TAAEB = ABATE
PLOYO = LOOPY
CRASEO = COARSE
TOGHAC = GOTCHA
THE MOBILE HOT DOG VENDOR DID A GREAT BUSINESS SELLING EVERYTHING – – –
AA L CRTA = A LA “CART”
Happy Thursday everyone! Today’s cartoon reminded me of a family friend that once owned a hot dog cart out here on the seacoast. His name was Frank and he called his business Frank’s Franks. The name might have been blasé, but boy did he ever make a mean dog! He offered his grilled delights on the customers choice of either a steamed or plain roll. I always chose the former and garnished it with slivered onion, a dash or two of celery salt, and copious amounts of mustard AND ketchup. Before you turn up your nose in disgust, The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says it’s perfectly ok to use ketchup up until you turn 18!
The funny thing was that the entire beach crowd knew it was lunch time when they saw his red umbrella go up in the parking lot. If you waited too long, or took too long rinsing the sand off yourself in the ocean like I often did, then chances are you’d have to wait a good long while in line. And nobody wanted to be caught barefoot on the pavement! With all this hot dog talk I’ve done nothing but make myself hungry. Let’s take a look at today’s words and gobble down what David graciously served up:
After finishing the puzzle in the wee hours of the morning, I went back to look at today’s words and was surprised to find that GOTCHA was brand new. I was able to see it right away along with all of the others. Now you might find yourself frustrated by the fact that it was difficult to solve, and indeed it was. But before you brush it off as “slang” or “colloquial jargon,” let it be known that it is actually a bona fide word. David might have been a bit mischievous in using it, but I’m sure he wasn’t trying to deceive us in any way. If you still don’t believe me, here’s the entry from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
The gentleman in the cartoon might look like our illustrious wordsmith, but I don’t think it’s actually David that we’re seeing. The vendor didn’t have any trouble remembering this particular order because the dialogue states that he literally wanted one of everything! By doing some quick math we know that his order will be $6. I hope he pitched an extra buck or two for a tip!
The layout for the final solve was an anagram consisting of 7-letters. There was absolutely no way to disguise the punny payoff and we found it almost perfectly spelled out for us! A simple flip of the second A and L brought “LA” into view and it was all downhill from there. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!