Jumble Answers for 12/10/2018

HAPTC = PATCH

ZIYZD = DIZZY

GLIEBR = GERBIL

FUTEFB = BUFFET

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

USING THEIR HIGH BEAMS AT NIGHT ON THE UNFAMILIAR ROAD WAS A – – –

ATHDIGRIBE = BRIGHT IDEA


Happy Monday, everyone! There’s no better way to start off our week of jumbling duties than with a brand new clue word. PATCH made its appearance into gameplay this morning but it was instantly visible upon first glance. DIZZY and BUFFET met the same fate leaving GERBIL as the only word that took some extra time to work through. Our oldest word of the day ended up being DIZZY where it was scrambled as ZIDYZ on 1/28/17.

Today’s cartoon featured a simple drawing of two people driving in a vehicle at night. The cartoon sentence informs us that the couple is cruising in unfamiliar territory and that they’ve decided to use the assistance of their high beams to illuminate the roadway. The passenger can be seen using her cell phones GPS in an attempt to identify where the sharp curve in the road is and we see a picture of it on her handset.

Since the cartoon is showing us a nighttime scene, the interior of the vehicle is shaded mostly black. We do see a faint glow from the vehicles instrument cluster as well as one around the gear shift. The only extra detail that I could identify within the panel was the 6-point deer that is semi hidden behind some shrubs in the top left corner.

The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. Even though the layout didn’t give anything away, the leading nature of the cartoon sentence made this one an instant solve. I wish all of you a merry Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 🚘

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Jumble Answers for 12/09/2018

SBYILU – BUSILY

MYNZEE –  ENZYME

SMTACO – MASCOT

TODPET – POTTED

GREDDE – DREDGE

DICINT – INDICT

CARTOON ANSWER:  WILL THE ACROPOLIS BE A TOURIST ATTRACTION IN ANOTHER 2,000 YEARS? – – – 

BSI   NE   MAS   OTE   REE   INT  =  IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN 

Good Morning, Everyone!              🏺 “IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME”! 🏺

Good Sunday Morning, Jumble Fans. Here are our words and solution for today. I’m going back to sleep for a few hours, but for all of you Early Birds out there, who are wide awake and will REMAIN so, I didn’t want to leave you hanging, so…Enjoy! And for those of you interested in reading more of what’s TO BE SEEN…Click on the link in your Email that says, “Comment” or “Add a Comment“, and you’ll be brought to our page, where you can take a TOUR of our SITE. Of course leaving a Comment is not required, but we’d definitely enjoy hearing from you should you choose to do so….Until I return, ” Ta léme argótera”! 🏺🙋🏻

🎶 What do you do with the SANDS OF TIME when they carve out lines around your eyes… I can close my fists up good and tight, But I can’t hold back the sands of time…Night and day, Night and day, you REMAIN, you REMAIN…🎶 “You Remain” – Willie Nelson with Bonnie Raitt 2002    https://tinyurl.com/y7cp83me

🏺 The beauty that is Ancient Greece is widely known to man,
And tourists have been visiting way back since time began.
A BUSILY sketched out schedule is sure to be topped off,
By touring the Acropolis, of this no one would scoff.
The ruins that are the Parthenon, where ENZYMEs may have settled,
A lot to DREDGE up on your tour as long as you’ve the mettle.
There’s climbing that’s required, POTTED areas, no terrain…
The superstitious ones can bring a MASCOT if it rains…
The steps sometimes get slippery, so caution is required,
Of course there’s places on the way to stop should one get tired.
Greek history abounds here, INDICT may come to mind…
(And even if it doesn’t…I had to make this rhyme)!
The visit’s not a cakewalk, but from all that you will glean..
It must be on your schedule, yes…IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN 🏺

I was very surprised this morning to find that INDICT and POTTED weren’t listed in the ARCHIVES that we work with. I feel we’ve SEEN both words before, but perhaps I’ve SEEN them while jumbling on David and Jeff’s JUST JUMBLE game. (And for those of you who may not have TOURED that APP yet, I highly recommend it). Of our REMAINing 4 words, ENZYME GOES BACK the farthest, to January 29th, 2016. And the only word that caused a pause this morning was POTTED. 8 of my 11 fìloi ( friends?) SAW Topped, and couldn’t CLIMB past it..TBT, look back UP at my poem…3rd line. I was thinking it too, even after I knew it was POTTED! I had to rewrite line 7! How about you all? What word almost RUINed your morning?

Still going with our outdoor themes, today we find ourselves in Europe, above the city of ATHENS, GREECE, visiting the ACROPOLIS. Here’s a link to some information about it, should you be interested. https://tinyurl.com/yagsb77x. We see a couple, stopping along the way to take photos of The Parthenon. They’re overheard discussing how amazing it is to be looking at RUINS that are 2,000 years old. And the solution to our puzzle came to me right here in our dialogue. Him mentioning the 2,000 years, the “Remains” and her saying…”Show” our family..To be seen. IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN! Oh TROY, oh TROY, how clever is that? Once again, David, you’ve REACHED all new HEIGHTS! Way to RHO!

Ok, eye candy. Except for the “ROCKS and ROLLS”, Jeff’s really not given us much to SEE. Various brown pieces of stone and columns are strewn about…”THE REMAINS OF THE CLAY”..😉 The brown Parthenon stands in the background…SEE? Not much. Sorry, I hate to RUIN this for you…But there are two little things that caught my attention…The woman’s phone is capturing the image of the ANCIENT RUIN. I always love when Jeff gives us those dePICtions…and the man is wearing a Fanny Pack, which may not be as ANCIENT as you think. I’ve seen them displayed again in Macy’s and they were mentioned as an idea for a Christmas gift on one of those numerous morning talk show deals…But the funniest part? They were offered for sale with extension straps. I suppose for those of us who remember them from the early 90’s was it? What? We’ve REACHED all new WIDTHS? 😂 So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone..And I’ll leave you with a little GREEK “punny” that might be found relevant even AFTER ALL THESE YEARS...”ANCIENT GREEK  politicians always blamed the MEDEA”! 🏺🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 12/08/2018

NOOEZ – OZONE

LIYHL – HILLY

RAURHH – HURRAH

TUNMTO – MUTTON

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE SWISS CHEESE AT THE CHURCH PICNIC HAD AN ATTITUDE THAT WAS – – – 

ONE   HIL   HRAH   UTTO   =  HOLIER THAN THOU 

Good Morning, Everyone!            🧀  SWISS DIS? 🧀

🎶 So you met someone who set you back on your heels – GOUDA GOUDA...So you met someone and now you know how it feels – GOUDA GOUDA…So you gave him your heart too, just as I gave mine to you…And he broke it in little pieces, now how do you do…HURRAH and hallelujah, you had it coming to ya…GOUDA GOUDA for him…GOUDA GOUDA for me…And I hope you’re satisfied you rascal you…🎶 “Goody, Goody” – Frankie Lymon 1957   https://tinyurl.com/y7ek6l2l

🧀 There’s cheese that goes with white wine and cheese that goes with red…
There’s cheeses that have reeked so bad the OZONE layers bled…
There’s cheeses for a picnic, the HILLY view serene…
There’s cheeses that are fruity-flavored and they’re tinged with green…
There’s cheese that goes with MUTTON and some with steak tartare…
There’s cheeses aged so richly that you give a last HURRAH
I do love cheese but still I’m sure a cheese that’s this highbrow?
I’ll take a pass for surely it’s not HOLIER THAN THOU! 🧀

Talk about whimsy! DAIRY I say I laughed until the COWS came home? Until I turned BLUE? I mean does it get any CHEDDAR than this? Ok, Ok, I’ll stop…Today’s words give us a freeBRIEHURRAH. it’s new, it’s FRESH, and it TASTED, I mean it tested the patience of a few of the Early Bird Jumblers.. But it was MUTTON, that really got their GOAT. And now I think it’s time ASIAGO on to our cartoon…

Ok, you know the PROCESS…Today Jeff has taken us outdoors once more, this time to a Church picnic. At first I wrote that the black silhouetted building at the back of the panel was a COTTAGE, but then I saw the steeple, and had to CUT it out of my post. Along the back, we see 6 WHITE silhouetted figures, 3 male, and 3 female, the male farthest right doing the honors at the smoke-emitting GRILL..ED I think his name is. And up front, we have our man of the SOUR, with the SHARP tongue. The SWISS CHEESE. WEDGEd between a male, COLBY, colored a mustard yellow, and a female, BRIE, a golden yellow, he’s sitting there on the cutting board acting like MUENSTER Big, boasting that he’s liked the best. Please…his story’s full of HOLES! What a STINKING attitude, am I right? WHEEL Big Shot. I’d like to CREAM the guy…No class, no CULTURE at all…Anyway, NEUFCHÂTEL that everyone is just FETA up with him, especially JACK, a beige French GRU YÈREing the mustache. He calls him a ham…HAM and CHEESE. (Now can that get any CHEDDAR)? …But in answer to our question…What kind of an attitude did the SWISS CHEESE at the CHURCH picnic have? One that was…HOLIER THAN THOU! HA! David, now that’s a pun AGED TO PERFECTION!

Eye candy? Besides the Cheese du BORE, and his fellow Cheeses du jour, I guess we have to go with the SLICER and the two accents of green GARNI, looking to be parsleyBut bottom line, no matter how you SLICE it, the HOLE cartoon is a CUT above! Jeff, you’ve SERVED up a Gem!…And I’m gonna just RIND this up! So, There you gave it Folks! Done! Have a GOUDA day, Everyone…No, scratch that…Have a GRATE one! 🧀🙋🏻
And I’ll leave you with a little something to SAVOR…🎶SWEET dreams are made of CHEESE, who am I to disaBRIE  I CHEDDAR the world and the FETA CHEESE, everybody’s looking for STILTON…🎶 “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” – The Eurythmics 1983   https://tinyurl.com/z6tnnww

Jumble Answers for 12/07/2018

NUYNS – SUNNY

LOGTA – GLOAT

RODRIT – TORRID

MTTCOA – TOMCAT

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE LANDSCAPERS AT NASA’S JOHNSON SPACE CENTER SPECIALIZED IN – – –

UNN   GLO   ORRD   OCT  = GROUND CONTROL

Good Morning, Everyone!                🐛 GRUB-A-DUB-DUB 🐛

🎶 GROUND CONTROL to Major Tom, GROUND CONTROL to Major Tom…
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on…🎶 “Space Oddity” – David Bowie 1969     https://tinyurl.com/y97ao3fn

🐛 As many of you surely know, Grubs in the grass remain
One of the things we dread to find, a gardeners true bane.
Those TORRID days we spend outdoors, trying to cultivate
A stretch of grass to GLOAT over, a display quite first rate…
We chase away the TOMCAT, the rabbits and such ilk…
Our SUNNY dispositions hoping to grow grass like silk.
But Grubs show up and oft times tend to definitely take its’ toll
And we’re left high and dry as we perform our GROUND CONTROL🐛

So, Fellow Jumblers, we’ve sucSEEDED in drawing another work week of Jumbling to a close…and as our week winds down, we find that all of todays’ words have been PLANTED here before. The one word that stopped 7 of the 11 Early Bird Jumblers dead in their TRACTS this morning, and had them SCRATCHING their heads, is TOMCAT, one of those oft times complicated compound words. …And it just so happens to be the oldest of the group today, having last appeared way back on August 6th, 2015, and anagrammed as MOACTT. There was also a very slight PAWS at TORRID, but GLOAT and SUNNY easily SHONE through…

Once again today, we find ourselves outdoors in a field of GRASS. Jeff’s LANDED us onto the GROUNDS of the Lyndon B Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas. This is where Spaceflight training, research and flight CONTROL take place. You know, the GROUND work…We see three LANDSCAPERS, one most likely an Environmental Engineer, whom I’ll call Tom Jones, and two other GROUNDSkeepers, named HOEmer and DRAKE. Tom is kneeling, as is Hoemer, inspecting the dead patches of GRASS that have been caused by GRUBS. It’s most likely mid-summer, (which is when we usually see this type of damage) and the white C-shaped larvae of various beetles and chafers, has unfortunately FEASTED themselves into our SOIL and eaten away at our GRASS ROOTS...We see Tom turning and HOEmer tugging on pieces of the TURF. Speaking from experience, I can tell you that when GRUBS are the culprits, the dead patch rolls up just like a carpet, and you can easily see that it has no roots. It’s totally ROOTless! But our dialogue is telling us, that desBLIGHT the presence of these intruders, our men stay calm and in CONTROL, and remain solidly GROUNDED. GRUB Spray is mentioned as a solution, and we feel assured that it’ll definitely sucSEED  in restoring the 🎶Green, Green Grass of Loam…🎶 So, in answer to our question…The LANDSCAPERS specialized in…GROUND CONTROL!…And that about COVERS IT! Good one, David…MEALY good one!

