PENIT = INEPT
PRIVE = VIPER
GFSNUU = FUNGUS
DEMEIP = IMPEDE
TO SEE PROOF THAT THE CAR WASN’T WELL-CARED-FOR, HE LOOKED AT THE – – –
ETVENSID = “EVI – DENTS”
Happy Monday, Jumble fans! Our week of jumbling duties began with four clue words that were returning repeats. When first starting the puzzle, I thought there might have been a printing error because INEPT was used just 6 days ago (4/24/19) and the anagram was exactly the same. Perhaps David couldn’t find another word with the letters he needed or he was just taking it easy on us since it’s a Monday morning. Whatever the case was, I breezed through the remaining three without any trouble. IMPEDE would be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day because of the double E’s. It was also the oldest clue word of the day and was last used on 7/8/18 and jumbled as DMEIPE.
Cruising over to the cartoon, the setting was a used car lot where we encounter our first two Jumble characters of the week. If you look closely at the sign in the background you’ll notice that Jeff named this establishment “The Wheel Deal”. There are two vehicles that take up the majority of the panel with the main focus being the not so “like new” red one in the front.
The dialogue of our penny-pinching shopper informs us that the condition of the vehicle that he’s interested in doesn’t quite match the advertisement. The car has fifteen dents that we can see — and probably even more where we can’t! In an effort to save the sale, and probably his commission, the salesman states that they can buff them out.
The were plenty of details within the panel to make it visually interesting. There were three shaded vehicles in the background with one of them looking like a Hummer. The string of pennants adorning the sign gave the lot a sense of tackiness and all it was missing was a few of those sail-flag banners for an extra kick of kitsch! The highlight of the panel was definitely the appearance of our unscrupulous salesman. He appears to be in a 1980’s time warp with his oversized purple shades and thin necktie.
The final solution was an anagram consisting of 8-letters. It was a brilliant Jumble that kept the answer well hidden, but the combination of the dents and the wording of the sentence made it an instant solve. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!