RYEDB = DERBY
ZIYZF = FIZZY
LANFIE = FINALE
TUNOTB = BUTTON
THE MERCEDES DRIVER WOUND THROUGH THE ALPS, EASILY NEGOTIATING THE – – –
DER IZ NA BON = “BENZ” IN THE ROAD
Happy Monday, Jumble friends. Our last puzzle of the month brought us a new clue word, several never before seen anagrams, and to top it all off, a word in quotations. It was definitely a departure from our typical Monday fare, but if your brain was in gear, then you probably cruised all the way through to the punny finish!
David chose some great clue words to start us off, but only one of them had me pumping my brakes. The “E” within FINALE took a few extra seconds to get lined up, but after that it was nothing but smooth sailing. It also doubled as our only recycled anagram with a gameplay date of 12/11/14. FIZZY was the new kid on the block, but those double Z’s sure made it a no-brainer. BUTTON was our oldest word (7/10/16) while DERBY was the most recent (01/15/19).
Today’s cartoon gave us a look at our first Jumble characters of the week, but only one of them appears to be enjoying this unique driving experience. By reading the dialogue and sentence we discover that the gentleman on the left is taking his friend on a scenic tour of the Alps. As they motor along, the driver, or should I say gasbag, takes his eyes off the road a little too long and his inattention is making the passenger quite uncomfortable. Jeff exaggerated the roadway with six curves and it lets us know that the trip is not for the faint of heart!
This vehicle appears to be an older convertible Mercedes because it has rounded bulges on the hood near the headlights. Newer models have a flat hood with rectangular shaped headlights. And if you ever find yourself in a position to purchase a new Mercedes, you can fly directly to the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, and take delivery of your new wheels via their European Delivery Program. The Alps are are a short trip to the south, and you too can experience the windy roads that our Jumblezens are navigating!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters, and if you sounded out the Jumble, you could have mistaken it for a city in Germany! The fact that THE was given to us made the overall solution much easier. The Z immediately brought BENZ to mind leaving ROAD and IN to be found within the remaining letters. If you’re not into cars than I could see how this solution might have driven you a bit crazy. Have a magnificent Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!