Support charity, get puzzles!
Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy

Wordy Wednesday 59: Divided Into 100 Cells & Wordy Wednesday 60: Pent Words 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #57
WORDS WITHOUT FRIENDS 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 game version, here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Click here to see people's scores on the game version. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Christian Parker 618 **
Adam Weaver [no score] **
John Bulten [no score] **
Mark Tilford [no score] **
Ryan Faley [no score] **
Sam Levitin [no score] *
Note: As of this writing, Mark Tilford used the computer program he used for Words Without Friends to generate some solutions to the game, but he forgot to adjust the number of turns from 16 to 15, and the game he submitted didn't score over 597 points within the first 15 turns.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #58
W_ _D S_ _RCH (hint)
As of this writing, only 3 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's a very blatant 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 #59
DIVIDED INTO 100 CELLS
Draw a single path of horizontal and vertical segments that returns to where it started, and which passes through all of the cells exactly once (with the exception of cells containing the letter E, which may not be passed through). See the example on the right.
Quantity __ __ __ __ __ ___
         F6 B8 A2 F2 H6 I10
Television series exposing unfaithful significant others __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                         I2 C9 A5 B3 I7 E3 D8 E7
Irish ____ (popular cocktail) __ __ __ __ __ ___
                              A6 B2 G4 G9 C1 J10
Hardly wise __ __ __ __ __ __ __
            J8 F8 H8 H1 D7 I4 E4
Television series set in Kitchen Stadium: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ ___ __
                                                 D9 G1 C2 C4 F3 I9 G10 F9
An Old Testament prophet __ __ __ __ __ __
                         F4 B9 G2 H9 C6 I8
Rocket's platform __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                  E9 H4 J3 D5 F5 G3 J4 B7 E1
It's divided into parishes __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___ __
                           B6 F1 A4 J2 H5 A9 G8 F10 G6
Phonograph part __ __ __ __ __ ___
                D4 J6 C8 C7 I5 C10
Mozart's Don Giovanni, for one ___ __ __ __ __
                               A10 B1 J1 C3 J5
Yellowish-green tropical fruit __ __ __ __ __ __
                               A3 D1 A8 J7 H2 D3
Didn't attend, as class __ __ __ __ ___ __ __
                        G7 I1 D6 A1 D10 H3 I6
Serene __ __ __ ___ __ __ ___ __
       G5 E6 B5 B10 I3 H7 E10 D2
Russian ____ (borzoi) __ __ __ ___ __ __ __ __ __
                      E5 E8 B4 H10 A7 J9 C5 E2 F7


WORDY WEDNESDAY #60
PENT WORDS 12

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 Item under a pillow, sometimes / ____ and dangerous
2 Not wordy / Pertaining to the schnoz
3 ____ and Omega (2010 film) / Yankee catcher in the National Baseball Hall of Fame
4 Cognizant / Retail chain for which Rosie O'Donnell was a spokesperson
5 Gray who played Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas / Jules Verne's genre: hyph.
6 Deadly / Place for a sensei
7 More aged / It shades your eyes
8 Glass-cleaning brand / "Breaking Up Is ____ to Do" (Neil Sedaka song)
9 Jonah's successor / Orson Scott Card title character
10 Canis latrans, more familiarly / "Muskrat ____"

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* 16:9, for example
* Gold, silver, or bronze Olympic prize
* ____ Divas (reality television series)
* Roman gladiators fought in one
* Handle skillfully, as a weapon
* Operated a car
* "A rose by any ____ name. . ."
* Burn, as boiling water might
* Winner of the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
* Red ____ (raccoon relative)
* Varanasi's country
* Permit
* Lion's ____
* Maid Marian of Disney's Robin Hood, for one
* ____ Will Be Blood (2007 film)
* Sword with a curved blade
* Dr. Leonard with the nickname "Bones"
* Norwegian geographical feature

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* My take on a puzzle that dates back to 2010 (and whose website has ceased to exist, suggesting that the author didn't find much success with it).
* Patron Puzzle #3, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Siamese Twins crossword. 112 entries are to be entered into two 13x13 crossword grids; you must figure out which clue goes to which grid.

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 58: W_ _D S_ _RCH

WORDY WEDNESDAY #56
SECTION SIX 5 (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 Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Peter Abide **
Adam Weaver **
Ben Carter *
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Matt Burkemper **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #57
WORDS WITHOUT FRIENDS 2 (hint)
5 people have solved the puzzle version of last week's puzzle, and 1 person has scored over 597 points on the game version. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version of the puzzle 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 #58
W_ _D S_ _RCH
To some people, the grid below will look like a mess of random words; to others, it will look like a mess of random letters. But it is most usefully viewed as a combination of both.
The answer is a single word (but not one of the words on the list below).
ABSENT, ALONE, AVOCADO, BEING, BEVIES, BRAVO, BREAD, BROTHER, CARGO, CHALICE, CLAIM, COBRA, CORGI, DEARIE, FREEDOM, FUTON, GOOSE, GYRE, HEEL, HEFTY, HERESY, LICORICE, MOVIE, ORPHAN, PHONE, REBORN, REMOTE, RIFE, RINSE, SEEM, SOCIAL, SPIFF, SPOIL, VERB, YODEL

REDHEAD64'S OBSCURE PUZZLE BLOG!
Ryan "Redhead64" Faley would probably like you to visit his blog and solve his latest Pent Words. Be warned: if you're not familiar with your pop culture and video games, you'll be looking things up all over the place (or giving up).

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A logic puzzle you will solve with E's. . . or rather, without them! Oh, and there are words, too.
* It's the fifth Wednesday of the month, so you get a double feature! Pent Words 12 includes guest appearances from Rosie O'Donnell, Neil Sedaka, and Orson Scott Card!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 57: Words Without Friends 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #55
PENT WORDS 11 (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 Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Peter Abide **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Matt Burkemper *
Michael Madsen **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #56
SECTION SIX 5 (hint)
11 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 #57
WORDS WITHOUT FRIENDS 2

This game of word solitaire is inspired by Solicross. Actually, it is Solicross. Don't sue me, Dell.

You have 15 turns to score as many points as possible by building words on the grid. Start by taking the first 7 letters from the LETTER LIST. Form an English word using two or more letters, and place it reading across (from left to right) or down (from top to bottom) in the grid, either starting in or ending in the shaded cell. On each successive turn, cross out the letters you used and replace them with the next letters from the LETTER LIST, and then play a new word using some or all of those letters. As in Scrabble, you can play at right angles to a previous word (either incorporating a letter from it or expanding it) or parallel to a previous word, but must adjoin some previous word; adjoining letters must always form words in crossword fashion, and all letters used in a single turn must be part of a single word.

Every turn, you score for the words you made on that turn. The score for a word is the sum of all the numbers it covers (whether those letters were played on that turn or not); multiple words formed in a single turn are added up together (with shared letters counting twice). If you use all 60 letters within 15 turns, give yourself 50 extra points.

All words will be checked against http://www.m-w.com/scrabble. (This means you can use words like TE and GI that you couldn't use last time!)

Any score of over 597 points will be considered a solution to this “game version”. Follow this link for the “puzzle version”, which indicates where to place the tiles to score exactly 597 points; you must merely figure out which words to form each turn.


COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A puzzle I wrote back in 2013! You know it must be a good puzzle if it hasn't seen the light of day for two years!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 56: Section Six 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #54
SUDOKUROSSWORD (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 puzzle, or here for a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Brian Michalowski **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Jack Lance **
Peter Abide **
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green *
Bryce Herdt **
Izak Bulten *
John Bulten *
Kou T. **
Mark Tilford **
Michael Madsen **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #55
PENT WORDS 11 (hint)
11 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 #56
SECTION SIX 5
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.

Ring 1
1 First letter of the first 8 verses of Psalm 119, in Hebrew
2 What two rays sharing a vertex form
3 Fire starter, often
4 Rub out
5 Abrupt in an unfriendly manner
6 Type of number FedEx might give you

Ring 2
* Green ____ (sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor)
* Consume heartily, as an alcoholic beverage
* It may be made of pith
* Member of a shapeshifting race in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Ryan Faley, this clue's for you)
* Cobain of Nirvana

Ring 3
* Filling holes, perhaps
* The outer layer of a tooth
* Irritate, perhaps
* Jonny of Hanna-Barbera cartoons

Ring 4
* Famous antivirus brand
* Crouch
* Ancestry

Ring 5
* Website offering walkthroughs and cheats
* Long, bushy fox feature

Ring 6
* A bad reputation, for example

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A sequel to a certain Wordy Wednesday involving a 9x9 grid and a bunch of numbers. It'll be on time, too!


Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 55: Pent Words 11

WORDY WEDNESDAY #53
CROSSWORD OF MORE INTEGERS (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 a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Peter Abide *
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt *
Jack Lance **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Neelix **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #54
SUDOKUROSSWORD (hint)
12 people have solved last week's puzzle. 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 #55
PENT WORDS 11
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 Japan's and Canada's are red and white / O'Hara who voiced Belle in Beauty and the Beast
2 Rick of Saddleback Church / Nuisance
3 Employ / Acceptable
4 Emulates Romeo, perhaps / It hangs off a roof
5 Word on a wanted poster / What a closed fist might represent
6 Lynde of The Hollywood Squares / Mistake-accompanying interjection
7 Be a temptress / Trendy
8 New England team, colloquially / One in a bank, perhaps
9 Move a large piece of furniture, say / With The, film starring John Wayne as Davy Crockett
10 Mock, as an opponent / "God ____ the USA"

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* ____ 2000 (short-lived game show with The Creature instead of Bankrupt)
* Robin Hood's weapon of choice
* Ganders, for example
* Walk casually
* Arduous journeys
* Sag
* Tear producers
* Destruction and chaos
* Weapon with a spiked ball on a chain on a stick
* ____ Chocula
* Posthumous Janis Joplin album
* Santiago is its capital
* "The ____ that refreshes" (old Coca-Cola slogan)
* A sheriff might have one
* Nation bordering Portugal
* Sum
* "____ in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?"
* Macaroni, for example

PATREON UPDATE!
With 11 patrons giving $52 per month, I have reached my first Milestone Goal, and now I will start posting an extra Wordy Wednesday on the fifth Wednesday of every month with five Wednesdays! Those of you keeping score at home might note that this means, for the first time in this blog's history, there will be two Pent Words puzzles in the same month! Patrons also gain early access to the Wordy Wednesday puzzles and exclusive monthly Patron Puzzles, so if you want to make a monthly contribution to my tip jar, don't be shy. And if you don't want to make such a contribution, don't worry, I promise to keep these sales pitches minimal and only mostly annoying. :)


COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A very special puzzle that I hope Ryan Faley gets "around" to solving. (Speaking of Ryan Faley, his latest puzzle is a second Charadagrams inspired by one of my previous Wordy Wednesdays, so you may be interested in it.)


Until next time, yappy solving!

Blog Archive