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Wordy Wednesday 287: Touchword 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #285
PENT WORDS 57 (answer)
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Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tina Martin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #286
SECTION SIX 28 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #287
TOUCHWORD 12
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  Notorious American gangster Al / A region in China / Smallest member of a litter
2  Blade on the end of a rifle’s muzzle / Get in the way of
3  Marshy wetland / Scourge / Light fixture attached to a wall
4  Hide, in a way / Former Italian soccer player Antonio
5  Burn / Amusing short story
6  “Who’s buried in Grant’s ____?” / Tallinn’s country / Portal
7  A Greek city / Former UN Secretary-General Annan / A knight’s defensive covering
8  Musical comedy about missionaries in Uganda: 4 wds.
9  Grass eaten by pandas / Hoopla
10 1942 Disney flick / Rogue / Lead singer of The Police
11 Simpson who became the Duchess of Windsor / Waterproof canvases used for protection / Publicly execute, perhaps
12 Trounce / Ripped apart / “____ on you!”
13 ____ is Missing! (1993 video game) / Certain wading bird / Domesticated
14 Like some vows / What a football game goes into when there’s a tie score after the fourth quarter
15 Per ____ / One unrestrained by morals

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What mathematician is the namesake of a test?
* Patron Puzzle #60, 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!

Wordy Wednesday 286: Section Six 28

WORDY WEDNESDAY #284
TOUCHWORD 11 (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 **
Bryce Herdt **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #285
PENT WORDS 57 (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 #286
SECTION SIX 28
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 Reek
2 ____ of a Salesman
3 Quite old
4 ____ collie
5 It holds everything together
6 Last letter of the Greek alphabet

Ring 2
* At the peak of
* All My ____ (soap opera)
* American painter Thomas Hart ____
* Resident of Port-au-Prince, for example
* Judges

Ring 3
* Object associated with a saint or martyr
* A family's house and its adjoining land
* Actor Glen of Game of Thrones
* Breeding ground

Ring 4
* Thing on a list, perhaps
* Rolled into a helical shape
* Got

Ring 5
* Performer of stand-up, for example
* "I don't know, but I've been ____. . ."

Ring 6
* One of 28 in a gaming set

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 15-letter, 4-word entry for "Musical comedy about missionaries in Uganda"?

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Wordy Wednesday 285: Pent Words 57

WORDY WEDNESDAY #282
TOUCHWORD 10 (answer)
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Tyler Hinman **
Bryce Herdt **
Jason Boomer **
Michael Tang **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #283
HEX PATHFINDER 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 **
Bryce Herdt **
Michael Tang **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #284
TOUCHWORD 11 (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 #285
PENT WORDS 57
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 ___ the Picture (1991 Nickelodeon game show) / "____ Star" (Deep Purple song)
2 A poisonous element / Number of rows and columns in this puzzle
3 Slanted surface / Rub out, as a pencil mistake
4 Arctic garment / Impressionist painter Oscar-Claude
5 Emulate the man in "guess i'll die" memes / ____-watch
6 Pointedly critical remark / Actor Michael of Bonanza
7 Kept out of a game, as a sports team member / Former Metro manufacturer
8 Raise to maturity / Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis ____
9 Pseudonym / City on the west coast of Florida
10 As I Lay ____ (William Faulkner novel) / Mammal with webbed feet

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Small plant in a garden, perhaps
* Toothpaste brand
* Dull
* Gold brick
* Over the ____ (comic strip)
* Less mean
* Voice in a choir
* Inventor Howe
* ____ of War (video game)
* Name of a farmer's dog in a children's song
* Sly 3: Honor ____ Thieves
* Tow truck in the Cars movies
* Kid
* Inexpensive
* Sports venue
* Upper part of the leg
* ____ plug
* Run off to secretly marry

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "One of 28 in a gaming set"?

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Wordy Wednesday 284: Touchword 11

WORDY WEDNESDAY #281
TOUCHWORD 9 (answer)
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Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #282
TOUCHWORD 10 (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 #283
HEX PATHFINDER 19 (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!

NEW BOARD GAME PROTOTYPE: MAMMALATH!
I'm developing a new board game called Mammalath. It's a simple and short abstract strategy game. Print and cut it out, or play it on Tabletop Simulator! Tell me what you think. :)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #284
TOUCHWORD 11
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  Sensational publicity or promotion / Former monetary unit of Greece
2  India’s motion picture industry / TV personality Campos-Duffy
3  Square dance / Give up / Contest between two people
4  Mind / 1/16 of a pound / Figure out logically
5  One who recruits, perhaps / Marinara, for one
6  ____ moss / Bullies / Stabilizing agent in some foods
7  A city in Australia / Reverberate / Mountain lion
8  Normal: 4 wds.
9  Back part of one’s shin / Leftover scraps / Promote
10 Lukasiak of seasons 1-4 of Dance Moms / Ascended / Drench
11 Columbus’s state / A Great Lake / Cake
12 Dickens protagonist Twist / Soda brand favored by Radar on M*A*S*H / Colgate alternative
13 A Serb, for example / Skeleton part / Uppermost
14 Scrabble ____! (card game) / Purchased / 1990 Patrick Swayze film
15 Moderate in temperature / Actor Jackman / City on Puget Sound

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Sly 3: Honor ____ Thieves"?

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

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