Daniel A. Finan
Daniel A. Finan 

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15 solo puzzles by Daniel A. Finan (9 Sundays)

with constructor comments

See the answer words debuted by Daniel A. Finan.

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★POW Sun 1/26/2014IT'S ALL RELATIVE
SLAPONSTREETELNORTE
CASINOSHERPALOUSIER
RIPSAWWEASELSCATTER
ICENAYGREEKSKNEADS
BALDYOKUMTEXACO
ELLEJUANNEOGENEESE
GLOBSRUDYARDAXED
AMBROSEFORGOSKETCHY
TREELETEASEUPENTERS
NEWELCREMELIBYANS
ODIHALSLANASAD
THEMAGIBATESSLIGO
OCCUPYSNOOZEESTEVEZ
BEHEADSGRIERCHINESE
IREDEASTENDBOERS
TADWARTHOGARALETNA
NADINEENACTSHOT
ABSORBSHIELDHEMEMO
STANDONEDWOODRETTON
KENNEDYALEGUPENCORE
ANTONYMTENETSDUMPED
This puzzle's theme involves implied words — that is, words that don't actually appear in the grid. I think themes like these are interesting because they make the solver take that one extra step in obtaining his or her "aha" moment. My favorite theme answer pair is probably the very G-rated NO WAY JOSE matched up with the darker (OVER) MY DEAD BODY. Coincidentally, I can assure you, BEHEADS crosses the latter entry!

Some of my favorite, more rosy non-theme clues and answers are: ELLE at 38-Across, which is the lovely name of my lovely lady; MR ED at 50-Down, who is probably one of my favorite talking horses; LIBYANS at 62-Across, which for me conjures up images of a crazy-eyed Christopher Lloyd; "One who might yell 'Go home!'" cluing BASE COACH at 63-Down; "Block party?" cluing WARDEN at 92-Down; and finally, what I hope everyone isn't yelling by the time they get all the way down to 96-Down, NO MORE!

