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.

On tap tonight: a new JulieCrostic.

(If you're not familiar with how JulieCrostics work, don't worry; full instructions are provided.)

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

First up, here are the clues for tonight's JulieCrostic. If you're familiar with how JulieCrostics work, have at it! If you're new and don't yet know how JulieCrostics work, you can find complete instructions in the second half of the diary.

Tonight's puzzle has 4 rows, with 3 answers per row. Four of the answers are proper nouns; one of the answers is hyphenated.

1. platter
2. McFly
3. person who died for a cause

4. top-notch
5. unaccompanied
6. one of Roosevelt's names

7. Ms. Roberts, purveyor of fiction
8. book of sacred writings
9. weather-resistant hooded pullover

10. cat food flavor
11. short journey
12. sprightly

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Section II: Instructions

In JulieCrostics you are given a set of clues, such as these:

To solve the puzzle, figure out the answers to the clues and enter them into a grid of rows and columns, like so:
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).

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. say what's not so
2. resting
3. concede
then the answers might be LIE, IDLE (= LIE + D), and YIELD (= IDLE + Y)

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:

1. LIE  D  2. IDLE  Y  3. YIELD

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.

In the example given, the verticals read DAIL   YKOS.  With proper spacing and capitalization that spells out Daily Kos!

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• ##### Tip Jar(3+ / 0-)
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pucklady, puzzled, TX Freethinker

• ##### 2,3(1+ / 0-)
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Nova Land

marty
martyr

Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving party. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome.

• ##### 1(1+ / 0-)
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tray

Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving party. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome.

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tuna
jaunt

Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving party. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome.

• ##### 12(1+ / 0-)
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jaunty

Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving party. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome.

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• ##### helpful hint I meant to include in diary: # 9 has(1+ / 0-)
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a slightly uncommon word as its answer.

It's a synonym for the word which probably comes to mind, but it's not listed as a synonym for it at dictionary.com.

(But it does show up in the Wikipedia entry for the word you're probably thinking of when you look at this clue. So if you get stuck, try looking that word up there.)

• ##### 5,6(1+ / 0-)
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Nova Land

alone
eleanor

no,that doesn't work. sorry

Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving party. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome.

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Nora
Koran
Anorak

• ##### welcome to tonight's puzzle party!(1+ / 0-)
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With you and pucklady both on hand, the remaining answers should fall pretty quickly! (Likely before I finish typing and posting this comment...)

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• ##### Verticals!(1+ / 0-)
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Nova Land

mlk jr day

a holiday for some people, but not me. I don't get a day off until Memorial Day.

Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving party. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome.

• ##### [had to attend to the kitties for a few minutes](1+ / 0-)
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puzzled

Sorry to hear about the lack of holidays in your schedule.

Oh, well. If you're working on Monday at least you won't have to listen to all the Fox News folks talking about the War on MLK Day.

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