RKACN = CRANK
ASETE = TEASE
TARREH = RATHER
ARFOLM = FORMAL
THE MOBILE FOOD VENDOR SOLD HOT DOGS, PRETZELS, SOFT DRINKS AND MORE – – –
C TA RA AL = A LA “CART”
Happy Tuesday everyone! Our last puzzle of August didn’t feature any new clue words, but David did serve up a heaping helping of brand new anagrams. The only one we’ve definitely seen before was TARREH. It was last used about two years ago on 9/22/19, and the oldest record of it in gameplay that I found was on 04/15/13. None of them stumped me this morning, but the final solve did push me around a bit.
Today’s cartoon showed Jumble Jeff’s wife Kathy and daughter Sydney ordering a quick bite to eat at a food stand. If I didn’t know who they were, I probably would’ve assumed they were sisters! Kathy was on the left and can be seen wearing a t-shirt with a “Tweedy Show” logo. On the right we see Sydney sporting a CBGB & OMFUG shirt. The acronym stands for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) & Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandizers (OMFUG), and it’s the name of a music venue located in New York City. The “Big Apple Bites” cart is parked next to some grass so I assume they’re in one of the city’s parks. The only item on the menu that wasn’t visible looks to begin and end with an S, and my best guess is that it’s SODAS.
The final solve was a teeny-tiny anagram consisting of seven letters. Since “mobile food vendor” was a lengthy way to say CART, I had an inkling that it would be part of the answer. “A” was the obvious single-letter word, and LA took a few seconds to click, but I eventually got it.
My Jumble solving tip for today is to look at the words in the dialogue and sentence and try and figure out what word or words David & Jeff are trying their best to avoid saying. Getting into a consistent habit of doing so will have you solving these puzzles ingest a few seconds. On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day. —Mike