Today is the first Sunday of the month, which is traditionally our Puzzle Potluck. That means everybody is invited to bring a puzzle to share. If you have a puzzle, just go ahead and post it in the comments, and I'll copy it into the diary here.

For today's potluck I've contributed a logic puzzle, Hal Humbug's Horrible Headache. Plf515 is planning to post some Raymond Smullyan puzzles.

I'm assuming someone will bring a JulieCrostic, so I've posted the instructions for JulieCrostics in the diary. (If no one else posts a JulieCrostic, I've got one ready at hand and all set to post.)

The party starts right below the squiggle. Come on down and join the fun!

To start with, here are a couple from plf515. First, a Raymond Smullyan puzzle:

Solve this without using algebra.

Joe has 3 times as many tarts as Bill
If Joe gives one of his tarts to Bill, Joe will then have twice as many as Bill.

How many does each one have?

and second, a Lee Childs puzzle:
This one was in Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher novel

How can you speak for one minute without using any words that have the letter A in them?

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

This is a rotating substitution cypher. Each space rotates the cypher one space forward.

Kv yino ab Cdcep Dupjulh. Sqx dyppae qo nzimkx. Vwnvewn sv yqm.

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

One of our most common types of puzzles is the JulieCrostic (named after the founder of Sunday Puzzle, Julie Waters). Here is Julie's explanation for how these puzzles work.

The rules 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.
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.

And here is her puzzle, complete with her colors. Julie, we miss you so much!
From banjolele:
1. Doctor’s companion
2. Höðr, Gmot, e.g.
3. Seekers of solitude
4. An emperor by any other name
5. Costs
6. 2010 Mexican telenovela
7. Consume
8. Literally, a rich friend
9. Immerse
10. A slang language
11. Poetic term
12. Region
13. Delicate product
14. Irish county
15. Ophthalmologist’s term
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Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party /
SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE /

Here's my contribution to today's potluck: a logic puzzle about the dilemma a well-known radio talk show host encountered earlier this year. [Apologies for the length.]

Oh, my aching head! exclaimed the right-wing radio talk show host on awakening. I must have taken one too many oxycontins.

He looked around. The room didn't look familiar. And, looking out the window, the world didn't look familiar. Well, no time to think about that now. Almost broadcast time! He rushed to the studio to record the day's show.

He was surprised when he got to the studio to discover that he broadcast under the pseudonym Sir Hal Humbug. I must be a bit addled, he thought.

Quickly he skimmed his briefing sheet. Today he had 4 of the Elephant Party's presidential candidates (all of whom were seeking his endorsement) scheduled to be on the phone to answer questions. Elephant Party, he thought? Oh, well, close enough.

The candidates' names looked a little unfamiliar, as well -- but close enough to what he remembered. There was front-runner Tiny Tommer (a former Massachusetts governor whom nobody liked and nobody trusted), not-a-chancer Bishel Mockman (a Minnesota member of congress and leader of the Bathist Insane Caucus), not-a-chancer Sick Rantorum (a former senator better known online than off), and Prick Airy (Texas governor and Tommer's only serious competition at the moment).

Feeling unsure of what he had planned to ask the candidates, Humbug reviewed the notes he'd made.

There were 4 factions in the Elephant Party. Least to Humbug's liking were the 'Phant-asides: members of the party who favored a big tent and were willing to put ideological differences aside. 'Phant-asides strictly alternated telling lies and telling the truth, and their first statement to you might be either.

Next were the Psycho-'phants: hard-line social conservatives. Their first statement to you was always a lie, after which they alternated telling the truth and telling lies. But their short-term memory wasn't good; if more than a couple of minutes elapsed between questions they often forgot what their last answer had been. When this happened, they always started afresh with a lie and then proceeded to alternate again.

Then there were the 'Phant-assists: folks who were members of the Elephant Party but no one was really clear why. Useful idiots, Humbug thought; he was delighted to have these folks as listeners, but not sure he'd ever want one as president. 'Phant-assists always started their statements to you with a lie, then alternated truth and lies. Like 'Phant-asides, their short-term memory was unreliable and if more than a couple of minutes elapsed they forgot whether their last answer had been true or false. When this happened, they'd randomly re-start with either the truth or a lie.

And finally there were the new kids on the block: the Pee Tartiers. These were Humbug's kind of people: dependable in their hatred of the current president, and dependable in their answers. Pee Tartiers always lied.

The presidential candidates had been somewhat coy to date about revealing which party faction they belonged to, in order to try to appeal for votes to as many factions as possible. So no one except the candidates themselves was sure which one belonged to which faction -- but it was known that each of these candidates was a member of a different one of the 4 factions.

Humbug felt that the best candidate would be the one who lied the most consistently. He hoped to use today's show to determine which candidate was the Pee Tartier and give his endorsement to that candidate.

1. What is the most important issue facing the nation?

2. What will your first action in office be?

3. Why should I endorse you?

4. If you had to pick one of the other candidates as your vice president, which one would you choose?

5. How honest are your fellow candidates -- which one do you think tells the most lies?

...

First on the line was Bishel Mockman. Humbug engaged her in conversation and, during the conversation, asked his questions. Her responses were:

1. The president plans to us into a nation of gay Muslim Marxists.

2. I'll put all the gays in therapy which will convert them to straights, put all the Muslims into therapy which will convert them to Christians, and put all the Marxists into therapy which will convert them to corpses.

3. As a 'Phant-aside, my highest priority is a concern for the children, a concern I'm sure you share.

4. I'd pick Sick Rantorum as my veep, since he's a 'Phant-asider like me and shares my passion for kids.

5. I have the highest regard for all the other candidates; like me, they have high moral standards and would never knowingly tell a lie.

After thanking Mockman and taking a break, Humbug talked with Tiny Tommer. Tommer's answers were:
1. Abortion is an issue I've always felt strongly about and is the most urgent issue facing the nation right now, especially if it's the issue most of the people whose votes I need in order to win the primaries care about most deeply.

2. I'm in favor of outlawing all abortions, with no exception; except, of course, as I've always said, this is something which should be left entirely to the states as soon as we pass a human life amendment to the constitution.

3. Like you and many of your listeners, I'm a devout Pee Tartier.

4. I'd probably pick Sick Rantorum to be my veep, since like me he's a Pee Tartier.

5. Bishel Mockman was honest in all her answers to you -- except possibly that last one ;)

After another commercial break it was Airy Prick's turn:
1. The most pressing need of our time is for more tax cuts and more cuts to government spending, especially on social programs, so that we can grow the economy and so that we can motivate people to take responsibility.

2. Look, I know you're going to ask about the other candidates' honesty I'm going to ignore your question and jump aheas to that: all the answers Tiny Tommer gave you were lies.

3. You should support me over the others because I'm the only Pee Tartier who's running.

4. Ooh! Getting back to the question of the other candidates' honesty: every answer Bishel Mockman gave to you was a lie, too.

5. Now, as to that who would I pick for VP question -- I guess I'd pick Sick Rantorum.

Finally Humbug got Sick Rantorum on the line:
1. The gays have a plan to force all heterosexuals (even women!) to engage in man-on-dog sex, and dealing with this will be my top priority.

2. My first day in office I'd have a Pee Tartier like Tiny Tommer lead the nation in prayer.

3. I'm not personally a member of the Pee Tartiers, but have great respect for those like you and Tiny Tommer who are.

4. I'd probably pick Bishel Mockman as my veep just because she's so hot!

5. Tiny Tommer mostly told the truth; if he made any counter-factual statements it was no more than one.

Hal Humbug considered the answers. They made his head hurt. (Or maybe that was still the effects of the oxycontin...) So he, like you, was left pondering the question:

Which of the candidates Humbug interviewed is the Pee Tartier?

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• ##### One from Raymond Smullyan(2+ / 0-)
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Solve this without using algebra.

Joe has 3 times as many tarts as Bill
If Joe gives one of his tarts to Bill, Joe will then have twice as many as Bill.

How many does each one have?

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• ##### Brute force works well here(3+ / 0-)
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9 - 3
then
8 - 4

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• ##### Yes.(3+ / 0-)
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But you can also reason as follows:

At the beginning Joe has 3/4 of the tarts. That's 9/12.
After giving away 1, he has 2/3 of the tarts. That's 8/12.

The difference is 1/12 and the difference is 1 tart so there were 12 altogether.

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• ##### One from Lee Child(3+ / 0-)
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This one was in Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher novel

How can you speak for one minute without using any words that have the letter A in them?

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• ##### I have to go at 9 Eastern (3+ / 0-)
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so I better get to work on some puzzles!

(Can we make this 8 PM instead of 8:30?)

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• ##### posting time: 8 pm eastern sounds okay to me(3+ / 0-)
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I'm still getting used to posting in the evening rather than in the morning, but 8 pm sounds fine to me. Unless there's objection to that, I"ll plan to post next week's diary at that time.

• ##### JulieCrostic posting schedule...(2+ / 0-)
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Diary went up at 8:33 eastern / 5:33 pacific. I've got a 27-clue JulieCrostic at hand and ready to post if needed, but I'll wait first to see if someone else has one they'd like to share.

Let's see, how about if I wait until 10 minutes after the diary went up? If someone sends in a JulieCrostic by then, I'll paste it in; otherwise I'll paste in the one I've got.

• ##### A short Juliecrostic(5+ / 0-)

1. Doctor’s companion
2. Höðr, Gmot, e.g.
3. Seekers of solitude
4. An emperor by any other name
5. Costs
6. 2010 Mexican telenovela
7. Consume
8. Literally, a rich friend
9. Immerse
10. A slang language
11. Poetic term
12. Region
13. Delicate product
14. Irish county
15. Ophthalmologist’s term

Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

• ##### And, for what it's worth(2+ / 0-)
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There is a semi-hidden theme running throughout the puzzle.

Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

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• ##### banjolele JulieCrostic 11/12(3+ / 0-)
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Just pasted the JC into the diary, about to paste more plf puzzles in, but quick break to post couple guesses at answers to the JC:

11: ere
12: area

• ##### I don't think that works(3+ / 0-)
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logical though it is.

There are no counties of Ireland that fit.

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• ##### problem with those, though, is that...(2+ / 0-)
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(a) they don't lead to a word for delicate product, and (b) they don't lead to an Irish county. (We'd expect Irish county to be 6 letters including the letters AAER, and looking at wikipedia list of Irish counties none seem to fit that.)

Ah, well.

• ##### JC 2 and 3(3+ / 0-)
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Norse
loners

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• ##### which would make # 1(2+ / 0-)
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Rose (a Doctor Who companion)

• ##### banjolele JC 5/6(2+ / 0-)
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with word length pattern 4-5-6, that makes answer # 6 TERESA (found it via Google) and hence # 5 is RATES

• ##### So far, so good (n/t)(2+ / 0-)
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Seems like many of the regulars aren't around at the moment.

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• ##### and for 4, I'm guessing(2+ / 0-)
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TSAR

• ##### banjolele 13/14(3+ / 0-)
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(Sorry to be so slow)

13= LACE, 14= CLARE

I should be able to figure out the opthalmologist's term, but it's not occurring to me yet...

• ##### banjolele JC verticals, I'm guessing, are...(2+ / 0-)
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NEW ORLEANS.

Let's see how that does for figuring out the rows...

• ##### Like I said before, so far, so good(2+ / 0-)
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It's almost like you've done this before!

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• ##### a not quite right pair for 7-9(3+ / 0-)
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7 (consume) - GULP
9 (immerse) - PLUNGE

The problem is that neither GULP + E nor GULP + N seem to anagram to a word for rich friend.

I considered this might be deceptive capitalization, and that we are looking for a word associated with a particular RICHARD FRIEND. But while there is a Richard Friend listed in Wikipedia, I don't see any immediate connection to a pulge, pugel or plung...

• ##### I would guess a literary character(2+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, banjolele

But I don't know of any.

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• ##### Not in this instance, no(2+ / 0-)
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For once, literally means literally and not figuratively.

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• ##### I was thinking that for Democrats a rich friend(3+ / 0-)
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might be SOROS.

But I can't get the 4 or 6 letter words to play off of that one.  But pehaps there is another rich friend I can't think of.

