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6 puzzles by Lisa Bunker
with constructor comments

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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
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Lisa Bunker
POW Sun 2/14/2021SEALED WITH A KISS
SNARUMPANAMBIORCAS
YOMAMAOXONOUNLEACH
STEFANWISPIESTSISQO
TARTONEALLTHESEQUA
ELISCRLOUSTRANQUIL
MOCSTOPUSNINCBETS
TAPERCHARTERUS
ARESOHYPETORPBR
CAPTAINPAPONSALE
BESEATEDALLIASKCRUS
ARSESVICEVERSACAIRO
NEUTGENERISHUNDRARD
JARETOECOANARCHY
OLYIFIISTOSANAA
OPENFLOORATTAR
NOSETGILLDVISENIT
EXTRACRTSIEGESMAHI
ITATHETAFRERRYATAN
GENIINOTLEASTONIONS
HAZELTAROITERSTLNE
SMARTSTAXREXEAREAL

What a thrill to be back in the Times, especially with my first Sunday grid! I had five daily puzzles published between 2001 and 2006. In those days, that meant mailing Will a manila envelope and getting a letter back, and then running out on publication mornings to buy a paper to keep. I got away from constructing, but I recently rediscovered how much I love it, and I am delighted to find that a whole crossword community has grown up in my absence, with blogs and Facebook groups, and more. I'm excited to be part of it!

Here's my bio top-line, since I'm effectively new: I had a 30-year career in non-commercial radio. Currently, I'm self-employed as an author, with two recently-published novels for young readers featuring lots of LGBTQ+ content without that being the preachy point. I also represent my town of Exeter, N.H. as one of the first out transgender state legislators in U.S. history.

I came up with the theme for today's puzzle back in the 00's. That early version had symmetrical placement of the red squares, at the cost of some real stretches among the theme words and fill. I enjoyed the editorial process with Joel Fagliano, who gave me permission to abandon the symmetry and helped guide me, with patience and good humor, to this better final version. Kudos also to the editorial team for finding some excellent cluing opportunities I missed.

I hope this grid brings solving joy!

Fri 10/27/2006
JACKBLACKEQUUS
INHERITORSUPPE
GARGANTUANEGRI
GTOSEARACERIN
LONGSGALAEAVE
EMILBIGSPENDER
SYCAMOREICERS
ZEALRONA
UPPEDFORESTER
SHARONTATEEERO
TONSBOSHADANA
INTPARTIALLED
NELLYPORTLIEST
ONEILINAMORATA
VOGUEDESERTFOX
Fri 9/8/2006
SQUAREJAWABAFT
PUNCHLINERETRO
AIRCOOLEDCARES
RTEPLAGIARIST
RESOLERECDFHA
ESTRADAHEELED
DOSEDLIMOXENA
LEMONDROP
APESYETIPEACE
LINEALIBERIAN
AKCDALIANTRIM
BEHAVIORALTRA
AMATIPARTISANS
MAIMSEQUINOXES
ANNEEZINCOXIDE
Tue 4/19/2005
CABLEBABARBRA
ALIENSIEVERAH
REDSQUIRRELOJO
OROTUNDTRAMWAY
MTNITEMSPIN
FROAMIABET
AMBLECIAOSERE
COLORFULANIMALS
CPUSREBSMIRES
TEESERAAMC
WIREGOGORDA
REHEELSDIDGOOD
IRAGOLDENEAGLE
TILAVAILSTEEL
ZEELEVELTERSE
Mon 12/23/2002
SALKLETMEBLAH
AGUNAVIANOAHU
JAMESBEARDDIME
APPEARCODERED
KEYHASPRAG
LITTLESHAVER
NABOBRAVELAGE
OWESCOTESCROP
VOLALLENSAYSO
ALLINALATHER
STPUSERTAB
QUALITYABJURE
URSARAZORSEDGE
ADENALEUTSOUR
DUADPEERSTREY
Wed 10/3/2001
BANGINFERBLUR
AGUEMILLELORE
LEMONPLUMORANGE
DEBRASPONGED
GRIPEELK
SEVENSEVENLEMON
CROIMPELTALE
RITASLIDSODE
UKESUPSETRID
BARPLUMCHERRIES
IONSAMOA
SPECIESPRADO
SEVENSEVENSEVEN
TSARCLARAFILE
SONYOFTENYVES