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2 puzzles by Brad Wiegmann
with constructor comments

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Sun 5/9/2021MOTHER'S DAY CONCERT
DOCSCABACHESTERMS
OPALORICHILLASIANS
REMIGETAKICKOUTOFYOU
IREMITERSTAPLERS
CARRYTHATWEIGHTHERES
HAIOATAXLEERA
COCOTCELLREGATTA
HURTSSOGOODPUSHIT
USEPUPAETOMSSKEET
MEWEVERTFINALEASY
IWANNABESEDATED
USPSTEPIDEELEDZAP
REALMORSOADOREODE
SCREAMIMCOMINGOUT
ATATROTDENCHMALE
GNUALTAANAANT
AMEBABABYONEMORETIME
CANARIESABUTSMOT
THEKIDSAREALRIGHTAVA
SERENEMARRYTAROLIP
ROSESITSMESTOPSEE

Q: So Brad, tell us about your latest puzzle. Why the childbirth theme?

A: Well, I just love babies. They're such great people — so down-to-earth and thoughtful. So I figured, why not a puzzle honoring all the infants out there who work so selflessly to enrich their parents' lives.

Q: But isn't this a Mother's Day puzzle?

A: I guess you could see it that way, since the Times changed the title from "Labor Day Concert" to "Mother's Day Concert." And that's fine. But to me, I believe the children are our future, as Whitney Houston taught us.

Q: You dedicated the puzzle to your mom though.

A: Yes, I did. Hi Mom! If you're reading this, you still owe me fifty bucks.

Q: Let's shift gears. How did you pick the songs for this puzzle?

A: That was tough. There are so many great songs about childbirth. "Stand and Deliver" by Adam Ant. "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot. And more recently, "Despacito," which I understand means "obstetrician" in Spanish.

Q: Any regrets about doing a crossword that makes light of the hardships of pregnancy and labor?

A: There is one song/clue I kind of regret not including: "Greeting to expectant Mom who just bought some new maternity clothes? [Peggy Lee 1966]"

Q: I'm afraid to ask. . . . OK, what's the answer?

A: "Hey Big Spender."

Q: I think it's best you left that one out.

Thanks to Carol and Theresa, my favorite moms!

Sun 2/28/2021CROSSWORD BUFF
TREBEKVALISESDEBONE
OHIOANIMALONEEPIPEN
LENTTOBARELYMANAGING
LASTSEESVAILWEE
OBSESSIVESLEET
BLAMEONMANYMOONSAGO
LADLESTHATTOONOTYET
ANDESROEGDRAGSLEI
DAISRAWRECRUITSWOKS
EINSTEINHADATFIRS
PENNOPINEETON
REINBERETSMIRNOFF
EASTCOMICSTRIPSILER
RICLEWISAINTINDIE
INABITLIVEMASENGINE
EXPOSURETIMECLOSETS
ECASHSOREPOINT
APEESTALUSTREAL
FULLYRECOVEREDICEAXE
ITALIAARISINGSEASON
TONINGRESTDAYTOKENS

Q: So Brad, tell me, how long have you been obsessed with nudity?

A: Thanks for that question. I'm actually more prude than nudist. I keep my clothes on at all times. Even in the shower.

Q: Interesting. So why the puzzle au naturel then?

A: It was an act of desperation. I wasn't having much luck getting published. After a bazillion submissions, I thought: so many great artists throughout history featured naked people in their work. If Michelangelo could get the Sistine Chapel gig by painting a lot of nudes, maybe I could do the same in the New York Times crossword. It worked!

Q: With all due respect, Brad, you're no Michelangelo. Your naked jokes are lame, and your fill isn't colorful.

A: Well, I do have RAINBOW at 51-Down. So there's that.

Q: The one thing I loved about your puzzle was the title: "Crossword Buff." Clever!

A: Yeah, that was from the Times' staff. My original title was "Altogether Now."

Q: I don't get it.

A: Exactly.

Q: I have to be honest. The contrast between your puzzle and the amazing stuff the Times usually publishes is pretty stark.

A: Oh, I get it — stark! Like stark naked. Good one! You mean my puzzle is em-bare-ass-ing?

Q: Awful. This interview's over.

A: Why? You gotta take off? Get it? Take off?

Q: [Sigh]

Thanks to Kim and Steve for doing my puzzles!