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Wordy Wednesday 285: Pent Words 57

WORDY WEDNESDAY #282
TOUCHWORD 10 (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:
Tyler Hinman **
Bryce Herdt **
Jason Boomer **
Michael Tang **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #283
HEX PATHFINDER 19 (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:
Tyler Hinman **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Tang **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #284
TOUCHWORD 11 (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 #285
PENT WORDS 57
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 ___ the Picture (1991 Nickelodeon game show) / "____ Star" (Deep Purple song)
2 A poisonous element / Number of rows and columns in this puzzle
3 Slanted surface / Rub out, as a pencil mistake
4 Arctic garment / Impressionist painter Oscar-Claude
5 Emulate the man in "guess i'll die" memes / ____-watch
6 Pointedly critical remark / Actor Michael of Bonanza
7 Kept out of a game, as a sports team member / Former Metro manufacturer
8 Raise to maturity / Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis ____
9 Pseudonym / City on the west coast of Florida
10 As I Lay ____ (William Faulkner novel) / Mammal with webbed feet

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Small plant in a garden, perhaps
* Toothpaste brand
* Dull
* Gold brick
* Over the ____ (comic strip)
* Less mean
* Voice in a choir
* Inventor Howe
* ____ of War (video game)
* Name of a farmer's dog in a children's song
* Sly 3: Honor ____ Thieves
* Tow truck in the Cars movies
* Kid
* Inexpensive
* Sports venue
* Upper part of the leg
* ____ plug
* Run off to secretly marry

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "One of 28 in a gaming set"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 284: Touchword 11

WORDY WEDNESDAY #281
TOUCHWORD 9 (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:
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #282
TOUCHWORD 10 (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 #283
HEX PATHFINDER 19 (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!

NEW BOARD GAME PROTOTYPE: MAMMALATH!
I'm developing a new board game called Mammalath. It's a simple and short abstract strategy game. Print and cut it out, or play it on Tabletop Simulator! Tell me what you think. :)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #284
TOUCHWORD 11
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  Sensational publicity or promotion / Former monetary unit of Greece
2  India’s motion picture industry / TV personality Campos-Duffy
3  Square dance / Give up / Contest between two people
4  Mind / 1/16 of a pound / Figure out logically
5  One who recruits, perhaps / Marinara, for one
6  ____ moss / Bullies / Stabilizing agent in some foods
7  A city in Australia / Reverberate / Mountain lion
8  Normal: 4 wds.
9  Back part of one’s shin / Leftover scraps / Promote
10 Lukasiak of seasons 1-4 of Dance Moms / Ascended / Drench
11 Columbus’s state / A Great Lake / Cake
12 Dickens protagonist Twist / Soda brand favored by Radar on M*A*S*H / Colgate alternative
13 A Serb, for example / Skeleton part / Uppermost
14 Scrabble ____! (card game) / Purchased / 1990 Patrick Swayze film
15 Moderate in temperature / Actor Jackman / City on Puget Sound

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Sly 3: Honor ____ Thieves"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 282: Touchword 10 & Wordy Wednesday 283: Hex Pathfinder 19

WORDY WEDNESDAY #280
PENT WORDS 56 (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #281
TOUCHWORD 9 (hint)
As of this writing, 3 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!

THE JOY OF PUZZLING: WORD SANDWICHES!
Here's a new contest where you can learn how a puzzle was written and then write your own puzzle. Good luck!

FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #282
TOUCHWORD 10
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  Environment in which something develops / Profusion
2  Kathy Kinney’s role on The Drew Carey Show / Jacob’s brother / Eerie
3  Careless / “Make Mine ____” (1946 film) / Former football quarterback Romo
4  Like numbers on the number line / Metroid heroine / Utter singingly
5  Distributed playing cards / Marie who was the Queen of France
Yes, ____ (2000-2006 sitcom) / The Lone Ranger’s companion / “In the ____” (Elvis Presley song)
7  A type of crown / In debt / A greeting
8  Attack imaginary foes: 3 wds.
9  Sheds feathers, say / Base one position clockwise of home plate / Economist Kimball
10 Annoy / Employ / ____ potato
11 Part of the face between the mouth and the ear / Stock purchases / A compass direction
12 ____ and balances / A compass direction / Super _____ Bros. Ultimate (2018 video game)
13 One who uses hawks to hunt / Put up with
14 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy ____ / A unit of weight: 2 wds.
15 “Sugar We’re Goin Down” band: 3 wds. / Wearer of a conical cap

