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 posts Sunday evenings at 8 pm Eastern time).
These warm-up puzzles are intended to be 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.
Tonight's puzzle is a JulieCrostic. If you're not familiar with this kind of puzzle, don't panic. You'll find full instructions for solving JulieCrostics directly below tonight's puzzle; and here is the completed grid for last week's warm-up puzzle, to show you what a finished puzzle looks like.
Sade I aides U adieusThe verticals read IWILLS URVIVE. Hmmm. That doesn't seem to make much sense! But with proper spacing and capitalization that spells out I Will Survive, a song made famous by Gloria Gaynor.
heat W wheat R wreath
Hals I hails V lavish
soar L orals I sailor
go in L lingo V Loving
hark S shark E Shaker
(The diary was titled No Gray Confusion: Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up 2013-09-07. That provided a hint to the singer of the featured song: the letters NO GRAY are a confusion of the letters GAYNOR.)
Tonight's puzzle has 5 rows, with 3 answers per row. Here are the clues. Hope you like the puzzle -- and hope you enjoy the featured song once you figure out what it is.
1. front part of the legFor those of you new to Sunday Puzzle, here's an explanation of How JulieCrostics Work:
2. raises one's face above a bar
4. not any
6. not smooth or fine
7. land surrounded by water
9. continued story
11. leap about
12. person who tents out
14. kind of bull
To solve the puzzle, figure out the answers to the clues and enter them into a grid of rows and columns. For the warm-up puzzles on Saturday I generally tell you how many rows and columns there are in the grid; for the regular puzzles on Sunday that's usually left to the solvers to figure out.
All the rows in the grid will be the same length (i.e. have the same number of answers). All the answers in a column will be the same length (i.e. have the same number of letters). And the words in each column are one letter longer than the words in the column to its left. That's because...
Each word in a row has all the letters of the word before it plus one new letter. For instance, if the clues for a row were (1) Alaska governor, (2) mountainous, and (3) clarify, the answers would be PALIN, ALPINE ( = PALIN + E), and EXPLAIN ( = ALPINE + X).
Write the added letter in the space between the word which doesn't have it and the word which does. For the row in the example you'd write:
PALIN E ALPINE X EXPLAIN
When you have solved all the clues and written down all the added letters, the added letters will form columns that spell out a message of some sort. It might be a person's name, it might be the title of a book, it might be a familiar phrase, or it might be a series of related words. Your challenge is to solve all the clues, fill in the vertical columns, and figure out what the vertical columns mean.