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Wordy Wednesday 199: Touchword 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #197
FOXGERYPTICS 9 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
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Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten *
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #198
MUSICAL WORD CHAIRS 3 (hint)
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LOGICSMITH EXHIBITION 7!
I have started a new puzzle construction contest for all of my readers to enter. Prizes include the awesome puzzles from my Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy initiative. Put your puzzle-writing skills to the test!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #199
TOUCHWORD 5
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 Eighth month / Event where prices are reduced / It's measured in points, usually
2 Mythological flying horse / "____, poor Yorick. . ." / Reset a scale to zero
3 Put the ____ to the metal / Lyft alternative / Charge
4 Center part / Cap which the painter Pokémon Smeargle appears to be wearing / Hit the ____ (go to bed)
5 Mentality / Cookie trademark / Citizen Kane’s Rosebud, for one
6 Restaurant offering / Buddhist's goal / Eyed greedily
7 A Gorgon / Video game where Luigi, Yoshi, and pals compete on the links: 2 wds.
8 Word in statements of the congruency of two numbers / Very long-legged red-and-black canine: 2 wds.
9 Emulate a mountaintop singer, perhaps / Muscat is its capital / ____ Scissorhands
10 Time long past / ____ bean / Clouded ____
11 Hoisting machine with tine-like fingers / Moving in a circular path
12 Word before "medicine" or "music" / Winnow / Nada
13 Egg parts / Curling ____ / Timon of ____
14 Dairy product with culture? / Pick-up artists, for example
15 Presage / British streetcar / Repeat performance

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Sana'a is its capital"?

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

Logicsmith Exhibition 7: Pentominous Borders

I was recently contemplating one of my logic puzzles from 2016, and this contest came about as a result.

You are to divide a 15x15 square grid into the smallest possible number of regions such that it forms a valid Pentominous Borders puzzle (that is, there is exactly one way to further divide the regions into pentominoes, regions of five cells each, so that no two congruent pentominoes, even if rotated or reflected, share an edge). Ties will be broken in favor of which puzzle has the most solutions if you disregard the rule that congruent pentominoes cannot share an edge (since such a puzzle is more likely to be interesting as a puzzle). Further ties will be broken by random.org. Consider the 5x5 examples below:
Puzzle A is outranked by puzzles B and C because it contains more regions (even though it also has more faux solutions); puzzle B is outranked by puzzle C because it has the same number of regions and fewer faux solutions (and in fact is a very boring puzzle).

Submit your puzzle to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next 4 weeks (before 11:59 PM Central time on February 12, 2018). You may enter multiple times; only your best valid entry will be counted. I will feature the best valid entry from every entrant on this blog, so even if you don't win, your puzzle-writing abilities will be showcased on my blog.

The winner will receive every puzzle in my Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy initiative! This means you'll get the original Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy pack (24 previously Patreon-exclusive word puzzles), the LiveJournal Logic Pack (300 logic puzzles), the Signed Magazine Four-Pack (four signed puzzle magazines), and the Section Six Six-Plus-Six Pack (12 Section Six puzzles). That's a $50.10 value! Three runners-up will receive the Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy pack, the LiveJournal Logic Pack, and the Section Six Six-Plus-Six Pack (a $20.10 value). The awarding of these prizes was made possible by a very generous donation I got last year. Of course, you can still support my chosen charities if you wish to do so, but if you can't afford such generosity, give puzzle-writing a try.

Good luck!

Boycott The New York Times!

TRIGGER WARNING: This post refers to the 45th President of the United States by name.

As some of you know, I'm the most liberal person in the entire puzzle community. In fact, I've been pro-choice ever since I was in the womb. So like many of you, I was utterly appalled when the New York Times crossword for January 9, 2018 clued the entry JOHN not as a "Toilet" or as "'Imagine' singer Lennon", but as Donald "literally Hitler" Trump's middle name. Prominent blogger Rex Parker [TRIGGER WARNING: blog post mentions sexual assault and refers to the 45th President of the United States by name — Rex neglected to put a trigger warning in his own post, which I called him out on] wrote, "Puzzle lost my good will at 1-Down [the offending JOHN clue] and never got it back, despite the fact that it's technically fine." The puzzle was fine in all other regards, but because of a single clue, it became one of the worst crosswords the NYT has ever published. And as illustrated by the Tweets cited in Rex's blog post, he's far from alone.

If this were any other President, like Barack Hussein Obama, I'd respond, "You get nausea from a middle name? For frick's sake, you need serious medical help, and I don't mean WebMD!" But Trump is different from all 44 previous Presidents, and anyone who doesn't see that either is a Nazi or has an IQ below 69.

Mr. Bloom hits the nail on the head here. The mere mention of the President's name in a crossword endorses and normalizes the far right and fascism.

Until The New York Times fires Will Shortz for the obvious gaffe of mentioning the current President's middle name in a crossword clue and hires someone else, such as the venerable Timothy Parker, I will be boycotting their crossword. Additionally, my research shows that The New York Times is not only a vendor of crossword puzzles, but a newspaper that reports the news (and has been doing so for longer than it's been publishing crosswords). Until they stop mentioning the President at all in any of their news reporting, thereby normalizing the far right, I will be boycotting everything they do. I will also boycott any other news outlet that mentions the name of the President and reports actual news instead of pretending that Hillary won in 2016 (as she should have), such as CNN and MSNBC.

Please spread the word about these boycotts. The puzzle community can affect positive change in the world, but only if we stick together.

I usually stay out of politics on this blog, but this issue is obviously too serious to ignore. There has never been a more justified negative reaction to a crossword clue in the history of crosswords, and despite what some people in Rex's comments section might say ("Okay this HAS to be a joke right? The normalization of the far right? I consider myself a democrat but the left can be embarrassing sometime. Saying the PRESIDENT'S NAME is normalizing the far right?"), we need to do everything we can to ensure this evil man's name never again appears in a crossword clue or entry.

Wordy Wednesday 198: Musical Word Chairs 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #196
SECTION SIX 19 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #197
FOXGERYPTICS 9 (hint)
As of this writing, 7 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 #198
MUSICAL WORD CHAIRS 3
The letters in these words are playing musical chairs; in each round, one letter gets dropped and the rest get rearranged. Write the clued 8-letter words in column A. Then drop one letter from each word and rearrange the rest to get a 7-letter word that goes in column B. Drop one more letter and rearrange what's left to get a 6-letter word to write in column C. The letters thus dropped, reading down the leftmost column and then the rightmost column, will spell a song title. The words in column C are clued in order, but you must determine where the words go in the other columns.
COLUMN A
* Cruel
* Diseases
* Faltering
* Having the most weight
* Lineage
* Male gland
* What some workers are paid
* Worst-case ____

COLUMN B
* Assumed names
* Certain eye parts
* Harbor for ships
* Robbers
* Send in the wrong direction
* Some gaits
* Spit and ____
* With The, 1959 Walter Tevis novel

COLUMN C
1. More abundant in vegetation
2. Gradually narrows
3. Singer Wonder
4. Squirrels’ items
5. Collie of fiction
6. Capital of Saskatchewan
7. Depressing
8. Minute amounts

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* In what video game do Luigi, Yoshi, and pals compete on the links?

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

Wordy Wednesday 197: Foxgeryptics 9

WORDY WEDNESDAY #195
PENT WORDS 39 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #196
SECTION SIX 19 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #197
FOXGERYPTICS 9
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 7-letter word for "With The, 1959 Walter Tevis novel"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 196: Section Six 19

WORDY WEDNESDAY #194
FRAMELINKS 7 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #195
PENT WORDS 39 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 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 #196
SECTION SIX 19
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 Like many popular YouTube videos
2 Bird's home
3 Fearsome
4 Sufficient
5 Nevada birthplace of Gilligan's Island's Dawn Wells
6 Popular carbonated beverage: 2 wds.

