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Wordy Wednesday 378: The 64 Puzzle Square & Wordy Wednesday 379: Crypticrostic 11

WORDY WEDNESDAY #374
CRYPTICROSTIC 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:
Bonnie Veenschoten **
James Haddad **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
M. Sean Molley **
Pavel Curtis **
Tyler Hinman **
Adam Weaver **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #375
PENT WORDS 75 (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:
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Adam Weaver **
Bo & Becky Green **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #376
SECTION SIX 37 (hint)
As of this writing, 11 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 #377
FEELING AWFULLY PUZZLED (hint)
As of this writing, 7 people have solved this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ENTIRE FIRST QUARTER OF 2021!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #378
THE 64 PUZZLE SQUARE
(With acknowledgments to Charles Steinhardt, creator of The 10,000 Puzzle Pyramid, The 10,000 Puzzle Tesseract, and The 10,000 Puzzle Square, whose patience – or ability to program a computer to make thousands of puzzles, more likely – towers over mine.)
The square below contains 64 simple anagram puzzles. Unless otherwise indicated, each puzzle’s answer is a single word. If there are multiple words, then each individual word is scrambled (without mixing letters from different words together) and then the spaces are removed.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #379
CRYPTICROSTIC 11
The answer is two words enumerated (6 8). (Note: The final clue ends in an exclamation point, and is &lit.)
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
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

Byrne of the Labour Party leaves the British government to be a __ __ __ __ __ __
    father                                                      16 11 02 29 07 25
Dramatic TV series featuring drunk driver and alcohol __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                      35 08 28 13 18 39 01 23 03
Execute underling for sovereignty __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                  04 36 12 19 38 31 06 09
Experts turn over floor covering, followed by you and me __ __ __ __ __
                                                         33 21 26 17 22
Reportedly understood bishop's authority – wise __ __ __ __ __
                                                14 27 37 05 24
Weird Al song becomes political motto __ __ __ __ __ __
                                      15 30 20 10 34 32

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "The Great ____ Search (1992 picture-hunting video game)"? 
* What's a 5-letter word for "Title shared by a 5 Seconds of Summer song and a Lady Gaga song"? 

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

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words II! (Week 1 update)

For full rules, see here.

Week 0:
The set of all words with 3 or more consecutive consonants (consonants being defined as all letters except A, E, I, O, U, and Y): NONE 
The set of all words containing a double vowel (AA, EE, II, OO, UU, YY): ONE 
The set of all words that appear as distinct words in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (as opposed to as substrings of words), according to www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare (example: BRANCHLESS, counterexample: RANCH): TWO 
The set of all words in which the fifth letter exists and appears in the string FAMILY REUNIONSALL 

Week 1:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words of length strictly less than 8 (that is, 7 or below): ALL
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words with a length of 9 or more letters that do NOT contain a double vowel: NONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words with a length matching a number in the Fibonacci sequence (2, 3, 5, 8, or 13): ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words whose length is greater than or equal to 12: NONE

The Grandmaster Puzzles gift card value is now $48.
The money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is now $48.

Submit more guesses!

Wordy Wednesday 376: Section Six 37 & Wordy Wednesday 377: Feeling Awfully Puzzled

WORDY WEDNESDAY #372
MURRIAM-WEBSTER (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:
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Stephen Potter **
Adam Weaver **
Jason Boomer **
Jason Taniguchi **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

HUMP DAY WORD FUN #373
CUT UPT RIO BYT RIO 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:
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #374
CRYPTICROSTIC 10 (hint)
As of this writing, 11 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 #375
PENT WORDS 75 (hint)
As of this writing, 13 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!

DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ENTIRE FIRST QUARTER OF 2021!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #376
SECTION SIX 37
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 African capital city in which you won't find adobe, according to Mario Is Missing!
2 "Peace in the ____" (gospel song)
3 One of a pair used for sniffing
4 Injures
5 ____ Beach (big name in gaming headsets)
6 Actress Shore of Belle of the Yukon (1944)

Ring 2
Atlas Shrugged author Ayn
* Substance coating paper used in some tests
* Swimming, cycling, and running race, for example
* Course summaries
* "You're So ____" (Carly Simon hit)

Ring 3
* Drool, less slangily
* Hammer's target
* Pertaining to manufacturing
* "____ cow!"

Ring 4
* State whose flag includes a torch and 19 stars
* Nani Pelekai's younger sister in animated Disney films
* Japanese massage technique

Ring 5
* Hilo hello
* Clock's ancestor

Ring 6
* Texas city where the pop punk band Thirtyseven and the NFL's Cowboys hail from

WORDY WEDNESDAY #377
FEELING AWFULLY PUZZLED
Don’t be blindsided by this puzzle’s resemblance to that one Windows computer game! It’s just a shade different. Warning: this one could be a bumpy ride.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* It's 64 puzzles for the price of one! 
* Possibly my most brutal Crypticrostic ever! I'm sorry. . . 

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

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words II!

I am thinking of three distinct English words that are at least 2 letters long and no more than 15 letters long. All of the words are valid in Scrabble according to https://scrabble.merriam.com/. Your goal is to guess them. Everyone who guesses the trio of words correctly by the time the contest is over will be entered for a chance to win a gift card for Grandmaster Puzzles worth up to $50.

Once per week, each and every single person reading this blog post is allowed to e-mail a set of words to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. If it is a set of at least 10 words, I will publicly post on this blog (on the following Monday at 12:01 AM Central time) whether NONE, ONE, TWO, or ALL of my words are in that set. If it is a set of 9 words or fewer, I will privately give you the same information. If I can't easily verify whether a set of words has at least 10 words in it, I will assume it does, so if you want your information kept private, submit your set of words in the form "{CINQ, QADI, QAID, QATS, QOPH}" rather than "the set of all Scrabble-legal 4-letter words with a Q and not a U". RULES CLARIFICATION: It must be possible to determine whether or not any given word is in your set without knowing my words.

Once someone has guessed the trio of words (that is, submitted to me a set of exactly three words and gotten a result of ALL), one last weekly update will be posted on this blog, and then people who haven't guessed the words yet will have one more week to try to do so and be entered in the prize drawing.

The value of the Grandmaster Puzzles gift card will start at $50, and then go down $2 for every weekly update that has gone by without someone guessing the trio of words. (Exception: the value cannot go to $0.) A matching amount will also be donated to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, so even if you aren't interested in the prize drawing, your participation may help someone else solve the words faster and thus help charity! Last time, you smart people managed to solve the trio of words with the money pool at $44, but I think I've picked a more difficult word trio for this iteration, and you'll be getting far less help from mysterious entities, to boot!

To kick things off, I'll make four guesses for you, chosen from among the guesses that were made in Let's Guess Three Words!:

The set of all words with 3 or more consecutive consonants (consonants being defined as all letters except A, E, I, O, U, and Y): NONE
The set of all words containing a double vowel (AA, EE, II, OO, UU, YY): ONE
The set of all words that appear as distinct words in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (as opposed to as substrings of words), according to www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare (example: BRANCHLESS, counterexample: RANCH): TWO
The set of all words in which the fifth letter exists and appears in the string FAMILY REUNIONS: ALL

Good luck, and yappy guessing!

Wordy Wednesday 374: Crypticrostic 10 & Wordy Wednesday 375: Pent Words 75

WORDY WEDNESDAY #371
TOUCHWORD 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:
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
M. Sean Molley **
Mark Ballinger **
Pavel Curtis **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #372
MURRIAM-WEBSTER (hint)
As of this writing, 8 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!

HUMP DAY WORD FUN #373
CUT UPT RIO BYT RIO 10 (hint)
As of this writing, a number of 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!

DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ENTIRE FIRST QUARTER OF 2021!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #374
CRYPTICROSTIC 10
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
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

A male youth in captivating legend, ultimately! __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                26 15 42 40 46 33 06
BMW conclusively declining fabric from which seat belts are made __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                                 36 12 32 44 14 21 07
Delineate sketchy hotel suite __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                              19 05 34 39 45 27 41 10 38 20
Disheartened timid person and youth leader saunter __ __ __ __ __
                                                   30 08 25 17 47
Grand word found in the King James Bible, perhaps __ __ __ __
                                                  22 11 29 03
Kelvin only eats young goat, going back to Canadian river __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                          01 16 31 04 43 37 13 23
Weaselly pet has paws around sides of Rottweiler __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                 09 35 18 24 02 28

WORDY WEDNESDAY #375
PENT WORDS 75
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 White item painted red in Wonderland / First name of composer Holst or Mahler
2 Sweetheart / Hand-to-hand struggle
3 Make better / Zombies ____ My Neighbors (1993 video game)
4 Game theorist and equilibrium namesake John / Spinning helicopter parts
5 ____ one on (get drunk) / Make like new again
6 Tim whose surname became synonymous with genuflecting in prayer / Fruit on the reverse of Georgia's state quarter
7 Musical composition for practicing a technique / Instrument for Pablo Casals
8 "Okie from Muskogee" singer's surname / ____-O-Honey (candy brand)
9 Not ecclesiastical / Toilet
10 What Mr. Brown can do in a Dr. Seuss book / Tropic Thunder actor ____ T. Jackson

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Big name in violins
____ Kai (Netflix series based on The Karate Kid)
* Brigham Young University's city
* Fend (off)
* Laconic
The Taming of the ____
Euthyphro author
* Certain billiards shot
* ____ Cenotaph (San Antonio monument where Ozzy Osbourne took an infamous leak in 1982)
* Extremely, in slang
* Certain welding need
* Item on a vine, perhaps
* Form a canyon, say
* Zelda Williams's father
* Ration
* Incisors, for example
* Joe who mistakenly identified himself as his own husband in 2020
* Transition without interruption

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "African capital city in which you won't find adobe, according to Mario Is Missing!"? 
* You'll feel awfully puzzled by this one! 

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

Contest: A Timely Crisscross (easier version!)

Last week, I posted the contest A Timely Crisscross. As promised, here is an easier version with two words placed at the outset. Despite it no longer being Christmastime, I hope you will try this puzzle out. Remember, you stand a chance to win prizes and to help feed people (see the original post for more details)! The deadline is 11:59 PM Central time on January 7, 2021!

Wordy Wednesday 372: Murriam-Webster & Hump Day Word Fun 373: CUT UPT RIO BYT RIO 10

WORDY WEDNESDAY #370
PENT WORDS 74 (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:
Antoine Hinge **
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Izak Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #371
TOUCHWORD 18 (hint)
As of this writing, 15 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!

FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #372
MURRIAM-WEBSTER
[Illustrations 02, 03, and 05 are by CyberBobcat. Illustrations 01, 04, 06, and 07 are by furrytemp. Illustrations 10, 11, 13, and 16 are by GoldFlowerFursuits. Illustrations 08, 09, 12, 14, and 15 are by Tintinabar. These artist credits are not part of the puzzle.]
A specialized dictionary for learning the lingo of the goat and the argot of the lion.
The final answer is 7 letters long.

HUMP DAY WORD FUN #373
CUT UPT RIO BYT RIO 10
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Stephen PotterSupport 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! 
  __ __    __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __ __,
             ^           ^           ^           ^           ^           ^
  __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __
    ^        ^              ^           ^        ^           ^           ^
  __ __ __ __    __ __    __    __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __ __
    ^        ^              ^           ^           ^           ^           ^
  __ __   *__ __ __ __    __ __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __ __
       ^           ^           ^           ^           ^           ^           ^
  __ __ __ __    __ __    __ __ __ __?
    ^        ^              ^
__ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __
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
____ the pale __ __ __ __ __ __
              89 29 05 67 86 32
A ring that you can hook to a rope as you go up a peak __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                       42 59 02 06 65 37 61 10 76
Hard rock that, to Mohs, is a ten __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                  45 93 56 60 62 35 07
Life is this kind of road, as per a tune used in Cars __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                      22 09 87 28 92 44 88
The type of hard ball that Ed, Edd, and Eddy like to eat __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                         27 01 20 04 17 41 36 47 81 57
Sign out, as from an app: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __
                                 12 73 19 14 08 68
A foe of Uber __ __ __ __
              63 90 15 24
Show your rear end to __ __ __ __
                      50 21 64 48
Size of the gap from "do" up to the next "ti" __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                              38 26 30 13 58 82 80
A very dark ale __ __ __ __ __
                33 71 53 85 79
Tell (on) __ __ __ __ __ __
          39 23 84 66 46 03
Not just in part __ __ __ __ __ __
                 74 83 70 52 49 91
You can find many a file on this site that some pols don’t __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   want you to see                                         75 31 40 34 43 16 11 69 78
It owns Days Inn and TRYP __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                          51 18 54 77 25 72 55

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Crypticrostic! 
* I've decided to post double Wordy Wednesdays for the entire first quarter of 2021! What's a 5-letter word for "Zelda Williams's father"? 
* Patron Puzzle #80, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Super Pent Words. 

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

Contest: A Timely Crisscross

(PDF of this puzzle to print out)
Fit the words below the grid into the crisscross, reading left to right and top to bottom. The letters in the shaded cells, in order from left to right starting with the top row, will spell a lyric from a timely (and timeless) song.
AGAIN GNOME SATIN ADVANCE EQUINOX OPACITY
ALIEN ISLET SIGMA AIRPARK ETHICAL PIQUANT
ALIVE NEEDY SPANK ALFALFA FREEBIE PROWESS
ALLOW NINJA STRUT ANYBODY GAZETTE RANSACK
BAGEL OCEAN SWUNG AUGMENT GIRAFFE SHERBET
CEDAR OXEYE TWERP CARAVAN INCLUDE THYROID
DOUBT PASTA VINYL EDIFICE JUKEBOX TSUNAMI
EVOKE PHLOX WALTZ EPITAPH LOGBOOK 
EXPEL PIXIE XENON   
FICHE POWER ZILCH   
FLOSS RATIO    
Send your filled-in grid to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com before 11:59 PM Central time on December 31, 2020 to get two entries in the contest; identify the song the shaded lyric comes from before that time for another two entries (a maximum of four). Then an easier version of this puzzle will be posted with two words placed already as hints; solvers who submit their filled-in grids before 11:59 PM Central time on January 7, 2021 will get one entry, and solvers who identify the song before then will get one entry. A randomly-selected winner will win my board game Mammalath (with the Mammalath Plus expansion), plus a $10 gift card for Grandmaster Puzzles, which can be used to purchase any of a number of fine logic puzzle e-books. Additionally, for every entry in the contest, I will donate $1 to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, up to a maximum of $60, so solving the puzzle will help feed hungry people. Yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 371: Touchword 18

WORDY WEDNESDAY #369
SERIOUS STUMPER BEFUDDLES MANY (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:
Antoine Hinge **
Stephen Potter *
Tyler Hinman **
Adam Weaver **
foxyman **
Kevin Orfield **
Leo Termin **
MelloMathTeacher *
Poochy.EXE **
Roger Strain **
Ryan Faley **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #370
PENT WORDS 74 (hint)
As of this writing, 12 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 #371
TOUCHWORD 18
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.

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Distort / Approximately 0.621 miles
2 Play roulette, say / Structure on a farm / Be combined into one unit
3 Women and girls / Six years, for a Senator / Entreat
4 Wild / “Smell you ____!” / Treats, as a disease
5 Primate associated with a brand of glue or tape / 2014 title role for Dwayne Johnson
6 Big name in chocolate / Talk idly, in slang / Mathematician Leonhard
7 Actual real name of a mongrel owned by Abraham Lincoln / Preparation that helps provide immunity to a disease / Company that removed “Cab” from its name in 2011
8 55, 89, or 144: 2 wds.
9 Suave / ____ party (sleepover)
10 Evil spirit / Some evergreens / Pertaining to the lower spine
11 Disguising pattern / Meteorological need
12 Big Wolf on ____ (1999-2002 TV series) / Fermented beer / Savage of MythBusters
13 Nutria / One without a companion at a party / ____ cracker
14 Its logo has three ovals / Certain ballroom dance / Attention-attracting interjection
15 Tropical Asian plant also known as a dasheen / ____ Woodstock (2009 film) / Western, colloquially

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A reference book "fur" the rest of us! 
* What is a 10-unit word for "The type of hard ball that Ed, Edd, and Eddy like to eat"? 

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Wordy Wednesday 370: Pent Words 74

WORDY WEDNESDAY #368
QUADRILATERAL REGIONS (answer)
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Antoine Hinge ** 
Pavel Curtis ** 
Stephen Potter ** 
Tyler Hinman ** 
Adam Weaver ** 
Jason Boomer ** 
John Bulten ** 
Kevin Orfield ** 
Leo Termin ** 
Ryan Faley ** 

WORDY WEDNESDAY #369
SERIOUS STUMPER BEFUDDLES MANY (hint)
As of this writing, 10 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 #370
PENT WORDS 74
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 Country musician Kershaw who sang “Matches” / ____ Scope (1980 Nintendo arcade game) 
2 Goatee, for one / Grab the bull by the ____ 
3 Baseball ref / Disloyalty, as to a government 
The $100,000 ____ (game show) / Actress Thompson of Back to the Future 
Dragonriders of ____ / Country musician Jones who sang “Burn Your Playhouse Down” 
6 Country musician Paisley who sang “The Cigar Song” / Dormant 
How I Met Your ____ (2005-2014 sitcom) / Ostinato phrase in a piece of music 
8 Human-eating folkloric creature / Part of a T-shirt, but not a tank top 
9 Landlord’s client / Gateway ____ (St. Louis monument) 
10 Deer relative / Country musician McBride who sang “Independence Day” 

PENTOMINOES: 
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER 
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER 
* Crime that the country songs “Matches”, “Burn Your Playhouse Down”, “The Cigar Song”, and “Independence Day” have in common 
* ____ 6 (lodging chain) 
* Partner of gold and frankincense 
____ Lantern (2011 superhero movie) 
* Move furtively, perhaps 
* Austrian psychiatrist Alfred 
* It merged with Sears in 2005 
* Beautify 
* ____ Arlington, OH 
The ____ Clause 3: The Escape Clause 
* Bouillon 
____ de Amigo (1999 arcade game with maraca-shaped controllers) 
____ Cody Banks (2003 movie) 
* M1 Garand, for one 
* Speak pompously 
* Bull in a ____ shop 
* Series of mountains 
____ Nest (1988-1995 sitcom) 

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What company removed "Cab" from its name in 2011? 

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Wordy Wednesday 369: Serious Stumper Befuddles Many

WORDY WEDNESDAY #367
ANACROSSWORD 22 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Leo Termin **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #368
QUADRILATERAL REGIONS (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #369
SERIOUS STUMPER BEFUDDLES MANY
Frustrated solvers may lay into the author at will.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ de Amigo (1999 arcade game with maraca-shaped controllers)"? 

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Wordy Wednesday 368: Quadrilateral Regions

WORDY WEDNESDAY #366
SECTION SIX 36 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger *
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Leo Termin **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #367
ANACROSSWORD 22 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #368
QUADRILATERAL REGIONS
This puzzle has a familiar ring to it. Is it in the cards for you to find this puzzle’s final answer?

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A serious stumper! 
Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month) will receive issue #4 of Fox & Badger Magazine on December 4! A nine-puzzle meta awaits your solving in "The Hopefully-Less-Than-a-Million Second Quiz", a tribute to game shows past and present. This issue also introduces the Odds & Ends section, containing a bunch of puzzles I didn't know what to do with. I wanted to announce this last week, but the final phase of test-solving wasn't quite complete yet.

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Contest: Collaborative Fill-In Cryptic

(PDF of this puzzle to print out)
(Background information: This puzzle was originally co-written with Ryan Faley, with outside test-solver Joseph DeVincentis making judgment calls when we both had clues for the same word and couldn't agree which one was better. Almost a year after it was rejected by Outside the Box, I have finally decided to run it as a contest so it can see the light of day. Enjoy.)
The clues in this cryptic crossword are sorted by answer length, but are otherwise in no particular order. The letters in the shaded squares, in numerical order, yield one more cryptic clue with an 11-letter word as the final answer.
3 LETTERS
* Andy Taylor's son lost his first bakery treat
* For starters, please eat any legume
* Period of time in therapy
* Swerve and gape endlessly
4 LETTERS
* Partially screwed up pitcher
* Same rocky flatland
5 LETTERS
* Buffs go back, beginning to undo foul-up
* Editor follows upended madhouse that leaked out
* Er, am I savory?
* Handle one in woe
* I've heard Richard the comedian before
* Legitimate major empire
* Outspoken Presidential hopeful Buttigieg is a baked entity
* Parrot, "An Apple computer, how cute!"
* Reportedly, that man slurps a spiral
* Six take a chair and chat
* Steals some face cards
* Strange biopic about a President scorched up without end
6 LETTERS
* Educate a swim team?
* Was Hasbro toy turned up without executive order in horror movie?
7 LETTERS
* Cracker canister in transaction
* Flowering plant won't start back pain
* Fruit ex juggled for institution
* Gauche hospital section after a week
* Junior I'd educated initially takes - oy! - a drive in a hot car
* Oddly, this debris test has choice morsels
* Places where alcohol is sold for drunk servant
* Start to chew cheese, spitting for ball game
* Try and pet Matt badly
* West Indies music plays freely in Colorado
9 LETTERS
* Grave Mr. Waits' voice quality has a bit of bass
* Nice summer in stormy Africa and lunchroom
* Spontaneous scamp caps an easy win over you in Marseille
* Tilt a lunatic surrounded in strong odor and do several things at once
10 LETTERS
* After Jewish festival, king of Israel goes in street to perform gymnastics
* Cover one amulet without an economic system

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

Send your final answer to the above puzzle to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com before 11:59 PM Central time on December 13, 2020 to enter the contest. A randomly-selected first-place winner will win my board game Mammalath (with the Mammalath Plus expansion), plus a $10 gift card for Grandmaster Puzzles, which can be used to purchase any of a number of fine logic puzzle e-books. A randomly-selected second-place winner will also receive a $10 gift card for Grandmaster Puzzles. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 367: Anacrossword 22

WORDY WEDNESDAY #365
PENT WORDS 73 (answer)
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Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
John Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Leo Termin **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #366
SECTION SIX 36 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #367
ANACROSSWORD 22
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 
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 
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112

