TAYRP = PARTY
VIHEC = CHIVE
SESUVR = VERSUS
LIFELT = FILLET
AT ONE OUT AWAY FROM A PERFECT GAME, THE CROWD’S CHEERING REACHED A – – –
PRCHEVEFIT = FEVER PITCH
Good morning, Jumble friends, and happy Wednesday! The pace of new clue words has stalled a bit this month with David choosing to use old favorites instead. The first three words were fairly visible leaving FILLET as the only challenge. It also happens to be the oldest clue word of the group having last been used on 4/9/17. The only other interesting fact about today’s lineup is that CHIVE is jumbled the exact same way as the last time we saw it on 5/3/17.
The setting for today’s cartoon is a baseball stadium where the panel is serving a dual purpose. In the top half of the cartoon we see the infield portion of a baseball field where the game is being played while the bottom half serves as our vantage point which is high above in the announcers booth behind home plate. Jeff masterfully added a shadowed wave of fans between both halves to seamlessly blend them together.
The dialogue and sentence inform us that what we’re witnessing could be a perfect baseball game. The definition of a perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings in which no opposing player reaches base. This feat has only been achieved by 23 pitchers in MLB history with the last perfect game being pitched by Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners on August 15, 2012.
One unique detail that is visible on both halves of this panel is the logo of the baseball team. We see it on the shirts of the announcers as well as on the jersey of the pitcher. On 7/31/18, I conducted a poll in which I asked visitors to this website what they thought the baseball team name was based upon this logo. The result was a tie between the Jumble City Diamonds and the Jumble City Gems. In an attempt to break this tie, I’ll run the poll again to see if we can find a winner!
The final solution to today’s game was a combination of two words that were both 5-letters each. I had a hunch as to what the answer was based upon the visual evidence within the cartoon. Looking at the letter layout, my suspicion was confirmed upon seeing FEVE in perfect reverse order. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!