Martin Ashwood-Smith
Martin Ashwood-Smith 

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67 puzzles by Martin Ashwood-Smith — 60 solos and 7 collaborations

plus 7 pre-Shortz puzzles for a total of 74

with Jeff Chen comments

See the answer words debuted by Martin Ashwood-Smith.

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Fri 4/4/2014
SATELLITESTATES
ADELAIDESLAMENT
MARINEINSURANCE
SINGINGTOGETHER
REISIEIDIO
SBATROTSUMO
LISROZRAH
SNEERATGUESSSO
HEXEMITAC
AZOVMAPALAS
RIMYARMRTS
SACRIFICIALLAMB
AMIGLADTOSEEYOU
GASOLINESTATION
ANTSINONESPANTS
Oh man, it's so cool that two of the quad-stack masters joined forces on this one! I personally love collaborating with other constructors, so I can only imagine the awesome back-and-forths MAS and Joe must have had. (Please tell me there were some tickle fights?) In particular, I really enjoyed hearing about one constructor taking an unpaired quad-stack and matching it up with another's. A true peanut-butter and chocolate moment.

Quad-stacks by nature tend to require common letters (RSTLN E), so it's important to choose the entries with those letters that happen to be snappy. (At least so I'm told, since I've never successfully completed one quad-stack, much less two.) I loved getting AM I GLAD TO SEE YOU, an entry I would be happy to encounter in any themeless, much less a quad-stack. What with SACRIFICIAL LAMB on top of it, that bottom section was a mighty treat.

I liked the top one as well, although I didn't know ADELAIDE'S LAMENT so wasn't able to appreciate it as much. After looking it up (it's a Guys and Dolls song), I was happy to have listened to it. Catchy!

Inevitable to get some less-than-optimal crossing answers in a quad-stack. I did love seeing the longer ones like EXORCIST and SCARLET A (much, much better than the usual RED A we usually see in crosswords) and I DIG IT. But not may solvers will like a TENTER or an arbitrary TEN HOURS or SMOOT in their puzzle. I personally am very interested in the SMOOT-Hawley tariff's effect in intensifying the Great Depression, but we've already established that I'm strange.

It surprises me to hear every once in a while that a solver will enjoy the likes of ENCE or STER. I would prefer not to see those types of crossword glue, but some solvers breathe a sigh of relief because just one answer like this can help them grab a toehold in a puzzle. Go figure!

I really appreciate MAS and Joe working hard to put together a puzzle which connects well in the center, something very important to keep it from feeling like two completely separate mini-puzzles. Not only are there plenty of connection points, but SNEER AT and GUESS SO make for some very nice junctions in the middle of the grid.

I wouldn't want every themeless to be a quad-stack because of their unique qualities (I'm looking at you, ENCE and STER), but I sure enjoy getting them every once in a while. A final note, my favorite answer in the puzzle? SLUG IT OUT. What a snappy phrase, and so impressive how it runs straight through that top stack.

Fri 2/28/2014
IRAQCAVERSODS
RACEADIDASJOT
IDIDLIVINGWAGE
SINALERTTHYME
HIGHNOTESASAP
ATPAFT
TRADITIONALIRAS
MALARIAPARASITE
EMOTIONALOUTLET
NATIONALANTHEMS
NTSCII
ABBETEXASSIZE
TORAHOVERTVIA
STOREFRONTWALT
IONROCKIEONCE
XXXREHEARKAHN
Another quad-stack from the Master of All Stacks, Martin Ashwood-Smith. Every time I see these gigantic wide-open spaces, it awes me. It's still one technical construction ability I haven't been able to master (or even make a dent in) yet, so it's pretty neat to see something I can't personally achieve.

I quite liked the quad-stack and its crossings today. TRADITIONAL IRAS will be boring to most normal people — thankfully I don't qualify! (I enjoy helping friends and family out with investment planning and management.) Sure, as with any quad-stack, there are the usual IANA, AT EM sort of things, but we also get treated to the long crossers that MAS has been working in as of late: ANTI-RIOT, HAD A TIN EAR, WHAT IS THIS, and (I think this is someone I should know?) AARON CARTER. Throw in some TEXAS SIZE and LIVING WAGE and that's a lot of great stuff.

Where I had some difficulty was in the corners. Shorter answers tend to be clued harder in themelesses, and that SW was a killer. I do love the XXX and its "Really dirty" (tee hee) clue, but AT SIX feels so arbitrary. It's still probably a fair price to pay given that it allows for BOTOX and BRONX in there too, but it still makes me wince a little. Perhaps if ABBE had been clued a little easier, it would have stopped me from trying ONE PM, TWO PM, TEN PM, ONE AM, etc.

And while I love the entry TEXAS SIZE, probably my favorite of the grid, the SE corner feels like there's maybe one too many Scrabbly letters down there. I didn't notice that it was a pangram until I started writing my notes, but I did notice the fill felt a bit rocky given all the names jammed in there with opaque cluing. My fault on not grokking WALT Disney, but does IVANA trump still qualify as a "socialite"? In this case, I'd have much preferred to either 1.) skip the pangram in order to work in one fewer name down in that corner (adding one more fun, wordplay-type clue) or 2.) make the cluing of the names a little easier for at least one of the three.

Great workout, tough to crack those corners, but a great feeling of satisfaction to do so.

Sat 1/11/2014
CANADABLUEGRASS
TRADITIONALIRAS
NAVALENGAGEMENT
STEMLESSGLASSES
LAYHIES
CDRSKISOSPAD
RAIDRAPSNEALE
INNOWAYITSALOT
SIGMAORZORENO
POSSUMOERSEX
KERTSAT
OBSCENEGESTURES
POTASSIUMIODIDE
ELEPHANTTRAINER
DENTALASSISTANT
I don't know how MAS does it. I've tried my hand at quad-stacks in order to expand my construction skills, but I'm nowhere even close yet. Coming up with the four stacked grid-spanners is hard enough, but throw in the fact that you need the section to tie to something else in order to make it a full puzzle (and have everything be symmetrical!), and you have a real feat on your hands. There's a reason why very few people are making grids like this.

There's not much room for snazzy fill outside of the 15s, so they must be snappy in order to give the puzzle kick. MAS does a pretty good job here, OBSCENE GESTURES being my favorite (no surprise given my fourth-grade maturity level). Some people might disparage TRADITIONAL IRAS, but financial and investment planning is a hobby of mine, so I really liked seeing it there. DENTAL ASSISTANT isn't great in itself, but a nice wordplay clue makes it shine.

Let's look at just one interlock issue as a demonstration of how difficult this construction is. In the bottom stack we have *ESHA in the fifth column. WAUKESHA isn't a great answer (unless you're from Wisconsin and/or love cheese curds, yum!) but what else is going to go there? Sure, you could shorten the entry to MOESHA or AYESHA, but that means you'd have to do the same in the symmetrical spot (GLEASONS might become GLEANS or GLEAMS). And then what happens to the surrounding areas? Maybe you could get something to work where KERT and where SOSPAD are, but with all the other constraints locking you in, that's highly doubtful.

Sure would be nice to do something about the KERT/MENSAL/REINA subsection though.

Yes, there is a good amount of subpar fill in here, but that's typically the price to pay for an audacious construction like this. Solvers' preferences are all over the map, some loving this sort of jaw-dropping grid, some preferring smooth and silky but less ambitious. I wouldn't want every themeless to push the boundaries like this, but I appreciate both the variety and the feat of construction. Fun solve.

Sat 12/14/2013
PANAMGAMESPCS
DETERIORATEHAL
TERRENCEMCNALLY
ETATSOTISLOVE
NESSSMEEFIXER
JAMVIP
ANCHORAGEALASKA
FOREIGNMINISTER
TRAINEDELEPHANT
ANTSINONESPANTS
TNTESO
GOBIGCANAAMAT
UPONWORFSCARE
SERGEANTOROURKE
TRARIGORMORTIS
SAXBLOODSTAIN
Another wonder from the Sorcerer of Stacks, the Genie of Grid-spanners, the MAS Maestro. What a tough workout today, and what a feat. It never ceases to amaze me, seeing all those rows without a single black square.

As Will mentioned, the crossings are pretty smooth through the quad-stack. Sure, there's a CRAT and I'm not totally sure I buy HEISTING, but NORN, SARGENT, EILEEN FORD, FILIPPO and ALI PASHA are fair Saturday material. It was fun to look up ALI PASHA and discover that his surname was Aslan, (like the lion in the Chronicles of Narnia). And it's even more impressive to see the awesome GO COMMANDO as one of the quad-stack crossers. Amazing stuff.

I like the ambition of adding two more grid-spanners into this puzzle, but neither TERRENCE MCNALLY nor SERGEANT O'ROURKE did much for me (sorry, F Troop fanatics!), especially given that there were so many other names present in the puzzle. Perhaps if one or both of those were more well known to me? Interesting that I found the roughest spots to be in the NW (D TEN / PEETE / ATRAS) and the south (ERB / RMS), both regions outside of the quad-stack. I wonder if having the two extra grid-spanners was worth it? (Or if it was even possible to complete without using the extra grid-spanners?) Tough trade-offs.

As a lover of wordplay clues, I appreciated seeing the fun clues for RIGOR MORTIS and GO COMMANDO. Amusing; it really helps to get a smile when I'm dead stuck. As I was struggling to get a toe-hold in the center, I couldn't help wishing for a wordplay type clue to help me out and divert my frustration. The tough cluing in the middle certainly made this a challenging workout, and perhaps I would have appreciated it even more if there had been a little more cheekiness in one or more of those central clues.

I would comment more on the architectural issues of the puzzle, but seeing as my attempts at quad-stacking have resulted in nuclear meltdown, I'll just sit back and admire. I appreciate the variety MAS gives us through his triple and quad-stacks, but I'm glad not every Saturday puzzle is this tough!

★POW Fri 10/25/2013
MADEMINCEMEATOF
ECONOMICWARFARE
LOSANGELESTIMES
SPECIALINTEREST
STEMSISS
ODEFFFTREE
STURMBEEFSAXL
MORSECODESIGNAL
OJSNILESLAKME
GOALMAXTVS
UGAPIERO
COMMERCIALRADIO
FREETRANSLATION
CHANSONSDEGESTE
SETSONAPEDESTAL
★ A couple of months ago, a non-crossword friend of mine pulled me aside and said I had to see something. He took out a newspaper he had saved and held up a NYT crossword, a themeless with two triple-stacks and very few black squares. "This is the coolest thing ever," he said. That's a pretty powerful statement from someone who doesn't even like crosswords.

I realize some people are going to hate today's crossword, but I say, haters gonna hate. I'm not a fan of construction feats for the sake of record-breaking, but I was so wowed by the visual of today's puzzle, with those wide-open spaces, that I had to give it the POW. Well done, MAS!

The usual knock on triple-stacks is two-fold (and these apply even more strongly for quad-stacks). First, because of their construction difficulty, they tend to use phrases which aren't very snappy, use too many common letters (RSTLN E), or incorporate ONES (A LOT ON ONES PLATE being the most notorious). MAS shines here, using eight really nice entries. At first I was put off by CHANSONS DE GESTE, but after looking it up, I decided I enjoyed learning about a term that's gridworthy; a deficiency in my knowledge base. It's just amazing that MAS managed to find two separate sets of four good entries for his stacks.

The second knock is that the crossing down entries tend to be tortured, giving the solver an equally tortured solving experience filled with a gamut of partials, abbreviations, esoteric names, roll-your-own words, etc. On this front MAS doesn't do quite as well. In general, there are a reasonable number of ugly entries, but there are so many of one type, partials, that it was noticeable during my solve. It's unfortunate that ME AT had to be clued as a partial to avoid the dupe with MADE MINCEMEAT OF, as that would have helped the issue. Should we give constructors a break, allowing for extra ugly fill when a feat is as cool as clean quad stacks? I think a little leeway is reasonable to expect, but the high number of partials did detract from my personal solve today.

So overall, very impressive work and an enjoyable puzzle. I'm usually dead set against stunt grids for their own sake, but in my e-mail exchange with MAS, I really appreciated hearing how he tossed out a whole bunch of triple and quad-stacks before settling on something he thought solvers would enjoy. Solver first, constructor second, that's what I love to hear.

Sat 7/6/2013
ASCHCUBABOSNS
SHAQOPENMARKET
TONSLENTILSOUP
REVSANJOSEARA
OSAMADINGCLOT
SAYIOMA
NATIONALAVERAGE
IWANNABESEDATED
PERMANENTRECORD
SEPARATEINCOMES
SASSALE
JOLTYEGGDEGAS
EXEELNORTEOBE
TINATURNERRYAN
EDDIEMONEYFATS
RESTSNADAKNEE
Sat 5/18/2013
AVAILABLECREDIT
PERCENTAGEERROR
ENTENTECORDIALE
STARSINONESEYES
SETNSA
JAWSAKILACKEY
ATADNACLMILNE
MRLUCKYOCANADA
BIDESEMILQUIT
SPOTTVONEDSTS
ATOAEC
AMERICANINPARIS
REGULARGASOLINE
FEEDINGONESFACE
STREETADDRESSES
Sat 4/13/2013
PEARLJAMGASBAG
ASQUIETASAMOUSE
STANDUPSTRAIGHT
DEBTSAHILEG
ERACRAMPRENO
MARURSA
AUTOMOBILETIRES
GROVESOFACADEME
UNDERSTATEMENTS
ASSOCIATEDPRESS
FENNESS
LAFFGYROSAHA
ELLBIBASSES
ALEUTIANISLANDS
FOURWAYSTOPSIGN
SYRIANESTHETES
Fri 2/22/2013
JOCKDISPOSALS
EZRAJOSHUATREE
SAULUNLETTERED
SWEETDEALMTIDA
EATEYELAESSN
ANGCAL
MARSHALLMCLUHAN
ORATORIOSOCIETY
MAJORLEAGUEGAME
STARSANDSTRIPES
SENEES
IMOPDTORABBC
LARGOAPRILFOOL
LUKEWILSONAXLE
EVANESCINGZETA
RENERUSSOERST
Fri 10/12/2012
WHUPJETSKIPCP
OONAFLEWINRHO
KODIAKBROWNBEAR
SHARPORRISROOT
AMOOWADIPSO
FLOADE
TAKEONESCUEFROM
ISEAGERTOPLEASE
CARRIAGEPAINTER
SPIRALSTAIRCASE
ISLRIO
ASINSUPOUST
LONGJOHNSUNTIL
PERSONALHISTORY
HUEJOVIALELEE
ARMONETWOREDS
Fri 9/7/2012
ALECSDIETPLATE
TOQUEAREACODES
STUTZCOLDSWEAT
ETASDENSCASE
ASLOPEABODES
NAMENAMES
INEEDAVOLUNTEER
LEASTRESISTANCE
LETTHEREBELIGHT
EASTSIDER
FAKEITBYLUCK
AMATDOZYIRAN
CATHERINEONICE
EZIOPINZALECHE
TEENANGELASHES
Fri 7/20/2012
ASTROWIFEPYNE
JURORIMAXROAM
AMITOBLAMEORSO
XOXNIMRODTBAR
OTARUMEALY
EMITFISESL
GENERALELECTION
ASSTUPIDASCANBE
NOTESONASCANDAL
EATTNTTADS
EMPTYSAWTO
BOWEATNOONBOA
BRITLOGROLLING
ERTEONEDOUNCE
DOHSEELSWISER
Fri 6/8/2012
REBAANITAPRES
ERICTHEREDHALL
DINAHSHOREIIII
ANODEINNSLSAT
CEOSLIENS
ALUMACHTAPS
TOLITTLEPURPOSE
TRACTIONENGINES
AIRCONDITIONERS
VIPSEENESTO
EMIRSGREG
DISCICEDHALAL
NAILSLUICEGATE
ATOELORDNELSON
SANSATEINESME
Sat 1/21/2012
FERNSPALUPNEZ
AREYOUALONEELO
COMEINTOTHEOPEN
EDITEDOUTCANE
SEXENDOFCLAD
CARECU
SACAGAWEADOLLAR
PRIMEREALESTATE
AIRPORTTERMINAL
SEEDLESSRAISINS
ADSTCM
OLAVTAKEIORB
TONIPYROMANIA
TENDERLOINSTEAK
EWESTATESENATE
REXLENOSCOMAS
Fri 7/15/2011
BEDISRESPECTFUL
AMANCALLEDHORSE
RINGAROUNDAROSY
STERLINGSILVERS
EENEEKA
LAMSTIEDLIST
ALATHARSUDOKU
ZIGHIJACKSNIX
ABIDEDQUITIRE
RICOHNIBACTS
RIFERRR
SCARLETTANAGERS
POLITICALASYLUM
ALOTONONESPLATE
DOESNTMAKESENSE
Fri 3/11/2011
SOYUZCANDIDATE
ADOREOVERTONES
SOUNDTHERETREAT
HUDHERDSSASE
LOWRENTSCARES
HESBFA
POLITICALARENAS
ALOTONONESPLATE
LITERARYSTUDIES
ONINTIMATETERMS
EDSNES
ARCADEALERTED
VAILSAPORNEI
ANTIDEPRESSANTS
SCENARIOSEXURB
THREETENSALIEN
Fri 1/14/2011
SECONDCLASSMAIL
ONONESHIGHHORSE
ALITTLELEARNING
NINOINRIZOO
DVDADDTINE
SEEMARXFENS
ONASTREAKROOM
SELATAXISCLAN
DEVOMILKSHAKE
RENTSOYAREG
REOSSEXPAL
ICKLUCEPACE
NAUTICALALMANAC
GENERALINTEREST
ENGLANDANDWALES
Fri 6/4/2010
MATSSWAYZEMIA
ALITTLELEARNING
COMPAREDAGAINST
TEAMDOHSPITS
MOOTEDCESAR
INFRUFFLESTUN
MODSMORANSUMO
ONEGPLANTOREL
SEPTSINGAXENO
ASABOOZEUPCTS
PREENREMAPS
ALTARCBSKAMA
PAUSEFORAMOMENT
STRETCHERBEARER
EEESCOTIASALE
Fri 12/4/2009
ASOLDASTHEHILLS
THREECOURSEMEAL
OUTOFONESLEAGUE
NEOIRISCARE
RANAMAJLET
CANSROSALAI
DOITJOSHWHITE
SENTMONEYAMER
TASTEBUDSTHIS
ATTPASOTHAT
GHIISTLIES
ETTAMANSAID
TRUMPEDUPCHARGE
WATERLOOSTATION
OPENEDONESHEART
Sat 8/1/2009
TAJMAHALJESSES
OPENDATEAVIATE
UPROOTEDMICRON
GRRBENPECKING
HAYNESCASTE
GILESPARDONS
USEDWATTERSON
YEWJERBOASNOD
SITUATIONCOSI
SELKIRKJAFFE
HIKEDPANZER
CAREENSFANORE
UGARTERIVIERAS
LEGATEALACARTE
LEANEDGENEROUS
Fri 6/5/2009
MINSTERDEBATED
ONELOVEEYEHOLE
