Kevin's Puzzles at Home: Final hint and final week!

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 6 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 3 (Side Effects May Include Disney-ness)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 16 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 4 (Overbooked)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 5 (Air Letters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 6 (Words on Rye)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 7 (What's the Deal?)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 15 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 8 (Breakfast Scramble)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 15 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 9 (Meta) ("Ate" Queens Problem)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 8 people solved this within the first week for 100 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 7375. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $73.75. Three anonymous readers are offering to match this donation, meaning that the Food Bank of West Central Texas will actually receive $295.00. Thanks in advance to all of you for your generosity! If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, or the meta for 50 points, possibly with the aid of the hints. This week is your final chance to score points and earn money for the food bank!

Stay tuned next week for all of the solutions and the final results. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 482: Crypticrostic 16 & Wordy Wednesday 483: Framelinks 13

WORDY WEDNESDAY #480
PENT WORDS 96 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #481
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 8 (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!

LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #482
CRYPTICROSTIC 16
(click here for a PDF version)
The answer is enumerated (5 4). (Note: The final clue ends in an exclamation point, and is &lit.)
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __!
30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42

A transgression: imprisoning a Japanese person __ __ __ __ __
                                               30 38 29 05 17
Charming introduction: first part of play has desert plants __ __ __ __ __
                                                            28 23 39 34 07
Church official interferes with temple leader __ __ __ __ __ __
                                              25 14 03 35 10 41
Dirty male friend scratching head __ __ __ __ __
                                  04 13 33 20 42
Musician in Mississippi performance __ __ __ __ __
                                    24 40 01 32 22
Praise synthetic latex __ __ __ __ __
                       27 36 16 08 31
Reddish brown or gold flame __ __ __ __ __ __
                            37 11 15 18 06 19
Reportedly hide fruit __ __ __ __ __
                      12 21 26 02 09

WORDY WEDNESDAY #483
FRAMELINKS 13
(click here for a PDF version)
Fill in the empty squares in the diagram with the given letters to form words.
Arrange the letters in the shaded squares to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.

A A A A   B B   C C C C C C C   D D D D D   E E E E E E E E E E   F F   G G   H   I I I   K   L L   M M M M   N N N
O O O O O O   P P   R R R R R R R R R   S S S   T T T T T T   U   V   W   Y Y Y

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "1995 Al Pacino/Robert De Niro film"?

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

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 9 (Meta): "Ate" Queens Problem

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 6 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 3 (Side Effects May Include Disney-ness)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 16 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 4 (Overbooked)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 5 (Air Letters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 6 (Words on Rye)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 7 (What's the Deal?)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 15 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 8 (Breakfast Scramble)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 15 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 6550. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $65.50. Three anonymous readers are offering to match this donation, meaning that the Food Bank of West Central Texas will actually receive $262.00. Thanks in advance to all of you for your generosity! If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, possibly with the aid of the hints. These 8 answers will also be necessary for solving the meta below.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 9 (META):
"ATE" QUEENS PROBLEM
Kevin was gifted a chessboard and a bunch of chess queens made from chocolate, and after arranging the queens on the board, Kevin decided that he needed a snack and devoured some of them. However, now he has a stomachache! What’s the solution to Kevin’s gastric woes?

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 100 points, and stay tuned next week for this puzzle's hint, and then the week after for all of the solutions. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 481: Diagramless Crossword 8

WORDY WEDNESDAY #479
FRAMELINKS 12 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #480
PENT WORDS 96 (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 #481
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 8
(click here for a PDF version)
This crossword has 66 entries in a 15x15 grid, obeys American crossword rules, and has standard rotational symmetry.
ACROSS
1 Fore’s opposite
4 Hen house
6 Little ____ of Horrors (1986 movie)
10 Swap
11 Certain African ungulate
12 First part of a clue to the final answer: ? wds.
16 Charged atoms
17 Pacific ____ (2013 movie)
18 Nut in some pies
20 Schemes
22 Beverly Hills ____ (1984 movie)
24 Mark Mothersbaugh’s band
25 Rocker Clapton
26 The Born ____ (comic strip)
28 Make a quilt
29 Havana’s country
31 Part of an eye
33 Wetland
36 Labyrinthine puzzles
38 Bangkok resident
41 Certain horse breed
43 Tropical tuber
44 Video game princess named after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife
46 Put off
48 Regret
50 Black, poetically
51 Second part of a clue to the final answer: ? wds.
55 Samuel after whom a New York island is named
56 Home
57 Bass Pro Shops purchase, perhaps
58 Captain in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
59 Lower limb
DOWN
1 Type of poem in which the initial letters of the lines spell something
2 Young horse
3 Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes
5 ____ pressure
6 Emulate Picabo Street
7 Certain fastener
8 Decided
9 “I Fall to ____” (Patsy Cline song)
10 What mama sang in Johnny Cash’s “Daddy Sang Bass”
11 Some people learn through it
12 Gratuity
13 “Ace in the ____” (George Strait song)
14 Puerto ____
15 Rant and ____
19 Currently
21 Stuff in a pond, perhaps
23 For each
26 According to the Gospel of John, Jesus resurrected him
27 Snack cracker brand
30 Film director Michael
32 Border collie, for one
33 Michael Jackson album with “Smooth Criminal”
34 Sandwich cookie brand
35 Lighting electrician on a television or movie set
37 Flightless Australian birds
39 The Zoo Story playwright Edward
40 False god
42 ____ of the ball
45 Picnic pest
47 Aggravate, with “up”
49 Peters of X-Men: Days of Future Past
52 Zip
53 Cain’s victim
54 A city in Alaska

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Crypticrostic!
* A Framelinks!

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

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 8: Breakfast Scramble

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 6 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 3 (Side Effects May Include Disney-ness)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 16 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 4 (Overbooked)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 5 (Air Letters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 6 (Words on Rye)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 7 (What's the Deal?)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 15 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 5775. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $57.75. Three anonymous readers are offering to match this donation, meaning that the Food Bank of West Central Texas will actually receive $231.00. Thanks in advance to all of you for your generosity! If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, possibly with the aid of the hints.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 8:
BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE
Kevin always starts his day with a hearty breakfast.

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 8's hint and Part 9's puzzle, a metapuzzle requiring the previous 8 answers to be solved. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 480: Pent Words 96

WORDY WEDNESDAY #478
BONING UP ON MATH (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:
Michael Lebowitz **
Randy Rogers **
Tyler Hinman **
Jeffrey Smith **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #479
FRAMELINKS 12 (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 #480
PENT WORDS 96
(click here for a PDF version)
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 cookie brand / Central part, as of an apple
2 Disney character voiced by Paige O’Hara / Start
3 Examine carefully / Deed
4 Lucille of I Love Lucy / Harvesting implement
5 Horne who played Glenda the Good in The Wiz (1978) / Facade
6 Place formerly occupied by a predecessor / Certain deciduous tree
7 Nook / “Let them eat ____”
8 Deer relative / Certain pastry
9 Expel / Whitaker who played Zuri in Black Panther (2018)
10 Danger / Star Trek: ____ Decks (animated series since 2020)
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Head over ____
* Dog breed famously favored by Queen Elizabeth II
* Three-masted Mediterranean ship
* Pisa has a leaning one
* ____ the Gungeon (2016 video game)
* Comical
* Pompous gait
* Misanthrope
* Zondervan offering
* Sites for vampire bites
* Absolutely love
* Spud
* Rescued
* Not below
* Certain African predator
* Far from fresh
* Jeweler’s magnifier
* Ruffle

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What video game princess is named after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife?

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

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 7: What's the Deal?

