ITAOR = RATIO
OPMHR = MORPH
LOVTIE = VIOLET
EYEWLA = LEEWAY
GUSTAVE EIFFEL WAS SHORTER THAN MOST PARISIANS, BUT HE WAS ABLE TO – – –
RTOMRHVOETEEW = TOWER OVER THEM
Happy Thursday, everyone! Today’s game started out with four anagrams that were new, but their clue word solutions were old friends. Both of our 5-letter words were instantly visible while the 6-letter ones took some extra time to work through. VIOLET, in my opinion, was the more challenging of the two earning it the title of most difficult anagram of the day. MORPH ended up being the oldest word in the lineup with its last appearance on 9/12/15 and jumbled as PROMH.
Today’s cartoon transports us to Paris where we see three Jumble characters reviewing architectural plans for the Eiffel Tower. Construction of the Tower is happening right behing the gentlemen so this period piece can be dated to somewhere between 1887-1889. The dialogue of the cartoon allows us to identify the middle character as Gustave Eiffel with the other two men possibly being under his employ.
The Eiffel Tower is a cultural icon of France and is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Constructed of 18,038 pieces of wrought iron and fastened together with 2.5 million rivets, the 81-storey tower was the largest structure in the world for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City surpassed it in 1930. The Tower was constructed as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair and to this day remains the most visited paid monument in the world.
I could go on and on about the history of the Tower, but lets get back to how it plays a role in today’s Jumble. The cartoon sentence, dialogue, and the drawing itself focuses on the height of the structure which was our first big clue. The final solve consisted of a 13-letter anagram that kept the solution very well hidden. TOWER jumped out at me after having read so much backstory about it for this analysis. With those letters crossed out, OVER became visible leaving THEM for the punny finish. Well done, David and Jeff! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow. 🇫🇷