SECRT = CREST
LIYHL = HILLY
RIDFIG = FRIGID
DALYRH = HARDLY
AT OVER 4,000 FEET, THE GOBI DESERT HIKERS WEREN’T GOING TO BE – – –
RET HIY FG HDL = LEFT HIGH AND DRY
Happy Wednesday, everyone! These folks sure look like experienced hikers, and hydration is key when you’re venturing out into this remote region on foot. The word Gobi literally means “large and dry” in the Mongolian language. The desert itself is the 6th largest in the world and covers an area of over 500,000 square miles. It spans across Northern China and Southern Mongolia, and contrary to popular belief, only 5% of it is covered in sand. In fact, the majority of the area is unforested grassland and mountains.
David was back at it this morning and added another new clue word to our favorite puzzle. CREST made its debut into the lineup, but it didn’t cause any trouble for this solver. Actually all of the clue words came easily, partly because two of them had an -LY suffix. Always remember that when you see an L and Y in the layout, most of the time they can be coupled together to make quick work of the anagram. We refer to this technique as the “LY Trick” and it’s your Jumble protip for today!
Today’s panel featured four Jumble characters that find themselves exploring the vast Gobi Desert. The three folks in the foreground appear to be conducting a hydration check before they venture any further while a fourth character, most likely a nomad of sorts, can be seen riding a camel in the background. They were all dressed in hats, t-shirts and shorts which makes sense for day hiking, but weather in the Gobi can change rather quickly and fluctuate by up to 60 degrees. Out of all the details in the drawing, my favorite one was the hydration pack being worn by the character on the far left. If you looked closely you probably saw the drop of water that was coming out of the tip of the straw.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters which was the same amount as yesterday’s game. The layout was cryptic and didn’t give anything away, but the cartoon and its’ accompanying sentence gave me more than enough information to make it a blind solve. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!