THCCA = CATCH
CIYTH = ITCHY
PRAROL = PARLOR
MREEEG = EMERGE
WHEN NATE SHERMAN STARTED MIDAS MUFFLER IN 1956, IT WAS A GREAT – – –
CACICHARORERE = “CAR-REAR” CHOICE
Happy Friday and first day of June, Jumble fans! With my mind still blown after yesterday’s brain-buster of a game, I decided to get up extra early to see what Jeff and David had in store for us today. All of the clue words were once again quickly deciphered leaving me with high hopes for a challenging finish. PARLOR would be my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day because it’s a word that isn’t used all too often and it took a fraction of a second longer to come into view than the others.
Shifting my attention to the cartoon, the setting was instantly recognizable as an automobile repair shop where we encounter 2 1/2 characters. The man with the oversized pompadour hairstyle was drawn in a manner that was stylistically different than what we’ve come to expect from Jeff and the license plate solved the mystery. The plate stands for All Shook Up which means it’s Elvis that we’re seeing today!
The dialogue and sentence informs us that the automobile shop is a Midas Muffler and Nate Sherman is the the other gentleman that we see. In the early 1950’s, Mr. Sherman operated a family business in Chicago that manufactured car mufflers. With the American economy booming, he had the idea of competing against slower “mom and pop” service centers and decided to create a new type of service station where he could sell his mufflers directly to consumers. It was a huge success and customers embraced his idea of fast and efficient automotive services. MIDAS is an acronym of Muffler Installation Dealers’ Associated Service, and the first franchise opened in Macon, Georgia in April 1956.
My favorite detail in today’s cartoon was very small and easily overlooked if you were rushing to finish the puzzle. In the rear of the shop you’ll see two automobiles side by side. The vehicle on the left has some writing on the rear which appears to be KNUREK in cursive. Knurek is the last name of Jumble artist Jeff Knurek and it was such a surprise when I found it!
The final solve was a grand Jumble that kept the answer well hidden. It was nowhere near as difficult as yesterday’s but it did provide a very satisfying finish. The visual clues in the cartoon brought CAR to mind with CHOICE jumping out at me next. REAR was a quick find to polish off the puzzle and cap off another fine week of gameplay. Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you tomorrow!