PERTC = CREPT
MLOBO = BLOOM
BUSTIM = SUBMIT
FLUREF = RUFFLE
WHEN THE RAM ASKED HIS ADVERSARY IF HE WANTED TO FIGHT, HE REPLIED – – –
CRTBOOSUTUFE = “BUTT” OF COURSE
Happy Thursday, Jumble fans! All of today’s clue words were familiar old favorites, butt two of the anagrams were new. Since weave seen both of the 5-letter words before, they were quick to be solved. The 6-letter ones took me quite a bit longer to corral. Of those two, I’ll go out on a lamb and choose SUBMIT as the most difficult anagram of the day. CREPT was our oldest word today while SUBMIT was our most recent.
The setting for today’s cartoon brings us to a rugged mountainside where we encounter four sheep. The main action within the panel is occurring between the two male sheep, otherwise known as rams, in the foreground while the two female sheep look on at the calambity from the rear. The dialogue of the rams informs us that they’ve decided to go head-to-head in a display of shear dominance. The ewes don’t seem particularly impressed by their rambunctious behavior, but have decided to stick around rather than hoofing it out of there.
Since the setting was a mountainside, there wasn’t a whole lot of extra detail to be seen. I’m not sure how Jeff could have added anything else even if he was so inclined. We did get a few tufts of grass, a small rock, and some excellent shading underneath all of the animals. The determination on the rams faces was perfectly captured as were the delicate facial features of the female sheep.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. For the second time this week, part of the answer would contain quotation marks. The layout was extremely cryptic and I thought the best way to tackle it would be by solving the 2-letter word. There were way too many choices though, so I circled back to the cartoon for clues. Noticing that the rams were about to BUTT heads, I found those letters first. OF and COURSE took quite a bit of extra time to decipher from the remaining letters making for a very punny finish. I hope the solution came easier for ewe because it left me with quite a headache! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!