SHRAB = BRASH
DRYAT = TARDY
MNYZEE = ENZYME
ASPMUC = CAMPUS
THE STAGE ACTORS WHO LIKED TO GO FISHING TOGETHER WERE – – –
BRSTAEMECME = CAST MEMBERS
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Whale it looks like the easy puzzles have drifted out to sea as David and Jeff offered up a brilliant midweek stumper that was a reel pain in the bass!!! All of our clue words were old favorites from 2018, but their anagrams were fresh and new. ENZYME took the longest for me to decipher and I had to mullet over for several minutes. Even though it had disstink letters like Z and Y, it was the doubeel E’s that caused me to flounder. I figured that David wouldn’t leave them coupled together in both the anagram and its solution so I broke them up and the answer became visible after a few self-jumbles. It was only fitting that TARDY was our oldest clue word for today (3/29/18) while the divine ENZYME jumble was our most reefcent (12/9/18).
Wading our way over to the cartoon, we happen upon two oddly-attired gentlemen that are enjoying a bit of fishing. By reading the cartoon sentence we learn that they’re actually actors in costume and not just obsessed with clothing from the 1700’s. Looking closely at their faces, I believe that Jeff surpised us with caricatures of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. from the Broadway musical Hamilton.
Their dialogue suggests that they’re both taking some time off to unwind from the pressures of acting and are enjoying some piece and quiet on mother natures stage. Miranda seems to have spotted something lurking in the depths just beyond the pier and we see his bobber gently swaying in the water. Odom has decided to fish with a lure and we see the motion lines around his pole that seem to indicate that he’s preparing to cast his line. Two fun details stood out in the panel which were a couple of small fish swimming just below the surface of the water near the pier and four cattails at the edge of the water in the background.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters and would solve into two words. David gave us a spectacularly cryptic Jumble that gave nothing away and the cartoon didn’t help me much either. Today was the sort of day where I can’t definitively describe how I arrived at the solution. It was LOTS of trial and error and making different letter combinations to form small words. I can tell you that once I found CAST, the rest of the solution came rather quickly because of the double M’s. Have a wonderful Wednesday, my friends, and tank cod this puzzle is over!