ASCEE = CEASE
TVEEN = EVENT
EPPPRE = PEPPER
SLUEST = TUSSLE
OWNERS NOT CLEANING UP AFTER THEIR DOGS WAS HER – – –
EEEVPPTE = PET PEEVE
Monday Wednesday, Jumble fans! It’s no surprise that we all have our little quirks, we’re only human. But some folks take theirs to the extreme and that’s where our own pettiness can get the best of us. We’re all unique in our habits and sometimes opening yourself up to a little change can be a good thing, or at least broaden your thinking. Shocker, right?!
Our favorite Jumble Maestro, David L. Hoyt, took a break from adding new clue words to his famed puzzle, but he did create three new anagrams in an attempt to challenge our cabbages. ASCEE was the only one that we’ve encountered before and I had to search way back to 1/30/13 to find it. Our oldest clue word solution, and the only one that gave me a slight hiccup this morning, was TUSSLE. Last used on 1/24/11, it’s seven years older than our most recent word which was EVENT. It’s been quite some time since all of our solved words were in alphabetical order, but it was a nice surprise to find after finishing the puzzle so quickly.
Our cartoon lands us somewhere in Jumbleville where we encounter three characters. Two of them are human and one is of the four-legged variety. As the gentleman slowly meanders his pooch down Scramble Lane, he happens upon Ms. Curmudgeon’s house and she can be seen hastily installing a warning to all pet walkers in the neighborhood. The sign reads “CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG!” in all capital letters, and it’s no surprise that she’s angered by even the most adorable pooch using her front lawn as a toilet. The man doesn’t have a pet waste bag in his hand, but I’d assume he keeps it folded neatly in one of his pockets for the moment when nature calls.
Jeff added a few small details to his piece that were interesting to spot. The first was the “POI” shirt that the man was wearing. The second was the picture on the wall inside the home which featured a small cabin situated amongst mountains and a winding stream. Lastly, and the hardest to find, was the tiny garden gnome holding a shovel just outside the steps to her home.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 8-letters. It’s impossible to get creatively cryptic when the majority of the letters are the same, but our guru of games did the best that he could. After seeing the last three letters in the lineup, I noticed that it nearly spelled PET. PEEVE was instantaneous for the finish making for a swift “Monday style” finish. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!