BIRON = ROBIN
SULYO = LOUSY
NETTAN = TENANT
SARYAT = ASTRAY
HOW MANY GUARDS PROTECT THE NEW YORK HARBOR STATUE? THEY’RE NOT – – –
RBILOSYTEATTAY = AT LIBERTY TO SAY
Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! We saw a slight uptick in the clue word difficulty this morning with NETTAN and SARYAT. TENANT was last in play on 2/17/18 and ASTRAY was on 6/16/16. Of the two, SARYAT required a few extra moments of pause before it came into view making it my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day.
For today’s cartoon, Jeff took us on a field trip to Liberty Island in New york City. We see a young boy speaking to a security guard while other visitors take pictures of the colossal neoclassical sculpture in the background. What’s interesting about today’s panel is that Jeff chose to show us a view from the rear of the statue instead of the front. This view didn’t allow us to see Lady Liberty’s face but he still managed to delight us with two other features which are the torch in her right hand and a tabula ansata in her left. It was difficult to pick just one amazing detail from this cartoon as my favorite so I’ll share two with you. The first is the torch souvenir in the young boys right hand. The second one is so small that you can’t see it unless you view the cartoon online. At the base of the statue you’ll see 3 people taking a picture with a selfie stick. Two of them are wearing baseball hats with the New York Yankees logo on the front!
The final solve was unique in that a question was stated in the cartoon sentence and the surprise answer would be the solution to it. I don’t recall the last time the Jumble creators attempted a format like this and it made for an entertaining change of pace. The clue of “harbor statue” brought LIBERTY instantly to mind allowing for a blind solve of the puzzle. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!