FIWST = SWIFT
RRLUA = RURAL
TEGYIH = EIGHTY
LUNGEF = ENGULF
WHEN IT COMES TO LIGHTING A CANDLE, USING MATCHES IS USUALLY A – – –
SW RRA EIY EUF = SURE-FIRE WAY
Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans. Jeff is eight days early with this Halloween themed cartoon, and I quite like it! For the past couple of years he’s been on a Sleepy Hollow/Headless Horseman kick so it was refreshing to see something out of the ordinary. October has really flown by and there’s only 36 days until Thanksgiving and 63 days until Christmas. They’ll be here before you know it!
Similar to yesterday, all of our clue words were familiar old friends and only one of the anagrams, FIWST, has been used before. I breezed right through the first three but had to take a few extra seconds on ENGULF. My first thoughts were FUNGEL or FLUNGE, but they didn’t look right. Mixing up the letters in the margin of my newspaper brought GULF into view and it was all over from there.
Today’s panel was a pretty sweet treat, and think of all of the empty calories we saved! Our two Jumble characters are trying to light some candles to illuminate their pumpkins, but only one of them has managed to get the job done. The woman on the left is having a hard time getting her stick lighter to work while the gentleman on the right has no problem producing a flame. Those child-proof locks on the stick lighters can be hard to manage if you have small or weak hands so it looks like this woman has met her match!
There weren’t a whole lot of extra details in today’s piece. I thoroughly enjoyed the spooky faces that were carved into the pumpkins, and Jeff even included one of the tops with a stem. Did you notice that one of the candles seemed larger than the other? It reminded me of an optical illusion like this.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters. David’s layout kept the answer extremely well hidden and gave absolutely nothing away. The visual clues of a lighter and match brought FIRE to mind leaving SURE and WAY to be sussed out of the remaining letters. It wasn’t a quick solve by any means and I’d rate it as the most challenging finish we’ve had so far this week. Enjoy your hump day, folks, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!