Jumble Answers for 02/01/2018








Good morning everyone, and happy first day of February! I woke up to a light dusting of snow on the ground, but that didn’t stop me from trudging outside to fetch my paper for today’s Jumble. Cracking it open and beginning my solve, the first three clue words were instantly recognizable. The fourth word is where I ran into some trouble and found “LENDEE” as the solution. It is a perfectly valid word with a definition of “the person to whom something is lent”, but it struck me as too obscure and my gut feeling was that David had another solution in mind. A few self-jumbles later, NEEDLE was found and I felt comfortable enough to move on to the cartoon with my new answer.

Looking at Jeff’s panel, and seeing the carved heads in the background, I knew the setting for this piece was Mount Rushmore. Noticing that there were only two presidents carved meant that the monument wasn’t complete and would possibly be part of the solution. Two men are having a conversation and one of them is holding a set of plans that show what the final sculpture would look like.

Reading the dialogue and sentence, we learn that Jefferson’s face has a crack in it and the supervisor has been requested to check it out. Doing some research on the architect responsible for the monument’s creation, I discovered that Gutzon Borglum was in charge and his likeness is probably the character to the right in Jeff’s drawing.

There were two details in today’s piece that I noticed and they were very difficult to see in the tiny newspaper panel. The first is an oversight in the architectural drawing that “Gutzon” is holding (which is upside down). The second head from the left would be President Theodore Roosevelt, and there are no glasses on his face in the plans. In no way does it impact the piece or the final solve. The second detail would be the construction equipment above Jefferson’s head. It really added to the piece by showing that there was a problem and construction had been halted. Look at the image below and I think you’ll agree that it was a perfectly placed detail by Mr. Knurek!

Moving on to the final solve, I started out by noticing the three E’s together at the end of the letter layout. Just to the left of them were H & D bringing HEAD to mind. THERE was next to come into view followed by UP for the finish. This puzzle and cartoon was an excellent way to start the month, and I look forward to seeing what the Jumble team has planned for the rest of it. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!