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87 puzzles by Joe Krozel
with Jim Horne comments

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Joe Krozel
Thu 6/14/2018
ROLLABSTVVCR
EGGOSPOLLAISHA
ELBOWROYALBLOOD
LETTERIPALL
PALMBEASTS
AWAITSOWLETOAT
CALMAERIALPHOTO
ARLOSCALLCENTO
CHOKECOLLARMALL
IOUMELEEIBISES
ALTAIRMALE
MATEMENSREA
LOVERSLEAPCLEAN
IVANIMOTEHADST
DANDDNEDVOTE

Hmmm. I thought this one was fun.

POW Fri 4/13/2018
CUSSERADJUST
UNMIXEDCRANIA
STORESUPQUINNS
TAKEMOREUMLAUT
OPENPLANIRAISE
MESSTENTROBLES
GAZELLES
HOWSOIDLED
HAVEASIP
BOREALMPEGFILE
SPARSESEARAVEN
TENDEDARRESTED
ANGOLADENATURE
ROUSEYDIVEBAR
STEEDSTENETS

This is only the sixth NYT crossword where every answer is 5 or more letters long, and the only one that's a pangram. You can see the other ones here, including two by Patrick Berry and one more by Mr. Krozel.

The record is still this amazing grid by Frank Longo where every answer is 6 or more letters.

I found this puzzle to be remarkably smooth given the constraints.

Thu 9/28/2017
EQUITABLEBOGGS
MULTIPLEXAROOM
TOTEMPOLEGIJOE
INSTARGOUDA
ATMTNTELMER
NRAODSREP
SITEIPO
EVENCANDYGNAW
LIFTETRE
MAREUSEUPTHAN
GINPONZIGEL
PASTDIGINOLES
AMBERALEASIAGO
NEEKTELTONKAS
TSEOEDSANGELO

I enjoyed this one more than Jeff did. I found the gimmick to be clever and satisfying. See more Grid Art here. Mr. Krozel is responsible a number of cleverly creative grids. Click here to see them all.

POW Thu 1/12/2017
BUSTEDAPART
UNAWARECOVERUP
TAXICABIKEBANA
LOSTDECANTS
HOPSSAT
UNLOADSRAGTIME
STANTONELAPSED
BANANASPLIT
AREARUGTHENORM
NITWITSSANGRIA
DOSERNS
IOTASADCASE
NEIGHEDINORDER
ARMHOLEROLAIDS
BROKENINTWO

This is only the second ever NYT crossword with up-down mirror symmetry. Here's the first. Our Symmetry Page is here.

POW Thu 11/17/2016
ALBOMTWICE
PEEPERSWATAT
RAREGASLOOTERS
PYRAMIDSCHEME
LAWBREAKERS
SALESTEAM
TETESSTRAP
TORTSSTIHL
RAMISTUTSNAIL
ABBAMUSICSRTA
SLRCAGEDUPAHS
TEABAGSYELLOUT
ALIENSSEAHAG
MADATAMANA
AMENMUMMYANIS
NPRTAP
Fri 10/16/2015
PABRVHF
ROLLOVERANIRA
OOPSIDIDITAGAIN
CEOSSITPHIL
ZENTECATESSIX
DPTMILEYLIN
CURATEDREVENGE
RIVERTANGS
GEMINISMENOTTI
MASTACOSSHU
JARDAYRATEEDU
NIPASANGABE
QUEENSOFENGLAND
ASALASTRESORT
LKMYWTS
Sat 7/18/2015
RESPROMA
DACHAAVOID
VETOESMAORIS
DECANTSOLDBATS
ANATOLIANSABOU
SALAMANCAILLIN
TESTINGSOCLOCK
CDIANA
ALADDINSENDSON
GOTRESTSTROPHE
AURICLETHEMAGI
STELLARAILERON
SALINETRACED
RINDSETTAS
NESTDYER
Thu 6/4/2015
CAVERNBADSIGN
ADELESADMITONE
MISSAYCASTAWAY
PATERNITYCLAW
MCCIAHA
DOSOHIESCAPS
DIRTSTAINSTOIL
RANATABVANILLA
ENOLCOMEDYTEAM
DATAIDOLSERF
GUTROBT
ISMSPAPERTHIN
TORIAMOSSIRICA
STATIONSOPENUP
EASEDBYTSETSE
Sun 5/17/2015TO-DO LIST (ABRIDGED)
BREADSROMAODDSSTEM
MARINECORPSKEEPSCOOL
WINDAWATCHAPLAYAPRANK
NOELTIATHANROADS
AMENHEESTOW
THUMBARIDEAWAVEAFLAG
LESSSORPMEELTUG
CREDFLATCRIMESCENE
DOAFLIPACOINAPHRASE
SNOOZEHUESSETSIN
MTMNOWSIPBOAETA
ARARATSALECHANTS
RUNALIGHTAFIREASHOT
CITYSTREETSUMSRULE
SSRABASAMBATBOY
MAKEACATCHABUSATABLE
ACNEARKPADS
WORLDAGRIALBTOOL
FILEARETURNABOOKATRIP
TVANTENNAKARATEKICKS
DEFSATOMSHADYESSES
Wed 5/6/2015
STRIFEPROTEM
NEEDIERALUMINA
ANNALEEGUNBELT
ITTMEFIRSTGIT
LOOMSENESUAVE
SNUBFREESMMES
STAIRSTEEPEN
SEASONS
GUTHRIEAANDW
LENAERNSTIIII
ATRIPACHINALL
DIERECEIPTLDL
INSHAPERESPECT
NOTATESRAILCAR
ONSITEKNOTTY
Fri 4/24/2015
CATALPAPOLYSCI
TURNEDTHEHEATON
STINKSTANKSTUNK
CONESERMASCDS
AMISONKEYSKIT
NATLADENLETME
STRESSEDVETOER
IODATECANTON
OCTETSCONTENTS
AWOLSDAMESESE
RELSFAVESPSAS
LAUKINERMARIA
OPENTOCRITICISM
CONFERENCETABLE
KNELLEDAMASSES
Thu 4/16/2015
PETERRATAASHY
TARSIEDUCFEUD
ASIANLITELEGS
YOUGOYOURWAY
LBOSBECAME
DIVEINPIELAN
PETITEBACKWARD
ESSEMOMATTA
DRAWKCABBATEHT
AEBWARTESTRA
LERUALAELP
ENIMOGLLIDNA
AJEDENALRUOCS
DOZISUPOIKAHK
SEEDTSENNEMEY

This puzzle was constructed by 1 Across and 55 Down.

Thu 4/2/2015
CABANASRONAS
OPERETTARESALE
BLEEPOUTEASTLA
UNCAPORTRAITS
SEALIMEOHO
DIEMENON
PARRPCSERASE
ALEEEREOGLED
MUTILATESWOPAT
SPINALTAPAGO
GETEXERCISESAT
RUDIITELLTIA
EDINCOCASINS
DENGKREMEMST
SSSETE
Tue 2/3/2015
GLOBALPOSTAL
REVENUEDIPLOMA
INITIALONTARIO
GODNITROKISS
TRADETHE
CAREEARADDED
PARENTROOMRAY
ANTEORDERSAVE
ITSOVERBATTED
ROYALFORMASS
CARPARTY
WIDEISSUENEW
ACADEMYLETTUCE
RETIREDSCIENCE
STATESEARNED
POW Sun 1/18/2015CHANGELINGS
BOSSSTEAMCHOPADREP
OATHTURBOLULUDEANE
THAIANTEDOLINUPFOR
HUGELUGELUGSLOGSLOTS
LOBOLIEEATS
MAIDSAIDSANDSANKSINK
ISLCLEATSANTITOUR
SCOTCHCEEVANONE
CANALSANRIBALDASIF
PALEPALSPASSLASSLESS
ERASRTESCAM
KIDSKISSMISSMOSSMOST
ODIEDYNAMOANOONION
NEDADOLYEBADDIE
GASPALFANONAMEELS
LOUDLOUTLOSTLASTCAST
LUAUETACIAO
WILTWILLFILLFULLFUEL
HANOISEATTEASEFOXY
ONCUECAMIOAKENIMAM
PEATSKHANSNERTNOME
Sat 1/10/2015
CTEAMSTHEMRS
ARABIANCHEROOT
SARONGSREYNOSA
UNTOETHANSNIT
ASHCHAITEALEI
LASHERDERSITO
TCCHENVAUGHN
ITISSWEDETHEM
EIEIOAMITETRA
SONARDUDASSIN
ONTEPIIVSOVA
FDICINICEONEG
WASHINGTONSTATE
ATTENTIONGETTER
RESTSONONESOARS

Grid-spanning triple-triple stacks are not that uncommon any more but this is the first time they've intersected. All previous examples laid them out horizontally.

POW Sun 12/28/2014FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS
THETOPCABSKEGPUPIL
RETELLALOEVERAOKAPI
AMANDAMEANINGSLENOS
MISSINGPERSONPEEDDT
PEELDELETEDSCENE
HBOROARLIDOOMAN
PARTVICURSTLANDMINE
UNUSEDMINUTESLEOCOD
MGSNEEDBOPINIDS
IMHOTIRSLINELOADUP
CAENDROPPEDCALLVINO
ENDURECOONETOTEENS
SUMKOLASNOHOCAT
AFTDOCFORFEITEDGAME
PRICETAGSTORKLOUSED
PEPSAREARSVPETD
STRIPPEDBAREAMAS
TOOEELABANDONEDSHIP
OVALSEATENRAWNONONO
RESETSHESGONEUBOLTS
ERTESSADENOSSETTLE

I liked this one even more than Jeff did. Each of the theme entries was fun.

Fri 11/14/2014
APPSCIFIJEB
TOOROAMOFFARR
AWLENDPOSTMEA
LEOVIIITACTICS
ERTEALLBYWETS
PESTLOASILO
CAPITALLETTER
MUSICALNOTE
CHESSMOVE
DECADEALERTS
NOTIVISSHAH
EGOPRINCESAVE
GENERALHOSPITAL
RAISEDLETTERING
ORCASERSCESTA
POW Fri 9/5/2014
OLDAGEPENSIONER
REEDUCATIONCAMP
RACETOTHEBOTTOM
VOSSKENS
WENTFEARHMO
ASSETALLOCATION
ITTOZMAISOLDE
TORINOCAPLET
IDUNNOROAMBRO
NICKELANDDIMING
GETDADAALDO
CHAWPOLA
PATRONAGEHIRING
GREATGRANDNIECE
STEMLESSGLASSES
Fri 4/4/2014
SATELLITESTATES
ADELAIDESLAMENT
MARINEINSURANCE
SINGINGTOGETHER
REISIEIDIO
SBATROTSUMO
LISROZRAH
SNEERATGUESSSO
HEXEMITAC
AZOVMAPALAS
RIMYARMRTS
SACRIFICIALLAMB
AMIGLADTOSEEYOU
GASOLINESTATION
ANTSINONESPANTS
Thu 2/6/2014
BANGOJSARTIER
ELEAHITSENTRAS
WASSOBBYCONSENT
IMTHEREFIRACHE
TOLEDOARIGOTTOW
CREDTIDYDROME
HTSUHOHSMEARED
PSEUDOCOUP
ARCHERSHAMMPTL
REHABEMMABLUE
CARRYOKIENOLANS
ADIABENCDRATES
DISOBEYJAPANESE
ENTHUSEAGOCAIN
GASSEDREPHUNS
Sat 9/28/2013
PAWPRINTMEANTO
REELEDININFERS
ORNAMENTALTREES
POTTIESLEIDEI
OBSESSBISCAYNE
SAONEPIETIN
ATUSMIGNONETTE
LITBIGBANGHUA
SCHOOLMATECERT
DALENEBERNE
TIMESINKGERMAN
IWOTOTBARTOLI
LISTENSTOREASON
TSHIRTRUNTIEST
SHEESHITISNTSO
Sat 6/29/2013
CHAPPRIM
VOICEDSEEGER
LETTERCSTEANNE
OUTSKIPHURLING
GRIMIERADSITES
STANDTOREASON
EDGARWINTER
PAINT
HEARINGDOGS
HANGINGAROUND
LATTICEBILLERS
EVERTOREVILEYE
NOSEATSDETERGE
OCTETSRETEAM
SOSOSSRS

This puzzle breaks the NYT record for the lowest word count. The previous record set in 2005 by Frank Longo used only 38 blocks.

Fri 5/24/2013
ASBIGHSTTOPUP
STOREOOHHYENA
HASANINTERESTIN
IRTELKSOSROD
PROCRASTINATING
NEAOZSHEF
GASOLINESTATION
MATEKETARERA
CARELESSABANDON
ATEHITDEF
RANACLOSESECOND
ENGTORMASROO
TOLERANCELEVELS
ALEXIARNROSIE
PERECTOTTATER

The twelve 15-letter answers (six Across and six Down) and the 44 three-letter ones both tie the record set by David Levinson Wilk back in 2009. In fact, the shapes of the two grids are identical.

Interestingly, there are two other NYT grids with the same 29 blocks, 72 words, 68 open squares, and an average word length of 5.44, and they're both by Paula Gamache. Her beautiful grids in 2010 and 2011 only have eight 15s but they're also evenly split four Across and four Down.

All four of these grids have the rare property of supersymmetry, that is, they are symmetric about horizontal, vertical, and diagonal axes

Fri 3/15/2013
EGOTISTONMERIT
LOVEMEORLEAVEME
AVERAGEAMERICAN
SERAMANORLAGO
TREHERDSHOPIN
INSTANTSFAMINE
NOTWITHMULETAS
RIOTSPINENUT
MCMIIGUNKYLIC
ELANAREASPAVE
NITBLOBSRATEL
INIMICALSERINE
STOODONONESTOES
CONNIVESAGAINST
INSANERMATISSE

Joe Krozel has made a habit of pushing the envelope. This grid has a mere 18 blocks. As of this puzzle, there have been nine NYT crosswords in history with 19 or fewer blocks. Mr. Krozel constructed seven of them.

Thu 2/28/2013
PROANDCON
NIVEKSOUTBONO
OFERVERSEFIDE
MENADESTROLLED
SITCHA
SCIENCEGESTION
TONSHIBITSODY
AMSNERNIE
NETOGEALSSIST
STRAINSSTRICTS
TRAAIR
FITEERSCLAIMED
IFERLOGUENOTE
CHESSORTSGRAM
TEMTESNTO

The Across answers below include the missing PROs and CONs.

Sat 12/29/2012
TRITTSCRAMABA
VIREOCHINANOR
PTOLEMAICSYSTEM
GENERALBEERS
REPULSER
GOSNEEVWS
VANESSAWILLIAMS
ELECTEDOFFICIAL
NARRATIVEPOETRY
ATEENAGERINLOVE
LIECHTENSTEINER
ADIOISSEL
EPEERESTSON
HORSEMANUREEUR
ALESUCCESSCSA
YDSSHOD

This grid is notable for several reasons. Most remarkably, it's the first to stack five 15-letter answer words. That's an amazing accomplishment few believed possible. The grid is asymmetric. Notice the additional 15 in the top half but none in the bottom half. (I've long held that strict adherence to symmetry limits interesting grid and theme possibilities. Would a quintuple-stack be possible if symmetry were required? Do you care?) And finally, this is the first puzzle dropping HORSE MANURE into the grid.

Thu 8/9/2012
BEADFRETSATOB
AXLEOASISCOPA
LIMBRISENEMER
ITSUSELESSDART
TICTAC
DANACARVEYCOHO
RUINSEEMEASON
ATATTAXISNOUN
MOPEEVERIOUSE
ANESREDSNAPPER
TOEDYE
IMPSSCREENNAME
SOLEEXILEEGAD
TUESTIMIDREND
SSSSSISSYSEXY
Fri 7/27/2012
PEPCIDLACERATE
APASSAGETOINDIA
DISPUTEDBORDERS
USTAARIANELEE
ATONEMENTSSAMI
NERMINTSICIAN
MAPONTOCREDIT
SOLATESPHONENO
ILENESSOONEST
DOPEDDENSELET
EGISCENTERLANE
WISLEADINOMAN
ACTSINDIFFERENT
YALTACONFERENCE
SLEETINGWASTED

This grid, with only 17 blocks, holds the most famous record in crosswords.

Thu 6/7/2012
ADOLPHHEAPON
IBEFOREEEXCEPT
GOLFTOURNAMENTS
NYETARISTASOB
HOMESETA
OLSENSINDENT
NIECEANALCHIP
CEILINGHYGIENE
ENZOHUTSWEIRD
ECOLAWGENRES
KNTIDONT
OWELETSUPRAMS
RADIOASTRONOMER
BIGNAMEROOMERS
STEENSAFTERC
Fri 6/1/2012
ESTESMSDOS
MEAGERPOMELO
BROODERCALIBER
AGITATOOVEREAT
YESITISMASKERS
ITSELEMENTARY
STRESSTESTS
ATO
LITERATURES
FUTURERESULTS
TINSTARRUNLAPS
RECHOSEMANATEE
USHEREDSLIMING
STERESSEANCE
TASEDREGER

This puzzle tied the NYT record for the lowest word count. Mr. Krozel then broke that record in 2013.

Thu 5/17/2012
USEDCARTALIBAN
GONEAPEWRITEME
ARTUROSOTOOLES
NEWMATHIINSIST
DIVORCE
ASSHEEGOSURFS
NOTELLONEBASE
RESPECT
TELSTARSLEETS
ASSISTONERNST
TROUBLE
MERIDENTRAVAIL
EXECUTEMINICAM
SPEAKERESOBESO
HOTNESSGENESIS

If you've been doing puzzles for a while, you might have guessed Mr. Krozel was the author from the grid shape alone. There are no 3-letter answers. Clues are numbered differently and rather more elegantly in the print version of this puzzle.

Fri 3/30/2012
ADOPTIONARISES
NONEEDTOTHANKME
IMEANITTHISTIME
TEASMANTOMAN
ASSEZSYNTAX
ESEISTH
TRIPLEWORDSCORE
RESIDENTIALAREA
IMITATIONBUTTER
BEATSONESBREAST
ETHSEAP
BALLADSTEAM
PECULIARANTE
OPERATIONCONDOR
LONGTERMPARKING
ESTHERARRESTEE
Wed 3/21/2012
BLURTSTHELOT
RANCHODEARONE
IMPAIRCORDOVAN
SARNETHERSERA
KNICKVASESYON
ECCOPSISUBOLT
THEQUEENOFSOUL
SADNATORAW
ESCFAINGLO
ARETHAFRANKLIN
DIEGONOORSATE
ERSPHNOMBURTS
NAPEOOLALAELI
ICETRAYSABIDED
RECTORSBYNAME
OSTENDSIFTED
Sat 2/11/2012
RIPSAW
GOPROSELIG
GALLIUMCHAINED
ALLANTELASCALA
SAINTVALENTINES
SETSONEATEASE
OUTSTRIPS
VACPENSEESMML
ENASDODDSPEAL
STRAPTILEENIE
TENDERHEARTEDLY
ADELPHINEAREST
LURESINESPARTO
SPARINGSTETSON
Fri 1/27/2012
EMMASIKIDUMPS
SAUDIMICEREAP
QUIZMASTERANTI
SIREJUSTMYLUCK
MARCEAUSHY
LECTUREHALLS
AGARSEWERS
MANICBOXTALIA
EDSELIMETA
DEEPSEADIVER
QEDINRANGE
TRIANGULARALDA
IANSANIMALFARM
PSATGENESATUP
SERAEDELDREGS
Sat 1/7/2012
RESCUEDCATBOAT
EXTENSIONCOURSE
DEADASADOORNAIL
TRYASLETONLAE
ICERBETELSETS
DIDSECTSCCXII
ESTIMATESERACS
EHLERSBIREME
SMELLSWENTWILD
TACITVANESNEW
ECONDESEXCAPA
PHUOUTOFMOTHY
DIRTYPOLITICIAN
ANSWEREDTONOONE
DEEPREDSONANTS
Sat 12/31/2011
SMOKEMISSOPUS
CIVILITSABLAST
ICONSNEWGUINEA
ORIGAMIADVERB
NODSOMARGELS
OHIDENE
REALESTATETAXES
PRIVATEPRACTICE
MADERESTITUTION
STARTSSOMETHING
STIRNSA
SASHESAUTBAR
ONECARSPAREME
TOGAPARTYLATEX
BRIDETOBEATONE
SESSSTATSENDS

Mr. Krozel made two versions of this puzzle. The companion triple-stack grid contains 3/4 of the same quad-stack plus black squares in all the same places. You can see the two grids together here.

Fri 11/25/2011
ALGATAKESNOTE
FURLWATERLEVEL
TAILGATEPARTIES
SUNLXIIINNE
DDAYNSCBESS
ESCAGA
SARASOTAFLORIDA
USEDCARSALESMAN
PENTATONICSCALE
STARSINONESEYES
EENNON
PANEGENTUES
ABOROGETUPI
GOHEADOVERHEELS
AVONLADIESAMOS
NEWSBREAKREPO
Fri 9/30/2011
LITTERSPORES
ONEOVERSAFELY
VARMINTSPUTNIK
ERRCOASTALODE
TAINTSPORKPIES
AGEESJACKLORD
PERUBACKLESS
TRACKMEET
FRECKLEDBOOR
CLOCKSINDONNE
PLANKTONPIXELS
IANLINGERSTEE
GINGERSBOOLEAN
GREASEATWORST
YELPSNONAMES
Fri 9/9/2011
FISHERMANSWHARF
ALTERNATEROUTES
CLASSACTIONSUIT
EGGREGNCO
TOSSINONESSLEEP
ILLAPE
SCARLETTANAGERS
HAREBRAINEDIDEA
INONESSPARETIME
PASTISTIN
SLEEPLESSNIGHTS
LOAATO
ASBUSYASABEAVER
STATEUNIVERSITY
UNDERPARISSKIES

The 11 grid-spanning 15-letter answers here is just one short of the record set in this 2009 puzzle by David Levinson Wilk.

Sat 8/6/2011
ASPIRESCITADEL
THEDEEPANATOLE
HITBELOWTHEBELT
EPEESOHSOASIS
APREINEMORASS
RECESSNOELDOE
TROTTAPEASONE
THESWINEFLU
DITSYOGODABET
EGORELSGAGLAW
CONGERFIEFETO
ETTUALLSFITOF
ICANTSAYASIHAVE
THINKERALROKER
SALSODACAMPERS
Fri 7/15/2011
BEDISRESPECTFUL
AMANCALLEDHORSE
RINGAROUNDAROSY
STERLINGSILVERS
EENEEKA
LAMSTIEDLIST
ALATHARSUDOKU
ZIGHIJACKSNIX
ABIDEDQUITIRE
RICOHNIBACTS
RIFERRR
SCARLETTANAGERS
POLITICALASYLUM
ALOTONONESPLATE
DOESNTMAKESENSE
Fri 5/13/2011NY Times, Fri, May __, 2011
SUPERSTITION
BUSINESSDINNER
INSTANTPOTATOES
BYROTENOCANDO
NEGATEORSON
MAUSINEFRI
MRSINDEFINABLE
DEFANGSEXENEMY
CALLTOORDERANE
PENHODPROD
ALIARHONSHU
PANCAKETINGES
OPTICALSCANNERS
DENTALSURGEONS
LOSTONESEDGE

The print version of this puzzle is slightly different. Appropriately, there is no square numbered 13. Note the puzzle title is Fri, May ___, 2011.

Fri 4/8/2011
NEBSTSK
ALAPCOLDALE
TERRTHEUNKEN
UVEASMILEEEN
RABIDCCSAVE
ATONESFEETBED
LONELIESTDALY
DREDTNTVICE
SIBSFACEMASKS
OSUWATERGLASS
VATASHRILED
ISTSTOWEALAR
ETOHEMANNOTE
TENNERDCWTS
SRSESOS

In this cold-war themed puzzle, the black squares spell out 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was constructed.

Fri 3/4/2011
SALESAGREEMENTS
IDONTFEELLIKEIT
PITCAIRNSISLAND
SATELLITESTATES
ILEHEN
CANIWIZARDHAT
LEDTOAVAEPH
OLDENNIXERASE
ELIDEIXEROX
WINEGLASSCTNS
DOEMEA
AFRICANAMERICAN
ALOTONONESPLATE
HAMILTONONTARIO
STANDONONESTOES
Thu 12/30/2010
ASHSLOPIANO
CHARTERMEMBER
OUSEATCOCALEB
PLANTMANAGER
STEVIEORNO
WINETASTER
JAPESAVOWARNO
OPERATINGROOM
KIASOTAYAMPLE
EARTHANGEL
FISCOOLONG
FORTHERECORD
NONETEMMAKWAI
NOTRESPASSING
ELVERTNTNTS

This PDF file shows how the puzzle appeared in print where the theme is more elegantly displayed. Clue numbering in the print and electronic versions differ.

Seven long Across answers are made up of shorter words. 12 Across, "One in on the founding of a company", is CHAR+TERM+EMBER. Similarly, PLAN+TMAN+AGER, WIN+ETAS+TER, OPERA+TIN+GROOM, EAR+THAN+GEL, FORT+HERE+CORD, and NOTRE+SPAS+SING.

Thu 12/2/2010
FAREASTSITUATE
AVIATORONESPOT
DEGRADEBENEATH
ERALOSESUTES
ALISTSTP
SEWSDOPEABC
PRONOUNNUMERAL
ENTENTEEMPATHY
WEAROUTRETREAD
SSNURSAPLIE
ERNSNAGS
SLAWSAYSOBAH
LIBERALATLARGE
AVERAGESIGNIFY
GETSMADARISTAS

Nine pairs of side-by-side seven-letter answers share common clues.

Sat 10/9/2010
CLEAREDONESNAME
HOSTILETAKEOVER
ANTIPROHIBITION
RESTSONONESOARS
SAYSARM
UFWGOFLAT
DNIESTERREFI
GRANDTOTALITOR
ELBEPARKAVENUE
SALSTEENIDOL
TOETAPCST
BHAACEH
OCTOBERSURPRISE
PLAYEDFAVORITES
EARLYRETIREMENT
CROSSEDONESPATH
Sat 8/7/2010
ASPIRESGAROTTE
CULTUREVULTURES
CREASERESISTANT
URALMASTSENYA
SOSHIPTOKASEM
AGEMATESBITMAP
LATIMESMADEIRA
TAXESPARINGS
TEKELWONKSREO
AMESCALLSMANN
BOALALLYMATTE
ITSALULUWIRIER
THEROSETTASTONE
HEARSAYEVIDENCE
ARTSALESTOSSEL

This grid, with only 18 blocks, tied the most famous record in crosswords. Wordplay has constructor notes where Joe Krozel outlines some of his strategy. Note the unusual diagonal symmetry. Mr. Krozel broke this record on July 27, 2012.

Sat 7/3/2010
APPOINTSPRESSED
SELLSOUTHOLYWAR
INALLPROBABILITY
SANAANOISESMOR
ALTSPOLLEDASNO
ITIERNIESCRUET
DYNAMITESARLISS
DOSIDOALIOTH
CENTREAPPLESEED
ACERSCLAROSDAE
ELSAMOANERDIRS
SIMNEALESGOTTI
UNIVERSALSTUDIOS
RENAULTEKINGOUT
ADDRESSDISSENTS
Wed 6/16/2010
MARCACARDOVES
CLEOSHOEUPONE
DIDNOHARMMTIDA
VEIGHTTBIRDCOT
INGEARNOUSE
RRATEDBMOVIE
MILEYEDSWOON
ACADSNIFFSTUD
ROMEOTRESESS
VNECKTSHIRTS
BASICREADME
NORIPHONEEMAIL
CHANGEXITPOLLS
ONIONMENEALLI
SONGSANODNYSE
Fri 5/28/2010
SPASMEDKEEPFIT
TOSPAREINDORSE
OPTICALILLUSION
PEUTTEMACHELA
OLDENTAUPEDAN
FEYALEXEIMOTT
FOISTEDARLENES
NOAMAERI
EPSILONATALOSS
SACINURNEDNIT
TRACELIDSORER
ATRAALGAEPISA
DOLLARSANDCENTS
ONELANETEARGAS
SETSHOTENMASSE

This intentionally asymmetric grid is intended to be an homage to this 1994 puzzle by Rand H. Burns. See Wordplay for details.

Sat 4/3/2010
SLACKJAWEDCOED
TABULARASAAXLE
ONEFINEDAYDIAN
ROLFENEUTEDIT
ALAGLADROTINI
GIRLOSIRISZEN
ENDUESNEPALESE
TATITPKE
QUIETINGIAMNOW
UNDENDRUNSERE
ASIANSALGAWBA
SHAHPENTLEWIS
HAMMANNIHILATE
EDIECRIMENOVEL
DENTEYEOPENERS
Sat 3/20/2010
NOLESSSPLASH
INASTIRQUANTA
NEUTEREDUNCIAL
JAPANESEACELLS
ACETONESSHRIKE
STRESSEDHEANEY
DESERTED
CLAREASSES
TRACEDTO
TREXESUPPERARM
REMASTLEEREDAT
AMATOLIDLOVETO
VOTIVEPROTESTS
ELEVESOPIATES
LOSERSSCLERA

Click the thumbnail to see a larger version of the 1944 Matisse painting Annelies, White Tulips and Anemones mentioned at 33 Down.

Fri 2/5/2010
TEATROSWEDIDIT
ONCEINALIFETIME
STREETMUSICIANS
SEOULOPELSLOT
INSPAVOTEASTI
NTSADANORUNIN
GETTHEREBORING
CHAMPSBRYANT
GOESATLOOKSEES
ORBEDSAYTOORI
ODORRETCHINES
DIRROLEOANEST
MADEAMENTALNOTE
ELEPHANTTRAINER
NERISSASCREEDS
Tue 12/8/2009
LESMARVANITA
ARTLOUIEDENIS
IDAORSONWANDA
REGINASARAIAN
NELLARIEL
STANLEYALEC
COREYCARLERMA
OMARPERRYCHET
PETELUKEIRENE
ADAMANNETTE
KARENROSA
ANNMERLTAMARA
RENEEAARONROD
CLARAILENEALI
ALLENNATEBEN

Every Across clue follows the same form.

Sat 11/14/2009
ANTESYEARSPAN
ZEBRAONMEORNO
TAINTUTESFATS
ELLAPEXMAIZE
CELLULARGARR
ENOSLETIGO
INCOMESTATEMENT
MOONOVERPARADOR
ARRIVEDERCIROMA
MANDARINORANGES
SHEBATMOLE
DELSMESSROOM
SABLEWINSFRO
KIEVMAMAIQUIT
IDEEACEDMUSEE
DEFSJOSEPEELS

This is the first NYT puzzle to stack four 15-letter answers.

Thu 10/29/2009
AGASSCOWSHAVE
PACTNOTREOMIT
ESTOARROWSMITH
SOUPSPOONTETRA
LAGOONGRATEON
AIROFFENSIVE
UNIAFROBEAGLE
REEDSRAMOOD
ASSISTALTAIVE
EEROSAARINEN
CASTLEDSLINGS
ELISEDATESBACK
AEROSOLCANOWEN
SUEDNOTITRANI
ETNASTIRSNYET
Fri 9/4/2009
RIPSAWSBATTEAU
ANTIDEPRESSANTS
ISOLATIONBOOTHS
LULLSCODASROT
CRESNUKEDNEUE
ARMHOLEDCOPSE
REASONEDNEURAL
CITIESSENSEN
ATCOSTNINTENDO
TISNTMODESEAR
LOYEPOSESMUNI
UNSSALADTARDE
NATIONALIZATION
CREASERESISTANT
HYMNALSHASSLES
Wed 8/12/2009
SAGFIGHTMOBY
ACNEACRIDORLE
MOANTEENSIBIS
PULLAHEADFRATS
ERYLOSTCRECHE
RETRIMWHOOSHED
EDIEEHUDS
CAPTAINAHAB
RESTSMIRA
ANISETTEHATRED
MARTYRWHOMDVD
APERSSHOWCASES
ZONESLANTBEAT
ELIAROLEORELO
DICKOBEYSADS
Sat 7/18/2009
DUFFSSCALIA
INROWSSPOUTING
STEREOPROSTATE
CAESARLETSINON
UPLATEINHALANT
SPOKENNASTASE
SEVERGETA
DENSERAYESHA
GALLCHAPS
BARCODETHORPE
HAVEATITHERMAN
ERASURESELTORO
ENTICINGMOANER
LEADUPTOENGINE
STRESSSECTS
Fri 7/10/2009
CFOMRS
CREVECOEUR
LAURELSDOLORES
ABERRATIONSGTO
PALESTINEHEIL
SLATHERSSTAPLE
SNOODREHIRE
DUEPRONETO
SHUTPREMARITAL
PUNRELATEENE
IMUSOVINEACTA
TOSCAEECESTOP
TRUECONFESSIONS
EMANANTROSARIO
DELETESSWENSON
Sat 7/4/2009
SERBENIACAWET
ALEAMONGONANO
ROCKGARDENNITA
THEUNITEDSTATES
RIDALOPTALENT
EMEERNEWATDDE
ALSNANPURR
STARSANDSTRIPES
ARISPRESEL
CARSPANSSECTS
KVETCHCHAIART
REDWHITEANDBLUE
ALAIRODSTEIGER
CELLELATEDOSE
EDELSLYASENTO
Wed 6/17/2009
ACTASALPSIEGE
SHALTBICCLARA
TIKKICMLIOTAS
ONEARMBAMISNT
CLIMBBALLADE
TRAINSETRIOTER
DARNGRAMS
STEERTUBPIPES
UCONNTREE
WIESELKEROSENE
ENDUSERRENAL
THENOAROLDAGE
TANGONOROATEN
ELITEBOOATEST
DECORYTDNESTS
Thu 6/4/2009
HAMLETDEISTS
POSTURERESORTS
INTAILSALLRISE
COOPSTAWABBIE
ARLOFSLICSUMP
REAALIENORTOE
DETONATELEGEND
PETEROSE
HITSATMORELAND
EOERAREBITIER
ADMSXENONALAE
PIPETCUTIGETA
EDUARDOIGNORED
DERNIERCITRONS
SASSEDSLOANS
Mon 4/27/2009
MASKHUMUSEFOR
UNTOUNAPTTRIO
SCARSAYNOHELD
THRESHBEMINE
DORATHEEXPLORER
ORYPUPTSEIWO
KASEMADEN
JOETHEPLUMBER
HUNGHENCE
ADESACETDALA
ROSIETHERIVETER
LOCKINTINHAT
ISININTELDOPE
DECINURSEEMIR
EXECSPEEDDENY
Sat 3/28/2009
HUSSEINBRAVOED
INTERNALREVENUE
SCARLETTANAGERS
PONTEACSSAMOS
ENDSALOISNOPE
EDOSPILLITMER
DINETTESNOMEAT
TORIESSUSANN
SINGERBISCOTTI
EOESAGETEAPHR
ANSALAMESULEE
MATEDTIRONEAL
ALOTONONESPLATE
PLEASURECRUISES
SYSTEMSTASTERS
Sat 3/7/2009
MORTARANDPESTLE
AVENGERORDERIN
COSTINGSIGNING
HIPODORIZELEA
IDOLSNIDESLOG
NANOSNCOSPINE
ELDUQUESTEINEM
WRUNIANE
ATPEACEUNLEARN
SHIEDLONSTRAT
HEEDLAUDESSTS
ARRDANIELSEAT
BECKETTRIPINTO
LIEOVERGHANIAN
ENDSONASOURNOTE

This grid looks like a compass and the four unchecked squares on each edge place N, W, E and S in their appropriate locations.

Sat 2/14/2009
EGGORFFNOMSG
TORTLEOIIRENE
AREAILOVEPARIS
LEAKOUTERLETT
STEPCLAN
UARTONROAR
MANTOMANDEFENSE
ONCOMINGTRAFFIC
ROLLONTHEGROUND
AXELDONACR
CRTSDULY
OATHHADTOSOUP
PLEASEGOONEURO
EMAILOGRESGTS
DALLYNSECHST
Tue 12/23/2008
TEDSATRATER
ILEENIDTARARA
MINDIDIRETRAP
EDISONAMOPTS
REMANSPITON
SAILEDNONET
ERIEDARLAMINA
TESNOVVONSET
ANIMALRADEIRE
TENONDELIAS
NOTIPSNAMER
STPOMANOSIDE
PARTERIDIDNIM
ARARATDINEELI
RETARTASDET

There's something very unusual about this puzzle. Stare at the answers until you see it. Wordplay has an interview with the author.

Wed 12/10/2008
ANTREBIGOSSE
MOOEDUSEWEAIM
PAEANMATTLAUER
SIOUANASISEEIT
RFDOSCARERO
FIFTHTELL
TORTUREDASKTO
IDOREDARMYEIN
NEGRODOEUVRES
IRAQLAPOF
ATTSUPERTLC
BEEEATERATEOUT
LIEAROUNDHOOEY
YOUINEDUDUEIN
UPDOSLOSTYNE

The big gray boxes contain only vowels.

Fri 12/5/2008
ININKDIBSSOI
MENONBYNOMEANS
LUIGIANNUALFEE
ARTFADEINDELE
TAILENDEDGESIN
ELOIDEMTORINO
MAYBENOTDEW
GLEETRUMEER
DOERESIGNED
ETALIATAEIBMS
COPIERSTAGTEAM
ASIFFURORSTRI
RENTALCARUNTIL
LETSPARTYIRENE
ODOEPEETARES
Fri 11/28/2008
OCHOSTHCIDOL
UNROBEHURMORE
SHIVERMETIMBERS
MEMVCRTAUS
CREATIVELICENSE
PSECSECYTAM
IRENENIAGOA
THECOSTOFLIVING
TOVTAIATIVE
OPESARICASE
PENTATONICSCALE
TONITELHES
STINGOPERATIONS
RIOTNEAIMGONE
ANNOSAMMINTY
Tue 11/4/2008
ADESACROSSFAT
TERILEANTOALE
ELECTIONDAYNIL
AIMEETORABES
SLIMMEDPREVENT
EATLOWEVOLTA
HEMLINEVICTOR
CASTAVOTE
LOUVREVACATES
ANNIVVENAYEN
BEREAVEELGRECO
CPASIIIAHERO
OATBALLOTBOXES
AGEONEIDADATE
TEDODDESTAMES
Sat 9/20/2008
JIBEDGLINDA
EMOTERSPEEDERS
BETCHAHIMALAYA
BASHININSPIRES
UNWISEPATENTS
STANCEIFORGOT
HINGEANON
TASSELREDANT
NICEEPEES
SCEPTERIMPURE
TANLINESARTRE
NARRATEDANORAK
ARTICLEIADVICE
PRICIESTKEENER
SYNODSDROSS
Thu 8/7/2008
ABAAAMATMSGS
LEIGHDOTOATIT
TONEITDOWNMESA
RUNNINGONEMPTY
CTNEROS
DARYADJSATTEN
ERETHROWITHOME
NODSIONICSOAR
TOOTHENAMELLIV
EMCEEESSAISLE
TMANADM
CHOCTAWINDIANS
LOBEGOLDENMEAN
OPELARIAGABLE
GIRLTEAKNOTE
Sun 8/3/2008OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!
TEEMALOADMLIXAGASP
AXLEVALLIEINESHINE
REVERENDEVERENDSOREN
PRETENDSELITELISTEN
STSYUMHISTORYISTORY
UNEATENEMIT
SAWTOSEATACAWEOLAV
SPOTLESSPOTLESSSWORE
REWEDSWONTGENOME
RSTUPITSTOPITSTOP
ISAASKINERREDSRS
MANDATEANDATEGETS
ENGINETOILORELSE
ATESTFINALISTINALIST
NARCEEENYMPHSVIDEO
JIVEPEDAGOG
LABOREDABOREDOILSHE
UNOCALGOFORMANTOMAN
ENOKISONATINAONATINA
GENESOREGLATKETROT
OXEYEBASESTAIDOKIE
Wed 7/16/2008
THREEMENINABOAT
HORNSOFADILEMMA
URSUSTMENBEAK
MTRAISESPONTI
BOLEYNSIPTN
NNEENSTATEREG
AHADEPOSITERL
IERRURALMOI
LANMERRIERAFB
SRSCATERTOICE
KSCARTAILOR
EATINSCRODSUT
TWOSOPIEHOURI
CHOCOLATEMOUSSE
HONORARYDEGREES
Thu 6/19/2008
OTTOSPRANGCAD
NEONHOAGIEIRR
ERRSENFANTGTE
SEEPLEASESAUS
ESSEESAURRS
CATCHAGLIMPSEOF
ICUETTO
LEAGUEERECTOR
OUGHTSREPRESS
GRATESILIESCU
AAATMAC
SEEINGEYECONC
TOLLGATESOKIE
RESILIENTDENS
TENERIS

Clues with lies, or at least errors: 1-, 14-, 19- and 24-Across; and 8-, 9-, 28-, 47-, 49- and 50-Down. In an interview with the Yale Daily News, Will Shortz called this his favorite puzzle of 2008.

Thu 3/27/2008
SPUDSHOPEPCBS
ALLATILERRARE
LOTTAGINNIEMAE
STRETCHONESNECK
AZALEASOUR
INSBALLPARK
ADENSEEPEDSHE
NOVELISTSTEPHEN
EREANTHEMAYES
WARBRIDEEAR
GUSFINANCE
LARGEWADINGBIRD
ONEONONESLOGAN
DIEUVOLTELENA
ISNTEXESDARES
Thu 12/6/2007
RITEOBOEORBIT
ORALWINGBEEPS
TALKINGTOTAHOE
ONCOMETONCUPID
PROASSN
ALOHAPADREDES
REVOLTGIAABLY
ONAGAINOFFAGAIN
MILSREGEVERSO
ANOMEDOCASSAD
FOTOART
OFFOFFBROADWAY
EMITSALLORNONE
PACESNOOKANNA
ARENASGTSSTIR
Thu 11/15/2007
ERASSLOEALETA
LOSEATURNBESOT
MUSTSAVEVASTSUM
SENSORSIDEBETS
NEOERNE
PAGEGAWKSATWHO
EDAMTEAWEARON
TAMMINYCELIST
IGUESSAAHONEA
TETTASKWAGEGAP
SHUTSSR
FROMATOZBIGTEN
AERATEPIPETAREA
SPARSINSESSION
TONTONEINPOCO
Thu 9/13/2007
AMSSWAMIBOOZE
CAPITALOFFENSES
THEDEFENSERESTS
ORLEATEAAA
RELAPSAYEAR
AULDELSA
ADMISSIONTOBAIL
COURTAPPEARANCE
MOTIONSTOSTRIKE
ERESESSE
HIREDEASTLA
ALGVIMTIOS
JURYOFONESPEERS
EXPERTTESTIMONY
TESTYESQUENER

I don't count "theme squares" on XWord Info because the definition is too subjective but this collection of seven 15-letter law-related theme answers is remarkable.

Thu 8/23/2007
BOULDERBARRED
ONSECONDAPIECE
LEGALESEREVSUP
DIRKSODSTAR
ERABASEDBODE
RONALEXEIOROS
NTESTSSEWERS
ITESBALE
BORDERABIDES
OBOESOVIETNIS
ASTRVILLETNT
RCABEATBEAR
DUTIESALACARTE
ERODESLABORERS
RERATEPOSEDAS

This is an unusual uniclue puzzle. Shared answers are homonyms rather than synonyms.

Thu 7/26/2007
ONEGHOSTSNOT
RANRANTEDALSO
OUTEMCEESTEST
STORYRPMTHREE
ISLESIOR
BARSIDOSPORTS
ELEEPINROBERT
FITDSTOAFSEE
OCASEYAPESEAN
GERMANRELWEST
INCSNIPE
APPLEPEAADAMS
NOSEHENRYIBYA
OKAYENAMELITS
NETSALSASTHE

Every answer on the far right wraps around to the far left so, for example, 1 Across is not clued and the answer to 10 Across is NOT ONE.

Fri 7/7/2006
ATAUSAFSHANIA
GODSPELLRECOIL
APASSAGETOINDIA
NAPEIDOSEE
AZTMBAEMTPPS
SAOLAOBORO
EVILUNDERTHESUN
RETURNOFTHEKING
ENEMYATTHEGATES
CARPRDSREA
TEAFDAESLSHE
TIESPAROAM
RAISETHETITANIC
APOLLOSUREFIRE
HONESTOPENAYE