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13 puzzles by Mel Rosen — 12 solos and 1 collaboration (5 Sundays)

plus 10 pre-Shortz puzzles for a total of 23

with constructor comments

See the answer words debuted by Mel Rosen.

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Sat 4/12/2014
COLBERTBUMPCHE
EVERSOSORRYOAR
LEGISLATURENIN
TROTARSODISTS
INSMAOSUIT
ASGARDVIRGIL
HEELSDARKSTARS
ALOEHASTEATOI
BACKBENCHFREON
ASIAGOSETSTO
DOCENTSBAY
ONHIGHOAFAWES
LIIHEATSENSORS
CONARCTICOCEAN
ENGMYCOLOGISTS
Anything can inspire a themed puzzle. My inspiration for an unthemed puzzle is usually an anchor word or two, and for this market fresh is better. I've enjoyed "The Colbert Report" since its debut, so COLBERT BUMP at 1-Across made a dandy debut entry. GEOCACHING at 27-Down is another debut entry. I've enjoyed the hunt several times. You can read about the activity on — what a shock — Wikipedia. MYCOLOGISTS in the SE corner is another debut item, and so are BACK BENCH, MAO SUIT, HEATHERY, and BINGHAM. DARK STARS is new, although DARK STAR has been used before clued using the racehorse or the sci-fi film. Likewise, the singular entry CONSULATE has appeared before.

I supplied two clues for every entry; Will kept many of them, tweaked some more while retaining the sense of my offering, and — what a shock — rewrote many.

Tue 3/11/2014
STALEASAPMASH
TOTESRIGAIDEA
AFOOTSTIRALIS
BUMSAROUNDTINA
TANONABET
GLAZEDPANE
LUNESBURMAROAD
ILIACURIEEGGO
BULLNOSEDBERET
BOSEMELEES
UPTICKAHA
MANNBUTTONWOOD
PROBOCHOBILBO
ETTUOLINADDIN
DYEDKANEGEESE
Some puzzles can truly be characterized as "inspired." This one, however, came from my "I really ought to compose a puzzle" muse. That said: daily crosswords in most markets carry no titles; consequently, constructions utilizing a "reveal" entry appeal to me because they offer the solver an "aha" moment. "Reveal" entries are sometimes as long as the theme answer phrases. For example, the theoretical-but-probably-not-useful reveal AFTERMATH could be a hint for the same-length answer MAJOR DOMO (as in MATH MAJOR) as well as unrelated answers like SYMBOL FOR LEAD and TEST MARKET.

Casting about for ideas for this puzzle I thought of IN BUD, which is apt for springtime. Then I found four suitable long entries that seem to be first-timers, which is always fun: BUms arounD, BUrma roaD, BUll-noseD, and BUttonwooD.

As to the development of the grid: I don't remember what I had for lunch yesterday, so other than making sure the reveal was in the grid — near the bottom to delay the "aha" — I honestly don't recall if there were tricky regions of the construction. The grid design has lots of relatively isolated areas with many options everywhere. I knew I was aiming for Monday-Tuesday difficulty and tried to keep the fill on the straightforward side.

Sun 6/16/2013QUESTION BOX
TTOPSHIGHBROWROSE
HOPUPAMIEYEAHSOPIE
IFAGIRAFFEHASFOURTEEN
NFLKOSTHUMPSTAURUS
NETETALIITRINARY
MORETHANAWALRUSAND
IVANVNOGSEEMEHMS
SIZEDESPTARIOT
ODEMARTTOPSSIBERIA
TADAREPOTELOPERS
SMARMANERATORAH
MALABARPARTSPLOT
ARAPAHOSMASHAUXSAG
SIMSATMARCZERO
HOOGRAFTTNTCORED
ASQUIRRELHASHALFAS
RATSOUTGIBERSORA
ODESSASUNOCOSUVTWA
MANYASAPIGWHATARETHEY
AGARIRENEETASUSONE
NEMOKEGSRYESPORTS
Fri 7/16/2010
SCANSCAMSNARE
OHBEARTYNIPAT
REBSMILLIONTHS
EARTHSCIENCE
SPELUNKSTOPHIM
VEREENONIONY
FBILATENENNIS
LOAFDEVILSEGO
ENTOMRELETYON
EGERIAREGRAB
RODENTSDRAYAGE
WOOKIEEPEDIA
RUMORMILLSSGTS
AMOREMITTHEME
DANDDSEASAROD
Sun 1/10/2010CROSS WORDS
STEELERAGHASSHADES
NOSCORERHONETAPESUP
ALTOONAMOTORELANTRA
PLANNEDRUEDEPARTIAL
ESSOSMELLINGSTUM
MAPISSZERORANG
BEMYGUESTPERONTETON
ETOATMSSRSWINOETA
LUNARITALOFLOOREDIT
LITHBLEWOVERNOSE
ASHOREPRAIRIESOREAT
RATAANNMARIEIAGO
ORGANSTOPCARONLEGAL
MHODYESDESDUPELIE
SETBYOTOESREPRESENT
KOOLFITSDENEST
SODSATOMISTSACHS
CALCIUMALEROWEATHER
ELEKTRAWATERANTIART
SLEEKLYATESTGOTOSEA
SPRAYSNERTSSLYNESS
Sat 9/2/2006
LINCSPIKEJONZE
ONEOMINISERIES
ADENUNITPRICES
DIDNTGETGEESE
SLOWLYWHEN
PETEYGAUNTLET
DONEEQUITSEXE
ESOSSUITSTAPA
LESFOALSWAFER
IDEALISTFINER
DALIBANZAI
SAGETFRIGATES
WINECOOLERNINE
ADAMANDEVEINCA
NEWSREADERAGES
Wed 1/11/2006
APPALSEWNAKA
PREGOCREELAM
EIGHTEENTWELVE
KLMASINNUNN
RIMYONEHUNDRED
OKEEFFEERASER
CESARGIGI
THIRTYSEVEN
DARNEWERS
BESAMESUREBET
FIFTYSEVENSULU
AGFAELSELAB
TWOTHOUSANDSIX
AIROASTAGAZE
HGTEKESPETER
Fri 9/13/2002
POWERLUNCHAMPS
AFICIONADOVEEP
SIMULCASTSANTA
STPLARATENDER
HELMTENTERS
SPRITEMELVILLE
CREESGERRYEON
REIDSEAMYEYRE
APTCENTSCUERS
PRENAMESCARVES
MORANISDRNO
EVADESPAIDGAB
TITIOPENSESAME
ADENFERTILIZER
LESETAKESAPART
Mon 4/9/2001
ELLENRIPSTEIN
LIETOEMUHORDE
BANCSDILLINGER
ONTHEPODIUMOAF
WESEEECOON
PAWSWINSOME
SNAILOATIMAX
WINNINGTHEPRIZE
ACADAPTRICES
BELARUSFEES
GROGMRSRCA
EYETHREECHEERS
LASSITUDEITSOK
ALIENNOSDOONE
LUCCIACTENDED
Sun 1/12/1997I WANTED TO BE A...
COULDDACHAOPERATBSP
OSTEOETHANPAPALHEIRS
ICIERTBIRDEROSEAGGIE
LACKEDHANDSONEXPERIENCE
SRANERTSBEVYESTEEM
COSISEREBONSTDS
TRADEINSTOLFLOE
WASUNDERCAPITALIZEDPAM
APIECEHALSALENEALAMO
STALECORYSPENDDROPIN
IANSTEPSCOINAGE
RUBBEDPEOPLETHEWRONGWAY
ENRAGESRIATAHAM
SCOURSFALLSSAABTISCH
ELIDEMATEOAMIRNICOLO
TELTALKEDMYSELFOUTOFIT
LIEDOILSUNSNAPS
EMILLIDTRUSTETC
SONATASEATELSIEBAH
QUITWHENPUSHCAMETOSHOVE
UNTIELOATHARECASINAI
EDINAALCOAPARTYELGIN
SOAKNOENDABYSSSTOLE
Fri 11/1/1996
AHSOIMAMCAR
BATMOBILEREFER
ENLIVENEDALTAR
ESOTERICABLESS
TRIMLABORS
MANILAMINISTER
AGONYDESKSARE
ZINGFILTHASTI
ETSDOVESPUTON
LAKEERIECATERS
TILTEDTOTO
TILDEECONOMIST
DOLESNONVIABLE
SNERTDIGESTION
SDSSLAYEDEN
Sun 10/15/1995RETRONYMS
ALASPYEDAMPHEAPS
SAVESIONAOLIOASCOT
PRINTJOURNALISMSPOOR
EVASIONOTTOTEMPUBI
CATRYELIARISOSAD
TEESREALCREAMOFFTHE
CHIRPISMEDELI
CANOEDRFDASITACET
UNARMEDLARCHTEARGAS
METESREAMERDANSEUSE
SMUDAYBASEBALLITT
HOROLOGEGEMINIOATES
ANALYZEFETEDCARFARE
WELLSERESEXSCORNS
BIENORCSIDAHO
WALESASNOWSKIERTRAP
AMOICECETESUREMU
RONGLOWKAATALCAZAR
SEDGEROTARYTELEPHONE
ABEAMGOADSLATTENDS
WASPSIDLEERSMEAT
Sun 1/9/1994ALL GROWN UP
ETNADADABORESAYE
LOAFSELANENACTLORE
BUTTERFLYTRACTORDURA
OCTLEISFETESOPERAS
WHIFFLEPAGEDENOTE
SELLDEERINGOVERLAD
RYESYAMSOBIIND
DOTTERATONLUFFS
PSTCHARLESSHEEPBOAT
ATHIRISUCLAELIXIR
TOENAILSCRUMPLIABLE
TOKILLAHEMPELTALA
EGANLIONREPORTERGEM
DEREKDICEMASTER
ASAONTACADSAPS
ATTPALKANGAROOPLUS
THERUBEENSDENSEST
LEGATOBLANDIDEOAPE
ASONMYLITTLEBIRDADEE
WEAKBEAMEEMITEMEND
STSSABERRUDYADDS

10 pre-Shortz puzzles by Mel Rosen

Sun 4/17/1983BREAKFAST TIME
CASPARSALADRADARARCS
ASPIREERATOENUREGOAL
SHAKESPEARECONTEMPORARY
TUNEIAMBSRTESECARTE
ERGESNESVISETAUEES
TATILINOSWELLDDT
EQUIVOCATESONANISSUE
RUNNERRODINBOLTSLIP
AIDESRATITEARDSPNOM
STUDWAGONISEETACOS
EELVINOCUTERAESOPS
ANICKNAMEFORSIMPSON
ATTACKVALORNEOSSAD
CHIMECEILLANASATRI
RAVIBENDSTEPINSTAMP
TENSRAGETRAINSCONES
GIVESENCOURAGEMENTTO
PORFETEDAMENNINE
ENETNTELASSLATEJAG
LEVIEDADZEENOCHCONE
AWEDDINGORBANQUETSALUTE
GARENORMADAUBSOXALIS
EYESGROSSAMISSNEWEST
Fri 2/26/1982
ATOMIZEHEARTEN
CAKEBOXACQUIRE
OPALINESTUDENT
REPSECTSAYRES
RIADUELS
PRETEENHAHA
STRAFEDAVENUE
ARRIVEDSKIRTER
STOLENTUESDAY
HAYSSPONDEE
ELENADOR
SHAVEUDINEROW
CAMERASECLOGUE
OVERAGESELVAGE
PENATESTRAINED
Thu 6/18/1981
APIANCARSSWAT
LOTTOADESTARO
PETITMOVEDOVER
STOPOVERSONETO
UELESWEDES
ELITESBON
STENOSDISBURSE
STAFFWAGUPOLU
HEROINESSTOVER
TUBCONNED
ALLOYSOHIO
RAISEOVERTONES
OVERTURESORATE
MAGIMARTUNITE
ALECPLAYTELAR
Sat 9/1/1979
ANALYSESTRIPOD
CAMOMILERELIVE
AMERICANENAMEL
DIRERMATEDIRA
INCSSITESHELM
AGEACTONGENOA
GOERTARTAR
CAESARSTETRODE
ASTUTEPOPE
KOINECOPESVAS
ENOSSALLEBERN
SELPAREEPOLLO
AMATOLMANEUVER
LATENTISOPRENE
ENERGYCEMENTED
Tue 4/3/1979
JEZEBELZAMBEZI
ISOTONEAREOLAS
BANANASPERCALE
SUETBIOGAMER
LOCALE
REVERENTLYSPAS
OXALISAPEPLIE
AILEDAMSFLAME
SLIMAXEORATED
TEDSDETONATORS
SELENE
MARATRASWASH
AMORITEGISARME
ZEBULONEZEKIEL
EXEGETERECEDED
Tue 7/4/1978
ERRORZEALOLAF
MAUVEEDGEDECO
INDEPENDENCEDAY
TIERROYSLOIRE
CAABANNER
DAYAFTERDAY
ABOLTSORBVOLT
MEWLASSAYELIA
EELSNASIBRIER
DAYINDAYOUT
BASSETANA
ESTESORALNODE
THANKSGIVINGDAY
TENNALTEORATE
ANDAPEERTYLER
Sat 11/5/1977
NOSECONESAFAR
OPERATIVERIGOR
RUMINATEDANGLO
ASINRENUMBERED
SURELYSESS
PISADONUTS
ARNESSUARSAC
CATCHERSHAPING
EYEENESNOOTS
REDSEAURNS
WELLEMBERS
INEVIDENCELOGO
STAIDRELEGATED
HAVREGRAVAMINA
LEASESTERASES
Sat 10/1/1977
CALFMEANSDAMP
ALIIANNULOLEO
TARNZANTELOIN
TREASUREELLENS
NAMESPCA
GARCIADISTRACT
ORIELMILOSTAR
ORASSIMONPARA
DALBONESRILES
SYSTOLESWEALTH
ENVYTRIS
GRANDETWENTIES
LOONNORIAEDGE
ERNECHECKREAP
EYERYOKESSALT
Thu 4/21/1977
HAHSROMANDADA
OLEOELEMIUSED
PLAYINGWITHFIRE
SIDTEALREFER
STEWSJAPE
CATERSSETTLING
HERESHOSEAMOE
IRONCARTSSPTS
PINBORESMARAT
SEGMENTSREFUSE
ONCERATED
TEPEEMOVEEAR
TEMPTPROVIDENCE
ISMETAMESECTO
STATSTASHLESS
Tue 2/15/1977
NAPCRABBSTAS
IGORMENLOTHEM
GREATDANESEERO
HATTERBULLDOG
INSETNOLO
DADOSDESPAGES
OROEPURESRSVP
INGDECREEDTEA
LIMPSTINGYAND
YEARNSETNORSE
TOURROWAN
POINTERAMEBAE
INCACHOWHOUNDS
ETATTONIOPADS
DOLEOSTEOISE