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.

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.

I'm still swamped so once again the Sunday Puzzle gremlins have stepped in to provide tonight's puzzle.

Here are the clues for tonight's JulieCrostic. The gremlins promised not to pull any sneaky tricks tonight, and it looks to me like all the clues in tonight's puzzle are pretty straightforward definitions and synonyms.

But the gremlins did ask me to pass along this note: The important thing to get right in tonight's puzzle is the second add-on letter in the 6th row. They said you'd understand once you solve the puzzle.

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 8 rows, with 3 answers per row.

1. lubricate again
2. baseball player
3. more like Bachmann

4. go along with
5. removed water by the bucketful
6. having two feet

7. foreign coins
8. sink parts
9. fish

10. look hard
11. more far-reaching
12. goes somewhere

13. guesses
14. lions and tigers and bears
15. horse homes

16. an issue worth fighting for
17. cup holder
18. vigorous effort on behalf of a 13

19. carries
20. stops
21. people who rarely go to jail

22. small rooms
23. large instruments
24. how some office-holders should be watched

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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• ##### important tips(4+ / 0-)

1. Solutions to some unsolved puzzles!

My contribution to last week's potluck puzzle party

went unsolved, so I'll reveal the answer to that in tomorrow's Sunday Puzzle diary.

And many of the entries to the gremlin's contribution to the March (!) potluck puzzle party still remain unsolved, so I'll be posting the answers to those as well tomorrow night.

(And, gremlin's willing, there will also be a new JulieCrostic for you to solve tomorrow night.)

2. Upcoming absences.

I'll be away the next two weekends and don't know how much internet access I'll have.  But I'll queue up the Warm-Up diaries well in advance, so my absence from those shouldn't be a problem. And next Sunday (the 18th) is third Sunday of the month -- meaning it's Villanova Sunday! -- so my absence then also shouldn't be a problem. I'll try to get a puzzle from the gremlins queued up for Sunday May 25th, and I'll try to make sure it's error-free and readily solvable,  in case I'm not available that evening.

... and now I'm off to get in another hour of mowing  before tonight's diary posts. (But I should be back inside in time for the party.) Hope you enjoy the puzzle, and hope you can come back tomorrow! /

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abide
bailed
bipedal

• ##### Hi! I just came in from mowing(3+ / 0-)
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and see I timed it about right -- it was a few minutes after 7 when I came in, took a few minutes for computer to book up and Firefox to come on. Still another good half hour or so of daylight left, but I'm almost caught up with mowing (just in time for a multi-day rainy stretch starting early in the week...) My mower had been out of operation for a week, so I've had a lot of catching up to do yesterday and today but I'm almost caught up now! (And two out of three crucial parts of the water system are fixed, so I"m able to take showers and wash dishes again, Yay!) Now if I could just find time to catch up on the all the writing stuff and other mental-energy work that I'm behind on...

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• ##### Hey, Nova!(3+ / 0-)
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Villanova Rhodes, Nova Land, science

Look what was tweeted by NSA Careers. Want a job at the NSA? Crack this code.

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• ##### 1-3(5+ / 0-)
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pucklady, Nova Land, JoeXM, Joffan, science

re-oil
Oriole
loonier

stabs
beasts
stables

• ##### 18 (4+ / 0-)
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I don't think that's right, given both the verticals and the hint in Nova's diary. But I don't know yet what it is.

• ##### Whoops. Never mind.(3+ / 0-)
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With the corrections to the puzzle, this works.

• ##### 7-9(5+ / 0-)
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dinar (assuming that's also the plural)
drains
sardine

• ##### that's a good question regarding 7...(4+ / 0-)

Dictionary.com doesn't list a plural form; not sure if that means dinar is the plural or if they just didn't think it was worth listing a plural that's the addition of an s...

Quick google of "Dinars" doesn't seem to help; the entries that come up are all for dinar, singular. Google is much more annoying now that it's been 'improved'; I wish it wouldn't try to guess what I want or to correct 'errors' in my searches and simply give me what I ask for...

But: I think I see something which does help. There's an ad at the top of my Google search and part of it says:

Sell Iraqi Dinars       Buy Iraqi Dinars
So I think the plural is dinars, not dinar.

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• ##### 19-21(5+ / 0-)
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bears
brakes
bankers

• ##### 22-23-24(5+ / 0-)

cells
cellos
closely

This is not a sig-line.

• ##### 13, 15(5+ / 0-)

cause

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• ##### 14(4+ / 0-)

saucer

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• ##### 4-5-6(4+ / 0-)

abide
bailed
bipedal

This is not a sig-line.

• ##### Hi, all(4+ / 0-)

I usually don't comment on Saturday, but this is a bit harder than the usual.   I think 7 is RANDS, and it might be that the last one in row 6 is baskets (so it ends in DKNY, which makes more sense than DLNY).

• ##### Yow! There's an error in the puzzle -- rows 5 and (4+ / 0-)

6 are reversed.

My apologies! I'll edit them into correct order in the diary -- And the verticals should make more sense if you mentally reverse those two rows yourselves.

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• ##### summary(4+ / 0-)
```reoil O oriole N loonierabide L bailed P bipedalrands I drains E sardinexxxxx . xxxxxx . xxxxxxxcause R saucer D crusadestabs E beasts .  xxxxxxbears K brakes N bankerscells O cellos Y closely
```
• ##### aha(4+ / 0-)

3 could be loopier, as noted above, so maybe

OLI.REKOPPE.D.NY

• ##### Name(3+ / 0-)
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Oliver Koppell is a Bronx politician.

Missing V or E?

• ##### apologies -- reverse rows 5 and 6!(4+ / 0-)

What's row 5 should be row 6 of the puzzle, and vice versa.
Apologies for the error. (Even with gremlin help, I'm running way late on everything and way short on sleep.) (And the cats refuse to offer any assistance at all -- they'[re worse than gremlins!)

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• ##### nova correction(4+ / 0-)

verticals are now

OLI.ERKOPPE..DNY

Oliver somebody

• ##### It's (4+ / 0-)

Oliver Koppel, D-NY

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• ##### Add an "l" to the last name(4+ / 0-)

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stare
vaster
travels

• ##### got it(4+ / 0-)

OLIVER KOPPELL D NY

• ##### yes -- and as you can see, the 2nd row 6 add-on (3+ / 0-)
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(a D for Democrat) is the important letter in this puzzle.

Koppell is running against Jeff Klein in order to return the majority-Democrat NY State Senate to Democratic control. There are several good diaries about this, such as David Nir's and Ian Reifowitz's from earlier this week.

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• ##### Need to elect this guy(5+ / 0-)

over the turncoat Klein who gave the NY majority back to the GOP by caucusing with the bad guys.

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• ##### Thanks, Nova.(4+ / 0-)
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I'd better get to work on next week's. pucklady upped her game with the gif clue. Showoff.

• ##### You made me laugh.(4+ / 0-)

Thanks.

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