Jumble Answers for 01/06/2021








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  1. The state of Minnesota has quite an assortment of nicknames. The official one, “The North Star State,” evolved from the French motto “l’Etoile du nord,” which literally translates to “the star of the north.” There’s also the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” “The Bread and Butter State,” “The Wheat State,” “The Gopher State,” and even “New England of the West.” I guess you could add “Mini-Soda” to the list, despite the fact that Minnesotans, and pretty much most of the Midwest, refer to the drink as pop.

    There weren’t any new clue words this morning, but both of the six-letter anagrams just happened to be. I wasn’t fooled by any of them and they were all instantly recognizable upon first glance. My guess is that PILLAR is going to be the stumper for many of you today. In my opinion, the double letter trick of combining similar letters would have been extremely useful since getting the L’s in the correct order was the most difficult part of the solve.

    The hockey game is about to start, and everyone seems to be enjoying a pregame pick-me-up. The snacks on the table appear to be chips, chicken wings, and some mixed nuts. And of course Jeff left them a couple of cans of ice-cold Pepsi to wash everything down! My only question is why are these tiny cans of soda so darn expensive when compared to regular size cans? I suppose it has something to do with sales volume and production costs, but my gut tells me that it’s most likely some sort of marketing scheme. A play on the “less is more” idiom, perhaps.

    The final solve was an anagram consisting of 8 letters. The vowel and consonant totals were evenly split at four. With “small Pepsi” having been used in the cartoon sentence, I figured that either POP or SODA would be part of the final answer. With my biggest hurdle now over and done with, MINI was easily plucked from the remainder to seal the deal. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and keep Jumbling!

    • The word is that people are willing to pay the extra amount for convenience and portion control. IMO? FIZZy thinking..Besides..I think paying more and getting less? It’s just SODA-pressing! 😉🙋🏻‍♀️ https://tinyurl.com/y5mvj896

        • I didn’t COLA the shot on this one, Mike…I just quoted the article. 😉 It might be FANTA-sea, but who knows what the ROOT BEERS on the whole thing. I guess the question of why they sell does POP up every once in a while, but I still think it’s a MINIscule number of people who buy those small cans! 🥤🙋🏻‍♀️

            • Or maybe I did in mine! 😉🤷🏻‍♀️ Either WEIGH, maybe we should just CAN this thread? 😉 Money wise, I’m guessing it’s like the old joke…How much does a can of soda cost? …About a dollar a POP, SODA speak! 😉 But you know I’m just having fun with this…(Although I may be running out of puns, soDA sooner we end this the better! It’s getting tired…and I just don’t have the PEP…SI)? 😂🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. DIRTY = Last used on 02/27/19 as RYDTI
    MOTTO = Last used on 04/21/20 as SAME ANAGRAM
    SNEEZE = Last used on 03/26/18 as EZENSE
    PILLAR = Last used on 02/15/20 as RLIPAL
    MINI-SODA = Used on 08/23/11

    TRYID = Used on 03/08/56
    TOMOT = Used on 04/21/20, 07/18/17

  3. Here are 10 Fun Facts about: SODA

    10. The term “soda” is from the word “sodium,” which is a common mineral in natural spring water. The word “pop” was first used in 1812 and referred to the sound of a carbonated beverage opening.
    9. The average American consumes 44 gallons of soda every year.
    8. To burn off the additional 250 calories in a 20 oz bottle of soda, you would have to walk briskly for approximately 60 minutes.
    7. Americans consume over 1.7 million tons of sugar each year from Coca-Cola alone. This is equivalent to 10.8 pounds of sugar per person, per year.
    6. In 1898, Pepsi-Cola began as a carbonated soft drink first called “Brad’s Drink,” after its creator, pharmacist Caleb Bradham of North Carolina.
    5. Preschoolers view an average of 213 ads for sugary drinks and energy drinks every year. This figure doubles once children reach their teen years.
    4. Drinking one soda a day can age you by as many as 4.6 additional years.
    3. The original glass Fresca bottles used to contain a groove right under the label to catch condensation from dripping down to your hand.
    2. Coca-Cola uses over 300,000 tons of aluminum for its cans every year — just in the United States. This is 17.4% of the entire U.S. aluminum production.
    1. Dr Pepper is not classified as a cola but rather a “distinctly flavored drink.” This allows it to be sold in both Pepsi and Coke soda fountains and vending machines!

  4. Good morning. Another easy breezy jumble from the words to the cartoon answer. Not a blind solve because I saw the letters but darn close. At first I thought it was a lame answer until after a couple of minutes passed and that light bulb went off in my head. Gotta commend the guys on a brilliant finish. Geez I’m getting younger every day because I haven’t had a soda in a couple of years. At this rate I’ll be back to wearing diapers. The sad fact is that a lot of times we wind up back to them as health fails us. We come into this world needing help and on the way out to at times. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

  5. Good Morning, Everyone… 🥤POP QUIZ?🥤
    🎶 Tiny Bubbles🎶 – Don Ho 1966 https://tinyurl.com/czkwfug

    🥤Besides being an instant solve, I’ll tell you what I thought,
    My MOTTO’s always been “Coke first”…Pepsi I’ve never bought
    And DIRTY tricks don’t work on me, those taste tests on the blind?
    Please, I just SNEEZE at all of it…it’s easily Coke I’ll find…
    But anyway today we see hockey’s about to start,
    The Minnesota’s Gophers Woman’s team is at the heart…
    And talk is of the cans that are just 7.5 size,
    The man saying a few of them are needed, he’ll surmise…
    But if it’s states and traveling…the whole PILLAR to post,
    There’d never be a doubt of drink, be it East or West Coast
    To Pretzel-Vania, from New Pork…from any start to coda…
    The Real Thing for me’s always been Coke as my “MINI-SODA”!🥤

  6. 🥤Despite him once being considered a PILLAR in the industry, they deemed his sudden DIRTY tactics nothing to SNEEZE at, and after the fiasco with the MINI SODA can campaign he was fired, in keeping with the company’s MOTTO of “Honesty First…Not Thirst.” 🥤

    🦠He travelled for his job so much, but now things really changed,
    Pandemic rules and DIRTY germs had left him quite deranged
    “From post to PILLAR and reverse”, his MOTTO all his life,
    But now a cough or SNEEZE could cause panic onslaught of strife
    It’s looking like another month that he’ll not meet his quota…
    He’s quarantined still with no chance of reaching MINNESOTA….🦠

  7. Good morning again. My MOTTO is, ”If you SNEEZE, you lose.” To be standing on that PILLAR you have to get down and DIRTY to be successful. Take care.

    • My Grandfather’s Church,a Romanian Orthodox Church,in Cleveland, celebrated today’s so called “Little Christmas” in the 50’s.

      • But in the Catholic Church, the Epiphany is still a Holy Day of Obligation. My Church celebrated it on Sunday. But today, the 6th, is really the day. I still keep the Italian tradition of it, the way I was raised. We have a huge meal tonight, (usually raviolis🍝), and we exchange the last of our gifts, in keeping with the belief of the Wise Men reaching Bethlehem to bring their gifts to the Baby Jesus. And now our tree 🎄and decorations come down. I always knew it as “Little Christmas”, and it’s something we all looked forward to before the long cold months of January and February settled in…(And I was always wishing that I would get some Gold, Frankincense and Myrhh)! 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

  8. At first glance, I had no idea what the puzzle was talking about! What US state sounds like a small Pepsi? So there was no instant blind solve for me today!

    • Hi Mike. POUR Baby! 😉…Just joking! But I think the last time the solve appeared, August 23rd, 2011, the set up was easier to swallow…We were given “Minneapolis”…the city most people automatically associate with Minnesota…The question was: “The Minneapolis beverage maker hoped to have a big success with this”…The solve: “MINI–SODA“…(Personally, I’d have rather seen a puzzle about COLArado)! 😂 Have a good one, Mike. Good to see you, and I hope you’re staying well and safe…🥤🙋🏻‍♀️

    • I liked the fact that the final solve asked us a question as opposed to using a statement. Maybe the guys are changing it up a bit in 2021?!

  9. I differ with Angela as I’m a Pepsi person through and through.Growing up,my parents bought Pepsi in the original 12 oz bottles by the case from the Pepsi bottling facility.Coke bottles were only ‘mini’ 6 oz bottles back then, before going to 10 oz bottles.We also would never refer to Coke or Pepsi as ‘soda’ ,it was always pop,not even soda pop.As far as today’s Jumble,I did pause on pillar,but the other anagrams were a quick solve with the reference to ‘small soda containers’, and the anagram solutions.

