MPETT = TEMPT
FOYLT = LOFTY
SOONPI = POISON
WARELY = LAWYER
AFTER A LONG DAY OF SHOPPING, THE ROOMMATES CAME HOME – – –
TET LOT PSN LAY = TOTALLY SPENT
Happy Wednesday, Jumble fans! I suppose there’s nothing wrong with a bit of retail therapy, especially when you’ve factored the costs associated with the practice into your monthly budget. The only downside I forsee is that you might be tempted to deviate from your planned purchases and buy something that would otherwise be out of reach. But these two women look a little bit older and no doubt understand money-management skills at this point in their lives. I hope they saved enough cash for a couple of cups of coffee because they look, for the lack of a better word, SPENT!
Today we welcome POISON into the Jumble lexicon! It’s one of those words that looks like it’s been used at least a dozen times when, in fact, it’s new. MPETT was the only original anagram when it came to the remaining three words. Both FOYLT and WARELY were scrambled the same way we last saw them, and it was the latter that gave me all kinds of trouble this morning. The layout had me seeing “wearily” at first but I managed to pull through after a few moments of mental manipulation.
Our cartoon shows two woman arriving back from a long afternoon of shopping. Carrier bags litter the floor and there’s a few shoe boxes too. The star logo on the bag immediately brought Macy’s to mind. In a bit of timely yet unfortunate news, the retail giant announced yesterday that they plan to close 150 stores and cut 2,000 positions over the next three years. They blame the cuts on “plummeting mall traffic” which isn’t a surprise but I would have thought online competition would have been partly to blame.
I had a little extra time on my hands this morning so I figured I’d offer up some fun facts in relation to the term “retail therapy.” According to award-winning financial adviser Pete Dunn, American’s should budget no more than 5% of their monthly income for clothing. So, if you take home $3k a month, it’s advised that you spend around $150 of it on clothing. And in a 2003 study of 1,000 American adults, slightly more than half had engaged in some sort of shopping therapy. It was more common among women (63.9% vs 39.8%) and they typically purchase clothing. Can you guess what the men wound up purchasing? It’s no surprise that we think with our stomachs because the answer is food!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. The P&S were so close together in the layout that I had no trouble spotting SPENT. TOTALLY took a few seconds but didn’t put up much of a squawk. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!