MUOGB = GUMBO
GEEHD = HEDGE
NKYISN = SKINNY
VROMEE = REMOVE
THEY BOUGHT A HOME WHERE HORSES WERE ALLOWED AND LOVED THEIR – – –
GBHESINRO = “NEIGH-BORS”
Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! Straight out of the gait we had four clue words that were recycled favorites from 2018. None of them were particularly difficult, but REMOVE did require a few extra seconds to rein in. The gallop poll down below indicates that it gave many of you a hard time as well so it’ll be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The anagram for HEDGE was our only repeat and its layout was the same as the last time we saw it on 8/7/18. It also doubled as our most recently used word while SKINNY comes up as the oldest. David served us up a big ol’ bowl of GUMBO exactly one year ago today making it a tasty surprise to find.
Trotting over to today’s cartoon, we’re greeted by four Jumble characters and a couple of horses. In a bit of a twist, Jeff chose to give the majority of the available space in the panel to his horse drawings even though they didn’t have any dialogue. Bells and whistles went off in my mind and I figured they’d have something to do with the final answer.
In the background we see introductions occurring between the neighbors and the dialogue sorts out that the couple on the left are the new folks in town. The modest home and hills, as well as the cowboy hat, gave me the feeling that we’re somewhere out west. The fence line was somewhat jagged and it added a bit of realism and dimension to the overall cartoon. My favorite detail was the placement of Jeff’s date tag. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it as my favorite detail, but it blended in perfectly on the end of the wooden post.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters. The inclusion of a hyphen and quotation marks had me thinking that I was going to have to work at the answer, but the layout allowed me to instantly see NEIGHBORS. I remember seeing this particular solution before and a quick search found that it was used on 5/19/15. The puzzles have been a breeze since Saturday so maybe the guys are harnessing their creativity for a stumper later on this week. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!