TURTE = UTTER
NEESS = SENSE
GSITTH = TIGHTS
BIBRAT = RABBIT
THE RAM FRIENDS, WHO LOVED TO SMASH THEIR HEADS TOGETHER, WERE – – –
UTE SE TIS BBT = BEST “BUTTIES”
Happy Thursday, everyone! Although the rams in today’s cartoon seem really small because of the size limitations of the panel, they’re actually quite large. The average ram is approximately 6 feet in length and can weigh anywhere between 260 and 300 pounds. Since they’re the size of a football player, there’s no wonder why many sports teams have tapped them to be their mascot!
After a couple days of new clue words, David decided to take it easy on us this morning. The most difficult anagram for me to decipher was GSITTH. Upon noticing the misdirection of the coupled T’s, I immediately went to work by first separating them. I saw THIGHS but quickly changed it to TIGHTS to make use of the second T. The anagram itself was the same as the last time we butted heads on 3/31/19, but it’s been so long that I didn’t recognize it. With all of the clue words complete, I noticed that Mr. Hoyt had the anagrams listed in reverse alphabetical order.
Today’s cartoon introduces us to four rams. Two of them are ready to lock horns while they other two are already getting down to business. The dialogue between them consisted of a bit of trash-talk, the definition of which is to make disparaging, taunting, or boastful comments especially between opponents trying to intimidate each other. Although the exchange of words added a bit of humor to the scene, they didn’t offer up any helpful clues to assist with the final solve.
The drawing itself was quite impressive. My favorite detail was the depiction of the two rams battling in the background. Jeff perfectly captured the physical form of these animals and you can almost feel the intensity of their horns as they prepare to clash. During fights, rams can throw themselves at opponents with speeds of up to 20 miles per hour and the resulting blows unleash approximately 800 pounds of force. A study of 12 karate black belts showed that their punches deliver roughly 325 pounds of force. Since it takes 687 pounds to break a 1.5″ thick slab of concrete, it’s no wonder why scientists study these animals for concussion prevention!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters. It’s not the longest layout we’ve had this week, but the similar letters and quotation marks made it seem rather complex. The cartoon sentence was a bit too leading for my taste, especially this far along in the week. The mention of friends had me thinking BEST BUDDIES, but the lack of D’s was easily remedied by substituting the T’s to finish it off. And I came away from it all without even the slightest trace of a headache! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow.