Jumble Answers for 08/14/2018

TIKYT = KITTY

INAPO = PIANO

LFENUN = FUNNEL

NADETL = DENTAL

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND WOULD PLAY MAID MARIAN TO ERROL’S ROBIN HOOD. SHE WAS – – –

KIYINFNLENL = IN LIKE FLYNN


Happy Tuesday, everyone! All of the clue words appeared to be old favorites at first, but a closer inspection revealed that FUNNEL is actually making its debut appearance this morning. It was used in a surprise answer of “FUNNEL” VISION on 1/23/15 but that doesn’t count. DENTAL took a few extra seconds to decipher which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.

The setting for today’s cartoon is an office where we see a man and a woman having a conversation. The characters don’t appear to be our normal Jumble cast and the cartoon sentence reveals that the woman is actually Olivia De Havilland. The man that is seated is drawn in the likeness of Jack Warner who was the president of Warner Brothers Studios during the golden age of Hollywood.

Mr. Warner is interested in casting Ms. Havilland as Maid Marian in a new movie called “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. He can be seen showing her a head shot of Errol Flynn who has already agreed to star in the film. Havilland and Flynn would go on to make nine films together and would eventually become one of Hollywood’s most popular romantic on-screen pairings. Ms. Havilland is still alive and just celebrated her 102nd birthday on July 1st!!!

The letter layout for the final solve contained 11-letters and kept the answer very well hidden. The visual clue of Errol brought FLYNN immediately to mind leaving IN and LIKE to be found shortly thereafter. If you weren’t quite sure who these characters were, you were most likely in for a very difficult solve. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Jumble Answers for 08/13/2018

UDLEE = ELUDE

HENSE = SHEEN

VEEMRO = REMOVE

FIROPT = PROFIT

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE 2 WAS MUCH MORE EASYGOING THAN THE 3 BECAUSE THE 2 WAS – – –

EDEEENEMVPRT = EVEN-TEMPERED


Good Monday morning, everyone! All of the clue words that we see today are old favorites. SHEEN looked new to me once it was solved but a search revealed that it was last used on 10/08/15. PROFIT ended up being the oldest of the bunch with its last appearance on 10/02/14. We did see it used in a surprise answer of “TIDY PROFIT” on 6/27/16 so perhaps David only uses it on even-numbered years. Although all of our clue words well jumbled, they were all instantly visible so I’ll forgo choosing one as the most difficult anagram of the day. If you have a pick, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.

Today’s cartoon was a break from the norm with the main characters being numbers instead of people. The banner overhead says “SUDOKU CHAMPIONSHIPS” and we see the numbers 1, 3, and 2 on the sidelines waiting to be played. The dialogue informs us that number 3 is anxious to get on the grid as he verbalizes his frustration with the pace at which the game is being played. Number 2 has a nonchalant attitude about the situation and states that “it will all work out.”

There were a couple of details in this piece that happened to catch my attention. We see the number 4 already on the board and its eyes are looking forward instead of back towards the commotion on the sideline. The second detail was more complex and left me a bit confused. If you look at the number 2, you’ll see that there is another number partially drawn to its right. Since Sudoku uses the numbers 1 through 9, I was unable to figure out what this other crooked number was. My best guess is that it’s part of the number 6 but the curve didn’t seem right. If you have a guess, be sure to let us know!

Like the clue words, the final solution was no trouble at all. The letter layout had five E’s which definitely caught my attention. The EN coupled together brought EVEN into view which left TEMPERED to be sussed out with minimal effort.

I’ve added a poll down below (👇) to see how many of you play the Sudoku. It’s a fun game but I prefer the other word puzzles like the crossword and word search. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

Jumble Answers for 08/09/2018

MEHET = THEME

NICGL = CLING

QUICEL = CLIQUE

GYLXAA = GALAXY

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE BUFFALO NICKEL WAS REPLACED AFTER THE MINT APPROVED THE – – –

THECNCEGAAX = EXACT CHANGE


Happy Thursday, everyone! It looks like we have two new clue words in play this morning with THEME and CLIQUE making their debut. CLIQUE also ended up being the word to give me the longest pause making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. CLING has been used before and last made an appearance on 1/12/17 where it was jumbled the exact same way we see today.

Looking at today’s panel, I had an odd feeling that we saw a very similar cartoon not too long ago. A quick search revealed that on 5/17/18 we had a cartoon with the theme of a new quarter design. I distinctly remember that in that particular piece the production floor of the mint was visible and we saw workers making the coins. And the surprise answer of HEADQUARTERS was a real hoot!

