MOSPT = STOMP
LIVAT = VITAL
DEWAOM = MEADOW
BLOHEB = HOBBLE
THE LARGER MEMBER OF THE DEER FAMILY HUNG OUT WITH HIS COUSINS UNTIL HE —
SOMVTAADOHOE = HAD TO ”VA-MOOSE”
Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! Let’s all give a warm welcome to HOBBLE for making its debut appearance into gameplay this morning. Our other three words were tried and true classics that were immediately visible upon first glance. LIVAT was the only anagram that has definitely been used before and I had to go all the way back to 5/17/16 to find it. Early voting in the poll indicates that MEADOW was the hardest to solve but I didn’t have to struggle with it in the least. It was also the oldest clue word of the pack with an in-use date of 4/3/17 while STOMP clocks in as the most recent on 5/22/18.
Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, decided to give his usual Jumble characters the day off and instead gave us a cartoon featuring four furry friends. The sizes of the three deer pales in comparison to that of the singular gigantic moose that takes up almost half of the space within the panel. Our cartoon sentence sets up the final solve by making no mention of the moose which was our first big clue for today.
The moose can be seen looking at his watch where he realizes that he’s running late. Zooming in on the watch, the display reads 1:07 which most likely means that he’s 7 minutes late to depart. Jeff also gave us a fun fact by having the deer inquire if it’s true that he can run 55 kilometers per hour. A quick search revealed that they indeed can run at that speed but not for any sustainable length of time. Their trot, however, is approximately 20 MPH which is faster than the average man can run. They are also very adept at swimming and can reach speeds of 6 MPH for up to two hours!
The final solution consisted of an anagram that was 12-letters in length. As I previously mentioned, the word MOOSE was nowhere to be found so I was able to quickly cross out those letters. HAD and TO were found next leaving VA to complete the puzzle. David could have made this one a whole lot harder (and perhaps even punnier) had he not separated VA and MOOSE, but I’m sure he would have received a ton of angry email in return. Either way, it truly was an AMOOSING puzzle! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!