Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up -- a Saturday evening opportunity to have fun and give your brain some light exercise in preparation for the regular Sunday Puzzle (which now posts on Fridays...)

Tonight's puzzle spotlight's a political commentator who wrote a very good piece earlier this week. When you've solved tonight's puzzle I recommend Googling the name (and selecting the past week option -- that should bring up the item I'm referring to at the top of the list).

In addition, tonight's puzzle features references to the first female Canadian doctor, a founder of Greenpeace, a Green Party presidential candidate, an experimental writer, and a noted abolitionist. Plus, of course, a comic strip reference. (Sorry, no Rush Limbaugh clues tonight. But he does make a cameo appearance in clue # 4, assert.)

You'll find tonight's puzzle right below the orange curlicue...

This is a JulieCrostic  If you're not familiar with this kind of puzzle, don't panic -- full instructions, and an example of what a completed puzzle looks like, can be found directly below tonight's puzzle.

1. Snoopy's plane
2. relaxed
3. common point

4. assert
5. ill will
6. therapeutic

7. excavations
8. 23rd US state and 2nd US battleship
9. forgetfulness

10. locations
11. Gertrude and Jill
12. pays attention

13. goulashes
14. Dorothy, Emily, and Harriet Beecher
15. least speedy

16. amusement part attractions
17. marriage partners
18. conference between judge and lawyers

19. fool
20. heart
21. more dense

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 7 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. 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. That was a 4 x 4 puzzle (4 rows, 4 answers per row):
Ed  F  fed  A  fade  Z  fazed
CO  R  roc  Y  Cory  Z  Orczy
ad  I  aid  P  paid  L  plaid
so  D  DOS  U  duos  E  douse
The verticals spell out FRID  AYPU  ZZLE. When that is spaced out properly, it reads Friday Puzzle -- a reminder that Sunday Puzzle now posts on Friday evenings at 8 Eastern / 5 Pacific.

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• ##### confused tips(5+ / 0-)

So, Sunday Puzzle now posts on Fridays... And this diary, the warm-up diary, posts Saturday, a day after the main exercise.

The first Friday edition of Sunday Puzzle went up yesterday.  Next edition, on May 3, will be a potluck puzzle party.

Hope you enjoy tonight's puzzle!

9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

• ##### 10, 11, 12(4+ / 0-)

sites, steins, listens

• ##### 13, 14, 15(4+ / 0-)

stews, stowes, slowest

• ##### 19, 20, 21(4+ / 0-)

trick, ticker, thicker

• ##### back in a few...(4+ / 0-)

naturally I did the easiest ones first!

• ##### good to see you again!(3+ / 0-)

Hadn't noticed your username the last few weeks, so good to see you in one of these puzzles again.

And looks like you're zipping through pretty quickly -- at this rate you should have the puzzle all solved pretty soon.

9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

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• ##### 16-18(3+ / 0-)
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RIDES
BRIDES
SIDEBAR

• ##### 7-9(3+ / 0-)
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MINES, MAINES, AMNESIA

• ##### Oh my goodness. I guess I'm late.(3+ / 0-)

Good on you, VR, for getting the party started!

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

• ##### 1 & 2(3+ / 0-)
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CAMEL, CALMED

• ##### Snoopy's plane(3+ / 0-)

was the Sopwith Camel

I'm guessing #1 would be CAMEL

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

• ##### quick DKU note: the Stowes...(4+ / 0-)

Dorothy Stowe was one of the founders of Greenpeace.

Emily Stowe was "the first female doctor to practice in Canada and an activist for women's rights and suffrage. Stowe helped found the women's suffrage movement in Canada and campaigned for Canada's first medical college for women."

And Harriet Beecher Stowe was an activist for abolition of slavery and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

• ##### Verticals contain(3+ / 0-)

allah

OMG! Terrorists!

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

• ##### Well,(3+ / 0-)
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CNN folks do blow up the news sometimes. :)

• ##### funny you should say that ...(3+ / 0-)

because one of the words in the headline of the commentary the verticals lead to is terrorism.

9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

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• ##### Did everyone notice that MarkH is back!(3+ / 0-)

Woohoo! Marine Life series

http://www.dailykos.com/...

I've been so worried about him since he signed off a year or so ago saying he was too depressed to blog, especially since his pet octopus died. But he has a new pet octopus and she is adorable!

Marine Life and Know Your Solar System on the same day! Life is good. Now if we could only get Dante Atkins to reboot his spider series, I could die happy.

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

• ##### 4-6(3+ / 0-)
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CLAIM, MALICE, MEDICAL

• ##### And finally,(2+ / 0-)
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trick, ticker, thicker for the last row.

Dean Obeidallah for the verticals.

• ##### whoops.(2+ / 0-)
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Totally missed that was solved right away by Shahryar!

• ##### Thanks(3+ / 0-)
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I enjoy these!

• ##### You should speak up more often!(3+ / 0-)

We love group solving! And don't miss the regular puzzle. I think it's on Friday nights at 5:00 pacific, but that's kind of up in the air right now. We are looking for that sweet spot of maximum eyeballs. If you don't post, then we don't know you have eyes.

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

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• ##### I did see the puzzle last night(2+ / 0-)
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but I have to admit, you guys are way too fast for me!

I read that you have been doing this for a long time, but I don't think I've seen it before. I will try to make it regular stop from now on. I do love solving puzzles.

• ##### welcome to the puzzle circle!(2+ / 0-)
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Villanova Rhodes, greenearth

We're a small group so additional people are always a delight to have.

And yes, Sunday Puzzle has been going for 5 1/2 years now.  Here's a link to the very first Sunday Puzzle diary, from late October 2007.

The second.
The third.
The fourth.
The fifth.

The sixth. The seventh. The eighth. The ninth.

And here's a link to the tenth -- special because it was the first to feature a JulieCrostic.

9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

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• ##### Thank you! n/t(1+ / 0-)
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• ##### for some reason link to tenth doesn't work...(0+ / 0-)

Aha! I see the problem. Somehow www.dailykos.com got appended to the start of the link.

Okay, let's see if I can get it right this time. Here's a link to the very first Sunday Puzzle diary to feature a JulieCrostic.

9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

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• ##### I feel that way, too -- (2+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, greenearth

-- I open one up and am totally stumped as the answers start whizzing past. But then something kicks in and you suddenly get the hang of the process & it's fun. Also, it helps to figure out the best way to keep track of what's been solved. I've started using an Excel sheet for the JulieCrostics, but handwritten notes might work just as well. I think I'll experiment with some old ones to compare.

Hope to see you next time.

• ##### Thank you Nova(3+ / 0-)

for the puzzle and for pointing us to a new place to Google.

I always learn new things from you.

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

• ##### A link to Tuesday's commentary...(3+ / 0-)

Dean Obeidallah: "I'm Muslim, and I hate terrorism"

I hadn't heard of Obeidallah before, but I read this one  and thought it was worth passing on. (A few others of his commentaries that I read also seemed pretty good. Unfortunately the CNN site makes it difficult to find his recent commentaries.)

9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

• ##### Thanks, Nova Land.(2+ / 0-)
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greenearth, Nova Land

And now off to watch the Nerd Prom on C-SPAN. Another exciting Saturday night!