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• ##### Well, perhaps if I said(3+ / 0-)
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Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

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• ##### things I've considered (which don't work)(1+ / 0-)
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banjolele

One line of thinking was that rich has a couple of meanings -- one can speak of rich foods, for instance. So I considered SUGAR and SWEET (which are names one might use for a good friend, and which might be considered rich). But those seem a stretch and neither leads to other words for the row.

Another thought was names which are also forms of money. But DOLLY seems too far removed both from dollar and from friend -- and PENNY, a more direct money name, doesn't really imply richness.

• ##### I don't suppose a rich friend could give you a(3+ / 0-)
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leg-up?   :-)

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• ##### Sorry. The new schedule confuses me.(2+ / 0-)
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banjolele, Nova Land

I keep thinking it starts at 6:30 instead of 5:30.

Nova, check your email, I did send a puzzle.

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• ##### about to paste it into diary...(2+ / 0-)
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Sorry I didn't spot it sooner! Got carried away trying to solve the remaining two acrostic rows...

• ##### pucklady's puzzle (substitution cypher)(2+ / 0-)
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I just finished pasting it into diary, but here it is as well for solvers' convenience. (I'm about to give it a try...)

This is a rotating substitution cypher. Each space rotates the cypher one space forward.

Kv yino ab Cdcep Dupjulh. Sqx dyppae qo nzimkx. Vwnvewn sv yqm.

• ##### I hope it's clear that by "space" I mean each word(2+ / 0-)
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rotates the cypher? Also, I built the cypher off of an article in this week's NPR Sunday puzzle. and the phrase relates to something there, too.

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• ##### ah, that's where I'm going wrong...(2+ / 0-)
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I thought the cypher rotated with each letter.

Looking at the word pattern, with two capitalized words at the end of the first sentence, I thought I might have a fit with SOUTH AMERICA... -- the first C in Cdcep would stand for an S, and the second one two letters later would stand for a U. That wasn't getting me anywhere, though. Now I see why.

Okay, starting to work on it again...

• ##### I thought I had 11 & 12(3+ / 0-)
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11. iamb
12. ambit

But I guess 10 should be the four letter word, so I must be off

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• ##### pucklady's substitution cypher, a start...(2+ / 0-)
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Kv yino ab Cdcep Dupjulh. Sqx dyppae qo nzimkx. Vwnvewn sv yqm.
Okay, the substitution is consistant within a word, so we have a capitalized word, Cdcep, with first and third letter the same. My guess is the word is SUSAN. So C would be S, D would be U, E would be A, and P would be N for that stage.

Further guess, although a bit more of a stretch -- the first sentence might read: My name is Susan ------- ...

• ##### A very good guess, but no.(2+ / 0-)
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banjolele, Nova Land

This is a pop culture phrase.

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• ##### Could be Nancy (n/t)(2+ / 0-)
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• ##### To me the key is the first word(2+ / 0-)
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in the last sentence. That pattern, once we figure out what it stands for, should give away the puzzle.

Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

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• ##### you're right! (SPOILER)(3+ / 0-)
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the passage comes from The Princess Bride.

I was right about most of the first sentence, except for the name itself.

• ##### Do you like this type of puzzle?(2+ / 0-)
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banjolele, Nova Land

I'm getting the AHA feeling when you crack it, so I'm thinking you had fun.

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• ##### The cipher is almost irrelevant at that point(2+ / 0-)
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It all comes down to looking for clues related to the length of words, combinations of words, and patterns of letters in words.

I generally like cryptograms, but these just give me a headache. :P

Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

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• ##### Oh jeez (n/t)(2+ / 0-)
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Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

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• ##### Is the last phrase by any chance(3+ / 0-)
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Prepare to die?

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• ##### It is.(2+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, banjolele

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• ##### So of course, it is(3+ / 0-)
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"My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die."

But of course I just used your clue and didn't even attempt the cypher.  Cheating I guess.

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• ##### Hint(2+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, banjolele

Your guess was actually very good.

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• ##### I'm stumped by the remaining acrostic rows(2+ / 0-)
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We have rows 3 and 4 of the acrostic, and if I'm correct that the verticals are NEW ORLEANS then the added letters are W A for the third row and O N for the fourth row.

WA for the third row does not get me anywhere. I can't think of a good 6-letter word for immerse which contains WA and I can't think of a good 5-letter word for rich friend which contains W.

ON for the fourth row at first looks more promising. DOMAIN leaps to mind as a possibility for region, and it contains those letters. But ADIMO does not seem to anagram out to any good poetic term, nor does ADIM anagram out to any slang language I'm familiar with.

I think I'll have to put this aside for the night and look at it again tomorrow...

• ##### In addition to DOMAIN(2+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, banjolele

I tried LOCALE and SECTOR, but couldn't get anywhere.

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• ##### Heading out for the night - Spoilers(2+ / 0-)
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A couple of last minute clues:

The underlying theme of my puzzle is one word, of which #1, #6, #8, and #14 qualify. In addition, the vertical is also related.

#10-#12: Think Dante for one of these, Switzerland for another, and I really can't come up with a good clue for the remaining one.

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• ##### CANTON for 12?(2+ / 0-)
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• ##### CANT for 10?(2+ / 0-)
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• ##### Ah! that would give for 11(2+ / 0-)
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TX Freethinker, banjolele

CANTO...

• ##### Beat me by about 10 seconds!(2+ / 0-)
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• ##### you deserve the credit for that one...(1+ / 0-)
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I'd never have gotten it without CANTON -- and once CANTON is there, subtracting the N to get CANTO is easy.

• ##### ... and for 10, it gives (1+ / 0-)
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banjolele

CANT (for which one definition, according to Dictionary.Com, is
2.

the private language of the underworld.
• ##### The underlying theme of my puzzle(2+ / 0-)
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must be SAINTS

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• ##### So "8. Literally, a rich friend"(2+ / 0-)
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must be the name of a saint?

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• ##### it would seem so, except...(1+ / 0-)
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banjolele

If New Orleans is right for the verticals, as it seems to be, then the name needs to include a W. I'm stuck for a name that has a W that somehow translates to wealth or riches.

I really should be dragging myself away and turning the computer off now...

• ##### Hello all(3+ / 0-)
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TX Freethinker, Nova Land, banjolele

Just woke up. I'm at a conference in Uppsala, Sweden (it is 6 AM).   So we have WA, and the clues are consume, literally a rich friend, immerse.

I find no six-letter thesaurus words for immerse with a WA, and no promising four-letter words for consume.

Literally a rich friend sounds like the W might be related to "weal" or "ami" or something, but I don't see it......

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Nova Land, banjolele, TX Freethinker

There's a St. Edwin. and "consume" would be dine.

aha!  immerse could be "wade in"

• ##### That's it!(3+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, banjolele, TX Freethinker

"Edwin" means "rich friend" ... a la google..

• ##### thanks for solving that!(2+ / 0-)
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banjolele, TX Freethinker

Good clues, good puzzle.

I didn't know that Edwin meant rich friend, so it's nice to have the puzzle solved -- and to learn something new in the  process.

That wraps up most of the potluck. (The logic puzzle I posted remains untouched, but I can heat it up and serve it again next week.)

Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you folks again next weekend. /

• ##### sny will also be back(3+ / 0-)
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banjolele, TX Freethinker, Nova Land

next weekend.   I'll stare at your logic puzzle this week, but am quite busy.    I do have a visitor from Russia on Sunday, so I might be a little late...

• ##### I really enjoyed participating for the first time(2+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, banjolele

I will be back.  But I leave on vacation next Saturday and will probably not be around the next two weekends.

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• ##### welcome to the puzzle party circle...(2+ / 0-)
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banjolele, TX Freethinker

I hope you have a great vacation, and we'll look forward to seeing you again in a couple of weeks!

(And you can still enjoy the puzzles while you're away, even if you can't take part in the solving parties. Just visit the Sunday Puzzle page when you have a chance, and it will give you a list of all the recent Sunday Puzzle and Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up  diaries which you can then work on when it's convenient.

If you don't want to accidentally read any spoilers for the puzzles, turn your comment preference setting to hide (so that you don't see comments at all) or shrink (so you only see the subject lines) and you're good to go. Then if you get stuck on a puzzle and need some help you can look at the subject lines of the comments until you see one related to the puzzle you're working on and which seems to offer the help you need, click it, read the comment, and resume solving.)