Italian commune where St. Francis was born
Tannen played by Thomas F. Wilson in Back to the Future
“Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night” singer: 2 wds.
One receiving stolen goods, or a structure between neighboring yards
Like a dialogue involving people of different religions
Buzzy musical instrument
Jitterbug relative originating from Harlem, possibly named after a nickname of aviator Charles: 2 wds.
Derides
Finding ____ (2003 Pixar film)
Book publisher that merged with Penguin Group in 2013: 2 wds.
Children’s game where players try to separate the hands of players on the opposite team: 2 wds.
Former United States Attorney General Jeff
Seltzer: 2 wds.
Painting of inanimate objects: 2 wds.
Emphasizes, as a syllable
Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky, for one
Stuff that might be sampled for a drug test
In ____ (in a plant or animal’s living body)
The graphs of y=sin(x) and y=cos(x), for two
Newspaper comic created by Tom Wilson

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A puzzle with numbers instead of words? Huh? 
* Patron Puzzles #78 and #79, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), are titled Some Mind-Boggling 3somes and Cryptic Crossword Plus. I made the executive decision to give my patrons two Patron Puzzles this month. Merry early Christmas! 

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Wordy Wednesday 366: Section Six 36

WORDY WEDNESDAY #364
CRYPTOGRAM FUN PACK 2 (answer)
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Bonnie Veenschoten **
Mark Ballinger *
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Leo Termin **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #365
PENT WORDS 73 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #366
SECTION SIX 36
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 Move upward
2 Drug endorsed by Bob Dole and Pelé
3 Tortilla brand with a bell in the logo
4 Disobedient one
5 Non-expert in a field
6 Island in New York City

Ring 2
* One of twelve in the zodiac
* One straying from social norms
* Divisions of dollars
* L'Oréal subsidiary since 1996
* ____ cube (puzzle invented by Piet Hein)
 
Ring 3
* Slang term for a die or a domino
* Greek letter that's also an Overwatch character
* Like some exposure
* Lord ____ of Preston (namesake of the National Hockey League's trophy)

Ring 4
* Religious denomination
* Avengers: ____ (2019 film)
* Legume that's necessary in making tofu
 
Ring 5
* Finite portion of a line
* Ben Affleck's brother

Ring 6
* ____ of a Down (band whose album Steal This Album! includes a track titled "36")

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What newspaper comic was created by Tom Wilson? 

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Wordy Wednesday 365: Pent Words 73

WORDY WEDNESDAY #363
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 13 (answer)
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Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger *
Stephen Potter **
John Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Leo Termin **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #364
CRYPTOGRAM FUN PACK 2 (hint)
As of this writing, 6 people have solved this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #365
PENT WORDS 73
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 ____, Nelly! (Nelly Furtado's debut album) / Four pecks
2 Canal connecting the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea / Voluptuous
3 Kind of protein that aids processes like digestion / Roman emperor often anachronistically depicted with a fiddle
4 Matured, as fruit / Toupee, slangily
5 Pretty Maids All in a ____ (1971 murder mystery film) / Playing card brand that probably isn't popular with foxes: hyph.
6 ____ of the Year (1993 sports comedy) / Swiss psychiatrist Carl
7 Olympic sport for men since 1964 and for women since 1992 / Stylish
8 Area with the Recycle Bin icon in Windows, for example / Eat Drink Man Woman director Lee
9 On fire / Swiss ____ knife
10 Convey, as knowledge / The snake in Billy Gilman's "The Snake Song" falls in love with one

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Its blue variety is the state gemstone of Texas
* Gossipmonger
* Minecraft ____ (augmented reality Minecraft spin-off)
* ____ Line Is It Anyway? (improv comedy show)
* Type of airship associated with Goodyear advertising
* Mall sighting
* Modify, as a constitution
* Diamond in the ____
* Brimming with excitement, like a beehive
* ____ hippopotamus (small hippopotamus variety)
* "Just take those old records off the ____. . ." (Bob Seger lyric)
* Trial and ____
* ____ Sheldon (The Big Bang Theory spin-off)
* Country where the top 23 busiest train stations in the world are all located
* Roman province governed by Pontius Pilate
* Came up
* Pompeo of Grey's Anatomy
* Extract compressed computer files, say

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "Tortilla brand with a bell in the logo"? 

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