DAIVO = AVOID
DEEGW = WEDGE
UCPPKI = PICKUP
THE INSTALLATION OF THE NEW SINK WAS VERY NOISY. SHE WANTED THE PLUMBERS TO – – –
OIWDPPEN = PIPE DOWN
Happy Monday, everyone! David started off our week of jumbling duties with four brand new anagrams, but their solutions were recycled favorites. ELEVEN needed a few extra glances before I could flush out the answer so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. Our oldest clue word this morning was AVOID and its last appearance in gameplay was on 4/19/17. The most recently used word was WEDGE with a date of 6/7/18.
The setting for today’s cartoon appears to be a bathroom and it’s there that we encounter our first Jumble characters of the week. The cartoon sentence informs us that a new faucet is being installed and all of the action lines within the panel indicate that it’s anything but an easy job. The bald gentleman on his knees appears to be the brains behind the operation and he can be seen hammering away on the exposed pipes with the back end of his wrench.
The homeowner is clearly upset by all of the noise that he’s creating and she’s making her frustrations known. Her dialogue indicates that she’s trying to have a conversation on her phone but the noise is so intense that she can’t hear the person on the other end. The young gopher (i.e., the apprentice that go’s for this and go’s for that) can be seen trying to explain that all of the noise is necessary but she doesn’t appear to be convinced by his assurances.
There were a few extra details within today’s panel worth noting. The toolbox on the floor is open and appears to contain some spare pieces of piping. There are two more pieces of pipe on the floor and they’re probably the remnants of the old faucet. I’m not sure why there’s a torch involved in this installation because if you’ve ever replaced a faucet, you know that there isn’t anything that requires soldering. Maybe the fittings were corroded and he thought heating them would help break them loose? The mirror behind the vanity was barely visible but the horizontal lines at the top and bottom let us know that it’s there. My favorite detail was the bored look of the gopher’s face. He looks half-asleep and seems more interested in letting his music sink in than actually helping!
The cartoon answer for today was an anagram consisting of 8-letters that would solve into two words. After writing out the letters, PIPE was instantly visible after seeing PPE coupled together. I was able to see DOWN almost as quickly after crossing out the used letters. Overall, it wasn’t the most faucetnating puzzle we’ve ever seen, but the clever answer was humorous enough for me to crack a smile. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!