ROYSR = SORRY
VAHYE = HEAVY
CODAIZ = ZODIAC
RITEAD = TIRADE
HE REFUSED TO WEAR HIS SEAT BELT WHEN BEHIND THE WHEEL, AND THAT – – –
ORRY HEV ZAC RDE = DROVE HER CRAZY
Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! The Holiday Season is officially over and all seems right with the world again. Last night while driving to dinner I happened to notice that it wasn’t pitch black at 4pm so the days are finally starting to get a bit longer too. We gain approximately 40 seconds of extra daylight in the early days of January and it ramps up to well over two minutes near the end of the month. Spring will be here before we know it!
The second puzzle in the 66th year of the Jumble didn’t bring any big surprises. All of our words have been used in the past but the layouts for the 6-letter ones are coming up as new. RITEAD, or TIRADE, took a few seconds longer to decipher so it’ll be my pick for today’s hardest anagram. It was our most recent repeat with a gameplay date of 6/27/19 but all of those vowels, for whatever reason, really bogged me down.
Our cartoon wasn’t overly ornate and the dialogue and accompanying sentence made it feel like a public service announcement. The female depicted in today’s panel is rather upset that her husband refuses to wear his seat belt and she backs up her argument with a couple of reasons why it’s so important to buckle up. His response is that he’s never worn one so he feels like he shouldn’t have to.
If he was living in New Hampshire like me then it probably wouldn’t even have been a point of contention. We’re the only state in the country where there’s no enforceable law for adult seat belt use but the kiddos in the front or back seats have to buckle up until they’re 18. The reminder chimes in my vehicle incessantly until I feed the latch end a little bit of metal so I always buckle up. My wife’s vehicle on the other hand only chimes for a couple of minutes so if I’m in a rush I might not even put it on. I feel comfortable saying that I wear it 90% of the time so maybe my New Year’s resolution will be to aim for 100.
The final solve was a sizable 13-letters in length. It definitely wasn’t a blind solve but once the letters were written out the answer came straight away. The Z & Y brought CRAZY to mind followed by HER and DROVE for the finish.
The answers to the Holiday Scramble that I posted on the main page a couple of weeks ago will be up very shortly. It was a huge success and I’d like to thank everyone for playing. I think I’ll make a Valentine’s Day themed one and post it near the beginning of February for your solving pleasure. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!