EEVUN = VENUE
DNEUU = UNDUE
HCOSOM = SMOOCH
TRYEGA = GYRATE
WHEN ASKED IF HE’D BOUGHT AMPLE SUPPLIES FOR THE PARTY, HE SAID – – –
ENEUUSOHGR = SURE ENOUGH
Happy Thursday, everyone! The clue words were on the challenging side this morning although we’ve seen them all before. UNDUE was the most difficult anagram for me to decipher as all I saw at first was DUNE with an extra U. A bit of mental gymnastics and a few sips of coffee was all it took to finish it off allowing me to make a unique discovery about our lineup. All of today’s solved clue words were in reverse alphabetical order, and interestingly enough, the date they were last used was in ascending order! In case you were wondering, the dates were 11/28/16, 1/27/17, 10/01/17, and 12/31/17.
The setting for today’s cartoon is a room which has been decorated for a birthday party. In the foreground we see three characters standing around a table while having a conversation. The middle character has just arrived at the venue with four bags of items which the dialogue informs us are snacks. The items in the bags were not labeled so I’m unsure what he brought but the bag furthest to the left appears to have a bag of chips. On the table we see a large sheet cake with Happy Birthday written in cursive along with a drawing of two bunches of balloons with each bunch containing three.
In the background we see a long rectangular table with nine place settings. One of the settings is missing a napkin so it appears as though there’s still some finishing touches to be made. Above the table is a string of festive pennants with every fourth triangle being a different color. Although we don’t know who the guest of honor is, he or she will be very surprised and hopefully overjoyed by all of the efforts these folks have made to give them one heck of a party!
My favorite detail of the piece was the notepad in the woman’s left hand. It seemed to blend in with the bags that the man was carrying but if you look close enough you’ll be able to make it out. The addition of this detail by the artist let’s us know that this party was not thrown together at the last minute but carefully planned and thought out to make sure no detail was overlooked.
The layout for the surprise answer was 10-letters in length but not overly cryptic enough for a challenge. EN was grouped together at the beginning of the layout bringing ENOUGH to mind leaving SURE to be deciphered for the finish. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!