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Wordy Wednesday 256: Section Six 25

WORDY WEDNESDAY #253
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 6 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Jay McConnell **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #254
PATHFINDER 11 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #255
PENT WORDS 51 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #256
SECTION SIX 25
This puzzle's grid has six rings and six sections. Each ring contains a series of words placed end to end, reading either clockwise or counterclockwise; all the words in a given ring will read in the same direction. Ring 1 (the outer ring) contains six answers that read clockwise; the starting spaces are numbered in the grid. Clues for the answers in the remaining rings are given in order, but their starting points and direction are for you to determine. The sections (separated by the heavy lines radiating from the center) will help you place the inner rings: in a given section, each ring segment contains all but one of the letters in the next segment outward. In other words, a section's outermost segment contains six letters; the next segment inward contains five of those six letters in some order; and so on, until only one of the original six letters remains.

Arrange the letters in the six starred spaces to form the final answer, a 6-letter word.
Ring 1
1 A type of handgun
2 Entities
3 Conceited
4 Wild marjoram
5 Acorn-obsessed Ice Age character
6 The five-finger one is illegal

Ring 2
* Butt
* Be made up (of)
* Units of currency in Mario games
* Certain American Indian's dwelling
* ____ of the Body Snatchers

Ring 3
* Nasal cavity
* La Paz's country
* Namesake of the Little Caesars parody in Home Alone
* Psalm 34 is one in Hebrew

Ring 4
* Aired again
* Musician with a bow
* Incites to attack

Ring 5
* Title character Twist in a Charles Dickens novel
* You might have a midlife one

Ring 6
* Traditional 25th anniversary gift

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Name of Bell Labs’ Plan 9 Bunny"?

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Wordy Wednesday 254: Pathfinder 11 & Wordy Wednesday 255: Pent Words 51

WORDY WEDNESDAY #252
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 5 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Jay McConnell **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #253
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 6 (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #254
PATHFINDER 11
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron M. Sean Molley. Support me on Patreon at the $5 per month level and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the $20 per month level to suggest one seed word every month!
In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered square, goes in some direction, and makes one or more right-angled turns as it winds through the grid. When you have finished, every letter will be used in exactly two entries.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 ____ Free or Die Hard (2007 film) (4)
2 Naked and ____ (TV series that debuted in 2013) (6)
3 Shape of a ball (6)
3 Watering devices in yards (10)
4 Later than now (9)
5 She played Mrs. Murphy in The Blues Brothers (6 8)
6 USA for Africa song (2 3 3 5)
7 Mike who narrates Deadliest Catch (4)
8 “Scarborough ____” (4)
9 Some pieces of silverware (11)
10 Clenched (4)
11 Turbo of 2013’s Turbo, for one (5)
12 ____ & Faith (2003-2006 sitcom) (4)
12 The fourth most-spoken language in the world (5)
13 A Hispanic grocery store or a place for aging wine (6)
13 Cotton-eating insect (4 6)
14 Desdemona’s husband (7)
15 Site for a party before a football game, perhaps (8)
16 Reflecting nacreous light (10)
17 Mathematician René (9)
18 Washed-out (4)
19 High regard (6)
20 One to whom an Australian might say “G’day” (4)
20 ____ toast (5)
21 The Lion King villain (4)
22 Partitions of dollars (5)
23 Strip dividing highway lanes that travel opposite directions (6)
24 Princess to whom “Candle in the Wind 1997” is a tribute (5)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #255
PENT WORDS 51
In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 React to a bad joke, perhaps / Part of a baseball cap
2 Morays and such / Connected to the Internet
3 Like the weather on a white Christmas / Game played by Deep Blue
4 Scold / Sandwich cookie brand name
5 Be skeptical / Meters or liters, for two
6 Actor Penn of Mystic River (2003) / Circle visible around the sun
7 Military conflict / Jamaican music genre
8 Withdraw (from) / 1/12 of a foot
9 Nation just south of Italy / Story
10 Black eye / British art museum name

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Dice-rolling party game
* Picture contained by a bigger picture, perhaps
* Match Game announcer Johnny
* Irritated spots
* Be buoyant
* Varnish ingredient
* Like some gases
* United Airlines rival
* Not even the least bit drunk
* Drench
* Mr. Earp
* Parody
* Tempozan Ferris Wheel's city
* Metalworking item often dropped on cartoon characters
* All rival
* Task
* Cognizant
* Super ____ Bros. (1999 fighting game)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 8-letter word for "The five-finger one is illegal"?
* Patron Puzzle #51, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Vocabulary Fun Pack.

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Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy update: Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy Pack #2!

The original Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy pack consists of 24 Patron Puzzles and two issues of Fox & Badger Magazine (all of which were originally only available to Patreon supporters) for US$11.10. I am pleased to announce, on this Giving Tuesday, the release of Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy Pack #2, consisting of 24 more Patron Puzzles (#25-48) and one more issue of Fox & Badger Magazine (with 12 puzzles and a meta), all for the same price of US$11.10. Amazing!

This time around, Patron Puzzles include the following:
* Four 13x13 Codewords puzzles (example).
* Three 15x15 Pathfinder puzzles (example).
* Four 21x21 Framelinks puzzles (example).
* Five large Snake Crisscross puzzles (example).
* A giant Anacrossword (example).
* A sequel to Wordy Wednesday 37.
* A puzzle three-pack inspired by my colleague Ryan Faley.
* And much more!

As a reminder, this is a charity initiative. Please e-mail me (glmathgrantATgmailDOTcom) a copy of your charitable receipt (it must be a new donation, dated no earlier than one day before you email me) to receive this pack of puzzles. I am currently soliciting donations to these four charities:
I'm offering the original Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy pack (24 previously Patreon-exclusive word puzzles for US$11.10), the LiveJournal Logic Pack (300 logic puzzles for US$3), and the Section Six Six-Plus-Six Pack (12 Section Six puzzles for $6). No matter what your budget is, I hope you will support these causes and get some fun puzzles to solve.

Wordy Wednesday 253: Snake Crisscross 6

WORDY WEDNESDAY #251
ANACROSSWORD 17 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Jay McConnell **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #252
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 5 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #253
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 6
This puzzle's crisscross grid contains entries which read across and down as normal; these words are defined in alphabetical order by length under the heading “Crisscross Words.” The grid also contains a number of “snakes”: areas which follow a single clear path. Each of these snakes contains an entry which snakes from one end of the path to the other. These entries are defined under the heading “Snake Words”, and are also clued in alphabetical order by length. You must determine how the grid is divided into snakes; no two snakes overlap.

Arrange the letters in the highlighted cells to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
CRISSCROSS WORDS
3 LETTERS
1986-1990 sitcom about Gordon Shumway
Baseball ____
Singer Henley
Guitarist Paul
____ bygones be bygones
Don't Tell ____ the Babysitter's Dead (1991 flick)
Second-to-last letter in the Greek alphabet
4 LETTERS
Performed very well in
Uncle’s partner
“Curses!”
“Novocaine for the Soul” band
Give off
Basketballer Lamar
Daze
5 LETTERS
Layers, as of paint
Language from which we get the word “umiak”
Actor Plemons
Tails’s real first name in the Sonic the Hedgehog games
It may be fine
Wedge-shaped piece
A type of fish
6 LETTERS
____ 110th Street (1972 crime drama)
Cuban dictator Fidel
A type of fish
Decoration made from a bundle of strings
8 LETTERS
Game with llama-shaped piñatas
Oregon’s largest city
9 LETTERS
A sparkling wine
10 LETTERS
Excessively flamboyant: 3 wds.
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Prince Fielder's father
Raccoon relative
Game with 54 wooden blocks
____ 666 (2001 horror flick)
Mixed precipitation
6 LETTERS
Blue Diamond offering
Make a valuation of
Author Truman
Breakfast items for stereotypical cops
Parade
Landlord, for example
AT&T rival
7 LETTERS
Item that always has a spiky end sticking up
Dancer’s garment, perhaps
9 LETTERS
Houston sports stadium
Herb in some tea
Wallflower

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Naked and ____ (TV series that debuted in 2013)"?
* What's a 5-letter word for "Match Game announcer Johnny"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 252: Snake Crisscross 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #249
FRAMELINKS 9 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
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Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #250
PENT WORDS 50 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Jay McConnell **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #251
ANACROSSWORD 17 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #252
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 5
This puzzle's crisscross grid contains entries which read across and down as normal; these words are defined in alphabetical order by length under the heading “Crisscross Words.” The grid also contains a number of “snakes”: areas which follow a single clear path. Each of these snakes contains an entry which snakes from one end of the path to the other. These entries are defined under the heading “Snake Words”, and are also clued in alphabetical order by length. You must determine how the grid is divided into snakes; no two snakes overlap.

Arrange the letters in the highlighted cells to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
CRISSCROSS WORDS
3 LETTERS
Carney of Harry and Tonto (1974)
Possesses
Bill who appeared on The Big Bang Theory in 2013 and 2018
Split ____ soup
Hot tub with a whirlpool
____ Lanka
Number of frames in a game of bowling
4 LETTERS
____ cheap
Lazy
Be lazy
Organ with which we smell
Symbol on a music score indicating silence
5 LETTERS
Behave in an unruly manner: 2 wds.
Improvised: 2 wds.
Make amends
One in a military academy
Item holding a piece of jewelry together
The Planets composer Gustav
It secretes bile
Body opening
Total
6 LETTERS
Excite
Fats ____
Romp
Biblical hunter whose name can also mean “idiot”
Foul odor
7 LETTERS
Salon employee
8 LETTERS
Band worn around the wrist
It may be found roasting on an open fire
9 LETTERS
Field for Copernicus or Galileo
Very thin line in fabric
11 LETTERS
Route for 19th century American settlers that’s the subject of a computer game: 2 wds.
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
2018 headline maker Kavanaugh
On a weather map, it may be cold or warm
Excessively hurried
Cretan king of myth
Mature
Publicity ____
6 LETTERS
Absolutely loves
Enumerated
Chef Jamie
Absolutely rotten
Recurring Metroid boss or film director Scott
Small upright piano
Some fasteners
Red vegetable
7 LETTERS
Teetotaler’s bane
Be revelrous
____ and cream
Craft store item with holes in the shape of a design
8 LETTERS
Stilton who resides in New Mouse City in children’s books
Mode of transportation at Disneyland
Air

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 8-letter word for "Game with llama-shaped piñatas"?
* Patron Puzzle #50, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month), is a Mini-Puzzle Fun Pack.

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Wordy Wednesday 251: Anacrossword 17

WORDY WEDNESDAY #248
PATHFINDER 10 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Jay McConnell **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #249
FRAMELINKS 9 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #250
PENT WORDS 50 (hint)
As of this writing, 5 people have solved this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #251
ANACROSSWORD 17
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Tyler Hinman. Support me on Patreon at the $5 per month level and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the $20 per month level to suggest one seed word every month!
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01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 
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36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
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71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95
Popular morning drink
Subject to erratic fluctuations
Contend
The last episode in a TV season, for example
One who pens words for another to take credit for
Programming error in a video game
MC ____ (“U Can’t Touch This” performer)
Grating, as a voice
Nonsense
Part of the eye
Musical word that means “quiet”
Square or triangle, for one
Second person pronoun
____ to Ride (board game with trains)
Long in the ____
You might vanish without one
Website where Trump posted a message about “covfefe”
Italian composer Giuseppe
XC90 maker
Equivocate or flip-flop
Make a high-pitched, plaintive sound

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 8-letter word for "Stilton who resides in New Mouse City in children’s books"?

