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17 Celebrity Crosswords

The year 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of the NYT Crossword. (You can see the first one here.)

On February 15, 2017, Will Shortz introduced a new series called Celebrity Crosswords to celebrate. Each is a collaboration with a regular Times contributor. Part of what makes them fun is that they reflect each celebrity's personality.

We've collected theme here, from most recent to the first. The comments are from the Notepads published with the puzzles.

Click any grid below to see the full crosswords.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Melinda Gates with Joel Fagliano
Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates
Joel Fagliano
Joel Fagliano
Wed 9/26/2018
BFALOAFPASSBY
OILGAUGEESCALE
XXFACTORWARMUP
CARTERRESPIRE
ATEDEVILPARK
REDOCCSECTION
USSRALLMAE
JJCREWAALINE
AMYAAAONME
BBCOMPLEXEBBS
SALTECOLIROT
RATPACKOKFINE
ORDEALEEREADER
FIERCERADARGUN
FESSESDUESEPA
This puzzle is a collaboration by the philanthropist Melinda Gates, of Medina, Wash., working together with Joel Fagliano, the digital puzzles editor of The New York Times. This is Joel's 61st crossword for the paper.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Garry Trudeau with Ross Trudeau
Garry Trudeau
Garry Trudeau
Ross Trudeau
Ross Trudeau
Tue 5/15/2018
ATARIJPOPADD
TIMEDBUONOFRO
IGIVEARGOTLIE
LEGAPBIOAGAVE
TROLLEYSSTACEY
IMDBDOORDIE
ALALAITFUND
STANDUPCOMICS
WEEBJERKEEK
ORANGESTFAL
REWELDGRANDAMS
SNAREORANGSUE
HAYASPICIRATE
IDAMOUSYRUNTS
PETSYSTLEAST
This puzzle is a collaboration by the cartoonist Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer-winning creator of "Doonesbury," working together with his son Ross Trudeau, a digital media producer in Cambridge, Mass. This is Ross's sixth puzzle for The Times.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by Weird Al Yankovic with Eric Berlin
Weird Al Yankovic
Weird Al Yankovic
Eric Berlin
Eric Berlin
POW Wed 4/4/2018
DEFECTOLESASS
EVERLYNECKTAT
LEHRERAGRIETA
AFEWGOUDAMEN
ABETEELSPED
FETAATTRACTION
TNTSRSSARA
STUCCOLANCES
LAVAALIORE
THEPELICANBRIE
SOYADSTINNS
MUENSTERSINC
UPNLUNANOPROB
SEAANTECLEESE
HESPEELHANGON
This puzzle is a collaboration by the singer/songwriter Weird Al Yankovic, working together with Eric Berlin, a writer and puzzle editor from Milford, Conn. This is Eric's 40th puzzle for The Times.

Friday, March 2, 2018 by Rachel Maddow with Joe DiPietro
Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow
Joe DiPietro
Joe DiPietro
Fri 3/2/2018
RMSWASABIABCS
OATIPCRESSFILE
CUMCOUGHBUTTON
KNOCKBOONEEST
FAROMANNTIMER
AKINASNERFETA
NETTERESSAY
SAZERACTVHOSTS
SMURFPAULIV
SARSDIODECODE
CLEATTRODATIT
UGGOVITZINTEL
FOIAREQUESTIDA
FRONTRUNNERNUN
SENDYEASTYGPA
This puzzle is a collaboration by Rachel Maddow, the host of MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," working together with Joe DiPietro, a bar owner in New York City. This is Joe's 129th crossword for The Times.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Josh Radnor with Jeff Chen
Josh Radnor
Josh Radnor
Jeff Chen
Jeff Chen
Wed 1/31/2018
OFFSTAGEAVIS
DRONESONSNIVEL
SORORITYPINATA
OMAHAMOMENTS
PERPBRUSHES
OMALLEYCATSORE
MINIOREONESS
OMENVOGUE
ERINEPISTLES
LENOMITSNOJOKE
OCTOPODUBER
PREMEDITATED
EUGENEEMERGENC
SIEGELSIMMERED
TRADTDPASSES
This puzzle is a collaboration by the actor Josh Radnor, the star of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," as well as the writer/director of two films (to date), working together with Jeff Chen, a writer in Seattle. This is Jeff's 80th crossword for The Times.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Sen. Joe Donnelly with Michael S. Maurer
Joe Donnelly
Joe Donnelly
Michael S. Maurer
Michael S. Maurer
Wed 1/10/2018
DIALOGWISEASS
IMPALABANKSHOT
LAPSATORNATELY
ALLEYOOPSTEA
TOEDPSASDMZ
ENTGMCWELCOME
SEVAREIDLEAFED
FASTBREAK
ATHENSLINSEEDS
CROWDEDFATMEH
TIOSEALWINO
KGBFREETHROW
ASSUAGESCREATE
FOULLINEHITTER
TOPPLEDOBSESS
This puzzle is a collaboration by the basketball-loving senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana, working together with longtime crossword contributor Michael S. (Mickey) Maurer, the owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal. This is Mickey's 25th crossword for The Times.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Harry Smith with Zhouqin Burnikel
Harry Smith
Harry Smith
Zhouqin Burnikel
Zhouqin Burnikel
Tue 12/5/2017
ABCSSAUNACHIP
PLOTURGESHARE
POPEYETHESAILOR
SCARABACCENT
OREORITA
MARINEBIOLOGIST
IPODSORBROMEO
CIALEASTNET
SADDAYALGORE
CIGNAABORT
ALLENGINSBERG
AWOLANOYEOW
HASHATTIPSATE
AREOHHENRYDYE
BEDWHARTONYAK
This collaboration is by the television journalist Harry Smith, a correspondent for NBC News, and previously a host of CBS's "The Early Show," working together with Zhouqin Burnikel, of Brooklyn Park, Minn. This is Zhouqin's 50th crossword for The Times.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Peter Sagal with Mike Selinker
Peter Sagal
Peter Sagal
Mike Selinker
Mike Selinker
Thu 11/2/2017
ISLASPITCHEER
STAGENAMEHYDRA
URSAMINORIMGAY
PIEOPIUMSNESS
PROJECTAAA
BIDSENGLISH
KNEEAVERMOO
NEWYORKMARATHON
OREPAPAAONE
BOROUGHRAES
USEDODGERS
OWNSSTOCKYALF
LOOTSWIKIPEDIA
ARIELIDONTMIND
FERRYTONSTOGS
This collaboration is by Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!," working together with Mike Selinker, a game and puzzle designer in Renton, Wash. Their crossword is about something Peter is doing - and Mike says he's "definitely not capable of doing" - this very weekend. The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by John Lithgow with Brendan Emmett Quigley
John Lithgow
John Lithgow
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Wed 10/18/2017
DRAMAAMIDCOP
IOTASNONOSAAR
CURTAINCALLSHO
ETAGMOSPENTUP
DESTROYAHEAP
OAKSPITTAKE
TASTYCORNYRAG
SITEPOLOSSTLO
ADAMIXINKEYES
REGAINEDPAL
ERNESCATFISH
WALKONTHAIDEI
OLESUMMERSTOCK
OFFOTOESHENCE
FATSINSACTOR
This collaboration is by the esteemed star of TV and film John Lithgow - who last month won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting [63-Across] - working together with Brendan Emmett Quigley, of Brookline, Mass. This is Mr. Quigley's 175th puzzle for The Times. The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Joy Behar with Lynn Lempel
Joy Behar
Joy Behar
Lynn Lempel
Lynn Lempel
POW Tue 9/26/2017
NEHIWOKSDUBS
ADAMROOTSACLU
PURPLEHARTLOIS
DEENLEOANTI
STYLEPAWPRINZE
WEBSKYSAL
ETONFLAKPARIS
PRYORCOMMITMENT
TASTENYADASEA
OERRAPCRY
BARRFIGHTABUTS
ACAIFOETIRE
MOPEFALLENIDLE
BRITSPIESBOON
INDYEXITEGGO
This collaboration is by the comedian and television personality Joy Behar, a co-host of ABC's "The View," working together with Lynn Lempel, of Daytona Beach, Fla. This is Ms. Lempel's 79th crossword for The Times. The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Neil Patrick Harris with David Steinberg
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
David Steinberg
David Steinberg
POW Thu 8/24/2017
MEHAPPTRIFLE
OREPHEWHEGOAT
PANORCAADORBS
ESCAPEARTIST
DEERANNAOILED
EEKSEXTAPE
OPENSTHEMNIP
DISAPPEARINGACT
INSAMYSIRISH
STEALUPSCI
TAXCOECOLNAST
HARRYHOUDINI
EDWINAAMORDOA
YAWNERNAPSERR
EMIGRENSASEA
This collaboration is by the actor, comedian and emcee Neil Patrick Harris - the star of TV's "Doogie Howser, M.D." and "How I Met Your Mother" - working together with Stanford University student David Steinberg, who has been editing a weekly puzzle for the Orange County Register since he was 15. This is Mr. Steinberg's 66th crossword for The Times. The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Elayne Boosler with Patrick Merrell
Elayne Boosler
Elayne Boosler
Patrick Merrell
Patrick Merrell
Wed 7/12/2017
CHEFCHAFEUNUM
LULLRUBINNASA
ARMYUBERDRIVER
PLOPSCLEEVERY
ALBAPIMA
THEPAYPALDICK
REDEYEGUSTELS
EMIRBIGOBOE
KITSHOTMOHAIR
HOLIDAYAIRBNB
NOSYERLE
SICEMSPAYALTA
GMOPOPCORNLEAN
TULLDANNOLILT
SPAYANGSTYAKS
This collaboration is by the comedian Elayne Boosler, who was recently named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time," working together with Patrick Merrell, a writer/illustrator in Vero Beach, Fla. This is Patrick's 86th puzzle for The Times. The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Lisa Loeb with Doug Peterson
Lisa Loeb
Lisa Loeb
Doug Peterson
Doug Peterson
Tue 6/6/2017
COBSAGAVEFACE
LIONBALERELAL
ALBAEIDERLEGO
UMBRELLAPOLICY
DELLALOX
ENERUMJFKFOE
HAPPYHOLIDAYS
AMENREADYRILE
STAYFORDINNER
PADLASENSECO
OURFINAL
BABEINTHEWOODS
DOZEOOHEDTUDE
UZISUTURNAGIN
OOZESIDEASHES
This collaboration is by the singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, who had the #1 Billboard hit referenced in 41-Across - and altogether 11 studio albums to date - working with Doug Peterson, an employee at an accounting firm in Pasadena, Calif. This is Doug's 41st puzzle for The Times. The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

Friday, May 12, 2017 by Bill Clinton with Victor Fleming
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming
Fri 5/12/2017
MISHMASHANEMIA
ALOUETTEDORAGS
DONTSTOPUSMINT
MINHURELEANOR
ALEGKENTSMRI
NOTICECOSDEED
BALLOUARNIE
THINKINGABOUT
CHILENOHELP
ARALGEMREINED
NEWTONYSTERR
TEASETSEARARA
ATTHATTOMORROW
BOHEMESUITABLE
SNAPONOLDSTYLE
This collaboration is by former president Bill Clinton, an avid crossword doer, who sometimes works two or three puzzles in a day - in times that would be respectable at a crossword tournament - together with a longtime friend, a judge in Little Rock, Ark., Victor Fleming. This is Victor's 46th puzzle for The Times. The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Emanuel Ax with Brad Wilber
Emanuel Ax
Emanuel Ax
Brad Wilber
Brad Wilber
Wed 4/19/2017
SLAWJANUSAQUA
TECHABOVERUNS
EREIKERRIMATT
MONSTERMASHKOI
SITKADAYMARE
EDGERSURFS
PLAYAREAMANGIA
RONSENEANNULS
EKEOUTLIENEE
VICUNAAPR
DRAGSHOWSHIA
NEOSAWEDINHALF
OATSRENOCILIA
TSARBARRAGLET
EELSOTISRHODE
This collaboration is by the Grammy-winning classical pianist Emanuel Ax, who also teaches at the Juilliard School, working with Brad Wilber, a reference librarian at Houghton College in upstate New York. This is Brad's 50th puzzle for The Times. The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

Monday, March 20, 2017 by Neil deGrasse Tyson with Andrea Carla Michaels
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Andrea Carla Michaels
Andrea Carla Michaels
POW Mon 3/20/2017
SPAYASAPAMBER
MULEITSALAURA
IMONRUBYLOGAN
LITTLEDIPPER
ECOLIGASGIANT
DEFBEGLIEFOE
FRAMEBARN
STARCLUSTER
FOODKNEAD
OWLTAIOWNHOP
REDDWARFGOODS
HEAVENLYBODY
ALGAEITOOAVEC
DOUBTNAPSMESH
ZUNISGLEEASTO
This collaboration is by the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and his Harvard classmate Andrea Carla Michaels (with her 56th puzzle for The Times). The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Jesse Eisenberg with Patrick Blindauer
Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg
Patrick Blindauer
Patrick Blindauer
Wed 2/15/2017
MEDICAHABRATS
ACURASARAAGUA
CHERRYPITSTONI
SOLPEISENEGAL
HEARDHAD
BUTTERFINGERS
CARESSALTOLIP
AMIDPGADIOR
SITSNAGSCOTTY
HEADOFLETTUCE
ALLDIETS
JARRETTENOPTA
AVOWEARSOFCORN
ZITIACAIFELON
ZAHNMOWNSEEYA
To mark the 75th anniversary of the New York Times crossword, which debuted on Feb. 15, 1942, we are beginning today a series of puzzles co-constructed by famous people who solve the Times crossword, working together with regular Times puzzle contributors. The first such collaboration, below, is by the actor Jesse Eisenberg "The Social Network," "Rio," "Now You See Me," "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice") and Patrick Blindauer (with his 55th Times contribution). The celebrity collaborations will continue throughout the year — at least one a month, and sometimes more often.