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It's the first Sunday of the month, and that means - it's a potluck!

Oh dear. Another gremlinized potluck.

Again, I made a pair of matching Juliecrostics, and the gremlins squished the clues together. The puzzles have the same topology, same row, column and letter counts. The first part of the clue goes with the first puzzle and the rest is for the second puzzle. Each half of the clue can stand alone.

As a special treat, Fordian Analyst sent a puzzle! His are always a delight and it's even better when he's here to help us solve! Welcome Fordian!

Nova sent in 3 puzzles! He's always a prolific puzzlemaster.

It's never too late to bring something to our potluck table, you can post something in the comments below and I'll add it to the diary. Or Kosmail it to me, that works, too.

The first rule of Puzzle Fight Club is - you can ALWAYS talk about Puzzle Fight Club!

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Boy have I been having a gremlin invasion. Even Kos is gremlinized right now - I can't add an image here like I usually do. The image library is getting a 404 - Not Found.

Anyway, I actually created two Juliecrostics this week using the theme of comings and goings. They even had the same topology - row and column counts and character counts.

I had both puzzles all clued up and then the gremlins attacked.

The gremlins thought two Juliecrostics was too many, so they squished my clues for both puzzles into one set of clues.

At least they kept the order. For each squish-up, the clue for the first puzzle is first and the second one follows. Thank goodness they didn't change the syntax, so each half-clue is still syntactically correct and could stand on its own. As usual, expect the punctuation and capitalization to be messed with. Gremlins love doing that.

Well, I'm taking my cue from Nova and running really late this week. There isn't time to split them back out, so I'll have to publish and wish you all the best of luck.

Nova sent a Spoonerism puzzle too, so there should be a lot to keep everybody busy this week! And that's no April Fool.

But we always love donations to our potluck. If you have a puzzle, riddle or funny saying, post it in the comments and I'll include it in the main diary.

Good luck everybody!

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Welcome, puzzlers to another Sunday Puzzle Potluck. This month, our puzzle table is truely loaded with bounteous goodness!

We have a Juliecrostic from science, and his are always challenging and delightful. I have a Juliecrostic, too as well as a Bad Translations. Nova has brought a One-off. And there is even a Puzzle-in-a-Poll. So, jump over the orange puzzle piece and dive in!

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Sun Feb 01, 2015 at 05:00 PM PST

Sunday Puzzle: Super Potluck Edition

by pucklady

So, did your team win? Well, let's have a picnic potluck anyway.

The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. This is also the day that Nova gets to become a solver, so yay, Nova!

Speaking of Nova, the gremlins have provided a puzzle this week. As always, I have a Juliecrostic.

Anyway, over the orange puzzle piece for the potluck! Clothing optional.

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As we are four days into the new year, have you broken all your resolutions yet?

As this is looking to be the most interesting Congress in years, and I mean that in the Chinese curse way, let's party like there is no tomorrow! Since we are all Democrats and nerds here, that would mean group puzzles, not drugs and underaged sex.

Well, the first Sunday of the month is always the potluck. New puzzles and new puzzlers are always welcome. Just post your puzzle in the comments and I'll copy it up into the body.

Over the orange puzzle piece for the first banquet of the new year!

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Sun Dec 07, 2014 at 05:00 PM PST

Sunday Puzzle Potluck

by pucklady

Welcome to the December puzzle potluck! This is the best type of potluck - calorie free!

The first Sunday of every month is our puzzle potluck. Anybody can be the puzzlemaster. Try it! It's fun!

If you have a puzzle you'd like to bring to our table, just post it in the comments or Kosmail it to me, and I'll put it in the puzzle for everyone to enjoy.

Today, we have a Juliecrostic from me. I used a lot of picture clues. One day, maybe I'll make a whole puzzle with nothing but picture clues!

Nova gives us one of his patented one-offs. Science contributes a Mastermind puzzle.

Over the orange puzzle piece and dig in!

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Once again, it's the First Sunday and time for a potluck.

Halloween has come and gone and now we are into Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). That would be all of us under a GOP Senate.

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Well, science and I have now passed our tenth anniversaries as Kossacks. sny, you beat us by a long shot, otherwise this week's puzzle answer would have been "TEN YEARS A KOSSACK". (Hint. It isn't. That should reduce the possibilities somewhat.)

I know where I was when I signed up. I was on vacation, sitting in an internet cafe near Times Square and someone on DailyKos WAS WRONG!!!! I had to end my lurk status IMMEDIATELY to respond to that idiot!! Well, ten years later, here I still am. But I am no longer on vacation, and no longer in New York. Peter Flom, however, still is (in New York, vacation status unknown), even though he is rarely a puzzler these days. So I made him a clue!

Visitors to Sunday Puzzle, the first Sunday of every month is our Potluck Sunday. Everybody is a puzzlemaster. Anybody can bring a puzzle, riddle or anything else to the puzzle table. I've started things off with a Juliecrostic, but you can add to our puzzle feast by sending me a Kosmail or posting your puzzle/riddle/whatever in the comments and I will add it to the puzzle diary.

So, what is a Juliecrostic?

Julie Waters was our founder. We've named these puzzles in her honor. Here is her description of how these puzzles work:

The rules for an acrostic are simple:  for each row, the answer is of increasing length, such as a five-letter word, a six-letter word and a seven-letter word.  Each next size word is formed by adding a letter to the previous answer and scrambling.
In the box in-between each answer, put the extra letter.  I.e., if your answers were:
  ITEMS, MISTER and RED MIST

You'd place an "R" in the box between ITEMS and MISTER and a "D" between MISTER and RED MIST.

When you solve the whole puzzle, you will get related words in the down columns.

And here is her puzzle, complete with her colors.
Julie Crostic
So, over the Kos candy corn for this month's puzzles.
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Hello, puzzlers!

Here we are at the end-of-summer back-to-school potluck! On the first Sunday of the month, everybody is a puzzle maker. If you have a puzzle, riddle, or illusion to share, just post it in the comments or send it to me via Kosmail and I'll post it here in the diary for everyone to solve.

For new puzzlers and visitors, we have a traditional puzzle style here which may or may not have been invented by our founder Julie Waters.

Here is Julie's explanation on this puzzle style, which we call a "Juliecrostic"

The rules for an acrostic are simple:  for each row, the answer is of increasing length, such as a five-letter word, a six-letter word and a seven-letter word.  Each next size word is formed by adding a letter to the previous answer and scrambling.
In the box in-between each answer, put the extra letter.  I.e., if your answers were:
  ITEMS, MISTER and RED MIST

You'd place an "R" in the box between ITEMS and MISTER and a "D" between MISTER and RED MIST.

When you solve the whole puzzle, you will get related words in the down columns.

And here is her puzzle, complete with her colors.
Julie Crostic
So, over the orange potluck plate for our end-of-summer feast!
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Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM PDT

Jeff Bridges for Senate

by pucklady

With John Walsh dropping out of the Montana Senate race, the Democratic party has scheduled a convention this weekend to nominate a new candidate.

There is an online petition on Change.org to nominate The Dude for the Senate.

It's not a bad idea - Mr. Bridges has been a long-time friend of Democrats in Montana and has name recognition.

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Hello, puzzlers!

Nova is picking blueberries in Maine this week.

But the first Sunday in the month is our puzzle potluck! Anybody can contribute a puzzle! Either Kosmail your puzzle to me and I'll add it to the party, or you can just put it in the comments and I'll post it.

We love all kinds of puzzles - even riddles!

To start, here is something I found on the Wuzzles and Puzzles web page (www.wuzzlesandpuzzles.com)

This type of puzzle they call "Commonym" For each of these trio of items, what do they have in common? For example, if the items are: car, tree, elephant, the answer is they all have trunks!

So, 10 commonyms:

1. A Ball - A Fish - A Cold
2. A Ball - A Salad - A Coin
3. A Cork - A Question - A Balloon
4. A Bottle - A Baseball Player - A Mushroom
5. A Bell - Mouth - A Shoe
6. A Tug of War - The Nightly News - A Boat
7. Seventeen - Time - People
8. A Basketball Court - A Highway - A Bowling Alley
9. Fog - A Jack - A Body Builder
10. A Hockey Game - A Restaurant - A Bank

Here's a quickie from science!

What is the next letter in the sequence?

E O E R E X N T E N N ?

And one from sny, too!
You can buy either 7 day tickets or 30 day tickets to the local subway, costing $7.03 and $30 respectively. You want to buy tickets for the calendar years 2014-2016. What is the least amount you can spend?

Make sure to prove/justify that your answer is optimal.

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Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 05:00 PM PDT

Sunday Puzzle: July Potluck Edition

by pucklady

Hello puzzlers!

Hope your summer is going well. Potluck Sunday came a week late this month, but it's going to be a very special potluck, as you will see below the orange July firework.

Here's a quickie, inspired by Open Carry:

A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water.

But the bartender takes out a gun and aims it at the man's head.

The man says "Thank You" and walks out.

Why?

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