GFROO = FORGO
DUYPG = PUDGY
RUBWOR = BURROW
NITMYU = MUTINY
THEIR FAMILY FARM HAD BEEN BUILT – – –
FOR PDG URO MUN = FROM THE GROUND UP
Happy Thursday, Jumble geniuses! It might be pure coincidence, but has anyone else noticed that UP has been somewhere in the final solve over the past three days? Monday was the only exception so far, and you can bet the farm that I’ll be looking to see if the pattern continues tomorrow and through the weekend.
Our last new clue word was RIDDEN on 10/2, but that changed today when David tossed PUDGY into the lineup. The remaining three words were repeats from 2018, with FORGO popping up in December, BURROW in November, and MUTINY in August. All of the anagrams were brand new though for a fresh spin on our frequent fliers.
Plowing ahead to our cartoon, we encounter two Jumble characters standing in the middle of a corn field. In the background we see a combine harvester in action, and another truck being loaded with material. The teenager asks his father if their farm has always been this big, and the dad offers up a brief family history lesson in return.
Both dad and son are holding grain bags, but it’s the ones that the father is holding that can be read. The label says “STROH FAMILY FARMS” with a picture of an ear of corn underneath. Never hearing of the Stroh family, I knew that Jeff wanted us to investigate, and perhaps even educate us on these particular folks.
I found a very good article HERE that thoroughly explains the Stroh family. A brief synopsis is that the family started a brewing company and grew too big, too fast. They missed out on the light beer craze of the early 90’s and they would never recover from the missed opportunity.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. It was the longest so far this week, and it would have been even longer (and more challenging!) if THE wasn’t already given to us. As I mentioned in my opening, the U & P had me thinking UP as the 2-letter word, and GROUND was easily discernible within the remaining letters. FROM was all that was left to finish it off, and my task was done. Although the puzzle was easily solved, it was nice to have a new clue word and fresh anagrams to play with on a dreary and cold morning. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!