SAYET = YEAST
NALKP = PLANK
GRAUTI = GUITAR
MTEENC = CEMENT
SHE LOVED ALL OF JAGGER’S MUSIC, SO SHE MADE A – – –
ES PAK IT CM = “MICK’S” TAPE
Happy Thursday, everyone! There’s nothing new to report in the way of clue words this morning, but once again David impresses us with two original 6-letter anagrams. One of them really struck a chord and ended up being the most difficult jumble I’ve had the pleasure of encountering this week. GUITAR was last played on 11/13/18, but from the way DLH carefully tuned his layout, it managed to hit all the right notes and left me feeling high strung to say the least. YEAST took quite some time to rise from the archives, but a quick search gave me the proof I needed to confirm that it was the stalest of our quartet. With all of the clue words polished off, I slid on over to the cartoon where the first thing I focused on was the date that graced the calendar hanging on the wall.
Ahhhhh, 1985…… I’ll never forget that amazing year! Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were still legal in my kindergarten class, and I managed to learn how to tie my shoes all on my own! Most of my friends here might remember it quite a bit differently though. In the way of world events and culture, 1985 could probably be characterized as the heralding of the “new”. Windows 1.0 was introduced by a company called Microsoft, “Rock Me Amadeus,” “Like a Virgin,” and “Take on Me” were tops on the music chart, “Back to the Future,” and “The Goonies” demolished the box office, while “The Golden Girls,” and “The Cosby Show” were welcomed into our homes once a week on TV. The “new” didn’t stop there with Coca-Cola changing its formula to New Coke, and the Nintendo Entertainment System finally coming to our shores all the way from Japan.
For the couple of teenage girls that we see depicted in today’s cartoon, it was also the time of recording music on cassette tapes and sharing the sounds over and over again until your parents couldn’t take the torture anymore. The dialogue informs us that the young woman on the left has created a new tape with all of her favorite songs. Her friend, dressed in a shirt bearing the Rolling Stones “Tongue” logo, gazes over to a poster featuring the lead singer of the band while exclaiming that she hopes a particular track has made the cut.
The retro feel of the cartoon was unmistakable and Jeff masterfully imagined a scene that was probably identical to thousands and thousands of teenage bedrooms across the country at the time. A boom box sits atop a couple of old milk crates that can be seen holding 9 records and 18 cassette tapes. Looking once again at the calendar on the wall, we see the date prominently displayed as 1985, and a spot-on likeness of Mick Jagger bustin’ a move on the glossy page. The date shows August 1st being on a Tuesday when, in fact, it actually landed on a Thursday that month. My guess is that Jeff moved it up a couple of days to make the numbers easier to read.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters which is 4-letters less than yesterday’s. The dreaded quotes made an appearance for the second time this week, but the limited amount of letters, coupled with the over-abundance of visual clues, made this one an instant solve. “MICK’S TAPE” was dutifully written into the answer layout leaving me feeling like a Jumble rock star. Have a triumphant Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!