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Wordy Wednesday 236: Section Six 23

WORDY WEDNESDAY #234
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 4 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Tyler Hinman **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #235
PENT WORDS 47 (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 #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

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* 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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Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #233
HEX PATHFINDER 14 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #234
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 4 (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 #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

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 8-letter word for "Granger of the Harry Potter books"?
* Patron Puzzle #44, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month), is a pair of Codewords.

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

Wordy Wednesday 234: Snake Crisscross 4

WORDY WEDNESDAY #231
SIMPLY FILL IN THE BLANKS (answer)
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Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Pavel Curtis **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Lynn S. **
Michael Tang **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #232
PATHFINDER 9 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #233
HEX PATHFINDER 14 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #234
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 4
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
Donkey relative
Victoria’s Secret purchase
A type of hat
A Greek letter
A period of time
"Rumor ____ it. . ."
____ Abner (comic strip)
A Greek letter
Knight’s title
Mineral spring
“____ the Force, Luke”
A sect of Buddhism
4 LETTERS
Shameless boldness
Item to bang in T. Rex’s “Get It On”
Like some reports
Killer whale
Exit ____
Christian apologist Zacharias or sitarist Shankar
Comedian Foxx
Small round item at a wedding
With the 8-letter Snake Word and a hyphen, like the banner in the U.S. national anthem
Narrate
Ripped apart
5 LETTERS
DNA and RNA sequences
There are 18 in a golf course
Scorch
Valve’s digital distribution platform
6 LETTERS
Fished with a hook
Fantastic find at an oil rig
Make tidy
Marsupial known for playing dead
Ornate art style of 18th century Europe
7 LETTERS
Resting spots in birdcages
10 LETTERS
Commit oneself again
Nighttime condition caused by an obstructed airway: 2 wds.
12 LETTERS
Famous Christian hymn: 2 wds.

SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Entertain
Frolic
Jeweler’s unit
Arpad Elo's game
Rebuke
____ reef
Actor Nemec of Parker Lewis Can't Lose
Consumed
Excessive eagerness to act
____ Transylvania (2012 film)
Type of camera lens used for extreme close-ups of small objects
A sheriff’s group of assistants
Ascended
6 LETTERS
Creed of the Rocky films
Shamelessly bold
Popular holiday potable
Canyon relative
Choir member, for one
7 LETTERS
Provided food for a party
Sea of ____ (site of many New Testament miracles)
Emulated a church or theater employee
8 LETTERS
[See the ninth 4-letter Crisscross Word]

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Mighty Morphin ____ Rangers"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 232: Pathfinder 9 & Wordy Wednesday 233: Hex Pathfinder 14

WORDY WEDNESDAY #230
PENT WORDS 46 (answer)
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Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Jason Boomer **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #231
SIMPLY FILL IN THE BLANKS (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's a hint. 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!

LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #232
PATHFINDER 9
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 Hopelessly losing, as a boxer (2 3 5)
2 Least quiet (8)
3 Excessive adulation of a person (4 7)
4 Certain herons (6)
5 Twist, as a wet towel (5)
6 Welles of Citizen Kane (5)
7 Keith whose style was inspired by graffiti (6)
8 Magic: The Gathering resource (4)
8 “____ and Servant” (Depeche Mode song) (6)
9 Birthplace of Saint Francis (6)
10 Famous American frontierswoman (8 4)
11 Street preacher’s task (13)
12 Part of a solitaire card game layout (7)
13 Play boisterously (4)
14 Place for the care of children with no parents (9)
15 Quagmire (6)
16 Record one’s arrival at a hotel, for example (4 2)
17 Celebrity (7)
18 Darwin’s country (9)
19 Last book of the Old Testament (7)
20 Former late night host Jay (4)
21 Mathematician Fano (4)
22 Trademarked name of a heartburn reliever (6)
23 Gold brick (5)
24 Pedicurist’s concern (7)
25 ____ Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (5)
26 Doze off very briefly (6)
27 Liberal ____ (4)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #233
HEX PATHFINDER 14
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.
1E Person who is overly subservient (8, 2 wds.)
1E Devo song that serves as the theme song for the MTV series Ridiculousness (18, 2 wds.)
2E 2011 film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (6, 2 wds.)
3SE State of injury-induced unconsciousness (4)
3SE People engaged in a fight (10)
4NE Proceeding as planned (7, 2 wds.)
5SW 2013-2017 A&E horror series (10, 2 wds.)
6NE Item restraining a leg or arm (7)
7W Inflated rapidly (9)
8E Food for Oliver Twist (5)
9NE Poet and civil rights activist Angelou (4)
10NW From Cardiff, for example (5)
10SW Buffalo Wild ____ (restaurant chain) (5)
11SE Jewelry store item (7)
12W Unit of measure for gold purity (5)
13SW Piece of furniture for a school student (4)
14NE Decays (4)
15NW Small opening in a leaf (5)
16NE Body of water bordering Egypt and Saudi Arabia (6, 2 wds.)
17E Dojo figure (6)
18W Three feet (4)
19SW Rebel Without a Cause star (9, 2 wds.)
20W ____ Assassins (unreleased fighting game where the artwork adorning the fighters’ skins would come to life to perform finishing moves) (6)
21NE ____ Cooks in America (Food Network series) (5)
22NW Brand that cats ask for by name (7, 2 wds.)
23NE Slightly open (4)
24E “Slow down!” (4)
25NE Physically attractive people (7)
26E Recognized (5)
26SW Beyoncé’s surname at birth (7)
27NE “You’re kidding me!” (5, 2 wds.)
28E Large cat found in cold climates (11, 2 wds.)
29SE Saunter (5)
30NW Men’s magazine whose name is a synonym of “epigram” (5)
31NE Used a whistle (4)
32W Former Jeopardy! announcer Don (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "Christian apologist Zacharias or sitarist Shankar"?
* Patron Puzzle #43, 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!

Contest: Letterboxes (RESULTS!)

About two weeks ago, I posted my Letterboxes contest to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my blog. Here are the results!

Wordy Wednesday 231: Simply Fill In The Blanks

WORDY WEDNESDAY #229
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 3 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Jack Bross **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #230
PENT WORDS 46 (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 #231
SIMPLY FILL IN THE BLANKS
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!
What could be easier?
The answer is a 6-letter word.


COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom"?
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ Cooks in America (Food Network series)"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 230: Pent Words 46

WORDY WEDNESDAY #227
TOUCHWORD 7 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Jack Bross **
Anthony Bailey *
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #228
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 2 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Jack Bross **
Anthony Bailey *
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #229
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 3 (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 #230
PENT WORDS 46
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 Actress Anderson of Baywatch / Bandleader Roger Wolfe ____
2 Possess / Anticipate
3 Partner of breakfast / Engage in zealous activism
4 Press / Assessed the flavor of
5 All alternative / ____ fir
6 ____-wracking / One of Haunter's types in the Pokémon games
7 Brother of Luke and Andrew Wilson / Russell of chocolate fame
8 Vigorous / Golfing needs
9 From ____ to stern / Womb
10 Space for playing tennis / Use up

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Use a Brillo Pad
* Penned
* A+, for one
* Ontario and Michigan are two
* Long lock of hair
* Kid
* Becomes oxidized
* Put right
* Portly's father in The Wind in the Willows
* Picture-based word puzzle
* Overturn
* Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of them
* Toward the front
* A magician's apparently free selection that isn't free at all
* Taco ____ (fast food chain that, true to its name, offers "good" Tex-Mex)
* Devices in bakeries
* Mongrels
* Anything, or nothing

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A pretty dumb puzzle. Sorry.
* Patron Puzzle #42, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Mini Puzzle Fun Pack.

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

Contest: Letterboxes

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the first post on this blog! Yes, believe it or not, A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle Blog was once a logic puzzle blog, devoted to logic puzzles! To commemorate this occasion, here's a word puzzle that can be solved entirely with logic.

Place the words in the list below such that each reads in a straight line horizontally, vertically, or diagonally starting from one of the yellow highlighted given letters. Each yellow highlighted letter starts at least one listed word.

