Visual Description: Prop as “lovely assistant”.
ALOTG = GLOAT, PUNIT = INPUT, HMIRPS = SHRIMP, RETESO = STEREO — Giving us: GLAINTSHIPSTRE
Clue/Question: They called the trick by many names, but Marco thought they were all . . .
Answer: SPLITTING “HARES“
(Ooh! Super, excellent, stinky pun! Lots to love about this one. All of the clue words were old favorites, but three of the jumbles came up as new. We’ve definitely seen “alotg” in the past. It took me a few seconds to come up with “stereo”. The answer letter layout did an extraordinary job of hiding the answer. A superior jumble, whoever came up with it. For the answer I was looking at the cartoon, and the clue/question, for words they weren’t using. I was thinking MAGIC, but no M or C, and the word wouldn’t make sense in quotes anyway. But the quotes finally got me seeing HARES, and then SPLITTING, and the pun became evident. It’s fun because, normally a magician saws a lady in half. Usually his “lovely assistant”. Rabbits are merely props. Something to pull out of a hat. So, to substitute the rabbit for the lady was the ingenious part of this clever cartoon, and great Jumble. Great job, Dave Blazek. My paper does not carry “Loose Parts”, but it looks like a great strip. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” — Sam Levenson
(Well, a watched pot never boils! So, why would you think that watching the clock would make it go faster? When you’re busy . . . time flies. So, get to it. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: Trixie’s triumph.
CNIAP = PANIC, LEECX = EXCEL, POYROD = DROOPY, LUWANT = WALNUT — Giving us: PAEROPWN
Clue/Question: Falling asleep in the sunbeam with her solar cell toy was a – – –
Answer: POWER NAP
(Love it! I’m a lifelong fan of Hi and Lois. None of today’s clue words are new, but all of the jumbles came up as new. It took me about 15 seconds to un-jumble “luwant”. The answer letter layout was also a great jumble that makes you think. Trixie loves taking naps in *her* sunbeam, along with her favorite, well-worn stuffed bear, or with Dawg – the family dog. For some reason, my paper only carries Hi and Lois on Sunday, but it’s worth the wait. We DO get Beetle Bailey daily. These solar cell toys are a lot of fun. My mom has one that has a waving Queen Elizabeth II, with the solar panel on her purse. Such a regal wave! She has another one that looks like a ladybug on a flower, in a flowerpot. The sunshine makes her flap her wings. Very clever. I hope you are enjoying the guest cartoonists as much as I am. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
“The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.” — Augustus Hare
(Our first Augustus Hare quote. I’d never heard of the man. What might be a good substitute word for “heaven” in this case? Truth? Hmm. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: Good kitchen help is – sometimes – hard to find.
SLIBS = BLISS, KIKAH = KHAKI, ILANFE = FINALE, DIACEV = ADVICE — Giving us: BLHKFAEAD
Clue/Question: When Jill asks her kids for help dinner, the results are – – –
(One of those literal/figurative puns. At least in this case. Very nice. All of the clue words were old favorites today. But, three of the jumbles came up as new. We’ve definitely seen “kikah” before. The answer letter layout was a terrific jumble. There was nothing obvious about it. Cute cartoon. I’m sure Amy and Jess meant well, but poor Jill! The Pajama Diaries is new to me. Maybe to you too. You can check them out below. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: All is good . . . at Slacker Central.
WPEST = SWEPT, RIWEP = WIPER, KIVONE = INVOKE, LAGTEN = TANGLE — Giving us: SWTWIRNOKANG
Clue/Question: Helen and Ed’s attempt to convince Dustin to get a job – – –
Answer: WASN’T WORKING
(And, neither is Dustin. Nor, is he soon to be at this rate. Cute pun. All of today’s clue words are old favorites. Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “riwep” having been used some time in the past. The answer letter layout made for a nifty jumble too. The cartoon is fun. My newspaper doesn’t carry Dustin, but this particular one is very reminiscent of another cartoon that my paper does carry. So as nobody gets in any legal trouble, I will keep the name of that cartoon on the DL. This is fun. I wonder what guest cartoonists are coming up next? Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
“Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.” — Source Obscure
(I don’t know. Maybe Ansel Adams came up with this, in one of his cornier moments. 😉 Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR