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PUZZLE #231
CHAIN REACTION: EXTRA LINKS 7


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 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 two versions you can print out: a .PNG and a link to a .PDF!

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3) Baby from The Loud House (or a flower on a frog's pad) = LILY
(click here for the full version, which also includes Lily aged up by ten years
)

It's been almost two weeks since "Line 'Em Up 7" was posted on this blog, and ten people since then have successfully solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Tyler Hinman ****
  • Stephen Staver ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Dan Simonds ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!


The letters in the two red columns, reading down, spell out RAINBOW ISLANDS

The box art for the American NES version 

Patron Tyler Hinman said "Always like it when I can solve it without printing it out (though I did use Notepad)."

Solver Eric Maddy said "I had to look it up -- I don't remember this title at all, but I played a LOT of Bubble Bobble in the day..." [the full title of the FINAL ANSWER is actually Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2]
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PUZZLE #230
MINI-MARCHING BANDS 3

The answers in this grid march both across the Rows and around the Bands. Each row contains two answers, clued in order. Their dividing point is for you to determine, except in Row 5, where the two answers are separated by a black square. The answers in each Band will be entered clockwise, starting at a lettered square (A-D) and ending in the space below that square. The dividing points in each band's string of words are also for you to determine. Each square will be used twice; once in a Row's word, and once in a Band's word.

Once you've filled everything in, read the letters on the diagonal dashed line for the FINAL ANSWER: A two-word movie title


ROWS
1) Fat, in French (HINT: Think of a New Orleans celebration)
    Word following "comic" or "Möbius"
2) Basketball player from San Antonio
    South Korean host of the 1988 Summer Olympics
3) _____ and Omega (2010 animated film about wolves)
    Boringly repetitive teaching technique
4) Fictional lawyer Perry
    Pretzel seasoning
5) India._____ ("Video" singer)
    Not that
6) With "The", Steve Martin film where he "was born a poor black child"
    Eragon actor Jeremy
7) Better Call Saul channel
    Sketched again
8) Rock genre of Anti-Flag and Against Me!
    Small thicket of trees
9) Black-tailed or white-tailed ungulate
    Actress Garbo (I would've used a griffon from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but that'd be too obscure, even for me!)

BANDS
A) Organic tennis court covering
    The Powerpuff Girls or Donald Duck's nephews, e.g.
    It's called a "jumper" in England
    Avarice
    Slumber party attire
B) Loose change holder
    Project's preliminary plan
    Vulcan who said "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few"
    2 is one
C) American _____ (Triple Crown-winning horse)
    Gavel-pounding judge's shout
    Cincinnati Bengal-turned-sportscaster Collinsworth
D) Picketing one's workplace, perhaps: 2 wds.

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 two versions you can print out: a .PNG and a link to a .PDF!

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My mom's favorite Homer Simpson quote, which I first brought up to her after getting a similar deal from a similarly average pizzeria (HOMER is one of this puzzle's answers, by the way)

Thirteen days have passed since "Puzzle in the Round 2" was posted on this blog, and a surprisingly high eleven people have solved it since then, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Pavel Curtis ****
  • Joe Bernard ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Patrick Jordan ****
  • Stephen Staver ****
  • Mom ***
  • Tyler Hinman ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Dan Simonds ****
Now head below the break for the answers as well as a couple solver comments!

1) Stake, 2) Kesha, 3) Easel, 4) Laser, 5) Image, 6) Games, 7) Marie, 8) Ramen, 9) Tiger, 10) Oteri, 11) Brief, 12) Tribe, 13) Rhyme, 14) Meyer, 15) Morse, 16) Homer, 17) Regis, 18) Seger, 19) Large, 20) Grade, 21) Hinge, 22) Genie, 23) Regan, 24) Genoa


The letters in the outermost ring spell out THE RISING OF THE SHIELD HERO


Patron (and anime fan) Stephen Staver said "I entered the letters for 1,2, 5,6,7, and then read the instructions, and noticed it said 'anime' and I was like “OH. I know this.” XD So now I need to go back and actually finish the puzzle. haha"

