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Wordy Wednesday 272: Foxgeryptics 13

WORDY WEDNESDAY #270
PENT WORDS 54 (answer)
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Bryce Herdt **
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #271
FOXGERYPTICS 12 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #272
FOXGERYPTICS 13
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.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 19-letter, 3-word answer for "TruTV series whose host’s surname is Conover"?

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Wordy Wednesday 271: Foxgeryptics 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #269
HEX PATHFINDER 17 (answer)
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Bryce Herdt **
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #270
PENT WORDS 54 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #271
FOXGERYPTICS 12
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.


COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* More Foxgeryptics!

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Wordy Wednesday 270: Pent Words 54

WORDY WEDNESDAY #268
HEX PATHFINDER 16 (answer)
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Bryce Herdt *
Mary Maynard **
Michael Tang **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #269
HEX PATHFINDER 17 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #270
PENT WORDS 54
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 Charge with a crime / Flow slowly
2 A Bantu language / A keyboard key
3 Spelling contest / Not ____ Teen Movie (2001 movie)
4 Newsman Dan / Company associated with Sonic the Hedgehog
5 Lazy / Grammy winner Keys
6 Word before "cube" or "cream" / What you might do to your car windows on a cold day
7 ____ to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019 movie) / Add a program to a computer, say
8 Cleanse something soapy, perhaps / Bugs that bug dogs and cats
9 The Nile, for one / Deathly pale
10 ____ We Dance (2004 romantic comedy) / Fish-eating swimmer related to the weasel

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Book of maps
* ____ con carne
* Three strands of hair tied together
* "When ____ Eyes Are Smiling"
* Striped horse relative
* Clark's partner
* Actor Zac
* Thing of the past, perhaps
* Breastplate associated with Zeus and Athena
* ____ in the pan
* Blood of the Greek gods
* Ration
* A keyboard key
* Far from fresh
* Some symbols on a music staff
* New Delhi's country
* Not behind
* You Were ____ Really Here (2017 drama film)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A pair of Foxgeryptics!

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Sorry for no Wordy Wednesday this week

I was battling suicidal depression and had to undergo inpatient therapy with no Internet. I'll catch up on unread emails soon.

New Wordy Wednesday next week!

Wordy Wednesday 269: Hex Pathfinder 17

WORDY WEDNESDAY #267
CODEWORDS 9 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #268
HEX PATHFINDER 16 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #269
HEX PATHFINDER 17
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.
1SE Finding ____ (2003 film) (4)
2SW Blitzed (10)
3NW Sweet liquid that bees seek (6)
4NE Bird in a Poe work (5)
5W “I Like to ____ It” (song featured in the film Madagascar) (4)
6E ____ machine (calculator relative) (6)
6SW Great-great-great-great-great-grandparent, say (8)
7W Harmless (6)
8NE Place to buy lottery tickets, often (16, 2 wds.)
9SW America's Funniest Home ____ (6)
10NW Alex Van Halen's brother (5)
11SE Merrymaking (7)
12NW Mythical lamp occupant (5)
12E Chain ____ (4)
13SE Irate (5)
14SW Take all of one’s attention (7)
14SW “All your base are belong to us”, for example (7)
15NW 2012 drama directed by Henry Alex Rubin (10)
16NE Two socks or two shoes, say (4)
16SE Hoarder of sorts (7, 2 wds.)
17SW Faley who’d appreciate it if you visit redhead64puzzles.blogspot.com, or actor Gosling (4)
18NW Witty (6)
18SW Influence (5)
19NE Military academy student (5)
20E Operatic solo (4)
21NW Place where birds are kept (6)
22W Anderson who once hosted Family Feud (5)
23W Ankle bones (4)
24NE Word meaning “expert” with Yiddish origins (5)
25NW Silly (5)
26NE Camel feature (4)
27E Coca-Cola alternative (5)
28SW Iron Man’s real name (9, 2 wds.)
29NE ____ alcohol syndrome (5)
30W Attack with a machine gun from a low-flying aircraft (6)
31SW Condensed summary (8)
32E Tennis-playing namesake of a Richmond athletic center (10, 2 wds.)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Breastplate associated with Zeus and Athena"?

