Jumble Answers for 08/30/2021








Happy Monday Jumble fans!  It was anything but a routine solve this morning.  The clue words were pretty straightforward, but the lack of visual clues in the cartoon made the final solve quite a challenge.  EYELID ended up being the only anagram to give me pause.  I briefly thought it might have been IDLELY, but it didn’t look quite right and the letters didn’t match.  SOMHOT was also scrambled quite well.  The double letter trick of combining similar letters would have made it a breeze to figure out had I not recognized it.  Overall, none of the clue words returned as being new, but all of the anagrams and the final solve were.

Interesting cartoon of some shapes interacting with one another on what appears to be graph paper.  The big clue for me was noticing the names of the shapes — circles, ovals, triangles and squares — listed in the sentence.  Since SHAPES wasn’t explicitly stated, I knew I had my starting point.  The compliments they were giving each other referenced their bodies, but I didn’t pick up on that fact until after I completed the puzzle.

The final answer was an anagram consisting of 13-letters and took a fair amount of elbow grease to solve.  With SHAPE crossed out, the -LY suffix came into view next leaving BODIES to be deciphered from the remainder.  Remember to cross those suffixes out when you see them as it eliminates letters and makes the words easier to see!  A fun challenge to start the week.  On to tomorrow!  Until then, be well and enjoy the day. —Mike


40 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 08/30/2021

  1. BATTY = Last used on 06/04/16 as TABYT
    SPICY = Last used on 12/29/20 as PCYIS
    EYELID = Last used on 08/14/20 as LEDYIE
    SMOOTH = Last used on 03/06/21 as STOMOH


  2. I had no problem with most of the anagrams. Seems odd in retrospect but SMOOTH was difficult for a few moments.
    The solution was hard for me because of all the letters. I tried to use Angela’s idea that the dialog in the cartoon points to the answer (which it usually does} but no luck today……
    I finally figured it out.
    It’s a new week J fans! Enjoy!!

    • Hey Mig. But it does…”I like your CURVES”, “strong BUILDS”…”No SLOUCH”…= Different SHAPES. Plus, they’re all SHAPES to begin with..Circles, Triangles, etc. And coming to LIFE? = They took on BODIES…SHAPELY BODIES! Voila! Have a good night, Mig. Be well and stay safe…⏺🔼🙋🏻‍♀️

  3. Don’t quite agree with your reasoning this morning…..”And coming to life? They took on bodies”. Regardless, I tend to do poorly when there is no phrase involved and today’s effort proved that. Easily unscrambled the anagrams…and searched for some semblance of anything before I found SOLIDS…which didn’t fit. Searched again for a short eternity before finding SHAPES….but then caught a bright idea to make SHAPELY. Bottom line?? For awhile I didn’t think I was gonna make it !!! But persistence does pay off. Have a great Monday. Hope for all that their favorite team is winning..and weather agreeable.

    • Hey Terry…The “coming to life” and “bodies” weren’t “my ideas”. They’re David’s! 😀 His words…I just transFORMed what he meant in my head…But the bottom line…they’re still SHAPES, right?… That’s the key…Hoping you have a great Monday too, Terry…and thoughts and prayers to all these in Ida’s path…🙏🏻🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. I always found it impossible to watch him perform without smiling…He was a great entertainer…🙋🏻‍♀️

    🎶 You’re noBODY ’til someBODY loves you…You’re noBODY ’til someBODY cares…🎶 “You’re Nobody ‘Till Somebody Loves You” – Dean Martin https://tinyurl.com/tvf97ufk

  5. A Monday toughie for me. Struggled with Smooth for some reason and my first try at the puzzle solve produced Bodiley Shapes. Then I rounded into form and got squared away. I also don’t do well unless it’s a phase, but today’s Jumble got me kick-started as summer begins to fade. Be safe and healthy fellow puzzlers.

  6. No matter the angle or line
    Those shapes are simply divine
    Be they curvy or svelte
    Their appeal can be felt
    ‘Cos they all cut a figure so fine!

    • Hi Helen…Again, looking for one that follows closest, I’m finding it hard to choose, but I think it may be this… But I’m also putting in the second one, to be politically correct in light of what’s going on today…🔘🙋🏻‍♀️

      ▪️We’re seeing these shapes and these sizes,
      They’re speaking…but nothing surprises…
      They’ve been here before,
      As Jumble du jour…
      And each time it’s the whimsy arises! ▪️

      🔻 Inanimate objects made real,
      In the Jumble they have an appeal…
      They walk and they talk,
      No visible balk…
      Although one guy I think is a heel! 🔻

        • Thank you, Helen. I realized after I commented though, that the “going on today” that I mentioned pertained to what we have going on here in NY. (I had written another one along the same line, but I think it came off a tad too belligerent)! 😂 I tend to forget that you’re in Canada. But I’m sure you got my reference. Some stories, unfortunately, do achieve universal standings…But I did pick up on your Canadian “Jay” reference! 👏🏻👏🏻! Well PLAYed! ⚾️🙋🏻‍♀️

            • Yes, a very unfortunate turn of events here. And a very unexpected fall from grace. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  7. Good morning. Had a heck of a time on both ends of the puzzle but finally overcame both. Enjoyed your song choice Angela. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

  8. I guess the trouble I had w HS trigonometry has returned to haunt me this morning.Too many letters to get the cartoon solution,even on a Monday morning.

  9. Here’s how it went, for me. I read the question, looked at the cartoon, saw that we were dealing with SHAPES, and noticed right off the bat that that was the word David purposely avoided. So I knew SHAPES was a given. I saw that we needed 7 letters for the first word. The word “CURVES” in the dialogue immediately gave me SHAPE-“LY”, since a curvy woman is often referred to as being shapely. I glanced at the words to see if there was an “L” and a “Y” in the letters…There was. The question asked what they’d have if they “came to life”…I thought if they were “living”, they’d have BODIES, and all the dialogue alluded to different BODY types…ie… SHAPES. I then counted the letters needed for the second word. BODIES fit…So I now had SHAPELY BODIES. I solved the words…saw that the letters all matched…Voila…(again)…It was all SQUARED away…▪️🙋🏻‍♀️

    PS: …And I also realized that Betty was going to get a big kick out of this whole thing…since she truly loves when Jeff brings these inanimate objects “to life”…(No pun intended)! Numbers and letters? She’s a shoe-in! 😉🙋🏻‍♀️

  10. You got me, Angela. I was delighted to see the shapes. As you already know my very favorite puzzles involve the numbers and shapes. It was a challenge this morning. Paused at eyelid and then had to take to pencil and paper to figure out the cartoon solution. Like OO, I kept thinking Bodily Shapes. Once I switched to shapely, the rest fell nicely into place. Good mental workout for a Monday morning. Wishing all of you a good day.

    • LOL! 😂…Yep, I definitely got your NUMBER…as we say in Brooklyn! I like them too…Pure whimsy, and Jeff always seems to manage to keep it fresh…So if your ears were ringing this morning, blame me…I told the Early Birds that you’d be in your glory…😂 Wishing you a good day too, Betty. Be well and stay safe. 🔘🙋🏻‍♀️

    • Betty…PS…Notice I gave you a SHOE-IN 👠 too…I covered all your bases! 😂🙋🏻‍♀️

  11. EYELID took some effort. Like oldomaha, I saw SHAPES, but it took a while to realize it should be SHAPELY. Good workout today.

    Also thanks to Angela for her process in solving the puzzle.

    • Chuck…Since last night, the news keeps showing the clip about “having spunk”. I think it’s a word that will always be associated with his memory. And it’s a line that never gets old. 😥

      • I believe that may have been the opening episode. What I always enjoyed with Ed was a movie he made for tv shortly after MTM went off the air, called The Gathering, in which he had a terminal disease and all of his grown children were called home to “celebrate” the holidays. (Great movie)

        • Hi Chuck. Yes, it was the first episode. A classic. And “The Gathering”…a great movie. He was so good in everything he did. You know, it’s funny…in light of all the chaos going on right now, I didn’t think I had it in me to feel so bummed about anything more. I think you know what I mean…But you can’t help feeling the loss of this man. Anyway, here’s a good article I came across that I think you’ll enjoy. And that amazing interview’s included. Hope your night’s going well, Chuck. Be well and stay safe out there…😥🙋🏻‍♀️


          • Thanks for that clip, Angela.. That first episode was a doozy! My favorite was “Chuckles bites the Dust”. This was a very irreverent episode, but so funny! We need more laughter these days and much less chaos. Be well, my friend..

            • You’re welcome, Chuck. And the “Chuckles” episode is definitely a keeper. I found it for you…The laughter? Your lips to God’s ears…Pleasant dreams, Chuck. Love to Liz. And thank you. 🙋🏻‍♀️


  12. Big fail for me. Allocated myself 10 minutes! Then I peeked! 👀 Spicy eluded me, as did the solution! Have no idea how long it would have taken me to get this! Very challenging and it was a “put me in my place”, puzzle! It was like… “There!…. Take that! You’ve had it too easy lately”! 😄 I am humbled! 😔 My paper gives me Tuesday’s puzzle today, too. Gee Whiz! Hope I do better with that!

    • That’s ok Kim! Lots of people are struggling with this one as you probably noticed by reading the comments. But you’re right — it is humbling. They’ve been sort of easy lately so a challenge to start the week was quite refreshing. I’m sure you’ll be back on track tomorrow. All my best to both you and Frank. Take care. 🙂

    • Oh you’re welcome. If you get stuck tomorrow you know where to find us. Our Jumble group can’t be beat! (At least not yet anyway! 😂)

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