ZAUZB = ABUZZ
PRYEK = PERKY
WERHDS = SHREWD
DAYALM = MALADY
HE ANNOUNCED WHEN MOUNT RUSHMORE WOULD BE COMPLETED TO GIVE PEOPLE A – – –
UPESHAD = HEADS UP
Happy Thursday, everyone! Earlier in the week I wrote about how noticeable it was that David had been utilizing unique and somewhat obscure words to transform his puzzles from ordinary to extraodinary. That trend continued this morning with the addition of not one, but TWO new clue words in the lineup. ABUZZ and MALADY make their debut and they both had me stumped. MALADY was the more challenging anagram with Mr. Hoyt choosing to spell out DAY to throw us off track. In case you were wondering, a MALADY is an ailment or disease and not what you might call a woman from a noble family. 😉
The setting for today’s cartoon is Mount Rushmore and it’s a location that we’ve seen numerous times in the past. Upon first glance it appeared as though a gentleman was giving a speech to a group of reporters with the gigantic carved sculptures providing a backdrop. Reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that the man, who is not named but appears to be drawn in the likeness of Mount Rushmore’s sculptor Gutzon Borglum, is informing the press of the opening date for his creation.
You may have noticed in the cartoon that the opening date for the monument was given as October 31 (Halloween). Jumble cartoonist Jeff Knurek didn’t just randomly choose this date and a quick internet search revealed that it was in fact the official opening date back in 1941. Today, Mount Rushmore is open all year, seven days a week, with the exception of December 25th.
The final solution to the puzzle was a piece of cake. UP was given to us as the first two letters in the anagram leaving HEADS to be deciphered in a flash.
On a final note, Jumble wordsmith David L. Hoyt stopped by the website last night and left us a wonderful video clip in which he thanked us for all of the commentary and comments that we provide here at JumbleAnswer.com. I’ve included a link to the short clip so be sure to leave it a thumbs up and subscribe to his YouTube channel. Have a terrific Thursday and I’ll see you tomorrow!