Wordy Wednesday 30: Pent Words 6

WORDY WEDNESDAY #28
FRAMELINKS (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Brian Michalowski **
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner *
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Peter Abide **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #29
DOUBLE ALPHABET SOUP
14 people have solved last week's puzzle. As promised, there is not an easier version of the puzzle this week; instead, all solvers get credit for two-star solves, even latecomers. Send your solutions 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 #30
PENT WORDS 6


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 below, 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 Edible sea snail / Thompson who played Lorraine in Back to the Future
2 Person who travels for pleasure / Tanning need, perhaps
3 Liquor agent / Unit whose name is derived from a Greek word for "work"
4 Holdup / Donald, to Huey, Dewey, and Louie
5 Trial / Wise
6 Reduce / ____ sprach Zarathustra
7 Board game about world conquest / Raised to maturity
8 Tough to eat, as meat / Killer ____
9 Therefore / Place to buy DieHard batteries
10 Fly that transmits sleeping sickness / Rosebud of Citizen Kane, for example

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Made bundles, as of hay
* Banjo player Scruggs et al.
* Rock that might be broken open
* Red ____
* Astonishes
* Seeker of solitude
* Responses in the affirmative
* Root ____
* Classroom fixtures
* Wane
* Plan 9 from ____ Space
* "____ U Been Gone" (Kelly Clarkson song)
* Soothsayers
* Vietnamese capital
* They may have bullets
* Louis Sachar novel about Stanley Yelnats
* Physicist Leonhard
* You might do this to a circuit breaker

Wordy Wednesday 29: Double Alphabet Soup

WORDY WEDNESDAY #27
SLICED INTO COLUMNS (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green *
Brian Michalowski **
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten *
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Connor **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Peter Abide *
Randy Rogers *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #28
FRAMELINKS (hint)
14 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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!

REDHEAD64'S OBSCURE PUZZLE BLOG!
Reader Ryan Faley wanted me to point you to his new blog, inspired by mine. In the coming weeks, it should be filled with wordplay, but right now it only has one puzzle: a Pent Words. Yep, it's the same Ryan Faley who wrote the excellent Pent Words puzzle I published as Wordy Wednesday #25.5. This Pent Words is also very excellent. Do you know a "Fiery feline from the Sonic series", or a five-letter word for "Heroes character with technopathy"? If not, don't fret; he grants you explicit permission to look them up! Have fun, and submit your solutions to him, not me! :)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #29
DOUBLE ALPHABET SOUP
Insert a different letter of the alphabet into each of the 26 empty boxes in the fifth column and into each of the 26 empty boxes in the ninth column to form a word of six or more letters reading across. All the letters in each row are not necessarily used in forming the word, but you will form only one word that uses the two empty boxes in each row.
There's no neat “final answer” for this one; to earn credit on the solvers list, just send a list of the 26 words. There also won't be an easy version next week; all solvers within the next two weeks get credit for a two-star solve.

Wordy Wednesday 28: Framelinks

WORDY WEDNESDAY #26
NOT DIVIDED INTO WORDS (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. This week's solution PDF explains a lot about the unusual circumstances surrounding the puzzle's creation, so you might want to give it a look. 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:
Adam Weaver **
Brian Michalowski **
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan *
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Connor *
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Peter Abide **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #27
SLICED INTO COLUMNS (hint)
12 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #28
FRAMELINKS
Fill in the empty squares in the diagram with the given letters to form common words. Arrange the letters in the 8 shaded squares to form the final answer word.

AAA B CCC DDD EEEEEEE GG HH IIII KK LLLLL MMMMMM NNNNN OOO PPP RRRRRRRRR SSSS TTTTT UU V Y

Wordy Wednesday 27: Sliced Into Columns

WORDY WEDNESDAY #25
PENT WORDS 5 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green *
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano *
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Peter Abide *
Randy Rogers *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #26
NOT DIVIDED INTO WORDS (hint)
14 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #27
SLICED INTO COLUMNS
The final answer is a 5-letter word whose fourth letter isn't W.

