CHAYT = YACHT
CRASF = SCARF
SOHOYC = CHOOSY
PYEDAK = KEYPAD
THE COUPLE DIDN’T TRUST BANKS AND KEPT THEIR MONEY AT HOME IN THEIR – – –
ACHSCCHEA = CASH CACHE
Happy Wednesday, anagram aficionados! Our midweek Jumble featured a brand new clue word, a couple of new anagrams, and a very clever cartoon. The sum of its parts added up to a cryptic final solve that you had to invest a bit of time to figure out. Early voting in the poll shows that KEYPAD was the most difficult anagram to solve and I completely agree. It was the new word that I alluded to earlier and the letter layout by DLH kept it well hidden. We’ve encountered CRASF way back on 6/17/17, but it doesn’t make it the oldest word in the group. That honor belongs to YACHT and I had to sail on back to 1/26/10 to find it.
Today’s panel brings us to a basement where we see a couple of Jumble characters stashing their cash. The cartoon sentence informs us that this particular couple doesn’t trust banks which is some serious old-school thinking. Instead they deposit their dough in tomato cans and place them on a shelf. I originally counted seven, but then I noticed the woman holding another one which brought the total to eight.
On the workbench we see an assortment of tools, a few rolls of coins, and a stack of $100 dollar bills. I wasn’t sure what the object was next to the screwdriver but it might be a roll of money or perhaps a soup can. The shelf held several cans with different labels on them. The cans on the left were peaches and to the right we see tomatoes. The woman is pointing to an urn and it has a small picture of a dogs head and an inscription underneath. High above are two small teddy bears in cases and they must be valuable because they still have their price tags attached. Finishing off the shelf are two boxes at the very bottom and they each have a single piece of tape holding them closed.
The steps leading to the basement were rather small which gave the panel a great sense of dimension. The shading just above the lightbulb gave the space a cavernous feel while the small window provided a hint of natural sunlight. Looking more closely at the window, there appear to be little tufts of grass growing outside while the little circular pull chain indicates that it has a shade on the inside.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters and would solve into two words. The three C’s brought CASH instantly to mind leaving me 5-letters to work with. The remaining two C’s made me think that I goofed up somewhere along the way and I checked my clue words to make sure I wrote the correct letters down. With everything looking good but nothing coming to mind, I made a few jumbles of the remaining letters. My second attempt made CACHE quite visible for a stinker of a finish! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!