CEREH = CHEER
TCEFH = FETCH
TOTTAO = TATTOO
NLNEIO = ONLINE
HER STUDENTS WERE LEARNING CURSIVE AND FOLLOWED HER INSTRUCTIONS – – –
HER ET TTT OLE = TO THE LETTER
Happy Tuesday fellow word-nerds! Who knew there was so much contention when it came to learning how to write fancy letters?! A simple Google search for “when did cursive writing start being taught in schools” returned countless articles offering opinions serving both sides of the issue. Proponents fiercely argue that it’s a time honored tradition while opponents say it’s no longer useful due to the abundance of computer keyboards and screens. Other than writing out Christmas cards, a shopping list or signing a check or document, I don’t find myself using it all that much. But when I stopped to really think about it for a minute, I realized that I used cursive for tasks that have —for the most part— all gone the way of the dinosaurs! Our school doesn’t teach it, but my kids have learned to both read and write it on their own. A little self-initiative on their parts, as well as some gentle prodding on mine, made the task quick and painless.
There weren’t any new clue words for the second day in a row, but that suited me just fine because those chosen for the lineup were challenging enough. Each anagram came up as a “Hoyt-Original,”which is simply a fancy way of saying that each scramble was also new. ONLINE definitely tripped me up the longest as I kept trying to force the N’s together. It happened to randomly come into view when I scrambled the letters a few times on my own though. It was our most recent anagram as well but I don’t recall it giving me that much trouble last time.
Our cartoon was a period piece of a school classroom, and judging by the hairdos and clothing styles, I’d say we’re somewhere in the early 1900’s. The 5 characters filled the panel out nicely, and there was enough space left over to easily reading the writing on the blackboard. My favorite detail was the line drawing tool sitting on the sill. I remember seeing a similar one during my elementary years. But that one was of the 5-pronged variety and it was used to easily draw staff lines. The only thing that was missing in the piece was perhaps a flag on a pole in the background. No classroom is really complete without one!
The final solve was an anagram consisting 11-letters. There sure were a lot of T’s and E’s, but their over-abundance seemed less intimidating when the clues in the drawing were taken into account. The LETTERs on the board were the big hint and I easily saw the word after a taking a few peeks at the layout. THE came next, and TO was spelled out perfectly in the remainder for the finish. Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!