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Wordy Wednesday 126: Section Six 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #124
THE OMINOUS PENTHOUSE (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 **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Brian Chen **
Bryce Herdt **
Chris Hendricks *
Ryan Faley *
Yossi Fendel *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #125
PENT WORDS 25 (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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #126
SECTION SIX 12
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 September 2016 suggestion is used here.

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, a 6-letter word.
Ring 1
1 Hasbro board game in the same family as pachisi
2 Olympic winner, for example
3 Increase in pay
4 Certain dental concern
5 Made a selection
6 The Truth About Uri Geller author James

Ring 2
* ____ and seizure
* Company behind the arcade game Centipede
* Game whose L-Block won Character Battle VI on GameFAQs
* "Rolling in the Deep" singer
* Near death

Ring 3
* Singer Lovato
* Having the most width
* Abolitionist Tubman
* Lag behind

Ring 4
* Actor John of Three's Company
* A Spool of Blue ____ (Anne Tyler novel)
* Equine headgear

Ring 5
* Worn out
* 1999 Faith Hill song

Ring 6
* Name of a "Big" tunnel boring machine in Seattle or a "Big" fish in Super Mario Bros. 3

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What engine part controls the flow of fuel?
* Patron Puzzle #17, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is Letter-Changing Appetizers. In this quartet of bite-sized puzzles (a Pent Words, a Word Sandwiches, a Hex Pathfinder, and a crossword), two entries can't seem to agree, and a letter in each such entry needs to be changed to make them fit together. This variety pack will give you minutes upon minutes of fun!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 125: Pent Words 25

WORDY WEDNESDAY #123
HEX PATHFINDER 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano *
Sam Levitin **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #124
THE OMINOUS PENTHOUSE (hint)
As of this writing, 7 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version (by which I mean a version with blatant instructions). If you would like some advice or assistance in solving my Wordy Wednesday, I pray you will not hesitate to contact me for immediate relief. 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 #NUMBER
PENT WORDS 25
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 Nash played by Eddie Murphy / Grid of multiplication results
2 Bring upon oneself / Soup-eating utensil
3 Lindsay of InAPPropriate Comedy (2013) / Singer-songwriter Bowie
4 City in which S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders is set / "____ my soul!"
5 16th century council site / They're spent in Spain
6 Land area / Victoria's Secret offering
7 Microsoft Edge, for one / The ____ Bully (2006 film)
8 Common salad dressing / "White & ____" (Weird Al song)
9 Fairy tale shoemaker's assistants/ ____ Mario Run (upcoming smartphone game)
10 Similar / Irish or English bird dog

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Party game where you have to describe a word without saying five other words
* ____ legend
* Weasel relative with dark brown fur
* Game of which bughouse is a variation
* Launchpad McQuack, for one
* Enthusiastic
* A city in France (hint: it isn't Paris)
* Go in
* Gives temporarily
* Greek half-man half-goat
* Movable part of a helmet
* The Sixth ____ (1999 Bruce Willis flick)
* Dentist's offering, perhaps
* Black and white Chinese mammal
* Philosopher Plantinga
* Ne plus ____
* Discourage
* Have a violent outburst

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Which game's L-Block won Character Battle VI on GameFAQs?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 124: The Ominous Penthouse

WORDY WEDNESDAY #121
HEX PATHFINDER 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 **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt *
Lewis Chen **
Ryan Faley **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #122
CHARADAGRAMS 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 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 **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt *
Ryan Faley **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #123
HEX PATHFINDER 5 (hint)
As of this writing, 5 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 #124
THE OMINOUS PENTHOUSE
The fifth floor of this hotel is allegedly haunted by the ghost of a guest who died of mysterious circumstances decades ago. You booked yourself a night’s stay to prove once and for all that there are no such things as ghosts, but shortly after you fall asleep, you find yourself in a foggy cemetery. In front of you is a tombstone with your name and a dozen strange shapes etched into it. “Will you return to the realm of the living?” a ghastly voice echoes. “Or will my puzzle be your worst nightmare? Foolish mortal! If you wish to wake up, you must give me the correct 7-letter answer!”

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Philosopher Plantinga"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 123: Hex Pathfinder 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #120
PENT WORDS 24 (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 *
Derek Allen **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #121
HEX PATHFINDER 4 (hint)
As of this writing, 6 people have solved this puzzle form last week. 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 #122
CHARADAGRAMS 2 (hint)
As of this writing, 5 people have solved this puzzle form last week. 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 #123
HEX PATHFINDER 5
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.
1SW Colonial Penn spokesperson (10, 2 wds.)
2SE Actor Kinney of Chicago Fire (6)
3NE Easternmost member of a certain quintet (11, 2 wds.)
4SW Gregarious (11)
5SE Signal for (6)
6SW Resolve (9)
7NW Dietary staple for vultures (7)
8SE “I agree!” (4)
8SE Scientific ____ (magazine introduced in 1845) (8)
9NW “Easton Assassin” Larry (6)
10E ____ Madness (cult classic 1936 film) (6)
11NE It’s measured in cubic units (6)
12SE It buttons at the neck only (9, 2 wds.)
13W “I ____ you so!” (4)
14SE Game created by Markus Persson (9)
15SE Move restlessly (6)
16E Daft Punk song featuring Pharrell Williams (8, 2 wds.)
17E Khartoum’s country (5)
18W One might begin, “This document is provided ‘as is’. . .” (10)
19E Hula ____ (4)
20E “____ Me” (Roger Miller song) (4)
21SE In short supply (6)
22E Result of reflected sound waves (4)
23SW Package sent via post (6)
24W 1960 title role for Kirk Douglas (9)
24SE Laugh behind someone’s back, perhaps (7)
25NW Like some heroes (6)
26NW Kitchen cutlery brand (5)
27NE Verb functioning as a noun (6)
28E Manufacturer of the Panda and the Punto (4)
29W Form of transportation in San Francisco (8, 2 wds.)
30E Grohl of Foo Fighters (4)
31SE Shiver (7)
32E Murder scene sight (7)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* An ominous puzzle with no instructions. . . .

Until next time, yappy solving!

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