Monday, November 20, 2017

PUZZLE #153: Snake Charmer 2

PUZZLE #153
SNAKE CHARMER 2

Enter the answers to each clue in the grid, starting in the correspondingly-numbered space and ending in the space before the next consecutive number. The chain of answer words will overlap itself, winding their way twice around the snake-shaped grid.

Once you've filled in the grid, unscramble the green squares to get the FINAL ANSWER: An eight-letter word


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

Once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

ANSWERS: Crypticrostic 2

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

PUZZLE #152: Eat Your Words 3

PUZZLE #152
EAT YOUR WORDS 3

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

Once all of the new words have been placed, the letters in the highlighted third column will spell out two more words. Insert one of the column's new words into the other to get the FINAL ANSWER: The name of a one-hit wonder from the 2010s


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

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

Once you believe you've figured out the FINAL ANSWER, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

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

Monday, November 6, 2017

PUZZLE #151: Crypticrostic 2

PUZZLE #151
CRYPTICROSTIC 2

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: An 11-letter title.

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

German one has partially gone insane [4]
   __ __ __ __
   44 35 08 27

Winter hazard is first to be melted [9]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   01 31 18 39 34 14 25 43 07

Khan initially gets English greetings [7]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   28 20 10 04 16 46 38

Going to allow odd womanizer [6]
   __ __ __ __ __ __
   48 41 11 23 36 13

Former British record label goes belly-up, following public sudden death [8]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   17 24 32 45 12 03 22 37

Seer's income announced [7]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   33 02 29 19 05 15 42

For starters, this really is no kitschy evergreen tree ornament [7]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   30 21 09 47 40 26 06

Once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

ANSWERS: Pent Words 9

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Pent Words 9", and since then, eight of you have successfully figured out its FINAL ANSWER, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Lynn Sweeney **
  • Eric Maddy ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as comments from two of my solvers!

Monday, October 30, 2017

PUZZLE #150: Squeezed in the Middle 10 - Double Decker Word Sandwiches

PUZZLE #150
SQUEEZED IN THE MIDDLE 10: DOUBLE DECKER WORD SANDWICHES

I've reached another milestone! Actually, scratch that, I've actually reached two milestones! Not only is this my 150th puzzle, but this is also my tenth installment of my signature creation "Squeezed in the Middle"! So considering both of those points, I'm going to do something a little different regarding "Squeezed". Take a look...

It's time to make some Double Decker Word Sandwiches! Normal rules to "Squeezed in the Middle" apply, but with a twist. First, enter the "Centers" in the corresponding numbered spaces. Then, enter two "Wholes" in each row, each one using the letters in one white space and the two adjacent brown spaces. The brown spaces in the center column will be shared by two "Wholes".

Once you've filled out everything, the letters in the brown squares, reading down, will spell out this week's FINAL ANSWER: A three-word video game title.


CENTERS
1) Horseman of the Apocalypse with the shortest name
2) Pith helmet or African antelope
3) Starbucks order with milk
4) "Steal My Sunshine" band
5) Easternmost country in the Arabian Peninsula
6) _____ particular order: 2 wds.
7) Bravo y Grande, por ejemplo
8) "The place with the helpful hardware folks", according to ads
9) Narcs' org.
10) Rigoletto composer

WHOLES
* 1985 John Malkovich drama
* Best possible
* Boat that had Gilligan as its First Mate
* Bunch of bees
* Jimmie Johnson, for one
* Musical section whose name is Italian for "airy"
* Place that translates to "no place"
* Ray who voices Manny in the Ice Age movies
* Served on a silver _____
* Went to huge extremes

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, October 29, 2017

ANSWERS: Pieces of Nine 3

Sorry I'm late with this! I just got Super Mario Odyssey when it launched a couple days ago, and I've been playing it so much that I totally forgot about scheduling the answers to "Pieces of Nine 3" in its normal time! I'll get to that soon, but first, the list of solvers:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Brittany Trofimovich ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, October 23, 2017

PUZZLE #149: Pent Words 9

PUZZLE #149
PENT WORDS 9


For this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (they’re sorta like Tetris pieces, except they’re areas made up of five squares each) and put a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, reading left to right beginning with the top row, will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example above, the rows spell out CHINS, PARTY, and ANKLE, and the pentominoes spell out the words CHINA, STYLE, and PRANK.) Use the across answers to figure out where the pentominoes go.

