RAHFW = WHARF
SSLAA = SALSA
CISLEP = SPLICE
TOSHOE = SOOTHE
THE CLIENT HAD LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO LISTEN TO HER TRAINER WHO DID THINGS – – –
WAFSASIESTH = AS SHE SAW FIT
Good morning, Jumble friends, and happy Thursday! Today’s puzzle featured a couple of clue words that left me feeling like a dumbbell. Both of the 5-letter words were a walk in the park, but the 6-letter ones had my mind racing. We’ve seen SOOTHE a few times in the past, and using the double letter trick of coupling the O’s finally brought it into view. My biggest hang up was with SPLICE, and for good reason. It’s a brand new clue word that makes its debut into gameplay this morning. So for all of the extra mental gymnastics that it caused me to perform, I’ll go ahead and choose it as the most difficult anagram. WHARF was the only brand new anagram on display, and it was also the oldest clue word in the group. SALSA was the most recently used with a freshness date of 12/19/18.
Today’s cartoon brought us to a fitness center where we see four Jumble characters getting their sweat on. The fifth character is a personal trainer, and it must be jaw day at the gym because she’s really working her mouth! On the mat is a middle-aged woman and she’s doing some medicine ball lunges, but her trainer seems to have spotted a moment of weakness. The trainer waists no time getting all up in her grill and demands that she keep up the pace. I guess that kind of encouragement is needed for some people to achieve their fitness goals, but it’s kind of intimidating, and a bit demeaning, when you’re observing her technique from afar. The trainer better be careful and not push her too much because she’ll be the one ending up with “no gain”!
There wasn’t much in the weigh of extra details this morning, but Jeff never disappoints with what he chooses to add. The two characters are working up quite a sweat on those treadmills in the background. The legs of the woman are arched in such a way that seems to indicate that she has the machine on a faster speed setting than her neighbor. His legs are rather straight and he looks like he may be in a cool down period. The other gentleman in the background is in a kneeling position on the floor and is doing some plate-loaded lateral pulldowns. The best part of the panel, in my opinion, was the lack of headphones and cell phones. It’s great to see that they’re focusing on getting fit at the gym rather than being entertained.
The final solve was an 11-letter anagram that was the same length as yesterday’s. The cartoon sentence was a bit leading and I discovered SHE and SAW right away. AS and IT were right there to finish it off leaving us with a clever answer. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!