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43 puzzles by Eric Berlin
with Jeff Chen comments

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Eric Berlin

42 Daily crosswords by Eric Berlin

Sun 11/29/2020SIX-PACK
GMAILSWEEPSTINKO
EROICABEAGLECUEBALL
NACRESRANGINUPDATED
EPHEMERALDSPEPERAPS
SHADEHISSBADPRSTA
ALVINGILGAMESHOW
DEALTINORELSEATLAS
ETTEPEPPILLRINSE
SHARDREMINISCEESPN
ANTEBENDYSINAPILE
INECHIVASETCETCDUE
PONTIACITEHEREWES
ALDOMETRONOMESIMON
OOMPHREBUSESSANE
DANTEARAMISLIVENED
FIRSTRATEGYTIBIA
ESCIRISEARIZSCRIM
SLAVNESTOBAMACARENA
TIDINGSARRIVEAVENUE
EKESOUTREADERMISERS
RESAVETYLERESTEE

Eric! His "Winston Breen" series has been out for over a decade now, yet my daughter's elementary school library still has a copy of the set. That's a testament to how fun they are. Fans of puzzles should pick up a copy!

I enjoy the "mash-up" theme genre, and I appreciate that Eric featured so many multi-worders. EPH(EMERAL)DS and HAM(MERING)UE are fine, but GILGAMESH + GAME SHOW = GILGAMESHOW shines. There's something about the space in GAME SHOW that makes the discovery stand out. AIREDALE + RED ALERT = AIREDALERT is excellent, too.

These findings might feel incredibly impressive to non-tech-oriented folks since they appear hard to uncover. That isn't the case since a strong wordlist will contain all of the component entries, and a simple program can uncover lots of possibilities.

Conversely, I've heard some complaints from techie solvers, who say that these types of puzzles reek of computer-assistance. That strikes me as odd; like complaining that a book feels like it was written on a computer, not a legal pad. Of course, constructors should use all the time-saving tools they can in their quest to make the best puzzle possible.

Even with computer assistance, a Sunday 140-word puzzle is no walk in the park, and a 136-worder like today's is a Herculean task. There's not quite a deluge of gluey bits today — about 18, including AREST, IRISE, DECI, ENES — but today's puzzle could have been a smooth, elegant 140-worder. Maybe even POW! material.

I understand the allure of the challenge, though, constructors wanting to tackle something seemingly impossible. Tough to resist sometimes.

Even with the rough edges, the array of fun finds was enough to keep my interest over the entire solve, which isn't the case on most Sundays this past year.

Tue 12/10/2019
GAGAADDSAPSE
EMITCROOKNOOK
CAMEOUTSWINGING
KIMOLSENELS
ONEMPTYGIVEOFF
USSARSENEE
UMAMINCAACITE
BOBBEDANDWEAVED
EUROICEEABYSS
RTEADHDPGA
SHAMPOOBALLAST
SAOCRUDESPA
PUTUPTHEIRDUKES
ARODBIBLEPELT
WIFESPATIDLY

The theme tickled me, people of different professions fighting in their appropriate way. The image of a jazz trombonist coming out swinging (literally swinging his slide, too!) into the fray = hilarious. A hairstylist bobbing and weaving combatants to make sure they look properly intimidating? Yes!

And the best for last, the king and queen putting up their dukes as proxy fighters. Visualizing the Duke of Cornwall bopping someone on the head with his orbed scepter, that's comedy gold.

It was smile-inducing enough that I wanted a fourth themer, and fun enough that I brainstormed. BOXED SETS could have been good for an audiophile, a gardener might have participated in a SLUGFEST, etc. I'm a lover, not a fighter, so not the best person to ideate on this theme, but I bet there are a ton more.

This is an extremely rare case where expanding into a 21x21 Sunday puzzle might have been the way to go!

It's thin to have just three themers these days, so you need a ton of goodies throughout the grid, plus a squeaky clean product. Eric did fine on the first count, NACHO CHIP, OOPSIE, DOWNGRADE, POISON IVY, BALLAST, SHAMPOO — all interesting.

Not as strong on the second. It's never great to kick off your starting corner with something odd like AMAIN, alerting solvers that the rest of their experience might be impaired. Toss in ACNED, RTE, URI, USS, MUMBO, and potentially stymieing newbs with a APSE / EKG cross …

About average for a Tuesday NYT product, but I'd like to see a higher degree of polish from a seasoned pro like Eric.

All in all, an entertaining idea that kept me grinning; one that could have gone the distance for a 12-round Sunday solving experience.

Sun 11/11/2018ESCAPE ROOM
LEARAMENBASKSCHINO
ORSOLACKOCHREOATER
URSAGIGSRURALSWEDE
EDSELTASIMAREK
STRAUBPINCHEDICEPOP
LETTERSONTHEKEYSRYE
ORELATTESTSNEKOCASE
BADATEASYIPSONAT
SAINTSMTAWASNTME
SPHPOCOMEATSECOLES
PLACETHEMINTHECORNERS
AURORASEGUEDANEDEE
TSARISTMRSGASSES
SONASEAHATHNICAD
LASTGASPIVORIESMEDI
IVEREADNEWDOWNWORDS
LESSSONIELSENOILERS
OKDOKEVONDWEEB
OUTREJESSEIKIDORAN
UNITEARESTAIDANATO
ROASTISLEYSMOKSLED

My first escape room experience involved a former MBA classmate standing over me and my brother, yelling "SOLVE IT, SOLVE IT FASTER, SOLVE IT NOW OR WE AREN'T GOING TO ESCAPE!"

My escape room experiences since then have gotten remarkably better.

There's something so alluring about having a fixed amount of time to get out, just you and your teammates' collective wits as your only tools.

Good luck to all who enter today's contest! (We've hidden the solution grid, to be revealed after the contest ends.) I can't emphasize enough how pleased I am to see another NYT crossword contest. They're such fantastic tools in engaging existing solvers even further, as well as drawing in new solvers too. Who doesn't love winning things?

I worry that the NYT has lost out on huge untapped potential here, with the WSJ and especially Matt Gaffney doing an amazing job of building a rabidly dedicated base of meta solvers. Thankfully though, it's never too late. I'm hoping that we see many, many more contests from the NYT going forward. How about a regular monthly feature, Will?

POW Wed 4/4/2018
DEFECTOLESASS
EVERLYNECKTAT
LEHRERAGRIETA
AFEWGOUDAMEN
ABETEELSPED
FETAATTRACTION
TNTSRSSARA
STUCCOLANCES
LAVAALIORE
THEPELICANBRIE
SOYADSTINNS
MUENSTERSINC
UPNLUNANOPROB
SEAANTECLEESE
HESPEELHANGON

★ Man, did I ever think Weird Al's songs (and name) were funny when I was a kid.

Heck, I still think they're hilarious and awesome! I'm jealous of Eric for getting the chance to work with the legend.

And what a fun concept they came up with, playing on "cheesy" movies, in an aptly Weird Al-esque way. Cheesy-related movie puns was a winner for me — big praise for someone tone-deaf when it comes to puns!

A FEW GOUDA MEN made me smile. Even more so when I thought of little yellow army men made of Gouda. FETA ATTRACTION … ever hear of the term "food porn"?

*rimshot*

And imagining a movie where anthropomorphic blocks of Muenster tried to scare kids made me laugh too. Good stuff all around.

Extra fun in the cluing, too, a bunch of stuff that seemed as wacky as Weird Al himself. John CLEESE doing his "silly walks." (Much to my wife's chagrin, I still do them.) A TOUPEE = a rug you don't walk on. PEEL something you might slip on. It's a bit Weird Al, a bit Fozzie Bear, and a whole lot amusing.

A bit too much crossword glue for my taste, notably OSO feeling oh so globby, but some AFTS SRS AGRI REG isn't bad for a mid-week puzzle.

Overall, a satiric delight. I kind of wish Weird Al would write a crossword parody song and debut it IN A CROSSWORD the day before he released it. I call dibs on working with him if he takes on that idea!

Sun 8/13/2017THE MAGIC SHOW
RAGALEIMOMARITEAID
AJAXALBERTANASHTREE
VANISHINGCOINPAYROLL
ERGOTOLEMISSMENSA
MALTOSEVOLES
GYMSHOESAUGMENTSFCC
LOALINKINGRINGSPAIL
YWCASTANHANGSFANTA
PEACEORFFNEAHINGED
HEWEDTORINDLIEGE
SAWINGALADYINHALF
WATERLMAOAERIALS
ANSARIAMIDUDSONCUE
GOURDCYANSNINEGAME
FORDCHANGINGCARDDEM
ABECHARISMATRIOLETS
NOISEUKULELE
MASONTAFFETAAGAVE
ANYTIMELEVITATINGMAN
STRBEANELECTRONEERO
CHEESESELLADYSDRYS

Great concept, literalizing magic tricks. Some solvers might not totally get what's going on, so we've fixed up a few things in the grid (see below). In particular, there's a LEVITATING MAN in the upper right. There's also a single rebus square — the RING of LINKING RINGS.

And the two that took me forever to grok: 1.) the PEACE DUCK of Chinese cuisine? Aha, that's wordplay around the CHANGING CARD TRICK, the KING of PE(KING) magically transformed into the ACE of PE(ACE). And 2.) the SURE I thought had to be INSURE … Nope! (COIN)SURE with its VANISHING COIN.

Nice to have so much variety in the "acts."

Not being a magician, I wondered if all the "acts" were in the language? Surely SAWING A WOMAN IN HALF is, but LADY felt like a compromise so that the phrase would fit in the middle of a 21x21 puzzle. Stupid crossword gods, why couldn't SAWING A WOMAN IN HALF be an odd number of letters!

The VANISHING COIN, yes! CHANGING CARD … this is apparently what magicians call the trick, but it sounded odd to this muggle.

LINKING RINGS … this one confused me. I thought the stereotypical trick was to link separate rings so they form a chain? Perhaps this one, squishing RINGs into a tiny square, is something different?

For those non-magic fans, good bonuses in SVENGALI, GRAY AREA, OLE MISS, TAFFETA, CHARISMA with an apt anagram in IS A CHARM. Even GLYPH is an interesting word.

There was too much crossword glue for my taste, though. ERGOT, INFRA, LTS, EERO / AMER / DRYS, DYS, ARD, ANTH, NOT BE, etc. There is so much going on in the grid — six tricks and six literalizations of those tricks — that I'd have preferred one fewer trick with a cleaner grid, or using more than 140 words, which would have helped break up some of those big chunks of white space.

Nice idea, though not as elegant as I like a magic show to be.

Sun 7/20/2014MOVING PARTS
ENWRAPSROTEPALMOIL
DARENOTEXONFRIENDS
WHITTLEBEADCOOLEST
TREROUNDUPUND
ICEEMEWSSPECSSUCK
NOTATIONSTASHESPAN
DOODADGAROTTEASTRO
RISOTTOFALLOUT
HERDSPAMALOTMAOIST
ALICKELSSAMEGTOS
GLACIALPATRONS
ALITTLEGIVEANDTAKE
THEMAGITEETERS
SHEDEDITBSATRIAL
MALIGNRECHAINSARTY
OVEREATAGITATE
RAVENSTRETTOASSAIL
ENEEMPRESSNEGATIVE
SANGISITAFIXELRON
RANBURRITOPUP
AFRAMESREALDIECAST
PRIVATENAVEUMPIRES
BABYSATSNITSPEAKER

A big welcome back to Eric! After a three-year hiatus from constructing, he comes back with a brain bender of a Sunday. Eric is the author of the Winston Breen series, a neat trilogy about a kid obsessed with puzzles. A fourth grade teacher friend of mine recently sent me a list of her district's "Best Books List" and asked if I could recommend any of them for read-alouds in her class. I chose maybe ten great ones for her… including "The Puzzling World of Winston Breen"!

Back to the puzzle. How to explain this one? If you look at the grid below, you'll see the central entry, A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE, parsed into two-letter chunks. Each of these chunks are "removed" from one word and then "added" to another, in every case forming valid words or phrases. As an example, the first two letters, AL, can be taken out of FALLOUT to form FLOUT. They then can be added to HERD to form HERALD.

It was pretty hard for me to figure out and remember where each bigram was added. Jim and I discussed "fixing up" the database so that the answers accurately reflected the clues, but that seemed like it would take away the cleverness of the concept. For instance, if you were perusing this puzzle a few years down the road and hit the clue [*Royal messenger] and saw HERALD, you wouldn't think twice. In one sense that's great, as it's not confusing at all. On the other hand, if the answer reads HERD (as it does), it'd make you scratch your head. I personally like it when people scratch their heads. So instead of the fix-ups, here's a listing of the answers where the bigram was added:

  • AL: HER(AL)D (53-Across: [Royal messenger])
  • IT: GRAV(IT)Y (115-Down: [Newton subject]):
  • TL: GEN(TL)E (90-Down: [Gentle])
  • EG: L(EG)ION (14-Down: [Great in number])
  • IV: TR(IV)IAL (88-Across: [Piddling])
  • EA: PA(EA)N (43-Across: [Words of praise])
  • ND: BA(ND)IT (86-Down: [Old West robber])
  • TA: RO(TA)TE (8-Across: [Turn, as a wheel])
  • KE: REBU(KE)S (8-Down: [Upbraids])

Considering that just took me 15 minutes to search out and piece together, I can only imagine how rough it's going to be on some solvers. REBU(KE)S and L(EG)ION in particular had wicked clues. I like a challenge, and really enjoyed figuring out several of the "added-on" words. Those two… whoo! "Upbraids" apparently means "rebukes" (not "does one's hair up"?), who knew? And LEGION felt like a noun to me, but the dictionary says by golly it's an adjective, too. Learn something new every day.

It would have been nice to have the bigrams in order somehow, since all the jumping around broke up the flow of my solve a bit. And it might have even been nicer to not have the central revealer; instead, asking the reader to read across the bigrams in order to read the final reveal (something akin to Patrick Berry's recent puzzle). But overall, it's an innovative idea, one I haven't seen before. I always appreciate the creativity.

Sun 10/2/2011MASQUERADE
ISLAELMSTAFOULEASY
STARTEAMONERVEALTO
RANCHAXLESGREENORGAN
ROTOTILLVERSATILE
MCLIICALLAETSLIBRA
CHICFORICAREUSERID
SYNBONDPLANINNERACE
SUNSOTTOAUBE
APPLETSLIENSTEDDIES
SARANEVENSATTNINLA
SLIMAWNINGALERTREBEL
AMMORAPTOVULEUSONE
MEANTITASSETEYEEXAM
ONOROMNESURL
JOLTOGRELOUDOWLSHOG
ALARMSMASSEMAEPOPE
MACAUGINESSENMRMOM
UNCOUNTEDPOTATOES
CONCHLADLEFINALGUISE
IRAEAREELFREDOSCUM
ABESFERRYFOSSETEMP
Sun 5/30/2010FULL CIRCLE
AGRASKOALBOONEVOL
FELONVANYAARROWETO
ROASTTURKEYSCARECROW
OLDISHAPSREALMRIOT
TILEESOIREDFELLA
HAYSTACKRECORDPLAYER
TARREDGONDOLAS
ONTPTAIVANANAPESTS
FERRISWHEELISTSAIR
TWEENLECTERNMTETNA
LESTSPATETTUOLEG
PISTOLSEASONSCLEON
ANAETATCOTTONCANDY
REPROVALSODATIASSE
IMALOSERLIOTTA
RUBBERCEMENTMURALIST
UNIONAPSEERABOHR
ERGSIMACSRCATEENIE
FIRETRUCKCRANBERRIES
UPIROCHECOMICITALS
LEGINKEDCRETESAND
Fri 4/16/2010
REEKOFDESCPRO
ILLINIOLIOAEC
TASTINGMENUREA
ELECANIMALPELT
ASLANIDENT
SCARECROWASTOR
UAEPULSESTHRU
STRETTILASSOED
AHOTSELLTOOED
NOMADREPUTEDLY
DETERTARSI
SETSFOOTINSIVA
ORECOMEDIENNES
BARONORNIECES
SYSNEONENRAPT
Sun 2/21/2010WORDS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
PALSPLITUBOATSSARA
OVAHAITINOSPINASIS
SACAIREATAILLOREUTAH
ENIGMALOTTOLEANNA
ATNOBOYLEEODDITIES
SIGNSONBADDOGCERES
YULEHISSSAYASKRENT
ASLPALEOTETTAE
PEACESANDALWEDLOCK
UNCORKRIOTCHAIUAE
DUMBESTCHEFHERSSINN
UNENAESSLATTEJANO
PATDOWNSPARTASALES
OBIUKRAETNASLO
JUNKWINSSEEADDHUMS
USEASENISLEOMELETS
LAWRENCENIEALEASHE
LASORDADRABRUSHEE
OLEOHAIRIESTROOMHAWN
WEAKONETONRANUPREA
LIFEWERENTAMASSPBS
Sun 4/12/2009FITTING WORDS
HALITEGASPAWLORGS
EMINENTAMERNEEHEEP
MISGAVEMONOGETSSORE
PEPEORSERDISPLEASED
SPIRALPUNTICY
COSTAIPECACSSVUABC
ABASHESGONESUERTOO
DOGSTARPEROTSEPOCH
SEEPEDRAILSLAMDANCE
RUBERESMONARAIN
SQUAREPEGSROUNDHOLES
EASYSUNYDESIIAL
INNEUTRALABESGNEISS
STERNSCLERAMAGENTA
MAWCHETANGELINAKEG
OSSLADCRISPERRASPS
AASCAPTHARASS
RINGSABELLORNOTLEAS
ACCEPTEDUSTAROBERTS
NOONITEGERISLOEGIN
INSTTASSPAMLAPSES
Sun 6/24/2007NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
AKITASENDEDKARLRHO
HENRIKRAISAANTEOED
SECURITIESANALYSTTAI
INASENSECULLSLATE
