NEMOY = MONEY
GITID = DIGIT
GTIYRT = GRITTY
CNQEHU = QUENCH
WITH EACH TENTACLE HOLDING FOOD, THE OCTOPUS – – –
NEDITGRIENH = “EIGHT” HIS DINNER
Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday! There’s so much to wrap your head around in today’s puzzle that I hope I don’t forget anything. So let’s get Kraken and start right at the top!
Is Mr. Hoyt a Star Trek fan? At first glance I thought NEMOY was a tip of the hat to Leonard NIMOY but the spelling was off. Thinking a little more, the first 4-letters spell NEMO as in Captain Nemo from the Jules Verne novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”. I’m not sure if David planned his jumble that way or if it was just a coincidence. Looking at the rest of the completed clue words, they all seem to have an ocean theme. DIGIT might be a stretch for octopus tentacles, but GRITTY and QUENCH sure do fit! Speaking of GRITTY, it was the only word to give me a slight pause so it’ll be my choice for the most difficult anagram to decipher.
Floating along to the cartoon, Jeff went into detail overdrive with an octopus holding eight different food items. Going clockwise, they are a fish, ice cream cone, hamburger, sushi, hot dog, fish sandwich, pizza, and a shrimp. The only dialogue was the octopus stating “I love sushi” so I was left to rely upon the cartoon sentence for the solve. Picking up on tentacles, we all know that an octopus has eight of them. Sure enough, EIGHT was in my clue letters leaving DINNER to be found instantly. Interestingly, the letter layout also spelled out INGREDIENT with an H to spare!
Today’s Jumble is a perfect example of why this game continues to capture my attention day after day. Have a terrific Tuesday my friends and I’ll see you tomorrow!