CNAKR = CRANK
SOIRV = VISOR
CTEEIX = EXCITE
DOLMUE = MODULE
THE TENNIS PRO QUIT HIS JOB AT THE CLUB WHEN HE – – –
CRNVISETEODE = SERVED NOTICE
Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! All of today’s clue words were recycled favorites, but their anagrams are coming up as new. Surprisingly, VISOR took the longest to come into view making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I have a feeling that MODULE will be probably be the most challenging word for most but it it was no problem on my end. With all of the anagrams solved in a jiffy, I made my way to the tennis themed cartoon.
The setting for today’s panel is a tennis club where we see two men having an interaction in the pro shop. The gentleman behind the counter, dressed in an Asics branded polo and wearing funky sunglasses, is being given some kind of paperwork. The dialogue and cartoon sentence reveals that Milos has decided to tender his letter of resignation and he’s offering it up to his superior on the head of his tennis racket.
Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, decided to split today’s cartoon into two different scenes. Three quarters of the panel is devoted to the main action occurring in the pro shop while the remaining quarter shows the tennis court of the club. Starting with the smaller portion, we see two courts that are side-by-side and a woman is preparing to serve a tennis ball. She has her tongue sticking out of the side of her mouth to give us the impression that she is intent on making a really great serve.
There were only a couple of extra details in the pro shop that I picked up on. I previously mentioned the shirt and sunglasses of the owner so I’ll pass over those and move on to the counter. We see two cans of tennis balls, five loose balls, and a single tennis racket. The most interesting detail of the piece was the resignation letter. By enlarging the cartoon, Jeff made it appear official by giving it all the hallmarks of a formal letter. There are squiggly marks indicating the date line, the greeting, the overall main text, a closing line and a signature line. The signature line was the only bit that was legible and it has Milos’ signature written in cursive.
The letter layout for the final solution contained 12-letters. The visual clue of the letter being tendered on a racket brought SERVED immediately into view leaving NOTICE to be found with minimal effort. It was a pretty easy solve for a Thursday so my fingers are crossed that we get a stumper to close out the week. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow! 🎾
OTMTO = MOTTO
FUTFS = STUFF
LAGIOE = GOALIE
NARPYT = PANTRY
THE OLD ROOF WAS CONSTANTLY IN NEED OF REPAIRS. THE OWNER HAD TO – – –
OTTOSTFOAIPNY = STAY ON TOP OF IT
Happy Wednesday, Jumble geniuses! All of today’s clue words were familiar old friends. FUTFS was the only jumble that’s a repeat with its last appearance in the game on 4/15/17. GOALIE took the longest to decipher making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I thought NARPYT was a mighty fine jumble as well but it took nowhere near as long to solve as GOALIE did.
Today’s cartoon lands us somewhere in Jumbleville where we see some repairs being made to a roof. On top of the home is a gentleman who appears to have located the problem spot. We see him holding a hammer in his left hand and a new row of shingles easily within reach. Climbing up the ladder is a woman who stops halfway up to exchange some dialogue with her husband. She asks if he’s fixing the roof again which lets us know that this is a recurring problem.
There were a few noteworthy details in today’s panel that caught my attention. The steep angle of the roof must be difficult and a bit scary to work on but the man doesn’t seem even remotely phased by it. Instead he wears a look of determination on his face as he performs the necessary maintenance to his castle. The ladder appeared a bit short at first with only seven rungs showing. Since it’s a two-story home, I think we can safely assume that there are at least seven more below that we don’t see. Did you notice the shadow of the woman and the ladder on the side of the house? Leave it to Jeff to add a bit of shading to give his work some visual punch! The gutters on both the front and back of the home were also a great touch and were shaded perfectly as well.
The letter layout for the final solution contained 13-letters which is the same as yesterday’s. Knowing that there were several 2-letter words in the answer, I started making a list of them in the margin of my paper. Since the man was on TOP of the roof, I figured that would be in there as well. Doing some letter elimination brought STAY into view which made the rest of the answer flow easily. Even though this wasn’t a terribly difficult puzzle, the five word solution did take an extra minute or two to work through. Have a wonderous Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
GABYG = BAGGY
DEMMO = MODEM
VRALGE = GRAVEL
SOCARS = ACROSS
AFTER BEING CROWNED “JUMBLE CHAMPION,” HE PREFERRED HIS – – –
BAGDEMGRELCSS = EGGS SCRAMBLED
Happy Tuesday, Jumble players! This mornings puzzle gave us two brand new clue words in BAGGY and ACROSS. Even though the other two were old favorites, their anagrams were new which made for fresh gameplay. ACROSS was my most challenging word this morning because all I saw was OSCARS and couldn’t get it out of my head. MODEM would be my second place pick as it’s a word you just don’t see much of anymore. It’s also the oldest clue word of the group with its last appearance in the game on 5/12/17.
