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!

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!

Monday, April 17, 2017

PUZZLE #122: Chain Reaction: Extra Links 4

PUZZLE #122
CHAIN REACTION: EXTRA LINKS 4


For this puzzle, there are seven golden "links" that link together six two-word phrases when reading down. However, it's completely blank, save for some dashes that reveal how long each word is (four dashes translate to a four-letter word, for instance). To help you figure out these words, though, there are some extra silver links with words already in them which, when combined with the golden link to the left or right of it, make another two-word phrase. In the above example, the two-word phrases with silver links in them are "Chain Restaurants", "Gut Reaction", "Time Zone", and "Fruit Flies", so the final "golden chain" is "CHAIN - REACTION - TIME - FLIES".

Once you've completely filled in the chain, scramble the letters in the orange squares to get this week's FINAL ANSWER: a seven-letter word.


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 16, 2017

ANSWERS: Deck It Out 2

It's been roughly  two weeks since I've posted "Deck It Out 2", and since then, nine of you have solved it, as you can see in the list below (and don't forget that the people who support me on Patreon are in red):
  • Grant Fikes ***
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • YYW ****
  • Dan Simonds ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now just head below the break for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, April 10, 2017

PUZZLE #121: Lucky Sevens 3

PUZZLE #121
LUCKY SEVENS 3

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 word associated with one of the other answers


ROWS
i) Winnie the Pooh and Tigger _____
ii) Sudden burst of wind
iii) Egests saliva
iv) Japanese toy company that merged with Namco in 2005
v) 1998 Cher hit famous for its use of Auto-Tune
vi) Assert with conviction
vii) Natives of Agra
viii) She acted alongside Daniel and Rupert in the Harry Potter films
ix) The first P in PPV
x) Element between Hg and Pb (That's mercury and lead, by the way)
xi) William Macy's middle initial

SEVENS
1) Comprehensive: Hyph.
2) Dot seen in a dollar amount
3) Actor-comedian Bill who provided the voice of Nickelodeon's Cousin Skeeter
4) Moth genus that... aw, heck with it; just place "I" in the direct middle of a yellow fruit
5) The titular creatures from Eight-Legged Freaks, e.g.
6) Legendary African crocodile rumored to have eaten up to 300 humans
7) 1982 Dustin Hoffman comedy that was nominated for Best Picture

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 9, 2017

ANSWERS: Snake Charmer

Before I reveal the answers to my first "Snake Charmer" puzzle, I just wanted to give up an update regarding my Patreon: as of today, three people are supporting me with a total of $11 per month (though it should be $12; stupid Patreon tax...) and two of those people are highlighted in the solvers list below in red:
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
I'd certainly like those numbers to go up, so please consider supporting me if you want to! Anyways, head below the break for the answers!

Monday, April 3, 2017

PUZZLE #120: Deck It Out 2

Before we get to this week's puzzle, I just wanted to direct you to my Patreon page, where you can support my puzzle-making endeavors, and in return, I'll give you rewards such as early puzzles, Patreon-exclusive puzzles, and even ways to help me create puzzles! Now with that plug out of the way, let's get to the directions...

PUZZLE #120
DECK IT OUT 2

Fill in the answers to the clues below, then transfer the letters marked with playing card symbols to their proper places in the grid below. The number (or letter) of each clue will tell you what column to place those letters in. Once it's completely filled in, the grid will spell out a sentence that will provide a hint to the FINAL ANSWER.

