Jumble Answers for 01/23/2018

LERED = ELDER

UNRET = TUNER

MOLCRA = CLAMOR

ALLUWF = LAWFUL

CARTOON ANSWER:

AFTER WINNING NEW WINDOWS AT THE GRAND OPENING, THEY OWNED THEM – – –

EDENERCARAFL = FREE AND CLEAR


Happy Tuesday morning, everyone! If you’re an early riser and visited the site before the sun came up, you no doubt noticed that there’s a new section called the “Early Bird Edition”. It’s a no-frills post of just the clue word solutions and surprise answer. I’ll do my best to keep posting it Monday-Friday for those folks that get an early jump on the day. Now on to today’s commentary!

I have to give Mr. Hoyt a well deserved pat on the back this morning. His clue word choices were so thoughtfully chosen and cryptically jumbled that they were a real pane in the rear for me. We’ve seen them all before, but being stuck on both of the 5-letter words had me so frazzled that it threw me off my game. I’m not ashamed to admit that it took a few minutes before they came into view, although I tried to convince myself that I was just extra tired this morning to make myself feel better.

Moving along to the cartoon, I always attempt a blind solve first to see if I can guess the answer without the aid of the sentence and dialogue. The cartoon was just too confusing without the extra information and I failed to come up with a 4-3-5 phrase.

Starting over, I took my time absorbing all of the words while paying close attention to all of the details. We see an older man on a platform next to a giant tumbler filled with raffle tickets. The sign on the window says “WINDOW GIVEAWAY! DRAWING TODAY!”. As he notifies the crowd that the Joneses are the lucky winners, the couple in the front realize that today wasn’t their day to win and the woman shrugs her shoulders in a gesture indicative of a lack of caring about not winning.

With all of my newly discovered information, I had a pretty good idea what the answer was going to be so I wrote out the clue letters just to make sure. Crossing out the words one by one, everything fell neatly into place leaving a surprise answer befitting of Jeff’s well drawn panel.

Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!