Wordy Wednesday 453: Puzzle Buff's Nightmare

WORDY WEDNESDAY #450
PENT WORDS 90 (answer)
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Cathy Bowen *
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Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
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Patrick Jordan *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
WORDY WEDNESDAY #451
TOUCHWORD 24 (answer)
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Cathy Bowen *
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Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #452
CODEWORDS 16 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #453
PUZZLE BUFF'S NIGHTMARE
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You wake up and find yourself trapped in a spacious 25-foot-by-40-foot room. You have no memory of how you got here. A voice booms over a loudspeaker: “I want to play a game. On the ground are buckets of black paint and gray paint. You will notice numbers on the north and west walls. I dare you – and your reflection in the one-way mirror, which I installed on the east wall to allow me to watch you be tortured by my puzzle without you seeing me – to use these numbers to paint the squares on the floor beneath you. Tell me the correct password, and I’ll set you free!”

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Lewinsky who became famous from a Bill Clinton scandal"?

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Wordy Wednesday 452: Codewords 16

WORDY WEDNESDAY #449
PL8S (answer)
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James Haddad **
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
John Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #450
PENT WORDS 90 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #451
TOUCHWORD 24 (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #452
CODEWORDS 16
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In the crossword puzzle above, 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.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A real nightmare of a puzzle!
* Patron Puzzle #92, which will be delivered on January 8, 2022, exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a Words Without Friends.

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Wordy Wednesday 450: Pent Words 90 & Wordy Wednesday 451: Touchword 24

WORDY WEDNESDAY #448
PATHFINDER 26 (answer)
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Mary Maynard **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman *
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan *
Richard Allen *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #449
PL8S (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #450
PENT WORDS 90
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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 Sandwich-making necessity / Distributed playing cards
2 Young sheep / Maid’s feathery implement
3 Poses, as a question / Printed calico textile from India
4 Unit of scoring in golf / Dragon’s ____ (1983 arcade game)
5 Florid / Harp relative
6 Objects of which Insane Clown Posse famously asked, “How do they work?” / Comedian Costello
7 The Hindenburg, for one / “In the ____” (Linkin Park song)
8 Eau ____, WI / Anjou, for one
9 Emphasis / “Let My Love ____ the Door” (Pete Townshend song)
10 Simple children’s card game / Brand of glue that makes a poor substitute for hairspray, as described in Tessica Brown’s 2021 rap single “Ma Hair”
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Anheuser’s partner in beer
* Vibrato
* Computed 2+2, for example
* Central doctrine
* Apparatus on a police cruiser, ambulance, or fire truck
* Rodeo rope
* Change
* Freight
* Period of time spent at a task
* River horse, briefly
* Colorful parrot
* “____ of Tears” (John Denver song)
* Catch some Z’s
* Venue for a sporting contest
* ____ robin
* Porgy relative
* The Democratic Republic of the Congo, once
* Swedish currency unit

WORDY WEDNESDAY #451
TOUCHWORD 24
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In a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, all answers read across, and 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 David Bowie hit / Leg joint / Merlot, for example: 2 wds.
2 Arrived / Gained access / Far from narrow
3 Surname of the family from 7th Heaven / Rip / Slowly eat away at
4 20th-century conflict between the US and the USSR: 2 wds. / Trim away excess / ____-playing game
5 “____ the Line” (Toto song) / Weft’s counterpart / Wrestle
6 “____-Shaped Box” (Nirvana hit) / Joint on a door / “Terms and conditions may ____”
7 Become weak: 2 wds. / Harry Potter and the ____ Hallows
8 “Baptist Kid Singing ‘____?’ Mentally Prepares For Part Where He Has To Say The Word ‘Ass’” (December 2021 headline from Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee): 4 wds.
9 Straw on a cottage roof, say / A grocery store chain / Indian women’s garments
10 Short-lived Bewitched spin-off / Makakilo mementos / La Scala solo
11 Something done regularly / Wheel’s shaft / Certain rhododendron
12 Sixty minutes / Sitcom with Danny DeVito as Louie De Palma / Shone brilliantly
13 Pumpkin, for one / Like some vacation time / Monitor ____
14 “I’m My Own ____” (Lonzo and Oscar song) / Like some confinement
15 Crooner Sinatra / Currency that can be denoted by the symbol $ / Prayer with a list of petitions

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Codewords!

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Wordy Wednesday 449: PL8S

WORDY WEDNESDAY #447
RUFFTRAX (answer)
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Stephen Potter **
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John Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #448
PATHFINDER 26 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #449
PL8S
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Reading in all 8 directions, and using each letter and digit at most once, find custom plates for:
A clerk at a music store (7)
A computer programmer (5)
A dancer from the 1960’s (5)
A drinker of Chardonnay (4)
A pest control worker (7)
A poker player (7)
A police informant (7)
A quitter (4)
A seller of women’s undergarments (6)
A Toronto baseball fan (5)
A Utahn (7)
Magnus Carlsen (6)
Muhammad Ali (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Anheuser’s partner in beer"?
* What's the surname of the family from 7th Heaven?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 448: Pathfinder 27

WORDY WEDNESDAY #446
SECTION SIX 44 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #447
RUFFTRAX (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #448
PATHFINDER 26
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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 Main course (6)
2 Affection felt by an adolescent for a crush, say (5 4)
2 Marionette operator (9)
3 Wastewater (6)
4 Magician’s interjection (6)
5 Stephen King novel about a telekinetic girl (6)
5 Staple of a vulture’s diet (7)
6 Chinese flower (3 4)
7 Putin’s predecessor (7)
8 Astonishes (4)
9 Snake (7)
10 Came up (5)
11 1968-2012 ABC soap opera (3 4 2 4)
12 Fast food sandwich with tartar sauce (5-1-4)
13 Bean curd (4)
14 Be a storyteller (7)
15 Carve wood, perhaps (7)
15 Marked by meticulous attention to detail (5-5)
16 Without warranty (2 2)
17 Robin Hood, for one (6)
18 Part of a window (4)
19 Shred cheese, for example (5)
20 “Half Breed” singer (4)
21 Asian relative of the raccoon (3 5)
22 What the subject of a defamatory newspaper article might sue for (5)
23 Performer of reckless stunts (9)
24 “Ocean Eyes” singer Billie (6)
25 Some whales (7)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Can you clean these plates?

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Wordy Wednesday 447: RuffTrax

WORDY WEDNESDAY #444
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 9 (answer)
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Tyler Hinman **
Damon French **
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Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
WORDY WEDNESDAY #445
PENT WORDS 89 (answer)
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Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Damon French **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #446
SECTION SIX 44 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #447
RUFFTRAX
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(This puzzle is audio only.)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Stephen King novel about a telekinetic girl"?

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Wordy Wednesday 446: Section Six 44

WORDY WEDNESDAY #443
BUILD YOUR OWN PUZZLE (answer)
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Tyler Hinman **
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John Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #444
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 9 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #445
PENT WORDS 89 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #446
SECTION SIX 44
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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 System in which you must dot your I’s twice?: 2 wds.
2 O’Neil of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
3 Tinker ____ Soldier Spy
4 Underground periodical
5 A construction worker wears one: 2 wds.
6 Pull

Ring 2
* Fastball with sideways spin
* Bike with an engine
* Alliance
* Monitor ____
* Rehabilitate from a disease

Ring 3
* Pull
* Gem carved in relief
* American Revolutionary War foe
* Absolutely exalted

Ring 4
* Absolutely exalt
* Ketchup entrepreneur Henry John ____
* Recent arrival

Ring 5
* Repudiation
* Life, for one

Ring 6
* One of 44 used during a Hanukkah celebration

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Ruff ruff ruff!
* Patron Puzzle #91, which will be delivered on December 8, 2021, exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a pair of Codewords.
* All of my Patreon supporters at all levels ($1 or more per month) will also receive issue #5 of my sporadically published (but hopefully annual from here on out) Fox & Badger Magazine, entitled "The Hopefully-Not-Copyright-Infringing Pok√©mon Issue"! Can you help a Trainer evolve six Eevee to solve this enormous 18-puzzle meta? There is also an expanded Odds & Ends section, including an NPL-style picture flat wonderfully illustrated by Tintinabar!
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Wordy Wednesday 444: Divided Into Columns 9 & Wordy Wednesday 445: Pent Words 89

WORDY WEDNESDAY #442
PATHFINDER 25 (answer)
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Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman *
Damon French **
John Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #443
BUILD YOUR OWN PUZZLE (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #444
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 9
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Bitterness __ __ __ __ ___ __ __
           47 24 31 86 100 62 56
Camelion product __ __ __ __ __ ___ __
                 16 84 66 53 74 107 26
Symbol on a music staff, perhaps __ __ __ __
                                 58 07 43 75
Texas NBA team: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ ___ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                       87 10 34 22 106 49 81 57 76 27 19 65 99 91 03
Faulty __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___ __
       51 80 64 54 30 25 95 104 17
Woolly females ___ __ __ __
               105 93 63 04
Like sandpaper __ __ __ __ __ __
               90 60 38 45 37 29
____ Five-0 __ __ __ __ __ __
            78 68 42 85 21 05
Texas NBA team: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___ __ __
                       28 79 92 41 33 02 72 83 48 23 15 101 46 36
Course for speeding cars, say __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                              44 67 70 20 09 98 13
Board game that’s an ancestor of Othello ___ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                         102 11 69 59 18 40 01
Texas NBA team: 3 wds. __ __ __ __ __ ___ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___
                       61 97 06 14 32 108 73 96 12 35 88 39 50 52 103
Treble speaker __ __ __ __ __ __ __
               89 55 71 77 08 94 82

WORDY WEDNESDAY #445
PENT WORDS 89
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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 Noisy device used to warn ships of hazards / ____ de cologne
2 Grocery shopper’s aid / Fiona of the Shrek movies is one
3 ____ collie / Dispense a beverage, for example
4 Wombs / Winner
5 Sports official, briefly / Treachery against one’s country’s government
6 ____ waffle / Guadalajara gold
7 A reddish brown hue / ____, Please (2013 video game)
8 Asiatic wild ass / Yearn (for)
9 The county seat of Ector County, Texas / Danish toy brand
10 Streep of Out of Africa / Not at all secret
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Six Feet ____ (2001-2005 HBO series)
* ____ force
* Gold brick
* Regions
* Witch’s prop
* Seize forcefully, as authority
* Parts of fishing rods
* “Part-Time ____” (Stevie Wonder hit)
* The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo ____
* Early wireless communications device
* Certain literary composition
* Enormous
* A leaf of a book
* ____ Jacks (cereal)
* Scandinavian
* Important historical time period
* Approaches
* Apt word spelled by the initials of the names of the Possessors, five spectral characters fought in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Tinker ____ Soldier Spy"?

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Wordy Wednesday 443: Build Your Own Puzzle

WORDY WEDNESDAY #441
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 8 (answer)
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Bonnie Veenschoten **
James Haddad **
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Damon French **
John Bulten *
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #442
PATHFINDER 25 (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 #443
BUILD YOUR OWN PUZZLE
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Because sometimes the “author” is too lazy to finish doing it.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "Board game that’s an ancestor of Othello"?
* What's a 5-letter word for "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo ____"?

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Wordy Wednesday 442: Pathfinder 25

WORDY WEDNESDAY #439
PUT A RING ON IT (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
M. Sean Molley **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman *
Alex Sisti **
John Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #440
PENT WORDS 88 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #441
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 8 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #442
PATHFINDER 25
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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 City whose initials form the two-letter postal abbreviation for the state it’s in (4 10)
2 Chest of drawers (6)
3 Certain clergy member (6)
3 Curves defined by a directrix and a focus (9)
4 Laying away (7)
5 Fixed charges (4)
6 Certain meteorological device (4 5)
7 Downright easy (10)
8 American Revolutionary War battle site (6 4)
9 Angelic figure (6)
10 Cruel (6)
11 A Visit from St. ____ (8)
12 Boring tool (5)
13 1994 SNES game where players race to assemble jigsaw puzzles (6)
14 My ____ Academia (4)
14 Item at the top of a car seat (8)
15 What a computer might display when it fails to complete an operation (5 7)
16 For fear that (4)
17 One of two music options in the classic NES puzzle game Dr. Mario, the other being “Fever” (5)
17 Arizona has a “Grand” one (6)
18 Go back to a previous state (6)
18 Tiny slip of paper accompanying a purchase, often (7)
19 “____ Breath You Take” (The Police hit) (5)
20 Denmark’s only neighbor (7)
21 Certain literary composition (5)
22 “Sorry, that’s impossible for me!” (2 3 2)
23 Honesty (6)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A puzzle that I was too lazy to finish making!

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Contest: Let's Guess Three Words V! (Week 6 update - FINAL UPDATE!)

For full rules, see here.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, "vowel" and "consonant" are defined as per National Puzzlers League rules, since those are the rules my readers seem to want to go along with. This means that A, E, I, O, U, and Y are vowels, and the other 20 letters are consonants.

Week 0:
The set of all 4-letter words which start with a vowel: ONE
The set of all words ending with a letter strictly after Q alphabetically (RSTUVWXYZ): TWO

Week 1:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second letter appears in the words "PANIC ROOM": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words whose first letter appears in the word "CAMPERS": ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing the letter R: TWO

Week 2:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second-to-last letter appears in the words "THE GREAT ESCAPE": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words with an even number of letters: TWO

Week 3:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose third letter appears in the words "FIGHT CLUB": ONE
[John Bulten] The set of all words with an even number of vowels: TWO
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing three or more vowels: ONE
[Penni Bulten] The set of all words which have a vowel as the second to last letter: NONE

Week 4:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words ending with a letter in "SPACEBALLS": ALL
[John Bulten] The set of all words containing L, M, or N: ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words whose first letter appears in "BULTEN": NONE

Week 5:
[Cody McWilliams] The set of all words that contain at least one string of two or more consecutive vowels: TWO
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words in the American Oxford 5000 (this list plus this list): ALL

Week 6:
[Grant Fikes] The set of all 4- and 5-letter words in which all of the letters, with the possible exception of the first letter or the third letter (but not both), appear in the phrase "WHO GETS THE DRUMSTICK?": ALL
[John Bulten] [private guess of a set of 3 words]: ALL
[Kevin Orfield] [private guess of a set of 3 words]: ALL

Since the trio of words has been guessed, $12 has been donated to the Food Bank of West Central Texas!
Everyone now has one more week to guess the trio of words! Results will be announced on November 15.

Wordy Wednesday 441: Divided Into Columns 8

WORDY WEDNESDAY #438
HOGGLE (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 a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Tyler Hinman *
Jason Boomer **
John Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #439
PUT A RING ON IT (hint)
As of this writing, 14 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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #440
PENT WORDS 88 (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 #441
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 8
(click here for a PDF version)
(click here for rules)
Place for planes to take off and land __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                      39 73 58 91 06 46 85 20
Fluid that prevents an engine overheating __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                          17 22 96 69 51 03 45
Salad bit __ __ __ __ __ __ __
          61 70 76 56 34 50 30
Game show with ten contestants: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                       54 43 07 29 02 16 74 24 60 41
Enormous cephalopod: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                            92 82 31 86 37 10 23 57 42 66
Frozen spike __ __ __ __ __ __
             64 35 89 18 11 67
First letter, as of a name __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                           72 93 81 48 08 40 36
Large dog with an apricot, brindle, or fawn coat __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                 78 90 87 77 95 28 25
Like gneiss or schist __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                      12 63 38 94 52 79 04 68 21 32 71
Cheesy Mexican restaurant item __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                               55 27 88 33 14 62 75 47 09 65
Establishment in many a Western __ __ __ __ __ __
                                59 05 44 26 53 13
Billiards shot that pockets the cue ball __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                         80 84 83 15 19 49 01

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "One of two music options in the classic NES puzzle game Dr. Mario, the other being 'Fever'"?
* Patron Puzzle #90, which will be delivered on November 8, 2021, exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a Fill-In Crossword.

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words V! (Week 5 update)

For full rules, see here.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, "vowel" and "consonant" are defined as per National Puzzlers League rules, since those are the rules my readers seem to want to go along with. This means that A, E, I, O, U, and Y are vowels, and the other 20 letters are consonants.

Week 0:
The set of all 4-letter words which start with a vowel: ONE
The set of all words ending with a letter strictly after Q alphabetically (RSTUVWXYZ): TWO

Week 1:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second letter appears in the words "PANIC ROOM": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words whose first letter appears in the word "CAMPERS": ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing the letter R: TWO

Week 2:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second-to-last letter appears in the words "THE GREAT ESCAPE": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words with an even number of letters: TWO

Week 3:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose third letter appears in the words "FIGHT CLUB": ONE
[John Bulten] The set of all words with an even number of vowels: TWO
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing three or more vowels: ONE
[Penni Bulten] The set of all words which have a vowel as the second to last letter: NONE

Week 4:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words ending with a letter in "SPACEBALLS": ALL
[John Bulten] The set of all words containing L, M, or N: ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words whose first letter appears in "BULTEN": NONE

Week 5:
[Cody McWilliams] The set of all words that contain at least one string of two or more consecutive vowels: TWO
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words in the American Oxford 5000 (this list plus this list): ALL

The money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is now $12.

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Wordy Wednesday 439: Put a Ring on It & Wordy Wednesday 440: Pent Words 88

WORDY WEDNESDAY #437
WE HAVE EVERYTHING WRONG! (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:
Bonnie Veenschoten *
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Jason Boomer **
John Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #438
HOGGLE (hint)
As of this writing, 4 people have solved this puzzle. I warned you that this one was tough, so absolutely avail yourself of this 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 #439
PUT A RING ON IT
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(click here for a PUZ version)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #440
PENT WORDS 88
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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 “Report: Facebook Crashed After ____ Zuckerberg Failed CAPTCHA One Too Many Times” (headline from Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee) / Crisp apple variety after which Apple’s failed gaming console was named
2 Gosling of Drive (2011) / Certain spotted cat
3 “____ or treat!” / Snares for animals
4 Cremated remains / Be real
5 Certain spotted cat / Rowing implement
6 Make ____ (correct a mistake) / ____ Stew (children’s book by Bill Wallace)
7 Low digit / Kidnappers
8 Not closed / Large-eared fox
9 43,560 square feet / Computer nerd, say
10 Male organ of a flower / Edible container at an ice cream parlor
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* ____ of drawers
* ____ lazuli
* Board game related to Gomoku in which you can win either by aligning five of your pieces or by capturing five pairs of your opponent’s pieces
* Subdivision of an act
* ____ noir (wine)
* Brief film appearance, perhaps
* Japanese egg noodles
* Counterparts of ventricles
* Sanka offering
* Maid of ____
* “We Didn’t ____ the Fire” (Billy Joel hit)
* Sharon of $5 a Day (2008)
* Leonard Marx, familiarly
* “Don't ____ it until you've tried it!”
* British currency units
* Become wed
* Charlie of Two and a Half Men
* Laurie of The Hustler (1961)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 11-letter word for "Like gneiss or schist"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words V! (Week 4 update)

For full rules, see here.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, "vowel" and "consonant" are defined as per National Puzzlers League rules, since those are the rules my readers seem to want to go along with. This means that A, E, I, O, U, and Y are vowels, and the other 20 letters are consonants.

