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Wordy Wednesday 331: Chess Words 4

WORDY WEDNESDAY #329
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 6 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #330
PENT WORDS 66 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #331
CHESS WORDS 4
Eight 8-letter words are scrambled on the chessboard. Each chess piece starts on the first letter of one of the words, and can be moved across the board via standard chess moves to spell the rest of the word. Every square is used exactly once. The chess pieces move as follows:
King: one space in any of the eight directions
Rook: any number of spaces in a horizontal or vertical direction
Bishop: any number of spaces in a diagonal direction
Queen: any number of spaces in any of the eight directions
Knight: two spaces in a horizontal or vertical direction and then one space in a perpendicular direction
Arrange the letters in the starred blanks to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
         Queen: R  __ __ __ __ __ __ __          King: L  __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                d1                   **                e1                   **
Queen's Bishop: A  __ __ __ __ __ __ __ King's Bishop: S  __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                c1             **                      f1                   **
Queen's Knight: C  __ __ __ __ __ __ __ King's Knight: E  __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                b1                **                   g1             **      
  Queen's Rook: M  __ __ __ __ __ __ __   King's Rook: N  __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                a1                   **                h1             **   

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* What is a subject of many a Jeff Foxworthy one-liner?

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Wordy Wednesday 330: Pent Words 66

WORDY WEDNESDAY #328
CODEWORDS 11 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #329
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 6 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #330
PENT WORDS 66
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 Certain elastic clothing material / Not in good health
2 Detective ____ (2016 video game that became a 2019 movie) / Sheet used in making animated cartoons
3 ____ & Every (deodorant brand) / Japanese robe
4 High-energy snack for hikers / Writing that isn't prose
5 Possess / Yelled
6 You might get one at a spa / Lascivious look
7 Horton Hatches the ____ (Dr. Seuss book) / Place where records are preserved
8 Propel a boat with oars / Sharp U-turn in a road
9 Seashore bay / Road Runner's Death Valley ____ (1992 SNES game)
10 Approval / Word following "horned" or "night"
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Williams of the Washington Redskins
* Christopher who played Jim Ignatowski in Taxi
* ____ We Dance (1937 film)
* It may be scenic
* Clickable graphics on a computer desktop
* Cricket's sound
* Permit
* Old record material
* Dog owned by the Pickles family in Rugrats
* Kung Fu ____ (2008 animated film)
* French painter Claude
* Spooky
* ____ squash
* Blubbery marine mammal
* Certain African mammal, briefly
* Errand-running employee
* ____ on Main St. (1972 Rolling Stones album)
* Common prop for Groucho Marx

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Chess Words!

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Wordy Wednesday 329: DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 6

WORDY WEDNESDAY #327
FLOWER POWER 3 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #328
CODEWORDS 11 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #329
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 6
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Cindy Heisler. 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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       ^        ^           ^        ^           ^           ^
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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 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
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64 65 66    67 68 69    70 71 72    73 74 75    76 77 78    79 80 81    82 83 84
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85 86 87

Sports venue __ __ __ __ __
             01 48 19 38 04
Emmy, for one __ __ __ __ __
              08 81 35 44 75
Designate __ __ __ __ __ __
          57 16 87 71 36 45
Insect once thought to lay its eggs in sleeping humans’ brains __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                               22 12 09 27 49 62
Material for some shirts __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                         02 68 29 41 61 13 72
Stew with meat, vegetables, and paprika __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                        11 64 85 17 21 47 77
TV judge since 1999: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                            39 26 06 24 58 51 33 34 69 70
“Bubble ____” (Nickelodeon show) __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                 28 63 60 05 54 74 83
Poisonous plant associated with Socrates __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                         31 78 55 42 80 07 66
Concept __ __ __ __
        86 10 25 18
Brother of Moises Arias __ __ __ __ __
                        30 32 50 56 65
George of “Oh my” fame __ __ __ __ __
                       82 14 52 59 40
Comic character created by Georges Remi __ __ __ __ __ __
                                        03 37 23 76 46 20
Game played on a mat with large colored dots __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                             79 84 43 67 73 53 15

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Christopher who played Jim Ignatowski in Taxi"?
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Wordy Wednesday 328: Codewords 11

WORDY WEDNESDAY #326
SECTION SIX 32 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #327
FLOWER POWER 3 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #328
CODEWORDS 11

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 6-letter word for "Insect once thought to lay its eggs in sleeping humans’ brains"?

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Wordy Wednesday 327: Flower Power 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #325
PENT WORDS 65 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #326
SECTION SIX 32 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #327
FLOWER POWER
The answers to this petaled puzzle will go in a curve from the number on the outside to the center of the flower. Each number in the flower will have two 5-letter answers, one going in a clockwise direction, and the other going in a counterclockwise direction. Clues 1, 7, and 13 in each direction are given, but you must determine where the other answers go.

The final answer is a 6-letter word spelled by six adjacent numbered spaces, either clockwise or counterclockwise.
CLOCKWISE
1 A brand of mints
7 Vampire’s teeth
13 Inventor Nikola
* Angry
* Boorish person
* Certain Volkswagen
* Church offering
* City on the Aire River
* Complains
* Get a point
* Hand-printed fabric
* Locale
* ____ mix
* Poet’s concern
* Sitcom set at Mel's Diner
* Subsequently
* Talks up
* Underwear brand
COUNTERCLOCKWISE
1 Shipping box
7 Level of a building
13 Book before Philemon
* 1983 film about a Jewish girl disguising herself as a boy
* Actress Midler
* Ancient region in Anatolia
* Appeases fully
* Army vehicles
* Brink
* Egypt’s capital
* Hurts
* Knight’s jousting weapon
* Malia Obama’s sister
* Pick-up, for one
* Scientist Curie
* Serves
* Sir, for one
* Warms up

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* A Codewords!

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Wordy Wednesday 326: Section Six 32

WORDY WEDNESDAY #324
CODEWORDS 10 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #325
PENT WORDS 65 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #326
SECTION SIX 32
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 Rocker Clapton
2 1958 Hitchcock classic
3 It takes two to do this ballroom dance
4 Diabetic's need
5 White stuff of which some fabric is made
6 Passage underneath a curved structure

Ring 2
* Coal miner's bird, perhaps
* The tiniest amount
* Acknowledgment
* Common garment for a businessman
* The ____ Purple (1985 film)

Ring 3
* ____ for Elephants (2011 film)
* Montoya of The Princess Bride
* Bad thing to add to injury
* Like some arteries

Ring 4
* Set on fire
* It might authorize a police officer to make an arrest
* Sideways Stories from Wayside School author Sachar

Ring 5
* PG-13, for one
* Muslim country's ruler, perhaps

Ring 6
* "32 Footsteps" band They Might Be ____

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* What's a 5-letter word for "Sitcom set at Mel's Diner"?

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Wordy Wednesday 325: Pent Words 65

WORDY WEDNESDAY #323
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 5 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #324
CODEWORDS 10 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #325
PENT WORDS 65
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 Meat-roasting rod / "'Celebrities Should Stay Out Of Politics,' Says Man With Framed Portrait Of Ronald ____" (headline from Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee)
2 Hill of sand / A deceptive type of malware
3 Protective sheet of waterproof canvas, say / Some estates
4 A three-dimensional shape / A two-dimensional shape
5 Undue speediness / Substance in varnish
6 Common nightwear / Color
7 A type of printer / Parks of civil rights activism
8 Number of different pentominoes that exist if rotations and reflections are counted as the same / Ill-mannered child
9 Seagoing vessels / Martini garnish, often
10 'Humanity Must Outgrow The Childish Idea Of God,' Says Man Wearing 'My Little ____' T-Shirt (The Babylon Bee headline) / England's capital
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* "____ Jackson To Honor Christopher Tolkien With 578-Film Adaptation Of 'The Silmarillion'" (The Babylon Bee headline)
* "Report: All International Conflicts Will Now Be Resolved Via 'Super ____ Bros.'" (The Babylon Bee headline)
* Consumed
* Pat whose daughter Maggie had a brief stint on Wheel of Fortune in 2020
* Backbone
* A quart equals two of them
* Lucy's brother in Peanuts
* African mammal, briefly
* Treasure
* Like some numerals
* Highly potent marijuana
* Metal Gear ____ (1998 video game)
* Gemstone
* Stocking material, perhaps
* Scandanavian
* Oranjestad's island
* Vanderpump Rules network
* Daughter of Helios after whom a chess variant is named

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "'32 Footsteps' band They Might Be ____"?
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