MEHET = THEME
NICGL = CLING
QUICEL = CLIQUE
GYLXAA = GALAXY
THE BUFFALO NICKEL WAS REPLACED AFTER THE MINT APPROVED THE – – –
THECNCEGAAX = EXACT CHANGE
Happy Thursday, everyone! It looks like we have two new clue words in play this morning with THEME and CLIQUE making their debut. CLIQUE also ended up being the word to give me the longest pause making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. CLING has been used before and last made an appearance on 1/12/17 where it was jumbled the exact same way we see today.
Looking at today’s panel, I had an odd feeling that we saw a very similar cartoon not too long ago. A quick search revealed that on 5/17/18 we had a cartoon with the theme of a new quarter design. I distinctly remember that in that particular piece the production floor of the mint was visible and we saw workers making the coins. And the surprise answer of HEADQUARTERS was a real hoot!
Today we’re in an office where see a man giving a presentation at an easel while two other gentleman look on. At first I thought that the man standing was going to be a caricature of the actual creator of the coin but the dialogue quickly corrected that. We learn that a man named Felix Schlag had created the winning design for the new nickel which would replace the older buffalo nickel.
Schlag, a German born American sculptor, won a prize of $1,000 for his winning design on April 21, 1938. It is said that he used his prize money for the funeral of his wife, Anna. Schlag also won several other sculptural commissions and prizes with several of his works still visible in the Illinois area.
The letter layout kept the final answer well hidden with David trying to throw us off track by starting the anagram with THE. Noticing the X was the key to solving this one with EXACT coming instantly to mind. Crossing out the letters left CHANGE to quickly be found for the finish. This puzzle was on the easier side but it allowed me to learn a little bit of history about a coin we use all the time. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!