Visual Description: A bad day of fishing beats a good day of work.
SNIYH = SHINY, CCOLK = CLOCK, AMTENG = MAGNET, ARQUES = SQUARE — Giving us: SHYCOCMATSARE
Clue/Question: The fishermen wanted to reel in some fish, but they were only able to – – –
Answer: CATCH SOME RAYS
(A more modern idiom, and a little more subtle cartoon today. There were no new clue words, but all of the jumbles are coming up as new today. The answer letter layout made for a phenomenal jumble! There was nothing obvious about it. Fun cartoon. The guy not even trying to fish was the big giveaway. He of the no shirt, asking for the sunscreen! Very amusing. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
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: 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
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: 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!
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