TIFHA = FAITH
PHEDT = DEPTH
SCEEUX = EXCUSE
NLODYF = FONDLY
YOU COULD TELL THAT THE LOBSTERS WERE IN LOVE BY THEIR – – –
FAI EPT ECE FOND = DEEP AFFECTION
Happy Tuesday, Jumble players. Aww, tis the sea-son for love! Big Red may have thought he was being shellfish by asking to hold her claw, but the truth is that he had her at shell-o. I guess what it all boils down to is that love truly is the universal language and it probably won’t be long before we see this couple tide the knot!
All of our clue words may have been old friends, but three of the four anagrams were new. The only one that we’ve definitely seen (many) times before was PHEDT. They all solved rather easily so I’ll abstain from voting for the hardest one. FAITH was last used on 2/7/19 making it the freshest while EXCUSE was played on 6/18/17 and clocks in as the oldest. I may be getting ahead of myself here, but our final solve was also a repeat. The date was Valentine’s Day 2015 and it featured David and Claire scuba diving in the ocean.
The emphasis of today’s panel may have focused on the relationship between the two lobsters, but it was all of the extra details that really stole my heart. My favorite, of course, had to be the sunken sailboat. The sail looks frayed on the bottom edge which means that the wreckage has been submerged for quite some time. The other boat on the surface seems to be doing a bit of fishing, and it was interesting to see that it appears to be using a dragnet instead of fishing lines. The 5 fish swimming appear to be safe for now, but I wouldn’t recommend that they get any closer or they’ll be in for a boatload of trouble!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 13-letters that were layed out in a remarkably cryptic fashion. The last four letters spelled out FOND which was most likely done on porpoise to throw our brains off track. I didn’t take the bait and instead focused on the P and over-abundance of E’s. DEEP came to mind and I was able to suss out AFFECTION, after a bit of trial and error, from the remaining letters.
I’d like to take a moment to pre-apologize for the brevity of my posts over the next couple of days. Thanksgiving is upon us and there’s a ton of work I have to do! All will return back to normal after the holiday, so until then, all of my best for a Happy Thanksgiving!