Jumble Answers for 05/26/2021








25 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 05/26/2021

  1. Happy Wednesday Jumble fans! None of the clue words tripped me up this morning. They’ve all been used over the past couple of years so they all sort of popped out at me. Two of the anagrams were new with SKRIB and GRANJO being our repeats. GRANJO was relatively easy to find in the archives, and I only had to go back to 2017 to find it. I wasn’t so lucky with SKRIB. That one sent me back all the way to December 08, 1955! The other anagrams for that day were PEANA, SKYPE and PUNGEL giving us KNSKU as the final solve. PEANA would definitely be my pick for the hardest anagram in that one!

    Today’s cartoon introduced us to three characters who were discussing the process of turning a book into a screenplay. It was obvious from the attention to detail that they weren’t our ordinary Jumble characters and instead were caricatures of real people. The book was our biggest clue as to who they were, and a quick search of AMORALMAN by Derek DelGaudio shows that he’s the gentleman in the middle. The person holding the book wasn’t as obvious, but the gentleman sitting down appears to be magician Mac King. According to his Wikipedia entry, Mac has co-authored three books, performs in a Las Vegas show and has appeared in countless television shows and specials. No wonder they’re turning to him for advice!

    The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters. Four of them were vowels and seven were consonants. THE was already given to us so we got a bit of help getting the ball rolling. The book being shown brought WRITE to mind, and I easily saw JOB and FOR in the remainder to finish it all off. Absolutely no hump day troubles here. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and just keep IUMGBJLN!

    • You didn’t dig deep enough, Mike. The man holding the book is director, Muppet and Jedi master, Frank Oz. Frank directed Derek’s off-Broadway show and movie, In and Of Itself. AMORALMAN is an amazing book that Derek shares stories of how he became a magician/storyteller/card mechanic/philosopher.
      The movie version of “In and Of Itself” is streaming on Hulu right now. I cannot recommend it enough! It will take you on a ride that will never forget.
      As for our good friend, Mac King, he is about to take to the stage again in Las Vegas beginning in June. Mac has probably made more guest appearance in the Jumble than anyone. He introduced me to Derek and many more of the world’s greatest magicians. Derek is definitely one of them.
      See In and Of Itself!!!

      • Well there you go! I did bump into Frank while researching the book, but I wasn’t 100% sure that it was him. Thanks Jeff!

      • Yikes! 😱Sorry! I didn’t see this when I just went to post a reply. 🤦🏻‍♀️

    • Hey Mike…The man in the cartoon holding the book appears to be Frank Oz, who directed Hulu’s film adaptation of “In & Of Itself”, as well as DelGaudio’s live show. https://tinyurl.com/mp494md8 of the same name that it’s based on. And notice Derek shuffling the deck of cards in his hands…I guess he’d feel like a “sleight” weight without them! 🃏 🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. BRISK = Last used on 06/20/19 as SRIKB
    FLUTE = Last used on 03/18/19 as TUFEL
    JARGON = Last used on 10/25/20 as GANJOR
    OUTLAW = Last used on 11/06/20 as TUWALO

    SKRIB = Used on 12/08/55
    GRANJO = Used on 10/14/17

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

    🎶 In an all out effort to choose the person RIGHT FOR THE JOB, they needed to audition FLUTE players, but it turned out to be BRISK work, since as in the JARGON of the street, “Who would win a fight between a flute and a trombone?…the flute ‘woodwind’ “… and no one was better suited than the flutist dubbed the OUTLAW… 🎶

    🏃🏻‍♂️He took a BRISK walk ‘round the town, to try to calm his nerves,
    The JARGON about FLUTE playing he couldn’t help observe…
    “How do you “Handel” Baroque flutes”?…Well “carefully”, the pun,
    And he’d be like an OUTLAW if to failure he’d succumb…
    He knows the critics will be out…the chamber music snobs…
    Determined though, he’ll prove himself to be RIGHT FOR THE JOB! 🏃🏻‍♂️

  4. Well, it was kind of cryptic, with all that stuff about fixing cards, ex-magician, etc. But we kept looking at puzzle, and the answer popped into my brain. I guess what I’m saying is that some of the puzzle clues didn’t help, and where my inspiration came from…who knows??? Solved the easy anagrams to confirm the answer. And BTW, we call figuring out the puzzle answer first (before doing anagrams) as “being delivered”…as coming from the “divine jumble source”. What do others call it??

    • Hi, Terry…Good Morning. Going with the idiom “Right for the Job”, the word WRITE was simply used as the substituted pun since the puzzle’s based on a screenplay being written. But as far as the dialogue, etc…it’s not cryptic if you study the puzzle and recognize the background story. I know Mike will write up all the details when he posts, and trust me…there’s no sleight of hand involved! And I also always solve from the cartoon alone, but I don’t have a name for it. Wishing a magical day to you both. Enjoy! 🪄🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Thanks, Angela, for the explanations…I didn’t dig deep enough to the characters. As always, I’m humbled. Have a great day

        • Hi Terry. You’re welcome, but trust, there’s no need to be humbled. The background information added to the delight and whimsy of the puzzle, but there was no real need to know it in order to get the solve. So you still had the “write” stuff! 😉 Wishing you both a great day too! Be well. 🪄🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Hi Terry. We’ve always referred to it here as a “blind solve” because you solved it without the aide of the clue letters. And it looks like I first mentioned it back on 04/04/17. “Being delivered” also sounds really good. If you mention it, I’ll know exactly what you mean.

  5. Good morning. A Monday jumble on a Wednesday. Easy words today as well as the cartoon answer. Once I put the letters down you were able to pick out the three letter words right away. Leftovers gave write. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

  6. A troublesome but successful Wednesday Jmble,it is Wednesday,or Hump Day,like the Geico commercial,isn’t it? Jargon looked like orange at first,and outlaw gave me reason to pause as well.With the J and B available letters,job was an obvious choice for a 3 letter word,as was “for” ,for the other 3 letter word,quickly followed by “write” for the replacement in quotes,for right.

  7. Easy puzzle this morning. Thanks for the very thorough explanation of the cartoon, Mike. I always solve the anagrams first before looking at the cartoon. Happy Wednesday to all!

    • You’re most welcome, Betty. I also prefer solving the anagrams first. It spoils it for me if I don’t get my “ah-ha” moment in the morning. 🙂

      • I always look forward to Mike’s analysis.. I too tend to go anagrams first then cartoon; however after Angela’s comments I have been trying to solve it first looking at the cartoon. Fun stuff either way!!!

  8. Hi Everyone – Thanks for the information about the cartoon, Mike and Jumble Jeff. All of it was new to me.
    I sometimes try for a “blind solve” but rarely succeed. It can be fun guessing the wrong answer.
    No problems today. Outlaw wasn’t hard because OUT comes up from time to time. As for Jargon, I usually try J as the first letter when I see it.

  9. Hi all – Before getting to the puzzle, I was “dealing” with one question – what’s a “card mechanic”? It doesn’t seem like they have a lot of moving parts to maintain or repair. A quick google search gave me the definition that I’d never heard before, but brought up another twist that we came across in the shark puzzle a little while ago – they said those terms are also known as “card sharps” or “loan sharps”, but I have only heard “loan shark” and “card shark.”
    In any case, the words and answer were an instant solve today.

    Loved the “Handle” pun in your poem Angela. Glad you went for baroque.

    Agreed about PEANA being the hardest 1955 anagram, Mike. I finally cheated with an anagram solver to see it. I also found it interesting that they would no longer be able to use one of the other words — “Skype” is now in the Merriam-Webster dictionary! 😂 I wonder whether they took a “pole” in Boston at the time.

    Good wishes to everyone.

    “The OUTLAW had his musical JARGON down pat, which enabled him to hoodwink the clerk into giving him a BRISK home trial of the rare FLUTE that he had no intention of returning.”

    • Wikipedia says the “sharp” and “shark” spellings have varied over time and by region. Maybe that’s why “shark” sounds so familiar to us now.

      I didn’t know SKYPE was in the dictionary. I bet Mr. Naydel would be shocked to hear that too! Lot’s of good stuff today, Steve. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • That lexicon amongst serious card players? It’s always a gamble as to what you’ll come up with! 😉 And thanks for the Handel Shout Out. But as for going “Baroque”? Mentioned in the same conversation with gambling?!! Sacré bleu! 😱 We don’t allow any of that! 😂 Have a good one, Steve. 🪄🙋🏻‍♀️

  10. Looked at the cartoon, no clue! Zip, zip, zippity, zip, came the words! Then I Looked at how I placed the remaining letters and got… BRIEF ROW the JOT! OH dear god, help me, I can’t “unsee” these words now! 😬 Threw the paper down, went outside and actually wanted to shake my head free, in the sunshine! Oh, It’s gonna be another “Flip the Semester”! 🤪! I just know it! Came back in and said it has to be “for”. Said to myself Wrote for the Jib, which “immediately” then went to …“write for the job”! Oh the trials and tribulations of the daily Jumble! Now, I have to read everyone’s postings more thoroughly! Looks like some good stuff here! Have an awesome day! And have some fun! 🥰

    • Flip the semester!!! 😂🤣😂. Love it Kim!

      I’m happy to hear you got it in the end and didn’t rush to look at the answers. Good for you!

      • Thanks! Mikey! Yes, I was adamant that I wasn’t going to peek anymore! 👀! 😂😂 Have a great evening!

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