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2 puzzles by D. Scott Nichols
with Will Shortz comments

TotalDebutLatestCollabs
210/14/20137/27/20152
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0200000
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.43000
D. Scott Nichols
Mon 7/27/2015
RECAPRATEDGET
ECOLIIGIVEERA
MONICASELESORR
MAVENNIMROD
ADORETOSUGLY
GRANDENOLTE
RORYNAMEATTAR
AMYYOKOONOEGO
BALSARENUGNAT
HIPPODAREME
OMANINSGRATE
BANGORPAEAN
ANNPALINDROMES
MIAATONEALAMO
AAHLEPEWTAROT
Mon 10/14/2013
TAPEGAPENALA
NEINALOTMOTOR
USAINBOLTATTIC
TONGAUSUALFARE
POMPSBLARED
BASINSARI
SEASBOSCARTSY
PARUSBPORTATE
ARSONLYLEULEE
IRAEDANSK
MILLERMOORE
USERSFEESIPADS
GETITUSHEREDIN
GROGSRAILNINA
YENSOINKSOAP

Zhouqin is one of surprisingly many Times crossword constructors from the Minneapolis area (what is it about Minneapolis?). I like this puzzle because the repeated element (US-) at the starts of the theme entries is so unexpected, and because the "explainer" at 43D is so good. PIANO BARS, MALL RAT, NOT FAIR, and TALK RADIO are great nontheme entries, too. BTW, when I was in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, Zhouqin answered a question I'd been wondering about: how the heck is her first name pronounced? It's something close to "SHOW-tsin." Now you know.