Wordy Wednesday 423: Pathfinder 23 & Wordy Wednesday 424: Codewords 15

WORDY WEDNESDAY #421
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 17 (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 **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman *
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #422
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 7 (hint)
As of this writing, 5 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 #423
PATHFINDER 23
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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 Mollusc-flavored vegetable juice brand (7)
2 Be generous (6)
2 Purple-wearing member of a fictional foursome (9)
3 Trigger (3 3)
4 Skor ingredient (6)
5 A noble gas (5)
6 Like many an interjection (11)
7 Absolutely serious (2-8)
8 Boxing arena (4)
9 The Satanic ____ (Salman Rushdie novel) (6)
10 Beginning point (5)
11 Ancient harp relatives (5)
12 Word before “column” or “wheel” (8)
13 “When in ____. . .” (4)
14 1975 hit for David Bowie (4)
15 Openings through which gas can escape (5)
16 One using the beta version of software (6)
17 As the ____ flies (4)
18 Simple ____ (rock band) (4)
18 Braid (5)
19 Boom’s support (4)
19 Island of ____ Toys (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer location) (6)
20 Soccer team number (6)
21 Up (5)
22 Conceited (4)
22 Old Dominion tourism slogan (8 2 3 6)
23 Dome-shaped dwellings (6)
24 The second-most populous Massachusetts city (9)
25 Like a binder where the pages can be rearranged (5-4)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #424
CODEWORDS 15
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This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Kyle NilsSupport 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 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. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ Cowboy (1980 film with Debra Winger as Sissy)"?
* Patron Puzzle #87, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a Vocabulary Fun Pack.

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

Contest: A Musical Crisscross (easier version!)

Last week, I posted the contest A Musical Crisscross. As promised, here is an easier version with two words placed at the outset. I hope you will try this puzzle out. Remember, you stand a chance to win prizes and to help feed people (see the original post for more details)! The deadline is 11:59 PM Central time on August 1, 2021!

Wordy Wednesday 422: Divided Into Columns 7

WORDY WEDNESDAY #420
PENT WORDS 84 (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 **
Tyler Hinman **
Brian Cross **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #421
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 17 (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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #422
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 7
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Leader, as of police __ __ __ __ __
                     22 19 88 10 53
____ sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34. . .) __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                  69 57 01 79 74 85 52 36 24
Dried corn prepared in a caustic solution __ __ __ __ __ __
                                          05 66 89 67 34 78
Caterpillar also called a looper __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                 51 06 09 72 38 61 91 96
Ice Cube’s Ride Along (2014) costar: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                            94 23 21 60 65 33 50 58 71
Not tight __ __ __ __ __
          27 02 35 14 92
Where Hooper’s Store is located: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                        20 56 97 49 16 32 46 81 90 93 77 03
Sneakiness __ __ __ __ __ __ __
           41 17 18 75 42 30 73
Big name in Western hats __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                         25 47 39 59 63 87 82
Item that shields a driver from light: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                              13 48 68 07 11 44 62 95
Grow one’s molars and canines __ __ __ __ __ __
                              80 28 37 70 15 04
____ sunrise (cocktail) __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                        55 76 43 83 26 29 86
Shape of a sound signal __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                        84 08 31 40 45 12 54 64

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "The Satanic ____ (Salman Rushdie novel)"?
* A Codewords!

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

Contest: A Musical 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 pink cells, in order from left to right starting with the top row, will spell a lyric from a song.
ACRYLIC DESCENT MESSIER SHELLAC
AMIABLE DESPAIR METHANE SIGHTED
AMONGST ENDGAME MINUTIA STENCHY
ANATASE GAROTTE ODYSSEY SURNAME
BRAMBLE LEARNED PANACHE THIOLIC
COPYCAT MANMADE PROMISE TRITONE
CUBICAL MANTRAS SCISSOR UGLIEST
CYCLOPS MEMENTO SCULPTS
Send your filled-in grid to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com before 11:59 PM Central time on July 25, 2021, to get two entries in the contest; identify the song 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 August 1, 2021 will get one entry, and solvers who identify the song before then will get one entry. A randomly-selected winner will win signed copies of the April 2018 and June 2018 issues of Games World of Puzzles (they were sitting around, and I think I intended to give them away long ago given their pristine condition) plus a surprise gift featuring a fox/badger character that veterans of this blog might remember. Additionally, for every entry in this contest, I will add $2 to a money pool, up to $50 of which will be donated to the Food Bank of West Central Texas in my next contest (a word-guessing contest where the pool decreases every week the words remain unguessed, so any money above $50 will serve as a time buffer). Happy solving!

