TOIDT = DITTO
ZMGOI = GIZMO
EFONDF = OFFEND
SELONS = LESSON
SHE FINALLY REACHED THE PAR 5 IN TWO SHOTS AFTER SHE – – –
DTT GIO OND LEO = LONGED TO DO IT
Happy Wednesday, Jumble friends! Today’s puzzle ended up being quite deceiving. The answers to both of the 5-letter anagrams jumped out at me even before I could finish folding my newspaper into quarters and the cartoon drawing appeared to be as bare bones as you could possibly get. My solving abilities were really put to the test when I started to work on those 6-letter doozies. OFFEND ended up taking the most time to figure out so it’ll be my pick for today’s hardest word. TOIDT last appeared 4,020 days ago (yes, I included leap year days) while the other 3 are coming up as new. Yesterday I noted that David had been constructing the layout of his final solves with D & R being in the first two spots. With no “R” in today’s anagram, it looks like he chose to substitute it with a “T.” It’ll be interesting to see if any sort of pattern continues tomorrow.
The setting for our panel is obviously a golf course and it is there that we meet our Jumble characters for today. The amount of empty space was quite shocking at first but the sentence and dialogue explained why Jeff chose to skip over the extra scenery. In order to show how far the ball traveled in just 2 swings meant that he needed to create the illusion of distance. This was done by drawing the characters as small as possible at the top of the frame while the hole, flag and ball were much larger and located at the bottom.
Just because our characters were hard to see didn’t mean that they were devoid of detail. The male on the left is wearing shorts and a polo shirt and there’s a “J” logo on his hat. The woman is dressed in similar attire with the exception of her hat being a solid color. The golf bags in the cart were my favorite part of the panel and there’s a small teddy bear shaped cover on one of the club heads.
The final solve was an anagram consisting 12-letters that would transform into 4-words. The G&I seemed to create the -ING suffix so I crossed those letters out first. LONGING was my first thought but it was too long and there was only one G. LONGED happened to come to mind next and it was then that I had my “eureka moment” and the rest of the answer fell neatly into place. Have a wonderful Wednesday and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!