Wordy Wednesday 416: Section Six 41

WORDY WEDNESDAY #414
HEX PATHFINDER 25 (answer)
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Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #415
PENT WORDS 83 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #416
SECTION SIX 41
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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 Chewing gum brand
2 Bear whose first appearance was on The Huckleberry Hound Show
3 ____ cream (custard dessert)
4 Will who appeared in the 2006 documentary Wordplay
5 Part of a reciprocating engine
6 Italian city where the Palazzo San Giorgio is located

Ring 2
* ____ stew (stew that often has mutton)
* Controlled, as a boat or plane
* Idea
* ____ Carter (2015-2016 Marvel TV series)
* Razor sharpener

Ring 3
* Fred of The Wonder Years
* Contributing to a charity, say
* ____ citizen
* ____ Lizzy (“The Boys Are Back In Town” band)

Ring 4
* Like the glass in some church windows
* California governor Newsom
* Voice actress Tara of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Ring 5
* Paying no heed to
* Relieve one’s anger, perhaps

Ring 6
* The 41-Year-Old ____ Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It (2010 film with quite possibly the lowest ratio ever of average IMDb rating to title length)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "____ Jones (2001 film whose title character is a white blood cell)"?

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Wordy Wednesday 415: Pent Words 83

WORDY WEDNESDAY #412
ANACROSSWORD 25 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #413
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 11 (answer)
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Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Seth Christenfeld **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #414
HEX PATHFINDER 25 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #415
PENT WORDS 83
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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 One of multiple leads / “When in ____. . .”
2 Certain simple machine / Navajo dwelling
3 Tanka relative / ____ Beach Diet
4 One with ginger hair / “The ____ You Make Me Feel” (Michael Jackson hit)
5 First noun in the Second Amendment / Agricultural tool
6 Daughters of a sibling / Anywhere but Here novelist Simpson
7 Competes on The Voice, say / The ____ Limits
8 Kuala Lumpur resident, for example / Ocean ____ (cranberry juice brand)
9 And / “Kid ____. Mother Approved.” (Kix slogan)
10 Dish of seasoned rice and meat / Upper leg bone

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Prices
* Mild Dutch cheese
* Dominican Republic neighbor
* Intended
* English author Alan Alexander ____
* Certain mackerel
* Jasiri of the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard is one
* Adhesive substance
* NFL great Bradshaw
* Rented
* Many an academic assignment
* “All the ____ Things” (blink-182 hit)
* Stuff on a cake
* Sound made by old floorboards, perhaps
* Work force
* Item in a quiver
* Take exception
* Student

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Will who appeared in the 2006 documentary Wordplay"?

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Wordy Wednesday 414: Hex Pathfinder 25

WORDY WEDNESDAY #411
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 6 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #412
ANACROSSWORD 25 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #413
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 11 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #414
HEX PATHFINDER 25
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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 River deposit (5)
2SE Tie-breaking football period (8)
3W Legendary Indiana Pacer with the retired jersey number 31 (12, 2 wds.)
4SW Separating grain from chaff, say (7)
5SE One overly involved in their kid’s life (16, 2 wds.)
6SE Thrilling sensation (6)
7SW Byron White’s 1993 replacement (17, 3 wds.)
8W Hairlike structures on mammalian cells (5)
9SW “Full speed ____!” (5)
10NE Family of marine animals, including Hawaii’s humuhumunukunukuapuaa, whose name suggests a part of a gun (11)
11SE Kevin who portrayed Hercules (5)
12SW Chooses to be a part of something (6, 2 wds.)
13NW One of two in a Christmas carol (10)
14SE “____, Goodbye” (The Beatles song) (5)
15SW Belch (4)
16E Male sibs (4)
17NW “____ to the Chief” (4)
18SE Lightly burn (5)
19SW Excessive growth (5)
20W Reluctant (5)
21SW Women's fashion magazine since 1939 (7)
22W Minor dent (4)
23E Bite Squad competitor (7)
24E Car rental company founded in Orlando (not San Antonio, perhaps surprisingly) (5)
25SE 2005 movie starring Christian Bale (12, 2 wds.)
26W It might be prescribed for lowering a patient’s blood pressure (11, hyph.)
27W Reproof (8)
27SE ____ Forever After (2010 film) (5)
28E “In a ____ of speaking. . .” (6)
29E Structures housing a warship’s guns (7)
30SE One providing betting advice (7)
31W Helmet material, perhaps (4)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Jasiri of the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard is one"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 412: Anacrossword 25 & Wordy Wednesday 413: DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 11

WORDY WEDNESDAY #410
PENT WORDS 82 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #411
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 6 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #412
ANACROSSWORD 25
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Note: The symbol † indicates headlines from The Babylon Bee, th“trusted source for Christian news satire”.
• † “Biden Appoints Construction Worker Donaldio Trumptinez To Finish ____ Wall”
• † “Hillary ____ Suggests That Americans Vote For President By Email”
• † “Calvinist Utterly Paralyzed By Number Of Choices On Coca-Cola ____ Machine”
• A reddish shade of purple, or a flower
• † “L, G, T, Q, And + Publicly Execute B For Implying There Are Only Two ____”
____ Troop (1992-1993 Disney cartoon)
• Portion of profit paid to the government: 2 wds.
• † “____ Sued For False Advertising After Study Shows Cats Were Just Making Standard Cat Noises And Not Asking For A Particular Brand Of Food”: 2 wds.
• Kid’s mother: 2 wds.
• Back of the neck
• Link’s Good Mythical Morning co-host
• Endurance
• Debut single for the Spice Girls
• Wesley Crusher portrayer Wil
• On a ____ (because of a sudden decision)
• Ineffectual or indecisive: hyph.
• Wimp

WORDY WEDNESDAY #413
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 11
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Note: The symbol † indicates headlines from The Babylon Bee, the “trusted source for Christian news satire”.
Rwanda's southern neighbor __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                           60 73 08 11 43 22 06
Omega-3, for example: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                             33 04 58 67 88 42 19 37 66
The Scarlet Letter novelist Nathaniel __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                      84 51 79 56 65 46 36 21 09
Big name in hotels __ __ __ __ __
                   54 14 48 83 64
Either of Harley Quinn’s pets Bud and Lou, for example __ __ __ __ __
                                                       77 24 03 26 07
† “____ Adds 'Potentially Offensive' To     __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   Every Definition Just To Be Safe”: hyph. 63 25 18 38 87 01 81 76 32 23 52 89 69 29
† “Melania Trump Criticized For Not Being Michelle ____” __ __ __ __ __
                                                         80 16 20 50 62
Song sung by a sailor during work __ __ __ __ __ __
                                  53 34 10 47 75 85
† “The Lengths People Go To In Order To Avoid ____: This Guy __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   Refused To Finish Writing The Books His Favorite TV Show  39 45 35 15 40 28 57 86
   Was Based On So He Could Be Surprised”
† “Service ____ Begin Widening Signs In Preparation For Higher __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   Gas Prices”                                                 44 27 78 61 17 72 05 49
Its governor is Greg Abbott __ __ __ __ __
                            70 41 82 13 55
† “Jussie Smollett Offered Job At CNN After Fabricating News Story Out Of __ __ __ __
   ____ Air”                                                              74 31 30 71
† “New Exercise Bike Forces You To ____ Christian Movies Until You Hit __ __ __ __ __
   Your Calories Goal”                                                 90 59 12 02 68

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 17-letter, 3-word answer for "Byron White's 1993 replacement"?
* Patron Puzzle #85, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is titled Drawing a Blank.

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

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words III! (Week 5 update - FINAL UPDATE!)

For full rules, see here.

Week 0:
The set of all words where the fourth letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE
The set of all words containing a doubled consonant (BB, CC, DD, FF, . . . XX, ZZ): ONE
The set of all words in which the 3rd and 5th letters both exist and are a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y) and a consonant (any letter besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y) in some order: TWO
The set of all words that begin with and end with a consonant (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ALL

Week 1:
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing at least one of the letter combinations HH, KK, LL, SS, and ZZ: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing at least three instances of vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE

Week 2:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words containing 7 or more letters: NONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant and at least one instance of the letter I: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words in which the second letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): TWO
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that are greater than or equal to 6 letters in length: ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words of length less than or equal to 6 letters: ALL

Week 3:
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant, but containing neither O nor U: ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing a string of three or more consecutive consonants (e.g. THREE) and/or a string of two or more consecutive vowels (e.g. THREE): NONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with R, S, T, L, or N: TWO
[Ryan Faley] The set of all words consisting entirely of letters worth at most 3 points in English-language Scrabble (ABCDEGILMNOPRSTU): ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words of length 4 or 5: TWO

Week 4:
[Izak Bulten] [private guess of a set of 3 words]: TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words where exactly two letters are B, H, K, or L: TWO
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant and beginning with a letter between L and V inclusive: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing W, X, Y, or Z: NONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with and end with the same letter: NONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words containing exactly one distinct vowel (and any number of instances of that vowel): TWO

Week 5:
[Grant Fikes] The set of all 4-, 5-, and 6-letter words whose second letter appears in PARTS OF A GUN and whose last two letters do not appear in PARTS OF A GUN: ALL
[Izak Bulten] [private guess of a set of 3 words]: ALL
[Kevin Orfield] [private guess of a set of 3 words]: ALL
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that end with the letter S: NONE

Since the trio of words has been guessed, $42 has been donated to the Food Bank of West Central Texas!

As detailed in week 2, 16 copies of the Anacrossword Twenty-Pack will be given to participants in this contest!

Everyone now has one more week to guess the trio of words and get entered into the prize drawing for a $42 gift card for Grandmaster Puzzles! Results will be announced on May 31.

Wordy Wednesday 411: Diagramless Crossword 6

WORDY WEDNESDAY #409
TOUCHWORD 20 (answer)
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Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
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Patrick Jordan **
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Seth Christenfeld **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #410
PENT WORDS 82 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #411
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 6
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This crossword has 52 entries in a 15x15 grid, obeys American crossword rules, and has standard rotational symmetry.
ACROSS
1 Constellation with Regulus
4 Pertaining to spring
7 Surname of R&B brothers Aaron, Art, Charles, Cyril, and Ivan
8 First half of a clue to the final answer: ? wds.
14 German military sub: hyph.
15 Iranian ruler
16 Pro wrestler Van Dam
18 They house farm animals
19 State whose flag depicts a banner reading “Battle Born”
21 Bit of Kyoto currency
22 Book before Nahum
23 ____ and flow
26 Gab
27 Chef’s hat
29 The Love ____ (1968 Disney film)
32 Entertains
34 Fills with food
36 Higher learning institution, briefly
37 By the ____ of your pants
40 American Red Cross founder Barton
41 Second half of a clue to the final answer: ? wds.
44 Certain woodwind
45 Glorifies
46 Jazz guitarist Montgomery
DOWN
1 Popular jeans brand
2 Bergen of Madam Secretary (2014-2019)
3 Borrowed: 2 wds.
4 Puzzle
5 Medieval science of transmutation
6 Honolulu souvenir
7 Butterfly-catching items
8 Lump
9 Popular auction site
10 Had on
11 Tailor’s need
12 Mouse relative
13 Baby ____ (sci-fi fan nickname for Grogu)
17 “____! Humbug!”
20 By way of
24 Greyhound vehicle
25 “Mind your own ____!”
27 Twice pi, in math
28 1978-1997 sci-fi magazine
30 Moab's state
31 Former Spice Girl Halliwell
33 Playground lever
34 Read a bar code, say
35 Day after Fri.
38 Walk down the ____ (get married)
39 Some horse gaits
42 President Lincoln, familiarly
43 Uno y uno

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Who is Link’s Good Mythical Morning co-host?
* What's a 5-letter word for "Either of Harley Quinn’s pets Bud and Lou, for example"?

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

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

For full rules, see here.

