GDAAE = ADAGE
WNIET = TWINE
TRIUAL = RITUAL
FLEGNU = ENGULF
THE AUTHOR SHOWED OFF HIS TYPEWRITER’S DIRECTIONS – – –
ADETWERITNLF = LEFT AND “WRITE”
Good morning, Jumble players, and happy Wednesday! Today’s game was just my type of puzzle. With a perfect blend of challenging clue words, a surprise answer with one word in quotations and a well-drawn cartoon, it surely hit all the right keys!
ADAGE has been used many times in the past but it’s one of those clue words that always seems to gives me trouble. David crafted his anagram with the two consonants in the beginning and the three vowels at the end making it one big mess! TWINE and RITUAL were no trouble to decipher and immediately visible upon first glance. My pick for the most difficult anagram of the day would have to be ENGULF. It was jumbled so well that I had to work through it in the margin of my newspaper for a minute before it finally gave itself up. With all of the clue words unscrambled, I was now ready to give Jeff’s cartoon my full attention.
The setting for today’s panel appears to be a small study where two men are fascinated by some newfangled piece of technology. With a candle flickering away on the wall instead of a lightbulb, we can date this “period piece” to the late 1890’s or early 1900’s. By reading the dialogue and sentence we learn that the man seated is an author and he’s explaining to his friend how a typewriter works. With his line of text typed, the author presses a key that moves the large cylindrical roller back to the right so he can continue his work.
The detail work on the typewriter was exquisite! Jeff added a floral design in the center which really made the drawing pop. Some of the other details in the drawing were a cigar burning away in an ashtray as well as a few handwritten pages of the authors newest novel. What really caught my attention was the action lines on the cylinder that had it appear to be moving left to right!
The letter layout for the final solution kept the answer well hidden making for a difficult task of deciphering. I decided to start with the 3-letter word in the middle to eliminate some of my letters. With no “H” in the anagram, THE wasn’t going to work. AND was there so I decided to give it a try. Looking at my remaining letters, WRITE jumped out at me leaving LEFT to finish it off. Today’s Jumble was a pleasure to complete and I hope you had fun solving it as well. Have a wonderful Wednesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!