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• ##### an explanation of Ana-Gremlins(3+ / 0-)
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I didn't want the diary to be too crowded so I didn't include details on what Ana-Gremlins are and how they work. But for anyone who hasn't seem this kind of puzzle before, here's an explanation and an example of what a solved puzzle looks like.

Ana-Gremlins are anagram puzzles consisting of an ordered list of related words.  They could be the months of the year, the days of the week, names of world leaders, the words of a poem -- almost anything.

Before the items in the list get anagrammed, each item (a) gives one of its letters to some other items on the list, and (b) gets one new letter from some other item on the list.  The result is a list of one-off anagrams.  The challenge is to reconstruct the original list.  (As a help in solving, the words appear in alphabetical order of the unanagrammed words.)

For example, if I gave you

3. ran
1. vine
2. gold
4. propels

ORIGINAL   ANAGRAM     LOST     GAINED
3. and ------ ran ------- [ D ] -- [ R ]
1. live ----- vine ------ [ L ] -- [ N ]
2. long ----- gold ------ [ N ] -- [ D ]
4. prosper -- propels --- [ R ] -- [ L ]

Read the original words in order, from 1 to 4, and you get: "Live long and prosper!"

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• ##### A rather scatological puzzle today?(3+ / 0-)
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"uses the bathroom"
"golden flood"
"discharged from the body"

• ##### yes, I realized that while writing out the clues(1+ / 0-)
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Actually it was almost more scatological than it is! I had a Rush Limbaugh clue which I'd intended to tie in with the "discharged from the body" clue. But I had two possible sets of answers I could use for that row, and decided the set without the Rush Limbaugh in it was better.

But when I thought I had the Rush clue and the discharge clue, that sort of influenced the writing of the other two clues you mention. I realized I could kind of imply naughty answers even though the actual answers aren't, so went with those rather than more straightforward clues.

(In the morning I'll probably look at the clues and think, What was I thinking??? But at the time i was typing out the clues it seemed to make sense.)

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