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WORDY WEDNESDAY #394
CODEWORDS 13 (answer)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #395
PENT WORDS 79 (answer)
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Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
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Tamara Brenner *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #396
SECTION SIX 39 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #397
TOUCHWORD 19 (hint)
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DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ENTIRE FIRST QUARTER OF 2021!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #398
PATHFINDER 22
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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 Of a nostalgic style (5)
2 “Death Penalty Still Permissible For People Who Drive Slowly In The Left Lane, ____ Francis Clarifies” (headline from Christian satire news site The Babylon Bee) (4)
2 Spinach-eating cartoon sailor (6)
3 “SNL Fires Comedian Accused Of Telling ____ Joke” (Babylon Bee headline) (5)
3 Sweet fair treat (6 4)
4 “Activists Fight ____ By Driving All People Of Color Out Of Pop Culture” (Babylon Bee headline) (6)
5 Fate (6)
6 Reference (4)
7 Return, as Press Secretary Jen Psaki might promise to do to a question (6 4)
8 Word before “cell” or “sofa” (7)
9 Less lengthy (7)
10 Miniature racing vehicle (4)
11 “Christian Radio Station Expands ____ To Nine Different Songs” (Babylon Bee headline) (8)
12 Italian capital (4)
13 Cheap curios (4-1-4)
14 “Life Hack: If You're Voting Third-Party, Save On Postage By Throwing Your Ballot Directly In The ____” (Babylon Bee headline) (5)
15 Establishment with coin-operated games (6)
16 “Overbearing Friend Occasionally Wants To ____ Out, Talk, Text” (Babylon Bee headline) (4)
17 Leader of the pack (5)
18 “Biden Suggests Stopping Criminals By Making Them Slip On Banana ____” (Babylon Bee headline) (5)
19 Certain crustacean (4)
20 A region in Italy (6)
20 Kidnap (8)
21 It may be made of coral (4)
22 Fish that uses suction to cling to larger fish (6)
23 ____ acid (5)
24 Italian physicist Enrico (5)
25 “Shocking Investigation Reveals Pastor Bribed Congregants To Say ‘____’” (Babylon Bee headline) (4)
26 1/16 of a pound (5)
27 Say a word correctly (9)
27 Difficult situations (12)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #399
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 15
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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
Couple
Inventor Whitney
Significant time period
Standard
4 LETTERS
Stand-up comic Cook
Billionaire Michael of tech fame
Jazz great Fitzgerald
At any time
What you might do with wet laundry
Assist
“That hurt!”
____ Office
Comedian Foxx
Symbol on a music staff, perhaps
Strike with an open hand
Seattle ____ (Triple Crown winner)
“How Great ____ Art”
St. John’s ____
5 LETTERS
Lower in rank
Savory smell
Ed of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Fill with joy
Addressee of the epistle of 3 John in the Bible
Idle
Woodworking need
____ pollution
Academy-founding Greek
Like online ads that create their own windows: hyph.
Actress Sink of Stranger Things
Round where the final four compete, briefly
Have in common
Lawyer Ken who gained fame during the Clinton administration
Chart of multiplication results, say
6 LETTERS
Hamper
Lessee
City in Spain famed for its swords
Trademarked name of Sildenafil
Righteousness
7 LETTERS
Pittsburgh baseball team
8 LETTERS
Parachutist’s shout
20 LETTERS
2016 song, often abbreviated to four letters, about combining writing implements and fruits: 4 wds.
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Goodbye
Furor
Tyler Perry’s ____ of Payne
Colorful gemstones
Imagos-to-be
Mattress company with numbered sheep in its advertising
“I ____ Not Be Moved”
____ Recall (1990 film)
Cow organ
6 LETTERS
Unconcerned with right or wrong behavior
Greek goddess of wisdom
Corroborate
Item with pips, perhaps
Injured spot on the body
Hobbled
The ____ Trap (1961 film remade in 1998)
Historic rider Paul
____ effect
Fixes one’s gaze
____ Trap (1984-1985 game show)
Gardener’s item
7 LETTERS
The most common bowling game
8 LETTERS
Drove back
9 LETTERS
Far from cheerful
11 LETTERS
Agreement where a defendant accepts a lesser charge: 2 wds.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Tim of Last Man Standing"?
* A pair of Foxgeryptics!
* What's an 8-letter word for "____ Lane (Desperate Housewives location)"?
* A Codewords!

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