AGTYN = TANGY
IMTLI = LIMIT
SORKEH = KOSHER
NRAYCN = CRANNY
THEY’D HAD SOME THEFTS AT THE BOWLING ALLEY AND WORRIED THE THIEF MIGHT – – –
TAGIIKSERAN = STRIKE AGAIN
Good Monday morning, everyone! Today’s puzzle started off with repeat clue words, but their anagrams were brand new. Both of the five letter words were instantly visible while the six letter words took some extra time to work through. CRANNY took the longest to decipher making it my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. I thought it was CANARY at first glance until I noticed the N’s at opposite ends of the anagram. Using the “double letter” trick of coupling them together brought the solution into view with no trouble whatsoever. Our oldest clue word of the day was LIMIT and was last used in gameplay on 8/12/16 where it was jumbled as MILTI. And on a final note, I noticed that all of our solved clue words were in reverse alphabetical order.
Our cartoon brings us to a bowling alley where we see two Jumble characters having a conversation. The male half is behind the counter and can be seen pointing to one of two cameras that are mounted overhead. The cartoon sentence informs us that there have been some thefts recently so the cameras were necessary to help catch the suspect(s).
Cartoon artist, Jeff Knurek, utilized every bit of space within the panel which made this piece visually appealing. The bespectacled gentleman behind the counter has just finished spraying some antifungal/deodorant spray in one of the shoes and we see a cloud of the product lingering above it. The display case shows us two bowling pins and a single ball on a pedestal base. I noticed some tiny writing on the woman’s shirt and zoomed in for a closer look. Embroidered on her shirt is the name “Doris” and she is drawn looking rather perturbed. The cartoon didn’t tell us what was stolen or whether the suspect was an employee, but either way she is disgusted by the act.
In the background we see a man that has just rolled his bowling ball down the lane. The action line shows the path of the ball as it makes a perferct curve and seemingly takes down all of the pins. Just to his right is another lane where we see two open seats and a small table. Jeff even added the ball return for some extra flair!
The layout for the final solution consisted of an 11-letter anagram. The IKS coupled together brought STRIKE to mind leaving AGAIN to be found in a flash. Have a magnificent Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!!!