Today’s cartoon is a doozy and featured two Jumble characters placing a breakfast order with their waitress. The menu cover gives the location as “The Pun Also Rises Cafe” which is a terrible pun but in a very good way! The waitress immediately recognizes the male character on the left as being Paul which tells us that he’s a regular customer to the joint. When she asks him what he’d like to eat, he gives his response in Jumblese. If you weren’t able to figure out the anagrams, it solves into “GOOD MORNING! GIVE ME THE USUAL.”
After reading the cartoon sentence it is revealed that Paul has recently been crowned “Jumble Champion”. David and Jeff held a Jumble Symposium back in May so I believe the caricature that we’re seeing this morning is that of the winner. Congratulations on your win, Paul, and it must be a thrill seeing yourself in a Jumble cartoon!
The letter layout for the final solution was 13-letters in length. The anagram was extremely cryptic and gave absolutely nothing away. I found EGG after mixing up the letters on my notepad leaving SCRAMBLED to be found shortly thereafter. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Shortly after writing this, Jumble tweeted out the following statement:
That’s “JUMBLE CHAMPION” Paul L. and his brother Jerry in today’s Jumble. Paul is the reigning “JUMBLE CHAMPION” and has won the annual competition three times in a row! He is the undisputed “JUMBLE CHAMPION.” To read full story and see photos go to: facebook.com/jumble/
NUPER = PRUNE
LEFTE = FLEET
KBEERU = REBUKE
TOCXIE = EXOTIC
WHEN SHE ASKED HER SON IF HE’D LEARNED ANY EVEN NUMBERS, HE SAID – – –
UNFEROT = TEN–FOUR
Happy Monday, everyone! It’s back to the grind we go for another week of Jumble fun. All of today’s clue words were recycled favorites and only two of the four had new anagrams. FLEET was the only one that wasn’t immediately visible so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Even though it was jumbled the same way we last saw it on 8/27/16, the combination of double E’s and David having it spell out LEFT was enough to throw me off track. Using the “double letter trick” of placing the same letters together got me out of the jam and allowed me to move on to the cartoon.
The setting for today’s panel brings us inside the home of our Jumble characters where we see a mother and son having a chat. Mom is in the background working on her computer and she pauses to ask her son a question. She wants to know if her son learned about even numbers and he replies with a one word answer of yes. Concise and to the point! He seems more interested in the food on his plate than talking with his mom.
On the plate in front of him we see three carrot sticks and he’s chomping on the fourth. Also on the table is a bowl of round objects that appear to be grapes. I counted ten grapes total which gave us two even numbers of 10 and 4.
The final solution was an anagram consisting of 7-letters. With the fruit and veggies total fresh in my mind the answer immediately jumped out at me. I thought Jeff did an outstanding job of dangling the solution right in front of our faces which made this puzzle a clever way start to the week. Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!
UNSGW = SWUNG
LATLY = TALLY
GRIFDI = FRIGID
THE NEW OIL RIG COULD BE SEEN FROM THEIR FRONT PORCH SWING, AND THIS WASN’T – – –
SWNTLTLEIGI = SITTING WELL
Happy Thursday, everyone! The puzzles started out difficult this week and seem to be getting easier as we inch towards its close. All of the anagrams and their solutions were old favorites making them a breeze to work through. TALLER was the only word to give me a slight hiccup because I thought I saw RATTLE at first. Our oldest clue word of the group was FRIGID with its last appearance in gameplay on 7/31/17. After solving all of the clue words, I noticed that the anagrams given to us were in reverse alphabetical order.
Today’s cartoon brings us to the front porch of a home where we see two Jumble characters sitting on a swing. The female character is pointing to a pumpjack that is way off in the distance and she appears to be very upset by its presence. The cartoon sentence and dialogue doesn’t add any pertinent information which leaves us to rely upon the raw emotions shown by the characters to get the job done.
