RIFTL = FLIRT
SUDEO = DOUSE
FRETOF = EFFORT
NSAATZ = STANZA
AFTER HIS THIRD BULL’S-EYE IN A ROW, IT WAS CLEAR THAT VINCENT VAN GOGH WAS A- – –
IDSRTTA = “DART-IST”
Happy Monday, everyone! Even though the final solution was in quotations, it was super easy to land. All of today’s clue words came off without a hitch for an easy-breezy start to the week. STANZA made its debut into gameplay, but the Z at the end of the jumble made it an instant solve. The only repeat anagram this morning was SUDEO, and David must really like the layout because he’s used it 9 times over the past few years! It was last used exactly 6 months ago today making it our most recent repeat while EFFORT clocks in as the oldest with a date of 6/25/15.
Today’s cartoon transported us to a tavern where we see a game of darts being played. The sentence identified the player as Vincent Van Gogh, but the name of the man enjoying a glass of wine was kept a mystery. A little research into Van Gogh’s friendships led me to believe that the beret wearing Beaujolais sipper is Paul Gauguin.
Everyone has heard the tale of Van Gogh cutting off his left ear, and he was with Gauguin when the incident occurred. In today’s panel we see that Jeff has decided to show us that his left ear is still intact so the cartoon predates the unfortunate event. On the small table we see a glass that is presumably Van Gogh’s. There is only a small amount of intoxicating beverage in the glass and it most likely contained Absinthe as it was all the rage in Paris at the time. Van Gogh was a heavy drinker and smoker and I’m sure those factors, coupled with his own mental illness, led him to sever off his own ear. Unfortunately Van Gogh lived at a time when mental illness and depression wasn’t understood and treated like it is today and he fatally shot himself in the stomach at the age of 37.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 7-letters. The visual clue of darts being played made the word jump right out at me leaving -IST for the finish. Have a terrific Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!