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

Wordy Wednesday 11: DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES

WORDY WEDNESDAY #9
DOUBLE FEATURES (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. **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner *
Mark Navarrete *
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **


WORDY WEDNESDAY #10
PENT WORDS 2 (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 #11
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES

__ __ __ __    __ __    __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __
        ^           ^              ^        ^           ^           ^

__ __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __    __ __ __
     ^        ^              ^        ^        ^           ^           ^

__ __ __    __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
     ^           ^        ^           ^        ^        ^

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ ?
  ^        ^

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

Pain in one's back, perhaps __ __ __ __
                            01 18 62 38
Firm __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
     30 52 45 16 14 59 40 21
"Fa la la la la la la la la" carol: 3 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                           08 54 42 19 56 51 39 65 63 36 03 11
Narrow flat pasta __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                  02 48 06 53 55 13 22 41
Gain __ __ __ __ __ __
     12 47 27 29 57 33
Lever and fulcrum enjoyed by children: hyph. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                             23 10 07 49 66 37 43 34 17 46 20 32
Saying "I do", for example __ __ __ __ __ __
                           58 05 64 09 25 15
"____ Woman" (The Eagles hit) __ __ __ __ __ __
                              35 44 50 04 24 26
Courts __ __ __ __
       61 28 31 60

Wordy Wednesday 10: Pent Words 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #8
A NEW TYPE OF CROSSWORD (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. Don't forget to check out Bonza Word Puzzle, a smartphone app in which my puzzles appear; the app is free until tomorrow! Here's a list of people who solved it:
Brian Michalowski *
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Jack Lance **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
Mark Navarrete **
Mark Tilford **
Michael Sylvia **
Randy Rogers *
Walker Anderson **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #9
DOUBLE FEATURES (hint)
7 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 #10
PENT WORDS 2
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 4, to 2 / Ladder step
2 Many / ____ salad
3 Used a phone / Saturn manufacturer
4 Fire / Voice actor Mel
5 Elevator alternative / "A ____ of Two Cities"
6 Symbol on a music staff / "God Save the Queen", e.g.
7 Like bad toast / Belief that God doesn't interfere with nature
8 "Is that your final ____?" / Actress Kelly
9 Like a lion, but not a lioness / ____ de coin
10 Word on a magician's box / Modern ___

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Becomes sour
* Decline a hit
* Not long-distance
* Fish feature
* National ____ Association (Second Amendment rights group)
* It might be found in the proof of a theorem
* ____ crossing (British crosswalk)
* Cervine Disney character
* Rough woolen material for suits
* "____ Eyes Were Watching God"
* Original host of "Cosmos"
* Anything, slangily
* ____ furnace
* Buenos ____
* Not cloudy
* TV Land staple
* Certain Ford
* Growth ____

Wordy Wednesday 9: Double Features

WORDY WEDNESDAY #7
PATHFINDER (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Christian H.P. **
David Millar **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
Mark Navarrete *
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #8
A NEW TYPE OF CROSSWORD (hint)
A number of people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Logic puzzle fans might appreciate what I've done to make this easy version easier than the previous 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!

By the way, the Bonza app has been updated today. Download it for free before the month ends, and then check out my puzzles that appear as unlockable content therein! Support puzzle writers like me!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #9
DOUBLE FEATURES
At the Puzzlania Movie Theater, you have to figure out what movies are playing by filling in the marquees. The titles of 6 movies will read across, and different words will read down. The letters in the shaded cells will anagram to this puzzle's final answer, a 6-letter word.

Wordy Wednesday 8: A New Type of Crossword

WORDY WEDNESDAY #6
CRAZY 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:
Bryce Herdt **
Christian H.P. *
Eric Prestemon **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jason Boomer **
Jeremy Conner **
Kou O. **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **

And the winner of the contest is. . . James McGowan! You win!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #7
PATHFINDER (hint)
9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. This one gives the direction from the first to the second letter of each answer (like a normal Pathfinder). 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 #8
A NEW TYPE OF CROSSWORD

(click here for a PDF version)


Inspired by the smartphone app Bonza, in which my puzzles will be appearing soon (July 23; the app will be free from then until July 31, so please check it out!). Assemble the pieces above to form a crossword with 17 related words (lengths 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8). The answer to this puzzle is the word that could be added.

Wordy Wednesday 7: Pathfinder

WORDY WEDNESDAY #5
PENT WORDS (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:
Eric Prestemon **
Giovanni Pagano **
James McGowan *
Jeremy Conner *
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #6
CRAZY WORD GAMES (hint)
10 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Remember, it's 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 a signed issue of Will Shortz's Wordplay. Good luck, solvers!


WORDY WEDNESDAY #7
PATHFINDER
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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 white square will be used in exactly two entries.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get a pair of related words that are the final answer.

1 They were Spain's former currency (7)
2 Can ____ (kitchen device) (6)
3 ____ Convention (5)
3 Real Time with ____ (4 5)
4 Secluded valley (4)
5 Part of a calyx (5)
6 Bicycle user, perhaps (7)
7 Need for a certain funeral rite (4)
8 Emulated Michael Phelps (4)
8 ____ the beans (5)
9 Spoonful of sour cream, for example (6)
9 One of her songs was covered by Whitney Houston (5 6)
10 Where Japanese fish might be displayed (3 4)
11 Harmless fib (5 3)
12 The moon, for example (9)
13 Sorrow (9)
14 End of a famous palindrome (6)
15 Made a forced bet (5)
16 Angry speech (4)
17 Major ____ (14-semitone interval) (5)
18 Vivian's "I Love Lucy" role (5)
19 Long-running racing game franchise (5 4)
20 Quarterback Kaepernick (5)
20 Place where a fan might be seen (7)
21 The Treasure State's capital (6)
22 Sleeps briefly (7)
23 Charlie of “Two and a Half Men” (5)
24 Scaly mammal (8)

Wordy Wednesday 6: Crazy Word Games

WORDY WEDNESDAY #4
DIAGRAMLESS 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:
Eric Prestemon *
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Lance **
James McGowan **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **
Scott Handelman **
Walker Anderson *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #5
PENT WORDS (hint)
3 people have solved last week's puzzle so far. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version that does half of the work for you by dividing the grid into pentominoes. All you have to do is write the letters in! 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 #6
CRAZY WORD GAMES
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle is a contest! The winner of this contest will receive a signed copy of Will Shortz's Wordplay, a magazine in which I had the honor of being published, and a volume of Word Games Puzzles (I ordered a 12-volume value pack, and this one happened to be a duplicate of what I already owned). Just like the last contest, the winner will be determined by random draw; solve the puzzle correctly within the next week to get two entries, and within the week after that (when an easier version will be posted) to get one entry.

WORLD CAPITALS
1. ____ artichoke: K3 C5 Q3 R1 P5 O2 L4 O1 M3
2. Birthplace of Pope Francis: R2 R1 N3 R3 B1 X2 V1 J1 W4 M4 X3
3. ____ sprout: O4 N1 V4 T3 H5 F3 K4 G2
4. Mentioned in “Marines' Hymn”: Q4 A2 J1 I4 I5 A1 C3

CHANGE-A-LETTER MOVIES
1. Macaulay Culkin copies himself: R4 X1 T2 R5 M1 D4 B1 L1 D1
2. Audrey Hepburn works at a salon: P2 S2 L5 N5 B4 S1 A1 H3 F2 P4
3. Michael J. Fox sews up a wound: O4 G1 E1 V2 J2 X1 W3 L5 S3 H4 R1 A4 V4 S5 Q2
4. Russell Crowe digs for gold: V1 O4 W2 D2 V4 D5 U2 J5 R1 B5 M3 H2 B2 F5

BY THE NUMBERS
1. Price of a shave and a haircut: U3 Q5 U4 O4 V3 I1 U1
2. Reginald Rose courtroom drama: Q1 Q5 E4 K4 C1 D1 L3 L1 N2 N1 P4 T2 F3 B2
3. Nursery rhyme rodents: K5 A5 F1 S4 J4 R2 B3 C3 I3 W1 M3 U2 C2 M5
4. Everything: X4 K2 A3 Q5 A5 B1 B3 P3 O5 F4 I2 T1 S2 G1 F1 W1 M2

FIVE+FOUR=ONE
1. SMIRK+GOAL: E3 H2 B5 I5 N2 G5 K1 T2 T3
2. ARBOR+TADS: T5 C4 P1 E2 R2 U4 L3 G3 J3
3. DEANS+TONS: U1 H3 I2 N4 O3 E5 B1 R3 A3
4. SNIFF+PROG: X1 H1 T4 G4 I4 Q3 L2 D3 N2

Wordy Wednesday 5: Pent Words

WORDY WEDNESDAY #3
ADDING AND ANAGRAMMING (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:
Giovanni Pagano *
Jack Lance **
James McGowan *
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **
Scott Handelman *
WORDY WEDNESDAY #4
DIAGRAMLESS HELTER SKELTER (hint)
6 people (interestingly, the same 6 listed above) have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version (and by easier, I mean much 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 #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  Play a guitar, for example / Out
2  28th President of the United States / "How Great ____ Art"
3  Japanese board game / Gorge
4  Option / Toward shelter
5  Angry / Colorado, for example
6  Vanna White, to Pat Sajak / Lead
7  Kettle output / Cotton ____
8  Wanness / Greek God of war
9  Obscure / Color
10 Beginner / Nearsighted

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Myrrh, for example
* Pink Floyd hit that is mostly in 7/4 meter
* Holiday greeting adjective
* "Nothing but net" basketball shot
* 200 milligrams
* Jonathan Arthur DeBarge's nickname
* Fuzzy ____
* Valuable thing
* Rebound
* Donald who feuded with O'Donnell
* "____ by Me"
* ____ screwdriver (Doctor Who gadget)
* Speak
* Subject
* Old Testament prophet
* "Magic Man" band
* "Still ____" (Portal ending song)
* Bide for time

Wordy Wednesday 4: Diagramless Helter Skelter

WORDY WEDNESDAY #2
SUMMING AND SCRAMBLING (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. Congratulations to all 5 people on the solvers list:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Lance **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers *
Term Ital **
WORDY WEDNESDAY #3
ADDING AND ANAGRAMMING (hint)
3 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version that changes some clues. 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. Your solutions are what make Wordy Wednesday truly rewarding. Good luck, solvers!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #4
DIAGRAMLESS HELTER SKELTER
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My tribute to Brendan Emmett Quigley's Helter Skelter puzzles in Will Shortz's Wordplay. Every answer reads in one of eight directions, starting with one of the letters (besides the first) of the previous answer. Normally, there are numbers in the grid indicating where each answer starts, such as in THIS EXAMPLE, but I was too lazy to put them in.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get a pair of related words that are the final answer.
1. Like a vixen
2. Game 5 of Action 52 which, due to a bug, could not be beaten for a $104,000 prize
3. “Duke of ____” (Gene Chandler classic)
4. Secure
5. Used crayons, perhaps
6. This answer isn't horizontal or vertical, but ____
7. ____ of Legends (MMO by Riot Games)
8. A Monopoly board corner: 3 wds.
9. He dreamt about a ladder
10. Cordon ____
11. Microsoft product
12. Espresso/milk mixture
13. Mexican items that may be soft or hard
14. This answer runs from west to east on the ____ edge
15. Revert an action
16. Gets behind the wheel of
17. Muffler
18. Enough to pack a vehicle with
19. Exercise
20. m in y=mx+b
21. John Deacon or Roger Taylor, as Queen's logo indicates
22. “I goofed”
23. Rather Dashing is one

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