Visual Description: Equine equanimity.
TNEETX = EXTENT, RUBUNA = AUBURN, FANELI = FINALE, MATTOO – TOMATO, GONIRI = ORIGIN, SULVIA = VISUAL — Giving us: EENABNILETMTORNVA
Clue/Question: Horses at the farm were happy and got along well, thanks in part to it being a – – –
Pre-Answer: Two Words (6-letters) (11-letters)
Answer: STABLE ENVIRONMENT
(Gotta love it! The great out doors, and beautiful horses. No new clue words today, but four of the jumbles came up as new. We have seen both “rubuna” and “goniri” before. The answer letter layout was a super jumble. Very long and very cryptic. There were some bonus visual clues in the cartoon, which should have helped anyone who might have been struggling to get the answer. My uncle specializes in building stables. If you need a stable built in southern California, just let me know! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
“Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” — John Updike
(A very appropriate Earth Day quote! Be well and do good friends . . . of the earth!) — YUR
Visual Description: Mid 19th Century classic toy.
NUGTR = GRUNT, SEYMS = MESSY, CKRIYT = TRICKY, PIDEME = IMPEDE — Giving us: GNMSTRIIPE
Clue/Question: When children played with their new Slinky toys in April of 1946, it was – – –
(Another great literal/figurative pun! I think they’re fun. There were no new clue words for this day. Three of the jumbles did come up as new though. Hoyt has used “pideme” in the past. The answer letter layout was a cryptic jumble too. The cartoon is another one of Knurek’s great period pieces. It could have come right out of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Although, the mom looks a little like Audrey Meadows, to me. The tire swing, hanging from the tree in the background, is a nice touch. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
“In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” — Terry Pratchett
(I think cat lovers kinda like being subservient to their . . . masters! I grew up with both cats and dogs, and love them both. But dogs don’t claw the furniture, or curtains. And, I’d rather walk my dog three or four times a day, than have to deal with a litter box! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: What “Flat Earthers” dispute.
DOMUN = MOUND, SWNHO = SHOWN, TIMSAG = STIGMA, PONCAY = CANOPY — Giving us: MONSONGMAAOY
Clue/Question: The last time humans walked on the lunar surface, it was – – –
Answer: MANY MOONS AGO
(Another brilliant pun! There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles are coming up as new. We’ve definitely seen “timsag” before. The answer letter layout was a beautifully crafted, and cryptic jumble. Nothing obvious about it. The cartoon is reminiscent of the Space Race hey day. The answer itself became kind of a Western movie cliché, but Native Americans, and many many indigenous people, did/do mark time by phases of the moon. Even many religious calendars are based on phases of the moon, instead of our quasi-static calendar. Indigenous people have a greater respect for their environment than our so-called “civilized” societies. They rely on it more. They are part of it, so they know its importance, better than most of the rest of us. We recognize Earth Day once a year, but they observe it every day. Let us strive to be more observant, on a daily basis. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
PS. (From Mr. David L. Hoyt)
Do you want to watch a video of the amazingly talented artist Jeff Knurek drawing tomorrow’s Jumble cartoon? Then check out his new video on @playjumble on Twitter at the link below. He talks about the drawing and you can watch him draw it from beginning to end. He doesn’t reveal the answer, so you’ll still need to play the puzzle in the newspaper tomorrow!
“Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.” — Michael Levine
(Very true! Wow! There seem to be a lot of Michael Levines who could have said this. I’m betting that it either has to be the bassist/keyboardist for the Canadian band Triumph, or the American composer. Fortunately, both of them are still alive. So, if either of them want to lay claim to this quote they can just write to yer buddy, yer pal, Unclerave’s Wordy Weblog, just to set the world straight on this matter of great import. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR