CRYEM = MERCY
PIYNP = NIPPY
OJSUYO = JOYOUS
RLAMEV = MARVEL
SHE WAS LEARNING SYNONYMS FOR “LARGE,” AND LOVED IT – – –
ME NI YS MEL = IMMENSELY
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Gathering around the table for a family dinner, even if it’s take-out pizza, seems to be a thing of the past. Only 40% of American families still practice the tradition, but it happens 3 or fewer times per week. And roughly 10% don’t ever eat together at all! Not to toot my own horn but I insist that our family sits down together each evening to share a home-cooked meal. We take turns going around the table and each person has to share at least three ways they participated in school. When it’s the adults turn, we share a few details about situations we encountered during the day and maybe crack a joke or two. It might sound corny, and in today’s cartoon it’s definitely a bit cheesy, but it’s a tradition that I enjoyed while growing up so I figure why not try and keep a good thing rolling.
It looks like Tuesday is a new clue word day so let’s take a moment and welcome JOYOUS into the fray! The J was the odd-ball letter that helped me see the answer almost instantly though. Surprisingly, 3 of the 4 clue words had a Y in them, but only 2 had it positioned at the end of the layout. Since the new kid on the block had it in the middle, I’ll go ahead and make it my choice for the hardest offering. All of the anagrams are coming up as new but their solutions have all been used in the first half of this year.
Today’s cartoon was a wonderful domestic scene. A family of four is sitting down for dinner and it looks like pepperoni pizza is on the menu. In my household, pizza night happens almost every Friday but I’m the only one who actually likes pepperoni so we usually order a plain cheese pie.
It was while counting the slices of slightly smoked salami, which totaled 31 in case you were curious, that I found a BIG boo-boo in the drawing. If you count the slices of pizza you’ll no doubt arrive at 9. Since it’s impossible to cut a pizza from edge to edge into an odd number of equal-sized slices, we have to assume that dad’s piece (which isn’t shown) brings the count to 10. I guess this family could have requested that their pizza be sliced into 10, but your typical pie usually has 8 pieces.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters that would transform into a single word. The LY trick of extracting the suffix brought the letter count down to a more manageable sum of 7. The double letter trick was utilized to pair the M’s and reduced the letter count even further. At this point, IMMENSE was perfectly visible and the LY was tacked on to finish it all off. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!