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WORDY WEDNESDAY #382
GROUPS OF NINE (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 a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Cindy Heisler **
Leo Termin **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Adam Weaver **
Bo & Becky Green *
Jason Boomer **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #383
HEX PATHFINDER 23 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Leo Termin **
M. Sean Molley **
Mark Ballinger **
Stephen Potter **
Adam Weaver **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #384
HEX PATHFINDER 24 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #385
PENT WORDS 77 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY AVALANCHE TO KEEP Y'ALL BUSY WHILE TEXAS FIGURES OUT HOW ELECTRICITY WORKS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #386
SECTION SIX 38
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 Palindromic tool
2 Fist of the ____ Star (manga)
3 Dr. Quinn, ____ Woman (1993-1998 TV series)
4 A deep cut in one's flesh
5 Active during dark hours
6 William of ____ (14th century English philosopher)

Ring 2
* Swine's nose, for example
* Fish variety with light spots
* The act of hiding
* Flower that's often purple
* "The Gift of the ____"

Ring 3
* "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" singer Natalie
* Milk container, perhaps
* The Wolverine State
* Froot Loops mascot Sam, for one
 
Ring 4
* Socialize casually: 2 wds.
* Terminate, as a subscription
* C in a C major scale, for example
 
Ring 5
* Apparel
* StarKist offering

Ring 6
* "____ Up in You" (hit song for 38 Special)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #387
CODEWORDS 12
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.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #388
SPICY GERMAN SAUSAGE
In a German Sausage, a type of puzzle originating from the National Puzzlers League, when you take the indicated pairs of answers to the clues from the first list, combine their letters, and anagram them, you get the answers to the clues from the second list. (For example, ANAGRAM and SEGUES can be combined and anagrammed to make GERMAN SAUSAGE.) However, in this variation, you must add an extra letter to each pair of answers to make the longer answer (for example, you might make GERMAN SAUSAGE from ANAGRAM and GUESS plus an extra E). Rearrange the added letters to get the final answer, a 12-letter word.

Note: Unscrambling 12-letter words is hard, so you may go to https://sites.google.com/view/ww388-abcdefghijkl, replacing abcdefghijkl with the 12 added letters in order, for a free hint to unscramble the word without having to use an anagram solver.

1. Pieces of advice
2. Nothing more than
3. Big name in polo shirts
4. Small particle
5. Diplomatic behavior
6. Grammy-winning rapper Elliott
7. Be a braggart
8. Place to ice-skate
9. Bedding that might become a couch
10. Like some training
11. Hip hop partner of Ryan Lewis
12. Solo portrayed by Harrison Ford

1+2+__. Canine ____ (viral disease)
2+3+__. Update with a more contemporary look, say
3+4+__. Reptilian term for a ladies’ man (2 wds.)
4+5+__. Tell someone else, “Nice win!”, say
5+6+__. Happening in accordance with an orderly procedure
6+7+__. Members of plural marriages
7+8+__. Place to leave your car (2 wds.)
8+9+__. What musician John Shore invented in 1711 (2 wds.)
9+10+__. Making more difficult to understand, as computer code
10+11+__. Periods during television programming when ads are shown (2 wds.)
11+12+__. 1983 Culture Club hit (2 wds.)
12+1+__. Actor

WORDY WEDNESDAY #389
ANACROSSWORD 23
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 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 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94
With “The”, “16 Candles” band
Skillful
Medicine administration concern
What not to do to trolls
“Peaceful, Easy ____” (hit song for The Eagles)
Cold blended drink
Stand-up comic Jim
Like clothes given to you by an older sibling who previously wore them: hyph.
McConaughey of Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Wintertime glove
Word before “ring” or “swing”
“All You ____ Is Love”
Removed from power
“____ Your Booty” (KC and the Sunshine Band song)
Line-shortening knot
Forest associated with Robin Hood
Family surname in the sitcom Dinosaurs
____ your own horn (talk about yourself with excessive pride)
“Happy ____” (theme song of The Roy Rogers Show)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #390
PENT WORDS 78
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 "____ Harris's Cackle To Be Played Over Hell's Loudspeakers For All Eternity" (headline from Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee) / Didn't win
2 Astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish discovered the first one in 1967 / 5,280 feet
3 Endeavor / Sexual deviant, briefly
4 Milkshake / Hiss, as a steak being cooked
5 Collection of songs released as a unit / Allows
6 Taint / Effect created by rapidly moving a violin bow back and forth
7 Junction between neurons / Used a throne
8 Back talk / Stickler for unadulterated tradition
9 ____ the fat / Mexican food item wrapped in a corn husk
10 Less circumlocutory / "Report: There Will Be ____ In Hell But Only IPAs" (The Babylon Bee headline)

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* "Hell Confirmed To Be Eternal Ride On 'It's A ____ World'" (The Babylon Bee headline)
* "Hell Introduces 13 New Varieties Of Pineapple ____" (The Babylon Bee headline)
* "Satan Confirms Hell Is Just House Full Of ____ Detectors But You Can Never Figure Out Which One Is Beeping" (The Babylon Bee headline)
* Underground conduit for waste water
* Playful swimming mammal
* Collect
* Doomed
* Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward
* Common clock feature
* Relatives of buttes and plateaus
* Ensnares
* Disinfectant brand
* Metal fastener
* Stun gun trademark
* Jewish holiday on the 14th of Adar
* ____ Club Games (Shovel Knight developer)
* Shopping complexes
* Member of an Edmonton team

WORDY WEDNESDAY #391
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 5
This crossword has 58 entries in a 15x15 grid, obeys American crossword rules, and has standard rotational symmetry.
ACROSS
1 Restaurant item
5 Anglo-____
6 Legendary voice actor Blanc
9 Overly finicky female
10 Bills depicting Washington
12 First half of a clue to the final answer: ? wds.
16 Nothing
17 Length times width, for a rectangle
18 Neither’s partner
19 Some batteries
20 Texas, in every Presidential election from 1980 through 2020: 2 wds.
22 Record in advance, as a TV show
26 ____ Mix-a-Lot
27 Group of cattle
28 Sell
29 Kanga’s son
30 The northernmost of the three Baltic states
34 More fashionable at the moment
38 Venomous Egyptian snake
39 Actress Cash of You're the Worst
40 Website with lots of film info
41 Pile
42 Second half of a clue to the final answer: ? wds.
46 Second or third word in the title of a Doris Day hit
47 Princess in The Princess and the Frog
48 16-Across, slangily
49 Omit
50 Brooklyn NBA team
DOWN
1 Video game character named after a landlord
2 Word on a sign above a door, possibly
3 Have a snack
4 Exclusive
5 Not plentiful
6 Slow as ____
7 Rank below LTJG
8 Cohort of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael
11 Mucus, informally
12 ____ Factor (game show that aired 2001-2006, 2011-2012, and 2017-2018)
13 Anger
14 Was ahead
15 It's administered by Educational Testing Service: abbr.
16 Cook in the microwave
21 Color
23 Menace
24 Long period of time, to a Brit
25 Like a son in a New Testament parable
28 Prohibited
31 Repetitively-named dance popularized by rapper Silentó: 2 wds.
32 Swedish musician Danielson
33 Program installed on a smartphone
34 Chess great Mikhail
35 Some whiskeys
36 “As I see it”, online
37 What New York clocks are set to in June: abbr.
41 Places to wear gloves
43 ____ Lanka
44 Stuff secreted by the liver
45 Café au ____
COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Nothing, because I don't know whether Texas will have electricity or not by then! Enjoy having at least two weeks to solve this avalanche of puzzles! I will announce the next post a week in advance.

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