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For the benefit of those here who enjoy puzzles but aren't able to take part in the weekly Saturday and Sunday evening puzzle parties, here's a quick recap of this weekend's puzzles.

First up, here are the clues for this weekend's warm-up JulieCrostic.

If you don't know how JulieCrostics work, you can find complete instructions at the bottom of Saturday's warm-up diary, where this puzzle first appeared. (Similarly, if you should get stuck on any part of this puzzle and need help you can find it in the comments to that diary. Just set your comment preference to SHRINK -- so that all you see are the subject lines, not the comments themselves -- and browse through the subject lines until you find comments related to the part you need help with.)

Tonight's puzzle has 4 rows, with 3 answers per row. Four of the answers are proper nouns; one of the answers is hyphenated.

 1. platter
 2. McFly
 3. person who died for a cause

 4. top-notch
 5. unaccompanied
 6. one of Roosevelt's names

 7. Ms. Roberts, purveyor of fiction
 8. book of sacred writings
 9. weather-resistant hooded pullover

10. cat food flavor
11. short journey
12. sprightly

Second, here are the clues to Sunday's puzzle.

 1. Sexually aggressive 4th grade teacher
 2. Like a horse
 3. Like my bed
 4. Like Clint's famous role
 5. What sometimes comes before a lease
 6. Big 11 animal
 7. Kind of dam
 8. Kind of web
 9. Clues cracked, verticals solved!
10. This could put you to sleep or this could kill you
11. Kind of toad
12. Jane's nemesis
13. Wild indigo
14. Cum laude, for example
15. Require
16. Rod or scan
17. Swamps
18. Penalties
19. Concludes
20. Fiery fish
21. Stand people generally prefer not to be on
22. Sole German
23. Milne poem
24. Watergate, for example
25. Evaluate
26. Media critic who came out for torture
27. Some say you should never pay this
28. Basis of a community
29. Grimmless
30. All nine!
NOTE: as usual with Sunday evening puzzles,
(a) don't trust the clue capitalization;
(b) also don't trust the clue punctuation;
(c) be a little wary of word spacing;
(d) and especially don't trust the way the clues are grouped; the Sunday Puzzle gremlins like to put the clues into tidy little bunches of three regardless of how many answers there actually are in a row.

If you get stuck, you can find help in the comments of Sunday's diary where this puzzle first appeared.

As usual the comments contain DKU notes giving historical background and other information on some of the subjects referred to in the clues, so after you're finished solving the puzzle you might enjoy visiting the diary to read those comments. (Plus you can compare how long it took you to solve the puzzle to how long it took the Sunday Puzzle solving team).

Have fun!

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