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5 puzzles by Joseph Greenbaum
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TotalDebutLatest
58/21/20215/28/2022
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Joseph Greenbaum
Sat 5/28/2022
ASAPOCHREDJED
PAPERTRAILYOGA
PASTASAUCESHOD
BEAVSTEPSONS
LETHEHIND
IAMRATWAXRAG
TRAVELEDINSTYLE
ARRIVESONTHEDOT
LIVEINTHEMOMENT
ODEETSTAONEO
LAWSSANTA
WORSHIPSEVES
DIVEORATORICAL
IKEAWATERSLIDE
SIRSSNERDAGED

Thrilled to be back in the NYT for another Saturday! This was my first attempt at a triple stack, and I am pretty thrilled with how it turned out. As a solver, I don't like how most puzzles with stacks tend to sacrifice the more fun mid-length answers (7-10 letters), so I wanted to try to jam as many into this version as I could.

In retrospect, I would probably try to restructure to either improve or just cut off the two outer ones (MARVEL OVER and JOHN DRYDEN are not quite pulling their weight), but otherwise, I hope this puzzle provides some fun beyond just solving the stack.

Wed 4/20/2022
SLAPSIRSTHEME
MADRECUEWAXED
USAINBOLTILIAD
GEMSTONESNOTTY
TISZEKE
PRINCEFIELDER
NAANHELPMEROB
ANSELYASSPRAY
BATENOKISLOSE
MARGARETCOURT
ARSERBS
SIPTEAPHOTOIDS
ANAISTIMDUNCAN
STINTONOSEEYA
SONGSOKSESTOP

Excited to be back in the NYT, this time with a themed puzzle — my first!

This started with Usain Bolt's incredibly apt name, and I figured it would be easy to find other examples of what I later learned are called "aptonyms". Turns out there aren't many good examples, and keeping them bound to sports figures kept it a pretty tight theme.

The only name I came across after submitting was poker pro Chris Moneymaker — and while his name is beyond perfect, he is probably just a bit too out of the public eye to be worthy for inclusion. Hope you enjoy!

Fri 2/4/2022
AKALIESTOSWUM
VERMONSTERUHNO
LIFEONMARSMADD
AREASENRONTEE
BADREPDONOHARM
AYESIRTADS
OMBGOONSTREET
REASONSTOOTALL
LACHOYMIROLLC
SKISRIPEST
TURNEVILRHOMBI
OROYIPESATEAT
TINTSPACEBALLS
ENYAALGALBLOOM
MGMTSEEMLYNOE

I'm thrilled to be back in the NYT with another Friday!! This puzzle was largely made from the discarded parts that I couldn't fit into my previous themelesses but I couldn't quite let go of.

Hope you enjoy!

Fri 11/5/2021
STARDOMSPOUSE
MINORCACHURROS
ODDDUCKAUTOBOT
GASGUESSTIMATE
LOSPLUSTEN
LAYOPENOHSO
FLUIDVETTEIOU
DONTOVERTHINKIT
ICISENSENOELS
CHOOGOTPAST
NATTALLABC
TURKEYWRAPSAHH
OPENSEAYALELAW
POPULARECONOMY
ONSTARRAGTOPS

Very excited to be appearing in the NYT again! While this is my second themeless published, it was the first themeless I ever made — so it will always hold a special place in my heart.

This was initially seeded with MAKE LOVE NOT WAR, which I was surprised to see had never made its way into an NYT puzzle before. In retrospect, I wish I had a better 15-Down to complement it (CASSETTE PLAYER isn't necessarily the snazziest entry), but hopefully that is made up in the solver experience with the great clue (full credit to the editors for that clue).

My original submission was rejected by the editing team, who said they would be open to taking a second look with some updates to the northwest and southwest corners. I was happy to find suitable replacements that fit in without much rework.

Hope you enjoy!

Sat 8/21/2021
BURPEESMAHATMA
OREILLYEPOCHAL
WINGMENLOSTART
ELEVATORPITCH
EWERPUNTHEE
PSATSSRSVOILA
DABDYEDSEXT
FULLOFSURPRISES
EENYCAITTRY
IRENEAKINAHAS
DENBTENONES
THEWARONDRUGS
AEROGELAUTOPIA
GAGREELTHEROCK
SLYNESSERRATIC

Hello everyone — I am excited to be making my NYT debut!

My general approach for themeless puzzles is to try to jam as many fun and colorful entries in as I can while minimizing proper nouns … and if that means a higher word count or adding cheater squares or harmless bits of crosswordese then so be it. So, while there are certainly a few bits crosswordese and initialisms, given those parameters, this was pretty successful!

With three intertwined grid-spanning entries you would think those were the seed entries, but the seed was the crossing of ELEVATOR PITCH and TURDUCKEN — which were my two favorite entries from a previous puzzle that I ended up scrapping. The sides were initially closed off, but after a bunch of unsuccessful iterations, I opened them up and was pleased to find RENEWABLE ENERGY and THAT HITS THE SPOT fitting in great. I filled in the rest from the top-down, with THE WAR ON DRUGS being a late addition for how prominent it is.

A big thank you to the editors for greatly improving the puzzle, and an even bigger thank you to my initial editor (my mom) who took the first pass at this and all my other submitted puzzles and pointed out all my bad puns that made no sense. I have four other accepted puzzles (1 Weds, 2 Fri, 1 Sat) pending publish, so you should be seeing more of me soon.

Hope you enjoy!