NESTLASSOELONGATE
MERMUSICALCOMEDY
AMINOSCANEDNEOPILE
FAMOUSLASTWORDSSONYS
TYPESUGHSIOSOEO
ROULETTEFDAIVANKA
ARTTHEDOCTORISINHTS
SEAREDPHDMASERATI
MAYCEOSANATIKIS
ATEUPSHRIMPCOCKTAILS
WEALCIACARETILLSAY
WATERSOFTENERACE
DETAINEEABACKDAIS
FARSIAMADERODIBLE
ANIDEPARTMENTOFLABOR
ICEELALSIRENFINEST
LESDIMETESLASIESTA
Fri 3/16/2007
ASAMILEGJUMP
DIVANSAXEASTI
AMERCESINEWAVE
MISTERROGERS
INTERESTAKA
PINSANDNEEDLES
MACESTATESALES
ONESBUNT
LESEMAJESTEDOS
ELIZABETHARDEN
SSNMARIANNE
MESSENGERRNA
NINETEENOSMIUM
AQUARYNSTATIC
PSSTSSESLATS
Sun 3/11/2007THINKING GREEN
INFRABALIRWECHEESE
COLORREINDEERAORTAS
KNACKFORGROWINGPLANTS
SAMEHERESOILASE
AMCSCOOTMACATAT
SALAMITIVOBANGLE
SPECIALFORCESSOLDIER
ALASLURPEEMAUIARE
DENTMOPEMINTCSPAN
HARESTEASEATING
DOCUMENTFORIMMIGRANTS
OROMEOAPINAPODS
CLUBSHICSSOIRHERB
SESPORTCARNAGEPEE
SIGNALTODRIVEYOURCAR
SNOOPYRIALTRIODE
AVESYETERBESTET
SOLOREMDISLOYAL
WHATTHEMOONISNTMADEOF
ANDREALOWGRADECARLA
MODESTINNESOSKNEES
Fri 3/2/2007
ACCOSTCATORE
SHORTUOLINSEX
FALCONCRESTBAP
ASLLAICALTODO
STABSNAREDRUMS
TERIANSAEERIE
GALANOCENTS
ABSCAMCNOTES
AVOCADOEERO
HATERNESSPASS
BRANDYSNAPSMUT
LINEOTELLOARE
ICIADIMEADOZEN
SESSECYCOMETO
SSTELKERASES
Fri 2/9/2007
ESCALATESAMATI
LEAVEHOMEWANES
YAKETYSAXANNAL
STYMIEILIKEIKE
ANSLINETEST
OMAREVAN
RACIALDELIMITS
INHALESSINATRA
GOESDEAFEGGSON
ELMONATE
OUTEREARANE
FRONTENDTOTEMS
MANORTESTPILOT
ANICEHAPHAZARD
NOCHEADHERENTS
Fri 10/13/2006
PARADEKRAMER
RETIREDLIVENER
ORIFICEELGRECO
HELLSANGELSRUN
ESTEEMINSOGRE
DREDGETRYST
PODTRIXRABBIT
EVICTEEBEREAVE
DESPERADOSRES
AROARMAXIMA
LTRSSWFDODGES
LUISPOTWELDERS
ERECTORANTONIN
DENMARKSCENICS
STINKSPERSIA
Fri 4/28/2006
APESJABBAIFFY
DRATOTROSDOLE
DORATHEEXPLORER
OPTIONSCIENCES
NEHRUPLACATE
SLYREAIRSKOAL
FITINMENUDO
DEBASEDIMHOTEP
EXALTSENDOW
PEPSIUNTILJED
TENANTSDEERE
SPITFIREPERMIT
CUSTOMERSERVICE
OPTOTEEUPIMAC
WUSSOLDIENAST
Sat 2/18/2006
STUDIOREMAKES
JUNIORPARTNERS
WASTENOTWANTNOT
UNHSTNSSENDA
RUINSOFASDEER
SABERNOSESLDS
TRAVISREAPS
SYRIANSALLEGRO
STOOPSATEEN
AGSAWRAPTANTE
SOAPSTROMEDIE
SOCALOLEGARY
AGREETODISAGREE
YOUSAIDITNOTME
SOMEPLACEELSE
Sun 2/5/2006CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE
OLAFYUPBAROSHESRA
MASERATIOVERSEASHED
NOSYORINQUISITIVEAMO
ISTDRLAURAGONESPAR
CEOFINMIDEASTERN
WINDOWCOVERINGSKOOKS
ODORSHREISAYINF
ESSOTIERPOLORDEALS
MSECUNEABIE
ISHTAKEPOSTGAME
SCOREPADUNPEELED
LATEWORDPEONLYS
ALECTEYKNOB
MELROSESWFPENDRAGE
FUNHTMLOTEGABLE
STOICHEADOFTHEPRISON
CARTESIANSAPELAD
ANDSCARDSTIRSUPATT
RKODOTSINTHENIGHTSKY
EEGBLUENILEEMISSION
DDSLDSSHORTINEASE

The answers:

17-20-24-12-8-9-13 : NOSYORINQUISITIVE CURIOUS

17-9-19-10-2-12-22-7 : WINDOWCOVERINGS CURTAINS

1-15-6-11-5-22 : HEADOFTHEPRISON WARDEN

25-14-2-19-7 : DOTSINTHENIGHTSKY STARS

24-8-20-16-11 : SHAPEOFABALL ROUND

4-23-14-10-3-18-25 : TEAPOTS KETTLES

15-21-13-1-18-6 : RESPOND ANSWER

4-23-16-21-5-3 : HOTELFORDOGS KENNEL

Filling in the center:

WALKE

RSOUT

DISTA

NCERU

NNERS

WALKERS OUTDISTANCE RUNNERS

Fri 1/13/2006
DATEAMBIAHEMS
EVOCATIONMOVIE
FELLFORITAREST
INDIANELEPHANTS
EGYPTRASTER
SEASBLASSIDAS
ELLIOTTGOULD
ASABAGLADYPSI
CALLSTHETUNE
ELOIATREENASH
TENONSATTHE
FIVESTARGENERAL
ANEARBULLSNAKE
TERRIEMULATION
ASABCRPMSENSE
Sun 12/4/2005PUT IT TOGETHER
BOOTHOWLVENUESUPERB
RABBIXIIEXERTSANDREI
ATEAMYDSLOUISALOSETO
GELIGETRRSRIMSLOM
ANIMATEWACOIAGOTORE
CHINACABINETCONTENTS
NCAAIBARSPIERRAG
FOOTBALLCHAMPIONSHIP
ALLNESSTNSATOLLS
DOASIDOADAGIOPRETEEN
TORACELAMOOEDDEAL
THOROUGHFAREINNEWYORK
SEEPMASSEBIZETREM
SCALPERRHONESOUTEATS
ESPIEDHEREFENRAH
GRAVEYARDINDODGECITY
AHSEARLODEONOOZE
OLDTELEVISIONANTENNA
NEDSEPEETROTMYSTICS
AVEMASHMACOPECFLA
BINGEDOCULARJARSTEAL
ENDURESINISEALITEARS
TEASERVICESILLPARKA
Fri 11/11/2005
SCOOPERNSCHMO
CONGATAOCLARK
ADIEUHOTSHOWER
BETELGEUSEUSDA
SCALLOPED
ESEELSBALIHAI
XPRIZEGALLEONS
IRINAHADISONE
LICENSEDESTHER
ETHANOLSUIAXE
REIMBURSE
ETONLEOTOLSTOY
SUPERSTARASIDE
OBESEERANIKES
SANTODDSDEISM
Thu 7/28/2005
ASSOCNITSRAFT
STARRALOUEQUI
PATTIZEUSSURE
CHESSMATCHTASS
ALSPARHIYA
HUGELYAUJUS
ESPOSITOSPRINT
DARCCHECKABIE
TRIKESWHOSNEXT
VIXENPEEKAT
YEAHDINEPI
ZINGGRADEDEXAM
ONEANAPAAMIGA
ROOMUSERLILAC
ANNESETSSTENS
Fri 7/8/2005
ERNSTAGESSALE
SAYHIBELACRUX
ENSORSLITACRE
GETALOADOFTHIS
ADULTERATED
HAUTECUISINE
OPPCTNGRIME
JEANNIEHASSLES
OTTOIMOMEOS
ONELUMPORTWO
RENEGOTIATE
PORTROYALSOUND
AGRIYOGIOBIES
GEOMALEELECAR
ETRENANSENERO
Fri 6/24/2005
ASCOTBRETMSN
THECANRANIITO
VELCRORICARDOS
SALAMISSOMESAY
MASQUERADE
ALECOUNTERACTS
PEAUMECHINTER
ROSSSEAETATIST
INTHEKARASOSA
LIBERTYPOLENAS
OREOCOOKIE
ARSENALFOSDICK
OUTDATEDUNISON
NEODEARTELLME
ERNEENYREESE
Fri 2/25/2005
DASHESRESTIR
ARTERYPADRONE
