Posts Tagged 'jumble solution'

Jumble Solved – 02/03/23

New Charles Clinkard Shoe Stores | Home › Blog

Visual Description:  Dos zapatos.


Clue/Question:  The new shoe store was about to open, and they were – – –

Asian woman buying new footwear in shoe store. European granny choosing  shoes in background. Stock Photo | Adobe Stock


(A nifty pre-stinky pun!  New shoes always smell great.  It’s only after they’ve been on folk’s feet for a while that they begin to stink.  It’s one of those facts of life.  We all have our individual scents, and some are stinkier than others.  In some cases it’s a matter of hygiene, but in just as many cases it’s a genetic/hormonal thing.  What are ya gonna do?  I think with teenage boys it’s probably a combination of the two.  They’re a little lax with the hygiene, and those hormones are raging!  Some folks are grossed out by other people’s feet, while others seem to be enamored with them.  I stand squarely in the center on the subject.  Generally, they don’t bother me, but I’ll never understand foot fetishes.  Of all the parts of the human body to be . . . attracted to!

All familiar old clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  They all came to me immediately.  The answer letter layout was a nifty nine letter jumble.  Very cryptically crafted.  But the hyphens and quotation marks made for a quick solve.

Great shoe store cartoon.  There’s the owner/manager, and two assistants/clerks, and plenty of pairs of shoes.  I like the name of the store:  Goody Two Shoes!  The shoes better be pre-paired.  Sane people don’t buy one shoe of one design or size, and another of another design or size.  Although, there are more and more fashion freak shows out there these days.  I know we’re all supposed to be non-judgmental these days, but some things really go beyond the pale.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 02/02/23

New Coffee Stand In UES Subway Stop Aims To Caffeinate Commuters | Upper  East Side, NY Patch

Visual Description:  Drink fast, folks!


Clue/Question:  The people who purchased coffee on the train platform were – – –

The NYC Coffee Shop Subway Map - Thrillist


(This pun feels fresh ground!  But . . . maybe only because it’s taking place on a subway platform . . . this time.  This punny answer could also have worked for people purchasing coffee on a city sidewalk, or even inside any popular coffee bar.  But I like it anyways!  Although, if this were the New York City Subway system they would – presumably – have to drink their coffees quickly, as you are not supposed to bring any liquid in an open container onto any train car.  Whether, or not, that rule is strictly enforced is another matter entirely.

All of today’s clue words are on the ralis95 clue word database.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new.  Although, we have definitely seen “tubean” before.  A few days ago we had the clue word INHALE, but I noticed that the letters can make the word HALINE also.  It’s an adjective relating to the degree of saltiness.  Similar to SALINE.  There are a number of online references/definitions of the word, though no Merriam-Webster’s listing of the word.  I could buy the argument that it’s not a common/usual word, but when I was taking care of a pool in the summers, during my college years, the word was burned into my brain!  The answer letter layout was an elusive eleven letter jumble.  Superbly cryptic.  Initially, it had me stumped.  I guess I was trying to come up with something coffee related, or train related.  So I dropped it, and went on to do both the Celebrity Cipher and the Cryptoquote.  When I came back to it I got it immediately!  I wouldn’t be surprised if this gave some of you some trouble too.

Great cartoon of the commuters queuing at the coffee kiosk, while waiting for their train.  Lots of great detail in the cartoon.  You can tell that Jeff put a lot of work into this one.  There is even a rat running down below, along the tracks!  And the name on the coffee cart is perfect:  “Joe To Go”.  There is definitely a lot to like about today’s Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 02/01/23

Best Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

Visual Description:  Run, run, run, as fast as you can!


Clue/Question:  When the fairy-tale cookie men shook hands, they did it – – –

Gingerbread man song | Leal Elementary School


(A wonderful, good smelling pun!  Fresh out of the oven.  I love gingerbread man/woman cookies.  I also love ginger snaps.  Not as much as molasses cookies, but they’re both a nice change of pace from the chocolate cookies I usually go for.  When I was a kid, my Mom used to bake a fine gingerbread cake!  It was really great.  She would always serve it warm, with a dollop of whipped cream.  Real, homemade whipped cream too!  SO good!  She also baked a chocolate upside down cake that was to die for.  She got the recipe from my Gramma, who got it from her friend, Emily.  The recipe calls it “Em’s Glop”!  So rich and decadent.  And, of course, that was also served with homemade whipped cream.  I used to bake when I was a teen, and I have the recipe, but I’ve never made it myself.

Old reliable clue words today.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen both “esege” and “latpn” in previous Jumbles.  They all came quickly.  The answer letter layout was great eight letter jumble.  But I saw the final answer very quickly.

Fun cartoon of a couple of bakers admiring their creations.  I think with the gingerbread men it’s less about crumbs, and more about breakage!  Especially when they’re a little over-baked, they can be pretty brittle.  I remember story time on the old “Captain Kangaroo” show.  One of the stories was “The Gingerbread Man”.  That show was so wholesome and educational, long before “Sesame Street” ever came along.  These Jumbles can be the catalysts to some great memories!  Be well and do good, friends.     YUR

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Jumble Solved – 01/31/23

A Netflix-Inspired Journey to the Astral Plane - The Ringer

Visual Description:  Evens vs. primes.


Clue/Question:  When the 3 started dating the 5, the result was – – –

Astral Projection Guided Practice | Gammadian Freeman, Insight Timer


(But together they make eight!  They’re really more odd individuals!  But THAT can’t be made into a silly pun, now can it?  It has been some time since the guys have given us one of their – primarily – numeric Jumbles.  I’m not quite sure what part that lonely letter A is playing in this gag.  I think he’s lost, and maybe he was looking for an A bar!  Hopefully, all are welcome in this establishment!

I say – with great confidence – that all of today’s clue words have been used before.  And, I also assert that all of today’s jumbles are coming up as new.  However, none of them were really very tough for yer dear ol’ uncle.  The answer letter layout though was an elegant eleven letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  I saw AN ODD right away, and the remainder gave me COUPLE.

Fine cartoon of numbers, and a letter, on some kind of graphic plane!  I think this must be one of Jeff’s rules when it comes to these numeric cartoons.  I like that they’re all drinking though.  It looks like the number 6 is kinda jealous!  Don’t worry, pal.  I’m sure that there is a 9 in your future out there.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 01/30/23

284 Seniors Dining Illustrations & Clip Art - iStock

Visual Description:  A SeniorMatch meetup?


Clue/Question:  When they greeted each other at the restaurant at 12 PM, it was – – –

Gorgeous Old Couple on a Date in Vintage Restaurant Looking Through Photos  on a Smartphone, Stock Video - Envato Elements

Answer:  HI NOON

(A lunchtime liaison for latent lovers???  Perhaps!  Hey, everyone needs a little companionship!  And chances are that this is a widower and a widow.  Both consenting adults, trying to make a connection.  A lunchtime date is perfect because it gives them both enough time to make their afternoon naps!  I’m sure that one, or both will order the blue-plate special.  Do restaurants still offer those???

We have most definitely seen all four of today’s clue words in previous Jumbles!  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we’ve definitely seen “nmisu” some time in the past.  No real toughies today, for me.  The answer letter layout was a slant six letter jumble.  Kinda hard disguising a two letter and four letter word answer, but it was sufficiently cryptic.  The quotation marks always help too.

Cute cartoon of the two vertical seniors, greeting each other at the restaurant.  One using a walker, and the other a tripod cane.  Hey, all things will be equal if they get horizontal!  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  First they have to compare photos of their grandchildren, and exchange a laundry list of their aches and pains.  The gent is more impressed with her timeliness, but she seems a little hot to trot, throwing out the “handsome” right off the bat!  It’s a ballroom dancing term, kids.  It has something to do with the Foxtrot.  LOL.  I hope the date works out for both of them.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Solved – 01/29/23

Largest Lottery Jackpots Ever: Where Does Powerball Rank All Time? – NBC  New York

Visual Description:  Scratch-off counter.


Clue/Question:  A coin worth 100 cents and a bill worth 100 cents are the same, – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (6-letters)  (3-letters)  (6-letters)

1980 D And 2000 P Dollar Coins - Susan B Anthony + Sacagawea Dollars | eBay


(Dollars to donuts this is an urban scene, as opposed to a suburban or rural one!  It’s mainly in the cities that you get a clerk behind a piece of plexiglass.  But folks play the lottery just about everywhere, especially when the jackpots grow into these insane amounts.  Even though I don’t care for gambling, I’ll jump on board occasionally.  The odds of winning the grand prize are ridiculously long, and even winning some of the much lesser prizes are tough to come by.  I used to win $2 or $4 bucks every now and then, but the last few ones I’ve played have gotten me goose-eggs!  I think if I do play again, I’ll just play a single game.  Your odds do NOT improve when you play more games.

We have what looks like another new clue word to add to the world famous ralis95 clue word database, in SCURRY.  Now, it is possible, prior to the L.A. Times carrying the Sunday Jumble, that we have had it some time ago, in an earlier Sunday Jumble, but I cannot confirm this.  The jumble is definitely new, along with four others.  But we have surely seen “ahinel” in previous Jumbles.  The final answer layout was a fantastic fifteen letter jumble.  All the L’s and O’s and R’s and D’s made for a very quick solve though.

Great cartoon of people queuing up to pay for their lottery tickets, energy drinks and coffees and such.  I never cared much for the Susan B. Anthony dollars.  They were too easily confused for a quarter.  I much preferred the Sacagawea dollars.  The color alone made them stand out.  It’s been a while now since I’ve seen either one.  I guess neither one really caught on with the general public.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 01/28/23

Talking Lightbulb | #812980A | CSA Images

Visual Description:  “A Hard Day’s Night”


Clue/Question:  The bulb was being shut off at the end of a long day and was ready to go – – –

Homer simpson season 20 talking GIF - Find on GIFER


(The two of them should be sleeping like a log!  Reading in bed . . . all day, well that’s just plain lazy.  I’ll read a few online news articles on my phone when I first wake up, but that’s just a few minutes, to half an hour, tops.  You gotta get up and get the blood flowing, folks.  If I don’t take the old Wally-boy out for a nice long walk first thing, my aching back will never loosen up.  Maybe this poor schmuck is sick, or otherwise bed bound.  I don’t know how well I’d be able to sleep if I spent all day in bed.  Well, alone at least.

Yes, we have seen all of today’s clue words many times before.  But three of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  We have definitely seen “ghnikt” in at least one previous Jumble.  They all came to me very quickly though.  The answer letter layout was a thriftless thirteen letter jumble.  Brilliantly cryptic!  I sussed out A LIGHT right away, and from the OETULKI the words OUT LIKE shone vividly.  Another great usage of an aging idiom.

Fine cartoon of a laze-about and his anthropomorphic lamp.  Maybe the dude is in a hospital, or something?  Not sure how the guy can be tired, but that light bulb has been working like a dog!   Too much juice and he’ll burn out his filament.  Silly Jumble using a great pun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Happy birthday to Morgan Freeman!     YUR

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Jumble Solved – 01/27/23

The trusty Encyclopedia Britannica. | World book encyclopedia, Britannica, Encyclopedia  set

Visual Description:  Pre-Google Googling.


Clue/Question:  They were selling lots of encyclopedias and expanding their business, which – – –

Collier's Encyclopedia with Bibliography and Index 24 Volume Set 1963:  Louis Shores, Louis Shores: Books


(A satisfyingly stinky pun!  So . . . look THAT up in your Funk & Wagnalls!  A VERY dated, silly tagline that Dan Rowan used to use on the late ’60s to early ’70s hit comedy TV show, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”.  Usually followed up with Dick Martin saying:  You bet your sweet bippy!  That showed spawned a number of popular one liners that entered the American vernacular.  Most of them now long forgotten, unfortunately.  If you remember any of them then you’re old . . . like me.  But the show also spawned a lot of pretty successful careers!  Many/most of them have passed on, but Pamela Austin, Barbara Feldon, Ruth Buzzi, Jo Anne Worley, Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn are still with us.  Hmm.  All women!

STOP THE PRESSES!  Unless it has appeared in a much earlier Sunday Jumble, it looks like we have a new addition to the world famous ralis95 clue word database, in “UNMASK”!  I do not remember seeing it before, and coincidentally the jumble “kuansm” was the only one to give me pause.  The only jumble I can verify we have seen before is “gauteo”.  The answer letter layout was a twisty twelve letter jumble.  Absolutely nothing obvious about it.  Being old enough to remember using encyclopedias was a big help in getting the final answer.

Fine cartoon of some period encyclopedia publishers.  Can’t tell if this is American encyclopedias, or British encyclopedias.  I remember World Book, Britannica, Collier’s and Funk & Wagnall’s encyclopedias.  I grew up with a set of Collier’s.  I always enjoyed looking things up in them.  Nowadays we Google everything.  My only problem with most internet info is that you rarely know if, or when, something may have been changed.  They don’t usually reference earlier iterations.  We still need actual hardcover books.  Harrumph!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 01/26/23

128 Grazer is The Most Defensive Mother | Memorable Moments in Bear Cam  History - YouTube

Visual Description:  Time for a new boyfriend!


Clue/Question:  The warning from the ranger about the Grizzlies was important enough to – – –

12,865 Brown Bear Cub Stock Photos and Images - 123RF


(A fine stinky pun!  It seems to me that we’ve had something similar to this answer in the past, but all I remember is that it used the word BEAR in the same way.  But the cartoon and the dialog definitely seem fresh.  Arguably, Grizzlies are the most ferocious, but I’ve also heard that you don’t want to trifle with a polar bear.  They’re getting crankier as their ice floes are disappearing!  Can you blame them???  And actually, you don’t want to get between ANY mama bear and her cubs!  They are all very defensive mothers.

We have seen every one of today’s clue words in previous Jumbles.  However, all four of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  I was able to see them immediately though.  The answer letter layout was another thrilling thirteen letter jumble.  Beautifully cryptic.  Seeing as how the guys danced around the word BEAR, and how the ranger was emphatic in his warning, the final answer came to me right away.

Fine cartoon of a young couple considering a hike in the wilds.  The sign is pretty self explanatory, but the boyfriend seems to be exceedingly slow on the uptake.  For the sake of self preservation, they should definitely go back to the lodge.  Pitchers and catchers report in 18 days, or so, so I hope this Cubs fan follows his girlfriend’s lead.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 01/25/23

How Tenzing Norgay Conquered Mount Everest With Edmund Hillary

Visual Description:  Chomolungma chums.


Clue/Question:  The people who’ve successfully summited Mount Everest are – – –

60 years on: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's Everest conquest


(“Made it, Ma!  Top of the world!”  Either Edmund Hillary, or Tenzing Norgay, could have said this, assuming either one of them were fans of “White Heat”, starring James Cagney.  A Film Noir classic from 1949, also starring Virginia Mayo and Edmond O’Brien.  Mount Everest is most definitely the top of the world, with an elevation of 29,031.7 ft, or 8,848.86 m . . . for most of the rest of the world.  Hillary and Norgay were the first to get to the top in 1953.  Some of our older readers might even remember when this happened.  It was like all of the firsts of the space race, in the 1960s.  Those NASA feats were the biggies from my youth.

All of today’s clue words are on the ralis95 clue word database.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, however we have certainly seen “rigem” in at least one earlier Jumble.  It took me a couple of looks to see “crisis”.  The answer letter layout was thrilling thirteen letter jumble!  The height of cryptic jumbling.  The word HIGH came to me right away, and ACHIEVERS soon followed.

Fine cartoon drawing of the dynamic duo.  Of course, they really didn’t do it alone.  They had a couple hundred porters doing most of the heavy lifting.  I’m just happy that Hillary didn’t try to take all the credit, as often happened with most European endeavors.  He couldn’t have done it without the Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay.  A very cool  – downright frigid – Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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