Ok, eye candy…We see two beige-bricked buildings, with a large structural sign identifying it as the Johnson Space Center. The NASA logo is featured, which is a Sphere representing a Planet, the Stars representing Space, the Red Chevron, in the alternate shape of the constellation Andromeda, (which is a Wing representing Aeronautics), and then the orbiting Spacecraft going around the Wing. There’s also a logo displayed on both HOEmer and Drakes hats, and HOEmers’ shirt, that appears to be a triangled Blade of GRASS. There’s a large black and white Aircraft at the backGROUND, off to the right. DRAKE, at left, is holding a rake, and a small utility bucket’s behind him. He’s wearing black PLANTS, I mean pants, and his shirt is teal. HOEmer, kneeling off to the right, wears jeans and a navy shirt. But it’s Tom who provides us with the candy today. He’s wearing white gloves…White gloves? To work in the GROUND? Hmm..I think we’ll need some exSTAINing here…He’s digging with a three-pronged Cultivator, and he’s a leftie! I’ll give you a big HAND for that Jeff! He’s dressed in black pants, to match his tie, a brown vest, and a white shirt. But the cute little treat that I KNEEded  to see this morning? He’s wearing khaki-colored KNEE PADS! I just really FELL for those! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! Bye, bye…GROW Long! 🐛🙋🏻

Jumble Answers for 12/06/2018

CNAIP = PANIC

NTTEH = TENTH

LBPBEE = PEBBLE

RULLAP = PLURAL

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THEY BUILT THE CASTLE ON THE HIGHEST POINT SO THEIR ENEMIES WOULD HAVE AN – – –

PAITTHBLELUL = UPHILL BATTLE


Happy Thursday, Jumble fans! Although there weren’t any new clue words this morning, David offered up four brand new anagrams in an attempt to get us to wave our white flag of surrender. It definitely wasn’t the first two words with both of them coming instantly upon first glance. The last two were rather challenging, and rightfully so, with only one puzzle remaining before the weekend. PLURAL took the most time for me to decipher which earns it the title of most difficult anagram of the day. TENTH is the oldest word in the quartet with with its last appearance on 3/16/17 and jumbled as HENTT.

There’s nothing more exciting than a medieval battle scene filled with swords, knights in shining armor, and a king in a castle. Jeff provided all of the above elements to turn today’s cartoon into an instant Jumble classic. The panel features a group of brave souls that are plotting to besiege a castle in a very hostile takeover. The dialogue between the men indicates that the campaign won’t be a cakewalk and that they’ll continue their forward progress at all costs.

There were plenty of extra details within today’s cartoon to keep our attention long after the solve. The little scar on the right cheek of the knights face was a hidden gem that lets us know that he’s been battle tested before. We also see a plethora of weaponry from the period including seven polearms with extremely sharp points. There’s also a large sword being held by the brains of the operation that has a minimally decorated cross-guard and an oversized pommel. Looking closely at the castle in the background you can spot a group of eight men that are ready to protect their king at all costs. The castle is small in size but it did have indented parapets for extra visual appeal. Lastly we see The king in the middle of the group and he’s wearing a four-pointed crown and a stoic look upon his face.

The final solve consisted of an anagram containing 12-letters. The layout was extremely cryptic and kept the solution well hidden. The dialogue and sentence focused on the castle being built on the “highest point” and the difficulty they’d have reaching it. Spotting the U in the anagram brought UPHILL to mind leaving BATTLE to be found a few moments thereafter. Today’s cartoon is a perfect example of how the pun is truly mightier than the sword. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 12/05/2018

MERIG = GRIME

LOPTI = PILOT

GADJEG = JAGGED

GNEIOP = PIGEON

CARTOON ANSWER:

HE DIDN’T WANT TO PAY MUCH FOR THE OFF-ROAD VEHICLE AND WAS TRYING TO GET IT – – –

REPTJDIE = DIRT “JEEP”


Happy Wednesday, everyone! Mr. Hoyt offered up a new clue word in JAGGED which makes it our second new word this week. Using the double letter trick of coupling the G’s together made quick work of it leaving PIGEON as the only word that slowed me down this morning. PIGEON was also our oldest clue word of the day and was last used on 5/16/17 where it was brilliantly scrambled as ONEPIG.

Moving along to today’s cartoon, we see two Jumble characters standing beside a vehicle that is in a serious state of disrepair. A third Jumble character of a young boy can be seen playing behind the steering wheel and he probably envisions himself taking the jalopy out in the woods for an off-road adventure. The dialogue between the two men consists of them trying to negotiate a price. The seller is asking for one thousand dollars and the buyer counters with an offer of five hundred due to its condition.

Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, did a superb job of showing us the many flaws of the vehicle. There’s a broken headlight, a mangled bumper, a broken windshield wiper, a flat tire on the passengers side and a completely missing tire on the drivers rear side. He even went so far as to have the vehicle propped up on a cement block for an added touch of decrepitness! My favorite detail overall was the glimpse of the items within the garage in the background. It looks like there are some spare parts to the vehicle that are leaning up against the wall.

The final solve consisted of an anagram that was 8-letters in length. It was the same amount of letters as yesterday’s puzzle but one of today’s words was in quotes. With the main focus of the cartoon being the vehicle, JEEP was the obvious choice to start me on my way. With those letters crossed out, DIRT was instantly found leaving us with a very punny answer. I wish you all a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 12/04/2018

PXLEE = EXPEL

YPOLO = LOOPY

SUFREE = REFUSE

GJOREG = JOGGER

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

BEN FRANKLIN’S RESPONSE TO BIFOCAL SCEPTICS WAS – – –

ELLYUSOE = YOU’LL SEE


Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle featured a brand new clue word in LOOPY. All of the anagrams were new as well, but they were all instantly visible upon first glance. EXPEL was the oldest repeat with its last appearance on 4/6/16 and scrambled as ELPXE. My choice for the most difficult anagram of the day is REFUSE. The word itself has two meanings and can be used as a verb to indicate or show that one is unwilling to do something or as a noun meaning trash. With all of the clue words out of the way, it was time to focus my attention on today’s cartoon.

In today’s panel we are greeted by two gentlemen having a conversation. I didn’t need to read the cartoon sentence in order to immediately recognize that the seated gentleman was Benjamin Franklin. We see him showing his acquaintance a pair of glasses in his right hand while his left hand is pointing to a letter that is layed out before him on the table. Also on the table is another pair of glasses along with some lenses that appear to be cut in half.

The letter, in my opinion, was the most interesting detail in today’s panel. A quick online search revealed that it was written to Mr. George Whatley on May 23, 1785. The letter is often credited as proof that Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals and it also contains a sketch that explains how they work. A transcript of the correspondence between the two men can be read HERE, with the last letter being the one that we see in today’s cartoon.

The anagram for the final solution consisted of only 8-letters. Noticing the two L’s paired together along with the apostrophe in the answer field brought YOU’LL instantly to mind. SEE was found quickly thereafter leaving a solution that required no ink to be spilled. This definitely wasn’t a difficult Jumble to complete, but the interesting facts learned about Franklin’s invention made it a worthwhile endeavor. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll SEE you right back here tomorrow! 👓

 

Jumble Answers for 11/30/2018

SRBAH – BRASH

OBTOA – TABOO

RECCAS – SCARCE

DECAAF – FACADE

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE PRICES FOR EQUIPMENT IN THE SURF SHOP WERE RISING – – – 

BRSH   TOO   SRC   AADE  =    ACROSS THE  BOARD 

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! 🏄🏻🙋🏻