Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 7, Episode 3: App-y Days Are Here Again

PREVIOUS EPISODES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 7"): click here
Episode 1 (Five Easy Pieces): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 19 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 0 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 2 (Meteorological Mystery): puzzle PDF, hint PDF (new!)
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.
 
The total number of points scored is 1800. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $18.00. Three anonymous benefactors have agreed to match this donation, meaning that the Food Bank of West Central Texas will actually receive $72.00. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points, possibly with the aid of the hints.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME
SEASON 7, EPISODE 3:
APP-Y DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
Kevin is thinking of getting rid of his smartphone – these app notifications are so distracting!

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle. Any resemblance between this Kevin and the one who runs www.kevinspuzzles.com is purely coincidental.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Episode 3's hint and Episode 4's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 596: Section Six 59

WORDY WEDNESDAY #594
ANACROSSWORD 38 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Derek Allen **
James Haddad **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Randy Rogers **
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #595
PENT WORDS 119 (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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #596
SECTION SIX 59
(click here for a PDF version)
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 starred spaces to form the final answer, a Scrabble-legal (unhyphenated, uncapitalized, etc.) 6-letter word.
Ring 1
1 One who’s in the red
2 Karate teacher
3 Genus of showy colorful flowers
4 Funeral song
5 Item in a pack
6 Thomas Edison’s middle name

Ring 2
• Minute amount
• Praise
• Key that toggles overtype mode
• Fresh and new
• Drive the getaway car, say

Ring 3
• Mattress topper with square indentations: 2 wds.
• Rodent with a long, flat tail
• “Make a joyful ____ unto the Lord. . .” (Psalm 100:1)
• Lowest point

Ring 4
• Rows ____ (word puzzle invented by Patrick Berry with Rows and Blooms clues)
• Metallic element with the symbol Fe
• Drink

Ring 5
• Songwriter Taupin
• Cloak and ____

Ring 6
• “The 59th Street ____ Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” (Simon and Garfunkel hit named after a span in Manhattan)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Framelinks!

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 7, Episode 2: Meteorological Mystery

PREVIOUS EPISODES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 7"): click here
Episode 1 (Five Easy Pieces): puzzle PDF, hint PDF (new!)
* 19 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 950. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $9.50. Three anonymous benefactors have agreed to match this donation, meaning that the Food Bank of West Central Texas will actually receive $38.00. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzle for 25 points, possibly with the aid of the hint.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME
SEASON 7, EPISODE 2:
METEOROLOGICAL MYSTERY
The weather has been uncharacteristically cold for the month of May, and judging by the forecast, it looks like Kevin will need to dress very warmly for the foreseeable future!

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle. Any resemblance between this Kevin and the one who runs www.kevinspuzzles.com is purely coincidental.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Episode 2's hint and Episode 3's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 595: Pent Words 119

WORDY WEDNESDAY #593
TOUCHWORD 32 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Derek Allen **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Michael Lebowitz **
Randy Rogers *
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tower **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #594
ANACROSSWORD 38 (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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #595
PENT WORDS 119
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Daren Crevan. Support me on Patreon at the Super Fan level ($5/month) and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the Ultra Fan level ($20/month) to suggest one seed word every month!
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 Ramble / Small child
2 Throw, as dice or a fishing line / Gadget for scraping a lemon rind
3 Texas city named after a son of Theodore Roosevelt, not a Muppet / Slice from the end of a loaf of bread
4 Flexible / Word following “snow” or “sweet”
5 Pull with a jerking motion / Metamorphic rock that splits into very thin plates
6 Set of DNA instructions in a cell / Jetty
7 Hazardous / Spinning woodworking tool
8 What R-O-L-A-I-D-S spells / The Joy of Painting host Bob
9 Pleasing smells / Prestigious boarding school in Berkshire, England
10 “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” singer Warwick / Cartman’s first name on South Park
PENTOMINOES:
• HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
• THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
• Sound made by a clock, perhaps
• Sounds made by a clock, perhaps
Jet Set ____ Future (2002 Xbox game)
• Spasm
• Gives off
• Kris Jenner’s daughter
• Pass along
• Lock of hair
• Gin and ____
• “____ and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8)
• Dish of seasoned rice and meat
• Swimming weasel relative
• ____ numerals
• Renter’s contract
• Express scorn, perhaps
• Big name in car rentals
• ____ pollution
• Red Inside Out character

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "'The 59th Street ____ Song (Feelin’ Groovy)' (Simon and Garfunkel hit named after a span in Manhattan)"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 7, Episode 1: Five Easy Pieces

INTRODUCTION
This series is inspired by the website Kevin's Puzzles, on which Kevin Orfield posts an instructionless puzzle-hunt-style puzzle every Monday. Kevin Orfield's puzzles usually lean towards the easy side of this genre in order to target a less experienced and/or younger audience. Kevin's Puzzles at Home is my knockoff of Kevin's Puzzles, so called because of the "we have X at home" meme:
The puzzles in Kevin's Puzzles at Home are intended to be easier than my Wordy Wednesday posts, and hopefully at least 80% as entertaining as the real Kevin's Puzzles. Kevin's Puzzles at Home will be presented by my "we have X at home" version of Kevin, a prodigious and colorful wolf named Kevin Edmund Kepler:
(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of any puzzle. Any resemblance between this Kevin and the one who runs www.kevinspuzzles.com is purely coincidental.)
 
Every Monday during May and June 2024, a new episode will be posted at 12:01 AM (Central); as with the real Kevin's Puzzles, as is the standard with other puzzle hunts, the final answer will be a word or phrase. Email me (at glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com) the correct solution to this puzzle within the next week to score 50 points. Each puzzle will also have a hint posted for it one week later; solving the puzzle while the hint is up will be worth 25 points. Episode 8, which will be posted on June 24, is a meta puzzle which requires the answers to all of the previous puzzles in order to be solved; this puzzle will be worth triple (150 points before the hint, 75 points after). The highest possible score a solver can attain will thus be 500 points, by solving each puzzle during its first week. In an effort to aid people who don't have food at home, for every point scored by my readers by 11:59 PM (Central) on July 7, I will donate 1¢ to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, up to a maximum of $150. (Thus, each solver can contribute a maximum of $5 to this pool.) Three anonymous benefactors have agreed to match my donation as well, making the maximum possible donation $600 (and thus the maximum contribution to this donation by a single solver $20). To date, the Kevin's Puzzles at Home series has raised $2,277.00 for various food banks! A huge thank you to the solvers and anonymous benefactors who have made this impact possible!

Unlike the real Kevin's Puzzles, which posts each puzzle's solution one week after its hint is posted, all puzzle solutions will be posted simultaneously on July 8, one week after the final hint is posted. This will make the meta slightly harder, since you can't just look up the solutions to the previous puzzles to start solving it, but will also permit latecomers to score more points (and thus raise more money) than otherwise possible.

Astute readers will notice that the words "Season 7" appear in the title. Links to the previous seasons follow:
Season 1 (May-June 2022): Puzzles and hints, solutions.
Season 2 (September-October 2022): Puzzles and hints, solutions
Season 3 (January-February 2023): Puzzles and hints, solutions
Season 4 (May-June 2023): Puzzles and hints, solutions
Season 5 (September-October 2023): Puzzles and hints, solutions
Season 6 (January-February 2024): Puzzles and hints, solutions
 
Have fun, and remember to check out the real Kevin's creations (which go up at noon Central time every Monday) if these fake ones are up your alley!
 
Special thanks to Jason Boomer, John Bulten, and Joseph DeVincentis for testing these puzzles!

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME
SEASON 7, EPISODE 1:
FIVE EASY PIECES
These shapes are almost as colorful as Kevin is! It shouldn’t take much work to put them together.


(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle. Any resemblance between this Kevin and the one who runs www.kevinspuzzles.com is purely coincidental.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Episode 1's hint and Episode 2's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 594: Anacrossword 594

WORDY WEDNESDAY #592
CODEWORDS 28 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Derek Allen **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #593
TOUCHWORD 32 (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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #594
ANACROSSWORD 38
(click here for a PDF version)
(click here for rules)
This puzzle contains a word suggested by CodArk2. Support me on Patreon at the Super Fan level ($5/month) and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the Ultra Fan level ($20/month) 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

• Defeat overwhelmingly
• Canine associated with Mack Trucks
• Steamy
• Instrument that is used to measure radiation: 2 wds.
• Small aquarium fish
• Amber of Justice League (2017)
• S’mores ingredient
• Utah senator Romney
• Website with an alien mascot named Snoo
• Change, as gears
• Generating, as young
• “A rising ____ lifts all boats”
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle novelist Smollett
• Characteristic
• Gearbox in a car
• Yearwood of country music

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Red Inside Out character"?
* Patron Puzzle #120, which will be delivered on May 8, 2024, exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a Fill-In Crossword.

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!


Wordy Wednesday 593: Touchword 32

WORDY WEDNESDAY #591
CODEWORDS 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:
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cathy Bowen **
Derek Allen **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Randy Rogers **
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #592
CODEWORDS 28 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 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 #593
TOUCHWORD 32
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle contains a word suggested by Jason Boomer. Support me on Patreon at the Super Fan level ($5/month) and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the Ultra Fan level ($20/month) to suggest one seed word every month!
In a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, all answers read across, and 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. (If you want more of these puzzles, the author offers the Touchword subscription service Outside the Fox Puzzles.) Arrange the letters in the shaded squares to form the final answer, a Scrabble-legal (unhyphenated, uncapitalized, etc.) 8-letter word.
1 Speedy / Worst-____ scenario / Steal cattle
2 Starch used in some pudding / Proceed with great difficulty
3 Proscribed / Publisher Condé / Flock of geese
4 Square-muzzled primate / Eager / Once more
5 Ancient city associated with hanging gardens / Spanish painter Francisco / Conceited
6 Suggestive / Without company / Pertaining to birds
7 Procyon lotor, familiarly / Muppet who doesn’t use first-person pronouns / Container for liquid medicine
8 Famous site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech: 2 wds.
9 Singer Ronstadt / A citrus fruit / A great number
10 Peace of ____ / Divorcee’s payment / Abbey ____ (Beatles album)
11 Place where coins are made / Slender / Experiencing success after success: 3 wds.
12 Trench around a castle / Small, narrow portion / Ring-shaped coral island
13 Long-snouted tropical American mammal / Journalist Geraldo / “I ain’t the sharpest ____ in the shed” (lyric from “All Star” by Smash Mouth)
14 Center, as of an apple / Very angry / A type of firearm
15 Not common / “Darn it!” / Paul’s letter to the Galatians, for one

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What website with an alien mascot named Snoo?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 592: Codewords 28

WORDY WEDNESDAY #590
PENT WORDS 118 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Derek Allen **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Randy Rogers *
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tower **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #591
CODEWORDS 27 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 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 #592
CODEWORDS 28
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron AlphaWhiteFang. Support me on Patreon at the Super Fan level ($5/month) and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the Ultra Fan level ($20/month) to suggest one seed word every month!
In the crossword puzzle above, every letter is represented by an integer from 1 through 26. You must decipher the code to reveal the words.

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

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 15-letter, 2-word answer for "Famous site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 'I Have a Dream' speech"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 591: Codewords 27

WORDY WEDNESDAY #589
TOUCHWORD 31 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Derek Allen **
Joe Bernard **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Randy Rogers **
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tower **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #590
PENT WORDS 118 (hint)
As of this writing, 14 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 #591
CODEWORDS 27
(click here for a PDF version)
In the crossword puzzle above, every letter is represented by an integer from 1 through 26. You must decipher the code to reveal the words.

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

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Codewords!

