Sunday Puzzle is a weekly party, featuring puzzles suitable for group puzzle-solving. Everyone is welcome, and you don't need to be a puzzle genius to take part.

What you'll find tonight:

* a new 54-clue JulieCrostic;
* a new mystery puzzle;
* the world's shortest Crypto-Gremlin;
* answers to last week's unsolved Mystery Puzzle; and
* the answer to the very first puzzle I posted here, which was finally solved this week!

All that, plus the weekly "Where's Vagina?" challenge. Each week the word vagina appears somewhere in one of the clues or one of the answers to the week's puzzles. Where is the shy vagina hiding this week?

What you won't find tonight is the solution to the logic puzzle Hal Humbug's Horrible Headache, which has gone unsolved for 4 weeks now. (Sorry but once again I'm running way late.) I'm surprised no one has solved this puzzle yet; it may look hard, but it's a perfectly fair logic puzzle and there's a simple and logical way to figure out which faction each of the candidates belongs to. Just because the problem stumped Rush Limbaugh (aka Sir Hal Humbug) doesn't mean it has to stump you.

All right, that's enough chatter from me. So come on down to comments, introduce yourself if you'd like, take a look at the puzzles, and have some Sunday night fun!

I. Let's start tonight with a re-post of the very first puzzle I ever posted here -- followed by, after a four and a half year wait, the solution!

PUZZLE # 1: Mystery Image!

Who is this woman -- and where did this image originally appear?

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I posted that in the diary without explaining more about the puzzle, so that people could approach it with a fresh eye. But in the comments I provided a fuller explanation:
Here is the story.  In 2005 a woman (Angela) appeared on the Montel Williams show on a day Sylvia Browne was appearing.  She had with her a photograph which she said she had taken at a Christmas Eve party in 2002.

She didn't get the pictures she'd taken back until a couple weeks later, and when she did there was an image on the tv screen which she didn't recognize.  She wanted to know if it was an angel.  Sylvia said it was.

Here is the picture:

Robert S Lancaster does an excellent web site, StopSylviaBrowne.com  If the original source of the image in the photo can be tracked down, he can add an article about this to the site.  It's not the biggest or most important or most hurtful lie Sylvia Browne has ever told, but it's one which could provide a clear, simple, and interesting example.  If we can find the source of the image.

You will notice that, in the photograph, the woman's head appears in an oval rather than a circle.  Some of us suspect that the image on the tv is stretched -- that the tv was set to display a widescreen image and that led to horizontal stretching of the picture.  That's one reason I think the picture is genuine rather than a hoax.

I think it was a brand new set, which the family had gotten for Christmas, and that they had it turned on even though no one was really watching it.  (And they hadn't learned how to set the picture display properly yet.)

I think the most likely possibility is that the image on the screen is from a television program (although it might be from a commercial, it might be from a video, it might be from a video game, it might be from anything...)

I have obtained copies of the 2002 and 2003 TV Guide issues for Christmas week (2003, on the possibility the woman might have been mistaken about the date).  I've also photocopied tv schedules for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve for those two years, and 2001 as well.  So far neither I nor others puzzling over this have been able to find the program (or video, or game, or...) that the scene is from.

It doesn't appear to be from a network program (although there are still a number of programs I haven't crossed off yet), so I'm starting to think about music videos which might have been shown on MTV or VH-1 that night.  That's a lot harder to work on, though.

Since no one who has looked at the image yet has been able to correctly identify it, it seems probable to me that it's not something common.  So one of my hopes is that, by showing it to a variety of groups of people, at some point I'll show it to the one in a million person who happens to be familiar with whatever the image is from.

My apologies for posting a puzzle the answer to which I do not know.  It's a puzzle I'm still working on myself.  I am hopeful this puzzle can be solved -- and when I know the answer I'll post it here for those of you who are curious.

For more than 4 years some of us have been trying to identify the source of that image. And this week at JREF, poster lylfyl succeeded! It's from a commercial for Splenda.

I'm not able to embed the video, but here's a link to the commercial if you'd like to watch it. It's a definite match. Puzzle solved!

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II. All right, here's an easy puzzle you folks can warm up on: tonight's Mystery Puzzle.

H
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gravity
As usual with these Mystery Puzzles, I won't tell you what kind of puzzle this is -- but once you figure that out, this should be an easy puzzle to solve.

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III. Here's a re-post of last week's Mystery Puzzle, which went unsolved. You'll find the answer to this puzzle in comments, immediately below the Tip Jar.

XCIKOC
As usual with these mystery puzzles, I'm not going to tell you what kind of puzzle this is. But I will give you a hint to it's solution:

HINT: Elizabeth Akers Allen wrote a famous poem which begins:

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for tonight!

That's 13 more words than you need to solve this puzzle.

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IV. The World's Shortest Crypto-Gremlin!

Anomurin drewbr, esim proverbs!
Crypto-Gremlins are cryptograms designed to be uncrackable by online cryptogram solvers. If you've never worked Crypto-Gremlins before you can find complete rules and instructions here.

One nice aspect of Crypto-Gremlins is that they lend themselves to longer passages than regular cryptograms do. With regular cryptograms, any text longer than a sentence is generally going to be too easy solve; with Crypto-Gremlins, it generally requires a couple of sentences in order for the puzzle to be solveable.

So tonight's Crypto-Gremlin -- only 4 words, and none of them a 3-letter word -- looks like it should be just about impossible to solve.

So go ahead and work the other puzzles first, while you ponder this one, if you'd like. But if you go about it right, this is actually a fairly easy puzzle to solve. (Here, I'll even give you a small hint as to how to solve it: 4, 3, 1, 2.)

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V. All right, now that you're warmed up here's tonight's feature puzzle: a 54-clue JulieCrostic.  (If you're not familiar with JulieCrostics, you can find a complete explanation of how they work, examples of solved puzzles, and introductory puzzles to practice on in our companion series Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up)

1. evans valley
2. tied securely
3. takes care of

4. omission
5. not paying attention
6. satisfied

8. puffs up

10. loves
11. oppressor
12. what she did to conquer

13. walk
14. floated on a river
15. devised

16. arthur harvey
17. baked
18. gives

19. queen or princess
20. often comes before my god
21. student

22. privates
24. married woman

25. ship
26. magician
27. troublemaker

28. devises
29. going this way is crazy
30. entries

32. kind of projection
33. long ropes

34. pointed
35. dressed in armor
36. asserted

37. controversial kind of strike
38. more affectionate
39. sink below the surface

40. what coulter got in trouble for using
41. clarence

43. guilty, guilty, guilty!
44. bailey jam
45. prayer book

46. limbaugh and hannity
47. critical black
48. usurps

49. joke after this
50. kowalski
51. outstanding

52. demand
53. extras
54. attack with false charges

A few notes on tonight's JulieCrostic clues:

# 4 ("omission"): No, this is not a placeholder clue. I only use those at the end, when I need some additional clues to make the total evenly divisible by 3.

# 16 ("arthur harvey"): When I wrote this clue I checked Wikipedia to see if Arthur Harvey is listed. Well, yes and no: they do have a listing for Arthur Harvey, but it's no one I've ever heard of. The person who comes to my mind when I hear Arthur Harvey is an anti-war activist and war tax resister.

# 40 (what coulter got in trouble for using): No, this is not this week's Where's Vagina answer.

# 54 (attack with false charges): No, corsi is not a verb.

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• ##### Tips from the past(3+ / 0-)
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I enjoyed looking again at that first Sunday Puzzle diary I did, filling in for Julie back in April 2008. After folks finish with tonight's puzzles, you might enjoy going back and looking at some of the puzzles from that diary again.

And looking to the future, don't forget that next week is Potluck Puzzle Party! I'll be away, so pucklady will be in charge, but I'll be with you in spirit. (And I'll try to contribute a small puzzle.)

