SRIKB = BRISK
PHARG = GRAPH
TRUJSI = JURIST
TDEMOH = METHOD
HE DIDN’T WIN THE WINE COMPETITION, AND HIS REMARKS AFTERWARD WERE – – –
RSGAPURSEO = SOUR GRAPES
Happy Thursday, Jumble friends. Today’s puzzle wasn’t all that difficult, but it did feature two brand new clue words by our wordsmith extraordinaire! Please give a warm welcome to JURIST and METHOD for being the newest members of the Jumble Club! Although I didn’t find either of them particularly challenging, the letter layout for METHOD was superb, so it’ll be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The anagrams of the 5-letter words were also new, but BRISK was used 9 days ago and was still fresh in my mind. That left GRAPH as the oldest of our established words with a gameplay date of 8/31/17. After writing out all of the answers, I realized that they were in perfect alphabetical order for an added bonus!
Today’s panel brings us to a wine cellar, and it looks like there’s some type of ceremony going on. The cartoon sentence informs us that we’re witnessing the trophy presentation at a wine competition, and one of the four jumble characters that we see in the frame is not too happy with the results. After reading the dialogue, it became crystal clear that the gentleman seated next to the winner needed some cheese with his whine. Jeff drew the poor sport with his back towards the winner in a non-verbal display of defiance to the results.
Did you take a good look at the two wine bottles in the cartoon? The bottle next to the winner has a crossword grid on the front label while the bottle on Mr. Grumpy Pants table has the Jumble “J”. Looking closer at the Jumble bottle, it was easy to read “Jumble” in cursive with 1954 underneath. The 1954, of course, was a nod to the 65th anniversary of the Jumble, but Jeff went even further. Under that were two more words, but I couldn’t make them out for the life of me. My first guess was that it says “Red Meat”, but it could also be another Jumble for us to figure out. If you have any thoughts on the mystery words, please be sure to let us know in the comments down below!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters that would solve into two words. I was able to instantly spot GRAPES, leaving SOUR for an easy finish. The answer has been used before, 3/31/09 to be exact, but that was well over a decade ago! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you when I get back from vacation!!!