VOREG = GROVE
RHEBT = BERTH
SRLIPA = SPIRAL
RANWID = INWARD
GREBETSPRAINRD = BRIDGE PARTNERS
VOREG = GROVE
RHEBT = BERTH
SRLIPA = SPIRAL
RANWID = INWARD
GREBETSPRAINRD = BRIDGE PARTNERS
POMHO = OOMPH
LEYID = YIELD
YALVEL = VALLEY
EEWIDV = VIEWED
THE PIGEONS HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR YEARS BUT WERE STILL – – –
OOYEVLYVED = LOVEY DOVEY
Happy Valentine’s Day, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle showcased a brand new clue word with VIEWED making its way into gameplay. It was also my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day while OOMPH came in at a close second. The anagram used for YIELD has been seen three times in the past which made it no trouble at all. David L. Hoyt was kind enough to leave us a special video message detailing how he chooses the clue words and you can click HERE to take a peek. It’ll also be on the front page later this afternoon for your viewing pleasure. Happy Valentine’s Day, David! You’re the best!
Today’s cartoon was absolutely stunning and it featured two different scenes. The top half is where the main action and dialogue takes place. We see two love-birds atop an arch and the male bird is seen offering a piece of bagel to his sweetheart. The female bird is staring deep into her lovers eyes and informs us that this is the spot where they first met. Below them is a couple of young lovers standing in the middle of the arch and they’re in a loving embrace.
There were quite a few extra details in the panel that made it extra special on this day of love. The bagel offering had a cute little bow to indicate that it’s a special gift. The arch was the most detailed portion of the piece with the emblem on the left containing a left-side profile drawing of Jumble artist Jeff’s face. On the opposite side was a right-side profile view of David Hoyt! Between the the emblems was a woman doing the Jumble while enjoying a cup of coffee. And finally, the couple kissing are dressed for cold temperatures with the man having a hat on and she’s wearing earmuffs.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. The L and V made LOVE pop out at me leaving LOVEY DOVEY an easy find based upon all of the visual clues. I wish all my readers a very happy Valentine’s Day, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
CIFNH = FINCH
PEYMT = EMPTY
LWWIOL = WILLOW
EPCORP = COPPER
HE NEEDED TO GET STARTED ON HIS NEW NOVEL AND WOULD BEGIN – – –
INETWWOR = “WRITE NOW”
Happy Wednesday, Jumble friends! Today’s game was a piece of cake with all of our clue words being recycled favorites. I didn’t think any of them were particularly difficult, but COPPER did require a brief pause so I’ll choose it as the most difficult anagram of the day. The anagram for WILLOW has been used before, two times in 2017 to be exact, while the other three are coming up as new. It was interesting to see that David shied away from spelling out words within the anagrams after two days of doing so but, like a good book, it always comes to an end.Our oldest clue word was the aforementioned COPPER with a gameplay date of 10/14/16 while WILLOW provided our most recent encounter on 11/24/18.
Today’s cartoon introduced us to two characters that were having a brief interaction in a home-office. They didn’t appear to be our run-of-the-mill characters as the attention to detail was too exacting. The “Maine” t-shirt allowed me to immediately identify the male half as Stephen King and I presumed that the female was his wife, Tabitha.
We see Mr. King seated at his desk and he’s writing on a notepad with a pencil. On the desk is a computer monitor, keyboard, assorted books and papers, as well as 2-tiered paper organizer. His wife inquires if he’s ready to go but King states that he has a story idea that he’d like to jot down first. My favorite detail of the piece was the 6-string guitar that’s partially visible in the background. Looking closely at the headstock you can see “Jumble” written in cursive with a small squiggly line underneath. Welcome to the Jumble caricature club, Mr. King!
The final solve was an 8-letter anagram that solved into a 5-letter word in quotes and a 3-letter word. The visual clue of Mr. King writing on his notepad brought “WRITE” to mind with NOW being instantly visible within the remaining letters.
Mr. King is a very talented writer and I’ve read several of his books. He creates three-dimensional characters that you grow to love and the use of flashbacks within his books is absolutely amazing. I’m not a fan of horror or psychological fiction so I generally pass over his works. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read 100 books and I’m a day away from finishing number 11. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens has been my favorite so far and I’m just about to finish “I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella. If you’re an avid reader, please let me know what pages you’ve been turning in the comments section below! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow. 📚
MWASP = SWAMP
GUYNO = YOUNG
NUTIDC = INDUCT
ARMCEA = CAMERA
THE NEW HUMAN-POWERED GREEK SHIP WOULD BE ABLE TO STAY AT SEA FOR – – –
SWYONIDARA = DAYS IN A ROW
Happy Tuesday, Jumble fans! We have a new clue word this morning with SWAMP making its debut into gameplay. I could have sworn that we’ve seen it before, but a quick check of the archives showed that it was swampy that I was thinking of. We’ve seen swampy a total five times over the past few years so SWAMP was a breeze to figure out. David continued his trend of making words within the anagrams with wasp, guy, no, nut and arm being spelled out for us. It didn’t throw me off track at all, but his touch of whimsy sure brought a smile to my face. As for the most difficult anagram of the day, I ended up choosing CAMERA. It’s one of those words that gets me every dang time it’s in play and I just can’t seem to commit it to memory. INDUCT was our oldest clue word of the day with a date of 12/8/17 and YOUNG was our most recent repeat on 9/19/18.
Today’s cartoon brings us to the Aegean Sea where we see a Greek ship leaving port. The two characters in the foreground provide the dialogue for the panel with both of them touting the advantages of this new class of warship. In the background we see the boat, which appears to be a Trireme, being rowed out to sea by a group of ten men. Standing watch over the oarsmen is a burly looking man who appears to be shouting instructions at them. The crew is comprised of all men and they look focused, and perhaps a bit nervous, as they row into the waters in an effort to help the Greek empire maintain her maritime dominance.
These ships often had a layer of brass at the tips which made them work effectively as a battering ram when needed. In today’s cartoon, we see that Jeff added this detail in an effort to make his cartoon appear as authentic as possible. While researching these primitive ships, I discovered that the crews were comprised of citizens as well as hired foreign hands. In rare cases, slaves were used but they were deliberately set free before being employed.
Moving along to the final solve, we were given an anagram consisting of 10-letters. The anagram didn’t spell out any words like the clue words did, but it was cryptic nonetheless. The leading nature of the cartoon sentence brought DAYS immediately to mind leaving IN A ROW to be found in the remaining letters. Today’s game seemed easier than yesterday’s but no doubt we’ll have a more challenging one schooner or later. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 🚣♀️
TAKEW = TWEAK
RSUBT = BURST
DOGRUN = GROUND
SIYEFT = FEISTY
AFTER RECEIVING A PATENT FOR THE RUBBER HEEL, HUMPHREY O’SULLIVAN MADE – – –
TEARSTGRDEIS = GREAT STRIDES
Happy Monday, everyone! Our puzzle began with David showing off his anagram astuteness by offering up three Jumbles that spelled out other words within them. Even though we’ve seen them all before, they were still semi-challenging for a Monday game. TWEAK was the only word to slow me down this morning making it my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day. Our oldest clue word was GROUND and it was last used on 11/19/15 where it was the same anagram that we see today. Our most recent repeat was BURST and it was scrambled as SUBTR the last time we saw it in play on 8/21/18.
Moving along to the cartoon, we see two well dressed gentlemen looking at a large detailed drawing of what appears to be a shoe part. The cartoon sentence informs us that the drawing is actually a shoe patent, and one of the characters is named Humphrey O’Sullivan.
Mr. O’Sullivan was born in Ireland on October 7, 1853. At age 15 he began a five-year apprenticeship to become a skilled typesetter and a member of the Printer’s Union. The young printer came to the United States and first settled in Yonkers, NY to work in his trade. He soon moved to Lowell, MA and continued working for three more years at a local newspaper.
Legend has it that the invention of the rubber heel occurred in that Lowell, MA print shop. O’Sullivan walked on a stone floor while feeding a printing press, and to ease his footsteps, he bought a rubber mat on which to stand. His fellow employees kept “borrowing” the mat, so Humphrey cut out two pieces of the mat that were the size of his heels and nailed them to his shoes. I guess you could say the results were good for his sole, and he eventually went on to patent his idea.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. David spelled out TEARS in the beginning of the layout to further showcase his wordsmith mastery. The odd-letter seemed to be the G and I spotted GREAT after a few moments of staring at the letters. STRIDES came into view shortly thereafter which completed the solve and left us with a super “stinky” shoe pun finish! Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 👞
HAFIT = FAITH
HESOW = WHOSE
KMYISP = SKIMPY
SIRALO = SAILOR
THE CATERPILLAR WENT THROUGH METAMORPHOSIS, AND EVERYTHING HAD GONE – – –
AITHOSSKMSLO = SMOOTH AS SILK
Happy Thursday, everyone! Our puzzle began with all of the anagrams listed in alphabetical order for the second day in a row. David also gave us a new clue word with WHOSE so we welcome it to the Jumble lineup for its first appearance in gameplay. It wasn’t the most difficult anagram this morning, but it’s always fun to get to play with new words. SAILOR was my stumper and I almost skipped it with hopes of backing into it after solving the cartoon. It came into view after jumbling up the letters in the margin of my paper and I was spared the extra work. Our oldest clue word was FAITH and it was last used on 9/11/17 while SKIMPY was our most recent repeat with a date of 7/29/18.
We head back to the classroom for a quick lesson on metamorphosis in today’s cartoon. In the panel we see five Jumble characters huddled around a glass framed tank that contains two freshly minted moths. We see their cocoons suspended from a small wishbone shaped branch with the children looking on in awe. The instructor is the only character with dialogue and he explains that he intends on using the remains of natures miracle to produce fabric. Since it takes over 3,000 cocoons to make one pound of silk, I hope he has some spare tanks in the background to help aid his endeavor!
The details of the moth enclosure were well thought out and seemed likely to be the largest visual clue for the cartoon answer. Looking closely at the background of the panel there was a poster on the wall. It wasn’t exactly clear to me what Jeff was aiming for but my best guess is that it detailed the different stages of metamorphosis.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. The aforementioned visual clue coupled with the key word of fabric in the dialogue made this one an instant solve for me. If the dialogue had been less descriptive, I’m sure I would have been challenged by the cryptic layout of David’s anagram. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!
CEFAT = FACET
FISTH = SHIFT
MLOGYO = GLOOMY
RINOIG = ORIGIN
THE SUBDIVISION WHERE THEY CHOSE TO BUILD THEIR DREAM HOME HAD – – –
FETSFTLOOOR = LOTS TO OFFER
Happy Wednesday, Jumble geniuses! Our midweek puzzle began with all of our anagrams listed in alphabetical order. They’ve all been used before, but the anagrams themselves were brand new. The first three posed no challenge while the fourth one gave me some slight hesitation. I immediately tried making words using the ING suffix that I noticed in the layout but nothing seemed to work. A quick shuffling of the letters allowed ORIGIN to pop into view so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Our oldest word this morning was shift and it was last used on 8/4/17. Our most recent repeat was GLOOMY with a gameplay date of 8/21/18.
Moving along to the cartoon, the first thing that I noticed was that every bit of the available space within the panel was utilized. The cartoon sentence informs us that a couple has come to this office to purchase their dream home and they’re looking at a layout of lots that are currently available for sale. Sitting behind the desk is an older woman who is presumably the sales person for the subdivision. The logo on the front of the desk identifies the name of the subdivision as Sunset City but doesn’t offer any clues as to where they’re located.
The male half can be seen perusing the map for the perfect spot and he seems to be interested in a lot near the golf course. The sales woman is quick to point out that there’s still land available near the pool so perhaps the couple will have talk it over before making a final decision. If I was in their position, I would definitely choose the golf course lot because it’s probably much quieter there during the day. Decisions decisions!!!
The final solve was anagram consisting of 11-letters which is three more than yesterday’s. I noticed FLOOR at the rear of the layout but the remaining letters didn’t make any useable words. Starting over, I remembered that the female in the cartoon stated that there were “so many amenities”. Another reading of the sentence made LOTS TO OFFER click almost immediately which resulted in a very punny finish. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!
VITPO = PIVOT
SUDEO = DOUSE
ABREUU = BUREAU
XTREEP = EXPERT
THEY TRIED THE NEW MOUNTAINTOP RESTAURANT TO SEE WHAT TYPE OF MEALS WERE BEING – – –
PVDSRUEE = SERVED UP
Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! All of today’s clue words were recycled favorites but the anagrams of PIVOT and BUREAU were new. If you came looking for help this morning, my guess is that BUREAU was the word that stumped you. The two U’s coupled together at the end of the layout threw me off as well so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Looking back in the archives, I noticed that DOUSE has been used 11 times since I’ve been keeping track. Of those 11 appearances, 8 of them have been the exact same anagram that we saw this morning! Our oldest word of the group was EXPERT and was last seen on 6/11/16. DOUSE was the newest and was in gameplay last month on 1/15.
The setting for today’s cartoon was a restaurant that is perched high atop a mountain. How cool is that!!! We see three Jumble characters seated in the dining room while the rest of the panel offers us a sweeping view of the landscape below. Of the three characters, only two of them have dialogue. The male can be seen looking over the menu and marveling at the pasta options while the female takes a few moments to soak up the views before deciding what she’s going to order. The third character in the frame has already been served his dinner and is chowing down on what looks like a piece of meat.
There wasn’t a whole lot of extra detail in the panel because the stunning view was where we were supposed to focusing our attention. The male holding the menu was wearing a cowboy hat and polo style shirt while the female has her hair pulled back in a bun and has simple stud earrings. There was a small vase in the middle of the table with a single flower in it. Lastly I noticed that the man in the background appears to be left handed because he’s holding the fork in that hand.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 8-letters. I was hoping for more of a challenge after yesterday’s gimme answer but it definitely wasn’t the case. David did a splendid job of separating the U and P but they were the oddball letters that caught my attention first. SERVED was clearly visible in the remaining letters for a lightning fast finish.
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SUYBH = BUSHY
POGUR = GROUP
RUYTTS = TRUSTY
GRIEHH = HIGHER
FOR AMERICA TO BECOME A PIONEER IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY, IT TOOK THE – – –
BSHGROTRTHIER = ”RIGHT” BROTHERS
Happy Monday, everyone! Our Jumble sleuthing duties began with four clue words that were old friends. They all came into view at first glance making for an easy start to the week. The anagram for HIGHER was, in my opinion, the most cryptic of the bunch so it’s my pick for the hardest word for today. The layout of BUSHY was the same anagram we saw when it was last used on 9/21/16. A quick search of the archives revealed that TRUSTY was the oldest word of the day with a gameplay date of 10/16/14.
Today’s cartoon was a scene that has played out numerous times in the past and was most likely instantly recognizable to regular players of the game. In the foreground we see three Jumble characters that provide today’s dialogue while in the background we see two shadowy figures taking flight in a primitive looking airplane.
If the visual clues didn’t provide enough information for you to figure out what you were looking at, the cartoon sentence provided two additional ones. America and aviation industry were the key words this morning which should have brought the Wright Brothers to mind.
I was surprised to see that the airplane was piloted by both brothers at the same time as I always thought that they had flown alone. A quick search revealed that Orville and Wilbur had promised their father, who feared losing both sons in an airplane accident, that they would never fly together. The father made a single exception, however, on May 25, 1910, and allowed the brothers to share a six-minute flight near Dayton with Orville piloting and Wilbur the passenger. After landing, Orville took his 82-year-old father on his first and only flight. As Orville gained elevation, his excited father cried out, “Higher, Orville, higher!”
The final solve was a 13-letter anagram that wasn’t overly challenging. BROTHERS was easy to spot leaving RIGHT to be found in the remaining letters. It was another easy start to the week so I’ll enjoy my win for the day and look forward to the challenges ahead. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow for more Jumble fun!