Week 0:
The set of all words where the fourth letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE
The set of all words containing a doubled consonant (BB, CC, DD, FF, . . . XX, ZZ): ONE
The set of all words in which the 3rd and 5th letters both exist and are a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y) and a consonant (any letter besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y) in some order: TWO
The set of all words that begin with and end with a consonant (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ALL

Week 1:
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing at least one of the letter combinations HH, KK, LL, SS, and ZZ: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing at least three instances of vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE

Week 2:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words containing 7 or more letters: NONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant and at least one instance of the letter I: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words in which the second letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): TWO
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that are greater than or equal to 6 letters in length: ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words of length less than or equal to 6 letters: ALL

Week 3:
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant, but containing neither O nor U: ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing a string of three or more consecutive consonants (e.g. THREE) and/or a string of two or more consecutive vowels (e.g. THREE): NONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with R, S, T, L, or N: TWO
[Ryan Faley] The set of all words consisting entirely of letters worth at most 3 points in English-language Scrabble (ABCDEGILMNOPRSTU): ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words of length 4 or 5: TWO

Week 4:
[Izak Bulten] [private guess of a set of 3 words]: TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words where exactly two letters are B, H, K, or L: TWO
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant and beginning with a letter between L and V inclusive: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing W, X, Y, or Z: NONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with and end with the same letter: NONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words containing exactly one distinct vowel (and any number of instances of that vowel): TWO

The Grandmaster Puzzles gift card value is now $42.
The money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is now $42.

Call it a hunch, but based on Izak's guess, I have a sneaking suspicion that this contest is almost over!

Submit more guesses!

Wordy Wednesday 410: Pent Words 82

WORDY WEDNESDAY #407
THIS PUZZLE IS 2 SHORT! (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #408
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 16 (answer)
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Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #409
TOUCHWORD 20 (hint)
As of this writing, 13 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 #410
PENT WORDS 82
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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 2012-2018 series with Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope / Bovine comment
2 Get ready to be photographed, say / Potion
3 Irritating skin sensation / Some wading birds
4 Bit of Warsaw wampum / Solitaire waste pile
5 Loosen shoelaces, say / With “the”, 2020 Taylor Swift hit that begins, “Is it romantic how all my elegies eulogize me?”
6 Fleets of warships / Make a choice
7 Fought, as families / Berserk
8 Anger / Land for grazing
9 Pita bread sandwich / “Are we ____ fun yet?”
10 ____ Libre (2006 comedy film) / Jesus wore one made of thorns

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Wreak ____
* Interrogation response, possibly
* Courage
* Word on a triangular sign
* Give back, as loaned money
* All ____ Up! (2003-2008 Rugrats spin-off)
* Famed fabulist
* Italian shroud site
* Metal band Papa ____
* Pretend
* New ____, India
* Welles of Touch of Evil (1958)
* Sitcom title character Findlay
* American Olympic swimmer Mark
* Like the Islamic calendar, but not the Gregorian calendar
* Pursue secretly and obsessively
* Add fuel to, as a fire
* Boat for Pocahontas, perhaps

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What state's flag depicts a banner reading “Battle Born”?

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

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

For full rules, see here.

Week 0:
The set of all words where the fourth letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE
The set of all words containing a doubled consonant (BB, CC, DD, FF, . . . XX, ZZ): ONE
The set of all words in which the 3rd and 5th letters both exist and are a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y) and a consonant (any letter besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y) in some order: TWO
The set of all words that begin with and end with a consonant (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ALL

Week 1:
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing at least one of the letter combinations HH, KK, LL, SS, and ZZ: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing at least three instances of vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE

Week 2:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words containing 7 or more letters: NONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant and at least one instance of the letter I: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words in which the second letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): TWO
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that are greater than or equal to 6 letters in length: ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words of length less than or equal to 6 letters: ALL

Week 3:
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant, but containing neither O nor U: ONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing a string of three or more consecutive consonants (e.g. THREE) and/or a string of two or more consecutive vowels (e.g. THREE): NONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with R, S, T, L, or N: TWO
[Ryan Faley] The set of all words consisting entirely of letters worth at most 3 points in English-language Scrabble (ABCDEGILMNOPRSTU): ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words of length 4 or 5: TWO

The Grandmaster Puzzles gift card value is now $44.
The money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is now $44.

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Wordy Wednesday 409: Touchword 20

WORDY WEDNESDAY #406
SECTION SIX 40 (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 **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #407
THIS PUZZLE IS 2 SHORT! (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 #408
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 16 (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 #409
TOUCHWORD 20
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This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Sagar Sarda. 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, 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 Decisive blow: 3 wds. / Supermodel Kate
2 Very brief poem / With The, 1985-1992 Canadian cartoon with aardvark villain Cyril Sneer
3 Entire / Reckon
4 Mexican foodstuff in a husk / “There's a ____ in My Beer” (Hank Williams song) / Pie shell
5 What Buzz McCallister has as a pet in Home Alone / Least common
6 Oppressive ruler / Extreme / For fear that
7 Big name in hotels / Prepare a manuscript for publication, say / Nastiness
8 Police, slangily / Ennui / The Postman Always Rings ____
9 Star Trek actor Nimoy / Boot / Become aware, with “up”
10 Simpleton / Protective suits / Come up
11 Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix / Parkay product
12 Item in a golf bag / North Dakota’s largest city / Stereotypical magician’s prop
13 What whole milk has more of than skim milk / Former Governor of Vermont Dean
14 Carried / Newspaper comic named after creator Parisi: 3 wds.
15 Wiener and batter on a stick: 2 wds. / N95, for one: 2 wds.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "All ____ Up! (2003-2008 Rugrats spin-off)"?

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

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

For full rules, see here.

Week 0:
The set of all words where the fourth letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE
The set of all words containing a doubled consonant (BB, CC, DD, FF, . . . XX, ZZ): ONE
The set of all words in which the 3rd and 5th letters both exist and are a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y) and a consonant (any letter besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y) in some order: TWO
The set of all words that begin with and end with a consonant (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ALL

Week 1:
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing at least one of the letter combinations HH, KK, LL, SS, and ZZ: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing at least three instances of vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE

Week 2:
[Izak Bulten] The set of all words containing 7 or more letters: NONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant and at least one instance of the letter I: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words in which the second letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): TWO
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that are greater than or equal to 6 letters in length: ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words of length less than or equal to 6 letters: ALL

Special shout-out to Izak Bulten and Sam Levitin on their impeccable teamwork this week!

Due to a donation to the Food Bank of West Central Texas on my behalf (by a donor whom I shall leave anonymous), I have decided to offer 11 copies of the Anacrossword Twenty-Pack to participants in this contest. The randomly-selected winner of this contest as laid out in the existing rules will get first dibs, followed by anybody who solves the word trio and then anyone who merely participates but doesn't solve the words. An additional copy will be added for every $8 in the final money pool, rounded down.

The Grandmaster Puzzles gift card value is now $46.
The money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is now $46.

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A guide to recurring Wordy Wednesday formats.

I have set out to write a page on longtime recurring Wordy Wednesday puzzle formats in which instructions were initially deemed unnecessary, perhaps because I didn’t foresee them recurring as often as they do, and because they employ conventions that every veteran puzzler takes for granted, yet which utterly elude newbies. As my audience expands to include said newbies, it is seeming necessary to lay these conventions and rules out more explicitly. In many cases, there isn't room on the page of the actual puzzle PDF for the full instructions without making the text smaller, and editing numerous past puzzles to include them is a hassle, but future installments of these formats will include a link to this post for reference.

If a puzzle includes no instructions and a number at the end of its title, it possibly belongs here. If a puzzle includes no instructions and doesn't have a number at the end of its title, it's often a Mystery Hunt-style puzzle where figuring out the instructions is the meat of the puzzle.

Anacrossword
Solve the crossword using the clues provided. When the letters in the numbered squares are transferred to the same-numbered blanks, you will reveal a clue to the final answer. Work back and forth between the blanks and the crossword to finish the puzzle. In the hard versions, the clues are listed alphabetically by their answers; you must determine where each answer belongs. Additionally, spaces and punctuation are not provided for the final clue. In the easy versions, the location for each answer is given, as are spaces and punctuation for the final clue.

Crypticrostic
Solve the cryptic crossword-style clues; numerous guides to cryptic crosswords exist online, including this one from the National Puzzlers' League. Transfer the letters from the numbered blanks to the same-numbered blanks at the top to form one final cryptic clue whose answer you seek. In the hard version, spaces and punctuation are not provided for the final clue, and the other clues are listed alphabetically by the clue itself so as to provide no assistance to the solver. In the easy version, spaces and punctuation are provided for the final clue, and the other clues are listed alphabetically by the answer. Additionally, the type(s) of wordplay in each clue, including the final one, is shown as a solving aid. (A peculiar convention of my easy Crypticrostics, initially born out of ignorance, but now kept in play for the sake of internal consistency, is that what the NPL guide calls "deletions" are split into two separate types of wordplay, referred to as "deletion" and "subtraction". A "deletion" involves removing letters from a specified position in a word, such as the first, central, or last letter; a "subtraction" involves removing specified letters, such as the letter A or T or even a string.)

Divided Into Columns
A fusion of anacrostic puzzles (minus the crostic) and dropquotes. Solve the provided clues, transferring the letters from the numbered blanks to the same-numbered squares in the grid at the top. As a solving aid, the clues are listed alphabetically by their answers, and the letters are also alphabetized within each column. Then figured out the correct order to place the letters in each column in the white squares below to spell a clue to the final answer. Black squares (and nothing else) indicate the end of a word; a word can wrap from the right end of one line to the left end of the next. In accordance with dropquote conventions, capitalization and punctuation aren't show except for hyphens. In the easy version, the top set of squares in the dropquote grid is removed, and the squares in the final clue are directly numbered.

DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES
A fusion of anacrostic puzzles (minus the crostic) and a puzzle the National Puzzlers' League calls "anaquotes". Solve the provided clues, transferring the letters from the numbered blanks to the same-numbered blanks in the middle of the puzzle, which are grouped into threes. As a solving aid, the clues are listed alphabetically by their answers, and the trios of letters are also alphabetized. Then figured out the correct order to place the trios of letters in the top set of blanks to spell a clue to the final answer. Carets (^) are shown below the blanks to delineate the groups of three as a solving aid. In accordance with NPL conventions, an asterisk (*) to the left of a blank indicates a letter that is capitalized all the time due to its use in a proper noun or adjective, and a caret (^) to the left of a blank indicates a letter that is capitalized due to its use in a title. For example, ^Sir *Isaac *Newton's favorite film is "^Gravity". In the easy version, the middle set of blanks is removed, and the blanks in the final clue are directly numbered.

Wordy Wednesday 407: This Puzzle Is 2 Short! & Wordy Wednesday 408: Snake Crisscross 16

WORDY WEDNESDAY #405
PENT WORDS 81 (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 **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #406
SECTION SIX 40 (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!

LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #407
THIS PUZZLE IS 2 SHORT!
(click here for a PDF version)
That’s not an overstatement.
AC BA EN ER HE RE RE SA SP TH
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     ^        ^     ^        ^     ^     ^        ^     ^        ^     

AD AN IT LE ME OT SI SM TO
__ __ __    __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __  “*__    __ __ __ __”
     ^        ^     ^     ^        ^     ^        ^        ^      

AD ER IA IS IT MO ND ON RT SQ UA
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        ^     ^     ^     ^        ^        ^        ^  
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AS BL GR HO IC ME OF SM UE US
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     ^        ^     ^        ^     ^     ^     ^        ^     ^     

BL ER EY FI HE ND NS OU UE WH
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     ^     ^        ^     ^        ^     ^        ^     ^        ^     

CO KE ME NA ND OR SA
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DO ED EV IL IT NT TH TO WE WN
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     ^        ^     ^     ^        ^     ^        ^     ^        ^        



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WORDY WEDNESDAY #408
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 16
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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
Lovelace of Analytical Engine fame
Mongrel
Handgun, slangily
Pen part
Chum
____ judicata
4 LETTERS
“Money, Money, Money” band
Sore
Grows older
____ Domini
Prop in many a stoner film
Dry, as champagne
____ pickle
Relative of Cheems, in memes
It may be geodesic
Irradiate
____ Chop's Play-Along! (1992-1997 PBS series)
“____ and learn!”
Insect eating clothes, often
Grammy-winning pianist Peter
Comedian Foxx
Wise one
Religious splinter group
Nasal mucus, familiarly
Emulate Bethany Hamilton, say
Keep ____ on (watch carefully)
Diplomacy
“The Bear ____ Over the Mountain”
5 LETTERS
Dental hygiene item
Emerge from an egg
You might see one on a runway
Program for drug abusers, for short
Shoot from cover
Snake’s toxin
6 LETTERS
They’re often kept off the table
7 LETTERS
Theoretical physicist Feynman
Moved in small waves
10 LETTERS
Many church instruments: 2 wds.
11 LETTERS
Hanging light fixtures
Nervousness experienced by an actor, say: 2 wds.
16 LETTERS
Title of a 1971 hit for the Doors, or of drummer John Densmore’s 1991 biography: 4 wds.
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Luxury Honda subdivision
You might see one on a runway
More unusual
Common martini garnish
____ institution (prison)
Longstocking of kid lit
Uttered an oath
Like the diet of many animal rights activists
6 LETTERS
They can be passed
Citation maker
Cones with their tips cut off
Legal adverb
Charlton of Ben-Hur
Dull
Homily
On Photography essayist Susan
Make a roof from straw
7 LETTERS
Absolutely lacking in class
Brazilian dance
Addressee of the two epistles preceding Titus in the New Testament
Water wheel, for example
8 LETTERS
____ and Kings (1904 O. Henry novel whose title references Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter”)
20 LETTERS
Messiah composer: 3 wds.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What does Buzz McCallister have as a pet in Home Alone?
* Patron Puzzle #84, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Words Without Friends.

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

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words III! (Week 1 update)

For full rules, see here.

Week 0:
The set of all words where the fourth letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE
The set of all words containing a doubled consonant (BB, CC, DD, FF, . . . XX, ZZ): ONE
The set of all words in which the 3rd and 5th letters both exist and are a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y) and a consonant (any letter besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y) in some order: TWO
The set of all words that begin with and end with a consonant (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ALL

Week 1:
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing at least one of the letter combinations HH, KK, LL, SS, and ZZ: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing at least three instances of vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE

The Grandmaster Puzzles gift card value is now $48.
The money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is now $48.

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Wordy Wednesday 406: Section Six 40

WORDY WEDNESDAY #404 (title)
Here is the title to this puzzle. If you still wish to find it yourself, please go here for the solution to the puzzle, or here for a hint. Here's a list of people who found the title:
Cole Kendall **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Stephen Potter **
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #405
PENT WORDS 81 (hint)
As of this writing, 12 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 #406
SECTION SIX 40
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This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Kyle Nils. 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!
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 Item on a bathroom rack
2 The first US space station
3 Show up
4 "____ Waltz" (song associated with Harry Truman)
5 Pillboxes and such
6 Grain harvesting machine
 
Ring 2
* Emcee
* Regained consciousness: 2 wds.
* Air Jordan maker
* Japanese hiragana and katakana, for two
* Computer infection

Ring 3
* Item you might strike
* Amadeo of Brazilian firearms fame
* Spoken
* Abbott and Costello Meet the ____ Kops (1955 film)
 
Ring 4
* Become dry and wrinkled
* Fruits ____ (manga)
* Make into a law

Ring 5
* Melbourne missy
* ____ Falls, New York (site of the first women's rights convention)

Ring 6
* Napoleon at Saint ____ (solitaire card game also known as Forty Thieves)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A puzzle that is too short!
* What's a 6-letter word for "On Photography essayist Susan"?

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

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words III!

New rules are in bold! Read them carefully!

I am thinking of three distinct English words that are at least 2 letters long and no more than 15 letters long. All of the words are valid in Scrabble according to https://scrabble.merriam.com/. Your goal is to guess them. Everyone who guesses the trio of words correctly by the time the contest is over will be entered for a chance to win a gift card for Grandmaster Puzzles worth up to $50.

