ZUGEA = GAUZE
TIARO = RATIO
NMMTOE = MOMENT
SMOCIA = MOSAIC
WHEN THEY DINED IN THE CLUBHOUSE AFTER A ROUND OF GOLF, THEY ENJOYED THE – – –
AU RO MEN SIC = MAIN COURSE
Happy Thursday, Jumble fans! David L. Hoyt was kind enough to stop by yesterday and leave us a video message all the way from Nuremburg, Germany. He’s there to attend the International Toy Fair this weekend and has graciously extended to us a unique opportunity that I’m sure will be a hit with quite a few of you.
A couple of years ago, I had the idea of gathering a list of questions from Jumble players that they wanted answered by Mr. Hoyt. It turned out that my timing was a bit off and he was leaving for Germany that weekend. As you’ve probably figured out, David’s not exactly the kind of guy that would let anyone down. He took the time to create a video that answered each and every question in exacting detail. And he did it all while giving us a tour of different parts of the city!
He’s offered to do it once again this year but that’s where we need YOUR HELP. If there’s anything you’d like to know about the Jumble or its current wordsmith, simply reply in the comments down below and he’ll do his best to answer your inquiry. We’ve received some great questions in the past like: “How often do you repeat clue words?”, and “What’s David’s favorite food to eat?”. Almost anything goes so please don’t let this amazing opportunity pass you by. Just be sure to leave your first name and location so you get a special shout-out from the man himself! Thank’s once again for your generous offer, David!!!
With an unusually long but important opening this morning, I’ll go ahead and keep today’s analysis relatively short. There weren’t any new clue words in our puzzle but two of the anagrams are coming up as such. Both ZUGEA and NMMTOE were repeats from the summer of 2018 while SMOCIA and TIARO are coming up as new. I didn’t whiff on any of them and they all seemed to fall into place quite nicely. MOSAIC has stumped me more times in the past than I’d care to count. My luck seems to have changed and I think I’ve finally managed to commit it to memory. It’ll be my pick for today’s hardest offering and I’m sure it’ll be my future pick when we happen to meet again.
The setting for today’s panel is a dining room and it’s there that we encounter our 5 Jumble characters. The cartoon sentence identifies the location as a clubhouse and you can see a couple of holes of the golf course in the background. Everyone looks to be finished with their appetizers and it’s just in time because their entrees are ready. The waitress has arrived at their table with a large tray of food and just look at the smiles beaming back at her from our famished golfers. My favorite detail was the small “J” logo that was on the gentlemen’s shirts. They may have been quite small but Jeff never misses an opportunity to tastefully promote the Jumble brand!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. The layout may have been on the short side but it was scrambled so well that it kept the solution extremely well hidden. David even offered up a bit of misdirection by seemingly spelling out MENU but I refused to take the bait. Since the folks dining had just finished playing golf, I figured I’d start by looking for words pertaining to the sport. COURSE came into view after a few moments of careful consideration followed by MAIN to finish it all off. Have a terrific Thursday, and don’t forget to ask David a question down below!!!