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.

I'm away this weekend, so the gremlins volunteered to provide the puzzles tonight and tomorrow. I probably won't be able to take active part in the puzzle-solving party tonight or tomorrow but I'll read the comments as soon as I get a chance (and will pass any praise or criticism on to the gremlins).

These warm-up puzzles are intended to be new-puzzler-friendly. (Hopefully the gremlins are aware of that...) 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.

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 4 rows, with 3 answers per row. One answer is a 2-word phrase; one answer is capitalized; and one answer isn't what you think it is.

1. orderly
2. representative
3. snarl

4. clean
5. opposite of four, including 4
6. most popular US brand of coloring material

7. undiluted
8. have dinner at home
9. built-in

10. pin-like?
11. intended
12. male reproductive organ

For the benefit of anyone new to Sunday Puzzle, here are instructions for solving JulieCrostics.
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).  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. 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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• ##### dark glass tips(5+ / 0-)

Hmmm. Interesting hint the gremlins provided for tonight's puzzle: "Through a glass, darkly". Looks like it has a lot of possible meanings. There's an episode of Lois and Clark, an Agatha Christie story, an Isaac Asimov story collection, a Philip K. Dick novel (and movie adaptation)...

I wonder which one the gremlins have in mind? Guess I'll have to check back after you folks solve the puzzle. Have fun!

• ##### Since 10-12 look like(3+ / 0-)
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NEAT
MEANT
STAMEN

it seems we have a 4-5-6.

• ##### and I have a hunch about (2+ / 0-)
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1, 4, 7, and 10,

but I'm holding it for now to see if others drop by.

• ##### 7,8(2+ / 0-)
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Villanova Rhodes, Nova Land

neat
eat-in

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NEAT
EAT IN
INNATE

• ##### Welcome to the party!(3+ / 0-)
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Villanova Rhodes, BMScott, 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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• ##### Glad you joined us.(3+ / 0-)
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Be sure to stop by tomorrow if you can -- same time. Those usually take longer!

• ##### 1-3(4+ / 0-)
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NEAT
AGENT
TANGLE

GRIM LENS for the verticals, perhaps? a dark glass those gremlins have found!

• ##### NEAT, AGENT, TANGLE (n/t)(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### 5 is about(2+ / 0-)
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Villanova Rhodes, Nova Land

either the opposite of the clue or answer to #4, or including that

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• ##### so maybe 4(3+ / 0-)
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is the one that isn't what we think it is (i.e., neat).

• ##### I'm sensing a theme here(3+ / 0-)
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Neat puzzle, Nova.  :-)

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

• ##### 4, 5(3+ / 0-)
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TIDY
DIRTY

• ##### and 6(3+ / 0-)
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RIT DYE

a product I remember my mother using, actually, and not to make Dead T-Shirts.

• ##### That's funny(2+ / 0-)
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Villanova Rhodes, Nova Land

I used RIT as an answer in one of my clues once and nobody had heard of it. Someone googled and posted "Apparently there is a dye brand called RIT"

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• ##### Never heard of that one, but it looks good! (n/t)(3+ / 0-)
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