# Cactus Canyon

## Spaghetti Western

We started with a game of Spaghetti, as it's played on Eric Berlin's blog. Unfortunately, something went wrong with the blog software. We lost the starter words and the solutions. We lost the bonus words, too, but at least we have clues for them.

## Clues for Bonus Words

1. calf beverage
2. makes cow sound
3. measure
4. nation
5. aid
6. possess
7. MIT residence hall
8. arboreal primate
9. Prince of tales
10. hunt
11. use a blowtorch
12. object
13. sunset direction
14. meat

## Spaghettis

 HEIR ____ _ _ _ _ ◯ _ _ DINAH ____ ◯ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ FORK ____ _ _ _ _ _ _ ◯ _ _ RAIN ____ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ◯ SAW ____ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ◯

The bonus word is bonus word

The solution is solution

 Thing found in a kitchen Beverage Body part Mining goal Damaging

The bonus word (carefully chosen to be not-four-letters long so solvers have to figure out the real extraction) is bonus word

The solution is solution

After he had his _ _◯_, he washed the _ _◯_. Then he went to sleep for the _◯_ _ _. When he _ _◯_, he _◯_ _ the newspaper.

The bonus word, obviously with five letters, is bonus word

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 □ □ □ ◯ _ _ □ _ □ □ □ ◯ □ □ _ ◯ □ □ _ _ □ □ _ □ □ _ _ _     _ ◯ □ □ _ □ □ ◯ _ □ □ _

Here, the bonus word is bonus word

The puzzle's solution is solution

When Fred grows up, he wants to become a free agent.

 _ _ _ _   Admiral _ _ _ _   Trader _ _ _ _   Chef _ _ _ _   Teller _ _ _ _   Doctor

The bonus word is bonus word

The puzzle's solution is solution

 ex ____ sac _ _ _ _ ◯ _ _ _ ex flatten ____ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ ◯ ex ____ avoid _ _ _ ◯ _ _ _ _ _ ex ____ Hundred Acre Wood donkey _ _ _ _ _ ◯ _ _ ex ___ tug _ _ _ ◯ _ _ _

The bonus word is bonus word

This yields the solution solution

Sometimes, one word just begs to have something in; thus it begins.

 BEEN _ _ ◯ _ _ _ _ _ TAS _ _ _ ◯ _ _ _ RESPOND _ _ _ _ _ ◯ _ _ _ _ _ SIMS _ _ ◯ _ _ _ _ _ WINGS _ _ _ _ ◯ _ _ _ _

Given the mechanism, it's perhaps appropriate that the bonus word is bonus word

…which in turn goes nicely with the solution word solution

 Kid W ◯ _ _ _ Uttered _ W ◯ _ _ Container _ _ W _ ◯ Birth ◯ _ _ W _ Parish _ _ _ ◯ W

The bonus word is bonus word

The circled letters make the solution word, solution

The bonus word is bonus word

The circled letters (in the order presented) yield the solution: solution

Someone spilled tea everywhere!

 Each of a pair Amylum Small conflict Rip Ripped

The bonus word is bonus word

This yields the solution, solution

 Expression of dismay (2 words) _ ____ Occupy or involve _ ____ Very ugly thing _ ____ TV station with senators _ ____ Internet missive _ ____

The bonus word is bonus word

The two-word solution phrase is solution

Oh no! Someone put a curse on this spruce!

The bonus word is bonus word