FEHTT = THEFT
BOIRT = ORBIT
LREEMY = MERELY
KHESAN = SHAKEN
WHEN 4-FOOT-10-INCH DANNY DEVITO WAS CALLED TO THE FILM SET, HE SAID HE’D – – –
HET ORBT RELY SHE = BE THERE SHORTLY
Happy Monday Jumble friends! Danny Devito is the type of actor that is instantly recognizable in both film and television due to his unique physical attributes. Standing at just 4’10” and weighing 174 pounds, his disproportionate height to weight ratio is often used as a comedic punchline. He came to fame with his portrayal of taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma on the television series Taxi, and went on to star in feature films such as Terms of Endearment, Twins, and Batman Returns.
The most interesting fact that I learned about the venerable 75-year-old actor was his on-and-off relationship saga with actress Rhea Perlman. After 30 years of marriage, they officially called it quits in October 2012. They reconciled in March of 2013 but separated for a second time in March of 2017. To this day they are still technically married but they remain separated. They consider themselves close friends but have no intentions of filing for divorce. Maybe the third time truly is the charm!
Our 6-letter anagrams were new but everything else about the lineup was old hat. BOIRT was used on 3/20/14 while FEHTT came into play on 5/3/18. MERELY was the only anagram that wouldn’t come at first glance, but utilizing both the double-letter and LY tricks allowed me to conquer it with ease.
The cartoon shows Devito in his green room where a stagehand has been summoned to bring him to the set. He’s all dolled up in a tuxedo and looks like he might be the featured guest on a late night talk show. The cartoon sentence was very specific though and stated that he was needed on a film set. A search of IMDB.com shows that he just finished filming a movie called Harry Haft so maybe it has something to do with that.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 14-letters. There was nothing SHORT about its enormous length and it’s actually the LONGest anagram ever offered on a Monday since I’ve been keeping track. I’m sure it’s no coincidence as our esteemed anagram-artisan David L. Hoyt often surprises us in very subtle ways. But since David supplies Jeff with only the scrambles and punny solution, I’m thinking Jeff is the man to thank for today’s length vs caricature conundrum. Hopefully one of the guys will have a spare minute or two to respond and straighten things out.
SHORT was noticeable after careful examination of the layout and the LY suffix was quickly tacked on the end. THERE and BE flowed organically from the remainder to bring it all to a close. Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!