Welcome once again to Sunday Puzzle -- a chance to exercise your wits, have fun, and occasionally learn the odd fact or two in the process.
Sunday Puzzle posts weekly, generally at 9:30 am Eastern time / 6:30 am Pacific time, and features puzzles suitable for group puzzle-solving.
We also have a Sunday Puzzle for Beginners on Saturday nights at 9:30 pm Eastern / 6:30 am Pacific for people who want to learn what this is all about in a gentler manner. But even if you feel shy, don't worry, come in and just post chatter. That's pretty much what I do and I have lots of fun, too!
For new visitors, we call this puzzle a Juliecrostic after our founder, Julie Waters.
The rules for an acrostic are simple: for each row, the answer is of increasing length, such as a five-letter word, a six-letter word and a seven-letter word. Each next size word is formed by adding a letter to the previous answer and scrambling.
In the box in-between each answer, put the extra letter. I.e., if your answers were:
ITEMS, MISTER and RED MIST
You'd place an "R" in the box between ITEMS and MISTER and a "D" between MISTER and RED MIST.
When you solve the whole puzzle, you will get related words in the down columns.
A completed acrostic might look like this:
The puzzlemaker isn't going to tell you the dimensions of the grid, you get to figure that out yourself.
A very quick puzzle today.
5 Zodiac signs
6 Olympic host
7 garment worn by women
8 What BP does to water
9 plant that makes edible corms
11 paint again
13 capital city
14 Mr. Pointy
18 "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" "The Fountain of Fair Fortune"