CNPIH = PINCH
TAFIH = FAITH
PRETEN = REPENT
CISOLA = SOCIAL
FLAMING GREEK CHEESE HAS LONG BEEN POPULAR AND WASN’T JUST A – – –
PNH FAH ENT SIAL = FLASH IN THE PAN
Happy Thursday, Jumble friends! The dish is called “saganaki” and it’s named after the small frying pan that it’s served in. American and Canadian restaurants typically fry the cheese before flambéing it tableside. Just before plating the warm and gooey appetizer, the server squeezes a wedge of lemon over the top to extinguish the flames. Throw in some fresh bread and a glass of wine or Ouzo and you’ll be exclaiming “Opa” in no time!
David’s been on a tear with new clue words and he offered up another gem this morning. REPENT made its way into gameplay and it really did a number on my solve time. The layout had me seeing “preteen” which I’m sure a lot of you did too. The remaining three were old friends from various months in 2019 and didn’t require more than a glance or two before giving themselves up.
There’s no doubt that the setting for today’s cartoon is a Greek restaurant. You can clearly see the architecture on the walls and there’s even a faux-column used as a decoration. It looks like more than one table is ordering this popular starter — and it’s almost as if the servers are igniting the pans at the same time! Flambéed Saganaki is said to have gotten it’s start at the Parthenon Restaurant in Chicago’s Greektown. If you’re interested in seeing a demonstration, you can take a peek right here.
The final solve was an anagram consisting 13-letters. It seems to be David’s preferred length because 3 of the 4 puzzles this week have been exactly 13-letters. The saganaki ended up being the big clue and the leading nature of the sentence made this one an instant solve. This particular answer has been showcased previously on 8/4/16, but the “THE” was given to us in that one.
On a final note, my family and I will be heading to Florida tomorrow for February vacation. I’ll see you all back here on March 2nd when we return. Until then, stay happy and healthy, and I wish you a terrific Thursday!