Michael Ashley
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8 solo puzzles by Michael Ashley (5 Sundays)

with constructor comments

See the answer words debuted by Michael Ashley.

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Sat 11/9/2013
BUTTDIALEDGIBE
ONARAMPAGEUNOS
TIDALBASINMOBS
STAPLERSACNSA
PACTSLOVELY
ICESIMIINAPET
NANSLETSASIDE
BRIEFENCOUNTERS
ADDERTORNSCUT
DEBTEEMEINENS
SALOONSLOOP
OLYNAMONSERVE
RETDCASSIOPEIA
TROYTAKESASEAT
SSNSSMARTPILLS
I read a story online about a guy who was playing loud rap music in his car one day while driving home from work, when he somehow shifted around on the cellphone in his pocket and accidentally autodialed his own home. His wife answered the call and, when all she heard were the angry-sounding voices in the background, not unreasonably assumed he was in trouble and phoned 911. It took the police to unravel the situation for her, and I imagine it was to rather more than a small dose of embarrassment — or amusement — on everyone's part.

I got a kick out of this story, all the more so when I heard the new-to-me term for it, BUTT-DIALED. The clue for it came to me immediately, which is a little unusual, so I gave it pride of place in my puzzle at 1 Across. I guess all this is a long-winded way of saying that I hope there are lots of crossword lovers who are as readily amused by a clever neologism as I am!

Fri 4/26/2013
STARJONESBLASE
WOREAWIREMILKY
ANNEMEARAOLLIE
RIELSASHCAKES
MESSPATOISIDO
SRSTOXINSINON
DORICABDUL
ACTIONSMAJESTY
DBACKJABAT
JANEPFIZERCEL
UTZDARNEDTALE
STATETAXSRTAS
TENORMILAKUNIS
ORIONENEMYMINE
RYANSSGTPEPPER
Sat 2/16/2013
FIREFOXMOZILLA
ONARANTCRONIES
EXCITERMENOTTI
SKEETERSENTIN
DOMESSILT
ALFANEATHTELL
GOOSEGLOOMBOA
HAZARDANOPINION
ADZGOMADTERSE
SEISSEMISODES
DEMSSENTA
RUBATOSLEDDOG
APELIKEIPHONES
GOALLINNOONERS
UNRATEDENCASES
Sun 9/20/2009CLOSING BELL
DIMWISPCBSTVAGEOLD
ANAROUEAUDIOVENDOR
RAISINBRANDINGENGINE
ENDATPELTSTARTANEW
DESKOSIERSUSER
SHOEGREENSFEEDING
GASARNENEALLENYA
OFMICEANDMENDINGESL
IRANISVOAAMORTIZES
NOLTEOOZEDDARN
LONGTIMENOSEEDING
IDIOSCRUMBEADS
BRITANNIAAMIHUEVOS
RUNAINTWEGOTFUNDING
IBOOKGOADSEGANET
GENTLEBENDINGLOLL
RILESTAREDOAHU
COLANDERSRIGSORSER
AVENGEDRAWINGPENDING
TEETERATBATEARLACE
ERRORSSACHADRAYNED
Sun 1/8/2006AMATEUR POKER PARTY
SECTADOLPHTILLCARB
ELLASONORAISAYALOU
RAISETHEPOTENTRENOUS
BLOTTOFEEDTHEKITTY
ERUPTSSRISEN
USCENSILEONCEDEBTS
NIADIVASSWAMISUET
MELDSSOLTIIRONSCPU
AGLOWORNATESHAKEN
NETGAINMATCHTHEANTES
HENNASGRESIRRAH
BREAKTHEHOUSESTOKEUP
REBREWRONDOSNIOBE
IVEROWELEVADEANDOR
NUTSSANYOELATEDAM
GESTEDATAREMAILSTS
EDSOHONELLIE
DRAWTHEFLUSHENTERS
MESAVERDECUTTHECARDS
VEERENIDAMAZONIMAN
SLATPOCOREBUTSLASS
Sun 8/18/2002EUROPEAN JOURNAL
SCRIMPSHEFTSBURRO
GOESBOOMAMORALUSEUP
THELAPPOFLUXURYGHANA
SOLINILDOGGEREL
PICTATOURDINNER
AECSOUWRITSADEPT
PLOWSONHEADSBROTHER
BLEWUPAGAELSALUTARY
SADIEOWNWALKTERRA
IDAHOGAVEUPSOON
PATDANETOREPLYSRS
ASIFDRIESTTAXIS
ISLETPERPCHOSODAS
RETRACESCHANGEAFINN
STARTEDCOHENARIANNA
STEEDRONEEMIATAG
TRAVELERSCZECHS
THESTRIPISOIAGO
BABOOBASQUEINTHEGLOW
ALEUTEIDERSEVERMORE
RENTSDIDNTAERATES
Sun 10/28/2001PUZZLER'S PC LEXICON
SPALEDSPARSPOPART
TINOARIARLENACACIA
ELTRAINSDELIASHREDS
WORDPROCESSINGTEASES
STEERNATESGIRL
AIMTACOSHEMLAC
SPELLCHECKAONEELMO
LEXCANTENDLESSLOOP
ANTELIDSNODESOPENS
MARXUFONAUTFLO
SLAPRANDOMNOISEROSY
ALEIVESDNATUTU
FAUNASISALPIERSTEM
DIPSWITCHESLOAFGEM
ANTITREYBACKUPCOPY
TOOEATMOONYLEA
NORMPAMPARSVPS
PLASMAFILEPROTECTION
OUTLETEXILEDEFERSTO
STOOGEEIGEROAFOTTO
HEPTADDENTSRRSASK
Sun 7/29/2001UNTREATABLE CONDITIONS
ADDEDEDICTSANTIWAR
BEARERCAMERACOURAGE
OFFICECOMPLEXADRENAL
REFERTOPOLEBINDRY
TRYEARPSALKSCIA
VERNETRINIENROL
JAPEDIEMSKUNKGIRLS
AMORCRAMECCEREGAL
KEENSEASEKEAALAMO
EXTOLSGOSPELNODNAP
INATTENTIVEPUPILS
DSCTUBRAMADASUITUP
RIFLEIVYNORASTOLE
IDEASRENASWIGOPEN
BEECHDRANONARCUSED
ATEINVITUSHEIST
DNAELITESETHAPE
GASGTODOTETRAINED
OBERLINSOFTSHOULDERS
RELIEVEOTIOSESOLACE
ELAPSESLETSONMERYL