NYIHW = WHINY
TEYNR = ENTRY
IRHODA = HAIRDO
RRIETW = WRITER
DON LARSEN’S PERFECT GAME IN THE 1956 WORLD SERIES WAS A GEM, – – –
WHNETRHADWTER = “THREW” AND “THREW”
Happy Thursday, Jumble fans! With only one more puzzle to go before we cross the finish line to the long holiday weekend, David started off his lineup this morning with two brand new clue words to challenge us. WHINY was easy to spot because it was close to being in perfect reverse alphabetical order while ENTRY jumped out at me for no particular reason. The hardest word for me to decipher was HAIRDO so it’ll be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. It was also our most recently used word with a gameplay date of 2/21/19 while WRITER was last seen on 12/30/18 which made it our oldest.
For many baseball fans, the crack of the bat is the quintessential sound of the sport. The distinct reverberation captures the attention of all the spectators in the stadium, but that noise would never be heard on the afternoon of October 8th, 1956. It was game 5 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pitching for the Yankees was 27-year-old Don Larsen, and he would go on to complete an unthinkable feat that would not only define his career, but be one of only 23 perfect games ever thrown.
Larsen was able to throw a perfect game which is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and no opposing player reaches base. In today’s cartoon, Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, shows us the moment directly after the last ball was thrown where Yogi Berra rushes the mound and leaps into Larsen’s arms.
The cartoon is a near perfect copy of the original moment and captured every aspect of the emotional embrace between the two players. The dialogue gave us a bit of information about the game, but it didn’t contain any clues that would help us during the final solve.
The final anagram was 14-letters in length and contained two words in quotes which made it tricky to figure out. I noticed that there were duplicates of most of the letters and it made me think that both of the 5-letter words might be the same. Knowing that Larsen was a pitcher lead me to see THREW with AND coming into view next. THREW was right there again in the remaining letters to bring the puzzle to completion. Have a terrific Thursday, my friends, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!