LISAA = ALIAS
NURTE = TUNER
NACITT = INTACT
OTTUMS = UTMOST
THE CAMPSITES BEING SMALLER THAN EXPECTED RESULTED IN A – – –
IASTNEINTTUOST = “TENTS” SITUATION
Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! All of today’s clue words were old favorites, but David kept us on our toes by giving us all new anagrams to work through. Right from the start my Jumble solving prowess was put to the test with ALIAS. At first glance I thought the solution was ASAIL but it just didn’t look right. A few extra seconds of mental gymnastics was all it took to bring the correct solution into view. INTACT took the longest to decipher which made it my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day. UTMOST was a close second but the U and T placed next to each other in the layout gave it away.
Today’s cartoon brings us to a campground where the idyllic setting of the background is quickly overshadowed by an argument that is taking place. The dialogue and sentence lets us know that these campers are accusing each other of making too much noise which has resulted in a shouting match. Even the dogs are getting into the fray with each one appearing ready to pounce at any moment.
It’s easy to understand why this confrontation is occurring after noticing how close the tents are to each other. Even though the cartoon isn’t drawn to scale, we can reasonably assume that there’s less than a foot of space between the campsites. The tents in the rear appear to be more generously spaced apart so perhaps these campers ought to complain to management instead of taking matters into their own hands.
Jeff added a few subtle details to the cartoon to make it visually interesting. Besides the two tents in the front, we can see all of the other tents are different shapes and sizes. The one in the back left even has the US flag waving next to it! My favorite detail of the piece was the t-shirt that the camper on the right is wearing. If you look closely you’ll notice that it has the Twin Towers with a pentagon around them. This symbolizes the tragic events of September 11th which took place seventeen years ago today.
The letter layout for the final solution was an enormous 14-letter anagram. I thought David did a remarkable job keeping the words well hidden which made us use some extra brain power to get the job done. The wording of the cartoon sentence brought TENSE to mind while the visual clues and the quotations led me to TENTS. With those letters crossed out, SITUATION was easily found making for a very satisfying finish. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
ZIREP = PRIZE
TROIB = ORBIT
DRTONE = RODENT
UUFSNG = FUNGUS
THEY’D GOTTEN A $70 PARKING TICKET, AND NOW HE WAS READING THE – – –
PIEITRNFN = FINE PRINT
Good Monday morning, Jumble friends! All of the clue words that we see today are recycled favorites with PRIZE being the oldest of the group. Last used on 9/30/14, it was jumbled the exact same way we see today. RODENT had me stumped the longest making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I initially skipped it to solve FUNGUS and then came back to work on it a little more. Breaking it into two words (ROD and TEN) brought the solution into view allowing me to move on to today’s cartoon.
The setting for our panel is a city street where we see two Jumble characters standing next to a vehicle. They don’t look happy and the dialogue and sentence informs us that they’ve just received a parking ticket. The male half can be seen looking at the ticket very closely and explains that he didn’t think it was necessary to feed the meter on holidays.
Since the cartoon mentioned a holiday, I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out which one Jeff was alluding to. There weren’t any obvious clues in the drawing but I did notice that both of the characters were wearing short sleeve shirts. My guess is that the holiday was most likely Labor Day since it just occurred on September 3rd and the weather is still pleasant enough to wear such attire.
My search for clues about the holiday lead me to discover two other details within the panel. The first was the rather large “J” emblem on the front of the vehicle. Jeff likes to brand the vehicles in his cartoons with a “J” and it probably stands for Jumble Motors. The second detail was so tiny that you’d most likely need a magnifying glass to spot it. On the bottom of the ticket that the gentleman is holding, you can clearly see the cost of the infraction written out as $70.00. There were also some squiggly lines written under the amount which brought the solution to the surprise answer instantly to mind. Have a magnificent Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
GREATT – TARGET
AAANBC – CABANA
REEEFZ – FREEZE
JUTSUN – UNJUST
LITRLH – THRILL
SASING – ASSIGN
CARTOON ANSWER: HE SAID THE BODY OF WATER NAMED AFTER MAGELLAN WAS A CHANNEL, BUT HE NEEDED TO – – –
TGT CAA FRE ST THI SSI = GET HIS FACTS “STRAIT”
Good Morning, Everyone! 🌊 WATER YOU KNOW…? 🌊
🎶 STRAITEN up and fly right, STRAITEN up and stay right…STRAITEN up and fly right, cool down Papa, don’t you blow your top…Ain’t no use in divin’. What’s the use of jivin’?…STRAITEN up and fly right, cool down Papa don’t you blow your top….🎶 “Straighten Up And Fly Right” – Nat King Cole 1943
🌊 Today we see more tourists, these are visiting Chile,
And the TARGET of their interest lacks the THRILL that it might be…
The reason, one perhaps UNJUST….a word just made them FREEZE,
As they stood upon the Shore and listened to Señor Cortese.
The itinerary told them….”We’ll ASSIGN a guide to you…
And he’ll take you to the Strait to see, and guide you all way through,
There won’t be time to camp out, no CABANA up for rest,
But our guides are all efficient, and you’re getting Chile’s best…”
Only it turned out that this guide must have missed a day or two,
Because it’s become obvious his data don’t ring true…
And our couple here just knows it…See our girl telling her mate?
“We need a guide who’s able at least to GET HIS FACTS “STRAIT”! 🌊
All of our words today are Sweet Repeats. Except for TARGET, which we just had this past March 13th, the rest are older, from 2016 and 2017. I found them easily recognizable, but friends are saying that ASSIGN and THRILL caused them to falter a bit. Usually the UN words tend to catch some of us, but with JUTS practically giving us JUST, I don’t think it’ll slow anyone down today. Let us know what you think…
On to the cartoon…Today’s answer came to me as soon as I read the guides’ dialogue, and caught the error with the MAGELLAN CHANNEL. Knowing it’s called a STRAIT, and seeing the “…”, the solution just presented itself. The CHANNEL hint was a big one. I always feel that the dialogue and the question hint very strongly at the answer…and most times the answer is a familiar phrase of sorts. Plus, the way Jeff portrays the characters is a big help too. There’s a ton of data on-line about the MAGELLAN STRAIT, which IS a CHANNEL in reality, discussing it’s narrowness as far as CARGO travel goes, etc…But to be honest, it’s early Sunday morning…does anyone really want a Geography lesson? I didn’t think so! So…Let’s SAIL on to the good stuff…We see three tourists standing on land, with the guide, Señor Cortese identifying the STRAIT by the wrong NAME. He doesn’t have his information STRAIGHT. The woman shown at front, immediately realizes his error, and points it out to the man she’s with. And with the question asking about the “Body of water NAMED after MAGELLAN“…well, the guide needs to GET HIS FACTS “STRAIT”. Smooth Sailing, we’ve got it STRAIGHT! Good one, David!
Ok, eye candy. The STRAIT’S water is shown in Blue and Black tones. In the background, we see small mountain areas, colored Black and White. Two White CLOUDS are shown overhead. And there’s a Grayish Bale of CARGO shown drifting by. Everyone’s nicely dressed. The male tourist, holding a Smart Phone, is in Blue, his companion in shades of Green, and the third tourist, another woman, wearing a Visor, is dressed in Blue tones also. She’s taking a picture of the STRAIT, with her phone, and Jeff’s managed to capture the image perfectly. The guide is nattily dressed in Khaki, head to toe. And I especially like his dark-brimmed Gaucho type hat, complete with its’ joined STAMPEDE STRING. But I’m not going to WAIST any more time…I’m going with the FANNY PACK on the visored woman. FANNY PACKS just make me smile! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…And remember, it’s always important to get a persons’ name STRAIT. If you don’t, you may get a CHILE response! 🌊🙋🏻
GELUN – LUNGE
EGIRT – TIGER
CONPOH – PONCHO
HACCEN – CHANCE
CARTOON ANSWER: BECAUSE OF A DROUGHT, THE PUMPKIN FARMERS WERE GOING THROUGH A – – –
UG TR PHO CHA = ROUGH PATCH
Good Morning, Everyone! 🎃 PETER, PETER…PUMPKIN NEED ‘ER 🎃
🎶 RAINMAKER, RAINMAKER...The sky is gray just by the touch of your hand, RAINMAKER, RAINMAKER...Make me some RAIN make all my CROPS GROW tall….RAINMAKER, RAINMAKER…The sky is gray, the ground is so hard, It’s been cracked by the sun…RAINMAKER, you know my work’s never done…🎶 “Rainmaker” – Traffic 1971
🎃 Grab a TIGER by the tail, this farmer’s facing ruin…
He’ll LUNGE at what he can salvage, but things aren’t looking boon.
What is the CHANCE he’ll see a profit coming from this crop?
The drought resulted in his being faced with autumns’ flop.
His PONCHO hangs upon the hook, he didn’t make much use,
The rain was sparse and now he looks at Pumpkins ruined, profuse.
Despite the dire looks of things, the pumpkins so deflated,
We see his wife encourage him, to keep his fears abated…
But Halloween’s upon us…Think a break this guy can catch?
It doesn’t look too promising…it’s really a ROUGH PATCH 🎃
Our words today, are all transPLANTS we’ve SEED before…PONCHO, the oldest, was last here on March 28th of 2016…but before that, it was May 28th of 2014! How’s that for an oldie but GOURDie? But it was CHANCE, on this past November 13th that PRODUCED the most trouble, anagrammed as HECCNA. It could have been the end “A” that caused the confusion, so I’m thinking today’s solution will be an easier go of it…On to our cartoon…Today we find ourselves out on an open field, at a PUMPKIN PATCH, where a farmer, GOURDON, is lamenting the demise of his Country PUMPKINS, due to a DROUGHT. His wife, AUTUMN stands by his side, (looking GOURDgeous, I may add), trying her best to reassure him that they’ll get through the shortFALL… Although from the look on GOURDON’s face, it’s pretty obvious that he’s not SEEDing it. He’s worried about the HALLOWEEN sales, and the money he won’t be making. With winter coming and the bills that CROP up, you can understand his SQUASHed hopes…Lets face it, Folks, this is no PULP Fiction…So, in answer to our question…The PUMPKIN Farmer is going through a…ROUGH PATCH! Good one, David! SMASHING pun…without a DROUGHT!
Ok, eye candy. All to see besides our couple, and the CROP BUSTERS strewn all around, are the green of the ground, and black-silhouetted FOLIAGE along the back. It’s a pretty CUT and DRY panel…GOURDON’s sporting a serious 5 o’clock shadow…Either that, or it’s a SPARSE attempt at a beard. Hmm…Can this guy GROW anything? AUTUMN looks just fine, in a chic brown head scarf to match her top…I’ll LEAF her alone…SOW, what should I PICK? If you look real closely at GOURDON’s hat? On the white front panel, there’s an image of a smiling JACK-O’-LANTERN, and above it reads..Jack-O-…but we can’t SEED the rest. Poor Guy, he was so ready to HARVEST. Classic case of the spirit is willing, but the FLESH is weak…So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And try to CARVE out a little time for yourself today! Life is GOURD…Enjoy! 🎃🙋🏻
LIYOD – DOILY
WFERE – FEWER
ROHDUS – SHROUD
OAMTOT – TOMATO
CARTOON ANSWER: EVERYONE WHO SAW THE MOON LANDING ON TV THOUGHT IT WAS – – –
DOIL FWR SHU TOTO = OUT OF THIS WORLD
Good Morning, Everyone! 🎶FLY ME TO THE MOON🎶
🎶 You’re clear OUT OF THIS WORLD...When I’m looking at you. I hear OUT OF THIS WORLD…The music that no mortal ever knew…I cry, OUT OF THIS WORLD….If you said we were through…So let me fly OUT OF THIS WORLD, and spend the next eternity or two… with you…Clear OUT OF THIS WORLD...Clear OUT OF THIS WORLD, Clear OUT OF THIS WORLD…🎶 “Out of This World” – Mel Torme 1988
🌗 The date July the 20th, of 1969… Americans are all glued to TV…
My house was packed as we all sat, no FEWER than thirty…
The night was hot, one felt as if a SHROUD was ‘oer the room,
The AC cranked, but nervousness did all but quite consume.
We first had dined on pasta, a TOMATO sauce divine…
We toasted what was coming with the best of Grandpa’s wine…
Like the lace stitch of a DOILY, my mind was all entwined,
So scared was I for Armstrong…Who knew what he might find?
And then we saw it happen, the Moon Landing unfurled…
And I’ll never forget thinking…This is just OUT OF THIS WORLD…🌗
With today’s words being all Sweet Repeats, we end our week on a HIGH note. With SHROUD being the oldest of the group, last appearing on September 1st, 2016, I think it may also be the stumper…If for no other reason than that it’s a word rarely seen or spoken in everyday conversation, and therefore not easily recognizable…I also noted that two of our words each have four letters being used for the solution, one from a five letter word, the other a six. Is this HISTORY being made? I’d have to check…Our cartoon: Today we find ourselves in any living room across America, as we watch the first MOON LANDING on July 20th, 1969. Jeff’s showing us a couple, and two children. I’m want to say that it’s parents and their children, but for some reason, the man and woman appear to be “slightly” older, Grandparents perhaps. But for the sake of the SPACE here, we’ll go with it as a family unit. The children are being told by the Father that they’re watching History being made, while they themselves are asking childish questions such as: “Can I see them out the window”, and “Where are the aliens”. So, with our question asking what did everyone think this Moon Landing was? It was...OUT OF THIS WORLD! Well done, David! You’ve LANDED another good one!