HOAXESFORESIDE
LUNAOBRIENLEV
INCHPRINECEPE
ADEEPOTTWATTS
DOWNTOEARTH
FREEZEFRAME
ROOMSERVICE
CORNSMAISCARP
ESASLEWESHEEL
RASATDAWNARIA
ENOLAGAYERNANI
ANNABELEDITED
LEGMANRACERS
Fri 1/28/2005
ROLANDOVERCOAT
INABARPITTANCE
OCCUPYETHEREAL
SETTOSNANDADE
AISLEALONG
EADIEEASES
COMPOSERWIMPLE
ELEANORPOLECAR
SEEPINYARDSALE
TAKEIGORKI
RIGIDHABLA
CIELOREOMEARA
ALLINALLROTTEN
LEMONPIESNAKED
IRONWEEDEDSELS
Fri 10/15/2004
PINSNEETEDEMA
SKIPEVAHNEVER
ANTINOISESPILT
TERRENCEMCNALLY
SWEARSTOPARD
LOIFOURTOPS
SHESGIFTEMERY
CONTENTORDERIN
ALEANERSENSEC
MARITIMEAMT
GRISSPLASHES
ELECTRICALSTORM
VITALMANICOTTI
ELISEALEFREEL
LACESCEDEELSE
Wed 7/21/2004
MAHIPALESBATS
ASIFOFARTEDIE
BIGFATLYREALAP
HIDLONMIRA
CHEMICALCYMBAL
FLORIDAHEE
OARTORCHAUDIS
RISESTRUMPENA
EMENDATBATCDI
TOMBROILED
QUARTERBACKSAX
UNCANEOEAR
ASONSTOLENBASS
DARCCREONENTO
SYNEHODADLTRS
Sat 7/3/2004
SCAMSGLADCOMA
PUREEROBEAULD
ITINAONLYCHILD
KITTREDGEROSES
ETHIOPIALOO
MOVINGPICTURE
THENETOAKSNIT
ROTRHODEFAGA
EMITESPWOMBAT
SECRETADMIRER
ALSJUSTMISS
CLAIMCATEREDTO
CYCLORAMAENGEL
ERTEEVENSTENT
DEERFESTSODOI
Fri 5/21/2004
ANDROCLESMAHAL
FOODCOURTAGORA
TREASURERMRMOM
ETSPESETAEMI
ROSINSTIESAN
SNOWEDUSMCPTA
EVERAPESUIT
STORAGENOTONCE
PHAEDRADRED
EEKAAREAROUND
CIRCENLAINIE
IDIMENSALSEN
AIDEDDISORIENT
LOGESELABORATE
STELERESETTLED
Tue 5/4/2004
IBERIAJAISTA
DANANGCUTSHORT
ONEDGEALLEYCAT
LESIONTIAPKWY
ADDCARPOOLS
GOATASHGAS
ACCESSCODESFAB
LHASAAFRTALIA
SODFORTUNATELY
FERHMOLESS
CAMISOLENSA
OLINTEDSANTAS
ALLELUIATUTORS
TENDENCYONAPAR
SSEIDAPANELS
Tue 1/20/2004
AWLLESSKARATS
SHHABUTAMENRA
HEATWAVERASTAS
EASILYVIATICS
STALEBEATBACK
SCINEAR
BOATSHOWBATONS
EWERALENEENNE
DESILUBOLTDOWN
LIFTSTR
BOLDFACEEFLAT
CALIEGOEATERY
ORMOLUCOLDSNAP
IRONEROPIEABE
FESSESATADSYS
Mon 10/13/2003
SCARACADBABAR
HOMETRIOEERIE
ALASTARTATOMS
POSITIVESIGN
ENSNAREDCLASPS
KENTIEPAP
ERASEDEEDEBI
DEFINITEARTICLE
EPICNONRESOD
NORACELEA
STELLACASCADED
ABSOLUTEZERO
AROMARARATERN
LORENBRETEROO
STORYSANECELT
Fri 9/26/2003
ETCETERASHAMIR
QUAVERERPOLICE
URBANITELOANED
ABESTRHUTUMP
LORERISERSTAL
DEEMINGEEKA
SHEILAGREENMEN
