Doug Peterson
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33 puzzles by Doug Peterson — 17 solos and 16 collaborations (2 Sundays)

with constructor comments

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★POW Sat 2/8/2014
BASFLIPONESLID
ACHJUKEBOXHERO
TRAOREGONTRAIL
HOMBREWIEISNT
SPEEDDOSYMHA
HOLEPHOTOOP
ELECOLDSAWHER
BISHOPSLEAZY
ASSDOGSITMIRA
REVOLTSBRAN
CBERKOSTEMPO
PARILAVHEREON
ORANGEPEKOETUE
SOVIETUNIONANA
TBONESTEAKSLDL
DOUG: This is the first time, in the NY Times puzzle, that the entry DOGSIT (39-Across) has been clued as "dog-sit" (take care of a pet) instead of "dogs it" (loafs on the job). We went that route because the entry crosses ITS at 42-Down. And Brad came up with some stellar clues for dog-sit, including the one that Will used in puzzle. Here's a nice one from the cutting room floor: [Keep an afghan around you, perhaps]. I have cats, so I don't have to worry about finding a sitter. Cats are easy. If I'm going to be gone for a couple of days, I just leave a twenty-dollar bill on the counter and they're good.

BRAD: Every time I do a puzzle with stacks of 11s, I say it will be my last for a good while. But ever since Doug and I did our puzzle of last August 3, we've had orphaned stacks that we couldn't quite mesh with the grid of the moment but that we felt had the kind of panache solvers like to see — maybe enough to launch a new puzzle. Each new grid has left us with a tempting discarded scrap. I've joked to Doug that we will have an endless loop of 11-heavy puzzles and we'll just try to space them out judiciously and use other grid types in-between. I thought this one turned out especially clean. I liked Doug's clues for 34A and 57A. And the nice SE he did led to some fun digging on my part — research-based clues that Will liked and used in the final edit.

Fri 9/20/2013
ASKOVERPTBOATS
RAISEDANEYEBROW
ALLKIDDINGASIDE
ROMANINNERSIE
AMERMAJORSTET
TERTITANKNIFE
BAKESDEADON
IBISESPEEPER
AMAZEDMALLS
RILEDBUSTSSHE
ATITPESTSVTEN
PANSEIKOKARAT
ATEENAGERINLOVE
HOSTILETAKEOVER
ORESTESLEERERS

MANGESH: Frankly, I have grown up solving Doug's puzzles. So it was a privilege when he accepted to collaborate. This is my first themeless. The best learning, when working on a themeless, is the stretch it gives to your imagination. Not just in filling the longest entries of 15, but others like DEAD ON (which Will appreciated in his "Yes" mail). I wanted to improve on BALINESE to something more exciting.

Doug and I divided (or rather halved) the cluing. He went for Across and I for Down. I prefer cluing over constructing. Again, imagination and creativity get a wide canvas. The thrill is multiplied when you can come up with a cute clue and it tickles Will enough to retain it in the published version.

DOUG: This is a grid pattern that I've found is good for themeless collaborations. One constructor fills the top (or bottom) and hands it off to the other constructor to complete. Sometimes it works, and sometimes you have to go back to square one (pun intended). If I remember correctly, I filled the top half and then sent it intercontinentally to Mangesh. It was a pleasure to finally meet him at the ACPT last year!

Fri 9/6/2013
POVERTYROWGARR
URANIUMOREEPEE
CARROTCAKELPGA
ENYAUARDIALUP
GASPENTEL
ESTERSTEADICAM
WARSAWPACTNITE
ONEBOLSTERDIA
KTELRETIREMENT
SAGEGREENBERGS
CUTSINFAN
BLASTSONODISK
CAROOTHERWOMAN
URDUMSMAGAZINE
PASTEASTORANGE
BRAD: Doug and I usually achieve something close to a 50/50 split on the fill in our themeless puzzles. The kind of balance we're looking for is helped along by grid patterns that are fairly modest in their demands — whatever progress I make somewhere should leave Doug lots of flexibility. What I like about grids that Doug picks (like this one) is that they are manageable but they usually present some extra degree of difficulty, like a pair of 10s feeding into the center or reaching into the corners, when we could have bailed out with cheater squares instead. Doug plunked down a nifty new 1A here and worked to 32A. We took turns on the other corners until we were done. We've got movie trivia, history, gastronomy, and baseball here — all elements we both like. I humbly submit a fresh clue for 16A. Doug has concocted some crafty ones for a couple of the 9-letter entries.

DOUG: 1A is an example of my favorite type of themeless seed entry. It may not be familiar to most solvers, but the entry is quite figure-out-able. And most importantly, it's an interesting phrase to learn. You can use it to impress your easily impressed friends at your next cocktail party. I try not to use unfamiliar names as seeds, because they're quickly forgotten once the puzzle is solved. And let me add that I always learn something new (a cool word, some fun trivia, etc.) when constructing a puzzle with Brad.

Sat 8/3/2013
SOTHABERDASHER
WHOONCLOUDNINE
EPARICKYNELSON
ELFMANHANSMRT
TEARSBALEKAMA
SARIWORFANSEL
OSEWAXTABLET
PETMICEMAEWEST
HITORMISSRPI
GOETHBALKMSRP
AREAORLYTIVOS
SSWGAILWONOUT
LIEDETECTORITE
ONLINEFORUMCUR
GOLDENSPIKEEPS
BRAD: The old adage of "good longer stacks start with the stacking of useful shorter stems" was especially true here, as I realized ONLINE went nicely atop GOLDEN, and what remained was to pick compatible tails. Doug liked LIE DETECTOR in the stack and added MALL COP; he's also responsible for those two great clues.

We tried a few design configurations in the middle and realized we'd have to have some long vertical entries too or the word count would tip over into 72 or 74. BOXER BRIEFS won out over other –EFS we tried. I had just been doing some work in the trenches at the end of the alphabet on my word list, so new addition WAX TABLET helped matters a lot, facilitating ___ FAMILY.

And we had to decide whether or not to have the vertical 15s, rather than going with SEWELL or NEWELL or LOWELL or whatever. TO A FARE-THEE-WELL had actually been on my list of possible seed entries. But did we ever take some ribbing for it (fewer people seemed to recognize it than I expected) — and since the puzzle appeared the Saturday before Lollapuzzoola, some of the ribbing was in person! Still, I think this was a grid most solvers were quite happy with.