(Edited 2021/7/21 to change the black cells to an ink-saving grey.)

Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy update: 10x10x10 Crosswords II

This update to the Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy initiative is to announce the 10x10x10 Crosswords II pack. A sequel to 10x10x10 Crosswords, this contains 10 10x10 mini-crosswords for the price of US$2. Compared to the predecessor, 10x10x10 Crosswords II contains a heightened emphasis on offbeat puzzles; there are 2 themed puzzles, 2 themeless puzzles, 3 vwllss puzzles (where all vowels are removed from the answers before entering them; there are no Y's, and each puzzle comes with an easier version with full answer enumerations and a harder version without them), and 3 Something Different puzzles (where literally any combination of words is allowed to be an entry). Each puzzle comes in PUZ form (for electronic solving) and PDF form (for printing), and solutions (including full answers to the vwllss puzzles, with vowels added back in) are all available as well.

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), 11x11x11 Touchword (11 11x11 Touchword puzzles for $3), and the Anacrossword Twenty-Pack (20 Anacrosswords for $8). No matter what your budget is, I hope you will support these causes and get some fun puzzles to solve.

Wordy Wednesday 421: Snake Crisscross 17

WORDY WEDNESDAY #418
DIGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 7 (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 **
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
WORDY WEDNESDAY #419
TOUCHWORD 21 (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 **
Mary Maynard **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #420
PENT WORDS 84 (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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #421
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 17
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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
Donkey relative
The Sacramento ____ (newspaper)
Billy the ____
On the ____ (on the run)
French first-person pronoun
____ de plume
Miner’s yield
Music genre of Jamaican origin
____ and feather
Piece of advice
4 LETTERS
From the start
____ and crafts
Eager
Blessing
____ as Ice (1991 film starring Vanilla Ice)
Bean ____ (tofu)
College residence, briefly
Black, poetically
Nothing
Enforcer of drug laws, slangily
____ Season (2006 animated movie)
Uproar
Measure of paper
“____ and shine!”
Certain mint
5 LETTERS
____ Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974 crime film)
Man making a vow, possibly
Absolutely mutilates
Finely chop
Walnut relative
A twill fabric
____ bear
“____ not, want not”
6 LETTERS
Marshy bodies of water
Halo: ____ Evolved (2001 video game)
CNN anchor Anderson
Mute
Dolly Parton hit
Nullify
8 LETTERS
Swedish electric car brand
9 LETTERS
Romani character in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
10 LETTERS
Number of drinks it takes to get excessively drunk, perhaps: 3 wds.
14 LETTERS
Legendary pop musician. . .: 2 wds.
. . . and the author’s favorite song by said pop musician: 2 wds.
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Texas Revolution battle site
Frasier’s surname
Late-night legend Letterman
“Sentimental Journey” singer Day
Emulate Romeo and Juliet
Silly
Become liable to, as expenses
____ Sound Machine (pop music band)
Dark coffee
Swedish prize namesake Alfred
The Threepenny ____
Emulate Patrick Chan, say
____: The Sixth Sense (1989 NES game that’s just a tarot card reading)
Exercise
6 LETTERS
Unit of electric current
Coax
Energetic individual
Exit
Log-cutting tool used by two people: 2 wds.
Cheered (for)
7 LETTERS
Blade on a rifle
You might stick both of your feet into it to glide down a snowy mountain
Place to anchor a boat
Anthem of the country “where pines and maples grow”: 2 wds.
“____ at the Sun” (1997 U2 song)
Bad things to cross, as per Ghostbusters
8 LETTERS
Sully
Biodiversity concern: 2 wds.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 12-letter, 2-word answer for "Where Hooper’s Store is located"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 420: Pent Words 84

