MISYL = SLIMY
DUGEN = NUDGE
CIDPET = DEPICT
RANSIP = SPRAIN
THE RAIN MADE IT HARD FOR THE GHOST TO HAUNT PEOPLE, BUT IT DIDN’T – – –
SIM NDE PIT PRA = DAMPEN HIS SPIRIT
Happy Monday, Jumble fans! David started off the puzzle with a brand new clue word this morning. SLIMY made its debut into gameplay, and it did have me seeing SMILEY for a few extra seconds before realizing that there wasn’t an extra “E” hanging around. Other than that, the other three came quickly into view. Early polling results indicate that SPRAIN is causing all sorts of trouble. It was kind of surprising seeing as it was our most recent repeat from 9/15/19. It may have helped you if you read the cartoon before attempting the solve. The “RA” at the beginning of the layout allowed me to see “RAIN”, and I tacked on the leftover S & P to finish it off.
Our cartoon didn’t have loads of detail, but sometimes less is more. The setup was simply a ghost trying to scare an umbrella shrouded man that’s walking in the rain. The dialogue of the ghost leads us to believe that his attempt was unsuccessful, but we can’t be 100% sure since we’re unable to see the targets face. I think it’s safe to assume that he was oblivious though based upon the leisurely pace he seems to be keeping.
The raindrops were my favorite detail and you can tell that it’s raining hard based upon the length of the action lines trailing each one. There was a big puddle of water underneath the ghost and it was cool to see the rain passing right through him. Another unique addition was the drop of rain coming off of the umbrella and hitting the mans shoe. At first it looked like his feet were wet from walking through the puddle until I noticed a couple more on the umbrella that were ready to drop. The ghost didn’t remind me of anyone in particular, but the hat and mustache had me thinking that he might be a caricature of someone. If you do happen to recognize him, be sure to let us know in the comments!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. HIS was already given to us which made the solve a little bit easier. All of the letters were there for “RAINED”, but since it appeared in the sentence I thought it safe to try a different route. That’s when I saw SPIRIT and DAMPEN was a quick find in the remaining letters. It was definitely a fun way to start the week, and I look forward to the challenges that are headed our way. Have a magnificent Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!