Visual Description: Middle school misery.

TYEPT = P**ETT**Y, ORNHO =** H**ONO**R**, SMUFOA =** FA**MOUS, LAMCYL = C**A**L**M**LY — Giving us: **ETTHRFAAM**

Clue/Question: **He didn’t do so well on his Algebra test and worried about the – – – **

Answer: **AFTERMATH**

(I love a good stinky pun! And, today’s answer fits the bill. All of the clue words are tried and true, and two of the jumbles appear to be new. Hoyt has definitely used “tyept” and “lamcyl” in the past. The answer letter layout made for a nifty jumble too. I don’t think there was anything obvious about it. Jeff’s cartoon’s dialog and the leading nature of the clue/question were all you really needed. Classic cartoon classroom. I never liked/appreciated Algebra when I was a kid. I don’t like blaming my teachers, but I just never picked up on the practical applications of it. And, I just barely got it . . . after flunking it, and retaking it the next year. The article below probably would have been of some help to me. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR

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https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-algebra-why-take-algebra-2311937

I think of algebra as mathematical puzzles: letters standing for numbers. I actually liked it and trig. But calculus was over my head.

In skill and interest, I was always more a reading-and-writing kid than a math or science kid. But I saw the practical applications for basic geometry and algebra (calculating area, solving equations and word problems with algebraic equations) and did well in them and still use them today. Advanced geometry and algebra were more abstract and more of a struggle for me, but I did okay, though I remember none of it now. But from week one, trigonometry was too abstract for me to care about and a big struggle. After that I bailed on math and didn’t even try calculus. Now I regret not working much harder to overcome my struggles not only with math, but science too, because tech was the future when I was in school. You couldn’t major as a college student in medicine or engineering (or even computer programming *back then,* in its early days) without being very strong in both math and science. Things might have gone differently, but maybe it would have been a train wreck, trying to force a career that wasn’t meant to be.

Because I had to take Algebra twice – and believing that the Math courses tended to get tougher – I gave up on Math. I regret it, now that I’m older. — YUR

We used this pun a lot when I was in high school. Another was, after third period, “U.S. History is FOURTH COMING”!

LOL! — YUR