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 590: Pent Words 118

WORDY WEDNESDAY #588
FRAMELINKS 22 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Derek Allen **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Randy Rogers **
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tower **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #589
TOUCHWORD 31 (hint)
As of this writing, 14 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 #590
PENT WORDS 118
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Cindy Heisler. Support me on Patreon at the Super Fan level ($5/month) and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the Ultra Fan level ($20/month) to suggest one seed word every month!
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 Slowly swing back and forth / Neither masculine nor feminine
2 Pole on a ship / Greatly enjoy
3 Moby-Dick captain / Item thrown by Donkey Kong
4 Hoofed animal associated with Canada / Cleaning product brand
5 India pale ____ / Kneecap
6 Suffocate / Days of ____ Lives (soap opera)
7 Stuff inside an hourglass / Breakout
8 “Defying ____” (song from Wicked) / “Jack Sprat could eat no ____. . .”
9 Space ____ (Seattle landmark) / “____ in peace”
10 Stone pillar with a pointy top / “____ transit gloria mundi”
PENTOMINOES:
• HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
• THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
• ____ plexus
• Prize namesake Alfred
• In that place
• One who is defiant
• Establishments offering espresso
• ____ Mouth (rock band)
• Outer covering of an egg
• Perils
• Watchmaker’s magnifier
• Former CNN anchor Don
• Verboten
• Be of one mind
• John of True Grit (1969)
• “Gangnam ____” (2012 hit for rapper Psy)
• Wombs
• Sudden flood
• Collect
• Upper room often used for storage

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Codewords!
* Patron Puzzle #119, which will be delivered on April 8, 2024, exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a Super Pent Words.

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 589: Touchword 31

WORDY WEDNESDAY #587
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 28 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Derek Allen **
Joe Bernard **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Randy Rogers *
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tower **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #588
FRAMELINKS 22 (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 #589
TOUCHWORD 31
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This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Cindy Heisler. Support me on Patreon at the Super Fan level ($5/month) and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the Ultra Fan level ($20/month) to suggest one seed word every month!
In a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, all answers read across, and 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. (If you want more of these puzzles, the author offers the Touchword subscription service Outside the Fox Puzzles.) Arrange the letters in the shaded squares to form the final answer, a Scrabble-legal (unhyphenated, uncapitalized, etc.) 8-letter word.
1 Honest / Jazz singer Fitzgerald / Weighing device
2 Brief / Devious
3 ____ and go / Tunnel for transporting waste / Postpone
4 Something difficult / Punster’s specialty
5 Heisman Trophy winner Flutie / Strategy board game in which the goal is to surround the opponent’s queen bee / Station for guarding against surprise attacks
6 Bird associated with peace / Place of refuge / Extreme
7 Comforter / “Electric ____” (Eddy Grant song) / Be dejected
8 Go beyond usual limits: 3 wds.
9 Elegant and stylish / Gloss / A plush knitted fabric
10 Gloss / Pennsylvania city that borders a lake of the same name / Powder made from ground-up grains
11 Common hot dog condiment / “Good ____!” (Charlie Brown’s catchphrase) / Part of a cowboy’s getup
12 Memento of a bygone era / Self-obsessed person / Cooking skewer
13 In short supply / Lift / Give off
14 Frightening / Wild dog of India / Arizona State University’s city
15 ____ Crush Saga (smartphone game) / “The Farmer in the ____” / ____ from Tarkov (2017 video game)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "'Gangnam ____' (2012 hit for rapper Psy)"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 588: Framelinks 22

WORDY WEDNESDAY #586
SECTION SIX 58 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Derek Allen **
Joe Bernard **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Russ Kale **
Randy Rogers **
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #587
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 28 (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 #588
FRAMELINKS 22
(click here for a PDF version)
Fill in the empty squares in the diagram with the given letters to form words.
Arrange the letters in the shaded squares to form the final answer, a Scrabble-legal (unhyphenated, uncapitalized, etc.) 8-letter word.

A A A A A A A A A   B   C C C C   D   E E E E E E E E E E   G G   H H   I I I I I   K K   L L L L L L
O O O O   P P P   R R R R R R   S S S   T T T T   U U   V   W   Y
 
COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* In what strategy board game is the goal to surround the opponent’s queen bee?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 587: Snake Crisscross 28

WORDY WEDNESDAY #585
PENT WORDS 117 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Derek Allen **
James Haddad **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Randy Rogers **
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tower **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #586
SECTION SIX 58 (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 #587
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 28
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Cathy Bowen. Support me on Patreon at the Super Fan level ($5/month) and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the Ultra Fan level ($20/month) to suggest one seed word every month!
This puzzle’s crisscross grid contains entries which read across and down as normal; these are defined in alphabetical order by length under the heading “Crisscross Words”. The grid also needs to be divided into a number of areas which follow a single clear path, called “snakes”. Each of these snakes contains an entry reading from one end of the path to the other; these are defined in alphabetical order by length under the heading “Snake Words”. You must determine how the grid is divided into snakes and which entry corresponds to each snake.

Arrange the letters in the highlighted cells to form the final answer, a Scrabble-legal (unhyphenated, uncapitalized, etc.) 8-letter word.
CRISSCROSS WORDS
3 LETTERS
“Four score and seven years ____. . .”
Consumed
The first woman in the book of Genesis
Legal matter
Witnessed
The Caspian, for one
Existed
4 LETTERS
Lack of difficulty
Bird’s home
Common wrapper for sushi
Shrek, for one
Rind
Wise
Sonic Superstars publisher
Moral infractions
Kingdom Hearts protagonist
Fuss: hyph.
5 LETTERS
Greek fabulist
Certain Mennonite
Use a divining rod
Intense fear
Moved with an easy gait
Without stop: 2 wds.
Be disobedient
Cattle roundup
Cut, as hair
Turtle feature
Couches
Author Harriet Beecher ____
____ army knife
6 LETTERS
Motorist
A city in southern Italy
Afternoon nap
Be a rat
7 LETTERS
Plunge, as into water
10 LETTERS
A medieval style of architecture
11 LETTERS
Colorfully-named fishes: 2 wds.
12 LETTERS
Site for Moai statues: 2 wds.
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Saturated
Wear away
Waiting for ____ (Samuel Beckett play)
Common greeting
Up until now: 2 wds.
Bath item
Leaving Las ____ (1995 film)
6 LETTERS
NBC News anchor Mitchell
Hats worn by painters
Oust
Freely furnishes (with)
Real ____
Elbow ____
First-____ shooter
Journalist Geraldo
7 LETTERS
Period of human history characterized by the smelting of metal: 2 wds.
Hybrid garden flowers
8 LETTERS
Madly in love
Olympians in a pool
9 LETTERS
Easily disgusted
18 LETTERS
1993 romance film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan: 3 wds.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Framelinks!

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 6: FINAL RESULTS!

FINAL SCORES
Here is a table of all of the participants and their scores (click to enlarge). Kudos to the 13 perfectionists (red) who scored 500 points and to the 5 completionists (orange) who solved every puzzle!
Participants are sorted by score (high to low), and then alphabetically (A to Z). The total number of points scored is 10350. Thus, the final money pool for the Palm Beach County Food Bank is $103.50. Four anonymous benefactors (including one who stepped forward during the last week) have agreed to match this donation, meaning that the Palm Beach County Food Bank will actually receive $517.50. The total amount of money raised by Kevin's Puzzles at Home for various food banks now stands at $2,277.00.

Head below the break for the actual solutions! If you're looking for more easy-ish puzzles in this style, remember to visit the actual Kevin's website every single Monday, or come back to this site in May when I plan to launch Season 7!

Wordy Wednesday 586: Section 58

WORDY WEDNESDAY #584
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 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:
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Derek Allen **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Michael Lebowitz **
Pavel Curtis **
Randy Rogers **
Russ Kale **
Kevin Orfield **
Luk Weyens **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tower **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #585
PENT WORDS 117 (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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #586
SECTION SIX 58
(click here for a PDF version)
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 starred spaces to form the final answer, a Scrabble-legal (unhyphenated, uncapitalized, etc.) 6-letter word.
Ring 1
1 International treaties
2 Prince Adam’s alter ego: hyph.
3 Differ
4 Heraldic clover shape
5 Having recently come to be
6 Peptic problem

Ring 2
• Venus Williams’s sport
• Small amount, as of salt
• Islamic pilgrimage destination
• Mistreatment over one’s religion, say
• Payment for a cabbie

Ring 3
• Ryan who is Pat Sajak’s upcoming replacement as host of Wheel of Fortune
• Far from just
• Requires
• Recess for a statue

Ring 4
• Had a sudden failure, as a computer system
• Noisemaker on an ambulance
Call of Duty: ____ Hour (2004 video game)

Ring 5
• Throw, as a fishing line
• Diabolical

Ring 6
• Kansas City team that won Super Bowl LVIII in 2024

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 18-letter, 3-word answer from "1993 romance film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan"?
* Patron Puzzle #118, which will be delivered on March 8, 2024, exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a pair of Codewords.

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 6: Final hint and final week!

PREVIOUS EPISODES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 6"): click here
Episode 1 (A High-Tec Puzzle): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 23 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 2 (Hopefully Not "Sew" Hard): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 21 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 3 (Color My World): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 20 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 4 (Another Baseball Baffler): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 19 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 5 (Confusing Columns): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 23 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 0 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 6 (Arcane Archipelago): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 15 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 4 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 7 (Work Your Magic): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 20 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 8 ("Ken" You Solve This?): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 21 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 0 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 9 (Meta) (Line 'em Up): puzzle PDF, hint PDF (new!)
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 100 points apiece.
 
The total number of points scored is 10200. Thus, the current money pool for the Palm Beach County Food Bank is $102.00. Yowzer! Y'all managed to break my $100.00 ceiling, which is clearly too low; therefore, I am raising it to $150 (not only for this season, but for the foreseeable future). Three anonymous benefactors have agreed to match this donation, meaning that the Palm Beach County Food Bank will actually receive $408.00. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, or the meta for 50 points, possibly with the aid of the hints. This week is your final chance to score points and earn money for the food bank!
 
Stay tuned next week for all of the solutions and the final results. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 585: Pent Words 117

WORDY WEDNESDAY #583
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 15 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Derek Allen **
James Haddad **
Michael Lebowitz **
Nan **
Pavel Curtis **
Randy Rogers **
Bartholomew Gold **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tower **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #584
SNAKE CRISSCROSSS 27 (hint)
As of this writing, 14 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 #585
PENT WORDS 117
(click here for a PDF version)
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 mascot of the Baltimore Ravens / “Here is the church, here is the ____. . .”
2 Hallow / “Stayin’ ____” (Bee Gees hit)
3 Tall marsh grasses / Barber’s tool
4 Fixed gaze / Singer and rapper who played James Madison’s crystal flute in 2022
5 Harley Quinn’s pet Bud or Lou, for example / Frasier’s last name
6 Some periodicals, briefly / Holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ
7 “Able was I ____ I saw Elba” / Quivering motions
8 Place to land a copter / Was victorious
9 Metamorphoses poet / Photography need
10 Parch / Celebrity chef Lagasse
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Mistake
* Cosmetics businesswoman Lauder
* ____ de menthe
* Regions
* Actor Kagasoff of The Secret Life of The American Teenager
* Remnant from the distant past
* Book following Daniel
* Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and ____ (Simon & Garfunkel album)
* A Latin dance or a chip dip
* Football great Drew
* ____ throat (bacterial infection)
* Gas in the upper atmosphere
* It has a fulcrum
* Enraged
* Ends of a magnet
* Slow-moving gastropod
* Female title
* Concur

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "Heraldic clover shape"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 6, Episode 9 (Meta): Line 'em Up

PREVIOUS EPISODES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home Season 6"): click here
Episode 1 (A High-Tec Puzzle): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 23 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 2 (Hopefully Not "Sew" Hard): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 21 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 3 (Color My World): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 20 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 4 (Another Baseball Baffler): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 19 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 5 (Confusing Columns): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 23 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 0 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 6 (Arcane Archipelago): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 15 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 7 (Work Your Magic): puzzle PDF, hint PDF
* 20 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Episode 8 ("Ken" You Solve This?): puzzle PDF, hint PDF (new!)
* 21 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.
 
The total number of points scored is 8425. Thus, the current money pool for the Palm Beach County Food Bank is $84.25. Three anonymous benefactors have agreed to match this donation, meaning that the Palm Beach County Food Bank will actually receive $337.00. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points, possibly with the aid of the hint. These 8 answers will also be necessary for solving the meta below.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME
SEASON 6, EPISODE 9 (META):
LINE 'EM UP
What does it take to solve these puzzles? If you correctly line up their answers, you’ll be able to read the central columns to find out.


(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 100 points, and stay tuned next week for Episode 9's hint, and then the week after for all of the solutions. Good luck!

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