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Wordy Wednesday 121: Hex Pathfinder 4 & Wordy Wednesday 122: Charadagrams 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #119
FRAMELINKS 4 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #120
PENT WORDS 24 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 people have solved last week's 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 #121
HEX PATHFINDER 4
In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered hexagon and winds through the grid, starting in the indicated direction. When you have finished, every letter will be used in exactly two entries.
Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get the final answer, a 7-letter word.
1E Adorable (4)
1E ____ board (kitchen item) (7)
2W Like some long routes (6)
2SE Aching (4)
3NE Set on fire (6)
4SW Most agreeable (6)
5E Place to learn karate (4)
6E Stewie’s father (5)
7NW She played Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (11, 2 wds.)
8SW Horror-inducing (7)
9SW Controversial topic which is unpleasant to deal with (9, 2 wds.)
10W 2016 film about a terrier named Max (19, 5 wds.)
11W Brita product (11, 2 wds.)
11SE Clever (5)
12SW Not required (8)
13NE Brent Spiner role (4)
13SE Finger or toe, for one (5)
14NE Become manifest (6)
15NW Television accessory (6)
16NW Musical featuring the song "C'est Moi" (7)
17E Small child (4)
18W San Diego Comic-Con attendee, often (4)
19SE Consumer advocate Ralph (5)
20NE Not blind (7)
21W Excite (6)
22E Certain keyboard instrument (5)
23W Clown’s venue, perhaps (5)
24SW Kool & The ____ (4)
25SE Dealey Plaza’s city (6)
26NE 2008 Batman portrayer (13, 2 wds.)
27SE Certain rodent (6)
28E Layered pasta (7)
29NW Ten-____ hat (6)
30NE 2006 Jack Black film (10, 2 wds.)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #122
CHARADAGRAMS 2
This puzzle was written for patron Jack Bross, who supports me at the $5+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to one bonus puzzle every month. One solver of this bonus puzzle is randomly picked to suggest one word or phrase for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His August 2016 suggestion is used here.
When the answers to the PARTS clues are anagrammed and then assembled, they form the answers to the WHOLES clues. For example, if three of the PARTS clues are “Forearm bone”, “Holy item associated with a saint”, and “Telepathy and such”, and a WHOLES clue is “Event in which the Earth casts a shadow”, then the answers ULNA, RELIC, and ESP can be anagrammed and assembled into LUNA/R ECLI/PSE. PARTS clues are in alphabetical order by their answers; WHOLES clues are in no particular order, and you must determine which answer goes in which row of blanks. The letters in the shaded squares, reading down, will form two words that can be anagrammed and assembled into the final answer, the title of a television series.
PARTS
* Pugilist Muhammad
* Bird that never seems to show up outside of crosswords
* ____ and crafts
* Books employed by the police
* Certain undergarment
* Walking stick
* “I ____ tell a lie. . .”
* Confident
* Parts of an eye
* Astronomer Hubble
* Made a mistake
* Wi-Fi alternative
* “That really grinds my ____!”
* Hair on an eyelid
* Dirty
* Toss in a high arc
* Former football coach John
* Resource in Magic: the Gathering
* Made a new parent’s decision, perhaps
* Singer Yoko
* Place for a recovering alcoholic
* Part of an eye
* Caught with a lasso
* Snares
* ____ Kids (2001 movie)
* ____ in the mud
* Some feds: hyph.
* Snare
* “Smoke on the ____” (Deep Purple song)
* Greeted with a gesture, perhaps
* Scream

WHOLES
* 1937 Astaire/Rogers film
* 2016 farming simulation game
* Animated film about emigrant mice
* Famous Joplin work
* Jonathan Coulton song about a famous fractal
* Neil Diamond song famously covered by UB40
* NRA member’s concern
* Portrayer of a certain sci-fi captain
* Small, cheap restaurant
* Title role for Arnold Schwarzenegger
* What a sphygmomanometer measures

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 9-letter word for "1960 title role for Kirk Douglas"?
* Patreon supporters at the $5+ level will get Patron Puzzle #16, a pair of Codewords.

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 120: Pent Words 24

WORDY WEDNESDAY #118
ANACROSSWORD 7 (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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

PATRON PUZZLE #9
PATHFINDER (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Jeffrey Harris **
Pavel Curtis **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **
Thanks to the 10 solvers, we have raised $275 for Child's Play Charity ($25 from me, and $250 from my anonymous reader)!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #119
FRAMELINKS 4 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 people have solved last week's 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 #120
PENT WORDS 24
This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $5+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to one bonus puzzle every month. One solver of this bonus puzzle is randomly picked to suggest one word or phrase for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His July 2016 suggestion is used here.
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 An official language of Fiji / Starts a poker pot
2 Rigoletto, among others / Musical with the song "Memory"
3 Going on a tirade / Female sibling, briefly
4 Puts to sleep / Finish writing a lowercase letter i
5 Props for certain dancers / Option in a 2016 referendum
6 Option in a 2016 referendum / Word preceding "effect" or "bet"
7 Having few words / Salt
8 Where Budapest is located / Peppermint Patty, to Marcie
9 City where the headquarters of Armani are located / Home ____ (1990 film)
10 With hands on hips / Book after Joel

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Unable to move
* Burn
* “Don't try to ____ the river.” (Deepak Chopra quote)
* Roman goddess of the hunt
* Famous Michelangelo sculpture
* Swing site, possibly
* "Remember the ____" (Tex Ritter song)
* Kung Fu ____ (2008 film)
* Certain citrus fruit
* Buenos ____, Argentina
* Dance for the flexible
* Plastic wrap trademark
* Cake decorator's need
* Exams
* Eskimo boat
* Edison rival
* Manufacturer of the Privia digital piano
* Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse ____

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Who played Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs?
* And a sequel that nobody asked for!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 119 update

I forgot to mention this in yesterday's post, but Wordy Wednesday 119 contains a word suggested to me by patron M. Sean Molley. If you solve it, be sure to thank him for suggesting this lovely word!

Wordy Wednesday 119: Framelinks 4

WORDY WEDNESDAY #117
BRICKS AND MORTAR (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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #118
ANACROSSWORD 7 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's 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!

PATRON PUZZLE #9
PATHFINDER
As of this writing, 8 people have solved Patron Puzzle #9. That means at least $220 will be donated to Child's Play Charity ($20 from me, $200 from my anonymous reader). Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to add $27.50 to this total and help entertain kids in hospitals and shelters!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #119
FRAMELINKS 4
This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $20+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to suggest one word or phrase every month for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His July 2016 suggestion is used here.
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 7-letter word.

AAA BBBBB CCC DD EEEEEEEEE GG H IIIIII LLLL MMMMMM NNNNNNNNN OOOO PPPPPP RRRRRRR SSSSS TTTTT UU W

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Manufacturer of the Privia digital piano"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 118: Anacrossword 7 & Patron Puzzle 9: Pathfinder

WORDY WEDNESDAY #116
SECTION SIX 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 **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #117
BRICKS AND MORTAR (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #118
ANACROSSWORD 7
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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
Be able to pay the cost of
Actress Hathaway of The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Ernie’s pal on Sesame Street
Illicit test-taking aid: 2 wds.
Hold dear
Stupid fool
Incorrect
Part of a bomb that you light
____ Ups (2010 Adam Sandler flick)
Electric organ inventor Laurens
Most severe
Item in a bedstead
Bossa ____ (Brazilian music genre)
Phenomenon where a planet moving away from you appears to be a different color
It only produces low bass frequencies
Game played with a spinner with 16 colored dots
Walk like a duck
You might do this to a wet towel

PATRON PUZZLE #9
PATHFINDER
Last Wednesday was the first Wednesday of the month, so in addition to the weekly Wordy Wednesday puzzle, people who support me on Patreon at the $5 level got a monthly Patron Puzzle (in this case, a Patron Puzzle #15, a 21x21 Framelinks). I try to announce these Patron Puzzles on my blog a week ahead of time in the hope that it might entice some people to become patrons. It hasn't worked yet, but it's worth a try. However, I forgot to do so in this instance. Thus, I have decided to release one of my old Patron Puzzles for free as a penance.

As further penance, for every correct answer I receive for this puzzle within the next two weeks, I will donate $2.50 to Child's Play Charity, a non-profit which outfits children's hospitals with toys and games (up to a maximum of $50). This charity is one I have supported in the past, and which (if memory serves me correctly) the recent Humble Puzzle Book Bundle also raised money for, An anonymous reader will also match my donation times 10, meaning that every correct answer is worth $27.50!

In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered square, goes in the indicated direction (North, South, East, or West), and makes one or more right-angled turns as it winds through the grid. When you have finished, every white square will be used in exactly two entries.

Arrange the letters in the 8 shaded squares to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1E Stress a syllable (6)
2W Women's garment without sleeves (8)
3E ____ dioxide (6)
4E You might see one near a bank (7 3)
5E Approximately (4 2 4)
6E It has a conductor (9)
7E Word following “horse” or “water” (8)
8S Little yapper from Germany (9 9)
9S Amuse (9)
10S Colorfully-named ungulate species (3 4)
11S Ill-fated Ford (5)
12S They have conductors (6)
13N Haughty and pretentious one (4)
14S Cruise line based in Doral, Florida (8)
15E Impure (7)
16N Far from common (4)
17S A shoulder muscle (7)
18S Brag (5)
19N ____ double (5)
19S Extra (5)
20S Big name in tessellations (6)
21S Film that won Mike Myers a Razzie for Worst Actor (3 4 4)
22W Drop and kick, as a football (4)
23N Mandarin orange/grapefruit hybrids (8)
24N Nickelodeon cartoon that got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001 (7)
25S Project Runway hostess (5 4)
26E Certain Japanese combatants (4 9)
27S Rainbow Dash and her ilk (6)
28N Not-so-ill-fated Ford (7)
29N Its capital is Ljubljana (8)
29S Frightening to a higher degree (7)
30N The Phantom of the ____ (5)
31E ____ & Martin's Laugh-In (5)
31S Cronkite's successor (6)
32E A Japanese noodle (4)
33N Finished (4)
34E Activity on forest trails (6)
35N Gold brick (5)
36S Coffee add-in (7)
37W Growth (8)
38S Greek capital (6)
39S Citrus peel flavoring (4)
40S Esteem (6)
41S Little ____ (Marjorie Henderson Buell comic strip) (4)
42S Sister of Linus (4)
43S Feminist playwright Eve (6)
44N Thai hot sauce (8)
45S Show No ____ (debut album for the band Slayer) (5)
46E Destroy, as confidential documents (5)
46E ____ Moon Zombie (Rob Zombie's wife) (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Framelinks so difficult that only one patron has solved it so far. . . .

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 117: Bricks and Mortar

WORDY WEDNESDAY #115
PENT WORDS 23 (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 **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #116
SECTION SIX 11 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #117
BRICKS AND MORTAR
This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $20+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to suggest one word or phrase every month for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His June 2016 suggestion is used here.
The answers to the clues are 8-letter words. Enter each answer in the correspondingly-numbered brick, starting in some square and going either clockwise or counterclockwise around the brick. When two bricks share a border, the letters on opposite sides of the border are the same.
The answer is a 10-letter word.
1. Jewelry worn on the wrist
2. Depressions in roads
3. :-), for one
4. Small shreds of paper tossed around at parties
5. "King of the Wild Frontier" Davy
6. Remove restraints from, as a horse
7. One who surveys people
8. Not guilty
9. A semisoft cheese
10. ____ battery
11. Echidna that debuted in Sonic the Hedgehog 3
12. Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 painter James McNeill ____
13. Ballpark figure
14. All My ____ (soap opera)
15. Rhapsody in Blue composer George
16. Catch some rays
17. Main antagonist of He-Man
18. Tibia
19. One who isn’t a favorite
20. Period from birth to death
21. Short, amusing story
22. W. S. Gilbert’s partner Arthur
23. Annapolis is its capital
24. Uses one’s imagination
25. ____ Toast Crunch (cereal)
26. Intelligentsia
27. Publisher and “Prize” namesake Joseph
28. Charles who provides the voice of Mario
29. May 31, 2000 CBS premiere
30. 19th century British politician Benjamin

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What do you call the "Phenomenon where a planet moving away from you appears to be a different color"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

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