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36 puzzles by Matt Ginsberg — 29 solos and 7 collaborations (12 Sundays)

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Fri 3/7/2014
ICKINESSFLAGON
THENANNYTATAMI
CITATIONCITRIC
HATSSWEEDEATH
TALIAMONGST
SCHADENFREUDE
ERATORENTDEA
MAZESPADELOST
IBMCHANROOST
ALLMYCHILDREN
ACTAEONERSE
RASTAECTOSEAS
BRUINSREBOTTLE
OVINESAROMATIC
RETORTNOTGREAT
I am fighting a battle with Will Shortz that I fear I will never win.

My goal is to put an Easter Egg in a NY Times crossword puzzle. So, for example, in my 9/8/11 effort with Pete Muller, the 72-word fill included the mini-theme KESEY, WOLFE and MERRY PRANKSTERS. Hidden and wrapping around the corners were ELECTRIC, KOOL-AID, ACID and TEST.

Will ran it on a Thursday and circled those letters.

On 2/18/12, I had a puzzle with a long row of diagonal squares. The letters above the squares spelled UPSTAIRS, and those below spelled DOWNSTAIRS. Will added a note in the Notepad: "This puzzle has two bonus answers in appropriate places. Can you find them?"

In today's puzzle, my original clues for 15- 39- and 43-Across were [TV show the last episode of which aired 6/23/99 5/23/10 9/23/11] (I liked the fact that the dates progressed forward in time this way). Will put a little extra in the clues. Sigh.

The reason I can never win this, I have realized, is that Will always gets the last word! And he actually does what is probably the right thing, catering to his broad audience instead of the handful of folks who would discover my Easter Egg.

A lesser man would give up. But not I! My only question is whether I should continue to *tell* Will when I put an Easter Egg in a puzzle. If I do, he'll spoil the surprise. If I don't, he'll be annoyed when he finds out. I'm caught on the horns of a dilemma.

But a word of warning. If you ever see a Friday or Saturday puzzle of mine that appears to have no theme, look again. There's never any telling when I'll manage to slip one by.
Fri 7/12/2013
JUSTADROPSTARK
ANTONIONIREGAL
CRANKCASESMOTE
KEYHONESTPURE
PASSTSRRATTAN
ODIOUSVEILICE
TYNANGENTLESEX
RUSEDEBS
SWISSALPSUNDER
HASELSEETERNE
OREIDARNASICS
OWEDDESOTOVAT
TOYEDMODELLERS
AROSEINORDERTO
TNUTSLAZYSUSAN
Sat 5/11/2013
DRAWERBASILICA
REMORAARCHIVAL
ELIJAHHARAKIRI
WORTMAIMVEEPS
ASSYRSAILED
LOTTSANTANA
PARAGUAYMOOCOW
OREURBANIIIVA
RIESENWINDYDAY
TAKESTOGAEA
ATONCEANDES
SASHAFORTGRAM
LOCATIONRATITE
ENIWETOKECZEMA
DESKSETSFEEDER
