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Wordy Wednesday 372: Murriam-Webster & Hump Day Word Fun 373: CUT UPT RIO BYT RIO 10

WORDY WEDNESDAY #370
PENT WORDS 74 (answer)
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Antoine Hinge **
Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Izak Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #371
TOUCHWORD 18 (hint)
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FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #372
MURRIAM-WEBSTER
[Illustrations 02, 03, and 05 are by CyberBobcat. Illustrations 01, 04, 06, and 07 are by furrytemp. Illustrations 10, 11, 13, and 16 are by GoldFlowerFursuits. Illustrations 08, 09, 12, 14, and 15 are by Tintinabar. These artist credits are not part of the puzzle.]
A specialized dictionary for learning the lingo of the goat and the argot of the lion.
The final answer is 7 letters long.

HUMP DAY WORD FUN #373
CUT UPT RIO BYT RIO 10
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Stephen PotterSupport 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! 
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01 02 03    04 05 06    07 08 09    10 11 12    13 14 15    16 17 18    19 20 21    
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22 23 24    25 26 27    28 29 30    31 32 33    34 35 36    37 38 39    40 41 42
__ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __
43 44 45    46 47 48    49 50 51    52 53 54    55 56 57    58 59 60    61 62 63
__ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __
64 65 66    67 68 69    70 71 72    73 74 75    76 77 78    79 80 81    82 83 84
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85 86 87    88 89 90    91 92 93
____ the pale __ __ __ __ __ __
              89 29 05 67 86 32
A ring that you can hook to a rope as you go up a peak __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                       42 59 02 06 65 37 61 10 76
Hard rock that, to Mohs, is a ten __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                  45 93 56 60 62 35 07
Life is this kind of road, as per a tune used in Cars __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                      22 09 87 28 92 44 88
The type of hard ball that Ed, Edd, and Eddy like to eat __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                         27 01 20 04 17 41 36 47 81 57
Sign out, as from an app: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __
                                 12 73 19 14 08 68
A foe of Uber __ __ __ __
              63 90 15 24
Show your rear end to __ __ __ __
                      50 21 64 48
Size of the gap from "do" up to the next "ti" __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                              38 26 30 13 58 82 80
A very dark ale __ __ __ __ __
                33 71 53 85 79
Tell (on) __ __ __ __ __ __
          39 23 84 66 46 03
Not just in part __ __ __ __ __ __
                 74 83 70 52 49 91
You can find many a file on this site that some pols don’t __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   want you to see                                         75 31 40 34 43 16 11 69 78
It owns Days Inn and TRYP __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                          51 18 54 77 25 72 55

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Crypticrostic! 
* I've decided to post double Wordy Wednesdays for the entire first quarter of 2021! What's a 5-letter word for "Zelda Williams's father"? 
* Patron Puzzle #80, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Super Pent Words. 

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

Contest: A Timely Crisscross

(PDF of this puzzle to print out)
Fit the words below the grid into the crisscross, reading left to right and top to bottom. The letters in the shaded cells, in order from left to right starting with the top row, will spell a lyric from a timely (and timeless) song.
AGAIN GNOME SATIN ADVANCE EQUINOX OPACITY
ALIEN ISLET SIGMA AIRPARK ETHICAL PIQUANT
ALIVE NEEDY SPANK ALFALFA FREEBIE PROWESS
ALLOW NINJA STRUT ANYBODY GAZETTE RANSACK
BAGEL OCEAN SWUNG AUGMENT GIRAFFE SHERBET
CEDAR OXEYE TWERP CARAVAN INCLUDE THYROID
DOUBT PASTA VINYL EDIFICE JUKEBOX TSUNAMI
EVOKE PHLOX WALTZ EPITAPH LOGBOOK 
EXPEL PIXIE XENON   
FICHE POWER ZILCH   
FLOSS RATIO    
Send your filled-in grid to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com before 11:59 PM Central time on December 31, 2020 to get two entries in the contest; identify the song the shaded lyric comes from before that time for another two entries (a maximum of four). Then an easier version of this puzzle will be posted with two words placed already as hints; solvers who submit their filled-in grids before 11:59 PM Central time on January 7, 2021 will get one entry, and solvers who identify the song before then will get one entry. A randomly-selected winner will win my board game Mammalath (with the Mammalath Plus expansion), plus a $10 gift card for Grandmaster Puzzles, which can be used to purchase any of a number of fine logic puzzle e-books. Additionally, for every entry in the contest, I will donate $1 to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, up to a maximum of $60, so solving the puzzle will help feed hungry people. Yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 371: Touchword 18

