SIYFH = FISHY
EARPO = OPERA
LNEATG = TANGLE
PARSNI = SPRAIN
THE TIPS OF THE DARTS WERE DULL, SO THROWING THEM AT THE DARTBOARD WAS – – –
ISOPETLSN = POINTLESS
Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday! Yesterday’s clue words and surprise answer were a breeze to complete with SNEEZE being the most searched for solution. Today’s cartoon features some familiar faces, so let’s zip through those clue words so we can get to the fun stuff.
There was nothing stinky about FISHY with its solution coming quickly. OPERA slowed my tempo down just enough to make it require a couple of extra glances. David attempted to throw us off track by starting the anagram with “EAR” but having seen this word used so frequently it’s not becoming the showstopper that it once was. Up next was TANGLE which is one of those words that you either see right away or it takes you a bit to work through. I happened to start solving it with the “T” which made the answer appear almost instantly. And then there was SPRAIN. This word took me the longest to decipher and is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I almost settled on ASPRIN before remembering at the last moment that it would have needed another “I”. A few self-jumbles was all it took for the answer to come into view, and just like that I was off to the cartoon.
So what’s the correct term to call a place that you meet for an adult beverage? For me it’s a bar but saloon, pub or even watering hole are all perfectly acceptable substitutes. Today’s panel features cartoonist cohorts Bill King and Jeff Knurek in their favorite hangout playing a game of darts. Jeff chose to wear his lucky POI shirt for his night out on the town with Bill going with a Cubs jersey for his attire. As Jeff throws a dart at the board, we see the action lines indicating that it hit the bullseye but it didn’t stick for some reason. Clearly frustrated, Jeff exclaims that this is the second time that it’s happened. Bill interjects with some smack talk and tells his buddy that he should “just give up”.
There were a lot of great details in this piece that really added to the drawing. In the background is the scoreboard with “Bill” written on the left and “Jeff” on the right. The darts were pretty cool too with their flights being perfectly drawn. Probably the most obscure but my favorite was Bill’s pinky finger being extended as he holds his quaff!
The surprise answer was a 9-letter solution that turned out to be a blind solve. Writing out the clue letters to check myself, I discovered that the layout was wonderfully cryptic. The two S’s on the opposite sides of the anagram were perfectly placed to keep the answer well hidden.
That’s all I have today so it’s POINTLESS to keep yammering on. Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!