Thu 8/8/2013
DOGGYBAGPAWSAT
ERASABLEAXIOMS
FISHHOOKLESSEE
LOLAYUKSSHORT
ALARMOOHBRIS
TEMPESTDIVORCE
ESPSOILTONYAS
HORSESHOE
SHRUNKDIEDMAA
MAILSINPROFESS
USDANOROINKS
SHAHSTOLDROSA
HOBOESTIREIRON
EULOGYCLEANCUT
STEPONSTARGATE
Sun 7/14/2013SHOW ME THE MONEY
BOCAPAPACOMPMAGPIE
BRAMOVENOWIEACORNS
GOINGLONGPENNYSTOCKS
UNHEROICZANINESSCIE
NOOSEDIZZYMALEJENS
NIASLITENLSAP
AGHASTSPOSATELECOM
PLACEBOIPASSROCKIER
SANSABITCHOCORANGE
EDDFLOSFRILLSESTAS
DOLLARSANDCENTS
NOBISSAYSMEFROSBAD
FROSTSCECEPFFTPORE
LETMEUPSANTASWORNIN
STARDOMLTYRSONEDAY
OYSPANKICKSSR
POMSMANYCESARPSALM
URLMARIMBASPOWERTIE
TICKERTAPESSUNKCOSTS
TONIERCHATILERONEA
SNEAKYSOMECARPMGRS
Tue 5/29/2012
FURBRIGHTSTHREE
ONERANRIOTSEVEN
USSANTENNAAMEND
ROOMEDDERNARTS
CUISINESTOUT
BIRLOTTITSOPEN
BACKOFTHEENVELOPE
BLESSESTWOOUIS
HUMORENSIGNS
FETAAFOGTOYDOG
ILIKEACROBATEDA
VANESSHALALARES
ELYSETEDDIESSIX
Sun 4/8/2012IN-NUENDOS
GODUTCHVACATEDBORG
INUTEROARCHIVEARNIE
AFRICANAMERICANSEINE
NOELMELOKNAPSACKS
NOSIRYOOHOODIOCESE
ITSTOLDUSINGAWATCH
YOREENORMEEGOS
DAPFOWLTREATYRESULT
IROCNSECPSEUDADE
SCOOPEASESTIGER
COLORFORVALENTINESDAY
SKIEDDOZESSPINE
PHIMEOWSDAMSYANG
JUDGESMATTERREPONOG
SMEECURLERAINU
THELONELIESTNUMBER
ASTAIREFONDUESLAVE
PARCHEESIURALAGOD
ASYLAWOOLFACETIOUSLY
SHOUTABUSIVEEMOTIVE
SANEYESDEARROOSTED
Sun 2/26/2012BACK TO THE START
LAMPSLACASAGABFESTS
ISAACEXACTSEVERMORE
PERSONALSHOPTONIBRAX
OCTOPODHIMOMNEAREST
EDUCEATINTRY
ANTIDEPRESSLAVYOWZA
MORNSTINTVIDALSOIL
ONOFFOPSWHEELIEURB
KEGLERPLEASUREPRINCI
LAZELENSTREADON
SCOTBIERSLAPSEMENO
YODELERHAIRAMAD
PHYSICALGEOGRADARKER
HITMCQUEENOIDJONAH
OBEYAIRESPURERCECE
NASALSEZARTICHOKEHE
NEADELTAELON
BACKENDROOTSADSPACE
UNDERGROONTHEWATERFR
RELEASEDMALONEARTOO
TWISTTIESLEWEDRUSSO
Thu 12/8/2011
PRANCEEVENONE
LEMONYAVEMARIA
ADOREELARAIDER
ITEMTORECYCLE
NABSPOXSRTA
EPIHEYMPHLIT
RECKONPAROXYSM
GREENVICE
BARBARICZURICH
EWESSNWESCOO
GLADCAFSERT
COMMERCIALCOW
GOTWORSEGUYANA
PROSTATEHELPER
ABREEZETRYSTS
Sun 7/17/2011THE END IS IN SIGHT
JABOPALSOLDAGEADDLE
USENORAHCOOLITLAUER
NILPLACESTOGOPEOPLETO
GALPALSPEAKSUPGHETTO
POTOKHUDCLAY
THEPRINCESSANDTHEFLU
HIPPOOARSKAUAIMARAT
ARPELWMDWITHRELATIVE
WEEDTHAZENFADESIN
SSRSHOCKERMAEKRAKEN
THEWHITESOFTHEIR
JAGUARODAHARVARDTAN
INATREEIONOSSSAGO
BESTOFLUCKTOPIKATPAR
ESSENISAACTELENADIA
STYHEALTHYWEALTHYAND
BOILSEPLIEIN
MOTOWNDITSIESTNUNCIO
WHERETHEWILDTHINGSERR
ANNANAMINORODILERAY
HOSTSGINKGOWEBERSEX
Sun 5/8/2011WORKING IN OPPOSITION
NAGSPAPASKIRTJAPAN
ETUISORESRESEWIRABU
LONGSHORTSIRAQIFARER
SNLCALORICROUNDFLATS
OCALAWASABIEKESGTE
NEWOLDSIFIISLSGOER
SPOOFSFAULTYSOUNDS
ARSENUREESTESERI
LITTLELOTSTAXDRYDEN
TBARSNOURITUTELUL
ALLIBADFAIRGOODSDIDO
REEFIRSSEENOJOSIE
TREBEKALILEFTRIGHTS
CANSLOBSAARONAYS
LASTINITIALSTRIAGE
OLLAINRIEGGPROCONS
OBIDAVIASTLEYIGLOO
TAPEDLIVESSIMIANSERA
ENOLATITHETOPBOTTOMS
RINKYENTERCTEAMSLAT
SASESEGADSHESSKENO
Tue 11/9/2010
HEPSIMPTERPS
AMIGEMMAIDIOT
DIESELOILPICKY
JRRTOLKIENSTHE
ILSAEYE
MALLTYCHODRED
STETHOLANDELI
NOTSOHOWEGEST
BOGSEWNBRAVOS
CLOPBYEARRELY
YARTEEM
LORDOFTHERINGS
PURIMAMAZONANT
DANTEVANESDAY
QUEENANDSAWE
Sun 10/3/2010CAN I CHANGE PLACES?
OHGODICHATBASEDSAC
POLLONERVECENTERPRY
TRAILOFTHECENTURYINC
ENROLLEECHOSENORAL
DYEIDARESTARGAZE
TEHRANRAINSCULL
FRIEDAGARNETTIESON
RECTTESDORIAONSIDE
ALOHATHELOINKINGTOW
NINESHAREMENEWART
ECRUEVRYMISEIHRE
UFOSANIOASTSCOCAS
SMLFRENCHFIRESSKATE
GALOREGRAFTNESNSEC
APEMENSAVEASCHEERY
CAROBMARITALLAW
ATTHETOPASEEDTAW
LEIASIENNASCRAMBLE
EXODONTTOUCHTHATDALI
VANSWITCHBLADEILLER
ESSLEASHSUGARTILED
Sun 6/6/2010TYPECASTING
ACROSSICIERASYEBSA
CHARGEMANGAANAXOWS
CAPITALPUNISHMENTLIP
UPSSLURSSPACEKCDVI
RATENOTHSORELOSER
SLANTEDVIEWSSEATTLE
EARTHACHEETASITA
RICCIBRUCENOTSO
DOGSHADOWBOXINGNEET
AROMALIRASDRYGMAT
YETIUTTERCDROMIERE
UGHSMEAPALAUINNER
SOITSCRIPTWRITERTDS
ENCLSHOMIENERVY
FELTDEERESMIASMA
DEITIESROMANCANDLES
RECOMMENDSITHAILS
ARTEPEANUTNEEDSMAI
WIISTRUCKOUTSWINGING
ELOVEEREGRETPILEIN
RYNURDUSANDSSTORES
Thu 3/18/2010
FAJITASINLIMBO
ISADOREMAUSEUM
FIVEYARDPENALTY
TAIAFVORETAL
HGTSTOPICENER
SOSADESSEGRE
KISSOPSESC
EIGHTHNOTES
EDYIERSTAB
ERETRACDOMED
LACEINTWOLCTO
CONDGRATAMEG
MULTIMLLIONAIRE
FLORNCETSARINA
RAREGASZESTIER
Wed 4/22/2009
DITSEVERCOBRA
EVRYMAXIADOUT
MAINBLACKPEARL
ONADESCENT
TOGAEDTRIKEEL
EVENTMASTIMNO
NAPASTAKING
ASTAIREREWIRES
DIABLONORAD
ATIEBOOMREMIT
HULLLOSIDEATE
PELTERSSRS
SANTAMARIASAIL
ODEONLINTPLEA
YEGGSALEEFADS
Sun 1/4/2009WHEN IN ROME
BOOTHEELEVENTHWRENS
LABRATSOMEMORERELET
THEITHATGOTAWAYINCUR
SURPRISEINNATTIRE
LECHVOCLOCKSHADOW
ACTEDRHINOWEASEL
NAHNATTERSREDKEL
THEXCOMMANDMENTSCIAO
INARUTLEDISOSPORTS
ARIDALPHAOCOME
LWAYSTOLEAVEYOURLOVER
HOWIEMAZDAKOLN
AMANDANRATIELOUDER
SARGCYEARSOFSOLITUDE
ANDTCMKENOSHAPGA
GOTHAMTILEDSWEEP
INDIANAPOLISDEQUI
DOESSOPEIEAUDEVIE
OWLETMISLANDDRESSING
LILLEBAHAMIANSEESTO
SNEERANACONDAORLESS