Ok, eye candy. The little boy is holding a toy replica of APOLLO 11. We see a TV, most likely Black and White, rabbIt ears intact, showing NEIL ARMSTRONG standing on the Moons’ surface, as he plants the American Flag. And the couple is dressed rather formally for a hot summer night at home…But what did it for me? If you look real closely, you’ll see that the woman is shown with her left hand grasping her throat, and a tear falling from her eye...With that single tear, Jeff’s managed to truly sum it all up…It was scary, it was exhilarating, it was like nothing we had ever seen before…And could there have been any CRATER detail? So, There you have it Folks, Done. Have a great day, Everyone…And here’s to the PIONEERS of SPACE…🍷They truly took us OUT OF THIS WORLD! 🌗 🙋🏻
YUMMM = MUMMY
TNASD = STAND
CEPOIT = POETIC
LERFYE = FREELY
CLOCKS DIDN’T GO DIGITAL UNTIL – – –
MMSNDOTIREE = MODERN TIMES
Good Thursday morning, Jumble fans! Today’s Jumble started off with MUMMY which is a brand new clue word. The three M’s in a row made me take a few extra glances before I finally figured it out. STAND was used yesterday in the cartoon answer so it was no trouble at all. Our final two clue words were both excellent jumbles with FREELY taking me the longest to decipher. We last saw it play on 2/26/17 where it was jumbled as FLYEER. I remember seeing POETIC countless times in the past so I had to choose FREELY as the most difficult anagram of the day.
Our cartoon brings us to what is most likely a museum where we see our Jumble characters looking at an exhibit featuring clocks. There are eight different drawings of clocks on display and they’re pretty much in order of their respective discovery. In the top row, and moving left to right, we see an hourglass, obelisk, sundial, and water clock. In the bottom row, we see a candle clock, mechanical clock, a pendulum clock and finally a digital clock.
My favorite detail of this piece was the smartwatch that the young child is wearing. Zooming in on the watch face reveals that the display is showing a time of 1:12. I also noticed that the tour guide was wearing a timepiece. The time on his watch is showing it to be approximately 1:30. Either the tour guides watch needs a new battery or the child needs to recharge his smartwatch!
The letter layout for the surprise answer was 11-letters in length. It was a very impressive anagram that kept the solution well hidden. Since the exhibit in the cartoon was all about clocks, I figured TIME had to somewhere in there. Crossing out the letters brought MODERN into view with the remaining S placed on TIME for the finish. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
NIDKR = DRINK
SAFHL = FLASH
RAFTOM = FORMAT
TUNOTB = BUTTON
HE WANTED A SOFT MATTRESS. SHE DIDN’T AND WAS GOING TO – – –
DRIFSMATN = STAND FIRM
Happy Wednesday, Jumble players! Even though we’re at the midpoint of the week, the ease at which this mornings puzzle was solved made it seem more suitable for a Monday. FORMAT was the only word that required a quick double glance making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The oldest clue word of the bunch was FLASH which last appeared in gameplay on 2/18/16. BUTTON was another oldie but goodie that we last saw on 7/10/16. It was jumbled as TUNTOB which is very similar to the anagram we see today.
Our cartoon brings us to a store where we see two Jumble characters shopping for a new mattress. The male half is sprawled out on one that looks rather soft and plush as shown by the indentation that his body is making. The smile on his face lets us know that he seems to have found just the right one, but the look on his partners face means he’s in for a rude awakening. No matter how hard he tries to sell her on this particular model, the scowl and finger wagging are signs that he just might be better off shopping for a new couch!
There are two other mattresses in the panel, but Jeff added some fine detail work to make them appear different. The one on the left has 9-buttons and a tag with just a single squiggly line while the one on the right has 12 and a tag that has several. My favorite details in this piece are the slippers that the couple are wearing. This particular purveyor of mattresses must be a fancy outlet because they make you check your footwear at the door. It might also be a sales technique to keep you from running out the place when you see the price tag.
The letter layout for the final solution was 9-letters in length. Although I wasn’t able to blind solve it, the minimal amount of letters made it all too easy. Working the anagram backwards, I noticed FIR together which brought FIRM to mind. STAND was easily visible once I crossed out the letters. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
TINFA = FAINT
GYCEA = CAGEY
CELDIS = SLICED
GULONE = LOUNGE
THE FRISBEE GOLF COURSE WAS CLOSING. THE COUPLE PLAYED TO HAVE – – –
FNTAGESLILON = ONE LAST FLING
Good morning everyone, and happy Tuesday! I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable long holiday weekend. The lineup this morning gives us a new clue word with SLICED making its debut. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably already know that I’m not the biggest fan of past tense words being used as anagrams. Even though it was visible upon first glance, I couldn’t help but try and find alternate word choices that would have got the job done. I quickly got over my hang-up and pressed on with the puzzle our creators thoughtfully crafted. It was a toss-up between LOUNGE and CAGEY as the most difficult anagram of the day, so I’ll take a pass and let everyone chime in with their choice in the comments section.
Two weeks ago today was the first time that I’d ever heard of frisbee golf when it was featured as the theme for the Jumble cartoon. I immediately recognized the course this morning and knew exactly what sport was being played. We see a man tossing his disc at the basket as a female player waits for her turn. The cartoon sentence tells us that the course is closing down and that these characters are actually a team. I didn’t catch the fact that they were both wearing similarly colored clothing at first because my newspaper prints the puzzle in black and white.
I really enjoyed the perspective in which Jeff framed this particular cartoon. He chose to show us a close-up of the basket while keeping the couple in the distance. As the man tosses his disc, we get a sense of distance between him and the basket. It also served another purpose which was to show us the number 18. Since frisbee golf is played with similar rules to traditional golf, 18 indicates the end or finish of a round. This clue became apparent upon finishing the surprise answer.
There were a couple of extra details in todays panel that caught my attention. Behind our couple you can see another person tossing a disc. Zooming in on the panel, the gender of the person is male and he has excellent form as he makes his play. My favorite detail of the panel had to be the action line of our players toss. You can see several half circles along the line which show the path that his toss took. It’s such a subtle detail that was easily overlooked, but it sure added a sense of action to the piece.
The letter layout for the final solution was extremely cryptic. If the visual clues in the puzzle didn’t offer any insight as to where to begin, you were most likely in for a very difficult solve. The anagram started with an F, and the extra care in which Jeff had drawn the frisbee trajectory brought FLING immediately to mind. ONE and LAST were both visible within the remaining letters for a quick finish. Even though I started the puzzle off with a sour start on SLICED, I trusted in the creative process that both Jeff and David have mastered through countless puzzles for a satisfying ending. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
OZAKO = KAZOO
LNIBK = BLINK
TRUCCH = CRUTCH
PLWARS = SPRAWL
CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILROAD WOULD FALL BEHIND SCHEDULE IF THEY DIDN’T GET – – –
KAOBNKCTCRA = BACK ON TRACK
Good morning everyone, and happy Labor Day! BLINK makes its debut into gameplay this morning but was easily solved upon first glance. Actually all of the clue words were no trouble at all and they took longer to write down than to figure out. The jumble for SPRAWL was the most impressive of the bunch so for that reason alone I’ll choose it as the most difficult anagram of the day.
The setting for today’s cartoon brings us to an open expanse of land where we see the construction of railroad tracks taking place. Two well dressed gentleman in period clothing have looks of both panic and shock on their faces and the cartoon dialogue informs us of the reason. They’ve run out of rails for this portion of the track so all they can do in the meantime is have their worker lay ties. Speaking of ties, we can see 15 of them in the panel with only 14 secured to the rails.
Although this panel wasn’t overflowing with detail, there were still a few extras that gave it some visual appeal. As previously mentioned, the period clothing gave the cartoon a dated feel and the pocketwatch chain of the middle character was a wonderful surprise to find. The worker in the back captured most of my attention, and how couldn’t he. Even though he’s standing behind the other two characters, he towers over them. His biceps are bulging from swinging that hammer all day and he even has a rag hanging out of his back pocket to indicate that his job is very labor intensive.
The letter layout for the final solution contained 11-letters. I was able to see TRACK immediately upon writing out the letters which gave the entire answer away. It was a Monday puzzle so I wasn’t expecting too much of a challenge. Enjoy your Labor Day and let us know in the comments section if you have any special plans. Have a merry Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!