Jumble Answers for 12/16/2020








38 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 12/16/2020

  1. It’s no doubt that these ranchers can distinguish the subtle differences in the moo’s of their cattle. It must be similar to how a mother knows exactly when her baby is hungry and needs to be fed. Looking back on the solution, I think the focus on the cow/bull terms was more of an attempt at misdirection than anything else. Any animal, whether it be a calf, steer, cow, heifer or bull, will certainly let you know, one way or another, when one of their basic primal instincts needs to be satisfied!

    We didn’t hoove any new clue words this morning, but three of the anagrams were. PSOOEP is the only one that we’ve definitely en-cow-ntered before. None of them gave me even the slightest hint of trouble as they were fairly obvious. David also somehow managed to get the jumbles in alphabetical order which I always find oddly satisfying.

    Our cartoon offered up a basic ranch scene. It’s cattle that we’re discussing here today, so I think Jeff packed just about as much detail into his panel that he possibly could. Our ranchers appear to be taking a break and wisely put their downtime to good use by assessing the needs of their cattle. They’re both dressed in “western wear” with my favorite detail being the cattle-skull belt buckle being worn by the gentleman on the left.

    The final solve was an anagram consisting of 8 letters. It was an even split of four between the vowels and consonants. The O’s were perfectly balanced within the layout, but the M made MOO the obvious starting point. With those letters out of the way, all that remained was a simple five letter anagram for the finish. Have a wonderful Wednesday and keep Jumbling!

  2. Here are 10 Fun Facts about COWS:

    10. All “cows” are female. Males are called bulls or steer. Before having a calf for the very first time, a female is called heifer. Then, once she has her first calf, she becomes a cow.
    9. Cows can see almost 360 degrees. As a result of this near-panoramic view, they can watch for predators from all angles. However, they don’t see well straight in front of them and they will typically turn their head to look at you.
    8. Cows have an acute sense of smell and can detect odors up to six miles away.
    7. Cows have no upper front teeth. They press their sharp bottom teeth against the top hard palate of their mouth to break down food while eating.
    6. A cow will chew for up to eight hours a day, and can move their jaws about 40,000 times a day.
    5. There are approximately 98 million cows in the U.S.
    4. The main stomach of a cow, the rumen, holds up to 50 gallons of food that has been partially digested. To put that in perspective, a bathtub can usually hold 30-50 gallons of water.
    3. Cattle have about 22,000 genes; 80 percent of their genes are shared with humans.
    2. The average sleep time of a domestic cow is about four hours a day.
    1. Almost 2,000 quarter pound hamburgers can be made from the ground beef in one cow!

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

    When the MOTIVE for the meeting took a sudden SHIFT in temperature, they were forced to go through the MOUND of old invoices, and being one to OPPOSE became a MOOT POINT…

    🤷🏻‍♂️ He always worked the second SHIFT, with less people around,
    He liked the quiet solitude, just him and paper’s MOUND
    He wasn’t one to OPPOSE things, but office politics?
    They often left him edgy…with the pool of dirty tricks…
    He never saw the MOTIVE, it put his nose out of joint
    To gossip ‘bout co-workers? To him it was a MOOT POINT! 🤷🏻‍♂️

      • Hi Josephine. No, the answer is MOO point because that’s the pun…MOO, being the sound a cow makes, instead of the word Moot…as in Moot Point. Clever, right? 🐄🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. Good morning. Back after a couple of days in Atlantic City where I took a bath. But with some of my family we still had a good time. Looks like it might be back to a lock down again before New Years. Have to wait and see. No problem with the words or the cartoon. It was as if today was Monday and not camel day. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

    • Hey Brooklyn..Sorry to hear you got soaked…better luck next time. But at least you’re not BLUE…and MOO-ing…Be well, and stay safe, Paul…And let’s hope we don’t get that lock down. In the meantime…this one’s for you….

      • Thanks Angela for that good song and thanks Mike for the facts on the cows. Besides being entertained, this city slicker actually learned “stuff” about them. Was interesting. Take care.

