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Wordy Wednesday 232: Pathfinder 9 & Wordy Wednesday 233: Hex Pathfinder 14

WORDY WEDNESDAY #230
PENT WORDS 46 (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:
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Jason Boomer **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #231
SIMPLY FILL IN THE BLANKS (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's a hint. 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!

LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #232
PATHFINDER 9
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 Hopelessly losing, as a boxer (2 3 5)
2 Least quiet (8)
3 Excessive adulation of a person (4 7)
4 Certain herons (6)
5 Twist, as a wet towel (5)
6 Welles of Citizen Kane (5)
7 Keith whose style was inspired by graffiti (6)
8 Magic: The Gathering resource (4)
8 “____ and Servant” (Depeche Mode song) (6)
9 Birthplace of Saint Francis (6)
10 Famous American frontierswoman (8 4)
11 Street preacher’s task (13)
12 Part of a solitaire card game layout (7)
13 Play boisterously (4)
14 Place for the care of children with no parents (9)
15 Quagmire (6)
16 Record one’s arrival at a hotel, for example (4 2)
17 Celebrity (7)
18 Darwin’s country (9)
19 Last book of the Old Testament (7)
20 Former late night host Jay (4)
21 Mathematician Fano (4)
22 Trademarked name of a heartburn reliever (6)
23 Gold brick (5)
24 Pedicurist’s concern (7)
25 ____ Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (5)
26 Doze off very briefly (6)
27 Liberal ____ (4)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #233
HEX PATHFINDER 14
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 Person who is overly subservient (8, 2 wds.)
1E Devo song that serves as the theme song for the MTV series Ridiculousness (18, 2 wds.)
2E 2011 film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (6, 2 wds.)
3SE State of injury-induced unconsciousness (4)
3SE People engaged in a fight (10)
4NE Proceeding as planned (7, 2 wds.)
5SW 2013-2017 A&E horror series (10, 2 wds.)
6NE Item restraining a leg or arm (7)
7W Inflated rapidly (9)
8E Food for Oliver Twist (5)
9NE Poet and civil rights activist Angelou (4)
10NW From Cardiff, for example (5)
10SW Buffalo Wild ____ (restaurant chain) (5)
11SE Jewelry store item (7)
12W Unit of measure for gold purity (5)
13SW Piece of furniture for a school student (4)
14NE Decays (4)
15NW Small opening in a leaf (5)
16NE Body of water bordering Egypt and Saudi Arabia (6, 2 wds.)
17E Dojo figure (6)
18W Three feet (4)
19SW Rebel Without a Cause star (9, 2 wds.)
20W ____ Assassins (unreleased fighting game where the artwork adorning the fighters’ skins would come to life to perform finishing moves) (6)
21NE ____ Cooks in America (Food Network series) (5)
22NW Brand that cats ask for by name (7, 2 wds.)
23NE Slightly open (4)
24E “Slow down!” (4)
25NE Physically attractive people (7)
26E Recognized (5)
26SW Beyoncé’s surname at birth (7)
27NE “You’re kidding me!” (5, 2 wds.)
28E Large cat found in cold climates (11, 2 wds.)
29SE Saunter (5)
30NW Men’s magazine whose name is a synonym of “epigram” (5)
31NE Used a whistle (4)
32W Former Jeopardy! announcer Don (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "Christian apologist Zacharias or sitarist Shankar"?
* Patron Puzzle #43, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Snake Crisscross.

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

Contest: Letterboxes (RESULTS!)

About two weeks ago, I posted my Letterboxes contest to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my blog. Here are the results!

Wordy Wednesday 231: Simply Fill In The Blanks

WORDY WEDNESDAY #229
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 3 (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:
Jack Bross **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #230
PENT WORDS 46 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 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 #231
SIMPLY FILL IN THE BLANKS
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Jack Bross. Support me on Patreon at the $5 per month level and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the $20 per month level to suggest one seed word every month!
What could be easier?
The answer is a 6-letter word.


COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom"?
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ Cooks in America (Food Network series)"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 230: Pent Words 46

WORDY WEDNESDAY #227
TOUCHWORD 7 (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:
Jack Bross **
Anthony Bailey *
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #228
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 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:
Jack Bross **
Anthony Bailey *
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #229
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 3 (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 #230
PENT WORDS 46
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 Actress Anderson of Baywatch / Bandleader Roger Wolfe ____
2 Possess / Anticipate
3 Partner of breakfast / Engage in zealous activism
4 Press / Assessed the flavor of
5 All alternative / ____ fir
6 ____-wracking / One of Haunter's types in the Pokémon games
7 Brother of Luke and Andrew Wilson / Russell of chocolate fame
8 Vigorous / Golfing needs
9 From ____ to stern / Womb
10 Space for playing tennis / Use up

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Use a Brillo Pad
* Penned
* A+, for one
* Ontario and Michigan are two
* Long lock of hair
* Kid
* Becomes oxidized
* Put right
* Portly's father in The Wind in the Willows
* Picture-based word puzzle
* Overturn
* Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of them
* Toward the front
* A magician's apparently free selection that isn't free at all
* Taco ____ (fast food chain that, true to its name, offers "good" Tex-Mex)
* Devices in bakeries
* Mongrels
* Anything, or nothing

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A pretty dumb puzzle. Sorry.
* Patron Puzzle #42, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Mini Puzzle Fun Pack.

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

Contest: Letterboxes

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the first post on this blog! Yes, believe it or not, A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle Blog was once a logic puzzle blog, devoted to logic puzzles! To commemorate this occasion, here's a word puzzle that can be solved entirely with logic.

Place the words in the list below such that each reads in a straight line horizontally, vertically, or diagonally starting from one of the yellow highlighted given letters. Each yellow highlighted letter starts at least one listed word.

Not all cells will be filled in by the words; the answer string for this puzzle is the number of unused cells, followed by a colon, then the coordinates of the unused cells, from the top row to the bottom row and going left to right in each row (for example, 3:A4A14E2).
APTITUDE, ARCHIVIST, ASCOT, ASHEN, ASLEEP, BAYOU, BREAD, DEACONESS, DEVOUT, FARAWAY, FORMULA, FUCHSIA, GIZMO, GRADUATE, GREEDY, GURU, INTREPID, ISOTOPE, LAID, LITANY, LOONIE, MELODRAMA, MEMO, MESA, MIGHT, OFFAL, ORDEAL, OTTOMAN, OVERDUE, PATCHWORK, PEDDLE, PEOPLE, PTARMIGAN, RACEHORSE, REAL, SASSY, SATELLITE, SHOWCASE, STONEWALL, SUNFISH, VANILLA, VOLE, WARM, WISDOM, WRAITH

Send your answer to the above puzzle to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com before 11:59 PM Central time on July 20, 2018 to enter the contest. A randomly-selected entrant with the correct answer will win signed copies of the Spring 2015 issue of Will Shortz's Wordplay, the April 2018 and June 2018 issues of Games World of Puzzles, and my book Logic Puzzles 101! Said winner and up to 15 other randomly-selected entrants with the correct answer will win the LiveJournal Logic Pack, a digital packet of 300 logic puzzles that I wrote before starting this blog. Yes, that's up to 16 winners! I will also donate $3 to Child's Play Charity, which outfits children's hospitals and shelters with toys and games, making coping with the circumstances which put them there just a little bit easier, for every winner I have. That means if I have at least 16 entrants, I'll donate $48 to Child's Play Charity! You might want to spread the word to your puzzle-loving friends if you want to help me reach this goal. . . :)

Good luck, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 229: Snake Crisscross 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #226
SECTION SIX 22 (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 **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Michael Avanessian **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #227
TOUCHWORD 7 (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 #228
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 2 (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 #229
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 3
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
Joan of ____
____ rummy
Wildebeest
Sailor
Make an attempt
4 LETTERS
British television presenter Peters
____ and crafts
0’s and 1’s, in computing
Harvest
Lee who hosted Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Son of Tomeo and Maemi Takachiho, in Marvel comics
“The ____ of Our Life” (song sung by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill)
Company with which Nintendo attempted to collaborate to make a CD-ROM-based game console
Use a Taser
Powdered beverage brand
Vincent van Gogh's brother
Buffalo ____
Shout
5 LETTERS
“Heavens to ____!”
Country singer Black
Gold brick
Non-poetic writing
Breathe noisily while sleeping
Domesticates
6 LETTERS
Completely ineffective
Warning bell’s sound
____ wife
7 LETTERS
Certain church props
Use a computer backup
8 LETTERS
A button on a piece of clothing, for example
____ defense (common chess opening)
Dark patches on the surface of our star
13 LETTERS
The most Oscar-winning musical movie of all time, with 10: 3 wds.

SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Wrath
Static ____
Morels and such
It may be Socratic
Nimble
Florida Senator Rubio
Slow mollusk
Inhibit the growth of
Fortune-telling deck
A region in China
6 LETTERS
Maroon
A simple machine
Calm
Seamstress’s occupation
Maroon
Bullfighter
Apathy
7 LETTERS
Nasal cavities
8 LETTERS
Bathroom breaks during long road trips: 2 wds.
14 LETTERS
Neil deGrasse Tyson, for one

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of them"?

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

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