HCIET = ETHIC
EGBIE = BEIGE
UNAAGI = IGUANA
YSIGNA = SAYING
LEVI STRAUSS WILLED HIS COMPANY TO HIS FOUR NEPHEWS TO KEEP – – –
ETEIIGNSN = IT IN HIS “GENES”
Happy Monday, Jumble fans! Today we observe Columbus Day here in the States while our friends up north celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. Although our favorite puzzle wasn’t themed for either holiday, what we did get was a very well thought out and tricky surprise answer to challenge us once again right at the start of the week.
The game started off with a new clue word in ETHIC and then continued with three recycled favorites. I wasn’t able to solve it at first so I decided to skip it and figure out the others. BEIGE and IGUANA were readily visible leaving me to work through SAYING. After a few moments I noticed the ING in the anagram which brought the answer immediately into view. Returning back to were I began only moments before, all I could see was HECTIC. A few self-jumbles in the margin of my paper finally made it appear making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.
Our panel brings us to an office where we see four men seated around a rather large desk. Behind it is a bespectacled gentleman who is reading something from a piece of paper. A quick read of the cartoon sentence informs us that the document is the will of German-American businessman Levi Strauss and the four men are surprised to hear that their uncle has left his company to them.
Mr. Strauss started his career in San Francisco where he opened a West Coast branch of the families dry goods business. He imported goods from his brothers in New York which included clothing, bedding, combs, purses and handkerchiefs. In 1871, Strauss met Jacob W. Davies who was one of his customers and also a co-inventor of riveted denim pants. Davies eventually went into business with Strauss to produce the iconic blue jeans. Upon his death in 1902, Mr. Strauss left his estate to his four nephews with a value of about $6 million.
The letter layout for the final solution was 9-letters in length. With HIS given to us, IT and IN jumped out at me right away. GENES did take a few seconds to see making for an impressive and clever punny surprise! The pair of jeans on the desk was a well placed detail that I didn’t notice until after my solve. Enjoy your holiday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!