XYITS = SIXTY
CORFE = FORCE
WNIMON = MINNOW
RAWTDO = TOWARD
HE TRIED ON THE PANTS HE WORE ON HIS WEDDING DAY BUT IT WAS A – – –
SITFEMIOTWA = “WAIST” OF TIME
Happy Monday, folks! Our beloved Jumble puzzle began with four clue words that were tried and true favorites. Even though they were all repeats, David skillfully crafted the words into brand new anagrams to give us a challenge. It wasn’t enough to thow me off track as they were all quick to be solved and with minimal effort. MINNOW did require an extra glance to figure out the placement of the double N’s so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. It also served as the oldest clue word of the group with a gameplay date of 12/27/17. The other 6-letter word, TOWARD, ended up being our most recently used on 10/7/18. With all of the anagrams out of the way, it was time to head over to the cartoon portion of the program!
The setting for today’s panel brings us to a bedroom where we encounter our first two Jumble characters of the week. We see the male half struggling to fasten the button on his pants while his wife watches on amusingly. The cartoon sentence lets us know that these are the pants that he wore on his wedding day, and the picture of the couple on the wall in the background gives us a glimpse at a time when they used to fit perfectly. But time moved on, and apparently so did the extra pounds, and her dialogue attempts to assuage his frustration by admitting that they’ve both gotten a little horizontally challenged over the years.
The extra details in the cartoon were slim, but there were a few that made it visually interesting. The closet is open and we see three shirts hanging. Judging by the floral design of the middle shirt, I’d say that it’s her closet that we’re looking at. The picture hanging on the wall was in an oval frame and we can see the bride holding a beautiful bouquet of flowers. My favorite detail, though, had to be those pesky pants. Jeff had action lines around the characters hands to indicate his attempt to fasten them. And look at the length of the pant legs — they’ve shrunken too! Did she accidentally wash and dry them instead of having them dry cleaned? She was quick to offer up that they’ve both put on some weight so perhaps it was said in an effort to cover-up her misdeed. I’m guessing she’ll never tell!
The answer to the final solution came in the form of an anagram consisting of 11-letters. The first word of 5-letters was in quotes so we knew that it was going to be a play on words. The visual clue of the pants and the WA coupled together at the rear of the anagram brought WAIST instantly to mind. OF and TIME were quite visible within the remaining letters which completed the solve and offered a very punny finish! Have a magical Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!