FHYTE = HEFTY
HOTOB = BOOTH
MUNSOM = SUMMON
SNIPTL = SPLINT
THEY NEEDED TO REPLACE THE FURNACE BECAUSE THE ONE THEY HAD WAS – – –
HTOOONST = NOT SO HOT
Good morning, Jumble friends! The first puzzle of October gives us four anagrams that are in alphabetical order, but their clue word solutions were recycled favorites from various months of 2017. SPLINT was the only one that wasn’t immediately visible so it’ll be my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day. The fact that the anagram started with SNIP threw me off at first but it quickly came into view after staring at it for a few extra seconds.
Today’s cartoon is a situation that many of us can relate to at this time of year. With temperatures starting to drop in the northern states, we’re at the point where it’s time to start our dormant furnaces to take the morning chill off. I’ve already started mine and luckily there were no mechanical issues. The couple that we see in today’s panel weren’t as lucky and they’re in the basement trying to figure out what went wrong.
Mr. Fix-It has removed the front panel of his “Crosswords” brand furnace and moves in for a closer look with his screwdriver at the ready. This appears to be a gas fired furnace as there’s no visible oil line leading to the burner. Just above his head we see a pipe that has a shut-off handle which may be the gas feed. The handle is not crossed so there is a fuel supply to the unit and most likely not the problem. He thinks it just isn’t able to put out enough heat to battle the bitter cold temperatures and his wife thinks it might be time to have a new one installed.
There were some mighty fine details in today’s cartoon that you may have overlooked. The first one was the crack in the basement wall just behind the gentlemans rear end. Talk about a well placed detail! The female is bundled up from head to toe and Jeff lets us know that it’s brutally cold by drawing their breaths in front of their faces. There appears to be a spiderweb inside the furnace just above the gentlemans left hand. My favorite detail was the tiny mouse lurking in the shadow under the furnace. I missed it in my print copy but it was quite visible in the online version.
The letter layout for the final solution was an 8-letter anagram. The three O’s bunched together made it appear cryptic but the HTO in the front allowed me to instantly see HOT. NOT and SO came next to finish off this rather easy puzzle. I’ll take my win for today as we’ll most likely be challenged later in the week. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!