Jumble Answers for 12/23/2020








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

  1. This is the Holy Grail of stinky fish puns, folks. If it didn’t get a rise out of you, then perhaps puns really aren’t your thing! The layout clocked in at 11 letters, and the over abundance of fish species within the panel brought the answer to mind in no time flat. My only (minor) setback was when it came time to combrine the leftover letters to form “-IONADO.” Luckily, I was able to sea it straight away, but I suspect many of you wrasse-led with it perhaps a little longer than you would have liked.

    The puzzle didn’t contain any new clue words, but both of the six letter anagrams were. My thinking is that David kept his scrambles on the easier side knowing that his “punswer” would cause quite a stir. There were plenty of details in Jeff’s carefully cureated cartoon. All of the different fish were fun to spot, but my favorite was the Finding Nemo horror scene on the side of the fish box. It showed a small fish swimming next to a hook in the water. I guess we now know what tomorrow’s plat du jour will be!

    I’ll be taking the next few days off as we’ll be traveling to stay with the in-laws for Christmas. Be well, stay safe, and of course, keep Jumbling!

      • Thanks Mig! It’s an hour away, but it still won’t be quite far enough to escape the showers that are expected on Christmas and the remainder of the week. Enjoy those 70 degree temperatures, my friend!

        • Thank you, Marlene. My father-in-law mentioned to me at my birthday party this summer that he’s always dreamed of reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to all of his grandchildren on Christmas eve. I’d be a terrible son-in-law to not make it happen!

      • Thank you, Betty! I wish the same for you and yours.

        I’ll be doing a giveaway of a Jumble page-a-day calendar right after Christmas, so keep an eye out for the announcement. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to win for a second time this year! 🙂🤞🏻

  2. Here are 10 Fun Facts about FISH:

    10. There are over 27,000 identified species of fish on earth, and an estimated 15,000 fish species that have not yet been identified.
    9. There are more species of fish than all the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined.
    8. African Lungfish are capable of living out of water for up to two years. They hibernate underground and wait for the water level to rise.
    7. It takes approximately seven years for the average American Lobster to reach one pound.
    6. Catfish have over 27,000 taste buds, whereas humans have only 9,000.
    5. A person who studies fish for a living is called an ichthyologist.
    4. The first public aquarium was opened in London in 1853.
    3. The pufferfish carries a toxin that is 1200 times more poisonous than Cyanide. There is enough toxin in one pufferfish to extinguish 30 humans.
    2. Approximately 12 million U.S. households own an aquarium.
    1. The best estimates by scientists place the number of fish in the ocean at 3,500,000,000,000 (3.5 Trillion)!

  3. Good morning. Had a Monday run on the words but a failure on the cartoon answer and I even had A Fish for the beginning. Senior moment on the left over letters. Oh well. There is always “If at first you don’t succeed try try again”. Doesn’t that sound familiar. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

    • It was impossible to solve if you weren’t familiar with the root word, Paul. Maybe you’ll redeem yourself by solving both Thursday and Fry-day’s games!

    • The word being “punned” is AFICIONADO… A person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a certain activity, subject, or pastime. It’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s a BRILLiant play on words. 🙋🏻‍♀️

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

    🐟 When in the Master’s kitchen, ABIDE by the rules set,
    Come in and say “HELLO” …and quickly put on that hair net…
    We see the sous chef asking how the Master prepares fish,
    The answers, well they vary…different ones for each fish dish!
    It seems a JIGSAW puzzle, but this woman knows for sure,
    The way to prepare sea food, ‘specially the dish de jour…
    You’ll get all fresh, no FROZEN…and the food’s well worth your dough…
    The Master here, high on the scale…an “A-FISH–IONADO”! 🐟

    I like how Jeff was SPOT ON with the traditional Chef’s coat, which is double breasted, with two rows of buttons down the front. The reason being, that if the Chef was to spill something on him/herself, but find that they needed to leave the kitchen, say to greet diners, they could simply unbutton the coat and switch the stained layer with the fresh, clean layer beneath. 👨🏻‍🍳🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. 🧩 Always one to ABIDE by the rules, signing on with “HELLO, Speak Your Piece”, the local JIGSAW puzzle club, bothered him a little…the top AFICIONADO demanded there’d be no coffee, no FROZEN drinks, no food of any kind, at the tables where they’d work…🧩

    🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♂️They walked in and they said HELLO, but they met FROZEN stares,
    The group seemed very haughty, and they weren’t quite prepared
    To be met with such snobbery, should they ABIDE by this?
    They couldn’t help but feel badly…with such a great dismiss…
    JIGSAW machines, along the walls, and they were here to know
    The way to work with different blades…like an AFICIONADO…🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♀️

    The word Aficionado is kind of FISHy to rhyme…so I looked for a HOOK of some kind. It might be a FLUKE, but I gave it my TRAWL. 🐟🙋🏻‍♀️

  6. Usually answers in quotes are tough for me but today was a swim in the kiddy pool. I like the play on aficionado. Hump day is the day for humpback whales I suspect…..

  7. Hi all – I expected the third word to be easy, but it was the only one I had to jumble for a couple of minutes before getting JIGSAW. Saw the pun for the answer right away.

    Good wishes to everyone. Safe travels, Mike.

    I never heard of wrasse fish (thanks Mike), or the details of the chef’s coat (thanks Angela!)

    “HELLO, what’s this? – I can’t ABIDE that the band on my JIGSAW broke and now the motor’s FROZEN.”

    • Hey Steve, do you remember Friendly’s restaurant from your time on the east coast? They have a sandwich called a “Fishamajig” and that’s what JIGSAW and the cartoon first brought to mind!

      • Friendly’s was one of my parents favorite restaurants in Parma,Ohio.When my Dad was sick in the hospital and wouldn’t even eat,we’d stop at Friendly’s and bring him a chocolate Sundae( not hot fudge)to eat.

      • That’s funny! No, despite the fact that they’re based in Mass. I’ve never heard of them, although this line from Wikipedia might explain it – looks like they never made it to RI!
        “A total of 138 Friendly’s are spread across Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Vermont.“

  8. Clever puzzle this morning. No problem with the anagrams and I was able to figure out the cartoon solution, but first paused at all the left over vowels. Wishing all of you a good Wednesday.

  9. Anagrams were no problem as were the first 2 words of the cartoon ” a fish” but the rest of the solution,got me,even with all the letters.

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