WFREE = FEWER
NUREP = PRUNE
FROFET = EFFORT
DUPOMI = PODIUM
THE RESTAURANT’S FOOD AND SERVICE KEPT GETTING WORSE, AND CUSTOMERS – – –
EW PRE EF DU = WERE FED UP
Happy Wednesday everyone! No new clue words were served up this morning, but we had three new anagrams to tickle our Jumble tastebuds. FROFET was our repeat, and it was also the one that took me the longest to get. Since it took a fare amount of time to sort through, it’ll be my pick for today’s hardest anagram. All of the anagrams were listed in descending alphabetical order which is the tenth occurrence (so far) this year.
Today’s cartoon brings us to a diner where we see a couple of patrons receiving their orders. The place is virtually empty, and we can tell by the single ticket on the order wheel that there’s only one other order in queue. Her sandwich is burnt beyond recognition and his burger was smooshed and only came with two french fries. Noticeably missing on the table were their beverages, silverware, salt and pepper shakers and my favorite condiment — ketchup! My favorite detail was the cook in the kitchen who’s apparently more interested in his text messages than the raging grease fire going on beside him. The visual clues of poor service and food quality were echoed in their dialogue, but they weren’t enough for a blind solve.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of nine letters. With nothing much coming to mind, I decided to solve the two-letter word first. WE and UP were all that I saw, so the latter was the only logical choice. With those letters crossed out, WERE came next followed by FED for the finish. On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day.
FEWER = Last used on 09/07/18 as WFERE
PRUNE = Last used on 02/17/20 as RNEUP
EFFORT = Last used on 08/17/20 as OFTERF
PODIUM = Last used on 11/01/20 as UDPIMO
WERE FED UP = NEW SOLUTION
WFREE = NEW ANAGRAM
NUREP = NEW ANAGRAM
FROFET = Used on 06/10/15, 05/17/14
DUPOMI = NEW ANAGRAM
EWPREEFDU = NEW ANAGRAM
I was waylaid by PODIUM…. I have done a lot of public speaking and used a lot of podiums yet missed this word.
Dodgers in a tough game with San Diego but leading.
I ran across USTBOE and SLIRGY while researching today’s words and found them quite challenging. Just figured I’d share.
The answers are: OBTUSE and GRISLY
Good news they held on for the win!
Good Morning, Everyone! 🍔 FOOD FOR NAUGHT? 🍔
🎶 There’s NO BUSINESS like SLOW BUSINESS…Like no business I know…🎶 “There’s No Business Like Show Business” – (with apologies to Irving Berlin) Ethel Merman 1946 https://tinyurl.com/u37dk8y5
🥪 This virus that has plagued us, it’s def taken a toll,
Our restaurants lost money, and they’re mostly in a hole…
Despite their best intentions, all the EFFORT that was made,
Like choking at a PODIUM, some suffered, I’m afraid…
With FEWER wait staff working, service dried up like a PRUNE,
And new chefs? They can’t cut it…so it looks like rack and ruin…
The general consensus? When it comes to lunch and sup?
Just like the couple we see here..Most people WERE FED UP! 🥪
We’ve eaten out twice this year,and each time service was woefully low,given the lack of employees.
Sadly, it’s like that in a lot of places across the country, Professor. The restaurant industry definitely suffered badly with the pandemic…and it’s having a hard time coming back. Like everything else, we just hope things get back to what they used to be. Enjoy your day, Prof. Be well, and stay safe out there…🍔🙋🏻♀️
🤷🏻♂️ Despite their EFFORT to maintain decorum, they watched in shock from the PODIUM as the audience members tossed PRUNE after prune at one another…and when the supply got down to FEWER than a dozen, they WERE FED UP…and walked out…🤷🏻♂️
🤦🏻♀️ She stood up at the PODIUM, and felt just like a PRUNE,
All dark and shrunken up…and quite afraid that she might swoon…
She made an EFFORT to breathe in, and slowly start to speak,
But FEWER than five words came out…not hardly a blue streak
The crowd was growing restless…and her thoughts? An empty cup…
They’re gonna want their money back…‘cause they all WERE FED UP! 🤦🏻♀️
Kind of a total bust this morning….No blind solve and no amount of EFFORT allowed me to solve that particular anagram. I felt silly using a jumble solver to see if TOFFER was a word (I really knew in my heart that it wasn’t !!) and it gave the correct spelling, which finally led me down the correct path to puzzle solvedom. The song is the bright note of the morning…always thought it ironic that it comes from a pseudo western musical…Annie Get Your Gun….Angela, listen to one of the less popular songs from AGYG…Moonshine Lullaby (cute lyrics and melody)
Hey Terry…I didn’t FARE as you did this morning, since the solve automatically came to me. But Effort? We had a few laughs because two of the guys “swore” the word was Forfet…and they wouldn’t “give it up”…😉 As for the song choice? Tk you. I thought you, of all people, might take offense of my sullying Irving Berlin’s memory…but as always, when I mess with lyrics, I do add a disclaimer as an apology! 😉 And “Moonshine Lullaby”? 🎶Dream of Pappy…very happy…With his jug of mountain rye…🎶 always brings me a smile! Have a good one, Terry. Be well and stay safe…🍔🙋🏻♀️
No troubles but no blind solve on the puzzle either. The Jumble brought up one of my, admittedly picky, pet peeves. A Podium is a small platform on a stage. You stand on a podium. A lectern is the piece of furniture that often supports a microphone and a place for a speaker to place his or her notes. You stand at a lectern on the Podium. That said, there’s nothing sadder than a favorite eating place going bad. Favorite restaurant song: “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Gutherie.
Excellent point, OO. Sometimes PODIUM and DAIS are used interchangeably as well which is incorrect.
Mine is “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant”. Gotta love that home-grown NY boy, Mr Joel! 🍝🙋🏻♀️
Easy day again for me with blind solve. Check out this one, Angela… https://youtu.be/6caKVn7-IZs
Hi Don. Good Morning. I agree…easy, breezy. And nice pick! 👏🏻👏🏻. I like it! And who doesn’t love Miss Dolly? The woman’s a national treasure, IMO. Her philanthropy, her love of education, her genuine kindness… not to mention her talent. She’s definitely one of a kind. Have a good one, Don…thanks for the music and thanks for commenting! 🍔🙋🏻♀️
The diners who had just sat down
Looked around and said with a frown:
Service has slipped
Plates are all chipped
“No longer the best place in town”
Hi Helen…A chipped plate?… Definitely proves the place isn’t all it’s CRACKED up to be! Once again, I’m not sure which of my ENTREES 😉 follows yours the closest, so here’s a TASTE of two. I think together they fit the BILL! Have a good one, Helen. Be well and stay safe. 🥪🙋🏻♀️
🦞 Whether lobster or simply grilled cheese,
Dining out should be something of ease…
But this couple is sore,
And that burger looks raw!
Boils down to no more than…”Check please”…🦞
🍔 So it’s looking like a greasy spoon,
Where one time it had business that boomed…
But it’s seen a decline,
And now customers whine…
And they won’t be back anytime soon! 🍔
Well, Angela, I’m not sure that the plates in the cartoon are actually chipped – maybe one little chip but as I always say it’s poetic licence. When you Americans “plead the Fifth” I plead poetic licence!
I do say that the dialogue on this website has allowed me to soak a bit more American culture, always useful especially when watching Jeopardy! My mother lived in USA as a child and appreciated all things American.
LOL! I was just punning with you Helen. I thought the line about the chipped plates was a keeper! 👏🏻👏🏻 As for the cartoon, the plates look to be intact. Maybe by the woman’s right hand there may be something a tad amiss, but I think it’s just where her fingers meet. And as for poetic license?…I’m first in line to renew mine each year! 😂 It’s definitely a tool of the trade! I’m glad you’re enjoying the banter here, Helen, it is fun. And as far as the Americana goes, that can be fun too! We really are a pretty likable lot! 😉🙋🏻♀️
No problems with the puzzle but your USTBOE has me stumped so far, Mike. I haven’t given up, though.
Let me know if you need a hint! I’ll post the answers later this afternoon. 🙂
So does that mean we can’t say what they are? 😉🙋🏻♀️
Thanks, Mike, but no hints for me. Perhaps someone else would like some, though. I won’t check back until I give up.
I thought of a good bad restaurant song – “The New Restaurant” by Malvina Reynolds.
I gave up on the word but enjoyed the mental workout.
I’ll post a couple each morning since you liked them! Take care Caroline and enjoy your evening. 🙂
Good morning. Had to look up Podium. Couldn’t get it or the blind solve. Once I saw the letters it was a breeze. Enjoyed the song choice. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.
Sorry to hear it didn’t pan out for you, Paul. PODIUM seems to be stumping most everyone this morning. Take care.
Good Morning, Paul. Thanks! And hoping you’re staying well and safe too…🥪🙋🏻♀️
Today is NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY. I say indulge. Go 🍌bananas!…After all, a body needs that potassium…🍨🙋🏻♀️
You have found a day for everything Angela. I assume you are the original Calendar Girl. Yes, I know the song, even with my slim musical knowledge,
LOL! Tk you..trust me, I’ve been called worse! 😂😂 And speaking of Americana, this ones for you! https://tinyurl.com/hr5h5jsp Ok…I need to get back to my ice cream…I mean my bananas! 🍌🙋🏻♀️
An easy Monday puzzle on a Wednesday!Though I was originally thinking it was a Tuesday,today,With the extra unemployment payments,restaurants are lacking employees,from servers to chefs,to greeters.And due to the pandemic,lacking customers,as well.
It’s horrible, Chuck. I was actually shocked to see three employees in the diner!
Nice easy Jumble today. Would have been done EFFORTless had it not been for PODIUM. Should have guessed it as it has been used before. My Yankees won for the 11th time in a row. Me thinks we have a chance to go all the way!
“Effort” was not an effortless solve for me this morning but once I got past that one it was smooth sailing. My heart goes out to anyone in the restaurant industry these days. Though some places have closed in S.F., many restaurants have really risen to the occasion with outdoor parklets, take out and delivery. The latest challenge is the city’s mandate that diners must present proof of vaccination if they wish to eat indoors. Nevertheless, the local food industry just Kees adapting to an ever changing situation and my hat’s off to them. Have a good Wednesday all.
We’re mandated the same here, Betty, and unfortunately it’s causing a lot of dissension. It’s hard to know what’s right or wrong anymore, but I do believe that we need to do all we can to try to stave off the increase in numbers again. And I totally agree…my hat’s off to them for sure. Happy Wednesday to you too, Betty. Stay well and safe. 🙋🏻♀️
OBTUSE reminds me of the movie Shawshank Redemption where Tim Robbins (prisoner) calls Bob Gunton (warden) obtuse and is rewarded with an extended sentence in isolation.