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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 get a head start on warming up for the Potluck Puzzle Party on February 10th.

Yes, the monthly potluck puzzle party has been postponed a week. Apparently there's a very popular craft show on pottery-making airing tomorrow evening, "The Superbowl", and some SP regulars are interested in watching.

There will be a Sunday Puzzle diary tomorrow night, posting at the regular time. But it will be a special individualist edition consisting entirely of puzzles suitable for individual solving. There's no need to come by at posting time if you're otherwise occupied; just look up the diary whenever you're able, copy down the puzzles, and enjoy them at your leisure.

But that's tomorrow. Tonight we have a new 24-clue JulieCrostic. Step right over the orange snack item and take a look.

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.

Warm-up Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Warm-up Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Warm-up Party /

And now, with all the introductory comments out of the way, here's tonight's JulieCrostic!

NOTE: 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. be a passenger
2. self-esteem
3. full stop
4. gangs
5. loud noises
6. breasts
7. employ
8. belonging to people other than us
9. assassin
10. simplicity
11. rent
12. dozing
13. sharp flavor
14. thin
15. kind of candy
16. guide
17. tied
18. source of light
19. horse
20. creator
21. updated version
23. trickles
24. goes fast
Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party /

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 8 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.

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

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

last week'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. collection
10. chair
11. mock
12. legislature

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

the answer  to last week's puzzle:
Abe  B  Babe  D  be bad T  tabbed
Sid  O  I dos M  misdo  I  idioms
set  A  seat  E  tease  N  senate
set  R  rest  E  trees  G  greets
The verticals read BOAR  DMEE  TING.  When properly spaced that spells out board meeting -- which is where I was last Saturday and why I was late getting to the puzzle party.
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