UKQCA = QUACK
NIFGL = FLING
DINERD = RIDDEN
CEIETX = EXCITE
THEY FOUND AN INVENTORY OF OLD SPARKLING WATER AND DECIDED IT SHOULD BE – – –
QUA LI DD ITE = LIQUIDATED
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Even though we’ve reached our midweek puzzle, we find ourselves still parked on easy street. The only challenge that I encountered today was a slight hesitation on RIDDEN, but using the “double letter trick” of coupling up similar letters brought it quickly into view. It was also a new clue word making its debut into gameplay, while the remainder of the quartet, and the final solve, came up as repeats. EXCITE was last used about a year ago on 10/18/18 making it our most recent repeat, while FLING flung into action on 3/4/17 making it our oldest. Yesterday we found all of our solved clue words in reverse alphabetical order, whereas today it’s all of the anagrams that are perfectly arranged in reverse for us.
Today’s panel brings us to the Fancy Food Mart where we see a bargain shoppers dream. The cartoon sentence informs us that they recently discovered some cases of sparkling water that are past their prime, and they’re priced to move at 80% off. The first question that popped into my mind was, “Does bottled water go bad?”
The general answer is no, but there are a few caveats. The biggest one was how the water is packaged, and glass is far superior to plastic for many reasons. Plastics do “expire,” and will start to leach their chemicals into the water after just a few years. The process can be slowed by storing the bottles in a cool, dark place. If you open a plastic bottle and it has an off-taste, the experts say it (probably) won’t harm you but it might not be pleasant to drink. The best long-term storage option is to freeze it, and then to be absolutely sure no harmful bacteria remains, you can boil the heck out of it!
Transitioning back to the cartoon, we see 33 bottles of water in the panel. The logo is a drop of water with a smiley face, and the box names the brand as “HAPPY H2O.” As the customer on the left contemplates purchasing a bottle, the clerk, identified as John by his nametag, offers a thumbs-up gesture as a quality assurance indicator.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. In an attempt to hide the Q, David tried to spell out QUALI in the first few letters, but I didn’t take the bait. LIQUID was easily spotted within the remaining letters and were added on to arrive at the solution. The fun cartoon and new clue word didn’t quench my Jumble thirst, but the guys will be back to pour us another round tomorrow. Until then, have a wonderful Wednesday!