ORPEW = POWER
LRODL = DROLL
YMGUPR = GRUMPY
SNRHIK = SHRINK
BEFORE INSTALLING THEIR NEW LANDSCAPING, THEY DID SOME – – –
OWR DO GU RNK = GROUNDWORK
Happy Thursday everyone! It looks like Spring Fever has struck a fever pitch with our favorite puzzle. And to be honest, I’ve been patiently waiting for those warmer temperatures and late sunsets since the end of last year. The vernal equinox, otherwise known as the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, officially begins on March 19th. And it’s extra special this year because it arrives a whole day early. The last time spring sprung so soon was way back in 1896 — that’s a whopping 124 years ago!
Still absent this week were any new clue words(s), but all of today’s anagrams were original so we still have that going for us! They all solved without a hitch, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t need a little extra time to second guess myself in regards to DROLL. A quick check of its definition proved it a viable word, but it was its etymology that really caught my attention. DROLL is defined as being curious in a way that provokes dry amusement. It’s also a short, comical sketch performed by English actors in the 17th century. After the final performance of the evening, these cash-strapped artists had loads of time on their hands so they often performed gigs to earn some extra green. It was also very illegal to be remunerated for acting outside the confines of the theatre, but I suppose you gotta do whatcha gotta do to survive.
The cartoon characters in today’s panel could easily pass for both my wife and myself next month. The last frost is usually over by then and it’s generally safe enough to start our vegetable plants directly in the ground. This particular couple seems more interested in ornamentals though. The truck appears to be an early model based upon all of its square corners and edges. I liked how the bed was left open so we could catch a glimpse of the treasures inside. While looking at the assorted shrubbery in the back, my eyes happened to gaze down and notice the unpaved driveway. Maybe they’ll spread some gravel or install some stone pavers as their next big project.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. It’s the shortest layout so far this week — and in your friendly neighborhood spoiler-man’s opinion — the easiest! I started out by seeing “DRUNK” which wasn’t such a good sign for 8am on a Thursday morning. Thankfully (for you, trust me) GROUND arose from the mangled mess leaving me with little WORK left to do. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!