ETLYS = STYLE
XMMAI = MAXIM
RMHEPA = HAMPER
OTTPIE = TIPTOE
SHE SOLD EARL GREY, OOLONG, DARJEELING, ETC. HER CUSTOMERS REALLY ENJOYED HER – – –
STE AX ER TPE = “EXPERT–TEAS”
Happy Wednesday everyone! Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, with water obviously being the first. Each day, over 159 million Americans drink tea — and we consume approximately 3.8 billion gallons of it per year. It’s pretty healthy for you too. The antioxidants in brewed tea may help protect against a wide variety of cancers, and some studies suggest it lowers your risk for Parkinson’s disease. Even with all its purported health benefits, I really only drink it when I’m not feeling well. My wife on the other hand loves the stuff. Like a good hubby, I know her daily Starbucks order by heart — a venti black iced tea, sweetened, with no water and extra ice in a trenta cup!
None of today’s clue words are new, but all of the anagrams appear to be. I thought MAXIM was going to be a new one, but it turns out it’s been used plen-tea of times in the past. TIPTOE gave me a hint of trouble as it looked like POTPIE at first. Since it’s the one that took the longest to solve, I’ll make it my pick for today’s hardest anagram.
Today’s cartoon brings us to a tea house where we see a tea somellier suggesting different varieties to her customers. Noticeably absent, at least to me, were any sort of food or treats on the tables of her guests — which seemed to suggest she relies on TEA to keep her shop afloat. Her dialogue made it apparent that she’s an EXPERT in her field, and since tea wasn’t stated anywhere in the cartoon, I knew it would be included somewhere in the final answer. My favorite detail ended up being the different teabags, with each one having a slightly different tag or bag style.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. Coincidentally, it’s the same amount of letters as yesterday’s solve. TEAS was easily spot-ted in the first four-letters of the scramble. With those letters crossed out, EXPERT was easily sussed from the remainder to seal the deal. On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day! //Mike