MOACE = CAMEO
LCIAL = LILAC
PDXELU = DUPLEX
TYLLEA = LATELY
THE TURNPIKE WORKERS HAD SEEN OVER 1,000 CARS – – –
EO LA DL LTL = ALL-TOLLED
Happy Wednesday, Jumble friends. If you have the need for speed, you’ve gotta pay the price. No free rides allowed! It’s important to note that a toll is a user fee and not a tax. If you don’t use the toll roads, you don’t have to pay. I guess it all comes down to how quickly (and efficiently) you need to get to your final destination.
There weren’t any new clue words in the mix this morning, but we did have a couple of “old-d’s” to play with. CAMEO and DUPLEX were last seen in 2017 while the other two popped up earlier this year. CAMEO was by far the hardest for me to decipher so it’ll be my pick for today’s most difficult anagram. It was also the only repeat anagram in the group with an appearance on the calendrical anomaly of 9/9/09.
The setting for today’s panel was a toll booth where we see a couple of workers discussing traffic counts. The woman on the left, identified as Ann by her name tag, has processed 500 cars while the unnamed woman on the right has been a bit busier with a total of 510. My favorite part of the cartoon had to be the unenthusiastic look on Ann’s face. She’s in no rush to take the commuters money and looks very bored. Automation of the toll booth will no doubt come along at some point, but for right now, Ann seems to be milking the clock for all it’s worth!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters. Yesterday’s layout had four D’s while today we see four L’s. The big hint for me were the words “turnpike workers”. TOLL came instantly to mind with ALL and the -ED suffix to finish it off. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and be sure to slow down for those trick-or-treaters over the next couple of nights!