Even though the cartoon was simplistic in nature, there were a few details that made it visually interesting. We can see a few action lines to the side and rear of the porch swing making it appear as though it’s gently swaying back and forth. There are also action lines on the pumpjack which let us know that it’s not sitting idle. The gentleman in the swing is holding a frosty beverage and we can see a couple of ice cubes bobbing at the top of the glass. My favorite detail was the lawn decoration in front of the home. It’s comprised of 15 rocks, a few flowers and a duck in the middle.
The anagram for the final solution was 11-letters in length and kept the solution extremely cryptic. At first I saw SWING which threw me off as the remaining letters didn’t make much sense. For my second attempt I decided to cross out ING which brought WELL into view. SITT was added to the ING to complete the puzzle and made for an enjoyable surprise answer. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
CIVEO = VOICE
CLOFK = FLOCK
GITAMS = STIGMA
NIRSPG = SPRING
WHEN ASKED IF THE SANDPAPER WAS ROUGH ENOUGH, HE SAID – – –
OIEFOCSTASRI = OF “COARSE” IT IS
Good morning, Jumble fans! Today’s game started out with four easily deciphered clue words that didn’t stump me in the least. All of them were recycled favorites from the past but their anagrams were new. FLOCK was the oldest of the quartet with its last appearance on 11/28/16. If you came here in search of the solution to one of them, my guess is that it would be STIGMA. Last used in gameplay on 3/7/18, it was jumbled as MATIGS which seemed a bit more difficult than how it was scrambled today.
Moving along to today’s cartoon, we see two Jumble characters that appear to be hard at work in a woodshop. The gentleman on the right can be seen sanding a beautifully crafted wood door that is laid out on a sawhorse. At first I thought the man on the left was handing the other guy some money but reading the dialogue and sentence quickly put that theory to rest. He’s actually offering him a different grit of sandpaper which our artisan rebuffs.
There were a few details in the panel that caught my eye. The most obvious one was the name of the business displayed on the window which was “Knock on Wood”. The next detail was that both of the woodworkers have name tags on the left side of their t-shirts but Jeff opted not to identify them for us. If you look closely at the extra sandpaper pieces on the door you can see that there isn’t much grit on them. Now look at the pieces that the gentleman on the left is offering up. You can see that Jeff strategically added more grit to the paper so we could differentiate between the two. My favorite detail of the piece had to be the design on the panels of the door. There is a gorgeous flower inlay on both panels with a small stem of leaves in each of the corners. While looking at the corners I noticed that there were two holes on the side of the door which represent a place for a door latch and lock. The only thing missing was the hole for the doorknob itself. Perhaps the woodworker got ahead of himself and started the finish work before the final hole was drilled, but he’s the professional so who am I to question his work!
The letter layout for the final solution was 12-letters in length. It seemed large at first but the answer was divided into four words with three of them only two letters in length. The visual clue of the differences in the sandpaper brought COARSE instantly to mind. IT and IS were neatly arranged together in the remaining letters leaving OF for a smooth finish. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
NSUGT = STUNG
RFYUR = FURRY
MHPREA = HAMPER
BOLBEW = WOBBLE
THE MATH TEACHER WAS VERY METHODICAL AND TAUGHT MATH – – –
STNURYHMEBBE = BY THE NUMBERS
Happy Tuesday, everyone! All of the clue words were instantly visible upon first glance making it the first time in over a week that I was able to see them all without the slightest hesitation. FURRY is a new clue word making its debut into gameplay this morning while the other three were recycled favorites. HAMPER would be my guess as to the most difficult anagram of the day. It was also the oldest clue word of the group having last been used on 6/2/14.
Today’s cartoon brings us back to school where we see three students getting a math lesson. At the front of the room is a math teacher and she is explaining how to solve a very basic algebraic equation. She’s utilizing a projector to transfer the image onto a screen where she begins to explain how to solve this jumble of numbers with a single variable. All of the students are paying close attention and don’t seem intimidated by this new concept.
