ZIOGM = GIZMO
SIHKW = WHISK
NWENIR = WINNER
UGATOE = OUTAGE
BEFORE THEY FULLY UNDERSTOOD FLIGHT, THE WRIGHT BROTHERS COULD OFTEN BE SEEN – – –
GIWIINNTG = WINGING IT
Good morning everyone and happy Monday! Looking back at the clue words from last week, NARYCN, MIWYSH and LMHAYN were the most searched for answers. It’s interesting that all of the words had a “Y” in them and CRANNY & WHIMSY were both given to us on the same day. “DUEL-Y” NOTED was the most searched for cartoon surprise answer making last Friday’s puzzle the most challenging of the week.
This mornings clue words were all old favorites and perfectly suited for a Monday puzzle. OUTAGE did require a couple of extra seconds to work through so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The fact that it had 4 vowels to work with made it difficult to find a starting point but once I found OUT, the rest was no trouble at all.
Moving on to the cartoon, we see two men tinkering away in a workshop of sorts. The man on the left is holding a folded paper airplane while the seated man on the right works on what appears to be a glider wing. Reading the dialogue we discover that the two gentlemen are actually the Wright brothers and they were last featured in a Jumble cartoon exactly 3 months ago today! I remember doing quite a bit of research on them the last time they were in the Jumble so I’ll skip the history lesson today and move straight to the details that Jeff packed into his panel.
Orville is easy to identify in the cartoon by his moustache and Wilbur is the balding gentleman on the right. I thought that Wilbur looked a bit like James Taylor while staring at the piece bringing his hit Fire and Rain to mind. In the back of the room we see a bicycle tire leaning against the wall. Before their aviation milestone they actually opened a bicycle rental and repair shop in 1893. My favorite detail was the poster on the wall just above the tire. In the upper-right corner of the poster it says “FLAP REAL FAST” and depicts a man getting ready to jump off a cliff. The arrows indicate that the winged flyer would soar down and then pull up quickly to land in a standing position. I thought it was funny that Jeff showed the man with his hat still on after the jump!
The final solution was a piece of cake with all of the visual clues in the drawing. The “W” in the letter layout stood out like a sore thumb bringing WING to mind. Crossing out the letters, IT came into view leaving the -ING suffix for the finish. The splendid cartoon was definitely the highlight of today’s puzzle and I can’t wait to see what David and Jeff have in store for us this week. Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!