Jumble Answers for 12/06/2020











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    🎶 And it feels like your entrance just caused the temperature to rise…You’d got a look in your eyes as you snuck in the side…Guess there’s nothing like the ELEMENT OF SURPRISE…🎶 The Element of Surprise” – The Last Shadow Puppets 1998 https://tinyurl.com/yygcsgey

    🔬 I’m not much of a Science buff, so I don’t much EQUATE,
    Discovery of elements with stuff I highly rate…
    Books on the ilk, I’ve never read, although books I DEVOUR,
    It’s just that Mr Courtois here? Not my man of the hour…
    But keep in mind before one goes to INVERT what I preach,
    I don’t dispute the genius here, it’s just out of my reach
    My tongue is FIRMLY placed in cheek, I can’t help but speak truth…
    It’s just that me and Science? Started way back in my youth…
    I always sought ASYLUM in the other things in life,
    Like playing sports or a SPRUCE tree…but Science caused me strife…
    And all I think of Iodine…is how the stuff did sting,
    When as a child I ran to Mom…and injury I’d bring
    So I can guess by now you pretty much easily surmise…
    That today’s theme for me? There is no ELEMENT OF SURPRISE! 🔬

    So…What we’re dealing with today is the extraction of potassium and sodium from seaweed ash…Hmm. I have to put my cards on the table here, Folks…It’s definitely not setting me on fire. But then again, as I mentioned above, Science never thrilled me…at all, so I’m out of my element…but I do so love the pun…And once again, with the solve being an instant discovery, I’m lead to believe that when it comes to idioms? David, (the salt of the earth, by the way), and I seem to share a carbon copy line of zincing…

    Anyway…our words. Today, just as yesterday, our words are all old favorites, while we’re being given one old anagram, from April, CURPES…https://tinyurl.com/y6hmm4d4. And it was only INVERT that turned the Early Birds around a bit. As for the answer…two of them also came up with the immediate solution…While the other seven took a while…in fact I’d say..Hmm combined solving time? …Maybe about 53 minutes? Ok..enough mixing it up here…let’s radon and test out our cartoon…

    France, late 1811, and we’re in the lab of the chemist, Bernard Courtois, https://tinyurl.com/y33jf7w9 where he unintentionally, accidentally discovers the ELEMENT IODINE, https://tinyurl.com/y4rwcta6, producing a purple vapor…which catches him totally by SURPRISE…And with the huge hints of “commotion” and “very unexpected” in our dialogue? Guess what we’ve discovered? The solve…For Courtois? There was an ELEMENT OF SURPRISE! https://tinyurl.com/y268tg7k. Period! Done!

    Eye candy? A work table, a spoon, various beakers…one at right, feeling the heat… A tray holding the aforementioned seaweed. Jugs of various liquids shelved along the back. A single candle in a sconce burning on the wall, and both Courtois and his handlebar-mustached protégé dressed in what was known as Regency period clothing. Shirts with cravats, while said protégé is a fine example of French sartorial splendor, nattily attired in ruffled cuffs under a double-breasted suit jacket, with a vest. But it’s Courtois’s hair that’s caught my eye. He definitely possesses an extraordinarily lush head of hair…IDK…Maybe he uses some sort of cerium, because there’s nothing tin about it at all. Who knows..Maybe there’s a science to it!

    So, There you have it, Folks, Done. Have a good one. Be well, stay safe…and keep your ion the prize today. And maybe I’ll try my hand at a little Chemistry joke…I do so periodically, but I usually don’t get much of a reaction…and besides, most of the good ones argon…But here goes…What did the fatally wounded Chemist say to his assistant? “IODINE”! …Yeah, like I said…most of the good ones argon…🔬🙋🏻‍♀️

    Oh, by the way, if you get to see todays puzzle in color? The only purple visible is the protégés hair…Go figure! 🤷🏻‍♀️

  2. 🌲 Even though he was holding on as FIRMLY as he could, he still fell from the SPRUCE tree where he had sought quiet ASYLUM in order to DEVOUR the beautiful landscape…but when it was all over, he realized that the only way to EQUATE the ELEMENT OF SURPRISE was that if he would have thought to INVERT himself…he might have been able to hang on…🌲

    🤦🏻‍♂️ His family FIRMLY told him that he needed to SPRUCE up,
    That the way that he’d DEVOUR food had runneth ‘oer the cup
    His view on life, the INVERT ways, they couldn’t take no more,
    With no way to EQUATE it, they were tired of keeping score
    So they threatened his ASYLUM, there’d be no more futile tries…
    Clean up his act, or out he’d go …no ELEMENT OF SURPRISE 🤦🏻‍♂️

  3. I got a big kick out of all the chemistry puns in your post, Angela, and in the voting box.
    Element came to mind and later Surprise, but I had to back into Asylum. Some snow on the ground here but not much. Wishing all a great day.

    • Good Morning, Caroline. LOL! Thank you. I have to admit, I went into it with a rope around my neck, but it wasn’t that bad after all! 😂 And the voting box work is Mike’s. David definitely gave us some terrific anagrams today, Asylum included….We didn’t get any snow, but we did get tons of rain, with heavy winds. Damaging as usual, but not as bad as expected. I’m glad you didn’t get hit hard either. Wishing you a great day too. Be well and stay safe. 🔬🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Asylum got me as well trying, to put the ly as an ending,but having gotten asylum and the other letters for the cartoon solution,element was obvious as the first word ,quickly followed by “of surprise.”
      No snow here in W Central Illinois just a very fine almost imperceptible fine mist.

      • That Asylum seems to be quite the stumper, huh? Glad the snow missed you, Professor….Be well and stay safe out there…🔬🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. Good morning. Asylum stumped me and the cartoon answer took time to solve but it finally came to me. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

    • Hey Paul…Glad you stuck with it…it’s a very witty solve! Be well and stay safe out there…🔬🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. Hi all – Pretty easy puzzle for a Sunday. Could it be? – I recognized my nemesis word SPRUCE as soon as I glanced at it. Maybe the old dog finally learned a new trick. ASYLUM took a second glance, but I always see that from one of Leon Russell’s bands, The Asylum Choir.
    I needed the letters for the answer. Either ELEMENT or ELEMENTS was obvious, then OF had to be the two letter word, and that left SURPRISE.

    Good wishes to everyone.

    I agree with Caroline about the puns in the voting box and your post Angela, but I’m mystified by “cerium…tin” (“serum”?) and whether 53 minutes has a hidden meaning. (Now if you’d said 42 minutes, I would have at least had a guess.)

    This turned out better than I thought (although my expectations were extremely low 😂):
    “The ELEMENT OF SURPRISE at Euell Gibbons’ FIRMLY held belief that he could DEVOUR a SPRUCE branch by covering it with INVERT sugar would directly EQUATE to his confinement in the ASYLUM.”

    • Hey Steve…I had to go back and check! 😂 You know this is hardly my wheelhouse…Iodine? Element #53. Cerium…(yes I was going for serum, hair serum)…#58…and Tin, as in thin hair..#50. But now it’s your turn…#42? 🤷🏻‍♀️ And yes, I’m with you…today’s words were no picnic! Hope you’re enjoying your day…Be well and stay safe out there…🔬🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Ah, thanks for the explanation – I don’t have all the atomic numbers memorized! 😂
        42 shows up a lot because it’s “The answer to life, the universe and everything” in Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” (Among many other things, it’s the reason Microsoft once set 42 days as the default expiration time for Windows passwords.)

  6. Asylum took me the longest to figure out but the other anagrams fell into place easily as did the cartoon answer so all in all I’m off to a good start this morning. Wishing all of you a good Sunday. We’re back in “Stay At Home” mode here in the Bay Area. Got my haircut yesterday and there’s no toilet paper at Safeway. Good Grief Charlie Brown – here we go again!

  7. ASYLUM gave me no solace. The other words fell into place.
    Everyone seems to have gone nuts over the stay home orders coming from politicos who don’t themselves stay home…. Our neighbors seem evenly divided between those who NEVER wear a mask and those who always do (I fall into the latter group). I expect the same objections to the vaccine when it comes and that could seriously undercut the goal of achieving ‘herd immunity’.
    Traffic is quite reduced so that’s a good sign. I still see many people walking, most with dogs.
    Onward, upward, and may you all have a great day!

    • I’ve had too many losses to even think of being cavalier about this damn scourge. I just pray for an end to the insanity…Here’s to the mask wearers…🍷 Have a good one, Mig. 😷🙋🏻‍♀️

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