        • YW, Paul. And speaking of city…batten down the hatches…they’re saying the city’s going to take quite a hit! Be careful out there! ❄️❄️🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. A mid week Monday level puzzle w no problem with the anagrams or obvious moo point cartoon solution,given the presence of cows and the M and O’s. Fortunately the snow forecast is for well West of Illinois.

  6. Easy breezy puzzle this morning. Cow Hampshire – good one Mike. No cows around here though we do have a brand of milk called Berkeley Farms. They’re advertisement line used to be “Farms in Berkeley?” Hope all of you East Coasters stay warm and dry with your predicted snow storms. Stay safe.

    • Farms in Berkeley? UDDERly ridiculous! 😉 Thanks, Betty…they’re making it sound like Armageddon…I hope they’re wrong. ❄️🤦🏻‍♀️

      • Unfortunately, the situation here is pretty serious, Angela. Our Covid numbers just keep going up exponentially. All the counties in the Bay Area are now under a stay at home order. It is even worse in Southern California – total crisis in Los Angeles. On a positive note, my son, son-in-law and daughter-in-law should all receive the vaccine within the next two weeks. I’m grateful for that news. 🙏

        • Hi, Betty. Yes, I know. I watch a lot of news, and I watch your governors briefings. I feel so badly for the responsible people that are suffering for the actions of those who snub their noses at Science. I was just telling Steve this morning that I wish there was a way to stop the nonsense that goes on…like that damn caroling event Kirk Cameron felt entitled to hold. Are you kidding me? Idiocy…Total disregard for the greater good…SMH. And sadly, there’s a lot of it going on around here also. We’re not doing well either…IDK…I just keep praying. And I’m happy to hear that your family is in line for the vaccine. Stay safe, Betty and let’s keep hoping for the best. 🙏🏻🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Our alternate nickname is New Hampster, but I haven’t the faintest idea as to the origin or reasoning behind it, other than it rhymes?!

  7. Hi all – Instant solve on everything today including the answer.

    Good wishes to everyone, especially those in the path of the snowstorm.

    “The manager told the third baseman not to OPPOSE the SHIFT to the other side of the MOUND for the left-handed hitter because the MOTIVE was to get more outs.”

    • I was impressed by your sentence, Steve. It reminded me of a show that I watched last night called “Drunk History: Baseball.” Now I know what you’re thinking, but it was actually quite informative as well as entertaining. It focused on the 1919 WS and, well, I’m sure you can figure out the rest! 😂

  8. Especially easy MOUND day Jumble, fun too! Great cow info, some was new to me but I don’t live in Cow Hampshire…. I wonder what the Headless Dude from Sleepy Hollow would say about the cows? Would he be on the HORNS of a dilemma?
    STEER clear of that snow and see you all tomorrow!!

  9. Easy puzzle today no problem with words or the cartoon. Here in Connecticut we are expecting 14-16 inches of snow. Stay safe those who are in the path of the storm. Looking forward to tomorrow’s puzzle.

    • I will lift with my legs and not with my back… I will lift with my legs and not with my back… I will lift with my legs and not with my back…

  10. It’s a moot point to admit that lately the jumbles were fairly easy… must be getting close to Xmas holidays!!!
    Mike: holy cow! 10 interesting facts.
    2 questions:
    – did someone ever found the difference in weight a cow before eating and when she has her 2 stomachs full?
    – how much CO2 does a cow burbs daily?
    Stay safe

    • Hi Christian…Cows technically only have one stomach, but it has FOUR distinct compartments: Rumen, Reticulum, Omasum and Abomasum..But I have no idea how many pounds one puts on..And as for the burping… The average cow produces 250-500 litres of methane a day. Globally, livestock are responsible for burping (and a small amount from farting) the methane equivalent of 3.1 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually. You know I’m not big on Math…so the rest’s on you! Have a good night…and stay safe out there…🐄🙋🏻‍♀️

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