Week 0:
The set of all 4-letter words which start with a vowel: ONE
The set of all words ending with a letter strictly after Q alphabetically (RSTUVWXYZ): TWO

Week 1:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second letter appears in the words "PANIC ROOM": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words whose first letter appears in the word "CAMPERS": ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing the letter R: TWO

Week 2:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second-to-last letter appears in the words "THE GREAT ESCAPE": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words with an even number of letters: TWO

Week 3:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose third letter appears in the words "FIGHT CLUB": ONE
[John Bulten] The set of all words with an even number of vowels: TWO
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing three or more vowels: ONE
[Penni Bulten] The set of all words which have a vowel as the second to last letter: NONE

Week 4:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words ending with a letter in "SPACEBALLS": ALL
[John Bulten] The set of all words containing L, M, or N: ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words whose first letter appears in "BULTEN": NONE

The money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is now $14.

The Penni has dropped. . . but will the penny drop soon, as well?

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Wordy Wednesday 438: Hoggle

WORDY WEDNESDAY #436
SECTION SIX 43 (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:
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter *
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #437
WE HAVE EVERYTHING WRONG! (hint)
As of this writing, 8 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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #438
HOGGLE
(click here for a PDF version)
[The illustration is by Tintinabar. This artist credit is not part of the puzzle.]
Oh no! The Three Little Pigs grabbed some pigpens and pigpaper to play Hoggle (a word game you’ve probably played, but in their native language), but the Big Bad Wolf huffed, and puffed, and blew mud all over their game! Luckily, the porcine brothers remember some of the words they were able to find. Can you reconstruct the board?

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A meta crossword!
* What's a 5-letter word for "Board game related to Gomoku in which you can win either by aligning five of your pieces or by capturing five pairs of your opponent’s pieces"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words V! (Week 3 update)

For full rules, see here.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, "vowel" and "consonant" are defined as per National Puzzlers League rules, since those are the rules my readers seem to want to go along with. This means that A, E, I, O, U, and Y are vowels, and the other 20 letters are consonants.

Week 0:
The set of all 4-letter words which start with a vowel: ONE
The set of all words ending with a letter strictly after Q alphabetically (RSTUVWXYZ): TWO

Week 1:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second letter appears in the words "PANIC ROOM": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words whose first letter appears in the word "CAMPERS": ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing the letter R: TWO

Week 2:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second-to-last letter appears in the words "THE GREAT ESCAPE": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words with an even number of letters: TWO

Week 3:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose third letter appears in the words "FIGHT CLUB": ONE
[John Bulten] The set of all words with an even number of vowels: TWO
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing three or more vowels: ONE
[Penni Bulten] The set of all words which have a vowel as the second to last letter: NONE

The money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is now $16.

Kevin Orfield, methinks it's time to start inviting other people surnamed Orfield. This contest has become a family affair!

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Wordy Wednesday 437: We Have Everything Wrong!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #434
TOUCHWORD 23 (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:
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #435
PENT WORDS 87 (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:
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #436
SECTION SIX 43 (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 #437
WE HAVE EVERYTHING WRONG!
(click here for a PDF version)
Some villainous characters have thrown down the gauntlet, challenging us to fix their facts! What do we need to do to defeat the villains?

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COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A puzzle that none of my Patreon supporters have solved yet! Can you outsmart them?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words V! (Week 2 update)

For full rules, see here.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, "vowel" and "consonant" are defined as per National Puzzlers League rules, since those are the rules my readers seem to want to go along with. This means that A, E, I, O, U, and Y are vowels, and the other 20 letters are consonants.

Week 0:
The set of all 4-letter words which start with a vowel: ONE
The set of all words ending with a letter strictly after Q alphabetically (RSTUVWXYZ): TWO

Week 1:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second letter appears in the words "PANIC ROOM": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words whose first letter appears in the word "CAMPERS": ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing the letter R: TWO

Week 2:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words whose second-to-last letter appears in the words "THE GREAT ESCAPE": TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words with an even number of letters: TWO

The money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is now $18.

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