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Wordy Wednesday 214: Snake Crisscross & Wordy Wednesday 215: Pent Words 43

WORDY WEDNESDAY #210
PENT WORDS 42 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
James Sinnett **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #211
PATHFINDER 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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
James Sinnett **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Deusovi **
John Bulten **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #212
TOUCHWORD 6 (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 #213
HEX PATHFINDER 13 (hint)
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DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ALL MONTH LONG!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #214
SNAKE CRISSCROSS
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
Tavern offering
Ernie known as “The Big Easy”
Egg cells
Throne
Number of frames in a bowling game
4 LETTERS
Expresses disapproval, perhaps
Color pattern for blending in with surroundings
Scorch
Game show where contestants had 24 hours to study material they’d be quizzed on
Trial version of software
Chap
Expert
Emcee
Bill of fare
Bites
Proboscis
Was in debt
Circus venue
Promote
5 LETTERS
Green ____ (1965-1971 sitcom)
Clean oneself
Scoundrel
En ____ (on the way)
Ken who investigated the Clinton administration
6 LETTERS
Bleeds
7 LETTERS
Passage from one place to another
8 LETTERS
Alienate
Uneducated
Sound at a comedy club
Baseball player, nicknamed “Charlie Hustle”, who was banned for betting on games: 2 wds.
Possible course of events
9 LETTERS
Ensure

SNAKE WORDS
5 LETTERS
Pleasant smell
Prophet
María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baez, more familiarly
____ the Matrix (2003 video game)
Casper is a friendly one
Christopher of This Is Spinal Tap
Kelly of One Tree Hill
Banished
Asian noodle variety
Some mixed precipitation
Apparatus in a submarine
6 LETTERS
Lansbury of Murder, She Wrote
Declared openly
____ on a Dime (HGTV series)
Eluded on foot
Powerful
Socially unacceptable things
7 LETTERS
Sticky substance used in roofing and soaps: 2 wds.
8 LETTERS
Shape of the moon, sometimes
12 LETTERS
Straight

WORDY WEDNESDAY #215
PENT WORDS 43
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 Total ____ (1990 sci-fi film) / Guns & ____ (magazine devoted to firearms)
2 Cutlery brand made famous in infomercials / Range
3 Spit / Allergic reaction of sorts
4 Bird associated with carrying babies / Bit of gossip
5 Textile made from cellulose / ____ acid
6 Move about aimlessly / "____ Ride" (Foghat song)
7 Be apprehensive about / Hawkeye State native
8 ____ Pie (Nestlé ice cream brand) / The front of a ship
9 Not fair, as a baseball / Gleam
10 Reverberate / ____-eye dog

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* I Have No ____, and I Must Scream (1995 video game)
* 1994 movie about a seal who befriends a girl
* Monetary unit of Norway
* The Suez, for one
* Authored
* What Kuzco is turned into in The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
* What you might do to a wet towel
* It's made from animal tusks
* Jaq in Cinderella (1950), for example
* ____ & Martin's Laugh-In
* Single-masted boat
* One of the five basic tastes
* Philbin who popularized the catchphrase, "Is that your final answer?"
* Selected
* Bones next to ulnae
* John Landis who patented a jar
* Colonel Jack author Daniel
* ____ poll

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Peninsula surrounded by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov"?
* What's a 6-letter, 2-word answer for "Song advising the listener to 'give the past a slip'"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 212: Touchword 6 and Wordy Wednesday 213: Hex Pathfinder 13

WORDY WEDNESDAY #208
ANACROSSWORD 15 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
James Sinnett **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #209
PATHFINDER 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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
James Sinnett **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #210
PENT WORDS 42 (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 #211
PATHFINDER 7 (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!

DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ALL MONTH LONG!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #212
TOUCHWORD 6
In a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, every letter shares an edge with at least one identical letter either immediately above or immediately below. The top and bottom rows are considered adjacent. (You can think of it as a diagramless, cylindrical Share-A-Letter puzzle.)

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Daft Punk song containing 261 instances of the word "it" in under 3 minutes / Makes a mistake
2 Astronomer or Penny Arcade character Brahe / Of a bygone era / Roman goddess of agriculture
3 Tropical storm in the China sea / Sets of false teeth
4 Subatomic particle with one or more strange quarks / ____ and potatoes / Exploits
5 Bob of The Ghost Breakers (1940) / Elbow ____ / French painter Henri
6 Cowboy's greeting / The “Oxford” one irks, annoys, and aggravates some people / A dishwasher cycle
7 Obscene / Ending passage of a piece of music / React to a painful video, perhaps
8 Substance with a pH level greater than 7 / Substance with a pH level less than 7 / Measure of a large land area
9 Prophet who married a prostitute / Spin ____ (1996-2002 sitcom) / Jim Jacobs/Warren Casey musical
10 Word before "run" or "stretch" / Out of practice / Metamorphic rock with bands
11 Upper arm bone / They’re used for painting handicap symbols on parking spots
12 Jackman who played Wolverine / It wakes everyone up on a farm / Blue Öyster ____
13 Overwatch character McCree's favorite time of day: 2 wds. / Path of flowing electricity
14 About one-sixth of an inch, in typography / Boy band whose name sometimes has an asterisk in front of it / The largest airline in Spain
15 Nuts in praline candy / He said, "All pitchers are liars or crybabies": 2 wds.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #213
HEX PATHFINDER 13
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 Hit song for The Who (12, 2 wds.)
2NW Balance beam user (7)
3NW Brand of artificial playing surface (9)
3SW Lower in rank (5)
4SE The Little ____ (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry work) (6)
5W “____ the Broken Road” (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song covered by Rascal Flatts) (5)
6NE Used cigarette ends (5)
7NW Monetary units formerly used in Cannes (6)
8NE Subdivision of an act (5)
9E JFK and others (8)
10NW Capture with a hand (4)
10E Former Ohio senator John (5)
11NW Not short (4)
12NW Tool for some artists (6)
13SE “____ Discretion Iz Advised” (N.W.A song) (8)
14SE Former Dallas Cowboy Tony (4)
15NE Hair salon offering (5)
15NE Animal that can supposedly suck the contents out of an egg while leaving the shell intact (6)
16NW Come into view (6)
17W Surmise (5)
18E Max Keeble's Big ____ (2001 Disney movie) (4)
18E Most frequent value in a data set (4)
19W Popular dating app (6)
20W Grammatical construction that’s guaranteed to endlessly annoy certain people (15, 2 wds.)
21W Moonstone, for one (8)
22NE Stuff between bricks (6)
23E “Phooey!” (4)
24SW Taking out the trash, for one (5)
24SW TV chef Julia (5)
25SE Role for Christopher Biggins in I, Claudius (4)
26SW F. H. Bradley, philosophically (8)
27E ____ Waters (Danielle Steel novel) (7)
28W Foreordain (7)
29NW Muslim mystic (4)
30E Inhibit the growth of (5)
31SE Piece attaching a door to a doorframe (5)
32SW Up to the point that (5)
33W “On This Night of a Thousand Stars” musical (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "Game show where contestants had 24 hours to study material they’d be quizzed on"?
* What's a 5-letter word for "Philbin who popularized the catchphrase, 'Is that your final answer?'"
* Patron Puzzle #36, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($1 or more per month) on or before April 15, is a Snake Crisscross. If you aren't already supporting me on Patreon, consider doing so to gain access to awesome bonus puzzles!

Wordy Wednesday 210: Pent Words 42 & Wordy Wednesday 211: Pathfinder 7

WORDY WEDNESDAY #208
ANACROSSWORD 15 (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 #209
PATHFINDER 6 (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!

DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ALL MONTH LONG!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #210
PENT WORDS 42
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 "Pentagon Recommends Nation Play Through All ‘____’ Video Games In Preparation For Imminent Nuclear Apocalypse" (headline from Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee) / Like many unsafe winter roads
2 Devastate / ____ House (American restaurant chain)
3 Do not overlook / Elbow ____
4 Hasbro war game / Charm
5 More uncanny / Facial feature for which Jay Leno is famous
6 A trigonometric function / ____ Runner (1983 Brøderbund video game)
7 Crackle and Pop's partner / Say again
8 Bodily disorder / Ketchum of the Pokémon anime
9 Alight / Bother
10 By ____ of (because of) / Car carrying a coffin
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* "Multi-Campus Church Debuts New 3D Experience To Make It Feel Like Pastor Is Actually ____" (Babylon Bee headline)
* It borders Oman and Saudi Arabia
* Not domesticated
* Military surveillance, briefly
* Cassettes
* Unwanted sound
* Permit
* Ted Cassidy's The Addams Family role
* "____ in Heaven" (Eric Clapton song)
* Flabbergast
* Singer Minaj
* Emulate Romeo and Juliet, perhaps
* Third of a third
* Concepts
* Make corrections to
* Month whose birthstone is the diamond
* City on the Mohawk River
* Copal, for example

WORDY WEDNESDAY #211
PATHFINDER 7
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 Asteroid ____ (4)
1 1999 movie based on a 1976 Isaac Asimov story (12 3)
2 It begins, “We believe in one God. . .” (6 5)
3 Michelle Obama's alma mater (9)
4 Pertaining to the sense of smell (9)
5 Did some calculus, perhaps (10)
6 Brand of cooler named after a marine animal (4)
7 Gardener’s container (9)
8 Misty of Hee Haw (4)
9 Implement for Roger Federer (6 6)
10 Fashion designer Burch (4)
11 Last Call with ____ Daly (6)
12 Elliot of Open Season (2006), for one (4)
13 Whistling kitchen item (9)
14 Avis rival (5)
15 The Old Farmer’s ____ (7)
16 Goal (6)
17 Meal-ending courses (8)
18 Proofreading symbols indicating where something needs to be added (6)
19 Statue carved by Pygmalion in Greek myth (7)
19 Top-tier chess player (11)
20 Hydrochloric ____ (4)
21 ____ House (book publisher) (6)
22 The Godfather soundtrack composer Rota (4)
23 Michael Sembello song in Flashdance (6)
24 Trouble (8)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Who said, "All pitchers are liars or crybabies"?
* What's a 6-letter word for "The Little ____ (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry work)"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

I'm back from the psych ward!

At least half a dozen people expressed desires for me to live on Patreon, and one prominent puzzler even gave me their phone number, which I dialed a lot during my inpatient therapy phone hours. Hopefully I'll remember all of you kind folks next time I'm depressed and maybe not talk about killing myself.

To compensate for my absence, I will post double Wordy Wednesdays throughout all of April. I am also pleased to announce that I am now receiving $125 per month on Patron, and that having hit that milestone, I will now post double Wordy Wednesdays on the last Wednesday of all months! I will also post double the Patron Puzzles on Patreon, one per month for $5+ supporters, and one per month for all supporters! Now's a better time than ever to support your favorite fuzzy puzzlemaster and get rewarded for it!

Wordy Wednesday 209: Pathfinder 6

Note: This puzzle was originally written hastily on an iPhone on the way to a behavioral health clinic during a bout with suicidal ideation. The easy version of WW208 was not yet prepared.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #207
PATHFINDER 5 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Patrick Jordan **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #209
PATHFINDER 6
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 Mallow genus with large, showy flowers (8)
2 McEntire who became the first woman to portray Colonel Sanders in KFC ads in 2018 (4)
2 Money paid back after a purchase (6)
3 Now-defunct search engine bought by Yahoo! (9)
4 The smallest Japanese dog breed (5 3)
5 ____ of Man (4)
6 Sailor’s sword (7)
7 Irresponsible (8)
8 German engine inventor Rudolf (6)
9 ____ Juice (Judy Blume novel) (7)
10 Country cornbread (4)
10 Nightshade genus whose name comes from a word meaning “tobacco” (7)
11 The floor, in a certain game (4)
12 Tartan-patterned fabric (5)
13 Popular sandwich in Philadelphia (11)
14 Of ____ I Sing (Gershwin musical) (4)
15 Fifth book of the New Testament (4)
16 Courtroom employee, for short (5)
17 Madama Butterfly composer Giacomo (7)
18 Massachusetts town where Harriet Beecher Stowe is buried (7)
19 Frustrates (7)
20 Let’s Make a Deal host Monty (4)
21 Annoying involuntary contraction that someone might try to cure by scaring you (6)
21 At a very quick rate (4 4 4)
22 The largest estuary in North America (10 3)
23 Nearly complete software prototype (4)
24 Calm, as fears (5)
25 Recesses for statues (6)
26 Drinking implements (6)

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 208: Anacrossword 15

WORDY WEDNESDAY #206
SECTION SIX 20 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #207
PATHFINDER 5 (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 #208
ANACROSSWORD 15
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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 
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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
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71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94
Note: The symbol † indicates headlines from the Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee.
† “____ Confirms All iPhones Programmed To Self-Destruct The Moment New Model Announced”
Clarence for whom Dow Jones & Company’s weekly financial newspaper is named
Place for kissing, perhaps
† “Heartbreaking: This ____ Child Was Healed, But The First Thing He Heard Was The Newsboys”
People who are bad at golf
The Man with the Iron ____ (2012 movie)
One listed in a will
Not solid on the inside
Multitude
Start without a key: hyph.
Emulated a dog, perhaps
It includes the University of Pennsylvania: 2 wds.
Spear-like weapon
Skateboarding trick where the board and rider leap off the ground together
Miley Cyrus hit: 4 wds.
Its duration is half that of a crotchet
Sea creature which Blooper from the Mario games resembles
Desiring a drink
Horizontal measurement of a spreadsheet cell, for example
A toy or a doofus: hyph.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 4-letter word for "McEntire who became the first woman to portray Colonel Sanders in KFC ads in 2018"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 207: Pathfinder 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #205
PENT WORDS 41 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #206
SECTION SIX 20 (hint)
As of this writing, 4 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 #207
PATHFINDER 5
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 Mathematician Mandelbrot (6)
2 Much Ado About ____ (7)
3 Tasting more like venison, perhaps (6)
4 European mountain range (4)
5 Alternative to stairs for wheelchair users (4)
5 A&W product (4 4)
6 Device that regulates temperature (10)
7 Primary (4)
8 Adult insect (5)
9 Unit of measuring land (4)
10 Wii U title that introduced Inklings (8)
11 Use dice (4)
12 Piercing site (7)
13 “Citing Freezing Weather Conditions, Al Gore Cancels ____ Speech” (headline from Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee) (6 7)
14 Search engine optimization concern (7)
15 Loyal (8)
16 Fatal ____ (1987 film) (10)
17 Dull persistent pain (4)
18 Cancer patient’s option (5)
19 Violin relative (5)
20 Kurt Russell’s role in Tombstone (1993) (5 4)
21 Look for (4)
21 In short supply (6)
22 ____-gazing (5)
23 Socialize (6)
24 Vehicle that doesn’t use gas (8 3)
25 Connection to the matter at hand (9)
26 Star Trek device (9)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* In what skateboarding trick do the board and rider leap off the ground together?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 206: Section Six 20

WORDY WEDNESDAY #204
FOXGERYPTICS 10 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Giovanni Pagano *
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #205
PENT WORDS 41 (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 #206
SECTION SIX 20
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 One of Muhammad's successors
2 90 degrees on a compass
3 Subject of a gaffe for 2016 Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson
4 2014 film adapted from a Veronica Roth novel
5 Structure on which an offering might be burnt
6 Delegate

Ring 2
* Sex, Lies, and ____
* LaBeouf whose "He Will Not Divide Us" became an international game of "capture the flag"
* Popular pie ingredient
* ____ monster
* ____ Things (Netflix series)

Ring 3
* Cosmos: A Personal Voyage host: 2 wds.
* Actress Falco
* Use an e-cig
* Forming

Ring 4
* Madonna or Lady Gaga, say
* Not far
* Little freebies

Ring 5
* Judy of The Wizard of Oz
* Italian scooter brand

Ring 6
* 20/20's Elizabeth

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 10-letter word for "Fatal ____ (1987 film)"?
* Patron Puzzle #34, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Pathfinder.

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 205: Pent Words 41

WORDY WEDNESDAY #203
HEX PATHFINDER 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:
Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Deusovi **
John Bulten **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #204
FOXGERYPTICS 10 (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 #205
PENT WORDS 41
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 Mr. Flintstone / Spaghetti and such
2 Assisted / Tanning ____
3 "See you ____!" / German city where a board game convention is held
4 Annoyed one's sleeping partner, perhaps / Comfort
5 The highest mountain in the world / ____ 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey computer)
6 There are 12 in a perfect bowling game / Excessively
7 Balcony / Author Tolstoy
8 An autumn bloomer / Item worn in winter
9 Extremely widespread / Prepare, as a dinner table
10 Eagle's claw / Go against the ____
   
PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Speed ____ (2008 film)
* Consumed
* Gave new decor to
* Distant
* Stockpile
* Vehicle on rails
* ____ of a Salesman
* Frakes role
* Merrily We Roll ____
* San Diego baseballer
* Frighten
* Actress Witherspoon
* Breathes like a hot dog
* Common ____
* Puss in ____
* Not hidden
* Seethe
* Purloined

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Subject of a gaffe for 2016 Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 204: Foxgeryptics 10

WORDY WEDNESDAY #201
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 3 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
Pavel Curtis **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #202
ANACROSSWORD 14 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #203
HEX PATHFINDER 12 (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 #204
FOXGERYPTICS 10
Insert a single letter in each space of each grid so that each grid's five rows and five columns spells a word from left to right or top to bottom (including the letters outside the grid).

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an eight-letter word.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Speed ____ (2008 film)"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Logicsmith Exhibition 7: Pentominous Borders (RESULTS!)

Four weeks ago, I challenged my readers to divide a 15x15 grid into as few regions as possible to create a valid Pentomonious Borders puzzle (that is, there is exactly one way to further divide the regions into pentominoes, regions of five cells each, so that no two congruent pentominoes, even if rotated or reflected, share an edge), with ties being broken in favor of which puzzle has the most faux solutions (that is, solutions where you disregard the rule that congruent pentominoes cannot share an edge). I received 6 entries, all of which managed to accomplish the task with just 2 regions! Their entries are collated below:
The winner, with 2 regions and over 13 billion faux solutions, is TheGreatEscaper! He will receive every puzzle in my Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy initiative! Additionally, Hugo van Rooigen, Bryce Herdt, and Michael Tang will receive all the digital puzzles from Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy! Congratulations!

Wordy Wednesday 203: Hex Pathfinder 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #200
PENT WORDS 40 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #201
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 3 (hint)
As of this writing, 6 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 #202
ANACROSSWORD 14 (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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #203
HEX PATHFINDER 12
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Cory Oldweiler. 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.
1E “Researchers Now Believe ____ Christian Movie Attainable Within Our Lifetime” (headline from The Babylon Bee, a Christian satirical news site) (4)
2NE “Pope Francis Offers Mind-Blowing Deals On ____ For Reformation Day” (Babylon Bee headline) (11)
3NW Disregard (7)
4NW Dominant religion of India (8)
4E Emulate a snake or angry cat (4)
5SW Partner of tails, often (6, 2 wds.)
6NE John Rzeznik’s band (11, 3 wds.)
7NE Sets of horizontal lines in music (6)
8E “____ Face” (Weird Al song) (5)
9NE Gangster’s girlfriend (4)
9W Mr. ____ (near-sighted animated character) (5)
10SW “Liberal Christian Attempts To ____ Atheist But They Just Agree On Everything” (Babylon Bee headline) (6)
11SE Pierced with a thrust of a blade (7)
12NE His Symphony No. 8 is often called “The Symphony of a Thousand” (12, 2 wds.)
13NW The Sooner State (8)
14W The Little Mermaid villain (6)
15SW Michael Jackson classic (6, 2 wds.)
15SW Song from Beauty and the Beast (10, 3 wds.)
16NW Emulated a cow (5)
17SE Asylum (6)
18E Unable to walk, maybe (4)
19SE Classical Greek instrument (4)
20NW Asthmatic’s need, perhaps (7)
21NE He's Just Not That ____ You (2009 film) (4)
22E Milan’s country (5)
23W Fear greatly (5)
24SW Polluted precipitation (8, 2 wds.)
25E The farthest planet from the sun (7)
26NW Section of land almost surrounded by water (9)
27NE “Church Installs Ejection Seats To Remove Members Whose Phones Ring During ____” (Babylon Bee headline) (7)
28SW Like vampires and zombies (6)
29SE Looney ____ (5)
30NW Stratagem (6)
31NW Smallville actress Durance (5)
32E “And they all lived happily ____ after” (4)
33W Locale (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Foxgeryptics!

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 201: Divided Into Columns 3 & Wordy Wednesday 202: Anacrossword 14

WORDY WEDNESDAY #199
TOUCHWORD 5 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #200
PENT WORDS 40 (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!

FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH = DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #201
DIVIDED INTO COLUMNS 3
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron John Reid. 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!
Hawaiian greeting __ __ __ __ __
                  55 66 21 05 60
Strongly affected by love __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                          38 10 11 35 52 22 48
Grasp and hold, or an automotive part __ __ __ __ __ __
                                      33 41 53 40 27 65
Make plumper, as the prodigal son's father's calf __ __ __ __ __ __
                                                  14 07 18 31 45 25
Three little animals in a nursery rhyme __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                        47 34 19 13 39 42 15
Stone or brick worker __ __ __ __ __
                      24 37 43 50 51
Group of wolves __ __ __ __
                59 64 29 03
Aquatic animal that inflates itself: 2 wds. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                            16 28 30 56 02 67 49 08 26 20
Period of decline __ __ __ __ __
                  12 57 06 09 62
Website with a limit of 140 280 characters __ __ __ __ __ __ __
                                           63 04 46 32 44 23 17
Trademark of an exercise fitness program __ __ __ __ __
                                         54 36 58 01 61

WORDY WEDNESDAY #202
ANACROSSWORD 14
This puzzle contains a word suggested 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!
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 
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
Determine the value of
Magazine head honcho
“If you can’t stand the ____. . .”
Shelter for farm fowl
Spanish greeting
____ & the Blowfish
Prisoner
Not lustrous
____ the buck
Quiet, musically
Arabian nation with Doha as its capital
Sport played by Harry Potter
A person’s police arrest record: 2 wds.
Bully
Endurance
“Ain’t I a ____?” (Bugs Bunny catchphrase)
Pearls Before ____ (newspaper comic)
Sport for Venus Williams
John Barleycorn Must Die band

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Whose Symphony No. 8 is often called “The Symphony of a Thousand”?
* Patron Puzzle #33, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Snake Crisscross.

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 200: Pent Words 40

WORDY WEDNESDAY #198
MUSICAL WORD CHAIRS 3 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #199
TOUCHWORD 5 (hint)
As of this writing, 6 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 #200
PENT WORDS 40
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 Mercury, for one / Emcee
2 Snooty person / Seek to achieve
3 ____ of Man / Word following "arithmetic" or "geometric"
4 Give up / Like a fen
5 Baynes of the Boston Celtics / National song
6 Actress Midler / ____ with envy
7 Down the wrong path / Make coffee, perhaps
8 Me, Myself & ____ (Jim Carrey flick) / "Life's Been Good" singer Joe
9 A circle, for one / Quality
10 The first cryptocurrency / Use one's eyes

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* ____ setter
* ____ Hunter (Christian metal band)
* Sana'a is its capital
* "Lather, ____. . ."
* Item for a nun
* Its logo has a blue cat and a red dog
* Foundation
* Pointed throwing weapon
* With "The", Rush song about an arboreal feud
* Tropical source of strong, lightweight wood
* Bundles of hay
* ^
* Yonder
* Brightly-colored aquarium occupant
* Enraged
* A group's moral standards
* Blueprints
* Lengthen, as a subscription

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "Website with a limit of 140 280 characters"?
* What sport is played by Harry Potter?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 199: Touchword 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #197
FOXGERYPTICS 9 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten *
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #198
MUSICAL WORD CHAIRS 3 (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!

LOGICSMITH EXHIBITION 7!
I have started a new puzzle construction contest for all of my readers to enter. Prizes include the awesome puzzles from my Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy initiative. Put your puzzle-writing skills to the test!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #199
TOUCHWORD 5
In a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, every letter shares an edge with at least one identical letter either immediately above or immediately below. The top and bottom rows are considered adjacent. (You can think of it as a diagramless, cylindrical Share-A-Letter puzzle.)

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Eighth month / Event where prices are reduced / It's measured in points, usually
2 Mythological flying horse / "____, poor Yorick. . ." / Reset a scale to zero
3 Put the ____ to the metal / Lyft alternative / Charge
4 Center part / Cap which the painter Pokémon Smeargle appears to be wearing / Hit the ____ (go to bed)
5 Mentality / Cookie trademark / Citizen Kane’s Rosebud, for one
6 Restaurant offering / Buddhist's goal / Eyed greedily
7 A Gorgon / Video game where Luigi, Yoshi, and pals compete on the links: 2 wds.
8 Word in statements of the congruency of two numbers / Very long-legged red-and-black canine: 2 wds.
9 Emulate a mountaintop singer, perhaps / Muscat is its capital / ____ Scissorhands
10 Time long past / ____ bean / Clouded ____
11 Hoisting machine with tine-like fingers / Moving in a circular path
12 Word before "medicine" or "music" / Winnow / Nada
13 Egg parts / Curling ____ / Timon of ____
14 Dairy product with culture? / Pick-up artists, for example
15 Presage / British streetcar / Repeat performance

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Sana'a is its capital"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Logicsmith Exhibition 7: Pentominous Borders

I was recently contemplating one of my logic puzzles from 2016, and this contest came about as a result.

You are to divide a 15x15 square grid into the smallest possible number of regions such that it forms a valid Pentominous Borders puzzle (that is, there is exactly one way to further divide the regions into pentominoes, regions of five cells each, so that no two congruent pentominoes, even if rotated or reflected, share an edge). Ties will be broken in favor of which puzzle has the most solutions if you disregard the rule that congruent pentominoes cannot share an edge (since such a puzzle is more likely to be interesting as a puzzle). Further ties will be broken by random.org. Consider the 5x5 examples below:
Puzzle A is outranked by puzzles B and C because it contains more regions (even though it also has more faux solutions); puzzle B is outranked by puzzle C because it has the same number of regions and fewer faux solutions (and in fact is a very boring puzzle).

Submit your puzzle to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next 4 weeks (before 11:59 PM Central time on February 12, 2018). You may enter multiple times; only your best valid entry will be counted. I will feature the best valid entry from every entrant on this blog, so even if you don't win, your puzzle-writing abilities will be showcased on my blog.

The winner will receive every puzzle in my Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy initiative! This means you'll get the original Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy pack (24 previously Patreon-exclusive word puzzles), the LiveJournal Logic Pack (300 logic puzzles), the Signed Magazine Four-Pack (four signed puzzle magazines), and the Section Six Six-Plus-Six Pack (12 Section Six puzzles). That's a $50.10 value! Three runners-up will receive the Patron Puzzles for Philanthropy pack, the LiveJournal Logic Pack, and the Section Six Six-Plus-Six Pack (a $20.10 value). The awarding of these prizes was made possible by a very generous donation I got last year. Of course, you can still support my chosen charities if you wish to do so, but if you can't afford such generosity, give puzzle-writing a try.

Good luck!

Boycott The New York Times!

TRIGGER WARNING: This post refers to the 45th President of the United States by name.

As some of you know, I'm the most liberal person in the entire puzzle community. In fact, I've been pro-choice ever since I was in the womb. So like many of you, I was utterly appalled when the New York Times crossword for January 9, 2018 clued the entry JOHN not as a "Toilet" or as "'Imagine' singer Lennon", but as Donald "literally Hitler" Trump's middle name. Prominent blogger Rex Parker [TRIGGER WARNING: blog post mentions sexual assault and refers to the 45th President of the United States by name — Rex neglected to put a trigger warning in his own post, which I called him out on] wrote, "Puzzle lost my good will at 1-Down [the offending JOHN clue] and never got it back, despite the fact that it's technically fine." The puzzle was fine in all other regards, but because of a single clue, it became one of the worst crosswords the NYT has ever published. And as illustrated by the Tweets cited in Rex's blog post, he's far from alone.

If this were any other President, like Barack Hussein Obama, I'd respond, "You get nausea from a middle name? For frick's sake, you need serious medical help, and I don't mean WebMD!" But Trump is different from all 44 previous Presidents, and anyone who doesn't see that either is a Nazi or has an IQ below 69.

Mr. Bloom hits the nail on the head here. The mere mention of the President's name in a crossword endorses and normalizes the far right and fascism.

Until The New York Times fires Will Shortz for the obvious gaffe of mentioning the current President's middle name in a crossword clue and hires someone else, such as the venerable Timothy Parker, I will be boycotting their crossword. Additionally, my research shows that The New York Times is not only a vendor of crossword puzzles, but a newspaper that reports the news (and has been doing so for longer than it's been publishing crosswords). Until they stop mentioning the President at all in any of their news reporting, thereby normalizing the far right, I will be boycotting everything they do. I will also boycott any other news outlet that mentions the name of the President and reports actual news instead of pretending that Hillary won in 2016 (as she should have), such as CNN and MSNBC.

Please spread the word about these boycotts. The puzzle community can affect positive change in the world, but only if we stick together.

I usually stay out of politics on this blog, but this issue is obviously too serious to ignore. There has never been a more justified negative reaction to a crossword clue in the history of crosswords, and despite what some people in Rex's comments section might say ("Okay this HAS to be a joke right? The normalization of the far right? I consider myself a democrat but the left can be embarrassing sometime. Saying the PRESIDENT'S NAME is normalizing the far right?"), we need to do everything we can to ensure this evil man's name never again appears in a crossword clue or entry.

Wordy Wednesday 198: Musical Word Chairs 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #196
SECTION SIX 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:
Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #197
FOXGERYPTICS 9 (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 #198
MUSICAL WORD CHAIRS 3
The letters in these words are playing musical chairs; in each round, one letter gets dropped and the rest get rearranged. Write the clued 8-letter words in column A. Then drop one letter from each word and rearrange the rest to get a 7-letter word that goes in column B. Drop one more letter and rearrange what's left to get a 6-letter word to write in column C. The letters thus dropped, reading down the leftmost column and then the rightmost column, will spell a song title. The words in column C are clued in order, but you must determine where the words go in the other columns.
COLUMN A
* Cruel
* Diseases
* Faltering
* Having the most weight
* Lineage
* Male gland
* What some workers are paid
* Worst-case ____

COLUMN B
* Assumed names
* Certain eye parts
* Harbor for ships
* Robbers
* Send in the wrong direction
* Some gaits
* Spit and ____
* With The, 1959 Walter Tevis novel

COLUMN C
1. More abundant in vegetation
2. Gradually narrows
3. Singer Wonder
4. Squirrels’ items
5. Collie of fiction
6. Capital of Saskatchewan
7. Depressing
8. Minute amounts

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* In what video game do Luigi, Yoshi, and pals compete on the links?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 197: Foxgeryptics 9

WORDY WEDNESDAY #195
PENT WORDS 39 (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:
Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Bryce Herdt **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #196
SECTION SIX 19 (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 #197
FOXGERYPTICS 9
Insert a single letter in each space of each grid so that each grid's five rows and five columns spells a word from left to right or top to bottom (including the letters outside the grid).

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an eight-letter word.


COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 7-letter word for "With The, 1959 Walter Tevis novel"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

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