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Wordy Wednesday 249: Framelinks 9 & Wordy Wednesday 250: Pent Words 50

WORDY WEDNESDAY #247
HEX PATHFINDER 15 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
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Jay McConnell *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #248
PATHFINDER 10 (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #249
FRAMELINKS 9
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron M. Sean Molley. Support me on Patreon at the $5 per month level and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the $20 per month level to suggest one seed word every month!
Fill in the empty squares in the diagram with the given letters to form words.
Arrange the letters in the shaded squares to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
AAAAAAAA B CC D EEEEEEEEEEEEEE GGGGG H IIIIIII LL MMMMM NNNNNNNNN OOOOOO RRRRR SSSSS TTTTTTT UUU YY

WORDY WEDNESDAY #250
PENT WORDS 50
In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 Aunt of pancake mix fame / Release one's anger
2 ____ of Africa (1985 film) / ____ Pizza Cats (1990-1991 cartoon)
3 A fox or a table has four / Breastbones
4 Leave out / Bizet opera
5 Yogi who said, "I never said most of the things I said" / Fish-eating mammal in the weasel family
6 A form of tangelo / Clean or celibate
7 Irritate / Tempt
8 ____ Tuned (1992 film) / South Park: Bigger, ____ & Uncut
9 One of 90 in the measure of a right angle / Cheese named after a region in France
10 European automobile race site / A dark shade of blue

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Concur
* A unit of energy
* "I hate to ____ your bubble. . ."
* Last letter of the Greek alphabet
* Deck associated with divination
* Entertain
* Material for some stockings
* Word before "poker" or "search"
* Spooky
* IHOP side offering
* Japanese egg noodles
* Gives off
* The Neon ____ (2016 horror film)
* Secret place to hide things away
* "____ Just Want to Have Fun" (Cyndi Lauper song)
* Brusque
* Storage spot in a house
* Expert

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* On what website did Trump post a message about “covfefe”?
* Patron Puzzle #49, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Snake Crisscross.

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 248: Pathfinder 10

WORDY WEDNESDAY #246
SECTION SIX 24 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #247
HEX PATHFINDER 15 (hint)
As of this writing, 4 people have solved this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #248
PATHFINDER 10
In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered square, goes in some direction, and makes one or more right-angled turns as it winds through the grid. When you have finished, every letter will be used in exactly two entries.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Japanese art of growing tiny trees (6)
2 “____ you!” (response to a sneeze) (5)
3 Insect in a Biblical plague (6)
4 Civil War figure George Armstrong ____ (6)
5 Comic strip created by Kevin Fagan (7)
6 Microscopic particles of a substance composed of atoms (9)
7 One who might reject people of lower classes (4)
8 Expert (5)
9 Group of fish (6)
10 Get away from (5)
11 Amazon smart speaker (4)
12 Grouses with feathered feet (10)
13 ____ Movie (Seltzer and Friedberg “comedy”) (4)
14 One October birthstone (4)
15 Cerebral ____ (5)
16 Towards shelter (4)
17 Absolutely love (5)
18 Truce (9)
19 Football coach who said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win” (5 8)
20 Ran out of juice, as a battery (4)
20 Used a rod, perhaps (7)
21 Pine ____ (weasel relative) (6)
22 ____ Joy (candy bar) (6)
23 Former Vice President Walter (7)
24 Direct (5)
24 Word following “nervous” or “digestive” (6)
25 ____ Movie (Seltzer and Friedberg “comedy”) (4)
26 Paper alternative (7)
26 Pierce (9)
27 Unexpected obstacle (4)
28 Cookbook offering (6)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Framelinks!
* What's a 5-letter word for "Word before 'poker' or 'search'"?

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Wordy Wednesday 247: Hex Pathfinder 15

WORDY WEDNESDAY #245
PENT WORDS 49 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #246
SECTION SIX 24 (hint)
As of this writing, 4 people have solved this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #247
HEX PATHFINDER 15
In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered hexagon and winds through the grid, starting in the indicated direction. When you have finished, every letter will be used in exactly two entries.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get the final answer, a 7-letter word.
1W ____ pole (5)
1SE An angry child might throw one (13, 2 wds.)
2E Top’s opposite (6)
3E Genesis garden location (4)
4E Automaton (5)
5W 1998 movie where Jim Carrey’s character discovers his entire life is a TV series (13, 3 wds.)
6SE Truthfulness (8)
7SW Head & Shoulders alternative (8, 2 wds.)
8NE Certain Australian marsupial (6)
9SW Relay race need (5)
10E Forcibly squeezed (in) (10)
11SW Property that prospective buyers can go inside (9, 2 wds.)
12W Give a darn (4)
13SW Sidney of In the Heat of the Night (7)
14SE Dracula portrayer (6)
15NE Nix by simply not signing, as a bill (10, 2 wds.)
16W Chardonnay, for example (4)
16W Croquet need (6)
17SE Welles of Citizen Kane (5)
18NW Drums that come in connected pairs (6)
18E 2017 Emma Watson role (5)
19E Parts of brains or ears (5)
20NE Very overweight (5)
21NE Maritime greeting (4)
21SE Scottish beef cattle breed (5)
22SE Televised (5)
23W Paradox namesake (4)
24E Pastry whose name is French for “lightning” (6)
25NE Place to buy meat (4)
25W Leave (6)
26SE Nasal cavity (5)
27SE Emulates a seamstress (4)
28NE Cores (6)
29W Birthplace of Saint Francis (6)
29W Delegate (6)
30E Stockholm resident (5)
31E Circus prop (7)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What football coach said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win”?

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Wordy Wednesday 246: Section Six 24

WORDY WEDNESDAY #243
FOXGERYPTICS 11 (answer)
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Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #244
TOUCHWORD 8 (answer)
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Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #245
PENT WORDS 49 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #246
SECTION SIX 24
This puzzle's grid has six rings and six sections. Each ring contains a series of words placed end to end, reading either clockwise or counterclockwise; all the words in a given ring will read in the same direction. Ring 1 (the outer ring) contains six answers that read clockwise; the starting spaces are numbered in the grid. Clues for the answers in the remaining rings are given in order, but their starting points and direction are for you to determine. The sections (separated by the heavy lines radiating from the center) will help you place the inner rings: in a given section, each ring segment contains all but one of the letters in the next segment outward. In other words, a section's outermost segment contains six letters; the next segment inward contains five of those six letters in some order; and so on, until only one of the original six letters remains.

Arrange the letters in the six starred spaces to form the final answer, a 6-letter word.
Ring 1
1 Signed the back of, as a check
2 Adjoin
3 Alaska city named after a U.S. Secretary of State
4 Former Fleetwood Mac member Buckingham
5 Mythological figure slain by Artemis
6 Unborn human being

Ring 2
* Put off
* Like some servants
* "But seriously, ____. . ."
* Term for a socially inept person derived from If I Ran the Zoo
* President Woodrow

Ring 3
* Like a pug
* Wheel of ____
* Part of KFC
* Dispatch

Ring 4
* Purge a Facebook relationship
* Potable
* Wear away, as water forming a canyon

Ring 5
* Mercury of Queen
* Danish monetary unit

Ring 6
* Sutherland of 24

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 13-letter, 3-word answer for "1998 movie where Jim Carrey’s character discovers his entire life is a TV series"?
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Wordy Wednesday 245: Pent Words 49

WORDY WEDNESDAY #242
ANACROSSWORD 16 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #243
FOXGERYPTICS 11 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #244
TOUCHWORD 8 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #245
PENT WORDS 49
In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 Four pecks / A young sheep
2 Produce seller / ____ code
3 Hershey's candy bar similar to Heath / Noted game show host Alex
4 Irish dramatist William Butler ____ / Fragment of broken glass
5 Covered with marinara, for example / Richard of Pretty Woman
6 Onion relative favored by Wario / Emulates XXXTentacion
7 Hockey rink sighting, sometimes / Clamor
8 Guilty, for one / Lucky ____ (breakfast cereal)
9 A type of stitch in knitting / Brown and gray terrier, for short
10 Heavy item that keeps a ship from moving / Elliot of The Mamas & the Papas
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Part of a Santa costume
* Viscous plant secretion
* Before the appointed time
* Musician Dweezil
* A lock of hair
* Steep
* Spiral-shelled mollusk
* Fast
* ____ Malone (1976 film)
* Lasso
* Knight's protective suit
* Word after "brown" or "blood"
* Andean pack animal
* "Fly the friendly ____" (United slogan)
* Ascend
* Killer whales
* Minimize the rest of, as one's bets
* Wallaby voiced by Carlos Alazraqui

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Sutherland of 24"?

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Wordy Wednesday 243: Foxgeryptics 11 & Wordy Wednesday 244: Touchword 8

WORDY WEDNESDAY #241
CODEWORDS 7 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #242
ANACROSSWORD 16 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #243
FOXGERYPTICS 11
Insert a single letter in each space of each grid so that each grid's five rows and five columns spells a word from left to right or top to bottom (including the letters outside the grid).

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an eight-letter word.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #244
TOUCHWORD 8
In a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, every letter shares an edge with at least one identical letter either immediately above or immediately below. The top and bottom rows are considered adjacent. (You can think of it as a diagramless, cylindrical Share-A-Letter puzzle.)

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Common sandwich dressing, in brief / Where a traitor might throw you: 3 wds.
2 ____ Billionaires (TV series about the Dowden family) / Paradise / Greek city featured in myths
3 Stump / Kidney-related / Former significant others
4 Vulgarly unfashionable, to a Brit / At a very slow tempo / Zorba’s first name in Zorba the Greek
5 Bellybutton / A noble gas / Uncanny
6 Original / Fur source related to the weasel / One ____ Hill
7 Curly-haired dogs / Medieval musical entertainer
8 Cattle ____ / 2008 Jim Carrey flick: 2 wds. / Buy time
9 Substitute / Religion whose pillars include pilgrimage to Mecca / Rome’s country
10 Tailless cat / Country singer Vince / In a congenial manner
11 Supervise / Andean pack animal / Aid a criminal
12 Veranda / Jazz singer Fitzgerald / ____ hound
13 ____ Come Home (1943 film) / Nonchalant / The 19th Syrian President
14 Not more / The ____ Patient (1996 movie) / ____ to Perdition (2002 movie)
15 One not to shoot, perhaps / Burial garment

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* What's a 5-letter word for "____ Malone (1976 film)"?
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Wordy Wednesday 242: Anacrossword 16

WORDY WEDNESDAY #240
PENT WORDS 48 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #241
CODEWORDS 7 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #242
ANACROSSWORD 16
[Author's note: I warned you last week this one was difficult. I'm truly sorry, and I promise I'll do better next time.]
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Note: The symbol † indicates headlines from the Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee.
† “Man Casually Mentions He Chose Jesus, ____ Pops Out Of Nowhere To Argue With Him”
Board game with rooks
Oliver Twist character described as a receiver of stolen goods
Inconsequential filler
The ____ Show (amateur talent show where celebrity judges can bang a large instrument to end a particularly bad act)
Beyond ugly
Pagan
Marge’s husband
† “9 Things You Can Give Up For ____ With Minimal Effort”
† “Report: Guy Who Says He Hates To Be ‘That Guy’ Actually ____ To Be ‘That Guy’”
Hall’s partner
Sign of things to come
Hitchcock classic referenced in Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”: 2 wds.
† “6 Secular ____ You Should Add To Your Worship Set This Very Sunday”
In the near future
Posture
† “Man Stacks Chairs After Church Service Like ____ Champion”
Large striped feline
One abstaining from milk, eggs, and meat
A terrible thing to mind, according to an aphorism
What a deceased married man might leave behind

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* Foxgeryptics!
* What is Zorba’s first name in Zorba the Greek?

