VIPTO = PIVOT
RNIDG = GRIND
UFEEDS = DEFUSE
LIDEUT = DILUTE
THEY WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MOUNT RAINIER, SO THEY – – –
PIOT IND EUS DUT = STUDIED UP ON IT
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Our midweek puzzle was similar to yesterday’s in that all of the clue words were old favorites that we’ve crossed paths with from time to time. The same can’t be said for the anagrams, as both of the 6-letter jumbles are new while their shorter counterparts have been used before. With nearly a decade between the pair, VIPTO was last seen on 12/23/08 while RNIDG appeared on 7/3/18. Mr. Hoyt didn’t cause me to faulter on any of them so there was no uphill battle to be had.
Today’s cartoon brings us to the stratovolcano known as Mount Rainier which is approximately 59 miles south southeast of Seattle. Two ill-prepared hikers, dressed in nothing more than shorts and light shirts, have taken a break from their hike to research why the weather has suddenly become so cold.
At a dizzying height of 14,411 ft, Mount Rainier has the highest mountain peak in the State of Washington and ranks as the 17th tallest in the United States. The US National Park Service website confirms the weather conditions that Mr. Knurek provides in his illustration and notes that visitors should be aware that conditions could drastically change anytime of the year. In case you’re curious, the weather as of this morning was a balmy 85 degrees at the base while the summit was just below freezing at 31 degrees.
The cartoon offered a unique prospective on this particular couples trek, with the foreground showing us a rocky textured surface and a curved line in the background that seemingly indicates the curvature of the earth. The tall buildings in the City of Seattle are barely visible from where they stand and they were drawn as small unfinished rectangles. The Space Needle, at a height of 604 ft, was the only structure in the drawing that was darkened enough so that it could be easily identified.
The final solve was the exact same length as yesterday’s with 13-letters that would solve into four words. Three of them were only two letters in length which was an immense help in figuring out the larger 7-letter word. UP seemed like a logical start with ON and IT following in its’ footsteps. STUDIED took only a few moments to decipher allowing me to summit all up. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!