LUVAT = VAULT
RNIKB = BRINK
PRXIEE = EXPIRE
GRINIO = ORIGIN
THERE WERE 100 PEOPLE AT THE SWAP MEET, – – –
VAT RK EIE OG = GIVE OR TAKE
Happy Thursday everyone! Both of the six-letter anagrams gave me quite a challenge this morning. ORIGIN will be my pick for the hardest one because all I kept seeing was IRONING. The triple vowels in EXPIRE took a couple of seconds to sort through, but once I latched onto “EX,” the rest of the answer flowed quite nicely. None of the clue words were new offerings, but two of the scrambles, RNIKB and PRXIEE, returned as such.
Jumble Jeff left us quite a few “Jems” in today’s cartoon! In the back left we saw some folks trading an electric guitar for a French horn. To their right we see what appears to be a wine decanter (or maybe a tea infuser?) being swapped for a Rolling Stones album. The most notable exchange came from the flea-musketeers in the foreground. They were looking to part with their GIZMO toy, and the vendor thinks a couple of Hummel figurines would be a fair trade. GIZMO is the name of Jumble Jeff’s precious pooch, and we’ve seen him numerous times in the past. The Jumble game in the child’s hands was also fun to spot, but the “What’s in Jeff’s Head” game really caught my eye. The name of the game is actually “What’s in Ned’s Head?” and Jeff invented it back in 2003! He also created another game called “Monster Under My Bed!” but it wasn’t featured today.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. The cartoon sentence mentioning the tally of folks in attendance had me thinking “MORE OR LESS,” but writing out the clue letters made it apparent that my guess was incorrect. The “V” eventually led me to GIVE and the rest — making today’s solve the hardest one for me (so far) this week! We had a similar solve back on 01/27/15. In that one the answer was GIVE AND TAKE, and the cartoon sentence was: GETTING A GOOD DEAL AT A SWAP MEET INVOLVED A LOT OF – – -.
On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day. —Mike