Jumble Answer for 02/08/2019







Good Morning, Everyone!                  🚗 GET A GRIP 🚗

🎶 It’s hard enough, I know…to find the strength to GO, back to where it all began…It’s hard to enough to GAIN, any TRACTION in the rain…You know it’s hard for me to understand…🎶 “Traction In The Rain” – David Crosby 1971 https://tinyurl.com/ydh6zx38

🚗 I really never gave much thought to tires and inflating,
They’re there, they’re round, as always…they’re ready and they’re waiting…
It’s not a question of INEPT, it’s just taken for granted,
Like if you eat a HOAGIE, sure it’s good…but not enchanted.
Or take the THORAX that acts like a CABIN for our chests,
We know it’s there, but we don’t celebrate it with a fest…
Pneumatic this, vulcanization…words to me distraction,
But with inflated tires, things turned ’round so to GAIN TRACTION🚗

With today’s words, the 5’s have it. INEPT, making its’ 8th appearance, was last seen on June 5th,’18 as PINTE, and dates back to March 2015, while CABIN last seen here on October 26th,’17, as ANBIC, goes back to 2014. I couldn’t find our two 6-letter words in the files, although any of you who are familiar with the Just Jumble App, knows we’ve seen THORAX. But HOAGIE? I can tell you this much…Almost all of the Early Bird Jumblers agreed that they BIT off more than they could CHEW with HOAGIE… It stumped 7 of the 11. It’s an exceptionally well done anagram.

Today’s cartoon brings us to what appears to be an outdoor garage, where we see a mechanic kneeling, adjusting the new “INFLATABLE TIRES” on a car. I’m going to go out on a RIM here, and take a guess that the time is circa early 1900’s. I could be wrong, but since it’s pretty well known that I’m not all that great at Math, I’m just ROLLING the dice. I tried doing some research on TIRES, but I came up a little FLAT. John Boyd Dunlop, Robert Thomson, Charles Goodyear...With so many names being ROLLED around, it was just too much PRESSURE, and to be honest, it WORE me OUT…So I just quit, because not only was I TIREd, I started to feel like I was losing my GRIP tooBut if anyone out there is interested in the History, feel free to go right aTREAD and look it up…Speaking with our mechanic, we see a well-dressed gentleman, trying to WRENCH some information from him regarding the new “rage“. The mechanic is seen telling him that these NEW TIRES are “CATCHING ON“. And voilà! The NUTS and BOLTS of our answer…After the new TIRES were introduced, it didn’t take long for them to…GAIN TRACTION! Good one, David! GRIPPING!

Ok, eye candy. The entire panel is shaded blue, with everything CAR-related drawn in black: The CAR being DRIVEN off in the background, leaving a stream of exhaust, the 3 wheels lying on the ground, the CAR being worked on, and the TIRE lying next to our mechanic. He’s dressed in a dark Beige PULL OVER with Black pants. But what AUTOmatically caught my eye? The HANDLE BARred-mustachioed Dandy speaking to him. The man is definitely a MODEL of sartorial splendor. Dressed in a Double-Breasted Navy suit, with a Black top hat, one can see he’s a man DRIVEN to excellence. And the pièce de ré·sis·tance? Those stylish two-toned shoes. Beige and Brown…they compliment his TREADS perfectly!…So, There you have it, Folks…Done! Have a great day, Everyone…And I’ll leave you with a little TIRE humor…You used to be able to FILL your TIRES with AIR for a quarter…Now it’s usually more than a dollar…I guess that’s INFLATION for you! 🚗🙋🏻


Jumble Answers for 02/07/2019









Happy Thursday, everyone! Our puzzle began with all of the anagrams listed in alphabetical order for the second day in a row. David also gave us a new clue word with WHOSE so we welcome it to the Jumble lineup for its first appearance in gameplay. It wasn’t the most difficult anagram this morning, but it’s always fun to get to play with new words. SAILOR was my stumper and I almost skipped it with hopes of backing into it after solving the cartoon. It came into view after jumbling up the letters in the margin of my paper and I was spared the extra work. Our oldest clue word was FAITH and it was last used on 9/11/17 while SKIMPY was our most recent repeat with a date of 7/29/18.

We head back to the classroom for a quick lesson on metamorphosis in today’s cartoon. In the panel we see five Jumble characters huddled around a glass framed tank that contains two freshly minted moths. We see their cocoons suspended from a small wishbone shaped branch with the children looking on in awe. The instructor is the only character with dialogue and he explains that he intends on using the remains of natures miracle to produce fabric. Since it takes over 3,000 cocoons to make one pound of silk, I hope he has some spare tanks in the background to help aid his endeavor!

The details of the moth enclosure were well thought out and seemed likely to be the largest visual clue for the cartoon answer. Looking closely at the background of the panel there was a poster on the wall. It wasn’t exactly clear to me what Jeff was aiming for but my best guess is that it detailed the different stages of metamorphosis.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. The aforementioned visual clue coupled with the key word of fabric in the dialogue made this one an instant solve for me. If the dialogue had been less descriptive, I’m sure I would have been challenged by the cryptic layout of David’s anagram. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!




Jumble Answers for 02/06/2019









Happy Wednesday, Jumble geniuses! Our midweek puzzle began with all of our anagrams listed in alphabetical order. They’ve all been used before, but the anagrams themselves were brand new. The first three posed no challenge while the fourth one gave me some slight hesitation. I immediately tried making words using the ING suffix that I noticed in the layout but nothing seemed to work. A quick shuffling of the letters allowed ORIGIN to pop into view so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Our oldest word this morning was shift and it was last used on 8/4/17. Our most recent repeat was GLOOMY with a gameplay date of 8/21/18.

Moving along to the cartoon, the first thing that I noticed was that every bit of the available space within the panel was utilized. The cartoon sentence informs us that a couple has come to this office to purchase their dream home and they’re looking at a layout of lots that are currently available for sale. Sitting behind the desk is an older woman who is presumably the sales person for the subdivision. The logo on the front of the desk identifies the name of the subdivision as Sunset City but doesn’t offer any clues as to where they’re located.

The male half can be seen perusing the map for the perfect spot and he seems to be interested in a lot near the golf course. The sales woman is quick to point out that there’s still land available near the pool so perhaps the couple will have talk it over before making a final decision. If I was in their position, I would definitely choose the golf course lot because it’s probably much quieter there during the day. Decisions decisions!!!

The final solve was anagram consisting of 11-letters which is three more than yesterday’s. I noticed FLOOR at the rear of the layout but the remaining letters didn’t make any useable words. Starting over, I remembered that the female in the cartoon stated that there were “so many amenities”. Another reading of the sentence made LOTS TO OFFER click almost immediately which resulted in a very punny finish. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!


Jumble Answers for 02/05/2019









Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! All of today’s clue words were recycled favorites but the anagrams of PIVOT and BUREAU were new. If you came looking for help this morning, my guess is that BUREAU was the word that stumped you. The two U’s coupled together at the end of the layout threw me off as well so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Looking back in the archives, I noticed that DOUSE has been used 11 times since I’ve been keeping track. Of those 11 appearances, 8 of them have been the exact same anagram that we saw this morning! Our oldest word of the group was EXPERT and was last seen on 6/11/16. DOUSE was the newest and was in gameplay last month on 1/15.

The setting for today’s cartoon was a restaurant that is perched high atop a mountain. How cool is that!!! We see three Jumble characters seated in the dining room while the rest of the panel offers us a sweeping view of the landscape below. Of the three characters, only two of them have dialogue. The male can be seen looking over the menu and marveling at the pasta options while the female takes a few moments to soak up the views before deciding what she’s going to order. The third character in the frame has already been served his dinner and is chowing down on what looks like a piece of meat.

There wasn’t a whole lot of extra detail in the panel because the stunning view was where we were supposed to focusing our attention. The male holding the menu was wearing a cowboy hat and polo style shirt while the female has her hair pulled back in a bun and has simple stud earrings. There was a small vase in the middle of the table with a single flower in it. Lastly I noticed that the man in the background appears to be left handed because he’s holding the fork in that hand.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 8-letters. I was hoping for more of a challenge after yesterday’s gimme answer but it definitely wasn’t the case. David did a splendid job of separating the U and P but they were the oddball letters that caught my attention first. SERVED was clearly visible in the remaining letters for a lightning fast finish.

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Jumble Answers for 02/04/2019









Happy Monday, everyone! Our Jumble sleuthing duties began with four clue words that were old friends. They all came into view at first glance making for an easy start to the week. The anagram for HIGHER was, in my opinion, the most cryptic of the bunch so it’s my pick for the hardest word for today. The layout of BUSHY was the same anagram we saw when it was last used on 9/21/16. A quick search of the archives revealed that TRUSTY was the oldest word of the day with a gameplay date of 10/16/14.

Today’s cartoon was a scene that has played out numerous times in the past and was most likely instantly recognizable to regular players of the game. In the foreground we see three Jumble characters that provide today’s dialogue while in the background we see two shadowy figures taking flight in a primitive looking airplane.

If the visual clues didn’t provide enough information for you to figure out what you were looking at, the cartoon sentence provided two additional ones. America and aviation industry were the key words this morning which should have brought the Wright Brothers to mind.

I was surprised to see that the airplane was piloted by both brothers at the same time as I always thought that they had flown alone. A quick search revealed that Orville and Wilbur had promised their father, who feared losing both sons in an airplane accident, that they would never fly together. The father made a single exception, however, on May 25, 1910, and allowed the brothers to share a six-minute flight near Dayton with Orville piloting and Wilbur the passenger. After landing, Orville took his 82-year-old father on his first and only flight. As Orville gained elevation, his excited father cried out, “Higher, Orville, higher!”

The final solve was a 13-letter anagram that wasn’t overly challenging. BROTHERS was easy to spot leaving RIGHT to be found in the remaining letters. It was another easy start to the week so I’ll enjoy my win for the day and look forward to the challenges ahead. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow for more Jumble fun!

Jumble Answers for 02/03/2019








AI   DCE   GA   NY   AS   PSH   =       EACH PASSING DAY

God Morning, Everyone!          🏈 DAY BY DAY….PLAY BY PLAY....🏈

Super Bowl Sunday! …And we’ve got ourselves a FOOTBALL Themed Puzzle!

I’ll be back….OK. Made 8 o’clock Mass and RAN BACK to  TACKLE today’s puzzle…

🎶 I find that DAY by DAY, you’re making all my dreams come true..
So come what may, I want you to know…I’m yours alone, and I’m in love to this DAY…As we go through the years…DAY by DAY…🎶 “Day By Day” – Frank Sinatra 1946  https://tinyurl.com/yag2g8vc

🏈 It’s hard to remain PLACID if you’re a Football fan,
Today’s the day we party across our entire land.
Large screen TV’s, and every single phone and/or DEVICE,
Is tuned into the Super Bowl…it’s Footballs’ greatest vice.
We root with ABSURD passion, whether our team’s there or not
We bet on every single thing…for everything a pot…
Commercials make debuts and SPLASH our consciousness with thought,
The money involved mind-boggling…but still the slots are bought.
But if we’re seeing Jared Goff, there’s something quite amiss…
Sean McVay has the GOATEE, but the body? What is this?
The man is lean, and quite handsome, so I must NOTIFY
You guys out there…can I be wrong and 16’s not our guy?
The bottom line, a Quarterback is who is on display…
And he, we know aims going longer with EACH PASSING DAY🏈

Two of today’s words called for a second PASS: DEVICE and GOATEE…but upon COMPLETION…all the Early Birds SCORED well…

Today we’re out on a FOOTBALL Field. We see a man who kind of resembles Bill Belichick, the Coach of the New England Patriots, who are playing in today’s Super Bowl, being interviewed by a female Reporter. She’s asking about the QUARTERBACK and the “Big Game“. But then we see the Quarterback, who’s wearing #16, and PASSING the pigskin… JARED GOFF, the Quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, who are also playing today, wears #16. And those are LA Ram emblems showing on the jerseys…So..maybe the woman’s interviewing Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Rams, and it’s Sean McVay we see saying “Nice throw” to Goff? A little confusing, no? Is it just me? Am I the only one out here in the END ZONE with thisWell, whatever…We still can see our way DOWNFIELD to get to our solution…The Quarterback’s performance improved with…EACH PASSING DAY! Good one, David…You’ve SCORED once again!

Eye candy…There’s a 513 on the Football that’s waiting to be PASSED next to Goff. But what’s it stand for? Total SEASON POINTS for the Rams?  No, that was 527. Goff’s Total Season PASSING YARDS? No, wasn’t that 483? I just don’t know…So I’m WIDE OPEN to suggestion…And I’m PICKING the Football, but I need an ASSIST…So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great Super Bowl Sunday, Everyone! And PASS those Hot Wings! 🏈🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 02/02/2019







Good Morning, Everyone!                       🌿 OH, DEER! 🌿

🎶 The stars come out, lighting a deep blue sky…When MOTHER NATURE sings her lullaby…The moon bends low, kissing each rose goodnight…When MOTHER NATURE sings her lullaby…🎶 “When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby” – Bing Crosby 1939     https://tinyurl.com/y8359vva

🐿 It’s said that Mothers always know the how, the what, the where…
And it would stand to reason that the same applies to Deers,
A WEALTH of care and concern and nothing to MISUSE,
A Mother Deer gives birth and then protects from all abuse…
We see her by this tree TRUNK with FAVOR towards her fawn,
With Father and son watching the two Deer upon the lawn…
The scene just so bucolic, the perfect portraiture,
We’re seeing what comes naturally, and it’s MOTHER NATURE 🐿

After having both 6-letter words being new yesterday, today all 4 of our words are Sweet Repeats. FAVOR is our oldest, having last been seen on December 28th, ’17, while MISUSE last appeared on October 21st, ’18. And it was the only one of the 4 that caused a pause…Surmise was surmised…

Finding ourselves outdoors this morning gave me a bit of a chuckle, considering the cold gripping most of the country, and the fact that it’s Groundhog Day. But it’s a welcome respite. We see a 🎶Doe, a Deer a female Deer…🎶, having just given BIRTH and she’s understandably FAWNing over her child. And according to NATURE’S schedule, the month must be May or June. Seeing the pair of DEER looking so happy together, and overhearing the dialogue between the Father and the Son whom are watching from the winDOE, …”She just DOEs”…our question is easily answered…We see that Animal Instincts kicked in and the DEER was in the clear, because of her MOTHER NATURE! Good one, David…we all FAWN over you…

Ok, eye candy…It’s an aDOEable image, but FOREST I can tell, there’s nothing really LEAPING off the page. I’m FAWNed of the whole cartoon, but I really have no iDEER what would constitute candy. There’s not much DEER that’s hidden. The Father and Son looking on from behind a Blue-shaded window pane, Green grass, carpeting the panel…A Brown Squirrel on the tree, a Gray Rabbit, with a WHITE TAIL…just NATURal woodland creatures...So, I’ll just pass the BUCK today, and not upset the NATURE of things…Well, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone. And I’ll leave you with a classic movie line…”Frankly my DEER, I don’t give a damn”…That Rhett sure gave Scarlet a good dose of her own VENISON! 🐿🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 02/01/2019







Good Morning, Everyone!      🎳  STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT 🎳

🎶 Rolling down the alley…Anticipating [the] tally…Rolling down the alley, BOWLING Sally and me…The score will show we are pretty bad, but look at all the fun we’ve had…Rolling down the alley…My Sally and me…🎶 “Bowling Song” – Joe Montgomery 1957    https://tinyurl.com/y9ads8bz

🎳 These bowlers clad in matching shirts, are looking like league mates,
We see them trying hard to set a morning bowling date.
One TIDIER than the other, they both appear quite calm…
I’m CONNED to think Florida’s the scene, because I’m seeing palms…
Their team name is OMEGA, but trust that they’re not last,
Bob, shown at left’s called WIPER…he’s cleaned up in the past.
And Dan who sits relaxing, hot coffee in his cup,
Appears to like a later start, he’s not that early up.
They’ve scheduled a Monday…that seems their paradigm…
Now all that’s left for them to do is just PIN DOWN A TIME…🎳

…I’m trying to PIN DOWN some TIME myself…I overslept, and now I’m caught up in a bit of a scheduling dilemma. So I’m going to take care of some business here, grab that cup of coffee, and I’ll be back in a little while with plenty of TIME to SPARE…How about we meet back here at NINE…🎳🙋🏻

Searching the Archives for today’s words, I had a feeling I might not find CONNED or TIDIER…and I didn’t. New entries into the LEAGUE. Our other two words though are true Oldies but Goodies, both ROLLING way back to 2014. OMEGA, making its’ 6th appearance today, was last seen on October 18th, ’17, as Ogame, and WIPER, having appeared 4 TIMEs in the past, was last here on November 16th, ’16, where it was anagrammed as Riwep… And it was TIDIER that was AWARDed the “Three STRIKES you’re out” prize for the day, since it stumped 6 of the 11 Early Birds….But now, let’s switch LANES and get to our cartoon…

This morning Jeff’s brought us to a warmer climate, and to what appears to be a warm, comfortable friendship. Two wonderful things,  that especially in light of the weather, I think we’d all be happy to PIN our hopes on. Although we’ve had BOWLING as a theme in our puzzle 4 TIMEs last year, (the last being on November 5th), and twice in 2017, today it’s a little more personal. We see two men, identified by the names on their shirts, as BOB and DAN. Trying to PIN DOWN a date and TIME to meet for BOWLING, we overhear that 9 o’clock seems a little too early, and that 10 PLAYS out better, since Dan, seen doing the Jumble, needs the SPARE TIME. So in answer to our question? They need to...PIN DOWN A TIME...Good one, David…you’ve THROWN us another WIN!

  • Ok, eye candy…Where do I start? At first I was trying to PIN DOWN the two men, since it’s obvious they’re not the usual generic Jumble characters. I thought maybe they were Jeff or David’s Fathers, but it’s hard to gauge the ages of these men, and besides, I know that Jeff’s father is named Tom, and David’s is named Russell. So that was my first STRIKE…Whoever Bob and Dan are remains to be seen…Ok…Starting left with Bob…The shelf hanging near his head, shows 3 Trophies. A BOWLER in stance, 2 BOWLING PINS  with a BALL, and a PIN AWARDed in 1978,  for a 299 GAME and looking to be sponsored by Budweiser. I can make out the Bob on it, but the last name is indistinguishable. As is the writing on the 2nd trophy…If anyone of you can make out the lettering, please write in and let me know. Moving on to Dan…We see a Jumble coffee mug, with sTEAM emanating. Next to it we see a BOWLING BAG, with a CROWN logo, and a name below it that’s beginning with a “K”. I know that Brunswick uses a crown as its logo, but it’s a 3-pointed one, which thus Crown isn’t,  and then what’s the”K” for? So…STRIKES 2 and 3…so far! Dan has his newspaper opened before him, and on the left hand side, we see a Sudoku grid, with Family Circus beside it, and below it the Jumble he’s working on, in pencil. It shows Jeff and Gizmo. The opposite page, top to bottom, is showing 4 drawings, and they’re harder to decipher. I think it’s the comic strip “Pearls Before Swine“, since I’m seeing Rat,  the 2nd one I’m drawing a blank on, (Again, if anyone can identify it, please let me know), the 3rd reads ” Hi Angela” with a Smiley Face and signed “Jeff“, and the last is a drawing of 2 Snowmen, one of whom has lost his head, which is lying between them. This drawing looks very familiar…but I can’t put my FINGER on it…And I’m feeling like I’ve lost my head here too, for more reasons than one! There’s a lot to SPARE! So my eye candy today? I’ll let you guess… What do you think it is? So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone…And 🎶Let the Good Times Roll🎶…Shirley & Lee 1956   https://tinyurl.com/yab9yze2    🎳🙋🏻


Jumble Answers for 01/29/2019










Happy Tuesday, Jumble players! Today’s puzzle featured four clue words that have been used before, but all of the anagrams were new. The only one that wasn’t immediately visible to me was NATIVE so it’s my pick for the most challenging anagram of the day. It was also the oldest clue word of the quartet and was last in gameplay on 11/20/16 where it was scrambled as VATENI. PELLET was the most recent repeat, followed by WINCE and then WAGER.

Our cartoon brings us to a stage where we encounter three Jumble characters. The scene was a familiar one and was instantly recognizable as being from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. What first caught my eye was the amount of dialogue presented to us which totaled 33 words! Rarely do we get that much information in a panel so I figured that it would play a key part in the final solve.

Romeo can be seen with his back to the balcony as he recites his formulaic sonnet. I can almost hear him saying each word slowly in a flat and monotone voice which ultimately catches the ire of the director. He can be seen yelling at Romeo through his paper megaphone while his dialogue tips us off that the two actors have recently broken up.

Jeff did an outstanding job of framing his cartoon by giving us three different levels of perspective. First we see Juliet high above the stage on a balcony, followed by Romeo at eye-level, and then finally the director on the floor. The characters were proportional to their respective positions within the frame which added to the visual impact. As far as extra detail, there wasn’t a whole lot that jumped out at me. The two actors are dressed in period costumes while the director can be seen wearing a beret and single knotted scarf. The window next to the balcony was my favorite detail for today with its vines adding some extra flair.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters and would solve into one word. I thought that the anagram itself was extremely cryptic and gave nothing away. The cartoon sentence said “stage performers” which led me to find ACTING first. INTER was found in the remaining letters for the finish. Today’s game was definitely more challenging than yesterday’s gimme and I hope you found it as entertaining as I did. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 01/28/2019










Happy Monday, Jumble players! Today’s puzzle was barely a challenge, but it did offer up a brand new clue word in COFFEE. I could have sworn that we’ve seen it before but maybe it’s just one of those words that’s common enough to look like it’s been used in the past. WLATLE was the only anagram that wasn’t immediately visible which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. If you’re a regular player of the game you probably remember that we saw it just over two weeks ago where it was scrambled as WELTLA on 1/13/19. Our oldest word ended up being LATCH and was last in gameplay on 4/25/18 where it was jumbled as CALTH.

The setting for today’s cartoon is a beautiful outdoor scene featuring a Jeep parked somewhere on an off-road trail. The driver is nowhere to be found so we can only assume that he or she is off exploring the great outdoors on this sunshine filled day. In his or her absence, we see a conversation occurring between the tires on the vehicle with one of them feeling left out.

The Jeep that we see in the panel took up the majority of the space in the frame leaving little room for extra details. Jeff managed to squeeze in a couple of hills in the background that are lined with 12 trees. There are also tufts of grass or bits of bushes visible along with two clouds in the sky. Turning my attention to the vehicle, there was something written in the center of the steering wheel that caught my eye. It appears to read “900” which made me think that it’s the model series of the Jeep. Upon closer inspection, it looks like it might also read “Jeff” in cursive but I’m not really sure.

The final solution was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. The layout was cryptic, but the conversation between the tires made this one an instant solve. Have a magnificent Monday and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow for more Jumble fun!