Once you're done, combine the two unclued pentominoes to get this week's FINAL ANSWER: A two-word phrase



ACROSS (Two answers per row)
1) Wigged singer who voiced Songbird Serenade in My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)
    Invader Zim creator Jhonen
2) Sulk
    _____ catcher (paper fortune teller)
3) Microsoft's spreadsheet program
    Homeowners' documents
4) Companion of dark and handsome
    PC key above "Delete"
5) _____ Loops (Toucan Sam's cereal)
    Personal journal
6) Aptly-named spirit of chaos from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
    Snake that bit Cleopatra
7) House actor Epps
    Like a noisy rocking chair
8) Monsieur Le Pew
    Lincoln's first vice president
9) Female toon bunny who debuted in Space Jam
    Heavily slanted, like most cable news
10) Harp constellation (well, it was either that or yet another MLP reference...)
      First name of the first First Lady

PENTOMINOES (Five letters per answer)
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Instrument for Yo-Yo Ma or Octavia Melody
* 2000s spy series starring Jennifer Garner
* Pansy piece
* _____ Theater (progressive metal band)
* Like a taste with a kick
* "Stop the ship, me mateys!"
* Third rock from the sun
* Force forward
* Sitting Bull was one
* Sweet _____ Purebred (Underdog's love interest)
* Cryptography topics
* Like Louis Armstrong's singing voice
* James Garfield's middle name
* Seaduck whose feathers are used in pillows
* Hobbit played by Elijah Wood
* Country where Slumdog Millionaire is set
* Sorta
* Item on a dime's back side

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, October 22, 2017

ANSWERS: Zigzagnut 4

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Zigzagnut 4", and as usual, it's time for me to post the answers to this puzzle as well as the people who have solved them:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney **
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, October 16, 2017

PUZZLE #148: Pieces of Nine 3

PUZZLE #148
PIECES OF NINE 3

Arrange the trigrams (blocks with three squares/letters in them) to make seven 9-letter words. After that, sort the new words 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 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, October 15, 2017

ANSWERS: Moving Staircases 7

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Moving Staircases 7", and since then, nine of you (including Sam Levitin's son) have figured out the FINAL ANSWER, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Sam and Jonathan Levitin ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

Monday, October 9, 2017

PUZZLE #147: Zigzagnut 4

PUZZLE #147
ZIGZAGNUT 4

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 consists of the two numbered answers with no clues (#5 & #16) that combine to make up the name of a company.


ROWS (in random order; each contains two answers)
* The _____ Vacancy (J. K. Rowling's first book for adults) / Unit of loudness that's one letter away from a call-making device
* Head, in Le Havre / Inexperienced
* Deadly tropical fly / Black-_____ Susan
* Conk on the head / Rocket's return to Earth
* Cereal made up of rolled oats / "_____ Around the Christmas Tree"
* Glossy wood finish / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them director David
* White, in Spanish / Neo-soul singer Erykah
* Like keypads with no letters on them / Female main character from Gravity Rush and its sequel
* Pre-riot state / Used binoculars
* Rock band that did "Hold Your Head Up" / Colonel or captain
* One who mollycoddles / _____ Wright: Ace Attorney

ZIGZAGS
1) Uses a vuvuzela
2) Spoiled brat with blonde pigtails from Rugrats
3) Wii Remote or Wii U GamePad, e.g.
4) Father of Sasha and Malia
5) THE FIRST HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
6) Button that makes the TV shut up
7) Metaphorical guinea pig
8) Was indebted to
9) Technically not alive yet
10) Retaliation
11) Grammy-winning a cappella group with over 2.4 billion YouTube views
12) Loaves of bread frequently seen in crosswords
13) Completely abandon a building
14) Containing a -
15) Shanghai _____ (Madonna movie)
16) THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
17) Sport with Sharks and Predators
18) Run into (literally or figuratively)

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, October 8, 2017

ANSWERS: Lucky Sevens 4

Before I reveal the answers to "Lucky Sevens 4", I just wanted to plug my Patreon page again. If you decide to donate money to me through Patreon (like the two fine people listed below in red), I'll give you rewards and perks as thanks! For example, if you support me at the $5 level, I'll give you an exclusive puzzle that you won't get anywhere else! (This month's offering is another pair of "Overstuffed Sandwiches") Now with that out of the way, here are the seven people that have solved my puzzle from almost two weeks ago:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

Monday, October 2, 2017

PUZZLE #146: Moving Staircases 7

PUZZLE #146
MOVING STAIRCASES 7


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 name of a Pokémon whose name is not hidden horizontally OR vertically.


SHORTS
* Collect or stockpile
* Mad Men character Don
* Part of the week that Garfield hates
* Refining one's muscles
* Scale's reading
* The "r" in πr2
* Word game with lettered dice in a 4x4 tray

LONGS
* Carter's Vice President
* Classic Konami arcade game where you pilot a spaceship called the Vic Viper
* Curtains and other window coverings
* The _____ Channel ("Local on the 8s" network)
* When doubled, a song by either the Smashing Pumpkins or Hot Chelle Rae
* Weighing (down)

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, October 1, 2017

ANSWERS: Plus One 3

It's been roughly two weeks since I've posted "Plus One 3", and since then, seven of you have solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • M. Sean Molley ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
Now head below the break for the answers!

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!