Jumble Answers for 03/21/2020












Good Morning, Everyone!             🖌 SIZE DOES MATTER! 🖌

🎶 STRIKE A POSE…STRIKE A POSE…(Vogue, vogue, vogue)…Ladies with an attitude, Fellows that were in the mood….Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it…STRIKE A POSE…there’s nothing to it…🎶 “Vogue” – Madonna 1990

🖌 So cartoonists are out on strike…of course it’s getting ink,
Outside the Daily Planet’s where they’re picketing…(hoodwink)…
So if we’re at the “Planet” then Metropolis our scene,
And we see our reporter midst the SQUALL he’s gone between…
He’ll get the juicy details, the reasons why they walked,
And write a SPICY exposé that might make management balk…
But as we’re all aware today, with news split “real and fake”,
He needs to be assured that nothing’s THROWN into the wake
A story can do damage, it can bring one side to KNEEL,
But hopefully they’ll mediate and come out even keel…
The problem here for me though, what’s making me suppose?
Who’s serving as that photog man while they all STRIKE A POSE? 🖌

Ah, the media, and it’s reporters. A somewhat thankless job. We hunger for the latest news, and then we argue over it. Who doubts, who flouts…who appreciates and who berates. It’s a revolving door. But, where’d we be without the reporters? And along the same line, where’d we be without our cartoonists? They make us laugh each day with that little bit of silliness that they bring into our lives. For so many people, it’s that morning cup of coffee, and the comics. But today, our comic’s are overshadowed by a walk-out…and while I won’t cross that picket line, I’m hoping to get close enough to get the dirt...and report it back to you…

So, first our words…Just as yesterday, we have all fan favorites, with one word playing the double duty. I guess we can call it old newsWRONTH, as is graced our pages way back on October 12th, 2014, although the word was written up again on February 24th, ‘19. And our other three have appeared from late 2018 up to as recently as this past August. Ok…On to the news of the day....

So…it wasn’t until I enlarged my papers Jumble panel today did I get the whole story. Originally, the words “Daily Planet emblazoned atop the building in the background  threw me off. I was thinking…”Daily Planet?…Clark Kent, Jimmy Olsen”? But..Ah ha, Fake News! That Daily Planet was just put there because obviously the real newspapers in question couldn’t be mentioned. Truth be told, what we have here today…is a failure to communicate! We’re present at a picket line of cartoonists, up in arms because the size of our beloved daily cartoons has been steadily shrinking. So, suffice to say we’re not really in the fictional “Metropolis”, but we are out there in the big cities. The big cities whose papers are publishing our cartoons. And our cast of characters? From left, we see Cathy Guisewite, representing her beloved “Cathy”, a hidden Jim Davis,with his “Garfield” sign aloft, Stephan Pastis, the creative genius behind “Pearls Before Swine”, our own Jeff Knurek, of Jumble fame, (clad in a Wilco T-Shirt), and lastly a woman who I think to be Lynn Johnston, now retired from “For Better or Worse”. And each of their signs are speaking to the reason that they’re on STRIKE. Little by little, the cartoon panels that they’re submitting are getting smaller and smaller...and they’ve had enough. It’s obviously become a big deal, and it’s no joke! And they’re shown drawn together to put a stop to it! POSEd to act…I mean poised to act. No, wait…POSEd it is…They’re having their picture taken, and they’re happy to STRIKE A POSE!

Eye candy? The signs are all there! “Cathy’s” signature “AACK”, followed by “Give us our space back”,  Garfield’s never-ending hatred of Monday’s, spelt out as “I hate small print on Monday’s”,  “Pearls” Rat, exclaiming  “Bigger is Better”, the Jumbles familiar puzzle layout, with a descending scramble stating, “Make The Jumble Bigger” , and lastly, our mystery woman’s placard asking, “What are you thinking, with our comics shrinking”? (Is the rhyme any clue to her identity)?… It all speaks for itself…So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And maybe this is all a PSA. Should we be up in arms too? Should we be writing into our papers pointing out their shortcomings? Are David and Jeff trying to tell us something, by drawing this crowd? Hmm…🖌🤷🏻‍♀️

RIP, Kenny Rogers. A true country gentleman. God speed, Sir.

24 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 03/21/2020

  1. Good morning. In these hard times it’s good to know we have this jumble to look forward to every day. One day you fail but there is always the next day to redeem yourself. Today was a good rebound from yesterday’s missed word. I breezed through the words but had no lightening bolt strike me on the cartoon answer so I put it down and came back after reading the funnies and that second look produced an immediate answer after seeing the letters for it. Loved your song choice and post Angela. I stayed away from bocce but they had between 10-13 players show up all week. I had four of those days taken up with family members which two days got changed but I decided to stay away and chill. Shopping for food is an experience with shelves empty and no ground meat,turkey,chicken or beef. Plus not one sale item was visible. Until tomorrow stay well.

    • Good Morning, Brooklyn. I’m surprised to hear that there’s Bocce games going on. Cuomo stated yesterday that being outside doesn’t mean sports playing of any kind. Besides the call to stay indoors, there’s the social-distancing issue. But I’m glad to hear that you’re eschewing it. It’s not worth it, Paul, there’s way too much at stake. The shopping? I hear you. We were lucky enough to get a Shop Rite “delivery at home” order in last Friday, and Tuesday we had a delivery from a local store here. So we’re ok for meat, etc right now. But as of yesterday, we heard that the Shop Rite deliveries are now running a week behind…so God only knows what’s on tap. But try to stay out of the stores too, if you can, Paul. Let your kids handle it for you. It’s just too risky right now. Thanks for the Shout Out, and I’m glad you enjoyed Madonna. I wasn’t sure if it’d be to your liking…Oh…the puzzle! 😉 Yes, easy, breezy. And the key to the solve was right there in the question…”Picketers” …STRIKE! It DREW me right in! Sad to hear about Kenny Rogers…You and I were just speaking of him the other day….Have a good one, Brooklyn. Please stay safe. 🖌🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. Home for another weekend away from our precious grkids.Newspaper was a little late but did arrive.Kneel looked like kennel at first.Only obvious word in the solution was the ‘a’. But then eventually, strike and pose popped into mind.

    • Good Morning, Professor, It looks like we all may be physically apart from our families for a while. The self-quarantine thing is becoming the norm for now. And my friends and I were talking about the papers the other night. What about their staffs? Are they all reporting into work? Will we still be getting deliveries? Things may be changing…there’s a lot still unknown…And as for the puzzle…As I told Paul, that picket line was the big clue…Hope you’re doing well, Prof, and please stay safe. 🖌🙋🏻‍♀️

  3. This was posted on Facebook last night by an ER Nurse. It’s definitely sobering. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like for them, and the entire medical community and first responders. We can’t thank them enough. To all our readers out there, who are part of this noble group, I applaud you…and I pray for your continued strength and good health. God bless you all….🙏🏻

    “Tonight is the last night that I’ll hug my kids goodnight or kiss my husband until god knows when.

    Community spread is now confirmed in my area and being an ER nurse means that the odds of being exposed over and over again are now a 100% guarantee. So I just wanted to talk to everyone stuck at home with your family, bored out of your mind and itching to get out. A little perspective is sometimes all you need to feel grateful for the things you have that others don’t.

    Starting with my shift tomorrow, I’ll come home from work through my laundry room door that leads to the outside. I’ll strip naked including shoes and put everything straight into the washing machine on sanitize mode. Ill use a Clorox wipe to clean anything I touched in the process. I’ll then take the towel that my husband has left for me and use it to walk to my master bedroom covered up. In there, a room that nobody else is allowed to enter after today, I’ll shower on hot. After my shower I’ll sanitize everything I touched again, then hand sanitize and get dressed.

    When I’m done with this process I’ll be able to sit in the family room 6 feet away from everyone I love, but not touch anyone- I’ll know I’ve been exposed. I’ll have been using the same single disposable face mask for minimum of an entire shift and I can’t be sure that the moisture from my breath didn’t render the mask ineffective. So I must treat myself as though I have it and am contagious.

    I’ll get to talk to my husband and kids from a safe distance, but I won’t get to touch anyone I love. I’m not a hugger, but I anticipate that the next few weeks are likely to bring days where I could really use a hug. I won’t be able to have one. It’s the only way I can protect them.

    If I’m hungry I’ll have someone fix me something on disposable dinnerware so that the worry of improperly sterilizing my utensils isn’t an issue. I’ll probably-scratch that, definitely- have wine out of a red solo cup as I answer a barrage of questions from my kids and try to ignore the look on my husbands face. I’ll probably have to assure my youngest for the millionth time, that mommy will stay safe. When that’s done, I’ll give the kids air hugs and wish them goodnight. When the kids go to bed I’ll be able to unload a little less censured to my husband- but the truth is, depending how bad it gets, I’ll probably lie a little. When exhaustion hits I’ll go to bed…..alone. In a room that nobody else can enter.

    This will be my life, every day. Even my days off (until those are no more) because I could be contagious before showing symptoms. So until this thing is gone, my reality will look a lot different. I’ll probably hug my co-workers because they are just as dirty as me, but at a time of heaviness, I won’t be able to receive the human touch of love from the people who love me most. For weeks, for months, who knows- that part is in the hands of the American public.

    So my ask of you is this, as you sit at home with your children on your laps snuggled up watching a movie- please end this thing quickly by not going out unless absolutely necessary. My arms stay empty every day that you don’t. I go to bed alone every day that community spread is still a thing. Stay home. Hug your children, sleep with your spouse, eat on porcelain plates, sip wine from a long stemmed glass and give thanks for the things that you can still do that some of us can’t. I’m doing my part. Please do yours”.

  4. I have wondered if it was just the size of the comics in my local print newspapers. Now i see it is happening in many papers. It was a slow change in my Syracuse,NY paper. The size of the page was the same but the cartoon boxes were getting smaller a few at a time. Now the margins at the top and bottom of the page are large. I was going to tell the paper they should include a magnifying glass with paid subscription. It only “prints” 3 days a week but includes 7 days online access. It is easier to read the comics online (bigger) than in print. I get a Utica paper online only and a few months ago the had readers vote on which 3 should be dropped (to reduce cost). Look, I get it. It is no secret that newspapers are in trouble for a number of reasons. I have a daughter who has a journalism degree and worked at 3 or 4 small newspaper that all went bankrupt.

    • I get an E-Newspaper version of my paper, along with the delivered print copy. Magnifying glass or not, I’d never be able to do this job if I didn’t rely on it, along with the on-line E-versions of some other papers. And don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my print copy, and have no intention of dropping it. But things have changed, and we can’t help but wonder what’s to come. Have a good day, Gary. Stay safe. 🖌🙋🏻‍♀️

      • I too get an E-version of my paper,but enjoy the physical edition for the puzzles that I can work out with pen and real paper.These times are really terrible,but hopefully these will too pass.

        • Professor…you’re definitely a creature of habit, and I can understand. There’s a certain familiarity with our papers…Let’s face it, we’ve gone years and years with them as our only means of doing our puzzles, so it stands to reason. I still get excited when I see my Sunday paper, and the colors of the comics enclosing it all. And yes, terrible TIMES…(no pun intended! 😉)… And these are the times when one has to be happy to have faith…I keep thinking of that quote ..”There’s no atheists in fox holes”…🙏🏻🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. After the snow SQUALL began, she decided to put up a SPICY stew, (that some in the past had said caused them to KNEEL from the heat)…but she was THROWN off course watching the kids STRIKE A POSE outside…🍜🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. Easy one today which is good because like everyone else I feel a bit addled these days. I don’t know if any of you saw that old movie “On The Beach” with Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck and Anthony Perkins but one of the final scenes shows San Francisco with empty streets and the Golden Gate Bridge deserted – fiction becoming reality?? I do so look forward to the Jumble this morning and though life has changed for all of us I’m grateful to be alive. Be careful out there! Courage and Hope.

    • Very well said Betty! And that’s a *great* reference, where they send one guy in hazmat gear to investigate telegraph transmissions from the empty city only to discover it’s a Coke bottle stuck in a window shade pull bouncing up and down in the wind on a telegraph send key.

    • Good Morning, Betty. Yes, easy, breezy. But it’s getting tough…I too look forward to the Jumble every day…but having to be “on”..you know, as in “the show must go…” , is becoming really trying. I’m putting on such a front, such a devil-may-care, laissez-faire attitude, when all the while my heart is so heavy…The false bravado is taking its toll. I just trust you all know that with each pun, I’m paying a price…I’m definitely not kicking up my heels like I used to…I love what you’ve written here, and I so had you in mind when I read the posting from the nurse. You’re all wonderful human beings, and I’ve always wondered where people would be without the services of nurses. Now, today, I wonder even more. Hang in there, Betty…and let’s try not to think about the things in movies that now seem all too real…Ecco alla vita! Stay safe, Betty! 🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Appreciate your daily efforts, Angela. I’d like to dust off my Florence Nightingale Lamp and re up as they say in the military. My primary work was as a Public Health Nurse so I feel somewhat helpless sitting on the sidelines. My son, son-in law and daughter-in law are all doctors so I’m concerned for all of their well being, especially my son who is an Infectious Disease Specialist. Please keep him especially in your thoughts and prayers.

        • Thank you so much, Betty. But I hope I didn’t come across as implying that anyone didn’t. This is all so trivial on the grand scheme of things…I just feel so guilty sometimes, joking around when the walls are crumbling around us. It’s just all so confusing….so different. And I applaud you for even thinking about getting back in the trenches. 👏🏻👏🏻 As for your children, especially what you’re saying of your son, I’ll remember them all in my prayers. God bless them. And I can’t imagine your stress level, either…I’m going to say an extra one for you too…🙏🏻♥️

    • No problems today. Great idea for a puzzle.
      I remember that movie well, Betty. It really creeped me out at the time.
      Many thanks to the nurses and all serving on the front lines for your dedication and sacrifice.
      Angela, thanks for pointing out the other characters protesting and posting that nurse’s story.

      • Hi Caroline, I agree…it’s a very cute idea for a puzzle. And I’m sure it’s one that hits home for David and Jeff. And you’re very welcome on both counts. It was fun identifying the protestors, and the nurses post was just too beautiful not to share. I’m watching Phil Murphy, the governor of NJ hold a press conference. He went so far as to say that they’re calling for a ban on all family gatherings, too. Any and all congregations of people. A total distancing of one another. That even if you’re out walking or shopping for food, we need to keep the 6 feet between us. It’s really something. And this poor guy…he just had surgery within the past two weeks or so, and he’s battling cancer. Yet he’s out here every day, speaking to his people. I give him credit. I do feel he and Cuomo are doing everything they can to help us. 🙏🏻🙋🏻‍♀️

  7. Hi all – There’s a Lands’ End SQUALL jacket hanging right next to me, so that was easy. I actually rejected THROWN for a second because it wasn’t THRONE, but realized it was correct. The answer was obvious from ‘picketers’ showing STRIKE. *LOVE* the cartoon, which proves its point because I couldn’t read the signs until I went online. Love the signs too, with the nods to Garfield and Stephan Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine”, and the bonus Jumble. I suspect “AACK!” is a reference to ‘Cathy’ and not Bill The Cat. 😉

    Take care, everyone.

    “The old salt had to KNEEL quickly to avoid a face-full of SPICY chili THROWN off the table in the SQUALL”.

    • Hmm…I KNOW you read my stuff…(😉)!,…So I have to laugh at your questioning Cathy’s AACK. It’s all there…in black and white! I even went so far as to dub it “signature”! IDK…Are you trying to be “funny”? 😉 🤷🏻‍♀️ And yes, as far as the puzzle goes, Strike A Pose was a dead giveaway. A gift…and a very witty one to boot. Nice slant with your sentence…👏🏻👏🏻 But I’m wondering if he cried out…”TARnation” when he saw it coming towards him? 😂 Have a good one, Steve…Here’s hoping things PERK 😉 up! 🤦🏻‍♀️

      • I know you know I know you know…you know? 😂
        I always write my first paragraphs about solving the puzzle before I read any of the postings, just so my observations won’t be influenced by anything else, and including a disclaimer every time just seems too tedious. 🙋🏻‍♂️

        • LOL! Yes, I know!!! 😂…But, tedious? We’ve got so much time on our hands now, it’s almost scary! 😱🙋🏻‍♀️

  8. 👶🏻 The baby went into a SQUALL, and he tried hard to KNEEL,
    His Mother thought “What can I do, to know what does he feel”?
    He’d THROWN these tantrums once before, but lately they’re more SPICY,
    As if something is terribly wrong…it’s really getting dicey
    And then she made a funny face, and gestured at her nose…
    The crying stopped…Can this be it? She just need STRIKE A POSE? 👶🏻

  9. KLEEN works in place of KNEEL and is probably as acceptable as GOTCHA and MOOLAH. For example, Kleenex, speedi kleen, kleen car wash, etc.

    • Hi Ray…IDK. I really don’t think it’s the same. Gotcha and Moolah are legit words, albeit slang. Kleen isn’t a word in of itself. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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