LALFI = FLAIL
NHIYS = SHINY
GROOFT = FORGOT
VIEEDC = DEVICE
THE SOCCER PLAYER’S NEW CONTACT LENSES GAVE HER A BETTER – – –
FLI SIN FOO DVIE = FIELD OF VISION
Happy Monday everyone! With an estimated 3.5 billion fans, soccer is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world. It’s followed by Cricket (2.5 bn), Field Hockey (2.2 bn) and Tennis (~1 bn). I’ve often wondered why Americans call it soccer and not football like the rest of the world. Google says the word “soccer” is actually a British invention and they only stopped using it about 30 years ago. In the early days of the sport, Britain had two versions of the game which were called rugby football and association football. They shortened “rugby football” to “rugger” and “Association Football” to “soccer.” When the two sports spread across the Atlantic, Americans created their own variant of rugger and called it football — leaving soccer to be used to describe the other one.
All of today’s clue words were tried and true favorites. LALFI tripped me up pretty good so it’ll be my pick for the hardest one. All of our anagrams ended up being recycled repeats as well. GROOFT has been used at least 10 times in the past, with 10/06/09 being the most recent and 06/07/63 being the oldest.
Today’s cartoon brought us to a soccer field where we saw some young girls in the middle of a match. The girl biting her tongue was my favorite detail as it gave her face a determined look. The two moms on the sideline were both wearing glasses, but I didn’t pick up on that fact until after the solve.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 13-letters. FOOD was spelled out in the latter half of the anagram and seemed to serve as a bit of misdirection. With contact lenses being mentioned in both the sentence and dialogue, I figured view or vision would be part of the answer. Since VIEW was too short to fit, VISION ended up being my keeper. The rest of the answer flowed easily from the remainder to seal the deal. On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day. //Mike