VRAYG = GRAVY
VANLA = NAVAL
WDOSIN = DISOWN
CLUESM = MUSCLE
CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUBWAY TUNNEL WAS – – –
RYNADWUE = UNDER WAY
Happy Monday, Jumble fans! It’s also April Fools’ Day, but David and Jeff decided to keep their practical jokes tucked up their sleeves and gave us a straightforward solve instead. David did spell out words within all of his anagrams this morning which were do, ray, van, sin, and clues. Once solved, all of the clue words were familiar old favorites. VANLA was the only anagram that we’ve definitely seen before and was my second choice pick for the most difficult anagram. WDOSIN was, in my opinion, the toughest solve of them all and a real doozy of a Jumble. It looked like windows right out of the gate, but the lack of a second W made me search out alternative words. It was also the most recently used clue word with a gameplay date of 11/10/18 while GRAVY comes in as the oldest on 8/5/16. On an aside, if you click the last link you’ll see a picture of my mischievous weiner dogs tearing open their Christmas presents that I posted that day.
Today’s cartoon transports us to a construction site where we encounter six Jumble characters. Although there weren’t any clues to pinpoint the exact location of this project, my best guess would be that it’s Boston as it was the first US city to build a subway. Construction began in the area of Tremont Street in 1895 and was completed two years later. We see the workers using hand tools instead of heavy machinery to get the job done and everyone in the panel is wearing clothing from that period. I really enjoyed the way that Jeff transitioned the tunnel from a square entrance into a cylindrical shape which gave the cartoon a sense of depth. My favorite detail was the parasol that the woman is holding as she watches the workers toil in the dirt down below.
The final solve was an anagram consisting 8-letters that would solve into two words. The W and Y seemed like the odd letters in the group and brought WAY immediately to mind. UNDER was clearly visible in the remaining letters for an effortless finish. We’ll no doubt have some difficult puzzles this week so I’ll enjoy my win while I can. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!