The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Mega-WATT display.
RAWEF = WAFER, DATPA = ADAPT, HOYLUR = HOURLY, CAZIOD = ZODIAC — Giving us: AEDHLZOI
Clue/Question: He put up so many Christmas lights, the neighbors were in a – – –
English: Christmas lights in Haughton, Staffordshire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(They look stunned and amazed, to me. No new clue words today. But all of the jumbles seemed new to me. That doesn’t mean they were difficult though. The best jumble was the answer letter layout. Nicely done, there. The cartoon was . . . enlightening! Hope you had a wonderful holiday, friends. Be well and do good!) — YUR
Sergeant Rayene Stewart Simpson decorating a Christmas tree in Korea, 1953. Simpson was later decorated with the Victoria Cross while serving with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in 1969. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: The family tree tradition.
LEMPI = IMPEL, GRPUE = PURGE, DUGERT = TRUDGE, ICOSAF = FIASCO — Giving us: IPEPURTUDSC
Clue/Question: When they added ornaments to the Christmas tree, they – – –
English: A bauble on a Christmas tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Answer: SPRUCED IT UP
(Maybe they Scotch Pined it up! Or Douglas Fir’d it up. I like the expression spruced up! Too many of our tried and true idioms seem to be waning in popularity. Too much urban/pop speak is taking over our vernacular, in my opinion. ‘Tis a sign of the times, I suppose. It’s kind of a cyclical/generational kind of thing. I suppose the language will survive, despite today’s . . . and tomorrow’s inanities. End of grumpy old man rant.
There were no new clue words today, while all of the jumbles came across as new, to me. I thought they were an eclectic bunch, even though I had no trouble in unscrambling any of them. I can tell a lot of thought went into today’s answer letter layout. Nothing given away. Nothing obvious. The cartoon makes for a nice middle class holiday postcard, with only a hint of self-promotion.
I hope everybody can be with friends and family this holiday season. Merry Christmas, my friends. Be well, be joyful and do good.) — YUR
Visual Description: The Flintstone burial ground.
BUCCI = CUBIC, ATBIH = HABIT, PYSMIK = SKIMPY, IDRONO = INDOOR — Giving us: CBICAISKPINR
Clue/Question: The archaeologist wished the caveman was still alive so he could – – –
Answer: PICK HIS BRAIN
(This pun definitely requires the visual clue from the cartoon! No new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up new for me. I thought the jumbling of “indoor” was pretty spiffy. The answer letter layout was first class all the way. I don’t think it gave a thing away. The cartoon is hilarious! The visual clues are the little rock hammers, aka: picks, being held by the scientists. It looks like ol’ Fred was buried in his favorite suit, along with his bowling ball and . . . aw, Dino! I sure hope that Dino predeceased Fred. Dino was a good boy! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Jeff’s Bohemian days!
KEEOV = EVOKE, YORNA = RAYON, YENOLF = FELONY, REMHIT = HERMIT — Giving us: ERAFNIT
Clue/Question: Business was good, but the policeman only wanted to – – –
Fine Arts at Unmaad Oct 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Answer: FINE ART
(Now, this is a great pun! Not a lot of Fine Arts majors become cops, I bet. After banking, I looked into it, but by then I was too old. The wife would’ve crapped a brick anyway. She didn’t even want me to be a guard at the county jail, or even be a limo driver. Oh, well. No new clue words today! We did have a few new jumbles though. Only the one for “evoke” had already been used, by my records. The answer letter layout pretty good, for only seven letters. The cartoon is fun. I like the glasses on the Mona Lisa! And, the pot-belly on the cop. Fun for Monday! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
A juvenile giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), 8–9 feet (2.4–2.7 m) tall, eating leaves. Pictured in Tanzania in a zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Faithful friends, who are dear to us, gather near to us . . . once more.
TORFUH = FOURTH, OZABEG = GAZEBO, CUBASA = ABACUS, KAYWLE = WEAKLY, NURADO = AROUND, CEXTIO = EXOTIC — Giving us: FHEOCSWKONDEOT
Clue/Question: The zebras stopped by to visit the giraffes when they were in the giraffe’s – – –
Français : Stavo__est_kenya__47.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Answer: NECK OF THE WOODS
(Not a real stumper, answer-wise, but it was a good stinky pun! We actually had a new clue word, in “weakly”. Apparently, we’ve had WEAKEN and WEEKLY, but this is our first “weakly”. ralis95 has a little work to do with his clue word database. It looks like there were a few new jumbles too. I liked the ones for “fourth” and “gazebo” . . . and “around”. The answer letter layout was great. Very cryptic. It’s just that the answer was pretty darn obvious. Great nature scene cartoon. Straight outta National Geographic! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Temperature predictions from some climate models assuming the SRES A2 emissions scenario. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Divisive . . . by design.
GRACO = CARGO, POLEE = ELOPE, RITBET = BITTER, CETHAD = DETACH — Giving us: CAOEPEITTDH
Clue/Question: For some people, global warming is a – – –
The global warming icon for the ubx. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Answer: HEATED TOPIC
(I wonder if the people who are having trouble getting today’s answer are in the denial camp??? I wouldn’t be surprised! No new clue words today, but we have three new jumbles, by my records. Only the one for “cargo” has definitely been used before. Once again, we had a really splendid answer letter layout. No hints or clues whatsoever. Clever cartoon, too. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: Ethnic specialty shop.
RUNPS = SPURN, POATD = ADOPT, MESSEA = SESAME, VEWTEL = TWELVE — Giving us: SURATSMTWE
Clue/Question: The most-popular items at the German deli were the – – –
Answer: “WURST“ MEATS
(Ahh. A little irony thrown into today’s stinky pun. By the way, some of these sausages can be pretty pungent themselves, but once you cook them up they are delicious. Pretty sure Knurek has a good bit of German in him. Hoyt too, but the name Hoyt can be Dutch and English too. I guess the Hoyts got around! We have no new clue words today . . . for a change. Three of the jumbles were new to me though. “Adopt” is another one of those words that spells out in alphabetical order. Today’s answer letter layout was USDA Grade A Select! Without the great cartoon and the hint word “German” I don’t think a lot of you could have gotten the answer, just from the answer letter layout. Nice job. That’s it, folks. One really great week of Jumbles! Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR