Jumble Answers for 08/31/2021








Happy Tuesday everyone! Our last puzzle of August didn’t feature any new clue words, but David did serve up a heaping helping of brand new anagrams. The only one we’ve definitely seen before was TARREH. It was last used about two years ago on 9/22/19, and the oldest record of it in gameplay that I found was on 04/15/13. None of them stumped me this morning, but the final solve did push me around a bit.

Today’s cartoon showed Jumble Jeff’s wife Kathy and daughter Sydney ordering a quick bite to eat at a food stand. If I didn’t know who they were, I probably would’ve assumed they were sisters! Kathy was on the left and can be seen wearing a t-shirt with a “Tweedy Show” logo. On the right we see Sydney sporting a CBGB & OMFUG shirt. The acronym stands for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) & Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandizers (OMFUG), and it’s the name of a music venue located in New York City. The “Big Apple Bites” cart is parked next to some grass so I assume they’re in one of the city’s parks. The only item on the menu that wasn’t visible looks to begin and end with an S, and my best guess is that it’s SODAS.

The final solve was a teeny-tiny anagram consisting of seven letters.  Since “mobile food vendor” was a lengthy way to say CART, I had an inkling that it would be part of the answer.  “A” was the obvious single-letter word, and LA took a few seconds to click, but I eventually got it.  

My Jumble solving tip for today is to look at the words in the dialogue and sentence and try and figure out what word or words David & Jeff are trying their best to avoid saying. Getting into a consistent habit of doing so will have you solving these puzzles ingest a few seconds. On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day. —Mike


29 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 08/31/2021

  1. Anagrams CHECK
    Puzzle solution UNCHECK
    This one just didn’t come to me. Still pretty good….
    The heat is down in SoCal and will remain that way for a few more days. What a gift!

    • I’m sorry to hear you had trouble solving this one, Mig. You use LA almost every day so I’m surprised you didn’t see it. Wishing you a great day as always my friend!

  2. Good Morning, Everyone. 🌭 IT’S A FAMILY A-FARE! 🌭

    🎶 But I still like bologna…On white bread now and then… Yeah, bologna, a woman’s love…and a good cell phone…🎶 “I Still Like Bologna” – Alan Jackson 2008 https://tinyurl.com/3ahzwddj

    🌭 CRANK open the umbrella, and get set up for the day,
    “Big Apple Bites” the cart we see, its menu on display…
    And these two winsome ladies that we see here at this place,
    Jeff’s lovely wife and daughter…a reminder, just in case…
    The hot dog scent wafts through the air, and that may be a TEASE,
    Or maybe, just like Sydney, it’s the Nachos with warm cheese…
    Would Kathy RATHER Ice Cream or a pretzel for a snack?
    She’s ever fit and svelte-looking…we know that she runs track…
    Whatever is her choice today, no FORMAL setting here,
    The Food Cart that is featured just brings treats to people near
    Let’s hope that business does well, since it’s close to Sydney’s heart…
    It’s always good to get a bite at mobile A LA “CART”! 🌭 🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Good Morning, Professor. Yes, it is. Here it is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which is David’s Bible of sorts. And “LA” is also accepted in Scrabble. But I can understand your thinking that ALA could have been combined as one word. A few of the Early Birds felt the same way. Have a good one, Prof. Be well and stay safe out there…🌭🙋🏻‍♀️

      • Hi Chuck. LA on its own means “the sixth tone of the diatonic scale.” And like Angela pointed out, it’s also a valid Scrabble word! A LA CARTE was borrowed from our French friends and means “according to a menu or list that prices items separately.” 🙂

  3. I will join others….Anagrams – Check. No blind solve…just didn’t get it and I knew it started with an “A”. Clever as always.

  4. Got the blind solve pretty quickly by looking at the number of letters in each word and assuming the first word had to be “a”

    Strum me like a guitar, blow out my amplifier
    When you hear some feedback, keep going take it higher
    Crank it up, give it to me, come on
    Crank it up, give it to me, come on
    I’m gonna feedback, feedback, oh
    Feedback, feedback oh
    -Janet Jackson, “Feedback”

  5. Good morning. I had to look at the paper to see if it was Monday it was that easy for me. Happy Tuesday to all. The cartoon answer was easy but no blind solve. After putting the letters down the answer came immediately. Enjoyed the video song Angela. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

    • Way to go, Paul! Living in a city you probably see them everywhere. All we have around here is the occasional food truck so it took a little bit of thinking for me to get. Take care!

  6. What was the vendor’s name? Another possible solution is AT A CARL. So the vendor’s name was Carl. In fact I was sure the one letter word was A and the two letter word was AT – that’s the only common English two-letter word that can be formed from the seven letters. But then it got French instead with A LA CART. So the customers were AT A CARL ordering A LA CART.

  7. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Being the only holdout when they voted to go with a RATHER less FORMAL ALA CARTE menu, they started to good-naturedly TEASE him, calling him a CRANK…🤷🏻‍♂️

    👨🏻‍✈️ His manner RATHER FORMAL, a notch up he did CRANK,
    Befitting I suppose for him, in keeping with his rank…
    And no one dared to TEASE him, knowing he’d take it to heart…
    He did things one by one all times…like menus ALA CARTE! 👨🏻‍✈️

  8. No problem w the anagrams or the cartoon solution.A was an obvious choice for the first word,and cart for the third word,leaving La for the middle ‘non’ word,as I didn’t realize La would pass the muster for a legal cartoon solution,without quotes no less.One reply mentioned bologna for lunch,growing up a plain bologna sandwich on white bread was my go to lunch,w nothing on the bread or bologna,

  9. When you’re dining à la cart(e)
    You should know right from the start
    While the menu’s appealing
    You’ll have a queasy feeling
    When it’s time with your money to part!

    • Good Morning, Helen….🙋🏻‍♀️

      🌭 When we’re out and just want a quick treat,
      Food from these carts out on city streets…
      Satisfies that old hunger,
      Plus we help the food monger…
      Who with other vendors must compete! 🌭

      🥨 So Jeff’s giving us “Big Apple Bites”,
      To his wife and his daughter’s delight…
      While it’s Nachos for Syd,
      For what will Kathy bid?
      Is it hot dogs…or just something light? 🥨

      • Very good Angela. This time you stuck to the cartoon action while I tried a double entendre with cart and carte. French teachers who do not have their own classrooms but who go from class to class with all their materials, refer to the job as “à la carte.”

  10. Hi Mike…CBGB closed back in 2006…I’m not sure, but I think it may be a clothing store now. Whimsically apropos though, considering that it’s Sydney who’s wearing it…👚🙋🏻‍♀️

    • I haven’t been to NYC in years so thanks for letting us know.

      It’s been so cool seeing the Knurek family grow up through the Jumble cartoons. Each time we’re fortunate enough to see them they look like they’ve aged just a tiny bit. Jumble Jeff is definitely a proud papa!

  11. Easy solve this morning. Food trucks were certainly all the rage here pre pandemic. Every Sunday from April to October our Presidio had “Picnic in the Park” About a dozen food trucks offering every type of fare : hot dogs, sushi, tacos, avocado toast rolled in and folks flocked to enjoy the afternoon. Perhaps next year the activity will return again. Have a good Tuesday all.

  12. Easy blind solve today. But for some silly reason, about half asleep with one eye opened, had to think about anagram tease for an extra minute…Wish I had known about this site years ago. My late dad was the one who subscribes to the newspaper. I would come by his home and he would say “The jumble whipped me today; you’re gonna have to look at it”. And he was basically good on blind solves about half the time…Occasionally, I would be stumped too..we would just wait for the solution on the next day. He was pretty sharp for eighty-five..we really miss that guy..Anyway regards from South Georgia!

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