SUHEO = HOUSE
SCURH = CRUSH
DENTON = TENDON
DOWENO = WOODEN
THE TEACHER CAUGHT THE GIRL WITH BUBBLE GUM IN CLASS AND – – –
HUECRHTEOWDE = CHEWED HER OUT
Happy Monday, Jumble solvers! The past couple of weeks have been an exciting time for the puzzle as David has been slipping in new clue words left and right. The trend continued this morning with the addition of WOODEN. I didn’t see it right away, partly because of the distancing of the O’s in the layout, but it did come into view after staring at it for a few extra seconds. It wasn’t my pick for the most difficult anagram, though. TENDON earned that distinction for the fact that it fooled me on two different levels. I first tried coupling up the N’s, and when that didn’t work, I tried making words with an -ED suffix. My double whammy was over when I spotted TEN and the answer jumped right off the page. TENDON may have been a new anagram, but it has been used in gameplay before (1/28/12). HOUSE was the most recently used repeat with a date of 2/2/18. My Monday mash-up wouldn’t be complete without a quick rundown of last weeks most difficult words. You all voted for: RUPUSE, CCDIAA, BVAREE, NARACY, NAACLO, WHERDS, and LCCAIO. Where any of them easier the second time around? Be sure to let us know in the comments section down below!
It was rather fitting that the setting for today’s cartoon was a classoom. Summer vacation in New Hampshire starts on Thursday, and the kids are going bonkers with anticipation! Today’s panel is broken up into two sections with the main action occurring between the four characters in the foreground. The addition of three shaded students in the background was a great touch because Jeff often uses a chalkboard to make use of the extra space. The young girl, identified by the teacher as Violet, can be seen blowing a large bubble with her gum. The teacher was quick to spot the infraction and brings a small trash can to the desk in response. When I was in elementary school, if you were caught chewing gum by the teacher, you’d have to put it on your nose for the rest of the period. It was definitely unsanitary, but the lesson it taught made me never do it again. But times have changed and this teacher thinks a quick tongue lashing will get the point across just as well.
The pictures that the kids were drawing made me think that this might be an art class. The boy on the left is drawing his favorite Marvel superhero, Black Panther, and the child on the right is drawing a unicorn. The claws of Black Panther were intricately drawn, but the unicorn could use some swirls on its’ horn to finish it off. My favorite detail was the look of panic on Violet’s face. Jeff perfectly captured her expression, and the shading on the gum bubble was a fine touch, too.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. My eyes were drawn to the C and H which brought CHEW to mind. The rest of the answer flowed naturally based upon the visual evidence in the cartoon. It was definitely an easy Monday solve, but I’m sure we’ll have a more challenging game near the end of the week. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!