Jumble Answers for 11/19/2020








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  1. Happy Thursday everyone! Today’s Guest Jumbler, Jan Eliot, is the creator and cartoonist of the comic strip Stone Soup. The strip began in 1990 as a weekly comic called Sister City. In 1995, the name of the strip was changed to Stone Soup and it was eventually picked up for syndication and published in more than 300 newspapers.

    The strip follows the adventures of single mom Val, her sister Joan and their extended family. After a decades long run, Jan decided to cease creating the strip in July of 2020 and currently enjoys life as a retiree at her home in Oregon. I don’t know how Jeff talked her into coming out of retirement, but I’m glad it worked out because it was quite a treat being served another helping of this timeless classic!

    There weren’t any new clue words to conquer this morning, but we did have three new scrambles to sift through. RAYWE was the repeat offender and has shown up in the puzzle every couple of years since April of 2014. MISHAP wound up being my stumper as I mistakenly saw it as IMPISH before realizing the error of my ways. The poll indicates that it’s causing quite a stir in the Jumble community this morning so I’ll go ahead and make it my choice for today’s hardest word.

    Holly sure has mom steaming! I’d never dare to call either of my parents by their first name, but I’m sure times have changed. If the cartoon had a few more panels, I’m pretty sure we’d see the reasoning behind the sass. Overall, it was a cute cartoon that gave us just enough information to steer us in the right direction.

    Our final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters. 8 of them were consonants and 3 were vowels. The layout managed to keep the solution well hidden, but knowing that Val is the MOM in this situation gave me quite an advantage. THE was quite visible in the remainder and WORD solved easily to seal the deal.

    If you’d like to see more of Stone Soup, or just want to find out more about Jan and her work, you can visit her website HERE. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Jan!

  2. WEARY = Last used on 08/26/20 as YAWER
    DRAFT = Last used on 06/01/20 as FTADR
    MISHAP = Last used on 02/21/20 as SAMPIH
    GLOOMY = Last used on 04/14/20 as OYMLOG

    RAYWE = Previously used on 4/16/18, 10/31/16 and 04/16/14

  3. Here are 10 Fun Facts about Mothers, Daughters and Single Parent Households:

    10. Nearly three out of ten families with children today are headed by a single parent.
    9. Eight out of ten single moms are employed while nine out of ten single dads are employed.
    8. The average cost of raising one child to adulthood, not including college expenses, in a single-parent household is $172,200.
    7. Melatonin is released later at night in a teenager’s brain and they often don’t feel sleepy before 10pm.
    6. The average cost for insurance for a 16-year-old female in the U.S. is $6,562 per year. That’s for a policy of her own that includes comprehensive and collision coverage, with liability limits of 100/300/100.
    5. The same policy for a 16-year-old male is $7,482.
    4. There were 2 million single fathers in 2016 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. About 40 percent were divorced, 38 percent were never married, 16 percent were separated, and 6 percent were widowed.
    3. The average shower time for a teenager is between 20 and 25 minutes. An adult woman is 9 minutes and an adult male is 7 minutes.
    2. Teen females send an incredible 4,050 texts per month, while teen males send an average of 2,539 texts.
    1. The average teenage girl will, during a year: Slam 164 doors and cry 123 times!

  4. ***The extra “L” that may appear in Jan Eliot’s name in some print versions of the cartoon today is a printing error…too late to correct. The Jumble guys are aware of it. It’s 2020…Things happen! *** 😉🤷🏻‍♀️

  5. Good Morning, Everyone. I hope this find you well…

    👩🏻‍🦰 This comic has “drawn” its last breath…July it bid farewell,
    And though Jan may have had enough, the WEARY a hard sell,
    I guess for us it’s simple…we just read and we enjoy…
    But DRAFT to done’s not easy when you serve the hoi polloi…
    Today we see how Val reacts to Holly being flip,
    A MISHAP to most parents when their kids give them the lip…
    Remember when we tried it, forsook Mom and acted tough?
    I do, and while not GLOOMY, it did get a little rough…
    My Mother none too pleased and you would think what she had heard…
    ‘Cause there wasn’t a second shot..I learned that “MOM’S” THE WORD! 👩🏻‍🦰

    “Even though” being silent, and MUM’S THE WORD https://tinyurl.com/y6e5lke8 are one and the same, the idiom was a given, and a very clever one to boot! Enjoy your retirement, Jan Eliot…You’ll be missed. We hated to see Stone Soup grow cold…🍲🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. 💨 WEARY and GLOOMY thinking about the MISHAP that left the back windows prone to DRAFT, but well aware of their dire financial situation, around her husband, it was MUM’S THE WORD…💨

    🙇🏻‍♂️ He never speaks about the DRAFT, the thought just makes him WEARY
    The times that he does think of it, he often becomes teary
    His time in ‘Nam was GLOOMY, one MISHAP most of all,
    When fate decided on that day, he’d see his buddy fall
    The sights and sounds they haunt him…there’s so much still goes unheard…
    And they all know that around him…comes to war… it’s MUM’S THE WORD…🙇🏻‍♂️

  7. Good morning. Interesting week so far with the visiting quests. Breezed right through the words but had a little hiccup in coming up with the cartoon answer. After awhile the answer finally came to me. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

    • I’m sure it would have been much easier if you knew that this was a mother/daughter scenario, Paul. I’m glad you managed to see it through though!

      • I’m hearing it from everyone this morning. Not knowing what direction to take by not knowing that Val is Holly’s Mom. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  8. Hi Everyone –
    Really enjoyed today’s drawing and answer. I was stuck on Mishap until I remembered to try the “mis” prefix. I was also stuck on the answer, even after I wrote down possible 3 and 4-letter words. The breakthrough for me came when I noticed there were only 3 vowels – one for each word – and the only 4-letter word I had written with one vowel was Word. I liked reading Eliot’s retirement statement to her readers. https://www.stonesoupcartoons.com/
    Couldn’t help but think of Amy Winehouse singing Valerie.

  9. For those of our readers who don’t follow the Jumble on Facebook, here’s what was posted this morning, along with today’s puzzle…🙋🏻‍♀️

    “Today’s Guest Jumble comes from the amazing Jan Eliot and her comic Stone Soup. Drawing (literally) from her own experiences, Jan tried to reflect real life and real emotions, with empathy for anyone with too little time, money or patience. Jan ended Stone Soup, after 25 years this year. Jan is now completely free of deadlines, obligations, and schedules, and hopes to start seeing the world again, post-Covid. We sincerely thank Jan for coming out of retirement to grace the Jumble with Val and Holly in this great Jumble! To see more Stone Soup and find out more about Jan, please visit/ http://www.stonesoupcartoons.com “ Enjoy!

  10. I haven’t gotten the cartoon solution all week,without cheating to look up the first word,then the rest popped into mind.A tough Jumble week for me.

  11. I’m totally enjoying Guest Jumbler Week. Am not familiar with Stone Soup but do know about teenagers so the cartoon answer was a given. Enjoyed all you fun facts about teenagers, Mike. So true. Hope all of you have a good day. Stay well.

  12. Hi all – Got the words, with MISHAP taking a few extra jumbles. I stared at the answer for a long time without getting it. I don’t know if I would have gotten it if I had known the characters were mother and daughter, but not being familiar with the cartoon didn’t help.

    Good wishes to everyone.

    “A tapestry-hanging MISHAP by a WEARY workman allowed a frigid DRAFT from the GLOOMY moors to blow through the Edinburgh castle.”

    • Hey Steve, did you notice that each of our Guest Jumblers ended the cartoon sentence in their own unique way? Wos used – -, Myers used – – -, Pagelow used _____. and Eliot chose a single – !
      Nobody has mentioned it all week and I can’t hold it in any longer!!! 🤪🤪🤪

  13. Most days I could just copy and paste Paul’s comments, would that be a MISHAP? I was not familiar with today’s guest artist but still enjoyed it. Things are pretty slow here in LaLa Land except the boneheads are making another run on the toilet paper. What do they know that I don’t?????

  14. I had “myology” instead of “gloomy” – DOH! no wonder I couldn’t solve the phrase….

        • Actually It’s surprising so few jumbled words have more than one possible answer………………

          • Which just goes to show the effort that goes into doing this…day in, day out for so many years, right?.. No easy task, by any stretch of the imagination. (No pun intended). But my pun that WAS intended? PSOAS I was saying??? Muscle=Atrophy? Nothing? 😉Hmm… I figured if you picked up on Myology so quickly, you’d definitely be pumped over that one! 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

  15. We weren’t familiar with the cartoon, but when my spouse had trouble with the answer, I told him to look at the picture. What is the relationship between the 2 people? He immediately said Mother and Daughter! and “Mom’s” came up quickly and the other two words followed. Neither of us ever called our parents by their first names. Now we are Grandma and Grandpa to our sons’ children. Ann

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