GHIMT = MIGHT
RTIDH = THIRD
DEEDLP = PEDDLE
FISHIN = FINISH
THE TOURISTS THOUGHT THEY’D BE ABLE TO VISIT BIG BEN, BUT THEY COULDN’T – – –
MITTIEDEFNH = FIND THE TIME
Happy Thursday, Jumble players! I think I might have achieved a new solve-time record with today’s game. All of the clue words jumped right out at me with only a slight hiccup on FISHIN. Very rarely does David have part of an anagram spell out an actual word, so to see FISH was a reel treat! With the F in the front and IN in the rear, FINISH came quickly into view allowing me to sail on over to the cartoon.
The setting for today’s panel appears to be a tourist attraction located somewhere in England. We see a man and woman at the gate of a landmark and they have that “not from around here” look about them. The man, who is sporting a fanny pack and camera, can be seen referencing a map while his partner snaps a picture with her cellphone camera. The subject of her photo is a rifle-toting guard who is in full uniform dress and wearing a tall bearskin hat. Reading the dialogue and sentence we learn that the location for this piece is the entrance to Big Ben and if these tourists don’t hurry, they just might miss their train!
Big Ben is actually the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock located at the north end of Westminster Palace. The official name of the tower in which it’s located is the Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is the largest of five bells and weighs a whopping 13 tons! If you’re planning a visit anytime soon, you’ll surely be disappointed to learn that Big Ben has gone silent. The tower is going through a four-year renovation with an expected completion date in the 2020’s.
The letter layout for the surprise answer managed to keep the solution well hidden making for an impressive Jumble. Although the cartoon was well drawn and entertaining, the solve flowed naturally from the sentence that we were given making it no trouble whatsoever. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
LIBUD = BUILD
LATOG = GLOAT
CRUPES = SPRUCE
SJYLUT = JUSTLY
WHEN NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON EXPLAINS STAR FORMATION, HE DOES A – – –
BLOASREJTL = STELLAR JOB
Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! All of today’s clue words were old favorites and didn’t give me any problems whatsoever. CRUPES did require a quick second glance before coming into view so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. If you’re a regular player of the Jumble you probably noticed that CRUPES looked familiar — and you’d be correct! It was last used on 3/6/18 where it was jumbled the exact same way.
The setting for today’s cartoon appears to be a lecture hall where a presentation is being given. The speaker was immediately recognizable as Neil deGrasse Tyson who is an astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Mr. Tyson is one of pop culture’s most prominent scientists and speaks about cosmic curiosities in a way that “ordinary people” can understand. By reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that his presentation is focusing on red dwarf stars and the audience looks mesmerized by the facts that they are hearing.
The letter layout for the final solution was very impressive and I wouldn’t be surprised if it managed to stump some of you for a while. Knowing that Mr. Tyson presents scientific information in a manner which is easy to understand had me thinking that WORK or JOB would be somewhere in the solution. Sure enough, JOB jumped out at me leaving STELLAR to be found after a few quick self-jumbles of the remaining letters. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
SMOTP = STOMP
IRREV = RIVER
UDONEF = FONDUE
PUNTEA = PEANUT
WHEN THEY FIGURED OUT HOW TO GET SYRUP FROM MAPLES, IT WAS – – –
SOMERNDEEUT = “TREE-MENDOUS”
Good morning, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle was more challenging than we typically see on a Tuesday and offered some unique clue words that we haven’t encountered in quite some time. STOMP and RIVER were instantly solved upon first glance leaving just the 6-letter words to contend with. FONDUE became visible after noticing that the F was the last letter in the anagram as well as the ON being neatly coupled together in the middle. PEANUT was by far the most challenging to decipher and is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I thought it was PETUNA at first but the absence of an “I” made me continue my search. A few self-jumbles eventually did the trick and I made my way to the cartoon.
The setting for today’s panel is a forest where two people can be seen collecting sap. Although they appear to be Native Americans, they could also be aboriginal people of Canada because Canada produces 90% of the world’s supply of the sweet stuff. After reading the dialogue and sentence, I didn’t pick up any additional information that wasn’t already depicted in the visual clues leaving me little to work with.
A quick search on how maple syrup was first discovered made for some very interesting morning reading. Although there isn’t any documented information on its discovery, there is a legend that seems to be widely regarded as truth. One late-winter morning, an Iroquois Chief was headed out on a hunt but not before pulling his tomahawk from a tree where he’d thrown it the night before. As the day warmed, the sap began to flow from the tree into a container that was at its trunk. That evening his wife thought it was plain water and cooked their evening dinner in the liquid. The boiling turned the sap into maple syrup which flavored the meal like never before!
My favorite detail of this cartoon was very difficult to see unless you took some time to thoroughly examine the drawing. If you look at the left edge of the panel, you’ll notice some trees. The head and front legs of a deer can be seen just poking out from those trees which was quite a surprise when I first saw it.
The final solve was a brilliant answer which took quite some time to decipher. The letter layout was masterfully jumbled and gave nothing away. After a few minutes of trying, I read the dialogue and sentence again and noticed that the information all had to do with trees. TREE was in the anagram and that’s when the answer began to flow. Have a tree-mendous Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
VACHO = HAVOC
BBRUL = BLURB
KENODY = DONKEY
LEAPAC = PALACE
THE TRAIL THE TWINS WALKED ON HAD ENDED, SO THEY DECIDED TO – – –
AOBUBDKLCE = DOUBLE BACK
Happy Monday, Jumble players! Before we jump into today’s game, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the most difficult anagrams that we encountered last week. IVENDI, NAGEAD, and RAYPAL were the top three clue word searches and Wednesday’s COURT-SIDE SEATS surprise answer left quite a few of you scratching your head. Were you able to decipher them a little easier the second time around? My favorite cartoon from last week was Friday’s “TIDAL” PAGE panel where we saw an older couple enjoying a beautiful day at the beach. The surprise answer was a clever solution that suited Jeff’s artwork perfectly.
Today’s clue words weren’t much of a challenge which is typical for a Monday morning puzzle. HAVOC and PALACE were the only words to slow me down as they both required a couple of extra glances before coming into view. Out of the two of them, PALACE would by my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The two A’s had me thinking that it was ALPACA at first before I changed course and started the solution with a consonant instead of a vowel.
When starting to solve the cartoon, I always take a moment to look at just the drawing itself and try to pick up on the visual clues that the imagery provides. Today we see two hikers that have a look on confusion on their faces as they reference their map. The men appear to be twins and they’re wearing identical clothing as well. Although they look lost, the path is well-trodden and easy to see so I was getting the feeling that they had taken a wrong turn. Nothing else jumped out at me so I decided it was time to read the dialogue and sentence. By doing so, we learn that our hikers have come to a dead end which is shown by a rock formation that is blocking their way.
The final solution was effortless and I was able to pull off a blind solve. The letter layout was wonderfully cryptic but wasn’t necessary for me to finish this one off. I thought the clever answer meshed perfectly with the artwork giving us a superb Jumble to start the week. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
ZNOOE = OZONE
UYPPP = PUPPY
SGIDET = DIGEST
SCUURK = RUCKUS
THE CHEF WHO WAS A PART-TIME RACE CAR DRIVER DROVE A CAR THAT WAS – – –
OEPPDSUU = SOUPED UP
Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday! Both of the 5-letter clue words were a piece of cake and solved instantly upon first glance. DIGEST took a few extra seconds to figure out and wound up being my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. We haven’t seen it in the lineup since February of last year so it was nice to have it make an appearance once again. And finally there was RUCKUS which didn’t cause a fuss like its definition implies. Finishing all of the clue words in a flash was a pleasant treat so I raced over to the cartoon to see what Jeff would amaze us with today.
The setting for today’s panel is a racetrack where we see a man and a woman having a conversation. The giant spoon in the background quickly caught my attention so I read the sentence and dialogue to figure out what the heck was going on. It turns out that the woman is a chef/race car driver and she has just finished up a race. The sponsor of her whip is Happy Spoon so perhaps it’s also the name of the chef hat wearing mascot that we see lurking in the background. I must admit that Happy Spoon looked pretty creepy when I first noticed it standing there but it quickly grew on me the longer that I stared at it.
Does anyone have a clue what the “17” on her vehicle stands for? Nothing came to mind for me but I’m sure Jeff chose it for a reason. Knowing nothing about race cars or the sport, I did some research on NASCAR numbering and was surprised to learn the methodology behind the numbers and how they’re issued. Drivers can’t just randomly take ownership of a certain number as all numbers in the sport belong to NASCAR. Drivers and racing teams can request a certain number but they ultimately decide to whom it is issued. Wanna trade or sell your unique number to another team? Don’t even think about it because NASCAR will boot you from the sport and seize your number immediately!
The surprise answer came instantly after writing out all of the clue letters. The layout was a sublime Jumble but the answer was just too obvious after slurping up all of the visual clues. SOUPED UP was a soup-er finish but the overall ease of completion left me hungry for more. Have a sensational Saturday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
AZGUE = GAUZE
CLEET = ELECT
DASIRU = RADIUS
RAYPAL = PARLAY
THE BOOK ABOUT THE MOON’S EFFECT ON THE WORLD’S OCEANS HAD A – – –
GAETADIPL = “TIDAL” PAGE
Happy Friday, Jumble fans! The first three clue words that we encountered this morning were old favorites and posed almost no challenge. RADIUS did require a quick second glance before it came into view leaving just one word to solve. With no obvious words coming to mind, I noticed that it had a “Y” and decided to try my Y-trick. By placing the Y at the end of the layout, I eliminated a letter from the anagram but still nothing jumped out at me. At this point I figured that the Y may not be at the end of the word so I decided to just scramble the letters in the margin of my newspaper. It took 6 attempts before coming into view making PARLAY my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.
The setting for today’s cartoon is a beach where we see two older people enjoying some time outside. Reading the dialogue and sentence we learn that the female (who looks a lot like Meryl Streep) is ready to take a stroll along the beach and she inquires if her partner would like to join. He looks pretty comfortable in that chair and replies that he’s just started a new book so he’ll have to pass.
Reading the words on the open page of the book we learn that the title is “The Rise and Fall of the World’s Oceans.” Underneath the title we see a little more text which is partially obscured from view by the gentleman’s head. It says “Push and P Publishin” leaving us to fill in the blanks.
Doesn’t that trail of soft sand look inviting? It has has no doubt been warmed by the sun which is best enjoyed barefoot. And look at that gorgeous view! The waves are gently lapping the shoreline while the seagulls fly gracefully overhead. Entranced by such a serene setting you may not have noticed the sailboat in the distance that appears to be in peril. Have no fear as this is Jumble artist Jeff Knurek’s signature addition to cartoons that have a water setting and it’s also my favorite detail for today.
The letter layout for the final solution was very cryptic and gave absolutely nothing away. The P seemed like the odd letter so I decided to work with it first. Noticing that the layout began with GAE brought PAGE into view leaving TIDAL to be found soon after. Have a fantastic Friday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
DAGUR = GUARD
SEEAC = CEASE
DOTUIS = STUDIO
PRISTC = SCRIPT
WHEN THE BASKETBALL PLAYER APPEARED AS A WITNESS, THE JURY HAD – – –
UADCESESTOSRIT = COURT-SIDE SEATS
Happy Wednesday, everyone! All of the clue words this morning were old favorites but that doesn’t mean they were a breeze. GUARD and CEASE were instantly visible leaving me to struggle a bit with STUDIO and SCRIPT. Out of those two, STUDIO took the longest to decipher and is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.
