MWASP = SWAMP
GUYNO = YOUNG
NUTIDC = INDUCT
ARMCEA = CAMERA
THE NEW HUMAN-POWERED GREEK SHIP WOULD BE ABLE TO STAY AT SEA FOR – – –
SWYONIDARA = DAYS IN A ROW
Happy Tuesday, Jumble fans! We have a new clue word this morning with SWAMP making its debut into gameplay. I could have sworn that we’ve seen it before, but a quick check of the archives showed that it was swampy that I was thinking of. We’ve seen swampy a total five times over the past few years so SWAMP was a breeze to figure out. David continued his trend of making words within the anagrams with wasp, guy, no, nut and arm being spelled out for us. It didn’t throw me off track at all, but his touch of whimsy sure brought a smile to my face. As for the most difficult anagram of the day, I ended up choosing CAMERA. It’s one of those words that gets me every dang time it’s in play and I just can’t seem to commit it to memory. INDUCT was our oldest clue word of the day with a date of 12/8/17 and YOUNG was our most recent repeat on 9/19/18.
Today’s cartoon brings us to the Aegean Sea where we see a Greek ship leaving port. The two characters in the foreground provide the dialogue for the panel with both of them touting the advantages of this new class of warship. In the background we see the boat, which appears to be a Trireme, being rowed out to sea by a group of ten men. Standing watch over the oarsmen is a burly looking man who appears to be shouting instructions at them. The crew is comprised of all men and they look focused, and perhaps a bit nervous, as they row into the waters in an effort to help the Greek empire maintain her maritime dominance.
These ships often had a layer of brass at the tips which made them work effectively as a battering ram when needed. In today’s cartoon, we see that Jeff added this detail in an effort to make his cartoon appear as authentic as possible. While researching these primitive ships, I discovered that the crews were comprised of citizens as well as hired foreign hands. In rare cases, slaves were used but they were deliberately set free before being employed.
Moving along to the final solve, we were given an anagram consisting of 10-letters. The anagram didn’t spell out any words like the clue words did, but it was cryptic nonetheless. The leading nature of the cartoon sentence brought DAYS immediately to mind leaving IN A ROW to be found in the remaining letters. Today’s game seemed easier than yesterday’s but no doubt we’ll have a more challenging one schooner or later. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 🚣♀️