ZAREC = CRAZE
MEHET = THEME
NREYDT = TRENDY
LAVSUI = VISUAL
TURNING THEIR PROPERTY AROUND THE CREEK INTO A CAMPGROUND CREATED A – – –
RAE EME TREN VSU = REVENUE STREAM
Happy Thursday everyone! All of today’s clue words were familiar old friends. Two of the scrambles were new, but we’ve definitely bumped into ZAREC and MEHET before. At first I thought CRAZE would return as being a new clue word, but the archives told a different story. It turns out it’s been used at least nine times in the past, with 3/2/17 being the most recent and 10/25/63 the oldest. VISUAL took a few extra blinks to come into view so it’ll be my pick for today’s hardest anagram. After finishing them off, I noticed the clue words were listed in alphabetical order making it the 11th time it’s happened this year.
Today’s cartoon transports us to the “Pine Tree State” where we encounter a couple discussing plans to develop their property. In the background was a sign that read OTYOKWA CREEK, and a quick Google search showed that the creek is located in the town of Bremen, ME. The happy couple were drawn with exacting detail which leads me to believe they’re most likely friends with David or Jeff. The male half was wearing an orange shirt and black pants while his partner sported green shorts and an aquamarine tank top with a WILCO hummingbird logo on the front. The inflatable tube in her left hand seemed like an odd item to be carrying since they weren’t wearing bathing suits. The fact that the words FISHING, TUBING and CREEK were mentioned in the dialogue meant it was most likely a visual clue and the final answer would have something to do with water.
The layout for the final solve consisted of seven consonants and six vowels for a total of 13-letters. The R at the front had me thinking RIVER, but then I noticed METR in the middle and settled on STREAM. With those letters crossed out, REVENUE was easily pieced together to finish off our last puzzle for September. On to tomorrow! Until then, be well and enjoy the day. //Mike