Sat 6/22/2013
INSTAMATICTHAN
DOORTODOORREPO
IMPATIENCEYAPS
GESISLEDEFTLY
TREEREWOVE
AGREESSENORITA
GOONSSPECKSIP
ATTNSTILETINT
SHOAPRESREOIL
PARALLELTEENSY
MOCKUPMEDS
ECOCARDOFFZIP
SITUGUILLOTINE
STESEASTORANGE
EYRESECONDGEAR
Mon 5/27/2013
DIDSAWINGEENA
EDUORATEORSON
PARWELLGROOMED
THATSALLEDSELS
HONESADFYI
DELWOKGODOT
BTUOFANEONOIR
OARURLOROULE
SPATIALCADBYE
CANWEASKYUL
ELMAKAREDO
ODDLOTUNTENDED
PERFUNCTORYOLE
AMATIRECUEWHO
LITHETSKEDNIN
Sat 5/4/2013
THISISTRUEASST
RACONTEURSTKOS
INARTISTICTALK
CENTERSRIATAS
ESTERHOOSIER
RIPVANWINKLE
ANIMAUVESTEAL
LAMBCLASHSYMS
ATPARCREEDSPA
NURSERATCHED
ROSSINISELMA
CAVITYRAISEUP
OLINANNEBRONTE
ELSEDEADLETTER
NYETHOWDYDOODY
Tue 3/26/2013
ACDCACEDESILU
THELORAXINTROS
MANALIVESTRODE
FRAMEISPSANG
ETDSTNGEEWHIZ
ESAUAGHASTANO
ROXIEHINGE
LEAPINLIZARDS
DEALTPRANK
OMGINASECSAGS
HOLYCOWAHATUT
NEETEEDGLARE
GLENDABYGEORGE
PAYTONROADKILL
SWEATYOUTISEE
Fri 3/1/2013
CATSCRADLEIGOR
HEATVISIONCANE
IRRESOLUTEENTS
POPEJARSFIGHT
LUANNRINSER
HELENTABORTWA
ANORAKLIREAHI
RASSLESLEBARON
EMSLENDMORALE
MELINLETAMPED
PLEBESCARTS
AWARDFARORIFT
NADADIRTYHARRY
TREFPALACECOUP
SERFSTONEHENGE
Sat 1/12/2013
SIGHTINGJARFUL
ASLOOSEASAGOOSE
CHAINLINKFENCES
HAMSENDEARARS
ELITEEERACNE
MLSCOURTPECAN
FORMSDOTIME
IACOCCAHENNAED
CLARASHONDA
ALTARLATTECSA
NOSYCUBREACT
TCUPANICSTBAR
WAITINGTOEXHALE
ITTAKESALLKINDS
NESTEDTELECAST
Sun 8/26/2012PUT A LID IN IT
ILLBEPFCSFABALTO
TIERRADEEREACRIMONY
SEAAIRRELEEITALIANS
LADYCHTERLEYSLOVER
ABIESSAKAHUNAFEM
TENDSAMOKIREABIDE
EDSHORTONHCHESTHEEGG
AMIPIAFAVONLEA
ETCZENOGROGGATED
MAHMAGANDHIMOEATRA
ALTIMALETFARMITRAL
GLYNAYETOCATCHHIEF
CITESDUELLACEPSA
ATACOSTPSISCOY
CHTANOOGACHOOCHOOTWO
OCHRENRCSTAYUSAIN
WHYBIOMESROOOKLA
ALLSWELLTHENDSWELL
MORTSAHLSAABSONESIE
COATTREEOTROSROTTER
SOWNEDDLYNXBOOST
Wed 8/1/2012
CRAFTBIPEDLUG
HORUSOCALAIRR
OMARKHAYYAMNBA
WEBSTERPINATAS
ESCBANURNS
OLGAKURYLENKO
PAULBAAISLIP
ERNHAMMOCKLSU
CACAOIDABEER
OTTOKLEMPERER
DRNOBEEEEL
OATBRANSTRANDS
DVRIMOKYOUREOK
GEOCABINSUSHI
YSLASIDEESTAS
Sat 7/14/2012
CRAFTFAIRBRACE
OHSUSANNALIPPY
SITZKRIEGISERE
INEZGORPPERCH
NORKONRADSTLO
ESSENSOPUPUAL
DIRRECOURSE
HADAFITRAWNESS
AIRMEDALTED
TRAREPADLOOMS
MEWSRETELLBET
ADULTDEVOHERE
KAPOWERICCARLE
ELOPECOCKAHOOP
RENEEKNEEPANTS
Tue 1/31/2012
APEGAGREESAGO
DIVADOUBLEPOX
DAILYJUMBLERYE
UNCLASPSYRIAN
POTOKTEAOIL
