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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 beginner 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. cap  M  2. camp  R  3. cramp
 4. bed  A  5. bead  I  6. abide
 7. toe  V  8. veto  C  9. covet
10. orb  E 11. bore  K 12. broke

1. worn on the head
2. garrison
3. periodic discomfort
4. sleeping place
5. drop
6. put up with
7. digit
8. block
9. desire
10. sphere
11. drill
12. penniless

The verticals spell out MAVE RICK.  Put them together, they spell Maverick -- the title of a 1950s television western.

This week's puzzle:

1. bargain
2. confuse
3. ready to fire
4. nap
5. guide
6. goes in
7. edge
8. disparaging
9. says it isn't so
10. falls behind
11. informal language
12. indication
13. put on
14. tired
15. attorney

how to solve JulieCrostics:

Read the clues provided, then fill in answers to match the clues in the appropriately numbered spaces in the diagram.  

Each word in a row has all the letters of the previous word in that row, plus one new letter.  Write the new letter in the space between the answers.  For example, if the answers in a row were TREE, METER, and REMOTE you'd place an "M" in the box between TREE and METER and an "O" between METER and REMOTE.

When you have filled in all the spaces correctly, the columns formed by the added letters should spell out related words.  It might be a person's name, such as CHARLES DICKENS (spelled out in two columns).  It might be the title of a book or movie, such as GONEW ITHTH EWIND (spelled out in three columns).  It might be almost anything.  Your challenge is to figure out what the verticals say and what they mean.

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