CROGA = CARGO
NTTUS = STUNT
EYELKW = WEEKLY
FCEDET = DEFECT
TALKING TO SOME PEOPLE ABOUT CLEAN RENEWABLE POWER CAN BE A – – –
ARGO STN WEY EFE = WASTE OF ENERGY
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today’s cartoon, although lighthearted and funny, touched on a hot button topic that is sure to get the comments section buzzing. Of course I have my own personal opinions about the issue of renewable energy, but you didn’t come here for that, and it’s a rabbit hole I’d like to avoid. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at how our favorite wordsmith chose to challenge us with his second puzzle of the week.
David started off with four brand new anagrams, but all of their solutions ended up being recycled favorites from the past. I easily solved the first three but had a moment of hesitation on DEFECT. There’s something I find troubling about double vowels that are the same and no unique letters available (think Y, W, or Q) to help get the solution rolling. STUNT is our blast from the past and was last used on 2/10/16. CARGO was unloaded on 5/25/18 making it our most recently delivered word.
The setting for our cartoon appears to be the floor of a science fair where we encounter three Jumble characters. By reading the dialogue, we discover that the boy is giving a presentation about renewable energy to his grandfather and mother. The trifold display board shows two different examples of clean energy production with the middle panel focused on solar and the right side being wind.
The budding scientist has a small-scale example of solar power in action and can be seen using the beam from his flashlight to energize the solar panel which turns his fan. Grandpa is less than impressed and snaps back with a statement that is a quite shocking. He seems to think that fossil fuels are the only way to go and refuses to entertain the idea of alternative energy solutions. Mom attempts to keep the peace, but the words can’t be unsaid. The young man appears to be crushed by the statement as portrayed by the gloomy look on his face.
The cartoon was rich with detail and I was particularly impressed by the tiny experiment being shown. If you look real close, you can probably make out the individual photovoltaic cells on the solar panel. The one detail you probably overlooked was the small lightbulb hanging from the lamp in the upper left of the cartoon. It’s a traditional incandescent bulb and it looks like this particular school hasn’t made the switch to energy efficient CFL or LED lighting.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 13-letters. The G at the beginning of the layout mislead me into thinking that GREEN would be the 5-letter answer. Luckily, all of the E’s near the end of the anagram allowed me to find ENERGY which put me well on my way. With those letters crossed out, WASTE and OF were quickly decipherd to finish this one off.
This particular answer has been used in the past but with a different twist. Veterans of the Jumble might remember the cartoon from 5/25/17 which focused on the Steuben County landfill program of converting methane gas from trash into energy. We do get repeats from time to time, and it’s always fun to see how Jeff chooses to create a completely different cartoon from the same phrase. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!