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Wordy Wednesday 97: Fill-In Crossword 2 & Wordy Wednesday 98: Fill-In Crossword 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #95
PENT WORDS 19 (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 **
Peter Abide **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #96
SECTION SIX 9 (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 #97
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 2
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 February 2016 suggestion is used here.
The answers in the crossword below are clued alphabetically by length; you must figure out where they belong. The unclued shaded entries will spell a clue to the final answer.
3 LETTERS: Winglike structure; More than just some; Inventor Whitney; Tobacco product regulator: abbr.; A hallucinogen: abbr.; “It's Raining ____” (hit for The Weather Girls); Shout from an umpire; Huge legendary bird; Caviar, essentially; Regret; Vessel with a periscope, for short; ____, Dear (2000-2006 CBS sitcom)

4 LETTERS: Help hide a body, for example; Got a high grade in; Grim; You might make them meet; The Princess and the ____ (2009 Disney movie); PC alternatives; Dance ____ (Lifetime reality series); Tools wielded by janitors; Certain woodwind; Sonnet, for example; ____ gin; Family ____ (1982-1989 sitcom)

5 LETTERS
Surrealist Max; Pained sound, perhaps; Sierra ____ (country in West Africa); Sorceress of Greek mythology

6 LETTERS: Heart of Darkness author Joseph; Swedish rock band in a recent GEICO commercial; A moon of Uranus; With reduced mental faculties in one's old age

7 LETTERS: Freud's country; One stuck in la-la land

WORDY WEDNESDAY #98
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 3
The answers in the crossword below are clued alphabetically by length; you must figure out where they belong. For your final answer, submit the three related unclued entries.
3 LETTERS: Singer DiFranco; Corn on the ____; Hermey, for one; Certain ratite; Cost; One indicator of the health of a nation's economic health: abbr.; Certain retriever, briefly; ____ bygones be bygones; It might be crude; Game show host Finn or Sajak; Hop on ____ (Dr. Seuss book); Cul-de-____; Mineral spring; In Minecraft, it's crafted from gunpowder and sand

4 LETTERS: ____ vera; Word a preacher might hope to hear; “____ Lang Syne”; Chase, for example; ____ Hand Luke (1967 film); Recedes; Encounter; Alliance formed in 1949: abbr.; City on the Seward Peninsula; Religious denomination; Stain on a chimney sweep's outfit; Created a web, for example; Command to a dog, perhaps; Nation bordering Benin; Fish in a can; Abominable snowman

5 LETTERS: Censor's sound; Artist Edgar; “I Will Survive” singer Ross; Creepy; Senior; 2008 prison film; The ____ Gatsby; Relative by marriage: hyph.; ____ Family (Vicki Lawrence sitcom); Origami need; Lively and cheerful; Make baby food, perhaps; What a loan recipient must do; Seasons, as French fries; Personnel; Baylor University's state; ____ Buck (1989 film); Pole ____; Casts a ballot

6 LETTERS: Finally: 2 wds.; Thin layer; Make less tight; It's next to Start on the NES controller

7 LETTERS: “Running” band: 2 wds.; Emulated Bob Ross; Son of David famous for his wisdom; Black text on a black background, oftentimes

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What California city's zoo is the home of giant panda Bai Yun?
* Patron Puzzle #11, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a three-pack of 10x10 crosswords, two with themes and one themeless. Over 100 clues await your solving.

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 96: Section Six 9

WORDY WEDNESDAY #94
RECTANGULAR BLOCKS (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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Jack Lance **
Peter Abide *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #95
PENT WORDS 19 (hint)
As of this writing, a number of 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 #96
SECTION SIX 9
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 Apt to strike a chord
2 Equipment
3 Freshen up old furniture
4 Small community near a city
5 Like Beethoven towards the end of his life
6 Benjamin Netanyahu's birthplace: 2 wds.

Ring 2
* Quiet
* "Dear ____ customer. . ."
* Shock ____ (auto parts)
* President mentioned in Back to the Future
* "____ Been to Spain" (Three Dog Night song)

Ring 3
* ____ diagram
* 1978 movie with the song "You're the One That I Want"
* Charles Foster Kane's dying word
* Baskin-Robbins offers over 31 of them

Ring 4
* They lost to the Giants in the 2010 World Series
* Team Fortress 2 developer and publisher
* Coercion

Ring 5
* Setting for The Hangover: 2 wds.
* Set up tournament brackets, perhaps

Ring 6
* Container

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Two crosswords!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 95: Pent Words 19

WORDY WEDNESDAY #93
THE MINESWEEPER CODE (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 **
Jack Lance **
Peter Abide *
Ryan Faley *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #94
RECTANGULAR BLOCKS (hint)
As of this writing, 9 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 #95
PENT WORDS 19
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 singer Black / Great destruction
2 Bubble ____ (Nick Jr. series) / "Dear ____ or Madam. . ."
3 Small hound / African antelope with distinct horns
4 Therefore / Edmonton hockey players
5 "Fire and ____" (James Taylor song) / America's Got ____
6 Like the bird that gets the worm / Famous French sculptor
7 Decorative Yuletide item / Ban alternative
8 List of scheduled duties / Write to disk
9 Drink stored in a cellar, perhaps / "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" singer Freddy
10 Walk like a horse, perhaps  / Make a decision

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Form a canyon, perhaps
* Muppet with a rubber duck
* Robin Hood's weapon
* Mark, as a test
* Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal ____
* Stick to, as with static electricity
* Prologue
* Far from wordy
* Tomorrow ____ Dies (1997 Bond film)
* Hangman's rope
* 17 ____ (2009 film starring Zac Efron)
* Some woodwinds have them
* Trademark on some ice chests
* The Trevi Fountain's country
* Headwear for Che Guevara
* "Bring the ball, boy!"
* Stay away from
* "Kids ____ days. . ."

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What President is mentioned in Back to the Future?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 94: Rectangular Blocks

WORDY WEDNESDAY #92
MAKE A ZIGZAGGY EXIT (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:
Daren Crevan *
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey *
Bryce Herdt **
Jack Lance **
John Davis **
Peter Abide *
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #93
THE MINESWEEPER CODE (hint)
As of this writing, 7 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 #94
RECTANGULAR BLOCKS
You thought last week would be the final time you'd cross paths with a logic puzzle on “Wordy” Wednesday? Sorry, you're not off the hook yet.
The answer is 8 letters long.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What Freddy sang "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 93: The Minesweeper Code

WORDY WEDNESDAY #91
WORD INTERSECTIONS (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 **
Bryce Herdt **
Jack Lance **
John Bulten **
John Davis **
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #92
MAKE A ZIGZAGGY EXIT (hint)
As of this writing, 7 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 #93
THE MINESWEEPER CODE
My friend was supposed to help indicate to me where the mines are in this grid, but he apparently didn't get the message.
The answer is 9 letters long.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Can you wrangle these quadrangles?

Until next time, yappy solving!

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