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Sunday Puzzle for beginners is a companion series to the regular Sunday Puzzle.

The aim of Sunday Puzzle for beginners is to introduce people to the kind of puzzles featured in the regular Sunday Puzzle diaries and to provide introductory-level puzzles for folks to practice on.

I'm currently away from home, with minimal computer access, and won't be able to take part in these diaries until I get home mid-to-late September. But thanks to the diary queue system and its auto-publish feature, the Sunday Puzzle for beginners series is able to continue without me until I get back.

I'm sorry I can't be here while the diary is up to say hi, answer questions, and up-rate comments; but most weeks there will be other Sunday-Puzzlers here, such as the ever-delightful pucklady, to greet you and help you feel at home.

Have fun!

PS:  Sunday Puzzle posts Sunday mornings at 9:30 am Eastern time / 6:30 am Pacific time; Sunday Puzzle for beginners posts Saturday evenings at 8:30 pm Eastern time / 6:30 pm Pacific time.

Answers to last week's puzzle:

 1. Omar  J  2. major  B  3. b-major
 4. dent  O  5. noted  A  6. donate
 7. grin  A  8. grain  E  9. regain
10. Hite  N 11. thine  Z 12. zenith
1. name of a Persian mathematician and poet
2. important
3. musical scale
4. dimple
5. eminent
6. give
7. smile
8. small hard seed
9. win back
10. name of noted sex researcher
11. yours, in olden days
12. highest point

DKU notes on last week's puzzle:

answer to clue 1: Omar Khayyam
answer to clue 10: Shere Hite

The verticals spell JOAN BAEZ, a noteworthy anti-war activist as well as a wonderful singer.  I'll do a longer DKU note on her in some future diary when time permits; for now, though, here are a couple of clips of her singing.

This week's puzzle:

1. evade
2. deceives
3. "Obama 2012", for instance
4. bargains
5. whipped
6. takes care of
7. evaluate
8. cut a deal
9. explosive device
10. noted abortion rights activist*
11. greatly
12. transmitted

* who, amazingly, does not have a Wikipedia entry

Hint: the verticals in this week's puzzle spell out the name of an old tv show.

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