HEWAT = WHEAT
BANCI = CABIN
CLETKO = LOCKET
GUTOHH = THOUGH
A NEW AIR CONDITIONER COST MORE THAN THEY’D PLANNED FOR, BUT THEY WERE – – –
WHT CAI LOT TOH = COOL WITH THAT
Happy Monday, Jumble fans! The puzzles from last week proved to be much easier than anticipated, but David did try and turn up the heat by adding a few new clue words and anagrams. The start of the week seemingly leaves us right where we left off, with one new clue word as a challenge and three old favorites that we’ve weathered over the years. WHEAT was the new kid on the block, but I used my triticale thinking skills to chop it down and avoid a migrain. My only challenge came from THOUGH because of the double H’s at the end of the layout. CABIN wound up being our most recently used word, and it was jumbled the same way we last saw it on 2/8/19. LOCKET was our golden oldie and graced us with its presence almost two years earlier on 2/6/16.
Since Sunday didn’t feature a cartoon celebrating the return of football and the NFL’s 100th season, I thought for sure that Jeff would kickoff the week with a panel featuring a pigskin pun. Instead he blitzed us with a throwback to the lazy hot days of summer where we encounter our first Jumble characters of the week.
The trio is standing outside of a home and the dialogue and sentence clues us in to the fact that the air conditioning unit has gone kaput. The technician on the left, dressed in a shirt and hat bearing the logo of the company’s mascot, hands the couple an estimate to replace the unit. The price at the bottom was a whopping five grand, but the laid back couple agree that the price seems reasonable. Doing a quick search revealed that the average replacement cost of a central air conditioning unit is $5,472 so perhaps these folks have already done their homework.
Jeff included a few fun details to make his cartoon visually appealing. Upon looking closely at the panel, the first thing I noticed was the overall laid-back vibe of the piece due in part to the casual clothing worn by the characters. All of the Jumble-zens were drawn with their eylids half closed which amplified the mellow feeling even further. The woman looks to be wearing a thin summer dress along with a headband to keep her hair partially pulled back and the sweat out of her eyes. Her partner, whom I’ll nickname baldilocks, has a goatee and seems to have put on a few extra pounds over the years. My favorite detail was the a/c unit itself with the lower panel only partially attached and a crumpled corner to indicate that it has probably exceeded its life expectancy.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters that would transform into three words. Working the jumble backwards, I immediately saw HOT, but it was too short to work. COIL also came into view, but luckily I spotted the double O’s and settled on COOL. The WHT mashed together in the front brought WITH into view leaving THAT for the finish. Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!