This week's FINAL ANSWER is a title


A) Human-lion hybrid found in Egypt
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♣       ♡   ♢   ♠
2) Serena's sport
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
        ♡   ♢       ♣   ♠
3) Central points of an argument
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♠   ♡       ♣       ♢
4) _____ Weapon (Fox show based on a buddy cop film series)
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
        ♡   ♣   ♠   ♢ 
5) Blackbeard's business
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♡   ♣       ♠   ♢
6) Home of the Globetrotters
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♢   ♡   ♠       ♣
7) Opposite of "hardcore", in regards to video gamers
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
        ♢   ♣   ♡   ♠
8) Be Kind Rewind (2008) director Gondry
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♣   ♢   ♠           ♡
9) Carney's role in The Honeymooners
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♡   ♣       ♠       ♢
10) Dragon Ball Z character who is married to Bulma
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♣   ♠   ♢   ♡
J) Eliza's chimpanzee companion from The Wild Thornberrys
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
        ♢   ♠   ♡   ♣
Q) First name of El Cid's wife
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♠       ♡   ♣   ♢
K) Radio Flyers and such
   ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    ♣   ♡   ♢   ♠

Don't forget that you can always look up the answers you don't know! 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 2, 2017

ANSWERS: Dilly Dally 2

Before we get to the answers to "Dilly Dally 2", I have some big news to share with you...

I'm finally on Patreon!

Yep, you can now go to https://www.patreon.com/redhead64 (or just click on the giant Patreon logo on the right) and support my puzzle-making endeavors, and I'll reward you with early puzzles, some bonus Patreon-exclusive puzzles, and even a chance to help me create different types of puzzles! Not only that, I've also added ways for you to subscribe via email and RSS feeds on the sidebar on the right, just in case you're the forgetful type. I'll highlight which people have decided to support me on Patreon starting next week, but for now, here are all the people who have solved my puzzle from two weeks ago:
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • David Cohen ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ***
  • Grant Fikes *
  • YYW ****
Now just head below the break for the answers!

Monday, March 27, 2017

PUZZLE #119: Snake Charmer

PUZZLE #119
SNAKE CHARMER

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) Graceful Psychic/Fairy Type Pokémon playable in Pokken Tournament
2) Strategic board game also known as "Othello"
3) Clorox, essentially
4) Synonym for "sickest", in both medical and hip-hop terminology
5) Precipitation that can be the size of golf balls
6) She was rescued by Perseus from the sea monster Cetus
7) Org. that awards Gold and Platinum records
8) Type of orange or Chinese language
9) As Told By _____ (2000s Nicktoon)
10) Computer puzzle game where a smiley face dons sunglasses if you succeed
11) KISS bassist Gene
12) Word that follows "coffee" or "multiplication"
13) Salad dressing ingredient that Muriel from Courage the Cowardly Dog uses in all her recipes
14) Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are _____! (1978 new wave album)
15) Unable to be undone
16) Greek hero with a weak heel
17) Country that used to be called Siam
18) "Well, when in _____..."
19) 1997-2002 MTV series that spun off from Beavis and Butthead
20) Identity (2003) actress Peet
21) Sounding a doorbell
22) Luxurious fur from a weasel
23) _____' Pea (Popeye character loved by hack crossword makers)
24) Small red-orange fruit
25) Pierce with a knife
26) Maroon 5 frontman Adam

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, March 26, 2017

ANSWERS: Headless Words

It's been about two weeks since I've posted "Headless Words", and since then, nine of you have solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • YYW ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Mom ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • David Cohen ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Dan Simonds ****
Now just head below the break for the answers! Only one solver comment this week, though...

Monday, March 20, 2017

PUZZLE #118: Dilly Dally 2

PUZZLE #118
DILLY DALLY 2

Each answer in the grid below consists of two 5-letter words that both start with the same letter, like WATER WHEEL.

Once the grid has been filled out, hidden inside and going up, down, or diagonally will be the FINAL ANSWER: An American rapper whose name also consists of two 5-letter words starting with the same letter.


1) Weird Al album containing "Living with a Hernia" and "Addicted to Spuds"
2) Outlaw assassinated by the coward Robert Ford
3) Song with the same name as the album it's on
4) Red fish from the Super Mario games that frequently jumps out of the water
5) Fictional chocolatier who gave out five golden tickets
6) He famously picked a peck of pickled peppers
7) Topping for a T-bone
8) David Bowie song with the lyrics "your face is a mess"
9) Doc Brown's companion in Back to the Future
10) Video game company whose titles include AdVenture Capitalist and Phrase Shift

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, March 19, 2017

ANSWERS: Anagram Chambers 4

It's been roughly two weeks since I've posted "Anagram Chambers 4", and since then, eight of you have solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • YYW ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • David Cohen ****
  • M. Sean Molley ****
Now just click on "Read more" for the answers as well as several solver comments!

Monday, March 13, 2017

PUZZLE #117: Headless Words

PUZZLE #117
HEADLESS WORDS

Uh-oh! All of these words have lost their heads, and it's up to you to reattach them! First, write down the answers to the "Headless Clues" (listed in no particular order) into each white right-hand box. Then, write down one OR two letters into each gray left-hand box so that these letters, when added in front of each word, forms the answer to one of the "Whole Clues" below (also listed in random order).

Once you've filled everything in, rearrange the completed words so that the letters in the gray boxes, reading down, spell out the FINAL ANSWER: a single adjective.


HEADLESS CLUES
* More ashen
* Nagging desires
* Professor that created the Powerpuff Girls
* Twisty-horned antelope
* What Monty Hall or Wayne Brady wants to offer you
* Worm who lives in Busytown

WHOLE CLUES
* At a sloth's pace
* Björk's country of birth
* Element named after an ex-planet
* Shawn Mendes' first Top-10 hit (Personally, I very much prefer the Orgy song of the same name...)
* Theoretically perfect
* Vlad the _____ (Dracula's inspiration)

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, March 12, 2017

ANSWERS: Eat Your Words 2

It's been thirteen days since I've posted "Eat Your Words 2", and since then, nine of you have successfully solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom **
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Grant Fikes *
  • YYW ****
  • Dan Simonds **
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • David Cohen ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, March 6, 2017

PUZZLE #116: Anagram Chambers 4

PUZZLE #116
ANAGRAM CHAMBERS 4


For this puzzle, there are several dark-green "chambers" with yellow rectangles and light-green squares in them. For each chamber, you take a word in the first yellow rectangle as hinted at by the clue, add a letter from the light-green square, and scramble them to get a word in the second yellow rectangle, then you repeat the process to get the word in the third yellow rectangle. Once you've filled in everything, the light-green squares will spell out something... or they would if the chambers weren't all scrambled up as well!

Once all of the chambers are in the proper order, the light-green squares will spell out the FINAL ANSWER: A two-word phrase



a. [She fights "the Forces of Evil" in a Disney XD show] + _ = [Male red deer] + _ = [Type of metal performed by Anthrax]
b. [Watchful] + _ = [Blockbuster Video offering, once upon a time] + _ = [Green _____ (DC superhero)]
c. ["You _____?" (Lurch's line in The Addams Family)] + _ = [Wood pattern] + _ = [Being broadcast live on TV]
d. [Geeky-sounding Willy Wonka candy] + _ = [Wood smoother] + _ = [Grand Theft Auto: San _____]
e. [Cliff Huxtable's wife] + _ = [Powdered coating on Crazy Bread] + _ = [Slow-moving chunk of ice]
f. [Revises] + _ = [Least narrow] + _ = [Region of the US where Michigan is]
g. [Leave out] + _ = [Like some towelettes] + _ = [Family Matters or Family Ties, e.g.]

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, March 5, 2017

ANSWERS: Zigzagnut 3

I'll get to the answers of "Zigzagnut 3" in a sec, but first, look what I just got!

[Insert Zelda's "Item Get" jingle here]

Yep, I managed to get myself a Nintendo Switch and the Special Edition of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! I didn't manage to preorder anything, but my local Wal-Mart had other Switches for sale on a first-come-first-serve basis, so I decided to get there early. Luckily for me, there wasn't anyone else in line yet (plenty of people came later, including a dad's cute kid dressed up as Mario), and after over nine THOUSAND!!! hours of waiting, I not only got myself a gray-colored Switch, I also got one of only four copies of Breath of the Wild's Special Edition because I was one of the first people in line!

But enough about my new console, here are all the people that have solved that "Zigzagnut" puzzle from two weeks ago:
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • M. Sean Molley ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Adam Weaver ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • YYW ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
Now head below the break for the answers and a couple solver comments!

Monday, February 27, 2017

OSCAR MONTH! PUZZLE #115: Eat Your Words 2

OSCAR MONTH!
PUZZLE #115
EAT YOUR WORDS 2

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 new words into the other to get the FINAL ANSWER: The name of a Best Picture Oscar nominee.


NUMBERED WORDS
1) Dialogue-free comic strip by Mark Tatulli
2) Last name of Chandler from Friends
3) Suffering from ennui
4) Grows older
5) Wray who famously got grabbed by King Kong
6) Perceives with one's eyes
7) Mood ring or pet rock, e.g.

EATEN WORDS
* Fashion designer Wang
* Frequent Match Game panelist Somers
* "Halt! Who goes _____?"
* McDonald's has a golden one
* Propel a boat gently down the stream
* Type of house or dressing
* With "The", "She Sells Sanctuary" 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, February 26, 2017

ANSWERS: Moving Staircases 6

The Academy Awards are tonight! I won't be watching it myself (even though I've been doing an entire month of Oscar-themed puzzles), but while we wait for the winners to be announced, here are all of the solvers of "Moving Staircases 6" from two weeks ago:
  • YYW ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Mom ***
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • David Cohen ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Adam Weaver ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
Now just head below the break for the answers!

Monday, February 20, 2017

OSCAR MONTH! PUZZLE #114: Zigzagnut 3

OSCAR MONTH!
PUZZLE #114
ZIGZAGNUT 3

The numbered clues are for the zigzags, which work their way down through the diagram in the outlined areas. The "Rows" clues are for the answers, two per row, to be entered straight across each row in the diagram, but to make things harder, you don't know which specific rows the answers will go into! (Though the answers in the rows themselves are in the correct order)

This week's FINAL ANSWER is the answer entered in the unclued entry in the middle of the diagram (marked with a question mark): the name of an Oscar-winning actress


ROWS (in random order; each contains two answers)
* Chamillionaire hit that was parodied by Weird Al as "White & Nerdy" / Bring a toon to life
* Ward (off) / 1979 sci-fi film that won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects
* Fixes typos / Moose or elk
* Pie à _____: 2 wds. / The WB sitcom starring (and named after) a country star
* The majority of the world's population / Green-tongued Cartoon Network character (or a crosswordese whirlpool)
* _____ culpa / Kenya's capital
* Like Allen Funt's Camera / Privy to: 2 wds.
* Tuesday in France / Sound of a kiss or a slap
* MTV Classic offering / The C in CIA
* Knight wear / The Life _____ with Steve Zissou
* Jackie who voiced Monkey in Kung Fu Panda / Namco once had one regarding minigames on loading screens

ZIGZAGS
1) Actress and inventor Hedy
2) Blue jay from Regular Show
3) Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, religion-wise
4) Like King Kong in 1976 and 2005
5) Supporter of a Kickstarter project, say
6) Stand-up guy?
7) Like candlelit dinners
8) Attack like a vampire
9) Virginia's 4th-most populated city
10) Nick @ _____ (programming block)
11) Place to play Dance Dance Revolution
12) God of thunder and lightning from Mortal Kombat
13) Discordant
14) Picturesque panoramas
15) Arctic and Atlantic, for two
16) Like the latest hot fashions
17) Shoe company whose name is derived from the Latin word for "bird"
18) Made one's nose grow, metaphorically

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, February 19, 2017

ANSWERS: Diagramless Mini-Crossword

It's been thirteen days since I've posted my first Diagramless Crossword, and since then, nine of you have successfully solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Adam Weaver ****
  • YYW ****
  • Mom *
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • David Cohen ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now just click on "Read more" for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, February 13, 2017

OSCAR MONTH! PUZZLE #113: Moving Staircases 6

OSCAR MONTH!
PUZZLE #113
MOVING STAIRCASES 6


The two staircase-shaped halves of a "Moving Staircases" puzzle are designed to be pushed together in two different ways, horizontally and vertically. A horizontal push creates shorter words ("Shorts"), while a vertical push creates longer words ("Longs"). The example above shows a completed grid and the grids that result from pushing it both ways. The lists of clues given for the Shorts and Longs are not in order; it's up to you to determine where the answers go by working back and forth between the two lists.

Once you've completely filled out the grid, hidden inside it will be this week's FINAL ANSWER: the title of an Oscar-nominated film from the 2000s (not for Best Picture, mind you) that isn't hidden horizontally OR vertically!


SHORTS
* Cheesy snack chip
* Greek letter featured in the Half-Life logo
* Month with no major holidays
* Music video director Sigismondi who helmed Katy Perry's "E.T."
* Not doing too well, health-wise
* Sweden's neighbor
* The Adjustment _____ (sci-fi film)

LONGS
* Bean-filled wrap
* Fastening down certain fasteners
* Field where the Packers play
* Portal in your house?
* The easternmost US capital
* US State that's home to the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

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, February 12, 2017

ANSWERS (And Contest Results!): Squeezed in the Middle 8

It's been two weeks since I've posted my latest Contest Puzzle, and thirteen people have solved it since then. Since over ten people have solved it, two of them will win a signed copy of the February 2017 issue of GAMES Magazine that I got published in!
  • Eric Maddy **** (opted out of this contest, since he already has the prize in question)
  • Chirs Hendricks ****
  • David Cohen ****
  • Yossi Fendel ****
  • Mom **** (ineligible, since I might as well give the prize to myself!)
  • Adam Weaver ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • M. Sean Molley **** (opted out of this contest, since he also has the prize in question)
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • YYW ****
  • Giovanni Pagano ****
  • Brad Eldredge ****
And now to reveal the two contest winners, chosen at random through random.org! The winners are... YYW and David Cohen! Congratulations to you both!

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

Monday, February 6, 2017

OSCAR MONTH! PUZZLE #112: Diagramless Mini-Crossword

OSCAR MONTH!
PUZZLE #112
DIAGRAMLESS MINI-CROSSWORD

Well, it's February, and if you're in the U.S. like I am, that means we're smack dab in the middle of Oscar Season. So to commemorate the occasion, I'm going to do another theme month in the form of Oscar Month! All this month, the FINAL ANSWERS of each puzzle will have something to do with the Academy Awards! So with that little explanation out of the way, let's start with the directions of this month's first puzzle, shall we?

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.

This week's TWO FINAL ANSWERS are both Oscar-nominated films


ACROSS
1) Resell on eBay for ridiculous prices
6) Fictional pet detective Ventura
9) Eldest son in Foxtrot
10) "Sugar, We're _____ Down" (Fall Out Boy song)
12) Heart song that hit #1 in 1987
13) 2012 Oscar-winning film about a fake film (not one of the FINAL ANSWERS, by the way)
14) One FINAL ANSWER
16) The pinnacle of TV manufacturers?
17) Main _____, U.S.A. (part of Disneyland)
21) The other FINAL ANSWER
25) Persuade
26) Diamond _____ (ex-bully from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
28) Ballooned
29) Music genre of B.B. King and Freddie King
30) Sets in medical dramas, for short
31) Canvas holder

DOWN
1) Hot springs site
2) Pictures from Pinocchio, perhaps
3) _____ the Fourth Wall (Internet review show about comic books)
4) He preceded (and succeeded) O'Brien on The Tonight Show
5) Auntie Anne's offering
6) "You can say that _____!"
7) Welsh dog
8) Number of worlds in the original Super Mario Bros.
11) Chris who played Mr. Big on Sex and the City
15) Beatles album containing "The Long and Winding Road"
17) Arrogant, like a stereotypical hipster
18) Former Yankees manager Joe
19) Green-skinned bully from Doug
20) Celebrity gossip and current events show on the same network as Fashion Police
22) Type of "monster" found in the southwestern US
23) Home, in Hamburg
24) Birch or beech
27) Handy way of communicating? (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 that one out (Don't forget that it's also a Contest Puzzle!). 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!