ZMIOG = GIZMO
OPAYS = SOAPY
SOLMYT = MOSTLY
FIXNUL = INFLUX
FOR SOME WOOLLY MAMMOTHS, THE TAR AT LA BREA IN LOS ANGELES WAS A – – –
IAPTLFL = PITFALL
Happy Tuesday, Jumble friends! The La Brea Tar Pits might be a sticky situation, but I was able to come away from today’s puzzle feeling squeaky clean. In an ironic twist, David added a sudsational new clue word in SOAPY, but it wasn’t my Pride and Joy this morning. INFLUX took a few extra seconds to come into view so it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. All of the anagrams were brand new, but their clue word solutions were all used back in 2018. GIZMO popped up in a puzzle on 5/7 which made it the oldest while MOSTLY was last in play on 11/25.
Today’s cartoon featured a father and son duo that have stopped to take a look at an archeological excavation occurring within the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles, California. The cartoon sentence informs us that the partially submerged skull we see depicted is that of a woolly mammoth and Jeff skillfully kept its tusks intact and added a few other bones as well.
The La Brea Tar Pits are naturally occurring asphalt deposits that have seeped up from the ground over the course of tens of thousands of years. The tar pits visible today are from human excavation and over 100 pits were excavated in the early 1900’s in search of large mammal bones. Normally, the asphalt appears in areas known as vents and it hardens into stubby mounds as it oozes out. The website for the La Brea Tar Pits describes their location as a “gateway back to the Ice Age” and I’m sure a few of our readers have had the opportunity to visit the site and its accompanying museum. Be sure to let us know your thoughts and opinions if you’ve been there!
For the second day in a row, our final solution was composed of just 7-letters. The layout was excellent, but there was no way to hide the answer within the limited amount of characters. The P&T nestled together brought PITFALL quickly into view for a swift finish. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!