GNIES = SINGE
SAYID = DAISY
WNTIHI = WITHIN
VLARFO = FLAVOR
THE CARPENTER WAS STUCK IN TRAFFIC INSTEAD OF – – –
SNG DAI IIN LVR = DRIVING NAILS
Happy Wednesday, everyone! I gotta admit that this one left your friendly neighborhood spoiler-man a little confused. Was David trying to make a play on the more common phrase of “drive another nail in my coffin?” All I have to say is plank goodness for the visual clue of the hammer hanging off of the carpenter’s tool belt. It’s the one clue that drove the answer home instead of driving me completely mad!
There weren’t any new clue words this morning, but I did notice the slight goof that Mr. Hoyt warned us would be coming. SINGE was last used on 1/1/20 which makes it exactly 4-weeks old. Maybe I had a little too much fun at my New Year’s Eve party because I don’t recall seeing it the next morning. For a repeat, it was scrambled quite well and eluded me for a few seconds longer than any of the other word. I’ll even go ahead and make it my pick for today’s hardest word! And I’d truly be remiss if I didn’t make mention of DAISY. That is, of course, the name of David’s pampered pooch. Since it’s winter in Chicago, my hope is that the squirrels aren’t driving her too crazy. Hopefully they’ll both stop by again real soon in another video greeting.
Today’s cartoon is a speed demon’s worst nightmare. But there was a slight glimmer of hope for our time-crunched craftsman. Granny looks to be driving a souped-up hot rod and she’s probably just as frustrated by the delay as he is. Our main characters are tied up in quite a traffic snarl and it looks like they have nothing to do but hurry up and wait. It’s the exact opposite on the other side of the road and cars seem to be zipping by at a dizzying pace.
Jeff nailed the senior look by having granny wear those over-sized sunglasses and making her seem too short to see over the dash. My favorite detail was the lucky number 7 that you got when you added up the pips. I’m not a big gambler but a 3-4 roll in craps is often referred to as a “Skinny McKinney.” Wouldn’t it have been hilarious if Jeff had a pair of dice in the carpenters truck of a 2 and a 4? Talk about a winning roll!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. It was 2-letters shorter than yesterday’s layout but the triple I’s made it seem just as daunting. Like I said in my open, the visual clue of the hammer steered me towards DRIVE. The -ING in the remainder brought the suffix into view which left a simple 4-letter anagram to bring it all home. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!