Not all cells will be filled in by the words; the answer string for this puzzle is the number of unused cells, followed by a colon, then the coordinates of the unused cells, from the top row to the bottom row and going left to right in each row (for example, 3:A4A14E2).
APTITUDE, ARCHIVIST, ASCOT, ASHEN, ASLEEP, BAYOU, BREAD, DEACONESS, DEVOUT, FARAWAY, FORMULA, FUCHSIA, GIZMO, GRADUATE, GREEDY, GURU, INTREPID, ISOTOPE, LAID, LITANY, LOONIE, MELODRAMA, MEMO, MESA, MIGHT, OFFAL, ORDEAL, OTTOMAN, OVERDUE, PATCHWORK, PEDDLE, PEOPLE, PTARMIGAN, RACEHORSE, REAL, SASSY, SATELLITE, SHOWCASE, STONEWALL, SUNFISH, VANILLA, VOLE, WARM, WISDOM, WRAITH

Send your answer to the above puzzle to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com before 11:59 PM Central time on July 20, 2018 to enter the contest. A randomly-selected entrant with the correct answer will win signed copies of the Spring 2015 issue of Will Shortz's Wordplay, the April 2018 and June 2018 issues of Games World of Puzzles, and my book Logic Puzzles 101! Said winner and up to 15 other randomly-selected entrants with the correct answer will win the LiveJournal Logic Pack, a digital packet of 300 logic puzzles that I wrote before starting this blog. Yes, that's up to 16 winners! I will also donate $3 to Child's Play Charity, which outfits children's hospitals and shelters with toys and games, making coping with the circumstances which put them there just a little bit easier, for every winner I have. That means if I have at least 16 entrants, I'll donate $48 to Child's Play Charity! You might want to spread the word to your puzzle-loving friends if you want to help me reach this goal. . . :)

Good luck, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 229: Snake Crisscross 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #226
SECTION SIX 22 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #227
TOUCHWORD 7 (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 #228
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 2 (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 #229
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 3
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
Joan of ____
____ rummy
Wildebeest
Sailor
Make an attempt
4 LETTERS
British television presenter Peters
____ and crafts
0’s and 1’s, in computing
Harvest
Lee who hosted Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Son of Tomeo and Maemi Takachiho, in Marvel comics
“The ____ of Our Life” (song sung by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill)
Company with which Nintendo attempted to collaborate to make a CD-ROM-based game console
Use a Taser
Powdered beverage brand
Vincent van Gogh's brother
Buffalo ____
Shout
5 LETTERS
“Heavens to ____!”
Country singer Black
Gold brick
Non-poetic writing
Breathe noisily while sleeping
Domesticates
6 LETTERS
Completely ineffective
Warning bell’s sound
____ wife
7 LETTERS
Certain church props
Use a computer backup
8 LETTERS
A button on a piece of clothing, for example
____ defense (common chess opening)
Dark patches on the surface of our star
13 LETTERS
The most Oscar-winning musical movie of all time, with 10: 3 wds.

SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Wrath
Static ____
Morels and such
It may be Socratic
Nimble
Florida Senator Rubio
Slow mollusk
Inhibit the growth of
Fortune-telling deck
A region in China
6 LETTERS
Maroon
A simple machine
Calm
Seamstress’s occupation
Maroon
Bullfighter
Apathy
7 LETTERS
Nasal cavities
8 LETTERS
Bathroom breaks during long road trips: 2 wds.
14 LETTERS
Neil deGrasse Tyson, for one

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of them"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 227: Touchword 7 & Wordy Wednesday 228: Snake Crisscross 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #225
PENT WORDS 45 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John & Izak Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #226
SECTION SIX 22 (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!

LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #227
TOUCHWORD 7
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 Ryder of Beetlejuice / Book before Habakkuk / The ____ Batman Movie
2 Black ____ / Cross-like Egyptian symbol / Least active
3 It glows as Michael Jackson steps on it in the music video for "Billie Jean" / ____ FurFest (annual Rosemont, IL furry convention, so called because of the region of the United States it takes place in)
4 Gambia's neighbor / Give off / Make accustomed to not being nursed
5 Track 8 from Styx's album Pieces of Eight / Resident of Riga, for example
6 Person whose behavior is emulated by others: 2 wds. / Ask Ann Landers offering
7 Wise Old Testament figure / Happy / Insects in hair
8 Place with paper targets: 2 wds.
9 ____ story / Montoya played by Mandy Patinkin / Suspicious
10 Rude person / Seat / Like some mirrors: hyph.
11 ____ fide / ____ room / Extension, as of a magazine subscription
12 Dugong relative / ____ Titans Go! / Iranian monetary unit
13 Weapon often confused with a flail / Wobble / Greek mythological hunter
14 Permit / Puffy hairstyle / Soon
15 Cloth made of flax / It's more than just a tiny boo-boo / A tropical fruit

WORDY WEDNESDAY #228
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 2
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
Tai ____
Poetic preposition
What an entertainer hopes for
You’ve ___ Mail (1998 romantic comedy)
Witch
Old Testament figure whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt
Some gametes
Chess great Mikhail
Orange pekoe, for example
4 LETTERS
____ Don’t Dance (1997 animated flick)
____ Enchanted (2004 film)
Reagle who constructed a lot of crosswords
Storage building for tools, perhaps
It's between the knee and the ankle
Like unfavorable odds
5 LETTERS
Exhale noisily
White-feathered heron
Perceives sound
Metric unit of capacity
Flat, elevated landforms
Four-person automobile
Offerings at Moe's Southwest Grill
6 LETTERS
Half of a rack
Existentialist Jean-Paul
Saul of ____
7 LETTERS
Mixture
Least cluttered
Character in Hamlet
Scandalously revealing: hyph.
8 LETTERS
Arduous
Like the unlucky victim of a viper
9 LETTERS
Insect frequently seen around horses: 2 wds.
13 LETTERS
Put off doing something
1949-1957 series starring Clayton Moore: 3 wds.

SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
____ wrench
Coral reef surrounding a lagoon
Upper crust
Muggs of Archie Comics
One who might participate in the perennial “PC’s versus consoles” debate
News anchor Van Susteren
Item in Fort Knox
Andean mammal
Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think author Ralph
Green goop associated with Nickelodeon
Host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Not fresh
Japanese restaurant item
“____ Me How to Dougie” (Cali Swag District song)
6 LETTERS
Publishing tycoon William Randolph
State with a sunflower on its flag
7 LETTERS
In a stern manner
____ terrier
Vandalized
8 LETTERS
What you call a three-humped camel, as per Disney’s Zootopia
Trustworthy
9 LETTERS
Gives an extreme makeover to, as a home
10 LETTERS
Stone coffins

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "Lee who hosted Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?"
* Patron Puzzle #41, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Fill-In Crossword.

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Wordy Wednesday 226: Section Six 22

WORDY WEDNESDAY #224
PATHFINDER 8 (answer)
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Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #225
PENT WORDS 45 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #226
SECTION SIX 22
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 Pressing
2 Record publishing company
3 Mock
4 Withstand
5 "Take It to the ____" (The Eagles song)
6 Manufacturer of the Macan and the Cayenne

Ring 2
* Bring into a country from another
* Extraordinarily powerful or difficult
* Curve over the letter "n" in some Spanish words
* NYPD ____ (1993-2005 crime drama series)
* Sent a telegraph

Ring 3
* Fit for consumption
* Cherry-pick
* One who owes
* The ____ of Venice

Ring 4
* Bully
* Clear as a ____
* Abstaining from sex

Ring 5
* Manga about Ichigo Kurosaki (and not about cleaning products, apparently)
* Word that's used nine times in Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass", each time preceded by "no"

Ring 6
* Catch-22 author Joseph

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What Montoya was played by Mandy Patinkin?
* What's an 8-letter word for "What you call a three-humped camel, as per Disney’s Zootopia"?