Sun 4/7/2013FITTING REARRANGEMENTS
IDAHOAIDAJEERRARE
SOLINGINORDERTOEBON
LOADERDORMITORYZEST
ARSENALISEESEAHORSE
SNOOZEALARMSLENDER
OUTEATKAABEETS
COMTEDEBITCARDUSETO
ANOSGONEBADMARGNIN
DLRMORGEORGEBUSH
DOESOVERSOONNGAIO
YAZOOSETAMOILORNIS
NSYNCPABAAIRRIFLE
ASTRONOMEREYEERR
MFGTRAMREVERSECRIB
ARENABADCREDITBONGO
DONORENEFIGARO
EMINEMFIREOFLONDON
NATURISTDUCTLATEFEE
ITISDIRTYROOMPALOMA
COVESLOWLANESEMILES
EZERTODOLOSTSADAT
Sun 12/16/2012HEARING DOUBLE
ASPICCAMEAAWOLACR
SOREATOLANDLAVATOO
WOODYOUMINEDBLESSERS
ENSOLMOSNEEDTHEDOE
AYEOFKNUTEPROTDINT
TIARAANOLOTRKARAT
NODOSEMAIDOFMETTLE
MADMENALEEINI
ASKERSHASITASLANT
COHOSCESTGOODKNIGHT
KAAARIAALAEROD
KNOTFORPROPHETTIETO
SLOOPSAMOURDIMWIT
IWOGRIPSPATES
HALVETHERITEBROOCH
AMEEROXENLOOFOEHN
IPSOINREBYRDOFPRAY
LESISMOOREUNDERELM
IDOLATRYAISLEOFWHITE
NUNSHEASNEERFORGET
GPSHEELEDDYSWENDS
Sun 9/23/2012BREATH-TAKING
WOLFISHMESASBADDEST
ENOUNCEBLUSHALIENEE
BONSOIRAIRLINETRAVEL
GENOMEELIZAROIL
HAINIGHTOWLSREMITS
ITSSOTRAINAMBLE
SALADSETRESNOOKEDU
STATEOFTHEARTAYEAYES
NISEIIPASSBEAN
MADESUREASLANCABLE
IDSARMTOTHETEETHREW
ADORNOBIESTRAITORS
SLUEDINEDSTRAW
MENTIONSEVENYEARITCH
ADDMORSEILYARUNWAY
JULEPPEAKSPAESE
WATUSIOLDSCHOOLEER
ATONTHOSEVALDEZ
FORESTOFARDENPOETESS
ENTAILSTBONEESCARPS
RESUMESSYNODRAILSAT
Thu 9/13/2012
PAPWHYADLIBS
AREAREALIEGES
YONRESTFRENCH
DUNKSBOCARIAA
ISAYOUZOSATUP
REMOUNTMALTESE
TSETSECECERED
OMELETTES
EATAGIOSPASMS
ARRAIGNCASHCOW
SMALLEROSIONE
TOILIDOLOBOTE
MINORSOOZEPAT
ARETHAFRAUEGO
NEESONSPFDEN
Sat 2/18/2012
ROASTERSTUSHES
ONTHELAMINLOVE
CALAMINEMARLEE
OPAPASTIESDAS
CASCOHAIROORT
ORTHLONIWANDA
AGORANATTER
SWAPOUTSERMONS
TIGERSTHEME
ASNAPARODAGOG
THOUIMUSILONA
EBSRHYTHMSRBI
POTSIEHOOLIGAN
ENIGMAINREPOSE
NECTARSEASONED
Thu 9/8/2011
STUERWINSELECT
EASTERLYIRONER
TRACTILEDENALI
HEFYENSEMITIC
APRESSKIEEK
WOLFEVERITE
PTUIAESCENSE
MERRYPRANKSTERS
AESOPMOSRASP
TURRETKESEY
IVARAISABLE
NOLIMITBLUJFK
DITTOSTOODLEOO
ILEAVEAVOGADRO
CARTEDREMEDIAL
Sun 9/4/2011THAT'S DISGUSTING!
ARTSLEAFLIKETSGARP
NEHILENAOLINSHELTER
GAELICWARNINGHAVARTI
ELIOTEGADARTESIAN
RASCLASSICACTIONSUIT
ELLHUGOLIENMLS
DEEDRUSTICBUCKETS
OSAKAABOMBALCAN
UPFORUNSETLAILAALI
SUMSCANNEDKINGLYRIC
ERATRODINCNOTESPEE
FINETUNICPRONETOENT
UTILIZEDBEETSPANSY
LYCEEIRESTZIPIT
ORIGINALCYNICLEVI
SOOWISCOTOERAM
TOPICOFTHEMORNINGARP
ALIMENTSCERAGONNA
MANMADEGREATLYMYSTIC
PLEASEDPUTTOSEALIST
SADDERASSENTTOOCHS
Sun 4/17/2011END OF THE LINE
TSAGULAGWADESPSALM
AOLERATOERODEALLEE
ISTILLDOBUTIUSEDTOTOO
COINSNUBSRESERVOIR
HOMERSSEULLUCIA
INAPEDESTRIANSPOCKET
TEAMOTIORESTUP
FADSKIPITNAANURI
ESAUTHROUGHNOTDYING
NIMBLEINSNOVAE
APOORJUDGEOFANATOMY
ALIENIREDEWIER
NOITAKETHATBACKSLAP
OWNROUXSTREAMOHM
DETACHSITONTOP
SOTHATSHOWITCOMESOUT
TAROTMIDISTERNA
SUPERDOMENEEDSUTIL
ISINAGLASSJARONMYDESK
DANDDELSIEEZINEGOT
ERASEDOESTDEPOTANO
Thu 3/10/2011
READINGCELLAR
ALBANIASOMEONE
WORDSPRONOUNCED
BIOSYBILDAME
ASAMIITEMLOY
REDONDORAPINE
BAILEYNOTES
DIFFERENTLY
SPELLANGELI
CAMEASGOESBAD
RDATORISHARE
ATRAMISSMNIA
WHENCAPITALIZED
LASTONEIMANAGE
SITSBYRAINIER
Thu 2/3/2011
RAKESMOWSAARE
ADOUTICEEPOOL
BORNELATEENOS
BLEUBLTSARETE
IFACLUEPFFT
HERPOLLUTES
TUEINSANAROCK
ISMISSINGUSETHE
EDITINDENTSOW
RATSTAILTYS
SUNSNEXTONE
SCOOTTEARAVON
ROWSORTSATEIT
IDEAWANTCURSE
SENDSLAYESTER
Fri 12/3/2010
ATWOSHEATBAR
LEADCHILLHOMO
TELEPHONICELMS
APELOADHARLEY
RESTARTHERMIT
SEAICELUMMOXES
MESSILYPURL
FREEDTECGYPSY
LAVAPINESOL
UTENSILSQUAHOG
INDENTCUREALL
BOOTEDGOADNEA
ANDIOPENSEASON
LADDWENCHGOLD
ELSENASHAMES
Sun 5/16/2010DOUBLE CROSSERS
FASERINTHERDSPANO
AREGOANDRETTICHETER
DEFOGBEAUFORTHECTOR
ENAETEKENNYPEAHEN
SANGRIASLESREEFSLR
YAMMERERLESSTIA
DONNECAVSATTERSGT
VOWDWAYNEABUSEETHE
IDEAMANOLDCARSTROT
CONVERIONJENNIFER
ESSEEMUSIRTGIARCA
DURATIONCONTRTION
GTOSSAVANNAITSALOT
SAINERHOPANDNOTEKE
ULMDETERSMAIKIDDI
CLEPRAYCELERITY
KILPRODPHDTOLUENES
PITIEDSEARSALTIDO
COMICSHOLLOWEDIONIC
PLINKSSTEEPENSORECK
LITTLTSETSESNESTS
Thu 4/8/2010
BRILLIGGIMBLE
LINEARAFORAGED
ALCOHOLREADING
SEASONGYRERYE
RECAPCLAD
BANDERSNATCH
OREOIGNORAMUS
DIEOUTMYSORE
YARDSALESETAL
LEWISCARROLL
CAKESNIDE
HUHWABEJAILED
ARAPAHOSULTANA
TAKESONORIENTS
SLITHYBEAMISH
Sun 2/14/2010THAT'S AMORE
NEHIAETNABLINDHAJI
OPENRERANSODOMOLIN
WHATISLOVESCIFIOILS
TUNETAMSKOANKALE
FRIENDSHIPSETTOMUSIC
MEATPIEOCATREPEAT
KEYSTONEROWANASSN
TDSELMSNOLOAD
THEBEAUTYOFTHESOUL
PUTOUTMILELAICORZO
CHANGESLUNTSTHEREIN
BORERUHROOHSORELSE
SHARINGYOURPOPCORN
TEAPOTOPAHGYM
VEGAREMUSSIGNORAS
PAMELARINGLEERING
AMANYSPLENDOREDTHING
NONETRODEMILDRED
DOURHITITALLYOUNEED
ASEAMOTTSALIENTREO
SELLAROSEMEESESSGT
Thu 2/4/2010
SEASALTATLASES
ABRIDGEBRIGADE
GRIEVEDDIVERGE
SOAVESAUCEGYM
ERRPLEBS
MAWBABESAYEST
ODESTAXIINTWO
THICKENKITCHEN
HOGANSHEDHYDE
SCHLEPTALCLED
DEALTYAP
SECBLIPSFLOAT
PROTEANPATERNO
ANDANTEATANEND
MEANDERRENAMED
Thu 12/3/2009
LTRSSIRNOSOUP
POETPLOSECURE
NOGOAREAARTIST
LAGGARDSVOIT
MARYIISHEAUNE
ITDONAITCHIER
DEEMGOETHE
DENVERLETTE
SEAGODHONE
KRISHNASETHEM
REFISPSAVAILS
ANODSTARMAPS
KONICAURBANPOP
OILRIGNCODUNE
WRYESTGOBESSU
Sun 11/1/2009COMPOUND FRACTURES
CAPSBATTABHORCDS
APOCRYPHAPIANOTWEET
RETROSPECTACLESVILLE
BATESKATFLEWAKITE
ELEPHANTOMSPORADICAL
AILSYANCORTESPAS
RELCRAGWADIDOTE
PSYCHEDELICACYNODICE
AAHALAEATMISOS
CONTRABANDONLIPBALMS
UTAHSEDGEEFILETAME
OHFATHERROULETTERMAN
METRORAJAMOICI
ORATORGUITARISTOCRAT
ILAYSVENNOELEGO
RECLECTERSTLAFEW
PERHAPSODYFOREVERIES
HIROSHIMAZOLAASAN
OSAKACENTIPEDESTRIAN
TETESARDENMAKEHASTE
ORANSYNCNYESTHAW
Tue 10/6/2009
ERIKOMNIOCCAM
RAMAREAMELLIS
ISMYCAMPGROUND
SPOORDEALSEGO
BLEEDRECEDES
HEADQUARTERS
ARTDOZEYECCH
IREDSTILTTHRO
RYDERNOAHAAA
THANKSGIVING
SPAREMESTINK
AOKIOUTSSPECS
BLITZKRIEGEDAM
LARUEORCARUSE
ERASENETSSPEE
Sat 8/15/2009
MASTSSRIUSPS
UNPAIDMANIACAL
STILLERANDMEARA
THECOVERSOFVON
EELSISTOOBELT
RMSBOOMRBONES
COURTRAGS
THISBOOKARE
AAASEPICS
TURKEYSENEPTL
OSHAOLORDSHOE
UTETOOFARAPART
GREENHOUSEGASES
HILLTOPSDARING
SASSOSERECTO
Sun 6/21/2009FAMOUS LAST WORDS
OSCARWHAMHAMWILDE
MAORIAUTOMATABESEEM
ISLASREMNANTSRILEUP
THEBENDSGROUCHOMARX
ITEFOCIEDAM
LOUCOSTELLOSTAIRUMA
AKCSOFAPIERRECPUS
BRAESDOGGONEITCASTS
SALVADORDALIBEPOLITE
ARISONOPENALIZES
DESPOTNWTJASROGERS
EXTENSIONBUYECRU
PEERGYNTCONRADHILTON
OTROSFIREDOORSNARCO
TEENYEMENILEOSATE
SROMORESDYLANTHOMAS
IRONADESEEN
PANCHOVILLAPAPACIES
IAMTOOILLEGALSRANDI
DAEWOOPLAYEDUPOLDEN
ERROLSSNROSSFLYNN
Sat 5/30/2009
JUSTMEBANDB
ONEHALFSAMPRAS
JACUZZICHORIZO
OWLYITZHAKVAC
BAUMECOLIPEAK
ARDORHOOFOURS
SEEOUTSCRIMPS
CLAPKAVA
SPHERICPETARD
SLOESZOGRUMOR
WOLDOZARKMAMA
AWEHOAXINGZAG
GINFIZZSEIZING
ESTEVEZTERENCE
HAZEDDODGED
Tue 4/28/2009
ICERSTOMBDEAF
SAMOAINGAUCAL
PRIMPGIRDLORI
STRAIGHTGALLON
NEATCUNNING
STRONGCLYDE
AHASEALEASHES
WISESPEAKSICK
SNACKSANERGHI
LOSERNACHOS
SIMILESBANA
ONAPARSLIPPERY
LUGSASTIATRIA
ISMEPEENSOBER
DEADHARDTREND
Sat 4/4/2009
PAGECHILIAPRS
ERRSLOMANERIE
ERASOPPOSITION
LICENSESENNETT
EVENNESSCHASER
RAFTERPORETRY
LUIPETERI
LASTLETTERS
LAREDOREG
TOPNUDEBEEPER
SPADESRELEGATE
HERESTOSECURED
INACTIVATELAVA
REDONAMEDATEN
TREYGLOSSRENT
Sun 2/1/2009GRID-IRONY
STIRHUMSABITOFBELTS
TILEDASIAROSITAOXEYE
ALLIEZEALMOLTENATONE
PLENARYHIPBALLCARRIER
LEGATECAVESMELINDA
ERAHASHMARKSOEDPOLK
DSLGUAMIPSERIPOPEN
MORALSTHEATRESLIEGE
TWOMINUTEWARNINGRUNLOW
RATEDIVANNEGLECT
ANINDOSESOCKICKOFF
IDOSUPERBOWLSUNDAYFRO
TANTEEOMNIRASPAFAR
FATCATSENGRAGENT
PROAMSPASSINTERFERENCE
OVULESTRENGTHAIRERS
LETSNOTADINATNOIRA
ERSEKEGTIGHTENDSVIS
STREAMSSOILSEASELS
NEUTRALZONEDNAESTELLA
IXNAYTENORSTRODADIEU
PETRIIBERIAEGADYENTL
SCOTTPOTENTDEFYREST
Tue 12/2/2008
CREWSACLUBOOM
LEGITCLAPIONA
INGLEHUSHSONY
NEEDEDCHOOCHOO
KERPLUNKLOU
ISLAADMIRED
PINGACATPTERO
SOUSCREECHDIN
SWISHESAIPONG
TATTOOSSTAT
RAPBEEPBEEP
SPLATTERDOOMTO
OLAFFLEEGAMAL
HOMEOINKETYPE
OPEDRATEESSES
Sat 10/4/2008
OHBOYMFORIPOD
PERSEEIRENASA
TREATNARCISSUS
IMAGINATIONIS
MAKESITNUGGETS
ANSSAEPENSEE
THERMSSIOUX
MOREIMPORTANT
GENIISTRESS
RIPESTYENRUE
ERASMUSLECTERN
THANKNOWLEDGE
TYRANNIESOTHER
AMORENNEWRONG
BALDYSERNATTY
Thu 9/4/2008
THORNITINADDE
RELEEDECISION
AUDIOLEISURELY
PRESCIENCEHULA
PERSONALITY
UNCAGEOMEGA
DUKEHREIDEALS
ONESECONDCUE
ZIPPEDSRSSHEA
EXTRATUKTUK
INFINITIVES
AHEMANDALUSIAN
ROYALTIESRUNTO
THECHECKNICER
SODDARKSSTENT
Thu 7/24/2008
MAKOFLESHWORF
ALEXEULERELAL
DUMBULLETSLADY
EMPORIUMELFIN
WINSITUATION
CROSSEOTTO
HERIRONEDOUT
ONCEISNOTENOUGH
POSTDATESTHE
EINEPLEASE
CHIRODRIGUEZ
HASNTDIRTPOOR
ALLIRAINGOAWAY
SEATATONESIRE
MYMYEMMYSSESS
Sun 7/13/2008PARTING THOUGHTS
BRASHATLBOPPRISKIT
RECTOCRUCIBLEARCANA
UNARMTOBOGGANCIARDI
TODIEQUIETLYINMYSLEEP
AGUASTINDERHYENA
BESTIALHOESHHSMTN
ENTERSMINPAYEES
EERLIKEMYGRANDFATHER
FREDIDOAUSTENRAVE
GEARDEMESNEEMERIL
BETHESDANOTSHREWDLY
ATCOSTINVOICERETD
SIAMAVENUEMARDIOS
SCREAMINGINTERRORMEA
YVETTEHAYREFERS
STLINABORNLAGASSE
PRIMALATINALECAR
LIKETHEPEOPLEINHISCAR
IBERIAASTOLDTONIECE
FALCONCLASSIEREDDIE
FLYINGEASTTREDEEDS
Thu 2/28/2008
WRAPGRIMEMAIL
EASERANIGAGNE
ABITADINGOOFF
RESERVATIONGOT
ROARDUOS
TAOISMORIGINAL
ELFSEINEFORA
NOTHINGISBETTER
THEONOSIRINK
SANCTIONGIANTS
KERRPACT
THETRANSPARENT
RAVELNEAPEMER
IRENECOLLSIMI
MESSYESMETTOP
Sun 2/3/2008JUST FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
LOFTDEADONUPSIDEC
HELLOERNESTELEONORA
TOMEIERESTUHARDLOOK
TIECLIPSPOPGUNAANDE
PICKEDSMISLEDPAYEES
STEROSIERTIS
ACCSALINESTWOHEADS
LOOSSLATSWOONXMEN
LOUTSOLEOTEEFSTALE
ALREADYSUPRASCARRIE
TRIADSTEAKAILEY
SMELLYJOININGREMLIN
OASISFERNNEMOSELMA
CLANDLEIFSAGEWING
KINGLEAREASEONTSOS
AUKSPATESOHM
SPAWNSPEARLSCLEANSE
PALEOMOESHALIARLIAR
ONEFLESHHANSOMOASTS
SETTINGSARTUROAWAIT
EDASNERSTANDCDINE
Thu 1/24/2008
SPARSOTCOCHS
PINATAROADJACK
ARISESAERIALLY
CAMPAIGNTRAIL
ETAMARAYNEWE
SELFAVGSDAK
LYNNEMEKONG
GROUNDRUNNING
OLEOLESNOOD
JAGRSEASOLE
SDIAPOPSTPOD
NAILONTHEHEAD
COALMINEAVANTI
BULLSEYEHITTHE
STDSDIDSHOES
Thu 1/17/2008
ABSORBSTHEBLOB
TEQUILASUNRISE
REITMANUGLIEST
ANNENDERENOS
ASKPILAF
SILLYESESREI
TREASUREISLAND
PATRONSSCOURGE
ANIMALCRACKERS
TINVITUSERST
BETHSCBS
OHSOOSCARFIB
REPOMANAVARICE
BLAZINGSADDLES
SPREADSSESAMES