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.

In an effort to attract more people to the Sunday Puzzle pool, tonight's puzzle is designed to be more appealing to Fox News fans. The clues feature two forms of deception (see clues 2 and 12). So if you've been looking for an opportunity to invite your right-leaning friends or relatives to give Daily Kos a try, tonight's puzzle is the perfect opportunity.

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.

Let's get the party started! 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 bottom part of the diary.

Tonight's puzzle has 6 rows, with 3 answers per row.

1. employ
2. deception
3. wake up

4. kind of can
5. single undivided entity
6. dark

7. Juan's title
8. chain
9. kind of ambition, in the movies

10. haul
11. epoxy
12. deception

13. well-known Dorothy
14. well-known Panda
15. well-known Thomas

16. scale note
17. unattractive person
18. thick lumps

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For the benefit of anyone new to Sunday Puzzle, here are the

instructions for solving a JulieCrostic

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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• ##### clueless tips(3+ / 0-)
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So what's coming up in Sunday Puzzle tomorrow?

Good question! But I'm afraid I don't have the answer. The cold weather this winter has resulted in my needing to get a lot of pruning done (here at home, and for various friends) in a compressed time span. But the time spent pruning is time not spent doing other things, and I'm running late on almost everything. (Well, I'm always running late but at the moment I'm running later.)

So the gremlins will once again be providing the puzzle tomorrow. They've promised it won't be too tricky or too difficult.

They'll also be providing the puzzles next weekend, for both Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up and Sunday Puzzle, since I expect to be away for several days then. (I'll get the puzzles queued up for them before I take off.)

And the gremlins have  requested that they also be allowed to provide the Sunday Puzzle for Sunday April 5th.

That's the first Sunday of the month, so that will mean postponing the first-Sunday potluck party to the second Sunday (April 12th), if that's agreeable with you folks.

The gremlins refused to tell me why they want that Sunday. But they promised not to be naughty, and they promised that we wouldn't regret letting them provide the puzzle that weekend. Gremlins are sometimes sneaky, and occasionally mischievous, but they usually don't lie. Plus, they had very honest looks on their faces when they told me. I think we can trust them.

Have fun with tonight's puzzle! I hope to see you in comments, and I hope you can come back tomorrow night for the regular Sunday Puzzle party.

• ##### Gremlin No. 1 ... Sundays are the 6th/13th(2+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, LinSea

but sounds good otherwise. I probably won't be here the 6th.

• ##### gremlins tend not to be good with calendars(1+ / 0-)
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Villanova Rhodes

They have a number of talents, but calendar-reading is not one of them.

(...Or else they deliberately gave me the wrong date knowing I wouldn't think to check on the date they gave me and would embarrass myself by repeating the date they'd told me without thinking to look it up myself.)

Yes, Sunday the 6th is the Sunday they meant to request. Apologies for the error!

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• ##### 1-3(3+ / 0-)
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use
ruse
rouse

looks like a 3-4-5

• ##### Verticals - really! (3+ / 0-)
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RUBEN BOLLING

• ##### that's funny...(2+ / 0-)
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I thought it would take a little longer than that to crack them. Congratulations on some especially fast thinking!

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• ##### VR is very smart(1+ / 0-)
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Nova Land

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. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome. uid:21352

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• ##### Smarter on Saturdays than Sundays.(2+ / 0-)
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Funny how that works :)

• ##### Just happened to get the key letters(2+ / 0-)
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and it came to me with your "funny" clue.

• ##### 10-12(2+ / 0-)
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lug
glue
guile

• ##### 13-15(2+ / 0-)
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Day
Andy
Danny

• ##### 4-6(3+ / 0-)
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tin
unit
unlit

• ##### 7-9(2+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, JoeXM

Don
bond
blond

• ##### follow-up to last week's warm-up puzzle(3+ / 0-)
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The answer last week was Brian Schatz, D-HI.

On Thursday http://boldprogressives.org/... for the Hawaii primary in August:

Today, we are proud to announce our endorsement of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz for re-election in Hawaii.

Social Security is a defining issue in this race.

Brian Schatz was one of the first senators to endorse expanding Social Security benefits. His primary opponent refuses to rule out cuts.

When we asked our 4,285 Hawaii members who they support, the answer was overwhelming: By 4 to 1 they support bold progressive Brian Schatz.

He looks like a very good candidate, well worth supporting.

• ##### and finally, 16-18(2+ / 0-)
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sol
slob
globs

• ##### 16-18(3+ / 0-)
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sol
slob
globs

and that should do it

• ##### Wow. Speed solving.(2+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, Villanova Rhodes

You guys are awesome.

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. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome. uid:21352