XONTI = TOXIN
GUROH = ROUGH
HAWCES = CASHEW
FUTYSF = STUFFY
THE SMART BASS IGNORED THE LURE AND AVOIDED BECOMING A – – –
TOIROUAHEWSTFF = FISH OUT OF WATER
Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! Just when you thought my cod-awful fish puns were over and done with, we find our catch of the day featuring another fish themed cartoon that left me bream-ing with ideas. Oh the hu-manatee!!! I promise to scale them way back though and stick to the solve so as not to skate on thin ice with you.
All of our words were familiar old favorites. Maybe I should start calling them lega-sea words? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with that one! All of the anagrams were new, but unlike yesterday, none of them caused me any hesitation. CASHEW has stumped me in the past so I’ll make it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. It also doubled as our most recently used word (3/10/19) while STUFFY clocked in as the oldest (12/24/17).
If you remember back to yesterday’s cartoon you might recall me mentioning that Leslie Odom Jr. was fishing with a lure. I failed to mention that the lure had a distinct face on it, but as soon as I saw today’s panel I knew that we were looking at the exact same one. Our Jumble characters for today are in fish-form and we see one of them tempted to take a bite of that scary looking lure. The larger, and no doubt wiser of the two tells the little guy to curb his appetite unless he wants to be on the menu this evening.
The panel featured a few striking details worth noting. I also mentioned yesterday that there were four cattails at the edge of the water and if you look closely at the top left of the panel you’ll see them once again! The weeds swaying in the water were pretty cool too, but my favorite detail was the old can that was partially buried. The gravelly bottom obscures some of the letters from view, but it appears to be an old can of Billy Beer!
The final answer was an anagram consisting of 14-letters that would solve into four words. The anagram itself was well thought out and kept all of the words well hidden. The cartoon mentioned “smart bass” which made me think of FISH. With those letters crossed out, WATER popped into view leaving OUT and OF for the finish. It wasn’t as difficult as yesterday’s answer, but it was still a stinker of a pun. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!