FYOTL = LOFTY
VARSO = SAVOR
CEENTD = DECENT
PLIUHL = UPHILL
THE PONY THAT WAS GETTING OVER A BAD COLD WAS A – – –
LOTSREETHIL = LITTLE “HORSE”
Happy Monday, Jumble friends! Mr. Hoyt started off our weekday Jumble duties by offering up a new clue word in SAVOR. We’ve seen SAVORY numerous times in the past so this one wasn’t any trouble to decipher. The rest of our words were all recycled favorites, but their anagrams were brand new. DECENT required a few extra glances before coming into view making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Our oldest word in the group was LOFTY with its last appearance in gameplay on 2/27/17 and scrambled as FOLYT.
Monday puzzles are usually pretty tame in regards to difficulty so I was pleased to see the surprise answer contain one word in quotes. The cartoon featured three animals in a pasture where there is an abundance of dialogue being exchanged. The large horse in the rear, who appears to be female as indicated by her long eyelashes, exclaims that Trig should go back to the barn and rest. Trig’s dialogue states that he’s feeling better but his droopy eyelids are a good indicator that he still needs to take it easy.
There wasn’t much extra detail in today’s panel, but there were a few items definitely worth mentioning. The long fence in the background lets us know that these animals have a lot of space to roam while the smaller fence in the foreground separates the goats from the horses. There were four tufts of grass drawn into the pasture which makes it look lush and green. My favorite detail was the bony shoulderblades of the goat that give it some extra character. Jeff could have easily kept its back flat and we wouldn’t have thought twice about it. My final thought about the cartoon was the choice of “Trig” as the small horses name. Was this a tip of Jeff’s cap to Trig from the Roy Rogers Show of the 50’s or merely a coincidence?
The final solve consisted of 11-letters in a cryptic anagram. With the visual clues of horses in the cartoon, I spotted HORSE almost immediately. LITTLE took a few seconds to decipher but wasn’t any trouble whatsoever. The word in quotes didn’t end up being the challenge that I expected, but it was a cute play on words that started my morning off on the right hoof. I wish everyone Happy Trails today, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 🐴