TIWYT = WITTY
TCEHF = FETCH
SWOYLL = SLOWLY
MRAHEM = HAMMER
WHEN ALL THE CLOCKS WERE FOUND TO BE DEFECTIVE, IT WAS A – – –
ITFETSOWAME = WASTE OF TIME
Happy Monday, Jumble friends! We were greeted with a very easy puzzle this morning that took no time at all to solve. Mr. Hoyt gave us a new clue word in hammer but I was able to nail it upon first glance. Since all of the clue words were instantly visible, I’ll attach a poll and let everyone vote for the most difficult anagram of the day. The other three clue words were all used in 2017 with FETCH being the oldest of the quartet (1/11/17). My final observation of the anagrams is that they were presented to us in reverse alphabetical order.
Today’s cartoon was the highlight of the game and it contained a mathematical twist! Although the setting wasn’t exactly clear, it looks like we’re most likely seeing the storage area of a clock production facility. The panel shows us three Jumble characters standing in front of a large garbage can full of discarded clocks. A man in safety glasses and gloves is tossing them into the bin one at a time as the other two characters try to come to grips with the mistake. The female is disheartened that they can’t be recycled while the male does some quick match to try and figure out what went wrong.
There are a total of 16 clocks in the drawing with six of them displaying a time of 26:00. Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, decided to make today’s cartoon a little more interesting by giving us a math problem to go along with it. In the gentlemans dialogue, he explains that the time is off because each clock is adding 5 minutes to the hour. Over the course of a day, that would equal 2 extra hours. Since the time is displayed in a 24-hour format, the 2 extra hours would make all of the clocks read 26:00. Absolutely brilliant!!!
The layout for the final solution was an 11-letter anagram. The visual clue of the clocks coupled with the leading nature of the sentence made the solution a blind solve. The addition of Jeff’s math quiz had me spending a few more minutes on the puzzle than I should have, but it definitely wasn’t a waste of time. Have a merry Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!