VECOR = COVER
RYCEM = MERCY
TURZQA = QUARTZ
FSAYLH = FLASHY
TO FILE FOR HIS MOSQUITO REPELLENT PATENT IN 1946, SAMUEL GERTLER STARTED – – –
CORMCARTFSH = FROM SCRATCH
Happy Monday, Jumble friends! It’s a new week of puzzles and we have two brand new clue words right off the bat. COVER and FLASHY made their way into the game this morning, but neither of them gave me too much trouble. In fact, all of the jumblings were pretty easy to spot which is typical for the first puzzle of the week. With only two repeats to work with, MERCY was our most recently used word (12/14/16) and QUARTZ was the oldest (10/16/12). It’s always fun to look back at the polls from the prior week and give you a list of the words that you voted for as most difficult. DENTON, CONSHE, NNLOIE, SSULYT, TRYUSD, MTIRAU, and DARTIE were your picks, and I must admit that SSULYT was the only one that I still couldn’t see!
Today’s cartoon was a terrific blend of science and history. We encounter two men in an office and the man standing at the chart appears to be too precisely drawn to be a generic character. The cartoon sentence informs us that his name is Samuel Gertler, and he’s one tough bugger to find a picture of! His patent, on the other hand, was no trouble at all to locate and you can take a look at it HERE.
Mosquito repellent, commonly known as DEET, was the brainchild of Mr. Gertler. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and developed it for use by the Army following their experiences during jungle warfare in World War II. It was first tested as a pesticide on farm fields and would enter military use in 1946. It wasn’t until 1957 that civilians could get their hands on it.
The panel had some mighty fine details, my favorite being the bottle of “bug juice” on the desk. The chart on the wall was broken up into three distinct sections. In the top left we see a small blurb on DEET, followed by a hand with an X above it to indicate an are protected by the chemical, and lastly the chemical composition of the formula.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters and would solve into two words. It was rather cryptic and didn’t give itself up easily. I paused to think of words associated with insects and finally saw SCRATCH. FROM was easily deciphered from the remaining letters to finish it all off.
I apologize for the slight delay in my write-up as it’s the first “official” day of summer vacation for the kids. My routine is a little screwed up, but it’ll get back on track in no time! Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!