NEEUV = VENUE
PEDIT = TEPID
WAYLEK = WEAKLY
NAHRGA = HANGAR
WHEN ASPHALT BECAME COMMONLY USED ON ROADS IT – – –
VEETPDWYHAA = PAVED THE WAY
Happy Thursday, everyone! With the weekend inching closer and closer, we’re at the point in the week where the puzzles tend to become more difficult. That wasn’t the case today, however, as David opted to switch things up by giving us a rather easy puzzle that required only a smidgen of effort. We did receive a new clue word with TEPID making its debut into gameplay. The other three were all recycled favorites but their anagrams came up as new. HANGAR was the only word to give me pause so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I searched way too long for the nonexistent E before it dawned on me that he wanted us to find the place where aircraft are kept. HANGAR was also the oldest clue word of the day with it last popping up on 9/29/15 while VENUE was our most recent repeat from 7/26/18.
The setting for today’s cartoon brings us to the corners of Main and First where we observe a crew of four Jumble pavers hard at work. They’re busy putting down some new asphalt and the lack of machinery doing the dirty work lets us know that this is a period piece. My guesstimate is that this is a scene from the late 1860’s as true asphalt as we know it today wasn’t introduced until the early 1870’s.
Since this is a period piece, all of the workers were dressed appropriately for that era. We see them all wearing hats and the gentlemen in the back talking about automobiles has suspenders. The highlight of this piece was definitely the horse-drawn cart in the background that was carrying a full load of the steaming asphalt. Behind the cart is a worker who appears to be taking a shovel full from the cart and it was nice to see him bending at the knees so as not to strain his back. It was nice to see that even back then they embraced the idea of working smarter and not harder!
The final solve consisted of an 11-letter anagram that was jumbled rather impressively. David took special care in making sure that the vowels were coupled together but there was no way of hiding that V & P. PAVE instantly came to mind, and with those letters crossed out, the rest of the solution came into view for a quick finish. I wish everyone a terrific Thursday and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!