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Wordy Wednesday 334: Pathfinder 18 & Wordy Wednesday 335: Pent Words 67

WORDY WEDNESDAY #332
TOUCHWORD 15 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger **
Bryce Herdt *
Eric Maddy **
James Haddad **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Avanessian *
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #333
HEX PATHFINDER 21 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #334
PATHFINDER 18
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 Classic Bob Seger song in Forrest Gump (1994) (7 3 4)
2 Philosopher who’s the namesake of Pugsley's pet octopus in The Addams Family (9)
3 Multi-storied Asian temple (6)
3 Declined to bid, as in a card game (6)
4 “____ (Not Constantinople)” (1953 song by The Four Lads famously covered by They Might Be Giants) (8)
5 1984-1994 Ford compact car (5)
6 Athena, for one (7)
7 “____ Falls” (Chicago song) (7)
8 Carved pillars made by some Native Americans (5 5)
9 Step in a flight (5)
10 National song (6)
11 Reduced friction, in a way (5)
12 2000 Broadway play based loosely on Horton Hears a Who! (9)
13 Military pilot (6)
14 Make a choice (6)
15 Physicist Hall (5)
16 “Blue ____ Shoes” (5)
17 Structure on which religious offerings are made (5)
18 “____ Ways” (Journey song) (8)
19 County seat in New York’s Oneida County (5)
20 ____ Mack (2017-2019 Disney Channel show) (4)
21 2004-2007 Comedy Central series parodying reality television (5 8)
22 Fortune-telling deck (5)
23 Exchange ____ (4)
24 Away from the outside (6)
25 Obligation (4)
26 The main character in The Emoji Movie (2017) (4)
27 Curative (11)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #335
PENT WORDS 67
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 Kissing to Be ____ (Culture Club album) / Yes, ____ (2000-2006 sitcom)
2 Toto song being played on infinite loop by a solar-powered speaker in the Namib Desert / "____ Sides, Now" (Joni Mitchell song)
3 Sega console also known as the Mega Drive / Tear
4 Certain Toyota sedan / ____ and for all
5 Prevent enactment of, as a bill / Uprights and grands
6 Dutch Renaissance figure / Juvenile newt
7 Ancient Greek harp / Actor Estevez
8 Olive Garden offering / Children's poet Michael often featured in YouTube Poop videos
9 Do again / Group of whales
10 Elect / "She Thinks My Tractor's ____" (Kenny Chesney song)
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Adhesive resin
* Word following "horse" or "common"
* Daub
* Mythical Greek hunter
* Devil
* American buffalo
* Baking need
* Auctioneer's item
* Buildings for storing grain
* Walking sticks
* Falstaff composer
* Battlefield ___ (2000 film starring John Travolta)
* Raised structure for sacrifices
* Certain narcotic
* Green sauce made with basil
* Narrow boat propelled by a paddle
* Greek Muse of love poetry
* ____ and Present Danger (1994 film)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Country in which the world's deepest lake, Lake Baikal, is located"?
* Patron Puzzle 70, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a diagramless crossword.

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Wordy Wednesday 333: Hex Pathfinder 21

WORDY WEDNESDAY #331
CHESS WORDS 4 (answer)
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Adam Weaver **
Eric Maddy *
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #332
TOUCHWORD 15 (hint)
As of this writing, 10 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 #333
HEX PATHFINDER 21
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.
1SW The science of designing things people use so people interact with them safely (10)
2E The opposite of “chaotic” in Dungeons & Dragons alignments (6)
3E ____ ale (6)
4SW Ingenious (6)
5E Fine-ground tobacco meant to be inhaled through the nose (5)
6SW On the ____ (undecided) (5)
7SE Puzzle in which you must connect the 1’s, the 2’s, the 3’s, and so on (10)
8NW What Ronald Reagan called for Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down (10, 2 wds.)
9SE Orange juice brand owned by PepsiCo (9)
10SE 2004 film starring Anne Hathaway as a girl who’s magically compelled to be obedient (13, 2 wds.)
11NE Michigan’s capital (7)
12SE Alvin, Simon, or Theodore (8)
13SW Rarely (6)
14SE State whose state quarter depicts a pair of maple trees with sap buckets (7)
15NW Sesame Street’s Count von Count wears one (7)
16SE One who takes pleasure in inflicting pain (6)
17E ____ Family (2009-2020 ABC sitcom) (6)
18NE Twist, as facts (7)
19NW Easily taught or led (6)
20W ____ and Bear It (1932-2015 comic strip) (4)
21NW Foam items found near swimming pools (7)
22SE Camper’s shelter (4)
23SE Bipartite (4)
24W Aim (6)
25SW Absolutely insistent on an opinion (7)
26SW Music to Be Murdered By rapper (6)
27W Word after “land” or “gold” (4)
28NW Cross at a point (9)
28SW Like some tea (4)
29NE ____: Escape 2 Africa (2008 film sequel) (10)
30SE Caribou, for one (4)
31NW Hardy’s comedic partner (6)
32SW Caribou feature (6)
33W Issued a kingly command, say (7)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 9-letter word for "Philosopher who’s the namesake of Pugsley's pet octopus in The Addams Family"?
* What's a 5-letter word for "Battlefield ___ (2000 film starring John Travolta)"?

