TNNIH = NINTH
XILPE = PIXEL
REACOS = COARSE
ROOSUP = POROUS
AS KIDS OF CAUTIOUS PARENTS, THEY COULD ONLY WATCH TV IF THEY WENT THROUGH THE – – –
NNHPELCAREEPORS = PROPER CHANNELS
Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! After solving the first Jumble in today’s game, it brought to mind that it’s also Opening day of baseball! That fact, for me, truly means that spring has officially sprung. No more snow to shovel, the days will soon be warmer, the grass will become green again, and everything seems to have new life. It’s a time of renewed hope after a bleak, cold winter, and baseball is finally back on tv! The similarities continued with PIXEL being what LCD tv screens are made of, the COARSE feeling of the grain on some bats, and the POROUS nature of baseball infields. So even though our cartoon wasn’t baseball themed, David knocked it out of the park with his word choices!
NINTH was the only anagram that has been used in the past, on 3/11/16 to be exact, while our remaining three words are all throwbacks to various dates in 2018. PIXEL was the most recently used of the quartet, and on Christmas of all days! POROUS was the only word to cause me to hesitate for quite some time, so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.
Our cartoon brings us into a living room where we see four Jumble characters. The two moms in the background are chatting and drinking some warm beverages while their children stare wide-eyed at a television. We can tell that Jeff intended his panel to be in the not too distant past by the fact that the television is a flat screen model. The child on the left has had enough of the program that’s currently playing and asks his mom to switch the channel (or most likely pull up a dvr recording) of Sesame Street. He forgot to say please, though, but we’ll forgive the little guy!
After reading the words Sesame Street, it conjured up memories of how my brothers and I would sit and watch that particular show. I wasn’t much of a fan of the puppets and their storyline, but I thoroughly enjoyed the little snippets of material that played in-between. Is Sesame Street even on PBS any more? The last time I saw it on the tube it was playing on HBO for whatever reason.
There were a few extra details within today’s cartoon that made it pop. The juice boxes that the children are holding have flexible straws and a picture of a smiling apple serving as the logo. The remote control that the mom on the left is holding has only seven buttons which seems to indicate that it’s most likely operated by voice control. Absent was the “I ❤️ Jumble” logo on their coffee mugs with Jeff deciding to draw nondescript ones instead. My favorite detail was the action lines around the tv which made the cartoon feel warm and lifelike.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 14-letters. There wasn’t anything obvious within the layout that I could see which left me to find hints to the answer via the visual clues, cartoon sentence, and dialogue. The child was asking his mom to change the CHANNEL, and the double N’s at the beginning of the anagram brought that word to mind. Crossing out the letters left PROPER which came into view shortly thereafter for the finish. All in all the difficulty level for today’s puzzle was on par for a Thursday and it provided the mental challenge my brain has been craving since the start of the week. Have a Terrific Thursday, and play ball!!! ⚾️
P.S. If you’d like to see what an “I ❤️ Jumble” coffee mug looks like, you can click HERE! I’ve purchased quite a few of them and they’re absolutely fantastic!