NKUYF = FUNKY
BAMMO = MAMBO
PRANDO = PARDON
NNUEKS = SUNKEN
THE BABOONS RODE THE CAROUSEL AT THE AMUSEMENT PARK BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO – – –
UNYAMORDOKEN = MONKEY AROUND
Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle wasn’t nearly as challenging as yesterday’s gem, but it sure was entertaining! Even though all of our clue words were recycled favorites, David challenged us by offering up four brand new anagrams. PARDON ended up being the most difficult one for me to decipher, but SUNKEN took a few extra looks as well. The archives revealed that FUNKY was the oldest clue word of the bunch and was last used on 6/11/16 while SUNKEN was our most recent repeat with a gameplay date of 10/28/18. As an added bonus, but most likely just by coincidence, all of the solved words were in abecedarian sequence. I could have easily said that they were listed in alphabetical order, but we’re not a bunch of simple simian-brained primates!
I went totally bananas over today’s cartoon, and for good reason. Jeff gave me quite a chuckle with his baboon buffoonery on full display. We see five of the lovable looking creatures running amok on a carousel while the two zookeepers look on in a combination of panic and surprise. The dialogue informs us in a roundabout way that this troop of baboons have escaped the confines of their cages and have been on the loose for some time. The gentleman on the right has a soft spot for his furry friends and remarks that it looks like they’re having a grand old time.
The details within the panel were exceptional and I was most impressed by the smiles on the baboons faces. Each one is drawn at a slightly different angle which suggests that the carousel is in motion. The little mirror on the ride was a nice touch as was the smartwatch on the zookeepers wrist. Did you notice anything odd about the shadowy crowd in the background? If you look at the person to the far right, you may have noticed that it might not be a person at all! It has ears that reminded me of a pig and it appears to be waving. Very random but fun to spot.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. As soon as I saw the M & Y, I knew that MONKEY would be one of the words. With those letters crossed out, AROUND instantly came into view. The cartoon perfectly matched the clever answer for a fine finish. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!