Jumble Answers for 03/05/2020












Happy Thursday everyone!  It looks like Spring Fever has struck a fever pitch with our favorite puzzle.  And to be honest, I’ve been patiently waiting for those warmer temperatures and late sunsets since the end of last year.  The vernal equinox, otherwise known as the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, officially begins on March 19th.  And it’s extra special this year because it arrives a whole day early.  The last time spring sprung so soon was way back in 1896 — that’s a whopping 124 years ago!

Still absent this week were any new clue words(s), but all of today’s anagrams were original so we still have that going for us!  They all solved without a hitch, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t need a little extra time to second guess myself in regards to DROLL.  A quick check of its definition proved it a viable word, but it was its etymology that really caught my attention.  DROLL is defined as being curious in a way that provokes dry amusement.  It’s also a short, comical sketch performed by English actors in the 17th century.  After the final performance of the evening, these cash-strapped artists had loads of time on their hands so they often performed gigs to earn some extra green.  It was also very illegal to be remunerated for acting outside the confines of the theatre, but I suppose you gotta do whatcha gotta do to survive.

The cartoon characters in today’s panel could easily pass for both my wife and myself next month.  The last frost is usually over by then and it’s generally safe enough to start our vegetable plants directly in the ground.  This particular couple seems more interested in ornamentals though.  The truck appears to be an early model based upon all of its square corners and edges.   I liked how the bed was left open so we could catch a glimpse of the treasures inside.  While looking at the assorted shrubbery in the back, my eyes happened to gaze down and notice the unpaved driveway.  Maybe they’ll spread some gravel or install some stone pavers as their next big project.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters.  It’s the shortest layout so far this week — and in your friendly neighborhood spoiler-man’s opinion — the easiest!  I started out by seeing “DRUNK” which wasn’t such a good sign for 8am on a Thursday morning.  Thankfully (for you, trust me) GROUND arose from the mangled mess leaving me with little WORK left to do.  Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




7 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 03/05/2020

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

    🌺 They’re just back from the nursery and neither of them GRUMPY,
    The digging will start shortly, making sure nothing is lumpy…
    They seem a POWER couple, speaking calmly and not DROLL,
    They work together easily…it’s just the way they roll…
    Flowers, bushes… a tree to plant…as thoughts of winter SHRINK,
    Springtime has brought the time for bloom…and they were quick to think
    Their property will flourish…’cause the labor they don’t shirk…
    An early start always begins by laying the GROUNDWORK 🌺

    🇺🇸 Considering himself neither GRUMPY nor DROLL, he hoped to SHRINK the field of candidates by doing everything within his POWER to lay the proper GROUNDWORK…🇺🇸

    👩🏻‍💼She bought herself a POWER suit, and confidence did swell,
    She knew she had to prove herself, but so far she could tell…
    Except for that one GRUMPY guy, the staff was welcoming,
    And her DROLL sense of humor so far seemed to be working
    She wouldn’t SHRINK behind the desk…boldness would be a perk…
    As long as respect went both ways…there’d be the right GROUNDWORK👩🏻‍💼

  2. Good morning. Today was a nice recovery from a disaster yesterday. I had to look up Herbal and two of us bouncing around the bus to A/C gave up for that word and the final answer. But as they say, tomorrow’s another day. Here it came and low and behold this one was a breeze. My second thought on the cartoon answer proved correct. Until tomorrow stay well. Just in case your curious Angela, lost $160. Not bad because I still had a good time with friends. Both Resorts and HardRock were fairly empty. Wonder if the Coronavirus scare had anything to do with the low turn out there. Until tomorrow stay well.

  3. With his DROLL manner, the POWER that the SHRINK had over his GRUMPY old patient, was something to behold.

  4. Droll seemed odd at first,,but given that solution,and the other anagram solutions,the final “groundwork” was a quick blind solve independent of the available letters.A Monday like puzzle on a Thursday.

  5. Droll seemed odd at first,but the other anagrams were a quick solve.The “groundwork” puzzle solution was a blind solve independent of the letters.Definitely an easy Monday like Thursday puzzle.

  6. Agree with Chuck this was a Monday puzzle. Interesting information about the word droll. The only time I think I’ve heard it used is in “The Night Before Christmas” – His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow,”. You folks are anticipating spring and we’re still waiting for winter in California. We had not one drop of rain in February. They’re starting to use the dreaded “D” word again though the coronavirus seems to eclipse everything else on the news these days. Hope all of you stay well.

  7. Hi all – Easy solve today. Got the answer as soon as I wrote down the letters.

    Have a great day everyone!

    One nice thing about the day after Super Tuesday was that my mailbox only had one piece of mail in it, as opposed to the ten to twenty or more every day in the previous weeks.

    “Despite the GROUNDWORK laid in previous sessions, the humor his SHRINK attempted was too DROLL to have the POWER to help his GRUMPY mood”.

    Song from the ceiling at the thrift store yesterday afternoon – “Heart of Glass” by Blondie.

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