HAFIT = FAITH
HESOW = WHOSE
KMYISP = SKIMPY
SIRALO = SAILOR
THE CATERPILLAR WENT THROUGH METAMORPHOSIS, AND EVERYTHING HAD GONE – – –
AITHOSSKMSLO = SMOOTH AS SILK
Happy Thursday, everyone! Our puzzle began with all of the anagrams listed in alphabetical order for the second day in a row. David also gave us a new clue word with WHOSE so we welcome it to the Jumble lineup for its first appearance in gameplay. It wasn’t the most difficult anagram this morning, but it’s always fun to get to play with new words. SAILOR was my stumper and I almost skipped it with hopes of backing into it after solving the cartoon. It came into view after jumbling up the letters in the margin of my paper and I was spared the extra work. Our oldest clue word was FAITH and it was last used on 9/11/17 while SKIMPY was our most recent repeat with a date of 7/29/18.
We head back to the classroom for a quick lesson on metamorphosis in today’s cartoon. In the panel we see five Jumble characters huddled around a glass framed tank that contains two freshly minted moths. We see their cocoons suspended from a small wishbone shaped branch with the children looking on in awe. The instructor is the only character with dialogue and he explains that he intends on using the remains of natures miracle to produce fabric. Since it takes over 3,000 cocoons to make one pound of silk, I hope he has some spare tanks in the background to help aid his endeavor!
The details of the moth enclosure were well thought out and seemed likely to be the largest visual clue for the cartoon answer. Looking closely at the background of the panel there was a poster on the wall. It wasn’t exactly clear to me what Jeff was aiming for but my best guess is that it detailed the different stages of metamorphosis.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. The aforementioned visual clue coupled with the key word of fabric in the dialogue made this one an instant solve for me. If the dialogue had been less descriptive, I’m sure I would have been challenged by the cryptic layout of David’s anagram. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!