Solver Eric Maddy said "[insert some smart-*$$ comment about the $ in Ke$ha here]"
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PUZZLE #229
LINE 'EM UP 7

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 the name of an '80s arcade game


1) Duran Duran album containing "Hungry Like the Wolf" [3]
2) Fuel tank filler [3]
3) Baby from The Loud House (or a flower on a frog's pad) [4]
4) What "siesta" means in Spanish [3]
5) "Li'l" resident of Dogpatch from an old comic strip [5]
6) Konami _____ (it goes up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A) [4]
7) Fennec fox feet [4]

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 two versions you can print out: a .PNG and a link to a .PDF!

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15-Across: Video game archaeologist Croft = LARA

"Diagramless Crossword 3" was posted on this blog thirteen days ago, and eight people since then have successfully solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Stephen Staver ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom **
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Patrick Jordan ****
  • Joe Bernard ****
Now head below the break for the answers!


The two movies (highlighted above) are HIGH FIDELITY and SCHOOL OF ROCK, and the actor who appears in both films is JACK BLACK

Solver Eric Maddy said that it was "Nice of you to provide the answer in the flavortext" [referring to the two times that "black" appears in the directions]
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PUZZLE #228
PUZZLE IN THE ROUND 2

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 currently-airing anime series


1) Vampire-slaying spike
     _ _ _ _ _
2) "We R Who We R" singer
     _ _ _ _ _
3) Flip-chart stand
     _ _ _ _ _
4) Light-emitting part of a bar code reader
     _ _ _ _ _
5) .jpeg or .png file
     _ _ _ _ _
6) Magazine that ends each issue with "The World's Most Ornery Crossword"
     _ _ _ _ _
7) _____ Callender's (frozen food brand)
     _ _ _ _ _
8) Cheap noodles often eaten by college students
     _ _ _ _ _
9) Vitaly from Madagascar 3, for one (okay, he's a striped orange cat)
     _ _ _ _ _
10) Cheri who impersonated Judge Judy on Saturday Night Live
     _ _ _ _ _
11) Short, like a legal paper?
     _ _ _ _ _
12) A _____ Called Quest (hip-hop group)
     _ _ _ _ _
13) Limerick feature
     _ _ _ _ _
14) Twilight and Eclipse author Stephenie
     _ _ _ _ _
15) Code with dits and dahs
     _ _ _ _ _
16) The Simpsons character who popularized the exclamation "D'oh!"
     _ _ _ _ _
17) Million Dollar Password host Philbin
     _ _ _ _ _
18) Bob who led the Silver Bullet Band
     _ _ _ _ _
19) Part of XXL
     _ _ _ _ _
20) A+ or B-
     _ _ _ _ _
21) Door pivot
     _ _ _ _ _
22) One of the wish-granting title characters from Shimmer and Shine, e.g.
     _ _ _ _ _
23) She's possessed by a demon named Pazuzu in The Exorcist
     _ _ _ _ _
24) Kind of salami named for an Italian city
     _ _ _ _ _

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 two versions you can print out: a .PNG and a link to a .PDF!

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v) Open-toed shoe worn by Leni from The Loud House = SANDAL [click here for a comic I made about Leni trying to do a crossword...  emphasis on "trying"]

It's been thirteen days since I posted "Super Sixes 3" on this blog, and an impressive twelve people since then have successfully solved it, as you can see in the list below:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Joe Bernard ****
  • Stephen Staver ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Mom ****
  • Patrick Jordan ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Tyler Hinman ****
  • Dan Simonds ****
Now head below the break for the answers and a couple solver comments!


