Jumble Answers for 02/04/2021








32 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 02/04/2021

  1. Happy Thursday everyone! It looks like we’re headed back to the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota for today’s cartoon. By my count, we’ve had a total of seven different panels featuring our “Four-Fathers” since creating the blog back in 2014. Borglum may have made a name for himself by carving Mount Rushmore, but he has several other smaller works on display around the country. There are busts of Lincoln in both the U.S. Capitol and the White House, a sculpture entitled “The Aviator” at the University of Virginia and even a water fountain in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

    All of today’s clue words have been seen in the past. My only stumble came from GRINIO. My eyes kept seeing IRONING even though I knew it had too many letters. And the fact that it had an -ING suffix didn’t help much either! I’m not a big fan of backing into the words that I’m unable to solve. It’s just never been my thing.

    At first I thought we were seeing a group of students admiring the monument, but it looks to be a mom and dad with the kids. It wasn’t easy to tell because we only see the backs of their heads! Mom is quite moved by the sculpture, and you can see her gently resting her hand on dad’s right shoulder. Junior decided to capture the moment by taking a few pictures on his phone. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was texting or snapping them to his friends!

    The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9 letters. It had five consonants, four vowels and would form two words. The Y at the beginning of the layout, and the UO in the middle, easily brought YOU into view. Unlike ORIGIN, the -ING suffix worked like a charm this time and allowed me to find FACING for the finish. Have a terrific Thursday, and keep Jumbling!

  2. Here are 10 Fun Facts about: MOUNT RUSHMORE

    10. Approximately 90% of the Monument was carved with dynamite, and more than 450,000 tons of rock were removed.
    9. Mount Rushmore is carved in Harney Peak granite, which erodes at a rate of roughly 1 inch every 10,000 years.
    8. Since each of the noses is about 240 inches long, they might last up to 2.4 million years before they completely wear away.
    7. Rushmore’s resident mountain goats are descendants of a herd that were gifted to Custer State Park by Canada in 1924.
    6. It cost $989,992.32 and took 14 years to create Mount Rushmore. At the time, this was an enormous amount of money. Adjusted for inflation, the project would cost $14,819,957.45 in 2021.
    5. Numerous efforts are being made to preserve Mount Rushmore. 8,000 feet of camouflaged copper wire was installed in 1998 to help monitor 144 hairline cracks. The copper wire was replaced with fiber optic cable in 2009.
    4. The carving was originally meant to include the bodies of the presidents down to their waists.
    3. Nick Clifford, who was said to be the last living worker who helped construct Mount Rushmore, passed away in November 2019 at the age of 98. He was 17 years old when Borglum gave him a job on the mountain.
    2. The faces on Mount Rushmore appear in this order: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln. Jefferson was originally intended to be on Washington’s right.
    1. Despite dangerous working conditions due to dynamite blasting, there were zero fatalities during the entire project!

    Final Thought:
    “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” —Michelangelo

  3. It was Harney Peak granite at the time of the carving of Mount Rushmore but did you know Harney Peak no longer exists? It was renamed Black Elk Peak in 2016 after the Lakota holy man. It’s the highest natural point in South Dakota and lies in the Black Elk Wilderness area in the Black Hills National Forest. The peak lies 3.7 mi west-southwest of Mount Rushmore.

  4. Good morning. I backed into into it today. I was stuck on Origin and went to the cartoon and solved it quickly. Now knowing the two letters I was able to get the last word. Interesting facts about the carvings, thanks. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

  5. All anagrams were easy, the solve took a little time, but (for me) it was the most clever & witty this week. I didn’t comment yesterday because anonymous #2 came in. Have a great day, stay well

  6. I got the anagrams with little to no trouble,but was completely stumped by the cartoon,as I couldn’t get sunny out of my mind,and couldn’t get the 3 letter word,even after putting ing in the first word.I guess the approaching rain then snow forecast has fogged my mind.

    • I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t go so well, Chuck. You obviously had your thinking cap on because SUNNY was a great find!

      I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be praying that the storm only brings rain. It’d be nice to have a smooth driveway again!

  7. I too first thought of ironing instead of origin but once I got that word straightened out I was able to figure out the cartoon answer without difficulty. We’ve had a number of puzzles about Mt. Rushmore. I think it must be one of Jeff & David’s favorite monuments.

    • Hi Betty…I was thinking that it would have been cool if they’d put off publishing this puzzle for a few days, with the 15th being Presidents Day. And yes, we’ve had so many Mt Rushmore puzzles, it’s one déjà VIEW after another! 😉 Have a good one, Betty…Be well and stay safe out there…⚒🙋🏻‍♀️

    • You’re right, Betty. They’ve definitely got some mileage out of that particular monument. The detail work on their faces was absolutely stunning, and I’m sure Jeff spent some extra time making sure nothing was missed. These cartoons just keep getting better and better! 🔥🔥🔥

  8. Good Afternoon, Everyone. I hope this finds you well…⚒🙋🏻‍♀️

    ⚒ I found this a real easy solve, the cartoon a huge clue,
    How often do we see a panel sans characters to “view”?
    A huge CHUNK of the Jumble solve is in what Jeff does draw,
    And backs of heads is all we see…the YOUNG and old for sure…
    The ORIGIN was Washington, FINALE was Pres Teddy,
    In 1939 work done…Mt Rushmore now was ready…
    And here today the puzzle’s solve asks what’s the ideal view?
    Since Jumble Folks are hidden?…It’s just Rushmore FACING YOU! ⚒

  9. Hi all – Got the words; always a tossup between FINIAL and FINALE. I didn’t have a guess at the answer, but figured the first word probably ended with ING, and that quickly showed FACING and then YOU (where the Y was not at the end of a word).

    Good wishes to everyone.

    “The YOUNG student reached the FINALE of the first CHUNK of his education by submitting an excellent summary of Darwin’s theories about the ORIGIN of species.”

    • I too saw “ing” ending the first word but was still stumped by the 3 letter second word as well as completing the facing first word.Not a good Jumble day for me.

    • Hey Steve…Two of the Lous were HUNG UP on Finial too this morning…they just weren’t at the TOP of their game! 😉And I like your slant on the sentence. I struggled with Chunk…it doesn’t exactly lend itself to blending in with the other words…especially the solve ones, Facing You. I found it really hard, and had two false starts. How’d you find working with it? I’ll post what I came up with…but suffice to say…I definitely stretched! Hope your day’s going well…and that you’re staying safe out there…⚒🙋🏻‍♀️

    • FINIAL hasn’t been used in the Jumble before, Steve. Maybe David will use your suggestion sometime!

      I have an odd habit of leaving the closed captioning on while watching tv, and I write down interesting words that are displayed. NEWEL was my favorite from this weekend, and CUDGEL was a close second. CUDGEL has been used a handful times, but NEWEL is brand spanking new.

      • “Is that your FINIAL answer about my POST?” 😂
        What I found interesting about your post is that when I saw NEWEL, the term “newel post” popped into my mind and I thought it had to do with staircases, but I didn’t know the exact definition or where I knew it from.
        Sounds like you were watching medieval castle documentaries! My closed captioning has some *very* interesting words, because it makes so many mistakes! 😂

        • Newel came from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It was right after Clark didn’t get his bonus, and he’s at the top of the stairs with his chainsaw. “Fixed the NEWEL post!” was the line. 😂

          Cudgel was used by Larry David on HBO’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ I forget the scene, but Larry jokes about how CUDGEL is an odd sounding word.

          I know what you mean about the CC mistakes. They seem to be far worse when the program is live. SNL was 3-4 sentences behind on every sketch!

  10. Nice ‘heading toward the weekend’ Jumble today. Perhaps the next Rushmore J can include the head of the horseman? Just saying…. No problems today.
    I had mild symptoms after my vaccination but they have abated.
    Enjoyed Mike’s info as usual. Others added Rushmore knowledge as well. This is a well read group!
    Have a great day!

    • Adding the HH to Mount Rushmore would be an un-president-ed move! 😂

      I’m glad to hear you didn’t encounter any adverse reactions from your vaccination, Mig. Both of my brothers experienced a bit of malaise after their second shots, but it subsided after a couple of days. Best of luck with the J this weekend. I’ll be rooting for ya! 🙂

  11. 👍🏻 She tried instilling into her YOUNG students the mantra that when there were tough times FACING YOU in life, grab onto a CHUNK of happy memories…and make it the ORIGIN towards better days…instead of allowing the rough patch to feel like a FINALE…👍🏻

    👶🏻 The baby brought a CHUNK of light into the life she led,
    While still so YOUNG she saw in him such happy times ahead…
    The ORIGIN of her journey wasn’t one all that great,
    But as a grand FINALE, this kid was well worth the wait
    She’d smile at him, hold him close, and each day say anew…
    “I’m happiest at times like this…when I’m here FACING YOU”👶🏻

  12. Easy going except for YOUNG. Tried the Y at the end and within the word but never thought of as the first letter… my bad. I travelled throughout Canada and the USA but never went to Mount Rushmore. It’s 1,700 miles west from Ottawa Ontario and not on any main highway. Always wanted to see it !!!

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