WHEN THE SPIES SECURELY PLACED THE HIDDEN LISTENING DEVICE, IT WAS – – –
ANASBGGUSU = SNUG AS A BUG
Happy Thursday, everyone! Today’s puzzle began with a brand new clue word in PRAWN. The remaining three were all recycled favorites from earlier this year. BIGGER was the only new anagram of the day but the “double letter trick” of coupling the G’s together quickly brought it into view. Both ALIAS and USEFUL tripped me up this morning with USEFUL taking a bit longer to figure out. It was the same anagram as the last time we saw it on 7/15/18, but the double U’s threw me off just enough to make it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.
At first glance, today’s cartoon looked like nothing more than a couple of maintenance workers installing a smoke detector. The cartoon sentence changed all that and we learn that the duo are actually spies! They’ve just installed a hidden listening device in the detector and the shading in the top left corner of the panel indicates that it’s either very late at night or early in the morning. Looking closely at the room, there are minimal details suggesting why these spies have targeted this location. It looks like a typical office with a four-drawer filing cabinet on the left and a desk with a computer on the right.
Taking a closer look at the spies, I noticed that they were both dressed in all black clothing. The only difference between the two was that the man had a hood attached to his top. He also had an earbud in his ear with a small coiled cord dangling from it. The female on the ladder is holding a red drill in her left hand while maintaining her balance with her right. We see a small case on the ground with different foam cutouts for their tools. In the middle is a cutout for the drill and just below that is one for the listening device/smoke detector. Scouring the panel for any last details, I happened upon one that really surprised me. If you look closely at the facial hair of the male spy you’ll notice that it appears to be a disguise!!! Well done, Jeff!!!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. With the cartoon sentence mentioning a “listening device”, BUG instantly came to mind. “A” was the obvious one letter word with AS and SNUG coming into view from the remaining letters. That’s all I’ve got for today, so enjoy your Thursday and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!
THE BOOK ABOUT HENRY FORD AND HIS CAR COMPANY WAS AN – – –
GRATPAIOOYBUH = “AUTO” – BIOGRAPHY
Happy Wednesday, Jumble warriors! POORLY is a brand new word making its debut into gameplay this morning, but the “LY trick” made it a cinch to solve. For new readers joining us today, the “LY trick” is when you see LY in an anagram, place it at the end of your solution. This technique eliminates two letters which often times is all it takes for the answer to come into view. The remaining three words were all repeats, but their anagrams came up as new. The oldest word in the group was PLAID and it was last seen as DALIP on 7/9/16. I wasn’t stumped by any of David’s offerings so be sure to vote in the poll below to let us know which one gave you the most trouble.
Our cartoon brings us to an office where we encounter three Jumble characters. The sentence informs us that the man in the middle is Henry Ford while the identity of the other two characters is kept a mystery. We see Mr. Ford pecking away at a typewriter and the dialogue between the characters lets us know that he’s writing a book about his life and work.
Henry Ford is of course the founder of Ford Motor Company. In 1908, his mass-produced Model T car was the vehicle that set his company apart from other auto makers of the time and he sold millions of them over the next twenty years. Mr. Ford had a vision of producing vehicles that the common person could afford with the original price of one starting at $850. Ford knew he could do better so he created the concept of mass-production which allowed the price to drop to around $300 in 1925. At such a reasonable price, Ford dominated the auto market with sales of his “Tin Lizzie” making up 40% of all vehicles sold in the United States.
There were a few extra details in today’s cartoon that made it visually interesting. The typewriter on the desk gave the panel a feeling of a period piece. All of the characters were well dressed with their attire consisting of vests and ties. We see a small Model T on the desk along with a lamp and four finished pages of Mr. Fords book. My favorite detail was the lattice-style window in the background that made the cartoon feel larger than it actually was.
The final solve consisted of a 13-letter anagram. The key for my solve was the word “book” that was found in the cartoon sentence. BIOGRAPHY instantly came to mind leaving AUTO to be found in the remaining letters. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!
THE SKIER GAVE EXACT INSTRUCTIONS AND EXPECTED THE SPEEDBOAT DRIVER TO – – –
WHTONLEEIT = TOW THE LINE
Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! All of today’s clue words were familiar old friends, but we did have two brand new anagrams to work through. ECONU and TEPIMR came up as new while TAWEH and FLAMEE have definitely been used in the past. FLAMEE took me a few extra seconds to decipher which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Breaking up the double E’s at the end was the trick to getting it solved where my natural instinct is to leave them coupled. FEMALE was also the oldest clue word of the group and was last scrambled as AMFEEL on 12/6/16.
Our cartoon panel brings us to a body of water where we encounter a female getting ready to do some water skiing. She looks like she’s almost ready to go but her dialogue indicates that she wants to go over the route one more time with the driver. She tells him the exact speed she’d like to go at different intervals so that she can perform at her best.
There were loads of fun details in the cartoon that you might have overlooked if you were in a rush to get this one solved. Starting with the larger boat in the foreground, you can see that Jumble is written in cursive right above the stern platform. There was also plenty of rope bobbing in the water to keep our Jumble friend a safe distance away from the propellers of the motor. The female in the water has her life preserver on and there are three fish swimming right near her skis. In the background is a male skier that is already up and going. The operator of that boat appears to be female and her long hair is straight back behind her head indicating that the boat is at full throttle. If our skier doesn’t hurry up and get going, she’s going to have to contend with some huge waves that will surely be coming her way!!!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. I thought the layout was cryptic and kept the answer well hidden. The “HT” at the beginning of the anagram brought THE to mind as one of the 3-letter words. LINE and TOW came into view after staring at the remaining letters for just a few seconds. The final solution was a fun play on the proper “toe the line” idiom that people often confuse. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!
USING THEIR HIGH BEAMS AT NIGHT ON THE UNFAMILIAR ROAD WAS A – – –
ATHDIGRIBE = BRIGHT IDEA
Happy Monday, everyone! There’s no better way to start off our week of jumbling duties than with a brand new clue word. PATCH made its appearance into gameplay this morning but it was instantly visible upon first glance. DIZZY and BUFFET met the same fate leaving GERBIL as the only word that took some extra time to work through. Our oldest word of the day ended up being DIZZY where it was scrambled as ZIDYZ on 1/28/17.
Today’s cartoon featured a simple drawing of two people driving in a vehicle at night. The cartoon sentence informs us that the couple is cruising in unfamiliar territory and that they’ve decided to use the assistance of their high beams to illuminate the roadway. The passenger can be seen using her cell phones GPS in an attempt to identify where the sharp curve in the road is and we see a picture of it on her handset.
Since the cartoon is showing us a nighttime scene, the interior of the vehicle is shaded mostly black. We do see a faint glow from the vehicles instrument cluster as well as one around the gear shift. The only extra detail that I could identify within the panel was the 6-point deer that is semi hidden behind some shrubs in the top left corner.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. Even though the layout didn’t give anything away, the leading nature of the cartoon sentence made this one an instant solve. I wish all of you a merry Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 🚘
THEY BUILT THE CASTLE ON THE HIGHEST POINT SO THEIR ENEMIES WOULD HAVE AN – – –
PAITTHBLELUL = UPHILL BATTLE
Happy Thursday, Jumble fans! Although there weren’t any new clue words this morning, David offered up four brand new anagrams in an attempt to get us to wave our white flag of surrender. It definitely wasn’t the first two words with both of them coming instantly upon first glance. The last two were rather challenging, and rightfully so, with only one puzzle remaining before the weekend. PLURAL took the most time for me to decipher which earns it the title of most difficult anagram of the day. TENTH is the oldest word in the quartet with with its last appearance on 3/16/17 and jumbled as HENTT.
There’s nothing more exciting than a medieval battle scene filled with swords, knights in shining armor, and a king in a castle. Jeff provided all of the above elements to turn today’s cartoon into an instant Jumble classic. The panel features a group of brave souls that are plotting to besiege a castle in a very hostile takeover. The dialogue between the men indicates that the campaign won’t be a cakewalk and that they’ll continue their forward progress at all costs.