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Wordy Wednesday 225: Pent Words 45

WORDY WEDNESDAY #222
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 2 (answer)
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Nick Imholte **
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #223
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 3 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #224
PATHFINDER 8 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #225
PENT WORDS 45
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 Inlets flanked by cliffs / Amazon smart speaker brand
2 Book, as a hotel room / Tai ____
3 Charles Dickens, for one / ____ Window (Hitchcock film)
4 The Curse of Monkey ____ (game in which "We'll surely avoid scurvy if we all eat an orange") / Modify, as text
5 Ignited / Surname of the composer of Jeopardy!'s famous "Think!" music
6 Type of tree in a legend about George Washington /  ____ enterprise
7 Way over there / Stuff made with chopped cabbage
8 ____ & Euphrates (board game designed by Reiner Knizia) / Huron or Erie, for example
9 Stoppable of Kim Possible / Country sometimes unofficially called Burma
10 A Night at the ____ (Queen album) / Unclean house
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Absolutely covered in filth
* Big name in rental trucks
* Handed over
* Port-au-Prince's country
* Slowly fermented beer
* It may be alphabetical
* Ostinato phrases in rock music
* Group of singers in a church
* Terminator: The ____ Connor Chronicles (2008-2009 TV series)
* Easily broken
* Mouse on The Simpsons
* Cliché
* "Every Rose Has Its ____" (Poison song)
* Camel relative with no hump
* More modern
* National ____ Writing Month (November event)
* Vegetable from which deep-fried rings are made
* Cut off completely

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "Manufacturer of the Macan and the Cayenne"?
* Patron Puzzle #40, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month), is a Framelinks.
* Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month) will also receive issue #3 of Fox & Badger Magazine! A twelve-puzzle meta awaits your solving in "The Patron-Suggested Answer Issue", where patrons have suggested words to use as final answers!

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Wordy Wednesday 224: Pathfinder 8

WORDY WEDNESDAY #221
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #222
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 2 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #223
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 3 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #224
PATHFINDER 8
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 Giant computer used commercially to do many things at once (9)
2 Water artificially (8)
3 Furrowed tubular pasta (8)
4 Passionate (6)
5 Surrender (4)
5 Ukrainian peninsula (6)
6 1998 Nintendo accessory that lets you take photographs in four – count ‘em, four! – colors (4 3 6)
7 “____ to the Music” (Doobie Brothers song) (6)
8 Its first episode is titled “Death Has a Shadow” (6 3)
9 Item that may be horseshoe-shaped (6)
10 Awestruck (6)
11 Follows instructions (5)
12 The use of a Christ figure in literature, for example (9)
13 Frank who invented a machine for resurfacing ice (7)
14 Stuff in a dryer filter (4)
15 Much-hated import car also known as the Zastava Koral (4)
16 Last name of a cartoon character voiced by Jim Backus (5)
17 Tryptophan is this type of acid (5)
18 Dominance (9)
19 Nation whose flag has 22 copies of the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” (4)
20 Al Hirschfeld’s daughter whose name he often hid in his art (4)
21 ____ pack (weapon in Ghostbusters) (6)
22 Netgear item (6)
23 “The Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum” (6)
23 Far from prodigal (6)
24 Organ to which the Fallopian tubes connect (6)
25 Type of hat or sled (8)
26 Mind-____ (8)
27 Specialized vocabulary for a particular field (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "National ____ Writing Month (November event)"?

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Wordy Wednesday 222: Letter Lending Library 2 & Wordy Wednesday 223: Letter Lending Library 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #220
PENT WORDS 44 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #221
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #222
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 2
These words are lending their letters out for you to read. Write the clued 7-letter words in column A. Then drop one letter from each word and rearrange the rest to get a 6-letter word that goes in column B. Drop one more letter and rearrange what's left to get a 5-letter word to write in column C. The words in column C are clued in order, but you must determine where the words go in the other columns.

The letters thus dropped, reading down the leftmost column and then the rightmost column, will spell the final answer, a book title.
COLUMN A
* Do a mailman's job
* Foretell
* Julie of The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins
* Kitchen appliance
* Like some consent
* Male moose features
* Most pallid
* Straw mattresses
* The felonious taking of personal goods

COLUMN B
* Afternoon nap
* "____ is Coming" (first episode of HBO's Game of Thrones)
* Milk-Bone products
* Mitsubishi model that debuted in 1973
* Nonsense
* Piece of ammo for a home improvement "gun"
* The ____ of Wrath
* Toward the rear of a ship
* Trapped

COLUMN C
1. Not active
2. Pigpens
3. La Traviata composer
4. Tall lifting machine
5. Beetle Bailey's Orville P. Snorkel, familiarly
6. German artist Max
7. Surname of Fred Flintstone's employer
8. Button next to Select on the NES controller
9. A type of car or chair

WORDY WEDNESDAY #223
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 3
These words are lending their letters out for you to read. 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 words in column C are clued in order, but you must determine where the words go in the other columns.

The letters thus dropped, reading down the leftmost column and then the rightmost column, will spell the final answer, a book title.
COLUMN A
* Abridge
* In calculus, it can be definite or indefinite 
* Like some illnesses
* One hoping to commit property insurance fraud, often
* People being taught how to do a job
* Places to store food
* Reduces the size of, as someone's ego
* Serves as a substitute for
* Supplied water to
* Those who make things

COLUMN B
* ____ Gulf War
* Igneous rock of which some countertops are made
* Legendary six-limbed creature which has inspired many a furry
* Made up of filaments
* One who buys tickets and sells them at ridiculously inflated prices
* Roller ____
* Tall, slender mosque feature
* The Importance of Being ____
* Took part in a banquet
* Uses a colander

COLUMN C
1. Tranquilize
2. Begrudge
3. Liquid consumed by hummingbirds
4. "____ You In This Storm" (song by the Christian band Casting Crowns)
5. Military pilots
6. Approximately 3.26 light years
7. G or R, for example
8. Team that couldn't use their home stadium in the 2005 NFL season due to damage from Hurricane Katrina
9. Symbols which resemble circumflexes
10. Famine

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "____ pack (weapon in Ghostbusters)"?
* Patron Puzzle #39, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Snake Crisscross.

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Wordy Wednesday 221: Letter Lending Library

WORDY WEDNESDAY #219
SIMPLE LOOP 3 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #220
PENT WORDS 44 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #221
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY
(A sequel to WW198.)
These words are lending their letters out for you to read. Write the clued 6-letter words in column A. Then drop one letter from each word and rearrange the rest to get a 5-letter word that goes in column B. Drop one more letter and rearrange what's left to get a 4-letter word to write in column C. The words in column C are clued in order, but you must determine where the words go in the other columns.

The letters thus dropped, reading down the leftmost column and then the rightmost column, will spell the final answer, a book title.
COLUMN A
* Attempts
* Desires what someone else has
* Least feral
* “Of ____!” (phrase uttered by M. Bison in a meme)
* Small magnifiers
* Tailor’s need
* Whitaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
* Word before “engine” or “party”
COLUMN B
* A doctor measures it in beats per minute
* Circulatory system features
* Fox in the Sonic the Hedgehog games
* “Hardware ____” (Weird Al song)
* “I ____ It Through the Grapevine”
* Not glossy
* Scorches
* Wake up
COLUMN C
1. ____ grinder
2. Simba’s uncle
3. ____ cream
4. Series of items
5. Tool with jaws
6. Certain lagomorph
7. And
8. Type of learning based on repetition

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Two more Letter Lending Library puzzles!

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Wordy Wednesday 220: Pent Words 44

WORDY WEDNESDAY #218
MISSING LINKS 2 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #219
SIMPLE LOOP 3 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #220
PENT WORDS 44
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 Chelmsford's county / Country singer Adkins
2 Musical work that helps a soloist practice a particular skill / Not domesticated
3 Chance / Agnes Moorehead's Bewitched role
4 Spike-shaped mass of frozen water / Sword handle
5 ____ out a living / One being recognized
6 Delegate to a duty / Name of the bird in Disney's Aladdin
7 Matilda author Roald / The capital of Texas
8 1979 film directed by Ridley Scott / You'll never see them in professional Super Smash Bros. tournaments
9 Intrepidly-named clothing brand: 2 wds. / "My Country, 'Tis of ____"
10 2015 Marvel film: hyph. / Atlas Shrugged protagonist John

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar author Eric
* Boredom
* Lift
* Planet that doesn't correspond to a movement in The Planets
* Martial art with bamboo swords
* Hebrew letter that, when spun on a dreidel, entitles the player to the entire pot
* Spine-chilling
* Website whose logo's first letter is red
* Fill with joy
* Easter Island's country
* City in southern Turkey
* Put off
* Bonus
* Genre of Japanese graphic novels and comic books
* 2017 Marvel film
* Angry
* Beginning
* "Wake Up Little ____" (Everly Brothers song)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "'Of ____!' (phrase uttered by M. Bison in a meme)"?

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Wordy Wednesday 219: Simple Loop 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #216
SECTION SIX 21 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #217
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 4 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #218
MISSING LINKS 2 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #219
SIMPLE LOOP 3
(A sequel to WW88.)
Draw a single path of horizontal and vertical segments that returns to where it started, and which passes through all of the cells exactly once (with the exception of cells containing the letter E, which may not be passed through). See the example on the right. Start from cell A1 and read clockwise for a hint to the final answer.
Crossword constructors’ favorite refrigerator brand ___ __ __ __ __
                                                    C10 G8 J5 E4 H6
Dessert with fruit and ice cream topped with __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   a liqueur sauce: 2 wds.                   I4 C8 F9 E1 A5 G6 J9 G2 D9 G1 D3 C4 H9
Container for discounted items: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___
                                       G3 A6 I8 H8 I3 D5 B2 C9 B6 B10
Hitchcock film that displays its title __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___ __ __ ___ __
   over a phone: 4 wds.                D7 C2 E6 G5 G7 A1 F4 B8 I2 J10 E3 J2 F10 F1
Mortal Kombat finishing move __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                             J1 I7 B3 E9 H5 F8 B9 C5
Apiary inhabitant __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                  C3 B5 I5 A4 H4 F6 C1 J4
Film that introduced Diego the saber-toothed tiger: 2 wds. __ __ __ ___ __ __
                                                           H7 A3 F3 I10 B1 F7
Once Upon a Time in the West director Sergio __ __ __ ___ __
                                             D2 J8 F2 G10 A8
Lounge around __ __ __ __
              D8 H2 D1 A7
Bulbous vegetable __ __ __ __ __
                  E2 J3 J6 H3 D6
Anomalous value in a data set __ __ ___ __ __ __ __
                              A9 H1 E10 J7 B4 E5 G4
Rav4 maker __ ___ __ __ __ __
           C6 A10 F5 E8 I9 G9
“Do ____ others. . .” ___ __ ___ __
                      D10 E7 H10 D4
A Pagan religion __ __ __ __ __
                 I6 A2 C7 B7 I1

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Hebrew letter that, when spun on a dreidel, entitles the player to the entire pot"?
* Patron Puzzle #38, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month), is a pair of Codewords.

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Wordy Wednesday 218: Missing Links 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #214
SNAKE CRISSCROSS (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #215
PENT WORDS 43 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #216
SECTION SIX 21 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #217
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 4 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #218
MISSING LINKS 2
Write words in the blanks, one letter per square, so that every pair of consecutive words, reading from left to right, forms a compound word or a phrase. The highlighted squares will spell two more words; the final answer is the two-word phrase that goes between those words.
Dummy __ __ __ __ __ __ __
      50 65 09 58 21 06 32
“Friday” singer Rebecca __ __ __ __ __
                        77 73 15 60 71
Owen Wilson’s Texas birthplace __ __ __ __ __ __
                               51 69 07 36 41 23
Yolky libation __ __ __ __ __ __
               18 34 27 03 59 39
Object of a difficult and long quest __ __ __ __ __
                                     67 80 08 52 56
Ungulate feature __ __ __ __
                 45 29 33 72
Athletic man’s need __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                    68 53 14 61 12 44 05 78 38
Inimitable __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
           17 04 81 10 40 62 35 30
Woodwind in "Ruby Tuesday" by The Rolling Stones __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                 16 02 70 47 79 25 11 49
Item for Dennis the Menace __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                           42 82 24 19 01 75 28 55 13
Potency __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
        43 20 46 26 66 54 31 76
Unruly __ __ __ __ __ __ __
       48 74 63 64 37 22 57

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