• ##### SPOILER: the answer to last week's Mystery Puzzle(3+ / 0-)
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XCIKOC
This is easy. As the diary stated, there's a vagina hiding somewhere in the puzzle clues or answers. Since no vagina showed up in any of the other puzzles, this must be it.

And looking at the letter pattern of XCIKOC and VAGINA, it's pretty easy to see the letter patterns match. There's a C in the second and sixth position of one and and A in the second and sixth position of the other.

Once you see that, it's easy to see that X=V, C=A, I=G, K=I, O=N, and C=A.

Notice anything about those translations? Each letter in XCIKOC represents the letter 2 steps backward from it in the alphabet.

Which matches the clue I gave you: Backward, turn backward. In other words, go back one letter, then go back another letter.

See? Wasn't that simple?

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Actually, you've got 2 more weeks. I'll be away next weekend with no computer access until mid-week, so I won't post the solution then. But I should be able to post it November.

I assume most of you have seen and played with Liars and Truthtellers puzzles (where one group of people always lies, and one always tells the truth). Well this is a Liars, Liars, Liars, Liars puzzle.

There are 4 candidates competing for the Republican nomination for president: Tiny Tommer, Bishel Mockman, Sick Rantorum and Prick Erry.

Each one is a liar, but each one is a different kind of liar:
(a) One kind of liar always lies when answering questions.
(b) One kind of liar alternates between lies and truth when answering questions.
(c) One kind of liar alternates, but has short term memory problems; if more than 2 minutes elapse between questions they forget if their last answer was a lie or the truth, so they start over fresh with a lie.
(c) One kind of liar alternates, but has short term memory problems; if more than 2 minutes elapse between questions they forget if their last answer was a lie or the truth, so they pick at random whether to lie or tell the truth.

Sir Hal Humbug interviews each and asks 5 questions. The challenge is to figure out which kind of liar each candidate is from the answers they make.

That's all there is to it! Give it a try. I tried to make the puzzle slightly humorous with the anagrammed / Spoonerized names, etc., but that's just window-dressing. All you really need to look at to solve the puzzle is the 5 answers each one gives.

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 Erry (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 do you think your fellow candidates are?

...

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 turn 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 Prick Erry'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?

• ##### Hi, Nova 1-2(3+ / 0-)
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DALES
LASHED

• ##### BTW(3+ / 0-)
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I've seen that image for years, and always wondered.  It's nice to know the answer...

• ##### 7-8(3+ / 0-)
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7 boats
8 boasts

Looks like a 5-6-7 (or 5-6-7-8-9-10)

• ##### 3(3+ / 0-)
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HANDLES

• ##### 43-44(3+ / 0-)
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43 plea
44 pearl

So who will be the first to get an entire row?

• ##### 16-18(3+ / 0-)
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16 dents
17 stoned
18 donates

• ##### 31,32,33(3+ / 0-)
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astra
astral
lariats

• ##### 22-24(3+ / 0-)
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GRINS
ORINGS
SIGNORA (or Signore?)

• ##### 13-14(2+ / 0-)
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14 rafted

• ##### 4,5,6(3+ / 0-)
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4 LAPSE
5 ASLEEP

• ##### 8(3+ / 0-)
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might be BLOATS instead of BOASTS.

• ##### suppose 9(3+ / 0-)
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could then be BALLOTS, but it doesn't quite fit the tense.

• ##### Who's here?(3+ / 0-)
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Is it just us 2 tonight? Those of us in the northeast couldn't be too busy tonight, considering Sandy.

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• ##### don't know(3+ / 0-)
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no fordian yet.  He's pretty busy, I think.

• ##### oops... [tense corrected](3+ / 0-)
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Sorry, slight error on my part. The clue now reads plural rather than singular.

• ##### I think you're right(3+ / 0-)
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Then, 9 could be ballots

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• ##### 19-21(2+ / 0-)
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19 RANEE
20 NEARER
21 LEARNER

• ##### summary(3+ / 0-)
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```dales H lashed N handleslapse E asleep D pleasedboats L bloats L ballotsxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxtread F rafted C crafteddents O stoned A donatesranee R nearer L learnergrins O orings A signoraxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxastra L astral S lariatsxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxx pleas R pearls T psalterxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxx
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• ##### A start at verticals(3+ / 0-)
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I think its:
help for ... and local ...

