SUYMT = MUSTY
VOHES = SHOVE
EBOWLB = WOBBLE
TDERON = RODENT
WHEN CONGRESS CREATED THE U.S. MINT IN 1792, THEY GOT THEIR – – –
MTYSHOWOERN = MONEY’S WORTH
Happy Wednesday, everyone! All of our clue words were old friends, but two of the anagrams were new. We’ve definitely seen VOHES and EBOWLB before, leaving the other two as the newcomers. RODENT was by far the hardest to decipher so it’ll be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. It was only fitting that MUSTY was the oldest word this morning wih its last appearance being back on 7/16/16. RODENT was the freshest with a gameplay date of 9/10/18.
Today’s cartoon had all the hallmarks of a period piece. We see a man in a wig with a ponytail, an old flag, a wooden desk, and of course some vintage clothing. The cartoon sentence gave us the date, 1792, and we learn that it was the year that Congress created the U.S. Mint.
The two men can be seen inspecting the freshly minted coins, and the smiles on their faces indicate that they’re pleased with what they see. Zooming in on the coin images, I was able to see some pretty funky designs. They’re unlike any of the coins that are in circulation today and I’m sure Jeff poured over early photos to make sure that his artwork was on-point. My best guess is that the men are David Rittenhouse on the left and Alexander Hamilton on the right. Rittenhouse was the first director of the U.S. Mint and was under the authority of Hamilton who was the Secretary of the Treasury.
The panel had such amazing detail that it was difficult to choose one as my favorite. My eyes were first drawn to the period clothing and then to the coins on the tray. Jeff also placed some coin molds on the table and added intricate detail work to each one. By allowing my gaze to relax, I noticed that the flag in the background had 13 stars and it was then that I knew what my favorite detail had to be!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters and would solve into two words. I use the online version of the Chicago Tribune to do the Jumble early in the morning before my newspaper arrives and they didn’t include an apostrophe in their layout. This oversight had me looking for a three word solution, but after finding MONEY, the rest was easy to see. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!