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Wordy Wednesday 310: Pent Words 62

WORDY WEDNESDAY #308
FLOWER POWER 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:
Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger **
Bryce Herdt **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan *
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #309
CRYPTICROSTIC 7 (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 #310
PENT WORDS 62
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Joe Bernard. 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!
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 Pianist Winston with the album Winter into Spring / John of diagram fame
2 Bargain / Revolving parts
3 Make free of disease or injury / Well-paid youngish worker in a city, perhaps
4 Keep / ____ suey
5 Foul odor / "Now The Day Is ____" (Christian hymn)
6 Be able to pay for / Thomas Edison's middle name
7 Deed held by a third party until a condition is met / Country singer McCoy
8 Legal guardian, for example / Some cigarettes are advertised as low in this
9 Exude / Classical composer Johannes
10 Singer LaBelle / Clergy
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Occurrence
* Consumed
* Amount in a recipe, perhaps
* Blood of the Greek gods
* Feature of many a clock
* Suffocate in water
* Word after "horse" or "soap"
* Stone with crystals inside
* Scandinavian
* Upper room of sorts
* Vaults
* ____ Corporation (Portal developer)
* Nancy Wilson's rock band
* F ____ (1965-1967 sitcom)
* A deadly sin
* Striped horse relative
* Choppers
* Bounce a tennis ball back and forth

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A diagramless crossword!

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

The Joy of Puzzling: Codewords (RESULTS!)

I received 4 entries to Part I and 2 entries to Part II of The Joy Of Puzzling: Codewords. Those are low numbers. Maybe people didn't want to win a book of Penny Press Codewords puzzles? Remind me to offer better prizes next time. Here are the results!

Wordy Wednesday 309: Crypticrostic 7

WORDY WEDNESDAY #306
SECTION SIX 30 (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:
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger **
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Eric Maddy **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #307
FLOWER POWER (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:
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger **
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Eric Maddy **
Izak Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #308
FLOWER POWER 2 (hint)
As of this writing, 5 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 #309
CRYPTICROSTIC 7
The answer is two words enumerated (5 4).
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Editor's mark around "returning taxi" creates fiasco __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                     30 44 16 38 01 06 50
Emasculate informant in class __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                              04 25 08 39 17 48 46 31
Formal dance for 1,000 __ __ __ __
                       09 22 05 32
Gives back mined materials after catnap __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                        26 40 15 19 29 10 45 35
Mongrel on sheep meat __ __ __ __ __ __
                      49 12 24 28 18 34
Reportedly, "The Hellenic Republic" is a musical __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                 47 37 21 02 13 07
"Star Trek" star retiring at this moment, hiding passion __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                         43 20 14 41 27 33 03
Toss around juicers __ __ __ __
                    42 11 36 23

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Pent Words I haven't written yet. Whoops.

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

Wordy Wednesday 308: Flower Power 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #305
PENT WORDS 61 (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:
Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger **
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Eric Maddy **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #306
SECTION SIX 30 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 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 #307
FLOWER POWER (hint)
As of this writing, 11 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 #308
FLOWER POWER 2
The answers to this petaled puzzle will go in a curve from the number on the outside to the center of the flower. Each number in the flower will have two 5-letter answers, one going in a clockwise direction, and the other going in a counterclockwise direction. Clues 1, 7, and 13 in each direction are given, but you must determine where the other answers go.

The final answer is a 6-letter word spelled by six adjacent numbered spaces, either clockwise or counterclockwise.
CLOCKWISE
1 Buenos ____, Argentina
7 Muslim mendicant
13 Brownish
* Aristocratic
* Cassettes
* Circe’s niece
* Dice
* Far from full
* Floozy
* Furious
* Furious
* Grocery store feature
* Increase a poker bet
* Journal
* Like dad jokes
* ____: The Hands of Fate
* The ____ of Music
* “We Are the ____”

COUNTERCLOCKWISE
1 Faulty
7 A type of boat for passengers
13 One of the senses
* Alleviated
* Ancient region in present-day Turkey
* ____ blanche
* Complains
* ____ Day (holiday for planting trees)
* Drunk
* “I Can't Give Everything Away” singer David
* Iranian monetary units
* Like a sick person’s nose, maybe
* ____ Madagascar (Valentine’s Day Madagascar short)
* Nude
* One of the seven dwarfs
* Sends a telegram
* The Fox and the ____
* Weasel relative

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A challenging Crypticrostic!

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

The Joy of Puzzling: Codewords

In this two-part contest, you'll get to solve a puzzle, learn how it was made, and try your hand at making your own puzzle!

Part I. Solve a Puzzle!
THE JOY OF PUZZLING: CODEWORDS
In the crossword puzzle below, every letter is represented by an integer from 1 through 26. You must decipher the code to reveal the words.

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to spell the final answer, an eight-letter word.

After solving, go to tinyurl.com/tjop-[answer], replacing [answer] with the answer, to learn how this puzzle was constructed and get tips on constructing your own!
Send your answer to the above puzzle to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com to enter Part I of the contest. After the deadline (11:59 PM on November 15, 2019), one random entrant with the correct answer will win a book of Penny Press Codewords puzzles!

Part II. Make a Puzzle!
Now you get to write your own Codewords puzzle! To learn how I made the above puzzle, go to tinyurl.com/tjop-[answer], replacing "[answer]" in the URL with the puzzle's final answer in lowercase letters. It is not, however, necessary to watch this video or even solve the above puzzle to enter this part of the contest. Your puzzle must obey all of these rules:

* The puzzle must obey Codewords rules.
* All 26 letters of the English alphabet must be present.
* All words must be Scrabble-legal in America. (Use http://scrabble.merriam.com/ if unsure. Note that Penny Press Codewords puzzles do sometimes use hyphenated words and even multi-word phrases, but I choose to restrict myself a little bit more.)
* The puzzle must use the same grid as the puzzle above. (I hate to constrain the creativity of those who want to use words of 10 letters or longer in their puzzles, but Codewords puzzles are a dime a dozen in magazines, and this is the absolute dead simplest anti-plagiarism measure I could come up with.)
* No entry may be repeated.
* Unlike the puzzle above, there is no need to select 8 cells to anagram to a final answer.

Since test-solving is one of the most important parts of the puzzle-construction process, you are allowed to seek the assistance of one test-solver.

Send your completed puzzle, its answer, three letters you want to give as hints, and the e-mail address of your test-solver (if you had one) to devjoe@gmail.com [NOT TO ME!!!], before 11:59 PM Central time on November 15, 2019. The puzzle and its answer should be in plaintext. After the deadline, /dev/joe will then send the puzzles to me in random order and with no bylines, and without the hint letters. I will judge which puzzle I like best and give the rest of the puzzles (with the hint letters) to a couple of longtime friends who aren't as experienced with Codewords puzzles as I am (a retired math professor and his wife), and they will judge which of those puzzles they like best; the constructors of the two selected puzzles and their test-solvers (if any) will both win a book of Penny Press Codewords puzzles! The winning entries (and honorable mentions, at my discretion) will also be reproduced on my blog for my readers' enjoyment. The following things are likely to win us over:

* Fresh entries.
* PG-ratedness.
* Strategically chosen hint letters that will allow relative laypeople to get a foothold and solve it. (For the puzzle above, I'd select numbers 15, 17, and 18, because they give over half of the 9-letter word in row 3, and if they can solve that word, they get four more letters instantly.) Remember that I won't know where the hint letters are when judging my winning entry, so this judging criterion is solely for my third-party solvers (they'll almost certainly enjoy solving a puzzle more than not solving it)!

The following things will not win us over:

* Too many obscurities. (It's okay to teach me a few new words, but too many obscure words may interfere with the fun of solving it. The third-party solvers who will judge the final winner will also be senior citizens who will have trouble breaking into a puzzle which is jam-packed with newfangled words like CAZH, which is slang for "casual".)
* R-rated things (I want to reproduce the winning entries on this highly PG-rated blog, so none of George Carlin's seven dirty words, for instance, should be in the grid).
* Etymological relatives, especially obvious ones like two compound words that share a root word in common, are frowned upon by me. Keep your words varied.
* Plagiarizing my puzzle is also frowned upon! Be creative and use different words than I did!
* Submitting the puzzle to me instead of to /dev/joe is an absolute no-no! No matter how good your puzzle is, if I know who wrote it, I cannot trust myself to judge the entries impartially. Seeing the entries without knowing who wrote them ensures that the prize goes to the puzzle I like the best, and not the person I like the best. So again, DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR PUZZLES TO ME!!!

You may only submit one puzzle, but you can change it at any time before the deadline. You may be the test-solver for any number of other entrants.

Good luck, and happy constructing!

Wordy Wednesday 306: Section Six 30 & Wordy Wednesday 307: Flower Power

WORDY WEDNESDAY #304
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 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:
Mark Ballinger **
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Eric Maddy **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #305
PENT WORDS 61 (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!

FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #306
SECTION SIX 30
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 Gunman's accessory
2 America's Funniest Home ____
3 Word before "ear" or "tube"
4 Nation whose currency is the gourde
5 Communicating non-verbally
6 Chicken ____ (butter-stuffed chicken dish)

Ring 2
* Finland's capital
* Enroll
* Timon of ____
* Crime fiction genre
* Nix a bill

Ring 3
* Big name in bathroom fixtures, or the Wisconsin city with its headquarters
* ____ waltz
* Painter, for example
* Dancing with the Stars host Andrews

Ring 4
* Something that steadily drains resources
* Kudzu, for one
* Olympian ski racer Picabo

Ring 5
* Certain stringed instrument
* Tranquil

Ring 6
* "30 Pieces of ____" (song by Christian metal band Theocracy)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #307
FLOWER POWER
The answers to this petaled puzzle will go in a curve from the number on the outside to the center of the flower. Each number in the flower will have two 5-letter answers, one going in a clockwise direction, and the other going in a counterclockwise direction. Clues 1, 7, and 13 in each direction are given, but you must determine where the other answers go.

The final answer is a 6-letter word spelled by six adjacent numbered spaces, either clockwise or counterclockwise.
CLOCKWISE
1 A flower, or a princess in the Mario franchise
7 One of Columbus’s ships
13 Express gratitude
* A pale shade of yellow
* Atmospheres
* Author Verne
* Exhausted
* Exhausted
* French capital
* Makes a new word or phrase
* Mathematician Felix of bottle fame
* Pub projectiles
* Rotate
* Symbol sometimes used as a division sign
* Turns from solid to liquid
* Type of milk not to cry over
* Uncanny
* Use a mouse, say

COUNTERCLOCKWISE
1 Handed out playing cards
7 Danger
13 Many adolescents
* Bit of dust
* Crocker who wanted Britney Spears left alone
* In the ____ of an eye
* Inventor Howe
* Invertebrate’s lack
* Killed, as a dragon
* Nation split in 1948
* One of several the moon has, for example
* Rejects, as a lover
* Section of a grocery store with milk
* Some religious sects
* Uncles’ mates
* Use a scale
* Wed
* What a dieter might measure

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ Madagascar (Valentine’s Day Madagascar short)"?
* Patron Puzzle #64, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a diagramless crossword.

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

Wordy Wednesday 305: Pent Words 61

WORDY WEDNESDAY #303
PATHFINDER 17 (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:
Bo & Becky Green *
Bryce Herdt **
Eric Maddy *
Joe Bernard **
Kevin Orfield **
Mark Ballinger **
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #304
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 7 (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 #305
PENT WORDS 61
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 Heedlessly casual / "Tinder Creators Developing Bible App To Enable Swiping ____ On Undesirable Verses" (headline from Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee)
2 Cook in the microwave / Drool
3 Dr. of kiddy lit fame / Bank that prevents flooding
4 Suspend loosely / "Curses!"
5 Slyly disparaging / Actress Merman
6 Declare / Panacea
7 Bellyache / Lurch
8 19th century Polish pianist / Grow weary
9 You have one when you sit / A yellow shade of orange, or a spice
10 "New Unitarian Universalist Hymnal Just Contains John Lennon's '____'" (The Babylon Bee headline) / Short
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* DNA strand shape
* Some wintry precipitation
* Fell
* One of Christopher Columbus's ships
* "Night ____" (Bee Gees song)
* It may be dramatic
* Egypt's southern neighbor
* "Trick or ____!"
* Frighten
* "The Ballroom ____" (hit song for The Sweet)
* Fly like a flying squirrel
* Dickens character who taught children how to pick pockets
* Allege
* The letter Y, sometimes
* Actress Dunne
* Muddle
* Church projections
* Patronizes a store

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "'30 Pieces of ____' (song by Christian metal band Theocracy)"?
* What's a 5-letter word for "Crocker who wanted Britney Spears left alone"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 304: Fill-In Crossword 7

WORDY WEDNESDAY #302
PATHFINDER 16 (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:
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Eric Maddy **
Joseph Bernard **
Kevin Orfield **
Mark Ballinger *
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #303
PATHFINDER 17 (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 #304
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 7
The answers in the crossword below are clued alphabetically by length; you must figure out where they belong. The unclued shaded entries will spell the final answer, a song title.
3 LETTERS
Much ____ About Nothing
Fore’s opposite
Mature
Winglike part
Boxer Muhammad ____
Certain snake
WNW’s opposite
A Greek letter
Role for Keanu Reeves in The Matrix
At this time
Square ____ in a round hole
Certain rodent
Number of frames in a game of bowling
Tic-tac-____

4 LETTERS
Actress Hathaway
Entryway
Greek god of sexual attraction
Makes a mistake
Large-leafed flowerless plant
Actress Dunham
Fail to win
Possesses
Religious denomination
Lovers’ quarrel
Quiznos offerings
“. . . and a partridge in a pear ____”
Banks of Coyote Ugly (2000)
Desire

6 LETTERS
Grand ____ National Park
Item on the end of a pencil
Aplenty
Part of a threat: 2 wds.
Student at a school designed to get you ready for college
Part of U.S.S.R.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Dickens character who taught children how to pick pockets"?

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

Contest: Vwllss Crsswrd (easier version)

It's been one week since I posted the harder version of this vwllss crsswrd. If you haven't solved it yet, here's the easy version with answer enumerations:
PDF version: CLICK HERE
PUZ version: CLICK HERE
You have until 11:59 PM Central time on October 18, 2019. Remember, up to three randomly-selected winners will win a copy of my board game TAILITS. Good luck, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 303: Pathfinder 17

WORDY WEDNESDAY #301
ANACROSSWORD 19 (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:
Tyler Hinman **
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Eric Maddy **
Kevin Orfield **
Mark Ballinger **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #302
PATHFINDER 16 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 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 #303
PATHFINDER 17
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron M. Sean Molley. 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!
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 1965-1968 series starring Robert Culp and Bill Cosby as undercover intelligence agents (1 3)
2 Having lessened mental faculties due to old age (6)
3 ____-in-itself (5)
4 Michigan city in which Domino’s Pizza was first founded (9)
5 ____: The Lost Empire (2001 Disney film) (8)
6 Whipping boy (9)
7 Certain guitar accessory (4)
8 Related to the mouth (4)
9 “Kiss from a Rose” singer (4)
9 Agitated with anger (8)
10 Skeptic who demonstrated that Peter Popoff was getting revelations not from God, but from his wife via radio (5 5)
11 Sesame Street’s grouch (5)
11 Synopses (8)
12 Bean who hosted a 1985 pilot of the game show Concentration (5)
13 Tom’s rank in David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (5)
14 Warns (6)
15 Sighting in a farmer’s field (9)
16 “Soulful ____” (Young-Holt Unlimited hit) (5)
17 Certain courtroom employee, briefly (5)
17 California city where Petco Park is located (3 5)
18 Devour (6)
19 Inflatable mattress (3 3)
20 Guns N’ Roses guitarist (5)
21 Word before “industry” or “cheese” (7)
22 Rand McNally offering (5)
23 Chemical in tobacco (8)
24 Bombed (10)
25 A type of heron (5)
26 Massachusetts city named after a city in England (9)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Student at a school designed to get you ready for college"?

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

Contest: Vwllss Crsswrd (harder version)

Today is my father's birthday! To celebrate, here's a puzzle that has no relevance to that fact whatsoever. This puzzle was submitted to Outside the Box, but rejected with the suggestion that I use a lower word count than 70 next time. (Consider this a public service announcement to those of you out there who want to write their own vwllss crsswrds. . . .)

Remove all instances of A, E, I, O, and U from the entries before entering them in the grid. (There are no Y's.)
PNG version:
PDF version: CLICK HERE
PUZ version: CLICK HERE

Send your completed grid to the above puzzle to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com before 8:00 AM Central time on October 11, 2019 to get two entries the contest. At that point, an easier version of the puzzle will be posted with answer length enumerations. Solve that version of the puzzle before 11:59 PM Central time on October 18, 2019 to get one entry in the contest. Up to three randomly-selected winners will win a copy of my board game TAILITS. (You can only win one prize, even if you get two entries in the contest.)

Good luck, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 302: Pathfinder 16

WORDY WEDNESDAY #300
PENT WORDS 60 (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:
Joseph Bernard **
Mark Ballinger **
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Eric Maddy **
Jay McConnell **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #301
ANACROSSWORD 19 (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!

RYAN FALEY'S 250TH PUZZLE!
Fellow blogger Ryan Faley has hit the big 2-5-0 milestone. Be sure to solve his 250th puzzle and give him some congratulations!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #302
PATHFINDER 16
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 Bird a plastic version of which is a popular lawn ornament (8)
2 ____ and dangerous (5)
3 Humorous American poet (5 4)
4 A city in Michigan (3 5)
5 ____ Worth, Texas (4)
5 Skin (5)
6 Sight in many a science classroom (8 5)
7 ____ and choose (4)
7 Preserve, perhaps (6)
8 Decorated (7)
8 Allegorical 1945 novel (6 4)
9 Overused cliché (5)
10 Happens (6)
11 Item controlled by a mouse (6)
12 Hunk (4)
12 Where audio recordings are made (6)
13 Big Fat ____ (2002 comedy) (4)
14 Country singer ____ Kaye Booth (4)
15 Hairlike organelles (5)
16 Pertaining to the organization of complicated operations (10)
17 The world’s longest venomous snake (4 5)
18 Herb with yellow flowers (9)
19 Me and Earl and the ____ Girl (2015 film) (5)
20 Former capital of Turkey (8)
21 Watch What Happens Live with ____ Cohen (4)
22 Partitioning wall in a ship or aircraft (8)
23 Tube that carries air into and out of the lungs (7)
23 Compliant (9)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 9-letter word for "Michigan city in which Domino’s Pizza was first founded"?

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Wordy Wednesday 301: Anacrossword 19

WORDY WEDNESDAY #299
HEX PATHFINDER 20 (answer)
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Mark Ballinger **
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt *
Jay McConnell *
Kevin Orfield **
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #300
PENT WORDS 60 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #301
ANACROSSWORD 19
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01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 
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36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
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71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98
Note: The symbol † indicates headlines from The Babylon Bee, the "trusted source for Christian news satire".
† “The Bee Explains: ____ Vs. Republicans”
† “Federal Government Launches ____ Campaign To Pay Off $20 Trillion National Debt”
“Hollaback Girl” singer Stefani
† “Benny ____ Masterfully Knocks Down Audience Members Arranged In Notoriously Difficult 7–10 Split”
Blazing fire
What Bill Clinton claimed not to do with marijuana
† “Dave Ramsey Releases 'Should I Buy This?' ____ 8-Ball That Always Answers 'No'”
Shines, as a shoe
† “‘My Preferred ____ Are Thou/Thine,’ Explains KJV-Onlyist”
† “New Progressive Bible Prints All References To Pride In ____ Colors”
Stephen of Office Space (1999)
Actor Connery
Irish ____ (dog breed)
____ butter
An organ in the digestive system
The Girl with the Dragon ____ (2011 film)
Brightly-colored tropical fish
Virtue’s opposite
With The, ABC talk show
Wishing ____
Dog breed that sounds like a Devo song

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 8-letter word for "Bird a plastic version of which is a popular lawn ornament">
* Patron Puzzle #63, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Words Without Friends.

