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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle.  I'm dong the puzzle today, for a change of pace.   I made up a JulieCrostic (instructions below) and a couple of puzzles from Nova.   If you wish to add a puzzle, please do so in the comments and I'll paste them here.   First, a message from our leader:

It's the first Sunday of the month, which means it's Potluck Puzzle Party time...

... which I completely forgot until science reminded me this morning.  Oops!

My brain is a bit addled so I've asked science to take over the hosting of today's party.

Science is supplying tonight's JulieCrostic, so I get to sit on the solving side of the table tonight. Not sure how much help I'll be to the team, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party /

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

This is a JulieCrostic. If you're new to Sunday Puzzle and don't understand yet how JulieCrostics work you can find complete instructions (along with introductory puzzles and examples of solved puzzles) in our companion series Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up.

But basically the idea is to figure out the answers to the clues and fill them into a grid. (See last night's Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up for an example of what a grid looks like.) Each answer in a row has all the letters of the previous answer in that row plus one new letter. Write the new letters in the spaces between words and these will for vertical columns which spell out a message. The challenge is to figure out what the message is and what it means.

Note, there are no gremlins today, but I've grouped the clues into groups of three.  That is for convenience in reading and does NOT mean that there are three answers per row.  You need to figure out how many answers per row as you go along.

1.  Bannable offense
2.  Pot contents
3.  IOU
4.  Restless
5.  Ann Coulter’s mood
6.  Washington
7.   Rush
8.  Andrew
9.  Swiss is best
10.  Cloak
11.  Egyptian war predecessor
12.  Feline activity
13.  Conservative men’s reaction to Ann Coulter
14.  Short stroke by 23
15.  Bachmann:  ships named after the ship that brought the Pilgrims to Jamestown
16.  Metric unit
17.  Bum
18.  Instrument
19.  Something Bachmann doesn’t know how to read
20.  Bachmann, Palin, Coulter cheer
21.  There are winners, losers and….
22.  Conservative men’s dream about Ann Coulter
23.  Golfer John
24.  Stefani J.A.G.
25.  Describes Rush without chemical assistance….ewww.
26.  Spock
27.  Viacom cable channel
28.   Greek letter
29.   Wins
30.   Nothing at all

Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party /

Two puzzles from Nova


Here's a little word puzzle to play with:

After a lifetime of dreaming of visiting The US, Gustav Klimt (no relation to the famous Austrian painter) was finally able to make the trip. But alas, his knowledge of English was not good, and the vocabulary section of the guidebook he had brought with him was extremely limited. Finally, in frustration and at his wits' end, Klimt began approaching strangers on the street for assistance. "Tell me," he pleaded to everyone he encountered, "what two common English words end in the letters MT?"

Adapted from a classic Henry Dudeney puzzle:

A puzzled woman, trying to escape from a castle ruled by evil trolls, successfully made her way to an exit door -- only to find that outside the door was a moat, very wide and deep, and no bridge. But there was a small canoe, tied to the castle wall with a rope. She untied the rope, got into the boat, and discovered the boat had no oars.

"When I untied the rope and pushed off upon the water," she recounted many years later to her grandchildren, "the boat lay quite still, there being no stream or current to help me. There was a small figurehead of the goddess pucklady carved into the prow, and I prayed to it for guidance. The solution came to me, and the boat carried me to the opposite side of the moat and safety."

How did puzzled manage to get the boat to carry her across the moat?

NOTE: the answer to this is not a pun or other bit of word play. There is a legitimate solution, one that would actually work if you were ever in this situation.

Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party /
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Originally posted to science on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Sunday Puzzle.

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