DULFI = FLUID
SUREH = USHER
VINDIE = DIVINE
PRUBAL = BURLAP
IT WAS COLD OUTSIDE, SO THE FIREWOOD SALESMAN – – –
UD UE DN BLP = BUNDLED UP
Happy Wednesday, everyone. Today’s cartoon was rather timely as the mercury starts to drop. It’s 51 degrees out right now so you bet I have the heat on as I’m sitting here typing this. The foliage here in New Hampshire has just about reached peak levels, and some of the extreme Northern areas of the state, especially those near the Canadian border, have already passed their prime. It won’t be long until the pellet stove is running 24/7!
All of our clue words were old friends from middle to late 2018. Early voting in the poll indicates that BURLAP was the one causing most of the trouble, but it’s our most recent word from December of last year and I saw it right away. SUREH stumped me the longest as I mistakenly thought it spelled HURSE. It’s funny when you write out the word you think it spells and it looks completely wrong! DULFI was the only new anagram featured today. PRUBAL was seen on 9/9/17 which made it the freshest while that pesky SUREH showed up on 6/22/13 and clocks in as the oldest.
Today’s cartoon featured a gentleman that is selling firewood. I’m not sure if there is a correct name for this profession, but I’ll go with wood merchant unless someone can correct me. There are two other men in the frame, and one of them has just made a purchase while the other one is just arriving. Does this make our trio the “tree wise men?” I’ll let you be the judge of that!
The merchant gave me a Papa Smurf vibe with his bushy beard and hat. He seems to have finished splitting the logs some time ago as there’s no axe in sight. We see him arranging stove-length pieces into small bundles. Judging by the four finished bundles in the panel, he offers them for sale with each one containing approximately 6 pieces. The dialogue and sentence focused on the weather and staying warm which was a tree-mendous help when it came to the surprise answer.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters. UP was still on my mind after yesterday’s UP IN THE AIR solution so I figured why not give it another try. BUNDLED came into view immediately upon crossing out the letters to finish this one off. The final solve wasn’t over-elm-ing, but I won’t fir-get it anytime soon! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow.