Jumble Answers for 12/15/2020








39 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/15/2020

  1. I saw this one coming a mile away! Even the exchange of dialogue between the characters had us set up for success. I really thought the layout was going to offer some sort of misdirection, but in the end it was pretty straightforward as well. There’s nothing better than an instant solve to perk up your morning!

    There weren’t any new clue words to report. Two of the jumbles were new, but we’ve definitely bumped into BBIER and MLINEB before. None of them gave me any sort of trouble and they all instantly came into view.

    Today’s cartoon brought us to a local coffee shop where we see two women having a conversation while enjoying some tasty beverages. Jeff took the liberty of adding a holiday design to their cup sleeves which really made the entire panel seem warm and inviting. Was that David L. Hoyt in the background exchanging pleasantries with the barista? It sure looked like him, and his sweater seemed to match the one he had on the other day when he left us a holiday greeting.

    The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10 letters. Six of them were consonants and four were vowels. It’s not too often that I solve the cartoon before starting the puzzle so I was eager to see how my hunch would play out. The F & B at the front of the layout was a promising start, but it was ultimately the double E’s in the middle that sealed the deal. Have a terrific Tuesday and keep Jumbling!

    • I like how the signage for “A” and “S” for the title AMERICAN SIGN https://tinyurl.com/ybus7g6m is shown on the booklet…and how Jeff has the “L” for LANGUAGE hidden behind the woman’s hand, but recognizable from the extended index finger…🙌🏻🙋🏻‍♀️

        • I just finished watching my mayor give his daily news briefing. Both he and the governor, as do the leaders of other cities, always have a sign interpreter present, and it’s amazing to see the speed at which they sign. I have two in-law members of my family that are hard of hearing, and depending on a situation, sporadically use sign language, but neither of them is proficient. And they do screen all TV programming with subtitles. I also have a nephew who took a college course in American Sign Language, when he was considering sign language interpretation as a career. At the time, he had asked me to work with him as he studied. And I tried, but it wasn’t an easy task for me at all. The left-right confusion that I’ve had since childhood definitely stood in my way, so unfortunately I wasn’t any help to him. But I found it extremely interesting. 🙌🏻🙋🏻‍♀️

          • That *is* very interesting. You reminded me of (so I looked up) the incident on 12/11/2013 at a Nelson Mandela Memorial in South Africa attended by world leaders including Obama where the interpreter was a fake and just making up signs.

            • I remember that well. And he swore he was qualified too…A sign of the times I guess…🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. Here are 10 Fun Facts about SIGN LANGUAGE:

    10. There are more than 200 different sign languages used around the world.
    9. Even though Britain and the USA both speak in English, their sign languages are very different. Differences can also be found in regional sign language – similar to how accents and dialects are reflected in speech.
    8. French Sign Language and American Sign Language are the most alike.
    7. Sign Language is not only about signs; it also includes facial expressions, body language, hand positions, hand movements, gestures, and even some sounds.
    6. 9 out of 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear.
    5. Today, around one million people use American Sign Language (ASL) as their main way to communicate.
    4. Many people who communicate through sign language use a single sign to represent their name. This ‘name sign’ is unique to the individual and can be compared to a nickname.
    3. Like any other language, sign language has its own set of grammatical rules that those using the language are expected to follow. For example, to ask a question, the signer is expected to have the correct eyebrow position at the same time.
    2. Approximately 4,000 people are diagnosed with sudden deafness each year in the U.S., and only 10 or 15 percent of them know what caused it.
    1. Following English and Spanish, American Sign Language is the third most popular language used in the United States!

    Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. —Mark Twain

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

    🧘🏻‍♂️Since he was known to be so NIMBLE, they thought to BRIBE him into performing for their Circus, but he said…”As long as I know BEFOREHAND, without a SHADOW of a doubt, I’ll do it as a FAVOR…” 🧘🏻‍♂️

    🦫 He saw his SHADOW on the ground, as Groundhogs sometimes do,
    He did no FAVOR for the town…if legend did come true
    With no way they could BRIBE old Phil…as NIMBLE as he was,
    Now they’d be stuck with winter…and all of this because…
    They hinged belief on this old tale, and it spread ‘cross the land
    You wonder now if they’re thinking…poor planning BEFOREHAND! 🦫

  4. Almost a Monday easy puzzle on a Tuesday,with the exception of the cartoon solution,Beforehand.The anagrams came easily,but the large number of letters in the 1 word cartoon answer,gave me reason to pause before the 4 letter word hand resulted in the ultimate solution.

  5. Before even looking at the jumbles, I always try to guess the solution. (Maybe that’s NOT the way to do it, but it’s become a habit of mine. Perhaps I am the only one who does it this way.) Today after reading the cartoon and noting the character reading on the matter, I thought the solution would be MANUALLY, I should have decoded the jumbles BEFOREHAND.

    • Good Morning, Ray…BEFOREHAND, indeed! Good one! But it’s hardly you. I’ve solved the puzzle from the cartoon alone for years, and know of many others who also do so. I enjoy the challenge! 🙌🏻🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. Surprisingly easy! I saw the word HAND and the rest followed! I checked the date … so easy that I thought it was Monday!!!
    I was blinded!

  7. Hi all – Got the words with a slight pause at BRIBE, then thought OFFHANDEDLY for the answer, but when I wrote the letters and crossed out HAND, the solution appeared.

    I wouldn’t have noticed David’s sweater, Mike, thanks for passing that along.

    Ok, here’s a story (and don’t worry, everything was minor and turned out fine.) My wife’s parents were hosting deaf friends from Holland, and they got into a car accident and were all taken to different hospitals, and although the hospitals had sign language users, the friends weren’t able to communicate at first because they used the Dutch version.

    Good wishes to everyone.

    “The crook needed a FAVOR, and was so NIMBLE he passed his BRIBE unobserved right in the SHADOW of the police station.”

    • Steve…I know you do fancy yourself a fashionista…😉, but if you guys look closely, I think you’ll see that David was wearing a mock turtleneck in the video, but here I’m pretty sure he’s sporting a shawl-collared sweater. I mean they might be running neck and neck, 😉but…🙋🏻‍♀️

      • You may want to have another look. A mock turtleneck refers to the fold and there was definitely one in the cartoon as well as the video. Maybe you confused his arm as being part of a shawl? 🤷🏼

        • Hey Mike…I did, and it still looks like a shawl collar. I wasn’t looking at his arm at all. I’m going by the show of material right off the ribbing at front. Plus the bottom of it lends itself to being more of a loosely-fitted over sweater. But hey, it’s just MHO. And besides…I’m not looking to KNIT pick! 😂🙋🏻‍♀️

    • That is quite a story, Steve. And it just goes to show how many different sign languages there really are.

      You’re most welcome for the sweater tidbit!

  8. Fun seeing our humble leader sitting in the background of the cartoon! Anagrams came easy to me, the solution not so much….. Mike’s info on sign language informative as always! Is there a subset of disappointed folks who use SIGH LANGUAGE???

  9. Just a little heads up…Since I know a lot of us shop Amazon, I wondered if you’re aware that if you do your shopping through Amazon Smile, they donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to a charity of your choice. I just received an email stating that my charity received $17,480 so far this year, and $217,644,976.48 has been given to all charities in the U.S. It’s such a great way to donate, and it comes at no cost to the shopper. And it’s been especially helpful this year since the financial hardships of the pandemic have had such an impact on donations. Just thought I’d pass on the information. 🙋🏻‍♀️

  10. I got such a notification from Amazon also, Angela. I am feeling very generous with Bezo’s money!

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