ORTFN = FRONT
TRIDH = THIRD
JCEBTO = OBJECT
SNAFET = FASTEN
WHEN NATE HAD TO STAY AFTER SCHOOL, HE WAS – – –
FR TID OB FAS = “BOARD” STIFF
Happy Thursday, everyone! Guest Jumbler Week #7 is coming down the homestretch and today we welcome cartoonist Lincoln Peirce. Mr. Peirce is the creator of the Big Nate comic strip as well as the New York Times bestselling Big Nate novel series. The 56 year old cartoonist, whose last name is pronounced “purse”, grew up in Durham, New Hampshire, but currently resides with his wife and children in Portland, Maine. Big Nate debuted on January 7, 1991, and the comic strip now appears daily in over 300 newspapers.
There weren’t any new clue word surprises this morning. Instead we found ourselves tackling three new anagrams with SNAFTEN being the only one that’s been used before. None of them were overly difficult and they all came instantly into view upon first glance. With only one puzzle left for the weekday edition of the Jumble, I’m pinning all my hopes on Friday as being the brain-buster that I’ve been patiently waiting for.
The setting for today’s panel is a classroom in Public School 38 where Nate Wright attends, and we see the rebellious sixth-grader serving a punishment. It seems that his Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Godfrey, has caught him drawing comics during class. It should be noted that Mrs. Godfrey is a strict, no-nonsense educator that has zero tolerance for disrespect from her students. Apparently she thinks that having Big Nate write “I will not draw comics in class” 100 times will teach him a lesson, but I have an inkling that he’ll find another way to cause even more trouble before he finishes the first sentence!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters that would transform into two words. Both of them were 5-letters in length and the first one contained quotation marks. Since Nate was being held after school by his teacher, I thought STAFF would be part of the solution. Crossing out the letters left BOIRD, which I quickly corrected To BOARD, to bring today’s puzzle to a close.
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