WORDY WEDNESDAY #417
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 6 (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 **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #418
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 7 (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 #419
TOUCHWORD 21 (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 #420
PENT WORDS 84
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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 Paradise / Sheet that protects something from rain
2 Fluid-containing pouch / Tenon’s partner
3 Merriment / Clever
4 Remove, as pencil markings / The capital of the Italian region of Liguria
5 A reddish blue / Legendary crossword writer Reagle
6 Châteaus / ____ Say the Darndest Things
7 Salad namesake Cardini / Can
8 Illusionist Angel / ____ acid
9 Some woodwinds / Stroll
10 The whole nine ____ / Brazilian ballroom dance
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* ____ Coins in the Fountain
* Silly
* Gather
* Guadalajara goodbye
* Avoid, as a difficult issue
* Application
* Belonging to a high aristocratic class
* California roll, for one
* The real ____
* Common garden decoration
* ____ VCS (2021 microconsole based on a 1977 video game console)
* Casts a sidelong glance
* Organ or piano component
* Venomous African snake
* ____ of directors
* Inspector Endeavour of British television and novels
* Get up, as from a chair
* Hot ____ (clothing store)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "Bad things to cross, as per Ghostbusters"?

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

Wordy Wednesday 418: Diagramless Crossword 7 & Wordy Wednesday 419: Touchword 21

WORDY WEDNESDAY #416
SECTION SIX 41 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #417
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 6 (hint)
As of this writing, 6 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!

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WORDY WEDNESDAY #418
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 7
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This crossword has 66 entries in a 15x15 grid, obeys American crossword rules, and has standard rotational symmetry.
ACROSS
1 Online profile picture
7 Get in the way of
8 Pose a question
11 First part of a clue to the final answer: ? wds.
15 Certain container
16 Star Trek: ____ (2020 sci-fi debut)
19 Finishing point
20 Word on a man’s bath towel, perhaps
21 Excessively
22 Hilo garlands
24 Certain writing implement
25 Morse ____
26 ____ Ant (cartoon superhero)
29 Gotten up from bed
31 Second part of a clue to the final answer: ? wds.
33 Poles in a circus
34 Russian opposite of “da”
36 Pain
38 ____ an egg (utterly fail)
39 ____ Like It Hot
42 ____ constrictor
43 “It’s so obvious!”
44 Month after April
45 Large arteries
47 Goof up
48 Third part of a clue to the final answer: ? wds.
55 Understand
56 Excite
57 Walmart rival
DOWN
1 Word between “ready” and “fire”
2 Show with trophies depicting an astronaut: abbr.
3 Befitting
4 Golfer’s peg
5 Compute a sum
6 “Radio Free Europe” band
8 Alamo alternative
9 Word indicating a mistake in a quoted text
10 Family Ties family surname
11 First murder victim in Genesis
12 “A stitch in time saves ____”
13 A Passage to ____
14 Personal viewpoint
17 Rocker Stewart
18 Female deer
20 Basil or thyme, for example
23 32-Down, since January 4, 1896
24 Country singer Cline
25 Gives up
27 Japanese sash
28 Snail, for one (note: you want the alphabetically earlier of the two alternative spellings)
30 Foxy
32 Where Salt Lake City is
33 Swimming with ____ (1994 film)
35 Actress Marisa
36 Grp. for lawyers
37 Emulate a pigeon
40 Double Dare host Summers
41 Jane created by Charlotte Brontë
43 Palm fruit
46 Make a knot
49 Panama ____
50 Historic period
51 Neither’s partner
52 Was really into
53 112.5 degrees on a compass
54 Ex-soldier, for short

WORDY WEDNESDAY #419
TOUCHWORD 21
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This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron M. Sean Molley. 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 a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, all answers read across, and every letter shares an edge with at least one identical letter either immediately above or immediately below. The top and bottom rows are considered adjacent.

