LAGEE = EAGLE
RISVU = VIRUS
RIYFUP = PURIFY
VACRIA = CAVIAR
HE LIKED TO GAMBLE BY PLAYING ROULETTE AND THEN BLACKJACK OR – – –
EEVSRICVA = VICE VERSA
Happy first day of November, Jumble geniuses! David started the month off by offering up our daily anagrams in alphabetical order. Although they were all recycled favorites, one in particular took a bit longer to work through. CAVIAR stumped me just enough to earn the title of most difficult anagram of the day. It was the exact same anagram as the last time we saw it on 5/18/17, but figuring out the placement of the two A’s had me frazzled. The oldest clue word of the bunch was purify and it was last used in gameplay on 12/11/16.
The setting for today’s cartoon brings us to a casino where we see several Jumble characters working the tables. The main action is occurring up front where a gentleman is about to begin playing cards. The dialogue of the dealer suggests that she has encountered this frequent flyer before and seems to know his playing routine. The player explains that he usually starts with roulette but he’s switching it up and going with blackjack first.
Our dealer is drawn with a friendly smile and she is dressed in a vest and bow tie. Her left hand is hovering over the shoe which indicates that gameplay is about to begin. The gambler is decked out in an oversized cowboy hat with a decorative feather decoration on the front. His glasses are also oversized and give him the appearance that he’s one serious card shark. I also noticed that his facial hair is neatly groomed but it was his nose that struck me the most — it’s huge! His left pinky finger has a small ring and his right hand is clutching a martini glass with a single olive on a stick.
In the rear of the panel we see a couple of Jumble characters playing roulette. The woman is placing a single chip on the board with her right index finger while a man can be see chomping on his tongue as decides where to place his bet. In his left hand is a large drink glass that contains a small umbrella, straw, and a fruit garnish on the rim.
The letter layout for the final solution was an anagram consisting of 9-letters. The dialogue of the gambler was very similar to the cartoon sentence and informs us that he sometimes plays the tables in the reverse order. The two V’s in the letter layout brought VICE VERSA to mind making this one an instant solve. Since the solution had VICE in the answer, it was only fitting that the panel setting be a casino with a couple of intoxicating beverages on display! Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!