Monday, August 14, 2017

GAME SHOW MONTH! PUZZLE #139: Smush 2

GAME SHOW MONTH!
PUZZLE #139
SMUSH 2

Boy, this is one that I haven't done in a while! The second puzzle of Game Show Month is based on the obscure game show Smush, from the creators of You Don't Know Jack. I haven't made one of these since November 2015, so I think it's well overdue for another installment. Let's begin, shall we?

In this puzzle, you take the answers to two clues and combine them to make one smushed-up phrase. For example, if the clue is "Swirly candy on a stick + Frozen treat on a stick", then the answer would be "Lollipopsicle", since that's the smushed-up form of "Lollipop" and "Popsicle". Below are six more smushed-up phrases for you to solve.

Once you've completed the puzzle, the letters that overlap the answers in each smushed-up pair (the ones in the boxes) will spell out this week's FINAL ANSWER: The smushed-up form of two countries.



1) The first letter in EDM + The first cable network for kids
2) The largest desert in Africa + The largest desert in Asia
3) Competitor of Prego + Competitor of Rock Band
4) The capital of Oman + The capital of Georgia
5) New York home of the Globetrotters + New York-set TV drama with Lucious Lyon
6) Venerable opera house in Milan + Memorable landmark in San Antonio

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, August 13, 2017

ANSWERS: Link-Letters 4

It's been almost two weeks since I made my fourth "Link-Letters" puzzle for this site, and since then, seven of you have solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • M. Sean Molley ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Mom ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
Now just head below the break for the answers!

Monday, August 7, 2017

GAME SHOW MONTH! PUZZLE #138: Brick By Brick 3

GAME SHOW MONTH!
PUZZLE #138
BRICK BY BRICK 3

It should be no secret by now that I love game shows, so to make that fact even clearer, I'm going to do another theme month in the form of Game Show Month! All this month will feature puzzles inspired by, or referencing, various game shows!

The first puzzle of this month will have its FINAL ANSWER be about a newer show called Steve Harvey's Funderdome. Okay, I know it's more of a competitive reality show than anything else, but competitive reality shows are still technically game shows, so for the purposes of this month, it still counts. So as Steve himself would say in every episode, let's get down to business!


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 a product featured in an episode of Steve Harvey's Funderdome



ACROSS
1) MacBook Air manufacturers
    Grievous bodily _____
    Air pollution in L.A.
2) Bird with a drooping feather cluster on top of its head
    Molded curve overused in crosswords
    Bridgestone product
3) Last name of Felix from The Odd Couple
    Typed message from a smartphone
    Dutch cheese coated in red wax
4) The Blob That _____ Everyone (Goosebumps book)
    Makes a decision
    Female news reporter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
5) Not me
    Ingredient in homemade slime
6) Org. that launched Skylab
    Transportation company with a LOT more bad publicity than Lyft
    Top-story studios
7) Sea creature that's basically a spiky ball
    _____ Monsters (card game in Yu-Gi-Oh!)
    Dada artist Jean seen in way too many crosswords
8) THE FINAL ANSWER
9) Many, many millennia
    Spa treatment to go with a mani
    "Sure thing, Cap'n!"
10) Use 4-letter words
      Hercules' dad, in a 1997 Disney movie
      Possessed doll playable in Super Mario RPG
11) _____ Runner (Brøderbund computer game)
      Golf ball stand
12) Team Fortress 2 developers
      Polar bear voiced by Rob Schneider in a terrible animated movie
      Undergarment measured by cups
13) Suffix for "million" or "billion"
      One of twelve in AA
      Synthetic fabric created by DuPont in 1941
14) Bambi's father, e.g.
      Fruit or flightless bird from New Zealand
      Arcade game where you play as a knight on an ostrich
15) Loathe entirely
      7-time MLB All-Star Sammy
      Symbolic light bulbs in comic strips

DOWN
1) Color that's halfway between blue and green
    Unclothed art class models
    Main character of the Pokémon anime who hasn't won a tournament in 20 years
2) Common play on fourth-down
    Superhero show on The CW featuring Oliver Queen
    Underperforming PlayStation handheld
3) Pin-up model Bettie
    Act section
    "I smell ____!"
4) What two of the three panelists on To Tell The Truth do
    Norwegian band whose "Take On Me" video won 6 MTV VMAs
    Assert with absolutely no proof
5) Judy Jetson's little brother
    Type of comedy seen in Whose Line Is It Anyway?
6) Leap like a lurking lion
    Pieces of furniture that computers sit upon
7) Jacuzzi
    Wood-shaping tool
    Uruguayan uncle
8) "Rock of _____" (Def Leppard hit)
    Pearl Jam singer Vedder
    Walter Cronkite once reported them
9) Toy Story 2 character who knocked Zurg down an elevator shaft
    "You are likely to be eaten by a _____" (quote from Zork)
    Place that's too perfect to exist
10) Genre for Judas Priest
      One end of a pencil
11) One of the six simple machines
      "Face with Tears of Joy" is the most popular one
12) Mono's successor
      Pete's wife in Goof Troop
      Shower curtain holder
13) Digital music format heard in many old computer games
      One of two choices in some quiz questions
      Cerulean or cobalt
14) Type of test with no writing
      "Calling All Angels" band
      Civil rights activist Parks
15) Precious stone collected by the answer directly below this one
      Sheep-torching purple dragon of video game fame
      Insects that reside in a farm

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, August 6, 2017

ANSWERS: Cramped Crossword

It's been two weeks since I've posted a puzzle based on Tyler Hinman's appearance on Superhuman, and since then, seven of you (including Tyler himself) have solved it, as you can see below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Tyler Hinman ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Mom ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
Now just head below the break for the answers!

Monday, July 31, 2017

PUZZLE #137: Link-Letters 4

PUZZLE #137
LINK-LETTERS 4

This puzzle contains a word suggested by Patron Chris Hendricks. He supports me at $2 a month, but since I didn't plug his Word Valley game for almost a month, I decided to offer him a request to suggest a word for one of my puzzles free of charge to make it up to him. If you want to suggest words of your own, support me on Patreon at the $20 per month level to suggest one seed word every month, or support me at $30 a month to suggest an entire puzzle type each month!

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: A place



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

1) Actor Selleck / Jesse _____ (TV Police Chief played by the answer to the left of this clue)
2) 1993 computer adventure game developed by Cyan / "What", in Spanish
3) Lady shared a spaghetti kiss with him / One-dimensional figure
4) Pas' partners (assuming they're straight) / Lots of land to farm on
5) Reserves, as a hotel room / Legolas, for one
6) Toy torturer in Toy Story / Nintendo Switch fighting game with Spring Man and Ribbon Girl
7) Depeche ____ / Devoured dinner
8) Eric Stonestreet's role in Modern Family / Cheap Japanese noodles

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, July 30, 2017

ANSWERS: Drop Tower 4

Quick write-up for a quick puzzle: here are all the solvers for "Drop Tower 4" from a couple weeks ago:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, July 24, 2017

PUZZLE #136: Cramped Crossword

PUZZLE #136
CRAMPED CROSSWORD

I've been watching Superhuman on Fox this summer, so imagine my surprise when I actually recognized one of the contestants on the show! Yep, a couple of weeks ago, five-time winner of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament Tyler Hinman made an appearance on this show! You can watch the full episode on FOX or on Yahoo! View (assuming you're in the United States), or watch a clip of his performance here, and his challenge involved solving five mini-crosswords by putting the letters of five 9-letter words into five different grids. This week's puzzle was obviously inspired by that, but in reverse. You'll see what I mean when you look at it...

Unscramble the letters that go in the blank spaces to get the FINAL ANSWER: A 9-letter movie


CLUES
* 2005 rom-com starring Will Smith as a "date doctor"
* Cake's covering
* Give away a movie's major twist, say
* Inspector Gadget's niece
* Like a rock
* Poisonous snake

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, July 23, 2017

ANSWERS: Crypticrostic

Before we get to the answers to my first "Crypticrostic", I've got some unfinished business to take care of: you may recall that I've plugged Chris Hendricks' Phrase Shift in the past, and now his company, HyperHippo, has got a new word game out. I promised him I'll play it and advertise it once it got released, and I just now got around to playing it last Tuesday. Unfortunately, the game was released on June 27th! Almost a month ago! Oh, well, better late than never!

Anyway, this new game is called Word Valley, and I'd best describe it as "Bookworm with a gravity physics engine". Below is a GIF of what I mean:

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This game only has a little over 1,200 plays at the moment, so it needs all the help it can get! Be sure to let the developers know what kind of feedback you have and how far along you made it, too! You can play it for free at Kongregate, and I hope you enjoy playing it so much that you'll forget that only four people solved "Crypticrostic" from a couple weeks ago:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney **
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, July 17, 2017

PUZZLE #135: Drop Tower 4

PUZZLE #135
DROP TOWER 4

When I had my test solver try out my previous "Drop Tower" puzzle, he suggested that I leave the Tower completely blank rather than having the first and last rows revealed. I kept that in mind, so now here's a new "Drop Tower" with two more clues than before!

Starting with an 8-letter word on top of the "tower", drop one letter and rearrange the rest to form a 7-letter word. Continue this process until only a 2-letter word remains. Since the tower is completely blank, use the randomly-ordered clues to figure out the words that go in each row.

Once the grid is completely filled in, look inside it for this week's FINAL ANSWER: a five-letter word that can be read going down and in a straight diagonal line.


CLUES
* 1989 hit for the B-52's (HINT: It's not "Love Shack")
* Country that contains Transylvania
* Famed Dolphins quarterback Dan
* Financial adviser Suze
* Friz Freling or Tex Avery, e.g.
* Egyptian sun god
* Kayak paddler

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, July 16, 2017

ANSWERS: Mixed Doubles 4

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted my fourth "Mixed Doubles" puzzle, so that means it's time for me to list the people who have solved it since then:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now just head below the break for the answers!