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Wordy Wednesday 241: Codewords 7

WORDY WEDNESDAY #238
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 6 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #239
FRAMELINKS 8 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #240
PENT WORDS 48 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #241
CODEWORDS 7
In the crossword puzzle above, every letter is represented by an integer from 1 through 26. You must decipher the code to reveal the words.

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to spell the final answer, an eight-letter word.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A puzzle for whose difficulty I apologize in advance. . . .
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Wordy Wednesday 240: Pent Words 48

WORDY WEDNESDAY #237
ANACROSSWORD 16 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #238
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 6 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #239
FRAMELINKS 8 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #240
PENT WORDS 48
In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 Reprehensible person / The long ____ of the law
2 Mark and Shania, for two / An auction website
3 Dawkins who coined the word "meme" / Lennon's widow
4 Prod / A contestant on The Voice, for example
5 ____ Meets World (1993-2000 sitcom) / Steered
6 Items for providing victuals to wild animals / Sob
7 ____ of Man / VCR button
8 Bird of prey / Foodstuff that can be white, brown, or fried
9 Annihilate / Play it by ____
10 Large books / Resource
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Herb related to the carrot
* Some lagomorphs
* Plateau relatives
* Placed in a heap
* ^
* Actress Greta of Anna Karenina (1935)
* Gold brick
* Mistake
* In great poverty
* Not last
* Jumped
* Certain woodwinds
* ____ on a True Story (2017 Roman Polanski film)
* Make a mistake, with "up"
* Comic ____
* The player's role in SimCity
* Like a film not produced by a big studio
* First word of many a phone conversation

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Codewords!

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Wordy Wednesday 238: Fill-In Crossword 6 & Wordy Wednesday 239: Framelinks 8

WORDY WEDNESDAY #236
SECTION SIX 23 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #237
ANACROSSWORD 16 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #238
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 6
The answers in the crossword below are clued alphabetically by length; you must figure out where they belong. The unclued shaded entries will spell a clue to the final answer.
3 LETTERS
Be a thespian
Vehicle for getting to school
Not many
What PETA would prefer you not wear
A common sandwich meat
Formerly known as
Not old
Uncooked
Singer-songwriter Nugent
____ Story (1995 film)

4 LETTERS
Rusie of baseball
A beauty brand
“____ It” (Michael Jackson song)
A craps bet
Emanate
Erin of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Notice
Norse creator god
Kitchen item
____ and file
Steals from
Hot tubs
Whole step, in music
Small child
Use a computer keyboard
Alcoholic beverage made from grapes

5 LETTERS
Circe’s niece in Greek myth
Be a sponge
Popular salad dressing
Place to get your hair done
Bundle of grain stalks
Emulate a pig, perhaps
“When the going gets ____. . .”
Oleff of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

6 LETTERS
Exploited
Simultaneously: 2 wds.
Sport for the Minnesota Wild
A citrus fruit
Read something aloud
Word before “engineering” or “networking”

WORDY WEDNESDAY #239
FRAMELINKS 8
Fill in the empty squares in the diagram with the given letters to form words.
Arrange the letters in the shaded squares to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
AAAAAAAAAAA BBBB C DDDDDDD EEEEEEE GG HH IIIII LLLLL M NNNN O PP RRRRRRRRRRRR SSSSS TTT U VV Y

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Wordy Wednesday 237: Anacrossword 16

WORDY WEDNESDAY #235
PENT WORDS 47 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #236
SECTION SIX 23 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #237
ANACROSSWORD 16
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Self-evident truth
July 4 and December 25, for two
Difficult choice between undesirable options
Dye used in temporary tattoos
Villain’s opponent
____ and yon
As an inevitable result: 2 wds.
Narrow land strip connecting two larger land areas
The woodchuck, for one
Require
Like Vikings
British spelling of a certain shade of yellow
Extremely wise person
Food wrap trademark
Dark gas mixture in big cities
Fabric sample
Splenda, for example
Bird with an arctic variety
Tolstoy work on which Charlie Brown has to write a book report in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!: 3 wds.
____ of Fortune

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* What's a 6-letter word for "Sport for the Minnesota Wild"?
* A Framelinks!

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Wordy Wednesday 236: Section Six 23

WORDY WEDNESDAY #234
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 4 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #235
PENT WORDS 47 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #236
SECTION SIX 23
This puzzle's grid has six rings and six sections. Each ring contains a series of words placed end to end, reading either clockwise or counterclockwise; all the words in a given ring will read in the same direction. Ring 1 (the outer ring) contains six answers that read clockwise; the starting spaces are numbered in the grid. Clues for the answers in the remaining rings are given in order, but their starting points and direction are for you to determine. The sections (separated by the heavy lines radiating from the center) will help you place the inner rings: in a given section, each ring segment contains all but one of the letters in the next segment outward. In other words, a section's outermost segment contains six letters; the next segment inward contains five of those six letters in some order; and so on, until only one of the original six letters remains.

Arrange the letters in the six starred spaces to form the final answer, a 6-letter word.
Ring 1
1 "A ____ by any other name. . ."
2 Mutual ill will
3 Capacity to make one's own decisions
4 Granger of the Harry Potter books
5 Was generous
6 Tremendous appetite

Ring 2
* Trader
* Oman's western neigbor
* Microsoft : Cortana :: Apple : ____
* Interval between the low and hi "do" in a musical scale
* Hair regrowth brand

Ring 3
* Helical pasta
* As ____ on TV
* Goodyear offering, to a Brit
* Texas town in a Doobie Brothers song: 2 wds.

Ring 4
* Lung or kidney, for one
* Capital of the least populous U.S. state
* Grocery ____

Ring 5
* Popular salad dressing
* Ugly thing

Ring 6
* Actor Jim of The Number 23

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* On which Tolstoy work does Charlie Brown have to write a book report in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!?

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Wordy Wednesday 235: Pent Words 47

WORDY WEDNESDAY #232
PATHFINDER 9 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #233
HEX PATHFINDER 14 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #234
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 4 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #235
PENT WORDS 47
In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 Hertz rival / iPad, for one
2 Croft of the Tomb Raider games / Narrate, as a story
3 Fabric made from the Angora goat's fur / "Once ____ a time. . ."
4 In a state of complete disorder / Little
5 "____ New Yorker" (Odyssey song) / Super Mario ____ (1992 racing game)
6 One parking cars for hotel guests / A type of tissue in vascular plants
7 ____ the bottom of the barrel / Place to learn karate
8 Vessel for keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold / Pizza ____ (restaurant chain)
9 Robin Hood's forte / Bitter alcoholic drink
10 Environment / Ooze

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Hertz rival
* A version of Windows
* Sailor's way of saying, "Stop!"
* Move in a leisurely, aimless manner
* Mint ____
* Core belief
* Emulate a goat
* Hawaiian greeting
* Gradually become narrower
* Dramatically express feelings
* Gregorian ____
* Word preceding "dog" or "pepper"
* Print on the other side of paper, for example
* Less common
* Irritated
* Port-au-Prince's country
* Mighty Morphin ____ Rangers
* Edmonton athlete

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* What's an 8-letter word for "Granger of the Harry Potter books"?
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