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Wordy Wednesday 382: Groups of Nine & Wordy Wednesday 383: Hex Pathfinder 23

WORDY WEDNESDAY #378
THE 64 PUZZLE SQUARE (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:
Leo Termin **
Pavel Curtis **
Tyler Hinman **
Adam Weaver **
John Bulten *
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #379
CRYPTICROSTIC 11 (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:
Leo Termin **
Adam Weaver **
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #380
PENT WORDS 76 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #381
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 14 (hint)
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DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ENTIRE FIRST QUARTER OF 2021!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #382
GROUPS OF NINE
These groups of nine just keep producing hit after hit.
Above, Central:
1. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ ▢ _; 2. _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ ▢     _ _ _; 3. _ _ _ _ _ _ _     ▢ _ _ _ _ _;
4. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ ▢ _ _; 5. _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _     ▢ _ _ _ _ _
Above, West:
6. _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ _ _     ▢ _ _ _ _ _; 7. _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ ▢ _ _ _ _ _; 8. _ _ _ _ _     _ _ ▢ _ _ _ _;
9. _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ ▢ _ _ _ _ _ _ _; 10. _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ ▢ _
Above, East:
11. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ ▢ _ _ _; 12. _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ ▢ _     _ _ _ _; 13. _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _     ▢ _ _;
14. _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _     ▢ _ _ _; 15. _ _ _     _ _ _ _     _ _ ▢ _ _ _ _
Neath, West:
16. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     ▢ _ _ _ _ _ _; 17. _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ ▢ _ _ _ _;
18. _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ ▢ _; 19. _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ ▢ _ _ _ _ _ _;
20. _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ ▢ _ _ _ _
Neath, East:
21. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ ▢ _ _ _ _; 22. _ _ _ _ _     _ ▢ _ _ _ _ _; 23. _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ ▢ _ _ _ _;
24. _ _ _     _ _ _ _     _ _ ▢ _; 25. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ _ ▢ _
Neath, Central:
26. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ ▢ _ _ _ _; 27. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ ▢ _ _ _ _; 28. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ ▢ _;
29. _ _ .     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ ▢ _ _ _; 30. _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ ▢ _ _

WORDY WEDNESDAY #383
HEX PATHFINDER 23
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Cindy HeislerSupport 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 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 Essayist ____ Waldo Emerson (5)
2NE Theory according to which financial benefits given to large businesses are also passed along to the rest of society (20, 2 wds., hyph.)
3NE Aardwolf relative (5)
4E Bane of many a teenager (4)
5SE Seafood soup or stew (7)
6E Unit of measure for a large soda bottle, perhaps (5)
7NE Vermont’s only Democratic United States Senator
so far (Bernie Sanders is an independent) (12, 2 wds.)
8SE Item from a ponderosa (8, 2 wds.)
9SE Not doing anything (4)
10E Spark (6)
11NW Archie Bunker’s nickname for Edith (7)
12W City with Sky Tower and Waitemata Harbour (8)
13W Unit for measuring an angle, perhaps (6)
14NE Young mallard (8)
14W 1982 film with Daniel Stern as Laurence “Shrevie” Schreiber (5)
15W ____ Poets Society (1989 film) (4)
16SE It's an 8 on the Mohs hardness scale (5)
17NW “I’m My Own ____” (hit song for Lonzo and Oscar) (7)
18SW He often prank calls Moe Szyslak (11, 2 wds.)
19NW ____ Simulator (computer game that simulates board games) (8)
20SE Candy bar created by the D. L. Clark Company, now made by The Hershey Company (6)
21W Famous Verdi opera (4)
22SW Type of restaurant whose name might contain a form of the word “pearl”, if the owner is feeling particularly punny (9, 2 wds.)
23NW Curved Arabian saber (8)
24W Speak pompously (5)
25SE Pricked painfully, as a bee might do (5)
26NW Category of literature, for example (5)
27E Not late, as a payment (6)
28SW Surreptitiously releasing private information (7)
29NE Function of a container (7)
29W One in a court, for short (5)
30E Spick’s partner (4)
31NW Free (6)
32E Luke Skywalker’s father (6)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 12-letter word for "Germany-based manufacturer of jigsaw puzzles, including the escape-room-inspired 'Escape Puzzle' series"? 
* What's a 5-letter word for "'Hardware ____' (Weird Al song)"? 

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

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