It's time once again for the weekly Daily Kos puzzle party!

On tap tonight:

* a new JulieCrostic
* a new Crypto-Gremlin
* and a slightly-used One-Off puzzle, returning for its third week

If you'd like to test your wits on these puzzles, or if you'd like to come down to watch and cheer as the solving team tackles them, come on down...

Let's count down, starting with...

Puzzle # 3: old One-Off puzzle

I've taken something familiar and changed one letter in each line. Then I've written a paraphrase of the altered line, taking care not to use any words from the original or altered lines in the paraphrase. The result is the shopping list you see below.

The number in parentheses at the end of each line tells how many words were in the line originally.

1: impressionist painting costs a dollar (4)
2: food to eat costs twice that (4)
3: cost of having manuscript evaluated is as much as cost of painting and meal combined (4)
4: plus, give Republicans enough for two of the lowest-priced whores (4)

Since this puzzle has gone unsolved for two weeks running, here's some additional help.

Hint # 1: These are four related sequential lines (i.e. lines from a song, lines from a poem, something like that).

Hint # 2: Most of you should be familiar with these four lines, at least with some version. They are very well known.

Hint # 3: If you're having trouble figuring this out, do the arithmetic.

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

Puzzle # 2: new Crypto-Gremlin

Here's a puzzle about a puzzle!

And it's a double puzzle:

* Puzzle part one: decipher the coded message.
* Puzzle part two: figure out where the message comes from and post a link to the source.

(For major extra credit points, solve the puzzle in the coded message!)

Nottognaw: Umd pwbrigud crho twscr bwuudsi, umd uruwex bwaaw zogd loui, zoad biymo ewsndsr loui vwffdwsax umwgw umd pwbrigud crho bwaaw zogd jrstogwsx bwuudsi. Ar umwu'ax vw mind filled.

Mwssoax: Loui bwx uwcd vw jmoed ur hogti brsd yeidar fwkriuw umwux ywgtr mrumdsw filledad.

NOTE: Crypto-Gremlins are a special kind of cryptogram. They can't be solved by online code-breaking programs, but they can be solved through the use of human wits. If you aren't familiar with Crypto-Gremlins you can find a full explanation of how they work here. (And you can find a very useful tool to assist you in making letter substitutions here.)

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

Puzzle # 1: tonight's JulieCrostic.

Well, this is embarrassing. I had a nice simple JulieCrostic planned for tonight. Nothing fancy, just a straightforward puzzle with a phrase spelled out in a pair of vertical columns. But then the gremlins took over...

The gremlins noticed an interesting pattern to the words in the phrase. So they broke the phrase into pieces and made separate JulieCrostics out of these -- which they then lumped all together, so it's hard to tell where one ends and the next one begins. Aargh!

Also: they arranged the JulieCrostic pieces in what they insist is a logical order. Well, it is a logical order, I agreed; It just doesn't read as easily as it did in my version of the puzzle. They failed to see why that should be a consideration.

Oh, and the worst part: they added a JulieCrostic of their own to the thing! (Naturally,  it's the very first one -- so at least you'll be able to tell which is theirs. I take no responsibility for it!)

But it's not all bad news. As usual the gremlins arranged all the clues in tidy bundles of three (regardless of how many answers are in a row). And as usual they removed all the capital letters from the clues. But since they had already done so much gremlinning to the puzzle I asked if they could refrain from fiddling with the punctuation in the clues -- and they giggled in their gremlinny way and indicated they'd only make one tiny little change in clue punctuation...

... And it looks like they kept their word. There's only one place where they changed a clue's punctuation -- substituting one punctuation mark for a different one which is so similar to it that you barely notice the difference.

(But when  I praised them for their restraint regarding punctuation they laughed uproariously. So I think they must have slipped something over on me somewhere. Just something you might keep in mind.)

Anyway, here's some major help. The gremlins were so pleased with themselves that they began boasting, and they let it slip that no two of the JulieCrostic pieces in tonight's puzzle have the same number of columns. Not only that, but also the last word in each row is the same length in all the JulieCrostic pieces. (Well, in all of the pieces they made out of my puzzle. They just laughed uproariously when I asked about the word lengths for the answers to their JulieCrostic piece.)

Three of the clues in tonight's puzzle have 2-word answers. And one puzzle answer is a hyphenated word not found yet in dictionaries (but it made sense to the gremlins and should be easily deducible once you have its letters). All the other answer words should be familiar.

If I discover any more tricks the gremlins pulled I'll let you know in comments.

1. often the last answer to one of these
2. this is used to indicate intensity
3. sure
4. genesis
5. have sex outside of marriage
6. car, mountain, mackerel or club
7. lingers
8. having fewer redeeming qualities
9. unscheduled environmental photograph -- most influential ever, it's been said
10. bent over in England
11. involve
12. final part of something, or main part of rush
13. this is often found below title and author of story
14. estranged
15. shirts
16. encounters
17. online gaming partners
18. a vessel which can be found either at sea or in the kitchen
19. burns up
20. competitive sequels
21. kind of squirrel
22. after this is in the bone, it's firmly entrenched
23. have sex, produce offspring and raise them
25. tiny poet
26. sketched pooh
27. something which finds stuff you might want to read and aggregates it for you

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#### Comment Preferences

• ##### send a gremlin to CPAC(6+ / 0-)
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Please tip generously. All tips will be added to the DK fund for sending gremlins to CPAC.

This year we were able to send Sarah Palin, Orly Taitz, Allen West, Pam Geller and Scott Terry. But think how many other deserving gremlins had to stay home.

(And think how much mischief they're able to do when they're not tied up at CPAC.)

PS: have fun with tonight's puzzles. Despite the gremlin attempts to sabotage things, I think you'll find the puzzles easier to solve than they might at first appear.

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• ##### Crypto-Gremlin comment: what Mwssoax said...(3+ / 0-)
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Just a quick comment about the Crypto-Gremlin. I could have simply used the first part

Umd pwbrigud crho twscr bwuudsi, umd uruwex bwaaw zogd loui, zoad biymo ewsndsr loui vwffdwsax umwgw umd pwbrigud crho bwaaw zogd jrstogwsx bwuudsi. Ar umwu'ax vw mind filled.
But I loved the content of the second bit so much I had to include it:
Loui bwx uwcd vw jmoed ur hogti brsd yeidar fwkriuw umwux ywgtr mrumdsw filledad.
Seemed like a perfect comment to include in tonight's diary!

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• ##### looks too complicated to figure out, so 22-24(4+ / 0-)
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22 bred
23 breed
24 brewed

• ##### 3-4(4+ / 0-)
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3 certain
4 creation

• ##### 5(4+ / 0-)
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fornicate

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• ##### pattern(4+ / 0-)
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so it looks like 5-6-7-8-9 for the first set and 3-4-5-6-7-8-9 for the second.   only works with 4 of the first and 1 of the second... hmmmm.

• ##### Is #1(4+ / 0-)
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zero, or a blank?

• ##### good thought(3+ / 0-)
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that would then change all of the patterns.   Hmmm.

• ##### #1and #2(3+ / 0-)
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0 and so?

• ##### ooh, what a great user-name!(2+ / 0-)
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With a user-name like that, you have to become a Sunday Puzzle regular!

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• ##### Wow. You've been a Kossack for a long time(2+ / 0-)
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Welcome, and don't be so quiet!

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• ##### if 21(4+ / 0-)
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isn't 'red', then three sets of 5-6-7-8-9 and two sets of 4-5-6-7-8-9 works

• ##### pattern(4+ / 0-)
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Hmm, I thought Nova was saying that there are 3 acrostics today (though 27 doesn't seem enough for 3). On rereading now, I'm not sure.

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• ##### 14,15?(3+ / 0-)
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14 split
15 plaits?   (are plaits shirts?)

• ##### I was going to guess(4+ / 0-)
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Be Republican

but it didn't seem to fit.

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• ##### I'm thinking that 21 - 27 would (4+ / 0-)
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form a vertical that reads BEWARE.

• ##### verticals(4+ / 0-)
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So its "beware the ides of march" with some strange way of reading the verticals (and mixing up the words).

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• ##### being Republican almost never fits...(3+ / 0-)
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Well, I suppose at Red State, Free Republic, and CPAC. (Although even at those places, it sounds like many Republicans are starting to take some heat and made to feel out of place.)

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• ##### at war with the gremlins -- a clue dispute!(4+ / 0-)
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Well, the gremlins have shown me what the did to my verticals and we're having a dispute.

I say the verticals would be better if they'd added in one more clue: "remove salt".  They say that would spoil the neat little pattern they made and that the verticals are fine as is.

Just wanted to let you know, so that when you've solved the puzzle (and at the rate y'all are going that won't be long) you can weigh in on whether I'm right or they are.

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• ##### The last vertical(4+ / 0-)
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beware

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• ##### You beat me by half a minute (see above) nt(4+ / 0-)
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• ##### WOW(4+ / 0-)
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Nice job, pucklady.  I wasn't even thinking about the verticals.   So it looks like a 4 x 5 and a 1 x 7....

• ##### 10(3+ / 0-)
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in England, "bent" means gay.   But it should be 9 letters, I think...

• ##### Did we get 27? Spoiler suggestion:(4+ / 0-)
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• ##### yeah(4+ / 0-)
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see above.

• ##### Aha, is that two words? (4+ / 0-)
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In composing the puzzle I had it down as one: webreader. Maybe that's why I couldn't find it in Dictionary.Com's listings...

Nope, they don't list it as two words, either. But it appears often enough online that I thought it was fair to use -- and since you folks cracked it, I'll take that as confirmation even if it's not in the dictionary yet.

When I mentioned in the diary that there are three 2-word answers, I wasn't including web reader in that count.

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• ##### 12(4+ / 0-)
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keep thinking "rear end" or "the end" but they don't fit the rest.

• ##### Meanwhile, the one-off just solved itself to me.(4+ / 0-)
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One for the (money) Monet,
Two for the (show) chow,
And four to (go) GOP.

• ##### I've been chewing on the first line all week,(4+ / 0-)
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knowing the word change had to involve that particular impressionist.

• ##### excellent!(4+ / 0-)
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That's it exactly.

I usually try to avoid using proper names for the One-Off changes, but money=>Monet just seemed so perfect I couldn't resist.

(And I was rather fond of show=>chow and go=>GOP as well!)

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• ##### Yeah, the last line was particularly devious. nt(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### 16,17,18,19,20(4+ / 0-)
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16 meets
17 e-mates
18 steamer
19 cremates
20 rematches

• ##### aha, the letters are(3+ / 0-)
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ARCH, so it is definitely "beware the ides of march" mixed up.

• ##### oh, duh(3+ / 0-)
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15 tees

• ##### Nice.(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### nice(4+ / 0-)
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Also, the verticals on that reads arch, which confirms my earlier guess at the verticals (though there are probably some minor changes to be made).

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• ##### I beat you again(3+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, science, sny

about 30 seconds, for the second time.

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• ##### And then 15(4+ / 0-)
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tees

And please forgive if somebody already got that--but that puts the M in March.

• ##### I get it(4+ / 0-)
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• ##### attempted summary(4+ / 0-)
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```xxxxx X xxxxxxx X certain O creation F fornicate??tees M meets A emates R steamer C cremates H rematchesred B bred E breed W brewed A weebard R drawbeer E webreader
```

So I'll bet UnionMade is right about 1 and 2 maybe being blank and the other rows are THE and IDES

• ##### So, you measure intensity by(4+ / 0-)
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nothing?

I don't get that.

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• ##### I don't either n/t(4+ / 0-)
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• ##### make that three of us who don't get that...(4+ / 0-)
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and by the way the gremlins are rolling around on the floor laughing, I don't think it's a blank.

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• ##### I don't, either.(4+ / 0-)
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I only figured #1 to be a blank.

• ##### Unless intensity can be expressed(4+ / 0-)
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with O's?

As in O! OOOO!

• ##### Just read Nova's "make that three of us" note,(3+ / 0-)
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so I guess you can forget my "O!" theory.

• ##### from the way the gremlin's are reacting to (3+ / 0-)
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Unless intensity can be expressed with O's?

As in O! OOOO!

I think there may be something to your theory.

But when I asked them if the answer to # 2 is O, they just laughed harder. So O isn't it.

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• ##### the gremlins are laughing(4+ / 0-)
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And they're laughing so loud and so gleefully that I think at least one thing in your comment must be way wrong.

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• ##### 1-2(4+ / 0-)
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I think the first 2 are blank. It makes sense for 1. I'm not sure how it fits 2, but it makes the verticals work.

• ##### 13,14(4+ / 0-)
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pucklady, Nova Land, i dont get it, sny

dateline
alienated

• ##### but then the(4+ / 0-)
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extra letter is "a" which doesn't fit.   Grrrrrr

• ##### But 12 is(5+ / 0-)
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tail end

• ##### good, so the row looks like(4+ / 0-)
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tailend E dateline A alienated.

But that doesn't fit THE or IDES.   But it must be right....

• ##### And 10 and 11 might be (4+ / 0-)
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leant and entail.

• ##### and 11 is(3+ / 0-)
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entail

so the row is D E A.

Maybe alienates is wrong.  COuld it anagram
ALIENTESS

• ##### 11(2+ / 0-)
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Great!

That makes 11 entail

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• ##### 10(2+ / 0-)
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And 10 is leant.

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• ##### Beware ...(5+ / 0-)
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the idea of March?

• ##### That's what I was kinda thinking. . . . nt(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### I like that!(3+ / 0-)
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I think you have the correct verticals.

Beware the ides of march would have been too easy anyway for this group, even with the gremlins.

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• ##### One type of puzzle that Nova likes is called(3+ / 0-)
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a One-off.

That's where one letter of a phrase is changed or one is removed or one is added.

Beware the idea of March would be a one-off of Beware the Ides of March.

Although, I'm perfectly happy to beware the idea of March as well. March means that winter is leaving and we are about to get into the endless heat of summer here in the California desert. Winter rocks! Summer sucks.

Hopefully ...... soon, Mom. My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

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• ##### You know, if you recommended this diary(1+ / 0-)
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it would be your first ever in 8 years. That would be awesome and Nova would be very proud.

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• ##### Hmmmm(4+ / 0-)
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Maybe the verticals are NOT what we've been assuming. I dont see anyway to make the topology work out with that, unless 2 is blank and Nova hinted that this isn't the case.

I'm lost...

• ##### no, they fit too well(4+ / 0-)
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horizontally.   Actually, years ago Fordian and I make an acrostic that was horizontal, with the verticals giving bonus clues.   People finished on Wednesday....

• ##### 2 is not blank(4+ / 0-)
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The gremlins finally showed me the solution to their JulieCrostic (the one they appended to mine, after they broke mine into pieces) and it makes sense. Well, gremlin sense; it's not something I would have done. But they say my JulieCrostic wasn't complete and that this makes it better.

If their puzzle consisted simply of blank answers, it wouldn't add anything to mine. Nor would it fit the neat pattern they made...

No, they may have bent some of the rules but they did at least conform in spirit if not in letter to the basic rule that every answer in a row must contain ...

Uh oh. I think the gremlins are warning me to shut up. So I guess I'd better stop typ

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• ##### new summary(3+ / 0-)
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```xxxxx X xxxxxxx X certain O creation F fornicatexxxxxx T xxxxxxx H xxxxxxxx E xxxxxxxxxleant I entail D tailend E dateline S xxxxxxxxxtees M meets A emates R steamer C cremates H rematchesred B bred E breed W brewed A weebard R drawbeer E webreader
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• ##### you still don't see the pattern...(4+ / 0-)
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and (minor nitpick) the gremlins think it should be drew bear rather than draw beer. (I think draw beer would be a fine answer for a clue, but I'm beginning to suspect the gremlins are teetotallers.)

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• ##### Yeah, the gremlins must have come back to(3+ / 0-)
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change our DREW BEAR  (someone did solve that earlier) to DRAW BEER.

But consider what day it is--drawing beer is on many minds.

• ##### Ah, so each line is a one-off?(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### Or, each line contains a clue that is a one-off?(2+ / 0-)
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• ##### got to go(4+ / 0-)
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I've got to go, but it looks like you guys will finish this soon.

See you next week!

• ##### Got 9!!(3+ / 0-)
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9 is EARTHRISE (taken from Apollo 8)

remove THE, and 6 anagrams ARRISE

7 is obviously TARRIES

8 anagrams TARRIESH, aha!  TRASHIER

• ##### Hint on 1-2(2+ / 0-)
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All right, let's assume that clues 3 to 27 are a JulieCrostic made of 5 JulieCrostic pieces: OF, THE, IDEA, MARCH, BEWARE.

Question # 1: Do you see any pattern to the way those are arranged?

Question # 2: Those 5 pieces can be assembled to form a phrase. Can you think of a 6th piece which could be added to complete the phrase?

That 6th piece is what you're looking for. And UnionMade was very close to identifying it...

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• ##### GOT IT(3+ / 0-)
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There are six JulieCrostics,   The first is just two words.

1-2   two words, letter between them is "O"
3-5   OF
6-9 THE
10-14 IDEA
15-20 MARCH
21-27 BEWARE

O BEWARE THE IDEA OF MARCH

• ##### remaining words(2+ / 0-)
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1.  eight letters
2.  nine letters, with an "O" added to 1
6.  anagram of ARRIES

• ##### And the words are ordered by length(2+ / 0-)
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• ##### And the word lengths are(2+ / 0-)
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1,2,3,4,5,6

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• ##### It's(3+ / 0-)
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sierra

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• ##### of course. just two more words(3+ / 0-)
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the unit of intensity is luminosity, but that's not 9 letters.

• ##### Yes! (I was surprised to learn the mackerel part,(3+ / 0-)
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but in looking up sierra I learned it's not just a mountain, not just a make of car, and not just and environmental Club but it's also a kind of mackerel found in the western US.)

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• ##### No, the first vertical is not (2+ / 0-)
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the letter O.

And please remember that the first two lines are a JulieCrostic the gremlins created. I take no responsibility for what they did! They're interesting creatures, but they tend to break the rules, or at least bend them ...

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• ##### then I'm stuck(2+ / 0-)
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we only have 1 and 2 to solve.   Alas, I must leave in 5 minutes.   Maybe someone else will get them.

• ##### I'm not convinced the first word is blank(2+ / 0-)
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If you look at the first word of each row, (reading up) you get lengths of 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

I think the first row consists of an 8-letter word and a 9-letter word.

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• ##### That's what I said, but (2+ / 0-)
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Nova said the letter between them is not an "O".

• ##### Remember Nova's extra clue(3+ / 0-)
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"remove salt". I think must be in position 1½.

• ##### SPOILER: the extra clue(1+ / 0-)
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science

would have been placed right after clue 14.

The gremlins one-offed my verticals from BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH to BEWARE THE IDEA OF MARCH (by replacing the S of IDES with an A). I thought a better one-off could have been created by adding in an A between the E and the S of IDES: BEWARE THE IDEAS OF MARCH.

The gremlins insisted that IDEA worked fine and that using IDEAS would have spoiled the symmetry of the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rows. And as is usually the case in arguments with gremlins, the gremlins prevailed.

But if they'd let me, I would have added in a clue between 14 and 15, so that the clues for the fourth row would have read:

10. bent over in England
11. involve
12. final part of something, or main part of rush
13. this is often found below title and author of story
14. estranged
14.5. remove salt
leant       I
entail      D
tailend     E
dateline    A
alienated   S
desalinate

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• ##### last summary(3+ / 0-)
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```xxxx X xxxxxxx X certain O creation F fornicatexxxxxx T tarries H trashier E earthriseleant I entail D tailend E dateline A alienatestees M meets A emates R steamer C cremates H rematchesred B bred E breed W brewed A weebard R drawbeer E webreader
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So just two words left (since 1 is blank)

• ##### But first, the crypto-gremlin:(3+ / 0-)
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GIDDINGS: The amount of dark matter, the total mass in it, is much larger it appears than the amount of mass in ordinary matter. So that's ahuge puzzle.

HARRIS: It may take a while to find more clues about that and other puzzles.

• ##### But there's more to solve, and I've run out of(3+ / 0-)
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time to hunt for a link, much less remember how to post same.

Must pick someone up at airport.

Goodbye, and thanks for all the puzzles.

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Will check in the morning to see if anyone got the last piece.

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9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

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That was from my interview on NPR Thursday afternoon with Richard Harris (All Things Considered).  Steve Giddings was the other scientist interviewed....

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All right, here's a spoiler for the remaining part of the puzzle. Those of you who want to solve this on your own might want to stop reading now.

Here's what the diagram looks like:

.  ?  ..
certain  O  creation  F  fornicate
sierra  T  tarries  H  trashier  E  earthrise
leant  I  entail  D  tail end E  dateline  A  alienated
tees  M  meets A  e-teams  R  steamer  C  cremates  H  rematches
red  B  bred  E  breed  W  brewed  A  wee bard R  drew bear E  webreader

So, of the rows that are solved we have: OF, THE, IDEA, MARCH, BEWARE. That would be the phrase Beware the idea of March arranged by word order.

The gremlins noticed that each word of that phrase is a different length -- 6, 3, 4, 2, 5. They arranged that in numerical order, 2-3-4-5-6...

... And they realized there was something they could add to that phrase -- something which was a single unit long -- which would improve the phrase. Something which they then proceeded to make the vertical of a 2-clue JulieCrostic row.

What did they add? Not an O at the beginning! No, what they added is something which (they're right) really does improve the phrase and is more like it would actually appear in use.

Look again at the phrase:

Beware the idea of March
Now what would improve that?

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It's an exclamation point.

BEWARE THE IDEA OF MARCH !

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And you got it and posted it before I managed to finish typing up and posting the answer.

Well done, solving crew!

And let's hope the gremlins are better behaved next week...

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want to know the answer yet.)

Beware the idea of March!

1. often the last answer to one of these
The answer to 1 is, as correctly guessed, a blank. (Often in JulieCrostics the number of clues does not divide evenly by 3, so the gremlins fill out the last bundle of 3 with blanks.)
2. this is used to indicate intensity
What do you use to indicate intensity? (For instance, what, in the expression Ooooo!, adds intensity?)

So the first answer is a blank, the second answer is an exclamation mark, and the added element which goes in the vertical is !

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