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Wordy Wednesday 300: Pent Words 60

WORDY WEDNESDAY #298
FOXGERYPTICS 15 (answer)
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M. Sean Molley **
Mark Ballinger **
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #299
HEX PATHFINDER 20 (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 #300
PENT WORDS 60
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 Concern for Al Gore / The Mediterranean, for one
2 Ideas / It may be pierced
3 Slowly moving mass of frozen water / "Gloria in excelsis ____"
4 Glowing hot coal / Aired again
5 Certain marine mollusk / 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell as Buddy
6 "The Sheik of ____" (song sung by The Beatles) / Spooky
7 Not on time / Google's web browser
8 Happens / ____ of Dogs (2018 film)
9 Texas city that calls itself the "Storybook Capital of America" / Ginger ____
10 Fail to have / Texas city in which Friday Night Lights takes place

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* More frigid
* Chemist Marie
* Arias who played Jerry on Disney XD's Kickin' It
* Landlady Helen of Three's Company
* Calm
* Eyes amorously
* ". . . for ____ waves of grain. . ."
* Vertices, as of a graph
* Support Your ____ Sheriff! (1969 Western)
* "What's it all about, ____?" (Cher lyrics)
* Certain hardwood tree
* ____ the Riveter
* Unit of weight for precious stones
* John of tractor fame
* Hand-to-hand fight
* Red condiment in a Mexican restaurant
* Smilla's ____ of Snow (1997 movie)
* Sports Night creator Sorkin

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What dog breed sounds like a Devo song?

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Wordy Wednesday 299: Hex Pathfinder 20

WORDY WEDNESDAY #297
PATHFINDER 15 (answer)
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M. Sean Molley **
Mark Ballinger **
Bo & Becky Green **
Bryce Herdt *
Kevin Orfield **
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #298
FOXGERYPTICS 15 (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 #299
HEX PATHFINDER 20
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 Song that begins, “I've paid my dues time after time” (17, 4 wds.)
2E Singer/actress Merman (5)
3NE What one might do on a stack of Bibles (5)
4SW Indifferent to pleasure and pain (5)
5W Book after Nehemiah (6)
6E Like a bachelor (6)
6SW Substance at a hair salon (7)
7W The Postman Always Rings ____ (5)
8NE "She's cheer captain and I'm on the ____" (Taylor Swift lyric) (9)
9W Competent (7)
10SE Cold drink favored by Kermit the Frog in memes (7, 2 wds.)
11E Projection in a church (4)
12E Game in which a maximum break is 147 (7)
13SW Actress Stone (6)
14SE Medical swelling (5)
15W Flock females (4)
16E Barack Obama, politically (8)
17SW Japanese word literally meaning “empty hand” (6)
18E Word before “charge” or “perception” (5)
19SE Occasional (8)
20E Fire ____: Three Houses (2019 Nintendo game) (6)
21W Item depicted on Israel's coat of arms (7)
22NE 1999-2006 TV series popularly associated with characters talking while walking (11, 3 wds.)
23SW Sensational promotion (8)
24NW Use a rudder (5)
25SE Song in the opening of Shrek (7, 2 wds.)
26NE Not terribly pleasant to look at (6)
27E Regain consciousness (6, 2 wds.)
28E Knight’s defensive covering (5)
29E Surname of an Italian banking family (6)
29E Wind instruments with keyboards (9)
30W “The Freshmaker”, according to an old slogan (6)
31SE False god (4)
32E Home city to the NBA’s Kings (10)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Support Your ____ Sheriff! (1969 Western)"?

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Wordy Wednesday 298: Foxgeryptics 15

WORDY WEDNESDAY #296
SECTION SIX 29 (answer)
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Mark Ballinger **
Bryce Herdt **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #297
PATHFINDER 15 (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 #298
FOXGERYPTICS 15
Insert a single letter in each space of each grid so that each grid's five rows and five columns spells a word from left to right or top to bottom (including the letters outside the grid).

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an eight-letter word.


COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter, 2-word answer for "Song in the opening of Shrek"?

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Wordy Wednesday 297: Pathfinder 15

WORDY WEDNESDAY #295
PENT WORDS 59 (answer)
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M. Sean Molley **
Mark Ballinger **
Tyler Hinman **
Bryce Herdt **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #296
SECTION SIX 29 (hint)
As of this writing, 5 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!

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WORDY WEDNESDAY #297
PATHFINDER 15
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 Like a list of U.S. Presidents in which Wilson is last, probably (12)
2 Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (7)
3 Pertaining to a cow (6)
4 Martha’s ____ (8)
5 ____ tectonics (5)
6 Thomas Edison’s middle name (4)
7 Starbucks offering (4)
8 Long-running NBC soap opera (4 2 3 5)
9 Jasmine’s tiger in Aladdin (5)
10 Starbucks offering (5)
11 Metal Gear ____ V: The Phantom Pain (5)
12 Atop the ____ Wall (video series in which Linkara reviews comic books) (6)
13 Mend (4)
14 Killer whales (5)
15 Completely occupy the attention of (7)
15 One on this planet (9)
16 High-pitched sound like that of striking a crystal goblet (4)
17 Jezebel’s husband in the Old Testament (4)
18 Florence ____ (herb) (6)
18 Large-eared fox (6)
19 Hit song for The Clash (4 3 6)
20 Badgering (9)
21 Sleeps noisily (6)
22 Close to the ____ (4)
23 “King of the Wild Frontier” Davy (8)
24 Dunham of the HBO series Girls (4)
25 Supreme council of ancient Rome (6)
26 Sales promotion you might have to mail in for (6)
27 There’s one on each side of the throat (6)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A pair of Foxgeryptics!
* Patron Puzzle #62, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a pair of Codewords.

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Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy update: Magnum Opus Snake Crisscross!

This update to the Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy pack is to announce the Magnus Opus Snake Crisscross! It's yours for a charitable donation of US$5 or more. It's just one single puzzle, but it's huuuuuuuuuuge, with over 300 entries waiting to be solved. Don't know what a Snake Crisscross is? Wordy Wednesday #262 is a pretty good example of one. A bit too difficult? Here is the easier version, and here is the answer. If you enjoyed that puzzle but wish it were much bigger, then give the Magnum Opus Snake Crisscross a try for many hours of entertainment!

When you order the Magnum Opus Snake Crisscross, you'll get four files: a hard version of the puzzle with no snake boundaries given, an easy version of the puzzle with all snake boundaries given, a list of all 300+ clue answers, and of course the filled-in solution grid.

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Wordy Wednesday 296: Section Six 29

WORDY WEDNESDAY #294
PATHFINDER 14 (answer)
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M. Sean Molley **
Mark Ballinger **
Bryce Herdt **
Kevin Orfield *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #295
PENT WORDS 59 (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 #296
SECTION SIX 29
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 Popular sci-fi TV series: 2 wds.
2 Lawyer Dershowitz
3 Teflon, for one
4 A Christian sacrament
5 Singer Presley who may or may not be dead (if you believe tabloids)
6 Nut in some pies

Ring 2
* Letter
* A city in Los Angeles County
* Big name in test preparation
* Tragic Shakespearean king
* Basic unit of computer data size

Ring 3
* Grocery shopping aid
* It loves company
* Approximately correct
* Cocoon

Ring 4
* ____ sore
* Ready ____ One (2018 movie)
* "Happy as a clam", for example

Ring 5
* Astronomer Johannes
* ____ gel

Ring 6
* 29 Knuts, in the Harry Potter universe (or an agricultural tool)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Jasmine’s tiger in Aladdin"?

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Wordy Wednesday 295: Pent Words 59

WORDY WEDNESDAY #292
VANNA'S ON STRIKE! (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:
Bryce Herdt **
Jason Boomer **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #293
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 9 (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:
Mark Ballinger **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #294
PATHFINDER 14 (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 #295
PENT WORDS 59
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 ____ Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool (1992 video game) / Game, ____, and match
2 Wily / The last book of the Old Testament
3 Wilson who played Eli Cash in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) / Old Testament heroine
4 A weasel relative / American anthropologist Margaret
5 Related to the kidneys / Prevaricating
6 Inuit dwelling / Fisherman's wicker basket
7 It may be alphabetical / A religious doctrine
8 Claim to be true / Value of a penny
9 Inventor Nikola / Increase in a salary
10 Head lice treatment brand / Country in the United Kingdom

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Christian apologist William Lane ____
* Ore deposits
* Bedard who voiced the title character in Pocahontas (1995)
* Spiral-horned antelope
* Autumn flower
* Shoestrings
* Exactness, as in a mathematical proof
* 1999-2004 TV series about a vampire with a soul
* Deranged excitement
* A group of eight
* Motif
* Neighbor of Saudi Arabia and Oman
* Aired again
* ____ rule
* Canadian singer-songwriter Furtado
* Not at all wordy
* Camping shelters
* Game played poorly by patzers

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "Lawyer Dershowitz"?

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Wordy Wednesday 294: Pathfinder 14

WORDY WEDNESDAY #291
TOUCHWORD 14 (answer)
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Mark Ballinger **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Avanessian **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #292
VANNA'S ON STRIKE! (hint)
As of this writing, 2 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 #293
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 9 (hint)
As of this writing, 3 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 #294
PATHFINDER 14
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 Solve a cryptogram, say (6)
2 Become silent (4 2)
3 A toothbrush brand (5)
4 By the ____ of one’s pants (4)
4 Jewish Passover service (5)
5 Come into conflict (7)
6 Singer ____ Del Rey (4)
7 ____ of Exile (online role-playing game) (4)
7 Emulated a pastor, perhaps (8)
8 ____ Libre (2006 comedy) (5)
9 Mountain lion (4)
10 Japanese board game (5)
11 The Last ____ (da Vinci painting) (6)
11 Certain resin (7)
12 Fallacious reasoning, for example (7)
13 Steal merchandise (8)
14 Highest (9)
15 Army building where people eat (4 4)
16 A hair care brand (7)
17 Soft mineral from which a powder is made (4)
18 One using a phone (6)
19 ____ care (6)
20 “It Is Well with My ____” (Christian hymn) (4)
20 Substance associated with Nickelodeon (5)
21 Associated with birth (5)
22 Josh who played Principal Max Anderson in Billy Madison (6)
23 Russian ____ (2002-2003 game show) (8)
24 Sesame Street’s Telly, for one (7)
25 Defective automobile (5)
26 Actress Brenda who appeared in 255 episodes of Days of Our Lives (5)
26 2009-2010 sitcom starring Jay Harrington as the title character (6 3 3)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Bedard who voiced the title character in Pocahontas (1995)"?

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Wordy Wednesday 292: Vanna's On Strike! & Wordy Wednesday 293: Snake Crisscross 9

WORDY WEDNESDAY #290
PENT WORDS 58 (answer)
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Mark Ballinger **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Avanessian *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tina Martin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #291
TOUCHWORD 14 (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!

FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #292
VANNA'S ON STRIKE!
It’s the bonus round, and it seems that our beloved hostess refuses to turn the letters (er, turn them on) unless she gets a bonus, too.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #293
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 9
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
Con ____ (1997 film)
Ketchum of the Pokémon anime
Consumed
Lamprey, for one
Poetic preposition
____ Shorty (TV series)
____ bygones be bygones
Spoil
Candy associated with collectible dispensers
Remy, for one
Decay
Item that shows a piece of merchandise’s price
Chess master Mikhail
Short-sleeved shirt, for short
2000 pounds
Monthly electronic music and hip hop magazine
Mad About ____ (1992-1999 TV series)
A school of Buddhism
4 LETTERS
“____ Me Maybe” (Carly Rae Jepsen song)
Coca-____
Website on which a new species of urchin was discovered in an auction
Adventure Time protagonist
Bug in a circus
____ liquor
Long pole on a ship
Like a busybody
One October birthstone
Matured
____-deaf
5 LETTERS
Lost: 2 wds.
It doesn’t pay
Two strokes below par
____ Kitty (Sanrio character)
Non-clergy
Regretting
“Trick or ____!”
6 LETTERS
"The only thing we have to fear is fear ____" (FDR)
Holt of Dateline NBC
____ post
7 LETTERS
Its capital is St. George's
Shirley’s partner
Mammal with a suicidal reputation
8 LETTERS
Teacher
Show whence the catchphrase, “Good news, everyone!”
9 LETTERS
Sponsorship
10 LETTERS
Rickety old car

SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Come ____ at the seams
Former British Parliament member Nancy Witcher ____
Marshy American wetland
Boston hockey player
Former European coin
Like Keebler’s mascot Ernie
Pianist John
Japanese mattress
Croc’s relative
Like some anesthetics
It was awarded the George Cross by King George VI
ESPN analyst Taylor
Super Smash Bros. ____ (GameCube fighting game)
Becomes dim
Lariat
Exxon rival
Mike of boxing fame
Certain hotel employee
6 LETTERS
A European peninsula
Author Hemingway
Christian ____ (2014 romantic comedy)
Medieval catapult
One who downloads movies illegally, for example
7 LETTERS
Walmart employee
Holy month of Islam
Certain circus prop
9 LETTERS
Pertaining to the heavens

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