Jumble Answers for 03/31/2021








40 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 03/31/2021

  1. Happy Wednesday everyone! Has anyone else noticed that all of the puzzles this week have had at least one clue word with a “Z” in it? On Monday we had PLAZA, Tuesday brought us AMAZE and now today we have HAZARD. I was going to mention it yesterday, but thought it was just a coincidence. Since the pattern seams to keep repeating, my best guess is that David is on the prowl for some new clue words. He may not have found any new ones using the Z’s, but he did strike gold today with NINJA! It was also the only word that I didn’t notice straight away so I’ll go ahead and make it my choice for today’s hardest anagram.

    Sweet cartoon of a young child spending some quality time with his Grammy and Grandpa. The dialogue got me to thinking about all of the different names that we use when referring to our Grandparents, and I’d bet a lot of you have some pretty unique ones! There were quite a few details to spot in today’s panel. My favorite one was the family portrait on the bookshelf. Although Jeff left the faces blank, I was able to count nine circle “heads” in the frame. It also had two seagulls flying in the air and some water in the background so I’d assume the photo was professionally taken. Just below it was a small figurine of what appeared to be a smiling clown with an umbrella. Both junior and Grandpa were wearing knitted sweaters so I’d say Grandma must have quite a few loyalty points down at the local craft store! Her knitting basket had five balls of yarn and one additional one on top that she’s working with. The tiniest detail had to be the small flower design on her slippers.

    The final solve was a GIGANTIC anagram containing 13 letters. Five of the letters were vowels while the remaining eight were consonants. HAND was quite obvious after noticing the child only having one mitten on in the cartoon. OLD was spotted next and the rest slowly, but surely fell neatly into place. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and keep Jumbling!

  2. LADLE = Last used on 11/28/10 as LALED
    HAZARD = Last used on 06/21/20 as RZHADA
    BOTTOM = Last used on 06/01/16 as MOOTTB

    DELAL = Used on 09/16/09, 06/05/89, 08/01/84, 04/01/80

  3. Final was not easy for me but I got it from the dialog.
    Anagrams were not difficult.
    Enjoyed the cartoon.
    I watched USC lose earlier but UCLA WON!!!!!!!!!!!!
    FINAL FOUR FOR UCLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    UCLA game was awesome…………………………………………………..

    • Don’t worry, Mig. I kept your Dodgers company last night. It got hairy towards the end, but I never lost faith! 🙂

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

    🎶 …GRANDMA’S HANDS picked me up each time I fell…If I get to Heaven I’ll look for…GRANDMA’S HANDS…🎶 “Grandma’s Hands” – Bill Withers 1971 https://tinyurl.com/b7hdf6k

    🧶 This Grandmother’s quite crafty, she can knit with such an ease,
    Like a NINJA with adept hands, to her, knitting’s just a breeze…
    She can LADLE out these mittens, with her needles ever fast,
    And to her there is no HAZARD, as her yarn is smoothly cast…
    So the BOTTOM line we see here, after all these years to wit…
    The way to describe Grandma is…she’s AN OLD HAND AT IT! 🧶

    More than 60 years alluded to OLD, and Mittens handed us HAND…this was a very easy pattern to follow. But Grandpa? It may be a totally different thread, but doesn’t he bear a striking resemblance to Bernie?… https://tinyurl.com/ss8kwv3y ..Who’s now synonymous with Mittens? So is Jeff needling us a little with this purl? 🧶🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Good morning again. Thanks Angela on that terrific song choice by Bill Withers. She really had a hand in his upbringing and left an indelible impression. I’d say he did a darn good job in paying homage to her. Take care.

      • Hi again, Brooklyn, thank you, and you’re very welcome. It is a great song, and it always touches me too. I think everyone has or had a Grandma that they love/d. And you’re right, he did a great job in honoring her. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have a good one, Paul. Be well and stay safe out there…🧶🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. 🥷 Having been the one to LADLE out the training needed for a NINJA from the BOTTOM up to the neighborhood kids for years, he’d become such AN OLD HAND AT IT, that he guaranteed the parents there’d be no HAZARD involved…🥷

    🥣 He took the LADLE from its hook, a swift NINJA-like move,
    Since once he started cooking, he was well into a groove…
    He stirred soup from the BOTTOM of the huge pot on the stove,
    And was sure to scoop up everything…carrots, onions and clove…
    The high heat was no HAZARD, it would boil and then sit…
    The chef would cook it perfectly, he’s AN OLD HAND AT IT! 🥣

  6. I had found this site, it seems like a year ago, but only a month ago, did I happen to scroll down further and see a little “community spirit” going on here! It’s nice and very creative, because I see very elaborate poems, then I look at the times posted and it’s 7:00 a.m! Plus or minus an hour or two! Which is very impressive! So I give kudos to Angela’s “Power Brain” so early in the morning! How long have you folks been on here? It is nice to have this little site and to communicate with others that share a “Jumble Addiction” as well! Not such a bad thing to have, right?! Just wanted to say hello and thanks for creating this site!

