Monday, September 25, 2017

PUZZLE #145: Lucky Sevens 4

PUZZLE #145
LUCKY SEVENS 4

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 seven-letter word



ROWS
i) Type of garden filled with rocks
ii) Notes after "do": 2 wds.
iii) Archie Bunker or George Jefferson, e.g.
iv) Baywatch actress Yasmine
v) Dresser drawer parts
vi) "Royal" necktie knot?
vii) Scotland's largest city
viii) I'm Sorry I Haven't a _____ (comedic panel game on BBC Radio)
ix) TV channel with the slogan "Positively entertaining"
x) "Ick!"
xi) MPAA rating for Sausage Party

SEVENS
1) Sluggish chunk of ice
2) Blue mouse with a big nose from CatDog
3) Portable firearm
4) Former New England Patriot Drew
5) Oscar-winning director Kathryn
6) More secluded
7) Apexes

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, September 24, 2017

ANSWERS (And Contest Results!): Squeezed in the Middle 9

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Squeezed in the Middle 9", and since it's a Contest Puzzle, I think it's time for me to reveal not only the answers, but who won the signed copy of the October 2017 issue of GAMES Magazine that I got published in! First, a list of people who have solved this puzzle since it got published:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • M. Sean Molley **** (He's already a subscriber, so he doesn't want the prize)
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom **** (ineligible; it'd be like giving the prize to myself!)
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Dan Simonds *
Since ten people have solved this puzzle, there will be TWO copies given away to two randomly-chosen winners! The winners are: Lynn Sweeney and Grant Fikes! Congratulations, you two!

Now just go below the break for the answers, along with some solver comments!

Monday, September 18, 2017

PUZZLE #144: Plus One 3

PUZZLE #144
PLUS ONE 3

To start this puzzle, enter the answers to the numbered clues (the "Partial Clues") in each correspondingly numbered area, skipping the gold squares as you do so. Then, add a new letter in each gold square to create a new word, which matches up with one of the "Whole Clues" that are listed in no particular order.

Once you're done, the letters in the gold squares, reading down, spell out this week's FINAL ANSWER: a video game series


PARTIAL CLUES
1) CBS series about crazed animals based on a James Patterson novel
2) Wilma Flintstone's husband
3) "Slow and steady wins the race", for one
4) Oscar-winning actor Whitaker
5) Orange orchard
6) Story's sequence of events
7) Rock genre of Dashboard Confessional

WHOLE CLUES
* Free preview of a video game that lets you try it before you buy it
* Mr. Gump who said that "Stupid is as stupid does"
* When doubled, Mazda slogan
* Test episode for a TV series
* Spiral track on a vinyl record
* _____ Kombat
* Unleashed

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 (don't forget that that one is a CONTEST PUZZLE, and the deadline is this Sunday!). 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, September 17, 2017

ANSWERS: 4X Game 6

It's been thirteen days since I've posted "4X Game 6", and since then, seven of you have solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Grant Fikes ***
Now just head below the break for the answers! (Oh, and SPOILERS for the new DuckTales reboot involving one of the answers, too)

Monday, September 11, 2017

PUZZLE #143: Squeezed in the Middle 9 (CONTEST PUZZLE!)

CONTEST!
PUZZLE #143
SQUEEZED IN THE MIDDLE 9

It's time for another Contest Puzzle! The prize for winning this contest is a signed copy of the October 2017 issue of GAMES Magazine that I got published in! There will only be one winner for this contest, though if at least ten people solve this puzzle, I'll give out a second copy to another winner! If you don't want to enter this contest, you can still solve this puzzle and opt out of the contest. Now with the contest rules out of the way, let's get to the directions!


For this puzzle, you're going to sandwich together words (entered in the white rectangles) by surrounding it with a letter on each side, one at the beginning and one at the end, making a new word in the process. Once you're done, the extra letters you've added in the "crust" (the brown squares) will spell out a two-word phrase. In the example above, the words URN, RAT, and OVER become BURNT, IRATE, and GOVERN, and the letters in the brown squares, reading down, spell out BIG TEN. However, to make things trickier, the "Wholes" will be in no particular order, so it's up to you to figure out which one of the "Centers" it matches up with!

Once you've filled out everything, the letters in the brown squares, reading down, will spell out this week's FINAL ANSWER: One of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time


CENTERS
1) 1/16th of a pound
2) Yellow Muppet with a unibrow
3) Actor Jogia who played Beck in VicTORIous
4) _____-Gon Jinn (Star Wars character)
5) Prefix for "hero" or "freeze"
6) 'Zine
7) Montana town named after a land formation (not a rear end)
8) British title above viscount

WHOLES
* Adult stage of an insect's life cycle
* Cuban capital
* German rocketry pioneer Hermann (Anagram of BOTHER)
* _____ Headless Nick (Harry Potter character)
* Manny from A Bug's Life, for one
* Shared a border with
* Supply oneself with gear
* With "The", early PlayStation 2 beat-em-up game by Squaresoft (or a nightclub's doorman)

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, September 10, 2017

ANSWERS: Double Chain Reaction 3

Before I reveal the answers to "Double Chain Reaction 3", I just wanted to give out an update regarding my Patreon. To begin with, I somehow managed to get two more people supporting me on that site: Pavel Curtis and David Millar! Thanks, guys! They support me at the $2 and $5 levels, respectively, and if you are a $5 supporter too, you'll get a bonus puzzle every month that you won't find anywhere else! This month's offering is a cryptic crossword!

Also, fellow Patron M. Sean Molley directed me towards another Patreon project called Hatched, which is a new online micro-magazine by Nathan Curtis of Tortoiseshell Studio aimed at helping new puzzle creators get support and a little boost. I'll admit that I haven't supported anyone on Patreon before, but I've decided to support this project at $3 a month, and with that $3, this magazine has successfully reached its goal of $250 per issue, and now it'll "start publishing on a regular basis" as well as "post a puzzle or two every month"! Since this is a magazine aimed at supporting new puzzle constructors, it's accepting submissions from them, so if you're interested in helping out, you can visit their main website here and read their submission guidelines here!

Now that I'm done with my plugs, here are all the people that have solved my third "Double Chain Reaction" puzzle from thirteen days ago:
  • M. Sean Molley ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, September 4, 2017

PUZZLE #142: 4X Game 6

PUZZLE #142
4X GAME 6


Below, there are 4 "X"'s, each containing four 5-letter answers. Each answer is entered at an angle, following one of the arrows as it does so, and the last three letters of one answer will be the first three letters of another, albeit in reverse order. In the example above (I know all the answers are three letters instead of five, but I hope you'll still get the gist of it), the words in the first "X" are MAP, PAT, TAR, and RAM, and the words in the second "X" are ROT, TOW, WON and NOR. However, to make things even harder, none of the clues are numbered or in order, so you'll have to figure out which word goes in which angle, but don't worry, as each "tip" of each "X" (the outermost letters) will contain the same letters as the "tips" of its neighboring "X". Going back to the example above, the rightmost "tips" in the first "X" contain the letters "R" and "T", so the leftmost "tips" in the second "X" has the same exact letters, in the same exact placement.

Once you're done, unscramble the letters in the "tips" that have no neighbors (the yellow squares) to get this week's FINAL ANSWER: a four-letter word


X #1
* Caramel-filled chocolate candies
* Donald Duck's sister and mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie
* "_____ Nothing" (#3 hit song by O-Town): 2 wds.
* Repaired a boot's bottom

X #2
* Actresses Watson and Thompson
* Comparable to a hatter or a wet hen: 2 wds.
* Jean-Claude Van _____
* Kafka character who metamorphosed into an insect

X #3
* Greeting from BlueMountain.com or Hallmark.com: Hyph.
* Longest keyboard key
* Plays Pictionary with a pencil
* Switches two candies in Candy Crush Saga

X #4
* Chicago mayor Richard or his son (also named Richard)
* Earthenware pots
* Electronica duo whose song "Oh Yeah" played in the credits of Ferris Bueller's Day Off
* Waldorf or Cobb

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, September 3, 2017

ANSWERS: Line 'Em Up 5

Before I reveal the answers to "Line 'Em Up 5", I just wanted to note that it looks like Grant Fikes is offline again, seemingly due to personal matters that I won't type down on this blog. I hope he comes back soon, but in the meantime, here are the six solvers of my fifth "Line 'Em Up" puzzle:
  • Grant Fikes *
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
Now just head below the break for the answers!

Monday, August 28, 2017

GAME SHOW MONTH! PUZZLE #141: Double Chain Reaction 3

GAME SHOW MONTH!
PUZZLE #141
DOUBLE CHAIN REACTION 3

We conclude Game Show Month with "Chain Reaction", a puzzle that I've done so many variants on, I think I could make an entire theme month on those alone! For this month, however, I think I'll stick with the first variant of this puzzle that I posted on this blog, where it's the same as normal Chain Reaction, but there's two chains instead of one. Take a look:

Below is a pair of word chains made up of six two-word phrases each (For example, the introduction to GSN's original version has a chain of WORD - GAME - BALL - ROOM - KEY - CHAIN - REACTION). I'll give out clues that lead to each two-word phrase, but to make things harder, all the clues for both chains are mixed up together and are in no particular order. The first and last words of each chain are partially hidden, but to make things slightly easier, the first letter of each of those words will be revealed, as well as their length.

The FINAL ANSWER is the name of two game shows that aired exclusively on GSN/Game Show Network, one hidden in each chain.


* GSN GAME SHOW #1
* GSN GAME SHOW #2
* Basketball shot that may result in a shattered backboard
* Carnival attractions where the aim is to get another person drenched
* Comic strip character who has a pet beagle named Snoopy
* Crumby apple dessert similar to a cobbler
* First lady preceding Michelle Obama
* Nocturnal primate also known as a "galago"
* Small piano that isn't an upright
* Spinning casino fixture with red and black spaces
* TV personality who was married to Password host Allen Ludden
* Vodka cocktail favorred by The Dude from The Big Lebowski

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 27, 2017

ANSWERS: Smush 2

It's been roughly two weeks since I've posted "Smush 2", and since then, eight of you have correctly solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • M. Sean Molley ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now just click on "Read more" below for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, August 21, 2017

GAME SHOW MONTH! PUZZLE #140: Line 'Em Up 5

GAME SHOW MONTH!
PUZZLE #140
LINE 'EM UP 5

For the third installment of Game Show Month, here's a puzzle inspired by the "Line 'em Up" pricing game from The Price Is Right. I don't have anything to add to that, so let's jump straight into the puzzle:

Place the answers to each numbered clue in the squares to the right of each corresponding number. (a number in brackets following each clue will tell you how many letters are in each answer). Once you have the answers, align them properly in the grid so that going down, a two-word phrase will be spelled out by the two red columns in the grid's center.

This week's FINAL ANSWER is a movie director


1) Star Wars admiral famous for saying "It's a trap!" [6]
2) Card game with pairs and flushes [5]
3) Neytiri's alien species [4]
4) Karenina or Kournikova [4]
5) Vegetable felt by a princess through multiple mattresses [3]
6) Barbara Gordon's superhero alter ego [7]
7) "Quiet! This is a library!" [3]

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 20, 2017

ANSWERS: Brick By Brick 3

Before I reveal the answers to my third "Brick by Brick" puzzle, I just wanted to let you know that I've got another set of "Squeezed in the Middle" "Word Sandwiches" puzzles accepted by Games Magazine! They're set to publish in the October 2017 issue, so it's not available to buy yet, but as a subscriber, I got that issue early, so be sure to look out for that issue when it arrives in stores! Don't worry, I'll also do a contest for it in the future, but before I do that, here are the six people that have solved "Brick By Brick 3":
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now just head below the break for the answers as well as more info on the product that acts as the FINAL ANSWER to this puzzle!

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!

Monday, July 10, 2017

PUZZLE #134: Crypticrostic

PUZZLE #134
CRYPTICROSTIC

Below is an Anacrostic with no spaces. Using normal Anacrostic rules, work back and forth between it and the clues to completely fill it out. However, all the clues are in cryptic crossword style, meaning that each clue has two halves: a definition of the answer and an indication of the answer's literal makeup via wordplay. Either half may come first, and finding the dividing point between them is the key to solving the clues. For a list of cryptic clue types, you can get one through this link.

Once you're done, the Anacrostic will reveal a cryptic clue that will lead you to the FINAL ANSWER: A 10-letter name.

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
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

Mr. Kingsley, electricity suits fundraising events [8]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   49 29 18 45 22 61 13 56

Comes across 70's dance music lyric that's unfinished [9]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   48 02 34 57 23 37 30 08 41

Weary old flame damages used hat [9]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   50 31 14 55 42 05 26 38 60

Bare fury spoiled the shortest month [8]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   43 58 20 53 07 17 24 40

Italian city's endless history is found in barricade [8]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   09 39 04 46 21 59 32 15

Cartoon cat's kid upended stadium [8]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   63 06 10 51 36 25 16 01

Rapper who voiced Gangstalicious in The Boondocks is most nearly fed up [3, 3]
   __ __ __ __ __ __
   28 11 35 19 54 44

Hopeful one-off has a source for gold [7]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   03 52 12 27 62 33 47

If you want to request a version of this puzzle with spaces included in the Anacrostic, you can always email me and ask for one, though it'll cost you one of your four "hint stars" I've given to each solver.

Anyways, 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 9, 2017

ANSWERS: Pieces of Nine: Much Harder Edition

Remember how I had eight solvers for my "Section Six 4" puzzle? Well, the puzzle following that, Grant Fikes' "Pieces of Nine: Much Harder Edition", must've lived up to its title, as that number halved. See for yourself:
  • Eric Maddy ***
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
If you want to know the answers, just head below the break for that as well as a couple solver comments.

Monday, July 3, 2017

PUZZLE #133: Mixed Doubles 4

PUZZLE #133
MIXED DOUBLES 4

If you're one of my Patrons on Patreon, you'd probably know that a Crypticrostic was originally scheduled for this week. However, after making this Mixed Doubles puzzle, I've decided to post that instead, since tomorrow is Independence Day here in America, and one of the clues involves that holiday, so I'd figured it'd be more appropriate. So look for my Crypticrostic next week on this blog, and let's get to the directions for this week's puzzle!

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) Relative range of an instrument
2) 2012 Presidential drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his third Oscar-winning role
3) The "R" in MTV's TRL
4) Venomous viper
5) Wanda's husband in The Fairly Oddparents
6) The Treasure State's capital
7) Rambunctious tyke
8) Alt-rock band who did the theme song to The Adventures of Pete & Pete
9) Continental car company
10) Inquiry
11) Furniture spray made by S.C. Johnson
12) Someone who does sums
13) ABC drama featuring Olivia Pope
14) Carnival attraction with warped mirrors
15) Actress Bonham Carter
16) Messy kids' game show hosted by J.D. Roth
17) Cashier's cashbox
18) Solemn promise
19) The brightest star in the Little Dipper
20) Watergate or Whitewater, e.g.
21) Women's magazine, for short

DOWN
1) Unemphasized, like a syllable
2) L.A. basketball team once based in San Diego
3) Popeye's girlfriend
4) So-so
5) Martini garnish
6) PlayStation 3 game where you play as Cole MacGrath and use his electric superpowers for good or evil
7) Tool that makes drawing circles a lot easier
8) Magnetic navigational instrument
9) Bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers
10) Small producer of a big bang on July 4th
11) Not under any burden
12) Unpopped popcorn pieces
13) Annual county festival
14) Thousand-year period
15) Shred cheese
16) Small nuggets of truth
17) Backstreet Boys album containing "I Want It That Way"
18) Notorious
19) Aggravate, like an annoying voice
20) Tool for trimming toenails
21) Bulldog's bane

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 2, 2017

ANSWERS: Section Six 4

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Section Six 4", and I was kinda surprised that eight people have solved it since then. Take a look:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney **
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Mom: 0 stars (she stinks at scrambling, and had no idea what she was doing throughout this puzzle)
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Alex Milton ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, June 26, 2017

PUZZLE #132: Pieces of Nine: Much Harder Edition (Guest Puzzle by Grant Fikes!)

PUZZLE #132
PIECES OF NINE: MUCH HARDER EDITION
Guest Puzzle by Grant Fikes

Earlier this month, Patron Grant Fikes was inspired by my "Pieces of Nine" puzzle from not too long ago and sent me his version of it. I solved it, thanked him for the "early birthday present" as I called it, and asked him if I could post it on this blog. He agreed, So here we are! Since I've dubbed this the "Much Harder Edition", the directions will be a bit different than normal, so read on to find out what they are!

Arrange the trigrams (blocks with three squares in them) to make 10 9-letter words. Arrange them so that the first one alphabetically is in row 1, the second one alphabetically is in row 2, and so on.

Once you're done, read down two of the columns for the FINAL ANSWER: a two-word phrase.



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, June 25, 2017

ANSWERS: Line 'Em Up 4

Happy birthday to me! Since I've got a bunch of presents to get to, I'll be taking the week off, but don't worry, because I'll have a Guest Puzzle for you guys tomorrow! In the meantime, here are the people who have solved "Line 'Em Up 4" from two weeks ago:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, June 19, 2017

PUZZLE #131: Section Six 4

PUZZLE #131
SECTION SIX 4

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.


RING 1
1) Mumbai music
2) Nintendo's garlic-eating antihero
3) Really, really huge
4) The Little Foxes playwright Lillian and others (HINT: It's one letter off from a mayonnaise brand)
5) Fill the lungs
6) Ecstasy's opposite

RING 2
* Goliath or Demona from a Disney Afternoon show, e.g.
* Spider-like trickster from African folklore
* Place to pick up "pale" potables, perhaps
* Real first name of Marilyn Monroe
* 1987 Eddie Murphy stand-up movie

RING 3
* Shandling who voiced Verne in Over the Hedge
* _____ the Insatiable (animated Fox show)
* Assumed names
* A, S, D, F, J, K, L, and ; on a keyboard: 2 wds.

RING 4
* Similarity comparison
* Happiness Is a _____ Blanket, Charlie Brown (TV special)
* Perfume ingredient from a thorny flower: 2 wds.

RING 5
* Discoverer of Jupiter's four largest moons
* Tia or Tamera from Sister, Sister

RING 6
* Yoshi's _____ World (Wii U game)​

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, June 18, 2017

ANSWERS: Pieces of Nine

Before I get to the answers to "Pieces of Nine", I just wanted to point out that Patreon did a redesign last week, and that includes a completely new logo, so if you see that giant orange "P" on the far right change soon, that'll be why. Also, I messed up on one of the blocks in the puzzle, so when I corrected it, I sent an email to everyone who might've been stuck to notify them of the change, and it resulted in the solver count rising back to seven! Take a look:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Brad Eldredge ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Mom ****
Now just head below the break for the answers as well as a couple of solver comments!

Monday, June 12, 2017

PUZZLE #130: Line' Em Up 4

PUZZLE #130
LINE 'EM UP 4

Place the answers to each numbered clue in the squares to the right of each corresponding number. (a number in brackets following each clue will tell you how many letters are in each answer). Once you have the answers, align them properly in the grid so that going down, a two-word phrase will be spelled out by the two red columns in the grid's center.

This week's FINAL ANSWER is an indie rock band



1) Polos and Passats, for short [3]
2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with a red bandana [7]
3) Legendary voice actor Blanc [3]
4) Dinner cloth placed on one's lap [6]
5) With "The", daytime talk show created by Barbara Walters [4]
6) Bert's roommate [5]
7) Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last _____ [4]

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, June 11, 2017

ANSWERS: Flower Power 3

It's been thirteen days since I've posted "Flower Power 3", and just like last week, not a whole lot of you have solved it. Take a look:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
Fortunately for me, my latest puzzle is at seven solvers right now, so at least we're back to the current average number of solvers. Anyways, enough about me worrying about numbers of solvers, head past the break below for the answers and a solver's comment!

Monday, June 5, 2017

PUZZLE #129: Pieces of Nine

PUZZLE #129
PIECES OF NINE

There are a series of blocks containing three letters each and a partially-completed grid. Place the three-letter blocks into the grid to form seven common nine-letter words reading across.

Once you've filled everything in, two of the vertical columns will spell out the FINAL ANSWER: A new wave band



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, June 4, 2017

ANSWERS: Chain Reaction - One Off

Boy, "Chain Reaction: One Off" must've been a tough one, as only five six of you have solved it in the past two weeks. Take a look:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
If you want to know the answers to this one, just head below the break!

Monday, May 29, 2017

PUZZLE #128: Flower Power 3

PUZZLE #128
FLOWER POWER 3

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, the numbered tips of petals #2 through #18 (skip #1), reading clockwise, will spell out the FINAL ANSWER: A hit song from the 2010s.


CLOCKWISE
1) _____: The Hands of Fate (infamously bad film made famous by Mystery Science Theater 3000)
2) 2007 Michael Moore documentary about the American health care system
3) Coll. whose mascot is Jonathan the Husky
4) Engine in an Infiniti
5) Author Mercer who wrote and drew the "Little Critter" books
6) Artist's stand
7) Cloak-wearing female member of the Teen Titans
8) Mountain range in Wyoming
9) Tiny Greek vowels?
10) Zebra voiced by Chris Rock in Madagascar
11) Gave birth to a lamb (Okay, fine, just remove the first letter from BEANED)
12) Cutesy nickname for the Man of Steel
13) Good to go, to NASA: Hyph.
14) Supermarket section that those with lactose intolerance might avoid
15) Padres and Pirates, according to really bad crossword fill
16) Residents of Endor
17) Narrow grooves on a rock
18) Like popcorn or potato chips

COUNTERCLOCKWISE
1) McGrath and McGwire
2) _____bury steak (I apologize profusely for this clue and its fill!)
3) Utah mountain chain (Answer hidden in PENGUIN TALK)
4) Real name of "Bones" from Star Trek
5) Evil henchmen easily dispatched by the heroes
6) "Jack Sprat could _____ fat...": 2 wds.
7) Silky synthetic fabric
8) Cop's electric weapon
9) "How can _____ repay you?": 2 wds.
10) Setting for Psycho
11) Actress Shirley who got painted gold in Goldfinger (and didn't actually die from it, mind you)
12) Plastic wrap brand
13) Zelda and Hilda, to Sabrina the Teenage Witch
14) The only one of the Seven Dwarfs with no beard
15) With no clothes on
16) Howe who invented perfected the sewing machine
17) Nickname of the video game director who did Deadly Premonition (Answer hidden in ANSWER YES)
18) One of 102 in the Empire State Building

I apologize for some of the lousier clues and words, but that the only way I could make this puzzle work. 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, May 28, 2017

ANSWERS: Drop Tower 3

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Drop Tower 3" on this blog, so as usual, here's the list of people who have solved it since then:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Brad Eldredge ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now just head below the break for the answers!

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!