TAKEW = TWEAK
RSUBT = BURST
DOGRUN = GROUND
SIYEFT = FEISTY
AFTER RECEIVING A PATENT FOR THE RUBBER HEEL, HUMPHREY O’SULLIVAN MADE – – –
TEARSTGRDEIS = GREAT STRIDES
Happy Monday, everyone! Our puzzle began with David showing off his anagram astuteness by offering up three Jumbles that spelled out other words within them. Even though we’ve seen them all before, they were still semi-challenging for a Monday game. TWEAK was the only word to slow me down this morning making it my choice for the most difficult anagram of the day. Our oldest clue word was GROUND and it was last used on 11/19/15 where it was the same anagram that we see today. Our most recent repeat was BURST and it was scrambled as SUBTR the last time we saw it in play on 8/21/18.
Moving along to the cartoon, we see two well dressed gentlemen looking at a large detailed drawing of what appears to be a shoe part. The cartoon sentence informs us that the drawing is actually a shoe patent, and one of the characters is named Humphrey O’Sullivan.
Mr. O’Sullivan was born in Ireland on October 7, 1853. At age 15 he began a five-year apprenticeship to become a skilled typesetter and a member of the Printer’s Union. The young printer came to the United States and first settled in Yonkers, NY to work in his trade. He soon moved to Lowell, MA and continued working for three more years at a local newspaper.
Legend has it that the invention of the rubber heel occurred in that Lowell, MA print shop. O’Sullivan walked on a stone floor while feeding a printing press, and to ease his footsteps, he bought a rubber mat on which to stand. His fellow employees kept “borrowing” the mat, so Humphrey cut out two pieces of the mat that were the size of his heels and nailed them to his shoes. I guess you could say the results were good for his sole, and he eventually went on to patent his idea.
The final solve was an anagram consisting of 12-letters. David spelled out TEARS in the beginning of the layout to further showcase his wordsmith mastery. The odd-letter seemed to be the G and I spotted GREAT after a few moments of staring at the letters. STRIDES came into view shortly thereafter which completed the solve and left us with a super “stinky” shoe pun finish! Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow! 👞