NASTL = SLANT
RUFTI = FRUIT
MOABOB = BAMBOO
TELVEV = VELVET
AFTER SPECIALIZING IN MINIATURE SCULPTURES, WILLARD WIGAN MADE A – – –
SLNFRUAMOLET = SMALL FORTUNE
Happy Tuesday, Jumble players! All of the clue words that we see today are old favorites. A couple of them haven’t been used in quite some time which gave me the feeling that they were new. The oldest of the group (and the most troublesome one for me this morning) was BAMBOO. Last seen on 4/27/15, it was jumbled as BOMOAB. Although FRUIT wasn’t any trouble at all, it’s the second oldest of our quartet making its last appearance on 5/18/16.
The setting for today’s cartoon at first appeared to be a laboratory where two men were focusing their attention on a small needle. Upon reading the dialogue and sentence I learned that I was only partially correct and discovered that we’re actually in an artist’s studio looking at some very tiny art.
The artist, Willard Wigan, is the gentleman that we see on the right side of the panel. Mr. Wigan is known for his microscopic art that is typically placed in the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. These sculptures are usually so small that they can only be viewed under a microscope. If you have some free time, do yourself a favor and Google his name and you’ll see some of his very best pieces.
There were a couple of details in the cartoon that caught my attention. One of them was so small that it felt as though Jeff had added it after being inspired by Wigans work. The piece of paper that the man on the left is holding is a check and the payee line has Willard written on it in the tiniest writing! Although the dollar box is partially obscured from view by the characters pinky finger, there are three zeros visible making this tiny piece of art worth a lot of dough. The other interesting addition was the drawing on the wall. It appears to be some type of castle made out of rectangles, triangles and circles. I was unable to identify the artist after only a few minutes of searching so perhaps this is a Knurek masterpiece! If you have any insight as to what it could be, please be sure to leave a comment below.
The anagram for the final solution was wonderfully cryptic and didn’t give anything away. All of the information that I read about Mr. Wigan coupled with the details I had observed in the cartoon gave me the answer instantly making for a mighty quick solve. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!