IPODSHUFFLE
SESAMEUKELOOP
PLACATESIDEONE
AINTEVEGIRLIE
MADSCRAMBLE
DUHCUETACIT
TAUPINAVERAGE
RUNLEMONADEMIX
ATEISABELNEVA
YOSSTRIDEALES
Fri 1/13/2012
MUSLIMSTEENAGE
ANTONIOBANDERAS
SPRINKLERSYSTEM
LINSEEDSSTYLE
SEP
PALISHASOFLIP
ISINTOTORABORA
DANGEROUSCURVES
ENGENDERALIENS
RTSTERNSTEREO
SAN
INTWOMANIFOLD
DOMESTICANIMALS
ELEPHANTTRAINER
DONTASKLETTERS
Fri 12/16/2011
SWEDISHPANACEA
CONESTOGAWAGONS
ONSPEAKINGTERMS
ROUTEKNEELVII
CUESEAGLEJETS
HTSCRIESPETIT
RANDRCASTES
STUDIOCHUTES
SARTRECOALS
TNOTEPATIOWAX
AMOYPINONDATE
YAPAHEAPCOLOR
STELLARPARALLAX
AEROBICEXERCISE
TOSPAREIQTESTS
Tue 6/14/2011
BEDSTHATAGORA
YURIOOZENIXON
PRAMLATETRYIT
LOWBUDGETFILM
APIARYCHEFOPT
YENAOLROBROY
BLUEMANGROUP
ELIADERANTE
BUMMEDAROUND
ARMANIDNABOX
NEOTOSHINTIME
DOWNCOMFORTER
TREVIOREOIMAX
IBSENUSSRMARE
LITRETEAMSPAS
Sat 12/4/2010
LJUBLJANAPABLO
AUNATURELTROOP
BRIMSTONEALICE
SETSEMERYELAN
ASATASSELS
SWIRLSTINTDIE
PAMELAINKSPOTS
ALMABUDGEAVIA
CLARISSAESTEEM
EATSCALDTERSE
SWEARATAOL
HARMMOANSOMAN
ILIADDRZHIVAGO
PLAZAALIENATED
SALEMYOGACLASS
Tue 5/4/2010
RCMPTWANGCAMS
OHOHWATERAMEN
SANDDOLLARLINE
ERSUCLAMENSA
TIAPASSTHEBUCK
TONIERETDSHY
ATTNCOSMIC
SOFTSHELLCLAM
OREIDAANAS
ACHAWLAMPERE
BLOOPSINGLECIG
LIRASAUELDAM
AMATFORMULAONE
ZACHUNCUTSTAN
EXESRASPSPEST
Fri 1/29/2010
ZINFANDELADOPT
IDALUPINOSEPOY
PINETREESTWERP
POACHSMASHINTO
OMSKKEYLIMES
ELALTRASHTV
FANDOMHONTORE
RBILIVESONPIN
OLEOKAYSAMSON
GETREALNINE
ZANZIBARGULP
RUSTLEDUPRATIO
ASCIIATONETIME
HOHOSTYLENOLPM
SCENTELIOTNESS
Fri 11/6/2009
MOUNTFUJIOPED
IGNORAMUSPREXY
ALPHAMALEAGAPE
SECJOSIERACED
PAUSESANER
PAGANSTRAPPIZ
ECRUATTHETIME
REELTOREELTAPES
STEVEJOBSLENT
EINLODICRUSTY
COALSNILES
DANKETOLETFDA
ICIERICLAUDIUS
VIOLSCHEVROLET
EDNASERENGETI
Sat 10/3/2009
GREATAPEESPANA
FUNNYMANFLAGON
OLDGROWTHFOREST
REISERROEGLEI
CONTALERTBICS
ENGPLEASEAMOK
DELETETRINI
TOPONYMSNORTED
AVILAASHORE
PENTMRMOTOCPO
ARCSAVOWSCAEN
SHHERIKODETTE
BEEINONESBONNET
ARROYOREARTIRE
RESCANSIDESPIN
Sat 8/29/2009
MUSSINAJACCUSE
INTIMATEAPPAREL
CELLPHONETOWERS
MAULSMAGESTRI
ASKSMIMEDCHAN
CEEDOZERERATO
JEWELPLANER
IMPUTEDPRECEDE
GAOLERCLOCK
UPPERDAUNTPEW
EMUSSETTEBALE
SALSASHASONIA
SKATEBOARDTRICK
SECURITYCOUNCIL
OREGANOHONESTY
Fri 7/17/2009
FAIRSHAKEPEENS
ALMAMATERARIEL
CORPULENTLASER
TEESLATERISERS
JESUONEND
COMEECRUSHOP
LOUVERKEGSOWE
SLIPPERYWHENWET
