NIDKR = DRINK
SAFHL = FLASH
RAFTOM = FORMAT
TUNOTB = BUTTON
HE WANTED A SOFT MATTRESS. SHE DIDN’T AND WAS GOING TO – – –
DRIFSMATN = STAND FIRM
Happy Wednesday, Jumble players! Even though we’re at the midpoint of the week, the ease at which this mornings puzzle was solved made it seem more suitable for a Monday. FORMAT was the only word that required a quick double glance making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The oldest clue word of the bunch was FLASH which last appeared in gameplay on 2/18/16. BUTTON was another oldie but goodie that we last saw on 7/10/16. It was jumbled as TUNTOB which is very similar to the anagram we see today.
Our cartoon brings us to a store where we see two Jumble characters shopping for a new mattress. The male half is sprawled out on one that looks rather soft and plush as shown by the indentation that his body is making. The smile on his face lets us know that he seems to have found just the right one, but the look on his partners face means he’s in for a rude awakening. No matter how hard he tries to sell her on this particular model, the scowl and finger wagging are signs that he just might be better off shopping for a new couch!
There are two other mattresses in the panel, but Jeff added some fine detail work to make them appear different. The one on the left has 9-buttons and a tag with just a single squiggly line while the one on the right has 12 and a tag that has several. My favorite details in this piece are the slippers that the couple are wearing. This particular purveyor of mattresses must be a fancy outlet because they make you check your footwear at the door. It might also be a sales technique to keep you from running out the place when you see the price tag.
The letter layout for the final solution was 9-letters in length. Although I wasn’t able to blind solve it, the minimal amount of letters made it all too easy. Working the anagram backwards, I noticed FIR together which brought FIRM to mind. STAND was easily visible once I crossed out the letters. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!