With “The”, 2012 film about a team of Marvel superheroes: 04 54 26 39 16 24 29 32
Casually look at merchandise, for example: 17 23 37 55 21 47
“Margaritaville” singer Jimmy: 33 52 13 11 18 46 50
“We Are the ____” (Queen song): 09 19 44 15 56 53 34 31 38
One who might receive a card in June: 10 01 05 48 42 35
“If you can't take the ____. . .”: 22 51 06 14
Titular job of sitcom character Fran Fine: 28 07 41 12 36
Talent: 40 03 25 20 45
Duke's dues: 43 08 02 49 27 30 57

Wordy Wednesday 26: Not Divided Into Words

WORDY WEDNESDAY #24
ZIP LINES (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Carl Worth **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
Jack Lance **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
Joel Martin **
John Bulten **
Marc Enyedy **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **
And the contest winner, who will receive a copy of the two Wordplay issues in which I've been published, is. . . Tim Harrod!
But wait, that's not all! I promised a third prize drawing for those individuals who've solved Wordy Wednesday #23 and #24, and the winner of that drawing is. . . Izak Bulten!!! Congratulations! random.org likes you!!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #25
PENT WORDS 5 (hint)
12 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #25.5
PENT WORDS 5.5 (bonus!)
The mark of a good puzzle writer is when other people write puzzles in your original styles, and I am happy to say that I am not the only Pent Words author in existence. Fan Ryan Faley recently sent me a Pent Words of his own, and despite the potential obscurity of some of the references, I was really honored by his creation, and found it amusing enough to share here. I hope Ryan continues to enjoy my creations, as well! :)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #26
NOT DIVIDED INTO WORDS
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
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 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108

Causing harm or grief: 71 22 39 102 84 52 30
Tie with rope: 37 72 53 47
Sweatshirt that also covers your head: 60 45 09 42 107 20
One of four on a Monopoly board: 103 05 26 44 18 85 78 54
Give off bubbles and hiss: 38 106 15 64 10 98 58 19 34 80
It might be an acorn hoarder: 66 21 17 97 76 86 32 04
Trinket or bauble: 93 101 08 96 41 70
Game show “The ____ Link”: 63 99 75 57 90 88 48
Creature which sometimes elicits an
Eek!: 91 51 46 12 03
Noted role for Adam West: 65 43 59 100 104 24
Residents of Riyadh: 62 27 31 79 67 50
Child actress Hayley: 89 92 28 55 06
Hedburg who said, “Every book is a children's book if the kid can read!”: 87 61 95 108 02
Emulated an owl: 94 13 49 01 77 11
Decade of the inauguration of Ike: 105 56 14 25 82 69 33
Band with the album
Dreamboat Annie: 74 23 35 81 68
____ the dots: 29 16 36 83 40 73 07

Wordy Wednesday 25: Pent Words 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #23
BONUS MATERIAL (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Carl Worth **
Cheryl Chan **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
Joel Martin **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **
And the contest winner, who will receive a copy of the two Wordplay issues in which I've been published, is. . . Cheryl Chan! Congratulations!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #24
ZIP LINES
20 people have solved last week's puzzle. This includes every single person who solved Wordy Wednesday #23, meaning that this puzzle is strictly easier than that one (so I'm a bad judge of difficulty, eh?), and also that every single one of those people will be eligible for a third prize drawing available only to people who solved both puzzles. As promised, there will not be an easier version or a hint (a move I made to make the contest easier to manage). Remember, this puzzle is a contest! Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess, not to mention getting a chance to win signed issues of Will Shortz's Wordplay. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #25
PENT WORDS 5
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 above, 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 "Drawing Hands" artist / Relaxed
2 ____ machine / ____ Dice (game in which players attempt to eat brains)
3 Certain Honda / Cult
4 Joins, as oxen / Unit of currency in Hyrule
5 "____ is a balm in Gilead. . ." / ____ space
6 Surjective, as a function / Roof of the mouth
7 Annoying buggers / "He ____ to Paris" (Jimmy Buffett song)
8 Polio researcher Sabin / Like many valuable collectibles
9 Model / Made on a loom
10 It lacks a charge / "I don't ____ it"

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Wolfed down
* Poet's concern
* Senator who represented Delaware until 2009
* Physicist Heinrich Rudolf ____
* Former "Family Feud" host Ray
* Naughty word
* Treasure ____
* Like some dialed telephone numbers
* Spew out lava
* Origami need
* Certain General Mills cereal
* Doctrine
* South Korea population center
* "May I take your ____?"
* Native of Alaska or Russia, perhaps
* It might have five paragraphs
* Rodney Dangerfield's surname by birth
* Mia Wasikowska's character in a 2010 remake

Wordy Wednesday 24: Zip Lines

WORDY WEDNESDAY #22
I'M TERRIBLE WITH NAMES (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the puzzle, or here for a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green *
Bryce Herdt *
Cheryl Chan *
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross *
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Marc Enyedy **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #23
BONUS MATERIAL
11 people have solved last week's puzzle. I have received some incorrect answers, and anticipate receiving a few more. As promised, there will not be an easier version or a hint (a move I made to make the contest easier to manage). All I will say is that when you have the right answer, you'll know you have it. Remember, this puzzle is a contest! Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess, not to mention getting a chance to win signed issues of Will Shortz's Wordplay. Good luck, solvers!

Yeah, I know this is irrelevant to this post, but this blog's become irrelevant enough with its dearth of logic puzzles, so what harm would more irrelevance do?

I have no idea how many of my readers share my passing interest in card magic, but I made this post in January (back when my readership was at zero due to my lack of puzzles, but I didn't know where else to put it) proposing a variant of the classic "Bible Atlas Goose Thigh" card trick where instead of dealing the pairs of cards onto the pairs of letters one by one, the performer mixes up the cards so that the pairs of cards fall onto the pairs of letters when dealt in a natural order. First of all, some person in Russia has cited this blog post as a reference for his article on this very same trick; a link to it is in the comments on my post. I can't read Russian, but if you're interested in learning the Russian mnemonics for this trick, now you can. :)

Also, I recently stumbled upon this webpage while researching an unrelated card trick. In the section on Mutus Nomen Cocis Dedit, the author writes: "A fairly elaborate, but clever, variation can be found in J.N. Hilliard, Greater Magic (1938), pp. 120-128. In this version the pairs are not gathered up but simply scooped together and genuinely shuffled, then re-dealt to the table consecutively, not according to the familiar pattern. In spite of these two modifications the mind-reader succeeds in divining the thought-of pair or pairs in the usual way." Does this mean my idea has already been done? I've heard rumors that, before the Internet existed, budding magicians would bury themselves in magic books at their libraries; might this book exist at a local library?

WORDY WEDNESDAY #24
ZIP LINES
(click here for a PDF version)
This week's puzzle is a contest! The winner of this contest will receive signed copies of the two issues (thus far) of Will Shortz's Wordplay in which I had the honor of being published. Unlike previous Wordy Wednesday offerings, there will not be a hint or an easy version of this puzzle next week; all solvers within the next two weeks will get two stars by their name on the solvers list. Last week's puzzle was also a contest; a third prize drawing will be held for the people who appear on both solvers lists!
 
The Wordy Wednesday answer is a three-word song title relevant to the puzzle's theme.

Wordy Wednesday 23: Bonus Material

WORDY WEDNESDAY #21
CHEW ON THIS (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the puzzle, or here for a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green **
Brian Michalowski **
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
Jack Lance **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner *
Jerry Rosman **
John Bulten **
Marc Enyedy **
Mark Tilford **
Neville Fogarty **
Paul Melamud **
Randy Rogers *
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **
Walker Anderson *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #22
I'M TERRIBLE WITH NAMES (hint)
12 have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's a hint. Send your solutions 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 #23
BONUS MATERIAL
This week's puzzle is a contest! The winner of this contest will receive signed copies of the two issues (thus far) of Will Shortz's Wordplay in which I had the honor of being published. Unlike previous Wordy Wednesday offerings, there will not be a hint or an easy version of this puzzle next week; all solvers within the next two weeks will get two stars by their name on the solvers list. Next week's puzzle will also be a contest; a third prize drawing will be held for the people who appear on both solvers lists!
The Wordy Wednesday answer is a 5-letter word relevant to this puzzle's theme.

Wordy Wednesday 22: I'm Terrible With Names

WORDY WEDNESDAY #20
PENT WORDS 4 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten *
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #21
CHEW ON THIS (hint)
19 people have solved last week's puzzle. That's a huge number for this blog; I suspect a signal boost from meta crossword maven Matt Gaffney helped. (You should click that link, by the way, if you're good at meta crosswords; while "Forbidden Fruit" is a fair bit harder than my "Chew on This", I was able to solve it, so it can't be impossible. It's clever, too, which is always a plus.) Haven't solved it yet? Here's a hint. Send your solutions 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 #22
I'M TERRIBLE WITH NAMES
I'm terrible with names. . . which is why this puzzle doesn't have one. The Wordy Wednesday answer is a two-word title to which the theme answers (two per 12-letter Across entry) all relate.

Wordy Wednesday 21: Chew On This

WORDY WEDNESDAY #19
REJECTED WORD GAMES (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano *
Izak Bulten *
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #20
PENT WORDS 4 (hint)
12 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. As per usual, this grid is partitioned for you, leaving you with the task of writing answers. Send your solutions 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 #20.5
PENT WORDS 4.5 (bonus!)
This puzzle was written for solver Adam Weaver. It's 6 rows tall instead of the usual 10 for a reason. There's no reward for solving this one; enjoy it as a bonus puzzle. :)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #21
CHEW ON THIS
I would like to thank Ginger Fikes for donating a copy of the Crossfire software which I used to make this crossword as well as Wordy Wednesday #18. This is a meta crossword, meaning there's more to do than just solve the crossword answers, but you have to figure out what (veterans of Matt Gaffney's Weekly Crossword Contest will be intimately familiar with the concept). The Wordy Wednesday answer is a 10-letter proper noun.

Wordy Wednesday 20: Pent Words 4

WORDY WEDNESDAY #18
THAT CROSSWORD HAS WORDS ON IT (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt *
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Hannah, Izak, and Penni Bulten *
Jack Bross **
Jack Lance **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Michael Madsen **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #19
REJECTED WORD GAMES (hint)
12 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's a marginally easier version. Send your solutions 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 #20
PENT WORDS 4
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 above, 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 Card game in which getting 10 bags carries a penalty / Mathematician Niels Henrik ____
2 Tessellation, for example / "Good ____" (Food Network show)
3 Certain naval rank / "Us and ____" (Pink Floyd song)
4 Make amends / Dodge
5 "The ____ King" / All episodes of "Friends", nowadays
6 Prepare dough, perhaps / ____ Mim (antagonist of Disney's "The Sword in the Stone")
7 Website where people post short videos / Make affectionate
8 It might interrupt a programme on the telly / Operatic solo
9 Dryer build-up / Hogwarts, for example
10 Aromatic resin / Farm tool
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Bovine organ
* "America's Funniest Home Videos" surname
* Occurrence
* Bargain
* Permit
* Dip in Mexican restaurants
* Macaulay's "Home Alone" character
* "Unsafe at Any Speed" author Ralph
* Chew noisily
* "____ Been Kissed" (1999 romantic comedy)
* What Lancelot Ware and Roland Berrill founded
* Perform improv, for example: hyph.
* Ray in the ocean
* Not behind
* They might have buckles
* Sour cream partner
* Niamey is its capital
* Places to buy sandwiches

Wordy Wednesday 19: Rejected Word Games

WORDY WEDNESDAY #17
DOUBLE HELTER SKELTER (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Michael Madsen **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #18
THAT CROSSWORD HAS WORDS ON IT (hint)
A number of people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Now you don't have to figure out which clue goes where! Send your solutions 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 BONUS!
Last week's Wordy Wednesday was made using software called Crossfire. The full version costs $50; I'm not yet confident enough in my ability to actually get a crossword published to justify getting it for professional purposes with my own money, which is why last week I suggested donating a copy. I do have some crossword theme ideas I'd like to try, including at least one meta, so you might see something interesting from me (here or elsewhere) if you do. Here's a PDF of another crossword I made using the demo of Crossfire, a simple 10x10 puzzle designed for use as part of a magic trick. I now offer this puzzle to my blog's readers as a bonus. Any amateur magicians (if any of those happen to be among my audience) who wish to use this puzzle for their own purposes should open the ODT file and change the name and date in 1-Across to their liking. Any professional magicians will need to note that the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License under which all of my puzzles on this blog are released precludes commercial use, and negotiate something with me. Even if you're not interested in performing cheesy card magic, though, I hope you will enjoy solving the puzzle. :)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #19
REJECTED WORD GAMES
A rejected submission for Will Shortz's Wordplay. Arrange the letters in the 7 shaded squares to form the final answer word.

THREE DOUBLE LETTERS
1. 16th state: J2 B2 D1 J3 P4 N3 E3 X3 Q1
2. Accountant: P1 H2 W2 H3 G5 H1 G2 U4 Q2 U3
3. It grinds beans: R2 T5 U2 E1 C5 S4 L3 H5 N1 Q3
4. His daughter is named Moxie CrimeFighter: U4 R3 W1 I2 P2 M3 T1 N1 B3 A5 S2 V3
ALPHABETICAL INITIALS
1. Popular smartphone game: A1 I4 K3 U3 C2 P1 P3 G1 Q4 M2
2. One method to determine something's age: J1 G4 D4 W3 J4 W5 U1 C3 D3 V1 E2 L4
3. Shocking barrier: C5 O1 S1 B1 A4 G1 N4 X1 U2 D2 H4 R2 G3
4. Pituitary gland output: X5 D4 C1 L1 L5 A2 B5 J4 U3 L3 T2 W4 L2
FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
1. Like current news coverage: N2 U4 J2 H2 B4 A3 Q1 U5 K5 K4 M4 A5 K1
2. Original "Concentration" host: B5 N2 L4 F4 O4 V4 R4 I2 S3
3. Like a southpaw: M5 F3 E1 D5 V2 T3 I1 U1 C4 O5
4. Legal precedence for a motorist: U3 V1 K3 S5 E4 V4 U2 P5 T4 R5
FOUR+FOUR=ONE
1. WARM+SHOO: X2 E5 X4 Q5 D4 H2 T2 U5
2. HENS+SIGH: K2 M1 X5 R1 F2 F1 O3 I5
3. COOL+CRIB: O2 G1 C1 B1 X1 T5 F5 I3
4. COIF+TENT: J1 W2 W1 E1 N5 A4 J5 V5

Wordy Wednesday 18: That Crossword Has Words On It

WORDY WEDNESDAY #16
BONZA 2 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano *
Jack Bross *
James McGowan *
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Paul Melamud **
Sam Levitin *
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #17
DOUBLE HELTER SKELTER (hint)
14 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Maybe knowing which clue goes to which grid will make things easier. Send your solutions 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 #18
THAT CROSSWORD HAS WORDS ON IT
Making crosswords with Crossfire is totally awesome! I used a cheat called “Print Screen” to get around the inability to save, but if you think I should make plain ol' crosswords more often (or maybe try my hand at a meta crossword?), donating a $50 copy of this software would allow me to be less guilt-ridden and get additional features. You would get my eternal thanks for it, too, which is nice.

For your answer to this puzzle, submit the long unclued entries above.

3 LETTERS: Masquerade; ____ grecque; ____ and a leg; "Air ____"; Certain irregular past-tense verb; Lacking brightness; Record movie dialogue, perhaps; Freudian word; Australian bird; Dead ___; Fraction of a joule; Medium strength?; "The ____ Side"; XV/V; Rage; Speed abbr.; One way to make pictures of inside the body; Bite; "___ Always Right"; One with whom you might interact in an RPG; Frequently, poetically; Nocturnal hunter; Mouse ___; Golf term; Knock; ___ race; Flokati ___; Droop; Sailor; Piece of advice; Thurman of "Pulp Fiction"; Periods of 12 mos.

4 LETTERS: Diarist Frank; ____ and crafts; "Pilot" or "graph" prefix; Jimmy of country music and sausage; They might be full of wax; Back on Kickstarter, for example; Departed; Clue; ____ of plenty; "Aladdin" parrot; ____ Maiden; ____ Bryant; Go on a tirade; Baby back ____; Web destination; Short-sleeved shirts

5 LETTERS: Amounts owed; Like Will Ferrell's character in a certain holiday movie; State bordering Washington and Montana; Tier; More unusual; Deal with pesky shoelaces, perhaps; Upset; "____ & Martin's Laugh-In"; Closes, as an envelope; Shoe parts; Dentists look at them; "Sir", to Isaac Newton

6 LETTERS: Jane Jetson's husband; Muppet creator Jim; Like a bachelor; There are five Platonic ones

7 LETTERS: Sticks together, as bricks; In a highly crowded manner; Perfect example; Venice sighting; British efforts?; Manufacture; Unwinding; 154 Shakespeare poems

Wordy Wednesday 17: Double Helter Skelter

WORDY WEDNESDAY #15
PENT WORDS 3 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten *
Jack Bross **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Paul Melamud **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #16
BONZA 2 (hint)
9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version with a grid to help you out. Send your solutions 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 #17
DOUBLE HELTER SKELTER
Every answer starts at the indicated number, and then moves in the direction of the next number (but may or may not stop there). The direction of the last answer is to be determined by the solver. You must also determine which clue corresponds to which grid.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get a single word that is the final answer.

1. Donuts, mathematically / Prop for Picasso
2. Decay / “Thpeech” impediment
3. Caption on a photograph of an owl on the Internet: 2 wds. / March 14, to some: 2 wds.
4. Little ____ (Ursa Minor) / “The Wonder ____” (series starring Fred Savage)
5. Opponent of music piracy: abbr. / You might spend them in Moscow
6. Crime in which one might use accelerant / “____: Shock and Terror” (movie with a cult following where characters fend off flocks of avian attackers)
7. Certain evergreen / Drink brand owned by PepsiCo
8. Express strong disapproval of / Santa Claus feature
9. Abundant possessions / His first name is Mehmet: 2 wds.
10. Breast / Sweet German bread
11. Fey of “30 Rock” / Xbox peripheral that uses a camera to track the player's movement
12. Honeybee's quarry / You might use cream to get rid of it
13. “____ Farm” (Orwell novel) / It can be found on a table
14. Hand-to-hand fight / Ones who are not telling the truth
15. Dutch cheese / Old artifact
16. Edge / “Good to the last ____” (Maxwell House slogan)
17. Gold-medalist swimmer Mark / Resistance units
18. Emulate water going down a drain / One spinning a baton
19. Rural / Synagogue superior
20. Movie with the fictional tire brand Lightyear / Ovine utterance
21. Obsolete / ____ of return
22. It might be in PDF format: hyph. / Surrounded by
23. Buck, for example / Fairy king
24. Back of the neck / Line segments connecting the centers of circles to their circumferences
25. Don ____ (“Much Ado About Nothing” character) / George Harrison's autobiography: 3 wds.

Wordy Wednesday 16: Bonza 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #14
OUY AEHV GOT OT BE DDGIIKN EM (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan *
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano  **
Jack Bross **
Jack Lance **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Michael Madsen **
Mike Sylvia **
Randy Rogers **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **


The second prize package goes to: Jack Bross! Congratulations!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #15
PENT WORDS 3 (hint)
11 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. As with previous Pent Words offerings, the grid is divided into pentominoes for you, allowing you to focus on the words. Send your solutions 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 #16
BONZA 2
Inspired by the smartphone app Bonza, which includes my puzzles. Assemble the pieces above to form a crossword with 26 entries. Two entries should cross each other, but can't because they have no letters in common; another two entries should cross each other, but don't do so in spite of having letters in common. Send in all four of these entries as your answer.

Wordy Wednesday 15: Pent Words 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #13
DIVIDED INTO 64 SQUARES (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano *
Jack Bross **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten *
Mark Tilford **
Paul Melamud **
Randy Rogers *
Sam Levitin *
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #14
OUY AEHV GOT OT BE DDGIIKN EM (hint)
An astonishing 14 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Don't forget: it's a contest! Speaking of which, the winner of the first prize package is: Sam Levitin! All the other solvers in the past week, plus all the solvers from this week, will be eligible to win the second prize package. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #15
PENT WORDS 3
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 above, 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 Dolts / Dome-shaped domicile
2 Midsection / Clean up a haircut, perhaps
3 Observes Lent / Certain scavenger
4 She performed a duet with Elton John: 2 wds. / Shark feature
5 Uncle in a Disney movie / Short and to the point
6 Require / Maverick's locale
7 One to whom an Aussie might say "g'day" / Dennis the ____
8 Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel / A Great Lake
9 ____ race / Certain kitchen implement
10 Like someone who drank too much coffee, perhaps / Anatoly Karpov's area of expertise

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Phone ____
* "____ in the Bank" (John Anderson song)
* Broadcast
* Completely stupid
* Rectal injection
* First name of the "Foundation" trilogy's author
* Comes up
* Slides like an out-of-control car
* 2006 Sacha Baron Cohen character
* Word that might start some questions
* Mention, with "to"
* Searches for
* Small rodent
* Basketballer Iverson
* Muslim mendicant
* Melancholy
* Part of a cow's body
* Base of the Babylonian number system

Wordy Wednesday 14: OUY AEHV GOT OT BE DDGIIKN EM

WORDY WEDNESDAY #12
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Jack Lance **
Jeremy Conner **
Joel Martin **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #13
DIVIDED INTO 64 SQUARES (hint)
9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #14
OUY AEHV GOT OT BE DDGIIKN EM

This week's puzzle is a contest! The winners of this contest will receive signed copies of the two issues (thus far) of Will Shortz's Wordplay in which I had the honor of being published. This time, there will be two winners; one will be randomly selected from the first week's solvers, and the second one will be randomly selected from all the other solvers from the first two weeks combined. Thus, solving during the first week will give you two chances to win, and solving during the second week will give you one chance to win.

__ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __    __ __
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 76 77 78 79    80 81

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __,   __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __    __ ___ ___?
82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89    90 91 92 93 94    95 96 97 98    99 100 101

EEHRW AN AAILMN ALLMNORY EILSV: 14 31 83 35 56 64 94
EEGGINRT DESU IN *AAHIIW: 53 59 32 62 76
DEEINRST FO *AABDDGH, FOR ENO: 95 19 04 40 48
ABENST DENSTTU, EEIMMOSST: 82 11 93 49 98 42
GILNOV EMRT FOR A AELM EOPSSU: 06 84 96 28 50
AADEEGHR HITW A *CEFHNR AEMN: 15 25 99 47 24
DEERST CEIRRTT HITW AEGLR AERS: 01 71 60 51 57 81
GTU EEFGILN: 85 66 21 20 13
“*ACEEHPR BY EHT ____” (*EESTV *AIMNRT CDEMOY): 07 90 72 52 30
ABEEHRT EIKL BDEMOOSY HITW AAHMST: 86 08 37 55 05 29
HITW “*EHT”, *AAEEEHKPRSS KORW ABOTU A MORST: 100 34 10 27 23 69 65
ENO CCELY EPR CDENOS: 43 03 12 79 101
BEELQRSUU EEFMOPRRR: 09 22 45 77 68 88 33 73
“*EEHLW FO *EFONRTU” ACEHPRSU: 61 87 92 58 70
ENO FO EINN (BILOPSSY EMOR) IN A AABBELLS AEGM: 54 74 80 39 97 18
“*ALL ____ *PU” (*EILSV GNOS): 91 16 44 67 78
BDOY FO A HIPS: 02 26 17 41
*EINORVZ AILRV: 38 75 46 63 89 36

#IceBucketChallenge

This post has nothing to do with puzzles, but I feel compelled to make it.

As many of you may be aware, the #IceBucketChallenge is a recent trend in spreading awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This challenge has gone completely viral, thus succeeding in creating this awareness. Paul M., also known as Vraal within the National Puzzlers' League, has challenged me to this. I have reason to believe this challenge to be in jest, but I will nonetheless take it seriously. Unfortunately, I'm a total wimp, and I've read this Forbes article about the #IceBucketChallenge, so despite the massively clickbait-y title of this post that led you to expect some sort of schaudenfreude-inducing video of me getting wet, I forfeit the #IceBucketChallenge. While I cannot currently afford a full $100 forfeit, I have donated $25 to the ALS Association in Vraal's name.

For the three people I challenge, I choose any three people in this puzzle community of ours with $25 to spare. Please donate to the ALS Association in Vraal's name so that we can collectively muster up a complete $100 forfeit. Perhaps if you take proper precautions (such as keeping valuable electronics and puzzle books as far away from you as possible, and not holding your breath), you could take on the actual #IceBucketChallenge and prove that you're less of a wimp than I am, thereby earning the eternal respect of everyone in the puzzle community. As for me, though, respect in the puzzle community isn't exactly my strong suit, so I'll continue to just write tons of puzzles instead, like the ones that will be appearing on Grandmaster Puzzles this week. This Slitherlink is the first one, and I think some of the other ones are pretty good, too!

Thank you for reading, and thank you, Vraal, for being an awesome puzzle solver. :)

Wordy Wednesday 13: Divided Into 64 Squares

WORDY WEDNESDAY #11
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Brian Michalowski **
Bryce Herdt **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #12
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS (hint)
10 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #13
DIVIDED INTO 64 SQUARES

__ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __    __ __
__ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __ __    __ __
__ __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ ?

Ty toys: 2 wds.: d6 f1 f3 f7 h1 g2 h7 a3 e4 g8 g1 c6
Requiring difficult mastication: f5 h6 f4 b7 e8
Part of the face involved in a facepalm: c2 e1 f2 e5 c8 g4 e6 b2
Its playing area is often drawn in chalk: b3 a5 a6 e7 b5 b8 c1 h3 g7
Journalist Arianna: e3 a2 f6 f8 a4 d7 h2 c5 a8 d3
Black History ____: h4 g6 g3 d1 e2
Unofficial vote to determine people's opinions: 2 wds.: c3 h8 b4 d8 h5 c7 g5 d2 b1
Yellow cartoon character: a7 a1 b6 c4 d4 d5

Wordy Wednesday 12: Divided Into Columns

WORDY WEDNESDAY #10
PENT WORDS 2 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Brian Michalowski **
Bryce Herdt **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten *
Mark Navarrete **
Mark Tilford **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #11
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES (hint)
8 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #12
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS
(click here for a PDF version)
____ and well: 67 62 42 40 17
Only word in a famous eight-word sentence: 03 23 52 26 47 64 24
Marin of “The Lion King”: 04 18 08 37 61 63
Contents of a stick, perhaps: 72 10 54 30 58 14 45 69
Like a good horror flick: hyph.: 38 60 43 65 12 01 53 70 34 51 27
____ game (Guitar Hero, for example): 73 05 49 29 57 35
Wookieepedia subject: 2 wds.: 19 13 56 31 02 07 25 06
Most like a surgeon's hand (one hopes): 20 36 41 46 71 50 11 22 09
Fictitious, easily-defeated opponent: 55 66 15 33 32 44 59 28
Verb attribute: 16 21 39 48 68

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