The setting for today’s cartoon is a court room where a well dressed gentleman appears to be addressing a jury. Reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that the man in the hot seat is a basketball player and he’s giving his account of a hot-dog cannon mishap that he witnessed. Some of the jurors appear to be entranced by the fact that such a famous athlete is in their presence and they have other thoughts on their minds and seem unable to focus on the case at hand. One juror is adamant that he’ll get his autograph while another is just plain giddy to be in the same room as him.
There were several details in the panel that I particularly enjoyed with my favorite being the court room floor. Doesn’t it remind you of the flooring that you’d see at a professional basketball venue? The long vertical slats were a genius addition by Jumble artist Jeff Knurek and they really made the panel pop. The scales on the desk of the judge were very easy to spot, but did you notice that he’s holding a gavel in his right hand? And last but certainly not least is the chair that the witness is sitting in. It seemed odd that he wasn’t sitting on a witness stand and it’s probably for a good reason. Basketball players are very large and tall people so perhaps Jeff had him sit in a simple chair so he’d be more comfortable.
The solution to the surprise answer was strikingly similar to yesterday’s layout. A 5-letter and 4-letter word separated by a hyphen followed by a 5-letter word. I wasn’t able to blind solve this one but the hypen helped immensely. COURT was the first word to be found with ROOM being the obvious follow up. SEATS came quickly for the finish leaving us with a very satisfying solution. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
YOVEN = ENVOY
SSULH = SLUSH
IVENDI = DIVINE
DNEWTA = WANTED
THE CUSTOMER WAS A PESSIMIST AND ORDERED HIS EGGS – – –
ENOYSUSDINWND = SUNNY-SIDE DOWN
Happy Tuesday, Jumble players! All of the clue words were instantly visible this morning leaving me plenty of time to enjoy the diner scene that we see in the cartoon. ENVOY would have been my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day if the EN wasn’t coupled together in the layout. Because of that, I’ll go ahead and choose DIVINE as the stumper for the day.
Today’s panel was a feast for the eyes with so much detail crammed into such a tiny space. Speaking of tiny spaces, the setting was obviously a diner where a customer is seen placing an order. By reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that our friend in the booth is feeling blue and at first I thought he just didn’t get enough sleep. Looking a little closer, I noticed a clue that made the whole puzzle click. Did you find it as well?
Take a gander at Mr. Glum Chums attire and you’ll probably notice that it’s not just any shirt that he’s wearing. It’s actually a hockey jersey and the maple leaf design on his sleeve and chest are actually the logo of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’m not a hockey fan, but it was in all the local newspapers when the Boston Bruins elimiminated them from the Stanley Cup playoffs. It seems our fatigued fellow has a bit of a hockey hangover and he’s decided to satisfy his hunger with some eggs made to order the way he was feeling — sunny-side down! It was a brilliant surprise answer that came instantly as a blind solve.
There were plenty of other details in this piece that also deserved a mention. The name of this establishment is the Victoria Diner and it’s on both the front door and the menu. I really enjoyed the sugar packets neatly aligned in their container on the table. Placed next to it is a maple syrup container and a milk or cream pourer. In the background we see a piping hot stack of pancakes ready to be served along with a shadowy looking cook. Seated at a table just under the order window is a couple of people who seem to be enjoying their breakfast orders.
Today’s puzzle surely sated my Jumble craving for the day and I hope you enjoyed it as well. Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!
ESIGN = SINGE
GYBUR = RUGBY
GLEEPD = PLEDGE
RONELG = LONGER
WHEN THEY FOUND A BAG OF PEANUTS AT THE GRAND CANYON, THE SQUIRRELS – – –
GRDEOG = GORGED
Happy Monday, Jumble friends! A new week of puzzles is upon us, but let’s first take a quick look at the most difficult anagrams from last week. UGATOE, SLUBEH, and KARYEB were the most searched for clue word solutions while Tuesday’s surprise answer of AECERDRWY took the top prize. Were you able to see the answers immediately the second time around? There’s no doubt that we’ll see those anagrams in the future so I hope you all scored well on the pop quiz!
Today’s puzzle had some challenging clue words and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them made it to the final spot next week. SINGE took me the longest to decipher and hasn’t been used in a puzzle since November of last year. Rarely do I get stumped on one of the 5-letter words so it was an interesting way to start the week. RUGBY was the runner-up but the “Y” trick proved successful once again. PLEDGE and LONGER came instantly into view allowing me to give my full attention to the cartoon.
With the final solution being only 6-letters in length, I thought for sure that I’d be able to pull off a blind solve but it just didn’t happen. Looking at today’s panel we see two squirrels that have just finished or are close to finishing off a bag of peanuts. The dialogue between the bushy tailed rodents tells us that they’ve stuffed themselves with peanutty goodness and are too full to move.
Having been to the Grand Canyon many years ago, I do remember that squirrels were everywhere. Doing a bit of research I discovered that the Grand Canyon has two distinct types of squirrels which are the “Albert” squirrel and the “Kaibab” squirrel. The Albert squirrels live at the South Rim and the Kaibab make their home in the North. The Grand Canyon formed a natural geographic barrier causing the species to separate into 2 different groups.
The cartoon had two interesting details that I’d like to share. If you look closely at the bag of peanuts, you just might notice a drawing on the label on the bag. It’s very small but it’s an elephant standing on a circus stool while balancing a ball on its trunk. The second detail that caught my eye involved the group of people taking in the scenery on the canyon ledge. The shadowy figure on the far right appears to be getting a little too close to the edge so the person next to him is reaching out to grab him!
The final solve came quickly after reading the cartoon sentence making for an entertaining finish. The letter layout was only 6-letters in length so if you weren’t able to come up with the answer from the visual clues, a quick shuffle of the letters would do the trick. Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!
TUYHO = YOUTH
SBNIO = BISON
KARYEB = BAKERY
TUTWIO = OUTWIT
WHEN HER BROTHER TIED HER SHOES TOGETHER, HE WAS BEING A – – –
YOTBNKYOT = “KNOTTY” BOY
Good Saturday morning, Jumble friends! There’s no better way to start the weekend than with the Jumble puzzle. During the week I’m usually in a rush to put up the post before having to focus my attention on something else — but knot today! I took my time with the solve and what a gem of a puzzle it turned out to be.
I don’t recall the last time that I’ve been stumped by the first three clue words so I was both shocked and surprised. OUTWIT was the only word that was immediately visible so I decided to start my solve in reverse. Remembering the “Y” trick allowed me to find BAKERY after a few moments of just staring at the leftover letters. If you’re a first time visitor to this website, please allow me to explain what the “Y” trick is all about. If you find yourself stumped on an anagram that contains a “Y”, chances are it will be the last letter of the word. By placing it at the end of your layout you eliminate a letter which often times is all it takes for the solution to come into view. Next up was BISON and it ended up taking the longest to figure out so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The “Y” trick didn’t work on YOUTH so a few self-jumbles got the job done. With the quartet of clue words complete, it was time for the cartoon.
Today’s panel takes place just outside of a home on a walkway. We see a man attempting to comfort a young girl that is seated on the ground and crying. Reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that the reason for her tears is that her brother tied her shoelaces together and she can’t untie them herself. Dad is furious at his son and instructs him to go inside and reflect upon his actions.
Just look at how sweet and innocent that little girl looks. From the cute flower on her shirt to that tiny tear upon her cheek, Jeff did a wonderful job stirring our emotions and getting us to feel sorry for her. And look at the way he chose to draw her brother. He looks mischievous in that dark colored Punisher t-shirt and hair that partially covers his eyes. Dad is surely going to have his hands full with this sibling rivalry for many years to come.
The letter layout kept the final solution well hidden, but BOY came into view with the letters being so close together. A few mental swirls of the remaining letters brought KNOTTY into view giving us a very satisfying finish. Have a spectacular Saturday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!