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6 puzzles by Hemant Mehta
with Jim Horne comments

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Hemant Mehta
Puzzles constructed by Hemant Mehta by year
Fri 1/12/2024
TVCAMBAECHAP
BOOTYCALLSRIDE
STUFFYNOSEIDLE
PEPACNEDANDER
RULEBANGERS
SPOILEDROTTEN
HIHATBARESFBI
AKINBONESJEAN
GETFLOATOPEDS
SHOOKTHINGSUP
AMOUNTSERAS
SINGTOACERPDF
TANGUPTONOGOOD
OTOETINSELTOWN
RAWRCOTLORDY

Hermant Mehta provided this link to explain why Where's Waldo? has been banned. We live on a weird planet.

Fri 11/17/2023
HERAPBJMAMIE
OMENCHEETODUST
LADYLOTTOBALLS
ASSDONSRIPLEY
COLONYBRUT
TULANEDAISBRO
ILOSTWORDSALAD
PACERAGETRACI
STUDENTIDRIMES
YEPMOETBISECT
DIORHOPESO
ASCENDTEASTUB
FIELDGOALSMORE
ANDIMEANITURSA
REESETKODMED
Fri 5/26/2023
OMANISEGASNUB
VERYCLEVERCODE
AMITOOLATEHIDE
LOLMILLSPOSER
PENSBALLERS
HUBRISNOMAAM
APRONMERCYRULE
STUMPAWEESSAY
HOTDESKEDRHINE
ERASERCHICKS
AFFECTSSLAP
PROSELIMITBOA
AIRSNOTONEWORD
RACEOVERGRAZED
TRESMEMESHOOS
Sat 8/20/2022
UMSMALALAFIGS
PROMOCODESOPEC
SHRINKWRAPORNO
HYDRABEDFLEUR
ODIECAPTOSSIN
TEDMATSHOGUN
DONTLIETOME
FORCEDSMILE
IUNDERSTAND
STARRYEGGBAR
SAUTESSRIMOVE
HIREDMACSAWED
IDIDNOVISITORS
PSSTONETIMEUSE
SOTOGODYESTEA

Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen, who is making a deal. Or not.

Maybe you saw this right away, but I did a triple-somersault at 18-Across — Words before and after "deal."

My brain went right away to deal OR NO deal, but that's clearly wrong. That would be DEAL is a word before and after "or no." Right? Well, yes, but look at that bolded phrase again, and you'll see OR NO is before the second deal and after the first one. Nobody said the order mattered. That's just plain unfair. Except on Saturday it's not only fair, it's expected, and it's what makes Saturdays fun.

Tricky puzzles benefit from footholds, and several clues seemed obvious to me. The RED SEA has a significant part in the Bible, a FUTURIST always thinks ahead, Arthur's demise was plotted by his illegitimate son (via Arthur's half-sister Morgan), MORDRED. Your gimmes will be different. I struggled with SISTER CITY, but Jeff got it right away because, "What else could it be?" Yeah, whatever.

A great Saturday needs at least a few great clues. "Moving film" for SHRINK WRAP is in clue-of-the-year territory.

Sat 4/16/2022
DCBASEDKEEPTO
ALISTERSORLEAN
GOTTACATCHEMALL
AVERYGIRLSSKA
MEMOTICOSCAIN
ARERINKSCANED
BOOTYSHORTS
KINGOFBEERS
MEDIACIRCUS
GOTONONEHRBET
OVENPUGETMALE
OILBAREDDAMNS
GEOCENTRICORBIT
LANCEDSNOWCONE
EDESSAGODHOOD
Sat 2/8/2020
IMHOTOSSSITE
NOOBSALADHOOD
CUTSPRICERANGE
ANDCOPRPERSON
STEEDSOILUP
SNOTFLOPWHO
JOKEWRITERNEAT
CHILDISHGAMBINO
TINYKNEEBOARDS
SOGJETTLOAD
LASSOEDGERS
BLUEMOONSEDAN
BOCABURGERNONE
OWLSTRUCETUDE
YEAHYEOWSTIR
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