CYDAE = DECAY
LDANB = BLAND
BONGOL = OBLONG
EYLLVA = VALLEY
WHEN CHUCK YEAGER BROKE THE SOUND BARRIER, HE WENT – – –
DEABNDOBONVAEY = ABOVE AND BEYOND
Happy Thursday, everyone! We didn’t see any new clue words this morning, instead we had a mashup of old favorites. BONGOL is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day because it was the only one to give me a few extra seconds of pause. It turns out that OBLONG was the most recently used clue word with its last appearance on 4/13/18. With all of the clue words finished in a flash, it was time to zoom on over to the cartoon.
The setting for today’s cartoon appears to be a desert where we see three servicemen staring up at the sky. At first I thought they were watching a fireworks display but the cartoon sentence and dialogue cleared up the matter. We learn that it’s Charles “Chuck” Yeager they’ve come to see as he blasts off in the Bell X-1 aircraft in an attempt to break the sound barrier.
This aviation accomplishment occurred on October 14, 1947 over Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert. Yeager traveled at Mach 1.07 at an altitude of 45,000 ft in the X-1 aircraft he nicknamed Glamorous Glennis after his wife.
Two nights before his scheduled flight, Yeager fell from a horse and broke two ribs. He was worried that the injury would remove him from the mission so he chose to see a civilian doctor. The doctor taped his ribs to help with the pain and Yeager only told his wife and fellow project pilot, Jack Ridley, about the accident. On the day of the flight, Yeager was unable to seal the hatch of his aircraft so Ridley fashioned a device using the end of a broom handle as an extra lever which allowed Yeager to seal the hatch!
Yeager retired from the Air Force on the 50th anniversary of his historic flight and the plane he piloted is on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. General Yeager is now 95 years young and resides in Penn Valley, California. He started a foundation named the “General Chuck Yeager Foundation” which supports programs that teach the ideals by which General Yeager has lived.
The final solution came quickly after staring at the clue letters for a few seconds. The letter layout was a dandy but the AB near the front of the layout and the V at the end brought ABOVE into view. AND came next followed by BEYOND for the finish. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!