NUEGL = LUNGE
NWEHI = WHINE
GUCTAH = CAUGHT
TAIGRU = GUITAR
WHEN THE ROBOT EXPERIENCED ABDOMINAL SURGERY, IT WAS – – –
NGEWHNCUTGIR = GUT-WRENCHING
Happy Tuesday, Jumble fans! The clue word choices for today’s puzzle were an interesting mix but not overly challenging. All of the anagrams were new but the words they produced were recycled favorites. GUITAR eneded up taking the most time to solve which made it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. We saw it exactly one month ago where it was jumbled as IGRUTA, but it still tripped me up. CAUGHT is the oldest word in the quartet and made its last appearance in gameplay on 1/20/17 where it was scrambled as GUCATH.
It’s day #2 of Guest Jumbler Week and today’s panel is courtesy of Dave Whamond. Mr. Whamond is the creative genius behind the “Reality Check” comic strip and was born in Edmonton, Alberta but grew up in the small northern Canadian town of Whitecourt. His strips provide a wacky vision of the world that exposes the hidden hilarity in ordinary circumstances which is exactly what we see today.
The setting for today’s piece is an operating room where we encounter three characters. The cartoon sentence informs us that the robot is undergoing abdominal surgery and we see a female and male duo performing the necessary repairs. Under the bright lights of the operating table we see that they’ve swapped their scalpels for wrenches in an attempt to remedy the situation, but what caught my eye was the fact that the robot was wide awake and watching the surgery take place!
There were a few other details that Mr. Whamond added to make his drawing visually appealing. We see a small bolt flying out of the robots “chest” cavity which was probably the cause of his discomfort. The head mirror on the male surgeon added a touch of realism to the piece, but what I was most impressed with was the dog robot that was looking into the operating room from behind the circular window in the rear of the panel. Was this robot the significant other of the patient bot? Even though robots don’t have feelings (yet), it was a well placed detail that gave the panel some emotion during a tense situation.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters and created two words that were separated by a hyphen. Looking at the layout, I noticed the word CUT spelled out perfectly but it was too obvious. I saw the ING ending next so I decided to cross it out in an attempt to reduce the amount of letters I was working with. Still thinking about CUT, I saw the G next to it which brought GUT to mind. The rest of the answer flowed naturally for the finish after remembering the visual clue in the cartoon. Today’s cartoon was a hoot and the answer was definitely not a gimme. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!