WOYSN = SNOWY
CEOGK = GECKO
SARPIN = SPRAIN
SHRUOC = CHORUS
WHEN THE LIONS FIGURED OUT HOW TO BUILD A FIRE, IT WAS A – – –
SNOGECSRAICRUS = ROARING SUCCESS
Happy Wednesday, Jumble geniuses! Gameplay began with four brand new anagrams that solved into past favorites. Although GECKO took a couple of extra seconds to come into view, my pick for the most challenging word today was CHORUS. I thought the anagram was well thought out and the separation between the C and H was just enough to keep it cryptic. SNOWY ended up being the only word that came into view instantly upon first glance making the overall lineup a delightful challenge for a midweek offering.
The setting for today’s cartoon brings us to a large, open area of land where we encounter four lions. Although India has the largest population of lions in the world, I believe that the location for today’s piece is somewhere in Africa. The cartoon sentence informs us that the lions have figured out a way to start a fire while their dialogue expounds upon their achievement. The quip between the largest lion and the lioness lets us know that the fire was anything but a group effort and they all seem to take pride in the discovery.
The fine details in today’s piece included a tree in the background with a couple of small hills and some clouds. The mane attraction was the single log burning with a few tufts of grass around it. Looking closely at the image, you can see a bit of fire on the lioness’s tail which she hasn’t noticed yet! Off to the right side of the panel is a couple of legs of the main course with the gruesome details just out of our view.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 14-letters. The layout was brilliant and kept the two-word solution extremely well hidden. At the end of the anagram I saw ICRUS which brought CIRCUS to mind. The remaining letters produced gibberish so I headed back to the cartoon for more clues. I noticed the male lion was saying “Arrrrrr!” which brought ROAR to mind. ING was there for ROARING leaving SUCCESS to be deciphered with little effort. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 🦁