Monday, April 24, 2017

PUZZLE #123: Puzzle in the Round

PUZZLE # 123
PUZZLE IN THE ROUND

To solve this tough puzzle, fill in as many of the 5-letter answers next to their clues as you can. Next, look for shared letters, and then enter each letter into its correct place in the diagram (though you'll most likely need to scramble the order of the letters to make them fit). The letter in the grid's center will be shared by all of the answer words. As a little hint, look for unshared letters to help you determine the letters that will go in the outer ring to form the FINAL ANSWER, reading from 1 to 24.

The FINAL ANSWER is the name of a recent anime series.


1) A nightmare is a bad one
     _ _ _ _ _
2) Ran on TV
     _ _ _ _ _
3) Green _____ (Eva Gabor TV series)
     _ _ _ _ _
4) Spook someone
     _ _ _ _ _
5) It connects the foot bone to the leg bone
     _ _ _ _ _
6) "Queen of Mean" Helmsley
     _ _ _ _ _
7) "Li'l" comic strip character created by Al Capp
     _ _ _ _ _
8) Joe Louis _____ (Home of the Red Wings)
     _ _ _ _ _
9) Celebration often thrown by Pinkie Pie
     _ _ _ _ _
10) Not together
       _ _ _ _ _
11) Squirrel-like character from the Ice Age movies
       _ _ _ _ _
12) List of hit songs from Billboard, e.g.
       _ _ _ _ _
13) Boot-shaped country
       _ _ _ _ _
14) Like popcorn or seawater
       _ _ _ _ _
15) Like video games rated "M", in theory
       _ _ _ _ _
16) Prefix for "violet" or "violent"
       _ _ _ _ _
17) Geometric calculations that equal length times width (for rectangles)
       _ _ _ _ _
18) _____ of War (Shooter video game series for Xbox)
       _ _ _ _ _
19) Asian nation divided in two
       _ _ _ _ _
20) The Carpenters' lead singer
       _ _ _ _ _
21) Like numerals used in most Super Bowl logos
       _ _ _ _ _
22) Home run hero Hank
       _ _ _ _ _
23) Pinky's partner in a '90s cartoon
       _ _ _ _ _
24) Mark that's burnt onto a cow
       _ _ _ _ _

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, April 23, 2017

ANSWERS: Lucky Sevens 3

It's been about two weeks since I've posted "Lucky Sevens 3", and appropriately enough, seven of you have solved it since then, as you can see in the list below (BTW, the people who support me on Patreon are in red):
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, April 17, 2017

PUZZLE #122: Chain Reaction: Extra Links 4

PUZZLE #122
CHAIN REACTION: EXTRA LINKS 4


For this puzzle, there are seven golden "links" that link together six two-word phrases when reading down. However, it's completely blank, save for some dashes that reveal how long each word is (four dashes translate to a four-letter word, for instance). To help you figure out these words, though, there are some extra silver links with words already in them which, when combined with the golden link to the left or right of it, make another two-word phrase. In the above example, the two-word phrases with silver links in them are "Chain Restaurants", "Gut Reaction", "Time Zone", and "Fruit Flies", so the final "golden chain" is "CHAIN - REACTION - TIME - FLIES".

Once you've completely filled in the chain, scramble the letters in the orange squares to get this week's FINAL ANSWER: a seven-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 that one 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, April 16, 2017

ANSWERS: Deck It Out 2

It's been roughly  two weeks since I've posted "Deck It Out 2", and since then, nine of you have solved it, as you can see in the list below (and don't forget that the people who support me on Patreon are in red):
  • Grant Fikes ***
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • YYW ****
  • Dan Simonds ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now just head below the break for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, April 10, 2017

PUZZLE #121: Lucky Sevens 3

PUZZLE #121
LUCKY SEVENS 3

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 word associated with one of the other answers


ROWS
i) Winnie the Pooh and Tigger _____
ii) Sudden burst of wind
iii) Egests saliva
iv) Japanese toy company that merged with Namco in 2005
v) 1998 Cher hit famous for its use of Auto-Tune
vi) Assert with conviction
vii) Natives of Agra
viii) She acted alongside Daniel and Rupert in the Harry Potter films
ix) The first P in PPV
x) Element between Hg and Pb (That's mercury and lead, by the way)
xi) William Macy's middle initial

SEVENS
1) Comprehensive: Hyph.
2) Dot seen in a dollar amount
3) Actor-comedian Bill who provided the voice of Nickelodeon's Cousin Skeeter
4) Moth genus that... aw, heck with it; just place "I" in the direct middle of a yellow fruit
5) The titular creatures from Eight-Legged Freaks, e.g.
6) Legendary African crocodile rumored to have eaten up to 300 humans
7) 1982 Dustin Hoffman comedy that was nominated for Best Picture

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, April 9, 2017

ANSWERS: Snake Charmer

Before I reveal the answers to my first "Snake Charmer" puzzle, I just wanted to give up an update regarding my Patreon: as of today, three people are supporting me with a total of $11 per month (though it should be $12; stupid Patreon tax...) and two of those people are highlighted in the solvers list below in red:
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
I'd certainly like those numbers to go up, so please consider supporting me if you want to! Anyways, head below the break for the answers!

Monday, April 3, 2017

PUZZLE #120: Deck It Out 2

Before we get to this week's puzzle, I just wanted to direct you to my Patreon page, where you can support my puzzle-making endeavors, and in return, I'll give you rewards such as early puzzles, Patreon-exclusive puzzles, and even ways to help me create puzzles! Now with that plug out of the way, let's get to the directions...

PUZZLE #120
DECK IT OUT 2

Fill in the answers to the clues below, then transfer the letters marked with playing card symbols to their proper places in the grid below. The number (or letter) of each clue will tell you what column to place those letters in. Once it's completely filled in, the grid will spell out a sentence that will provide a hint to the FINAL ANSWER.

This week's FINAL ANSWER is a title


A) Human-lion hybrid found in Egypt
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♣       ♡   ♢   ♠
2) Serena's sport
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
        ♡   ♢       ♣   ♠
3) Central points of an argument
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♠   ♡       ♣       ♢
4) _____ Weapon (Fox show based on a buddy cop film series)
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
        ♡   ♣   ♠   ♢ 
5) Blackbeard's business
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♡   ♣       ♠   ♢
6) Home of the Globetrotters
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♢   ♡   ♠       ♣
7) Opposite of "hardcore", in regards to video gamers
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
        ♢   ♣   ♡   ♠
8) Be Kind Rewind (2008) director Gondry
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♣   ♢   ♠           ♡
9) Carney's role in The Honeymooners
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♡   ♣       ♠       ♢
10) Dragon Ball Z character who is married to Bulma
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♣   ♠   ♢   ♡
J) Eliza's chimpanzee companion from The Wild Thornberrys
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
        ♢   ♠   ♡   ♣
Q) First name of El Cid's wife
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♠       ♡   ♣   ♢
K) Radio Flyers and such
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♣   ♡   ♢   ♠

Don't forget that you can always look up the answers you don't know! Anyways, 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 that one 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, April 2, 2017

ANSWERS: Dilly Dally 2

Before we get to the answers to "Dilly Dally 2", I have some big news to share with you...

I'm finally on Patreon!

Yep, you can now go to https://www.patreon.com/redhead64 (or just click on the giant Patreon logo on the right) and support my puzzle-making endeavors, and I'll reward you with early puzzles, some bonus Patreon-exclusive puzzles, and even a chance to help me create different types of puzzles! Not only that, I've also added ways for you to subscribe via email and RSS feeds on the sidebar on the right, just in case you're the forgetful type. I'll highlight which people have decided to support me on Patreon starting next week, but for now, here are all the people who have solved my puzzle from two weeks ago:
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • David Cohen ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ***
  • Grant Fikes *
  • YYW ****
Now just head below the break for the answers!

Monday, March 27, 2017

PUZZLE #119: Snake Charmer

PUZZLE #119
SNAKE CHARMER

Enter the answers to each clue in the grid, starting in the correspondingly-numbered space and ending in the space before the next consecutive number. The chain of answer words will overlap itself, winding their way twice around the snake-shaped grid.

Once you've filled in the grid, unscramble the green squares to get the FINAL ANSWER: An eight-letter word


1) Graceful Psychic/Fairy Type Pokémon playable in Pokken Tournament
2) Strategic board game also known as "Othello"
3) Clorox, essentially
4) Synonym for "sickest", in both medical and hip-hop terminology
5) Precipitation that can be the size of golf balls
6) She was rescued by Perseus from the sea monster Cetus
7) Org. that awards Gold and Platinum records
8) Type of orange or Chinese language
9) As Told By _____ (2000s Nicktoon)
10) Computer puzzle game where a smiley face dons sunglasses if you succeed
11) KISS bassist Gene
12) Word that follows "coffee" or "multiplication"
13) Salad dressing ingredient that Muriel from Courage the Cowardly Dog uses in all her recipes
14) Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are _____! (1978 new wave album)
15) Unable to be undone
16) Greek hero with a weak heel
17) Country that used to be called Siam
18) "Well, when in _____..."
19) 1997-2002 MTV series that spun off from Beavis and Butthead
20) Identity (2003) actress Peet
21) Sounding a doorbell
22) Luxurious fur from a weasel
23) _____' Pea (Popeye character loved by hack crossword makers)
24) Small red-orange fruit
25) Pierce with a knife
26) Maroon 5 frontman Adam

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, March 26, 2017

ANSWERS: Headless Words

It's been about two weeks since I've posted "Headless Words", and since then, nine of you have solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • YYW ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Mom ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • David Cohen ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Dan Simonds ****
Now just head below the break for the answers! Only one solver comment this week, though...