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Wordy Wednesday 268: Hex Pathfinder 16

WORDY WEDNESDAY #265
PENT WORDS 53 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #266
SECTION SIX 26 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #267
CODEWORDS 9 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #268
HEX PATHFINDER 16
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 Rainwater container (7)
2E One who abstains from cigarette use (9)
3SW Nikon rival (5)
3SW Light narrow boats (6)
4NE Michael Moore documentary about health care (5)
5E Board game in which players make the red planet livable (16, 2 wds.)
6W Author Hemingway (6)
7SW Certain raccoon relative (5)
7SW Heraldry concern (10, 3 wds.)
8NE Beginning (5)
9SE Maltreats (6)
10NW ____ hound (6)
11NE Autumn Sonata director Bergman (6)
12E Bad smell (4)
13SE Certain internal organ (6)
14NW You can’t make a silk one out of a sow’s ear (5)
15NE 2004-2012 Fox medical drama (5)
15SE New Testament king who wanted to murder baby Jesus (5)
16NW Extremely overweight (5)
17W Judge’s outer garment (4)
18E ESPN show hosted by Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon (21, 3 wds.)
19NW ____ go Bragh (4)
20SE Not courageous (5)
21NW Stick for jamming ammunition into a firearm (6)
22SW Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ____ (4)
23NW Attentive (5)
23SW Actress Hathaway (4)
24SE It wasn’t built in a day (4)
25SE Horse’s sound (5)
26NE Ten-cent piece (4)
27W Measure of how tall something is (6)
28SW Pet store purchase (5)
29NE Fake attack (5)
29W Circus participant, sometimes (4)
30E Lottery-like casino game (4)
31NW Hammer-wielding comic book character (4)
32SW Professional bowler’s goal (6)
33NE Tees and such (6)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "America's Funniest Home ____"?

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Wordy Wednesday 267: Codewords 9

WORDY WEDNESDAY #264
FRAMELINKS 11 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #265
PENT WORDS 53 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #266
SECTION SIX 26 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #267
CODEWORDS 9
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. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ____"?

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Wordy Wednesday 265: Pent Words 53 & Wordy Wednesday 266: Section Six 26

WORDY WEDNESDAY #263
FRAMELINKS 10 (answer)
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Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #264
FRAMELINKS 11 (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #265
PENT WORDS 53
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 "Werewolves of ____" (Warren Zevon song that sounds an awful lot like a Lynyrd Skynyrd song) / Hideous
2 Space ____ (Vlaada Chvátil board game) / Comprehend
3 Deathly pale / "____ Paradise" (Weird Al song)
4 Squelch / ____ & Order: Special Victims Unit
5 Common sandwich condiment, briefly / Smells
6 Thick / Patreon CEO Jack
7 Catlike / 12 months
8 Shoptalk / Novelist Wharton
9 A new ____ on life / Sub-detecting device
10 Triple ____ (certain liqueur) / "Sweet Home ____" (Lynyrd Skynyrd song that sounds an awful lot like a Warren Zevon song)

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Came up
* John, Paul, George, and Ringo, for four
* Kid
* Symbol in writing
* ____ Island (former island in New York City)
* Becoming author Michelle
* Stereotypical cop's breakfast item
* 100 centimes, in Algeria
* La ____ (Milan opera house)
* John of tractor fame
* Religion with Mohammed as its prophet
* Marijuana, slangily
* It's made from regenerated cellulose
* What an insomniac might count
* Person who prefers solitude
* Shoptalk
* "____ not, want not"
* Planet ____ (2006 miniseries)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #266
SECTION SIX 26
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 Common Wheel of Fortune category
2 Camera part
3 Murphy of The Haunted Mansion (2003)
4 The North Star
5 President Hoover
6 The Binding of ____: Rebirth

Ring 2
* Fast
* One more advanced in age
* Cog projections
* Piece of luggage, perhaps
* ____ Columbia

Ring 3
* Characteristics
* Spokesperson's pitch
* Absolutely hate
* Theft

Ring 4
* Layer
* Descendant of Jacob
* Newbery Medal winner Eleanor or crossword puzzle author Harvey

Ring 5
* Pittsburgh team
* Take a nap, say

Ring 6
* One of 26 in the English alphabet

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Codewords!
* Patron Puzzle #55, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Framelinks.

