Jumble Answers for 03/23/2020












Happy Monday everyone!  You don’t need me to tell you that these monuments to American consumerism have been failing for quite some time.  The hassle of a special trip to the mall has been replaced with a simple test of our fine motor skills.  There’s no piling the family into the car, battling traffic, or finding a good parking spot.  Just point, pay, and it’s on your doorstep in a day or two.  And I especially like how online retailers are skipping the process of “registering” users in order to make a purchase.  Usernames and passwords are so 2010!

David started off our week of punzles with four original anagrams.  Even though the solutions have all been used before, I thought they were a nice fit for a Monday.  HAIRDO ended up being the hardest to crack until I worked the anagram backwards.  The H being in the correct starting position really made all the difference.  SPLICE was our most recent repeat from 5/30/19 while HABIT was our blast from the past.  And by past I mean 7/25/18, so it’s not really that old!

All that was missing from the cartoon was some rolling tumbleweed!  The only other customer in the place was the woman in front of “The Leftorium” and I’m not entirely convinced that she’s even a shopper.  The two women speaking with the security guard look like “mall-walkers” so perhaps she’s a walker herself.

The only other active storefronts were a “Hot Sam” pretzel shop and “66 Forever.”  If you watched Stranger Things on Netflix you might recognize Hot Sam like I did.  Way to make the Jumble relevant to younger players, Jeff!  My take on “66 Forever” is that it’s a play on the Forever 21 brand AND the 66th anniversary of the Jumble.  Oh, and that huge J&D hanging in the background?  It could either be the name of the mall (Jeff & David) or the name of an anchor store that’s been forced to shutter their doors.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 7-letters.  MALL was a gimme after reading “indoor shopping center,” and DIS was easily found in the remainder.  Quick and painless!  Have a terrific start to your week, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!






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

  1. Good morning. Happy Monday. And it is because the boys started us off on a new week with our usual easy jumble.
    No problem on either end and I give the cartoon answer a thumbs up. Until tomorrow stay well.

  2. Anagrams were no problem but I was misled by the final solution thinking it was “dam slim” instead of dis mall.At least the letters fit my solution,despite being possibly off color.Sorry.

  3. Hi all – I mistook the first word for NAMELY, but saw the rest – even finally recognized HAIRDO right off the bat, and the answer was obvious.

    Love the store names – the anchor tenant is “J & D” for Jeff and David I presume, “The Leftorium” full of leftovers, “66 Forever”, the senior edition of “21 Forever” I guess 😂, and is that “Hot Sam” selling pretzels?

    Good wishes to everyone.

    “His decision to SPLICE fake extensions into his DISMAL HAIRDO didn’t fool anyone, and his friends didn’t think the HABIT was very MANLY either.”

      • Ah, “Right” on Angela, thanks. You may have mentioned the store, but I didn’t remember it. Good insight on the 66 also; I knew they couldn’t be that old.

        • “Right” on…LOL! Good one! …I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it before, you definitely have a way better memory than me. I just know of it because despite not being a Simpson fan, my nephews, who are, always teased me about my screwed up ambidextrousness and how “maybe I’d benefit from the place” 🙄 And the 66 is just a guess. Somehow I don’t think it’s just a randomly chosen number. But who do you mean by “they” in regards to the age? You lost me there…🤷🏻‍♀️

  4. I too saw namely at first but then remembered I needed an “e” for that one. Very timely puzzle with all the malls around here reorganizing. Forever 66 indeed, the young folks shop on line so mall shoppers do tend to be older. Have a good Monday fellow Jumblers.

  5. 💇🏻‍♀️ Ignoring being told that she had styled a drab, DISMAL HAIRDO that was way too MANLY-looking for the child, she proved that her HABIT of being stubborn was the reason nothing she did would ever SPLICE right with her family…💇🏻‍♀️

    🤷🏻‍♀️☔️ The weather was so bad today, her HAIRDO paid the price,
    No matter what she tried to do…her locks just wouldn’t SPLICE
    She had a lousy HABIT of using too much gel,
    Humidity had done it’s deed…her locks began to swell…
    Maybe a MANLY haircut would settle all her woes,
    Something close-cropped was simpler then this…she did suppose…
    But since she now was late for work…and her hair looked abysmal,
    She knew her day would follow suit…it’d definitely be quite DISMAL..☔️🤷🏻‍♀️

  6. Hairdo threw me for a loop. Probably because I haven’t been able to get my hair done.

  7. Thanks for the info on “Hot Sam”, Mike. I heard his store was doing so badly he had to also start selling Hydro-spas and personal watercraft and renamed the store “Hot-Sam and Jet-Sam.” Also, I wonder if your version of the cartoon might feature rolling Jumbleweeds. Take care.

  8. 🥨 Steve…Re: Hot Sam…Even after attempting some SOFT sells, and putting feelers out into the FIELDS…their lack of DOUGH caused their finances to become so TWISTED…that just trying to stay afloat was akin to rubbing SALT into an open wound…🥨 🙋🏻‍♀️

        • In mine, I’m afraid. It says it was taken in 1973 or 1974.
          “ The cover photo featuring a New York pretzel vendor was taken by Raeanne Rubenstein,[6] a photographer of musicians and Hollywood celebrities.[7] She shot the photo on the west side of Fifth Avenue and 79th Street, just above the 79th Street Transverse (the road through Central Park), at the park entrance called “Miners’ Gate”.”

          • 73 or 74? No…can’t be. Could it? The picture looks much older than that. (But then again…I’m thinking of your wife and the cost of an ice cream cone)! 😂😂😂 I know the location well…but the cart, the guys attire, the whole megillah…it just looks like something out of the 40’s, no? 🥨🤷🏻‍♀️

            • Right, the 35¢ ice cream cone strikes again! Well it does indeed look older, but it also looks like he’d been standing there since 1930. 😂

              • Yes, it does! And yes, he does look grungy….Hmm. Now I think I’ll have an ice cream cone! 🍦😂🙋🏻‍♀️

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