Visual Description: Fly-by-night contractor.
HCOVU = VOUCH, CLEET = ELECT, SOLONE = LOOSEN, OSANES = SEASON — Giving us: VOHLETLEEN
Clue/Question: When the deck builder told them he did high-quality work, he wasn’t being – – –
Answer: ON THE LEVEL
(That’s a nice way of saying he’s a lying sack of sh . . ! He’s the kind of guy that gives carpenters/contractors a bad name. No new clue words today, and two old jumbles too. Both “hcovu” and “osanes” are new jumbles though. I thought “osanes” was terrific. The answer letter layout was a dandy jumble, but the deck in the cartoon, and the sleazy looking carpenter, made the answer pretty clear. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR