Jumble Answers for 08/31/2018

MYOCF – COMFY

LEYAM – MEALY

ENLHIA – INHALE

LIREOO – ORIOLE

CARTOON ANSWER: WHEN MAKING A NEW HOME, PRAIRIE DOGS BURROW WITH HELP FROM THE – – – 

MFY  AL   HE   OIL   =  “HOLE” FAMILY

Good Morning, Everyone!            🐿 A HOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’ GOIN’ ON…🐿

🎶 Come along my Baby, HOLE lotta shakin’ goin’ on…Yes, I said come along my Baby, Baby you can’t go wrong..We ain’t fakin’, HOLE lotta shakin’ goin’ on…Well, I said come along my Baby, we got chicken in the barn..Woo-huh..Come along my Baby, really got the bull by the horn..We ain’t fakin’, HOLE lotta shakin’ goin’ on…I said shake it, Baby…Shake it..Come on over, HOLE lotta shakin’ goin’ on….🎶 “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” – Jerry Lee Lewis  1957

🐿 So rodents prone to burrow…Prairie Dogs known as ground squirrels,
And to those of you who know me…know already I’m in peril…
Problem here? I’m saying squirrel and then rodent in one sentence?
A pause while I INHALE and try regaining normal essence…
I feel my face turn MEALY, COMFY not the place I’m at,
To greet the early morning with a bunch of burrowing rats…
But I’ll emulate an ORIOLE, and fly above the fray,
That I’ve found myself a part of way too early in the day.
So we’re faced with Prairie Dogs amok, relocating we can see…
But I’m just not digging meeting with today’s “HOLE” FAMILY! 🐿

HOLA!! And welcome to Friday, and the start of a long Holiday weekend! Let’s kick it off…Except for two of my early morning Jumble Crew telling me that they PALED for a quick second at MEALY, today’s words were pretty DOGgone easy. So let’s just DIG in and get to our solution…Today we find ourselves out in a open field. A FAMILY of PRAIRIE DOGS are making a new HOME for themselves, and apPARENTly they DIG their new surroundings…It’s a pretty HOLEsome FAMILY scene, I suppose…We see the Dad, standing at left, telling his wife, who’s “DIGGING the Kitchen” that it’s “great to have the kids helping“. And I’m counting 7 kids!…That’s a lot of kids…They may just GOPHER broke getting this new HOME off the GROUND, right? I wonder if they KNEADed to BURROW any moneyAnyway, with this HOLE FAMILY AFFAIR going on, and all the HOLES we see being DUG…They BURROWED with help from the…”HOLE” FAMILY! Good one, David…I can DIG it!

Ok, eye candy…The two tiny DOGS standing way off in the distance are a cute deTAIL, but I’ll SHAKE it off… I’m going with the Sister and Brother duo at front…He’s whacking her with a Tree Limb…Sibling Rivalry taken to a HOLE ‘nother  level…I’d GROUND him in a minute! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! We’ve the HOLE long weekend to look forward to…Kick up some dirt and Enjoy! 🐿🙋🏻

 

 

 

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Jumble Answers for 08/30/2018

HITTG = TIGHT

HNIKT = THINK

XUFOOT = OUTFOX

NLEENK = KENNEL

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE NUMBER 1 IS SO LOW THAT ITS VALUE IS – – –

GHTTINOTOXNNE = NEXT TO NOTHING


Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! There weren’t any new clue words this morning, but the list of recycled favorites gave us all new anagrams to decipher. TIGHT and THINK didn’t require any effort and were both immediately visible upon first glance. The last two took a considerable amount of time to work through with KENNEL being my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. It was also the oldest clue word of the group with its last appearance being 9/23/14. Once solved, all of the clue words were in reverse alphabetical order.

The setting for today’s cartoon lands us back in the classroom where we see a teacher giving a lesson on number values. If you remember back to Monday’s puzzle, we saw a group of four children sitting at one long desk during the lesson while today we see three children sitting on the floor. The dialogue of the teacher explains the differences between 1 and 0 in very basic terms. The charming remark by the young boy seated on the far right indicates that he has truly grasped the concept being taught.

Two details in today’s panel caught my eye with the first being the young child on the right. He looks very similar to the child that we saw in Monday’s cartoon where he was drawn with a clueless look on his face. Maybe math is his preferred subject or this is his twin! The second detail was the pattern on the bottom of the young girls sneaker. It’s amazing that just a few squiggly lines can really add some visual appeal.

