Wordy Wednesday 126: Section Six 12

WORDY WEDNESDAY #124
THE OMINOUS PENTHOUSE (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Brian Chen **
Bryce Herdt **
Chris Hendricks *
Ryan Faley *
Yossi Fendel *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #125
PENT WORDS 25 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's 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 #126
SECTION SIX 12
This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $20+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to suggest one word or phrase every month for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His September 2016 suggestion is used here.

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 Hasbro board game in the same family as pachisi
2 Olympic winner, for example
3 Increase in pay
4 Certain dental concern
5 Made a selection
6 The Truth About Uri Geller author James

Ring 2
* ____ and seizure
* Company behind the arcade game Centipede
* Game whose L-Block won Character Battle VI on GameFAQs
* "Rolling in the Deep" singer
* Near death

Ring 3
* Singer Lovato
* Having the most width
* Abolitionist Tubman
* Lag behind

Ring 4
* Actor John of Three's Company
* A Spool of Blue ____ (Anne Tyler novel)
* Equine headgear

Ring 5
* Worn out
* 1999 Faith Hill song

Ring 6
* Name of a "Big" tunnel boring machine in Seattle or a "Big" fish in Super Mario Bros. 3

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What engine part controls the flow of fuel?
* Patron Puzzle #17, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is Letter-Changing Appetizers. In this quartet of bite-sized puzzles (a Pent Words, a Word Sandwiches, a Hex Pathfinder, and a crossword), two entries can't seem to agree, and a letter in each such entry needs to be changed to make them fit together. This variety pack will give you minutes upon minutes of fun!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 125: Pent Words 25

WORDY WEDNESDAY #123
HEX PATHFINDER 5 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano *
Sam Levitin **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #124
THE OMINOUS PENTHOUSE (hint)
As of this writing, 7 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version (by which I mean a version with blatant instructions). If you would like some advice or assistance in solving my Wordy Wednesday, I pray you will not hesitate to contact me for immediate relief. 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 #NUMBER
PENT WORDS 25
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 Nash played by Eddie Murphy / Grid of multiplication results
2 Bring upon oneself / Soup-eating utensil
3 Lindsay of InAPPropriate Comedy (2013) / Singer-songwriter Bowie
4 City in which S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders is set / "____ my soul!"
5 16th century council site / They're spent in Spain
6 Land area / Victoria's Secret offering
7 Microsoft Edge, for one / The ____ Bully (2006 film)
8 Common salad dressing / "White & ____" (Weird Al song)
9 Fairy tale shoemaker's assistants/ ____ Mario Run (upcoming smartphone game)
10 Similar / Irish or English bird dog

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Party game where you have to describe a word without saying five other words
* ____ legend
* Weasel relative with dark brown fur
* Game of which bughouse is a variation
* Launchpad McQuack, for one
* Enthusiastic
* A city in France (hint: it isn't Paris)
* Go in
* Gives temporarily
* Greek half-man half-goat
* Movable part of a helmet
* The Sixth ____ (1999 Bruce Willis flick)
* Dentist's offering, perhaps
* Black and white Chinese mammal
* Philosopher Plantinga
* Ne plus ____
* Discourage
* Have a violent outburst

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Which game's L-Block won Character Battle VI on GameFAQs?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 124: The Ominous Penthouse

WORDY WEDNESDAY #121
HEX PATHFINDER 4 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt *
Lewis Chen **
Ryan Faley **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #122
CHARADAGRAMS 2 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt *
Ryan Faley **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #123
HEX PATHFINDER 5 (hint)
As of this writing, 5 people have solved last week's 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 #124
THE OMINOUS PENTHOUSE
The fifth floor of this hotel is allegedly haunted by the ghost of a guest who died of mysterious circumstances decades ago. You booked yourself a night’s stay to prove once and for all that there are no such things as ghosts, but shortly after you fall asleep, you find yourself in a foggy cemetery. In front of you is a tombstone with your name and a dozen strange shapes etched into it. “Will you return to the realm of the living?” a ghastly voice echoes. “Or will my puzzle be your worst nightmare? Foolish mortal! If you wish to wake up, you must give me the correct 7-letter answer!”

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Philosopher Plantinga"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 123: Hex Pathfinder 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #120
PENT WORDS 24 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt *
Derek Allen **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #121
HEX PATHFINDER 4 (hint)
As of this writing, 6 people have solved this puzzle form last week. 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 #122
CHARADAGRAMS 2 (hint)
As of this writing, 5 people have solved this puzzle form last week. 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 #123
HEX PATHFINDER 5
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 Colonial Penn spokesperson (10, 2 wds.)
2SE Actor Kinney of Chicago Fire (6)
3NE Easternmost member of a certain quintet (11, 2 wds.)
4SW Gregarious (11)
5SE Signal for (6)
6SW Resolve (9)
7NW Dietary staple for vultures (7)
8SE “I agree!” (4)
8SE Scientific ____ (magazine introduced in 1845) (8)
9NW “Easton Assassin” Larry (6)
10E ____ Madness (cult classic 1936 film) (6)
11NE It’s measured in cubic units (6)
12SE It buttons at the neck only (9, 2 wds.)
13W “I ____ you so!” (4)
14SE Game created by Markus Persson (9)
15SE Move restlessly (6)
16E Daft Punk song featuring Pharrell Williams (8, 2 wds.)
17E Khartoum’s country (5)
18W One might begin, “This document is provided ‘as is’. . .” (10)
19E Hula ____ (4)
20E “____ Me” (Roger Miller song) (4)
21SE In short supply (6)
22E Result of reflected sound waves (4)
23SW Package sent via post (6)
24W 1960 title role for Kirk Douglas (9)
24SE Laugh behind someone’s back, perhaps (7)
25NW Like some heroes (6)
26NW Kitchen cutlery brand (5)
27NE Verb functioning as a noun (6)
28E Manufacturer of the Panda and the Punto (4)
29W Form of transportation in San Francisco (8, 2 wds.)
30E Grohl of Foo Fighters (4)
31SE Shiver (7)
32E Murder scene sight (7)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* An ominous puzzle with no instructions. . . .

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 121: Hex Pathfinder 4 & Wordy Wednesday 122: Charadagrams 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #119
FRAMELINKS 4 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #120
PENT WORDS 24 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 people have solved last week's 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 #121
HEX PATHFINDER 4
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 Adorable (4)
1E ____ board (kitchen item) (7)
2W Like some long routes (6)
2SE Aching (4)
3NE Set on fire (6)
4SW Most agreeable (6)
5E Place to learn karate (4)
6E Stewie’s father (5)
7NW She played Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (11, 2 wds.)
8SW Horror-inducing (7)
9SW Controversial topic which is unpleasant to deal with (9, 2 wds.)
10W 2016 film about a terrier named Max (19, 5 wds.)
11W Brita product (11, 2 wds.)
11SE Clever (5)
12SW Not required (8)
13NE Brent Spiner role (4)
13SE Finger or toe, for one (5)
14NE Become manifest (6)
15NW Television accessory (6)
16NW Musical featuring the song "C'est Moi" (7)
17E Small child (4)
18W San Diego Comic-Con attendee, often (4)
19SE Consumer advocate Ralph (5)
20NE Not blind (7)
21W Excite (6)
22E Certain keyboard instrument (5)
23W Clown’s venue, perhaps (5)
24SW Kool & The ____ (4)
25SE Dealey Plaza’s city (6)
26NE 2008 Batman portrayer (13, 2 wds.)
27SE Certain rodent (6)
28E Layered pasta (7)
29NW Ten-____ hat (6)
30NE 2006 Jack Black film (10, 2 wds.)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #122
CHARADAGRAMS 2
This puzzle was written for patron Jack Bross, who supports me at the $5+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to one bonus puzzle every month. One solver of this bonus puzzle is randomly picked to suggest one word or phrase for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His August 2016 suggestion is used here.
When the answers to the PARTS clues are anagrammed and then assembled, they form the answers to the WHOLES clues. For example, if three of the PARTS clues are “Forearm bone”, “Holy item associated with a saint”, and “Telepathy and such”, and a WHOLES clue is “Event in which the Earth casts a shadow”, then the answers ULNA, RELIC, and ESP can be anagrammed and assembled into LUNA/R ECLI/PSE. PARTS clues are in alphabetical order by their answers; WHOLES clues are in no particular order, and you must determine which answer goes in which row of blanks. The letters in the shaded squares, reading down, will form two words that can be anagrammed and assembled into the final answer, the title of a television series.
PARTS
* Pugilist Muhammad
* Bird that never seems to show up outside of crosswords
* ____ and crafts
* Books employed by the police
* Certain undergarment
* Walking stick
* “I ____ tell a lie. . .”
* Confident
* Parts of an eye
* Astronomer Hubble
* Made a mistake
* Wi-Fi alternative
* “That really grinds my ____!”
* Hair on an eyelid
* Dirty
* Toss in a high arc
* Former football coach John
* Resource in Magic: the Gathering
* Made a new parent’s decision, perhaps
* Singer Yoko
* Place for a recovering alcoholic
* Part of an eye
* Caught with a lasso
* Snares
* ____ Kids (2001 movie)
* ____ in the mud
* Some feds: hyph.
* Snare
* “Smoke on the ____” (Deep Purple song)
* Greeted with a gesture, perhaps
* Scream

WHOLES
* 1937 Astaire/Rogers film
* 2016 farming simulation game
* Animated film about emigrant mice
* Famous Joplin work
* Jonathan Coulton song about a famous fractal
* Neil Diamond song famously covered by UB40
* NRA member’s concern
* Portrayer of a certain sci-fi captain
* Small, cheap restaurant
* Title role for Arnold Schwarzenegger
* What a sphygmomanometer measures

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 9-letter word for "1960 title role for Kirk Douglas"?
* Patreon supporters at the $5+ level will get Patron Puzzle #16, a pair of Codewords.

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 120: Pent Words 24

WORDY WEDNESDAY #118
ANACROSSWORD 7 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

PATRON PUZZLE #9
PATHFINDER (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Jeffrey Harris **
Pavel Curtis **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **
Thanks to the 10 solvers, we have raised $275 for Child's Play Charity ($25 from me, and $250 from my anonymous reader)!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #119
FRAMELINKS 4 (hint)
As of this writing, 8 people have solved last week's 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 #120
PENT WORDS 24
This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $5+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to one bonus puzzle every month. One solver of this bonus puzzle is randomly picked to suggest one word or phrase for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His July 2016 suggestion is used here.
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 An official language of Fiji / Starts a poker pot
2 Rigoletto, among others / Musical with the song "Memory"
3 Going on a tirade / Female sibling, briefly
4 Puts to sleep / Finish writing a lowercase letter i
5 Props for certain dancers / Option in a 2016 referendum
6 Option in a 2016 referendum / Word preceding "effect" or "bet"
7 Having few words / Salt
8 Where Budapest is located / Peppermint Patty, to Marcie
9 City where the headquarters of Armani are located / Home ____ (1990 film)
10 With hands on hips / Book after Joel

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Unable to move
* Burn
* “Don't try to ____ the river.” (Deepak Chopra quote)
* Roman goddess of the hunt
* Famous Michelangelo sculpture
* Swing site, possibly
* "Remember the ____" (Tex Ritter song)
* Kung Fu ____ (2008 film)
* Certain citrus fruit
* Buenos ____, Argentina
* Dance for the flexible
* Plastic wrap trademark
* Cake decorator's need
* Exams
* Eskimo boat
* Edison rival
* Manufacturer of the Privia digital piano
* Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse ____

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Who played Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs?
* And a sequel that nobody asked for!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 119 update

I forgot to mention this in yesterday's post, but Wordy Wednesday 119 contains a word suggested to me by patron M. Sean Molley. If you solve it, be sure to thank him for suggesting this lovely word!

Wordy Wednesday 119: Framelinks 4

WORDY WEDNESDAY #117
BRICKS AND MORTAR (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #118
ANACROSSWORD 7 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's 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!

PATRON PUZZLE #9
PATHFINDER
As of this writing, 8 people have solved Patron Puzzle #9. That means at least $220 will be donated to Child's Play Charity ($20 from me, $200 from my anonymous reader). Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to add $27.50 to this total and help entertain kids in hospitals and shelters!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #119
FRAMELINKS 4
This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $20+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to suggest one word or phrase every month for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His July 2016 suggestion is used here.
Fill in the empty squares in the diagram with the given letters to form words.
Arrange the letters in the shaded squares to form the final answer, a 7-letter word.

