PUNTI = INPUT
ESSNE = SENSE
OMMPPO = POMPOM
CATUPE = TEACUP
AFTER TOUCHING DOWN ON THE MOON, BUZZ ALDRIN TOLD NEIL ARMSTRONG TO – – –
ITNSOPTE = STEP ON IT
Happy Thursday, Jumble geniuses! We had a super easy puzzle this morning that surely didn’t take any rocket science to figure out. All of our clue words were old friends and three of the four anagrams were new. PUNTI was the only one that’s been used before and it was as easily solved today as it was last June. TEACUP ended up being the only part of the entire puzzle to slow me down so it’s my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day. POMPOM was our oldest word and was last used on 3/9/15 while SENSE was our most recent with a gameplay date of 9/20/18.
Our cartoon gives us a small glimpse inside the “Eagle” which was the name assigned to the Apollo Lunar Module that was, and still is, the only crewed vehicle to land anywhere beyond earth. Inside the vehicle we see two astronauts that would change the course of human space exploration forever. Their names, of course, are Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, with the cartoon dialogue indicating that Neil is the astronaut on the left.
The panel gave me the feeling that Neil was a bit nervous about leaving the safety of the module and wanted to review the plans one final time. Buzz is especially enthusiastic about getting the mission started and his dialogue goads Neil on by assuring him that “we’re all good”. In case you were wondering why Neil was chosen to be the first person to walk on the moon, the answer isn’t quite as surprising as you might think. NASA explains it was the simple fact that Neil’s positition within the Eagle lunar module was closest to the exit hatch so he was to be the first one out.
Since the cartoon panel shows us an extreme closeup inside the lunar module, there weren’t many extra details to be seen. I thoroughly enjoyed the view from the window which shows the moons cratered surface. Both of the astronauts had their helmets on their laps and we can see a small American flag patch on the left side of their suits.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of only 8-letters. IT was already spelled out for us at the beginning of the anagram which left STEP and ON clearly visible in the remaining letters. Since today’s puzzle was a cakewalk, I have a sneaking suspicion that David and Jeff have a difficult one in store for us tomorrow. Have a terrific Thursday everyone, and get out there and rocket!!!