Today we’re in an office where see a man giving a presentation at an easel while two other gentleman look on. At first I thought that the man standing was going to be a caricature of the actual creator of the coin but the dialogue quickly corrected that. We learn that a man named Felix Schlag had created the winning design for the new nickel which would replace the older buffalo nickel.

Schlag, a German born American sculptor, won a prize of $1,000 for his winning design on April 21, 1938. It is said that he used his prize money for the funeral of his wife, Anna. Schlag also won several other sculptural commissions and prizes with several of his works still visible in the Illinois area.

The letter layout kept the final answer well hidden with David trying to throw us off track by starting the anagram with THE. Noticing the X was the key to solving this one with EXACT coming instantly to mind. Crossing out the letters left CHANGE to quickly be found for the finish. This puzzle was on the easier side but it allowed me to learn a little bit of history about a coin we use all the time. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 08/08/2018

TAYRP = PARTY

VIHEC = CHIVE

SESUVR = VERSUS

LIFELT = FILLET

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

AT ONE OUT AWAY FROM A PERFECT GAME, THE CROWD’S CHEERING REACHED A – – –

PRCHEVEFIT = FEVER PITCH

 


 

Good morning, Jumble friends, and happy Wednesday! The pace of new clue words has stalled a bit this month with David choosing to use old favorites instead. The first three words were fairly visible leaving FILLET as the only challenge. It also happens to be the oldest clue word of the group having last been used on 4/9/17. The only other interesting fact about today’s lineup is that CHIVE is jumbled the exact same way as the last time we saw it on 5/3/17.

The setting for today’s cartoon is a baseball stadium where the panel is serving a dual purpose. In the top half of the cartoon we see the infield portion of a baseball field where the game is being played while the bottom half serves as our vantage point which is high above in the announcers booth behind home plate. Jeff masterfully added a shadowed wave of fans between both halves to seamlessly blend them together.

The dialogue and sentence inform us that what we’re witnessing could be a perfect baseball game. The definition of a perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings in which no opposing player reaches base. This feat has only been achieved by 23 pitchers in MLB history with the last perfect game being pitched by FĂ©lix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners on August 15, 2012.

One unique detail that is visible on both halves of this panel is the logo of the baseball team. We see it on the shirts of the announcers as well as on the jersey of the pitcher. On 7/31/18, I conducted a poll in which I asked visitors to this website what they thought the baseball team name was based upon this logo. The result was a tie between the Jumble City Diamonds and the Jumble City Gems. In an attempt to break this tie, I’ll run the poll again to see if we can find a winner!

The final solution to today’s game was a combination of two words that were both 5-letters each. I had a hunch as to what the answer was based upon the visual evidence within the cartoon. Looking at the letter layout, my suspicion was confirmed upon seeing FEVE in perfect reverse order. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

Jumble Answers for 08/07/2018

DROHC = CHORD

GEEHD = HEDGE

BLUMME = MUMBLE

UBRMEM = BUMMER

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN THEY REPLACED ALL THE MATTRESSES AT THE HOTEL, IT WAS – – –

CRDHDMEBUE = MUCH “BEDDER”


Good Tuesday morning, everyone! The first two clue words were very obvious and didn’t cause me any hesitation. The last two took just a few seconds longer to decipher with MUMBLE being my choice as the hardest one. It’s also the oldest clue word in the lineup having last been used on 10/18/16 and it was jumbled in the exact same order we see today. I have a sneaking suspicion that some folks are going to sound it out as EMBLUM (EMBLEM) which will definitely cause problems during their final solve.

The setting for today’s cartoon is a small hotel room where the focus is on a mattress. Two men can be seen having a conversation while an older (or should I say well used) mattress leans against the door of the room just behind them. Jeff did a superb job detailing the differences between the two mattresses with the new one having a soft pillow top exterior that looks very inviting while the older one is discolored, torn, and sagging at the edges. If you look closely at the bottom left-hand corner of the old mattress, you can see a small tear where something is coming out of it. It better just be some stuffing that he was attempting to show us and not some creepy crawling critters — GROSS!

One of the main characters is a balding gentleman that appears to be a member of the hotel management. Since he’s not wearing a name tag he could quite possibly be the owner of the establishment. He concedes that he’s known about the mattress “issue” for some time and he’s happy that the problem has been resolved. The other gentleman appears to be a delivery person and his cap has four Z’s on the front. He is also wearing a pair of heavy-duty gloves which is a very good thing after moving that other disgusting excuse of a bed.