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Ring-tailed ____ / Chessman that can be fianchettoed / Beyond elegant
2 Mike’s Hard ____ (alcoholic beverage brand) / Overly concerned with one’s appearance, perhaps
3 Mexican lager brand / Skillful / “Down with Disease” band
4 Another name for cilantro / One of the Society Islands
5 Robin Hood’s maid / Sleep Number alternative / Certain pasta
6 Michael Sembello hit from Flashdance / Applying perfume, perhaps
7 ____ ray / ____ Sun (beverage brand) / Another name for the short-lived Volkswagen Type 181
8 Certain vocal composition / Key ____ / Employ
9 Walking stick / Level in a video game / Shape defined by x²+y²+z²=r²
10 Pig enclosures / Profoundly wise people / Newspaper-printing device
11 One of a circus performer’s pair / An Italian sausage / “Dress for Less” retailer
12 ____ Guys: Ultimate Knockout (2020 video game) / Edison’s rival / Drink made from champagne and orange juice
13 Some flat-chested women wear these / Landlocked Asian country / Mineral with perfect basal cleavage
14 Zebras / Certain wading bird / Care designed for the terminally ill
15 Freshen up, as decor / Not be in favor of

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ VCS (2021 microconsole based on a 1977 video game console)"?
* Patron Puzzle #86, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a Snake Crisscross.

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

Wordy Wednesday 417: Divided Into Columns 6

WORDY WEDNESDAY #415
PENT WORDS 83 (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 **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #416
SECTION SIX 41 (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 #417
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 6
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This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Kyle Nils. 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!
Note: The symbol indicates headlines from The Babylon Bee, the “trusted source for Christian news satire”.
Monty Python's Life of ____ (1979 film) __ __ __ __ __
                                        33 02 66 44 68
Assume a false identity on social media, perhaps __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                 13 80 72 85 20 41 07
† “USPS Finally Delivers Paul’s Third ____ To The __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   Thessalonians”                                 54 29 59 22 03 61 49
Baggy bottoms associated with the rapper who __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   performed “2 Legit 2 Quit”: 2 wds.        46 48 62 17 76 30 84 05 11 34 71
Milkshake ingredient: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                             01 09 27 58 63 65 19 24
† “Bill Clinton Calls ____ Pence's Strict Marital Practices __ __ __ __
   ‘Excessive’”                                             51 50 23 36
____ Jones (2001 film whose title character is a white __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   blood cell)                                         67 18 83 38 26 77 69
† “8 Techniques To Guarantee God Will Hear Your ____” __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                      55 78 79 39 14 31
† “Source: Answer To Any Question Sunday ____ Teacher Asks __ __ __ __ __ __
   Probably ‘Jesus’”                                       86 60 16 21 25 82
Final score where only one side of a contest has points __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                        56 47 04 42 08 32 35
Not even close to long-winded __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                              52 74 81 06 37 12 15 87
† “Riot Police Unsure If Their ____ Worked Since Libs Were __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   Already Crying”: 2 wds.                                 73 28 75 40 45 64 53
Cow’s nipple __ __ __ __
             70 10 57 43

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What Jane was created by Charlotte Brontë?
* What is another name for the short-lived Volkswagen Type 181?

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

Wordy Wednesday 416: Section Six 41

WORDY WEDNESDAY #414
HEX PATHFINDER 25 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #415
PENT WORDS 83 (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 #416
SECTION SIX 41
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This puzzle's grid has six rings and six sections. Each ring contains a series of words placed end to end, reading either clockwise or counterclockwise; all the words in a given ring will read in the same direction. Ring 1 (the outer ring) contains six answers that read clockwise; the starting spaces are numbered in the grid. Clues for the answers in the remaining rings are given in order, but their starting points and direction are for you to determine. The sections (separated by the heavy lines radiating from the center) will help you place the inner rings: in a given section, each ring segment contains all but one of the letters in the next segment outward. In other words, a section's outermost segment contains six letters; the next segment inward contains five of those six letters in some order; and so on, until only one of the original six letters remains.

Arrange the letters in the six starred spaces to form the final answer, a 6-letter word.
Ring 1
1 Chewing gum brand
2 Bear whose first appearance was on The Huckleberry Hound Show
3 ____ cream (custard dessert)
4 Will who appeared in the 2006 documentary Wordplay
5 Part of a reciprocating engine
6 Italian city where the Palazzo San Giorgio is located

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wordy Wednesday 415: Pent Words 83

