PXLEE = EXPEL
YPOLO = LOOPY
SUFREE = REFUSE
GJOREG = JOGGER
BEN FRANKLIN’S RESPONSE TO BIFOCAL SCEPTICS WAS – – –
ELLYUSOE = YOU’LL SEE
Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle featured a brand new clue word in LOOPY. All of the anagrams were new as well, but they were all instantly visible upon first glance. EXPEL was the oldest repeat with its last appearance on 4/6/16 and scrambled as ELPXE. My choice for the most difficult anagram of the day is REFUSE. The word itself has two meanings and can be used as a verb to indicate or show that one is unwilling to do something or as a noun meaning trash. With all of the clue words out of the way, it was time to focus my attention on today’s cartoon.
In today’s panel we are greeted by two gentlemen having a conversation. I didn’t need to read the cartoon sentence in order to immediately recognize that the seated gentleman was Benjamin Franklin. We see him showing his acquaintance a pair of glasses in his right hand while his left hand is pointing to a letter that is layed out before him on the table. Also on the table is another pair of glasses along with some lenses that appear to be cut in half.
The letter, in my opinion, was the most interesting detail in today’s panel. A quick online search revealed that it was written to Mr. George Whatley on May 23, 1785. The letter is often credited as proof that Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals and it also contains a sketch that explains how they work. A transcript of the correspondence between the two men can be read HERE, with the last letter being the one that we see in today’s cartoon.
The anagram for the final solution consisted of only 8-letters. Noticing the two L’s paired together along with the apostrophe in the answer field brought YOU’LL instantly to mind. SEE was found quickly thereafter leaving a solution that required no ink to be spilled. This definitely wasn’t a difficult Jumble to complete, but the interesting facts learned about Franklin’s invention made it a worthwhile endeavor. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll SEE you right back here tomorrow! 👓