Jumble Answers for 11/02/2020








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  1. Happy Monday everyone! Now that Halloween is out of the way we get to look forward to Guest Jumbler Week. This annual treat is slated to begin in just 14 days. There hasn’t been any word on who our guests will be, but I’m sure we’ll stumble upon a clue or two by the end of the week. Oh, and since today’s Jumble had us counting on our abacuses, there are 24 days until Thanksgiving, 53 until Christmas and 59 short ones until the end of the year. 2020 being over and done with won’t break my heart any!

    All of today’s clue words were old favorites. One of them, BOUGHT, was reallllly old and hasn’t seen the light of day since April of 2005! They all solved in typical Monday fashion which means I was able to move on to the cartoon before the ink was even dry.

    Today’s panel was a period piece that featured two Jumble characters. The duo appear to be husband and wife and they’re having a conversation about a malfunctioning abacus. I would have thought this to be nothing more than a classic case of operator error had Jeff not drawn the beads literally falling off the counting device. How many times do you think she asked him if he even read the directions?

    There were details abound in today’s cartoon. My favorite one had to be the lines on the marble table. They looked like cracks until I had an aha moment and realized that they were actually veins. The water feature in the background was also well drawn and it reminded me of the peacock sculpture from Friday’s puzzle. Both characters are wearing toga’s which seem to be the black tuxedo or cocktail dress of early Roman times. His toga was fastened with a fibula that had a photo on it while hers was shaded black. And finally there was the fruit bowl. One bunch of grapes had XII and the other had XIII. If you’re good at reading Roman numerals you’ll have no trouble figuring out that the total number of grapes was XXV.

    The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters. 6 of them were consonants and 5 were vowels. David seemingly spelled out BOUNCE in the latter portion of the anagram, but I knew better than to take the bait! The “OUC” brought COUNTED to mind and the rest was, as they say, history. Have a terrific start to your week!

  2. Here are 10 fun facts about math and numbers:

    10. Every odd number has the letter “e” in it.
    9. “Forty” is the only number that is spelled in alphabetical order.
    8. “One” is the only number spelled in descending order.
    7. The only number that has an “a” in it is one thousand.
    6. In a room with 23 people, there’s a 50% chance that two of them have the same birthday.
    5. The word “hundred” comes from the old Norse term “hundrath” and means 120 not 100.
    4. Roman numerals only have seven different letters which form the entire number system: I, V, X, L, C, D and M.
    3. A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time. It means 1/100th of a second.
    2. The symbol for division is called an obelus.
    1. “Eleven plus two” is an anagram of “twelve plus one” and both equations equal 13!

    Sources: thecalculatorsite.com, whizz.com and cuemath.com

    • …And there’s no Zero in Roman numerals. But medieval scholars used the word “nulla” (which is Latin for “none”) to represent it. So I guess it’s safe to say that Zero was just Nulla and Void! 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

      • That’s a better explanation than I could ever give, Caroline. Thanks for taking the time to post it. Complex but interesting!

  3. Good Morning, Everyone… HE’S JUST NAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE

    🧮 The word itself is funny, be it Roman, be it Greek…
    But way back then an Abacus was used to totals seek…
    And Calculate’s from “calculus”, which translates to “small stone”
    We look back now in wonder…but this guy’s picking a bone…
    Most likely he just BOUGHT a dud, because despite its age,
    You’d think that it would hold up, but I guess he didn’t gauge
    How much use he would give it, DITTO on his finger’s strength,
    He might be hitting it too hard…with hands built like CEMENT
    The bottom line, in any EVENT, it’s usage now is gone…
    He’s thinking…”Damn, it don’t add up…it can’t BE COUNTED ON…” 🧮

    …Be well, and stay safe out there…🧮🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. As a former math prof,I was pleased to read about the math facts from Mike.Also after being defeated by the Sunday Jumble,yesterday,it was good to have a typical Monday puzzle,that was a quick blind solve for the cartoon solution,especially given the presence of an abacus,which was a give away to the counted in the ultimate solution.

  5. 💞 Hoping to CEMENT their relationship, he BOUGHT her a bracelet engraved “I love you”, and told her he could BE COUNTED ON, and when she smiled and said “DITTO”, it was quite an EVENT….💞

    🧱 They BOUGHT out their competition, an EVENT would now be held
    They’d love to hold it outdoors, but some pavement cracked and swelled
    They’d need CEMENT work done before they’d even entertain,
    The idea of erecting tents upon the poor terrain…
    They got a few quotes for the work…heard “DITTO” on the cost,
    Deciding who to go with though…they still were feeling lost
    Since time was of the essence, the decision must be right,
    And schedules with some of them, they felt ran just too tight
    But finally they hit pay dirt, and contracts soon were drawn
    They chose the one who’s slogan read…”We can BE COUNTED ON…”🧱

  6. Today I soared like an eagle after crashing on the rocks yesterday. It’s OK that sometimes the Jumble Humbles! I did enjoy the ‘math facts’ which makes me believe I am a nerd…. Looks like a beautiful start to the week. Let’s hope the unrest after tomorrow’s election subsides quickly because there will be a Wednesday Jumble to engage us……………. Have a fun one.

  7. Easy Monday puzzle this morning. Thanks for all the math facts, Mike. I’m feeling very enlightened. Hope all of you have a good day.

  8. As usual, Mondays can be counted on to be easy solve.
    Another math fun fact: to find out if a number is a multiple of 9, the sum of the digits in the number must be a multiple of 9. Ex: 10827…1+0+8+2+7=18. 18 is a multiple of 9… you can count on that!

  9. ***IT’S HERE***!!! The 6 Guest Jumbler picks for 2020, just posted to Facebook. Open the link, and if you’re not a Facebook user, and it should ask you to log in, just click on the “Not Now” at the bottom right hand side of the panel. It’ll then show you thumbnails of the upcoming cartoons, and you can enlarge it if you choose. Exciting…and so worth the wait! OJNYE! 🙋🏻‍♀️


  10. Hi all – An instant Monday solve today, perfect for anyone whose sleep patterns were disrupted by the time change.

    Good wishes to everyone.

    “He thought he’d ordered 50 bags of CEMENT to prepare for the flooding EVENT but since he didn’t notice his cat leaning on his keyboard’s DITTO key, he found he had BOUGHT 5000!”

  11. I’m not all that big on numbers, unless of course it comes to COUNTING money…but the Abacus theme and todays puzzle answer have been gnawing at me all day…So I took a little walk down MONETARY Lane, and I found what ADDED up to a good NUMBER of related puzzles…I also found three solves, that SAVE for the word “BE”, are identical to today’s, with two being Abacus related, and one with a TOTALly different slant.* It may be minutia to some, but you know how I COUNT on all this Jumble Trivia. Anyway…here’s what I CASHED in on…
    ° 05/04/13: The abacus was a success because it could always be…COUNTED ON
    ° 11/03/14: The poorly made abacus couldn’t be…COUNTED ON
    * And this, from 01/05/12, that although not ADDING UP on all COUNTS, still has its VALUE..
    The smartest kid in the math class could always be…COUNTED ON

    …And these are all the other ABACUS puzzles that I dug up. I guess it makes CENTS to say that David can always be COUNTED on to ADD in another Abacus puzzle…and Jeff always manages to get a BEAD on the right cartoon!

    ° 11/08/19: When the new abacus came out, customers were ready to…HAVE “ADD” IT.
    ° 11/25/18: The abacus sellers business had prospered which allowed him to…
    ° 06/11/18: The ancient deli used the abacus at its…MEAT COUNTER
    ° 01/11/17: He wanted to expand his collection, and the Mesopotamian abacus would make a…NICE ADDITION
    ° 09/14/15: When he showed his wife the abacus he’d bought, she thought it was…“AWE-SUM”
    ° 08/10/15: He needed a partner to build a new abacus business, and his buddy said…
    ° 03/03/15: He didn’t buy the abacus because he wanted one without…ADD-ONS
    ° 01/15/14: Sales at the abacus store were…ADDING UP
    ° 12/22/13: The seller of the abacus priced it at 1000 Drachmas, and wasn’t taking…

    *** I’m sure there’s probably a bunch more on the BILL, but at this point, I stopped COUNTING…I’m just TOTALly exhausted! *** 🙋🏻‍♀️

  12. Steve and Mig…You can see the thread’s TOTALly off because I wasn’t able to get my replies to each of you in order…but I’ll put my MONEY on you both knowing which of my comments go where…😉🙋🏻‍♀️

  13. Wow all those numbers’ comments. How about our Crazy English Language – we had “ah” in Bought which could also give us Ought and Cough, but what about “ah” in Taught and Caught? No wonder our immigrants have problems spelling. Ann

    • My favorite example is that ‘fish’ can be spelled ‘ghoti.’ From wikipedia:

      The word is intended to be pronounced in the same way (/fɪʃ/), using these sounds:
      • gh, pronounced /f/ as in enough /ɪˈnʌf/ or tough /tʌf/;
      • o, pronounced /ɪ/ as in women /ˈwɪmɪn/;
      • ti, pronounced /ʃ/ as in nation /ˈneɪʃən/ or motion /ˈmoʊʃən/.

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