ADJSPECSTEELE
THATOTOSBURL
ABOATLILY
BROWNSTONEBOHO
ABACKINEEDANAP
LORALTEAKETTLE
DRDREOLDSCHOOL
Sat 6/6/2009
ALCAPPSTALWART
LEAVEITTOBEAVER
SEEINGEYESINGLE
ORNOTELSTSOS
NURSECCI
GRIPETROUNCED
CROCLASERSHMO
CAUSTICPOPQUIZ
UTEHADRONUGLY
PENZANCEELISE
LITLATEX
ASTOHAHNOCKS
MEATANDPOTATOES
ITSYBITSYSPIDER
DISSOLVEPECANS
Sun 2/22/2009THE CRUCIVERBALIST
BOREEFFSSIDEPEPUP
OVENBELAHONEYAMASS
MELGIBSONOTTERYPRES
BRAINSTORMTHEMEIDEAS
EDINARENTERSCIR
RODENTMOURNCOROLLA
DEVELOPBESTENTRIES
NBASCIILSNOR
YOYOSRNAOVINEPEEVE
CONSTRUCTSUITABLEGRID
HERESTEEERA
RESEARCHANDWRITECLUES
ISLAMRATSOSPAHEAVY
NSAMAROXOWAD
SENDPUZZLETOEDITOR
EXTREMEOSAMASOURED
WPMWASHERSMNEME
SEEBYLINEINNEWSPAPER
JELLOARENTEARTHWORM
CABBYMERCISLAYASIA
TRAYSESSETYPEYELL
Fri 2/13/2009
SPINALTAPPAEAN
HOMELOANSAPPLE
AMPLITUDESPIKE
LEASTRUBESAD
OLIOVOODOODOLL
MORNARMOREDIE
ISEEGLENS
ZIEGFELDFOLLIES
IDLESALDO
MEDSAGGIEEWOK
BOOTSTRAPSVIBE
AGRTEALDENTE
BRAVOPACKINGUP
WADEREXPERTISE
EMOTESYLVESTER
Tue 12/30/2008
SHAMWEBERTYKE
LORIAGILERAIL
ALEXRABIDOWLS
SENIORDISCOUNT
HYANNISERG
GTOLINCHPIN
JUNIORMINTSADO
ANONESCOLEO
GPSTHETHIRDMAN
SCHNOOKSWAY
ISMNONSLIP
FATHERSANDSONS
BLOWROUNDETNA
LOKIONICEUTIL
TESTWATERSEEM
Wed 11/5/2008
SKIMSTAGVJDAY
TACOHYPOIPODS
IZODOREOREGAL
LONESTARFLAG
TOSSUPFOGUPI
BUMPNOONAN
LOBSTERFISHING
OHIOIOUNODE
LANCEARMSTRONG
ASKANTOSHA
FASROOEVICTS
LONGDIVISION
BIJOUREFIASTI
OPARTEASEICED
ZOWIESLOWDOME
Thu 10/9/2008
ACDCAMWAYHMO
SHOECURBSBOER
PILYANISELYRA
LONGTERMIACT
SKIONBINOSSIE
TRANSENTER
EASESAGSETUPS
MISSIONIOSSIBLE
STEEDSLBOGOAT
YODELIEACH
GRAILEMIERTES
LITTLEDEVILS
IALEBUNINHEEL
SLAMACTONRAGU
ESSYESNOIROV
Wed 5/14/2008
WOOMARCOSCOFF
IANSHEAFPAULI
FREQUENTFLIRTER
ESAUMTSUNDIES
CINETAREST
PARTYASYOUGO
ELOQUEEGLOOPY
POSTUREGLIMPSE
SUSHINOLANESP
ALPINESKIRTS
ICANANAAMA
ALKALIWBCASTO
MARTINCHARACTER
BROOKPINUPAXE
SENSEAMAZERTS
Fri 2/1/2008
ASSUAGEGRAPPLE
POURCOLDWATERON
IMAGINARYFRIEND
EBBEDPENTANEZ
CELSASSNSPASO
EREELISERATON
CRONYSESAME
WISHINGGENTLES
ACTONEDIRTY
TERMSHOFFAJED
CHIPRUNTSMEMO
HOCRENEWCIRCE
OUTRIGGERCANOES
USEDCARSALESMEN
TERSELYPINKEST
Mon 2/20/2006
JAPANJAWSSANG
ALONEERIEEVIL
CONDOLEEZZARICE
KEYLORNGIVEN
HAVEABEEF
RELATEDONESTOP
ECOLIANOEWE
DOESNTKNOWBEANS
RLSORGUPSET
YESORNOMRDEEDS
SAYCHEESE
AGAINIRAEKAI
BURRITOFILLINGS
BALIIWINIDIOT
AMOSPESOGETGO