Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 4: Overbooked

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 5 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 1 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 3 (Side Effects May Include Disney-ness)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 16 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 2650. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $26.50. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, possibly with the aid of the hints.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 4:
OVERBOOKED
Kevin wants to read a good book, but everything’s out of order!
AAAGILNOST → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AACDEEHILNNNOOPSSSST → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AAEEFHIILNNORSSSSTT → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ABEEHRSW → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ACCDEHHIINNNOORSST → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ACCILNOOSSS → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ACFHIIINNORRSSTTW → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
ACOST → _ _ _ _ + _
AEEHINOPSS → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AEEILNORSTV → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AEHHMTTW → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AEJMSY → _ _ _ _ _ + _
AEKMR → _ _ _ _ + _
AHIIILNNPPPS → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
AMNNORS → _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
CDDEEENOPRST → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ + _
CDEHIMNOORSTTY → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
CDEHJNNOOOS → _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ + _
DEEJU → _ _ _ _ + _
DHHIJNORST → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ + _
EEEFIPRRSTT → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ + _
EHILMNOPR → _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
EKLSU → _ _ _ _ + _
FHIIMOORSTTTY → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ + _
FHIJMNORST → _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ + _
HJNOT → _ _ _ _ + _
ISTTTU → _ _ _ _ _ + _

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 4's hint and Part 5's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 475: Pent Words 95

WORDY WEDNESDAY #473
CODEWORDS 19 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #474
HEX PATHFINDER 29 (hint)
As of this writing, 13 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 #475
PENT WORDS 95
(click here for a PDF version)
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 Erudite one / ____-gallon hat
2 Three-point feat in horseshoes / Threat-ending word
3 Prayer-ending word / Freezing point?
4 Character played by Dean Winters in Allstate ads / “Hit the ____ Jack” (Ray Charles hit)
5 ____ of War (Epic Games franchise) / Gather
6 Nut of an oak tree / Screw up
7 Ditch around a castle / ____ on Infinite Earths (1985-1986 comic book series)
8 “You’re the ____” (song from The Karate Kid) / ____ effect
9 Thin nail / Be excessive in, as an activity
10 ____ of the ball / Declare void, as a marriage
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Heard who played Mera in Aquaman (2018)
* “Cliffs of ____” (Eric Johnson instrumental)
* Recess for a statue
* “Blue” singer Rimes
* Cookie ____ (breakfast cereal)
* Möbius ____
* Big name in electric vehicles
* Skedaddle
* Zagreb resident
* “This little piggy had ____ beef. . .”
* Mars ____ Moms (2011 film)
* Picture
* Cuban ballroom dance
* South Korea’s capital
* Not small
* Genesis tower site
* Item from the past
* The criminal burning of property

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "____ Roll (chocolate-flavored candy)"?
* What's a 6-letter word for "Calamity of Tiny Toon Adventures is one"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 3: Side Effects May Include Disney-ness

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters)puzzle PDFhint PDF
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece; 3 people solved it later for 25 points.
Part 2 (The Joy of Paintings)puzzle PDFhint PDF (new!)
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 1775. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $17.75. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzles for 25 points each, possibly with the aid of the hints.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 3:
SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE DISNEY-NESS
Ever since Kevin was gifted a Disney+ subscription, he always finds a way to fit the movies with his favorite characters into his schedule.
4 LETTERS
Dr. Calico
5 LETTERS
Thumper
Timothy Q. Mouse
Maui
Mushu
6 LETTERS
Olaf
Sabor
7 LETTERS
Jafar
Alma Madrigal
Pascal
8 LETTERS
Philoctetes
Tinker Bell
Nick Wilde
9 LETTERS
Sir Hiss
10 LETTERS
Jaq
Meeko
11 LETTERS
Tanana
Timon
12 LETTERS
Vanellope von Schweetz
13 LETTERS
Roquefort
Bagheera
16 LETTERS
Princess Eilonwy
17 LETTERS
Lumiere

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 3's hint and Part 4's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 474: Hex Pathfinder 29

WORDY WEDNESDAY #471
CODEWORDS 18 (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:
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman **
Damon French **
Kevin Orfield *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #472
HEX PATHFINDER 28 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Damon French **
Kevin Orfield **
Mary Maynard **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #473
CODEWORDS 19 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 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 #474
HEX PATHFINDER 29
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Cathy Bowen. Support 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 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.
1E Dish of cheese-topped tortilla chips (6)
2W Like some gases (5)
3E Stronghold (7)
4SE Gymnastic feat (10)
5W Garbage receptacle (8, 2 wds.)
6SW Legally bar (5)
7E Title character in a series of children’s books that all end, “That’s all there is, there isn’t any more” (8)
8SE French painter Pierre-Auguste ____ (6)
9SW Sport played with a flying disc (8)
10SE Fissure (4)
11NW Wandering (7)
12SW ____ monster (venomous lizard) (4)
13E Jungle 2 Jungle star (8, 2 wds.)
14SE Constellation with Polaris (9, 2 wds.)
15NE Billy Joel song that begins, “Call me a joker, call me a fool” (13, 4 wds.)
16E “Anti-”, grammatically (6)
17NW The tendency to favor evidence for one’s preconceptions over evidence against them (16, 2 wds.)
18NW River famously crossed by Julius Caesar (7)
19SW Some ankle bones (4)
20SE ____ Masters (2022 series where teams compete to set up chain reactions of falling tiles) (6)
21W 2004 title role for Jude Law (5)
22NW Two-speaker sound system (6)
23E Common allergen (6)
24W ____-of-service attack (6)
24SE Direct the course of, as a vehicle (5)
25E Car modified for speed and acceleration (6, 2 wds.)
26SW Rosie the ____ (1944 film) (7)
27NE Charles, Harry, and William, for three (7)
27NE Uncorrupted (8)
28NE Composer whose works are played in a piano competition held in Warsaw, Poland (6)
29E For a New Hampshire or Vermont governor, it’s two years long (4)
30NE Where military personnel eat (8, 2 wds.)
31E Certain onion (7)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Heard who played Mera in Aquaman (2018)"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 2: The Joy of Paintings

PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Introduction (what these puzzles are and why they're called "Kevin's Puzzles at Home"): click here
Part 1 (See Monsters): puzzle PDF, hint PDF (new!) 
* 17 people solved this within the first week for 50 points apiece.

The total number of points scored is 850. Thus, the current money pool for the Food Bank of West Central Texas is $8.50. If you haven't already, you may solve the above puzzle for 25 points, possibly with the aid of the hint.

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 2:
THE JOY OF PAINTINGS
Kevin found a couple of really old art pieces in the attic, but he suspects that one of them might be a forgery!

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 2's hint and Part 3's puzzle. Good luck!

Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy update: Anacrossword Twenty-Pack Two

This update to the Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy initiative is to announce the Anacrossword Twenty-Pack Two!
Artwork by Tintinabar
This pack contains 20 Anacrossword puzzles for the price of US$8, and is, as the title suggests, a sequel to the Anacrossword Twenty-Pack. Anacrosswords are a recurring puzzle on this blog, inspired by a concept seen in Games magazine eons ago. Combining crosswords and acrostic puzzles, when the letters in the crossword are transferred to the correspondingly-numbered blanks, each of these puzzles yields a quote followed by its author (as opposed to the ones on this blog which yield a clue to a final answer). Each puzzle comes in a hard version (in which the solver must determine where each answer goes, as well as where spaces and punctuation belong in the quote) and an easy version (in which these things are given to the solver). Puzzles vary in size from 51 blanks in the smallest puzzle to 168 blanks in the largest puzzle.

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), 10x10x10 Crosswords II (10 more 10x10 crosswords for US$5), 11x11x11 Touchword (11 11x11 Touchword puzzles for $3), and the Anacrossword Twenty-Pack (20 Anacrosswords for $8). Thank you!

Wordy Wednesday 473: Codewords 19

WORDY WEDNESDAY #470
PENT WORDS 94 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Edwin Chen **
Kevin Orfield **
Peter Vickers **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #471
CODEWORDS 18 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 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 #472
HEX PATHFINDER 29 (hint)
As of this writing, 13 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 #473
CODEWORDS 19
(click here for a PDF version)
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 6-letter word for "Composer whose works are played in a piano competition held in Warsaw, Poland"?
* Patron Puzzle #96, which will be delivered on May 8, 2022, exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a Mini-Puzzle Fun Pack.

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Kevin's Puzzles at Home, Part 1: See Monsters

INTRODUCTION
This series is inspired by the website Kevin's Puzzles, on which Kevin Orfield, who is a regular reader of this blog, posts a puzzle-hunt-style puzzle every Monday. Kevin Orfield's puzzles usually lean towards the easy side of this genre in order to target a less experienced and/or younger audience, yet I have still found them amusing enough to solve on a regular basis. Kevin's Puzzles at Home is my markedly inferior knockoff of Kevin's Puzzles, so called because of the "we have X at home" meme:
The puzzles in Kevin's Puzzles at Home will be easier than my Wordy Wednesday posts, and hopefully at least 80% as entertaining as the real Kevin's Puzzles. Kevin's Puzzles at Home will be presented by my "we have X at home" version of Kevin:
(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of any puzzle. Any resemblance between this Kevin and the real Kevin, or any real Kevin, is entirely coincidental.)
Kevin Edmund Kepler, the colorful and prodigious wolf depicted above with a solved 7x7x7 Awoo-bik's Cube in his paw, hopes that you enjoy the puzzles that he will be offering you over the course of these coming months!

Every Monday during May and June 2022, a new Kevin's Puzzles at Home puzzle will be posted at 12:01 AM (Central); as with the real Kevin's Puzzles, the final answer will be a word or phrase. Email me (at glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com) the correct solution to this puzzle within the next week to score 50 points. Each puzzle will also have a hint posted for it one week later; solving the puzzle while the hint is up will be worth 25 points. Part 9, which will be posted on June 27, is a meta puzzle which requires the answers to all of the previous puzzles in order to be solved; this puzzle will be worth double (100 points before the hint, 50 points after). The highest possible score a solver can attain will thus be 500 points, by solving each puzzle during its first week. For every point scored by my readers by 11:59 PM (Central) on July 10, I will donate 1¢ to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, up to a maximum of $100. (Thus, each solver can contribute a maximum of $5 to this pool.)

Unlike the real Kevin's Puzzles, which posts each puzzle's solution one week after its hint is posted, all puzzle solutions will be posted simultaneously on July 11. This will make the meta slightly harder, since you can't just look up the solutions to the previous puzzles to start solving it, but will also permit latecomers to score more points (and thus raise more money) than otherwise possible.

Have fun, and remember to check out the real Kevin's creations if these fake ones are up your alley!

KEVIN’S PUZZLES AT HOME, PART 1:
SEE MONSTERS
Kevin is scared – he heard a rumor that there are monsters hiding in this puzzle!

(This illustration by Tintinabar is not part of the puzzle.)

Submit your answer to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com for 50 points, and stay tuned next week for Part 1's hint and Part 2's puzzle. Good luck!

Wordy Wednesday 471: Codewords 18 & Wordy Wednesday 472: Hex Pathfinder 28

WORDY WEDNESDAY #469
SPICY GERMAN SAUSAGE 2 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #470
PENT WORDS 94 (hint)
As of this writing, 14 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 #471
CODEWORDS 18
(click here for a PDF version)
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 #472
HEX PATHFINDER 28
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Daren Bischel. Support 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 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 Fastener on a door (5)
2SE Beat (5)
2SE Old adage promoting eloquence over violent force (28, 7 wds.)
3E Uprising (6)
4SW Speedy (5)
5NW Utah senator Romney (4)
6W Inspirational leader’s quality (8)
7NW Rose feature (5)
8NW 1985 hit for Stevie Wonder (13, 2 wds., hyph.)
9SE Shinbone (5)
10SE Place to watch niche independent films (8, 2 wds.)
11E Won't You Be My ____? (2018 documentary about Mister Rogers) (8)
12E Choice morsel (6)
13E Senseless (5)
14SE Rose feature (5)
15NW Feed the kitty (4)
16SE Band that performed “Blue Monday” (8, 2 wds.)
17SW Keep possession of (6)
18NE He was officially designated the state hero of Connecticut in 1985 (10, 2 wds.)
19NW Device with which to point and click (5)
19SW “____ Tried” (Merle Haggard song) (4)
20SE Flash of lightning (11)
21SE Fill with wonder (5)
22NW Trainee (6)
23NW A sedimentary rock (5)
24NE Common Christmas decoration (6)
25SW Weft’s counterpart (4)
26NW Center (10, 2 wds.)
27NW Family Feud’s Fast Money, for one (10, 2 wds.)
28W Certain crustacean (5)
29W Bird in an Edgar Allan Poe poem (5)
30W Vanessa of Coriolanus (2011) (8)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Codewords!