AAA BBBBB CCC DD EEEEEEEEE GG H IIIIII LLLL MMMMMM NNNNNNNNN OOOO PPPPPP RRRRRRR SSSSS TTTTT UU W

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Manufacturer of the Privia digital piano"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 118: Anacrossword 7 & Patron Puzzle 9: Pathfinder

WORDY WEDNESDAY #116
SECTION SIX 11 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #117
BRICKS AND MORTAR (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #118
ANACROSSWORD 7
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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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Be able to pay the cost of
Actress Hathaway of The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Ernie’s pal on Sesame Street
Illicit test-taking aid: 2 wds.
Hold dear
Stupid fool
Incorrect
Part of a bomb that you light
____ Ups (2010 Adam Sandler flick)
Electric organ inventor Laurens
Most severe
Item in a bedstead
Bossa ____ (Brazilian music genre)
Phenomenon where a planet moving away from you appears to be a different color
It only produces low bass frequencies
Game played with a spinner with 16 colored dots
Walk like a duck
You might do this to a wet towel

PATRON PUZZLE #9
PATHFINDER
Last Wednesday was the first Wednesday of the month, so in addition to the weekly Wordy Wednesday puzzle, people who support me on Patreon at the $5 level got a monthly Patron Puzzle (in this case, a Patron Puzzle #15, a 21x21 Framelinks). I try to announce these Patron Puzzles on my blog a week ahead of time in the hope that it might entice some people to become patrons. It hasn't worked yet, but it's worth a try. However, I forgot to do so in this instance. Thus, I have decided to release one of my old Patron Puzzles for free as a penance.

As further penance, for every correct answer I receive for this puzzle within the next two weeks, I will donate $2.50 to Child's Play Charity, a non-profit which outfits children's hospitals with toys and games (up to a maximum of $50). This charity is one I have supported in the past, and which (if memory serves me correctly) the recent Humble Puzzle Book Bundle also raised money for, An anonymous reader will also match my donation times 10, meaning that every correct answer is worth $27.50!

In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered square, goes in the indicated direction (North, South, East, or West), and makes one or more right-angled turns as it winds through the grid. When you have finished, every white square will be used in exactly two entries.

Arrange the letters in the 8 shaded squares to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1E Stress a syllable (6)
2W Women's garment without sleeves (8)
3E ____ dioxide (6)
4E You might see one near a bank (7 3)
5E Approximately (4 2 4)
6E It has a conductor (9)
7E Word following “horse” or “water” (8)
8S Little yapper from Germany (9 9)
9S Amuse (9)
10S Colorfully-named ungulate species (3 4)
11S Ill-fated Ford (5)
12S They have conductors (6)
13N Haughty and pretentious one (4)
14S Cruise line based in Doral, Florida (8)
15E Impure (7)
16N Far from common (4)
17S A shoulder muscle (7)
18S Brag (5)
19N ____ double (5)
19S Extra (5)
20S Big name in tessellations (6)
21S Film that won Mike Myers a Razzie for Worst Actor (3 4 4)
22W Drop and kick, as a football (4)
23N Mandarin orange/grapefruit hybrids (8)
24N Nickelodeon cartoon that got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001 (7)
25S Project Runway hostess (5 4)
26E Certain Japanese combatants (4 9)
27S Rainbow Dash and her ilk (6)
28N Not-so-ill-fated Ford (7)
29N Its capital is Ljubljana (8)
29S Frightening to a higher degree (7)
30N The Phantom of the ____ (5)
31E ____ & Martin's Laugh-In (5)
31S Cronkite's successor (6)
32E A Japanese noodle (4)
33N Finished (4)
34E Activity on forest trails (6)
35N Gold brick (5)
36S Coffee add-in (7)
37W Growth (8)
38S Greek capital (6)
39S Citrus peel flavoring (4)
40S Esteem (6)
41S Little ____ (Marjorie Henderson Buell comic strip) (4)
42S Sister of Linus (4)
43S Feminist playwright Eve (6)
44N Thai hot sauce (8)
45S Show No ____ (debut album for the band Slayer) (5)
46E Destroy, as confidential documents (5)
46E ____ Moon Zombie (Rob Zombie's wife) (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A Framelinks so difficult that only one patron has solved it so far. . . .

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 117: Bricks and Mortar

WORDY WEDNESDAY #115
PENT WORDS 23 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #116
SECTION SIX 11 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #117
BRICKS AND MORTAR
This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $20+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to suggest one word or phrase every month for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His June 2016 suggestion is used here.
The answers to the clues are 8-letter words. Enter each answer in the correspondingly-numbered brick, starting in some square and going either clockwise or counterclockwise around the brick. When two bricks share a border, the letters on opposite sides of the border are the same.
The answer is a 10-letter word.
1. Jewelry worn on the wrist
2. Depressions in roads
3. :-), for one
4. Small shreds of paper tossed around at parties
5. "King of the Wild Frontier" Davy
6. Remove restraints from, as a horse
7. One who surveys people
8. Not guilty
9. A semisoft cheese
10. ____ battery
11. Echidna that debuted in Sonic the Hedgehog 3
12. Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 painter James McNeill ____
13. Ballpark figure
14. All My ____ (soap opera)
15. Rhapsody in Blue composer George
16. Catch some rays
17. Main antagonist of He-Man
18. Tibia
19. One who isn’t a favorite
20. Period from birth to death
21. Short, amusing story
22. W. S. Gilbert’s partner Arthur
23. Annapolis is its capital
24. Uses one’s imagination
25. ____ Toast Crunch (cereal)
26. Intelligentsia
27. Publisher and “Prize” namesake Joseph
28. Charles who provides the voice of Mario
29. May 31, 2000 CBS premiere
30. 19th century British politician Benjamin

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What do you call the "Phenomenon where a planet moving away from you appears to be a different color"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 116: Section Six 11

WORDY WEDNESDAY #114
HEX PATHFINDER 3 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #115
PENT WORDS 23 (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #116
SECTION SIX 11
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 Salacious literature
2 Unexpected difficulty
3 Actress Weld
4 Spaghetti ____
5 SpongeBob's pet snail, or a city in Indiana
6 Generally

Ring 2
* The entire human race
* ____ drug
* Bob of Full House
* Canonize
* Type of panel that generates electricity

Ring 3
* Tuck ____ (Natalie Babbitt novel)
* Slow-cooked meat and veggie dish
* Simplicity
* 12 ____ Men (1957 movie)

Ring 4
* Sugary
* "____ Christian" (Night Ranger song)
* So-so

Ring 5
* Filled with enthusiasm
* Painters and sculptors, for example

Ring 6
* Its mascot is a dog named Bullseye

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 8-letter word for "Rhapsody in Blue composer George"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 115: Pent Words 23

WORDY WEDNESDAY #113
TOUCHWORD 2 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ice Pasupat **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Yossi Fendel **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #114
HEX PATHFINDER 3 (hint)
As of this writing, a number of people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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!

I'VE BEEN PUBLISHED IN GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES!
A few of my readers who are subscribed to Games World of Puzzles inform me that a Hex Pathfinder puzzle authored by yours truly has been published in the September 2016 issue (which has not yet hit store shelves). Unfortunately, I must also report an ERRATUM: the direction on clue 20NW should be 20NE. This mistake is entirely my fault, although I am a tad disappointed that the editorial staff let it slip through. I hope you will consider buying a copy of the September 2016 issue of Games World of Puzzles, as it contains a number of puzzles written by some very intelligent people (in addition to myself) who will appreciate the support.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #115
PENT WORDS 23
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 below, 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 ____ doctor / Three- or four-leafed item
2 Coffee shop offering / Slants
3 Name famously shouted by William Shatner / Dog voiced by Bill Melendez
4 Consume / Guernica painter
5 Not small / Overwhelm
6 Dragon from The Hobbit / Turbo from Turbo (2013), for one
7 "____ is a Highway" (Tom Cochrane song) / Shower, as with gifts
8 Made a hole for an earring, for example / Debtor's note
9 Dragon from a 1998 video game / ____ cum laude
10 Most recent / ____ go bragh

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Punishment for someone not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day
* Word preceding "rights" or "resources"
* Measure
* Not secret
* 1996 debut album of a British girl group
* A city in Egypt (hint: it isn't Cairo)
* Aflame
* Certain undergarments
* Frighten
* Wombs
* ____ and mirrors
* Phrase with a figurative meaning
* 12 Years a ____ (2013 film)
* Bulletin board admin
* Offering receptacle
* Repeated sets of computer programming instructions
* Recite repeatedly
* Sends via the postal system

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 6-letter word for "Its mascot is a dog named Bullseye"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 114: Hex Pathfinder 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #111
ONE SIZE FITS ALL (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *
Yossi Fendel *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #112
LOGICROSSWORD 5 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin *
Yossi Fendel *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #113
TOUCHWORD 2 (hint)
As of this writing, a 11 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #114
HEX PATHFINDER 3
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.
1W “Crazy” name of the title bobcat of a 90’s Disney cartoon (7)
2E Hallowed (9)
3SW Feature of some typefaces, but not Comic Sans (5)
4NW Women’s fashion accessory (7)
5E A city in Switzerland (6)
6W Scattered destroyed fragments (6)
7NE 1971 movie with the song “The Beautiful Briny” (22, 3 wds)
8SW Like one’s Sunday best (6)
9W Common pizza topping (8)
10SE Country singer Toby (5)
11NW Sound made by a dog (4)
12E Sports venue (5)
13W Japanese warrior of yore (7)
14SE “The Long and ____ Road” (1970 hit for The Beatles) (7)
15E Nighttime headrests (7)
15SW “. . . and a partridge in a ____ tree” (4)
16SW It may result from a brain injury (7)
17E Scientist Sagan (4)
18NW Internet celebrity who wrote I Hate Myselfie (11, 2 wds.)
19SE Kitchen utensil (5)
20NW Award namesake Charles (6)
21NW Common letter opening (14, 4 wds.)
21E Where to buy a sandwich (4)
22SW Point (0,0) on the Cartesian plane (6)
23SE African nation famous for advance-fee scams (7)
24SE See-through dessert (7)
25SW “I ____ Good” (James Brown song) (4)
26SE Anxiety (6)
27E Apparatus with adjustable jaws (4)
28SW Sarkeesian who’s a polarizing figure in the gaming community (5)
29NE State of having pleasant thoughts (7)
30W Use Scottrade, perhaps (6)
31NW Old Testament mountain (5)
32NE Robot Tom of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "1996 debut album of a British girl group"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 113: Touchword 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #110
PENT WORDS 22 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Peter Abide **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #111
ONE SIZE FITS ALL (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved this puzzle from last week. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #112
LOGICROSSWORD 5 (hint)
As of this writing, 4 people have solved this puzzle from last week. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #113
TOUCHWORD 2
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 Any one of the Twelve Peers / Title terrier of a PBS series
2 Whitened / The Hawkeye State / Relaxed
3 “Ta-ta!” / Horse feature / ____-A-Center
4 “____ Pie” (Warrant song) / Portent / Welcome
5 “Every Rose Has Its ____” (Poison song) / The second-largest country in the Arabian Peninsula /  Neon and such
6 Holier-than-____ / Negative response from Putin / Assumed names
7 Insult comic dog voiced by Robert Smigel / Anklebones / Got a perfect score on
8 NBC drama about Nick Burkhardt / Expression / Sulfuric ____
9 Original language of the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” / Some periods of time / Comedian Murphy
10 ____ cotta / Nephew of Caligula / Sell
11 Sharif University of Technology’s city / Cliché in a work of fiction / Africa’s longest river
12 Ginormous monster / The Sicilian Defense, for one
13 Actor Christian / A dark shade of brown / ____ duck
14 Town of ____ (2014 video game) / Franchise whose fifth film, subtitled Collision Course, is set to be released in July 2016: 2 wds. / Michael of fashion
15 Certain lunch meat / The people next door

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A puzzle with a 22-letter entry!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 111: One Size Fits All & Wordy Wednesday 112: Logicrossword 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #109
FOXGERYPTICS 4 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Brian Chen **
Bryce Herdt **
Peter Abide *
Punjit Sharma **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Yossi Fendel **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #110
PENT WORDS 22 (hint)
As of this writing, 10 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #111
ONE SIZE FITS ALL
Use the clues to the right of each grid (which are provided in no particular order) to fill it with 5-letter words (the same ones reading across and down). Click the image to enlarge it.
The answer is a proper name.

WORDY WEDNESDAY #112
LOGICROSSWORD 5
This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $20+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to suggest one word or phrase every month for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His May 2016 suggestion is used here.

Shade in some cells in the grid below, and fill the rest with letters to form words left-to-right and top-to-bottom, crossword style. All words are Scrabble-legal (see scrabble.merriam.com); however, most of the words in the intended solution should be familiar.

There is no “final answer” to this puzzle; just send your completed grid.
* No two black cells share an edge. All the white cells are connected through their edges.
* Row 1 contains the letter U, but not the letter K.
* Row 3 contains the word SH.
* Row 6 contains the same number of black cells as row 8.
* Row 9 contains the word FORGET reading horizontally, intersecting the words ME and NOT.
* Column B contains exactly one E.
* Column C contains exactly one P.
* Column E contains exactly one black cell.
* Column G contains the word DAFFODIL reading vertically.
* Column I contains a 9-letter word.
* Two 7-letter words starting with the same letter intersect, and a third 7-letter word intersects neither of these.
* The word IDLE reading horizontally intersects the word ALAR reading vertically.
* The word TROIKA reading horizontally intersects the word KAIN reading vertically.
* The words BY and RED read somewhere in the grid.
* The letter in cell H7 also appears somewhere in row 4.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* In what city is the Sharif University of Technology?
* Patron Puzzle #14, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a pair of Codewords puzzles. Can you decipher these crosswords?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 110: Pent Words 22

WORDY WEDNESDAY #108
HEX PATHFINDER 2 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Brian Chen **
Bryce Herdt **
Punjit Sharma **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Yossi Fendel **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #109
FOXGERYPTICS 4 (hint)
As of this writing, 11 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #110
PENT WORDS 22
(click here for a PDF version)
This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $20+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to suggest one word or phrase every month for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His April 2016 suggestion is used here.
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 Dummy / Electric guitarist's need
2 Fairy queen from  A Midsummer Night's Dream / "____ Will Be Loved" (Maroon 5 song)
3 Just about all / Was environmentally conscious, perhaps
4 Approach / Old ____ (1957 film)
5 Many Shakespeare works / ____ Park, CA
6 A long period of time / Mommie ____ (1981 film)
7 ____ a bell (be familiar) / Hold, as a grudge
8 Hooded snake / Mombasa's country
9 New Haven university / Improvised
10 Part of a shoe / Chip 'n ____ Rescue Rangers

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Head over ____
* Farewell
* Sully the reputation of
* Collect over time
* Actress Pompeo of Grey's Anatomy
* Brown of Good Eats
* ____ of Athens
* One of Christopher Columbus's ships
* Textile made from regenerated cellulose
* Car-stopping device
* "____ Eyes" (Bob Welch song)
* Unspecific
* Tricks of the ____
* Great bargain
* A Muslim woman might live in one
* Bicycle component
* Australian creature
* Don ____ (Much Ado About Nothing character)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A bunch of word squares, and a Logicrossword!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 109: Foxgeryptics 4

WORDY WEDNESDAY #107
HEX PATHFINDER (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Brian Chen **
Bryce Herdt **
Punjit Sharma **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Yossi Fendel **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #108
HEX PATHFINDER 2 (hint)
As of this writing, 11 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #109
FOXGERYPTICS 4
These puzzles are based on Gryptics. Gryptics seem like a neat concept to me; however, they are sullied by the main difference between the difficulty levels being how many randomly-placed letters are given at the start. (They're not even symmetrical ones, and even the hardest puzzles have them.) Apparently, Les Foeldessy didn't succeed in getting his puzzles to the large audience he wanted to, because the website gryptics.com no longer exists.

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 "'____ Eyes' (Bob Welch song)"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Grant's Review Corner: Volume 13

It's been a while since I've written one of these things.

I have had many, many, many years of experience with puzzles, both solving them and writing them. With this has come the ability to form opinions on puzzles and hopefully explain them with well thought-out prose to help other people form their own opinions; this is why there are 12 previous volumes of Grant's Review Corner. However, they are also very sparsely written: the last installment was over a year ago, and the one before that was 16 months prior! The primary reason is that I don't want to be inundated with requests to review things. However, formulating an opinion, dissecting it, and working out how to express it is a good exercise, so when I recently got a request to review an iOS app, I decided to do it.

Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of this app, normally $1.99, for free. While getting review copies of things is par for the course in the world of reviewing, this is a first for Grant's Review Corner.

Wordy Wednesday 108: Hex Pathfinder 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #106
SECTION SIX 10 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Brian Chen **
Punjit Sharma **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #107
HEX PATHFINDER (hint)
As of this writing, 11 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #108
HEX PATHFINDER 2
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.
1W Get up (5)
2NE Angry (5)
3E 1995 film that ends with a boy getting a puppy for Christmas (8, 2 wds.)
4E Container for a message, perhaps (6)
5E ____ guitar (5)
6SW Flexible (5)
7W Cream of the crop (5)
8W Lynyrd Skynyrd song alluded to in a Kid Rock song (16, 3 wds.)
9SE Trademark on fruit cups (8, 2 wds.)
10E “God's Not Dead” band (8)
11NE Secret meeting between lovers (5)
12SW Rebound (5)
13E ____ of Eden (4)
14E Actor Kevin of Footloose (5)
14SW They're attractive (8)
15W Hit for The Beach Boys which was originally released with no silent letters in its title (12, 3 wds.)
16NW You inherit them from your parents (5)
17E “This isn't my first ____!” (5)
18SE Sack ____ (4)
19SE The ____ Before Time (4)
20SE Skeptic (14, 2 wds.)
21SE Nothing (4)
22NE Participated in Christmas festivities, perhaps (7)
23W Child actress Shirley (6)
24W Lucy asks for it in A Charlie Brown Christmas after getting kissed by Snoopy (6)
25E Peak (4)
26SW Physicist Niels (4)
27SE Country where Murchison Falls National Park is located (6)
28NE It's equal to 100 centavos (4)
29SE They're attractive (7)
30NE Host (5)
31NE One who constantly attends social events (8)
32NE In 2016, it began on February 10 (4)
33NE A type of carpet (4)
33NE Lug with difficulty (5)
34E Gregorian ____ (5)
34E Discipline (7)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Two more Foxgeryptics!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 107: Hex Pathfinder

WORDY WEDNESDAY #105
PENT WORDS 21 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Brian Chen *
Lance Nathan **
Punjit Sharma **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Yossi Fendel **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #106
SECTION SIX 10 (hint)
As of this writing, 11 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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 #107
HEX PATHFINDER
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 Dole out (10)
1SW “Money for Nothing” band (11, 2 wds.)
2E Actor Heath of 10 Things I Hate About You (6)
3NW It might be issued against a stalker (16, 2 wds.)
4NW A keyboard key (6)
5SE Publisher of the Just Dance video games (7)
6W ____-apple rust (5)
7NE Go down (8)
8SE Sarcastic in tone (6)
9SW One who's quick on the draw, perhaps (10)
10SW Zeal (5)
11NE Golfer Els (5)
12SW Title character in a 2016 movie sequel (4)
13E They might be measured in radians (6)
14E Stone Temple Pilots song title that's a misspelling of a Unilever trademark (8)
15SE Habitat for observing certain insects (7, 2 wds.)
16W Online celebrity Walker with the misfortune of sharing his name with a cartoon he hates (4)
17SW Needles have them (4)
18NE Staff member on an Internet forum (9)
19SW Pine (5)
20SE Brian "Head" Welch's band (4)
21SE The whole ____ (everything) (9)
22SE Doing nothing (4)
23SW First name of a singer/pianist whose middle name is Hercules (5)
24NE Game where the object is to separate other players' hands (8, 2 wds.)
25E Jakob the ____ (1999 Robin Williams film) (4)
26NW Participate in a “don't blink” contest (5)
26SW It might separate two independent clauses (9)
27NW ____ fuel (6)
28SW Gretel's brother (6)
29SE Illegal act (5)
30E Foot-operated sewing machine parts (8)
31SE Just (4)
32SW The ____ of Money (5)
33NE Ancient Greek instrument (4)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's an 8-letter word for "'God's Not Dead' band"?

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