AOGEM = OMEGA
BRTOO = ROBOT
UDRRED = RUDDER
DUCLED = CUDDLE
DEBUTING CENTURIES AGO, THE FOURTH LETTER OF THE ALPHABET WAS NOW AN – – –
OGA OBOT UDD DDL = “OLD-D” BUT A “GOOD-D”
Happy Tuesday, everyone! It looks like a lot of folks are getting tripped up by the final answer this morning. There were plenty of clues to help figure it out, but you had to pay attention to the deetails to pull it off. Let’s first take a look at our anagrams before we dig a bit deeper into our deelightful cartoon.
There weren’t any surprises when it came to our lineup. All of the words have been used before, but all of the anagrams were new. The “double letter trick” was in full effect with three of the anagrams containing similar letters. If you’re not familiar with this Jumble hack, I’ll take a moment to briefly bring you up to speed.
Take a look at our third anagram, UDRRED. Notice that there are two D’s and two R’s in the layout. The “double letter trick” works by coupling similar letters (in this case the D’s) and separating already joined letters (the R’s). So, in this case, you’d want to start thinking of words that have two D’s as opposed to two R’s. It doesn’t always work, but if you find yourself stuck on a particular word with similar letters, it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot!
Today’s panel was unique in that it relied upon the personification of the letter D rather than our usual cast of Jumble characters that we know and love. In the middle of the panel is our main character, a large D. It’s surrounded by smaller letters that comment upon its stylistic evolution over the years. If you look closely at our main character, you probably noticed that it has serifs, or small strokes, at the top, middle and bottom. These lines have all but disappeared over time and have resulted in letters that are cleaner looking but lack style and character. This exchange of dialogue was our first major clue, but it may have slipped under your radar if you weren’t familiar with the definition of sans serif.
The final solve was an anagram consisting 13-letters. If the enormous length of the layout wasn’t enough of a challenge, there were two words in quotes that also had to be dealt with. David graciously kept all of the D’s situated together which made me think that the single letter in both quotes was a D. When I stumbled upon OLD it was game over and the rest of the answer flowed with ease.
In my opinion, today’s puzzle was the hardest we’ve had in a couple of weeks, so pat yourself on the back if you managed to figure it out. If you stumbled, there’s no shame in that, and you’ll have a chance to redeem yourself on the next one! Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow.