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Jeremy Newton author page

27 puzzles by Jeremy Newton
with Jim Horne comments

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Jeremy Newton
Puzzles constructed by Jeremy Newton by year

Jeremy Newton, of Austin, Tex., is an engineering manager for a mobile games company.

Mon 5/13/2024
SAGALOLCUP
TURNYODOGARE
EDITLOADSOFFUN
MINIGOLFTHO
DORKFLORIDA
CHOSEPROMDEB
CLOTHGROVEAMA
HOLEINONESHOT
ISMGHOSTPHONE
LEEROMEFLOSS
ITSDOPEALOE
OWESCOTLAND
MUTTONCHOPAQUI
ASHNOHOWCUTE
TEETOWEAST

Click the grid to show the animation solvers see when they complete the puzzle on the NYT website. Click again to stop it.

This is one of the better gimmicks the Times has crafted to add an extra element to the standard crossword format.

I've colored all the O's in the grid to show that they only appear in the quadruple-bank-shot path to the hole.

POW Sun 12/17/2023 Get Over It
JOYSHANDCARBRAS
AMENSPALOALTOFUELED
CAMBUNIVERSITYARCADE
ONEONONEMASHINBUT
BINGDOTBOMBEREACE
ASTOUNDSTYDOMES
HAJIIRSURBABNART
SOBULFULLYMOUSSE
PODSIMADEITLDSPULP
OFTFEUDSROILAMPLE
USEOFMIBCEANDMENTOE
SIXTYESPNCOASTOYL
ETTUALSREARLITHYDE
SALAMIHELLAGOOBD
ALAKBAZAMEMOOPUS
MIDSTUNODELTACO
TKOOWLDUDEBROMAYI
REPOHISEEOILBASED
ANTIFAWATERUNDERTHEB
KEEPATASAGUIDEREESE
WEARBYGONESOSHA

Cross each bridge with the word BRIDGE. Skip a square on the water crossing under the bridge. Add the letters B-Y-G-O-N-E-S under each bridge in turn to make BOG, BAY, GULF, OCEAN, LAGOON, LAKE, and SEA — all bodies of water.

Don't tell Jeff, but I gave this puzzle a POW.

Sun 4/2/2023 Artistic Differences
YEAHIAMHAHASPUERTO
HAMRADIOERODEENVIED
THESTARRYFIGHTTRIPLE
TONEMARESDAMSELS
PODCLASSREPTOPENSA
WAILSREOBALLOON
ITSABETNOLEADSERIN
THERONALISAUSCEXTRA
CRABSENSUEESTEEL
HULASLOEGMANATURES
THEGIRTHOFVENUS
IMSHORTSAWRISKEMIT
TIPREQBISONDRAPE
BLOWNFLYTHEEONOFMAN
ULNALOATHEDHUGEASK
RIGHTHAWKSBINGE
SEESIGNAFRAIDSOAMY
DRESSEDLONGUBREA
CROATSCREATIONOFADAY
UNWISEKATIEONEONONE
BANNEDSTALLFORGERY
Sun 2/5/2023 Hollywood Remakes
CHESSSETRASHSILK
DARKHUMORELVISBERYL
THEIRRITESTOUGHATARI
MEGEPOCHHEADONIN
GOADEDTHAITANKNICK
TOSSEARSNAFTA
BACKSLASHLOCIERNST
SPAHELLOWEDALIMOORS
PERNODMETESDOADUET
WOWTUBESALPSNAP
FIBAHMIDDAYYESODD
MANUNAPAMENDTUM
IKNEWITCANOEARTIST
GEENASCHICKHOGGOXOO
DROLLHOLEALIENLIFE
LEWISGWENANTS
GLADHEATEHERSLANGY
NEWMUSICOMANIOCD
ADMINTHUMBMADETRICKS
STANGSATIESITTINGIN
HONGTEEDGOODGIRL
Thu 9/29/2022
IAMIMAMSNAZZ
RNANINEJOANIE
ANDTHATSSAYINGA
QUEUEIHOPLASS
LABELAAHS
CALIFORNIATTO
IPASCANSNEER
DAMPEDGERSCAB
EIEIOOLAVHMS
ALOEVERAOTION
PAPASENOR
PEELSNOWTUBED
ITSALOTTOUNPACK
TOPTENOKRANUN
ANNEXHELMDRY
Sun 6/19/2022 Some Light Reading
ITSBADINFRASPECTRUM
OREIDABAAEDLIKEWISE
WINTERMINTSUNGLOVED
APTESTSLGAGITSPANS
NORMTHESPIANSHALE
DYEDHAIRMPGDEIST
OILSTIPSDEAR
SIGNEEEELSBOARPSI
ALOTBIELSANDTRAPS
TOVDOUGHVODKABULL
DIVEINTHEPAGESILIE
EVERSTATEPREYSMIC
PAINTCANSNITSPANE
PSTHOPECOCOMAINER
HEREHAWKYAWN
TBIRDNAPFAKEGOLD
HARELOSEAGAMEPEEL
PAREREBASOLATPEACE
STRATEGOCATCHHANDED
ACIDHEADOHYOUARMING
THEJOLLYGIANTTRENTE

Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen who's stuck at a red light.

The first national color television broadcast in the United States was the 1954 Rose Parade, but crosswords are mostly still monochrome. For 25 years, NYT relied on Across Lite's .puz format to distribute puzzles to their most enthusiastic solvers, a format that didn't support color, most foreign characters, or other modern gimmicks. That format is now history, but color is still rare. Even at the Times, some of their distribution channels are black and white only.

Today's gimmick couldn't work without color. Blocks of three black squares have colored circles representing traffic lights. What's more, they're rebus elements. And, the rebus has to be interpreted differently Across and Down. That's a wild combination we've never encountered before.

This will be confusing for newer solvers, so I'll spell it out:

  • Ignore the gray circles. Only the color ones matter.
  • The Across answers use the color names. So, 103-Across is CATCH [RED] HANDED and 109-Across is THE JOLLY [GREEN] GIANT.
  • The Down answers use the color meanings. So, 35-Down is HEART [STOP] PING, and 37-Down is DON'T [GO] THERE.
  • The yellow light at 43-Down is ambiguous. The answer is either I'LL GO NOW or I'LL STOP NOW depending on how aggressively you drive.

Note that the orientation of the lights is correct — red on top and green on the bottom. Why is this important? So RED/GREEN color-blind drivers know which pedal to press as they tootle around.

Electric cars don't have MPG (39-Across), but they do have MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), so you can compare efficiencies.

Back in 1999 when USENET (18-Down) was still a thing, the Times invited Usenet users from around the world to contribute to this Cryptic Crossword.

Sun 4/25/2021 STRETCHING EXERCISES
POEMPHILTRIPINFECT
ENTOURAGEHURLSOOTHE
PECORINOCHEESESCOTIA
LASSHUHAQUADUCK
ALTOELITES
ARISILKALEXEELBIG
HANDNOOBLACEDSODA
ENCODERASSLEDHIYALL
ABIDESELLGLUTENFREE
SOFREAKINLY
DYETUXPARRAISIR
BESTRAPPERFORMANCE
THIRSTEASYBREED
VANITYIMEANITSOYEAH
AIDECOEDSDOMEARGO
DRYRAHBUTTPUTSYET
LATEPAPERSSCAM
ROLWORAWTRUESUP
ORIENTBENICIODELTORO
DAMAGEOPUSMOANK
ELOPEDYANKSHOWAPSE
POW Thu 11/5/2020
APPARGODWELLS
LOUSEAMOHLOOK
ALLTHINGSBEINGE
SOLVINGNEWGIN
ACESMUWING
SEPARATEBUTE
EDAMGASNOGGIN
MERHASHTAGEMO
INTWOSTIPOTIS
EOPPORTUNITY
SAWSAPESEN
HOEWAYSAVAGES
ERIGHTSMOVEMENT
STREETOMITAYE
MADMENBEDSRAW
Tue 9/22/2020
OATHMOCHACAMO
SLOESOHOTOMAR
HEARTSHAPEDHERB
ASDOIODSDONTS
STOWWEST
AMFMCHINATOOT
PARIAHCAKETMI
THEBLACKPANTHER
TENBLABNEWAGE
ORCSLLOYDATAD
HAHASOAR
ALONEHEMIMOFF
SUPERHUMANPOWER
AXESALAMOLIMO
PENTTUNASTEAM
Wed 1/29/2020
BFFGASCAPLIMB
ELIIDEALSARIA
LONGFORNIABANK
LEERRIDTOQUE
PINEFORCHRIS
SOLESIOU
PHILSPOOLGRAB
JONESFORJANUARY
SOTSIKEAAMIGA
ODEIAMSO
YENFORDONNIE
TAROTEPAEAST
OHIOHOPEFORBOB
MOCKULTRONEFS
BOASHASAGOTAP
Thu 3/9/2017
PSASMAVJAMS
CIARAAVEOPALS
HEFTYGIGGETIT
ACESMIDASDECO
REFNICNHLFEM
TOOREALPHOTOOP
FRETALIWORF
WWWWMIZLLLL
PEZ
BBCNEWSASYOUDO
AROUSECURSED
WORKLIFEBALANCE
LONEGOGOLLAOS
EKEDHUGMEBVDS
DEASLOBSYEA
POW Sun 9/18/2016 MAKE A DASH FOR IT
TPSCDSPOSTEDSUB
HUTTREATYESCHEWWHO
ESEHONCHOPHOENIXADZ
WHEREASEDSAUFITOO
BDLISTERPACKREDFISH
UGLIRIORIMNOR
YPRESGDRATEDCHEESE
EBAYWHIPUPRUEEVADE
PRYTIEDONSINSWIVES
ASSISIWEANSLINENS
AMERICANGOTHIDC
MEWLEDTOYOUAFFECT
ARIALISMSAVANTIRAW
GITMOMOIBRINGSTOKE
CHICKENCODOPSTOPED
KOASOBLOXORCS
CHASINGMOVINGADSIDE
FLABTUTYINANDORRA
LODCALHEROSEEMTOCUT
ASHWEASELASSESSLGA
PEAWETTEDPSYEST

Very clever theme.

Wed 1/13/2016
SARISSKAGUCCI
CHINASHOPOSRIC
ROCKYHOARABATE
AMISAWSOWZIT
PENNAMESNOSY
CLERICALHEIR
TABOODUIHYDE
ICUTHREERSELI
EMMAOATOGDEN
REARVIEWMERE
SKISOUTCLASS
POMETASHETCU
ADOLFSHEERTEAR
TOKYOISUREWILL
SNEERATMRANDY
Sun 10/4/2015 SOUND ARGUMENT
TATARAITTFIRJLO
IVANDODDERETOBLUES
FICKLETHERAPISTRAJAH
FATHOMDANCINGCUISINE
ISNOTSEETONESTEA
NYCARCSOLISSS
BEAASABEAVERDECKOUT
CALLONIFEVERTEED
BUYONEGETONEFRIZZY
SNONAHLAMERPLEAS
CODEDHARKPOORLEDGE
ABORCELENAICUSSR
MURRAYLOVESCOMPANY
ORELSATIVASKOKIE
PARDONSDIGUPDESSERT
YENMOATMSUNEA
ETALIATWISTISTOO
AUTUMNSPECTRUMHAGGLE
SNOREAREYOUFORISRAEL
TIMEDWETREOPENEMIL
YAYSPYESSEXSEAS
POW Sun 6/28/2015 GETTING IN THE FINAL WORD
UNJAMGLOBEREVLOKI
CAUSEAHMADAVEMINED
LASERNAGNAGNAGINTEL
ANTACIDSMAUNAGOAPE
WHATHAPPENSSRIS
BONSAIHUMESSTSINT
DEPOTSCOMEDICYODOG
AMITEMIRCEDETO
YOUVEGOTAFRIENDSEWN
BAMPREYRIVETERTROT
ENDUSESILOSETHICS
DEEMSAMPLERMONATHE
DNASCOULDYOUPUTTHAT
METEORWITTHINS
CAIROSTPETERPOUNCE
PADBACHAMATGEORGE
ELMODOUBLEDOVER
SLICKSPAINECLECTIC
TITHETOWNDRUNKLAURA
ONIONARDERATOAMBER
SGTSSKYDRESSLEAST
POW Sun 3/22/2015 UPSIDES
WBALEFLAPHAMTVDAD
AINEDROSAACEBRAISE
RONGDRINKSSHAREONESB
TLEOIIGATAENEIDDAU
SAXEDGINESSTINYOUT
BEADEDCLIMBINGOWL
SSTAREMOOTTMNT
TANYAPOKYNCAA
TOSELFPHONECOLDMEAL
EVENALITTLEBOREAVAI
TAXSTRUMSMAMMALANV
ORTHEARLTASMANIANDE
NYSENATESICKOLESSER
LAMEBCCSNSYNC
ODESMORKASHACT
URNTHEWALLSOOMPAH
FTEAOAFPEACHPIERED
ALSPOLISHPRULEGALI
CISIONTREEDIGESTIVEA
ENUDESSRAOBEYUNAFR
DEPOTTAPGEREPANTY

Outstanding puzzle!

Sun 2/8/2015 MULTIFACETED
TIMESLITICETCBER
SHIERPASSINGGOSHERA
GARNERATTENTIONWEARY
AVAPURETKOSEXIER
RECKONSOSEWNDISSING
PILETINTEDCRUISESBY
TEENTSASOUPETHAN
PONYEXPRESSSSR
SLOMOTROOPHAIARS
MEANSTOASSNELLYETI
LTDGAMETHESYSTEMVOL
KILLFREETCMINAFUNK
NEEAILSTOPSTRIPE
ANNPOPAWHEELIE
OBESEBONAOTTESPY
WATERGATEJUSTASTOUR
SHOTFORDCUPLIPBALMS
NOGOODUNSELALEMT
AEIOUQUARTERSIZEHAIL
PRAWNULULATIONWAXEN
PENNELKSSONGMERE

Electronic versions of this puzzle had the clue for 111-Across as you see it here. The magazine had a different one, with an error. The NYT published this correction: "The crossword puzzle on Page 48 of the Magazine this weekend, seeking the name of a company as the answer for 111-Across, transposes the Hebrew letters in the clue. It should be: אל על, not לע לא."

Sun 3/16/2014 IT'S BETTER THIS WAY
SICKOFBRAILLEWAFTS
ELAINERESCUEMEIMOUT
XERXESIOFPERSIANOLTE
TSPSSNRESSWELLUP
FOURXFOURSTEREO
BURLAPERNROWDYWAG
AGUASSHAYLOBESMIEN
THEWINTERXGAMESLONGU
SEALOTCTHINGIS
MPGOSLOBEOFOMITS
GROUCHOMARXMUSTACHE
METROSILOSLAWAES
RLSTINENIKLBAR
SICEMPROFESSORXAVIER
TORNSHOUTACNERSVPD
UNIBLESSHITGEISHA
POORMESOLVEFORX
ENTHUSESPAXTCBAA
DEIGNRETURNOFDOCTORX
AHOOTADAMSALELOONIE
MINDYSTEEPEDDOWELL
Sun 11/13/2011 EITHER WAY
NORMANSSGTASPOBJ
OVERLAYDUOSBORNMAO
PUPILSSLIPUPBLOOPERS
EMOSTAMENBEACHBABE
ADAPERSEUSSUESREP
WANTOUTBAITTRAATH
EQUIPAUPAIROYERS
BUTTRESSEDDESSERTTUB
BASLENZAHAURLS
LIBRASUBPARRAPBUS
ELTOROAUNTSARISEN
WARSAWWASRAWLASED
EPEEHITDENTUFO
DEROGATIVEEVITAGORED
SPOTSEXTRASAWGEE
UMAUPAPAPAYESLETS
GIGOLOSSOLOGIGRPS
SCENESHOPSENTRATWA
ORIENTALXERXESSEXREX
MOSTAMEITESVENTURE
ESTLESSOSPROCEED
Sun 5/29/2011 YOU'LL GET THROUGH THIS
QUAKERSRINGBELLSSFPD
ENVELOPIRAEINOILTRUE
DEADASANAILPOWERLOCK
SLAYDIVAENCE
SCHSETCALCOTIS
AREEARNERORURAL
BOAPREYERATOUSNA
ESTACDCOUTGAMESSTEM
RTESLSTCROSTINESEXY
SIDEATALOSSESTDRPTS
ANILMAXIMAS
WINAPRIZEPRISMWANE
HOLDTHEOPEN
BOPSNADAATISSUEEPIC
ALOTAVERTJOETNTSEGA
CLOYVANCEJEDITISAHS
KALEALOHAMENURBI
HOTELMANEDGETON
DORMONEDAMOORG
RHEAROBSASEA
ABCDOZAWATRAPSPIDERS
FOURSEDANHAIRHARDHIT
TYRESEEYAALLYEMERSON

Following the doors from room to room, the circles spell out the EMERSON quote, "EVERY WALL IS A DOOR." Patrick Merrell created this nice graphic.

Tue 3/15/2011
MRTDELTSMIMI
YESOMAHARANAT
BEETHOVENESPYS
ACTVODETOJOY
DESPISEEVENS
EGGONDALI
VHFOFNOLTCOL
EELSTELLYEEKS
TRYITDOWDADD
CRAMCCUPS
SEEDYHAZIEST
INCMAJORCLAY
DOUBTPIANOKEYS
ORZOSINLAWSHO
LAZYAGAMESIN

Play the notes indicated in the circles and you'll plink out a familiar theme from the fourth movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Sun 11/28/2010 A SHINING MOMENT
GETSANAIDAHOSTRINGS
ACHEFORSEVERTOOSOON
BLEATEDALLOREDINCARGO
SAWENOLAMHOERIKWOW
TEARDROPOIOVISCERAL
DRTSOFTCOLORFEY
SUNCHIPSOEIROASSESSAS
NNEAFRAIDGRETELPGA
ABSENCEOAUCTIOALLERGY
KODAKPMSKOAEBBETUIS
ELAPSEOTHEBUTTOGRACES
STYGECKOSATOMICESO
BIGORIBCAGEOSET
RAJIVMGMLASSHANACHO
EMOTIOALCONANIMOTOYOU
MELNANUYAYMERISENUS
OBLOGSTOYTOITOEIROIST
PAYSPESTOIBEAMACES
WARDHUETZUSMUT
STRIFESENTEREDLETITBE
THETREELIGHTINGCEREMONY
AAMCOLOCNOEEVESEGER
GISHSUEOSSTSPRAGE

Who says crossword construction isn't a risky business? Despite 3 Down and 5 Down and many years of a Wednesday tradition, the Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2010 was held on a Tuesday.

Sun 1/3/2010 ANTIQUE FINISH
ENYAOPECBASSCOBRA
MOORVETOLMNOPAXIOM
TRUMPETHPLAYERSLONGI
DRYERISISEDSELGES
GTOCELEBRITYDIETH
STRANGEUSDEIN
IRANETESTOABIJOU
ROCKETHSCIENTISTSCUT
TESLAOHMSRAHSRTA
ANALITTERBASKETH
SPASTICOASISOTTAWAN
PICKETHFENCESTSO
ELOICOOODESHOARS
NAMSHOESTRINGBUDGETH
TRANQTHENTAGGNAT
TUGARISECRETS
AFGHANBLANKETHLAG
NAEDUEBYESAUNOVEL
TUNICBUCKETHBRIGADES
ELIZAEMAILOBITTOOK
STEERSTDSEAVEENVY
Sun 6/7/2009 SHIFTY BUSINESS
ODDESTPOWCAMPISLETS
NOIDEAAREOLAECASTRO
NESTEDSCAMMEROKTHEN
OTCNAMEPESURNSING
WHOSFGOTOTBASEFACTS
THOMSONONEIDAS
CAVEARTDEOXYNOVICES
ANOINTBADDFACEMASK
RAINDELAYOMOOSNORTY
STDSGARCRISCOUVRAY
TAKESANSTANCE
DUTCHEXOTICLILBATE
ITALICATOZALTEREGOS
GAMEROOMEASYAUGERS
SHIATSUSPRITERNESTO
NYTIMESRAILSAT
THISSJULYFBBQSRSIDE
TANSLATCRUTEMPCOD
ONDOPEINHASTEALIENS
POISONNEUTERSSABINE
SIESTAGAPESATHYMNAL

The circles outline a shift pattern for a five-speed standard transmission.

Thu 11/6/2008
SUITGLEAMCAN
ANNORATIOMOST
MPTPLAYERSOLIO
LCDASSBESTOFF
UNPOPULAR
EMANVASLIDS
SSHOOTERVENEER
IDOWORKTFSREO
TOYINGSYSTEMIC
SSNSAPETANK
SURFAAREA
SCRAPERREVORG
WHENLATOYAJSON
AIDEEMILEUSTA
MCQTENDSPATT
Sun 9/14/2008 YEAR-ROUND
STUARTROSIEOMEGA
PASTORERASECAROLER
YOKOONOLIFANAUGMENT
ETEBAJOBEYSMTYCOB
ATTSAWAITPOORATMO
SEEINGREDGUTSYTRIO
TRADOMMISSIONSRAOCK
ADAYTOITGATO
CADRESWANNBENEFITS
OTOAUSTINGIANTITOO
MANERBOARDANCIENTMAN
BRAYOATESLIKESOBIG
SINEWAVEFELTSBAERS
DATENIKIMOLD
DECOSADRENALINEJKIE
IMHOABRAMBONESCANS
SUERHACKDWELTTROT
CLEJOSHARATJESARE
MASCARAFRAHTEPISODE
ATEAWAYACHOOPERUKE
NESTSMOTORSEEDER
Sun 6/15/2008 DID YOU GET THE MEMO?
TOPSOFFCANDIDGROPE
EVENPARADORNEDHOHOS
REPOSSESSEDAUTOISHOT
SNUBEATCRANESELA
ESPRELYINGONINSTINCT
BOXYRAISLASHRUE
TRUANTCONGAAHYES
REPAIRMANUALMETRO
IFSAOLMEALSTEST
NUTCASEREPORTFORDUTY
ATALLJEERSATCORER
RETAILOUTLETSNIAGARA
YSERBLADETADSEN
ESSENRECONMISSION
PINTASLANTGOEASY
GNULLAMAHRSMINX
REMOTEPOSSIBILITYSRO
AXEDBEDEWLEGAMEN
TIREDREVERSEENGINEER
ELITESLEEPINOLDNAVY
DECOYARTISTNOSIREE
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