Jumble Answers for 11/30/2018







Good Morning, Everyone!               🏄🏻 WAVE OF THE FUTURE? 🏄🏻

🎶 Let’s go SURFIN‘ now, Everybody’s learning how…Come on and safari with me
Come on and safari with me…🎶 ” Surfin’ Safari” – The Beach Boys   1962 https://tinyurl.com/ya56tjg6

🏄🏻 I give a surfer credit, it takes real nerves of steel,
To get aboard with riding waves, at least that’s how I feel.
One needs be BRASH and unafraid, while at the oceans’ mercy…
And magical they seem to me…Just like the Goddess Circe.
I’m sure there’s things of TABOO, they keep amongst their peers,

And yet they all get out there, FACADE or not of fears…
So is it SCARCE to give oneself to monstrous waves toward?
I guess not to these guys who love their lives ACROSS THE BOARD! 🏄🏻

Today once again our words are all Sweet Repeats, with SCARCE having appeared earlier this month on the 2nd. TABOO, last seen on August 1st, was anagrammed exactly the same, and was the “unspeakable” word that day…but so far this morning it hasn’t stumped any of the Early Birds. Our oldest word, BRASH, has been seen twice, August 2015, and September 2016, and FACADE last appeared on October 15th of 2017…And as I’m sure most of you may have guessed by now, “Decaf” was definitely not on the menu this morning! SCARCE has brought in a murmur or two, but nothing this morning has caused a WIPE OUT…

If you’re feeling a WAVE of nostalgia looking at our puzzle today, it may be because once again the Jumble brings a familiar theme to the SURFace. Having had a SURFING puzzle on April 7th, and again on May 9th, one may not have expected to see the subject here now, in winter. But I guess the Jumble Guys are BEACHY keen on the sport, and think it’s SWELL. Our scene today opens upon a blue-washed panel. Standing in a SURF SHOP, which I believe to be in Hawaii, we see two men discussing not the rising WAVES, but the rising cost of Surf BOARDS. The Surfer there to rent, is asking the proprietor if he’s PULLED UP the prices, since he didn’t intend to WIPE OUT his bank account just to SURF. But let’s face it, Folks, no matter what we’re CURRENTly in the market for, SURFice to say, the price has gone UP. With that in mind, the owner of the Shop is seen telling him..”SHORE, I did, I added 20% to everything”. And he’s also added new price tags, which are seen posted…ACROSS each BOARD. Good one, David! The prices rose…ACROSS THE BOARD! A perfect (HANG) TEN!

Ok, eye candy…Each BOARD has a Yellow banner ACROSS it, with prices reading left to right…$400, on the Blue Flowered one, $600 on the Brown one with the Black Stripe, and $550 on the Red one with the Lightning Bolt. The BOARD lying at front on a SEAhorse is marked at $700. Our SURFER, in bare feet, wears a Green shirt, with Red Flower-patterned shorts. The owner is clad in Blue, and wears Brown sandals. Looking very closely, there appears to be a tiny “J” on his shorts. There’s a window to the left of the panel, and we can see a woman, clad in a bikini, HANGING EIGHT. And off on the WAVES, we have Jeff’s endearing signature sinking Sailboat. But what really caught my eye this morning? Two things…The first BOARD is patterned with Hibiscus, which is the State Flower of Hawaii. They’re not colored Yellow, but I’m pretty SHORE Jeff meant them to be. And the real BIG KAHUNA of the day? HANGING around the Shop owners neck, we can see a MAKAU, the Hawaiian Bone Fish Hook Necklace, which symbolizes strength and is said to provide good luck and safe journey when out on the WATER. And that’s what HOOKED me…So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And keep in mind…WHY POUT about things? It’s a proven fact that where there’s a will…there’s a WAVE! So we may just as SWELL smile…and  RIDE IT OUT! 🏄🏻🙋🏻


Jumble Answers for 08/01/2018








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!