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 5 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 3 (Side Effects May Include Disney-ness)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 16 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 4 (Overbooked)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 5 (Air Letters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 6 (Words on Rye)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 4900. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $49.00. An anonymous reader is offering to match this donation, meaning that the Food Bank of West Central Texas will actually receive $98.00. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, possibly with the aid of the hints.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 7:
WHAT'S THE DEAL?
Kevin likes to play all sorts of card games!
“We played a game similar to Uno, where each card played must be the same suit or the same rank as the previous card.”
“Paul knocked early into the hand, but luckily I was able to lay off enough deadwood to undercut him!”
“I claimed the entire pile of cards, as I was the first to slap it when a card was played which matched the rank of the first card played to the pile – a Top Bottom!”
“It was a good omen when I dealt the first hand and my opponent cut to a Jack, giving me 2 points for heels.”
“That accursed Queen of Spades and its associated 13 points really did me in that hand.”
“Poor Landon was stuck holding the final Queen when the other cards had been successfully paired up, and lost the hand.”
“I asked Liam for Kings, but he didn’t have any, so I had to. . . you know.”
“A black 3 was turned as an upcard, freezing the discard pile.”

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 7's hint and Part 8's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 479: Framelinks 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #476
SECTION SIX 47 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman *
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #477
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 20 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman *
Kevin Orfield **
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #478
BONING UP ON MATH (hint)
As of this writing, 4 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 #479
FRAMELINKS 12
(click here for a PDF version)
Fill in the empty squares in the diagram with the given letters to form words.
Arrange the letters in the shaded squares to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.

A A A A A A A A A A   B B   C C   D D   E E E E E E E E   G   H H   I I I I I   K K K   L L L L L L   M M
N N N N N N   O O O O O   P P   R R   S S S S   T T T T T T T   U U   Y Y Y

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Dog breed famously favored by Queen Elizabeth II"?

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

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 6: Words on Rye

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 5 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 3 (Side Effects May Include Disney-ness)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 16 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 4 (Overbooked)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 2 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 5 (Air Letters)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 4125. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $41.25. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, possibly with the aid of the hints.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 6:
WORDS ON RYE
Kevin is hungry for a sandwich, but all he has for bread are words, and all he has for filling are letters!

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 6's hint and Part 7's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 478: Boning Up on Math

WORDY WEDNESDAY #475
PENT WORDS 95 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #476
SECTION SIX 47 (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 #477
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 20 (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 #478
BONING UP ON MATH
(click here for a PDF version)
These numbered tiles have given me a new way to practice my arithmetic.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Framelinks!
* Patron Puzzle #97, which will be delivered on June 8, 2022, 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!

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 5: Air Letters

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 5 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 3 (Side Effects May Include Disney-ness)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 16 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 person solved it later for 25 points.
Part 4 (Overbooked)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 14 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 3375. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $33.75. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, possibly with the aid of the hints.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 5:
AIR LETTERS
Kevin wants to travel by plane to all 50 states. He’s already visited 20 of them!
1. FLG (_/9)
2. ROW (_/7)
3. ALB (_/6)
4. BTR (_/10)
5. ANC (_/9)
6. OKC (_/12)
7. LAR (_/7)
8. LAX (_/10)
9. BZN (_/7)
10. MEM (_/7)
11. MSN (_/7)
12. LAS (_/8)
13. TLH (_/11)
14. BIS (_/8)
15. PIT (_/10)
16. MOB (_/6)
17. ASE (_/5)
18. BOS (_/6)
19. LBB (_/7)
20. SPI (_/11)

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 5's hint and Part 6's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 476: Section Six 47 & Wordy Wednesday 477: Snake Crisscross 20

WORDY WEDNESDAY #474
HEX PATHFINDER 29 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #475
PENT WORDS 95 (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!

LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #476
SECTION SIX 47
(click here for a PDF version)
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 Religious leader
2 Equilateral quadrilateral
3 Snack throughout the day
4 Layered Italian pasta
5 ____ Roll (chocolate-flavored candy)
6 Brief report, briefly

Ring 2
* Series of images in a movie
* Austrian city in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born
* Like some losers
* Dance move
* Tenon’s partner

Ring 3
* Like a friend who’s been with you for ages
* English county in which the village of Cheddar is located
* Song from the deluxe edition of Taylor Swift’s album Speak Now
* Stare

Ring 4
* Forfeit
* It may be cautionary
* Beyond horrific

Ring 5
* Appear (to be)
* Word following “drill” or “staff”

Ring 6
* 47 ____ Down (2017 survival horror movie in which two sisters are trapped in an underwater shark cage)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #477
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 20
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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
“Little” amount of Brylcreem that will “do ya”
Make a mistake
Canopic ____
“____ to Joy”
Fluid in a plant
4 LETTERS
Surrounded by
Wild swine
Command heard during a pistol duel
Created
Paul Blart: ____ Cop
____ and greet
1/2, for a 30-degree angle
Mineral springs
Lyra’s brightest star
Walk through water
5 LETTERS
____-182 (rock band)
Senior
Part of the head that hair grows from
Pursue stealthily
6 LETTERS
Motionless: 2 wds.
Certain conifers
Calamity of Tiny Toon Adventures is one
Entertainer in a king’s court
Change “file.txt” to “file2.txt”, say
Cancel
7 LETTERS
____ Bureau of Investigation
8 LETTERS
Tarried
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Home
Sports stadium
Prize
Duck hunter’s item
Former shortstop Jeter
“So God created man in his own ____. . .” (Genesis 1:27)
South American pack animal
Not secret
Spaghetti or ravioli
6 LETTERS
Poisonous gas with an odor like garlic
Proclaimed loudly
Mathematician whose “wager” is an argument for believing in God
7 LETTERS
Weasel relatives which are popular as pets
Vague notion
8 LETTERS
Prestigious
9 LETTERS
Star of Morbius (2022): 2 wds.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A puzzle that will help you bone up on math!

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

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 4: Overbooked

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 5 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 3 (Side Effects May Include Disney-ness)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 16 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 2650. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $26.50. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, possibly with the aid of the hints.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 4:
OVERBOOKED
Kevin wants to read a good book, but everything’s out of order!
AAAGILNOST → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AACDEEHILNNNOOPSSSST → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AAEEFHIILNNORSSSSTT → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ABEEHRSW → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ACCDEHHIINNNOORSST → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ACCILNOOSSS → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ACFHIIINNORRSSTTW → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ACOST → _ _ _ _ + _
AEEHINOPSS → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AEEILNORSTV → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AEHHMTTW → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AEJMSY → _ _ _ _ _ + _
AEKMR → _ _ _ _ + _
AHIIILNNPPPS → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AMNNORS → _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
CDDEEENOPRST → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ + _
CDEHIMNOORSTTY → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
CDEHJNNOOOS → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ + _
DEEJU → _ _ _ _ + _
DHHIJNORST → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ + _
EEEFIPRRSTT → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ + _
EHILMNOPR → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
EKLSU → _ _ _ _ + _
FHIIMOORSTTTY → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
FHIJMNORST → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ + _
HJNOT → _ _ _ _ + _
ISTTTU → _ _ _ _ _ + _

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 4's hint and Part 5's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 475: Pent Words 95

WORDY WEDNESDAY #473
CODEWORDS 19 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #474
HEX PATHFINDER 29 (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 #475
PENT WORDS 95
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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 Erudite one / ____-gallon hat
2 Three-point feat in horseshoes / Threat-ending word
3 Prayer-ending word / Freezing point?
4 Character played by Dean Winters in Allstate ads / “Hit the ____ Jack” (Ray Charles hit)
5 ____ of War (Epic Games franchise) / Gather
6 Nut of an oak tree / Screw up
7 Ditch around a castle / ____ on Infinite Earths (1985-1986 comic book series)
8 “You’re the ____” (song from The Karate Kid) / ____ effect
9 Thin nail / Be excessive in, as an activity
10 ____ of the ball / Declare void, as a marriage
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Heard who played Mera in Aquaman (2018)
* “Cliffs of ____” (Eric Johnson instrumental)
* Recess for a statue
* “Blue” singer Rimes
* Cookie ____ (breakfast cereal)
* Möbius ____
* Big name in electric vehicles
* Skedaddle
* Zagreb resident
* “This little piggy had ____ beef. . .”
* Mars ____ Moms (2011 film)
* Picture
* Cuban ballroom dance
* South Korea’s capital
* Not small
* Genesis tower site
* Item from the past
* The criminal burning of property

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "____ Roll (chocolate-flavored candy)"?
* What's a 6-letter word for "Calamity of Tiny Toon Adventures is one"?

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

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 3: Side Effects May Include Disney-ness

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 1775. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $17.75. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, possibly with the aid of the hints.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 3:
SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE DISNEY-NESS
Ever since Kevin was gifted a Disney+ subscription, he always finds a way to fit the movies with his favorite characters into his schedule.
4 LETTERS
Dr. Calico
5 LETTERS
Thumper
Timothy Q. Mouse
Maui
Mushu
6 LETTERS
Olaf
Sabor
7 LETTERS
Jafar
Alma Madrigal
Pascal
8 LETTERS
Philoctetes
Tinker Bell
Nick Wilde
9 LETTERS
Sir Hiss
10 LETTERS
Jaq
Meeko
11 LETTERS
Tanana
Timon
12 LETTERS
Vanellope von Schweetz
13 LETTERS
Roquefort
Bagheera
16 LETTERS
Princess Eilonwy
17 LETTERS
Lumiere

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 3's hint and Part 4's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 474: Hex Pathfinder 29

WORDY WEDNESDAY #471
CODEWORDS 18 (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:
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman **
Damon French **
Kevin Orfield *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #472
HEX PATHFINDER 28 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Damon French **
Kevin Orfield **
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #473
CODEWORDS 19 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 people have solved this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #474
HEX PATHFINDER 29
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This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Cathy Bowen. Support me on Patreon at the Super Fan level ($5/month) and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the Ultra Fan level ($20/month) to suggest one seed word every month!
In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered hexagon and winds through the grid, starting in the indicated direction. When you have finished, every letter will be used in exactly two entries.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get the final answer, a 7-letter word.
1E Dish of cheese-topped tortilla chips (6)
2W Like some gases (5)
3E Stronghold (7)
4SE Gymnastic feat (10)
5W Garbage receptacle (8, 2 wds.)
6SW Legally bar (5)
7E Title character in a series of children’s books that all end, “That’s all there is, there isn’t any more” (8)
8SE French painter Pierre-Auguste ____ (6)
9SW Sport played with a flying disc (8)
10SE Fissure (4)
11NW Wandering (7)
12SW ____ monster (venomous lizard) (4)
13E Jungle 2 Jungle star (8, 2 wds.)
14SE Constellation with Polaris (9, 2 wds.)
15NE Billy Joel song that begins, “Call me a joker, call me a fool” (13, 4 wds.)
16E “Anti-”, grammatically (6)
17NW The tendency to favor evidence for one’s preconceptions over evidence against them (16, 2 wds.)
18NW River famously crossed by Julius Caesar (7)
19SW Some ankle bones (4)
20SE ____ Masters (2022 series where teams compete to set up chain reactions of falling tiles) (6)
21W 2004 title role for Jude Law (5)
22NW Two-speaker sound system (6)
23E Common allergen (6)
24W ____-of-service attack (6)
24SE Direct the course of, as a vehicle (5)
25E Car modified for speed and acceleration (6, 2 wds.)
26SW Rosie the ____ (1944 film) (7)
27NE Charles, Harry, and William, for three (7)
27NE Uncorrupted (8)
28NE Composer whose works are played in a piano competition held in Warsaw, Poland (6)
29E For a New Hampshire or Vermont governor, it’s two years long (4)
30NE Where military personnel eat (8, 2 wds.)
31E Certain onion (7)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Heard who played Mera in Aquaman (2018)"?

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

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 2: The Joy of Paintings

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters): puzzle PDF, hint PDF (new!) 
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 850. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $8.50. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzle for 25 points, possibly with the aid of the hint.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 2:
THE JOY OF PAINTINGS
Kevin found a couple of really old art pieces in the attic, but he suspects that one of them might be a forgery!

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 2's hint and Part 3's puzzle. Good luck!

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