PNTIU = INPUT
TOOPH = PHOTO
GLIWYG = WIGGLY
NCRABH = BRANCH
AFTER THE PLUMBER MADE ALL THE CONNECTIONS TO THE BOILER, THE RADIATORS WERE – – –
IPT PO IG NH = PIPING HOT
Happy Monday, everyone! It was a mix of old and new this morning with David choosing to challenge us with a pair of 5-letter repeats and a pair of 6-letter newcomers. Even though the 5-letter solutions have been used before, both of the anagrams are coming up as new. TOOPH needed a couple of extra glances before coming into view so it’ll be my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. We didn’t have any new words appearing in the puzzle last week so hopefully we’ll get a crack at a few more before we wrap up the 45th week of the year.
Our panel was immediately recognizable as a period piece and the cartoon sentence informs us that a plumber has just finished installing a new radiator. This form of central heating is said to have been invented by a Russian businessman named Franz San Galli in 1855, but an American named Joseph Nason had received several patents for hot water and steam heating in 1841 which places San Galli’s claim as the inventor into dispute. Based upon this information, I think it’s fair to say that the radiator in today’s piece can be dated the early 1900’s because it had a floral design on its’ loops. This transformed the heaters into decorative pieces that allowed homeowners to add a bit more style to their homes. I’m sure a few of you still have these units as a source of heat, but baseboard and forced hot air in new home construction have made them all but obsolete.
The details within the cartoon were top notch and my favorite was the plumbers toolbox. Inside it are a few lengths of copper tubing and a pipe cutter. There are also some pieces of pipe on the floor beside it that appear to be scraps. The plumber reminds me of Roy Underhill from The Woodwright’s Shop on PBS. You can take a look at him HERE and decide for yourself if he’s the inspiration behind Jeff’s plumber.
Since the final solution came instantly upon reading the cartoon sentence, I’ll go ahead and call this one a blind solve. I wrote out the letters in a force of habit and was impressed by the 9-letter layout. The IGN and the two P’s should have brought PIPING into view, leaving HOT for the finish.
This answer is a repeat from 4/10/17 which was also, coincidentally, a Monday. There was a hyphen between PIPING and HOT in that one which technically makes it different, but it was pretty much a gimme any way you look at it.
On a final note, Guest Jumbler Week is right around the corner! I haven’t heard any news on who’ll be featured, but it’s always a fun twist on the game. A big THANK YOU to Jeff & David for working extra hard to bring us this unique treat year after year. Have a terrific start to your week, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!