ODPOR = DROOP
LXIEE = EXILE
SKCITY = STICKY
CLAHNB = BLANCH
THE PENNIES WERE JUST MINTED AND HAD A UNIQUE SMELL. THIS MADE THEM – – –
DEETNC = “CENTED”
Happy Wednesday, Jumble players! The first three clue words that we encountered this morning were recycled favorites. DROOP was the exact same anagram that we saw on 4/9/18 making it a quick solve. My choice for the most difficult anagram of the day was STICKY. Even though the S and Y were in their correct spots, it still took me quite a few looks before it popped into view. BLANCH is coming up as a new word but it was easily deciphered to finish off the quartet.
We head to the production floor of a US Mint for today’s cartoon. Regular players of the Jumble will remember that we’ve seen several cartoons this year centered around the creation of new coin designs so it was interesting to see the focus of today’s panel being the actual minting process.
Two characters can be seen working the machine as the small coins roll off the conveyor belt and fall into a large cart. The cartoon sentence informs us that the coins we see being produced are pennies and I counted 63 pennies rolling off the line.
The United States Mint produces approximately 30 million pennies each day which equates to 1,040 pennies per second. Going a step further, the total pennies produced in a year is approximately 13 billion individual coins with a total value of 13 million dollars. With all of those coins being produced, it’s no wonder that Jeff added a wheel on the cart so it can be easily moved around the minting facility!
The letter layout for the final solution contained 6-letters. I was able to blind solve this one after noticing that the word “smell” appeared in both the cartoon dialogue and sentence. The answer sure was a stinky pun, but not really much of a challenge. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
CXLEE = EXCEL
ODPOR = DROOP
SREYDS = DRESSY
HANSEK = SHAKEN
THE POLICEMAN WHO BREEZED THROUGH THE RADAR DETECTOR’S MANUAL WAS A – – –
EEDRPDRESAE = SPEED READER
Good Monday morning, Jumble fans! Before we dive into today’s game, I’d like to take a moment to look back at the most challenging anagrams that we encountered last week. HOYTER, DIRHEN, and PRILTE were the top three most searched for clue words and APAOTHERSCT was the most viewed surprise answer. I’m excited to see what David and Jeff have waiting for us this week so let’s get straight to the fun stuff!
We know that the puzzles are generally on the easier side at the beginning of the week and get progressively harder as we make our way towards Friday. The first three clue words that we see today are all old favorites and not much of a challenge. My pick for the most difficult anagram of the day goes to our fourth word which was SHAKEN. It too wasn’t difficult but it did require a brief second glance before coming into view. With my Monday morning brain warm up complete, I ventured over to the cartoon.
The main characters of today’s panel were instantly recognizable as law enforcement officers and they appear to have a new piece of equipment that they’re ready to put into service. As the officer on the right takes a hands-on approach to familiarizing himself with the new gadget, the officer on the left appears to be taking his time and is seen reading the manual before he gives it a whirl.
Speaking of the manual, on the front cover it identifies the equipment as the “Speeder 2000” and it’s also on the side of the gun as well. I was scratching my head while reading the cartoon sentence because something seemed off. The sentence identifies the equipment as a radar detector, when in actuality it’s a radar gun or speed gun. A radar detector picks up on the radio-wave beams that a radar gun emits. It was a minor oversight in the wording of the sentence that had no impact on the final solve.
The surprise answer consisted of a 5-letter and a 6-letter word. I didn’t attempt a blind solve on this one so I wrote out my clue letters for assistance. The first three letters in the layout were “EED” bringing SPEED instantly to mind. READER was quickly found in the remaining letters for a very satisfying solution. Have a very happy Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow.