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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!

Wordy Wednesday 404

WORDY WEDNESDAY #398
PATHFINDER 22 (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 **
Joe Bernard **
Kyle Nils **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Mary Maynard **
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock **
Patrick Jordan *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #399
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 15 (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 **
Joe Bernard **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Bo & Becky Green **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #400
PENT WORDS 80 (hint)
As of this writing, 14 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 #401
FOXGERYPTICS 16 (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 #402
ANAWORDSEARCH 3 (hint)
As of this writing, 7 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 #403
CODEWORDS 14 (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 #404
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[Author’s note: I tried to share a link to this puzzle, but the website went down, and now gives a 404 error! On this page and the following page are the solution write-up and comments from my patrons who got to see the puzzle before the site went down, so you can get some sense of what an absolutely fantastic puzzle you missed. Perhaps you can figure out what the puzzle’s title was.]

The solver is presented with an interactive online word search puzzle, but instead of a regular word list, the solver is given clues to the words. After finding all of the words, a button appears that says “HIDE WORDS”; doing so hides all of the words, resulting in this grid:
Thanks to the words being hidden, it is easy for the solver to realize that the unused letters in the word search spell DECODE FIRST LETTERS OF HORIZONTAL WORDS IN READING ORDER USING PUZZLE TITLE AS VIGENERE KEY. After discovering this message, the solver will probably need to use the “UNHIDE WORDS” button to see the words again, unless the solver has perfect memory. Since there are 21 horizontal words and 21 letters in the puzzle’s title, any Vigenère cipher decoder can easily be used to obtain the clue GREAT GETAWAY GAME EMCEE. (Note that some decoders don’t work if you type spaces in the key.) Great Getaway Game was a short-lived game show based on word searches (aptly enough); the final answer is the name of the legendary emcee who hosted it, WINK MARTINDALE.

Patron Agnes R. Kift writes: Although I think I solved this puzzle, I was never able to figure out the significance of the 40-digit number 9684456666447445446554457564645644544859 or the 26 numbers 16-3-7-6-29-3-5-5-11-0-4-12-6-10-21-8-0-19-16-14-6-3-1-5-1-0. [Author’s note: The first number contains the lengths of the 40 answer words in alphabetical order; the list of 26 numbers indicates how many times each letter of the alphabet appears in the answers: 16 A’s, 3 B’s, 7 C’s, and so on.] The first word I found was the name of the Jeep; I just bought a JL model myself, so I recognized it instantly. Then I identified the chemical element and the musical instrument, both starting with the same unusual initial letter. (Did you know the instrument’s name comes from Greek words for “wood” and “sound”?) The MP4 video of the song “Tom Sawyer” over an image of the robotic dog from the Mega Man games was clever, but whose voice clips were those? [Author’s note: They are voice clips of late political commentator Limbaugh, naturally.] I would never have figured out what word the picture of all the trees referred to without the hint that it’s an anagram of TAMBOURER, nor did I know Moon Zappa's middle name. The last word I found was the newspaper comic about the fictional newspaper The Treetops Tattler-Tribune (I had to look that up, because I’m more familiar with the footwear than the comic).

Patron Greta N. Fisk writes: I liked how you used one image, the table of contents from a Bible with the names of the first two books censored, to clue two words. You missed a chance to do that again with the two words that form the title of that classic 1990 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid. [Author’s note: I decided the puzzle had too many movie references already – actor Harrison from Star Wars, actor Tom from Top Gun, the Beatles movie from 1965, the 2007 movie where Nicolas Cage plays a magician pursued by the FBI, the one with Adam Sandler holding a remote control, the John Wayne movie True ____, the Tom Hanks movie Saving ____ Ryan, the 1951 movie A Streetcar Named ____, and DreamWorks Animation’s utterly deplorable The ____ Baby – so I clued those two words a different way to keep things varied.] And it’s a good thing you specified that the picture of an egg cell was a 4-letter word, because the word EGG coincidentally appears in the word search, but the web app doesn’t recognize that as the correct answer.

Patron Karen F. Stig writes: As a Nintendo fan, I was proud of myself for identifying all the Mario answers without looking them up. The picture of the Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga map with the caption “Half the name of this kingdom” was a snap (other people might have preferred a picture of comedian Orson), as was the racing game Mario ____ 64 and the name of the bird in Super Mario 64 who steals Mario’s cap (an apt name for the kind of “-maniac” who steals things) – and don’t get me started on how easy it was to identify that princess Mario rescues! Most people wouldn’t identify the Super Scope game Yoshi’s ____, which was actually the first game to refer to said princess by her current name instead of Toadstool outside of Japan; you could have used the Apple browser for that one if you wanted it to be easier. I’m surprised that you didn’t use Super Mario 64 to clue the dome-shaped arctic dwelling, since such a dwelling appears in the level Snowman's Land.

Patron Reg F. Atkins writes: I appreciated the sitcom references like the one about the New York City cabbies that aired from 1978 to 1983, and the more recent ____ Development. It was also apt that a game show featured in the final clue phrase when you also used the GSN original show ____ Knowledge as a clue. I had to look up the NATO phonetic alphabet to learn what preceded “Lima”. I also had never heard of rapper DeShaun Dupree Holton; I might have gotten that word without looking it up had the clue been “____ of purchase” or “burden of ____”. And thanks for invoking my childhood memories of playing the tic-tac-toe-inspired Mattel game ____ Across.

Patron Stefan G. Rik writes: I enjoyed how easy the cryptic clues were, and that they were alphabetized by answer, because I’d never solved any before: “Secret found in sugarcane (6)”, “Rage about cog (4)”, “Meld a broken Olympic prize (5)”, “Scooter relative sulked (5)”, “Flip peels to snooze (5)”, “Austere oboist has sound system (6)”, and “Gloves, ties concealing sleeveless garment (4)”.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .

* What's a 5-letter word for "Marisa of My Cousin Vinny"?

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

QUADRUPLE Wordy Wednesday! (WW400-WW403)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #396
SECTION SIX 39 (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 **
Lee Glascock **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #397
TOUCHWORD 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:
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Mary Maynard **
Pavel Curtis **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Bo & Becky Green **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #398
PATHFINDER 22 (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 #399
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 15 (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!

QUADRUPLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS (LAST WEDNESDAY OF MONTH IN Q1 2021)!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #400
PENT WORDS 80
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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 Like much church music / "Church Tech Team Introduces Helpful Bouncing Sing-Along ____" (headline from Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee)
2 Piece of a pie graph / Helper
3 Gull relative / "Theologians Find Going To Church Via Zoom Will Only Get You Access To ____ Via Zoom" (The Babylon Bee headline)
4 Astonish / Emitted light
5 Beams of light / Firearm part preventing an accidental discharge
6 Briefs, in brief / Tail end
7 Light rain / ____ wrench
8 Cowboy ____ (science fiction anime) / Tank top, for example
9 Amazon AI assistant's name / Many a Strauss composition
10 Genesis garden / 2020 film about elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* "Golden Globe ____ For 'Not Being A Pervert' Goes Unclaimed Once Again" (The Babylon Bee headline)
* "Impeachment Ratings Skyrocket After Introducing Agitated Horde Of ____ Badgers" (The Babylon Bee headline)
* Narcissus and Goldmund author Hermann
* Unit of frequency
* Pokémon that transforms into other Pokémon, or a punctuation mark indicating repetition
* A noble gas
* ____ dry (completely drain of resources)
* They overhang from roofs
* Infant-to-be
* Epic Games Store rival
* "Fie!"
* Iron Chef America host Brown
* Interweave three strands
* Absinthe ingredient
* Household task
* Tim of Last Man Standing
* Cuban dance
* Fur trader and millionaire John Jacob ____

WORDY WEDNESDAY #401
FOXGERYPTICS 16
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Insert a single letter in each space of each grid so that each grid's five rows and five columns spells a word from left to right or top to bottom (including the letters outside the grid).

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an eight-letter word.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #402
ANAWORDSEARCH 3
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(A sequel to WW67 and WW169.)
Bent weapon from Down Under (6 items are hidden in __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
    the word search above, each with one bend)     H3 E2 F9 I7 C5 A6 G5 E7 A1
Wash clothes __ __ __ __ __ __ __
             B6 I9 B1 I5 F6 D4 F8
First Lady with the maiden name __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
    Dandridge: 2 wds.           E6 A5 B9 E1 D7 D8 G2 I3 C8 D3 A3 H5 D5 B3 G1 I2
The Legend of Zelda: ____ of Time __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                  G4 G7 C1 B4 H9 C7 E3
Stuff to dip tortilla chips in, perhaps __ __ __ __ __
                                        B2 A2 C9 H1 F5
Places to rest your butt __ __ __ __ __
                         I8 C6 B8 F4 F2
Name shared by a sport and a vegetable __ __ __ __ __ __
                                       G3 C3 A9 I6 F3 D1
Teenage Mutant Ninja ____ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                          A7 D2 G9 E9 A4 H7 H6
It dangles at the back of the throat __ __ __ __ __
                                     F1 F7 C4 G6 H4
2003 musical with the song “Defying Gravity” __ __ __ __ __ __
                                             E4 E8 D9 G8 H2 H8
____ Lane (Desperate Housewives location) __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                          I1 I4 A8 C2 E5 D6 B7 B5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #403
CODEWORDS 14
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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 highly challenging interactive word search!
* Patron Puzzle #83, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is titled "P.S. I Love You".

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

Contest: Crisscross Relay

(PDF of this puzzle to print out)
You must endure three rounds of crisscross puzzles to find out how to enter this contest! In each puzzle, you’re given a list of words which you must fit into the crisscross, reading left to right and top to bottom. The letters in the shaded cells will help you obtain an answer to that crisscross, which will enable you to progress further in the relay.

Round 1: The Missing Word
A word that goes in the highlighted space is missing from the word list! This missing word is your answer.
AXLE AMICI
DEWS ASTER
EDGE ESTOP
EURO INTRO
NEXT LYRIC
ONTO NONET
SPAT PSALM
TALC RERAN
     SCREW
     TERSE

Round 2: The Scrambled Word
When you have an answer to Round 1, go to https://sites.google.com/view/crisscrossrelay-ANSWER/home, replacing ANSWER with the answer. If done correctly, a website will appear with a list of words you will need to use in the grid below. When you’re done, a word will be spelled by the letters in the highlighted spaces, but they won’t be in order; you must rearrange the letters to spell a word.

Round 3: The Trivia
When you have an answer to Round 2, go to https://sites.google.com/view/crisscrossrelay-ANSWER/home, replacing ANSWER with the answer. If done correctly, a website will appear with a list of words you will need to use in the grid below. When you’re done, the letters in the highlighted spaces, in order from left to right starting with the top row, will spell a trivia clue. When you have an answer to the trivia clue, go to https://sites.google.com/view/crisscrossrelay-ANSWER/home, replacing ANSWER with the answer (removing spaces if the answer is more than one word). If done correctly, a website will appear with information on how you can enter this contest!

When you have obtained instructions on how to enter this contest, send your entry to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com before 11:59 PM Central time on April 11, 2021. Due to prize budget cuts, I've decided to ship two random white elephant items which I already have rather than buy a prize:
* A new in shrink (albeit with a tear in the shrink; when or how it got there, I don't know) copy of the board game Progress: Evolution of Technology.
* A copy of All About the States: Search-a-Word Puzzles, originally purchased on Amazon because I was a single cent away from free shipping on something else.

Additionally, for every entry in the contest, I will donate $0.50 to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, up to a maximum of $50, so surviving the relay will help feed hungry people. Yappy solving!

Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy update: Anacrossword Twenty-Pack

This update to the Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy initiative is to announce the Anacrossword Twenty-Pack!
Artwork by Tintinabar
This pack contains 20 Anacrossword puzzles for the price of US$8. Anacrosswords are a frequent puzzle on this blog, inspired by a concept seen in Games magazine eons ago. Combining crosswords and acrostic puzzles, when the letters in the crossword are transferred to the correspondingly-numbered blanks, each of these puzzles yields a quote followed by its author (as opposed to the ones on this blog which yield a clue to a final answer). Each puzzle comes in a hard version (where the solver must determine where each answer goes and where spaces and punctuation belong in the quote) and an easy version. Puzzles vary in size from 52 blanks in the smallest puzzle to 164 blanks in the largest puzzle.

As a reminder, this is a charity initiative. Please e-mail me (glmathgrantATgmailDOTcom) a copy of your charitable receipt (it must be a new donation, dated no earlier than one day before you email me) to receive this pack of puzzles. I am currently soliciting donations to these five charities:
I'm also offering Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy Pack #1 (24 previously Patreon-exclusive word puzzles for US$11.10), Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy Pack #2 (24 more previously Patreon-exclusive word puzzles for US$11.10), Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy Pack #3 (24 more previously Patreon-exclusive word puzzles for US$10), the LiveJournal Logic Pack (300 logic puzzles for US$3), the Section Six Six-Plus-Six Pack (12 Section Six puzzles for $6), the Magnum Opus Snake Crisscross (one giant puzzle with over 300 entries for US$5), 10x10x10 Crosswords (10 10x10 crosswords for US$5), and 11x11x11 Touchword (11 11x11 Touchword puzzles for $3). No matter what your budget is, I hope you will support these causes and get some fun puzzles to solve.

Wordy Wednesday 398: Pathfinder 22 & Wordy Wednesday 399: Snake Crisscross 15

WORDY WEDNESDAY #394
CODEWORDS 13 (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 **
Leo Termin **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #395
PENT WORDS 79 (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 **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Bo & Becky Green **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #396
SECTION SIX 39 (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 #397
TOUCHWORD 19 (hint)
As of this writing, 17 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!

DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ENTIRE FIRST QUARTER OF 2021!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #398
PATHFINDER 22
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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 Of a nostalgic style (5)
2 “Death Penalty Still Permissible For People Who Drive Slowly In The Left Lane, ____ Francis Clarifies” (headline from Christian satire news site The Babylon Bee) (4)
2 Spinach-eating cartoon sailor (6)
3 “SNL Fires Comedian Accused Of Telling ____ Joke” (Babylon Bee headline) (5)
3 Sweet fair treat (6 4)
4 “Activists Fight ____ By Driving All People Of Color Out Of Pop Culture” (Babylon Bee headline) (6)
5 Fate (6)
6 Reference (4)
7 Return, as Press Secretary Jen Psaki might promise to do to a question (6 4)
8 Word before “cell” or “sofa” (7)
9 Less lengthy (7)
10 Miniature racing vehicle (4)
11 “Christian Radio Station Expands ____ To Nine Different Songs” (Babylon Bee headline) (8)
12 Italian capital (4)
13 Cheap curios (4-1-4)
14 “Life Hack: If You're Voting Third-Party, Save On Postage By Throwing Your Ballot Directly In The ____” (Babylon Bee headline) (5)
15 Establishment with coin-operated games (6)
16 “Overbearing Friend Occasionally Wants To ____ Out, Talk, Text” (Babylon Bee headline) (4)
17 Leader of the pack (5)
18 “Biden Suggests Stopping Criminals By Making Them Slip On Banana ____” (Babylon Bee headline) (5)
19 Certain crustacean (4)
20 A region in Italy (6)
20 Kidnap (8)
21 It may be made of coral (4)
22 Fish that uses suction to cling to larger fish (6)
23 ____ acid (5)
24 Italian physicist Enrico (5)
25 “Shocking Investigation Reveals Pastor Bribed Congregants To Say ‘____’” (Babylon Bee headline) (4)
26 1/16 of a pound (5)
27 Say a word correctly (9)
27 Difficult situations (12)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #399
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 15
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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
Couple
Inventor Whitney
Significant time period
Standard
4 LETTERS
Stand-up comic Cook
Billionaire Michael of tech fame
Jazz great Fitzgerald
At any time
What you might do with wet laundry
Assist
“That hurt!”
____ Office
Comedian Foxx
Symbol on a music staff, perhaps
Strike with an open hand
Seattle ____ (Triple Crown winner)
“How Great ____ Art”
St. John’s ____
5 LETTERS
Lower in rank
Savory smell
Ed of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Fill with joy
Addressee of the epistle of 3 John in the Bible
Idle
Woodworking need
____ pollution
Academy-founding Greek
Like online ads that create their own windows: hyph.
Actress Sink of Stranger Things
Round where the final four compete, briefly
Have in common
Lawyer Ken who gained fame during the Clinton administration
Chart of multiplication results, say
6 LETTERS
Hamper
Lessee
City in Spain famed for its swords
Trademarked name of Sildenafil
Righteousness
7 LETTERS
Pittsburgh baseball team
8 LETTERS
Parachutist’s shout
20 LETTERS
2016 song, often abbreviated to four letters, about combining writing implements and fruits: 4 wds.
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Goodbye
Furor
Tyler Perry’s ____ of Payne
Colorful gemstones
Imagos-to-be
Mattress company with numbered sheep in its advertising
“I ____ Not Be Moved”
____ Recall (1990 film)
Cow organ
6 LETTERS
Unconcerned with right or wrong behavior
Greek goddess of wisdom
Corroborate
Item with pips, perhaps
Injured spot on the body
Hobbled
The ____ Trap (1961 film remade in 1998)
Historic rider Paul
____ effect
Fixes one’s gaze
____ Trap (1984-1985 game show)
Gardener’s item
7 LETTERS
The most common bowling game
8 LETTERS
Drove back
9 LETTERS
Far from cheerful
11 LETTERS
Agreement where a defendant accepts a lesser charge: 2 wds.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Tim of Last Man Standing"?
* A pair of Foxgeryptics!
* What's an 8-letter word for "____ Lane (Desperate Housewives location)"?
* A Codewords!

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

Wordy Wednesday 396: Section Six 39 & Wordy Wednesday 397: Touchword 19

WORDY WEDNESDAY #392
ANACROSSWORD 24 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Leo Termin **
Adam Weaver **
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Lee Glascock *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner *
WORDY WEDNESDAY #393
CRYPTICROSTIC 12 (answer)
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Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Adam Weaver **
Bo & Becky Green **
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #394
CODEWORDS 13 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #395
PENT WORDS 79 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #396
SECTION SIX 39
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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 Church part
2 Swedish car manufacturer
3 One of two remaining contestants
4 Having happened not long ago
5 Fire ____
6 One of the Galilean moons of Jupiter

Ring 2
* Quiz bowl concern
* "Why Do ____ Fall in Love" (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers hit)
* Like some milk
* Cartwright of The Simpsons
* Common canine command

Ring 3
* Conditionally releases a prisoner
* Most likely winner
* Therefore
* Nothing, in Spanish

Ring 4
* Bath "bye"
* One of two test options, often
* Ticker-tape ____
 
Ring 5
* Faint
* It's above the eyes
  
Ring 6
* Hitchcock who directed The 39 Steps

WORDY WEDNESDAY #397
TOUCHWORD 19
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This puzzle contains words suggested by patrons Cindy Heisler and Leo Termin. Support me on Patreon at the $5 per month level and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the $20 per month level to suggest one seed word every month!
In a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, every letter shares an edge with at least one identical letter either immediately above or immediately below. The top and bottom rows are considered adjacent.

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Rest / Small child / Fluid secreted by the liver
2 “____ Hill” (Fats Domino hit) / Bit of dog or cat food
3 One selling puppies, perhaps / True
4 Big name in psychoanalysis / Pitches / Border
5 Impostors / ____ driver / Team Fortress 2 class with a double jump
6 Fritz of American Pickers / “Come ____ Away” (Styx hit) / Chaperone
7 Grouchy people / Suffers persistent pain / Michael who founded Capri Holdings Limited
8 Board game invented in Germany (not Asia) under the name Sternhalma: 2 wds.
9 Like a bodybuilder’s physique (literally if it’s a statue of a bodybuilder) / Female protagonist of Disney's The Aristocats
10 Brother in a fairy tale / Make sense: 2 wds. / Emulate a snake
11 Certain gymnastic feats / Incontinence pad brand
12 Graph paper features / Take care of / Marriage partner
13 Feature of the front end of a car / County seat of Oklahoma's Garfield County / A unit of weight
14 Christian rock band with the album Alien Youth / Persil alternative / Discover
15 Like some milk / White who played Rose Nylund / Pollute

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Spinach-eating cartoon sailor"?
* What's a 6-letter word for "____ Trap (1984-1985 game show)"?

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

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words II! (Week 9 update - FINAL UPDATE!)

For full rules, see here.

Week 0:
The set of all words with 3 or more consecutive consonants (consonants being defined as all letters except A, E, I, O, U, and Y): NONE 
The set of all words containing a double vowel (AA, EE, II, OO, UU, YY): ONE 
The set of all words that appear as distinct words in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (as opposed to as substrings of words), according to www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare (example: BRANCHLESS, counterexample: RANCH): TWO 
The set of all words in which the fifth letter exists and appears in the string FAMILY REUNIONSALL 

Week 1:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words of length strictly less than 8 (that is, 7 or below): ALL
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words with a length of 9 or more letters that do NOT contain a double vowel: NONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words with a length matching a number in the Fibonacci sequence (2, 3, 5, 8, or 13): ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words whose length is greater than or equal to 12: NONE

Week 2:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words that begin with a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words beginning with I, J, Q, U, X, Y, or Z: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing exactly two instances of vowels (A, E, I, O, U, and Y): ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words which begin with a vowel (A, E, I , O, U and Y): ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words containing at most two instances of vowels (A, E, I, O, U, and Y): ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words in which the first two letters are both consonants (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE

Week 3:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words whose length is a perfect number (that is, 6 letters, as no other number between 2 and 15 inclusive is perfect): TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words ending with a letter from BENDY TRACK: TWO
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words whose first and second letters are both vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words where the first letter comes earlier in the alphabet than the last letter: ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with a letter that appears in the word SHADOW: ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words in which at least half of the letters are vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): TWO
[Sam Levitin] 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: ALL

Week 4:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant (BB, CC, DD, FF, . . . XX, ZZ): ONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled vowel (AA, EE, II, OO, UU, or YY) and whose second letter is a consonant (any letter other than A, E, I, O, U, or Y, doubled or otherwise): NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of words in which strictly more than half of the letters are vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with a letter found in the words SUPERB OWL: ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words ending with a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, and Y): TWO
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words whose letters have a combined point value of 11 or lower in English-language ScrabbleTWO

Week 5:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words where the fourth letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): TWO
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all 5-letter words containing three or more vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with and end with a consonant (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words that start and end with the same letter: NONE

Week 6:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words beginning with C, K, P, or W: ONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all 5-letter words that begin with a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all 6-letter words that contain at least 4 consonants (any letter but A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words that contain the letter E exactly once: TWO
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words ending in a letter from NORMAL: ONE

Week 7:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words whose fifth letter exists and is a letter of FRAMES: ONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words ending in S: NONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that have their second letter as R, S, T, L, N, or E: TWO
[Sam Levitin] [private guess of a set of 5 words]: NONE

Week 8:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words whose fifth letter exists and is in the string OIL: ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that end with the letter Y: NONE
[Sam Levitin] [private guess of a set of 5 words]: NONE

Week 9:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words containing any instance of the letter Y: NONE
[Izak & John Bulten] [private guess of a set of 3 words]: ALL
[Kenneth Wilson] [private guess of a set of 4 words]: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] [private guess of a set of 3 words]: ALL
[Kit F. Sanger] The set of all words in which exactly one of the seven distinct letters of the phrase MATCH GAME appears (any number of times) and which either appear as distinct words in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra according to www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare (as opposed to as substrings of words) and are 6 letters long or have definitions on scrabble.merriam.com which contain the word "skateboarding" and whose letters have a combined point value of exactly 5 in English-language Scrabble: ALL
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words whose first letter is the letter I: NONE 
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words beginning with a letter in SOW: ONE
[yyw] [private guess of a set of 3 words]: ALL

Since the trio of words has been guessed, $34 has been donated to the Food Bank of West Central Texas!
Everyone now has one more week to guess the trio of words and get entered into the prize drawing for a $34 gift card for Grandmaster Puzzles!

Wordy Wednesday 394: Codewords 13 & Wordy Wednesday 395: Pent Words 79

WORDY WEDNESDAY #386
SECTION SIX 38 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Adam Weaver **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #387
CODEWORDS 12 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Tyler Hinman **
Adam Weaver **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #388
SPICY GERMAN SAUSAGE (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
M. Sean Molley **
Mark Ballinger **
Adam Weaver **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #389
ANACROSSWORD 23 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Adam Weaver **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #390
PENT WORDS 78 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Adam Weaver **
Bo & Becky Green **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #391
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 5 (answer)
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Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Adam Weaver **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #392
ANACROSSWORD 24 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #393
CRYPTICROSTIC 12 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #394
CODEWORDS 13
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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.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #395
PENT WORDS 79
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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 Stratagem / Giorgio of Italian fashion
2 Ginger ____ / Heartfelt
3 Run-down urban area / Sci-fi writer ____ C. Clarke
4 Nonreligious / Wildebeest
5 Place for a monitor, perhaps / Former Alaska governor Sarah
6 2006-2014 series about Shawn Spencer / The ____ Life of Zack & Cody (2005-2008 Disney Channel series)
7 Site / What the author wishes to never see more of (not even a flake of it!) after that February 2021 storm that left much of Texas without electricity
8 ____ cordiale (informal political alliance) / Color, as Easter eggs
9 Cremated remains / "On the Road ____" (Willie Nelson hit)
10 Supply's partner / 25 Words or ____ (game show hosted by Meredith Vieira)

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Appeals
* Tithe amount
Idlewild author Nick
* Subject of the December 7, 1972 photograph The Blue Marble
* Actor Williams of Happy Days
* Varnish ingredient
* ____ Hadron Collider
* Come together
* Bark chips used in gardening, perhaps
* Sits around doing nothing
* ____-depressive
* Track and field legend Jesse
* Faithful
* Outmoded
* Dropsy
* DVR button
* Weighing device
* Any game show episode seen on Buzzr, for example

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Hitchcock who directed The 39 Steps"?
* What's a 15-letter, 2-word answer for "Board game invented in Germany (not Asia) under the name Sternhalma"?

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

Contest: Let's Guess Three Words II! (Week 8 update)

For full rules, see here.

Week 0:
The set of all words with 3 or more consecutive consonants (consonants being defined as all letters except A, E, I, O, U, and Y): NONE 
The set of all words containing a double vowel (AA, EE, II, OO, UU, YY): ONE 
The set of all words that appear as distinct words in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (as opposed to as substrings of words), according to www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare (example: BRANCHLESS, counterexample: RANCH): TWO 
The set of all words in which the fifth letter exists and appears in the string FAMILY REUNIONSALL 

Week 1:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words of length strictly less than 8 (that is, 7 or below): ALL
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words with a length of 9 or more letters that do NOT contain a double vowel: NONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words with a length matching a number in the Fibonacci sequence (2, 3, 5, 8, or 13): ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words whose length is greater than or equal to 12: NONE

Week 2:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words that begin with a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words beginning with I, J, Q, U, X, Y, or Z: NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words containing exactly two instances of vowels (A, E, I, O, U, and Y): ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words which begin with a vowel (A, E, I , O, U and Y): ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words containing at most two instances of vowels (A, E, I, O, U, and Y): ONE
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words in which the first two letters are both consonants (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE

Week 3:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words whose length is a perfect number (that is, 6 letters, as no other number between 2 and 15 inclusive is perfect): TWO
[John Bulten] The set of all words ending with a letter from BENDY TRACK: TWO
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words whose first and second letters are both vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of all words where the first letter comes earlier in the alphabet than the last letter: ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with a letter that appears in the word SHADOW: ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words in which at least half of the letters are vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): TWO
[Sam Levitin] 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: ALL

Week 4:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words containing a doubled consonant (BB, CC, DD, FF, . . . XX, ZZ): ONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words containing a doubled vowel (AA, EE, II, OO, UU, or YY) and whose second letter is a consonant (any letter other than A, E, I, O, U, or Y, doubled or otherwise): NONE
[Kevin Orfield] The set of words in which strictly more than half of the letters are vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with a letter found in the words SUPERB OWL: ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words ending with a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, and Y): TWO
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words whose letters have a combined point value of 11 or lower in English-language ScrabbleTWO

Week 5:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words where the fourth letter is a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): TWO
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all 5-letter words containing three or more vowels (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that begin with and end with a consonant (anything besides A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words that start and end with the same letter: NONE

Week 6:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words beginning with C, K, P, or W: ONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all 5-letter words that begin with a vowel (A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all 6-letter words that contain at least 4 consonants (any letter but A, E, I, O, U, or Y): ONE
[Leo Termin] The set of all words that contain the letter E exactly once: TWO
[Sam Levitin] The set of all words ending in a letter from NORMAL: ONE

Week 7:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words whose fifth letter exists and is a letter of FRAMES: ONE
[Kenneth Wilson] The set of all words ending in S: NONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that have their second letter as R, S, T, L, N, or E: TWO
[Sam Levitin] [private guess of a set of 5 words]: NONE

Week 8:
[Daniel Levitin] The set of all words whose fifth letter exists and is in the string OIL: ONE
[Kyle Nils] The set of all words that end with the letter Y: NONE
[Sam Levitin] [private guess of a set of 5 words]: NONE

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Wordy Wednesday 392: Anacrossword 24 & Wordy Wednesday 393: Crypticrostic 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #384
HEX PATHFINDER 24 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Adam Weaver **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner *
 
WORDY WEDNESDAY #385
PENT WORDS 77 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Adam Weaver **
Bo & Becky Green **
Dean Askin **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tamara Brenner *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #386
SECTION SIX 38 (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 #387
CODEWORDS 12 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #388
SPICY GERMAN SAUSAGE (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 #389
ANACROSSWORD 23 (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 #390
PENT WORDS 78 (hint)
As of this writing, 14 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 #391
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 5 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #392
ANACROSSWORD 24
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Pertinent
Rocky’s last name in the Rocky films
Somewhat poetic preposition for something in the middle of two other things
Card game where multiple North-South partnerships and East-West partnerships all play the same hands: 2 wds.
Formula One driver Alonso
An East Asia desert
Song sung by the Seven Dwarfs: hyph.
Thumb (a ride)
One receiving guests
Disarrayed
Tom ____ and the Heartbreakers
Structure for housing lawn equipment, perhaps
A style of clay pigeon shooting
Government grant for doing something in the public interest
Word before “case” or “tube”
Belief that God exists
Partner of parsley, sage, and rosemary in “Scarborough Fair”
Big name in watches
Belgian town south of Brussels

WORDY WEDNESDAY #393
CRYPTICROSTIC 12
The answer is two words enumerated (5 3).
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Amplify female relative holding GameStop stock __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                               09 44 33 51 45 29 60
Black and white identification: the endless concern when __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
    buying an Internet connection                        05 18 41 04 36 61 11 54 21
Garbage contains hydrogen bomb __ __ __ __ __ __
                               25 01 53 49 16 39
Have the money to buy an Expedition or Explorer, reportedly __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                            06 31 42 02 19 24
Laid into absurd expansion __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                           12 37 50 58 17 55 26 10
Newsman Rather is beginning to have pastry __ __ __ __ __ __
                                           30 56 14 48 62 34
Origin of thoughtful behavior! __ __ __ __
                               47 22 07 35
Piece of flat bread from Newport or Tillamook __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                              20 13 59 38 32 43 57 28
Swiss chocolate manufacturer announced, "It's in a dryer" __ __ __ __
                                                          03 40 23 63
Troy and Bobby Hill's father express gratitude __ __ __ __ __
                                               15 27 52 46 08

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* What's a 5-letter word for "Subject of the December 7, 1972 photograph The Blue Marble"?

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