GIFNE = FEIGN
CROUC = OCCUR
LABEVI = VIABLE
GATIMS = STIGMA
SEEING THE BRIDLE WITH ITS MOUTHPIECE MADE THE YOUNG HORSE – – –
EIN OUR VB STA = A BIT NERVOUS
Happy Thursday everyone! To bit, or not to bit, that is the question. Some horse trainers swear by them, while others say they’re cruel as they cause a horse to react based on pain. For those folks unfamiliar with horse tack, a bit is a piece of equipment that is put in a horse’s mouth to help the rider cue its movements. The problem some people have with them is that inexperienced riders can tug too hard on the reins, and the tension on the bit hurts the horse’s mouth. There are kinder alternatives to horse bits, such as sidepull bridles, which direct the whole head of the horse and avoid the mouth entirely.
There were no new clue words to be had today. A couple of the anagrams were new, but we’ve definitely bumped into CROUC and GATIMS before. GIFNE is the one that happened to STIRRUP the most trouble. I was seriously considering backing into it, but my third self-Jumble of FEGIN brought it into view. Phew!
Our cartoon brought us to a stable where where we saw a horse trainer holding a bridle in her hand. The horse’s MANE concern is that the bridle would interfere with its breathing. The trainer does her best to reassure the horse that all will be ok by giving it a gentle pet on the nose and offering up some words of encouragement. The fact that MOUTH and MOUTHPIECE were used clued me into BIT, but the rest of the answer remained a mystery.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters. With BIT and A removed, the V in the remainder brought NERVOUS into focus for a speedy finish. Looking back, it should have been a blind solve, but oh well. On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day. //Mike