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It's Saturday night -- which means it's time for Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a fun way to exercise your brain and prepare for tomorrow's Sunday evening puzzle party.

I have an all-day board meeting today, but I should be back in time to take part in tonight's diary. (If not, just go ahead without me.)

On tap tonight: a new acrostic and a new code puzzle. Come on down and try them out, on your own or as part of our puzzle-solving party.

Since it's Saturday night, tonight's puzzles are intended to be short and fun, rather than real head-scratchers -- light diversions to help get the brain in gear for Sunday night, when we feature more difficult challenges.

If you'd like to solve tonight's puzzles on your own: set comments to SHRINK so you'll only see subject lines rather than any spoiler comments, copy down the puzzles, and have fun. (A comment saying you've been here would be appreciated but is not required.)

If you'd like to solve these puzzles along with others: set comments to EXPAND and AUTO REFRESH, say hi to your teammates on the solving team, and have at it.

Please try not to put any spoilers in the subject line of your comments; instead, use the subject line to identify what your comment is about (such as acrostic clue 9 for a comment containing your guess as to what the answer to clue 9 is), hint at the Crypto-Gremlin solution if you've solved the Crypto-Gremlin and would like to provide a hint for those still working on it, or wait till you hear what my kitties did this week! for sharing interesting stories from your week. This lets people who are trying to solve a puzzle on their own take part in the socializing without inadvertently seeing answers to the puzzle.

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First up, here's a new Crypto-Gremlin:

Bosomy gyro dame lmybgoti xy vyba pwa penny wanth haimo zimfo pweno hai'mo fyseblo gwo fanyma fhfgove, rame fwazzeblo dame umyfi.

Fizomnygeso Lemna (9 Kwekrpooty Nybo dame 2013-01-20)

The bolded text is a quotation; the unbolded text identifies the source.

NOTE: if you don't know what Crypto-Gremlins are and how they differ from regular cryptograms, please read this for a full explanation. (You might also like to look at last week's Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, which included a walk-through demonstration for solving a Crypto-Gremlin.)

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And now, here's tonight's JulieCrostic!

(If you're new and don't know what JulieCrostics are, don't panic. A full explanation of how these puzzles work, and an example of a solved puzzle, are included right below the clues for tonight's puzzle.)

 1. Lincoln
 2. movie pig
 3. misbhave
 4. kind of browsing

 5. another name for Caesar
 6. wedding vows
 7. botch
 8. figurative expressions

9. Hannity, Huckabee and O'Reilly do this often
10. end of Rush Limbaugh
11. more scarce
12. employed worker

 9. collection
10. chair
11. mock
12. legislature

13. scenery for a show
14. interval of silence
15. apple, pear and peach
16. says hello

NOTE: evil gremlins somehow sneaked in clues for 9 to 12 which didn't work. Fortunately science and UnionMade caught the mistake. I've crossed out the gremlins' incorrect clues and substituted in clues for answers which actually work. Hopefully the gremlins won't sabotage these...

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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 4 rows with 4 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.

As an example of how this works, here are the clues and answers to last week's puzzle:

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last week's puzzle:

 1. move along slowly
 2. piece of cake
 3. settle decisively

 4. Ms. Myerson
 5. first, second and third
 6. prejudices

 7. sit
 8. Catholic leaders
 9. work against

10. animal sound
11. shatter
12. money-lender

the answer  to last week's puzzle:
inch  C  cinch  L  clinch  
Bess  A  bases  I  biases
pose  P  popes  O  oppose
bark  E  break  N  banker
The verticals read CAPE  LION -- a beautiful but, sadly, extinct great cat.

Here's what OfCats.com says:

The largest of Sub-Saharan Lions, Cape Lion resided for millennia in southern Africa before it finally became extinct in the wild during the mid-nineteenth century. The huge lion, renowned for its thick black mane, used to live in areas that are now part of Cape of Good Hope Province in South Africa, surrounding Cape Town.
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