Monday, December 11, 2017

CHRISTMAS GIFTS MONTH! PUZZLE #156: Diagramless Crossword 2

CHRISTMAS GIFTS MONTH!
PUZZLE #156
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 2

It's week 2 of Christmas Gifts Month, so I should probably explain what it's all about. You see, people who solved my Anacrossword puzzle from two weeks ago were asked to request a type of word puzzle from me, so for this month, I'll pick four of those requests as Christmas gifts from me to you! If you want a full list of puzzles that I may do this month, go to this link that I posted yesterday. This week's offering is a request from Pavel Curtis, and I hope he finds it satisfactory!

Diagramless crosswords are solved by using the clues and their numbers to fill in the answers as well as the black squares. When completely filled in, the black squares in the grid will have diagonal symmetry, meaning that they'll look the same when rotated upside-down. As a help, the first number has already been placed in the grid.

Once everything's filled in, two of the across answers will spell out a clue that will lead you to the FINAL ANSWER: A title.


ACROSS
1) Piggy bank from Toy Story
5) Legal drama that NCIS spun off from
8) Army rank with two chevrons: Abbr.
11) Mexican water
12) Cheer for a torero
13) Scottish hillsides
16) Zoe and Hammie's baby sister in Baby Blues
17) Freddy Krueger's street
18) Up to this point
19) Rock band that sang the lyrics "And now you find yourself in '82"
21) "Ich bin ___ Berliner"
23) Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Spelling
24) Garfield's favorite pasta dish
26) Treebeard, for one
27) PART ONE OF THE FINAL ANSWER'S CLUE
32) Popular Reddit Q&A feature
33) Greek vowel with the shortest name
34) Chews on wood
35) In medias _____
36) Popular urban "sandbox" video game series published by Rockstar, for short
37) Cremation container
39) iPad platform
40) Voices above tenors
42) Wrestling org. that changed its name to Impact Wrestling in 2017
43) Gun grp. founded in 1871
44) PART TWO OF THE FINAL ANSWER'S CLUE
49) Three, in Italy
50) Residents of Pago Pago
51) Record label that Yes released 90125 on
52) Dadaist Jean that crossword solvers are sick of seeing
53) Ice planet from The Empire Strikes Back
55) The L in AWOL
57) The invention of this blue energy-saving bulb earned its creators a Nobel Physics Prize
59) Beekeeper that Peter Fonda played in 1997
61) Comparable to an embarrassed beet?
62) Prefix for "metric" and "morphic"
63) Gnorm _____ (Jim Davis comic predating Garfield)
64) Like deadpan humor
65) Utmost degree
66) Group of goats

DOWN
1) Hee-_____
2) Taj Mahal's city
3) Cereal comprised of rolled oats
4) Hit Michael Sembello song from Flashdance
5) Barack's Vice President
6) _____'s Window ('90s Nick Jr. show)
7) Zodiac sign after Taurus
8) Network that airs </scorpion>
9) Casein, for one
10) Legendary movie trailer announcer Don
14) _____ Jim (quirky 16-bit platformer video game)
15) Word preceding "Lanka"
20) Black-ink item
22) Short snooze
25) Ant princess from A Bug's Life
27) Weight unit for gemstones
28) Egg dishes that may come "au fromage"
29) Their "Priceless" ad campaign began in 1997
30) Chicago-based cable channel that used to have "Superstation" in its name
31) Analyze ore
36) Idiotest channel
37) Ctrl-Z, in Microsoft Word
38) Princess Jasmine's pet tiger
41) Bogey
42) Unicorn with a broken horn in My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)
45) Sly-fox link
46) Nemo's dad in Finding Nemo
47) "Quit quarreling!"
48) Free letters given out in Wheel of Fortune's Bonus Round
51) In the style of
54) Use your ears (assuming you're not deaf)
56) Dreyer's ice cream partner
58) Exclamation written in The Simpsons' scripts as "annoyed grunt"
60) Airplane takeoff guess: Abbr.

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, December 10, 2017

ANSWERS: Anacrossword

Well, this was unexpected. Yesterday, a website called Feedspot sent me an email saying that they've selected me as one of the Top 100 Puzzle Blogs online! I'm #67 on the list, while my buddy Grant Fikes is also on there! Talk about an early Christmas present!



Speaking of Christmas presents, now's the time for me to explain what Christmas Gifts Month is all about: the people who solved my "Anacrossword" puzzle from two weeks ago were asked to request a puzzle type from me, and a whopping ten of you did so! Here are the solvers who did so, as well as the types of puzzles they requested:
  • Grant Fikes **** [A Second Anacrossword]
  • Eric Maddy **** [Crossword]
  • Brittany Trofimovich **** [Brick By Brick]
  • Mom **** [Mixed Doubles]
  • Sam Levitin **** [Meta-Crossword]
  • Debbie Benford **** [Anagram Chambers]
  • Lynn Sweeney **** [Sudokurossword]
  • Chris Hendricks **** [Stretch Letters or a Lucky Sevens variant]
  • Pavel Curtis **** [Diagramless Crossword]
  • Bryce Herdt **** [Waterfall]
Now head below the break for the answers, as well as some comments from two of my solvers!

Monday, December 4, 2017

CHRISTMAS GIFTS MONTH! PUZZLE #155: Mixed Doubles 5

CHRISTMAS GIFTS MONTH!
PUZZLE #155
MIXED DOUBLES 5

Happy December, everyone! And as you can see in the header above, it's another theme month! I'll elaborate more on the details of it next week, but for now, all I'll say is that this puzzle type was requested by my mom. Now let's get to the directions!

Each answer word in this crossword variation has two clues leading to it, using different meanings of the word. The clues are separated into Across and Down, but are otherwise ordered randomly. When you find two Across clues or two Down clues that seem to have the same answer, add up their clue numbers to determine the place in the grid where the answer should be entered. For example, if the clue for 1-Across and the clue for 16-Across both have the same answer, the answer would go in the box labeled 17 (1+16). To make things harder, tags such as "Hyph." and "2 wds." have been omitted.

There is one extra clue in both lists of Across and Down clues. This week's FINAL ANSWER is the answer to both of the extra clues, which you can get by rearranging the letters in the grid's pink squares.


ACROSS
1) Second book in the Divergent trilogy
2) Avoid an issue, say
3) X-Men member born in Canada
4) Grace who sang for Jefferson Airplane
5) Fascinate
6) Simba's family, e.g.
7) Patty Bouvier's twin sister in The Simpsons
8) It goeth before a fall
9) Rebel
10) What Resident Evil is called in Japan
11) Feature of a whodunit's plot
12) Wild recklessness
13) Sans' brother in Undertale
14) Looked through again
15) Clothing item that may have a poodle on it
16) Covered in oil
17) Ancient scroll material
18) Type of sign used to label dangerous viruses
19) 2014 film about Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous march
20) Forsake
21) Critiqued a piece of media

DOWN
1) Its state bird is the cactus wren
2) Movie studio that turned 100 in 2012
3) Glowing piece of coal
4) Fantasy film starring David Bowie as Jareth
5) Young model on the front of a magazine
6) College football player that wears maize and blue
7) What the Minotaur from Greek mythology was trapped in
8) "Marvins Room" musician
9) Hockey infraction
10) Evil organization in Captain America: The First Avenger
11) The largest constellation
12) Iced tea brand that sells Arnold Palmers
13) All-inclusive
14) "Eh, I expected as much"
15) The world's fastest dog breed
16) Blue dragon princess from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
17) Male duck
18) "Easy, breezy, beautiful" makeup brand
19) Statuettes and such
20) Toaster Strudel topping
21) Bus that the Allman Brothers Band's "Ramblin' Man" was born in

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, December 3, 2017

ANSWERS: Snake Charmer 2

D'oh! Late with posting the answers again! I really need to start getting better about scheduling these! Anyway, you know the drill by now: since it's been almost two weeks since "Snake Charmer 2" was posted, it's time for me to post the answers and the people who solved them:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Dan Simonds ****
  • Mom ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a comment from one of my solvers!

Monday, November 27, 2017

PUZZLE #154: Anacrossword

PUZZLE #154
ANACROSSWORD

Solve the clues below and transfer their answers into the crossword grid. Then, transfer the letters in the filled numbered squares to each of the correspondingly numbered dashes. Work back and forth between the crossword and the numbered dashes until the crossword is filled and the dashes read out a legible sentence.

No FINAL ANSWER this week. To get credit for solving it, send me the resulting sentence AND follow its directions!


__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
​01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99

CLUES
* A way to enjoy a novel while driving
* Shoulder muscle, for short
* Scottish singer of "Sunshine Superman"
* Sally _____ (newspaper comic)
* Disney film very loosely based on the fairy tale "The Snow Queen"
* "Purple _____" (Jimi Hendrix song)
* Giraffe, diet-wise
* Basketball team with a purple and teal color scheme
* Ship's sail holder
* "Scumbag Steve" and "Good Guy Greg", for two
* Snail or clam, e.g.
* Like a score of 300 in bowling
* _____ horse (gym equipment)
* Rold Gold product
* Wizarding sport whose teams include the Chudley Cannons
* Quit, like Nixon
* Video game dragon with a dragonfly partner named Sparx
* More rigid
* What Miss Muffet sat on
* Red's dimwitted sidekick in ads for M&M's

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, November 26, 2017

ANSWERS: Eat Your Words 3

It's been thirteen days since I've posted "Eat Your Words 3", and six of you have solved it since then, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Not much else to say, so just head below the break for the answers!

Monday, November 20, 2017

PUZZLE #153: Snake Charmer 2

PUZZLE #153
SNAKE CHARMER 2

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) Diamond-selling Def Leppard album containing "Photograph"
2) Bengals' home
3) Madame with a wax museum
4) Greek letter before kappa
5) "Vote for _____" (Napoleon Dynamite quote)
6) Canadian dish that's fries and cheese curds topped with gravy
7) Portable PlayStation console with touchscreens on its front and back
8) First name of Gwyneth Paltrow's mother
9) String wrapped around a finger, e.g.
10) Horseshoe throws worth three points each
11) Toyota pickup introduced in May 1999
12) The wandering albatross has the largest one at almost 12 feet
13) Psychologist's treatment
14) Capital of Italy, to Italians
15) One of the B vitamins
16) Lenny Kravitz's role in the Hunger Games films
17) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor Burgess
18) It's inserted into a cassette recorder
19) Gabriel _____ (2017 anime featuring a lazy, slobbish angel)
20) As expected
21) Electronic instrument heard in the soundtrack of The Day the Earth Stood Still
22) Rick who sang "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo"
23) Non-lethal setting for a phaser in Star Trek
24) Pencil sketches, for example
25) Big cats' genus

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, November 19, 2017

ANSWERS: Crypticrostic 2

Before I reveal the answers to "Crypticrostic 2", I just wanted to plug my Patreon page once again. As a reminder, if you support me at the $5 level, you'll get an extra Bonus Puzzle every month, and this month's offering is a "Flower Power" puzzle. So now with that out of the way, here are the six solvers of my puzzle from thirteen days ago:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Debbie Benford (no stars)
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
Now I know I'm late with the answers again, but head below the break for them anyway!

Monday, November 13, 2017

PUZZLE #152: Eat Your Words 3

PUZZLE #152
EAT YOUR WORDS 3

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 one-hit wonder from the 2010s


NUMBERED WORDS
1) The Settlers of _____ (board game)
2) Card game with knocking
3) Michael Jackson album containing "The Way You Make Me Feel"
4) Leaves in a book
5) The _____ Ghostbusters ('80s cartoon)
6) Boxing match
7) Not present in class
8) [I didn't make this typo]

EATEN WORDS
* Didn't discard
* Feeling pretty sick
* "I find your _____ of faith disturbing" (Star Wars quote)
* Jousting pole
* Matilda actress Wilson
* Planet, poetically speaking
* Ram like a ram
* Repeated musical phrase, such as the one in "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

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, November 12, 2017

ANSWERS: Squeezed in the Middle 10 - Double Decker Word Sandwiches

It's been two weeks since I've posted my 150th puzzle on this blog, and since then, eight of you have correctly solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as comments from two of my solvers!