Wordy Wednesday 25: Pent Words 5

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

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

In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example above, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 "Drawing Hands" artist / Relaxed
2 ____ machine / ____ Dice (game in which players attempt to eat brains)
3 Certain Honda / Cult
4 Joins, as oxen / Unit of currency in Hyrule
5 "____ is a balm in Gilead. . ." / ____ space
6 Surjective, as a function / Roof of the mouth
7 Annoying buggers / "He ____ to Paris" (Jimmy Buffett song)
8 Polio researcher Sabin / Like many valuable collectibles
9 Model / Made on a loom
10 It lacks a charge / "I don't ____ it"

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

1 comment

Jack Lance said...

Clever answer to the first one. I was thrown very off track, as NATO letters "ALPHA", "VICTOR", "ECHO" (in "APPLECHORE"), and "PAPA" (Phonetically, as "PAPUA") all appeared in the grid.

I was convinced it had to be an anagram of AVEP+H or something that I couldn't see.

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