ANSRL = SNARL
DURED = UDDER
RATEKM = MARKET
YBHUCB = CHUBBY
HE DIDN’T LOOK IN HIS REARVIEW MIRROR BEFORE BACKING UP AND AS A RESULT WAS – – –
SR UD MKT CUB = DUMBSTRUCK
Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! You’d think this guy would’ve been using his back-up camera while pulling out of his parking space. Most newer cars have this safety feature and it’s one that I’ve come to rely upon pretty heavily over the last couple of years.
The NHTSA did an effectiveness study on back-up cameras a couple of years ago and found that cameras have more than doubled in vehicles manufactured between 2008 and 2011. Injuries sustained from accidents went down 8% (13,000 to 12,000) and it’s a good start, but it almost always boils down to driver inattention being the culprit.
There are so many creative ways to warn people of the dangers of cell phone use while driving, and some of my favorites are “Honk if you love Jesus, text while driving if you want to meet him” and “Texting while driving is a grave mistake.” I have no doubt that humans are capable of doing several functions at once, but it’s our bandwidth problem that always gets us. Until technology advances to the point where we solve the problem of using our fingers and thumbs to input data, there will always be those lost seconds where an accident can occur. The only option until then is to just put down our phones. Such an easy fix!
David brought the new clue word tally for the week up to six by adding SNARL and CHUBBY into the lineup. Surprisingly, UDDER was my “slow word” this morning and it took a few extra glances (no pun intended!) before coming into view. The last time we saw it was on 7/22/17 and it was scrambled the same way as today.
Today’s cartoon, although tragic because of the accident, had some pretty funny details to lighten the mood. The operator of “MY TOY” looks shocked as he surveys the damage to his vehicle. We see his license plate hanging off the rear bumper and a bunch of debris on the pavement. The fellow that he hit, who reminds me of a giant gorilla that I wouldn’t want to tangle with, is somehow maintaining his composure despite the circumstance. He has a pair of baby shoes hanging from his rear view mirror and thankfully it appears as though the child who owns them wasn’t in the car. He was driving a Jumble car, as indicated by the “J” on the front bumper, and I hear their safety record is second to none! My favorite detail was so tiny that I’m almost positive you overlooked it. Take a gander at the vehicle parked parallel to MY TOY. On the rear window is a cling of a stick figure family. Now that was an impressive detail, Jeff!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. The layout was phenomenal and didn’t give anything away. After looking at the letters for a minute or so I found STRUCK which left DUMB to pop out at me. I always thought that it was a compound word, but a quick check of the dictionary showed that the guys were right on the ball! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow.