PNYPI = NIPPY
TNOEK = TOKEN
SALYGS = GLASSY
CAPEAL = PALACE
WHEN THE RESTAURANT CHARGED 1 CENT FOR ITS NOODLE DISH, CUSTOMERS ENJOYED THE – – –
NPTNASYPAE = “PENNY” PASTA
Happy Wednesday, Jumble players! Our midweek puzzle consisted of four recycled clue words, but all of the anagrams are coming up as new. I saw the answers to both of the 5-letter words straight away but did have to pause on both of the 6-letter ones. Of the two, PALACE ended up taking the most time to decipher so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. NIPPY was our freshest clue word with a gameplay date of 8/20/18 while GLASSY is our blast from the past on 7/25/16.
The setting for today’s panel is the dining room of a restaurant and it’s the second time this week that the cartoon has featured such a location. The checkered tablecloth is reminiscent of an Italian eatery and the cartoon sentence as well as the cuisine being served seem to indicate that it is indeed an Italian restaurant. Our characters bowls are full of noodles so it appears as though they’ve just been served their dinners. The older woman standing between the couple looks like she’s the owner of the restaurant and she can be seen tenderly pinching the cheek of the male guest. Jeff perfectly captured both the look of love and admiration in his eyes as he peers up to the woman and exchanges his dialogue. He looks quite pleased that his dinner will only cost him one cent, and I’m sure that he’ll leave her quite a hefty tip in exchange for her generosity.
The details in the panel seem to indicate that this restaurant is a more intimate dining experience than larger Italian style eateries like the Olive Garden. The tables are spaciously spread throughout the room which would keep the noise level to a minimum and also creates the feeling that your an actual guest in this woman’s home. There’s plenty of bread on the table and their wine glasses appear to be full. The pasta dish that they’re enjoying looks like rigatoni because it is tube-shaped and isn’t cut on a bias like penne is. This small oversight probably wasn’t noticed because it’s nearly impossible to see the detail of the noodles in the newspaper version.
The anagram for the final solve consisted of 10-letters which would be equally split into two words. One of the words was in quotes which often indicates that it’ll be a play on words. The key to solving it were the words “1 cent” in the cartoon sentence. Of course one cent is a penny so the answer was an instant solve for me. If the cartoon sentence was worded differently, perhaps it would have been a bit more challenging. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!