Jumble Answers for 03/14/2020











Good Morning, Everyone!   ♥️♠️ DEALING WITH WHAT’S AT HAND ♣️♦️

🎶 SHUFFLE THE CARDS, begin anew…Hard to believe it’s the best we can do…I wonder: who do we think we are?….And no time to care for who is next to you….We’ll walk on the moon and comb the whole sky through…I’m asking: Who do we think we are? SHUFFLE THE CARDS... begin..🎶…“Shuffle The Cards” – Jael  2015

♥️♠️ I’ve never tried my hand at Bridge…although I love to deal,
I’m fast and I get furious…for cards I have a feel…
I’m ambidextrous with things…but here I’m on no FENCE
My left hand dominates throughout…and it just follows whence…
To DABBLE with a hand of Bridge, I’d have to HOUND a friend
To show me how the dealing goes…beginning to the end…
I have seen women playing, COPPER pennies and some dimes
Are what they use while bidding…but I’ve never spent the time…
The game just don’t appeal to me…but I’m sure it’s quite grand…
And this game is now set to start…with comments BEFOREHAND!♣️♦️

So, Bridge. I was telling the truth up above, when I mentioned that I’ve never tried my hand at Bridge. I don’t know the slightest thing about it, and I’ve never dealt with it before at all. I mean I’ve heard a bridge playing joke or two over the years…like…”So my wife made me join a bridge club”…I jump off next Tuesday”. You know, that kind of stuff. And it’s not like I have a short tension span or anythingI just don’t know the score when it comes to the card game...So in case you’re like me,  and declare yourself to not have a lead when it comes down to it, here’s a little background, a quick lesson. It’s up to you if you care to read through it…we’re not signing any contracts here…But personally, I did a double take…it doesn’t look all that easy to me…But again, it’s your call, and if you care to do the honors, well suit yourself…

Ok. So, with no new words to deal with this morning, maybe we should just cut to the chase, and jump right to the work at hand…Oh wait…Todays trick word …Well, while all four of our entries are 2019 old favorites, I think it might be COPPER…Because when I mentioned it to the Early Birds, and offered them a penny for their thoughts…they told me to give it “a rest“ …(get it?…Copper…arrest)?…Ahem…

Our game today takes us to what may possibly be an “active retirement” village, and opens up to the glassed-enclosed clubhouse overlooking the tenace…I mean terrace outdoors.  I say this because I see palm trees in the background, so I’m thinking we could be somewhere in Florida, home to so many of those beautiful “over 50” communities. Seated at a bridge table, we meet four women about to begin a game of Bridge. Our dialogue is telling us that the woman farthest left, seen deftly shuffling the deck, is guaranteeing her friends that she’ll pass-out good cards. But the response she’s getting from another player isn’t the greatest invitation. The woman seated clockwise to her left, who seems a bit controlling, is overheard somewhat slamming her finesse at shuffling. Now that’s something I’d definitely avoid, but then again…RHO knows. Since neither of the other two women are speaking up to defender, I guess it’s just par for the course. They’ve probably been playing together for years, and maybe she’s just used to trumping the others. There’s always one in every crowd, am I right? Anyway, our shuffler, with a big beautiful smile on her face, doesn’t look the least bit vulnerable, so I guess she’s not going to let it stopper…And most likely, they’ve probably gone through all this with the shuffling many times BEFOREHAND, so I guess there’s no call for alarm…Nicely played, David! I have to hand it to you…You’ve dealt us another winner!

Eye candy. A great drawing, as always…The rays of sun seen streaking across the glass definitely scored points. And if you look very closely, way off in the background, silhouetted against the black building, is a tiny green flag flying atop a pole. But I think I’ll go with that little score card and pencil lying to the left beside the woman who seemed to get a little out of hand earlier…It just seems to add up! So, There you have it, Folks…Done! Have a great day, Everyone! But before I bid you adieu…a question to all of you Bridge aficionados out there…Wouldn’t this puzzle have played better yesterday? You know, on the 13th?…And on that note…I’m booking! ♥️♠️🙋🏻‍♀️

*** And just in case any of our readers missed this yesterday, here’s a little note from Jeff and David….*** 

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30 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 03/14/2020

  1. 🔨 When his wife began to HOUND him about fixing the FENCE, he wondered if he could DABBLE with using COPPER wiring to make the repairs last longer…and decided to look it up BEFOREHAND… 🔨🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. 👮🏻‍♂️The only way to FENCE the goods was if he was discreet,
    He’d hate to have that COPPER catch wind while he walked his beat…
    The man was like a blood HOUND, he somehow always knew,
    When something might be going down…and he’d come after you
    The thief had to be careful, maybe DABBLE here and there,
    The last thing that he needed was to make the cop aware…
    So he’d need to lay low or he’d be facing theft of grand
    He knows he needs to think it out…and do it BEFOREHAND…👮🏻‍♂️

  3. Hi Angela and Everyone –
    I also don’t play bridge or any card game and was worried the answer might incorporate a bridge term. But I saw Hand and that led to the rest.
    Have a great Pi Day (this is something I just learned about).

    • Good Morning, Caroline. Unbeknownst to us non-Bridge players, the answer does incorporate a Bridge term in a way. The game starts off with that shuffle, so the Beforehand is a very good pun. Who knew? LOL! ….But I’m sure the Bridge players are getting a chuckle! Have a great day, Caroline…and Happy Pi Day to you too! ♥️♠️🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Never a pot pie, Angela? I’ve had a few, and while I’ve liked them, I don’t think you’re missing anything on the level of poutine. By the way, I did have my first saganaki, which was featured in a recent puzzle.

        • No, never! I’ve threatened to make one every now and then..but so far, nothing! 😂 And I’ve just never gotten around to eating one, either. Maybe I’ll try one, one of these days…Poutine? Ummm…LOL! I’m sure there’s no comparison! And the Saganaki? 👏🏻👏🏻 Did you enjoy it? I love making it…I think I told you that it’s similar to a favorite Italian staple dish, Mozzarella Carrozza…but without the flame! 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

      • I did enjoy the saganaki very much. It was served with a lemon wedge but was not flambéed at the table, which both disappointed and relieved me. I gave the waitress the puzzle from my newspaper.

        • No flambé? Curses! 😂 …There’s soooo much to be said about the presentation! 🔥🔥🔥! And the lemon 🍋 wedge is the finishing touch! I’m glad you tried and enjoyed it… I definitely enjoy doing it…but I’m sure to pin my mop of hair up! 😂 And that was so nice of you to give the waitress the puzzle! You’re such a Sweetheart, Caroline! ♥️🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Caroline…Years ago when my Mom had a stay in a rehab facility for a while, I bought Boston Market gift cards for all the CNA’s that worked on Her floor. So I’ve been on BM’s mailing list ever since. I just got an email that in celebration of Pi Day today, you can get a free Pot Pie for every one you buy. And the pies have the Pi Sign baked into its top. Too funny! But so cute! 🥧🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Angela, that does sound like fun. Maybe there are some other such deals around. I guess Pi Day has been around a long time without me being aware of it.

        • Yes..it has been a thing for quite a while…You know I’ve still not had a pot pie…I don’t really know why, but I’ve never eaten one! LOL! 🤷🏻‍♀️ And I’m sure there must be some other places offering a pie deal today…only thing is …most people are afraid to venture out! It’s very nerve-racking out there…😳🙋🏻‍♀️

    • The celebration of PI day was started in 1988 by Larry Shaw, a physicist working at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, a hands-on science museum and interactive exhibit space, and a very fun place.

  4. Good morning. Talk about Blind solves. The words were instant reads and then looking at the cartoon that too was an instant solve. We have to come up with a new day because this was easier than our normal Monday ones. Terrific job today Angela. I listened all the way through your song choice and yes I know my choice is in a different card game but I would have preferred to know when to hold them and know when to fold them. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Being a math guy,nice to be reminded of national,pi day,3.14. Anagrams and puzzle were a quick solve.With our grandkids having been in school all week,our son and daughter advised us to stay clear of them this weekend,lest they expose us to something they may have been exposed to.So no trips N to see them thus weekend.

      • Good Morning, Professor. Definitely a quick solve today. And your children are right. This is no time to take chances. At least we have FaceTime, right? Be careful out there, and have a great day, Prof. ♦️♠️🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. Good Morning, Brooklyn…Thank you! And yes, it was an easy, breezy one today. But my song today…It just fit…As for Kenny Rogers…you know I’ve used it before, more than once in fact. And it’s one of my favorites. But as you’ve said, it is a poker song…and I just didn’t think it went well here with Bridge! Have a great day, Brooklyn…Be careful out there! ♥️♣️🙋🏻‍♀️
    Paul…This is out of order because Chuck posted his comment as a reply to yours…so the thread is off…

  6. Wow, Angela & Caroline, maybe gals who do Jumble don’t do Bridge. I too thought maybe the answer would have a bridge related term which would stump me but I too saw hand and the rest fell in to place. My card playing skills are relegated to Old Maid and Go Fish. Hope all of you stay well in this difficult time. Life as we know it in S.F. Is pretty much shut down. It’s like someone has pressed the pause button. My parish has even suspended Mass this weekend. Take care.

    • LOL! You may be right, Betty. Maybe it’s like Mahjong…another game with which I have nary a clue! Who knows! And I’m a big fan of Go Fish and Old Maid too…the Little Ones love playing. Life’s messed up here too…no Masses for us either….But we can watch it on TV at least. It airs a few times on Sundays….And what a perfect analogy you’ve made. A pause button…It’s so disheartening…and scary…My anxiety level is through the roof, and I’m worried about everyone. 😢🤷🏻‍♀️

      • 🎵”Catskill ladies sing this song
        Hoo-hah, Hoo-hah,
        Sitting on the front porch playing Mah-Jongg
        All hoo-hah day”🎵

  7. Hi all – “CROPPER” led to “COPPER”, then I tried ED at the end of the last word, but the double letter trick showed DABBLE. Had to work for the answer. I was surprised it didn’t end in LY. First saw BOARD but it didn’t fit with anything, then saw HAND which gave it away.

    I was impressed by how the dealer is shuffling the cards – looks like she’s done this a time or two before! My wife’s parents were heavily into bridge, but I’m a complete DUMMY; never played. One way for a newspaper feature editor to guarantee an avalanche of complaints is to mess with the chess or bridge columns!

    Have a great day everyone.

    (Wrote this before reading your poem about the FENCE Angela – mediocre minds!)
    “The FENCE knew BEFOREHAND that the police would HOUND him if he tried to DABBLE in stolen cheap COPPER, but the profit lure was too strong”.

    • LOL! DUMMY…Good one! I had to look up most of the terms, a few I knew in passing…And…nice sentence! 😉 Have a great day, Steve! ♣️♦️🙋🏻‍♀️


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    • Interesting! Three 5-letter words and one 6-letter word. And is she lighting up an after dinner cigarette (and wearing a coffee cup on her head? 😂) Gotta love these old ones.

      • Yes…, the word format was different back then, right? But LOL…A coffee cup? 😂 I’ll have you know, that she’s wearing a très chic, very fashionable pill box hat…💃🏻 She does look rather the femme fatale, doesn’t she? 😉 The cartoonist back then was Martin Naydel, and he was known mostly as a comic book guy…you can see that in his work. She looks like the way women were drawn in comic books back then. When Henri Arnold took over, his distinction was that he drew all his characters in profile, remember? Funny how different artists have their own slant. No pun intended! I think I told you that I found some boxes that were my Fathers…and he had a bunch of old Jumbles like this one here? Such a great vintage look….🙋🏻‍♀️

        • Thanks for all the info! I must only remember the Arnold Jumbles; this style doesn’t look familiar to me at all. I loved Arnold’s style, but he drew only in profile, all those years? I don’t remember that, but I don’t have any old cartoon books to look at; it almost sounds impossible to do with all the situations he must have had to cover.

          • Steve…I don’t “remember” Naydel’s drawings per se, I wasn’t around! But I’ve seen pictures, and as I said, my Father saved a ton of Jumbles. But I’m almost positive that Arnold drew the Jumble in profile only. I’d have to look it up I guess. But he only did like straight line type of people, remember? Not rounded out, full…more realistic looking bodies like Jeff does. And I’m pretty sure we never saw full faces…front faces. There has to be pictures out there. I think I even read somewhere that when Jeff first started he was asked to draw like Arnold. But I could be wrong…Here’s a thought…Why not hit Google…and we can meet at the pass? 😂😂 🤷🏻‍♀️

          • Back then people always got dressed up when they went out anywhere. My Mother said they dressed to go food shopping. Men went around in suits and ties…even to Ball games, right? Different world….And you’re assuming she’s at a Woolworths,, just because of the puzzles answer, right? 😉 But au contraire, mon frère! …That was a common thing back then too. It just referred to a meal that was a lighter, lower-priced one, albeit maybe not at the top-shelf restaurants. Neighborhood places. Kind of like what’s offered today at some places like TGIF and Applebee’s…You know like those 2 for $20 deals? I just saw one advertised the other night on TV. Same theory…🍝☕️🙋🏻‍♀️

      • …And PS…The cigarette, right? Restaurants, movie theaters, supermarkets…elevators! Things were soooo different! 🚬🙋🏻‍♀️

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