AVEWE = WEAVE
NRITP = PRINT
CENDRH = DRENCH
ROCAGU = COUGAR
THEY USED THE SUBWAY TO GO TO WORK EVERY DAY EXCEPT WHEN IT WAS – – –
EAEPRIDRNUR = UNDER REPAIR
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today’s puzzle wasn’t overly challenging, but there was one clue word in particular that took me a few extra glances to decipher. Did COUGAR stump you, too? All I could see was CARGO at first and couldn’t shake it from my brain. All of this mornings words were familiar old friends with “AVEWE” being the only one that’s been used in the past. Our oldest word was PRINT and I had to go all the way back to 9/4/09 to find it! David last used DRENCH on 11/10/18, so it clocks in as our most recently used word.
Today’s cartoon brings us to to bustling streets of Jumble City. We see two men on their way to work, but their preferred method of transportation is out of service. Their dialogue suggests that the line has been closed for some time now so it looks like they’ll be, once again, hoofing it to their cubicles.
The extra details in the panel were minimal, but there were a few that caught my scouring eye. The gentleman on the left has earbuds in his ears and you can see the wires tucked neatly into his jacket. He’s also wearing a watch, but I was unable to discern if it was a traditional one, or a trendy smart watch that Jeff has been adding to his characters as of late. The gentleman on the right is wearing a hat that appears to be fashionably askew. His left hand is clutching a cell phone but there was nothing to be found on the screen. Speaking of cell phones, we see another character in the background that’s strolling along while using hers. In the far back, Jeff decided to add some additional characters to his piece. Rather than have them shaded in black as he typically does, he decided to make the background black and use white for the shading. And finally, my favorite detail of today was the entrance to the subway. The caution tape reads “DO NOT CROSS” followed by “CONSTRUCTION”, and there is a “CLOSED” sign plastered over the word SUBWAY. If you look closely at the steps leading to the cavernous space down below, there is subtle shading just under the handrail and on the walls. It really made the panel pop for me. Well done, Jeff!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters which was one more than yesterday’s. The layout was cryptic, but I saw REPAIR almost immediately. With those letters crossed out, UNDER was quick to be found for the finish. The guys weren’t able to derail my midweek solve, so we’ll see what they come up with tomorrow. Have a great day, Jumble friends!