Today is the first Sunday-on-Friday in May, so that means a Potluck! We have a Cryptic Crossword and an Ana-Gremlin from Nova Land, a Juliecrostic from me, and in honor of our beloved founder, a classic Juliecrostic from Julie.
If you have a puzzle for our potluck table, put it in the comments and I'll post it to the puzzle. I may have to leave early, but we'll have lots of fun anyway!
Over the puzzle piece for the potluck table!
A Cryptic Crossword from Nova:
This is a Cryptic Crossword.
For anyone unfamiliar with this kind of puzzle, you can find an explanation of how they work here (courtesy of The Nation).
1. Kind sir, may I have a pince?
5. Small wonder the natural state is cherished.
6. Girl is in a large rush.
7. Damsel sees she has something different.
1. Repeated Doocey's talking points, got confused, and now is unemployed.
2. It's true: the creator of "All In The Family" is insane.
3. A large number of people are married to Limbaugh.
4. As Rush says, "elite" originally was a European word for people like him.
It's been quite a while since I've posted an Ana-Gremlin, so for those of you who've forgotten how they work (or those of you who've never seen one of these before) here's an explanation.
Ana-Gremlins are anagram puzzles consisting of an ordered list of related words. They could be the months of the year, the days of the week, names of world leaders, the words of a poem -- almost anything.
Before the items in the list get anagrammed, each item (a) gives one of its letters to some other items on the list, and (b) gets one new letter from some other item on the list. The result is a list of one-off anagrams. The challenge is to reconstruct the original list. (As a help in solving, the words appear in alphabetical order of the unanagrammed words.)
For example, if I gave you3. ranthe answer would be:
ORIGINAL ANAGRAM LOST GAINED
3. and ------ ran ------- [ D ] -- [ R ]
1. live ----- vine ------ [ L ] -- [ N ]
2. long ----- gold ------ [ N ] -- [ D ]
4. prosper -- propels --- [ R ] -- [ L ]
Read the original words in order, from 1 to 4, and you get: "Live long and prosper!"
Got the idea? Then here's today's puzzle.
8. ANY HINT
9. NOT A NUN
7. NO CEREAL
6. HEATED RUB
This is the very first Sunday Puzzle JulieCrostic! Julie posted it December 23rd, 2007, in her 10th Sunday Puzzle diary. (Kind of amazing to look back and realized the first nine Sunday Puzzle diaries didn't have JulieCrostics!)
Back in the very early days there were always 3 answers per row and Julie provided a chart which revealed the word lengths. For this puzzle the word lengths are 5-6-7.
Here Julie's clues are. Have fun solving this (or re-solving it, if like science and plf you were around to solve it the first time)!1. after
2. emote with
3. sugar4. rage
6. burly7. organization
9. concerned10. passion
12. major religious holiday13. small amount
14. one who carries heavy loads
15. revoke16. wordsmiths
18. bent19. educate
20. wound, verbally
And here's my Juliecrostic.
And a quicky bonus Juliecrostic, especially for Nova!
1 Does anybody else?
2 A chipmunk
3 Asshat from Texas
4 7 seconds of broadcasting. 7 seconds of broadcasting.
8 Hor d'oeuvre
13 Aloha mountain
15 Wisdom, sometimes
18 In heraldry, pallets on the field
19 It's the thing!
22 1980 film, remade in 2009
28 Fouled in baseball
2 Characteristic of corderoy
3 Gore went for a swim
5 Before May
7 Magic flute
15 Laundry detergent
16 One who repeats
23 Faced crabs (yay MarkH!)
27 A singer with one name