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I'm away again, but have queued up a warm-up puzzle to get folks in the mood for Sunday Puzzle tomorrow.

Leading up to the election the theme for these Saturday night warm-up puzzles was Hell to Pay, spotlighting Democratic candidates running against some of the most obnoxious Republicans. Last week I started a new theme, and tonight's puzzle continues it. Can you guess what the theme is? Feel free to post your guesses in comments -- and come back next week when the acrostic verticals will continue the theme, so that you can see if your guess is correct.

Tonight's JulieCrostic has 7 rows and 3 answers per row.

NOTE: If you're not familiar with JulieCrostics, don't panic!  An explanation of how they work, and an example of a solved puzzle, are provided directly below tonight's puzzles.

1. permit
2. for fear that
3. take without permission

4. Chris Wallace relation to Mike Wallace
5. dollar bills
6. John Paul's last name

7. long time
8. zilch
9. not a single person

10. pigpen
11. remain
12. roam

13. grimalkin
14. sense of what is appropriate and what isn't
15. found below the roof

16. pacifier
17. facade
18. Angelou and Patchen

19. noise
20. object
21. Mork's companion

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Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party /
SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE /

How to solve JulieCrostics

For those of you unfamiliar with this kind of puzzle, what you do is solve the clues and write the answers in rows. In tonight's puzzle there are 3 answers per row.

Each word in a row contains all the letters of the previous word, plus one new letter. Write the added letters in the space between the word which doesn't have it and the word which does. The vertical columns created by the added letters will spell out a word or phrase.

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Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party /
SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE /

Clues to last week's puzzle:

 1. Mary --- - ...
 2. - ---- of salt  
 3. Russian villas or country houses
 4. ---- --- carry
 5. plaster replica of what's found at the end of the arm
 6. dollies

 7. heavenly body
 8. look closely
 9. speaks
10. baked
11. [Youtube clip of an ad for a stereo system]
12. what about 35% of people in the US consider themselves to be (according to Gallup poll of people's political leanings)

Answers to last week's puzzle:
had a S  a dash  C  dachas   N  cash and  T  hand cast  R  handcarts
star  E  stare   O  orates   D  roasted   E  stereo ad  M  moderates
The verticals read SE  CO  ND  TE  RM -- which, properly spaced, spell out second term.
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