MIGER = GRIME
CAHWK = WHACK
CCDIAA = CICADA
MTROPP = PROMPT
WHEN PENN & TELLER STEPPED ONTO THE STAGE, THEY WERE READY TO – – –
GRIEWHKCIAROMT = WORK THEIR MAGIC
Happy Tuesday, Jumble players! I’m going to start my post off a bit differently this morning, so please bear with me.
Let’s be truthful for a minute. The first thing that we all notice when we look at the Jumble puzzle is the cartoon. It’s always eye-catching and well drawn, and that was particularly true with today’s panel. The two characters that we see on stage were caricatures of the world famous magician/entertainer duo known as Penn & Teller. The funny thing is, I’m quite the magician myself.
Penn & Teller usually employ props and sleight of hand techniques to entertain the crowd. Since my blog is text based, I only have words to get the job done. I’d like to perform a simple trick for you this morning, and I’m almost certain that you’ll be amazed. It involves mental telepathy — but don’t be alarmed. It doesn’t hurt one bit!
Look at today’s Jumble puzzle and put your finger on the anagram that you had the most difficult time with. Even if you solved all of them without any trouble, I’m sure one of them took a fraction of a second longer to come into view. Now, slowly slide your finger to the last letter of the anagram. There’s an A at the end, right? Excellent, I’ve just read your mind and you all picked CICADA as the hardest anagram! I told you I’d blow your mind! 😂
All joking aside, CICADA, as well as PROMPT, were both brand new anagrams making their debut into gameplay for the first time, but it was the former that had me going crazy. Living so close to Maine, ACADIA (as in Acadia National Park) was all that I could see. Doubling the C’s, and then the A’s got me nowhere, so I broke down and did some self-jumbles in the margin of my paper. I’m not going to lie, it took quite a bit of effort to solve, and it’s definitely going on my personal list of most difficult words.
Since we had two new words, that means the other two were old friends. Both of the anagrams that we see today were used in 2018, and the words they solve into were also used in that year. WHACK is the oldest with a date of 2/19/18 and GRIME was the freshest with a date of 12/5/18.
Sliding over to the cartoon, we see the aforementioned duo of Penn & Teller. Jumble artist, Jeff Knurek, and his wife, Kathy, make an appearance as well. The one line of dialogue that Jeff exclaims lets us all know that he’s obviously a fan of these gentleman and he’s seen this particular trick before. The caricatures of both Penn & Teller were well drawn, and the intricacies of their facial features were captured perfectly.
The final solve was an anagram that was 14-letters in length. It was the same amount of letters as yesterday’s final anagram, but it would solve into three words instead of four. David did a superb job in separating the G & M of MAGIC at either side of the layout, but it wasn’t enough to fool me. With MAGIC crossed out, WORK came quickly into view leaving THEIR for the finish. If it wasn’t for CICADA, this puzzle would have been a breeze. Best wishes for a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you all right back here tomorrow.
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