RHEPC = PERCH
MEEEC = EMCEE
BVAREE = BEAVER
YAFTLL = FLATLY
THE TAILOR SPECIALIZED IN SUPERHERO COSTUMES AND WAS – – –
PERCEEBAVALY = VERY “CAPE-ABLE”
Happy Wednesday, Jumble friends! CICADA sure had people swarming for help yesterday, but there weren’t any words in today’s puzzle to cause another infestation. David, as promised, has been adding new clue words to his puzzles and we were greeted with two more this morning. BEAVER and FLATLY can now be crossed off the list of remaining 6-letter words. The -LY trick worked like a charm on FLATLY, but BEAVER took a little bit longer to come into view. My go-to solving technique of coupling duplicate letters was a bust so I had to employ some mental gymnastics to grind it out. EMCEE has been used quite frequently in the past so the triple E’s are no longer a challenge. It was also our oldest clue word leaving PERCH as the most recent.
Quite an interesting cartoon this morning. One thing that’s for sure is that these three masked superheroes won’t be appearing in a comic book movie anytime soon. They just have that B-list look! The main action in the panel is occurring on the left hand side, and we see a young woman making some final adjustments to Owlman’s new cape. Jeff did an excellent job of having the fabric gather in the middle to give it the appearance of wings instead of the traditional style we see draped over the pole. The other two characters can be seen admiring their new duds and there’s no doubt that the superhero community thanks this young woman for adding some pizzazz to their outdated crime-fighting costumes.
The masks of the caped crusaders keep their identities a secret, but the young woman performing the work is on full display for the world to see. When Jeff draws someone doing anything fashion related, he usually uses resorts to the top designer in the business — his daughter, Sydney! We’ve seen her a few times in the past, and unless she’s completely changed her appearance, this isn’t her. Is it perhaps one of her friends? The HB on the cape also had me perplexed and I initially thought that it might be a veiled Happy Birthday message. It could also stand for Hanna-Barbera which is associated with DC comics and is the home of Owlman. If you have a thought on what it all means, be sure to let us know in the comments!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. The V and Y brought VERY to mind leaving CAPE-ABLE to be easily sorted out from the remaining letters. The solution didn’t take any superhuman powers to complete, but the result sure was a hoot! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!