Jumble Answers for 09/11/2018









Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! All of today’s clue words were old favorites, but David kept us on our toes by giving us all new anagrams to work through. Right from the start my Jumble solving prowess was put to the test with ALIAS. At first glance I thought the solution was ASAIL but it just didn’t look right. A few extra seconds of mental gymnastics was all it took to bring the correct solution into view. INTACT took the longest to decipher which made it my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day. UTMOST was a close second but the U and T placed next to each other in the layout gave it away.

Today’s cartoon brings us to a campground where the idyllic setting of the background is quickly overshadowed by an argument that is taking place. The dialogue and sentence lets us know that these campers are accusing each other of making too much noise which has resulted in a shouting match. Even the dogs are getting into the fray with each one appearing ready to pounce at any moment.

It’s easy to understand why this confrontation is occurring after noticing how close the tents are to each other. Even though the cartoon isn’t drawn to scale, we can reasonably assume that there’s less than a foot of space between the campsites. The tents in the rear appear to be more generously spaced apart so perhaps these campers ought to complain to management instead of taking matters into their own hands.

Jeff added a few subtle details to the cartoon to make it visually interesting. Besides the two tents in the front, we can see all of the other tents are different shapes and sizes. The one in the back left even has the US flag waving next to it! My favorite detail of the piece was the t-shirt that the camper on the right is wearing. If you look closely you’ll notice that it has the Twin Towers with a pentagon around them. This symbolizes the tragic events of September 11th which took place seventeen years ago today.

The letter layout for the final solution was an enormous 14-letter anagram. I thought David did a remarkable job keeping the words well hidden which made us use some extra brain power to get the job done. The wording of the cartoon sentence brought TENSE to mind while the visual clues and the quotations led me to TENTS. With those letters crossed out, SITUATION was easily found making for a very satisfying finish. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!