Once per week, each and every single person reading this blog post is allowed to e-mail a set of words to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. To give me more time to prepare the weekly posts (in case of a freak statewide power outage, for example), the deadline to guarantee your guess being accepted is now 12:01 AM Central time each Sunday. If it is a set of at least 10 words or it is defined by a property of the words rather than an explicit list, I will publicly post on this blog (on the following Monday at 12:01 AM Central time) whether NONE, ONE, TWO, or ALL of my words are in that set. If it is a set of 9 words or fewer and you list the words explicitly (that is, you guess "{CINQ, QADI, QAID, QATS, QOPH}" rather than "the set of all Scrabble-legal 4-letter words with a Q and not a U"), I will privately give you the same information in an email sometime that Sunday.

I reserve the right to reject any guess if it is impossible for the average reader (who doesn't know what my words are already) to determine whether or not any given word is in your set within a relatively short amount of time. This is a difficult quality to define empirically, but valid guesses would include "the set of all words starting with a letter in the word PRIME" or "the set of all words with a prime number of distinct letters", and invalid guesses would include "the set of the three words Grant is thinking of" and "the set of all words still in at least one possible word trio given the information publicly available right now, and which, if the words in that set were listed and numbered alphabetically starting from 1, would have prime indices". Keep it simple!

Once someone has guessed the trio of words (that is, submitted to me a set of exactly three words and gotten a result of ALL), one last weekly update will be posted on this blog, including one last hint from me (I've run out of anagram-based pseudonyms), and then people who haven't guessed the words yet will have one more week to try to do so and be entered in the prize drawing. The deadline for this final week will be 12:01 AM Central time on the following Monday (that is, the aforementioned 12:01 AM Sunday deadline will not be applied). The rules for private guesses still apply (you must explicitly list the three words you are guessing, not define them uniquely by some convoluted property).

The value of the Grandmaster Puzzles gift card will start at $50, and then go down $2 for every weekly update that has gone by without someone guessing the trio of words. (Exception: the value cannot go to $0.) A matching amount will also be donated to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, so even if you aren't interested in the prize drawing, your participation may help someone else solve the words faster and thus help charity!

To kick things off, I'll make four guesses for you, chosen from among the guesses that were made in Let's Guess Three Words II!:

The set of all words where the fourth letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE
The set of all words containing a doubled consonant (BB, CC, DD, FF, . . . XX, ZZ): ONE
The set of all words in which the 3rd and 5th letters both exist and are a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y) and a consonant (any letter besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y) in some order: TWO
The set of all words that begin with and end with a consonant (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ALL

Good luck, and yappy guessing!

Wordy Wednesday 405: Pent Words 81

WORDY WEDNESDAY #400
PENT WORDS 80 (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 **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Bo & Becky Green **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #401
FOXGERYPTICS 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:
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad *
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
M. Sean Molley **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #402
ANAWORDSEARCH 3 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #403
CODEWORDS 14 (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 **
Cole Kendall **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Leo Termin **
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #404 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 people have found the title of this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's a hint. Send the title 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 #405
PENT WORDS 81
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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 “But it's all right now, in fact, it's a ____!” (Rolling Stones lyric) / Participates in a parade, say
2 Dog doc / The North Star
3 Read an online forum without posting / Interlocked
4 Its leaves are used to make cigars and cigarettes / Israeli politician ____ Ariel
5 Contemptible / Missing, as from class
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s ____ / Make cookies and pies, say
7 1969 Disney movie about a raccoon / ____ with the punches
8 Periodic table item / Bill who got his “Science Guy” nickname from John Keister
9 Ulna’s partner / Alternative to stairs, perhaps
10 Sum of money payable at regular intervals / Pigpen

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Televised again
* Maxwell portrayed by Don Adams
* ____ dot
* Robber ____
* Common courtroom sighting
* Dull
* Leung of Glee
* ____ sprawl
* Musical with the song “Pity the Child”
* Opposite of full
* Islamic holy city
* Member of an Alaskan indigenous group
* Consume water, for example
* They list the offerings of restaurants
* Marisa of My Cousin Vinny
* Ice cube containers
* Ascend
* Ascend

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 8-letter word for "'____ Waltz' (song associated with Harry Truman)"?

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

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