Ring 2
* Like skimpy clothes
* Canyon with steep walls
* "____ your horses!"
* Castrate
* Harry Potter portrayer Radcliffe

Ring 3
* River in Africa
* Subject of Don McLean's "Vincent": 2 wds.
* Baseball batted low
* Discourage

Ring 4
* Kidney-related
* Popular wintertime beverage
* ____ Acre Wood (A. A. Milne setting)

Ring 5
* Manatee relative
* Deserved

Ring 6
* "19 Kids and Counting" surname

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A pair of Foxgeryptics!
* Patron Puzzle #32, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Framelinks.

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

Wordy Wednesday 195: Pent Words 39

WORDY WEDNESDAY #193
CODEWORDS 6 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Gordon Krefting *
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #194
FRAMELINKS 7 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #195
PENT WORDS 39
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 Discipline / One of two on either side of the human face
2 Snoopy's comic strip / Lennon's widow
3 Trump's Secretary of Energy Rick / Bald ____
4 Puzzling question / Like a low remark
5 Speak pompously / Calendar page, often
6 Frasier was its spin-off / ". . . to ____ and to hold. . ."
7 Emulate the IRS, perhaps / Today weatherman Al
8 Subdivisions of families / Group of cattle
9 Gulliver's ____ / Turf
10 You might take the scenic one / A simple machine

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Pursue
* Changes direction
* Doggie
* Stared at greedily
* Gave five stars, say
* Made a quilt
* Religious belief
* Avoid
* Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike ____
* Anesthetic of yore
* Spooky
* Feel longing
* American Idol judge Cowell
* Jewish scripture
* It covers rock and disproves Spock
* ____ orange
* Boring tool
* Pyromaniac's crime

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "Nevada birthplace of Gilligan's Island's Dawn Wells"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 194: Framelinks 7

WORDY WEDNESDAY #191
FOXGERYPTCS 8 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Kenneth Wilson **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #192
HEX PATHFINDER 11 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Kenneth Wilson **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #193
CODEWORDS 6 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #194
FRAMELINKS 7
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.
AAAAAAAAAA BB CC DD EEEEEEEEEE GG HH IIIII LLLLL MM NNNNNN OOOOOOO PPPP RRR SSS TTTTTTT U YY

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "It covers rock and disproves Spock"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 193: Codewords 6

WORDY WEDNESDAY #190
PENT WORDS 38 (answer)
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Bryce Herdt **
Kenneth Wilson **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #191
FOXGERYPTICS 8 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #192
HEX PATHFINDER 11 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #193
CODEWORDS 6
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 Framelinks!

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

Wordy Wednesday 191: Foxgeryptics 8 & Wordy Wednesday 192: Hex Pathfinder 11

WORDY WEDNESDAY #189
ANACROSSWORD 13 (answer)
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Bryce Herdt **
Deusovi **
Kenneth Wilson **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #190
PENT WORDS 38 (hint)
As of this writing, 7 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!

RYAN FALEY MADE AN ANACROSSWORD!
Ryan Faley made an Anacrossword (a puzzle type that debuted on this blog), and he wants me to share it with you guys, so here you go! Have fun!

FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #191
FOXGERYPTICS 8
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 #192
HEX PATHFINDER 11
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.
1SW Yellow vegetable (4)
2SE Appealing tackiness (6)
3E Overturn (5)
4W Russian leader Vladimir Vladimirovich ____ (5)
5E Like some candles (7)
6NW Military student (5)
6NW Frames (6)
7SE Printing that goes beyond the trimming edge (5)
7SE “I ____ the rains down in Africa. . .” (Toto lyric) (5)
8NE Toy (well, arguably a toy) invented by Gary Dahl (7, 2 wds.)
9NE Plumber’s item (6)
10E Fill with joy (5)
11NE Big band leader and 1951-1982 variety show host (12, 2 wds.)
12SW Like no parts but some actors, according to Constantin Stanislavski (5)
13SW Stadia (6)
14W A type of electronic dance music (7)
15NW Spectacles and such (7)
16W Christian author Joyce (5)
17NW Look without blinking (5)
18SW Movie about a basketball-playing dog (6, 2 wds.)
19W Enclaved African country (7)
20SW Charm (6)
21NE Exit (9)
22SE Poet Ogden (4)
23SE It may be knee-high (4)
24E “It’s a ____!” (Admiral Ackbar line) (4)
25SW Unwanted plant (4)
26NE Certain pastry (6)
27SE Competition (7)
28E Presidential hopeful of “Pokémon Go to the polls” infamy (14, 2 wds.)
29NW English poet ____ Byron (4)
30NE Free from guilt (10, 3 wds.)
31SW Unable to move (5)
32SW Young mystery heroine (9, 2 wds.)
33W Bounced a tennis ball back and forth (7)
34E Setting for a lewd limerick (9)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Codewords!
* Patron Puzzle #31, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Fill-In Crossword.

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Wordy Wednesday 190: Pent Words 38

WORDY WEDNESDAY #188
CRYPTICROSTIC 5 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #189
ANACROSSWORD 13 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 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 #190
PENT WORDS 38
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 Killer whale / Crème de ____
2 Draw / Make glossy
3 Crusader / 2009-2015 Fox series
4 Country singer ____ Travis / Bell invention, briefly
5 Person with a crystal ball / Like a piercing scream
6 Classic Van Halen song that isn't "Jump" / Finished
7 Ice cream parlor offerings / Boyz II ____
8 Pine (for) / The liver, for one
9 Derision / Fortune telling deck
10 Like many cigars, in terms of nationality / Put on clothes

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Agassi of tennis
* 144 units
* Home ____ 2: Lost in New York
* What a large tree may provide
* Intended
* Symbol in an ancient language, perhaps
* Humped mammal
* Not over
* Violet relative
* Rub out, as a mistake
* In that location
* Comedienne DeGeneres
* Baseball's "Big Papi" David
* Nut of an oak
* Greek mythological hunter
* Make into law
* Express anger, perhaps
* Diving acronym-turned-word

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Foxgeryptics!
* What's a 9-letter word for "Setting for a lewd limerick"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 189: Anacrossword 13

WORDY WEDNESDAY #187
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 4 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #188
CRYPTICROSTIC 5 (hint)
As of this writing, 6 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 #189
ANACROSSWORD 13
This puzzle contains words suggested by patrons Anthony Bailey and 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!
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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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104

Was a thespian
Make-or-break poker bet: 2 wds.
Composer Johann Sebastian
City in India once called Madras
Dolt
Item tossed at a bar
Adequate
Remove one’s duds
Continental ____
Installment
Typeface
Mourn
Dolt
Japanese art of paper folding
It's the Great ____, Charlie Brown
Tirades
Star Wars genre: hyph.
The ____ Redemption (1994 film)
Autonomy, as of a state
“If I die before I ____. . .”
Most piquant
One who studies animals

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Home ____ 2: Lost in New York"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 188: Crypticrostic 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #186
SECTION SIX 18 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Cory Oldweiler *
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #187
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 4 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #188
CRYPTICROSTIC 5
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!
The answer is a 10-letter word.
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
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

Actor Christian heading west to speak with much detail __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                       32 14 17 01 45 10 37 23 35
Attractive women heard musical instruments __ __ __ __ __
                                           12 28 04 36 44
Crazy grandmothers follow filmmaker Michael endlessly __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                      40 08 38 33 07 24 29
Feeling of aversion is left in ditch __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                     39 25 47 03 13 18 11
Most frivolous untruths in edited list __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                       43 09 26 41 02 19 34 16
Slim ostriches have long ways to go? __ __ __ __ __
                                     27 21 46 06 20
The 28th President is slow in moving __ __ __ __ __ __
                                     31 05 15 30 42 22

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* What city in India was once called Madras?

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Wordy Wednesday 187: DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 4

WORDY WEDNESDAY #185
PENT WORDS 37 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #186
SECTION SIX 18 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #187
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 4
  __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __'__    __ __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __
          ^           ^        ^           ^        ^           ^
“^__ __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __   ^__ __ __ __ __”
    ^        ^           ^           ^           ^
  __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __
    ^        ^        ^        ^           ^           ^        ^              ^
  __ __ __ __ __    __ __   *__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.
    ^        ^           ^           ^        ^


__ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __
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

__ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __
64 65 66    67 68 69    70 71 72    73 74 75


What Esau sold to Jacob __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                        47 19 03 64 62 18 71 36 68 60
Cold weather items __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                   08 59 43 25 41 32 11 55
Purple fruit __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
             12 29 53 42 17 01 35 72
Word after “finger” or “comfort” __ __ __ __
                                 50 31 37 07
Vanna White, for one __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                     21 14 52 67 63 56 75
“My Little Chickadee” actress: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                      39 51 10 73 02 46 33
Be brighter than __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                 74 15 20 49 65 69 45 05
“Rats!” __ __ __ __ __
        30 13 57 34 58
Like a chimney sweep’s clothes __ __ __ __ __
                               24 26 40 61 48
Takes to court __ __ __ __
               38 27 23 06
Atrium’s partner __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                 09 44 28 70 54 16 04 22 66

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Cryptic clues!

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Wordy Wednesday 186: Section Six 18

WORDY WEDNESDAY #184
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD PLUS (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #185
PENT WORDS 37 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #186
SECTION SIX 18
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 Nutrient favored by bodybuilders
2 Places where food is preserved in metal containers
3 ____ pole
4 Summary
5 1987 comedy for which Elaine May won Worst Director
6 "A rolling stone gathers no ____"

Ring 2
* Palindromic cuff
* Bridge
* Provoke
* Fashionably old-fashioned
* Stress

Ring 3
* Thing on a list
* Ruse
* Certain infielder
* Part of some printers

Ring 4
* Earliest
* Divisions of Dante's Inferno, for example
* Jewish scripture

Ring 5
* Camera's output
* More frightening

Ring 6
* "I'm Eighteen" band Alice ____

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 10-letter word for "What Esau sold to Jacob"?
* Patron Puzzle #30, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Snake Crisscross.

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Wordy Wednesday 185: Pent Words 37

WORDY WEDNESDAY #183
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 5 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #184
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD PLUS (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #185
PENT WORDS 37
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Anthony Bailey. 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, 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 ____ keen / "That hurts!"
2 Fitting together like Russian dolls / Children's card game in which it takes, like, forever for one player to get all the cards
3 America's ____ Top Model / "O Canada", for one
4 Pleasure vehicle of sorts / "Don't ____ the small stuff!"
5 Croc cousin / Dr. ____ and The Electric Mayhem (Muppets band)
6 Something boring / In one's birthday suit
7 Attendant / Musical 2016 animated film
8 Mr. Philbin / Host
9 Mathematician Pascal / Cain's victim
10 Speaks / Actress Falco

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Misrepresent
* Argon and such
* Some large trucks
* Precise
* Alleviated
* Welsh dog breed
* The largest moon of Saturn
* Prove false
* Charisma
* University namesake Brigham
* "See you ____!"
* ____ and pains
* What you might do to your bets
* Because
* Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
* Integrity
* Make an avian sound
* T-bone, for example

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "'I'm Eighteen' band Alice ____"?

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Wordy Wednesday 184: Cryptic Crossword Plus

WORDY WEDNESDAY #182
WORDS WITHOUT FRIENDS 5 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #183
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 5 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #184
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD PLUS
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Jack Bross. 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 cryptic crossword, the answer from the wordplay half of each clue contains an extra letter. For example, if the clue were "Shy memo for North American canine (6)", the answer would be COYOTE, as clued by "North American canine"; the wordplay half clues COY+NOTE, which has an extra N. These extra letters, in clue order, spell one final cryptic clue, which solves normally and produces this puzzle’s final 9-letter answer.
ACROSS
1 Wandering bride is oppressive (4)
3 Wild hog and wild arbor (4)
6 Divide a type of Game Boy Advance and a type of Nintendo DS (5)
10 The Spanish castle for a French mathematician (7)
11 Grandmother and Gospel writer's linguistic concern (7)
12 Be biased against women (5)
13 Answers: bison, lotus, bananas (9)
14 Alters mood upon being consumed by fishing rod parts (8)
15 Whole tumbling trainee (6)
18 Banquet went down in plane (6)
20 Crustaceans and amorphous entities rest uneasily (8)
23 Stoolie is sure to get Ray (9)
25 Remnant from tattered circle (5)
27 Monarch to evaluate thankless person (7)
28 Lohan with horrible lady sins (7)
29 $1,000 search for visitor (5)
30 Some freshwater fish walk briskly (4)
31 Japanese, Australians have Jacob's brother (4)
DOWN
1 Delete Adam's partner in search (5)
2 Guys who fix things rewrite a Zen primer (9)
4 Make excessive claims about Bad Ole Silver (8)
5 Entertain drunken general (6)
6 Courageous, disciplined person caroled, eating portion (7)
7 Without clear head, ascend to state of uncertainty (5)
8 Propulsive devices with the endless oxidation and blunders (9)
9 Came to a stop with freight and Ted (6)
14 Festivity regarding coffee and frosting (9)
16 I deliver catalogs for dreamers (9)
17 Abbott's partner tossed cellos out (8)
19 Aviatrix is close to male red deer (7)
21 Gazing fixedly with lace (6)
22 Mom or dad's terrible pattern (6)
24 Japanese pufferfish, that is, or a musical work (5)
26 Shrinking drinking vessel from the South for nutria (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What;s a 5-letter word for "The largest moon of Saturn"?

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Wordy Wednesday 183: Fill-In Crossword 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #181
CODEWORDS 5 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #182
WORDS WITHOUT FRIENDS 5 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #183
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 5
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
Lovelace who’s considered the first computer programmer
Assist
____ Bud (1997 film)
“____ Day Now” (Chuck Jackson song)
Mr. Nahasapeemapetilon
Rock band Steely ____
Where a fox lives
“Cross my heart and hope to ____!”
Female deer
Keebler worker
A span of time
Canopic ____
Actress Thompson
Michael Stipe’s band
____ de Janeiro
“____ Pilot” (Eric Burdon & the Animals song)
Hot tub
“Income” or “luxury” follower

4 LETTERS
____ vera
Pool player Minnesota ____
Ran away
They’re puckered during a kiss
Former Italian monetary unit
Necessity
Trim the outside of
“____ and you shall find”
Counterweight
Three-____ sloth

5 LETTERS
Pants material
Use a cigarette
Game on many old cell phones
Country music group Little ____, or the state “God
     Blessed” according to one of their songs

6 LETTERS
Insane person
One through whom a god speaks
Chrome alternative
____ horse

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Cryptic clues!

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Wordy Wednesday 182: Words Without Friends 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #179
CRYPTICROSTIC 4 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #180
PENT WORDS 36 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #181
CODEWORDS 5 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #182
WORDS WITHOUT FRIENDS 5
You have 15 turns to build words on the grid. Start by taking the first seven letters in the DRAW COLUMN. Form an English word using four of those letters, and place it reading from left to right in the cells marked 1. On each successive turn, cross out the letters you used and transfer the unused letters (if any) to the next line in the DRAW COLUMN, and then play a new word using some of those letters, placing them in the next successively numbered spaces. Adjoining letters must always form words in crossword fashion, and all the letters will be used.

All words in my solution are valid according to http://scrabble.merriam.com. However, aside from some 2-letter words and the outlined 3-letter word, all of them should be very familiar.

Arrange the letters in the shaded cells to form the final answer, a 7-letter word.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Country music group Little ____, or the state 'God Blessed' according to one of their songs"?
* Patron Puzzle #29, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is entitled Faley Fun Pack!

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