SEEEG = GEESE
TEYNR = ENTRY
LHRBEA = HERBAL
LUTTEO = OUTLET
ANACONDAS FEEL AT HOME IN TROPICAL SOUTH AMERICA BECAUSE THEY – – –
GEE EN HRB OLT = BELONG THERE
Happy Wednesday everyone! Anacondas are massive creatures, sometimes weighing in excess of 550 pounds, and typically live in the warm, tropical climates of South America. And that’s 100%, A-OK with me. I’m not scared of snakes, but the further away we are from one other, the better! Since Anacondas don’t have venom, they rely upon their massive weight and strength to constrict and suffocate their prey. There’s something very unsettling about a 30 foot long animal that regularly crushes white-tailed deer to death for breakfast!
Still no new clue words this week, but both of our 5-letter words were original scrambles. It took an extra look to see HERBAL, but other than that it was 4-up and 4-down. When it came time to make my pick for today’s hardest offering, I noticed something about the lineup that hadn’t occurred to me before. I’ve noticed that the anagram in the #3 spot is almost always the hardest word of the day. I’m not sure if it’s merely a coincidence but it’s something I’m definitely going to keep tabs on.
Fun cartoon of a couple of condas hanging out by the edge of a stream. The markings on their backs are slightly different though. The one on the ground has small ovals while our slightly more athletic friend has dashes. I’d conduct a search to find the difference between the species but I feel as though I’ve reached my Slytherin creature quota for the day!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters. It hid the answer beautifully and also offered a bit of misdirection by making viable yet erroneous words. Both TREE and GREEN jumped straight out at me, but the leading nature of the sentence led me to settle on THERE first. BELONG was easily found in the remainder to complete our punny payoff. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!