The were some interesting details in today’s panel that caught my attention. The first thing that I noticed was that the student on the far right is seated in a chair rather than at a desk. She is seated facing the young boy so perhaps she’s sharing his desktop? The other young girl on the far left has her pencil in hand, but there’s no paper on her desk. Maybe she already knows how to solve the equation and is just pretending to pay attention? My favorite detail was the small lines coming out of the front of the projector. They were very faint but it did add a sense of realism to the piece.
The letter layout for the final solution was 12-letters in length. The NU together in the layout brought NUMBERS to mind as the visual clue was a math lesson. By crossing out the letters, BY and THE were both instantly visible for the finish. This sure was a fun puzzle and I hope you were able to figure out the equation on the board! Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow.
HCIET = ETHIC
EGBIE = BEIGE
UNAAGI = IGUANA
YSIGNA = SAYING
LEVI STRAUSS WILLED HIS COMPANY TO HIS FOUR NEPHEWS TO KEEP – – –
ETEIIGNSN = IT IN HIS “GENES”
Happy Monday, Jumble fans! Today we observe Columbus Day here in the States while our friends up north celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. Although our favorite puzzle wasn’t themed for either holiday, what we did get was a very well thought out and tricky surprise answer to challenge us once again right at the start of the week.
The game started off with a new clue word in ETHIC and then continued with three recycled favorites. I wasn’t able to solve it at first so I decided to skip it and figure out the others. BEIGE and IGUANA were readily visible leaving me to work through SAYING. After a few moments I noticed the ING in the anagram which brought the answer immediately into view. Returning back to were I began only moments before, all I could see was HECTIC. A few self-jumbles in the margin of my paper finally made it appear making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.
Our panel brings us to an office where we see four men seated around a rather large desk. Behind it is a bespectacled gentleman who is reading something from a piece of paper. A quick read of the cartoon sentence informs us that the document is the will of German-American businessman Levi Strauss and the four men are surprised to hear that their uncle has left his company to them.
Mr. Strauss started his career in San Francisco where he opened a West Coast branch of the families dry goods business. He imported goods from his brothers in New York which included clothing, bedding, combs, purses and handkerchiefs. In 1871, Strauss met Jacob W. Davies who was one of his customers and also a co-inventor of riveted denim pants. Davies eventually went into business with Strauss to produce the iconic blue jeans. Upon his death in 1902, Mr. Strauss left his estate to his four nephews with a value of about $6 million.
The letter layout for the final solution was 9-letters in length. With HIS given to us, IT and IN jumped out at me right away. GENES did take a few seconds to see making for an impressive and clever punny surprise! The pair of jeans on the desk was a well placed detail that I didn’t notice until after my solve. Enjoy your holiday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
UROBR = BURRO
DASEK = ASKED
PCETAS = ASPECT
MHRHTY = RHYTHM
TO BECOME BETTER AT GOLF, THE YOUNG GOLFER WOULD NEED TO —
UROASESECTHYT = STAY THE COURSE
Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! ASPECT is a new clue word this morning while the remaining three were old favorites from 2017. BURRO took me the longest to decipher making it my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day. ASKED ended up being the oldest of the group with its last appearance in gameplay on 5/31/17.
The setting for today’s cartoon is a golf course where we encounter two Jumble characters having a discussion. The cartoon sentence informs us that the young woman is having difficulty with her game and is on the brink of giving up. The gentleman is attempting to assuage her frustration by telling her that she needs a bit more playing time to sharpen her skills.
There were plenty of details in today’s panel to make it visually interesting. The golf course itself was impeccably maintained and we can see another hole amongst the trees in the background. The look of frustration on our young player was perfectly captured and you can’t help but want to offer up some positive words to give her encouragement to keep playing. She is also wearing a golf glove on her left hand which lets us know that she is most likely right handed.
The gentleman looks like he may be a caricature of one of Jeff’s golf buddies as he seems to have many distinct features that are atypical of his usual Jumble characters. On his hat is a small logo that looked like a tiger but it was so tiny that I had difficulty pinpointing exactly what it was. At his feet are a few golf balls, a broken tee and some rolled back grass indicating a very bad swing.
The letter layout for the final solution was 13-letters in length and kept the solution well hidden. The TH near the end of the anagram brought THE to mind as the possible 3-letter word. With those few letters out of the way, I was able to see COURSE next followed by STAY to finish it off. The surprise answer seemed familiar to me and a quick search showed that it has been used a couple of times in the past (6/23/17 & 11/04/16). Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!