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Wordy Wednesday 227: Touchword 7 & Wordy Wednesday 228: Snake Crisscross 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #225
PENT WORDS 45 (answer)
Here is 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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John & Izak Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #226
SECTION SIX 22 (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #227
TOUCHWORD 7
In a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, every letter shares an edge with at least one identical letter either immediately above or immediately below. The top and bottom rows are considered adjacent. (You can think of it as a diagramless, cylindrical Share-A-Letter puzzle.)

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Ryder of Beetlejuice / Book before Habakkuk / The ____ Batman Movie
2 Black ____ / Cross-like Egyptian symbol / Least active
3 It glows as Michael Jackson steps on it in the music video for "Billie Jean" / ____ FurFest (annual Rosemont, IL furry convention, so called because of the region of the United States it takes place in)
4 Gambia's neighbor / Give off / Make accustomed to not being nursed
5 Track 8 from Styx's album Pieces of Eight / Resident of Riga, for example
6 Person whose behavior is emulated by others: 2 wds. / Ask Ann Landers offering
7 Wise Old Testament figure / Happy / Insects in hair
8 Place with paper targets: 2 wds.
9 ____ story / Montoya played by Mandy Patinkin / Suspicious
10 Rude person / Seat / Like some mirrors: hyph.
11 ____ fide / ____ room / Extension, as of a magazine subscription
12 Dugong relative / ____ Titans Go! / Iranian monetary unit
13 Weapon often confused with a flail / Wobble / Greek mythological hunter
14 Permit / Puffy hairstyle / Soon
15 Cloth made of flax / It's more than just a tiny boo-boo / A tropical fruit

WORDY WEDNESDAY #228
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 2
This puzzle's crisscross grid contains entries which read across and down as normal; these words are defined in alphabetical order by length under the heading “Crisscross Words.” The grid also contains a number of “snakes”: areas which follow a single clear path. Each of these snakes contains an entry which snakes from one end of the path to the other. These entries are defined under the heading “Snake Words”, and are also clued in alphabetical order by length. You must determine how the grid is divided into snakes; no two snakes overlap.

Arrange the letters in the highlighted cells to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
CRISSCROSS WORDS
3 LETTERS
Tai ____
Poetic preposition
What an entertainer hopes for
You’ve ___ Mail (1998 romantic comedy)
Witch
Old Testament figure whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt
Some gametes
Chess great Mikhail
Orange pekoe, for example
4 LETTERS
____ Don’t Dance (1997 animated flick)
____ Enchanted (2004 film)
Reagle who constructed a lot of crosswords
Storage building for tools, perhaps
It's between the knee and the ankle
Like unfavorable odds
5 LETTERS
Exhale noisily
White-feathered heron
Perceives sound
Metric unit of capacity
Flat, elevated landforms
Four-person automobile
Offerings at Moe's Southwest Grill
6 LETTERS
Half of a rack
Existentialist Jean-Paul
Saul of ____
7 LETTERS
Mixture
Least cluttered
Character in Hamlet
Scandalously revealing: hyph.
8 LETTERS
Arduous
Like the unlucky victim of a viper
9 LETTERS
Insect frequently seen around horses: 2 wds.
13 LETTERS
Put off doing something
1949-1957 series starring Clayton Moore: 3 wds.

SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
____ wrench
Coral reef surrounding a lagoon
Upper crust
Muggs of Archie Comics
One who might participate in the perennial “PC’s versus consoles” debate
News anchor Van Susteren
Item in Fort Knox
Andean mammal
Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think author Ralph
Green goop associated with Nickelodeon
Host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Not fresh
Japanese restaurant item
“____ Me How to Dougie” (Cali Swag District song)
6 LETTERS
Publishing tycoon William Randolph
State with a sunflower on its flag
7 LETTERS
In a stern manner
____ terrier
Vandalized
8 LETTERS
What you call a three-humped camel, as per Disney’s Zootopia
Trustworthy
9 LETTERS
Gives an extreme makeover to, as a home
10 LETTERS
Stone coffins

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "Lee who hosted Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?"
* Patron Puzzle #41, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Fill-In Crossword.

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Wordy Wednesday 226: Section Six 22

WORDY WEDNESDAY #224
PATHFINDER 8 (answer)
Here is 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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver *
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #225
PENT WORDS 45 (hint)
As of this writing, 7 people have solved this 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 #226
SECTION SIX 22
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 Pressing
2 Record publishing company
3 Mock
4 Withstand
5 "Take It to the ____" (The Eagles song)
6 Manufacturer of the Macan and the Cayenne

Ring 2
* Bring into a country from another
* Extraordinarily powerful or difficult
* Curve over the letter "n" in some Spanish words
* NYPD ____ (1993-2005 crime drama series)
* Sent a telegraph

Ring 3
* Fit for consumption
* Cherry-pick
* One who owes
* The ____ of Venice

Ring 4
* Bully
* Clear as a ____
* Abstaining from sex

Ring 5
* Manga about Ichigo Kurosaki (and not about cleaning products, apparently)
* Word that's used nine times in Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass", each time preceded by "no"

Ring 6
* Catch-22 author Joseph

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What Montoya was played by Mandy Patinkin?
* What's an 8-letter word for "What you call a three-humped camel, as per Disney’s Zootopia"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 225: Pent Words 45

WORDY WEDNESDAY #222
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 2 (answer)
Here is 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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten *
Michael Avanessian **
Nick Imholte **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #223
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 3 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten *
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #224
PATHFINDER 8 (hint)
As of this writing, 6 people have solved this 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 #225
PENT WORDS 45
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 Inlets flanked by cliffs / Amazon smart speaker brand
2 Book, as a hotel room / Tai ____
3 Charles Dickens, for one / ____ Window (Hitchcock film)
4 The Curse of Monkey ____ (game in which "We'll surely avoid scurvy if we all eat an orange") / Modify, as text
5 Ignited / Surname of the composer of Jeopardy!'s famous "Think!" music
6 Type of tree in a legend about George Washington /  ____ enterprise
7 Way over there / Stuff made with chopped cabbage
8 ____ & Euphrates (board game designed by Reiner Knizia) / Huron or Erie, for example
9 Stoppable of Kim Possible / Country sometimes unofficially called Burma
10 A Night at the ____ (Queen album) / Unclean house
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Absolutely covered in filth
* Big name in rental trucks
* Handed over
* Port-au-Prince's country
* Slowly fermented beer
* It may be alphabetical
* Ostinato phrases in rock music
* Group of singers in a church
* Terminator: The ____ Connor Chronicles (2008-2009 TV series)
* Easily broken
* Mouse on The Simpsons
* Cliché
* "Every Rose Has Its ____" (Poison song)
* Camel relative with no hump
* More modern
* National ____ Writing Month (November event)
* Vegetable from which deep-fried rings are made
* Cut off completely

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "Manufacturer of the Macan and the Cayenne"?
* Patron Puzzle #40, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month), is a Framelinks.
* Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month) will also receive issue #3 of Fox & Badger Magazine! A twelve-puzzle meta awaits your solving in "The Patron-Suggested Answer Issue", where patrons have suggested words to use as final answers!

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Wordy Wednesday 224: Pathfinder 8

WORDY WEDNESDAY #221
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY (answer)
Here is 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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #222
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 2 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #223
LETTER LENDING LIBRARY 3 (hint)
As of this writing, 7 people have solved this 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 #224
PATHFINDER 8
In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered square, goes in some direction, and makes one or more right-angled turns as it winds through the grid. 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, an 8-letter word.
1 Giant computer used commercially to do many things at once (9)
2 Water artificially (8)
3 Furrowed tubular pasta (8)
4 Passionate (6)
5 Surrender (4)
5 Ukrainian peninsula (6)
6 1998 Nintendo accessory that lets you take photographs in four – count ‘em, four! – colors (4 3 6)
7 “____ to the Music” (Doobie Brothers song) (6)
8 Its first episode is titled “Death Has a Shadow” (6 3)
9 Item that may be horseshoe-shaped (6)
10 Awestruck (6)
11 Follows instructions (5)
12 The use of a Christ figure in literature, for example (9)
13 Frank who invented a machine for resurfacing ice (7)
14 Stuff in a dryer filter (4)
15 Much-hated import car also known as the Zastava Koral (4)
16 Last name of a cartoon character voiced by Jim Backus (5)
17 Tryptophan is this type of acid (5)
18 Dominance (9)
19 Nation whose flag has 22 copies of the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” (4)
20 Al Hirschfeld’s daughter whose name he often hid in his art (4)
21 ____ pack (weapon in Ghostbusters) (6)
22 Netgear item (6)
23 “The Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum” (6)
23 Far from prodigal (6)
24 Organ to which the Fallopian tubes connect (6)
25 Type of hat or sled (8)
26 Mind-____ (8)
27 Specialized vocabulary for a particular field (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "National ____ Writing Month (November event)"?

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