DAGUR = GUARD
SEEAC = CEASE
DOTUIS = STUDIO
PRISTC = SCRIPT
WHEN THE BASKETBALL PLAYER APPEARED AS A WITNESS, THE JURY HAD – – –
UADCESESTOSRIT = COURT-SIDE SEATS
Happy Wednesday, everyone! All of the clue words this morning were old favorites but that doesn’t mean they were a breeze. GUARD and CEASE were instantly visible leaving me to struggle a bit with STUDIO and SCRIPT. Out of those two, STUDIO took the longest to decipher and is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.
The setting for today’s cartoon is a court room where a well dressed gentleman appears to be addressing a jury. Reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that the man in the hot seat is a basketball player and he’s giving his account of a hot-dog cannon mishap that he witnessed. Some of the jurors appear to be entranced by the fact that such a famous athlete is in their presence and they have other thoughts on their minds and seem unable to focus on the case at hand. One juror is adamant that he’ll get his autograph while another is just plain giddy to be in the same room as him.
There were several details in the panel that I particularly enjoyed with my favorite being the court room floor. Doesn’t it remind you of the flooring that you’d see at a professional basketball venue? The long vertical slats were a genius addition by Jumble artist Jeff Knurek and they really made the panel pop. The scales on the desk of the judge were very easy to spot, but did you notice that he’s holding a gavel in his right hand? And last but certainly not least is the chair that the witness is sitting in. It seemed odd that he wasn’t sitting on a witness stand and it’s probably for a good reason. Basketball players are very large and tall people so perhaps Jeff had him sit in a simple chair so he’d be more comfortable.
The solution to the surprise answer was strikingly similar to yesterday’s layout. A 5-letter and 4-letter word separated by a hyphen followed by a 5-letter word. I wasn’t able to blind solve this one but the hypen helped immensely. COURT was the first word to be found with ROOM being the obvious follow up. SEATS came quickly for the finish leaving us with a very satisfying solution. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!