MOUHR = HUMOR
SCMIU = MUSIC
LATELB = BALLET
KUEERB = REBUKE
HE JOKINGLY CALLED THE WOOD HE USED TO MAKE THE HANDCRAFTED BED – – –
UMR MUS BLLE REB = SLUMBER LUMBER
Happy Thursday Jumble players! All of today’s clue words were scrambled wonderfully, but none of them managed to stump me. Besides a moment of hesitation on BALLET looking like BATTLE, all of the solutions were plane as day. It wasn’t my pick for today’s hardest anagram though. That honor belonged to the final answer — and what a brilliant and creative solution it was! It had me bamboozled for a good five minutes, and I enjoyed every glorious second of it!
Today’s cartoon brought us to a woodworking shop where we saw a husband and wife in the early stages of constructing their new bed. The machinery shown was a bandsaw and table saw. It was generously spaced apart and gave their work area a very spacious feel. The exposed trusses in the left and right-hand corners of the panel added a sense of height and dimension to Jumble Jeff’s piece.
Their dialogue informed us that they’re using an old tree for lumber, and his comment about it being THE GIVING TREE seemed to be a reference to Shel Silverstein’s children’s book by the same name. Since the cartoon sentence mentioned the word “jokingly,” I didn’t read into the reference all that much. My favorite detail was the blueprint of the bed, and it showed, from top to bottom, the headboard, footboard and side rail. Some of the finer detail that may have been difficult to see was his trucker-style cap, safety glasses, her work apron, a bit of design on the headboard and footboard and some sawdust near the blade of the table saw.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 13-letters. The key to my solve was the visual detail of the gentleman “sawing wood.” It allowed me to find SLUMBER, leaving LUMBER to be sourced from the remainder to seal the deal. Knot the easiest of solves, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day. //Mike