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Wordy Wednesday 264: Framelinks 11

WORDY WEDNESDAY #262
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 8 (answer)
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Bryce Herdt **
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #263
FRAMELINKS 10 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #264
FRAMELINKS 11
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.
AAA BBBB CC D EEEEEEEE F GGGG HHHH IIIII KK LLL MMMMM NNNN OOOO P RRRRRR S TTTTTTT U YY ZZ


COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Becoming author Michelle"?
* What's a 6-letter word for "One of 26 in the English alphabet"?

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Wordy Wednesday 263: Framelinks 10

WORDY WEDNESDAY #261
PATHFINDER 12 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #262
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 8 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #263
FRAMELINKS 10
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 BB CCC DDDDDDD EEEEEEEEEE HH III LLLL MMMMM NNNNNNNN OO PP RRRRRRR S TTTTT Y

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Another Framelinks!

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Wordy Wednesday 262: Snake Crisscross 8

WORDY WEDNESDAY #259
IN-GENIE-OUS (answer)
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Adam Weaver **
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #260
PENT WORDS 52 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #261
PATHFINDER 12 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #262
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 8
This puzzle contains a word suggested by PlasmaMan.
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
“Take On Me” band: hyph.
Snake associated with Cleopatra
Lair
George Gershwin’s brother
On the ____ (on the run from the law)
Spoil
Kimono accessory
Stimpy’s partner
In medias ____
Number of commandments
Application
4 LETTERS
Kournikova of tennis
Tom Hardy’s role in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Root ____
Reverberation
Otherwise
Offhand
Certain heron relative
Repair
Southern stew ingredient
South ____ (cartoon with Cartman)
A mode of Indian music
“Darn!”
Emulate the MGM lion
Snare
5 LETTERS
Out of bed
Boxer Mike
6 LETTERS
Obscure, as confidential parts of text
____ Island (New York City borough)
Dormant
Short-sleeved garment: hyph.
7 LETTERS
Container for keeping a drink hot or cold
8 LETTERS
Chooses not to vote
Polluted precipitation: 2 wds.
The capital of North Dakota
A brand of chewing gum
9 LETTERS
A Massachusetts town
10 LETTERS
Flashy jewelry: hyph.
11 LETTERS
Bitterly angry
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
One portraying a role
Buffalo
Task
Approximately
Stuff injected anally
Forbidden in Islam
Angry
Pi Day’s month
Mickey or Minnie, for one
Newspaper pieces about the recently deceased, for short
Forcefully removes from a position
____-fire
____ plug
Tony of comic books
____ Will Be Blood (2007 film)
6 LETTERS
Bruce of comic books
Writes defamatory statements about
Courteney’s Friends role
Zero of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Number of pieces of silver for which Judas betrayed Jesus
____ Joe’s (American grocery store chain)
7 LETTERS
Not for
Depleted
Brother or sister
8 LETTERS
Giving alcohol to an alcoholic, say

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Framelinks!
* Patron Puzzle #54, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is not written yet. I need to get to work, obviously!

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Wordy Wednesday 261: Pathfinder 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #258
CODEWORDS 8 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #259
IN-GENIE-OUS (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #260
PENT WORDS 52 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #261
PATHFINDER 12
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 Pertaining to current events, perhaps (7)
2 Athlete in a 2018 Nike ad campaign (5 10)
3 Shamu, for one (4)
4 A type of beetle (6)
5 Tentacled sea creatures (6)
6 Military academy student (5)
7 Noisy fight (6)
8 The Legend of Zelda: A ____ to the Past (4)
9 Small restaurant (6)
10 Not dead (5)
11 A teenager going out might have one (6)
11 Picasso emulator, perhaps (6)
12 ____ oil (6)
13 Old-timey jukebox (11)
14 Submarine’s weapon (7)
15 Defeat thoroughly (7)
16 Said again (8)
17 Lyft alternative (4)
18 Pursue (5)
19 Mr. Musk (4)
20 Clinton’s 1996 opponent (4)
21 ____ duck (6)
22 One of the Greek Muses (5)
23 Four pecks (6)
24 Suave (6)
25 Large crustacean (4 4)
26 Buy (8)
27 Like a successful mountain climber vis-à-vis a mountain (4)
28 Give heroin to a drug addict, say (6)
29 A grocery store checker scans it (3 4)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Zero of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"?

