A new cat showed up a few weeks ago and has indicated a willingness to let me provide him with food, attention, and a home. I have a strick no unneutered cats in the room policy, so I've been feeding him outside while waiting to be able to take him to see a vet.

Since I don't drive, and since the clinic is 35 miles away, it's not as easy as I'd like. (Nor as easy as it used to be, up until a few years ago, when a circuit rider veterinarian would come once a week to Gainesboro, only 12 miles away.) But I've got an appointment for the new kitty in Cookeville on Friday -- and have arranged a series of rides which gets him and me down there and back.

I'll be leaving a little later today (Thursday) and should be back Saturday well before this diary posts. But thought I'd mention this just in case any last minute complications arise and I'm not back in time to take part in tonight's puzzle party...

Tonight's JulieCrostic contains a foreshadowing of things to come:

1. Schultz or Rendell
2. provided a meal
3. become dim
4. disconcerted

6. imaginary bird
7. Booker
8. creator of hero Batman is modeled after

9. commercial
10. help
11. gave money
12. checkered

13. accordingly
14. old-fashioned operating system
15. twosomes
16. soak

If you're new to Sunday Puzzle and aren't familiar with this kind of puzzle, don't panic! Here's an explanation of how these puzzles work (plus an example of a solved puzzle).

An Explanation of JulieCrostics

What you do is solve the clues and write the answers in rows. (Tonight's puzzle, as indicated by the clue grouping, has 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. The object of the puzzle is to solve all the clues and read the vertical message.

All the rows have the same word-length pattern. If the first answer in one row has 5 letters, then the first answer in all the rows will have 5 letters. For example, here's the answer diagram for last week's puzzle:
clues   A  clause  P  capsule
freed   S  defers  U  refused
tires   H  theirs  Z  zithers
a man's O  Samoan  Z  Amazons
Arlen   T  rental  E  eternal
The verticals read ASHORT  PUZZLE -- which, when properly spaced out, say that this was a short puzzle.

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• ##### worn-out tips(5+ / 0-)

I'm here, but a little exhausted at the moment (from the last couple of days of cat-transporting) so I probably won't comment much in the thread tonight. (But if you're interested in what the verticals mention, please come back tomorrow night for the regular Sunday Puzzle diary.)

Back to important things: all went well, the new kitty is back and happy, and does not even seem upset with me about all the car travel. (On Thursday he had a 25 mile car trip over to Dodson Branch. On Friday he had a 15 mile car trip into Cookeville to the spay/neuter clinic. And today he had a 15 mile car trip back to Dodson branch, 2 hours rest, and then 25 mile car trip home. And even though he complained vocally during the car trips, he was very good each time about letting me put him in the cat carrier.)

In between cat-transporting i managed to uproot a lot of dandelions, a few weed trees, and a lot of brambles.

Hope you all enjoy tonight's puzzle! (And if you hear gentle snoring while you're solving it, then I've probably fallen asleep.)

9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

• ##### 1,2,3(4+ / 0-)

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

Ed
Fed
Fazed

• ##### 9 -12(4+ / 0-)
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• ##### 13-16(4+ / 0-)

SO, DOS, DUOS, DOUSE

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

• ##### 5-8(5+ / 0-)

C.O. (Conscientious Objector)
Roc
Cory
Orzcy (creator of the Scarlet Pimpernel

• ##### looks like all 4 rows solved!(3+ / 0-)
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Y'all finished that one off nice and quickly.

Some harder puzzles on tap for tomorrow night -- hope to see you then. And now I'm off to slee... zzzz

9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

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• ##### Orczy eom(2+ / 0-)
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Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

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• ##### verticals(5+ / 0-)

Friday Puzzle

Thanks, Nova, and JoeXM.  That was quick and painless.

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

• ##### Sink me!(4+ / 0-)

Part of the verticals is "puzzle"

(I totally LOVE the Scarlet Pimpernel)

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

• ##### Possible verticals?(4+ / 0-)

FRIDAY PUZZLE

We have been considering moving Sunday Puzzle to Friday? What do you all think?

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

• ##### Ahm fer it. (3+ / 0-)
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But I'm not that good at the real non-warmup ones, so don't go by me.

• ##### I'm good either way(2+ / 0-)
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