Visual Description: Friendly formula for feasting.
PLOEE = ELOPE, CIRKB = BRICK, TARREH = RATHER, DUPIMO = PODIUM — Giving us: LPEBICRATEODI
Clue/Question: The chemists ate lunch every day at the – – –
Answer: PERIODIC TABLE
(That’s a good, stinky pun. Like Ammonium sulfide! No new clue words today, but three new jumbles. Hoyt has used “tarreh” before. The answer letter layout was pretty awesome. Too bad the cartoon gave away the answer, with the PERIODIC TABLE hanging right there on the wall. I don’t think that *bonus clue* was necessary. The clue/question and the cartoon’s convo was enough to solve it. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: “I must be in the front row!”
VONLE = NOVEL, MUPEL = PLUME, ZEESEN = SNEEZE, TROFAM = FORMAT — Giving us: NESEFA
Clue/Question: The elegant new box seats at the baseball stadium were – – –
(Seasonal, and cute. No new clue words, but two of the jumbles appear to be new. We’ve seen both “vonle” and “mupel” before. Nicely jumbled answer letter layout. Great cartoon. Be well and do good, friends.) — 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
Visual Description: A Lennon and McCartney collaboration.
WORNC = CROWN, PAZTO = TOPAZ, XDECEE = EXCEED, SPYMIK = SKIMPY — Giving us: CRONTOAEEDSMP
Clue/Question: They worked on the song separately, and then – – –
Answer: COMPARED NOTES
(“A little better, all the time.” Another one of the figurative/literal puns! Love, love, love it! None of today’s clue words are new, but two of the jumbles are. We’ve seen “wornc” and “spymik” in the past. For whatever reason – because sometimes I’m a big dope – I initially spelled “exceed” EXCEDE! But of course, that didn’t matter because all it did was change the order of the letters in the answer letter layout, and not the letters themselves. But, the answer letter layout was a splendid jumble, either way! The cartoon was a nice depiction of John and Paul in a late 1960s studio. I was living on W.72nd St, just about 5 or 6 buildings down the block from The Dakota, on the night that John was shot. He had been shot around 11:00 PM, or so. When you live in the city you quickly become numb to sirens, and most commotions. But, around 2:30, or 3:00AM, I was awoken to the sound of people singing “Give Peace a Chance”. Now, that was definitely something different. I had work the next morning, so I went back to sleep, as oblivious as before. My alarm clock/radio clued me in to the situation upon awakening. As tragic and bizarre as the event was, at least the singing finally made sense to me. The world certainly has its share of mentally unbalanced people, who will do anything to make a name for themselves. I think we really have to invest more in public mental health. There are too many people out there who are hurting. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: Nature’s resurrection.
VADIO = AVOID, WOLRG = GROWL, LIFTEL = FILLET, VONBIE = BOVINE — Giving us: ARLFEE
Clue/Question: With Winter over, Spring was this to the trees.
Answer: A “RE–LEAF“
(A very welcome, classic pun! With two new clue words, no less! Yes, both “growl” and “bovine” are coming up as new, and need to be added to the world famous ralis95 clue word database. Only the jumble “liftel” has definitely been used before. The answer letter layout was cryptic enough, considering the length of the answer. The cartoon harkens back to “The Wizard of Oz”, but the trees are much more benign. I think there are animated trees in one, or more, of the “Lord of the Rings” movies too. And, there is that tree dude in “Guardians of the Galaxy” also! The squirrels seem happy, as does the lone tulip. Another winner, guys. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: Night watchman.
GHURS = SHRUG, SAYID = DAISY, GOOTRF = FORGOT, TAVCIE = ACTIVE — Giving us: SHRGDAYFRTAIVE
Clue/Question: The cemetery’s new security guard worked the – – –
Answer: GRAVEYARD SHIFT
(Very good Jumble! One of those literal/figurative puns. No new clue words, but three of the jumbles came up as new. We’ve seen “tavcie” some time in the past. The answer letter layout was another very long one, and also nicely cryptic. It didn’t give the answer away. Overall, I thought it was much easier than yesterday’s, but that might have been just me. The real treat is the cartoon. Lots of fun and clever tombstones! Like when Wiley does his Last Words Cemetery. The one with the light on it has what looks like a guy struggling over a difficult Jumble. But, the headstone reads: “Ima Punster”, which should make it a woman! I’m sure you’ve all figured out it says: “Played the jumble everyday but not today”. It does kind of bother me that Jeff killed Ima off at the tender young age of 63! I’ve got a few years before I get there, but Jeff should know that the bulk of the Jumble fans are very likely north of 63! LOL! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: Even pirates gotta pay.
FUTSF = STUFF, RULTY = TRULY, TARMET = MATTER, CEERTJ = REJECT — Giving us: SURYARET
Clue/Question: To collect taxes, the pirate government started a – – –
(An appropriate tax day Jumble! A little too literal maybe. Maybe that’s because the IRS doesn’t have a sense of humor??? Well, there were no new clue words today. I think Hoyt pays a tax on new clue words. However, three of the jumbles came up as new, with only “futsf” having been used earlier. None of them tripped me up any. The answer letter layout was a little weak today. It starts out with SURY, which – obviously – is the second half of the answer word. Switching the order of “FUTSF” and “RULTY” would have prevented this . . . heinous offense to our purist sensibilities! LOL! The cartoon is great though. With the nerdy pirate accountant, with vest and gathered sleeves, half glasses, and a pencil behind his ear! Did they have pencils back then??? There is also a quill pen on the bench/table. Not quite sure, but I believe, instead of the classic sinking sailboat, we have a sinking pirate ship on the horizon. Lots of fun. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR