Monday, March 13, 2023

PUZZLE #430: Squeezed in the Middle 19


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: the name of a 1980s teen film

1) Ogre in Japanese folklore
2) Chinese wind instrument hidden in the word "NICARAGUANS"
3) Former Roxy Music member Brian
4) Wide-_____ lens
5) Last name of Jessie from Saved by the Bell
6) Stretched out on the couch, say
7) All gone, like lunch

• Disney movie about Rapunzel which is the most expensive animated film ever
• Element after Vanadium in an alphabetical list
• Female governor from The Secret of Monkey Island (or a Seinfeld character)
_____ Prime (Netflix series about Sega's blue hedgehog)
• Reptile with a dewlap
• Spanish, in Spanish
• Tidies up

Once you believe you've figured out the FINAL ANSWER, send it to either or (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 even ask for a hint, though you'll be marked as having used one if you do so) 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 link to a .PDF version which you can print out!

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