TULEF = FLUTE
VAEEW = WEAVE
HEPNYH = HYPHEN
TECEDT = DETECT
THEY SAT TOGETHER WITH A BOWL OF PORK RINDS AND – – –
FTE WAE HHE DTC = CHEWED THE FAT
Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to another week of Jumble fun! With such an easy puzzle this morning, I thought it’d be interesting to take a moment and look back at last week’s poll results. MEBANO, GIFNE AND LALFI were the top three troublemakers with Friday’s LACKLUSTER JOB taking the top spot as the most difficult final solve. We did have one new clue word on Wednesday which was FIYNT, but it barely got any votes. My guess is that most players immediately placed the Y at the end of the layout making it easier to spot. Were there any that stumped you the second time around? Be sure to let us know in the comments section down below!
Our first puzzle of the week was an easy breezy solve with no new clue words in the lineup. TULEF was previously used on 9/1/16 and ended up being our only repeat. The first three anagrams were instantly visible at first glance, but TECEDT took a couple of tries before coming into view. My problem was that I noticed the ED coupled together in the layout and tried making words with an -ED suffix. TECTED was the best I could come up with, and looking at it reverse made the solution obvious.
Today’s cartoon showed us two old chums hamming it up on a porch. They were both seated in comfy chairs and were sharing what looked like a bowl of potato chips. The most notable feature of the gentleman on the left was that he was nearly bald, and the few strands of hair that he did have were neatly combed to the left. His portly pal on the right had a crew cut and a thin mustache that ended at the corners of his mouth. Behind them was a fence, some trees and a lush green lawn. My favorite detail ended up being the ornamental design on the porch columns which would be a perfect spot to hang a wind chime!
The cartoon sentence informed us that the snack they’re munching on was actually pork rinds, and the dialogue clued us in to the fact that they both enjoy barbecuing. I’ve never had a pork rind before, but doing a quick search showed that they’ve long been a popular snack in the South and are a staple food in Mexico where they’re known as chicharrones. The words pork and barbecuing made it obvious that the answer would be a pig pun, but the simplicity of the cartoon and vague dialogue meant I’d have to write out the letters to get the job done.
The final solve seemed lengthy for a Monday and clocked in at a total of 12-letters. The W was the most unique letter and the double H’s and C brought CHEW to mind. With those letters crossed out, THE and FAT were spotted next leaving the -ED suffix to be tacked on for the finish. On to tomorrow. Until then, be well and enjoy the day! //Mike