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"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 106: Section Six 10

WORDY WEDNESDAY #104
TOUCHWORD (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 **
Lance Nathan **
Punjit Sharma **
Ryan Faley **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #105
PENT WORDS 21 (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 #106
SECTION SIX 10
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 Actor Cruz of Touched by an Angel
2 Burden of ____
3 Deadly
4 Ones who read, but don't participate in, online message boards
5 Scientific ____ (a way of expressing large and small numbers)
6 They accompany entrées

Ring 2
* Norwegian monetary unit
* Short-tailed weasel
* "Snips and ____ and. . ."
* Go out of date, as coupons
* The sound of stepping

Ring 3
* Beginning
* Boris of Frankenstein (1931)
* Cereal pursued by a silly rabbit
* Agreeable

Ring 4
* In the air
* 2015 film with a 3-D version of Pac-Man on the cover
* Appliance with a crumb tray

Ring 5
* 1993 Nintendo game with animals piloting spaceships: 2 wds.
* Fold in a skirt

Ring 6
* Video game first introduced in The Orange Box

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a four-letter word for "Online celebrity Walker with the misfortune of sharing his name with a cartoon he hates"?
* Patron Puzzle #13, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Words Without Friends puzzle. Play a single-player game of Scrabble to make the letters fit into the grid and spell words across and down.
* Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month) will also receive issue #2 of Fox & Badger Magazine! A seven-puzzle meta, "Check Us Out", separates four brothers from exiting their hotel room; can you help them solve it?


Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 105: Pent Words 21

WORDY WEDNESDAY #103
LOGICROSSWORD 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 *
Edderiofer He **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Lance Nathan *
Punjit Sharma **
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin *
Yossi Fendel **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #104
TOUCHWORD (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 #105
PENT WORDS 21
In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.

ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 The official language of Argentina / Arboreal name of the professor from Pokémon Gold and Silver
2 ____ E. Coyote / Subdivisons of acts
3 One lacking melanin / With The, video game franchise about the lives of virtual people
4 One of 100 in Scrabble / Quiznos rival
5 Goddess of discord / Plot
6 Nevada city featured in part of Sister Act / Voice box
7 Nation between Finland and Norway / Stamp on a passport
8 "The ____ is in the mail" / Church instrument, often
9 Prepare more ammo / Nick Charles's wife in The Thin Man
10 Canonical Ltd.'s operating system / "Too Much Time on My Hands" group

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Book divided into suras
* Anti-anxiety drug
* Wrestler ____ Rhodes
* Organization whose name means "table"
* Scar's nephew
* Some trigonometric calculations
* Piece of furniture featured in the opening of The Simpsons
* In need of cleaning
* Joy
* Disastrous thing to happen with oil in the ocean
* Hurrican name retired in 2011
* Vim's partner
* Absinthe ingredient
* Woman's name on the Alabama state quarter
* Of yore
* Down for the ____
* Clean the floor with a brush, perhaps
* Dog-tired

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What video game was first introduced in The Orange Box?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 104: Touchword

WORDY WEDNESDAY #102
FOXGERYPTICS 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Punjit Sharma *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Yossi Fendel **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #103
LOGICROSSWORD 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 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 #104
TOUCHWORD
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 March 2016 suggestion is used here.

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 Academy Award-winning supporting actor from Bridge of Spies: 2 wds. / “Just Like Jesse James” singer
2 TV series starring Tony Shalhoub / Actor Cole Sprouse's twin brother / Some electronic dance music
3 Sharpened / “Electric Avenue” singer Eddy / Dirty movie
4 It's better than a triple / “Act your age!”: 2 wds. / Cookie that's the subject of the song “The White Stuff” by Weird Al
5 Item in a Cinco de Mayo celebration, perhaps / Cowards
6 Drools / Original first name of a certain boxer
7 A farmer's hard-working son, possibly / Post-injury mark / Like expired milk
8 Hunt sneakily / It grows in a bed / Wild swine
9 Singer Lisa Marie / Originate (from) / Make a donkey-like sound
10 “Beware the ____ of March” / Descendant of Jacob's third son / Full of cheer, as on Christmas
11 Perfect / Not good / Sullies, as a reputation
12 Actor Malcolm-____ Warner / Uses a telephone / Dancing With the ____
13 Its capital is Kingston / ____ and lassies / Voice actress Strong
14 Absurd / “____ per aspera” (Kansas state motto): 2 wds. /
15 2004 first-person shooter published by Ubisoft: 2 wds. / The Price is Right model Amber

