TFEAR = AFTER
NUUCT = UNCUT
RIFAMF = AFFIRM
SMEEAS = SESAME
ILLINOIS CHOSE THE SLOGAN “LAND OF LINCOLN” IN 1955 IN ORDER TO HONOR THE RESPECTED – – –
AT NT AM SSE = STATESMAN
Happy Wednesday folks! Illinois was known as “The Prairie State” long before Fred J. Hart decided that a change was needed. The 24-year State Senator was in the middle of a re-election campaign when he hit upon the idea to link his state with its most famous non-native son. Hart originally proposed “Home of Lincoln” until a friend pointed out that it might falsely imply that Lincoln was born there. The motto morphed into “Land of Lincoln,” and on May 17, 1955 Governor William Stratton signed the measure into law. But the rebranding wouldn’t quite be complete until a few months later when U.S. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen seemingly wanted a piece of the Prarie Pie. He pushed a bill through Congress that granted copyright status to the Illinois state government for exclusive use of the newfangled slogan.
Our clue words were extra-special this morning in that all of the anagrams were original AND UNCUT rang up as new! The double U’s coupled together made it a bit too obvious and it solved without a hitch. SMEEAS was the only one to cause a stir so it’ll be my pick for today’s hardest anagram.
Today’s cartoon served as a delivery vehicle for an enormous amount of information pertaining to the great State of Illinois. There really wasn’t anything jaw dropping about it other than a few unique looking characters and a nifty rendering of Honest Abe. I’m perfectly fine not having every cartoon knock my socks off and today’s panel was the perfect example of function over form.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 9-letters. David did a fine job of concealing the answer but it was a bit too obvious based upon the letter count. Lincoln had many nicknames such as “The Liberator,” The Illinois Rail-Splitter” and simply “Old Abe.” STATESMAN lumped all of his positive attributes into a single word and I’m sure you’d be hard-pressed to find one that’s more fitting. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!