POTZA = TOPAZ
SUSGE = GUESS
HGSITT = TIGHTS
VOCNIE = NOVICE
AFTER THE HYPODERMIC NEEDLE WAS PERFECTED, DOCTORS WERE READY TO – – –
TAGESTIHOVI = GIVE IT A SHOT
Happy Wednesday, Jumble players! All of the clue words were old favorites with HGSITT being the only one to give me a challenge. We last saw it on 7/26/16 where it was jumbled as THIGST. With gameplay being on the easier side so far this week, I didn’t mind that the solution to this anagram was a plural word. POTZA was also a great Jumble and deserves a mention. When a word contains a Z, it’s usually fairly easy to figure out its placement. It took a few extra seconds before it came into view making this 5-letter word my second place pick.
Moving along to the cartoon, the first thing that I noticed was that the nursing cap being worn by the female character. The addition of this detail along with the vertical lines on the wall and the vests worn by the men gave me the feeling that this was a period piece. The dialogue and sentence confirmed my suspicions and informed us that what we’re looking at is one of the first uses of a hypodermic needle on a patient. It’s unclear if the setting is the Doctors office or the patients home, but the addition of the other medical instruments on the table seem to indicate that it’s the former.
Ancient Greek and Romans knew injection was a method of medicine delivery from observations of snakebites and poisoned weapons. In 1656, Sir Christopher Wren performed the earliest confirmed experiments with hypodermic needles by performing intravenous injections into dogs. It wasn’t until 1853 that the needle was popularized and injection was accepted as a medical technique by a Doctor named Alexander Wood. His refinements to earlier needles included an all glass syringe and a hollow tip.
Dr. Wood is the gentleman that we see in Jeff’s brilliant cartoon and the glass syringe and hollow tip of the needle are both visible. Jeff is always on point with his cartoons and obviously spends a lot of time researching each subject to give us a drawing that is not only entertaining but based on fact. His attention to detail is often overlooked so it’s always an honor to fill you in on the subtleties that you may have missed.
The final solve came instantly after reading Doctor Wood’s dialogue and observing the backwards C’s all around the needle. Even though the puzzle wasn’t very difficult, the time spent interpreting and researching the cartoon made this piece a real gem. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!