TWESP = SWEPT
FAREW = WAFER
SLUBEH = BUSHEL
EECDTT = DETECT
TO SEE WHERE THE BIGGEST WAVES COULD BE RIDDEN, THEY – – –
SWEFERBUHDET = SURFED THE WEB
Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! The 5-letter clue words were no trouble at all and were both instantly visible. BUSHEL is definitely an old favorite and was last used on 3/23. Don’t feel bad if you thought it was BLUESH because I’ve also made that error in the past. No matter how many times we see it, it always slows my solve by a few seconds so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Do we have a new clue word in DETECT? I remember DEFECT being used a couple of months ago, but DETECT just doesn’t ring any bells. Either way it was also instantly visible and I made my way to the totally tubular cartoon.
By looking at the panel, my guess for the setting would be a surf shop where we see two men working at a computer station. It looks like they’ve traded office attire for beach attire and for good reason. Just look at that breathtaking view that Jeff added to his piece! What a slice of heaven!!!
By reading the dialogue, sentence, and the wording on the computer screen, we discover that these savvy surfers are using the internet to search for the wildest wave in Waikiki. Although it’s difficult to see in the panel, on the bottom of the computer screen is a wave report which indicates the wave height and swell period. I could go into great detail on how to read the numbers, but let’s suffice it to say that this is crucial information when looking for the “big one”!
I had a very difficult time choosing my favorite detail out of all of the wonderful options that were packed into this piece. The lightning bolt on the surfboard was pretty rad as was the tribal tattoo on the seated surfers arm. My inner-geek told me to choose the website that’s displayed on the top of the computer screen which is DaBigWaves.com. If you’re curious if it’s an actual website, I’ll save you the trouble and tell you that I checked it and it’s a dead link. I guess that’s good news if any of my readers are looking to make a career switch to surf reporting!
The final solution was as simple as could be and I actually blind solved it after reading the dialogue and cartoon sentence. The letter layout was wonderfully cryptic and quite a nice challenge if you weren’t able to figure it out by all of the visual clues provided. I wish everyone a “wicked good” Wednesday and I’ll see you tomorrow! 🤙🏻