VACHO = HAVOC
GREME = MERGE
TTREEH = TETHER
MOSLAN = SALMON
WHEN “THE FANTASTIC FOUR” DEBUTED, READERS BOUGHT THE COMIC BOOKS TO – – –
HAVMERTTEALM = MARVEL AT THEM
Happy Thursday, Jumble geniuses! Today’s puzzle was the perfect combination of challenging clue words and a clever final answer that left even this true believer stumped. And talk about timely! Jeff delivered a fantastic comic book themed cartoon with Avengers: Endgame still being in theaters. The film has already raked in $1.2 billion dollars and is on track to become the highest-grossing film of all time. It just might knock Avatar from the top spot that its held since 2009 if it can earn a measly $1.58 billion more!!!
David didn’t offer up any new clue words this morning, but three of his anagrams were new. HAVOC was our only repeat, and it was also our most recently used word (5/21/18). The double T’s & E’s of TETHER were my kryptonite, so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. SALMON was a mighty fine jumble, too, but nowhere near as difficult as TETHER.
In today’s cartoon, Jeff transported us back to 1961. It was a time when digital devices were nonexistent and children still interacted with one another! We see three small kids sitting on the steps of a home and they’re all engrossed in a comic book. The cover reads “The Fantastic Four” and I instantly recognized that it was issue #1. Even though the dialogue gave us information about the characters and their creators, you might have overlooked the common thread that tied it all together.
On the cover we see the superheroes battling their protagonist, Mole Man, and it looks like they’ve met their match. Even though the drawing on the cover was tiny, you can still make out a few of the characters. If you want to see the original cover in full detail, please click HERE. Jeff even managed to stick in the Comic Code Authority stamp in the top corner of the book which was my favorite detail.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters which was one letter less than yesterday’s. The “V” was the uncommon letter and at first I thought it might be part of HAVE. A few scrambles of the letters brought MARVEL into view with the rest of the answer coming shortly thereafter. All in all it was a brilliantly clever answer that brought a big smile to this comic book enthusiasts face. Super job, David and Jeff! Excelsior!!!