SUDEO = DOUSE
RYDEB = DERBY
NASTOA = SONATA
TNNTIE = INTENT
THE PEOPLE WAITING TO PAY FOR THEIR PURCHASES WERE – – –
DUSRBYSAENT = “BUY – STANDERS”
Happy Tuesday, Jumble fans! This mornings puzzle featured clue words that were all recycled favorites. Even though we’ve seen them before, there were a couple of them that ended up being rather tricky. SONATA took the longest time to decipher making it my pick for for the most difficult anagram of the day. INTENT was a close second but we talked about this word in the forums a couple of days ago so it was still fresh in my mind. The oldest word of the day was DERBY and it was scrambled as YREDB the last time we saw it on 12/4/17.
When first looking at today’s cartoon, it was immediately apparent that what we’re seeing is a continuation of yesterday’s panel. This had me very excited because Jeff doesn’t do this very often. In the background is the same exact food court that we’ve previously seen, but the main action is now occurring at the point of sale in a department store.
The sign at the register reads “50% Off” so it’s no wonder that we see so many Jumble characters waiting in line to take advantage of the sale. There’s one associate tending to a customer at the register with 5 more people waiting behind her. Each character is holding a different item that they’re interested in purchasing so I’ll describe each one (as best I can) starting at the front of the line. The first woman looks like she’s about to buy a picture frame and she has her credit card out to finalize the transaction. Behind her is a woman holding a large box that appears to be a crockpot. Next is a woman holding some clothing with a man behind her that’s picked out a dress shirt. This leads us to our two main characters with the one on the left holding a box that appears to say “Talking Scale” while the one on the right is holding some dresses or pants.
The last character that we see in the panel doesn’t look like she wants to wait in such a long line and the two women with dialogue believe that she may be shoplifting. You can see that she’s wearing a hat with the price tag still dangling off of it and she appears to have several shirts on under her bulky sweater. I hope she does the right thing and pays for the merchandise because stores pass on their losses by making everyone else pay more!
The final solution consisted of an 11-letter anagram that was extremely cryptic for a Tuesday puzzle. While looking at the layout I happened to see all of the letters for DERBY which was one of our clue words. The BY coupled together brought BUY to mind leaving me to struggle a bit to find STANDERS. This puzzle was on the difficult side after yesterday’s gimme answer, but the challenge was definitely appreciated. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!