TUFEL = FLUTE
GHUSR = SHRUG
ENTTAN = TENANT
GONULE = LOUNGE
THEY ENJOYED THE CRUISE’S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFETS – – –
FLTSHUTETLOE = TO THE FULLEST
Happy Monday, Jumble players! Our week of solving duties began with four clue words that were all classics from 2018. Even though we’ve seen them before, their anagrams come up as new to offer us a bit of a challenge. I saw all the answers right away except for TENANT which will by my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I had a hunch that the answer was going to be TENANT but I tried a few other combinations just to be on the safe side. Our oldest word of the day was SHRUG with a gameplay date of 4/12/18 while LOUNGE clocks in as our most recent repeat on 9/14/18.
Our cartoon brings us to the high seas where we encounter a group of six Jumble characters in a dining area. The cartoon sentence informs us that these passengers are on a cruise ship and they’ve just finished eating at the on-board buffet. By looking at their plates, we can see that they’ve gorged themselves on delicacies such as lobster and fish and imbibed on glasses of wine and cocktails, too. Such is the way on cruise ships nowadays and I can relate to the bloat these characters are experiencing after having done the same myself. It all looks so good and you can’t help but take an extra portion or two!
The extra details in today’s panel were superb, and the scraps on the diners plates offer clues as to the food items they’ve just consumed. I’ve already mentioned the lobster and fish, but we also see a bit of salad, some spareribs, and the T of a t-bone steak! Absent was the fork and knife resting together on the plate to indicate that the diners have finished eating and instead we see their dinner napkins in crumpled up balls on the table. In the background we see a character bellying up to the buffet and his hand gesture of two indicates that he wants a double portion of the steaming hot lobster. There’s also a ham and some fish but he’ll probably have to return for those with a fresh plate. My favorite detail was Jeff’s signature sinking sailboat just behind the chefs head. If you missed it, be sure to go back and take a look!
The final solution was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. David did an impressive job of keeping all of the words well hidden making us work a bit for the answers. Staring at the letters, FULL and THE came into view leaving me to arrange the five leftovers to finish it off. This solution was used previously on 5/30/14 but it was so long ago that I can’t remember what the puzzle was about. Have a great start to your week and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!