BORUT = TURBO
GARWE = WAGER
DPLUED = PUDDLE
YEONRR = ORNERY
THE BOTTOM OF THE VALLEY WAS A LITTLE FURTHER – – –
RO WA DD ON = DOWN THE ROAD
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Zipping down a country road with the top off looks mighty fine right about now. They’ve probably got the radio cranked up too. The weather seems to be cooperating for the happy couple as they head towards the bottom of the valley, but where they go once they get there might be the bigger question. I’m pretty sure they’ve got a destination in mind, although sometimes the best parts of a trip are the moments and experiences you encounter while trying to get there. I wish them both all my best!
The streak of new clue words continues for the third day in a row with David adding BORUT into the lineup. And wouldn’t you know that it just happened to be the only one that stumped me this morning! After a minute or so of trying almost every possible letter combination that I could muster, I happened to look at the letters in reverse. Violà! The answer was as clear as the day shown in our cartoon. Just like yesterday, the remaining three words didn’t put up as much of a fight. DPLUED was the only anagram that we’ve definitely seen before (1/30/12) while the other two clock in as new.
The couple seen in today’s panel reminded me of David and his beautiful wife Claire. Maybe it’s just that anytime I see a bald person in one of Jeff’s cartoons I automatically assume that it’s him. The face of the gentleman was left blank, but there were those three distinct dots on his head. He wasn’t wearing glasses either, but I’ve seen caricatures of him without them. Maybe the guy is the person that had the umbrella covering his head in yesterday’s panel. Now THAT would be quite a story. We’ll have to patiently wait until tomorrow to see how it pans out.
The final solve was similar to yesterday’s in that one word, THE, was given to us and 8-letters were needed to solve a couple of 4-letter words. The two D’s coupled together first caught my attention. Adding RO from the front of the layout nearly spelled ROAD. DOWN was a no-brainer to find in the remaining letters to bring the puzzle to a close. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!