CANTSANYSTARE
RICHARDSMAINST
ALLSEDITOUT
TSOPAINEDYAMS
CTSLDSTEAMET
HOUSEDGOSTEADY
ENROBEONTIPTOE
SEEDEDPSYCHICS
Thu 4/17/2003
UFODEOTSSIDLE
TINERNIETHEIS
UNSBITERROLFE
REIRATORPUPAE
NUDERGUTSILY
SNEEAFLATNIE
LAMIASLIENS
THESIXTHSENSE
MAIDSETERNE
BBSPRESSVEER
ALPACASDERMO
EANOLWIDEREAD
MONETHANOISIE
LOIREADOPTSLO
INCASRENEEOSS
Sun 1/19/2003ME ME ME ME ME!
SLAWSERODESIRSJOB
CUBITVINOSKNEADAMI
ALANAINERTIRINANAB
RUBEGOLDBERGINFUSERS
GENESMARKSOBIG
MAJORLYMINIATUREGOLF
ARABYESIGERARDNOEL
STILTLONESOMEMIDGE
TYLERROTOELSCANAAN
TIRAMISUMOPLTS
APBSEGOCENTRISMSLOE
LAOTISCHANGEUP
BUTTONMTSESOSPRELL
ALTHOMAHIMAHISUSIE
NILEDOCILEELSACPOS
OVERTIMEGOALSETIENNE
GOAPEHESAAXING
FRONTINGDURABLEGOODS
LOUENTERRELEEROBOT
APRSTURMEDENSASONE
TEDOMENSORTSMEETS
Wed 10/2/2002
CIGSBERGELYSE
HARTOVENLOOTS
EMILLALOAGUES
FAMOUSNAMESNNE
UNHPENTAGON
APRICOTSTIR
GUESSINGOCTOPI
OLDTUBROD
GLOWERMATAHARI
AXEDSILENTE
CHIRPIERNAN
DONENDINGINMAN
LUGERUCALIOLA
ISLETCOLESTER
VEERSTHARHACK
Wed 9/4/2002
HAGSGOADEASES
TRAPONCENAPPY
TIREBEDSDRYAD
PAPERBACKBOO
DOLLARNESS
SPOUSEDINSSTE
PUMPERNICKETAT
ORESEGOHAST
OILTRAINSTATIO
NNEHARTCARESS
SATURNJARS
METAMORPHOSI
MAMBAMAULERIN
ACTEDISLESENT
PEARSSTETTOGO
Wed 7/24/2002
TOSCALEASAWL
ITHADPUMPSTRA
PRIMENUMBERSIT
SAPPATEECENT
BARMITZVAHAGE
SHORTENZETA
LOUIESLIMNESS
ANNOLDENLIT
MEDULLASTRIPE
LOAMABREAST
SIGNOFBADLUCK
IDEASHOTTAME
GITBAKERSDOZEN
MOTAVIANERATO
AMYTENDMYNAS
Sun 6/23/2002COMPONENTS
ABSORBCAPERTHUSSAO
RAIDERHOARYCONTOURS
THREEOFAKINDMERINGUE
DOINRIELREPEALS
IMACMETHERESVERRE
LIPOEARVOWELS
ORANGEJUICEEVERSSUV
NETSALESAGONIESFASO
ADHOMINEMGREENEAGED
NEEMEWLTIDEMARK
SOFARFULLHOUSEMISSA
OPENSHOPEINSSOL
CELTERRANTSAFETYNET
KRISROOMIESPENELOPE
SAXASNAPSCREWDRIVER
SPHEREHERFEES
TRIPESRASFIDOELSE
LEAKEYSENCLOUST
ALPHABETTHEODDCOUPLE
GLISSADEIMARIATTAIN
SYDERATSOFTCREARED

1 Variety puzzle by Eric Berlin

Sun 10/8/2006
ORAMSHARPONEY
POLISAVEINONE
EDITEVINCIMUS
RESTIEATANARM
ANTENNAEDDY
DAHSOREIDA
APOPPEEDREADER
NARROAPEDRAPE
ENTERPRISESSTS
REARERAPSE
EMUREASTERN
ALICNEURTELAR
CAROESTADMETA
EVERRAITSPRIG
YADDSTEELOYOS