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Welcome once again to Sunday Puzzle -- started in 2007 by Julie Waters and still going strong!

The answer to last week's puzzle was "fifty years ago, Freedom Summer". The gremlins thought it was an anniversary worth spotlighting, and I have to agree. Here's a recap of what Freedom Summer was about:

Freedom Summer was a highly publicized campaign in the Deep South to register blacks to vote during the summer of 1964.

During the summer of 1964, thousands of civil rights activists, many of them white college students from the North, descended on Mississippi and other Southern states to try to end the long-time political disenfranchisement of African Americans in the region. Although black men had won the right to vote in 1870, thanks to the Fifteenth Amendment, for the next 100 years many were unable to exercise that right. White local and state officials systematically kept blacks from voting through formal methods, such as poll taxes and literacy tests, and through cruder methods of fear and intimidation, which included beatings and lynchings. The inability to vote was only one of many problems blacks encountered in the racist society around them, but the civil-rights officials who decided to zero in on voter registration understood its crucial significance as well the white supremacists did. An African American voting bloc would be able to effect social and political change.

Freedom Summer marked the climax of intensive voter-registration activities in the South that had started in 1961. Organizers chose to focus their efforts on Mississippi because of the state's particularly dismal voting-rights record: in 1962 only 6.7 percent of African Americans in the state were registered to vote, the lowest percentage in the country. The Freedom Summer campaign was organized by a coalition called the Mississippi Council of Federated Organizations, which was led by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and included the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). By mobilizing volunteer white college students from the North to join them, the coalition scored a major public relations coup as hundreds of reporters came to Mississippi from around the country to cover the voter-registration campaign.

The organization of the Mississippi Freedom Party (MFDP) was a major focus of the summer program. More than 80,000 Mississippians joined the new party, which elected a slate of sixty-eight delegates to the national Democratic Party convention in Atlantic City. The MFDP delegation challenged the seating of the delegates representing Mississippi's all white Democratic Party. While the effort failed, it drew national attention, particularly through the dramatic televised appeal of MFDP delegate Fannie Lou Hamer. The MFDP challenge also led to a ban on racially discriminatory delegations at future conventions...

What's in the Sunday Puzzle spotlight tonight? Well, there's one way to find out.

On tap tonight: a new Crypto-Gremlin and a new JulieCrostic. Come on down and join the party!

First up, tonight's Crypto-Gremlin. A recent diary said we should share this quote far and wide, and this is the gremlins' contribution to that effort.

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~ Codapca Codapcisel

Crypto-gremlins are a special kind of cryptogram -- ones which can't be solved by online programs which run through and test out every possible letter substitution, but which can be solved by reasoning and creative thinking.

If you're not familiar with Crypto-Gremlins you can find a detailed explanation of how they work here. (And you can find a handy tool to help you with letter substitutions here.)

The bolded text is a quotation; the unbolded text identifies the author.



Next up, tonight's JulieCrostic.

Looks like another easy puzzle tonight. I mean, surely everyone knows that Tony Stark's evil brother is named Morgan. Something which is amusing in Australia has got to be Tony Abbott. And doesn't clue # 21 look sort of familiar? I bet I know what that one is!

If you're familiar with how JulieCrostics work, jump right in. If you're new to Sunday Puzzle you can find complete instructions on how JulieCrostics work in last night's Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up.

As usual it's wise to beware of mischief from the Sunday Puzzle gremlins, who love to alter the capitalization, punctuation, and occasionally even the word spacing of clues -- and who bundle the clues into tidy little groups of 3 regardless of how many answers there actually are in the rows.

 1. publisher of Archie comics
 2. something which is amusing in Australia, frustrating in England, and outstanding in New England
 3. keep at it
 4. force open
 5. nimble creature
 6. beatnik
 7. Anthony or Morgan
 8. aim
 9. more like a member of the privileged class
10. tired
11. something extremely boring
12. coming in 6 months
13. snoops
14. pulp vigilante
15. pound keepers
16. riddle
17. play station
18. blue puff
19. well-known Jonathan
20. kind of politics
21. kind of check
Have fun and I'll see you in the comments!
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