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Wordy Wednesday 384: Hex Pathfinder 24 & Wordy Wednesday 385: Pent Words 77

WORDY WEDNESDAY #380
PENT WORDS 76 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Adam Weaver **
Bo & Becky Green **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
William Dunbar *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #381
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 14 (answer)
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Bonnie Veenschoten **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Adam Weaver **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
William Dunbar *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #382
GROUPS OF NINE (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #383
HEX PATHFINDER 23 (hint)
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DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ENTIRE FIRST QUARTER OF 2021!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #384
HEX PATHFINDER 24
This puzzle contains words suggested by furry artist SwizzleDrizzle and by patron M. Sean Molley. 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 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.
1W Give back (7)
2E Scholarly (8)
3NW Magician’s interjection, perhaps (6)
3E Neighbor of Chile and Colombia (4)
4SW The official state cuisine of Louisiana (5)
5NE False appearances (7)
6E Budding (7)
7W The first half of an if-then proposition, in logic (10)
8SE Persist in doing something difficult (9, 2 wds.)
9E Feudal laborer (4)
10E Title given to Jesus by John the Baptist (9, 3 wds.)
11W Fettuccine ____ (popular Italian dish) (7)
12SW Zeal (5)
13SE The Adventures of ____ and Otis (4)
14SW ____ and the Lost City of Gold (2019 film) (4)
15SW Toilet alternative for many a hospital patient (6)
16SE Sweet-sounding surname of not-at-all-sweet antagonist Calvin from Django Unchained (6)
17W Bass-heavy genre of electronic dance music (7)
18E Messing of Will & Grace (5)
19NW Be rueful (6)
20W Cornmeal mush (7)
21SW Hairless breed of cat that sounds like a riddle-giver in Egyptian mythology (6)
22NW National ____ Heritage Month (annual September 15-October 15 celebration of Latin-American culture) (8)
23E 2015 Expedia acquisition (11)
24NE Germany-based manufacturer of jigsaw puzzles, including the escape-room-inspired “Escape Puzzle” series (12)
25SW Many-headed Greek monster (5)
26NE LaBeouf of Even Stevens (4)
26SE Trojan War herald whose name can refer to any loud-voiced person (7)
27SW “Curse it!” (4)
28SE Item at many award shows (9, 2 wds.)
29SW Nary a soul (5, 2 wds.)
30SE Rainfall associated with a seasonal wind (7)
31NW Scope (6)
32NW What you do when you’re adding numbers and the sum of the digits in one column is greater than 9 (5)
33NE Angels & ____ (2000 Dan Brown bestseller) (6)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #385
PENT WORDS 77
This puzzle contains words suggested by patron M. Sean MolleySupport 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, 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 Odin's Huginn and Muninn in Norse mythology, for two / Smart
2 Gloom's partner / Kansas city that changed its name to Google for one month
3 Tennis great Agassi / Beethoven's "Rage Over a Lost Penny", for one
4 Washington city with Amazon's headquarters / Pre-meal course, informally
5 "The ____ We Do for Love" (10cc song) / Plant or animal on which a parasite lives
6 "The Girl from ____" (bossa nova standard) / Pimple, slangily
7 "____ in Your Tears" (Nicki Minaj song) / An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of this
8 Mascot for Progressive / Australian mammal similar to a kangaroo
9 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at ____ (2000-2007 Adult Swim series) / Elsa from Born Free, for one
10 Iterate again / Odin's Geri and Freki in Norse mythology, for two

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Its atomic number is 86
* Duplicate
* Malevolence
* Suggest, as an explanation
* Tongue-in-____
* Frame of a comic strip
* It "gazes also into you", as per Nietzsche
* Touch
* Assume the parenting of
* Complete a sudoku, for example
* "Hardware ____" (Weird Al song)
* Black ____ (spider)
* Microsoft cloud computing service
* Out of bed
* Emergency signal, perhaps
* Emit a low angry rumble
* Chef's protective garment
* Rover's restraint

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Fist of the ____ Star (manga)"?
* A Codewords!

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