Monday, May 22, 2017

PUZZLE #127: Chain Reaction - One Off

PUZZLE #127
CHAIN REACTION: ONE OFF

Below is a single word chain made up of six two-word phrases. Clues are given out to each individual word that needs to be filled in (one word is already given), but not only are they not in any particular order, each word is one letter off from a word that would actually make the word chain make sense! The word chain has one orange box in each line that signifies what letter in each word needs to be changed to make a workable chain, but you'll need to place the words first, and keep in mind that some of the blanks in each line will be unused.

Once you've filled in the grid, unscramble the six new letters that replaced the old ones in each word to get this week's FINAL ANSWER: a six-letter word.


* 0.035 of an ounce, roughly
* Like moist cellars
* Not the former
* Pare down wood with a knife
* Sport that Happy Gilmore plays
* Up-and-coming actress

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, May 21, 2017

ANSWERS: Word Squares: Projectors 2

Before we get to the answers to "Word Squares: Projectors 2", I've noticed that Grant Fikes didn't update his blog last week, and when I emailed him about it, he didn't reply back. Considering that he has had depression before, I'm starting to worry about what happened to him. Do any of you have any details that can fill me in on this? Well, until someone figures out what happened exactly, I'll just post the seven people who have solved my puzzle from thirteen days ago:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Brad Eldredge  ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
So if you're still interested, head below the break for the answers to "Projectors 2", along with a couple solver comments.

Monday, May 15, 2017

PUZZLE #126: Drop Tower 3

PUZZLE #126
DROP TOWER 3

Starting with the 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 the given 2-letter word remains. Use only common words--no capitalized words, names foreign terms or abbreviations allowed. Also, dropping a final S or D without rearranging the other letters is against the rules. Since there are normally multiple solutions to each puzzle, there's an extra wrinkle added to this one: each of the five entries, once filled in, should match up to one of the five clues below, listed in no particular order.

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
​* "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" poet Gertrude
* "Ain't I a _____?" (Bugs Bunny catchphrase)
* Computer key above "Delete"
* Lunch lady's hair holder
* Pointy part of a fork

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, May 14, 2017

ANSWERS: Putting Up a Front

Before I reveal the answers to "Putting Up a Front", I just wanted to advertise my Patreon for a bit. I'm grateful if you decide to donate any amount of money towards me, but if you donate at least five dollars per month, you'll get access to a Patreon-exclusive puzzle each month! This month's offering is a Connection Wall, an Only Connect-inspired puzzle that I've done on this blog a couple times in the past. So with that plug out of the way, let's look at the people who have solved my puzzle from two weeks ago:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • M. Sean Molley ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford *
Now head below the break for the answers, as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, May 8, 2017

PUZZLE #125: Word Squares: Projectors 2

PUZZLE #125
WORD SQUARES: PROJECTORS 2


There are a series of clues whose answers will fit into the provided grid, reading across and down. However, all of the answers are one letter too long to fit in properly, so each one must have either its first or last letter sticking out (or "projecting" out) of the grid. Once you're done, start at the top left and read the "Projectors" either clockwise or counterclockwise to get another word or phrase. In the example above, the Projectors spell out SAMPLE.

This week's FINAL ANSWER is the name of a video game director who had a hit game this year. HINT: Try placing a space in the direct middle of the Projectors


CLUES
* Dumber than _____ of potatoes: 2 wds.
* R&B singer with the 2010 hit "**** You!" (AKA "Forget You")
* Mike's girlfriend in Monsters Inc.
* Ancient Egyptian princess (Answer hidden in the direct center of INHERITED)
* Someone who uses a boat paddle
* Really bizarre
* Heffer from Rocko's Modern Life, for one (Don't call him a cow!)
* Beastie Boys rapper Adam who passed away in 2012

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, May 7, 2017

ANSWERS: Puzzle in the Round

Before we get to the answers to "Puzzle in the Round", remember when I said last week that I was going to post a puzzle to Patreon before today? Well, I've managed to do so... roughly two hours before this post went up! Talk about living on the edge! Speaking of living on the edge, I just remembered that I was supposed to give my $5+ Patrons an exclusive puzzle last Monday, and as of this writing, I haven't made one yet! Hopefully, I'll have provided one by tomorrow, but until then, here are the seven people that have solved "Puzzle in the Round":
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Mom *
  • Debbie Benford ***
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, May 1, 2017

PUZZLE #124: Putting Up a Front

PUZZLE #124
PUTTING UP A FRONT

For this puzzle, there are four numbered sets of four words each. The first word of each set has already been given, but the other three have been replaced by pictures and rebuses. You job is to figure out what word each picture represents, then find a new word for each set that can go before all four words to form four two-word phrases and titles.

The FINAL ANSWER is a five-letter computer game that precedes all four of the new words to form four more two-word phrases.

Click on the picture for a much larger version

In case you don't know what some of the pictures are, remember that you can use Google Image Search or something similar to look them up! 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 30, 2017

ANSWERS: Chain Reaction: Extra Links 4

I'll post the answers to "Chain Reaction: Extra Links 4" in a minute, but first, if you're one of the very few people supporting me on Patreon, you may have noticed that I haven't posted a new puzzle there in two weeks. Well, that's because I'm a little disappointed in how this Patreon venture is turning out so far, and I fear that I'm starting to lose motivation for puzzle-making again. The number of Patrons that support me hasn't gone up, and the number of regular solvers seems to have went down a bit, even after I've added ways to "Follow by Email" and "Subscribe to Posts" on the sidebar! Take a look:
  • Grant Fikes ***
  • Yossi Fendel ****
  • Mom ***
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Eric Maddy ***
  • Debbie Benford ****
Any ideas on what I should do? Until I get answers to that, I'll try to add at least one more puzzle to Patreon before next week, and if you want the answers to "Extra Links", just go below the break.

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!