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Wordy Wednesday 165: Pent Words 33 & Wordy Wednesday 166: Section Six 16

WORDY WEDNESDAY #161
CRYPTICROSTIC 2 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Deusovi **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin *

WORDY WEDNESDAY #162
ANACROSSWORD 11 (answer)
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Anthony Bailey **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Bryce Herdt **
Jason Boomer **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
yyw **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #163
PATHFINDER 4 (hint)
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WORDY WEDNESDAY #164
HEX PATHFINDER 9 (hint)
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DOUBLE WORDY WEDNESDAYS ALL MONTH!
WORDY WEDNESDAY #165
PENT WORDS 33
This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron Pavel Curtis. Support me on Patreon at the $5 per month level and solve the monthly Patron Puzzle for a chance to suggest a seed word for a future puzzle, or at the $20 per month level to suggest one seed word every month!
 In this puzzle, 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 Machine used by Nazi Germany to encrypt messages / Companion of Crackle and Pop
2 Psychiatrist, slangily / Spengler of Ghostbusters
3 Certain sculptures / Triple ____ (orange-flavored liqueur)
4 Avis competitor / Worth
5 Mario Tennis character with an egg on his racket / Slowly wear away
6 ____ baller / Not large
7 "Baby ____ Back" (Sir Mix-A-Lot song) / French painter Marcel
8 The Jetsons' family dog / Hopping mad
9 Craziness / Clue
10 "____ the World" (Eric Clapton song) / Lascivious look

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Andean pack animal
* Preach to the ____
* Comic detective Dick
* ____-hair pasta
* Last Greek letter
* College paper
* Spanish explorer Juan ____ de León
* Pillages
* Midday meal
* Rand McNally offering
* Suppose
* "To ____ own self be true"
* Avoid
* Practitioner of the world's third-largest religion
* Comedian Cheech
* Game show host Tomarken
* Pleasant smell
* Creature in a pit, perhaps

WORDY WEDNESDAY #166
SECTION SIX 16
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 River in the title of a Strauss waltz
2 A catapult relative, or a wild ass
3 Prefer
4 Secret code in which a message is written
5 Aptly-named Cerulean Gym leader specializing in Water-type Pokémon
6 One worshiping a false god

Ring 2
* Signature hairstyle for Bob Ross
* Plentiful
* Monarchy advocate
* Former Secretary of Labor Robert
* Turn a hypothesis into a theorem

Ring 3
* Perimeter
* Linger
* Restaurant chain renowned for flapjacks
* A Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes

Ring 4
* The blood of the Greek gods
* Big name in door-to-door cosmetics sales
* Belt that holds ammunition

Ring 5
* ____ Bunker's Place (All in the Family spin-off)
* "____ Bridge is falling down. . ."

Ring 6
* One of sixteen in the title of a 1984 romance flick

COMING NEXT WEEK. . .
* A pair of Touchwords!

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