There were plenty of extra details within today’s cartoon to keep our attention long after the solve. The little scar on the right cheek of the knights face was a hidden gem that lets us know that he’s been battle tested before. We also see a plethora of weaponry from the period including seven polearms with extremely sharp points. There’s also a large sword being held by the brains of the operation that has a minimally decorated cross-guard and an oversized pommel. Looking closely at the castle in the background you can spot a group of eight men that are ready to protect their king at all costs. The castle is small in size but it did have indented parapets for extra visual appeal. Lastly we see The king in the middle of the group and he’s wearing a four-pointed crown and a stoic look upon his face.
The final solve consisted of an anagram containing 12-letters. The layout was extremely cryptic and kept the solution well hidden. The dialogue and sentence focused on the castle being built on the “highest point” and the difficulty they’d have reaching it. Spotting the U in the anagram brought UPHILL to mind leaving BATTLE to be found a few moments thereafter. Today’s cartoon is a perfect example of how the pun is truly mightier than the sword. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!
HE DIDN’T WANT TO PAY MUCH FOR THE OFF-ROAD VEHICLE AND WAS TRYING TO GET IT – – –
REPTJDIE = DIRT “JEEP”
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Mr. Hoyt offered up a new clue word in JAGGED which makes it our second new word this week. Using the double letter trick of coupling the G’s together made quick work of it leaving PIGEON as the only word that slowed me down this morning. PIGEON was also our oldest clue word of the day and was last used on 5/16/17 where it was brilliantly scrambled as ONEPIG.
Moving along to today’s cartoon, we see two Jumble characters standing beside a vehicle that is in a serious state of disrepair. A third Jumble character of a young boy can be seen playing behind the steering wheel and he probably envisions himself taking the jalopy out in the woods for an off-road adventure. The dialogue between the two men consists of them trying to negotiate a price. The seller is asking for one thousand dollars and the buyer counters with an offer of five hundred due to its condition.
Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, did a superb job of showing us the many flaws of the vehicle. There’s a broken headlight, a mangled bumper, a broken windshield wiper, a flat tire on the passengers side and a completely missing tire on the drivers rear side. He even went so far as to have the vehicle propped up on a cement block for an added touch of decrepitness! My favorite detail overall was the glimpse of the items within the garage in the background. It looks like there are some spare parts to the vehicle that are leaning up against the wall.
The final solve consisted of an anagram that was 8-letters in length. It was the same amount of letters as yesterday’s puzzle but one of today’s words was in quotes. With the main focus of the cartoon being the vehicle, JEEP was the obvious choice to start me on my way. With those letters crossed out, DIRT was instantly found leaving us with a very punny answer. I wish you all a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!
BEN FRANKLIN’S RESPONSE TO BIFOCAL SCEPTICS WAS – – –
ELLYUSOE = YOU’LL SEE
Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle featured a brand new clue word in LOOPY. All of the anagrams were new as well, but they were all instantly visible upon first glance. EXPEL was the oldest repeat with its last appearance on 4/6/16 and scrambled as ELPXE. My choice for the most difficult anagram of the day is REFUSE. The word itself has two meanings and can be used as a verb to indicate or show that one is unwilling to do something or as a noun meaning trash. With all of the clue words out of the way, it was time to focus my attention on today’s cartoon.
In today’s panel we are greeted by two gentlemen having a conversation. I didn’t need to read the cartoon sentence in order to immediately recognize that the seated gentleman was Benjamin Franklin. We see him showing his acquaintance a pair of glasses in his right hand while his left hand is pointing to a letter that is layed out before him on the table. Also on the table is another pair of glasses along with some lenses that appear to be cut in half.
The letter, in my opinion, was the most interesting detail in today’s panel. A quick online search revealed that it was written to Mr. George Whatley on May 23, 1785. The letter is often credited as proof that Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals and it also contains a sketch that explains how they work. A transcript of the correspondence between the two men can be read HERE, with the last letter being the one that we see in today’s cartoon.
