UDLEE = ELUDE
HENSE = SHEEN
VEEMRO = REMOVE
FIROPT = PROFIT
THE 2 WAS MUCH MORE EASYGOING THAN THE 3 BECAUSE THE 2 WAS – – –
EDEEENEMVPRT = EVEN-TEMPERED
Good Monday morning, everyone! All of the clue words that we see today are old favorites. SHEEN looked new to me once it was solved but a search revealed that it was last used on 10/08/15. PROFIT ended up being the oldest of the bunch with its last appearance on 10/02/14. We did see it used in a surprise answer of “TIDY PROFIT” on 6/27/16 so perhaps David only uses it on even-numbered years. Although all of our clue words well jumbled, they were all instantly visible so I’ll forgo choosing one as the most difficult anagram of the day. If you have a pick, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.
Today’s cartoon was a break from the norm with the main characters being numbers instead of people. The banner overhead says “SUDOKU CHAMPIONSHIPS” and we see the numbers 1, 3, and 2 on the sidelines waiting to be played. The dialogue informs us that number 3 is anxious to get on the grid as he verbalizes his frustration with the pace at which the game is being played. Number 2 has a nonchalant attitude about the situation and states that “it will all work out.”
There were a couple of details in this piece that happened to catch my attention. We see the number 4 already on the board and its eyes are looking forward instead of back towards the commotion on the sideline. The second detail was more complex and left me a bit confused. If you look at the number 2, you’ll see that there is another number partially drawn to its right. Since Sudoku uses the numbers 1 through 9, I was unable to figure out what this other crooked number was. My best guess is that it’s part of the number 6 but the curve didn’t seem right. If you have a guess, be sure to let us know!
Like the clue words, the final solution was no trouble at all. The letter layout had five E’s which definitely caught my attention. The EN coupled together brought EVEN into view which left TEMPERED to be sussed out with minimal effort.
I’ve added a poll down below (👇) to see how many of you play the Sudoku. It’s a fun game but I prefer the other word puzzles like the crossword and word search. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!