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 470: Pent Words 94

WORDY WEDNESDAY #468
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 13 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #469
SPICY GERMAN SAUSAGE 2 (hint)
As of this writing, 10 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 #470
PENT WORDS 94
(click here for a PDF version)
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 Mix recipe ingredients, perhaps / Marvel Comics character who can freeze things
2 Hooded snakes / Dwindle
3 ____ Pursuit (board game) / “____ But True” (Metallica song)
4 Warm / Brandenburg Concertos composer
5 ____ Tom’s Cabin / Greek flatbreads
6 Basco who played Rufio in Hook (1991) / It can be rough
7 Buddy / Of low social rank
8 Creatures which serve as Duke Igthorn’s minions in Adventures of the Gummi Bears / Dome-shaped home
9 A carbohydrate / Incline (towards)
10 A pointed throwing weapon / Farley Drexel Hatcher’s sweet nickname in a series of novels by Judy Blume
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Blog entries
* Egyptian city near Lake Nasser
* Bakula of Quantum Leap
* Push gently
* Tool for making mashed potatoes
* Shinbone
* According to Genesis, one covered the entire Earth
* “Gangnam ____” (hit song for Korean rapper Psy)
* Ear ____
* Fruit used in making wine
* Containers for vaccines, often
* Bengal ____
* “Rhythm of the ____” (DeBarge hit)
* Primitive calculators
* Pascal of Game of Thrones
* Like a male lion, but not a lioness
* Winter neckwear item
* Undue swiftness

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Codewords!
* What's an 8-letter word for "Won't You Be My ____? (2018 documentary about Mister Rogers)"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, happy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 469: Spicy German Sausage 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #466
SECTION SIX 46 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #467
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 19 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #468
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 13 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 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 #469
SPICY GERMAN SAUSAGE 2
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Cathy Bowen. Support 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 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 in (parentheses) to make a 6-letter word, and rearrange the added letters in [square brackets] to make a 6-letter word. Write these words in the final set of blanks, and rearrange the letters in {curly braces} to make a 6-letter word, the final answer.

1. Type of wrestling that’s popular in Japan
2. There are two in a quart
3. Supreme Court justice Sandra ____ O’Connor
4. Provide one’s username and password, say (2 wds.)
5. Kept
6. Small branch
7. Not far
8. Incites, with “on”
9. Careful management of money
10. Sesame Street Muppet with orange fur
11. Trumpets and oboes, for example
12. ____ for Humanity (house-building nonprofit)

1+2+(__). The taking up of Mary, in Catholicism
2+3+[__]. Like the dark future in some sci-fi
3+4+(__). With love
4+5+[__]. The ancestor of our modern language (2 wds.)
5+6+(__). Alloy used as imitation platinum (2 wds.)
6+7+[__]. Pajamas and such
7+8+(__). Anne Brontë’s debut novel (2 wds.)
8+9+[__]. Nervousness felt around an audience (2 wds.)
9+10+(__). Malfunctioning (3 wds.)
10+11+[__]. Reduced the number of employees, for example
11+12+(__). The tactic of trying to upsell a customer from an initially attractive cheap item (3 wds.)
12+1+[__]. Popular name for a form of the tu quoque fallacy

(Parentheses): __ {__} __ {__} {__} __
[Square brackets]: {__} __ __ {__} __ {__}
{Curly braces}: __ __ __ __ __ __

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Bakula of Quantum Leap"?

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Wordy Wednesday 468: DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 13

WORDY WEDNESDAY #465
PENT WORDS 93 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Michael Lebowitz **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman 
David Tracy **
Kevin Orfield **
Patrick Jordan *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #466
SECTION SIX 46 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #467
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 19 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #468
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 13
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  __ __    __ __’__    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __    __    __ __ __ __    __ __
             ^           ^        ^        ^        ^              ^           ^
  __ __ __   *__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __   *__ __ __ __ __ __,   __ __ __ __ __ __
       ^           ^        ^        ^           ^        ^           ^        ^
  __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __-__ __ __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __’__
          ^           ^        ^        ^        ^           ^        ^
  __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __   *__ __ __ __    __ __ __’__   “__ __ __”
       ^           ^        ^           ^        ^           ^           ^
  __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __.
       ^           ^  
__ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __    __ __ __
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 95 96
Texas city named after a Kansas city __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                     14 63 28 42 69 93 56
Gourd shaped like the nut of an oak tree: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                 18 81 59 89 29 45 49 85 72 05 74
Make X-shaped needlework: hyph. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                33 86 46 83 68 90 76 25 24 17 96
Common practice __ __ __ __ __ __
                84 47 67 73 78 37
Excess of expenditure over revenue __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                   26 16 02 06 53 35 82
Soap opera of which The Colbys was a spin-off __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                              60 38 23 07 61 70 94
Mythical grave-robbing monsters __ __ __ __ __ __
                                30 77 43 50 48 64
Color between blue and violet on a spectrum __ __ __ __ __ __
                                            80 20 71 87 41 39
Neil Diamond song covered by UB40: 3 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                          58 66 09 52 19 57 91 03 44 27
One of the Society Islands __ __ __ __ __ __
                           08 36 11 32 15 75
Source of bad luck in military cigarette- __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   lighting superstitions: 4 wds.         21 54 55 13 22 92 40 51 34 01 95 10 62
Diaeresis look-alike __ __ __ __ __ __
                     12 65 31 04 88 79

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What was Anne Brontë's debut novel?
* Patron Puzzle #95, which will be delivered on April 8, 2022, exclusively to Patreon supporters at the Super Fan level and up ($5 or more per month), is a Word Games Puzzle.

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Wordy Wednesday 466: Section Six 46 & Wordy Wednesday 467: Snake Crisscross 19

WORDY WEDNESDAY #464
WORD PUZZLE IN THREE COLORS (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:
Cathy Bowen *
Cole Kendall **
James Haddad **
Karen Spencer **
M. Sean Molley **
Randy Rogers **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Jason Boomer **
Jason Taniguchi **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
[anonymous] *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #465
PENT WORDS 93 (hint)
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LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #466
SECTION SIX 46
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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 Turn away
2 Commute to work together, perhaps
3 Exorcist’s target
4 Search for water with a rod
5 New ____, Louisiana
6 Acquire

Ring 2
* Benedict Arnold’s crime
* “That makes my blood ____!”
* ____ Genesis Evangelion (anime series)
* Malcolm in the ____ (2000-2006 sitcom)
* A hard dinnerware material

Ring 3
* Some single-reed woodwinds
* Like some chicken wings: hyph.
* The ____, the Witch and the Wardrobe
* Small replica of a train, for example

Ring 4
* It may be Petrarchan or Shakespearean
* Texas city which was the capital of the former Republic of the Rio Grande
* Mouse once voiced by Marcellite Garner

Ring 5
* “There’s a ____ in My Beer” (Hank Williams song)
* Donald X. Vaccarino game that invented the deck-building genre

Ring 6
* Samantha who played Maria Gonzales in Code 46 (2003), or a big name in salt


WORDY WEDNESDAY #467
SNAKE CRISSCROSS 19
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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
Give pain to
Emulate an archaeologist
Janitor’s item
____ talk
4 LETTERS
Jurassic World: ____ Cretaceous (Netflix series)
Spanish painter Salvador
Heron relative
Seaweed
The Daily ____ (London newspaper)
“Skip a ____” (Henson Cargill song)
Recipe instruction, possibly
Drive down, as wet concrete
Cereal pursued by a rabbit
5 LETTERS
____ Management (2003 film with Adam Sandler)
Gorge
Colgate alternative
Ryan who played Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies
____ punt (canine term for a football tactic also called a quick kick)
Harold of Ghostbusters
6 LETTERS
Like some Middle-earth languages
Like an accounting year
Become more lively: 2 wds.
7 LETTERS
Understood
Gin/vermouth cocktail
8 LETTERS
Patrick of SpongeBob SquarePants, for one
Advocates
9 LETTERS
Highly theatrical and emotional work
SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Generous
Easily broken
Bicycle part
Kicks back
____ as a whip
6 LETTERS
Small restaurant
Make different
“____ Line” (Elton John/Stevie Wonder song)
Rectangular array in mathematics
Can ____ (kitchen device)
Lower part of the human trunk
Certain citrus fruit
Former Supreme Court justice Antonin
8 LETTERS
Coffee-flavored Italian dessert
9 LETTERS
Holiday marked by a New Orleans parade: 2 wds.
10 LETTERS
The MVP of Super Bowl LVI: 2 wds.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "Texas city named after a Kansas city"?

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Word Wednesday 465: Pent Words 93

WORDY WEDNESDAY #463
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 12 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
James Haddad **
Karen Spencer **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #464
WORD PUZZLE IN THREE COLORS (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #465
PENT WORDS 93
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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 “The wheels on the ____ go round and round. . .” / ____ John, M.D. (1979-1986 medical drama)
2 Handles for sword fighters / The Grapes of ____
3 Play it by ____ / Due ____
4 Be in accord / The heaviest inert gas
5 Wrack and ____ (complete destruction) / Series, as of consecutive wins
6 Dedicate / Some beers
7 Three-____ sloth / Two-speaker sound system
8 ____-teacher conference / Better Call ____ (AMC legal drama)
9 Relatives of the extinct quagga / ____ butter
10 Dora Winifred Read’s older brother / “We’re an American ____” (Grand Funk Railroad song)
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* November birthstone
* “I ____ It Through the Grapevine”
* ____ sprawl
* “I ____ Mi Amor” (Color Me Badd song)
* “Camptown ____”
* “Let’s get down to ____ tacks”
* What’s the ____ That Could Happen? (2001 film)
* Reasons to go to an auto repair shop, perhaps
* Spaghetti ____
* South Korea’s capital
* “Quit while you’re ____”
* Fail to be in accord
* The third planet from the sun
* Shopping ____ (1996-1997 game show)
* Observes
* The House That Jack ____ (2018 horror film)
* City where the Art Gallery of Western Australia is located
* Make changes to

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Samantha who played Maria Gonzales in Code 46 (2003), or a big name in salt"?
* What's a 5-letter word for "____ punt (canine term for a football tactic also called a quick kick)"?

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Wordy Wednesday 464: Word Puzzle in Three Colors

WORDY WEDNESDAY #462
PATHFINDER 29 (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 **
Cathy Bowen **
Cindy Heisler **
James Haddad **
Joe Bernard **
Karen Spencer **
Mary Maynard **
Stephen Potter **
Tyler Hinman **
Kevin Orfield **
Michael Lebowitz **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #463
DIV IDE DIN TOT RIP LES 12 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #464
WORD PUZZLE IN THREE COLORS
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Citizens pay them to governments
State whose motto is “Friendship”
Word puzzle on Classic Concentration

Crash ____ Kart (video game)
Have a second attempt at
Metric volume unit’s American spelling

“All of Me” singer Sinatra
Apple, banana, cherry, or pear
Conscript (someone) for military service

Canada’s flag depicts its leaf
Digging tool or card suit
I ____ of Jeannie (sitcom)

Footballers who play in Chicago
Horned African mammal, in brief
Jaws is this marine predator

Answer to the first trio
Answer to the second trio
Answer to the third trio
Answer to the fourth trio
Answer to the fifth trio

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "The House That Jack ____ (2018 horror film)"?

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