Jumble Answers for 11/11/2018

LOLFAR – FLORAL

LIPEMP – PIMPLE

NIHYNW – WHINNY

LDUEDM – MUDDLE

REFTER – FERRET

SRAGSY – GRASSY

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE OIL DRILLER WHO DIDN’T HAVE A SINGLE EMPLOYEE – –

FOL   IML  WHI  DDL  FEE   RS  =  DID WELL FOR HIMSELF 

Good Morning, Everyone!                ⛽️  A JOB WELL DONE! ⛽️

🎶 You sacrificed to serve our nation, you make us proud in many ways. Because of you, we have our freedom….We honor you on VETERANS DAY...🎶 “On Veterans Day” – Words and Music by Karl Hitzemannm   2014   https://tinyurl.com/y8oe5qkq

🇺🇸 Today, Veterans Day…A day where we MUDDLE through the grounds of cemeteries, placing FLORAL pieces at the GRASSY headstones of our fallen heroes…A day to not make WHINNY sounds about the state of affairs of our nation, but to strive to FERRET out the issues that divide us, the PIMPLEs that besmirch our good name…And look to resolve them instead of worsening them…A day when we honor our Veterans, past and present, and hope that new days will dawn for America…days where every man can say that he DID WELL FOR HIMSELF...🇺🇸

To all our Veterans, to all our heroes, to you the heart and soul of all that is America, I thank you for your service, I pray for your strength, and I tip my hat to you in respect. Happy Veterans Day. God Bless America. Today and every day….🇺🇸

Today’s words weren’t OIL that easy…PIMPLE impelled a few of the Early Morning Jumblers to scratch their heads, while FERRET scurried around for a while before it came into view…The other 4 words…Iffy, but doable…

Our cartoon today has us back out on the OIL FIELDS, which we’ve visited many times before.  You may recall that just one month ago exactly, on October 11th, we visited with a couple who were not SITTING WELL because an OIL RIG had been erected right beyond their front porch…WELL at least today we’re nowhere near a Homestead…Instead we’re seeing a man who truly brings it on HOME! He’s a OneMan RIGGING Crew! And he’s telling us so, by saying..”I’m SUCCESSFUL because I do it all”! He DOES it all! And HE’s doing it WELL…Wink..Wink…He..DID WELL FOR HIMSELF! Good one, David! You definitely brought this one BARRELin’ home!

Ok, eye candy…You all know the DRILL..We look for the something that really WRENCHes our eye…We see an OIL BARON who stands out, but the rest is pretty BARREN…A green FIELD, two RIGS in the background. The Man of the Hour…all 24 of them, standing on a yellow ladder with a WRENCH in his hand, working on the MAIN gray RIG. On the ground beside him we see an opened red tool box…and right behind the RIG, we have the front end of an orange car. Not much to go on, a little BORING…But I did find three tiny BITS of candy…Our man is wearing a GREEN HAT, and a single bead of sweat is visible upon his face…But the real MONEY shot? The clasp on the OIL Barons’ TIE? There’s a tiny little OIL RIG on it! Jeff, that’s a HOLE lot of talent! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone. And remember..OIL’s WELL THAT ENDS WELL, ⛽️🙋🏻

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Jumble Answers for 11/10/2018

EYAHN – HYENA

DRAGN – GRAND

HERNDC – DRENCH

WSODNI – DISOWN

CARTOON ANSWER: BEING DEALT A ROYAL FLUSH AND WINNING – – –

HNA   GAD   DNH   ION =   GO HAND IN HAND

Good Morning, Everyone!                 ♠️  I GOTTA’ HAND IT TO YOU…♠️

🎶 He said, “Son, I’ve made a life out of READIN’ PEOPLE’S FACES, knowin’ what the cards were by THE WAY THEY HELD THEIR EYES...So if you don’t mind me sayin’, I can see you’re out of aces…For a taste of your whiskey, I’ll give you some advice”…He said, “If you’re gonna PLAY THE GAME, boy you gotta LEARN TO PLAY IT RIGHT…You’ve got to know when to hold ’em…Know WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM…There’ll be time enough for countin’, when the dealin’s done…🎶 “The Gambler”Kenny Rogers 1979.              https://tinyurl.com/y9mr5q2x

♠️ The key to playing Poker…well to playing for the win…
Is putting on a Poker Face, and not some silly grin.
So seeing that our girl here has HYENA traits a showin’
I can’t help but keep thinking that the pot will not be growin’
I’m not sure who’s the foil here, so many smiles abound,
You can’t make grandstand gestures when you’re playing for a round.
Nobody here looks DRENCHed in sweat, they all seem quite amused..
So I’m not sure who’s in or not…I feel a bit confused.
Maybe it’s just a friendly game, maybe those chips aren’t real..
‘Cause Poker calls for ownership and DISOWN seems the feel…
Whatever’s going on here, we can see her cards are GRAND
And winning with that Royal Flush, a true GO HAND IN HAND!♠️

All of today’s words are Sweet Repeats, with DISOWN being seen as recently as Octobet 14th. A little quirk, GRAND appeared on The 15th of November last year, and DRENCH the very next day. Our oddest word, HYENA was last seen on December 28th. A few of the Early Bird Jumblers had a little tic with DRENCH, but DISOWN CHIPped away at them the most this morning, with FIVE of them seeing Wisdom at first glance….

So, our cartoon…Once again today, we’re GAMBLING. What’re the ODDS? Having just been at a Casino a few days ago, on the 1st of this month, today we find ourselves at what apPAIRS  to be someone’s basement, since a staircase is seen in the background at left. There’s a POKER GAME in progress, and Jeff, our resident cartoonist, has chosen to be in attendance. Perhaps it’s his residence! ANTE‘s at a table with THREE others, who may be “real life” characters, but I can’t be sure. At first glance, my eyes immediately went to the bald man at front, who I thought to be David. But because of the heavy eyebrows and rather exaggerated jowl, I wouldn’t PUT MY MONEY on it. We see our sole woman player, holding a ROYAL FLUSH in her HAND, with the 10-JACK-QUEEN-KING and ACE of SPADES clearly visible. Nice detail, Jeff. And since nothing beats what she’s HOLDING in her HAND in a POKER GAME…and those double H’s and D’s were hard to miss, our solution was a simple one…The ROYAL FLUSH and WINNING? They…GO HAND AND HAND! Good one, David! Once again, you’ve HANDed us a WINNER! 

OK, eye candy…The panel’s shaded in light teal, but the colors today are very vibrant. The CHIPS are all RED ones, which are FIVE dollar CHIPS, so it looks like the entire POT is under $200. It seems that Jeff and the other gentleman playing are “ALL IN” too, since there are no CHIPS showing in front of them. They’re both TALKING TRASH to our woman, trying to unnerve her, and cause her to FOLD, but she’s got her MIND SET on WINNINGDIRTY pool, Guys! The other man, who apPAIRS  to be a little older, is wearing a gray pull OVER, with yellow striped sleeves, and he’s sporting a rather oversized chain with an amulet of some kind at his neck. His eyeglasses are trendily red-stemmed. He’s wearing a black cap, and the image on the white inset looks like a familiar LOGO, but I’m DRAWING a blank, and I just can’t identify it. Perhaps one of you may recognize it. The woman, is sporting a very unique hair cut, which is what LEADS me to believe she’s a friend of Jeff’s. Her right ear has THREE piercings with THREE small loop earrings. And Jeff is dressed in one of his favorite signature black Poi Band T-shirts. If you look real closely, you can see the Logo visible behind his cards. But here’s the TWO things that I’m finding to be the raw DEAL. The bald gentleman at front. I really don’t think it to be David, mostly because of the sinister look of him., especially the dark-bridged eyebrows…But, above his left ear? There’s THREE little MARKings..and whenever Jeff DRAWS a caricature of Dave, he places the exact same THREE dots. A conundrum..And the real WINNER for me today? He doesn’t seem to be HOLDING a HAND, the PILE is too thick. He’s HOLDING what looks to be the remainder of the DECK of cards. So is he the DEALER? And if so, no one HOLDS a deck of cards like that, FOUR fingers or not! The THUMB should be at top, not the bottom. So I’m really LEFT wondering, and the eye candy becomes the “SHY candy”…I’m just SHY of making up my mind! What do you all think? Let me know…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…and I’ll FOLD with a little POKER JOKER…What do you call a Comedian who plays POKER? A JACK of all SPADES…and a Master of PUNS! ♠️🙋🏻

POST SCRIPT:  Anyone who follows JUMBLE on Facebook, has already noticed that a new Cover Photo was posted this week. For those of you who don’t follow…(and you should)! 😉 or don’t join us here on Sunday’s…Just a little heads up. Monday begins  the 6th Annual Guest Jumbler Week, where Jeff turns his stylus pens over to a different fellow cartoonist each day. It’s always fun…So, be sure to tune in each day, and be part of whatever surprises are in store for us this year! 🖊🖌

 

 

 

Jumble Answers for 11/04/2018

NAOSSE – SEASON

TOOTAP – POTATO

SOIMCA – MOSAIC

VIRRED – DRIVER

RIHTVE – THRIVE

HNARKS – SHRANK

CARTOON ANSWER:    BUILDING HOMES ON THE MOUNTAIN WAS DIFFICULT, BUT THE DEVELOPER – – –

SES   TAT   SI   DIE   THI   SH  =   HAD HIS “SITES” SET ON IT 

Good Morning, Everyone!          🏡 A SITE FOR SURE BUYS? 🏡

🎶 I got my SIGHTS SET on you, and I’m ready to aim, I have a heart that will…never be tamed…I knew you were something special when you spoke my name…Now I can’t wait, to see you again…🎶 ” See You Again” – Miley Cyrus  2007

🏡 There used to be a time when as a DRIVER one would see,
A countryside so beautiful, each SEASON’s majesty…
With farmland lush, POTATO crops, just one that you’d see THRIVE,
MOSAIC-like the colors…Made one always feel alive.
But then the word “development” became the normal rank,
And over time the beauty and the lushness all but SHRANK
And homes appeared where trees once stood, the skyline gone away,
“Estates” became the go-to word…that dawned a brand new day.
One wonders when “development” will finally see it’s time to quit…
Until then we put up with he who HAD HIS “SITES” SET ON IT…🏡

With none of today’s words being new, the one showing up as the oldest is MOSAIC. Having appeared here on both September 18th, 2016, and again on March 4th, 2017, it was the hardest one to solve on both those days. And yet today, so far, I’m hearing no hosTILE rumblings. What is causing a bit of a turn, is DRIVER. Two of the Early Birds saw Varied…But the rest of our 6-letter words today haven’t yet BUILT up any steam…

Our cartoon this morning brings us out into the countryside, to the SITE of the Mountainous Edelweiss Estates. We see a man and a woman, from the DEVELOPEMENT Company. Our dialogue is telling us that despite there being some SET backs, the Developer came out ON TOP, and managed to get his HOMES built upon the MOUNTAINS. We hear words like..”finally”, “property” “vision”Insight!…Or do we hear words like…Money, greed, and “There goes the neighborhood”? Anyway, with our question stating that despite the difficulties, the homes were built…it was because the developer..HAD HIS “SITES” SET ON IT. Very clever pun, David. It hit HOME!

Ok, eye candy…While Edelweiss means “white flower” there’s not a one to be seen. Ironically enough, the entire panel is awash in green. The mountains, the sky, the clouds, the HOMES…all green. The color of money? Ah, development! We see two homes, one completed, one just framed. The one that’s completed shows solar panels on its’ roof, an attached mail box, an ornately S-shaped doorknob, (nice detail, Jeff), a glass-paneled door with a lintel above, a large bay window, and two small bushes flanking the doorway. Oval shaped tiles lead from the doorway to the front of the property…But again, there’s no color. Off into the background, we see placards showing where I imagine an additional three homes will be built, going further up the mountain. (But what about the roads? ERODE is needed, no)?…And at front, we see the large sign claiming “Edelweiss Estates-Wonderful VIEWS Available“. The irony, huh? Déjà VIEW…we’ve heard and seen it all before…We see our two developers, she in a black dress, with a thin necklace and button earrings, he in a blue shirt and black tie. She’s holding papers, he’s got binoculars..better to VIEW his “Reality”…His inSITE! Maybe it’s me, but somehow there’s not much of anything sweet enough here today to earn the TITLE of eye candy…I think I’ll go with what’s without…what we don’t see. The blue sky, the tress, the white flowers…So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And remember to stop and smell the white flowers…🏡🙋🏻

 

Jumble Answers for 10/28/2018

TQAEEU – EQUATE

POYRTH – TROPHY

GLEYCR – CLERGY

MEAABO – AMOEBA

EUSKNN – SUNKEN

NRIEDH – HINDER

EUE   TH   CLG   ABA   NN   HIN   =   HUNG IN THE BALANCE 

Good Morning, Everyone!                🎪 CHECKS?…AND BALANCES? 🎪

🎶 He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease…A DARING YOUNG MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE…His movements were graceful, all girls he could please…And my love he purloined away. This young man by name was Signor Bona Slang…Tall, big, and handsome as well made as Chang…Where’er he appeared the Hall loudly rang, with ovations from all people there…🎶  “The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze” – Eddie Cantor  (circa) 1936-1946) 

🎪 I think I’d EQUATE Trapeze work with boarding SUNKEN ships,
I’d have to have the CLERGY there to watch should I do flips.
My Vertigo would HINDER me, so if up there I’d be?
The reason would be baffling…a losing bet maybe?
I picture an AMOEBA, splattered along the floor,
There’s no remote thought comes to mind, and trust me, I am sure…
Forget the bet, I wouldn’t dare, and save the TROPHY too,
I like to swing, but not this way…you won’t see me persue.
In life we all have qualities, but of my any talents?
Nothing comes close to this right here: Oh, no…HUNG IN THE BALANCE! 🎪

What an eclectic group of words we’re seeing this morning. All Sweet Repeats, and I really think their previous anagrams were much more challenging than these, because I SWUNG through these…🎶with the greatest of ease...🎶!..And none of the Early Bird Jumblers found any of our words to be too IN TENTS, except maybe for AMOEBA. One of them did find it just a tad bit STICKY… And I did come ACROSS one little quirk, with CLERGY. It was anagrammed exactly as it is today, back on August 28th. The rest of our words? A mix between 2017-18, with AMOEBA bringing up the rear from July 22nd of 2016. Ok, enough time spent here…Let’s get on the the MAIN ATTRACTION!

Today, we find ourselves at the BIG TOP. I’d be LION if I tried to tell you where we are exactly, since CIRCUS to me was always Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey…but as we all know, they FELL through the cracks last year. So, let’s just say we’re looking at the Jumbler Tumblers. It has a nice RING to it, no? Standing CENTER RING we find a RINGMASTER and a performer who I believe to be a TIGHTROPE WALKER, since she’s seen holding a BALANCE BAR. The conversation is CENTERed on the fate of the male TRAPEZE ARTIST that we see FLYING overhead, with his female partner. It seems that his PERFORMANCE hasn’t been UP to par, and he’s just NET SWINGING it. It looks like his job may be UP IN THE AIR, unless he gets his ACT TOGETHER. It’s not an easy POSITION to be in, and he may end up being the FALL GUY…Anyway, with our question asking where his future was after all these SHORTcomings? It HUNG IN THE BALANCE! Good one, David! You’ve definitely GRABbed my attention!

