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

WORDY WEDNESDAY #225
PENT WORDS 45 (answer)
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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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