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Wordy Wednesday 259: In-Genie-ous & Wordy Wednesday 260: Pent Words 52

WORDY WEDNESDAY #257
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 7 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #258
CODEWORDS 8 (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #259
IN-GENIE-OUS
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #260
PENT WORDS 52
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 Emit light, as something hot / Maddow of MSNBC
2 A railroad in Monopoly / Newsman Rather
3 Verb feature / Amount on a tag, perhaps
4 "____ Ga Ga" (Queen song) / Selected
5 ____ chamber / Reagan's predecessor
6 Small donkey used as a pack animal / A type of billiards shot
7 "All the world's a ____. . ." / Software prototypes
8 Clothing store purchase, perhaps / Small digging tool
9 A river in Europe / ____ Without a Cause
10 Mike of boxing fame / Slang

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* San Diego baseballer
* Prognosticators
* Explode
* Twist, as a wet towel
* A lot
* Emit light
* Era
* Prop for Bob Ross
* ____ Orange (herbicide)
* Hurt
* Aids a criminal
* Swap
* Blood of the Greek gods
* Sired, Biblically
* Los Angeles Lakers guard Stephenson
* Device for detecting submarines and such
* Violent public displays
* A type of billiards shot

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "Shamu, for one"?
* Patron Puzzle #53, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), hasn't been written yet. Looks like your author's been slacking off! Oops!

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Wordy Wednesday 258: Codewords 8

WORDY WEDNESDAY #256
SECTION SIX 25 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #257
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 7 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #258
CODEWORDS 8
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 video! Really.
* What's a 5-letter word for "Los Angeles Lakers guard Stephenson"?

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Wordy Wednesday 257: Snake Crisscross 7

WORDY WEDNESDAY #254
PATHFINDER 11 (answer)
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M. Sean Molley **
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Jay McConnell **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #255
PENT WORDS 51 (answer)
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Jay McConnell **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #256
SECTION SIX 25 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #257
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 7
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
____ King Cole
Basketball hoop feature
____ King Cole
Make a knot
Male fox
4 LETTERS
Blended tea drink
The Hunchback of Notre ____
College student’s living quarters, briefly
Lack of difficulty
____ Girl (2014 thriller)
Aslan, for one
Stallion’s mate
Philosopher John Stuart ____
Nothing, in Spanish
“Go away!”
____ chef
Pack down tightly with a series of blows
Powdered drink mix trademark
Chinese finger ____
5 LETTERS
Occur as a result
____ square (ancestor of the sudoku puzzle)
Place to get your hair done
6 LETTERS
Tropical lizards
Name of Bell Labs’ Plan 9 Bunny
Finger-wiping cloth at a table
7 LETTERS
Appetites
Highly developed skill
“These Arms of Mine” singer Otis
9 LETTERS
Othello’s wife
Symbol seen in a subtraction problem: 2 wds.
“After the Gold Rush” singer: 2 wds.
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Home ____ (1990 comedy)
Cries from a flock
It can be measured in degrees or radians
Regions
Australian canine
TV show : episode :: magazine : ____
Somewhat, informally
Four-seated automobile
Jewish Passover service
“All ____ Up” (Elvis song)
Boozehound
A city in Florida
6 LETTERS
Really showering with affection, with “on”
Numbskull
7 LETTERS
____ Dollar Listing New York
Celebrated
8 LETTERS
Estrange
9 LETTERS
Hermitage
11 LETTERS
Seat for lying down in: 2 wds.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Codewords!
* Patron Puzzle #52, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Fill-In Crossword.

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Wordy Wednesday 256: Section Six 25

WORDY WEDNESDAY #253
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 6 (answer)
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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.

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

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"?

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Wordy Wednesday 252: Snake Crisscross 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #249
FRAMELINKS 9 (answer)
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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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