Ok, eye candy…The panel is shaded in light Blue. The RINGMASTER, clad in the requisite Tuxedo and Top Hat, is scowling…You can see he’s definitely not CLOWNing around. Our Prima Little Schemer, clad in Purple, is shown smiling, gloating over the fact that, as she puts it..”You never see me falling”…Obviously, she’d never lend A HAND…Beyond them we can see the NET. But the Eye CATCHER today? Our TRAPEZE guy…With his tongue HANGING out? Take a real close look…He’s not gonna CATCHER this time either..🎶.A NETter one bites the dust🎶!  So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone..and remember…It may be fun being a TRAPEZE ARTIST…until you’re LET GO! 🎪🙋🏻

 

 

Jumble Answers for 10/21/2018

TRAEGH – GATHER

FRADOF – AFFORD

SSUMIE – MISUSE

MSSETY – SYSTEM

CRUPES – SPRUCE

SPOGIS – GOSSIP

CARTOON ANSWER:   HUMPTY DUMPTY’S DEPARTURE FROM THE WALL WAS A – – –

GAT   RD   ISE   SST   SU   GOI  = DISASTROUS “EGG-SIT”

Good Morning, Everyone!         👑🍳  WRONGLY “EGG-SECUTED”? 🍳👑

🎶 I’m SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD...Just rollin’ along, just rollin’ along. And I’m quittin’ the blues of the world…Just singin’ a song, just singin’ a song. Glory, Hallelujah, I just phoned the parson..”Hey, Par, get ready to call”…Just like HUMPTY DUMPTY, I’M GOIN’ TO FALL..Yes, I’m SITTING ON TOP, top of the world…Just rollin’ along, just rollin’ along…🎶 “I’m Sitting On Top Of The World”  – Dean Martin   1973

👑🍳 We all know Humpty Dumpty as a child’s nursery rhyme,
Recited when kids GATHER, for such a long, long time…
One wonders how it came about, were these words of MISUSE?
Why was there such excitement from what may have been abuse?
What was he doing on that wall? No legs did he AFFORD,
The GOSSIP went around that he had snapped his Spinal Cord…
Dressed oh so nice and with a Crown, he really looked quite SPRUCE,
Yet one can’t help but wonder…Was the SYSTEM that footloose?
Without two legs to guide him, was he placed up there to wit…
And left to meet his sad fate of DISASTROUS “EGG-SIT”? 🍳👑

WALL, WALL...Do you think today the YOLK’s on us? UnSCRAMBLING the words wasn’t a problem, but David sure DISHED out an EGGScellent solution! With all our words Sweet Repeats, there wasn’t any FALLtering there…They all went OVER EASY…but DISASTROUS?..Uh, yes..it almost proved to be! But let’s put our SUNNY SIDES UP, quit HORSEing aroundand get to our cartoon…

Today we find ourselves in late eighteen century England, PEERing THROUGH the LOOKING-GLASS, so to speak, as the Kings’ Horses and Men SCRAMBLE to find a way to help HUMPTY DUMPTY. Having fallen off the WALL,  he lies there all BROKEN UP OVER the whole thing! Poor HUMPTY…This is definitely CRACKED up to be a problem…And rumor has it he really was a good EGG…But what a MESStery…How’d he get UP there? Was he asSALTed? Could he have been just a YOLKen PAWN in some crazy Royal takeOVER? Could this have ended BUTTER? Is he really TOAST now? Or was he just SITTING there minding his own business? So many questions, and yet I fear we SHELL never know…BOTTOM line?…It’s definitely a DISASTER…Yep..it’s a DISASTROUSEGG-SIT”! Bravo, David! You’ve KIDded us once again!

Ok, eye candy…You have no idea how badly I was hoping one of the horses would be Black and White…you know SALT and PEPPER?…but gROAN, they’re not…Big expanse of Green grass, with Black-silhouetted trees WHEY off in the background. A Castle is seen OFF to the right, three flagged-spires showing. Nice POINTS, Jeff . Two FLUFFY clouds in the sky. The Kings’ Men are clad in Gray, with Red Sashes across their chests…And then we have our ENTREE, Humpty, himself. Red gloves, Gold unBROKEN CROWN, his innards YOKING into the ground…I’m going with him. From the looks of it? A perfect SUNNY SIDE UP result…Poor guy. He took a real gamble going up there…although it does look like he BROKE EVEN! So, There you have it YOLKS, Done! Have an EGGScellent day, Everyone! I’m OFF to PICK UP breakfast…I’m just BACON for some EGGS! 🍳👑🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 10/14/2018

FCEETF – EFFECT

RSMOYT – STORMY

FONRUF – RUNOFF

VARSIO – SAVIOR

NGLOBE – BELONG

WOSNID – DISOWN

CARTOON ANSWER:  HE’D GOTTEN A JOB IN THE MEN’s COLOGNE SECTION AND WAS NOW – – – 

ECT   ST   RNF   AOR   EN   DN = FRONT AND “SCENTER” 

Good Morning, Everyone!        👃🏻THE SWEET SMELL OF…DISTRESS”? 👃🏻

🎶 There’s a reason you’re everywhere…Breathe you in like you’re in the AIR..Maybe you should call off today….Give you girls some time to play…Cause you’re keeping me safe and warm, even when I’m home alone…Wearing nothing but your COLOGNE…Wearing nothing but your COLOGNE…🎶 “Cologne” – Selena Gomez 2015

👃🏻 At one time you’d hear “Would you…” Just before the spray unfurled,
Depending on how quick you were, you’re hit before you whirl…
The EFFECT of the scent would take, and now you would BELONG
Among that group who’s RUNOFF wasn’t fast and wasn’t strong.
The new scent, “STORMY Weather” smelling like new fallen rain,
Was now imbedded in your clothes, and seeping towards your brain.
There should have been a SAVIOR here, protecting you from this…
Next thing you know another’s coming…this time spraying “Bliss”.
“I need to get away from here, this store I should DISOWN
You’re thinking as you try to flee from here and these colognes…
There has to be a better way to reach “Tools..You Can Renter…”
Next time you’ll use the back door and avoid the FRONT AND “SCENTER”! 👃🏻

So,…Looking at our cartoon, and noting that our main character today is a “SCENTER”, and having been ambushed enough times in the past by going through those FRONT entrances…today’s puzzle solution was breathe of fresh air! Unlike our theme! And unlike some of our words today…Here’s the general consensus so far…1 and 2, check. 5 and 6, check…3 and 4? A few of the Early Morning Jumblers? See our poor unsuspecting Sprayee?  (Is that a word?)…They all Choked! One of those pesky combination words…RUNOFF, well, it didn’t Runoff their tongues that easily, and SAVIOR? I’m hearing that they thought there was a U in there..Saviour. Truth be told? Neither “looks” right. I guess it’s just one of those odd words…And I couldn’t find it in the archives either…so let’s deem it The First, and the Worst! Please write in and let us know your thoughts…

Our cartoon today is pretty clear. We find ourselves in the Men’s COLOGNE Dept. of Jumble’s. Yes, Jumble’s. I NOSE, I NOSE..But what can I say, Folks…I SCENT your amusement, and we do know about Jeff’s SCENTS of humor… But as we all know, entering a Dept. Store at its’ FRONT entrance, is like walking into a SPRAY FORAY! So, we see a FRAGRANCE MODEL as they came to be known, FRAGRANTLY, I mean flagrantly spritzing an unsuspected customer. And he’s like..”EAU..de Cologne is burning my eyes..Stop it”! Poor guy…I mean this really STINKS, don’t you think? But as we can see, the damage is done…And all because our Sartorial Spritzer got a new job and is now FRONT AND “SCENTER“. Good one, David…AIR, AIR!!

As for the eye candy? Escalator in the background, but I’m UP and DOWN about it. Yellow display bottles of Jumble Cologne, embossed wth the Trademark “J”. Again…What can I JAY? Large Yellow Cloud of Cologne seen surrounding our customer..Hard to bAIR….But I think I’ll go with the surprised onlooker, cell phone in handNot only can I SCENTS his shock, I can almost hear him saying..”Shouldn’t you be spritzing only conSCENTual adults”? So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone..And remember..If possible, always use the back entrance to these Stores…So you won’t end up the SCENTER of attention! 👃🏻🙋🏻

 

Jumble Answers for 10/07/2018

CAITIL – ITALIC

SDUNED – SUDDEN

WODTAR – TOWARD

REGYUN – GURNEY

FANNTI – INFANT

CAUCER – ACCRUE

CARTOON ANSWER:  SHE WASN’T SURE SHE WAS GOING ALL THE WAY IN THE WATER AND HAD A – – – 

ITA   SDE   TWD   UNE   IAT   AE  = “WADE IN SEA” ATTITUDE 

Good Morning, Everyone!      🏊🏻 WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WADE 🏊🏻

🎶 Somewhere…BEYOND THE SEA…Somewhere waiting for me…My lover stands on golden sands…And watches the ships that go sailin’…We’ll meet (I know we’ll meet) beyond the shore, we’ll kiss just as before. Happy we’ll be BEYOND THE SEA…And never again I’ll go sailing…No more sailing. So long sailing…So long, farewell…Bye-Bye sailing…🎶 “Beyond The Sea” – Bobby Darin 1960

🏊🏻 Water, water, everywhere…it rises up real SUDDEN,
You enter quite precariously, you’re not one for the floodin’
As if you were an INFANT, your thoughts slowly ACCRUE,
“Should I just plunge into the deep…or carefully make my due”?
The signs, some in ITALIC, show warnings of high waves…
You never were real keen on this…you never were that brave.
You move TOWARD the deeper end, but all the while you think…
“They’ll have me on a GURNEY if I mess up and I sink…”
You know you may look foolish, and you really hate to brood…
But better safe than sorry… A “WADE IN SEA” ATTITUDE 🏊🏻

