FEHTT = THEFT
OKVEE = EVOKE
NARYCN = CRANNY
MIWYSH = WHIMSY
THE CHILD GOT MUDDY PLAYING OUTSIDE AND WOULD END UP – – –
TTOERANWHI = IN HOT WATER
Happy Thursday, Jumble fans! All of the clue words in today’s puzzle were old favorites and not overly challenging. Did you see CRANNY as CANARY at first glance? Well I did and I even wrote it in the answer blocks! By some miracle the circled letters still gave me the RAN that I needed for the final solve so it wasn’t too big of a goof. I’m just happy that I caught my error while proofreading because I’d be inundated with angry emails all day long. Crisis averted! I’ll go ahead and choose it as the most difficult anagram of the day with WHIMSY being the runner-up.
Today’s cartoon would appear very simplistic if you only glanced at it before moving along to the final solve. In your haste you probably missed some sweet details that Jumble artist Jeff Knurek packed into this one so let me break it down for you.
A young child is seen covered in mud while his mother is scolding him. She’s literally putting him through the wringer and for good reason. He’s tracked mud all through the house and now she’ll have to take care of his mess. While staring at the cartoon I noticed that the 24 footprints the child made didn’t make a straight path from the door to the hallway. If you look closely you’d see that the path bends in a way to indicate that he made a pit stop in another room first. Now look at the child’s left hand. Do you see him holding a juice box with the straw sticking out? It looks like he stopped in the kitchen for something to quench his thirst after all that playing outside and mom has an even bigger mess to clean! My favorite detail of this panel was the rain pelting the door window. It looks like a glare but it’s actually droplets of water smashing against the pane of glass. Well done, Jeff!
The final solve wasn’t too difficult for me to figure out after reading the dialogue. The key word was bath bringing WATER to mind. After crossing the letters out, IN HOT was quick to be found for the finish.
I wish everyone a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!