NYMLA = MANLY
BAHTI = HABIT
CLPIES = SPLICE
RIOADH = HAIRDO
WITH FEWER AND FEWER CUSTOMERS, BUSINESS AT THE INDOOR SHOPPING CENTER WAS – – –
ML I SL AD = “DIS–MALL”
Happy Monday everyone! You don’t need me to tell you that these monuments to American consumerism have been failing for quite some time. The hassle of a special trip to the mall has been replaced with a simple test of our fine motor skills. There’s no piling the family into the car, battling traffic, or finding a good parking spot. Just point, pay, and it’s on your doorstep in a day or two. And I especially like how online retailers are skipping the process of “registering” users in order to make a purchase. Usernames and passwords are so 2010!
David started off our week of punzles with four original anagrams. Even though the solutions have all been used before, I thought they were a nice fit for a Monday. HAIRDO ended up being the hardest to crack until I worked the anagram backwards. The H being in the correct starting position really made all the difference. SPLICE was our most recent repeat from 5/30/19 while HABIT was our blast from the past. And by past I mean 7/25/18, so it’s not really that old!
All that was missing from the cartoon was some rolling tumbleweed! The only other customer in the place was the woman in front of “The Leftorium” and I’m not entirely convinced that she’s even a shopper. The two women speaking with the security guard look like “mall-walkers” so perhaps she’s a walker herself.
The only other active storefronts were a “Hot Sam” pretzel shop and “66 Forever.” If you watched Stranger Things on Netflix you might recognize Hot Sam like I did. Way to make the Jumble relevant to younger players, Jeff! My take on “66 Forever” is that it’s a play on the Forever 21 brand AND the 66th anniversary of the Jumble. Oh, and that huge J&D hanging in the background? It could either be the name of the mall (Jeff & David) or the name of an anchor store that’s been forced to shutter their doors.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 7-letters. MALL was a gimme after reading “indoor shopping center,” and DIS was easily found in the remainder. Quick and painless! Have a terrific start to your week, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!