WORDY WEDNESDAY #412
ANACROSSWORD 25 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Seth Christenfeld **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #413
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 11 (answer)
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Cole Kendall **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Seth Christenfeld **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #414
HEX PATHFINDER 25 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #415
PENT WORDS 83
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In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the Across clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the Pentominoes clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 One of multiple leads / “When in ____. . .”
2 Certain simple machine / Navajo dwelling
3 Tanka relative / ____ Beach Diet
4 One with ginger hair / “The ____ You Make Me Feel” (Michael Jackson hit)
5 First noun in the Second Amendment / Agricultural tool
6 Daughters of a sibling / Anywhere but Here novelist Simpson
7 Competes on The Voice, say / The ____ Limits
8 Kuala Lumpur resident, for example / Ocean ____ (cranberry juice brand)
9 And / “Kid ____. Mother Approved.” (Kix slogan)
10 Dish of seasoned rice and meat / Upper leg bone

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

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

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

Wordy Wednesday 414: Hex Pathfinder 25

WORDY WEDNESDAY #411
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 6 (answer)
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Pavel Curtis **
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Tyler Hinman **
Brian Cross **
Jason Boomer**
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #412
ANACROSSWORD 25 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #413
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 11 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #414
HEX PATHFINDER 25
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In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered hexagon and winds through the grid, starting in the indicated direction. When you have finished, every letter will be used in exactly two entries.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get the final answer, a 7-letter word.
1SW River deposit (5)
2SE Tie-breaking football period (8)
3W Legendary Indiana Pacer with the retired jersey number 31 (12, 2 wds.)
4SW Separating grain from chaff, say (7)
5SE One overly involved in their kid’s life (16, 2 wds.)
6SE Thrilling sensation (6)
7SW Byron White’s 1993 replacement (17, 3 wds.)
8W Hairlike structures on mammalian cells (5)
9SW “Full speed ____!” (5)
10NE Family of marine animals, including Hawaii’s humuhumunukunukuapuaa, whose name suggests a part of a gun (11)
11SE Kevin who portrayed Hercules (5)
12SW Chooses to be a part of something (6, 2 wds.)
13NW One of two in a Christmas carol (10)
14SE “____, Goodbye” (The Beatles song) (5)
15SW Belch (4)
16E Male sibs (4)
17NW “____ to the Chief” (4)
18SE Lightly burn (5)
19SW Excessive growth (5)
20W Reluctant (5)
21SW Women's fashion magazine since 1939 (7)
22W Minor dent (4)
23E Bite Squad competitor (7)
24E Car rental company founded in Orlando (not San Antonio, perhaps surprisingly) (5)
25SE 2005 movie starring Christian Bale (12, 2 wds.)
26W It might be prescribed for lowering a patient’s blood pressure (11, hyph.)
27W Reproof (8)
27SE ____ Forever After (2010 film) (5)
28E “In a ____ of speaking. . .” (6)
29E Structures housing a warship’s guns (7)
30SE One providing betting advice (7)
31W Helmet material, perhaps (4)

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

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

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

WORDY WEDNESDAY #410
PENT WORDS 82 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
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Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
M. Sean Molley **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Izak Bulten **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #411
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 6 (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #412
ANACROSSWORD 25
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Kyle Nils. 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!
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71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91
Note: The symbol † indicates headlines from The Babylon Bee, th“trusted source for Christian news satire”.
• † “Biden Appoints Construction Worker Donaldio Trumptinez To Finish ____ Wall”
• † “Hillary ____ Suggests That Americans Vote For President By Email”
• † “Calvinist Utterly Paralyzed By Number Of Choices On Coca-Cola ____ Machine”
• A reddish shade of purple, or a flower
• † “L, G, T, Q, And + Publicly Execute B For Implying There Are Only Two ____”
____ Troop (1992-1993 Disney cartoon)
• Portion of profit paid to the government: 2 wds.
• † “____ Sued For False Advertising After Study Shows Cats Were Just Making Standard Cat Noises And Not Asking For A Particular Brand Of Food”: 2 wds.
• Kid’s mother: 2 wds.
• Back of the neck
• Link’s Good Mythical Morning co-host
• Endurance
• Debut single for the Spice Girls
• Wesley Crusher portrayer Wil
• On a ____ (because of a sudden decision)
• Ineffectual or indecisive: hyph.
• Wimp

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

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

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

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

For full rules, see here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wordy Wednesday 411: Diagramless Crossword 6

WORDY WEDNESDAY #409
TOUCHWORD 20 (answer)
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Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Kyle Nils **
Mary Maynard **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Seth Christenfeld **

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

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

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

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

For full rules, see here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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