Here are the answers in text format:

ROWS (from top to bottom):
MAYAN, GNAWS, GEPPETTO, CHERRY BOMB, SANDAL/BANSHEE, NITROGEN/"A HARD", IRONED/CASTMATES, SYMPHONY/AUSTRIA, SEDIMENTARY/CULL, STREAK/KEROUAC, QUINN/KATAMARI, CARSON DALY, ELOQUENT, SARIS, SHARP

SIXES:
1) WAYANS, 2) EGGMAN, 3) PEBBLY, 4) CHAINS, 5) BOTTOM, 6) DARREN, 7) SHAMAN, 8) HARDEE, 9) CORDON, 10) AGENTS, 11) YES SIR, 12) PHENOM, 13) AURORA, 14) ALLIES, 15) TEKKEN, 16) CURTSY, 17) SQUIRT, 18) NEIMAN, 19) AMANDA, 20) iCARLY, 21) CAROLE, 22) QUOTAS, 23) SPRINT, 24) HARASS

The letters in the grey squares, read from top to bottom, spell out PATTY DUKE (from The Patty Duke Show)

Pictured here: Patty Duke and Patty Duke

Patron Chris Hendricks said "Great job on this puzzle! And fitting two Qs in there... not easy!"

Regarding the FINAL ANSWER, Patron Tyler Hinman said "I guess 'actress who cheated on a game show' was too specific." [He's referring to her appearance on The $64,000 Challenge, a spinoff of The $64,000 Question, both of which were involved in the quiz show scandals of the '50s]
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PUZZLE #227
DIAGRAMLESS CROSSWORD 3

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

Once everything's filled in, the two longest across answers will spell out the name of two movies. The FINAL ANSWER is the male actor who appeared in both films. 


ACROSS
1) Air_____ (lodging website)
4) Dr. Evil's son in the Austin Powers movies
9) Words that precede "saw Elba" in a palindrome: 2 wds.
10) Celebrated in historic lore
12) Firing, as from a job (hopefully, hatchets aren't involved!)
13) Professor X’s mutant-finding device in X-Men
14) What Clearasil treats
15) Video game archaeologist Croft
16) 1/10,000,000th of a joule
17) MOVIE #1: ? wds.
20) Didi's purple-haired husband from Rugrats
21) Soak up like a paper towel
22) Fortnite developer
24) The Favourite actress Stone
27) "The Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum", according to ads
31) Italian philosopher Umberto
33) MOVIE #2: ? wds.
36) Enjoyed a smorgasbord
37) Road to _____ (Ramones album)
38) Still-life pitcher
39) Vague feeling of general discomfort
41) Home of Lightning and Buccaneers
42) Source of a licorice-like flavoring
43) Tweak levels you've made in Super Mario Maker, say
44) Cartoon duck who has nieces named April, May, and June
45) Greek goddess of the night

DOWN
1) Introduce, as a subject: 2 wds.
2) "Buffalo Stance" singer Cherry
3) Huge, like a "dipper" in the sky
4) Mono's successor
5) Habitat for at least 25% of all marine species: 2 wds.
6) Bauxite or azurite
7) The highest region on Earth
8) Gilliam or Jones from Monty Python
9) _____bike (NES motorcycling game)
10) Oodles and oodles
11) Dalmatian or dachshund
12) They're often heard after "oohs"
15) Women's _____ (what feminism was called in the 1970s)
18) Automobile assembly plants
19) Company that created the chess-playing computer Deep Blue
23) Suffix that means "sorta"
25) Cat food brand with a catchy jingle made up of kitty sounds: 2 wds.
26) Come to terms with
28) MMA fighter-turned-WWE wrestler Ronda
29) "Yeah, none of that was true": 2 wds.
30) The Secret of NIMH director Bluth
32) Gumbo vegetable seen too often in crosswords
33) Place to buy lemonade from kids
34) Monsters, Inc. receptionist with snaky hair
35) Word before "set, GO!"
36) Reddit Q&A session, for short
40) _____ Lay Dying (heavy metal band): 2 wds.
41) Alexander Hamilton's bill

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 two versions you can print out: a .PNG and a link to a .PDF!

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