WORDY WEDNESDAY #283
HEX PATHFINDER 19
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 Primatologist Goodall (4)
1SW A programming language (4)
2W Laughing mammal (5)
3W Like a memorable tune (6)
4SE “____, me hearties!” (5)
5SW Canadian-born magician who popularized casual attire for magicians (11, 2 wds.)
6E Game show where contestants competed to line up X’s and O’s (11, 3 wds.)
7NW “Same here!” (5)
7SW Judge ____ (1995 film) (5)
8SW Contradict (6)
9SE Ten tens minus ten (6)
10NW Diminished (5)
11W ____ Lake (Tchaikovsky ballet) (4)
11SE Participate in a choir (4)
12W “Juke Box ____” (Foreigner song) (4)
13SE Stinging insect (4)
14W Rubbish (6)
15NE “That hurts!” (4)
16E One ran away with the spoon in “Hey Diddle Diddle” (4)
17NW Testify to, with “for” (5)
17E Rapper who told listeners to “stop, collaborate, and listen” (10, 2 wds.)
18SE Unique (7)
19NW Preparing frozen food, perhaps (7)
20SE Like some courtroom evidence (8)
21NW Bart’s sister (4)
22W Struck down (5)
23NE 10010110, for example (4)
23W Plants of the goosefoot family (5)
24SW Operatic solo (4)
25SE DVD player button (5)
25SE Model Porizkova (7)
26NW The sun, for one (4)
27E Moisten at regular intervals, as cooking food (5)
28E Through thick and ____ (4)
29SW Hair salon item (6)
30SW Disreputable (8)
31SE Kid ____ (NES game) (6)
32NW 1991 comedy starring Steve Martin as George Banks (16, 4 wds.)
33NE First word in “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 15-letter, 4-word answer for "Normal"?
* Patron Puzzle #59, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is not written yet. I should focus on building a backlog of Patron Puzzles soon.

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

The Joy of Puzzling: Word Sandwiches (CONTEST!)

In this two-part contest, you'll get to solve a puzzle, learn how it was made, and try your hand at making your own puzzle!

Part I. Solve a Puzzle!
THE JOY OF PUZZLING: WORD SANDWICHES
Write the answers to the CENTERS clues in the correspondingly-numbered white spaces, then add one letter to each end in the highlighted spaces to form the answers to the WHOLES clues (which are in no particular order). The letters you have added, reading down the left and right sides, will spell a two-word phrase. In the example, the words EVER, PIN, RANG, and OWE become REVERB, OPINE, ORANGE, and TOWER; the letters on the sides spell ROOT BEER.

The final answer is the two-word phrase spelled out in the end spaces. After solving, go to tinyurl.com/tjop-[answer], replacing [answer] with the answer (leaving out the space), to learn how this puzzle was constructed and get tips on constructing your own!
CENTERS
1. ____ Pray Love (2010 film)
2. Stanza
3. Spasm
4. A unit of weight measurement
5. Uppermost room in a house
6. Mature

WHOLES
* Grid
* New York city in which Superintendent Chalmers never heard anyone use the phrase "steamed hams"
* Passing
* Stoked
* Supervise
* Was like a bad check

Send your answer to the above puzzle to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com before 11:59 PM Central time on June 24, 2019 to enter Part I of the contest. After the deadline, one random entrant with the correct answer will win a copy of my new board game TAILITS!

IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO CONSTRUCT A PUZZLE TO ENTER THIS PART OF THE CONTEST.

Part II. Make a Puzzle!
Now you get to write your own Word Sandwiches puzzle! To learn how I made the above puzzle, go to tinyurl.com/tjop-[answer], replacing "[answer]" in the URL with the puzzle's final answer in lowercase letters (omitting the space). It is not necessary, however, to visit this URL or even solve the above puzzle to enter this part of the contest. Your puzzle must obey all of these rules:

* The final answer must be two words of equal length, between 3 and 10 letters long, spelled by the letters added to the fronts and backs of the CENTERS words to make the WHOLES.
* All entries must be at least 3 letters long.
* The clues for the CENTERS must be in the correct order to spell the final answer phrase; the WHOLES clues must be alphabetized.
* No entry may be repeated. (Come the heck on now.)

You are allowed to seek the assistance of one test-solver to make sure the puzzle you send me doesn't have any typos, inaccurate clues, or other bad things Ryan won't like, and to ensure the puzzle is fun to solve. To increase my chances that I receive high-quality puzzles without typos, the test-solver is eligible for the same prize as the constructor! Teamwork makes the dream work, as they say.

Send your completed puzzle, its answer, and the e-mail address of your test-solver (if you had one) to glmathgrant@gmail.com, before 11:59 PM Central time on June 24, 2019. After the deadline, I will then send the puzzles to Ryan Faley in random order and with no bylines. He will judge which puzzle he likes best; its constructor and its test-solver (if any) will both win copies of my new board game TAILITS! The winning entry (and honorable mentions, at our discretion) will also be reproduced on my blog for my readers' enjoyment. The following things are likely to win Ryan over:

* Fresh entries.
* Interesting overlaps.
* Interesting clues.
* PG-ratedness.

The following things will not win him over:

* Too many obscurities. (Don't use the Portuguese word for "tablecloth"!)
* R-rated things (I want to reproduce the winning entry on this highly PG-rated blog, so none of George Carlin's seven dirty words, for instance, should be in the clues or the answers).
* Etymological relatives, especially obvious ones like two compound words that share a root word in common, are frowned upon. (HEREABOUT and THEREABOUTS is not an interesting overlap.)
* Submitting the puzzle to Ryan instead of to me is an absolute no-no! No matter how good your puzzle is, if he knows who wrote it, he cannot trust his judgment to be completely impartial. Seeing the entries without knowing who wrote them ensures that the prize goes to the puzzle he likes the best, and not the person he likes the best. So again, DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR PUZZLES TO RYAN!!!

You may only submit one puzzle, but you can change it at any time before the deadline. You may be the test-solver for any number of other entrants.

Good luck, and happy constructing!

Wordy Wednesday 281: Touchword 9

WORDY WEDNESDAY #279
A TRIBUTE TO THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE (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 a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Pavel Curtis **
Tyler Hinman **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Tang **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #280
PENT WORDS 56 (hint)
As of this writing, 3 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 #281
TOUCHWORD 9
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  Tool that shares its name with a cocktail of orange juice and vodka / “____ the Light” (hymn)
2  Sharp / “Just Around the ____” (song from Pocahontas)
3  Former First Lady of California Maria / “____ and out” / "Better Sound Through Research" brand
4  Endeavor / An ingredient in beer / Selected
5  A knight’s horse / The Titanic, for one / Group of fish
6  Commits a moving violation, perhaps / Part of a sword / Elon Musk’s father
7  Insect that sucks juice from plants / Circus performer’s pole / Mistake
8  Most pallid / Like some motives
9  Parenthetical remark, sometimes / Just ____ (2006 video game) / Astrological aspect of two celestial bodies that are 120 degrees apart
10 Sour / Resource / Specialized homemade publication
11 Star Wars genre, briefly: hyph. / Cowboy’s item / Gas in the upper atmosphere
12 Lazy / A type of tea
13 Cut chips from with a knife / ____ bee
14 2009-2013 British TV drama set in a London district / Elsa of Born Free, for one
15 Shrill yell / A feeling of disgust

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 15-letter, 3-word answer for "Attack imaginary foes"?
* What's a 10-letter, 2-word answer for "Rapper who told listeners to 'stop, collaborate, and listen'"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 280: Pent Words 56

WORDY WEDNESDAY #278
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 5 (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #279
A TRIBUTE TO THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE (hint)
As of this writing, 5 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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #280
PENT WORDS 56
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 Building material made from sun-dried earth and straw / Carving knife brand famous from infomercials
2 Route / ____ the bottom of the barrel
3 Fermented honey beverage / Classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus ____
4 Guns & ____ (magazine) / Relatives of cellos
5 Go bad, as a check / Nothing, in Spanish
6 "Twist and ____" (Isley Brothers song) / Transition
7 Interval between the "do" at the bottom and the "do" at the top of a scale / Projection in a church
8 California senator Kamala / Go on Nutrisystem, say
9 Morocco ____ (cartoon character) / Like sloth or gluttony
10 Frighten / The Price is ____ (long-running game show)

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Start
* Not behind
* Gain custody of, perhaps
* "Drat!"
* Sesame Street's grouch
* The British ____
* Goodbye
* Lucky item
* Not heavy
* Layer of the earth's atmosphere
* Cuban ballroom dance
* Deduce
* "Get out of here!"
* Old saw
* Book of maps
* Perturb
* Not abridged
* ____ 43 (2013 film)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What tool shares its name with a cocktail of orange juice and vodka?

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

Wordy Wednesday 279: A Tribute to the High School Experience

WORDY WEDNESDAY #277
PATHFINDER 13 (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:
Bryce Herdt *
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #278
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 5 (hint)
As of this writing, 2 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 #279
A TRIBUTE TO THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
The final answer is a person.

Removing impurities from (8)
Non-Jew (7)
A Clue weapon (6)
Mitigate, as stress (7)
Website with a blue bird logo (7)
Small diadem (7)
Male sibling (7)
Principal in The Simpsons (7)
Viewing device on a submarine (9)
Daydream (7)
Fully assembled and ready to use (7)
Whipping as punishment (9)
Typing teacher Mavis (6)
Got smaller (6)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ 43 (2013 film)"?

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

Wordy Wednesday #278: DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #276
SECTION SIX 27 (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #277
PATHFINDER 13 (hint)
As of this writing, 3 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!

THE JOY OF PUZZLING: PENT WORDS!
Here's a new contest where you can learn how a puzzle was written and then write your own puzzle. Good luck!

FLOW FIT!
Here's a brand new app for iOS, Google Play, and Amazon devices! You are tasked with arranging pieces to form a crossword. I think it's pretty fun (although I might be biased because I wrote some of the puzzles). Check it out!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #278
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 5
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Tyler Hinman. 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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Food whose yellow peel is a common comedy prop __ __ __ __ __ __
                                               04 21 03 33 63 26
Fils-Aimé’s successor at Nintendo of America __ __ __ __ __ __
                                             39 58 94 67 16 20
12 inches __ __ __ __
          45 42 84 73
____ of the Loom __ __ __ __ __
                 11 65 85 56 70
1978 Jamie Lee Curtis flick __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                            81 01 43 40 95 88 13 08 49
Migraine, for example __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                      77 10 62 47 18 07 25 92
Searched for prey __ __ __ __ __ __
                  74 59 51 57 53 38
Concept __ __ __ __
        69 93 36 48
Truly __ __ __ __ __ __
      30 60 09 24 19 50
Rocker Janis __ __ __ __ __ __
             14 12 64 37 34 46
Stomach distress with the urge to vomit __ __ __ __ __ __
                                        02 87 96 23 29 89
Detroit basketball team __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                        61 31 90 79 44 52 86
Scottish kilt pattern, often __ __ __ __ __ __
                             27 15 17 82 75 55
Bird who debuted in “A Tale of Two Kitties” __ __ __ __ __ __
                                            80 83 22 71 76 05
“____ in the Sky” (Journey song) __ __ __ __ __
                                 91 28 72 68 41
Blow away, as chaff __ __ __ __ __ __
                    06 66 32 35 78 54

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A really dumb puzzle. I'm sorry.

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

The Joy of Puzzling: Pent Words (CONTEST!)

In this two-part contest, you'll get to solve a puzzle, learn how it was made, and try your hand at making your own puzzle!

Part I. Solve a Puzzle!
THE JOY OF PUZZLING: PENT WORDS
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.

After solving, go to tinyurl.com/tjop-[answer], replacing [answer] with the answer (no space), to learn how this puzzle was constructed and get tips on constructing your own!
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 A ____ Family Funeral (2019 film) / Say hello to
2 Foreign / Cut hair from
3 Reheat in a microwave / Spoon, for one
4 Number of people on a soccer team / Oolong and such
5 Word after "grand" or "little" in the card game bridge / Chicory relative
6 Terminate / Embraced
7 Wrestler Sammartino / Pulsate
8 Determine the value of something / Hellmann's offering, for short
9 Urge on / Shoe and clothing brand with a large cat as its mascot
10 Wanted poster detail / Microwave ____
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Charlie of Two and a Half Men
* Mexican film actor Infante
* Put right
* Online game where players control gods
* Advice
* The Adventures of ____ Billy (1989 video game)
* Concur
* Certain foot bones
* Contract between a landlord and a tenant, for example
* Lady Gaga and Madonna, for two
* Labyrinthine puzzles
* Expert
* Permian ____
* A Wheel of Fortune category
* Former Jeopardy! announcer Don
* Characters in certain ancient alphabets
* "Set Fire to the Rain" singer
* Out of whole ____

Send your answer to the above puzzle to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com to enter Part I of the contest. After the deadline (May 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM), one random entrant with the correct answer will win a signed copy of the May 2019 issue of Games World of Puzzles, which includes a Snake Crisscross by me, and a copy of my board game TAILITS!

Part II. Make a Puzzle!
Now you get to write your own Pent Words puzzle! To learn how I made the above puzzle, go to tinyurl.com/tjop-[answer], replacing "[answer]" in the URL with the puzzle's final answer in lowercase letters and with no space. It is not, however, necessary to watch this video or even solve the above puzzle to enter this part of the contest. Your puzzle must obey all of these rules:

* The puzzle must obey Pent Words rules.
* The puzzle must be 10x10.
* All entries must be from 3 through 7 letters long.
* No entry may be repeated.
* There must be a final answer, a phrase consisting of two 5-letter words which appear as unclued pentominoes.
* The subdivision of the grid into pentominoes must be unique, even if you don't know the final answer.

Since test-solving is one of the most important parts of the puzzle-construction process, you are allowed to seek the assistance of one test-solver to make sure the puzzle you send me doesn't have any inaccurate clues or other bad things I won't like.

Send your completed puzzle, its answer, and the e-mail address of your test-solver (if you had one) to devjoe@gmail.com [NOT TO ME!!!]. The puzzle and its answer should be in plaintext. After the deadline (May 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM), /dev/joe will then send the puzzles to me in random order and with no bylines. I will judge which puzzle I like best; its constructor and its test-solver (if any) will both win a signed copy of the May 2019 issue of Games World of Puzzles, which includes a Snake Crisscross by me, and a copy of my board game TAILITS! The winning entry (and honorable mentions, at my discretion) will also be reproduced on my blog for my readers' enjoyment. The following things are likely to win me over:

* Fresh entries.
* Interesting overlaps.
* Interesting clues.
* PG-ratedness.

The following things will not win me over:

* Too many obscurities. (Don't use the Portugese word for "tablecloth" or the names of about half a dozen characters from manga comics that only about 100 people read.)
* R-rated things (I want to reproduce the winning entry on this highly PG-rated blog, so none of George Carlin's seven dirty words, for instance, should be in the clues or the answers).
* Etymological relatives, especially obvious ones like two compound words that share a root word in common, are frowned upon.
* Submitting the puzzle to me instead of to /dev/joe is an absolute no-no! No matter how good your puzzle is, if I know who wrote it, I cannot trust myself to judge the entries impartially. Seeing the entries without knowing who wrote them ensures that the prize goes to the puzzle I like the best, and not the person I like the best. So again, DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR PUZZLES TO ME!!!

You may only submit one puzzle, but you can change it at any time before the deadline. You may be the test-solver for any number of other entrants.

Good luck, and happy constructing!

Wordy Wednesday 277: Pathfinder 13

WORDY WEDNESDAY #275
PENT WORDS 55 (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:
Bryce Herdt *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #276
SECTION SIX 27 (hint)
As of this writing, 3 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 #277
PATHFINER 13
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 The Who’s Townshend (4)
2 “Magic Carpet Ride” band (11)
3 Western Florida city (5)
4 Grow weary (4)
5 Texas ____ University (4)
6 “That’s Too ____!” (pricing game from The Price is Right) (4)
7 Sorceress in Homer's Odyssey (5)
8 Dress (6)
9 Piloted, as a plane (5)
10 Roman goddess of the hunt (5)
11 They’re often served with tea (8)
12 Gruesome (5)
13 A white sparkling wine (9)
14 Shelter facing a beach, perhaps (6)
14 Rick and Morty, for one (7)
15 Becloud (4)
15 James portrayed by Sean Connery (4)
16 Antiquated (7)
17 Item needed for playing cornhole (7)
18 Far from common (4)
18 Reddening cosmetic (5)
19 End-to-end measurement (6)
19 Baseball player who is sometimes the namesake of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (3 6)
20 Have a meal at a restaurant, say (3 3)
21 Promote (4)
22 Instance of unfair treatment (3 4)
23 ____ Council (Survivor elimination ceremony) (6)
24 You might top it with lox (5)
25 Former late night host Jay (4)
26 American History X actor (6 6)
27 Esau traded his for stew (10)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Fils-Aimé’s successor at Nintendo of America"?
* Patron Puzzle #58, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is not written yet. I'd better get to work!

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

Wordy Wednesday 276: Section Six 27

WORDY WEDNESDAY #274
FOXGERYPTICS 14 (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #275
PENT WORDS 55 (hint)
As of this writing, 2 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 #276
SECTION SIX 27
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 Sarcastic attitude
2 Animal in its early stages of development
3 Sell
4 Hold
5 ____ Mutant Ninja Turtles
6 Difficult decision between two choices

Ring 2
* Early morning show on NBC
* National Novel Writing Month's month
* Prayer-ending interjection
* Used a yacht, say
* A type of engineering

Ring 3
* Descend gradually, as an airplane
* A type of drum
* Blade attached to a rifle
* Certain opiate

Ring 4
* Like the graph of y=mx+b
* Bed Bath & ____
* Invented, as a new word or phrase

Ring 5
* Resident of New Delhi, for example
* Horse with a habit of bucking

Ring 6
* Kurt whose death at 27 years old puts him in the so-called "27 Club"

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 11-letter word for "“Magic Carpet Ride” band"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 275: Pent Words 55

WORDY WEDNESDAY #273
HEX PATHFINDER 18 (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #274
FOXGERYPTICS 14 (hint)
As of this writing, 4 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 #275
PENT WORDS 55
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 Animal you shouldn't play cards with, according to a corny joke / TV and radio personality Linkletter
2 Bird to whose value Jesus compares the value of man / Word preceding "milk" or "sauce"
3 Singer Dion / 1/12 of a foot
4 "Hay is for ____!" (response from someone who doesn't like informal words like "hey") / Advertising symbol
5 Paquin who played Rogue in X-Men (2000) / Mexican foodstuff wrapped in a corn husk
6 Magazine that dubs the "Sexiest Man Alive" / ____ browns
7 Druggie / Through the ____ (Reiner Knizia board game)
8 Employed a razor / 1998 film with Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Chip
9 Not old / Ire
10 Life, for one / What a rolling stone doesn't gather

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Fruit of the Loom rival
* "Lather, ____, repeat"
* Eyes amorously
* Defenders of the ____ (2010 board game)
* 1/16 of a pound
* Laundry detergent brand
* Far from fresh
* The Divine Comedy author
* Astronomer Brahe
* One who doesn't consume milk, eggs, or meat
* Fred Flintstone's wife
* Like a high-pressure salesman
* Alamo rival
* Character in Disney's Hercules voiced by James Woods
* Crime committed by those with burning desires?
* Novel title character and cookie namesake Doone
* Disgusting
* A Chevrolet vehicle or a lake

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "____ Mutant Ninja Turtles"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 274: Foxgeryptics 14

WORDY WEDNESDAY #272
FOXGERYPTICS 13 (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #273
HEX PATHFINDER 18 (hint)
As of this writing, 2 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 #274
FOXGERYPTICS 14
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 5-letter word for "Defenders of the ____ (2010 board game)"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 273: Hex Pathfinder 18

WORDY WEDNESDAY #271
FOXGERYPTICS 12 (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #272
FOXGERYPTICS 13 (hint)
As of this writing, 3 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 #273
HEX PATHFINDER 18
In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered hexagon and winds through the grid, starting in the indicated direction. When you have finished, every letter will be used in exactly two entries.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get the final answer, a 7-letter word.
1W Good ____ (show hosted by Alton Brown) (4)
2SW Place to buy magazines and such (9)
3SE Be numerous (6)
4NE Perspire (5)
5NW You might pour salt on one (5)
6SE Print on the other side of a piece of paper, for example (5)
7SW 1994 film about a seal (5)
8E “In the ____ of the Mountain King” (4)
9NE Suited (8)
10SE Certain rodent (4)
11W Thick slice (4)
12NW Devastate (9)
13NW Fertile (4)
14NE Place to keep money, perhaps (6)
15E Mr. Nanny (1993) star (9, 2 wds.)
15SW Baloney (7)
16E Romeo’s rival in Romeo and Juliet (6)
17NE Extremely angry (5)
18W Look fixedly (5)
18SE Mollusk remnant (8)
19W Forbidden ____ (cooperative board game that’s a sequel to Forbidden Island) (6)
20NW Diminish the strength of, as a mixture (6)
20SW Student’s furniture (4)
21NE Toto’s tether (5)
22SE “Total ____ of the Heart” (7)
23SE Emperor ____ (7)
24NW Meet the ____ (2008 Seltzer and Friedberg movie) (8)
25NE Ten plus ten plus ten plus ten (5)
26SW Language this puzzle is in (7)
27NE Door’s joint (5)
28E Rock and ____ (4)
29SW TruTV series whose host’s surname is Conover (19, 3 wds.)
30NE Motörhead song (11, 3 wds.)
30SE Certain Nissan (6)
31E An Austrian state (5)
32E Completely cut off, as ties (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A pair of Foxgeryptics!
* Patron Puzzle #57, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), isn't written yet. Oops!

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

Wordy Wednesday 272: Foxgeryptics 13

WORDY WEDNESDAY #270
PENT WORDS 54 (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #271
FOXGERYPTICS 12 (hint)
As of this writing, 3 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 #272
FOXGERYPTICS 13
Insert a single letter in each space of each grid so that each grid's five rows and five columns spells a word from left to right or top to bottom (including the letters outside the grid).

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an eight-letter word.

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

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

Wordy Wednesday 271: Foxgeryptics 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #269
HEX PATHFINDER 17 (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #270
PENT WORDS 54 (hint)
As of this writing, 2 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 #271
FOXGERYPTICS 12
Insert a single letter in each space of each grid so that each grid's five rows and five columns spells a word from left to right or top to bottom (including the letters outside the grid).

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an eight-letter word.


COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* More Foxgeryptics!

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Wordy Wednesday 270: Pent Words 54

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

WORDY WEDNESDAY #269
HEX PATHFINDER 17 (hint)
As of this writing, 4 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 #270
PENT WORDS 54
In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 Charge with a crime / Flow slowly
2 A Bantu language / A keyboard key
3 Spelling contest / Not ____ Teen Movie (2001 movie)
4 Newsman Dan / Company associated with Sonic the Hedgehog
5 Lazy / Grammy winner Keys
6 Word before "cube" or "cream" / What you might do to your car windows on a cold day
7 ____ to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019 movie) / Add a program to a computer, say
8 Cleanse something soapy, perhaps / Bugs that bug dogs and cats
9 The Nile, for one / Deathly pale
10 ____ We Dance (2004 romantic comedy) / Fish-eating swimmer related to the weasel

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

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

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Sorry for no Wordy Wednesday this week

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

New Wordy Wednesday next week!

Wordy Wednesday 269: Hex Pathfinder 17

WORDY WEDNESDAY #267
CODEWORDS 9 (answer)
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:
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #268
HEX PATHFINDER 16 (hint)
As of this writing, 4 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 #269
HEX PATHFINDER 17
In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered hexagon and winds through the grid, starting in the indicated direction. When you have finished, every letter will be used in exactly two entries.

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

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

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