TBEAA = ABATE
CTAHL = LATCH
NAUNTS = SUNTAN
KTHESC = SKETCH
SHE PICKED UP HER FAVORITE ESPRESSO DRINK AND SAID – – –
ATE LAH NTA SKT = THANKS “A–LATTE”
Happy Wednesday Jumble players! What a friendly neighborhood coffee shop. I’d espresso my gratitude as well if I was regularly served a latte with foam art. My local Starbucks is about as “artisinal” as it gets when it comes time for an afternoon pick-me-up. They’re never fancy with their froth though, and I’d suspect they’re too busy to get overly creative. At least they never screw up my order. It’s not like a tall black with soy milk is too complex anyways. My wife, on the other hand, has an order that always makes me cringe. If I’m driving, I let her place it from the passengers seat so as not to make a mistake. I think her usual is a venti strawberry refresher sweetened with no berries, less ice, and a nitro lid. Don’t quote me on it though!
David surprised us with a new clue word this morning! SUNTAN is now part of the Jumble lexicon and it took me quite a few tries to shake it loose. ABATE was another doozy, but we saw it thirteen days ago so it was perhaps a bit too fresh. The remaining scrambles all solved instantly and with very little effort.
My favorite detail had to be the smiling face staring back at our perplexed patron. It seems like she didn’t remember ordering a side of artwork with her usual cup of Joe! Despite her surprise, she still managed to remember her manners and thank the barista. And is that David in the background getting ready to place his order? If they know him well enough, they probably top his with an anagram or two!
The final solve contained 12-letters. The SKT at the end of the layout brought THANKS to mind which left A and LATTE to be quite visible in the remainder. Although the answer is technically new, we’ve had similar solutions over the years. “LOVED HER A LATTE” was the answer on 2/14/16 and “LATTE PROBLEMS” on 11/14/18. My favorite was “COUGH-EE SHOP” on 3/12/16 though. That one was bold choice if you ask me! Have a wonderful Wednesday and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow.