Wordy Wednesday 35: Pent Words 7

SECTION SIX 2 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Adam Weaver **
Brian Michalowski **
Bryce Herdt **
Christian H.P. **
Izak Bulten *
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Joel Martin **
John Bulten **
M. Sean Molley **
Mark Tilford **
Peter Abide **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

SECTION SIX 3 (hint)
15 have solved last week's puzzle so far. That means I'll be donating (at least) $15 to Child's Play Charity to lift the spirits of kids in hospitals through the donations of video games and the like. This may sound like small potatoes, but one of my readers has offered to match my donation times 10, meaning we've actually raised $165 for Child's Play! It still pales in comparison to the amounts some other people are able to contribute, but the aggregate total of donations of all sizes still has plenty of power to do good.

Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Don't forget: it's a contest! Speaking of which, the winner of the first prize package is: Peter Abide! All the other solvers in the past week, plus all the solvers from this week, will be eligible to win the second signed issue of Will Shortz's Wordplay. Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to be eligible. Good luck, solvers!

Now that every solution is worth $11 to Child's Play, you have all the more reason to share this puzzle with your friends. Their solutions will marginally decrease your chances of winning a copy of Will Shortz's Wordplay, but the big winners are the children who will be able to play video games to distract themselves from whatever terrible diseases got them into the hospital. :)


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 below, 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 Feature of G major's key signature / Bit of gossip
2 Reddish shade of brown / Thick
3 Place for an ear piercing / 1998 Winter Olympics site
4 Spotted South American cat / 1/63360 of a mile
5 ____ Bell (fast food chain) / Plumber's tool
6 Annoy one's bedmate, perhaps / The Greek Moirai, for three
7 Like Alaska compared to any other state / Hard at work
8 "I'm glad the work week is over!": abbr. / Sitcom friend of Miranda and Gordo
9 "Duke of ____" (Gene Chandler hit) / Open a wallet, for example
10 ____ One (2013 electronic product) / Persian king

* ____ the belt
* Filled with talk and excitement
* "____ Man" (Billy Joel song)
* Musician Reznor
* Send to a specialist
* Have in common
* Once more
* Methuselah's father
* They may be of the arctic variety
* Poetic dawns
* Word on a triangle
* Easily offended person, perhaps
* What rubber is made from
* It means "dwarf dog" in Welsh
* Greta of "Grand Hotel"
* Looney Labs card game with constantly changing rules
* Holes in which coins might be inserted
* Howard Staunton's game

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