    • Hi Kimberly. Good Morning. Welcome. And thank you for the Kudos. It’s very sweet of you to say. Mike started the blog in 2014, and you’re right, we all do have a Jumble Addiction. Thank you for dropping by, and we hope you’ll do so again. Enjoy your day, Kimberly…Be well and stay safe out there…🧶🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Well thank you so much, Hon! For acknowledging me! I hope to blab a few lines once in awhile, maybe to ask a few questions about this site! Amazing to realize Mike started in 2014! Wow! I guess I have something to thank the pandemic for..
        in Finding this fun site, and thanking Mike for doing this for so long! Thank you all for keeping it together. It seems like such a nice following! You folks have a great day as well! XOXO

        • Well I guess I have to fill in my info each time or I become Anonymous! Whoops. So it’s me…Kimberly! I’ll figure this out! Very new here! Sorry,,

          • It’s cool that you’re getting the hang of it Kimberly. As an aside, Kimberly was the name I lobbied for while waiting for my daughter to arrive but I was outvoted….

            • Oh! I’m sorry that you were outvoted! I’m pretty much Kimmie to everyone I know! Even though I’m older now! Maybe there will be a “special event” for you in the future?? And perhaps only your vote will count, sweetheart! I hope so! XOXO

        • You’re very welcome, Kimberly. Hope to see you again, soon. Have a good one! 🧶🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Thank you! And greetings to you as well! You are years ahead of me! I just happened to scroll down and see the community! ☺️

          • At first the site did remember people between postings, but at some point WordPress “improved” their software and now you have to enter your info each time.
            I suspect that now you’ll scroll down on *all* your websites to discover what lurks beneath! 😂

            • Ok! Good to know, Steve! And Thank you! And by the way…..Kinda scary…that lurking beneath thing tho! 😆😆

  7. Good morning. Now this cartoon answer was brilliant. I really enjoyed doing both parts today. The five letter words took longer to get than the instant six letter ones. The cartoon answer I put aside and finished my cereal and when I returned it was like snap crackle and pop, I picked up on Hand and the rest followed. Still trying to figure out how so many had gotten yesterday’s and I’m still in the dark. Oh well. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

    • Good Morning, Paul. I’m not sure I’m following you when you say you’re still in the dark. It’s not all that mysterious if you break it down by the clues. The couple, obviously unaware that they walked into a restaurant that caters to ghouls and monsters, became nervous when they looked around. And what’s being offered on the menu isn’t exactly the type of fare they’re used to, either. And if you look at their faces, they’re AFRAID So…the entire ATMOSPHERE unnerves them…and they want to leave..Because…They didn’t like the ATMOS-FEAR. It’s really a very GHOUL, clever solution!…I hope this helps. 🧛🏻🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Oh my God. A real brain freeze. Now you’re making me take back what I said yesterday. It finally clicked when you explained it for me and I see it so clearly. That being said, I think my battleship was sunk. It was a brilliant answer. I’m checking the Dictionary for atmos and can’t get why so many got it, not knowing it was a play on atmosphere DUH. Lol.

        • ROTFL! And this is why you always give me a smile, Brooklyn! You’re just as honest as the day is long! 😂 So, brain freeze aside, I’m happy it clicked. And you know I’ve told you so many times, that if you’re stuck, you have to look at the clues…study the dialogue and the question, especially when there’s quotes…you know it’s not going to be a “regular” word…And you have to look at what Jeff’s done with the cartoon, too. (But if you’re doing it with the paper alone, I can understand how you’d miss all the little nuances) Anyway…KNOT to worry, Paul, because I’m sure your battleship’s just fine…😉 🙋🏻‍♀️

  8. Hi Everyone – Just had to check on whether Ninja was a dictionary word.
    Angela, I think you are right that the grandfather, with his hair, glasses and mittens, resembles Bernie Sanders. There are some adorable crocheted Bernie dolls around.

    • Hi Caroline. The Grandfather definitely reminded me of him. Even the eyebrows! 😉 And yes, the little dolls are the cutest thing. Hope you’re enjoying your day, Caroline. Be well and stay safe out there…🧶🙋🏻‍♀️

  9. I also checked on whether ninja was an acceptable word.Given the go ahead on that,and the obvious choice of ‘hand’ for the 4 letter word ,and ‘old’ for the sweet gramma,the cartoon solution fell into place.

  10. Hi all – It took me a few jumbles to see NINJA. (I first saw “Jinnah”, an early Pakistan politician – go figure.) The answer was obvious. Interesting (to me) that the double letter trick worked twice in the same word for BOTTOM.

    Good wishes to everyone.

    Liked your ‘purl’ of wisdom, Angela!

    Mike, I have a different take on that figurine. It reminded me of the Morton Salt Girl (“When it rains it pours”):
    And speaking of Grandmas, it also made me think of my Grandmother’s collection of salt and pepper shakers. There’s only one figure here, but maybe the other is just out of sight.

    “When it came to cooking he was AN OLD HAND AT IT, but It still took a NINJA-like grab for the chef to avoid the HAZARD of losing his LADLE at the BOTTOM of the soup cauldron.”

    • Hi Steve. Tks! The purls of wisdom, indeed! 😉 And funny you mention the Morton Salt Girl, because she was my first thought too. Definitely serendipity! But on closer look, I think it’s too cartoonish a face to be her, don’t you think? Plus the hair is very different. And wouldn’t salt and pepper shakers be in a kitchen? This looks to be a living room setting. I hope you don’t think I’m KNIT-picking, 😂 but that’s just my take on it. Have a good one, Steve. Be well and stay safe…🧶🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Hi Angela – Sure it’s a cartoonish face – it’s a cartoon! 😂 And the family in the picture above that don’t have faces at all. 😱
        My grandmother’s salt and pepper shakers weren’t used, they were just displayed as curios throughout the house, including the living room. I used to love looking at and playing with all of them.

        • It’s a cartoon?! 😂 Uh, yes. But I know you know what I mean. It just doesn’t hold true to Jeff’s pattern. And the MSG always held her umbrella much further up on the shaft, with the parasol kind of encasing her back. There’s so many differences. Just sayin’. But who knows, it very well could just be a total caricature of her. I mean I did think so too, at first glance. But, then again…this could all just be pointless!! 😉 And the shakers as curios? I never heard of that …seams like there’s a few holes in that story! 😂 Ok. Enough of this, I guess. I’m starting to yarn…💤💤! 😂🧶🙋🏻‍♀️

    • I thought so too until I looked at a picture of the Morton Salt Girl. She holds the umbrella on her right shoulder while the figurine has it on the left. I don’t think Jeff would make a mistake like that! 😉

  11. Everything fell into place nicely this morning. I took up knitting when I found out I was going to be a Grandma and felt I needed to do something Grandmotherly. It’s been a fun hobby and a real life saver during the pandemic: blankets, hats scarves. I thought it was so funny that the teacher who made those mittens for Bernie Sanders received requests from all over the country to make more mittens. She could probably have a whole new career.

    • Hi Betty. I so envy you. I give you props..I think I told you how both my Grandmother and my Mother tried teaching me to knit and crochet. They both did beautiful work…But being a leftie, and with this left-right disorientation/confusion that I have😉?…I could never get the hang of it. I’m lucky I didn’t take out an eye! 😂 And I’d love to be able to do it. But the Bernie phenomenon? Amazing. And the woman’s such a talent. I threw a few hints around at my Birthday, that I’d like one of the little dolls…but no one bit. But I’d love to have one…so I may end up on Etsy. 🧶🤷🏻‍♀️

  12. Angela, when I learned to knit, they taught the English method where the working yarn is held in the right hand. The more current method is the Continental method where the working yarn is held in the left hand and it actually lends itself to left handed people. So it may not be too late for you after all. 🧶

    • Hi Betty. I’m not at all familiar with the different methods, and have no idea what my Grandmother and Mother were trying to teach me. My Grandmother learned to knit and crochet as a child in Italy, and she always spoke of being taught by the nuns, so I think it may be safe to say it was neither of these methods! 😂 But try as I may, they both told me that I was doing it all “backwards”. I heard a lot of “storta”! 😂🤦🏻‍♀️ But when you say “they”, taught, who are you referring to? Did you take a class?

      • Yes, I actually learned to knit when I was a Girl Scout. I suspect that was the way your grandmother and mother knit. You hold the yarn in your right hand and “throw it over the left needle. I have taken classes as an adult and that’s when I learned that the more popular way to knit these days is what is called the Continental method where you use your left had to hold the yarn rather than the right. One of the ladies in my knitting class was left handed and she found it so much easier to knit that way. I’m totally right hand dominant so it doesn’t work for me but I really think you should check it out, perhaps those dominant genes will surface …. or leave you in stitches??

        • Well, since I’ve already left everyone else in stitches with my attempts, it stands to reason I should do the same for myself! 😂 As soon as things get safer here, I think I’ll look into trying it all again. Thanks, Betty. Hope your night’s going well…😘🙋🏻‍♀️

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