Bonnie L. Gentry
Bonnie L. Gentry 

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5 puzzles by Bonnie L. Gentry — 1 solo and 4 collaborations (1 Sunday)

with constructor comments

See the answer words debuted by Bonnie L. Gentry.

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Wed 9/25/2013
EBBTIDESASSAIL
TROOPERSIMELDA
HOTWATERRECOOK
ANTDEBASARULE
NCOSRUPTURE
SOMMESTEPTBSP
LOADSUPSUKE
ANAGRAMPLUGSIN
DENNTSBYEAS
SODAEDITSLEET
TABOOEDERNO
LITTERSJAIVAT
IMHEREHARDTIME
NARNIAINTERCOM
EXUDEDDOSSIERS

VIC: "Do you remember this puzzle?" I asked Bonnie.

BONNIE: Not so much.

VIC: So Jeff sent us a copy. I solved it in under an hour. Bonnie and I concluded that some time back one of us said to the other, "We need to collaborate on another Times crossword." That's a statement each of us has made many times over the years. Since my name is listed first, we think it was I who then said, "I'm thinking of a theme with 2-unit ILSAs*, in which the first and last unit can be the first unit in 2-unit ILSAs with a common second unit." Or words to that effect.

*(An ILSA is an "in-the-language stand-alone." I hope no one coined this acronym before I did, about five years ago. Here's to its being admitted to the dictionary someday! But I digress.)

LINE being the second unit in many a two-unit ILSA, we made a list of those, then worked with the first units to find our theme answers. We wanted at least six, and we wanted two pairs to be crossing in the northwest and southeast corners. The puzzle was submitted in October 2010 and accepted in December that year. Perhaps not wanting to risk comments like "That's so 2010!," Will rewrote most of our clues, though a couple of dozen survived unscathed. As always, he made the puzzle better.

BONNIE: I approve this message.

Tue 11/24/2009
GUMTREESLYPICA
ENCHANTTEEIDOL
ADDEDINATTHEEND
ROLFGAVEIPANA
IBMALASKA
ALANBALLWHENALL
REHABEITHERSEA
EVELISSAIDAKIN
NIACOSELLVNECK
ANDDONEKEEPAWAY
UNSEATDSL
LAIRDBOREYODA
OFTHEDAYONASSIS
AREAIRSSIMILES
DORMGASACESOUT
Wed 6/20/2007
THEJAIIMPACT
OILWELLAREAMAP
YESISEEMANLESS
NSCTSQUARE
PAIGETOTSCI
ANNETENETENDE
LANDTAXLOTDIA
ACETICPATIOS
DIRTISNOTMANY
ENCETAROTONNO
IVETUTEBSEN
CROSSATELI
LOCKSINBUELLER
ALLEARSALGEBRA
TIEDYEDAYOAT
Sun 7/30/2006FINANCIAL FUNNY BUSINESS
BAGSPRISONSLOBSRHEAS
OREOCONTRAEARLEHELLO
MYOUTPUTISDOWNBUTEASEL
BARRISTERARACESTORAGE
ANGELRIOAGEBURST
YSERMYINCOMEISUPITAKEA
TEEMTRATOTPACERS
POMPOUSFEBAORTATHANT
SHORTPOSITIONTIMEENER
ASNOTRESTATENANUESO
LATTEACEFILLIONA
MYEARCLASSCLOWNTRISH
XENALSTSAAAARNIE
SAWDUMAOJOSVICNIGER
AVOWTERMONTHELONGBOND
MIRESORALEIOSCOLADAS
BALBOAIDALEOSORE
ANDMYREVENUESTREAMDCII
ABBIEDNASUDMEANT
CLOSESTOLINSAUTOPARTS
OUTTAHASITSOWNCASHFLOW
SIRENEZINEAIDERSTINA
TSARSROSESREADTOONER
Thu 10/27/2005
URALSANESCUM
GENEITHOTOHNO
AMIRSIERRANEDA
NOMFLEAEMILE
DUANEEDDYPAIRS
ANTONYOWSEGO
TEEDMIKETROY
LITTLEEVA
BIBSWILLASIF
AMODADCLERIC
SPUMEATTHEREAR
ALICEROOTSNE
ELETORCARSPICS
PERTARISEAGES
ADDSSOLOKNEE