WRAPN = PRAWN
LASIA = ALIAS
BRGIEG = BIGGER
SLEUUF = USEFUL
WHEN THE SPIES SECURELY PLACED THE HIDDEN LISTENING DEVICE, IT WAS – – –
ANASBGGUSU = SNUG AS A BUG
Happy Thursday, everyone! Today’s puzzle began with a brand new clue word in PRAWN. The remaining three were all recycled favorites from earlier this year. BIGGER was the only new anagram of the day but the “double letter trick” of coupling the G’s together quickly brought it into view. Both ALIAS and USEFUL tripped me up this morning with USEFUL taking a bit longer to figure out. It was the same anagram as the last time we saw it on 7/15/18, but the double U’s threw me off just enough to make it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day.
At first glance, today’s cartoon looked like nothing more than a couple of maintenance workers installing a smoke detector. The cartoon sentence changed all that and we learn that the duo are actually spies! They’ve just installed a hidden listening device in the detector and the shading in the top left corner of the panel indicates that it’s either very late at night or early in the morning. Looking closely at the room, there are minimal details suggesting why these spies have targeted this location. It looks like a typical office with a four-drawer filing cabinet on the left and a desk with a computer on the right.
Taking a closer look at the spies, I noticed that they were both dressed in all black clothing. The only difference between the two was that the man had a hood attached to his top. He also had an earbud in his ear with a small coiled cord dangling from it. The female on the ladder is holding a red drill in her left hand while maintaining her balance with her right. We see a small case on the ground with different foam cutouts for their tools. In the middle is a cutout for the drill and just below that is one for the listening device/smoke detector. Scouring the panel for any last details, I happened upon one that really surprised me. If you look closely at the facial hair of the male spy you’ll notice that it appears to be a disguise!!! Well done, Jeff!!!
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 10-letters. With the cartoon sentence mentioning a “listening device”, BUG instantly came to mind. “A” was the obvious one letter word with AS and SNUG coming into view from the remaining letters. That’s all I’ve got for today, so enjoy your Thursday and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!