STYXI = SIXTY
THEBR = BERTH
NOBORC = BRONCO
GIJENL = JINGLE
WHEN IT CAME TO SHOWING OFF HIS ABILITY, THE POOL PLAYER WAS A – – –
STBHOIG = BIG SHOT
Good Monday morning, Jumble friends! SIXTY was the only repeat clue word with the remaining three coming up as new. BERTH and JINGLE were great choices but nowhere near as difficult as BRONCO was. It took several minutes before it finally came into view making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.
The setting for today’s cartoon appears to be some type of pool hall where we see a well dressed gentleman calling his shots. His appearance is atypical of the common Jumble characters that we see leading me to believe that Mr. Knurek drew this character in the likeness of a famous billiards player. The pool table is oversized and takes up approximately half of the overall panel space. The addition of the “VIP TABLE” sign and ropes blocking access to the table informs us that this is no ordinary game. Missing were the stanchions that the ropes attach to but they were unnecessary and would seem out of place due to the angle in which this piece was framed.
There were several items of detail that really made this drawing pop. The 8-ball was the only ball on the table that was clearly identified and appeared slightly larger than the other balls. It made you feel as though you were right at the end of the table getting ready to bear witness to this amazing trick shot. The combination of a small boutonnière and a pocket square were excellent garnishes that gave our pool champ a smart and dapper look, but moving my eyes slightly to the right I happened to notice the man using a small chalk block on the tip of his cue stick that I originally overlooked!
The final solution was no trouble at all and came instantly to mind. You didn’t need to be well versed in the intricacies of playing pool to decipher this one making it a great way to ease into this weeks gameplay.
A big THANK YOU to Angela for filling in during my summer vacation! I’m happy to be back and look forward to talking about the Jumble with all of you. Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow! 🎱