So, today’s words…I can’t help thinking…SEA what happens when you go around looking for the challenge? You find the challenge. But…you may not feel that kindly TOWARDs it! Our words today have certainly made a SPLASH! Despite them all being Sweet Repeats, they made WAVES according to most of the Early Morning Jumblers…And as it stands now, ACCRUE has ACCUMULATED the most votes, with GURNEY a close second. And the real STRETCHER? ITALIC hasn’t been seen since way back on February 18th, 2015, but no one’s WRITTEN in about that one yet…So, how’d you Folks fare today? Sink or SWIM? Let us know…

Now…our cartoon. We’re out at SEA, and we have a woman, hesitantly TESTING the WATERS. The man she’s with is calling out to her to “Hurry up, the WATER’S fine”. But she’s answering that she wants to feel warmer…Giving him a little COLD Shoulder, so to speak… My first glance gave me “Wait in SEA Reaction“. Correct number of letters, and I saw an “R” in both TOWARD, and GURNEY…So I figured, Ok, SHORE, I’m good… But then I thought, it’s really not much of a pun, is it? And why’s the quotation mark preceding the Wait? Of COURSE, then I was like..”WATER you kidding me? She’s WADING…” Now that’s a pun…But then, when I went over to our words, and saw that there was no “R“…I now thought…“R” you kidding me”? (Yes, there was a lot of that FLOATING around this morning)! …So I RODE out our letters…and those “T”s just fit like a T! …”WADE IN SEA” ATTITUDE! WATER you know?…”Just when you thought it was safe to go back in…” 😉 (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist…A little SWIMMING Trivia…I hope you’ll WADE in and let me know if you get it)…Anyway, Bravo, David. From what I’m hearing so far, this one definitely went OVER a few HEADS this morning! Great pun!

Ok, eye candy…Beautiful clear Turquoise water…Reminds me of being in the Bahamas…Puffy white cloud, wafting over a white mountainous area. Pretty Blue sky. Woman, WADING...A little SEASHELL showing on the sand in front of her, surrounded by tiny shards… Man, SWIMMING…A little girl can be seen along side him, FLOATING in shallower water. Out in the deep end…Jeff’s Sinking Sailboat can be seen…Boy, that Boat SHORE has stamina…But the item causing the biggest SPLASH for me this morning? Way over to the right? Just at the SHORELINE? Four men, playing SPIKEBALL! Just like last Sunday…Is this now the WAVE of the future? So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone!…And I hope you’ll BITE at my little Trivia reference…🏊🏻🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 09/30/2018

HHENPY – HYPHEN

GEINNS – ENSIGN

DULCOY – CLOUDY

BEGLIR – GERBIL

RWHAMT – WARMTH

DARMED – MADDER

CARTOON ANSWER:   HE WANTED TO GO TO THE MOUNTAINS. SHE WANTED TO GO TO THE BEACH. SO THEY – – – 

HHE   ENS   CLO   GRI   WAH   ADD  =  SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW 

Good Morning, Everyone!           🏄🏻🏂  TO BEACH HIS OWN? 🏂🏄🏻

🎶 We gotta keep SEARCHIN’ SEARCHIN’, find a place to hide, SEARCHIN‘, SEARCHIN’, she’ll be by my side..If we gotta keep on the run we’ll follow the SUN-ah, wee-ooh…Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter what people might say,…She’s mine and I’m gonna take her anyway….Gotta keep SEARCHIN’, SEARCHIN’ find a place to stay, SEARCHIN’, SEARCHIN’, every night and day…..🎶  “Keep Searchin'” – Del Shannon  1964 

🏄🏻 🏂Vacations can be tricky, when two people must decide,
If WARMTH is what they’re going for, without the CLOUDY skies.
You’re stuck at work, the rat-race makes us GERBILS on those wheels,
We want to get away and just relax and human feel…
But do you choose the Mountainside where snowcaps make you perk?
Or should you opt for Sun-Sand-Surf? (The HYPHEN had to work)!
Deciding where is hard enough, like ENSIGN is right now…
This rhyme is making me become as MADDER as a cow!
The bottom line is someone wins, and someone just must go…
Along with the decision, after they’ve SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW.🏂 🏄🏻

First thought this morning? “Be careful what you wish for”. Second thought? BEGLIR? For me personally, it’s been quite a while since I wasn’t able to look at our cartoon and just guess the witty phrase. Today? I had to write down the letters….and stare. This wasn’t an easy DECISION. I first thought the three last words were: Each his own. Made sense…But then I had two other thoughts. Why just his and not hers? …and what does HELGRADD mean in the English language? And then we had “Cold” besides. But I knew the first word would end in ED, because of the way the question was written, and it sort of stood to reason that AND would be in there, so I just tried to think what was the glaring DIFFERENCE between the BEACH AND the MOUNTAINS…And Eureka! There it was! One’s HIGH and one’s LOW! Anyway, that stumper we were all wishing for? The ship came in this morning…

So, we find ourselves at the home of a young couple. Why they’re dressed the way the are, while sitting in their living room, seems a little OVER THE TOP, but then again, as I’ve said before, I don’t make the news, I just report it…Trying to DECIDE where they’ll go on vacation, we see that the woman wants the BEACH, while the man has raised his sights a little HIGHER. We see that they’ve both found accommodations, while SEARCHING the web. So with our question asking…What they did? They SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW! Well, book the room and get going! Oh wait…Someone’s gonna have to change their clothes!

Ok, eye candy…I like the BEACH scene on the woman’s screen, where we can see the rates listed for Roomie.net. Her left hand lies atop the wired Mouse, and we see that there’s a few SEAGULLS, a FERRIS WHEEL, a ROLLER COASTER and the PIER. The SUN is setting. And the cutest piece of candy here? On the BEACH, are four people, and guess what they’re playing? SPIKEBALL! …No Sinking Sailboat today, but we got Jeff’s Spikeball! The woman is dressed in a Black Bikini, and is wearing a Yellow visor. Our SNOWman is dressed in a Blue and White Alpine-scene Ski Sweater, complete with Fir Trees, MOUNTAIN caps, and an Antlered Deer. (Spiked Deer)? His hat is Yellow, with a Blue band and Pompom…And he’s wearing Fur-trimmed Brown Ski Boots. Again, why he’s dressed like this while sitting indoors? Anybody? But today’s eye candy? On the back of the Tablet he’s using? Look closely…It’s not an Apple…It’s a PINEAPPLE! The FRUITS of Jeff’s labor! So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone!…And remember, Men: JAMAICA go somewhere she doesn’t want to? SNOW way you’ll have a good time…Decisions, decisions!!! 🏂🏄🏻🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 09/23/2018

RUVEIT – VIRTUE

DIETEX – EXITED

LPOLGA – GALLOP

SDOYHD – SHODDY

KMABER – EMBARK

NARENM – MANNER

CARTOON ANSWER:    WHEN IT CAME TO SELLING LEMONADE, THE GIRLS WERE PREPARED TO – – – 

VIT   ED   AL  SDD   EAR   NN  =   STAND AND DELIVER 

Good Morning, Everyone!                 🍋 SQUEEZE THE DAY 🍋

🎶 If the sky we look upon, should tumble and fall…Or the mountains should crumble to the sea…I won’t cry, I won’t cry…No, I won’t shed a tear, Just as long as you STAND, STAND by me…And Darling, Darling… STAND by me, Oh, STAND by me..STAND by me, STAND by me…STAND by me…🎶 “Stand By Me”- Ben E. King  1962

🍋 When kids EMBARK on fund-raising, you have to give them due,
They GALLOP into duty in a MANNER of VIRTUE
Their innocence, their energy, they strive to do their best,
A SHODDY job won’t satisfy, they’re out there with such zest.
We see them here all willing to take turns manning a stand,
While someone else is EXITED to deliver for this man…
A little far-etched maybe…but it’s cute…this kid’s a giver,
That she’d offer to go way beyond and say…STAND AND DELIVER 🍋

Today’s cartoon was an instant solve…The dialogue and drawing giving us the STAND, and the Little Ladybug offering to “Carry them to your house”, giving us DELIVER. And with the phrase being a familiar one, the solution was immediate.
Two of our words I wasn’t able to locate in the archives: EXITED and GALLOP. GALLOP is also the word that the early morning Jumblers have chosen as the one they HORSED around with the most…with some telling me that they didn’t feel it “looked right”. And let’s be honest, Folks, how often have we seen the word in print? VIRTUE is RUNNING a close second to GALLOP…But the rest? Easy breezy, LEMON SQUEEZY!

Our cartoon today is pretty CUT and dry…A group of LADYBUGS, manning a LEMONADE STAND. Or should we be saying GIRLING a LEMONADE STAND? After all, they are Little Girls, right? And the word manning just seems to leave a SOUR taste…Anyway, we have a male patron (Who possibly could have been Jeff years ago, but he’s CARRYING a bit of a paunch…so we know that doesn’t FIT)…looking to buy a glass for each of his family members, but being able to carry only two. We see two of the little girls offer to help him out, “Free of Charge”...LEMON AID, so to speak…Who knew? Offering DELIVERY to your home? These kids really have a ZEST for this, don’t they? So with our question asking…What were the girls prepared to do? And us having a STAND…where they’ll DELIVER? Our solution? STAND AND DELIVER! Now how SWEET is that? David? I could just PUCKER UP and give you a kiss! This one’s a gift!

