Monday, January 16, 2017

PUZZLE #109: Pent Words 8

PUZZLE #109
PENT WORDS 8

I know what you're thinking: "What happened to Pent Words 7?" Well, I decided that the Pent Words I used for my 100th puzzle counts as #7 in my little series. So with that nitpick out of the way, let's get to this week's puzzle!


For this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (they’re kinda like Tetris pieces, except they’re areas made up of five squares each) and put 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, reading left to right beginning 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 above, the rows spell out CHINS, PARTY, and ANKLE, and the pentominoes spell out the words CHINA, STYLE, and PRANK.) Use the across answers to figure out where the pentominoes go.

Once you're done, combine the two unclued pentominoes to get this week's FINAL ANSWER: A two-word phrase



ACROSS (Two answers per row)
1) Cochise or Geronimo, e.g.
    Shoulder muscle, for short
2) High School Musical actress Hudgens
    "If you ask me", in text messages
3) Wealthy
    Last name of Danny or Jazz from Danny Phantom
4) Frampton Comes _____! (multi-platinum album)
    Roughs it
5) Illustrator Gerald who worked with Pink Floyd
    "Grand Ole" Nashville landmark
6) Evil organization fought by G.I. Joe
    Jada Pinkett Smith's role in The Matrix Reloaded
7) November birthstone
    Acorn-loving Ice Age character
8) What brevity is the soul of, supposedly
    Baskin's partner in ice cream
9) Discontinued robot dog made by Sony
    Football shirt
10) Golf putt, perhaps
      Mrs. Frisby and the _____ of NIMH

PENTOMINOES (Five letters per answer)
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Hasbro toy that originally had a giant purple button in the middle: Hyph.
* Chairs and such
* Fancy neckerchief
* Assassinated archduke Ferdinand
* Synonym for "niña"
* Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning role
* Previous, like an arrest
* "My Happy Ending" singer Lavigne
* One of Peter Rabbit's sisters
* Was sore
* Tool's first music video to use stop-motion animation
* New Orleans footballer
* The "24" in "36-24-36", say
* Glass window sections
* Ann _____, MI
* Rocker John who was Too Low for Zero
* Seamstress Ross
* Appearance by Hitchcock in [first answer to 7-Across], e.g.

Once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

ANSWERS: Link-Letters 3

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted my third "Link-Letters" puzzle, and since then nine of you have successfully solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Dan Simonds ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • YYW ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
Now just head on below the break for the answers!

Monday, January 9, 2017

PUZZLE #108: The Sudoku Code

PUZZLE #108
THE SUDOKU CODE

This next puzzle is inspired by an anime! I've been watching various anime for quite a while now (see the answer to "Moving Staircases 2" as proof of that), but I've just started watching it on a more regular basis since only last year when the Winter 2016 season began. One anime that premiered earlier this decade and which I just started watching not too long ago is called Phi Brain. If you want a synopsis, it's a lot like Yu-Gi-Oh, but with puzzles instead of a children's card game. If you're still curious, you can watch all three seasons of the show here at Crunchyroll. Anyways, I'm only a few episodes in at the moment, but I've already been inspired by a puzzle in one of the episodes (episode 3, to be exact) to create a new puzzle for this blog! Let's dig in, shall we?

Fill in the sudoku below using normal rules (the numbers 1-9 appear once in each row, column, and 3x3 box). Once everything has been filled in, use the shaded squares to figure out this week's FINAL ANSWER: A nine-letter word


Once you believe you've figured out the FINAL ANSWER, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

ANSWERS: Brick By Brick 2

Before I reveal the answers to my second "Brick By Brick" puzzle, I have a little update for you guys: remember that Phrase Shift game I shamelessly plugged a while back? Well, it's now available on Steam with over 600 puzzles and Achievements for you to earn (for those that care about that sort of thing)! If you already bought the mobile version, the game's creator Chris Hendricks told me that it'll hopefully update later this month with presumably the same features as the Steam version! Now then, here are all seven people who have solved "Brick By Brick 2":
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • YYW ****
  • Lynn Sweeney **
  • Chris Hendricks ****
Now just click on "Read more" below for the answers!

Monday, January 2, 2017

PUZZLE #107: Link-Letters 3

PUZZLE # 107
LINK-LETTERS 3

The answer to each clue on the left side of this puzzle's grid goes in the squares to the left of the first black bar, and the answers to each clue on the right goes into the squares to the right of the second black bar. Then a single letter (the "Link-Letter") goes in the square in the middle to complete a single word that reads all the way across. For example, if the two words are CON and ACT, you can put a "T" between them to get CONTACT.

Once you've filled out all eight rows, the central letters will spell out two additional words reading down. Add a letter between those two words in the red square to get this week's FINAL ANSWER: The name of a television show cancelled in 2016


And here are the clues in text format, sorted by the rows they appear in from up to down:

1) _____TV (formerly CourtTV) / "Show Me the Way" rocker Frampton
2) Bakery staple that sounds like a petaled plant / Lose skin, like a snake
3) Supermarket _____ (classic game show) / Grabs away
4) Volkswagen's luxury brand / Charged atoms
5) Number-loving vampire from Sesame Street / With "The", 2002 horror film about a haunted videotape
6) _____-Magnon / Excalibur, for one
7) Golfer's way of saying "Duck!" / Take a sample of, like food you've never had
8) Dot on a domino / Cord on a fishing rod
9) Grape flavored soda from Coca-Cola / _____-Tac-Dough (classic game show)

Once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

ANSWERS: Helter Skelter 2

Happy New Year! I know this is usually a time to reflect on the preceding year, but outside of sports and entertainment, 2016 sucked eggs hard. And not just in World News, either; not only did I have a crisis about getting solvers to stay on this blog and not only did my last remaining pet die, but also my suicidal thoughts reached a fever point after the conclusion of this overlong election! It's almost enough to forget that I got a new solver and friend who works in the video game industry, that I've reached a milestone 100 puzzles on this site, and that this blog got mentioned by The New York Times...'s Numberplay blog! I'm heavily doubtful that 2017 will be any better (mostly because of a certain Golden Raspberry Award winner that I won't name) but I've survived the Terrible 2000s, so I can hopefully weather this storm as well. Anyways, here are all the people who have solved "Helter Skelter 2":
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ***
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Dan Simonds and Katie Moulton ****
  • YYW ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
Now just head below the break for the answers!

Monday, December 26, 2016

PUZZLE #106: Brick By Brick 2

PUZZLE #106
BRICK BY BRICK 2


Place the 2x3 bricks into the grid below so that a crossword puzzle with rotational symmetry is formed. Each of the Across and Down clues hint at answers that appear in that row or column, all of which are in order. Be careful with the rows marked with a 7, 8, and 9, as the bricks that are placed in those rows will be split in half by a blue line, which you can see in the diagram above. Also, the letters that go in the blue line's squares will complete one answer in every Down column, though you'll have to figure out what those letters are.

This week's FINAL ANSWER is the name of a video game that I got for Christmas yesterday



ACROSS
1) Simba's uncle
    Unimaginative dalmatian name
    Spanish-speaking kid from the Backyard Sports series
2) Euphonium's big brass cousin
    Snow queen who created Olaf
    Many characters in The Avengers (The British one, not the Marvel one)
3) Do as you're told
    Superhero name of Marvel's Janet van Dyne
    Pants-wearing member of the Warner Brothers (and Sister) from Animaniacs
4) 1957 Frank Sinatra musical film
    Like this answer
5) He "Goes to Washington" in a famous Jimmy Stewart film
6) Ease up
    Business card nos.
    Kon-Tiki, for one
7) Commissioner Bud who was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016
    The original protagonist of the Puyo Puyo series of puzzle games (Anagram of REAL)
    Norway's most populated city
8) THE FINAL ANSWER
9) Uncommon
    My Little Pony's Pinkie and family
    Meat Loaf's role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
10) Crosswordese leftovers
      Oldest sister from The Loud House
      Oglers
11) Kidnappers' demands
12) Bugs, to Elmer Fudd
      _____ Things (Steven King novel)
13) Heroes character whose paintings can predict the future
      Related (to)
      Nestlé's bubbly chocolate bar
14) Drawing tool for Rudy Tabootie
      _____ Effect: Andromeda (upcoming video game)
      The world's most famous loch
15) Former Destiny's Child member Rowland
      Android from Star Trek: The Next Generation
      Lament for "poor Yorick"

DOWN
1) Word in a red octagon
    George Jetson's pooch
    John ____ (Keanu Reeves' comeback role)
2) Largest Caribbean island
    Joy who is the only original cohost of The View left
    Arthur who won Wimbledon in 1975
3) Cain's brother in DC's House of Mystery (Oh, and the Bible as well)
    Command & Conquer: Red _____ (strategy game)
    False god, according to Judges
4) Brandy's brother
    They make up a mosaic
    Base or basket suffix
5) Horseshoe-shaped letter
    "Weird Al" Yankovic song about I Love Lucy
6) Home for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    With "The", Successor to "The '90s Are All That"
7) Sony console that originated as a CD-based add-on to the Super Nintendo
    Intel rival
8) Org. in the Spy Kids movies
    Corporate couplings
    Hypnotic Jungle Book snake
9) Touch a touchscreen, maybe
    Person who practices prestidigitation
10) Puzzled, or on the Pacific
      High IQ Society that turned 70 in 2016
11) USA Network series featuring Shawn and Gus
      Candy creator H. B. _____
12) On _____ with (equal to)
      The Price is Right announcer before Fields
      Sigourney's role in Ghostbusters (1984)
13) Peter Gabriel song about an anti-apartheid activist
      Remark to the audience
      Anime studio that did This Art Club Has A Problem! (Okay, it's a synonym for "perceive" or "touch")
14) Albanian coins
      Decorative buttons that Joanna hates to wear in Office Space
      Major or minor constellation
15) Spanish bears
      Paint shades
      Not a win

Once you believe you've figured out the FINAL ANSWER, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

ANSWERS: Lucky Sevens 2

Merry Christmas! I've got presents to open, so I'll keep this short. Here's all the people who have solved "Lucky Sevens 2" from a couple weeks ago:
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • YYW ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
And now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, December 19, 2016

PUZZLE #105: Helter Skelter 2

PUZZLE #105
HELTER SKELTER 2

Each answer in this crossword variation starts at the indicated number, and then moves towards the direction of the next number (thought it may or may not stop there). The direction of the last answer is to be determined by the solver.

Once the grid has been filled out, unscramble the gray squares to get this week's FINAL ANSWER: An 8-letter word


1) Bikini top
2) Super _____ Crag (The final stage in Global GUTS)
3) Topaz or Turquoise, e.g.
4) Customizable avatar created by Nintendo
5) Lick _____ (KISS album and song): 2 wds.
6) Diagram that sadly does not taste like apple or cherry: 2 wds.
7) Cumberbatch's role in The Imitation Game
8) Oscar from Sesame Street, for one
9) Children's book about a teddy bear looking for a button
10) _____ Jones (live-action/animated movie)
11) Busytown creator Richard
12) Downward dog discipline
13) Croc's cousin
14) High school in Grease
15) Finalizes, as a guess on Don't Forget the Lyrics!: 2 wds.
16) Title character in a 2016 stop-motion film by Laika
17) "Tar" in Spanish (which makes the name of a certain tar pit group rather redundant...)
18) Like the tin roof in "Love Shack"
19) Green Teletubby
20) Screamed
21) Law that's been heavily abused to unfairly take down Youtube videos and such: Abbv.
22) "Be that _____ may ...": 2 wds.
23) Full House surname

Once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

ANSWERS: Chain Reaction: Branching Out

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Chain Reaction: Branching Out", and since then, eight of you have managed to successfully solve it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Yossi Fendel ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
Now just head below the break for the answers and some solver comments!