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What is the arboreal name of the professor from Pokémon Gold and Silver?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 103: Logicrossword 4

WORDY WEDNESDAY #101
FOXGERYPTICS 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Lance Nathan **
Punjit Sharma **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Yossi Fendel **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #102
FOXGERYPTICS 3 (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 #103
LOGICROSSWORD 4
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.
* The words LOOIE, UGLIEST and SENSELESS read horizontally.
* The words ASCOT and NAVIGATOR read vertically.
* The words BEYS, DA, LUV, and URN read somewhere.
* Row 2 contains exactly one black cell; the cell to its immediate left contains the letter L.
* Row 3 contains two 2-letter words, the leftmost of which is a reversal of the two-letter word in column G.
* Row 4 contains the letter T.
* Row 9 contains exactly one K and exactly one S.
* Column A contains exactly one black cell; the letters immediately above and below the black cell do not appear anywhere else in the grid.
* Column D contains two 2-letter words, the topmost of which is a reversal of the two-letter word in row 4.
* Column H contains a 9-letter word.
* Column I contains two consecutive cells with the same letter.
* Cells A8 and C9 contain the same letter.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Which Eddy sang "Electric Avenue"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 102: Foxgeryptics 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #100
ANACROSSWORD 6 & PENT WORDS 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Lance Nathan *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #101
FOXGERYPTICS 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 #102
FOXGERYPTICS 3
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). One of the words is a trademark.

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

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A very SENSELESS puzzle. . .
* Patron Puzzle #12, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a 15x15 Pathfinder puzzle. Words snake around the grid horizontally and vertically; you're given the starting position and direction for each word, but the rest is up for you to determine. Every letter is used in two words; there are 50 words in all.

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 101: Foxgeryptics 2

WORDY WEDNESDAY #99
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 #100
ANACROSSWORD 6 & PENT WORDS 20 (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 #101
FOXGERYPTICS 2
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. . .
* More Foxgeryptics!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 100: Anacrossword 6 & Pent Words 20

WORDY WEDNESDAY #97
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 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 **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #98
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 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 **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #99
PATHFINDER 3 (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 #100
ANACROSSWORD 6. . .
The answer to these puzzles (yes, these puzzles, plural) is a 7-letter word.
Answers are clued alphabetically by length.

4 LETTERS
* Young deer
* Firecracker part
* “Who's buried in Grant's ____?”
* Carry, as a canvas bag
* One-third of the title of a song from The Byrds
* Thing to do early and often?
* Canine sound

5 LETTERS
* Bedtime for ____ (1951 film starring Ronald Reagan)
* “Come, Thou ____ of Every Blessing” (Christian hymn)
* Halfway ____
* Site for a statue, perhaps
* Domino's offering
* Bit of gossip
* Actor Bakula
* Fishy surname of Mike of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

6 LETTERS
* Complete failure
* “When life gives you ____. . .”
* Inexperienced one
* Animal Farm author George
* Native American social gathering
* Rihanna has one on her finger that says “Shhh...”
* Remove completely from the ground, as a plant
* Completely crass
* Breathe like someone with asthma, perhaps
* Fail to get better

7 LETTERS
* “A Horse With No Name” band
* Be a duty for
* “Sweet ____” (Aerosmith song)
* Great ability
* Sports official
* City in New Mexico
* Like some consent

8 LETTERS
* Russian roulette need
* It preserves the shape of footwear: 2 wds.
* Plucking aid
* 2016 Disney movie featuring anthropomorphic mammals

9 LETTERS
* Producing a desired result
* Good-for-nothing

11 LETTERS
* Green Acres setting

12 LETTERS
* With The, 1992 sci-fi film starring Jeff Fahey: 2 wds.

14 LETTERS
* “Changing Keys” was a theme song for this game show: 3 wds.

. . . & PENT WORDS 20
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 Alien in a Disney movie / Greek goddess of the rainbow
2 Calista Flockhart's role in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) / Approve
3 ____ of the doubt / The Mesozoic, for one
4 The capital of Portugal / Reverberate
5 Walkman manufacturer / Actor Brendan of The Mummy
6 Act as bleach / All ____ Jazz (1979 film)
7 Component of some engines / Krabappel of The Simpsons
8 ____ for Camelot (1998 animated film) / Certain lagomorphs
9 Castle-building material, sometimes / Pertaining to mail delivery
10 One's lifelong profession / Manufacturer of sneakers

PENTOMINOES:
* “____ and Ivory” (Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder duet)
* Frequently
* “Sir” in front of a name, for example
* The body's largest artery
* Arise from one's seat
* Charlie of Two and a Half Men
* Total happiness
* Frighten
* Dangerous
* Brother of Groucho and Chico
* Arouse, as one's interest
* Of higher quality
* With The, popular quiz show in the UK
* 3:10 to Yuma, for example
* Underwear brand advertised by Michael Jordan
* Radio host Howard
* Trick-taking card game
* How great minds might think
* Big Trouble in Little ____
* Strengthened, as muscles

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A sequel which nobody asked for!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 99: Pathfinder 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #96
SECTION SIX 9 (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 #97
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 2 (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 #98
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 3 (hint)
As of this writing, 7 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 #99
PATHFINDER 3
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 white square will be used in exactly two entries.

Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Made tapestry (4)
2 Transition (5)
3 Take a shot in the dark (5)
4 I, for example (5)
5 A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle ____ (the best website ever) (4)
6 Huron and Erie, for two (5)
7 John Kreese of The Karate Kid, for one (6)
8 Subject of an often awkward talk (3 5 3 3 4)
9 Bounce a basketball (7)
10 Move slyly (5)
11 Act properly (6)
12 Cast a spell upon (7)
13 California city whose zoo is the home of giant panda Bai Yun (3 5)
14 One ____ Hill (2003-2012 TV drama) (4)
14 Sharp (9)
15 Astronomer Khayyam (4)
16 Actor Baldwin of Beetlejuice (4)
17 Tall, massive column (8)
18 Rat, for example (6)
19 Position oneself comfortably (6)
20 It may be bulletproof (4)
21 Dessert item from Italy (7)
22 Microsoft spreadsheet program (5)
23 Like the plug in clue 5 (9)
24 Scent (4)
24 City on the Missouri River (5)
25 Tuck of the Robin Hood stories, among others (6)
26 The ____ Queen (1951 Bogart/Hepburn flick) (7)
27 An English county (5)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Fishy surname of Mike of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 97: Fill-In Crossword 2 & Wordy Wednesday 98: Fill-In Crossword 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #95
PENT WORDS 19 (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 #96
SECTION SIX 9 (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 #97
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 2
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 February 2016 suggestion is used here.
The answers in the crossword below are clued alphabetically by length; you must figure out where they belong. The unclued shaded entries will spell a clue to the final answer.
3 LETTERS: Winglike structure; More than just some; Inventor Whitney; Tobacco product regulator: abbr.; A hallucinogen: abbr.; “It's Raining ____” (hit for The Weather Girls); Shout from an umpire; Huge legendary bird; Caviar, essentially; Regret; Vessel with a periscope, for short; ____, Dear (2000-2006 CBS sitcom)

4 LETTERS: Help hide a body, for example; Got a high grade in; Grim; You might make them meet; The Princess and the ____ (2009 Disney movie); PC alternatives; Dance ____ (Lifetime reality series); Tools wielded by janitors; Certain woodwind; Sonnet, for example; ____ gin; Family ____ (1982-1989 sitcom)

5 LETTERS
Surrealist Max; Pained sound, perhaps; Sierra ____ (country in West Africa); Sorceress of Greek mythology

6 LETTERS: Heart of Darkness author Joseph; Swedish rock band in a recent GEICO commercial; A moon of Uranus; With reduced mental faculties in one's old age

7 LETTERS: Freud's country; One stuck in la-la land

WORDY WEDNESDAY #98
FILL-IN CROSSWORD 3
The answers in the crossword below are clued alphabetically by length; you must figure out where they belong. For your final answer, submit the three related unclued entries.
3 LETTERS: Singer DiFranco; Corn on the ____; Hermey, for one; Certain ratite; Cost; One indicator of the health of a nation's economic health: abbr.; Certain retriever, briefly; ____ bygones be bygones; It might be crude; Game show host Finn or Sajak; Hop on ____ (Dr. Seuss book); Cul-de-____; Mineral spring; In Minecraft, it's crafted from gunpowder and sand

4 LETTERS: ____ vera; Word a preacher might hope to hear; “____ Lang Syne”; Chase, for example; ____ Hand Luke (1967 film); Recedes; Encounter; Alliance formed in 1949: abbr.; City on the Seward Peninsula; Religious denomination; Stain on a chimney sweep's outfit; Created a web, for example; Command to a dog, perhaps; Nation bordering Benin; Fish in a can; Abominable snowman

5 LETTERS: Censor's sound; Artist Edgar; “I Will Survive” singer Ross; Creepy; Senior; 2008 prison film; The ____ Gatsby; Relative by marriage: hyph.; ____ Family (Vicki Lawrence sitcom); Origami need; Lively and cheerful; Make baby food, perhaps; What a loan recipient must do; Seasons, as French fries; Personnel; Baylor University's state; ____ Buck (1989 film); Pole ____; Casts a ballot

6 LETTERS: Finally: 2 wds.; Thin layer; Make less tight; It's next to Start on the NES controller

7 LETTERS: “Running” band: 2 wds.; Emulated Bob Ross; Son of David famous for his wisdom; Black text on a black background, oftentimes

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What California city's zoo is the home of giant panda Bai Yun?
* Patron Puzzle #11, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a three-pack of 10x10 crosswords, two with themes and one themeless. Over 100 clues await your solving.

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 96: Section Six 9

WORDY WEDNESDAY #94
RECTANGULAR BLOCKS (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 a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Jack Lance **
Peter Abide *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #95
PENT WORDS 19 (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!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #96
SECTION SIX 9
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.
Ring 1
1 Apt to strike a chord
2 Equipment
3 Freshen up old furniture
4 Small community near a city
5 Like Beethoven towards the end of his life
6 Benjamin Netanyahu's birthplace: 2 wds.

Ring 2
* Quiet
* "Dear ____ customer. . ."
* Shock ____ (auto parts)
* President mentioned in Back to the Future
* "____ Been to Spain" (Three Dog Night song)

Ring 3
* ____ diagram
* 1978 movie with the song "You're the One That I Want"
* Charles Foster Kane's dying word
* Baskin-Robbins offers over 31 of them

Ring 4
* They lost to the Giants in the 2010 World Series
* Team Fortress 2 developer and publisher
* Coercion

Ring 5
* Setting for The Hangover: 2 wds.
* Set up tournament brackets, perhaps

Ring 6
* Container

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Two crosswords!

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 95: Pent Words 19

WORDY WEDNESDAY #93
THE MINESWEEPER CODE (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 **
Jack Lance **
Peter Abide *
Ryan Faley *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #94
RECTANGULAR BLOCKS (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's a hint. 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 #95
PENT WORDS 19
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 Country singer Black / Great destruction
2 Bubble ____ (Nick Jr. series) / "Dear ____ or Madam. . ."
3 Small hound / African antelope with distinct horns
4 Therefore / Edmonton hockey players
5 "Fire and ____" (James Taylor song) / America's Got ____
6 Like the bird that gets the worm / Famous French sculptor
7 Decorative Yuletide item / Ban alternative
8 List of scheduled duties / Write to disk
9 Drink stored in a cellar, perhaps / "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" singer Freddy
10 Walk like a horse, perhaps  / Make a decision

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Form a canyon, perhaps
* Muppet with a rubber duck
* Robin Hood's weapon
* Mark, as a test
* Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal ____
* Stick to, as with static electricity
* Prologue
* Far from wordy
* Tomorrow ____ Dies (1997 Bond film)
* Hangman's rope
* 17 ____ (2009 film starring Zac Efron)
* Some woodwinds have them
* Trademark on some ice chests
* The Trevi Fountain's country
* Headwear for Che Guevara
* "Bring the ball, boy!"
* Stay away from
* "Kids ____ days. . ."

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What President is mentioned in Back to the Future?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 94: Rectangular Blocks

WORDY WEDNESDAY #92
MAKE A ZIGZAGGY EXIT (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 a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Daren Crevan *
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey *
Bryce Herdt **
Jack Lance **
John Davis **
Peter Abide *
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #93
THE MINESWEEPER CODE (hint)
As of this writing, 7 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 #94
RECTANGULAR BLOCKS
You thought last week would be the final time you'd cross paths with a logic puzzle on “Wordy” Wednesday? Sorry, you're not off the hook yet.
The answer is 8 letters long.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What Freddy sang "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 93: The Minesweeper Code

WORDY WEDNESDAY #91
WORD INTERSECTIONS (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 **
Bryce Herdt **
Jack Lance **
John Bulten **
John Davis **
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #92
MAKE A ZIGZAGGY EXIT (hint)
As of this writing, 7 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's a hint. 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 #93
THE MINESWEEPER CODE
My friend was supposed to help indicate to me where the mines are in this grid, but he apparently didn't get the message.
The answer is 9 letters long.

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* Can you wrangle these quadrangles?

Until next time, yappy solving!

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