LOPIS = SPOIL
NONOI = ONION
IRRRMO = MIRROR
GUTHAT = TAUGHT
THE RETIRED DOCTOR BOUGHT A HOTEL AND BECAME A – – –
SOLOIOMROTAGT = “ROOM-ATOLOGIST”
Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! We’re nearing the end of the week so I was optimistic that today’s game would pose quite a challenge. Starting the puzzle, I was disheartened to see all of the clue words instantly upon first glance. TAUGHT was the oldest of the quartet and was last used on 8/22/16. I have a feeling that it’ll be the most difficult anagram of the day but I’ll refrain from picking one and let our Jumble forum hash it out. On an interesting note, MIRROR was last used on 12/22/16 and was the same exact anagram that we encountered today.
Upon starting the cartoon, I usually take a few moments to absorb just the drawing itself and mentally block out the sentence, dialogue, and surprise answer layout. That wasn’t the case today and I couldn’t help but notice that the layout for today’s answer consisted of a whopping 13-letters in quotations. There was even a hyphen thrown in for good measure! My pulse quickened at the prospect of a stumper of a puzzle and all thoughts of it being a washout exited my mind.
The setting for today’s panel is a hotel where we see two people who have just opened the door to a room and crossed its threshold. The finely appointed interior brings smiles to their faces but the lack of wedding rings on their fingers had me wondering if they were married. The dialogue and sentence didn’t provide any solid evidence to answer my question so I’ll assume that they’re really close friends. What we do learn is that the man is a retired Doctor and he’s gone from healing patients to flipping real estate.
The room is exquisite with an oversized claw foot tub and glass paneled shower. The bed looks rather large as well with not a wrinkle to be seen. The chair in the bottom left-hand corner does look a bit dated with a doily on the headrest but I reckon it’s comfortable enough. The number 17 on the door was the most unique detail in today’s cartoon and it left me wondering why Jeff chose this specific number. I’m sure it’s symbolic of something, so if you have a guess, please let us know in the comments!
The letter layout for the surprise answer was overflowing with O’s. Noticing the R and M coupled together brought room to mind. Not knowing the name of a Doctor who specializes in joint repair, I did a quick Google search. Rheumatologist popped up and I knew the rest of the answer immediately! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!