LOBTA = BLOAT
OTAPI = PATIO
LESPYE = SLEEPY
KATMER = MARKET
DRINKING COFFEE AFTER THREE O’CLOCK CAUSED SUSAN A – – –
BLTPAOSLEEMRT = “LATTE” PROBLEMS
Happy Wednesday, Jumble geniuses! Today’s puzzle started off with a brand new clue word in BLOAT. It also ended up being the only word that wasn’t instantly visible so it’ll be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The remaining three words were old friends, but their anagrams were new. MARKET ended up being the oldest one in the group and was last used on 11/9/17 and jumbled as KTREMA.
It’s Day #3 of Guest Jumbler Week and we’ve been treated to some really great cartoons so far. Today’s guest is Sandra Bell-Lundy and she brings us a a panel from her strip, “Between Friends“. Bell-Lundy, a Canadian native, launched her comic in May 1990 and it now appears in more than 175 newspapers. The comic focuses on three middle-aged professional women and the problems that they face in their lives.
In today’s panel we see a woman that just can’t fall asleep. It’s a situation that I’m all too aware of and it’s an absolutely horrible feeling. The cartoon sentence identifies the character as Susan and her sleepless night began after having a cup of coffee after 3pm. It looks like Susan might suffer from a caffeine intolerance and she should avoid those late afternoon pick me ups. But the damage is done and we see her lying in bed with her eyes open a mile wide and her pupils constricted to pinpoints.
The final solve consisted of a 13-letter anagram that was extremely cryptic and kept the solution well hidden. I noticed “SLEE” in the layout so I figured SLEEP would be in the answer. With the remaining letters resembling mush, I scrapped SLEEP and started again. Reading the sentence a couple of more times brought PROBLEM to mind and all of the letters were there. The leftovers looked like SEATTLE until I focused a bit and found LATTE. Placing the remaining “S” on PROBLEM finished this one off making for one clever answer! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow! 😴