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!

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