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Finn Vigeland author page

21 puzzles by Finn Vigeland
with Jim Horne comments

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Sun 6/26/2022 Bonus Features
SEPTASLIPOAST
STAREDATOMICGLOAT
THESILENCEOFTHELAMBOS
HITEMLANECOLAUOFA
YPSIBEVERLYHILLSCOUP
MONAEEAUEACH
PANTSLABYRINTHISLAM
ETHOSDUECAROMSOGRE
TEADOSASELATEBMW
ESTADOTHIGHFIDELITY
PERUMOODEMO
JURASSICPARKADOUBTS
GETFATAHNARCSOOH
REEFLAMAZELGAGLOBE
UPSETBRIDGEOFSPIKES
AREAONOEATME
THISISSPINALTAPEMAXI
AUDISTATFOCIDAKAR
THEBLAIRSWITCHPROJECT
SALTYAMTRAKEXHORT
LEESEARNTSARS

Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen, who is practicing for his mellophone recital.

["Macbeth," but not "Hamlet"] is one of my favorite clues of the year. Note the quotes. "Hamlet" stresses the first syllable, so it's a trochee. "Macbeth" stresses the second, so it's an IAMB — that thing where, when you string five of them together, you get iambic pentameter. At that point, you're basically Shakespeare.

For this fine crossword, I will now explain
The bonus theme and all that it entails.

Today, we take well-known movie titles and add an extra letter (a "bonus", I suppose) to fit the goofy clue. Beverly Hills Cop becomes a "Rodeo Drive uprising" when we add a U to turn COP into COUP. By now, we're conditioned to expect a bonus layer in add-a-letter puzzles. We highlighted the bonus letters and, reading top to bottom, they spell OUTTAKES which are often included in movie bonus features.

Notes:

  • "Cry from a boxing coach" is HIT 'EM? How many opponents is this poor boxer facing?
  • "City that neighbors Ann Arbor" is Ypsilanti, commonly shortened to YPSI.
  • Yes, BMW makes Mini Coopers now. I love these cars.
  • "Head of Eton" is LOO. NYT loves the "head=loo" reference.
  • OGLALA is one of the seven subtribes of the Lakota people.
  • I have a little crush on YUNA. Oh yes, I do.
Wed 6/16/2021
BRASPSYCHOABBA
LAMEUTERUSTRIM
APEXMYRIGHTFOOT
NANDAMTHEENPR
KNIVESINACACIA
CUTIEEUROSTOCK
DIYERSTINAASS
WESTOFEDEN
SKINEILDREVIL
CHINAALESUNITE
HANGULSTEPDOWN
IKEDUMBBLTLOG
MISDIRECTEDBERT
PRIMENCODEANKH
SASSDUSTERETSY
Tue 6/1/2021
SLAMWASHTTP
HEXEDWARPEARS
HALLEBERRYAQUA
PROFESSORPLUM
ITONYAWIIIPO
PASSHOGLATER
ATEJEDIDENOTE
BOREFRUIT
FIGAROTHANIPS
TRIEDSOLCMON
WETAMAISRAEL
PRINCESSPEACH
DEADFIONAAPPLE
ONCELOCOSPREE
ETTAYUKYORK
Sun 9/1/2019 THAT'S A TALL ORDER!
ASHARABOFFSKICAP
SIAMEDESLEDCHICAGO
PLINYTHEELDERRETUNES
COLORWSLOISBLT
ASSAYEDMICCHECKBEEB
HAECOMOROSLARVA
IMSNTSBREIBOOKREC
DATESUEKEEPSITREAL
CYANSPREPPOED
HITJOBSMOWLINTBARK
IGUANAAPPOLLSEYEDUP
POEMSALTWOODREADED
BASTAYATIMESNAFU
JAMELORELISMUT
JANEROESIPLIRRSLY
AMINOGENETICOAT
MASTGLUTENININTEGRA
PIEZOOMSEXCOMEDIES
ACTAEONJALISXICO
CATCAFELOONATADNUN
KNEELSOCTBANGGRE
Sun 10/21/2018 YOU'RE GOING DOWN
FIBBERLIBIDOSTRAP
AMARNAUNITARDSCHAFE
KIBITZCROSSBOWRETRO
ENYAOAKENHIDEARSON
SNARKYICETDOME
OTTERABACUSMENSSHOP
WRENCHRESTVINETORY
LIPOUBEREGADASHLAR
SOSALLACARDIBLEDTO
EBOOKUSAUSAARIES
NOLITABRATZDONUTS
BALEDTHEFBIPARTB
LEDGESAVEUSUSESJIF
INVADENEWTAPSOTATA
GAINABELTRIPSEIZED
HECTARESTOILETSEZME
LUSHPUNTTWITCH
ARBYSEGANEPSONLAMP
LEAPSSANDRAOHEMINOR
ENNUITHEREIGOPOPDUO
STATEMADDOWTOSSED
POW Sun 3/25/2018 FOLLOW THE SUN
CZARSAIDYESAPRIORI
POSEDARMHOLEROUNDER
ROSIEMISSUSAALLUDES
MEGATSDEFGOES
ENROUTETOAPODEGAS
BANMONAMIKRONARIP
ALONEGRANNIESCAMERA
BINGIHEARTISEEIT
ACTORSPLAYSPEDUNCLE
REVBURRITODOLTUEYS
MINIONSMONKEYS
DOPEKPMGFINESSETBA
ENHANCEDFACTSTHUMBS
LEANTOARENDTRIGA
EARTHSTEAGREENANNUM
TCMTREATOLDESTUNI
ETATSESLEPLURIBUS
RUDETWAFRENZY
GEMINISAIRFLOWSWEAR
ITSONMELINEARATERRY
TANSIESKUSHNERDONE
POW Sat 2/10/2018
ORGANOCTALAMO
KOENIGWHATATRIP
SANCHOEATATHOME
ONEHALFREDEEMER
STOODUPASADA
ETRELPS
LINMANUELMIRANDA
INALLPROBABILITY
ZOMBIEAPOCALYPSE
DENSWAT
CHURNSWIFFER
RARAAVISSOLOCUP
ASIFTOSAYNICOLE
STATELINESEALER
HEHDESKSDLIST

I play in a Hamilton tribute band so LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA is a big part of my life, but I wasn't expecting to see that name in a daily puzzle. It's 16-letters long. Finn Vigeland didn't care, making room for ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE too. Bravo.

Sat 9/16/2017
SHELOVESMESAGS
HESAKEEPERTROI
EASYSTREETARID
ELALEMERGENC
PSYOPSDASHSPA
WALLOWESTEE
CISNODSHOOHAS
ASHPITSJESSICA
STARCHCOLTMER
THROBTHEGAP
PAKASIAATESTS
ATTORNEYTARA
RYANIDONTGETIT
TONEPOTATORACE
YUKSENEMYLINES
POW Sun 5/7/2017 DUALITY QUALITY
DECODUMBJAPESIMPS
ODORABIEGOCARTBORN
DAUGHTERLAUGHTERIDOL
OMGOARGUISECEASES
HOPESILLTENLUX
BUDDINGPUDDINGPAPYRI
ARRESTHIMMAULLOOFA
LBOSRENGASMAINEDEN
SAPBYEKOSHERNOSHER
ANSELOTTODUVALL
MOOCPORCHSAGE
HENNASPIKEGRADS
GARDENWARDENHEYCOW
PUTSGOATEEDITSOTRO
TACOSERRSACTCASUAL
SCHNOZMASSAGEPASSAGE
DAWFORPLEDPOOL
MADAMELALAWWINSOB
VOTEBASELINEVASELINE
ALCSIDIDITLIFTAZUL
NEHIESSEXLETSBEST
POW Tue 2/7/2017
PAPAACTPRIMER
EVERNOWBUREAU
LIARCHESSBOARD
TACOHEROANTSY
NEWYORKCITY
HARECOOJLO
WHEELFEWBOOR
RUPAULSDRAGRACE
AMIDAIRAUDIO
PECHICEARN
ROCKANDROLL
TWEETOLAFMAIN
HALLOFFAMEATVS
URBANEROEREEF
STAYEDMRSSXSW
Wed 7/27/2016
DREWYAKBOOMS
PATCHOULIOHWOW
THEHOBBITOMNIA
ALSOSAGELYERR
VENNDIAGRAM
PESOSSHE
CIRCUSTENTNUFF
STIRSANOGIGLI
ISEEAUDIDEALER
ACTJOLIE
OLYMPICFLAG
GEESTOLENNABS
ROMANRINGCYCLE
ENEROGETOVERIT
SINEWIDOSTEP

Fans of Hamilton or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may disagree but I still insist that Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (the so-called Ring Cycle) is the greatest theatrical work you can ever experience. It forever changed music and drama in fundamental ways and is still a huge influence on everything from visual art to movie scores. Whatever you might think of opera, see it at least once in your life.

Sun 6/12/2016 ATTENDING PHYSICIANS
ASSUMEABACKPSYCHIC
DOUBTSPOMPOMTEAMUSA
DRPEPPERSPRAYATSIGNS
UTEROTEESLOMFINITE
PARCPASBABYDRRUTH
BOORSPEASLEESOON
BOONECOALJANETUMP
DRWHOSYOURDADDYINTER
OILSSEXTSMAYISEE
IBMGENEPOTTERNS
EVANSDRJCREWTREAT
PREOPALSHAHANAB
MINORCACHOIRAFRO
GROSSTHEWIZARDOFDROZ
MEHSLAYSTALLGREAT
SABEATTGERELEANN
DODRNOHARMDENTCIG
GOOGOOMTAGMENBRICE
INHASTETHEDOCTORISIN
FLORETSNAVAJOSOCCER
SYOSSETMAYORASHORE
Tue 4/26/2016
SERFSFLUDOLT
ALERTSAIRCOVER
GAPEATDELEGATE
ELONGATEALLOK
EEGSEASE
GRIMMAPPLEGATE
RUNYONOILSWIM
IRTMUSICALARM
EARLDENHOCKEY
FLOODGATESHEDS
WRENTATA
ICARETAILGATE
NAVIGATEWORDUP
CROSSFITAVIATE
HAWKTEEENSUE

This is my favorite puzzle of the week.

Wed 9/16/2015
BENZMACHSCENE
CROWABAACOCOA
CAREERISTRUINS
MISSTHETARGET
ETACHOCHPS
SUBWAYFAREEFTS
TRAMPBETAION
ARTDECOPARTTWO
TEEDOVECUZCO
ETSYMINDTHEGAP
EREGOBIERS
APPLETURNOVER
KOALABANNERADS
OPTEDEVIESLOP
NEEDYREEDEDGY
POW Mon 4/6/2015
LIFEOFPIHOTMIC
ICESTORMONEIDA
MARTINISLENNON
ELMSTUELITIST
SLITSAXON
EGOWOWEDDA
COLLAPSEDPAEAN
NEOLITHUNITARD
BISONEASYMONEY
CLEFRIOCPU
CELLITEMP
MOMBASATDSMAR
WHOAMIDIETSODA
AIRBUSUNFASTEN
HONESTDAYBREAK
Sun 3/1/2015 NOTED ANNIVERSARY
OMGCLOMPSPECGORD
NILEVEGOUTERROTOH
ENACTSALZBURGAUSTRIA
SAMOANREAESSENTAL
JULIEANDREWSELO
PIPETSTSALWSUIT
EDASWEDESIGMA
THEHILLSAREALIVEFLAK
HOYAELATESVINGTIME
OMENSROACHTGI
RODGERSANDHAMMERSTEIN
GOLSIREETIPSY
OPERABUFFDENCHTILE
WINOBESTPICTUREOSCAR
LCDTVSUSANUGH
SASHIMTRIASIDES
DSTTHEVONTRAPPS
THRESOMETANARCANE
THESOUNDOFMUSICNOCAL
ORITSAXRUBIESTERM
DORSALIODESSAYES
Sun 1/4/2015 THE DESCENT OF MAN
JANFBIPALMOFFISH
ANATURNATEAMPOUNCE
COMEONINXWORDEARTHY
OMENSNEGROIMONLYHU
BILDUNGSROBLASEEMI
SAYSROSEMARYCROWBAR
BEAUAGENDAPRANK
ASFARTHENOWARRAIGNS
NORRISELAPBRELS
OHOTERRAPUREEDTINA
DOYOUWANTTOBUILDASNOW
ETONSEAEARNAMIBATM
ECUNSCACSTALISA
CRASHPADKISHKACARON
AIMEEDOOLEYLAIN
SCATTEDTERMITESDOLL
SEZVESTSMORGANFREE
WONDERWOVENALSODOM
LINEARAMBITMACARENA
SNARFSPARERPSAMAIN
DESOTONOSYSSNLAS
Fri 9/19/2014
HUMBLEBRAGARCS
INADEQUATETELE
LENADUNHAMELEA
LADYADMSPILAF
TRAILLLLANERO
OTTEREMAILNEO
PHENOMONRECORD
ONEPOTATO
POLLSTERSTEEPS
ARAIRISHENTRE
SLUMDOGOBSVOX
SATIENAMEBOOP
INNSSOCIALLIFE
ODESWINECOOLER
NORMFRESHSTART
Sun 3/10/2013 CONDENSATION
WASPTBARTULIPERMA
IDAHOROMOAMISHLEON
TALONARIAMACHINEGUN
WGATESCANDALOVATE
LIDOTEXSWAPETHELWS
DOESFORPTLRAMANIL
HOLYSEEMIMICTAE
SAVORCARBONATEDW
TRIPTYCHSATTSTEUBEN
EMOSANOSTIESBRINE
PALONTHEWFRONTGTS
IDESTTITUSMELSWIT
NATASHAGUSCATCHFIRE
FRESHWPEARLURGED
TIEIHOPSQUIBBLE
AHHGENELUXLOANERS
BREAKWSSAGACUZCOOK
ATARIBATTLEOFWLOO
AIRBRUSHEDIRASERIKA
ENYOSHAMUCORKUNTIL
DEARBASILSUEYSHES

Rebus squares are read WATER across and HHO (i.e., H2O) down.

Sun 1/15/2012 WEATHER REPORT
COLDCASEZAPSPHASER
OPERATORIDEEPHALANX
CASTLEINSPAINSORBETS
ALTIMSTIMSAINTE
EMOTICONOLDBAG
ATCHBEAMTORTGEORGE
LOAFERSAFESITRYORS
URBANEOTISMPAAWNET
MELDANNANTEEUPAXES
NAETKODAIRERHERB
ITSRAININGCATSANDDOGS
ITENXYLEMPREYMOE
MATEGROPECLIMEEBON
ABCSTENDFAIRDWEEBS
DOOPHILKARMALEGREE
ADMIREINITENDEDSRI
MESMERNOMINATE
LAUPERGADLGALIV
MIRACLEDEUSEXMACHINA
EPITHETIGETEARMARKS
HONEYSCOSYDRYERASE
Wed 10/20/2010
OCALAERGSTHEN
CIVILRILEEASY
HEAVYMETALASAP
ERSEESTDAPHID
RATCHETHIMOM
HAKUNAMATATA
ARHATINATROM
SEATHANDMWKRP
CPUBANOBOSOM
HOTELMANAGER
MNEMESMELLED
FJORDROTADONE
LENOHORACEMANN
ADDLUBERRADII
KIELMEMEEPSOM

This is another debut from a teenage constructor. Mr. Vigeland constructed this puzzle while a student at Horace Mann School in Bronx, NY (hence 58 Across.) At publication time, he was an 18-year-old freshman at Columbia University.

There are 15 M's tying the record for most in the Shortz era.