REOAP = OPERA
FROEF = OFFER
MIRSEM = SIMMER
NARBEN = BANNER
THEY DIDN’T HAVE A SPECIFIC AGENDA WHILE VISITING ITALY’S CAPITAL, SO THEY COULD – – –
OAORMMER = ROAM ROME
Happy Tuesday, Jumble players! Is anyone else exhausted after the long holiday weekend? Thankfully, today’s puzzle was on the easier side and didn’t require any mental gymnastics to sort it all out. David added two new clue words, OFFER and SIMMER, but the double letter trick made them effortless. It worked on BANNER as well, so I was at the cartoon after only a few short seconds. OPERA was our most recently used word (3/27/18), and it’s also my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. BANNER was the oldest and was used on 10/14/10. It was also the only repeat anagram of the group with its Jumble having been previously used on 11/10/08.
Our cartoon this morning lands us in Italy where we see a family of four deciding on how to spend the day. The dialogue between the characters informs us that everyone has a different landmark that they’re interested in seeing. Dad wants to visit the Forum, while his wife is interested in the Trevi Fountain. The kids, of course, have their own ideas, with sister wanting to do a bit of shopping, while brother is intent on seeing the catacombs. Without an agenda for the day, it looks like mom and dad are in quite a jumbled mess!
The cartoon panel is split into halves with the top portion showing us a detailed rendering of the Pantheon, while the bottom shows the upper two-thirds of the Jumble characters. Jeff gave each member of the family some unique flair which added a touch of realism to his drawing. Dad was wearing a safari hat and fanny pack, mom had a visor, sister had glasses, a bracelet and pocketbook, while brother had a cell phone and skull t-shirt. My favorite detail was found in the lettering at the top of the Pantheon. The frieze contained a second Jumble as well as some Roman numerals. It was easily deciphered and read “JUMBLE SINCE 1954” which was a nod to the 65th anniversary of the Jumble this year!!!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 8-letters that would produce two words. The key for me was “Italy’s capital” in the cartoon sentence, with the obvious answer being ROME. ROAM was quickly found in the remaining letters for a swift finish. Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! Ciao!
UPDATE @ 11:14am: ROAM MORE is a perfectly viable alternative answer. Thanks for pointing it out, Caroline!