Jules P. Markey
Jules P. Markey 

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5 solo puzzles by Jules P. Markey

with constructor comments

See the answer words debuted by Jules P. Markey.

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Wed 11/27/2013
MALIAALAABCS
UCONNTOMEDUAL
GRAVYTRAINDICE
SOMERINSESCHE
SQUASHRACKET
CACTUSOTOS
ISHITALONERD
THANKSGIVINGDAY
EYREANIMEACE
LOEBPRANKS
DRESSINGROOM
WESLOOIESSOBA
ETTETURKEYTROT
EROSANTEMEZZO
BONESHYALOOP
This puzzle was created shortly after Thanksgiving Day of last year, the impetus for it came from SQUASHRACKET, which I had used in an earlier "veggie" themed puzzle that was not selected. I then started thinking of it in terms of Thanksgiving dinner, and tried to find phrases which included other holiday menu items. The fact that the reveal was 15 letters was the whipped cream atop the sweet potato pie.

Thanksgiving Day is my lovely wife's favorite holiday, she says it is a day on which all people of the world can celebrate, regardless of their religious or cultural heritage. We all can be thankful in our own way. She also happens to be an excellent cook and for that I am extremely thankful.

Hope you enjoyed this pre-holiday treat. Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to one and all.

Thu 11/21/2013
CONARCATHOME
HMOWOODSHARES
ANTLOCOSISALS
RITEFOWLESNEE
MAORISNONWAGES
WITACETIC
SPONGEBOBLETTS
UAREDAMOLDHAT
FIRSTSFLAPEXE
IDYLSBOOKATRIP
ABOARDSEE
COPYEDITTSETSE
ABOTENETSSHAQ
VAULTSROAMEMU
EMCEESSIRIROI
SAHARALSDESP
This is the second vertically themed puzzle of mine accepted by Will Shortz, and as I mentioned to him in my cover letter, I was hoping vertical was the new horizontal. There are certain limitations to the format, namely that all of the theme entries as well as the reveal are encountered somewhat early in the solving process, but it would be unfortunate to waste all the possibilities that "downness" brings to self-referential themes because of that.

This puzzle was submitted last December, and was accepted in April with some provisos. A few changes had to be made to the fill, however there was one sticking point, the ten letter 3-Down themer didn't quite fit with the others. In subsequent submissions 3-Down went from: THISLLPASS; to YOUAREOKAY; to DONTGIVEUP; to LIFEGOESON, each of which was rightly met with Mr. Shortz's disapproval. I just couldn't find something that sounded right.

By then it was the end of August, my wife and I were spending two weeks at a lake cabin in Vermont. On our final evening, after one or two margaritas, (underage constructors please disregard this), the heavens opened up, and NOTTOWORRY was comfortingly whispered into my mind's ear. EUREKA!!!

Mr. Shortz concurred.

Thu 2/14/2013
REPOORBROSES
ELANBELLATOYA
FIRESIDEASTLEY
ECASHDUTCHOVEN
RIDESEYEAEXO
STEELTRAPDEFAT
EVEFEBNOMO
ELEVATORCAR
SLUEEARETC
HARDGBARNSTORM
APOARBOTCTEA
BACKSTAGEAPOLO
BLOUSEOPENDOOR
AMINESLEGALAI
TANGSFROSENS
Tue 10/23/2012
AVESUSPSFOCAL
BORASODAARUBA
FIRSTCLASSCABIN
ALOHASHOTADE
BARISTAALIGNED
MEANTION
REGISTEREDNURSE
AAANEABEG
PRIORITYSEATING
WISSETTE
STEEPLELETSSEE
HESPAPAITALL
EXPRESSCHECKOUT
BAYEROTOEINDO
ASSTSMAILTEEN
Thu 5/10/2012
ZIGSKNOWQUISP
ISEEARCHUNTIL
SUITEMATEISERE
THEASPLETSEAT
KABUKIENID
SAWMILLSSRA
EUROPEANSELOAN
REPOMANESTELLE
ERATOCATBALLOU
OSSSTARDATE
IBARTAKEME
BAILEYSPARADE
MAFIACOURTSHIP
AMASSALVAAPEX
CARTEPDASJUMP