There were a few well placed details in and around the room that Mr. Knurek took the time to add which make his piece more visually appealing. The largest one was the artwork on the wall which features a relaxing scene of a flowing river along with a couple of trees. The peep-holes on the hotel room doors were also great additions along with the keycard readers. My favorite detail was the small tag on the new mattress that makes me want to go for a pair of scissors and clip it off. Loose tags on furniture and clothing really bug me and I always cut them off the second that I see one!

The letter layout of the final solution was 10-letters in length and kept the answer well hidden. Luckily, I saw MUCH after staring at the letters for a few seconds which made the rest of my work a piece of cake. BED came next leaving DER for the finish. The answer was such an original pun that it left me excited to see what they have waiting for us the rest of the week. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

Jumble Answers for 08/06/2018

GILOC = LOGIC

NODUW = WOUND

DIDYTO = ODDITY

WELOFL = FELLOW

CARTOON ANSWER:

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD’S “GRANDMOTHER” WAS IN A HURRY TO EAT AND – – –

LOIWNDODTFEW = WOLFED IT DOWN


Happy Monday, Jumble players! All of the clue words that we see this morning were old favorites. ODDITY was the only anagram that wasn’t immediately visible and took a few extra seconds to come into view. By using the “Y trick”, I placed the Y at the end of the word which made ODD jump out at me and the rest fell neatly into place. It’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day and it’s also the oldest word in the lineup with its last appearance on 5/21/17.

The setting for today’s cartoon features two characters sitting at a dining table. Noticing that there was a wolf dressed like a grandmother brought the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” instantly to mind. It’s been some time since I’ve heard this story but I remembered that the big bad wolf was always scheming ways to eat the basket of food that Little Red was bringing to her sickly grandmother, as well as devising ways to eat Little Red herself!

Little Red has noticed that her “grandmother” has a big appetite and watches as she gobbles down all the food on the plate. This little girl isn’t as naive as the wolf thinks and there’s one clue on the table that will give this imposter away. Grandmother is surely old-fashioned and would both eat like a civilized human being as well as set the table like one. The knife that is on the table has the blade facing away from the plate which is a table setting etiquette no-no. Grandmother would surely know to have that blade facing in to make it a proper setting thus giving her precious granddaughter proper table manners!

The final solve wasn’t difficult after noticing the two W’s in the layout. WOLF came to mind leaving the rest to be worked out after just a few seconds of staring at the remaining letters. Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 08/01/2018

VUMEA = MAUVE

OBTOA = TABOO

SINBHA = BANISH

CADILP = PLACID

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN THE PIRATE WITH THE PEG LEG WAS TOLD TO WALK THE PLANK, HE WAS – – –

MUTOOBNLAI = OUT ON A LIMB


Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! David and Jeff sure started the month off right with a puzzle that featured a new clue word, a tricky surprise answer, and some of the best artwork we’ve ever seen. BANISH made its gameplay debut this morning, but it wasn’t too difficult to decipher. PLACID was the word that caused me to pause for a few extra moments which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The remaining three clue words were all used in early 2017. The oldest of the group was MAUVE which was last seen on March 17th.

If you rushed through this mornings puzzle and didn’t take the time to soak in all of the amazing details that Jeff painstakingly added to his cartoon then you’ve missed out on one of the best pieces of his artwork this year. This panel was simply gorgeous and featured a pirates crew in the final stages of a mutiny on the high seas. It’s definitely not a warm and friendly piece like we usually see which made it even more intriguing.

The frustration and anger of the crew is on full display with the dialogue filling in the blanks of this chaotic scene. They’ve accused him of cheating them out of the their fair share of the riches they’ve plundered and now he’ll pay the ultimate price. The pirate is literally standing on his last leg as he teeters at the end of the plank that he’s been forced to walk. Three hungry sharks circle in the water below and wait patiently to deliver what will surely be a gruesome demise.

Jeff managed to pack this piece with every imaginable detail from pirate lore. There’s actually so many bits of goodness that I’ll list it all for the sake of brevity. We see a crew hand pointing a blood smeared cutlass, a skull and crossbones on the pirates hat, a skull earring dangling from his left ear, a scar on his cheek, a parrot fleeing the scene, a peg leg, a hooked hand, four nails barely holding the plank in place, a mermaid bow ornament and a sinking ship in the background. Phew!!! My favorite detail, even though it was minor, was the shading under the plank. It gave a sense of height to the cartoon which made it feel even more realistic.

The final solve was a bit tricky and took some time to decipher. The letter layout was especially cryptic and kept the answer well hidden. “A” seemed like the obvious choice for the single letter block. Just staring at the remaining letters for a few moments brought OUT to mind as all three letters were grouped together. ON came next leaving LIMB for my finish. A HUGE thank you to Jeff and David for giving us a puzzle that is an instant classic and that we’ll no doubt remember for many years to come. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 07/31/2018

IGIRD = RIGID

RHHAS = HARSH

EOSLON = LOOSEN

TOSYTP = SPOTTY

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE BASEBALL TEAM WAS MOVING AND THE JERSEY SELLER WAS ABOUT TO – – –

RIIHSHLSESOT = LOSE HIS SHIRT


Happy Tuesday, everyone! All of our clue words this morning were old favorites. RIGID is the oldest of the group with its last appearance on 7/13/16. At first I thought LOOSEN was LESSON and even started to write it in the answer blocks. Luckily, I only got a few letters in before I noticed that I didn’t have enough S’s and paused to find my error. Because of this simple goof, it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.

As July comes to a close, it looks like Jeff gave us a cartoon with a very similar theme. The Jumble City baseball franchise is leaving town and the stadium we see in the background is about to close its doors. Of course this closure will mean that nearby merchants selling souvenirs will also be forced to close their doors turning their once bustling shops into virtual ghost towns full of useless merchandise.

The shop that we see today has decided to slash prices and make as much profit as they can. The sign at the checkout counter says that everything is 80% off which is a great deal for the shopper that we see browsing the racks. The merchant, knowing that customers will be hard to come by, attempts to make a 2 for 1 deal. The wise shopper knows he can do better and haggles for a 4 for 1 discount which I can only assume the merchant will be more than willing to accept.

Noticing the shirt that the merchant was wearing, I tried to figure out the actual name of the baseball team it depicts. Is it the Jumble City Diamonds? The Jumble City Gems? Or is it something even more obscure such as the Jumble City Jewels? Perhaps we’ll never know so I’ll add a poll question to this post where you can select your best guess!

The final solution to this Jumble was a piece of cake after observing all of the visual clues in Jeff’s amazing cartoon. LOSE HIS SHIRT instantly came to mind after reading the cartoon sentence making for an instant solve. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

On a final note, I’d like to take a moment and wish longtime JumbleAnswer forum member Lelia a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Lelia turns 79 years young today!!! Please be sure to take a moment and leave her a birthday wish in the comments section. It’ll surely brighten her day just as much as her thoughtful stories and daily insight into the Jumble brightens ours. HaPpY bIrThDaY, LELIA!!!

 

Jumble Answers for 07/30/2018

RREVO = ROVER

FIWTS = SWIFT

CAPUNK = UNPACK

DDDEAP = PADDED

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN THE JUMBLE ARTIST SKETCHED HIS WORK AREA, IT INCLUDED A – – –

RERSWAKDDE = DESK DRAWER


Happy Monday, Jumble players! It’s the start of a new week and today’s game featured two new clue words to get our brains in gear. ROVER and PADDED make their debut but they weren’t overly difficult to decipher. ROVER was instantly visible and the ED in PADDED quickly gave it away. UNPACK had me stumped the longest so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. We last saw it used on 7/31/15 which is one day short of exactly 3 years.

The setting for today’s cartoon is a studio where we see Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, hard at work. From a seated position we see Jeff using his iPad Pro and stylus to put some finishing details into his drawing. Gizmo and Fifi also make an appearance and they can be seen taking a nap under his desk. If you look closely you can see that Fifi has her left ear up as if she’s hearing something in the distance.

The logo on the t-shirt that Jeff is wearing will be instantly recognizable to seasoned players of the Jumble. Poi stands for Poi Dog Pondering and it’s one of the bands that Jeff is quite fond of. On the wall in the background you can see the album cover art of another band that Jeff enjoys which is Wilco. The image that we see is Chicago’s Marina City towers and it was captured by photographer Sam Jones.

The final solve was a bit challenging for a Monday. The lack of dialogue made us rely on the cartoon sentence and details within the drawing for potential clues. The letter layout brought DRAW instantly to mind allowing me to eliminate 4-letters. DESK was found next leaving an ER that fit neatly onto DRAW for the finish. The end result was an absolutely fantastic wordplay pun that got my week started off in the right direction. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!