AULFW = AWFUL
KIDNR = DRINK
SEWBOT = BESTOW
XEOPES = EXPOSE
AFTER TEACHING THE SCOUTS HOW TO BUILD A CAMPFIRE, THE TROOP LEADER – – –
AWDKSTOSE = WAS STOKED
Happy Thursday, Jumble players! For the third time this week we have a brand new clue word making its debut into gameplay. Mr. Hoyt offered up BESTOW in an effort to befuddle our brains and this time it worked! It ended up taking me the longest time to solve which made it my pick for most difficult anagram of the day. The remaining three words were readily visible and took longer to write their solutions in the answer boxes than solve. Our oldest word this morning was AWFUL and it was scrambled as FALWU the last time we saw it on 2/2/16. On a final note, all of the anagrams were presented to us in alphabetical order.
Before I start my analysis of today’s cartoon, I’d like to take a moment to share some sad news with you. The online version of the Jumble game that I use to enlarge and see all of the unique details within the cartoon has decided to change their format. They still print the Jumble but they post today’s cartoon very late in the afternoon which is well after I write my post. Unless anyone knows of another website that offers the cartoon in a larger format, I’ll be forced to comment on what is readily visible and update my post later in the day with all of the tiny details that you can’t see in the newspaper copy. This makes me a very unhappy camper, but today’s panel offered up a group of happy ones that I’ll do my best to tell you about.
The setting for today’s panel brings us to a clearing in the woods where we encounter four Jumble characters. Three of them are young boys and they are all seated around a glowing campfire. The cartoon sentence informs us that they are a pack of scouts and that they’ve just been taught how to build a proper fire. The scout leader is overjoyed at the scouts progress and he can be seen doing a happy dance. He’s also waving his marshmallow stick high above his head while holding up his right index finger to indicate that his troop is #1. I noticed that the troop leaders right foot is awfully close to the campfire and if he isn’t careful he’ll soon be giving the kids a lesson in first aid!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters. The layout was cryptic but the leading nature of the sentence brought WAS instantly to mind as the first word. Crossing out those letters allowed me to find STOKED after a few moments of staring at the cartoon. Be sure to stop back later in the day for updates on the tiny details that I couldn’t make out and please vote below for the anagram that stumped you the most. Have a terrific Thursday!!!