Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a weekly opportunity to have a little fun and to get your brain in gear for the regular Sunday Puzzle (which now posts on Friday, though we'll likely return to Sundays in July).

These warm-up puzzles are intended to be a new-puzzler-friendly. So if you've never tried Sunday Puzzle before, and are scared to dive in the deep end, come on and dip your toes in here.

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.

If you'd like to take part in the group solving, come on down to comments and join in. We're friendly and we love having new people!

If you'd prefer solving the puzzle on your own (or if you come along late, after the solving party is over), no problem. Just set your comment preference to SHRINK (so you only see the subject lines of comments); then, if you get stuck, look for a subject line identifying a comment dealing with one of the clues you need help with, expand and read that comment, and you're good to go.

Tonight's puzzle has 7 rows, with 3 answers per row. (If you get stuck you'll find a hint to the solution in last night's Sunday Puzzle on Friday.)

1. overdue
2. iron or copper
3. toymaker

4. difficult journey
5. Romney's word for member of the 47% who didn't vote for him
6. long narrow mark

7. worker who does not respect other workers
8. crustaceans
9. beetle

10. Limbaugh-like animal
11. actress who shunned publicity
12. Maine city

13. conceited
14. kind of flu
15. kind of monologue

16. closed hand
17. primary
18. bitter conflict

19. possesses
20. took the gold 4 times in 1936
21. go downhill

How JulieCrostics Work

What you do is solve the clues and write the answers in rows. Tonight's puzzle 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.

All the rows have the same word-length pattern. If one row has answers which are 5, 6, and 7 letters long, then all the rows will have answers which are 5, 6, and 7 letters long.

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.

For example, here's the answer diagram for last week's puzzle. (That was a 6 x 3  puzzle: 6 rows, with 3 answers per row).
rays  T  trays  P  pastry
sped  O  dopes  L  sloped
race  M  cream  A  camera
germ  A  Marge  N  German
SARS  T  stars  T  starts
arts  O  roast  S  assort

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#### Comment Preferences

• ##### future tips(5+ / 0-)

I wasn't able to take part in last night's diary, but am here tonight (and should be able to take part in the regular and Warm-Up diaries next week).

Next week Sunday Puzzle will return to Sunday evenings. But I'm hoping to try something a little different. The diary will go up a half hour earlier than the usual time (7:30 pm Eastern / 4:30 pm Pacific). But I'm requesting that for the first hour people not post any guesses at the puzzle answers.

Please feel free to tip, recommend, and post social comments in that first hour, if you like. But by waiting an hour before group solving begins, I'm hoping more people will have a chance to discover the diary, see how much of it they're able to solve,  and to take part in the solving.group once the party does begin.

For fun, mental exercise, educational tidbits and comic book references, visit Daily Kos Sunday Puzzle (now posting Friday evenings at 8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific)

• ##### clue 3 is wrong(2+ / 0-)
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you need a different word.

• ##### how about(2+ / 0-)
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toymaker

• ##### you're right! (3+ / 0-)
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I seem to have mistaken Ls and Ts!

About to edit in the revised clue. Thanks!

For fun, mental exercise, educational tidbits and comic book references, visit Daily Kos Sunday Puzzle (now posting Friday evenings at 8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific)

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• ##### good evening(3+ / 0-)
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Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

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

• ##### 19,20,21(3+ / 0-)
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OWNS, OWENS, WORSEN

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

• ##### 16,17,18(3+ / 0-)
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FIST, FIRST, STRIFE

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

• ##### 7,8,9(4+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, pucklady, science, a gilas girl

SCAB, CRABS, SCARAB

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

• ##### hi(4+ / 0-)
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science, Nova Land, puzzled, a gilas girl

Driving. Will text in a few minutes

• ##### 10,11,12(3+ / 0-)
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BOAR, GARBO, BANGOR

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

• ##### just remembered to change my sig!(3+ / 0-)
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I realized belatedly that if we're changing back to Sunday nights starting next week it might be good if my signature no longer claimed that Sunday Puzzle posts on Friday.

Let's see if the signature change has taken effect...

For fun, mental exercise, educational tidbits and comic book references, visit Daily Kos Sunday Puzzle.

• ##### having a printer problem(5+ / 0-)

and by the time I figure this out I think the puzzle will be solved.

• ##### I never use a printer(3+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, pucklady, a gilas girl

I just open up two windows on my browser, and leave one open to the clues, and the other scrolls down...

• ##### me too(3+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, science, a gilas girl

• ##### I haven't quite caught up with the computer age...(4+ / 0-)
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science, Shahryar, pucklady, a gilas girl

I can't seem to work the puzzles very well from a computer screen, and need a paper copy in hand. (I don't have a printer, so I usually scrawl out the clues by hand when I'm on the solving side of the table.)

I don't know why it makes a difference, but it does. Things that I just can figure out when they're on the screen are usually much more easily crackable once I've got a paper copy in front of me.

For fun, mental exercise, educational tidbits and comic book references, visit Daily Kos Sunday Puzzle.

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• ##### I feel for you(4+ / 0-)
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science, Nova Land, Kane in CA, pucklady

Got back into town to find no internet.  Did the 3 things I know how to do, but no dice.  After an hour on the phone to a guy in India, I got transferred to someone local who figured out my modem fried in the lightning storm (duh, after I said that a couple dozen times).

Next day the repairman finally shows up, sets up the new one and doesn't give me the new network security key.

Rinse, repeat on the phone.

I'm so tech-impaired I usually blame myself, but this time it was mother nature and other incompetent people.

Good luck with the printer!

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

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Metal
Mattel

• ##### 13, 14, 15(4+ / 0-)
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vain, avian, vagina

• ##### 4,5,?(3+ / 0-)
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TREK, TAKER, ??????

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

• ##### I know that 6 has an "a" and an "s"(4+ / 0-)
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will work towards the solution

• ##### verticals!(4+ / 0-)
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tomato plants

• ##### Verticals? I need a coach!(2+ / 0-)
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Apparently I don't understand verticals.
I get margare tsanger
What am I missing?  Do I need to unscramble the letters?

• ##### Welcome, welcome!(1+ / 0-)
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Nova Land

Squish them together and you get

MargaretSanger

Please join us next week! The solving is the best part, and we always love new puzzlers!

Don't worry if you don't get many answers. I've been here for 8 years and rarely solve anything, but just watching the action has been keeping me coming back every week!

• ##### Looks like y'all have about finished this one off!(2+ / 0-)
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As you can see now, the answer to tonight's puzzle relates to the answer to last night's puzzle.

I need to be off now, but will be back next week (Saturday for Warm-Up, Sunday for the regular puzzle) -- and I hope to be a bit more caught up on sleep and a bit less error-prone by then.

Have a good night, all! /

For fun, mental exercise, educational tidbits and comic book references, visit Daily Kos Sunday Puzzle.

• ##### Good job, everyone!(3+ / 0-)
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puzzled, science, Nova Land