Wordy Wednesday 105: Pent Words 21

WORDY WEDNESDAY #103
LOGICROSSWORD 4 (answer)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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!

Wordy Wednesday 92: Make A Zigzaggy Exit

WORDY WEDNESDAY #90
PENT WORDS 18 (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 **
Bryce Herdt **
Jack Lance *
John Bulten *
John Davis **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
With these solutions, combined with the $4 I raised from WW89, I will be donating $14 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (and my reader will be donating $140). Thanks to everyone who participated!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #91
WORD INTERSECTIONS (hint)
As of this writing, 9 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Not only does it remove the diagramless aspect of the puzzle, but it gives explicit instructions on how to extract the final answer. (I would dare to say that this makes the puzzle easier than Ryan Faley's most recent offering, which is pretty easy.) 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 #92
MAKE A ZIGZAGGY EXIT
There's an S in the upper left, and an F in the lower right. Yeah, let's call it “Wordy” Wednesday.
The answer is a famous person's name. (Click the image to enlarge it.)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A logic puzzle that will make your head explode!
* Patron Puzzle #10, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Bricks and Mortar puzzle. Veterans of Penny Press publications (including the short-lived Will Shortz's Wordplay) may be familiar with Bricks and Mortar, which are normally 18x18 in size; this one's 24x24, and features 51 8-letter words for your solving pleasure.

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 91: Word Intersections

WORDY WEDNESDAY #89
WORDS WITHOUT FRIENDS (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 Lance 516 *
Giovanni Pagano **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John Davis **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *
With these solutions, I will be donating $4 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (and my reader will be donating $40).

WORDY WEDNESDAY #90
PENT WORDS (hint)
As of this writing, 8 people have solved last week's puzzle. That means I'll be donating at least $8.00 to Doctors Without Borders. Including my reader who's matching my donation times 10, and including the previous puzzle, this represents a grand total of $132.00.

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 #91
WORD INTERSECTIONS
Place each of the given words into the grid, one letter per cell, reading from left to right or top to bottom. All words must be connected, and no words other than the given words can appear in the grid. The highlighted cells indicate all of the places where words intersect.
The answer is 8 letters long.
DOT, ERA, FIR, HAM, MAN, NUT, OWN, SAT, SKI, SUN, WAS
BUNS, NIGH, NOEL, ICON, IDOL, STEW, TRIO, WILT
BAGEL, BAYOU, LOGIC, STERN, SUSHI
ADDING, IMPACT, INWARD
BLASTOFF, ENERGIZE, GRIDIRON, IRRITATE
ARCHITECT, YESTERDAY

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A truly amazing puzzle where the only two letters are S and F.

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 90: Pent Words 18

WORDY WEDNESDAY #88
DIVIDED INTO 100 CELLS 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 **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
John Davis **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #89
WORDS WITHOUT FRIENDS 3 (hint)
As of this writing, 5 people have solved the puzzle version of last week's puzzle. That means I'll be donating at least $2.50 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. A trifling amount, to be sure, but one of my readers has offered to match my donation times 10, meaning we've raised $27.50, which is somewhat more substantial. Remember, if at least one person can score above 615 points in the game version, I'll double the donation! This may or may not be suitable incentive to start crunching some numbers and seeing how many points you can muster. . . .

Haven't solved the puzzle version 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 #90
PENT WORDS 18
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.

I will donate $1 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières for every correct answer that I receive before February 24, 2016, at 8:00 AM CST, up to a maximum of $50. One of my readers has offered to match my donation times 10, meaning every correct answer will be worth $11 for Doctors Without Borders.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 "____ Solution" (Ozzy Osbourne song) / Item in a pod
2 Grammy-winning Christian rock band / Kay rival
3 Ben Affleck's younger brother / Severe
4 Emulates a mad dog, perhaps / "____ there, done that"
5 Mario ____ (Nintendo 64 video board game which spawned a franchise) / Discloses
6 Australian girl / Interior designer Berkus
7 Fondle / Pro wrestler John
8 ____ My Children (1970-2011 soap opera) / ____ freak
9 Google alternative / Cause to go off track
10 Keep possession of / "I Don't ____" (Ozzy Osbourne song)

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Goodyear products
* Permit
* Swan played by Kristen Stewart
* Van Susteren of Fox News
* Certain courtroom employee
* Not late
* An alcoholic is prone to do this
* Slash on a bowling score sheet
* It makes waste
* Dunbar of the Dallas Cowboys
* Classic pie ingredient
* The ____ in the Woods (2012 horror film)
* Clubs and hearts, for example
* First word of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18
* Members of a jury, perhaps
* Pale
* You might eat one with tea
* Optimal

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A LOGIC puzzle that will IRRITATE you. . .

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 89: Words Without Friends 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #87
ANACROSSWORD 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:
Giovanni Pagano *
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
John Davis **
Lewis Chen **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #88
DIVIDED INTO 100 CELLS 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 #89
WORDS WITHOUT FRIENDS 3
This game of word solitaire is inspired by Solicross. Actually, it is Solicross. Don't sue me, Dell.

You have 15 turns to score as many points as possible by building words on the grid. Start by taking the first 7 letters from the LETTER LIST. Form an English word using two or more letters, and place it reading across (from left to right) or down (from top to bottom) in the grid, either starting in or ending in the shaded cell. On each successive turn, cross out the letters you used and replace them with the next letters from the LETTER LIST, and then play a new word using some or all of those letters. As in Scrabble, you can play at right angles to a previous word (either incorporating a letter from it or expanding it) or parallel to a previous word, but must adjoin some previous word; adjoining letters must always form words in crossword fashion, and all letters used in a single turn must be part of a single word.

Every turn, you score for the words you made on that turn. The score for a word is the sum of all the numbers it covers (whether those letters were played on that turn or not); multiple words formed in a single turn are added up together (with shared letters counting twice). If you use all 60 letters within 15 turns, give yourself 50 extra points.

My score for this game is 615 points. After you've gotten the highest score you can (or sooner, if getting high scores doesn't interest you), follow this link for the “puzzle version" of this puzzle, which indicates where I placed the tiles; you must determine which tiles to place each turn turn to form valid words and match my solution. Any game that beats my score of 615 points will be considered a solution to this “game version”. (All words will be checked against http://www.m-w.com/scrabble for validity.) Alternatively, I will accept any score of at least 500 points, so long as at most 2 words of 4 or more letters are formed that are also in my 615-point solution. (This prevents you from claiming credit for trivial changes to my solution which don't improve the score, but keep the score above 500. If you can find a trivial change to the solution which does improve the score, then you have earned my hearty congratulations.)

In an attempt to generate interest in this puzzle, and because I'm getting rusty at this “altruism” thing, I will donate 50 cents to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières for every solution to the puzzle version and every solution to the game version that I receive before February 17, 2016, at 8:00 AM CST, up to a maximum of $25. If I receive at least one solution to the game version that beats my score of 615 points, I will double this amount! (The last time I did something altruistic on this blog, one of my readers increased the impact of my altruism by matching my donation; if this happens again, I'll be sure to let you know. . . .)

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Swan played by Kristen Stewart"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 88: Divided Into 100 Cells 3

WORDY WEDNESDAY #86
SECTION SIX 8 (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 **
Mark Tilford **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten *
John Davis **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #87
ANACROSSWORD 5 (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 #88
DIVIDED INTO 100 CELLS 3
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 January 2016 suggestion is used here.
Draw a single path of horizontal and vertical segments that returns to where it started, and which passes through all of the cells exactly once (with the exception of cells containing the letter E, which may not be passed through). See the example on the right. Start from cell A1 and read clockwise for a hint to the final answer.
English star of a 1969-1989 sketch comedy show: 2 wds.: E6 A4 D2 A2 A8 H9 E8 C3 C6
Part of the brain: B3 I8 H10 D4 A7 I3 J2 J6
Denver's is 5,280 feet: D8 F9 F7 G2 A9 H8 G7 D1 H1
Where to find Spaceship Earth: J5 D9 A6 E2 H6
Texas Furry ____ (annual Dallas convention at which the author wouldn't be caught dead): B9 E4 J9 B2 H4 E9
Takes a stab in the dark: I9 C10 C1 I6 B5 D7 G9
Concept: C2 I2 G1 C4
1979 hit for The Knack: 2 wds.: A10 B7 B4 E5 F1 I7 J3 E7 E10
Butchering byproduct used in dog food: I1 H7 J4 C7 D10
Morphine or codeine, for example: G3 F3 A5 A3 D5 J10
Italian restaurant offering: B6 B8 C9 B1 F5
Manning of the Denver Broncos: J1 F8 G4 F2 J7 H3
Game Boy launch title: G6 C5 I4 E3 I10 G8
Surname in the Harry Potter books: G10 D3 I5 F4 F6 C8 D6
Boo-Boo's companion: 2 wds.: F10 B10 E1 A1 G5 J8 H2 H5

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A sequel that nobody asked for!
* Patron Puzzle #9, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a 15x15 Pathfinder. 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 87: Anacrossword 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #85
PENT WORDS 17 (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:
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Mark Tilford **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #86
SECTION SIX 8 (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 #87
ANACROSSWORD 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 December 2015 suggestion is used here.
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 
36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100

Elizabeth of cosmetics
Lawyer
____ Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969 Western)
Basement with a low ceiling (2 wds.)
Rough material used for shaping fingernails
“Birds of a ____. . .”
Title character in a Mozart opera
Column on a chessboard
____ Nights at Freddy's (2014 video game)
“Hollaback Girl” singer Stefani
Snake's sound
One prone to temper tantrums
Blazing fire
____ Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004 movie)
Saturday Night ____
After-dinner breath fresheners
Memetic flying feline (2 wds.)
It might be wrapped in nori
“Hold the Line” rock band
Black ____ (Marvel Comics character)
____ E. Coyote
Smith of Men in Black
Long-tongued Nintendo protagonist

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What's a 5-letter word for "Where to find Spaceship Earth"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

Wordy Wednesday 86: Section Six 8

WORDY WEDNESDAY #83
LOGICROSSWORD 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 **
Mark Tilford **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #84
LOGICROSSWORD 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:
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt *
John Bulten **
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin *
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #85
PENT WORDS 17 (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 #86
SECTION SIX 8
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 One with high hopes
2 Don't forbid
3 Lacking in knowledge
4 Preserve, perhaps
5 Mathematician and game theorist John
6 ____ Drama Island (2007-2008 cartoon)

Ring 2
* Lyme disease transmitter
* Wolfe of Rex Stout novels
* Toothless, long-tongued mammals
* Roma is its capital
* Fire without aiming

Ring 3
* Play on repeat
* Very old
* Ambulance's destination
* Wrestler Steve Borden, more familiarly

Ring 4
* Reasonable Faith author William Lane Craig, for one
* ____ helmet
* Mario & ____ at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (upcoming video game)

Ring 5
* Clint Eastwood wore one in A Fistful of Dollars
* Small one-handed weapon

Ring 6
* Contents of a witch's cauldron, perhaps

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* What rock band sang "Hold the Line"?

Until next time, yappy solving!

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