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• ##### oops again -- I need to clean-up aisle 8(2+ / 0-)
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Once again I got the row backwards. Hold on a few minutes while I get some clues / answers edited in which provide the vertical letters in the right order.

• ##### 38,39(3+ / 0-)
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fonder
founder

37?

• ##### 46,47(3+ / 0-)
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asses
assets

• ##### summary(3+ / 0-)
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```dales H lashed N handleslapse E asleep D pleasedboats L bloats L ballotsxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxtread F rafted C crafteddents O stoned A donatesranee R nearer L learnergrins O orings A signoraxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxastra L astral S lariatsxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxdrone F fonder U founderxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxx pleas R pearls T psalterasses M masses U assumesxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxx
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• ##### hmmm, stuck for a bit n/t(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### Well, Ann Coulter got in trouble for(3+ / 0-)
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sny, Nova Land, science

tweeting. Is there a Clarence Tweetx?

I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

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• ##### she can't count(3+ / 0-)
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so I thought maybe "maths" leading to Clarence Thomas...
But Nova isn't british...

• ##### Or maybe(3+ / 0-)
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science, Nova Land, sny

mouth
thomas?

Nope, doesn't work. Close, though.

I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

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• ##### that's a hard one, until you get [HINT](3+ / 0-)
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the proper punctuation.

(Hmmm. That clue might be a little misleading. But I just looked it up to make sure punctuation is what I mean, and that is correct.)

• ##### me too!(3+ / 0-)
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I'm lost.  So maybe I'll throw out a guess.

Could the clue for 24 be a spelling error, making for:
34 sited (cited would fit the clue, kind of)
35 suited

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• ##### Got it(3+ / 0-)
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35 is MAILED  (dressed in mail)
36 is then CLAIMED

34?

• ##### 34(3+ / 0-)
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aimed

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• ##### Ooh, well done!(2+ / 0-)
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I was just about to give a hint on that row but see it's not needed.

• ##### 10-12(3+ / 0-)
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DOTES
DESPOT
STOOPED

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Nova Land, sny

Shtupped to conquer.

More effective than stooping.

I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

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• ##### probably more fun, too! [n/t](2+ / 0-)
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• ##### Well, I suppose it is possible to do both(1+ / 0-)
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Nova Land

Monica L comes to mind.

I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

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• ##### Row 8 is now cleaned up and ready for use(3+ / 0-)
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I changed the clue for # 22 and that should fix the problem. Apologies!

22. privates
(There were a number of definitions and synonyms available, but this one seemed the sneakiest.)
• ##### VERTICALS (almost)(3+ / 0-)
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ends in "local agriculture"

HELP FOR SxxLxFxRMxxND LOCAL AGRICULTURE

I'll bet it's FARMS AND LOCAL AGRICULTURE.

• ##### summary cancel last comment(2+ / 0-)
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```dales H lashed N handleslapse E asleep D pleasedboats L bloats L ballotsxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxtread F rafted C crafteddents O stoned A donatesranee R nearer L learnergroin S orings A signoraxxxxx x xxxxxx G xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx R xxxxxxxastra L astral I lariatsxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxdrone F fonder U founderxxxxx x mailed C claimedpleas R pearls T psalterasses M masses U assumesxxxxx x xxxxxx R xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx E xxxxxxx
```

doesn't fit agriculture.  Damn.

• ##### error(3+ / 0-)
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You have the founder and claimed rows swapped. So, help for small farms and local agriculture still works.

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• ##### yep, that's it(2+ / 0-)
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the claimed row and the one two above it should be swapped

• ##### Okay, here's a summary of what we have(2+ / 0-)
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```dales H lashed N handleslapse E asleep D pleasedboats L bloats L ballotsdotes P despot O stoopedtread F rafted C crafteddents O stoned A donatesranee R nearer L learnergroin S orings A signoraxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxastra L astral I lariatsxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxdrone F fonder U founderxxxxx x mailed C claimedpleas R pearls T psalterasses M masses U assumesxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxxx x xxxxxxx
```
• ##### I think it's close to Christmas(2+ / 0-)
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science, Nova Land

No L.

I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

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• ##### summary again(2+ / 0-)
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```dales H lashed N handleslapse E asleep D pleasedboats L bloats L ballotsdotes P despot O stoopedtread F rafted C crafteddents O stoned A donatesranee R nearer L learnergroin S orings A signoraxxxxx M xxxxxx G xxxxxxxxxxxx A xxxxxx R xxxxxxxastra L astral I lariatsaimed L mailed C claimeddrone F fonder U founderxxxxx A xxxxxx L xxxxxxxpleas R pearls T psalterasses M masses U assumesxxxxx S xxxxxx R xxxxxxxxxxxx A xxxxxx E xxxxxxx
```
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This is the summary I have (which is slightly different from what Science posted):

```1  dales H lashed N handles4  lapse E asleep D pleased7  boats L bloats L ballots10 dotes P despot O stooped13 tread F rafted C crafted 16 dents O stoned A donates19 ranee R nearer L learner22 groin S orings A signora25       M        G28       A        R31 astra L astral I lariats34 aimed L mailed C claimed37 drone F fonder U founder 40       A        L43 pleas R pearls T psalter46 asses M masses U assumes49       S        R52       A        E
```
• ##### right, now we agree n/t(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### Good job, team!(3+ / 0-)
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You still have some rows to fill in, but you've essentially got it.

I'm rather fond of some of the remaining clues, so don't want to spoil the answers for you. But I'll be glad to provide hints if there's any clues or rows you would like help on.

• ##### 49,50(3+ / 0-)
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49 STELLA
50 STELLAR

so 48 anagrams TELLA.  Oh, it's "tell a"

• ##### 25-27(3+ / 0-)
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liner
merlin
gremlin

• ##### 40-41(3+ / 0-)
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40 r word (retard)
41 darrow

I was stuck on thomas on 41 for ages.

• ##### 42(3+ / 0-)
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warlord

No way I would have gotten that without the verticals!

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• ##### you're right(3+ / 0-)
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Guess nobody's ever heard of the famous Sgt. Wardlor...

• ##### 42(3+ / 0-)
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wardlow

• ##### too many W's...(1+ / 0-)
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sort of like the US from 2000 to 2008...

• ##### quick comment on 40(1+ / 0-)
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Yes, the intended answer is r-word. It's a hard set of letters to anagram until one realizes it's hyphenated.

Actually my original thought, when r-word occurred to me as a possible answer that would give me a set of words for those vertical letters, was that the r-word would be Republican and I was trying to figure out a way to write the clue (and not making much progress on a good wording).

The other possibility for it didn't even occur to me until I Googled just to see if there might already be an r-word. And that despite the serendipity of Coulter having just used it. Sometimes (like this week) my brain is very sleepy.

• ##### Whats left(3+ / 0-)
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So, we need the following rows:
28-30 (verticals A and R)
52-54 (verticals A and E)

I have to run now, but will try again later tonight. I'm lost though, and doubt I can get these rows...

• ##### 28-30(2+ / 0-)
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plots
?
portals

29 is an anagram of plotsa

• ##### 52-54(2+ / 0-)
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press
spares
asperse

just 29 left

• ##### 29(2+ / 0-)
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postal

So we're done.   Nice acrostic, Nova.   If I had more time, I'd look at the others (the gravity one looks like fun).   Will try in the morning.   No work tomorrow - campus is closed....

• ##### Well, good luck tomorrow.(1+ / 0-)
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Nova Land

Hope you are okay, and have power.

I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

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• ##### good night ... and good wishes to all in the days (0+ / 0-)

ahead, both in weathering storm Sandy and in weathering the election storm.