Ok, eye candy…Our colors today are pretty vibrant, making the panel very apPEELing…The LADYBUGS are wearing Brown uniforms with Red sashes. Oddly though, the girl at the end is wearing a Black skirt, and bright Blue shoes…TBT, it looks like the PITS, but maybe they’re permitted to choose between the two colored  skirts. The Black does match their berets. There’s little Red disc-shaped patches on the hats, but they’re blank. I was hoping to see Ladybugs. The LEMONADE pitcher and glasses are Blue.  Our man is dressed in a Blue shirt and Black shorts. His son, riding a red tricycle, is wearing Orange, with Blue shorts. Oddly, the entire background of the panel, adorned with many houses and trees, is all shaded in Gray and Black, no color. Maybe our Color Man didn’t have time for the daily RIND?…But that’s where the eye candy is, in the background.. A woman, pearls at her neck, and wearing designer glasses, is seen walking a Poodle on a leash. But the real PICK-ME-UP? She’s holding a tiny little bag in her right hand, and guess what? It appears to be full! Now how’s that for a deTAIL? I just couldn’t PEEL my eyes away! So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone!…And remember…If life hands you LEMONS?… Ask for the salt and tequila…and just Enjoy! 🍋🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 09/16/2018

TRIYGT – GRITTY

TOETAR – ROTATE

BEDSUU – SUBDUE

PEUTEO – TOUPEE

LOOLFW – FOLLOW

BBHOON – HOBNOB

CARTOON ANSWER: WHEN THEY REACHED THE MOUNTAIN PEAK, THEY REJOICED AT THE – – – 

GRI   TT   SU   PE   FLO   HNO =  TOP OF THEIR LUNGS

Good Morning, Everyone!            🗣 CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? 🗣

🎶 Ain’t no MOUNTAIN high enough….Ain’t no valley low enough, (Say it again)..Ain’t no river wide enough, to keep me from you…Ain’t no MOUNTAIN high enough…Nothing can keep me…keep me from you…🎶 “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross   1970

🗣 To a person plagued with Vertigo, a mountain top’s not grand,
We function so much better when upon the ground we stand….
The Nitty-GRITTY comes to this, we count ourselves among,
The group content to HOBNOB at a ladders’ bottom rung…
There is no quest to scale a peak…A peek to us just means
We peek inside a package, if we can’t SUBDUE a scheme…
Adventurous is not a tag that ROTATEs in our realm,
We lead and we may FOLLOW, but we never overwhelm.
The Top to us means TOUPEE, or a Tune within the Ten,
You’re never gonna see us any higher than a Glen…
So as I stated earlier, we stay at bottom rungs…
And listen to the rest yell at the TOP OF THEIR LUNGS! 🗣

Sunday. My favorite Jumble Day! More words, bigger words…I can get HIGH from this, really! So, first glance? Those two at the left? Left me no doubt…Solved! Next, our words…Despite 5 of the 6 being Sweet Repeats, today’s anagrams are of an exceptionally HIGH quality! The newcomer to TOP it off? TOUPEE! And I have to share…One of my early morning Jumblers? After I asked did he think it might garner the HIGHEST number of votes to be the stumper? His response? …”I’m sure several people will WIGgle around it”! LOL…See, this is why he’s my favorite! Ok, ok, so I’m easily impressed…what can I say? And 3 votes came in for HOBNOB, which is defined as…”mix socially, especially with those of HIGHER social status”…It’s just a serendipity day, isn’t it? Ok, our cartoon…We find ourselves ATOP a MOUNTAIN. To me, a pure cry for ALP! As I mentioned earlier, I am soooo not one of these people. These BOULDER types, that REACH their potential in life by CLIMBING these MOUNTAINS. Again, I don’t even like CLIMBING a ladder! But Jeff’s giving us three people, two men and a woman, having reached their PEAK. And of COURSE, they’re TRILLed! Celebrating, and rejoicing at the…TOP OF THEIR LUNGS! Well…YODEL Dee..YODEL Die…Good one, David…And I’m sure all of you out there ECHO my sentiments…

Ok, eye candy…Today, I’m giving major Kudos to the Color Man, because this one is really a BUTTE! I’ll have to SHOUT OUT to Jeff later, and ask what name these people who color the panels go by…The MOUNTAIN they’re standing on, is a BUTTEiful shade of Salmon, with brown shading, and it looks perfectly drawn to SCALE in comparison to the others in the background. Those are a brown shade, PEAKed with black. The sky is blue, the clouds are white…This truly is a pure deLIGHT! And Jeff’s even sketched in a bit of water flowing on each side…WATER nice touch…And there’s a tiny TREE sprouting at the forefront…Our CLIMBERS are impeccably dressed…surprising though, considering that they’ve been CLIMBING..Should we just take it for GRANITE? I’m KNOT sure…But the real eye catchers today? It’s what’s missing…What I can’t SCREE…The man to the left, and the woman…Where are their TREKking POLES? How’d they get all the way UP there without POLES? And now that I’m thinking about it…Where are the BACKPACKS?  I see one little POCKET in the woman’s CARGO shorts…What could she possibly fit in there?  No matter how much she SCALED back? ARÊTE a minute…Where’s the cREST of the details? Hmm..I think this is a little ROUGH around the EDGES…don’t youSo, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone…And to SUMMIT all up? Let’s all LIFT one another UP today…Set our Sights HIGHER, sPEAK HIGHLY of our neighbors, and just ROCK ON! 🗣 🙋🏻   And let’s remember those in Florence’s path…🙏🏻