe Verdi” means “Joe Green” 😂)

    My favorite detail though was the banner running around the top of the walls – I think ours showed the printing and cursive for the upper and lowercase of all the letters.

    The other detail I liked was one pointed out by Angela recently – the students at the board are working so hard their tongues are sticking out!

    Have a great day, everyone!

    “The TATTOO artist told the sailor to be of good CHEER because, although he didn’t know the requested insignia, he could easily FETCH it ONLINE.”

    • *** The Lingual Protrusion Syndrome – LIPS -….(no pun intended)…More commonly known as the Michael Jordan Syndrome.👅👅🙋🏻‍♀️

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