CXLEE = EXCEL
ODPOR = DROOP
SREYDS = DRESSY
HANSEK = SHAKEN
THE POLICEMAN WHO BREEZED THROUGH THE RADAR DETECTOR’S MANUAL WAS A – – –
EEDRPDRESAE = SPEED READER
Good Monday morning, Jumble fans! Before we dive into today’s game, I’d like to take a moment to look back at the most challenging anagrams that we encountered last week. HOYTER, DIRHEN, and PRILTE were the top three most searched for clue words and APAOTHERSCT was the most viewed surprise answer. I’m excited to see what David and Jeff have waiting for us this week so let’s get straight to the fun stuff!
We know that the puzzles are generally on the easier side at the beginning of the week and get progressively harder as we make our way towards Friday. The first three clue words that we see today are all old favorites and not much of a challenge. My pick for the most difficult anagram of the day goes to our fourth word which was SHAKEN. It too wasn’t difficult but it did require a brief second glance before coming into view. With my Monday morning brain warm up complete, I ventured over to the cartoon.
The main characters of today’s panel were instantly recognizable as law enforcement officers and they appear to have a new piece of equipment that they’re ready to put into service. As the officer on the right takes a hands-on approach to familiarizing himself with the new gadget, the officer on the left appears to be taking his time and is seen reading the manual before he gives it a whirl.
Speaking of the manual, on the front cover it identifies the equipment as the “Speeder 2000” and it’s also on the side of the gun as well. I was scratching my head while reading the cartoon sentence because something seemed off. The sentence identifies the equipment as a radar detector, when in actuality it’s a radar gun or speed gun. A radar detector picks up on the radio-wave beams that a radar gun emits. It was a minor oversight in the wording of the sentence that had no impact on the final solve.
The surprise answer consisted of a 5-letter and a 6-letter word. I didn’t attempt a blind solve on this one so I wrote out my clue letters for assistance. The first three letters in the layout were “EED” bringing SPEED instantly to mind. READER was quickly found in the remaining letters for a very satisfying solution. Have a very happy Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow.