Jumble Answers for 12/03/2020








23 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/03/2020

  1. Today is one of those rare instances where we find one of our words in the top spot of the poll. It’s almost always the cartoon answer for the simple fact that the anagram is longer in length. The stumper this morning was ATRIUM, and your solve was definitely on thin ice if you couldn’t come up with the R/U combo. I highly doubt any attempt at backing into it would have worked.

    David kept his streak of no new clue words alive for the fourth day in a row. He was, however, overly generous with his anagrams and provided us four new ones to toil with. I was able to solve all of them at first glance and even ATRIUM, thankfully, ended up being a breeze.

    Jeff was definitely on point with the timing for his cartoon. The weather in early December has definitely turned frigid here in the northeast and some of our ski areas plan on opening as soon as this weekend. Warm clothing is a definite must for winter activities and the dialogue and visual clues gave us our first real hint as to where this gag was going. My favorite detail was the santa hat and its oversized pom-pom, but it could have easily been the condensation of her breath turning into icicles.

    The final solve was an anagram consisting of 8-letters. 6 of them were consonants and 2 were vowels. The layout was unique in that the R’s were evenly distributed and not all clumped together. The visual clue of the RINK gave me half of the solution, but it took a few extra seconds to convince my brain that BURR was an acceptable finish.

    This was easily the most well constructed puzzle that I’ve had the pleasure of solving in quite some time. You should be extremely proud of yourself if you managed to conquer ATRIUM and see the rest of it through to completion. If you weren’t so lucky, well, tomorrow’s another day. Until then, just keep Jumbling!

    “In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. Here are 10 Fun Facts about FIGURE SKATING

    10. Figure skating is the oldest Winter Game. It debuted during the London Olympic Games in 1908, pre-dating the beginning of the formal Winter Games by 16 years.
    9. Skates used to be made from animal bones. Thousands of years ago, residents in Finland strapped animal bones to their feet to glide across frozen lakes rather than walk around them. Scientists believe they might have also used wooden poles to propel themselves forward.
    8. An American man, Jackson Haines, was the first to incorporate ballet and dance movements into skating. He is considered the father of modern figure skating.
    7. The blade of a skate is serrated in the front. It is known as a “toe pick” and it grabs the ice and helps skaters prepare for jumps.
    6. Male skaters weighing 150 pounds or more can land on the ice following a jump with extraordinary force: more than 1000 lbs. of pressure.
    5. At more than 300 revolutions per minute (RPM), figure skaters experience as much RPM as astronauts in centrifuge training.
    4. In many skating competitions, judges can deduct a point if they consider a skater’s costume to be overly garish or provocative. The point is deducted only if multiple judges agree that the outfit is in poor taste.
    3. Skaters performing routines are expected to succeed or fail based on their skill-set. No props are allowed during their routines.
    2. You may not have noticed, but at many top level competitions, the music used by skaters is not allowed to have vocals.
    1. The United States has won at least one medal in every figure skating event of the Olympic Winter Games. Dating back to 1948, that’s 18 consecutive competitions!

  3. Good Morning, Everyone. I hope this finds you well…

    A brilliant pun, an immediate solve….BUT, IMHO, 🤷🏻‍♀️ if someone’s not familiar with ice skating/skates, I think it may RAISE a question or two. Rink is obvious, to give us BRINK..(to be on the brink of mastering the Figure 8), but since most people associate only the letters BRR as denoting cold…That “U”? The sound stays the same…yet, will the excellence of the pun relating to ice skates be realized? But again, as I said, it’s a brilliant pun! ⛸🙋🏻‍♀️ https://tinyurl.com/y3dna8o7

    ⛸ Like cold may chase a ROBIN, our girl here is feeling chilled,
    But her practicing’s not over yet…and she hasn’t fit the bill..
    With her trainer saying…”CRANK it up, you’ve almost got this down”
    Our girl longs for the ATRIUM…cold lips forming a frown…
    It’s hard to skate while freezing…God FORBID you tighten up,
    And if a burr is forming? Stop to sharpen ‘fore startup
    Let’s hope she warms up…she’s so close, she’ll get it, what’s I think
    She’ll master the old Figure 8…’cause now she’s on the “BURR-RINK”⛸

  4. 🎶 Reading about the life of a ROBIN, he sat in the ATRIUM of his building, and wondered if the board would FORBID it if he’d CRANK up his music…and being new there, he felt he was still on the BRINK of being sanctioned…🎶

    🦜 A ROBIN on her windows ledge…Was it hungry with its song?
    She didn’t know what robins ate…FORBID that she was wrong…
    She could CRANK up her grinder and perhaps grind up some seeds,
    Or call down to the ATRIUM…would the doorman know its needs?
    But then turning towards the kitchen, her hopes suddenly did sink…
    The robin flew away…and she was left there on the BRINK…🦜

  5. Good morning. I had no problem with the words, even atrium popped into my head right away. Struggled a bit with the cartoon answer and my reaction to it was just as cold. If I was to give it a rating, it would be a 2. This one left you wanting something else. SORRY. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

  6. Atrium gave me fits for the longest time,but I finally got it.Then the cartoon word rink,was obvious ,finally solved by burr rink,since she was on the right track to complete the figurie eight.Guess it is a Thursday puzzle w its trials and tribulations.

  7. Hi Everyone – I also had trouble with Atrium, though we’ve seen it before, and had to back in. I also checked the spelling of Burr to make sure it was right.

  8. Hi all – Pretty quick solve today. ROBIN took a second look. Then whenever I see IUM I try it as a suffix expecting an element, but it worked to get ATRIUM today. Needed the letters for the answer, but RINK was right there and the dialog led to the pun.

    Angela, I liked your catch that there can be a “burr” on a skate blade that needs to be sharpened off.

    Good wishes to everyone.

    “It seems like just a little while ago we had to FORBID birds in a hotel’s ATRIUM, but here that CRANK ROBIN has shown up again!”

    • (I thought you would) 😉 (as a hockey fan)…Which is what I meant by feeling that the brilliance of today’s pun may not be fully realized unless one is familiar with ice skates. David was exceptionally SHARP with this one! https://tinyurl.com/y3dna8o7 ⛸🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Good afternoon. Thanks Angela for explaining the “burr” factor. I was only thinking of it as being cold. It never entered my mind the other way. On your explanation I have to disregard my score completely. Take care.

        • You’re very welcome, Paul. I meant to tell you this morning, but I got caught up with the kids. Putting BURR in there made it so exceptionally clever, but as I mentioned, I don’t think many people made the connection. And I’m glad you’re upping the score! 😉 Have a good night, Brooklyn. Stay warm…⛸🙋🏻‍♀️

  9. Another vote here for atrium as the hardest word but I was able to get it after resorting to paper and pencil. I thought the cartoon answer was clever. No winter weather here – in the mid 60’s during the day. The only ice skating we have here is a rink they usually put up at Christmas time in our downtown Union Square area – but not this year because of Covid – hopefully next year. Have a good day all.

  10. One other note about figure skating – I seemed to recall that they no longer required “compulsory figures”, and I was right – we used to see shots of Olympic skaters tracing out those figures for hours before the competitions, but the International Skating Union abolished them in 1990. Like coats and ties at Ernie’s, *nobody’s* got standards anymore! 😂

    • You’re so right, Steve. Things have really deteriorated. I remember that some of the skaters who scored very high in the compulsory figures didn’t do as well in the actual programs and vice versa. And prior to the pandemic shutdown of restaurants one would see jeans and hoodies in places that would never have allowed it in the olden days.

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