RYFRU = FURRY
SERDS = DRESS
SOLPAT = POSTAL
NBEIOV = BOVINE
DRACULA WAS FEELING OVERWHELMED AND WAS WORRIED ABOUT HIS – – –
URR DES POSL BOE = BLOOD PRESSURE
Ghoul morning, Jumble friends, and HaPpY hAlLoWeEn!!! Today’s puzzle was both seasonally satisfying and a disguised PSA all wrapped into one. Jeff may have lured us in with Vlad and Frank, but it was the “silent killer” that was the scariest of all.
Hypertension, often referred to as high blood pressure, has no obvious symptoms to indicate that something is wrong until it has done significant damage to the heart and arteries. It’s estimated that 20% of Americans who have HBP don’t even know it and that’s particularly disturbing because it causes approximately 60,000 deaths per year. Don’t let yourself take the first step into becoming a zombie and be sure to get yours checked (at least) annually!
There weren’t any tricks or surprises when it came to today’s words. NBEIOV was the only one to temporarily slow me down, but I didn’t have a cow over it! POSTAL was the eldest member of our frightful-four with an appearance way back on 9/9/14. DRESS was the same anagram as the last time we saw it on 10/25/17, but David used a bit of wizardry on the remaining three and transformed them into brand-new nightmares.
The setting for today’s panel was an exam room where we see an interaction between a doctor and patient. The “doctor” in this scenario is Victor Frankenstein’s monster, and the “patient” is the fictional vampire known as Dracula. Drac seems a bit stressed out, but he has a good rapport with his physician and doesn’t hesitate to tell him that the stress of Halloween is taking its toll. The monster offers up a prescription for some O positive blood in an attempt to cure the Count’s calamity.
Jeff’s seasonally-themed cartoons are my absolute favorite, and he didn’t disappoint with today’s creepy creation. The exam room was pain-stake-ingly crafted to have most of the tools that you would expect to see in a proper exam room. The cabinet in the background had two containers sitting on top of it. One was filled with cotton balls and the other had tongue depressors. The exam table took up a good portion of the room and it was hilarious to find that Jeff didn’t forget the sanitary paper topper. My favorite detail was the covering being worn by our fang-faced friend. He doesn’t seem quite so scary when he’s in a gown adorned with 27 flowers!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 13-letters. The layout kept the answer extremely well hidden, but the cartoon mentioning O Positive gave it all away. Once BLOOD was extracted from the letters, PRESSURE popped into view for the finish. Have a Happy Halloween, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!