Monday, August 10, 2020

PUZZLE #295: Flower Power 4

PUZZLE #295
FLOWER POWER 4

The answers to this petaled puzzle will go in a curve from the number on the outside to the center of the flower. Each number in the flower will have two 5-letter answers, one going in a clockwise direction, and the other going in a counterclockwise direction.

Once you're done, look through the adjacent numbered petals to find two more words (going either clockwise or counterclockwise), and combine them both to get the FINAL ANSWER: The name of an anime series.


CLOCKWISE
1) Professor Dumbledore of Hogwarts
2) Chuck Norris' very brief appearance in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, for one
3) Her 2006 single "Bossy" went double platinum
4) Tierra del _____
5) Disorderly demonstrations
6) Grey's Anatomy star Pompeo
7) DC Comics superheroine who can use all animals' abilities (and is named after a female fox)
8) Verbally expressed awe at fireworks
9) Truck, in Great Britain
10) "Body Party" singer
11) Alphabetizes
12) Medieval poets
13) "Life with _____" (recurring KaBlam! segment)
14) Portion out
15) Burn perfume in church
16) Word said twice before "Who's there?", in a series of jokes
17) Sans-serif font designed to be similar to Helvetica
18) Gristmill product

COUNTERCLOCKWISE
1) Literary character who said "Curiouser and curiouser!"
2) _____ and dagger
3) Afghanistan's capital
4) Strongest bone in the human body
5) Instructions on how to play whist, say
6) Old MacDonald's vowels
7) Journals on YouTube
8) "Slide Some _____ Me" (Tin Man's song from The Wiz): 2 wds.
9) Smoked salmon on bagels
10) Watch What Happens Live host Andy
11) Tornado alert
12) Surface for Stratego or Scrabble
13) Bucktoothed cucumber from VeggieTales
14) Large artery
15) Clumps of dirt (or people about as smart as clumps of dirt)
16) Certain seaweeds
17) Really rankle
18) Jack nipping at your nose

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 link to a .PDF version which you can print out!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

ANSWERS: Section Six 7

It's been thirteen days since the final puzzle in Circular Month, "Section Six 7", was posted onto this blog, and a seriously impressive twelve people have solved it since then, all of whom can be seen in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Cindy Heisler ****
  • Joe Bernard ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Kevin Orfield ****
  • Stephen Potter ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Tyler Hinman ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a few comments from my solvers!

Monday, August 3, 2020

PUZZLE #294: Eat Your Words 5

PUZZLE #294
EAT YOUR WORDS 5

In this puzzle, the words hinted at by the numbered clues (The "Numbered Words") can "eat" a word hinted at by a different set of clues (The "Eaten Words") without rearranging any of the letters. For example, the word BIT can eat the word AND to form BANDIT. All of the new words are entered into the grid in the order of the Numbered Words, and the Eaten Words are in no particular order.

Once all of the new words have been placed, the letters in the highlighted third column will spell out two more words. Insert one of the column's new words into the other to get the FINAL ANSWER: The name of a film from the early 1980s


NUMBERED WORDS
1) One of Mr. Krabs' pincers
2) "No ifs, ands, or _____!"
3) Bald tire's lack
4) With "The", home of the Hobbits
5) Wooden fishing spot
6) 20-sided objects in Dungeons & Dragons
7) Like foods that might make you obese
8) Welcome to Walmart, say
9) Disembodied hand from The Addams Family

EATEN WORDS
* 247 ÷ 247
* Al B. _____! ("Nite and Day" singer)
* Bravos at a bullfight
* Completely conks out
* Hulk co-creator Lee
* It's not me
* Mahershala who won Best Supporting Actor Oscars for both Moonlight and Green Book
* Pinterest, Pandora, or Pokémon Go, for example
* Prove one's literacy

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 link to a .PDF version which you can print out!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

ANSWERS: Semicircle Sorting

It's been thirteen days since my first "Semicircle Sorting" puzzle was posted on this blog, and eleven people since then have successfully solved it, all of whom are listed below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Joe Bernard ****
  • Cindy Heisler ****
  • Kevin Orfield ****
  • Tyler Hinman ****
  • Stephen Potter ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, July 27, 2020

CIRCULAR M◎NTH! PUZZLE #293: Section Six 7

CIRCULAR M🟢NTH!
PUZZLE #293
SECTION SIX 7

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 outermost 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 figure out. 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.

Once you're done, unscramble the six spaces with stars in them to get the FINAL ANSWER: a six-letter word.

Special thanks to Grant Fikes for making this grid for me

RING 1
1) Perhaps (or perhaps not)
2) Metal thingy at the tip of a hose
3) Umbrella-wielding foe of Batman
4) "That's not what I _____ to say!"
5) The last letter in "UFO"
6) #1 Blondie song that ends with Debbie Harry rapping

RING 2
* Make water fizzy with SodaStream, say
* 12-year-old guitar-playing main character of Pixar's Coco
* "Girl of the 21st Century" from a 1999 Disney Channel movie (whose name sounds like the 54th element)
* Equine on packs of Fruit Stripe gum
* Entice

RING 3
* Mercedes-_____
* Pea or peanut, for one
* Napoleon's surname
* Passover bread

RING 4
* Okra soup
* Sequestered
* Commit check fraud, e.g. (on a side note, please don't ever commit check fraud)

RING 5
* Knotted snack
* Latin dance-based fitness program that inspired a series of Nintendo Wii "exer-games"

RING 6
* Round button pressed by contestants on Press Your Luck and other game shows

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 link to a .PDF version which you can print out!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

ANSWERS: Puzzle in the Round 3

Roughly two weeks have gone by since "Puzzle in the Round 3" was published on this blog, and ten people since then have successfully solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
  • Joe Bernard ****
  • Cindy Heisler ****
  • Kevin Orfield ****
  • Patrick Jordan ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Stephen Potter ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a solver's comments!

Monday, July 20, 2020

CIRCULAR M◎NTH! PUZZLE #292: Semicircle Sorting

CIRCULAR M🟢NTH!
PUZZLE #292
SEMICIRCLE SORTING

Below are 12 semicircles, each containing three or four letters. Your job is to combine them all into six circles so that a common word (either 6, 7, or 8 letters long) can be read either clockwise or counterclockwise in each circle. However, in order to do that, six of the semicircles need to be turned 180° upside down so that they can be correctly matched up with the remaining six semicircles.

Once all of the circles have been solved, select two of the resulting words and combine them to get the FINAL ANSWER: a common two-word phrase that's also the name of a video game series


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 link to a .PDF version which you can print out!

Sunday, July 19, 2020

ANSWERS: Coined Phrases 4

It's been thirteen days since "Coined Phrases 4" was posted on this blog, and a whopping twelve people have successfully solved it since then, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • M. Sean Molley ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
  • Joe Bernard ****
  • Kevin Orfield ****
  • Tyler Hinman ****
  • Patrick Jordan ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Stephen Potter ****
  • Mom ***
  • Debbie Benford ***
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
As a reminder, the people highlighted in orange support me over at Patreon. So with all that out of the way, go below the break for the answers as well as several solvers' comments!

Monday, July 13, 2020

CIRCULAR M◎NTH! PUZZLE #291: Puzzle in the Round 3

CIRCULAR M🟢NTH!
PUZZLE #291
PUZZLE IN THE ROUND 3

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 comedy film


1) Aristotle's teacher
     _ _ _ _ _
2) Young fowl (HINT: It has all the same letters as Mickey Mouse's pet)
     _ _ _ _ _
3) Ruin a film's twist ending, say
     _ _ _ _ _
4) TV show's test episode
     _ _ _ _ _
5) He's listed first alphabetically in the current Supreme Court roster
     _ _ _ _ _
6) Vulture’s claw
     _ _ _ _ _
7) Señor Picasso
     _ _ _ _ _
8) Bear who taught Mowgli about "The Bare Necessities"
     _ _ _ _ _
9) Defects in diamonds
     _ _ _ _ _
10) Toronto Maple _____ (hockey team)
     _ _ _ _ _
11) Herbivorous fauna's food
     _ _ _ _ _
12) Baby zebras
     _ _ _ _ _
13) King Triton's redheaded daughter
     _ _ _ _ _
14) Absorb knowledge
     _ _ _ _ _
15) George who plays "Pops" on The Goldbergs
     _ _ _ _ _
16) Spiny plants that provide soothing succulents
     _ _ _ _ _
17) "Grillz" rapper
     _ _ _ _ _
18) Paul who was often the center square on the original Hollywood Squares
     _ _ _ _ _
19) Casaba or cantaloupe
     _ _ _ _ _
20) Sierra _____ (African country)
     _ _ _ _ _
21) Fiji won their very first one in the 2016 Rio Olympics
     _ _ _ _ _
22) Word following "roller" or "razor"
     _ _ _ _ _
23) Two under par
     _ _ _ _ _
24) Hostile look
     _ _ _ _ _

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 link to a .PDF version which you can print out!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

ANSWERS: Helter Skelter 5

Before I reveal the answers to "Helter Skelter 5", I should point out that the usual list of solvers is gonna look a little different from here on out. Before now, I've colored the names of people that are currently supporting me on Patreon in red, but starting with this Answers post, those Patreon supporters will be colored orange instead. The main reason for this is that the Blogger page which I use to schedule and type out my upcoming posts had a "mobile-friendly" redesign not too long ago which altered the default colors that I could use to change the text's hue. The normal shade of red that I use wasn't included in that set, so instead of trying to add a "custom color" (which keeps getting removed for some reason) or constantly editing the HTML code every time, I've decided to change that red hue to a shade of orange already included in the defaults, since orange is one of the colors used in Patreon's logo. So now with that long-winded explanation out of the way, here's the eleven people that have solved my puzzle from two weeks ago:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Cindy Heisler ****
  • Joe Bernard ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
  • Kevin Orfield ****
  • Patrick Jordan ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Stephen Potter ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now head below the break for the answers and a solver's comment!