WORDY WEDNESDAY #369
SERIOUS STUMPER BEFUDDLES MANY (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:
Antoine Hinge **
Stephen Potter *
Tyler Hinman **
Adam Weaver **
foxyman **
Kevin Orfield **
Leo Termin **
MelloMathTeacher *
Poochy.EXE **
Roger Strain **
Ryan Faley **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #370
PENT WORDS 74 (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 #371
TOUCHWORD 18
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 Distort / Approximately 0.621 miles
2 Play roulette, say / Structure on a farm / Be combined into one unit
3 Women and girls / Six years, for a Senator / Entreat
4 Wild / “Smell you ____!” / Treats, as a disease
5 Primate associated with a brand of glue or tape / 2014 title role for Dwayne Johnson
6 Big name in chocolate / Talk idly, in slang / Mathematician Leonhard
7 Actual real name of a mongrel owned by Abraham Lincoln / Preparation that helps provide immunity to a disease / Company that removed “Cab” from its name in 2011
8 55, 89, or 144: 2 wds.
9 Suave / ____ party (sleepover)
10 Evil spirit / Some evergreens / Pertaining to the lower spine
11 Disguising pattern / Meteorological need
12 Big Wolf on ____ (1999-2002 TV series) / Fermented beer / Savage of MythBusters
13 Nutria / One without a companion at a party / ____ cracker
14 Its logo has three ovals / Certain ballroom dance / Attention-attracting interjection
15 Tropical Asian plant also known as a dasheen / ____ Woodstock (2009 film) / Western, colloquially

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A reference book "fur" the rest of us! 
* What is a 10-unit word for "The type of hard ball that Ed, Edd, and Eddy like to eat"? 

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

Wordy Wednesday 370: Pent Words 74

WORDY WEDNESDAY #368
QUADRILATERAL REGIONS (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: 
Antoine Hinge ** 
Pavel Curtis ** 
Stephen Potter ** 
Tyler Hinman ** 
Adam Weaver ** 
Jason Boomer ** 
John Bulten ** 
Kevin Orfield ** 
Leo Termin ** 
Ryan Faley ** 

WORDY WEDNESDAY #369
SERIOUS STUMPER BEFUDDLES MANY (hint)
As of this writing, 10 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 #370
PENT WORDS 74
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 Country musician Kershaw who sang “Matches” / ____ Scope (1980 Nintendo arcade game) 
2 Goatee, for one / Grab the bull by the ____ 
3 Baseball ref / Disloyalty, as to a government 
The $100,000 ____ (game show) / Actress Thompson of Back to the Future 
Dragonriders of ____ / Country musician Jones who sang “Burn Your Playhouse Down” 
6 Country musician Paisley who sang “The Cigar Song” / Dormant 
How I Met Your ____ (2005-2014 sitcom) / Ostinato phrase in a piece of music 
8 Human-eating folkloric creature / Part of a T-shirt, but not a tank top 
9 Landlord’s client / Gateway ____ (St. Louis monument) 
10 Deer relative / Country musician McBride who sang “Independence Day” 

PENTOMINOES: 
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER 
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER 
* Crime that the country songs “Matches”, “Burn Your Playhouse Down”, “The Cigar Song”, and “Independence Day” have in common 
* ____ 6 (lodging chain) 
* Partner of gold and frankincense 
____ Lantern (2011 superhero movie) 
* Move furtively, perhaps 
* Austrian psychiatrist Alfred 
* It merged with Sears in 2005 
* Beautify 
* ____ Arlington, OH 
The ____ Clause 3: The Escape Clause 
* Bouillon 
____ de Amigo (1999 arcade game with maraca-shaped controllers) 
____ Cody Banks (2003 movie) 
* M1 Garand, for one 
* Speak pompously 
* Bull in a ____ shop 
* Series of mountains 
____ Nest (1988-1995 sitcom) 

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What company removed "Cab" from its name in 2011? 

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

Wordy Wednesday 369: Serious Stumper Befuddles Many

WORDY WEDNESDAY #367
ANACROSSWORD 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 **
James Haddad **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Leo Termin **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #368
QUADRILATERAL REGIONS (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 #369
SERIOUS STUMPER BEFUDDLES MANY
Frustrated solvers may lay into the author at will.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ de Amigo (1999 arcade game with maraca-shaped controllers)"? 

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

Wordy Wednesday 368: Quadrilateral Regions

WORDY WEDNESDAY #366
SECTION SIX 36 (answer)
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Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger *
Stephen Potter **
Kevin Orfield **
Leo Termin **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #367
ANACROSSWORD 22 (hint)
As of this writing, 10 number of 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 #368
QUADRILATERAL REGIONS
This puzzle has a familiar ring to it. Is it in the cards for you to find this puzzle’s final answer?

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A serious stumper! 
Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month) will receive issue #4 of Fox & Badger Magazine on December 4! A nine-puzzle meta awaits your solving in "The Hopefully-Less-Than-a-Million Second Quiz", a tribute to game shows past and present. This issue also introduces the Odds & Ends section, containing a bunch of puzzles I didn't know what to do with. I wanted to announce this last week, but the final phase of test-solving wasn't quite complete yet.

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

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