SRIHT = SHIRT
SINYO = NOISY
RUPUSE = PURSUE
TUEEAQ = EQUATE
THE HIKER WHO ALWAYS CLIMBED TO THE SUMMIT ON HER BIRTHDAY WAS GETTING – – –
SHRTNIYPRUEEAE = UP THERE IN YEARS
Happy Monday, Jumble friends! David started off the puzzle with a brand new clue word, and I was surprised that it hadn’t been used before. Although SHIRT was easily deciphered, the fact that such a simple and basic word has escaped him for so long reminds me that there are quite a few words that are still available to challenge us for many years to come. The remaining three were legacy favorites with TUEEAQ being the only new anagram. The hardest word for me was PURSUE, and it looks like I’m in good company as early voting in the poll has 32% of you choosing it as well. Our oldest and newest clue words were both used in 2018 and appeared 9 months apart. The pesky PURSUE popped up on January 28th, while the not so elusive EQUATE stopped by on October 28th. Looking back at the poll numbers from last week, you chose CPBUIL, REDAP, LOWDR, TOSHOE, TTUNA, MLIEUH, and CPAINT as the most difficult anagrams. Have you forgotten any of them already, or were you able to come up with the answers off the top of your head? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below!
If today was your birthday, then you also share the date with one of the Jumble characters featured in todays cartoon. We see a beautiful illustration of two women, most likely mother and daughter, who have just completed a hike. The cartoon sentence informs us that this is not just a random trek up the side of a mountain, but rather it’s a birthday tradition that the elder woman completes every year. The dialogue gave us a couple additional facts that not only make the cartoon more interesting, but were very useful when it came time to attempt the final solve.
The majority of the panel, approximately two-thirds in my estimation, is taken up by the apex of the summit. We see that the birthday girl ventures almost to the very edge of the ledge and is raising her left hiking pole in a signal of victory. The younger woman places her left hand on the womans right shoulder in a congratulatory fashion, but it also seems as though she’s providing some physical support. Since so much of the frame is taken up by the summit, we don’t get to see much detail of the surrounding area. There are a few trees down below as well as a small stream. My favorite detail was the small bit of tree growing out of the right side of the ledge. It reminded me of old Looney Toons cartoons where the character would jump off the cliff but hang from it in an attempt to escape from their protagonist.
The final solve was an anagram consisting 14-letters which is quite larger than a typical Monday solve. The anagram would be broken up to produce four words of varying lengths. The anagram itself kept the answer well hidden, but it did contain a few unique letters to get me well on my way. The U and P brought UP to mind and the Y had me thinking YEAR. With almost half of the letters crossed out, the rest of the words quickly came into view for the finish. Have a great start to your week, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!