The anagram for the final solution was abnormally large and contained 13-letters. What immediately jumped out at me was the X and N together. It brought NEXT to mind which allowed the rest of the solution to come naturally. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 08/29/2018

ODPOR = DROOP

LXIEE = EXILE

SKCITY = STICKY

CLAHNB = BLANCH

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE PENNIES WERE JUST MINTED AND HAD A UNIQUE SMELL. THIS MADE THEM – – –

DEETNC = “CENTED”


Happy Wednesday, Jumble players! The first three clue words that we encountered this morning were recycled favorites. DROOP was the exact same anagram that we saw on 4/9/18 making it a quick solve. My choice for the most difficult anagram of the day was STICKY. Even though the S and Y were in their correct spots, it still took me quite a few looks before it popped into view. BLANCH is coming up as a new word but it was easily deciphered to finish off the quartet.

We head to the production floor of a US Mint for today’s cartoon. Regular players of the Jumble will remember that we’ve seen several cartoons this year centered around the creation of new coin designs so it was interesting to see the focus of today’s panel being the actual minting process.

Two characters can be seen working the machine as the small coins roll off the conveyor belt and fall into a large cart. The cartoon sentence informs us that the coins we see being produced are pennies and I counted 63 pennies rolling off the line.

The United States Mint produces approximately 30 million pennies each day which equates to 1,040 pennies per second. Going a step further, the total pennies produced in a year is approximately 13 billion individual coins with a total value of 13 million dollars. With all of those coins being produced, it’s no wonder that Jeff added a wheel on the cart so it can be easily moved around the minting facility!

The letter layout for the final solution contained 6-letters. I was able to blind solve this one after noticing that the word “smell” appeared in both the cartoon dialogue and sentence. The answer sure was a stinky pun, but not really much of a challenge. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 08/28/2018

ELCTF = CLEFT

PRNUS = SPURN

GLEYCR = CLERGY

IWIGRN = WIRING

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE SMALL MEETING OF THE SHAPES WAS CALLED BY THE – – –

CLERNCERIIN = INNER CIRCLE


Happy Tuesday, Jumble fans! It’s an exciting morning because we have two brand new clue words in the lineup!!! CLEFT and WIRING make their debut into gameplay and they were both jumbled spectacularly. The -ING ending in WIRING made the solution easy to figure out which made me choose CLERGY as the most difficult anagram of the day. We last saw it on 2/29/16 where it was jumbled as GLERCY. With all of the clue words out of the way, it was time to head on over to the cartoon.

The first thing that I noticed about today’s panel was that our normal cast of characters had been replaced by a bunch of random shapes. Moving in a clockwise fashion we see an octagon, square, star, triangle and a rectangle all making an outer ring with a circle standing in the middle. The circle was drawn with a sinister look on its face that Jeff captured perfectly. Its right hand is giving a thumbs up gesture while its left hand has its index finger pointing straight up. The cartoon sentence didn’t provide any additional information as to what the meeting was about, but the dialogue informs us that these shapes are the only ones that can be trusted.

There wasn’t much detail to be seen in this cartoon which was fine because the unique faces on the shapes made it interesting enough. A couple of things did stand out though, with one in particular that left me with a huge smile. The first detail wasn’t so much a detail as it was a layout design choice by the artist. Jeff chose to add a dark and curved banner above the cartoon where he positioned the dialogue of the circle. This effect left the panel in a shape which blended perfectly with the other shapes that we already see. Next up were the circles that made up the floor. We see a tiny portion of a large outer circle that decreases in size until it leads to a bullseye in the middle. This leads me to my favorite detail of the day. Did you notice that the triangle and star were both holding a steaming cup of coffee? Well, when you combine a STAR with a cup o’ joe, what do you get? STARBUCKS, of course!!! Well done, Jeff!

The letter layout for the final solution clocked in at an impressive 10-letters in length. Although it was cryptic, the leading nature of the cartoon sentence coupled with all of the visual clues allowed me to see the answer instantly. The two new clue words made for a dandy of a puzzle, but it still left me craving something a bit more challenging. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 08/27/2018

BROOT = ROBOT

LIVTA = VITAL

AYRSLA = SALARY

EEFLNN = FENNEL

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

HOW DO YOU SAY ACTION WORDS SUCH AS GIVE, ACCEPT, OBEY AND UNITE?

RBVALYEL = VERBALLY


Good Monday morning, Jumble players! All of the clue words that we see today are old favorites from 2017. ROBOT was jumbled so well that it actually tripped me up for a moment before it finally came into view. FENNEL took the longest to decipher making it my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day. We last saw it jumbled as FLEENN on 8/20/17 which was equally as difficult.

The setting for today’s cartoon is a classroom where we see a teacher standing in front of a dry erase board. Just behind her are three children and they’re seated at one long desk. The children look very young so I’d venture a guess that this is most likely a second or third grade class. By looking at the list of words on the board it was immediately apparent that her lesson for today was verbs.

There were only two fine details in today’s panel that caught my attention. First was the dry erase marker and eraser which were on a small shelf at the bottom of the board. Jeff added a bit of shading under the shelf which gave it some depth and made it more visually interesting. The second detail was a poster on the wall just behind the teachers head. It appears to show the day and night cycle of earth as half of the planet is shaded.

The sentence for today’s cartoon was in the form of a question which regular players of the puzzle will identify as being highly unusual. The final solution was a breeze after noticing that the question omitted the word VERB and used “action words” instead. The letter layout was 8-letters in length and not very cryptic with RBV being right at the front. We’re off to an easy start this week so my fingers are crossed that we have a few challenging puzzles in the days to come. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 08/26/2018

GUTOHH – THOUGH

KIOBEO – BOOKIE

TATHRW – THWART

NIFTIE – FINITE

MUCSPA – CAMPUS

TLANUF – FLAUNT

CARTOON ANSWER:  THE SPEAR HAD JUST BEEN INVENTED, AND IT WOULD BE USED FROM – – – 

TOH   OO   ART   NIT   MP   FN =   FROM THAT POINT ON

Good Morning, Everyone!                 🔪 SPEAR ME THE DETAILS….🔪

🎶 There’s a man in the funny papers we all know…Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop
He lived ‘way back a LONG TIME AGO...Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop…
He don’t eat nothin’ but a bear cat stew…Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop
Well this cat’s name is-a Alley Oop… Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop
He’s the toughest man there is alive…(Alley Oop)… Wearin’ clothes from a WILDCAT’S HIDE… (Alley Oop) He’s the king of the jungle jive…Look at that CAVE MAN go…🎶 “Alley Oop” – The Hollywood Argyles 1960

🔪 Invention is a wondrous thing…to go from old to new…
Since dawn of time there’s always been someone who follows through.
Like now with Sports condoning a wager here and there,
And BOOKIEs ‘cross America…their profits? FINITE, Dear…
So even back in Caveman days, when someone found a way,
To better life for everyone, they’d FLAUNT it and they’d say…
“Forget the Club, THOUGH it’s done well, I’ve got something right here,
That revolutionizes hunts…I’m calling it a Spear..”
Of course some tried to THWART it, those afraid of the unknown…
But like a CAMPUS rally, crowds round Alley Oop had grown…
And eventually, they saw its worth…The Spear broke through the dawn…
The new invention “Stuck” like glue…Success FROM THAT POINT ON! 🔪

Ok…Today’s words. CAMPUS? Used exactly a year ago today! And THWART was here in both May (7th), and July (16th), of last year. FLAUNT? Displayed itself last on November 8th. Oddly, I’m not seeing THOUGH, BOOKIE, or FINITE. Yet, they seem very familiar. I’m going to look further and get back to you..Have I seen them on the JUST JUMBLE APP, and I’m blurring lines here? Possibly. Speaking of…If you haven’t yet downloaded the App? You should! Jumble Puzzles at your fingertips, tons to SPEAR..and you can play any time you choose! It’s a wonderful APP, and I guarantee you’ll see my POINT!…Anyway, today’s anagrams are exceptionally well done. Maybe one of the best Sunday offerings we’ve had in some time…Drop us a line, and let us know what you think…

So, on to our carton. Transported back in time…we find ourselves amongst CAVE MEN...and WOMAN! ALLEY OOP has INVENTED the SPEAR, and he’s singing its’ praises about changing Hunting “FOREVER”…”Trust me’, he’s saying…’It’s a mighty VINE invention”! His audience, ROCKY with the club, and CON-CAVE with that sunken chest, aren’t that excited. CON-CAVE feels it’s just a fad. You know….”What’s the POINT of getting excited?…ALLEY always thought he was such a big WHEEL“! I think he’s jealous…But the woman? MARSHA? She’s all for it! “This is great! You’re so SHARP…this is right up my ALLEY! No more GATHERing  FOR..AGES! It aPIERCE you’ve got a winner here”! So…this new INVENTION? Did it CATCH on? Yes, it did! And now, it’ll be used…FROM THAT POINT ON! Good one, David! MEATY!

And, the eye candy…Key to the solution, are the tiny lines Jeff has drawn, emanating from the POINT of the SPEAR. SHARP, Jeff…very SHARP! Chest hair is shown on each of our men, with ROCKY being the most graciously endowed…Full head of hair, bearded, with a mustache and hair on his legs…HIRSUTE’s the CAVEMEN image, don’t you think? Or shall I say HE SUITS the CAVEMAN image? And CON-CAVE sports a Man-Bun...COMB on, even back then? There’s PALM Trees FLANKing the background…But should there be? If so, I HAND it to you, Jeff. If not, I’ll LEAF it alone…There’s also two erupting VOLCANOS, but I’ll BLOW them off…And we have an array of LOIN cloths – striped, ruffled, fringed and spotted…Fashionable, yes…but not exactly covering it…Then there’s the Animal Carcass on the ground…DUST not enough though…And, we see the BONES in MARSHA’S Hair and Ear, but I’m not PICKING that either…I’m going to go with ALLEY’S Ankle Bracelets…Just GRIPping, FUR a lack of anything better! So, There you have it, Folks! Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And I’ll leave you with a little Prehistoric joke…What do you call a wandering CAVEMAN? A  MEANDERthal! HUMEROUS, right? 🔪🙋🏻

 

 

Jumble Answers for 08/25/2018

THONC – NOTCH

AMOMC – COMMA

WARELY – LAWYER

DINADC – CANDID

CARTOON ANSWER:   WHEN THE CHEF RAN OUT OF SEAFOOD FOR HER FAMOUS CHOWDER, IT WAS A – – – 

T   CM   LY   AI   =  “CLAM-ITY

Good Morning, Everyone!                   🍲 AW, SHUCKS! 🍲

🎶 Hey everybody gather round…Listen to that bongo sound, Grab the first one in your reach…Now we’re going to shake the beach. Do the CLAM, do the CLAM…Grab your barefoot Baby by the hand…Turn and tease, hug and squeeze…Dig right in and do the CLAM…Dig right in and do the CLAM…🎶 “Do The Clam” – Elvis  1965

🍲 I love making Clam Chowder, I love Seafood per se,
So many fresh varieties to cook such different ways…
The first time I heard Quahog, I thought it very strange,
A clam’s a clam…be CANDID here…why must the name be changed?
Like LAWYER and Attorney, who needs so many words?
The synonyms we use each day are sometimes for the birds!
An indentation’s called a NOTCH, there’s many words like this,
I’m going off the subject here…Let me get back to Fish…
The Clams ran out, panic ensues…is what we’re seeing here…
The Chef’s upset..(I’m thinking…do I need a COMMA there)?
With Quahogs being big and bold, they need these great big pots…
You’re making Chowder for a crowd? You need to make a lot.
So what became of this days’ fare…perhaps they served spaghetti?
Oh wait…Seafood? They’d still need clams! Just more and more “CLAM-ITY”! 🍲

Today’s words, while nothing to get STEAMED about, have SERVED up a few little  quirks. We have two words beginning with a SEA, COMMA and CANDID, and they both “C”ontain double “C”onsonants. A 4-C situation! NOTCH and LAWYER have very recently appeared, both in the same week…June 25th and 29th respectfully…and are now showing up in the same puzzle! Sweet Repeats taken to the exSTREAM, wouldn’t you say? As I said, just a few little quirks, for those of you who like to DIG a little DEEPer, and CHOW down with your words. And our CATCH of the day? Hmm…Perhaps LAWYER? But the jury’s still out…

Ok, our cartoon: Finding ourselves in a Restaurant Kitchen, we come upon a pretty DEEP SEA-N…The restaurant, “IT’S CHOWDER THIS WORLD“, known for CHEF ANN’s Famous CLAM CHOWDER, has run out of QUAHOGS, which is just a bigger word, for bigger CLAMS. And it SEAms to be at the worst posSEAble time…With orders still coming in, the Sous Chef, SHELLY, announces..”We’re Out”, and is left holding the bag. Or in this case, the empty Tray! What will they do? Did no one foreSEA this? Was someone being SHELL FISH? Should ANN be wearing a Hair NET? …So many questions…But the one in answer to our Puzzle? It was a …”CLAM-ITY”! Mmm..I mean Hmm…Ok, I’ll just spit it out…No use walking on eggSHELLS here…David, it’s a cute pun, but I think it’s just a little HALF BAKED! CaLAM-ITY….SHORE, I get it, but “A“! …You really went FISHING for this one, no?

Anyway, eye candy…Two boiling pots are shown, one ladled, flames flickering beneath them, and four empty SHELLS lie on the sideboard. We see SHELLY, FISHING around, hoping to SEA FOOD, with that….”OY…’STERS no more CLAMS” look on his face…We have our waitress, PEARL, in her SPAGHETTI tie, calling for two more orders, as she adds them to the ORDER WHEEL, and adds to the PEARL pressure. In the background, SILTing at tables, we SEA three diners, the SOLE woman, highly animated. On the table, salt and pepper shakers FLANK a bud vase. But the MAIN COURSE here today? It has to be ANN…Raising her MUSSELed arm, holding her head, GRITting her teeth. Wanting to scream..”SHELL no“!…She’s just so unSHORE of what to do next…She’s a virtual FISH OUT OF WATER! SHUCKS, I wish I could KELP…Just how will this end??? TUNA in next time, Folks, and we SHELL SEA!…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And remember…Never get TIDE down by the PIER pressure of life…Come out of your SHELL…and make WAVES! 🍲🙋🏻

🙏🏻 Prayers for Hawaii 🙏🏻

Jumble Answers for 08/24/2018

RUFMO – FORUM

RADLW – DRAWL

LACCEN – CANCEL

VAROYS – SAVORY

CARTOON ANSWER:   IT SOUNDED LIKE THE CROWS SENSED TROUBLE BASED ON THE – – – 

FRM   RAW   CAL   SAO   =   “CAWS” FOR ALARM

Good Morning, Everyone!      ⚡️CROW, CROW, CROW…YOU DON’T ⚡️

🎶 BLACKBIRD singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly…All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise…BLACKBIRD fly..BLACKBIRD fly….into the light of a dark black night…🎶 “Blackbird” – The Beatles 1968

⚡️ Some Birds upon a wire is a sight not hard to miss…
An investigative FORUM wouldn’t meet to study this.
But the thought of Crows as victims of the shock therapy we see…
Isn’t something that we’re used to…and it’s nothing SAVORY.
Will their population dwindle, and electricity be the blame?
Will they need to CANCEL meeting high above our window panes?
Will they leave the city limits, fly towards South and form a DRAWL?
And if we were to go visit greet us with a “Hey Y’All”?
What will happen to these Crows now if these wires still do harm?
I feel we’ll soon be Crow Barred with this new “CAWS” FOR ALARM! ⚡️

Let it CROW, Let it CROW, Let it CROW…I’m going out on a LIMB here to say that none of our words today are new…But are any of them good enough to ruffle our feathers? Maybe CANCEL? Hmm…Drop us a LINE, Folks, and let us know…Today we find ourselves outdoors, with Six CROWS perched atop power wires. Did you know that it’s been said that CROWS symbolize some sort of communication from the gods? Seeing a single one is considered unlucky. Two means good luck, three-health, four-wealth, five-sickness, and six..death!….So I don’t know about you, but I’m all FOUR those two out in the distance getting STRUCK…We’re now left with FOUR CROWS…and we’ve STRUCK it rich! And if you’re SHOCKED, and thinking MURDER? Well yes, you’re right! BeCAWS a group of CROWS is called a MURDER! And this pun today is a KILLER! Seeing the four CROWS CAWling out to one another, we OVER hear that they’re discussing the BLACK OUT of numbers five and six…And of course, they’re ALARMED…they’re SCARED CROWS…So, in answer to our question…They sensed TROUBLE. based on the…”CAWS” FOR ALARM! Good one, David, you’ve STRUCK it rich once again!

Ok, eye candy…Hmm. Today this may be a lost CAWS…There’s a Black Cat lying in wait by the bush-too far from PURRfect…But then what’s left to see besides the Four CROWS that STUCK  together? You know, the VEL-CROWS? Yea, let’s just go with them…So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! I’m going to sit back now…pour myself a cup of CAWfee, toss a breakfast biscuit into the miCROWwave, try out this new eye cream I got to help prevent CROW’S feet, and try to plan my day…So please don’t CAWl…Everything’s still UP IN THE AIR! ⚡️🙋🏻

Prayers for Hawaii 🙏🏻

 

Jumble Answers for 08/23/2018

TMUBH = THUMB

ZUGEA = GAUZE

CEANCT = ACCENT

SLYMEF = MYSELF

CARTOON ANSWER:

WHEN THE IDENTICAL TWINS WON THE DOUBLES TOURNAMENT, IT WAS – – –

THMGAEACTMSE = GAME, SET and MATCH


Good morning everyone, and happy Thursday! There weren’t any new clue words in the lineup this morning so instead it was a trip down memory lane with some old favorites. Both THUMB and GAUZE were instantly visible and took no effort to decipher. THUMB is the oldest word in todays game having last been used on 5/18/15 while GAUZE was last used exactly three years later on 5/18/18. ACCENT was the only word to slow me down which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. It took an extra minute or so before I tried pairing up the C’s to finish it off. The Y and M placed together made MYSELF leap off the page to complete the quartet and allow me to begin working on the surprise answer.

A simple tennis themed cartoon was in store for us today with the game looking like it has just ended. We see four characters in the panel playing a doubles match and two of the characters are identical. I did take some time to carefully look at the twins to see if I could spot any differences but Jeff was very careful to make every detail exactly the same. While the twins jump for joy and high-five one another in mid-air, they can also be seen with huge smiles on their faces. Our other two characters are drawn with emotions of defeat and anger which in effect made the twins stand out even more in the cartoon.

My favorite part of the cartoon was the shape of the shading between the two characters that lost the match. I’m sure it’s purely coincidental, but doesn’t the shading look to be in the shape of the State of Michigan with Toronto just to the right? For some reason it jumped out at me and now I can’t “un-see” it!!!

The final solve was instant after reading the cartoon sentence. The letter layout was an impressive 12-letters long, but the given word of “and” gave it all away for me. My fingers are crossed for a challenging puzzle tomorrow since we’ve had it way too easy this week. Have a tremendous Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jumble Answers for 08/22/2018

GULHA = LAUGH

TUYNT = NUTTY

OCYNOL = COLONY

RYNEFZ = FRENZY

 

CARTOON ANSWER:

THE KING HATED HIS CHAIR AND WANTED IT TO BE – – –

UHNTTOORE = “THRONE” OUT


Happy Wednesday, Jumble friends! It was another easy-breezy puzzle today with all of the clue words coming instantly into view. LAUGH is a new clue word making its debut into gameplay which is surprising since it’s such a common word. My choice for the most difficult anagram of the day would be COLONY because of those pesky double O’s. FRENZY is the oldest clue word of the quartet and I had to search way back to 12/02/14 to find it. Finally, after all of the clue words were solved, I noticed that the last three all ended in Y.

The setting for today’s cartoon brings us to a throne room where we encounter two men having a conversation. By reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that the gentleman on the left is the king and he’s very displeased with the look of his chair. He complains that it’s not modern looking which is surprising since it’s decked out with winged serpents, animal print upholstery, talon shaped armrests, and even realistic looking claw feet. I’m not sure how much more “modern” he can go, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his eccentricities lead him to choose a toilet for his next ceremonial seat of power!

There were a couple of fun details in today’s panel that quickly caught my attention. Just above the back of the chair we see a royal crest which is separated into three sections. The largest section contains an image of two swords crossed. The second section was left blank, while the third one had a winged serpent. Above the crest is a crown with Jeff’s signature “J” serving as its jewel. His majesty is also wearing a royal crest on his blazer but it doesn’t quite match the one that we see on his seat. His crest has only two sections with the first containing a wing-less snake and the other displaying the crossed swords.

The letter layout for the final solution was absolutely brilliant! Even though the wording of the sentence brought the surprise answer to mind, I still marveled at how well hidden it was. If the answer didn’t come to you right away, you probably had some work to do trying to decipher it. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!