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15 puzzles by Kelly Clark
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Puzzles constructed by Kelly Clark by year
Fri 8/12/2016
PETUNIAPIGASAP
SHAKENBAKEGILL
SUPERDUPERECTO
TDSVETSINKEY
SOBSSSTARS
SPROUTPIANOS
POOFSDICKTRACY
ALOTVEXESADOS
NETPROFITINONE
AROUSEJIGGER
AGREESDANE
COOTSJAMSTAG
CRUZABOVEITALL
RENEROTISSERIE
ADDLPOSTITNOTE

Thank you for solving my first NYT themeless. Here's the thing: it was the most leisurely, relaxing puzzle I've ever made. Why? Because there's no THEME entries to get boxed in on! The hardest part o' this puzzle was cluing it. (Which, alas, to my shame, only 24 out o' 72 clues made the cut. And I really did try hard! Maybe too hard. Which brings me to my point.)

If you can make a themed puzzle — especially a Monday-Tuesday level one — you can do this standing on your head.

(I'm looking at YOU, ACME!!!) :-)

Besides the normal outlets, I make Monday-level puzzles twice a month for a mobile app called Deverai. Every week I make a Monday-level puzzle for a subscription group o' solvers who aren't experts at all. These are difficult to make, compared to this one.

I wrote this puzzle's first draft — back in April, 2015 — because of some strange kerfuffle about Why Women Don't Make More NYT Themeless Puzzles. This seemed odd to me, having enjoyed the work of, for example, my friends Sherry Blackard (34 NYT themeless puzzles to date), Liz Gorski (27 themeless puzzles to date)…and a host of others.

So I set to work. I realized I needed some anchor, so, given the fact that, due to my stupid turned-up nose, I was dubbed "pig-face" as a kid — I chose PETUNIA PIG for 1A. (Her gorgeous vowels did not hurt her chances.) I paired her with POST-IT NOTE since I was staring at one. (Did you know that it was discovered by accident by a 3M guy? That clue didn't make the cut, but there you are.)

My first draft — admittedly filled accompanied by a glass o' Chardonnay — was returned with the comments: (paraphrasing here) "Cut out the @$#@#%%# glue!" So I did, which forced me to substitute NAVEL ORANGE at 11 D with AGENT ORANGE…not a really pleasant entry, is it? Still the rewrite didn't take all that long.

I regret 55A. As an advertising copywriter, let me assure you that I've never used that abbr. in an ad. Other than that, it was great fun, and many thanks to Will and Joel — and especially you guys for solving it. And hey! Welcome Jake David Denny Chen, born 7/28/2016! :-)

Mon 3/10/2014
FIXITOBISAMAT
ELENIFASTDIME
SINGLEFILEAKIN
SEAEELTENPECK
ARNETOPTHIS
ODORINKSRTA
HANINDIAOOMPH
OTTTOOLBOXMOE
HAHASNOBLYERR
ELMSSODAREA
BALLETSTACT
EKEDIOUGOOGLE
TIVOFINGERNAIL
STENFLIPNAVEL
YALESSTSSLEDS

I love crossword puzzles! Unfortunately, I'm a lousy solver. (Case in point: when Jeff sent me this puzzle — and keep in mind that I Made It Myself! — I thought I'd give myself an ego boost and solve it ... managing to screw up at 25 Across. I wrote in TOP THAT, sheesh.) Ironically, my first puzzles were later-in-the-week jobs and I really wanted to make a puzzle for people like me. The inspiration? My husband's TOOL BOX. My favorite clue is [Skill needed when being asked "Does this dress make me look fat?] for TACT.

I hope people enjoy this puzzle. 'Course, as good ol' Qoheleth says? "Nothing new under the sun!"

Will wrote me on August 2, 2012, accepting this puzzle. I was thrilled! A cool Monday puzzle! Several months later (January 28, as a matter o' fact) I was pleased with myself for breezing through Jaime Hutchison and Vic Fleming's puzzle ... until I realized (gulp) it was the same theme! Or, at least, pretty darn close!

So for those o' you who think this theme is familiar? It is! :-)

Thanks for solving it ... and I hope those who attended had a great time at the ACPT! It was an honor for me to have made the tournament opener.

Thu 12/7/2006
AHSCUPTOG
RANIDOZENWADE
AVERRUINGICON
BREEDERSIGNORE
SERMONSASON
ELSEFRUITED
SUMMERSAUTERNE
ATABENEROTIDE
INTERMIXYAHOOS
DETROITASWE
MATESTEPOFF
LAMARRSHADOWER
EXAMORACHOLLA
ELLAMACAWHELM
SEEMSNTSE
Wed 4/2/2003
PLANTAMPERZIT
BALEOBOISTIDS
SWASHBUCKLEPEE
TEETHESTPAT
ASSESARSALLS
LONGAGOPERUSE
BRAGARMYANTS
STPCLOSUREFOG
OUTOFGASSOHO
SPURNSNEPTUNE
PITAHAHEUROS
ENOLAREEARN
DEFPANICBUTTON
URITRANCEEIRE
PSTSIZZLEDEED
Tue 6/25/2002
EGBDFFOAMVAMP
LANAIELLAETUI
BRAWNLAMANASA
ABIGAILVANBUREN
LOSDOSIDO
ATMOSTUMPS
CHIPANNLANDERS
CADETOILSAMOA
TWINSISTERMILL
KNEEOMELET
HOTTEABSA
INEEDSOMEADVICE
PIPENOONCIDER
POEMIZODALONG
ONESTENSPELTS
Tue 1/15/2002
MACKWEAKAKRON
ICONAMMODIANE
THREEGUYSWALKED
TAKERSHIPNESS
STYLISCENT
COLORTREND
INTOABARTOOTOO
MOOGEMOTEOURS
PARLAYNEXTTIME
SHEERNEATO
CLERKTERRA
HOTSHOTSALOON
IHOPETHEYLLDUCK
SITARERIEETCH
SOOTYRENDREOS
Tue 11/20/2001
MONSGAOLSYNE
AMAHLENTOHOOD
LEGOMUTTONAGED
AGAWAMSEGOLILY
RATEDPGORO
DAYOJUDGMENT
ALBUMTANDYDEY
PERPWHIPSYEAR
EVACHIMERANTO
RIGHTOCENTER
INCSOLDIER
FAILSAFEDIANNE
ELALRINGOTRUTH
EDGEELVESMIRE
TOOLSLYESTEM
Wed 8/9/2000
PARATALESJAZZ
ALEERHODEOLEO
RODSUSAIREPEE
IFYOUDONTPAY
STEPPESIPSAD
DAUBCACKLE
FORYOUREXORCISM
ABIEGEMCRAM
WILLTHERESULTBE
NELLIESNUG
SSSRAHRHONDA
REPOSSESSION
SHEASAHIBCENT
KIEVORATEACNE
ISLENYMETREAD
Thu 10/7/1999
TULSAURSAPSST
WHATSROTCUHOH
AFLATAMAHFADE
AFOOLPROOFWAY
FROROBB
BAMSDRAYSALEM
ABASLAGSELENA
TOMAKEPANTSLAST
HUBRISPEASRUE
STOMPBEETAYES
RISEISM
MAKETHEJACKET
ALASAFARILOSE
MELTMUNIFIRST
EXESSPEDFATES
Thu 4/1/1999
JEANSHAHAGEMS
ARIELICONOVEN
BERRALEONLIRA
ROYALSDOAFLIP
SKITIECELTS
OAFPOLLSDAIRY
ALLENAULD
KEENWAYNETUTU
OHMSOWNER
ADRYPOOLFAILS
CAPRAHEFFLA
APRILFOOLSDAY
SLOEALPOARIAS
TENSCLEOYENTA
EASTTANKSAGAN
Tue 1/19/1999
BROKEZAPPAFDA
MARISSNERTAER
WHENTHATEELMAI
GEEZERMIRE
GASSERSPSALMS
ONITBATSANEYE
PESOSOHNO
WINKRIGHTBACK
IOTASLOES
DONTBESHYCODE
GROUSEIMPASSE
LILTWASHUP
AVATHATSAMORAY
DELOAKIEANODE
ERAWHETSSEWON
Sun 10/11/1998 Mothering
TASTEASHEDOWSEDOSE
OILERPLATOAREDEVES
BRINGUPASTICKYSUBJECT
AGEDSENERTECOARSE
GUSTANTEMONSTER
ONTODISBARTOSSPOTS
EMUETOOLEOCELIA
FLAXENREARWINDSHIELD
RANCIDETAECLAT
ENTERERMITTIERFACT
EGOSROMNAWLODOSLO
DENSSOYGTOSOILSKIN
TETRAATENOTING
RAISEABIGSTINKEVENTS
ISTLEEASTMINSER
BLOODREDREELEDBRIM
OERSTEDEARPREDO
SCARFSRAGEDOEOPEL
CAREFORSOMETHINGTOEAT
APESLEAVEAONESKATE
BEATDOTERLEGSESTER
Thu 7/16/1998
HADONSOPPYNAH
ADELEWALLAARE
HOWDIDAFOOLPLY
DELAYTWEAKED
DERNMETZDINA
OROANDHISMONEY
UMPEDUNHIP
GASLAMPGENTEEL
INUREESSAY
GETTOGETHERPRE
ALOESOUREONS
RAISINSGEARS
NILTOBEGINWITH
ENEEVOKETITHE
REDMAXEDSNOOT
Thu 4/30/1998
TATAMAGICPTAS
SCUMORONOAHSO
AMBISTANDTEEN
REPENTPAPERBAG
USCPETUNIA
STSABEESTTNT
CHIVALRYTOOTOO
HEXAOMEGAVEIN
MINNOWREHEARSE
OROGMTRWYYES
RELEASEELS
DUBBEDINIDIDIT
OREOOCEANBONO
OSHAWHACKYWCA
MATTNIKESANAT
Wed 10/29/1997
SHADOWARASIAN
PALEPICALANCE
ANONINRIEMCEE
DONTBEGINCOO
EIEIOIDYLAMEN
NEATDUHPLO
COWERSSAGALET
ARIWHATYOUEVE
PITARTYSLATED
OOHRANLION
SNOWMOTOFOSSE
UARCANTFINIS
DITSYORGYNOES
IRENESTEPTUNA
GENTSTYROSTAY
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