NUYNS = SUNNY
URRMO = RUMOR
BMMEEL = EMBLEM
LUSODH = SHOULD
HULA-HOOP SALES WERE REPORTED IN – – –
UNNRORMBESUD = ROUND NUMBERS
Happy Saturday, Jumble friends! Yesterday’s puzzle was a real brain buster and the perfect ending to our weekday jumbling duties. Today we find ourselves back on easy street with clue words that were quick to be solved but left us with a surprise answer that made it anything but a waist of time.
Starting the clue words off with SUNNY put me in a good mood but it wasn’t the challenge that I was hooping for. RUMOR was instantly visible and has been on a short hiatus from the lineup with it’s last appearance on 5/3/17. Next up was EMBLEM and it’s my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. We saw it less than two weeks ago so it was fresh in my mind but I’m sure the double M’s and E’s left a few of you scratching your head. SHOULD took just a glance to decipher and I was ready to move on to the cartoon and see what all the hoopla was about.
Today’s panel brings us to a conference room where a gentleman wearing a bow tie and trouser suspenders is giving a presentation. He reports to his colleagues that hula-hoop sales have been solid which leaves everyone in the room with a huge smile on their face. I couldn’t help but notice that the man seated on the far left is sticking out his tongue which is an awkward response to such wonderful news. The numbers on the chart show that sales are higher in the west and south. It’s probably because their climate is warmer and they’re able to go outside while the folks in the north and east are experiencing the tail end of winter and are stuck sitting around the house.
Having absorbed as much as I could from the cartoon, I felt it was time to give the surprise answer a spin. The letter layout was wonderfully cryptic proving that David is a master of his craft. The two N’s that were placed next to one another caught my attention and I decided to give one of them a whirl. Looking for a vowel next, the U was right up front and that’s when NUMBERS instantly came to mind. Crossing the letters out, ROUND was a quick solve giving us the final solution of ROUND NUMBERS.
I’m sure some of our readers will remember the hula-hoop craze that was at its peak in the late 1950’s. If you have a fond memory of this funky fad, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think. Have a sensational Saturday and I’ll see you tomorrow!