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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up -- a weekly Saturday evening party featuring light puzzle entertainment to help wake up the brain.

On tap for tomorrow's Sunday Puzzle, we have 4 (count 'em: four!) JulieCrostics. There's a quick one from science; there's the one I posed last week, which has not been solved yet (although a lot of progress was made); there's the one I posted two weeks ago for the potluck (of which not a single clue has been cracked yet!); and there's a new short one from me, which may help folks figure out the solutions to the previous two.

That's a lot of puzzling! So if you'd like to get in a little practice at solving JulieCrostics now in order to be mentally warmed-up for tomorrow (or if you don't know what a JulieCrostic is and would like to learn, in order to take part in tomorrow's party), come on down below the squiggle...

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PS: Also on tap for tomorrow, we still have two Bad Translation movie quotes left from the potluck which we haven't yet solved:

6. 'You can change your life, but do not want to go!' (1995)  
11. 'We do not know. See. Advantage.' (1984)
Plus there's the Crypto-Gremlin I posed a couple of weeks back which remains unsolved:
We could find pi bayseweyoud toiklelz jyxo ceksy; neli lirdud cd qiuo comfy qiuo pi jddre uycdlecdud ly cird neli goby.

   Ciary  Ljiekd

I'll be posting a walk-through demonstrating how that can be solved in tomorrow night's diary. If you'd like to solve it before I post the answer, you have 24 hours left...

NOTE: The following puzzle is a JulieCrostic (named after Julie Waters, the creator of the Sunday Puzzle series). If you're not familiar with JulieCrostics, don't panic!  An explanation of how they work and an example of a solved puzzle are provided directly below tonight's puzzle.

Recently I've begun doing themes for these puzzles. Last month the theme was things to be thankful for. This month the theme is foods everyone loves.

Hey, I figured it would be nice for the holiday season to avoid politics and religion and do something completely non-controversial. We may have different tastes in music, art, movies, vacation spots, weather, or even comic books, but surely good food is something everyone agrees on.

Last week the answer was broccoli. What universally loved food will be spotlighted this week? Solve the clues, figure out the vertical letters, and find out!

 1. wolverine relative
 2. article of clothing
 3. piece which broke off

 4. solve a Crypto-Gremlin
 5. emergency alert [2 words]
 6. taped

 7. leaps
 8. is plentiful
 9. zoo, bird sanctuary, wildlife institute, insectarium, birdlover's magazine, asteroid, and painter

10. evil
11. technique often used by stage magicians and card sharps
12. skewering

13. people who are dead or soon will be
14. blacks, formerly
15. sex hormone

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How to solve JulieCrostics

For those of you unfamiliar with this kind of puzzle, what you do is solve the clues and write the answers in rows. In tonight's puzzle there are 5 rows with 3 answers per row.

Each word in a row contains all the letters of the previous word, plus one new letter. Write the added letters in the space between the word which doesn't have it and the word which does. The vertical columns created by the added letters will spell out a word or phrase.

An example of how this looks is provided below.

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last week's puzzle:

1. comedic Dunn or romantic Roberts
2. famous liar's title
3. kind of credit, tax or offset

4. footwear
5. Plymouth, Gibraltar and Hudson
6. Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, William Jefferson, James Traficant, and Spiro Agnew

7. kind of ceiling
8. "And so..." (Pepys)
9. ran away quickly

10. result of poison ivy exposure
11. result of letting Republican handle the economy
12. rockers

the answer  to last week's puzzle:
Nora  B  baron  C  carbon  
sock  R  rocks  O  crooks
debt  O  to bed L  bolted
rash  C  crash  I  chairs
The verticals read BROC  COLI -- which properly spaced spell out broccoli.
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