SYEAS = ESSAY
LUCKA = CAULK
TECOPI = POETIC
LIEMWD = MILDEW
WHEN COMPARED TO HIS COMPETITION, THE POKER PLAYER WAS – – –
ESA ULK PETC LDW = STACKED UP WELL
Happy Thursday, Jumble fans. David and Jeff dealt us a whopper this morning, and the idiom “Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true” pretty much sums up my feelings about it. All of the clue words were a piece of cake, but the final solve put me through the wringer. And you know what? I couldn’t be happier!
If you play the Jumble every day, you probably noticed that all of the anagrams looked kind of familiar. That’s because three of the four were used around May of this year. Our oldest, ESSAY, was used in May of 2018, but the double letter trick of coupling similar letters made it an instant solve. The speed at which all of the anagrams were completed had lulled me into a false sense of security, and that mindset would clearly be my downfall as I made my way to the cartoon.
Jeff offered up a panel featuring a caricature of himself, along with a few of his close friends, seated around a table playing poker. Our favorite Jumble artist has been feeding us a steady diet of playing card themed cartoons over the past couple of months, but he pulled out all the stops on this one and packed it full of detail. The wood-grained bar in the background makes the setting appear to be a pub, but with most everyone that I know having a man-cave of their own, it just might be a personal hideaway of one of his friends.
The smack-talking dialogue informs us that Jeff is the big winner of the night, and he can be seen raking all of the chips on the table toward himself. His shirt of choice features the word “MICHIGAN” with the tittle of the “i” being replaced by a football. The friend that he’s having a dialogue exchange with has the number “12” on his jersey, and I’m happy to see that Jeff finally had a character wearing the number of the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady!!! In all honesty it’s probably not, but this Patriots fan can dream, can’t he?!
The female is obviously Lissa Sears, and the other gentleman with a drink in his hand looks familiar but his name escapes me. The bar has three draft taps and the last one features a goose head from the Goose Island Brewery. There’s football being played on the wall-mounted tv, but my favorite detail was the bar foot rail bracket just above Jeff’s left shoulder. He didn’t miss a trick!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 13-letters. It’s the longest so far this week, and it also proved to be the most difficult one for me to conquer in quite some time. After writing out the letters, LUCK seemed to be the logical 4-letter word. Try as I might, none of the other letters would make up the beginning 7-letter word. I self-jumbled the letters nine different times before STACKED finally came into view. UP came next, and WELL finished it off. Jumble puzzles like today’s masterpiece can spoil longtime fans, but also frustrate novice players to no end. It’s just the luck of the draw, folks! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!