LHUGC = GULCH
TKYIT = KITTY
ALLFNE = FALLEN
RNHABC = BRANCH
AFTER STUFFING HIMSELF WITH JUNK FOOD, HIS WIFE HAD TO LISTEN TO HIS – – –
GLC IY ALE BNH = BELLYACHING
Happy Thursday everyone! Our second to last puzzle of the work week didn’t offer any new clue words. Our esteemed wordsmith, David L. Hoyt, dished up four brand new anagrams for the third day in a row which brings the total number of new scrambles seen so far this week to 15! I’m sure it’s a new record, but unfortunately it’s a stat I haven’t been keeping track of. The only one that tackle little extra time to solve was GULCH so it’ll be my pick for today’s hardest anagram.
Today’s cartoon brings us to a living room where we encounter a couch potato hard at work keeping his armchair held down. Since most NCAA games are played on Saturday it’s most likely the day of the week this panel is occurring on. By looking at the snacks next to his perch we see a bevy of belly busters which were: hot wings, cashews, pigs in a blanket, pepperoni pizza and a single can of soda. My favorite detail was the frill toppers on each of the toothpicks — nice touch, Jeff! The “M” logo on his hat and jersey indicates he’s a Wolverines fan, and the “S” logo on his partner’s shirt lets us know she’s rooting for the Spartans. The score of the game was MICH 10-MSU XX so we don’t know who’s ahead, but by Jeff showing the spud with his hands on his stomach (and a quick read of the cartoon sentence) made it obvious that it was the finger foods that were making him feel foul.
The final solve was and anagram consisting of 11-letters and it was also the same length as yesterday’s solution. The layout was quite cryptic, but I noticed YALEB in the middle of it which brought BELLY to mind. With those letters eliminated, ACHING was quite visible in the remainder to seal the deal. On tomorrow! Until then, be well an enjoy the day. //Mike