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40 puzzles by Gary Cee
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Gary Cee

Gary Cee is the General Manager and morning host at radio station Pocono 96.7 in Stroudsburg, PA. He grew up in Patchogue, NY and graduated from NYU.

Gary is a former Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia, a former Managing Editor of Circus Magazine, and the author of ‘Classic Rock.' There is a symphony playing in his head that one day will be committed to a proper score.

Mon 3/16/2020
PAWSWOREAGITA
ALOEAPEXKUDOS
SCRAPHEAPCLERK
TARSINCAAFATE
ANISEATTLESLEW
STARRSEAT
POOHIMPSAMMY
ITMEANSALOTTOME
STENSYEPETAT
AHEMGESSO
BATTERYPACKRYE
ECRUROLLOGRES
SCARSPAPALMASS
TRIALETALACNE
SALLYSODANEON
Mon 10/14/2019
CARDSDEFYMESS
AVAILOREOOTTO
PERSIANRUGMEAN
IREEMTDIVERT
TABRAGSENNUI
AGINHOTMUSTARD
LETONAINTLEO
VOCALCORD
CBSSAILYACHT
FLIGHTDECKPAIR
CADREDUNEPRO
TEASETTOTEST
SHAMMAKETHECUT
PERMIRISEMOTE
ARMYTONYRUDER

I'm a VP of Programming for iHeartRadio. I oversee three radio stations and host two daily programs for the company, one on WNNJ in northern New Jersey and the other on Z93 in the Hudson Valley. These are music shows.

I also host a podcast on the iHeartRadio app that features guests whom I find fascinating. That would include folks like Sebastian Maniscalco, Chazz Palminteri, Katy Tur, John Sebastian, Tommy James, and a bunch more. They all had compelling stories to tell, but the show I'm recording tonight has a personal connection that sets it apart from the others. Will Shortz has agreed to meet me later this evening to record the next episode of ‘Talk to Me with Gary Cee.'

We'll no doubt talk about today's puzzle and his edits, but I'll also arrive armed with questions I've always wanted to ask. Is there a demographic "target solver?" Exactly what steps is he taking to bring more diversity to the grids? Did he ever imagine that one day crosswords would be critically reviewed? And since we're talking crosswords, how about this fill-in-the-blank: "I'd like to receive submissions with more ___." I'll post the interview on my podcast page later in the week.

Mon 5/20/2019
AGAPEPACTSCAN
RELAXOLLIELIE
DEBTCEILINGADO
ONEHOPNEWSMEN
RAEPATTIAUS
HACKYSACK
ROLFTARASSURE
OTOEHITITECIG
TOWNIEAREDEBS
CHECKMARK
RENCESARSPA
GODSENTPISTIL
AGEWESTERNWALL
TECINURNSAMOA
EEKTEPIDEMPTY
Tue 4/16/2019
ANTETBSTRIBES
DEALIOURACEME
DUPECOMMUNIQUE
RICONAILCULT
TOOTHDECAYLEAH
INCOMEGESTE
TSARREVISETED
SOBRIQUET
ANGDYNASTVATS
GOONSROSTRA
ESSOMURRAYTHEK
GISTOSAYSUES
AREYOUOKAYDITS
PETERSENEISLE
SETTEESSWOMEN
Tue 1/1/2019
ABELFIGABROAD
GENEONEPRONTO
HATTRICKPISCES
ANIALIKEGEE
SERUMTORCHSONG
TREMBLEVATVIA
ALAEINLENS
TIMESIGNATURE
CANISNOPEN
ABASINTEACHER
BUCKTEETHSHOVE
TOOSAREEBOD
EPILOGPASSABLE
SAVAGEASPLIVE
PRESETSHYITEM
Mon 7/30/2018
VASERAKEASCAP
ESPNEVERSPADE
STATEFAIRKIRIN
TACITROSFLEA
ECOPARTYFOUL
CADENCESEAU
ELOORBALPHAS
STUGUMBALLORE
TOTINGCOTTEE
NAANNHLTEAM
AIRSTRIKEURL
CHIPSEEBASSO
TOPICCLOSECALL
OPERAESAUTFAL
RENEWSORESEGA
Mon 6/11/2018
HUTRATSIRVOW
EPITAPHAMATEUR
SIDECARGAVOTTE
EMERILMIMOSA
BROLOSSMEEK
RAVEBLOTCYSTS
ANEMIAKILO
DRINKSAREONME
NEILFLACKS
SARISLISTGEEK
IRISALVANSA
GIMLETELDEST
NAMETAGMARTINI
ONEYARDONMERIT
RADLIPNEAEPS

Coming up with a worthy idea is one thing. Pulling it off is quite another. "DRINKS ARE ON ME" was the catalyst. Now if I could come up with four popular cocktails whose titles each had another meaning, then place them over words with an ME in the middle, then place the reveal in the center, I might be on to something.

I think I got all of this one, and it was fun to construct.

Mon 4/24/2017
HTMLCHEFPSALM
OWESIOTAEERIE
WORDSALADGAPED
TAMWOEIRATE
OMAHAENOSGMT
NOTHINGBURGER
THIRDSEINE
SWIMPANSYDOSE
POSITOPENS
COUCHPOTATOES
ALPROLEBANGS
PRIEDGEEIOU
SEOULHUMBLEPIE
EASELARABMEND
TRESSTINSURGE

Nothing Burger. I've been hearing it again and again, especially on cable news channels which I watch way too often. Today, Nothing Burger makes its NYT crossword debut. I'm serving it up with a first course, a side and dessert. Dig in.

Mon 3/28/2016
CASHSLAPSPOSH
LUTETORAHANTE
ADAMSAPPLEIBAR
SIMIANAMINOR
STINGHOTPOTATO
IONAPACEWIRED
CRABARTANDRE
APPEALING
SPIREGINSATE
ARMEDROMANMAX
TOPBANANAEVENT
VIOLINEMERGE
FINNGLASSONION
EDGEHOPUPACED
ZEESTWEENLADS
Mon 2/1/2016
AMFMNOTEOFTEN
CORAERIECARVE
COEDWALLSTREET
ESEPELTHOMERS
SHOALSBUB
SUNSETBOULEVARD
BSAOPTRILEY
LUAUBETELSE
ERICHBROEIN
MULHOLLANDDRIVE
FEEADAGES
ADRIFTMYMYHST
ROADMOVIESATTA
APNEAISLEBEAT
BEGANPOLLERLE
Tue 11/24/2015
PANAMSTEMANTS
OLETALYLELOOT
TOGASUPINSMOKE
OVERHEREASKEW
KEVINSPACEY
OPSARSENAL
RABATALIBOCA
STEVENSPIELBERG
VILEOATASSES
PETSCANFEY
HMSPINAFORE
ASSAIOLDTIMES
SPINCYCLEROAST
PALESPOTANNIE
SNOWLASSPAINE

Will accepted this crossword back in April of 2012. My heart sank a bit when I saw Byron Walden's excellent RINSE CYCLE on March 26th of this year. The theme is so similar, and Byron's puzzle was certainly superior to what I have here today. Timing really is everything, isn't it?

"House of Cards" was not yet on Netflix in 2012, so my clue for 23-Across referenced "American Beauty." I was surprised that mine made the cut, as "‘House of Cards' star" might be more Tuesday-worthy in 2015.

I appreciate what Will and Joel did with 38-Across, as my original clue was the inferior "Hollywood's most commercially successful filmmaker of all time."

Crosswords are wonderful diversions, and I love making them. Aren't they great?

Thu 8/6/2015
COBCHAIRINRE
PIAFRASTACOAX
ALPINEGOATHTTP
STRADFRETACE
SPIELEDDRJOHN
EOSANOTRIUNES
ATMZONEARETE
AMAZINGLY
SHESAINDOTVS
PERIGEEEFTHAI
OLAFIIDIALECT
UPSCFCSGEENA
SOUPFORMULAONE
EUROENTERDSCS
STEWLEASEEYE

The theme answers were originally laid across the puzzle. Will liked the idea, but thought the "___ by ___" pattern would make more sense if the theme answers ran down instead. So I gave it another shot and that's what you have here. My original theme clues included "with ‘by,'" which Will changed to "literally," which makes the puzzle tougher to solve.

Tue 3/31/2015
PLAYASTIRLITUP
REMOPAINEIRONS
ONIONRINGSTERRA
MANHOODEIRETEL
OWNLASERBEAM
ALLOWMIRTHELLS
TEAHAULEARL
VERBALGYMNASTICS
YETIEATSNIH
CONTSEAMYURIAH
HIGHHORSESAE
ALIONESAUGUSTA
SETINCOFFEEBARS
TRIPETREADERIE
ESSAYSTYNENAPA

Will seems to like a good sports theme — he's run baseball and football crosswords that I have sent him. I don't think anyone has tackled gymnastics. I hope solvers enjoy it.

Now let me get back to that lacrosse puzzle I've been working on ...

Wed 1/28/2015
IVEGOTELKALL
RAHRAHROOMRIO
INLATERUNALONG
SEEPJUSTTHEWAY
ERESILO
IWANTTOTAKEKAI
ROGUESHAIRCOMB
AWETYOUODAS
TENSPOTSINNATE
EDTUNDERMYSKIN
IREIPSO
NEEDISLOVELSAT
IMPOSTERAPIECE
TIETEALCONTRA
AREPRYHIGHER
Tue 9/16/2014
GATESPATWRIST
OARSERLEHORNE
TRAPCOAXYUKON
TONYTONITONE
INSENTBIOWAH
LONDONONTARIO
ERUPTSAOKLIDS
LACESPIKVITAE
EYEDGILRETINA
MONSOONSEASON
INTRYERIPGMA
ONANDONANDON
BRAVEURISCENT
EAGERTACOISEE
EMERYSWANSKYS

The website www.onelook.com was invaluable in pulling this one off. I kept moving three ONs around until I came up with the three themers. Will kept most of my clues. The original submission for 26-Down was "What a student takes notes on."

My app, "Gary Cee's Crosswords," is almost done. I ran into a bit of snag in uploading all 61 puzzles — one freebie and three puzzle-packs of 20 each — but I should be in the App Store soon!

Tue 7/1/2014
KAPUTAPPTSARCH
ELENAFOLIOMIRA
DONTBECRUELONUS
SENIORTRAMGMT
DONTWORRYBABY
MACYSHANALIL
IRALESTAKETO
DONTSTOPBELIEVIN
INNEEDABCINC
ONEDRNOAROSE
DONTYOUWANTME
EBBALMAHOSTEL
BEAMDONTYOUCARE
ISLEINDIENURSE
TELLETATSTESTS

You don't usually see a repeated word in theme answers. Lucky for me, Will accepted this one. I hope solvers sing along. 25-Across is one of my all-time favorites.

I'm happy that Will kept my clue for MACYS, which I submitted in the past but was changed to "Parade organizer." (Made sense; it was for the Sunday puzzle before Thanksgiving.) I have a distinct memory of my sister turning to me in the back seat of my parents' car as soon as we spotted a billboard you could see from the Long Island Expressway. "There it is," Jeanne would say. "If you haven't seen Macy's, you haven't seen New York." As I remember, it was just one line of block type, all capital letters, across the top of a building in Queens. It left an impression.

My crossword app is still in development and hopefully will be out by August 1st.

Mon 5/12/2014
CACHEJAMBAQUA
AIRESOPERLUGS
SMARTPHONELILI
TENINPUTNCIS
SEETHESHREK
HORSERAWBAR
ASSETUNDERUSE
HAHFASTONECHA
AGAOLSENBAKER
BARHOPRELIC
PATHSATTACK
OPTSATLASGAL
PLUSBRIGHTSIDE
EARLEASEWILDE
DYNETWASOBEYS

SMARTPHONE was the seed on this one, and I figured there must be enough words or phrases where the first element was a synonym for intelligence.

Happy to see this landed as a Monday puzzle. (My original clue for ALPHABET was "26 characters are in it.")

POW Tue 4/15/2014
LADENSEMISVAL
ASONETRADEEMU
HIGHTREASONRIM
RAGABASSDODGE
INSIDEEDITION
PRECISANT
LABELAMIDOMIT
USALOWBLOWAPE
SAGEPEAKHORSE
ATEPERSON
OUTSIDECHANCE
PRIEDSLOWHIFI
AILBASEONBALLS
RADINERTORLON
THETANKSADEPT

The original idea was TAKE YOUR BASE as the revealer, clued as "What a batter hears after hearing the starts of ..." But 12 letters didn't lead to a clean fill and do umpires even say "Take Your Base?" So I switched to BASE ON BALLS and was able to pull it off.

I'm in the middle of developing a crossword app of my own and hope to be in the App Store by July 1st. Solvers and fellow constructors are invited to like the Facebook page.

Fri 12/13/2013
ALFALFASNOWJOB
TORSIONMANHOUR
ANACQUIREDTASTE
DETOUROLIOHEW
TOCCATADUDS
BAMROILSNRA
ENAMELEDBOOTEE
EGGEDONALSORAN
BENHURCLUELESS
ATPVALETEYE
RICAVERYTOP
ERAACREONEOFF
HERESHOWTOORDER
ENTRAINITSDONE
MAANDPATHEURGE
Sun 11/24/2013HITS AND MS.ES
MACYSFALSEAKONDAB
ADASHBAHAMADERISIVE
HELLOMARYLOUDYSTOPIA
ELLREDMEATWIFEUPON
RETITLESWEETCAROLINE
OCTOROTCUSN
COMEONEILEENTITGPA
APIANNBATVCOSAOUT
MANXONEEYESARASMILE
PHDGNUMRPIMBAILEE
JULIEDOYALOVEME
AYEAYERUNTSOLEPSI
SEXYSADIEITALIABLOT
HATSVONMETALCOALS
ERRREGHELPMERHONDA
AECETTUEAST
WALKAWAYRENEEBRITCOM
ALAIATRAELLIMANELA
FERNANDOLAYDOWNSALLY
TUGGEDONOLSENSALLIE
STERAGEPEERSWISER

The first draft of this puzzle included two titles that concerned Will. AMAZING GRACE ("Sensational, Ms. Kelly!") is not about a woman named Grace, and PEGGY SUE ("Take 'em to court, Ms. Lipton!") was a full name in itself, so if I could replace those, we might have something here. JULIE DO YA LOVE ME went in on a second draft. HEY PAULA ("Over here, Ms. Abdul!") no longer fit and had to go. In the final edit, Will removed PROUD MARY ("Satisfied, Ms. Shelley?") as it was too close to HELLO MARY LOU.

This is my first Sunday puzzle for the Times. I hope solvers enjoy it.

Mon 10/21/2013
CATTYDRIVEPAP
OMAHARADARONE
RUNAWAYJURYGEE
ASKINGANIDOWN
LESELFNOSES
BREAKOUTSTAR
SETATINSUPINE
AXONSLEADICTA
FEUDEDESQSKID
ESCAPECLAUSE
HITCHPATSHE
LAUDLOGFATHOM
ALPTAKEOFFRAMP
ZOOARENAFUMET
YENBERETSEEDY

I heard the phrase BREAKOUT STAR on TV and wondered if there had ever been a crossword based on two-word phrases beginning with a synonym for "flee." Quick research said no. ESCAPE CLAUSE then came to mind, also 12 letters. Bingo. I'm a Grisham fan, so RUNAWAY JURY had to be in this puzzle, and TAKE-OFF RAMP naturally countered it. So there's a cool theme. To the grid I went with hopes of a making this one a very accessible Monday offering (Will has told me that the Monday happy stack is the shortest of the bunch).

It's a good idea to begin in the center then fill the grid just as a drummer tunes a snare, starting with the corner with the trickiest theme letters, then advancing to its polar opposite. When the ESQ-QUAFF fit nicely, I decided to go for the pangram, which I usually don't give a hoot about, but I already had J, K and W taken care of in the theme so why not? Now for some fresh fill. POGO STICK, TOUCH UPON (which I actually added in a second take after Will requested a change in the SW corner), VARIOUS and the tasty FUMET (which I may have heard once on the Food Channel) have never appeared in a Shortz-era NYT puzzle so in they went. My apologies about ERY. Finally, CATTY is a strong 1A, a lively word, but not my all-time favorite. That would be CHIAROSCURO.

POW Mon 9/9/2013
ACTSBLACKWORD
SLOTULTRAALAI
KERRSALARYHIKE
AREAMAPLEVET
PRESSPASSRAISE
GUNSHYMEIR
APTTRAITEARNS
GOODCATCH
SHEENSEOULART
TELLBAMBOO
ELATERABBITRUN
ALPSIEGEREAL
MUSICSCORETHAW
EVERPARERNADA
DADASPATEAMEN

Will ran a similar puzzle of mine earlier this year with a baseball theme, so I took a stab at a sister puzzle with a football angle, and he went for it. I also guessed he would run it in the first week of the NFL season. Glad to see it's a Monday.

Favorite clue: "Ones who've got something to lose?"

Wed 5/29/2013
WHOSAWYERRICH
HATCREOLEESAU
ENOHANDELJUST
EDSELTACOORES
BESTTAPIR
METAPHORDECEIT
OPRYOPUSLENNY
VOATWOBALLDIN
EDIFYTITISEGA
SELECTNINEIRON
BROODNEXT
AVIVSOLDCHOWS
TAKESNOOZEGAP
LIENEAGLESLIE
INSTSTYLESETC
Wed 4/3/2013
AMENWEBBMEANT
RAGAALAIARROW
MOODSWINGCRETE
MIKADUSKTAE
SNARETOPTENHIT
HANWARSERIALS
ERIENOMLET
CANNONBALLRUN
DOMALAOSAY
ARSENALORBEVE
LANDSLIDEANDES
TSOEYERGRIT
ACORNFOURSCORE
RAKESONTOKING
SLIMEREEKSTAG
Tue 2/26/2013
TBIRDBOCCISOS
KENAIAARONCPA
THUNDERROADREY
SATNABTITANS
VENTURAHIGHWAY
EREACENOLIE
SOAVERAGASRS
PENNYLANE
TDSGOALSTAYS
HELLEVIMROT
ELECTRICAVENUE
SUNDAENANRVS
HIDBAKERSTREET
ASELDOPAEBONY
HERESSAYRINSE
Mon 2/11/2013
SCRUBBALLAGHA
ARENAOBOEGRIM
TIPSYLUCABRASI
USEODDROOFS
RCABUILDINGFYI
NOLALYINIFS
LEASCAMTIA
ARTISTICABILITY
BEAPERUJAI
ELKISLEMOWS
TIEJESSICABIEL
SCIONATMLEI
SHAREACABBLEND
HEROCALLEERIE
EDENTREEROSES
Fri 11/30/2012
ROSECHINAPCBS
OPELRENALALIT
BACKWARDMESSAGE
ERREVERASIAN
STEVIEISADOR
TERNBATANEYE
APHIDISNOMEA
PIANOPLAYINGCAT
SONLENOTECHS
ONDEMANDLENA
SLATEDASASET
ARHATRENTKEA
BEATASTANDSTILL
CAKEARBORALEE
SLEDMESSYOLDS
Wed 10/3/2012
TROTJADELAMPS
HANAOPERAFIRE
ENERGYBARPIXEL
RHAMESROADTEST
MACAOAERODUZ
ARTCLASSLEGUME
LDSNATSLEPER
HIGHTAIL
TAPEDISEEMTA
HURRAYMASSCARD
EDOMAILARRID
JUMPBALLEMERGE
EBOLATIMESSIGN
TOTESANILTEED
SNEAKIGGYSSRS
Wed 6/6/2012
FLIPKEIRAVENI
IONOEXCELAVON
ENCHANTEDISLAND
FILLMOREOUNCE
IBAMALESEX
LYMEDISEASE
SORTSNUIAMPS
THEATREDISTRICT
SODSANIOOMPA
PICTUREDISC
ROSWELLSET
ABORTDELAWARE
JEDISTARFIGHTER
ALASBRAUNOREL
HISTSABLESIDE
Tue 1/10/2012
FASTCARLASTAB
ASHEALTERPENA
THINKPIECEOATH
CONNIETACKPIN
AREINATELEA
TERSELARGERHO
PRIORROTTEN
ASTRTEPEEHYPE
CHOOSEINGLE
TEMAMITYAMPLE
PARNSABELEM
THEPIPSREPAVE
HATSTEAMPLAYER
ASTIACLAMRING
WHYSSTEPSKNEE
Mon 12/26/2011
ACHEDAMSSIDES
COATIKEAKNELT
NASTYFALLANNIE
EXPATAVAAIDE
DONNASUMMER
HARMLUGGAGE
OREOISEELOCAL
SEASONFINALE
TAPEDBREALSAT
YEARENDYENS
EDGARWINTER
PEALWGTEDDIE
ELMOSHOTSPRING
ELENATUSHORCA
SARGESTAYZEAL
Mon 12/12/2011
KUDOSWATTCALL
ETUDEAREAOBOE
PAPERTIGERVLOG
THEMETOOLEEKS
POSHFLOR
CENTERFIELDER
HAUTSRASWERVE
ALTERERSSTEEN
SOUREDETSTART
PEPPERGRINDER
AVERLEER
AZUREOILERORB
FOLKPOWERMOWER
ANNEIVORARENA
REARPENSLENDS
Wed 11/16/2011
BVDSAMBLEBOWL
ALAICAROLACHE
BOTTLENECKTHEE
AGAZEOAKSMEAR
GARDENPARTY
LAPTOPIAN
OLEOPREACHPLO
BARRELOFMONKEYS
ONEMATSUIAWOL
EMUSAYSNO
BELLYDANCER
IRONSREACHART
COSIBEERCHASER
EDENUNDERLINE
PESONASTYFATE
Wed 10/12/2011
MAMASTABRAFTS
OPALTORAALLAH
SPLITAGUTGLARY
HAWARABICORTS
IRABREAKASWEAT
NERDINSURE
GLEEMPLANAPER
CUTACHECK
ICEZELDAKEATS
POLEAXGLEE
CRACKASMILEALP
ROTHSOONERMAT
ELIOTBUSTAMOVE
SLOESASTIEDIT
SANDPDERNREVS
Sat 6/11/2011
TWITTERMAANDPA
ROGAINEINDOORS
YOUREABETTERMAN
SLATCOLTSMICE
TENATOBEYANTE
SNARLTONBRAID
ANEWSEANCE
ASSUMEDFACETED
SWANEEYUCK
SINESMORSALEM
ETTAPAULALEST
NCARRUNONSAKS
THANIAMGUNGADIN
TONETTEGIACOMO
ONADATEHERENOW
Thu 4/28/2011
PURIMAPPSGUFF
AMEBALOREOSLO
WALESTOONNAIR
ROYALWEDDING
WEBINARGEORGE
EURAILTBALL
PRINCEWILLIAM
TENOBEAGO
KATEMIDDLETON
BAMBAAUNTIE
OREIDAHARDENS
KINGANDQUEEN
ALTAAUERDOWEL
PERITAILITALY
IDYLELISNERDS
Thu 2/24/2011
GNATGLADINAPT
RAVERAVINORAH
OMITAKINAFIRE
WEAREDEVOWEARY
NOTATEPHENOL
UNICAMPARIATL
PEONORIOLE
NOUNDERWEAR
SPOUSEREPS
ALPROSSSEAHET
WEARINISWEAR
NOTUSGOLDPIANO
IVANIOBOEDRUB
NIKONNEARESTE
GIINGGYMSNESS
Tue 10/20/2009
WEILLHOOPFACT
AMTOOEDNAESAU
ROSEGARDENSIRS
ABITETOTALS
DADCHIVASREGAL
ORELNIPAROSE
CLASSANAAN
OLDTIMERSGAME
ORIGHERALD
AREUPCATMISO
SAUSAGEROLLNET
STRATAFETAL
THOUSHIFTGEARS
DEPSPAVEERNIE
AREASTYENODOZ
Wed 8/26/2009
SMARTSPARSIMS
ACTIIIIOUONIT
CHOPSTICKSNENE
RAMSROHEADER
ELISEATTENTION
DECIDERETABLE
TIRADELAR
THEENVELOPE
APOORSINO
POLECATZAPATA
ONEMOMENTNETWT
SCREWSUSATOT
THARTAKEMYWIFE
LONGENEEAGLES
ESTELEDNONART
Thu 5/28/2009
CALMSOUSATWOS
ALEEAGREEARUT
PAGETURNERKITE
IMITATEROGETS
TERLESSSUITOR
ADORESEFTSELI
LANESBREAONEG
GETOVERIT
LIMOHOEDROSSI
OCAMENUBRETON
BEGETSPAREUMW
BITMAPSAGETEA
BELAINQUISITOR
MELTNEARSREND
IRASTUTEEERES