RUYBL = BURLY
CAXTE = EXACT
OENDOW = WOODEN
CCLEKA = CACKLE
IF YOU THOUGHT EARTH’S CENTER COULD REACH 10,000 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, YOU’D – – –
BR ET OE CCE = BE “CORE-ECT“
Happy Tuesday everyone! Some websites estimate that the temperature of the earth’s inner core is approximately 9806°F while others seem to think it’s as hot as 10800°F. It’s really anyone’s guess when temperatures reach those levels but one fact remains true. If the outer core were to ever grow cold and turn into a solid ball of iron, life would almost certainly cease to exist. It would cause earth’s magnetic field to essentially disappear and harmful particles from the sun would bombard our planet. Compasses would stop pointing north and birds wouldn’t know where to fly when it was time to migrate. And of course there’d be no Jumble which would probably be the biggest loss of all!
All of today’s anagrams are coming up as new but their corresponding solutions have been around the block. OENDOW, or WOODEN, was the only anagram that I didn’t see at first. It looked quite a bit like ENDOWED but pairing up the O’s allowed the W & D to shine through and form WOOD. It also ended up being our most recent repeat after a relaxing 6 month respite. EXACT was last played a hair over 3 years ago on 1/4/17 which makes it older than all of the other words combined.
Our cartoon featured a classic classsroom setting where we encoutered 4 Jumble characters. Three of them are students and they all look to be of middle school age. The topic of discussion is the earth’s core and we see a rather large and well-detailed illustration hanging on the blackboard. The dialogue didn’t offer up anything valuable in terms of solving the puzzle and seemed to exist for the sole purpose of providing additional support for the cartoon sentence.
The layout for the final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters. It was one letter shorter than yesterday’s but the addition of quotation marks gave me fleeting hope that they would transform the solution into a tantalizing teaser. The big tip-off came when I noticed the word center instead of core. The rest of the solution fell effortlessly into place and the intimidation and excitement of a challenging finish all but withered away. I guess tomorrow’s another day — that is unless our piping hot core suddenly solidifies and a year-round summer becomes the new norm!