THEOREMFRASIER
HEDCRONIESLVI
ERICHVONTREAD
RIELEERIEARTE
STRAWMATTRESSES
RAILHEADS
ASGENTLEASALAMB
SALTSTAREEVIL
CRISSRSTARISE
EDTORATIONATE
TITANICCREPTUP
INEXILELANEONE
CEREALSENTERED
Fri 1/2/2009
SALESRESISTANCE
THEELEVENTHHOUR
AMERICANDREAMER
YESCONTOUREDS
HENMOB
LOPERGASBASED
AVERSIONTHERAPY
PIERMUNRORUIN
INVITEDAUDIENCE
SEENOANTCLASS
GUTWES
ABSGREASEDJAI
WEATHERSTATIONS
ADLAIESTEVENSON
REALESTATEAGENT
Fri 11/4/2005
NAMENAMESEARLS
INACIRCLEAREAS
PUTONESFOOTINIT
STELEUNISONS
ITAPLANT
ORROISEOSSA
POISONPENLETTER
ADVENTUREISLAND
LEAVEINSUSPENSE
SOLEAFARKEN
RABATSEW
APPARATSANTA
GAINEDADMISSION
ELECTLESSONTWO
SPREELASTSTAND
Fri 4/4/2003
STRIKESABALANCE
PRICEREGULATION
RELEASEONESHOLD
ENEDUDEOBOE
EDDYBYTEEMEND
OPEISERE
KINGRATTUVTAJ
ANTIOCHARIZONA
YAHTOEGENERAL
SENSEKEN
ABRAMAREAORGS
REEDAURAIRE
REGISTRATIONFEE
AFISHOUTOFWATER
SYSTEMSANALYSTS
Fri 10/4/2002
FIREDEPARTMENTS
ORALEXAMINATION
CALLATTENTIONTO
ATEEEINSTAO
LESANODESMELD
TUTEBAN
JAWEDEASTINDIA
ACHRISTMASSTORY
STARTEDINEASER
LOSEMCS
AGERPARROTLAW
LOMMAIDMESH
PRESSCONFERENCE
HEADONCOLLISION
ANTSINONESPANTS
Fri 8/9/2002
ETHICSGALAHAD
ROAMEDSOMEBODY
NOVELSPETERPAN
IDEALHOSKAPPA
ELANTORTSMETS
EECENTOMBDST
LOOMRESPECT
SOWONESWILDOATS
WASTRELAURA
WETMALICETAM
EUROSITEDCODS
ACINGVISHAGEN
PHASEDINCERISE
ORDERINGPEORIA
NESTEGGALMOND
Fri 5/11/2001
AMBASSADORSHIPS
MARRIAGELICENSE
PROTESTSAGAINST
TZUFONG
RCASSRHAMS
SPOOLINGSTRAP
PASTORATEKOALA
IMPOSEDTRAFFIC
TERSEABOUTFACE
ELECTUNHEATED
SAYAAHSRDS
NAMEHMO
MARITIMENATIONS
OPENACANOFWORMS
BEEINONESBONNET
Fri 2/2/2001
COLLECTIONPLATE
AHOOSIERHOLIDAY
IMPROVEONNATURE
NYSENEONLOS
NAMESOTT
RPMTOMHADA
ELABORATEDETAIL
POTENTIALENERGY
OPTICALILLUSION
GELSNEDARN
APEROSES
ELOTACOABBA
PERSONALOPINION
PUTONESFOOTDOWN
STOPSTHEPRESSES
Sat 1/20/2001
CHESTSNICKED
SHOTPUTINHALED
CORDOBAGRANULE
URNRANCHERSIT
BASTEDOTDRIVE
ALIIKOLASEVER
SENDMENOFLOWERS
IMPORTUNE
MAKEMINCEMEATOF
ARESSEARSVASE
RENTASSNCENSE
CONCATTIERSUB
ELECTROGLACIAL
LATRINEHENNERY
SHOVESTEENSY
Fri 12/22/2000
DEADASADOORNAIL
ALTERONESCOURSE
KEEPINDETENTION
OVATEREAANT
TEMCLEANUP
ANSWERSLINEOUT
AROARASTERS
AGGIETAJEARLE
FRESNOTUBER
BERTOLTTUNDRAS
SWEENEYARC
ACEMAOTOTIE
CALMDISPOSITION
ASLOOSEASAGOOSE
DEEPESTRECESSES
Fri 11/24/2000
AMBULANCECHASER
REALESTATEAGENT
ENGLISHLANGUAGE
SEPALMTSIRS
IGAVESELLS
WIPEIQSROE
ODEBAUERERROL
MERLEUMASAABS
BASISSIZESDET
NOMSOXJAYS
COMICRECUR
PALSEEANGEL
TIMEOFDEPARTURE
ALEUTIANISLANDS
GEOMETRYCLASSES
Fri 9/8/2000
CHOCOLATEECLAIR
ROYALOPERAHOUSE
OPERATINGTABLES
WERETACOODE
NONOWES
DORIAMOONUMS
ORIGINMARTINET
GENERALASSEMBLY
MASTODONENROBE
ADEBENDTEXAS
SIRMAKE
TATSESEURIS
POSITIONOFTRUST
ETERNALTRIANGLE
TOASTMISTRESSES
Fri 6/30/2000
DEVELOPMENTAREA
EDITORIALCOLUMN
SIDEWALKARTISTS
CEESTOESSESE
BETADST
FOAMCOOTMOM
LOSTOPPORTUNITY
ACTIVEINTERESTS
WAITINGFORGODOT
SLAEASEENOS
ISLSASS
SCANESPYGAGA
CONCESSIONAIRES
ARTUROTOSCANINI
RAISESONESHOPES
Fri 5/19/2000
WEATHERFORECAST
INTERNALREVENUE
MARKETGARDENERS
PTAREMINONET
SESEENCTRY
XRAYACT
CHOCOLATEMOUSSE
AIREDALETERRIER
SCALENETRIANGLE
SOIENSE
TISSGTDRAB
ANAISROTHOLE
BALTIMOREORIOLE
UPPERCASELETTER
STARSINONESEYES
Fri 4/14/2000
ECCEOCTUPLET
OLAVAPPRENTICE
NOSEWATERTABLE
SPARSEREMORAM
NTHAFLEATS
APOIAGOVON
GOVERNORGENERAL
ALASKANMALAMUTE
SYSTEMSANALYSTS
ERETYRETAT
GOBSISMREL
EKESIREXTREME
NATIONWIDEASIA
OPERATIVESSUMS
AILERONSEPEE
Fri 1/28/2000
OMARACURASCAT
TIMEWARNERHARE
HAMMEREDATASEA
EMAILPERSONA
RINCBERVENOM
HOESKEEOVA
APPOMATTOXRIVER
PRIMEREALESTATE
PAVEMENTARTISTS
ETOARTETON
LETATMISCNAW
SASSIERKEOGH
JOHNANNABELLEE
EXODDOTTEDLINE
BYTEANSELSEAL
Fri 1/14/2000
STEVENSPIELBERG
AUTOMATEDTELLER
GRANULATEDSUGAR
ANTAIRESRAMS
ASIFRAFCTR
UNITSIDAS
DENOTEAXESFRA
JOININTHECHORUS
SSSNORAOCTETS
ATRABROOD
GLOISOWEAL
ORALSTUNGLIL
BARBEROFSEVILLE
INDUSTRIALAREAS
STATEASSISTANCE
Fri 12/3/1999
ASWHITEASASHEET
MARIEANTOINETTE
CHESSTOURNAMENT
SINREUPRAE
BCDFANSAWN
HITORETHIOP
CORSETSETRE
PEEKABOOISEEYOU
PEPSENSNARL
PRIORSCYRIL
SNOCATSNAM
IDOATOPBOW
MADASAMARCHHARE
ELECTRICTOASTER
TESTSONESMETTLE
Fri 10/22/1999
ENDOFONESTETHER
LEAVESALOOPHOLE
INVITEDAUDIENCE
SEINEAPRSPOIL
DESKSECORD
ASHOVERALL
CHUMRADPOISON
RAMADANPLACEBO
OREGONWOEEROS
DEITIESVEE
SSACALSARI
CHILIRLSBANJO
POTENTIALDANGER
ORANGEFREESTATE
STREETADDRESSES
Fri 9/24/1999
MOCHAAGESSAD
ANEARBLAHWEIR
DELTAHOUSEACRE
ETESELEEBLOCS
AHSMISLAYNOS
BITMISTNEEDNT
ENIACHOOTDODO
EGALITEBENEFIT
LALOADEEBROTH
ITSELFMIRACIE
NAPATEASETON
ETHICBNAITONI
FIEFROUNDROBIN
OMRIALECIRENE
REEGALEBERGS
Fri 5/21/1999
JOSSPASTMASTER
UHOHALOHASTATE
LALATIMEPIECES
IRAQTEESAMOST
OARDINTANS
PSIPODWWI
STANDONONESHEAD
MINIATUREPOODLE
ELEPHANTSTRUNKS
EELRNSERE
AGUETORSAM
GARDERARAADZE
EVILSPIRITLAUD
NINETEENTHTYRE
ADDRESSEESASEA
Fri 2/26/1999
PABSTARKINADA
ADORETEIDEPIX
RENALOSTEOPATH
ALALIMITNICHE
LANDSLIDESTHEA
LIZASCENAHERD
ADAMSSNORTY
XESSPUTNIKMAP
TWOBITOMEGA
ESAUOMAHAIDOL
NERDPALESTRINA
EXCONRAKERCIV
SPARETIREAMAZE
CODHONEYPARER
OTEIDEASSEEDS
Sat 2/6/1999
SNEEZEDALLSTAR
PAVLOVASIAMESE
IVEBEENALMAATA
NANACAPERROR
DJSACERINMORE
LOURADIANTSIN
ESPIESSAMHEAD
LAPSTHANA
JARSIDOTOSSES
ARIMAITREDUNA
NAPKINLOSSSMU
ACTORHEMSPAN
CHORALEMAEWEST
ENRAGEDEXPANSE
KENNEDYLEANDER
Fri 1/8/1999
AIRJORDANSATES
STAIRCASECREME
PAGLIACCIAGAIN
ELITEHELIPORTS
NINLUSTSENATE
SAGASHISHWED
DEDUCTJOAD
HEMANABODY
JONIDELETE
GUTCSPANREPS
OSWEGOACTADEW
STAYEDPUTNOISE
SITESALIENATED
INERTTETEATETE
PERSESTEELYDAN
Fri 10/16/1998
HAMLETSDOMINGO
IDIOTICADONAIS
NITRATEROXANNE
DOTESONCRIB
USSPEPESAI
STUOEDETTU
FEATHERONESNEST
ONCEINALIFETIME
PATENTMEDICINES
STOPEARCSA
ERSTSCIBOA
IRAQRECTORS
GAUDIERUNREADY
ARREARSSCOTTIE
SANDLOTTYPESET
Fri 8/28/1998
GENERALHOSPITAL
UNANIMOUSCHOICE
TOTALABSTAINERS
BETHETIDES
BULLYATOZ
EPEESNILEDELTA
ARCSRIMRODEOS
ROTSOLACERSOS
DOOMTOGODGATE
STREAMBEDSAGER
DYERAVERT
WINETAPMYO
ABOVETHEWEATHER
RANATEMPERATURE
PROCESSEDCHEESE
Fri 7/3/1998
AJARSWAPPRIZE
LIMEJUICEMEMOS
OBEDIENCESCANT
PERILDIVEOGEE
IDLEDEXTROSE
AMCTIECAD
PEACECONFERENCE
ORNAMENTALTREES
PLANETARYSYSTEM
ONEESAISE
RAINDROPTOWN
ALLIADOSMECCA
BOOZEIRONEDOUT
ANNEXSTRONGMEN
TEASETSAREERO
Fri 4/24/1998
ACEUPONESSLEEVE
PERSONALOPINION
SPANISHOMELETTE
ESSASNEEHEM
AVERDUPERY
BABYLONSOMAR
AILSCOTSMAN
AREAKLUTEECHO
DECIMATEHEP
TAROPREGNANT
ACUMENROOM
RANCLAPNOAH
CREATEANUISANCE
OLIVERGOLDSMITH
SANANTONIOTEXAS
Fri 3/20/1998
AFROSTOSSJONS
PLOWSHUTUOPAL
POTENTATESYETI
LATSANPARSNIP
ETEDEANNACOP
PINATASINGONE
INTRASHEAOMAR
EGOTISTCHEAPLY
ACTSCEDETHEDA
LAHCIAOSAUTES
APEREMEDYIFA
MICRONSANSTEN
OTOECHATELAINE
DARNEIREAROSE
ELEESPEDPANEL
Fri 1/30/1998
AIRTOAIRMISSILE
CREATUREOFHABIT
MAGNETICNEEDLES
ENDLOSVISED
TLCAKELA
LIQUORMIRACLES
AOUTABETKALE
TWOTENETTAX
HATSGISHVINE
SNEERSATEMENDS
GETTYPAX
EPODEOERPAM
PRIVATEPRACTICE
ASRICHASCROESUS
SENATORIALSEATS
Sat 12/27/1997
READIEDPESETAS
ARGONNEELEMENT
STANDONROXANNE
PESTICIDEINON
SCHMODALI
APTWAITSST
CLEARCONSCIENCE
AIRRAIDSHELTERS
SATELLITESTATES
ASHLINATSE
SAYAGLASS
JOHNPEASOUPER
ARIZONACONNIVE
PARAPETENGINES
ELECTEEDESSERT
Fri 11/14/1997
AUDIOVISUALAIDS
CLASSICALBALLET
ONTHEDOTTEDLINE
WAITANYLEVER
NATLREVERE
NEGRIVIRG
APBSTARESIBLE
REACHESANACCORD
AEROTSETSEROD
LARALENNY
TATAMIISNT
ORANTTONCOOT
TOMDICKANDHARRY
IMPERIALMEASURE
SPAREDNOEXPENSE
Fri 10/3/1997
TALISMANMURMUR
ABEBEAMEATEASE
MOOSEJAWSANDAL
ETAFISHAGA
PIANOSONENMEX
ARRSHUTMOE
PEREGRINEFALCON
ANIMATEDGESTURE
SEVEBALLESTEROS
EREDARTINT
LADYFENSTHEOS
APEJUDDARI
PARKASEDWARDII
ARCADERIODEORO
ZTILESSALESMAN
Thu 8/21/1997
CARSACTESCAPE
OLESNORSPARED
NOSTATUETURTLE
GHIHASEVERBEEN
RASSCIALTO
ESTEINALLNAGS
STATEDBEEPNET
SANDLPUTCOTTA
ETCFLATASSISI
SEEPARSONSPAR
RENEPTAORC
UPTOACRITICLOA
CHANGESIBELIUS
LIFTERICEACNE
ASTORSSSSBEDS
Fri 8/8/1997
EDITORIALCHAIRS
CAMETOTHERESCUE
THREEMASTEDSHIP
OLEALOHATONI
JONIEMFRSA
GAMECOCKEOS
AVISOINPROTEST
RERUNZOATOWNS
BRAINCELLAPEAK
TOALODGINGS
LONRTEMEET
AREAELVISAPU
BORDERLINECASES
ENTENTECORDIALE
LOSESONESTEMPER
Fri 7/18/1997
TAMALESCPOOFF
ANIMATEARSENAL
INSIGHTNOTNICE
LUGSOTEGESTED
SLOPSOSROC
VONPTAOSLO
THELATELAMENTED
AEROBICEXERCISE
BANNERHEADLINES
UPSAEONENG
IFISATGIBE
EYESOREBITNUS
YULELOGEAGLETS
RAISINGTRIESTE
ENEOSSSAFESEX
Thu 6/26/1997
PREAROARGABLE
AECLARGOEARED
ICOMEFROMWHOSE
LALAWMAGKEN
SPIRITMENACE
AFAMILYWHERE
FATTENERSAVOY
IWOGRAVYEVE
JESTSNEATENED
ISCONSIDERED
AMANDADAGGER
CANPOTSERGE
ACIDSABEVERAGE
SONIAGOTITZED
TWIXTSWAPSEDS
Fri 5/23/1997
ADSSCALPALTS
NETSHAGUEDORA
AFROCUBANSESAI
BIALIESGOOEND
ONIONTRERATSO
LINQUAIDATHIN
ITESNOCLEESE
CEDAREDCOSSETS
SAPPERJAWLOP
TREESCABLEERR
ETAGEAGOMICRA
RICTISOUTSTAY
OCHSNURSESAIDE
ILEDMABELNOIR
DESIELISENOS
Fri 4/18/1997
CLEANICARERAP
HANNANOMADESO
ALOOPAMETHYSTS
WALLPAPERSEIRE
DELPHIINDIA
SPARELOCKSENS
HERDSEMAILING
ACMEUPENDACED
CAMPSITEAMEND
BAGTHEOMENSTE
ADELAORBITS
RIDEGROANINGAT
ELDORADOSTOOTH
SLOAMESSARETE
TONMARTYXEROX
Fri 12/20/1996
EATONESHEARTOUT
STAGEDOORJOHNNY
THREEOFDIAMONDS
HOTEMIGXERO
SEASNEZOATER
DRONESONXIII
CPOOEDCRO
FATHOMSTWOFEET
RIORAHENO
EDUCDOODLERS
TACHSODEEDNA
HINTEVELAME
TOOGOODTOBETRUE
INFORMATIONDESK
SAFETYHARNESSES
Thu 11/21/1996
MAGNACARTAFLAP
IRREGULARSROTE
DEODORIZESAIRY
GOOSSEEKERTAO
ELMPENTTALENT
TASSESOTHORDE
PADTAJCEOS
RAISETHEALARM
YANKICEGOT
UTTERUGHSERGE
CHERUBRUSTERG
ABCGALOSHTZAR
TOESSOUSAPHONE
ANDYRUNAROUNDS
NEEDADDRESSEES
Fri 10/4/1996
CIGAREMBOSSING
OZONEROADTORIO
SEVENTYTHOUSAND
ATHHARDTOO
VCREREINEST
VIECBERCSA
ASQUIETASAMOUSE
MOUNTAINCLIMBER
PRICEREDUCTIONS
USSFLUEADE
SOFTBALLETS
CROAPETUSA
ACROSSTHESTREET
LAMBASTEDELATE
ASSENTERSPYREX
Fri 8/23/1996
ORTHOUPSMAC
PORESNRAADAIR
EYESHADOWZORRO
RASACOGBARRES
ALPOCEREALIDS
TOADTSETSEAAR
IPSESTRAGGLE
NESTATSEAREEF
GRASSIERALTE
TAGORTEGATIER
AHABEEPERACRE
BOILEDONANERN
LUNARBRITANNIC
ESSESETENOSEE
SETASSAVERS
Fri 5/24/1996
MARGARETPUSH
OVERSEERINDUCE
SAYONARAQUINOL
UARCHUMTRE
GNPTOEHERA
MUDIRONCARON
DOASTHEROMANSDO
RADIOASTRONOMER
INALLDIRECTIONS
VALLEDARKHOT
ABCSSUIGIN
BOAHEELSEL
LUNGEDETCETERA
ETALIAREASONED
LORNSERENADE
Sat 9/23/1995
TORUSREDACTOR
AVANTTELEPHONE
JOYCEOPENEARED
CLACTONREAD
CHEMOARIL
ARANFLAGARS
PERPETUALMOTION
SALESRESISTANCE
ETERNALTRIANGLE
ESSESSANMED
OSTETEXAS
JOANSTOOGES
ESCALATEDENTER
EARLINESSSIEGE
PRESIDESTARGA
Fri 8/11/1995
SPIRALSTAIRCASE
NATIVELANGUAGES
ACADEMICDEGREES
PILECOSTINGA
UNIHUESACEY
POCKETSPASIRS
ORMJIMMIES
HOMOSAPIENS
RAKESINDAS
TENSTEMORTALS
RADSHALSGAT
INSOACERJOSE
ONONESHIGHHORSE
DEADASADOORNAIL
EXPERTWITNESSES
Fri 8/19/1994
FESSPOSELEVI
AQUAHARPOUPON
NUCLEARARSENALS
FIRALENEEDUCE
ANOTONGALILAC
ROSATEDSENT
EXECSAMORETTO
ESPLANADE
MASSACREAXLES
MATMOMSTALL
ANTEDNAWABSEA
SMILESLIGOCAN
CARIBBEANISLAND
ODEAANDGOALOE
TESSRTESCARR

7 pre-Shortz puzzles by Martin Ashwood-Smith

Fri 11/12/1993
ASSOCIATINGAMP
STABATMATERPAL
HERELIESONEORE
YMAINNEYELID
AJAXDASCLOG
BRERISNTWHOSE
CIVIESTORIO
DEONAMEWASCRY
EDWINNETHER
KEATSSNAGAITS
INRETAWAJAR
ODESSAHASNIB
SUNWRITINWATER
KRAALTERNATIVE
SOSBOTTLENOSED
Sat 9/18/1993
STROBESROWING
ASILIVEIRONORE
RAPIDANPENSION
TROVESLSATSAG
RISERRINDGONE
ESTSTENOMEMEL
STEWOVEREATERS
ENTERTAIN
JACKHORNEROATH
AREALBORNEROO
BINSPETSLOTAS
OZTFORENUDIST
TORTOLAMODISTE
SNEERATORESTES
ASTAREMASTERS
Sat 8/14/1993
INANIMATEMATTER
NAVALOPERATIONS
PREMEDITATEDACT
URNSECSTEEL
TOGSMARUSIOTA
SWEARLERSNUBS
RAJSECTSAP
RELIGIOUSORDERS
EXOAMFMQUI
LEVISFEDMATTE
YSERMEDOCLIEN
MANONWOERAM
OPENANDSHUTCASE
RADIOTELEPHONES
CROSSEDONESPATH
Thu 12/26/1991
AMASANTEHIFIS
MOCKDAHLABARE
INRILORERELAX
GOODTIMECHARLEY
OPPOBIEUNI
OHIOSTARGAZER
ALOTIGLUOMY
GIBESAMEELOPE
ASITILEALLS
STAIRCASEABOO
TAOADARGYM
ONCEINALIFETIME
LORANGATOACED
ERASEODORZANE
SATYRGYREALTA
Wed 10/16/1991
LASSCROWQATAR
ANTEHAJIUNITE
RAINENOLASSAY
VIRTUEISLIKE
ASSETSCELLOS
NAESFERMENT
ARICHPARISTIA
RODEBACONSTOL
RUEPATENSTONE
ASABONEDOOR
SESAMECLAIMS
BESTPLAINSET
ANAILROISDEAR
ROMEOOOZEERDE
KVASSDRAYDEEP
Fri 7/19/1991
WALLSPONDZETA
ADLAIAROOEYAS
THATFELLOWSEEMS
TOMETOPOSSESS
CANESPEERHEX
TRIMREPAVE
GADSNACKSODOR
ARIZIOITORO
METZCLENCHWAX
MATZAHGRAB
ARYLOANEVENA
BUTONEIDEAAND
THATISAWRONGONE
AUGEEXAMELMAN
JESSSERADEIST
Wed 6/5/1991
ABBESBOOMASKS
CLARKAGUAMOOT
MARRIAGEISANDA
ETEINGEOBTAIN
FANNYONATAC
GEORGEAMISTAKE
AHOTALICES
GETITSITDEBUG
ERASESTATA
EVERYMANJESSEL
NATTAYLEVEE
ACHOOSZOLABEV
MAAMSHOULDMAKE
ETNAEROSEELER
LEERDENYSALSA