ADVIL = VALID
BLIMC = CLIMB
COYLIP = POLICY
HLRLIS = SHRILL
DIRECTING THE THIRD-GRADER’S STAGE PERFORMANCE WAS TOUGH AND CERTAINLY NOT – – –
AIDCLPYSHL = CHILD’S PLAY
Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! All of our clue words were in alphabetical order this morning making for a neatly organized start to the game. After such a challenging puzzle yesterday, it was only fitting that David started us off with a dose of ADVIL. It was easily deciphered though, as were the next two clue words. SHRILL was the only word that required an extra glance before coming into view making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. CLIMB was the oldest clue word of the group with its last appearance on 6/7/14. It was jumbled the exact same way that we see today which made it effortless.
Moving along to our cartoon, the setting for today’s panel is the stage of an elementary school were we see a whole lot of different action scenes occurring. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the frazzled drama teacher in the middle of it all. She is literally being pulled in four different directions as she attempts to mitigate the hazards that are quickly unfolding on every corner of the stage.
The cartoon sentence tells us that this is supposed to be a rehearsal for a Peter Pan production, but it looks more like recess time with props! In the rear we see a young girl soaring through the air with her only safety device being a loop of rope around her waist. Two boys can be seen engaged in a mock sword fight with very realistic looking sabers. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the young child in the crocodile costume crawling along the floor. He tries to get the attention of his teacher to tell her that he’s stuck which leaves him looking like he’s just been swallowed by the hungry creature. And lastly we have young Tinkerbell who figures that now would be as good a time as any to inform her teacher that she wants to change roles. My favorite detail of the piece was the perfectly drawn look of shock, horror, frustration and despair of the drama teachers face. Priceless!
The final solve was an 11-letter anagram that kept the 2-word solution well hidden. The visual clues provided by the cartoon made this an instant solve which was just fine after yesterday’s brain teaser. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Mr. Hoyt was kind enough to leave a short video yesterday explaining the recent style changes to the puzzle. You can hear from the wordsmith himself as to why this was done RIGHT HERE!