The anagram for the final solution consisted of only 8-letters. Noticing the two L’s paired together along with the apostrophe in the answer field brought YOU’LL instantly to mind. SEE was found quickly thereafter leaving a solution that required no ink to be spilled. This definitely wasn’t a difficult Jumble to complete, but the interesting facts learned about Franklin’s invention made it a worthwhile endeavor. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll SEE you right back here tomorrow! 👓
Happy Monday, Jumble fans! Although there weren’t any new clue words to start off the week, we did get three new anagrams to play with. MACAW was the only one that we’ve seen in gameplay before way back on 5/14/14. Today’s words were all instantly visible upon first glance making it hard to choose one as the most difficult. I’ve attached a poll down below where you can vote for the one that troubled you the most.
Our cartoon panel brings us to a farm where we see a truck, a tractor, and a couple of gentlemen having a conversation. The man on the left, dressed in a turquoise blue shirt, black pants, and a safari hat, seems surprised to see his neighbor getting ready to haul away an old tractor. He inquires where “Betsy” is going with the response being that she needs to go into the shop for repairs.
The cartoon sentence informs us that the owner of the tractor is a former truck driver and that he’s decided to pursue farming as a new career. He seems to have trouble breaking the truck driver mold though with his attire seemingly better suited for hauling rigs. He’s wearing a red flannel shirt, blue jeans, and a trucker style cap. Also noticeable was an oversized belt buckle with a picture of a big rig on it along with a wallet attached to a chain in his back pocket.
The farm scene was well drawn with a shaded barn and silo in the rear. We see approximately 20 rows of tilled earth with the curvature of the land starting out flat near the barn and rising into a steep hill near the parked truck. My guess is that angle was too much for ol’ Betsy to handle and that’s why she finally broke down. The truck hauling the tractor has an antique look to it. The “J” logo on the grill was a a terrific detail to find along with the hula dancer bobble on the dashboard.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 14-letters. What jumped out at me were the three R’s and two T’s all nestled together in the layout. This made TRACTOR come instantly to mind leaving TRAILER to be found almost as fast it the remaining letters. Although the puzzle was a cinch to complete, the vintage machinery in the cartoon along with their hidden details made today’s game a gem. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow. 🚜
GUSTAVE EIFFEL WAS SHORTER THAN MOST PARISIANS, BUT HE WAS ABLE TO – – –
RTOMRHVOETEEW = TOWER OVER THEM
Happy Thursday, everyone! Today’s game started out with four anagrams that were new, but their clue word solutions were old friends. Both of our 5-letter words were instantly visible while the 6-letter ones took some extra time to work through. VIOLET, in my opinion, was the more challenging of the two earning it the title of most difficult anagram of the day. MORPH ended up being the oldest word in the lineup with its last appearance on 9/12/15 and jumbled as PROMH.
Today’s cartoon transports us to Paris where we see three Jumble characters reviewing architectural plans for the Eiffel Tower. Construction of the Tower is happening right behing the gentlemen so this period piece can be dated to somewhere between 1887-1889. The dialogue of the cartoon allows us to identify the middle character as Gustave Eiffel with the other two men possibly being under his employ.
The Eiffel Tower is a cultural icon of France and is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Constructed of 18,038 pieces of wrought iron and fastened together with 2.5 million rivets, the 81-storey tower was the largest structure in the world for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City surpassed it in 1930. The Tower was constructed as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair and to this day remains the most visited paid monument in the world.
I could go on and on about the history of the Tower, but lets get back to how it plays a role in today’s Jumble. The cartoon sentence, dialogue, and the drawing itself focuses on the height of the structure which was our first big clue. The final solve consisted of a 13-letter anagram that kept the solution very well hidden. TOWER jumped out at me after having read so much backstory about it for this analysis. With those letters crossed out, OVER became visible leaving THEM for the punny finish. Well done, David and Jeff! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow. 🇫🇷