BTHIA = HABIT
SMYUT = MUSTY
BFIREB = FIBBER
GONLUE = LOUNGE
THE NEWLY-HATCHED, WORM-LIKE BABY BEETLE NEEDED CLEANING BECAUSE IT WAS SO – – –
B Y BR UG = GRUBBY
Happy Tuesday everyone! When you hear the word ‘grub’ it’s safe to say a cute picture like the one Jumble Jeff drew for us doesn’t pop into your head. They’re the larvae of beetles — with dark red-heads, black mandibles and white bodies in the shape of a ‘C.’ When my son was keeping bees a few years ago we decided to skip our lawn treatments in fear that the chemicals would harm them. BIG MISTAKE! The area in our yard where he kept his hive became infested with grubs, and the damage they caused in just one life cycle is still visible to this day. We did get some delicious honey though!
SMYUT is the only anagram that’s been previously used. Digging deep, I found it used in one other puzzle back in April of 2011. The clue words they morphed into were tried and true favorites, but none of them slowed me down. An extra blink to see GONLUE was my only delay so it’ll be my pick for today’s hardest anagram.
Adorable cartoon of a mom cradling her love bug! The wording of the cartoon sentence made it obvious to me that the baby beetle was a grub. At first glance I thought the structure in the background was a house, but the roof had no pitch. My best guess is that it’s either a beehive or a tool shed. The most unique detail I noticed was the finger count of the parents — dad’s hands had three and mom’s had two.
The final solve was short, sweet and easy to complete. The visual clue of the dirty baby and the double B’s in the layout made it effortless. On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day.