English: Dog in a retreat. Português: Cachorro em um retiro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Department store diva.
PALAH = ALPHA, RIWTL = TWIRL, KOLTEC = LOCKET, VHALIS = LAVISH — Giving us: ALHTLLEAVI
Clue/Question: The shopper demanded 50% off everything in the store because she wanted to – – –
Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa. I took this picture. This looks just like my dog Yuma. He was from a shelter in Evanston Il. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Answer: “HALVE“ IT ALL
(Punderful! The “alpha” shopper liked to “twirl” her way to get the “lavish” “locket”. Which one of our readers used to do this with the clue words??? Was it JT? Could be. It’s all kind of a blur to me by now. None of today’s clue words are new, but three of the jumbles came up as new, for me. Hoyt has definitely used “palah” before. The answer letter layout was an admirably constructed jumble. I don’t think it gave anything away. Knurek’s cartoon sets the tone perfectly. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
PS. The family and I got ourselves a new family member, from a local animal shelter. Wally! He’s believed to be a 2 year old yellow lab and chow chow mix. But, who really knows?! I guess we could have a DNA test done on him, but it’s not all that important. He’s medium sized, with short golden fur, a short muzzle and a semi-stocky build. He’s no Ginger! No dog will ever be. But, he’s got a sweet disposition and he seems to be acclimating well. So far, no accidents. Knock wood! The house feels more complete again. — YUR
English: Cherry picker, Exeter Cathedral A bucket truck being used to allow conservation work on the cathedral’s west front. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Bell-tower bonus.
RANPO = APRON, MILTI = LIMIT, NUMIEM = IMMUNE, FYLMES = MYSELF — Giving us: ARNLITMNEMYE
Clue/Question: Installation of the new clock was completed in a – – –
English: Looking west across Fulton at a JLG 800AJ cherrypicker at work. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Answer: TIMELY MANNER
(Yes! That is an apropos pun! No new clue words today, however three of the jumbles came up as new. We have definitely seen “milti” before. The answer letter layout was wondrous. Nothing given away. And, a great cartoon. The big cherry-picker, in the background, puts me in mind of the giant construction crane that fell in the Tribeca neighborhood of lower Manhattan, this morning. What a tragedy! At least one dead and three injured, two seriously. The HUGE crane fell on Worth St., between Church St. and Hudson St., destroying a number of cars, and damaging a few buildings. Bricks are everywhere. Considering the time of day, and the immensity of the crane, it’s a minor miracle that more people were not killed and injured. But, it’s still a tragedy none-the-less. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims and their families. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Closeup groundhog (Marmota monax) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: The testament of greed.
FALWU = AWFUL, GAMIE = IMAGE, LTUNAF = FLAUNT, DOGINI = INDIGO — Giving us: WLIGLUNIN
Clue/Question: His heirs all wanted a piece of his fortune, but he was – – –
English: groundhog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(Ooh! That is one stinky pun! No new clue words today, however three of the jumbles came up as new. We have seen “gamie” before. The jumbles were good, but none of them tripped me up any. Gotta love “dogini” though! The answer letter layout was good, but not great. It wasn’t super obvious, but I got the answer right away. Cute cartoon. It certainly tells the story! Oh, yeah. Happy Groundhog’s Day! What a load of crap event this is! And, people want to debate doing away with the coin toss for football overtime??? Oh, well. Be well . . . be happy with what you get . . . and do good, friends.) — YUR
PS. Someone who reads my local newspaper, The Journal News, complained that the Sunday, 01/31/16, Jumble contained an inaccuracy. The equation on the blackboard was for Einstein’s theory of “special relativity”, and not “general relativity”! The correct equation would be: At least I think that’s the right one. Any physicists out there??? LOL! — YUR
English: Gold :: Locality: Mother Lode (Mother Lode belt), Tuolumne County, California, USA (Locality at mindat.org) :: Size: 1.6 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm :: (largest). A 2-piece set from the Mother Lode District of California. Two large, sculptural and flattened, river-worn gold nuggets with rich gold lustre and color comprise this set. Deutsch: Gold :: Fundort: Hauptader, Tuolumne County, Kalifornien, Vereinigte Staaten (Fundort bei mindat.org) :: Größe: 1.6 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Striking the mother lode!
LOGIO = IGLOO, DUOIA = AUDIO, MEBREM = MEMBER, CINEYL = NICELY — Giving us: ILOAUBERNIL
Clue/Question: After they struck gold, the owner of the gold mine was a – – –
English: Chicken bouillon cube “Maggi” (purchased in Bulgary) Български: Пиле бульон кубче “Маги” Русский: Кубик куриного бульон “Maggi” (приобретён в Болгарии) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(Great pun! A surprisingly challenging answer, for a Saturday. All of today’s clue words are old favorites, however two of the jumbles came up as new. We have seen both “logio” and “duoia” before. The answer letter layout hid the answer very nicely! If it wasn’t for the pun aspect of it, this might have taken me much longer to get. Yer Uncle is a regular punk rocker. Though some of you probably think I’m just a little punchy. You all know how I love the pungent ones. And, you know I feel no compunction about punishing you with my lack of punctilios. Some of you will probably want to expunge this post from your memory banks. Hey, how about that cartoon?!?! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Banana on Pancake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Hash house heaven!
NIHKT = THINK, KEJRO = JOKER, LEPACA = PALACE, DARISU = RADIUS — Giving us: THKOKELCEAIS
Clue/Question: Their pancakes were becoming popular and selling – – –
English: Pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Answer: LIKE HOTCAKES
(One of those literal puns! Not at all stinky. I love the smell of pancakes in the morning! Smells like . . . victory! Especially, when they come with a side of bacon, or sausage. Mmm! No new clue words today, and only two of the jumbles came up as new. we’ve seen “kejro” and “darisu” before. The answer letter layout did not give away the answer. It was a dandy jumble in itself. The answer is just another one of those classic American idioms. Beautifully detailed cartoon. The one waitress is carrying a pot of coffee, the little plate with extra pads of butter, the order rack, the heat lamp, and the order up bell! And, I think that waitress in the background looks like she could be Donald Trump’s sister! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
English: American cook, author, and television personality (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: The French Chef . . . and hubby.
SHIKW = WHISK, GEIRT = TIGER, POCNAY = CANOPY, BARSOB = ABSORB — Giving us: WKERCOAO
Clue/Question: The chef got a new apron and she liked her new – – –
English: Julia Child’s Kitchen on display at the National Museum of American History (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Just a hint, for those of you who might be struggling to get today’s answer. The answer is definitely a pun, that plays on what you’re seeing in the background of the cartoon. Gotta run. — YUR
(Well, alrighty then! I thought more of you were going to be like me. I got all the clue words instantly, but I found both the cartoon’s dialog and the clue/question a little awkward. None of the clue words are new, but three of the jumbles appear to be new. We’ve definitely seen “shikw” before. I thought the answer letter layout was . . . diabolical, to borrow a word from one of our truest followers. I was seeing WORK and CROW and CORK, but I wasn’t seeing COOK for a few minutes. The three words I was seeing were using too many consonants for the other four letter word segment. But, I finally saw COOK and then COOKWARE, and then the pun sunk in! The cartoon of Julia Child and Paul Cushing Child was very amusing. I think Jeff’s wife forced him to watch Julie & Julia! Be well and do good, friends.) – – – YUR
English: Four white geese in a park (Cagliari) Italiano: Quattro Anser domesticus in un parco a Cagliari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: As the goose gaggle giggles.
GETAN = AGENT, NIRKD = DRINK, LAPWOL = WALLOP, COBEUN = BOUNCE — Giving us: AGTDRKAOONE
Clue/Question: She wanted to see the new goose, so she – – –
more pics from a while ago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Answer: TOOK A GANDER
(Now, that’s a good stinky pun! Home again, home again, jiggity jig! Most definitely no new clue words today, people. Maybe I’ll check the last few days, when I get a chance. Only two of the jumbles are new, as we’ve seen both “getan” and ” nirkd” in the past. Fine job with the answer letter layout. Switching “wallop” and “bounce” would have made it a little better though. I suppose if you’re not an Idiom Savant, like me, you might have had some difficulty in getting today’s answer. But, I didn’t need any goosing. Jeff’s animated animal drawings are always a fan favorite, aren’t they! That is one self-assured looking gander! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR