Sunday, October 22, 2017

ANSWERS: Zigzagnut 4

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Zigzagnut 4", and as usual, it's time for me to post the answers to this puzzle as well as the people who have solved them:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney **
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, October 16, 2017

PUZZLE #148: Pieces of Nine 3

PUZZLE #148
PIECES OF NINE 3

Arrange the trigrams (blocks with three squares/letters in them) to make seven 9-letter words. After that, sort the new words so that the first one alphabetically is in row 1, the second one alphabetically is in row 2, and so on.

Once you're done, read down two of the columns for the FINAL ANSWER: a two-word phrase.



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, October 15, 2017

ANSWERS: Moving Staircases 7

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Moving Staircases 7", and since then, nine of you (including Sam Levitin's son) have figured out the FINAL ANSWER, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Sam and Jonathan Levitin ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, October 9, 2017

PUZZLE #147: Zigzagnut 4

PUZZLE #147
ZIGZAGNUT 4

The numbered clues are for the zigzags, which work their way down through the diagram in the outlined areas. The "Rows" clues are for the answers, two per row, to be entered straight across each row in the diagram, but to make things harder, you don't know which specific rows the answers will go into! (Though the answers in the rows themselves are in the correct order)

This week's FINAL ANSWER consists of the two numbered answers with no clues (#5 & #16) that combine to make up the name of a company.


ROWS (in random order; each contains two answers)
* The _____ Vacancy (J. K. Rowling's first book for adults) / Unit of loudness that's one letter away from a call-making device
* Head, in Le Havre / Inexperienced
* Deadly tropical fly / Black-_____ Susan
* Conk on the head / Rocket's return to Earth
* Cereal made up of rolled oats / "_____ Around the Christmas Tree"
* Glossy wood finish / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them director David
* White, in Spanish / Neo-soul singer Erykah
* Like keypads with no letters on them / Female main character from Gravity Rush and its sequel
* Pre-riot state / Used binoculars
* Rock band that did "Hold Your Head Up" / Colonel or captain
* One who mollycoddles / _____ Wright: Ace Attorney

ZIGZAGS
1) Uses a vuvuzela
2) Spoiled brat with blonde pigtails from Rugrats
3) Wii Remote or Wii U GamePad, e.g.
4) Father of Sasha and Malia
5) THE FIRST HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
6) Button that makes the TV shut up
7) Metaphorical guinea pig
8) Was indebted to
9) Technically not alive yet
10) Retaliation
11) Grammy-winning a cappella group with over 2.4 billion YouTube views
12) Loaves of bread frequently seen in crosswords
13) Completely abandon a building
14) Containing a -
15) Shanghai _____ (Madonna movie)
16) THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
17) Sport with Sharks and Predators
18) Run into (literally or figuratively)

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, October 8, 2017

ANSWERS: Lucky Sevens 4

Before I reveal the answers to "Lucky Sevens 4", I just wanted to plug my Patreon page again. If you decide to donate money to me through Patreon (like the two fine people listed below in red), I'll give you rewards and perks as thanks! For example, if you support me at the $5 level, I'll give you an exclusive puzzle that you won't get anywhere else! (This month's offering is another pair of "Overstuffed Sandwiches") Now with that out of the way, here are the seven people that have solved my puzzle from almost two weeks ago:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, October 2, 2017

PUZZLE #146: Moving Staircases 7

PUZZLE #146
MOVING STAIRCASES 7


The two staircase-shaped halves of a "Moving Staircases" puzzle are designed to be pushed together in two different ways, horizontally and vertically. A horizontal push creates shorter words ("Shorts"), while a vertical push creates longer words ("Longs"). The example above shows a completed grid and the grids that result from pushing it both ways. The lists of clues given for the Shorts and Longs are not in order; it's up to you to determine where the answers go by working back and forth between the two lists.

Once you've completely filled out the grid, hidden inside it will be this week's FINAL ANSWER: the name of a Pokémon whose name is not hidden horizontally OR vertically.


SHORTS
* Collect or stockpile
* Mad Men character Don
* Part of the week that Garfield hates
* Refining one's muscles
* Scale's reading
* The "r" in πr2
* Word game with lettered dice in a 4x4 tray

LONGS
* Carter's Vice President
* Classic Konami arcade game where you pilot a spaceship called the Vic Viper
* Curtains and other window coverings
* The _____ Channel ("Local on the 8s" network)
* When doubled, a song by either the Smashing Pumpkins or Hot Chelle Rae
* Weighing (down)

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, October 1, 2017

ANSWERS: Plus One 3

It's been roughly two weeks since I've posted "Plus One 3", and since then, seven of you have solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • M. Sean Molley ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, September 25, 2017

PUZZLE #145: Lucky Sevens 4

PUZZLE #145
LUCKY SEVENS 4

Stacked together below are seven Sevens made up of 7 squares each. The answers to each Seven start in their respectively numbered squares and continue along its path surrounded by a bold outline, going left and then down. Meanwhile, the answers to the Rows go straight across the grid, including those with only one or two letters in them.

Once you've filled in the grid, the letters in the colored squares (in the order of the Sevens that they appear in) will spell out this week's FINAL ANSWER: A seven-letter word



ROWS
i) Type of garden filled with rocks
ii) Notes after "do": 2 wds.
iii) Archie Bunker or George Jefferson, e.g.
iv) Baywatch actress Yasmine
v) Dresser drawer parts
vi) "Royal" necktie knot?
vii) Scotland's largest city
viii) I'm Sorry I Haven't a _____ (comedic panel game on BBC Radio)
ix) TV channel with the slogan "Positively entertaining"
x) "Ick!"
xi) MPAA rating for Sausage Party

SEVENS
1) Sluggish chunk of ice
2) Blue mouse with a big nose from CatDog
3) Portable firearm
4) Former New England Patriot Drew
5) Oscar-winning director Kathryn
6) More secluded
7) Apexes

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, September 24, 2017

ANSWERS (And Contest Results!): Squeezed in the Middle 9

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Squeezed in the Middle 9", and since it's a Contest Puzzle, I think it's time for me to reveal not only the answers, but who won the signed copy of the October 2017 issue of GAMES Magazine that I got published in! First, a list of people who have solved this puzzle since it got published:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • M. Sean Molley **** (He's already a subscriber, so he doesn't want the prize)
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom **** (ineligible; it'd be like giving the prize to myself!)
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Dan Simonds *
Since ten people have solved this puzzle, there will be TWO copies given away to two randomly-chosen winners! The winners are: Lynn Sweeney and Grant Fikes! Congratulations, you two!

Now just go below the break for the answers, along with some solver comments!

Monday, September 18, 2017

PUZZLE #144: Plus One 3

PUZZLE #144
PLUS ONE 3

To start this puzzle, enter the answers to the numbered clues (the "Partial Clues") in each correspondingly numbered area, skipping the gold squares as you do so. Then, add a new letter in each gold square to create a new word, which matches up with one of the "Whole Clues" that are listed in no particular order.

Once you're done, the letters in the gold squares, reading down, spell out this week's FINAL ANSWER: a video game series


PARTIAL CLUES
1) CBS series about crazed animals based on a James Patterson novel
2) Wilma Flintstone's husband
3) "Slow and steady wins the race", for one
4) Oscar-winning actor Whitaker
5) Orange orchard
6) Story's sequence of events
7) Rock genre of Dashboard Confessional

WHOLE CLUES
* Free preview of a video game that lets you try it before you buy it
* Mr. Gump who said that "Stupid is as stupid does"
* When doubled, Mazda slogan
* Test episode for a TV series
* Spiral track on a vinyl record
* _____ Kombat
* Unleashed

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 (don't forget that that one is a CONTEST PUZZLE, and the deadline is this Sunday!). 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!