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Wordy Wednesday 332: Touchword 15

WORDY WEDNESDAY #330
PENT WORDS 66 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger **
Eric Maddy **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #331
CHESS WORDS 4 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #332
TOUCHWORD 15
This puzzle contains a word suggested by James Haddad.. 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 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.

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1  It’s often played with a doubling cube / Big name in electronic keyboards
2  Place for serving alcoholic beverages / Soft leather shoe
3  Small donkey / Chau of the CW series Supernatural, or a character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet / Castrated rooster
4  Allocates funds / Talk show hostess Kelly / “Once ____ a time. . .”
5  Evade / Pie relative / Very poor person
6  Mafia leaders / Certain spans of geologic time / More irritable
7  Thick / Areas of erupted skin lesions / Hue
The Sixth ____ (1999 horror film) / Stamen part / Daily Planet reporter Clark
____ York (1941 film about World War I hero Alvin York) / Most dismal
10 One thousand dollars, slangily / Enthusiastic / Take into custody
11 Croft of the Tomb Raider games / Compute a quotient / Complete garbage
12 ____ Lost (John Milton poem) / Subject of many a Jeff Foxworthy one-liner
13 Word following “couch” or “sweet” / Tom of Mystery Science Theater 3000 / Necessitate
14 Cuff often injured by baseball pitchers / Ate up greedily
15 Place littered with stones and greenery: 2 wds. / Bizarre cabinet item

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Music to Be Murdered By rapper"?

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Wordy Wednesday 331: Chess Words 4

WORDY WEDNESDAY #329
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 6 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #330
PENT WORDS 66 (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 #331
CHESS WORDS 4
Eight 8-letter words are scrambled on the chessboard. Each chess piece starts on the first letter of one of the words, and can be moved across the board via standard chess moves to spell the rest of the word. Every square is used exactly once. The chess pieces move as follows:
King: one space in any of the eight directions
Rook: any number of spaces in a horizontal or vertical direction
Bishop: any number of spaces in a diagonal direction
Queen: any number of spaces in any of the eight directions
Knight: two spaces in a horizontal or vertical direction and then one space in a perpendicular direction
Arrange the letters in the starred blanks to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
         Queen: R  __ __ __ __ __ __ __          King: L  __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                d1                   **                e1                   **
Queen's Bishop: A  __ __ __ __ __ __ __ King's Bishop: S  __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                c1             **                      f1                   **
Queen's Knight: C  __ __ __ __ __ __ __ King's Knight: E  __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                b1                **                   g1             **      
  Queen's Rook: M  __ __ __ __ __ __ __   King's Rook: N  __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                a1                   **                h1             **   

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What is a subject of many a Jeff Foxworthy one-liner?

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Wordy Wednesday 330: Pent Words 66

WORDY WEDNESDAY #328
CODEWORDS 11 (answer)
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Mark Ballinger **
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #329
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 6 (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 #330
PENT WORDS 66
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 Certain elastic clothing material / Not in good health
2 Detective ____ (2016 video game that became a 2019 movie) / Sheet used in making animated cartoons
3 ____ & Every (deodorant brand) / Japanese robe
4 High-energy snack for hikers / Writing that isn't prose
5 Possess / Yelled
6 You might get one at a spa / Lascivious look
7 Horton Hatches the ____ (Dr. Seuss book) / Place where records are preserved
8 Propel a boat with oars / Sharp U-turn in a road
9 Seashore bay / Road Runner's Death Valley ____ (1992 SNES game)
10 Approval / Word following "horned" or "night"
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Williams of the Washington Redskins
* Christopher who played Jim Ignatowski in Taxi
* ____ We Dance (1937 film)
* It may be scenic
* Clickable graphics on a computer desktop
* Cricket's sound
* Permit
* Old record material
* Dog owned by the Pickles family in Rugrats
* Kung Fu ____ (2008 animated film)
* French painter Claude
* Spooky
* ____ squash
* Blubbery marine mammal
* Certain African mammal, briefly
* Errand-running employee
* ____ on Main St. (1972 Rolling Stones album)
* Common prop for Groucho Marx

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Chess Words!

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