    • Saying POP..That’s DEW to growing up in the Mid-West. Here in the East, we never even heard the word. And as for the whole Coke-Pepsi imbroglio? Hmm…I guess there’s just no accounting for TASTE! 😉 Have a good one, Prof! Be well and stay safe out there…🥤🙋🏻‍♀️

  10. Another easy puzzle this morning. We’re on a roll so far. I thought the cartoon answer was clever. I’m with Angela preferring Coca Cola to Pepsi and we never referred to it as soda or pop so maybe those are regional terms? Like Paul, I’m getting younger since I really don’t drink those beverages these days. My sister likes the diet zero stuff but has had trouble finding it in stores since the pandemic – apparently due to a shortage of aluminum. Cheers to all today.

    • I could just never take to the taste of Pepsi. 🤮 But as far as the Pop goes…yes, it’s definitely a regional term. I’ve weaned myself off Coke too, although I do slip..(or should I say SIP)😉 every once in a while 🤦🏻‍♀️ And I’ve bought Coke Zero too, in my quest to give up the addiction! No sugar, no caffeine..but surprisingly it does still have taste. But since I’m a bottle girl, and never purchased soda in cans, I’m having no problem finding it. And Cheers to you too, Betty! 🥤🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Good afternoon. Since we are discussing Pepsi or Coke I myself preferred Pepsi and then Pepsi light over Coke Zero but that’s years ago. In our family we never took down the Christmas tree until after Little Christmas which was the 6th. Little known fact that in Germany when they get the roof on a house they would put a Christmas (pine tree) on top. They would celebrate having reached that point. At least back in the 50s. Don’t know if that tradition is still carried on.

        • Paul…I have family and friends in construction…It is still done. https://tinyurl.com/yytraleu. And I think waiting until after Little Christmas to dismantle the tree, etc. is a European custom. Obviously your family, (and I’m sure your wife’s also), as mine, were old-world traditionalists, so they just kept it going. 🎄🙋🏻‍♀️

  11. Hi all – No problem today. Got the words. Those must be one of those “100 calorie” cans that have appeared recently. Then just the word “Gopher” gave the answer away without needing the sweatshirt or the hockey reference. One of the very long-time announcers on KCBS radio (Al Hart, Betty), had gone to the University of Minnesota and always talked about the Golden Gophers with John Madden when they were on the morning show together. Also, my old officemate was from Duluth.

    Nice summary of the snacks in the cartoon Mike, but UFF DA! Where’s the hot dish?!!

    Good wishes to everyone.

    Since we’re voting on the cola wars, I drank Coke my whole life up until the “New Coke” fiasco of the ‘80’s. I went to Pepsi, didn’t notice much difference, and never went back. I never drink cola at all anymore and the only carbonated drink I have is a very occasional Bundaberg Ginger Beer from Australia that shows up at my Safeway.

    “The PILLAR of the community had a reputation that was nothing to SNEEZE at, because everyone knew he had always lived up to his MOTTO that the end result never justified a DIRTY trick.” (Mediocre Minds, Angela! 😂)

    • The wings would probably still be warm. And if they weren’t, I’m sure a little hot sauce would do the trick! But I get what you’re saying. I’m a fan of eating chili while watching sports.

    • But it’s not just Hockey with them! That school calls all their sports teams Gophers. Baseball, Football, Hockey…it’s a landslide! But better the Gopher than the original..it was a Squirrel 🐿! Yikes!😱 And Minnesota is the Gopher State after all…so..🤷🏻‍♀️ And as far as the mediocre minds go, there wasn’t all that much wiggle room with today’s words. Although…hmm..this time it does seem a bit like plagiarism! 😂😂 Have a good one, Steve..Be well and stay safe out there…(Oh..PS: “New Coke”? 🤮Blasphemy)!!! 🥤🙋🏻‍♀️

        • I think I might choose the Wolverine over the Squirrel! Nah..who am I kidding? I’d sCREAM bloody murder at both! 😂🙋🏻‍♀️

  12. Cola rado? I prefer Mini Soda! Golden Gophers and all…. Another easy day in Jumbleville, getting us to Hump Day. Hope your beverages are Florida-ted and your day is smooth and sunny! Thanks Mike for the interesting info!

    • My pleasure, Mig! And I apologize for not including one yesterday. Android facts aren’t all that easy to find!

    • Yes, COLArado! 😉 And then there was my PRETZELvania and New PORK too! C’mon, Mig…work with me here! 😂🙋🏻‍♀️

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