CUYYK = YUCKY
MIDAT = ADMIT
DOLTED = TODDLE
NAAABN = BANANA
THE 9-5 COAL MINERS WORKED – – –
YUY ADI TODD ANNA = DAY IN AND DAY OUT
Happy Thursday, Jumble geniuses! Talk about a dirty job, but I suppose somebody’s got to do it. The allure of high-paying wages as a coal miner can seem pretty tempting, but the hazards associated with the profession, especially health related issuses later on in life, would make me want to take a pass. The average person can earn upwards of $60k right out of high school whereas the typical American worker only earns $47k at a normal 9-5. Is the risk of black lung disease, bronchitis and emphysema worth the extra $13k per year? Sadly, many folks, most notably those in the central Appalachia area of our country, are rolling the dice for a chance at the extra dough. The CDC has noticed an alarming uptick in lung diseases associated with coal mining and warns those entering the sector to have their lungs checked at least every 5 years.
I bet you’re wondering if TODDLE is a brand new clue word? Well it turns out that the verb meaning “to walk with short tottering steps in the manner of a young child” has been used before. Many years have passed since its last appearance on 12/23/12, and it took me quite a few extra looks before I noticed the double D’s. The other three words were fairly obvious and were picked apart in no time flat.
Today’s cartoon brings us to a coal mine where we encounter three jumble characters wrapping up work for the day. They appear to be in good spirits and their dialogue centers around them bidding farewell to one another for the evening. I’m sure they’re dreaming of a warm meal and a hot shower after being underground all day. We see them holding their lunch pails as they saunter away from the entrance, and it was interesting to find that Jeff imagined them all walking in unison with their left foot firmly planted and their right one raised a few inches off the ground. My favorite detail was the entrance to the mine itself. It’s constructed of wood, as indicated by the visible grain, and fastened together with four nails. The coal dust on their faces, and of course the setting sun, gave the panel a realistic feel, but they weren’t obvious clues, to me anyway, when attempting the final solve.
Speaking of the final solve, it was a rather large anagram that clocked in at an impressive 14-letters. It’s obvious that Mr. Hoyt paid special attention to the layout as all of the letters were evenly scrambled to keep the 5-word solution well hidden. The fact that the words were so small made the solution seem daunting at first, but finding AND and DAY allowed the rest of this common phrase to flow quite easily. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!