TOLTO = LOTTO
ROPEN = PRONE
IKOVNE = INVOKE
HAYTPC = PATCHY
WHEN YOUNG RUBE GOLDBERG WANTED TO CATCH A MOUSE, HE BUILT A – – –
OTTRNINOPAC = CON – “TRAP” – TION
Happy Thursday, everyone! Today’s puzzle featured two brand new clue words to baffle our brains. Both LOTTO and PATCHY made their debut into gameplay this morning but they were quickly deciphered along with the rest. Our other two words were both used in 2018 with INVOKE being the oldest of the group. We last saw it jumbled as OVENKI on 3/29 which was slightly more challenging than what we saw today. Since all of them were instantly visible to me, I’ll leave a poll down below where you can vote for the most difficult anagram of the day.
It’s hard to believe that we’re already at day #4 of Guest Jumbler Week. Yesterday’s puzzle ended up being the most searched for answer of all time for this blog so don’t feel bad if you weren’t able to figure it out. There was a LATTE discussion in the forums in which players went back and forth about the grammatical intricacies of the sentence, but overall it was a well brewed pun that suited the cartoon perfectly.
Today’s panel is courtesy of Ed Steckley who is an award winning illustrator from Queens, New York. The first thing that I noticed about the cartoon was the very fine detail work of the piece. Unfortunately my newspaper was a bit skimpy on the ink this morning so I had to look at the online version to get the full effect. The lines of the cartoon have a soft feel to them and it looks as though it might have been been drawn by hand without the aid of a digital device.
The cartoon sentence informs us that little Rube Goldberg wanted to catch a mouse so he constructed a thingamajig to get the job done. In his books, Mr. Steckley always has Rube devising inventions with interactive sequences which help him accomplish mundane tasks. It definitely was a treat starting at point A and following the the path to point K where he traps the silly looking mouse. I could go into great detail about every mechanism, but instead I’ll share with you my favorite part of the cartoon. If you look under the saw-horse that Rube is standing on, you can see the hole in the wall where the mouse has taken up residence. An absolutely superb drawing!
The final solve consisted of an 11-letter anagram that was rather cryptic. The painstaking detail of the machine and wording of the cartoon sentence made CONTRAPTION jump out at me after staring at the letters while enjoying a few sips of tea. If you enjoyed Ed’s cartoon, be sure to stop by his website and pick up a signed copy of his latest book which features more of Rube’s unconventional CONTRAPTIONS! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow! 🐭