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98 puzzles by Lynn Lempel
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2 collaborators: Joy Behar Victor Fleming
Alternate name for this constructor:
Lynn Gilbert Lempel

96 Shortz Era Daily crosswords by Lynn Lempel

Mon 5/16/2022
MARESASOFEGOS
AWASHTOGANOAH
ZAPPAWALLVOTE
DRINKLIKEAFISH
ADDEELFREE
RUNLIKEADEER
AESOPRELYGRE
FLOWSWAYSTGIF
EMUALOTGASES
WORKLIKEADOG
BEETNUTSTS
WATCHLIKEAHAWK
DOLTEARLJAMIE
ROLLRIMEOZONE
ELSESCATBEAST
Mon 1/10/2022
COPSYOGABEST
DRAWAROSEMYTH
CEREALBOWLWEAR
GEESEEATSRI
PANTSBILLYJOEL
ANTPALLRURAL
LOSTSOULVALETS
HELMAONE
EMBEDSEXITPOLL
SORTACREDREP
CLEANCOALSCATS
ADASAPHOOTS
POKEPIGEONHOLE
EVILSEALSERIN
DANKSPITNYPD

The vagaries of English are always fun to play around with. Way back when, it seemed popular to publish puzzles with rhyming words: theme answers like TRAFFIC LIGHT, PRIZE FIGHT, STAGE RIGHT. In coming up with rhymes, I always found it more interesting when the spellings were different.

"Clean coal" as an answer gave me a slight pause because it's debatable whether there is such a thing. My original clue included something of a hedge ("Dubious term for a greener energy source"), but the editing team didn't think that was needed. Actually, there weren't many clue changes overall. It helped with clue-writing to know that this would definitely be slated for a Monday.

POW Mon 3/29/2021
ATWARRUGBYASA
PHASEEMILEPCT
RIDINGHABITLAB
NESTLEEPITOME
AMISOAKUMPS
DINGBRERRABBIT
ONTAPNOUN
TOBEORNOTTOBE
ALOEEVENT
TREBLECLEFALTO
IAGOSTOPGRE
MIRACLEARABIA
ESEPEBBLEBEACH
LETAIOLILENTO
YDSSANTAONSET

For a good while I'd had the idea to do something with "to be or not to be," in the sense of "two B's or not two B's." I'd wanted to find two phrases where B's were inserted in a word and two where B's were removed. But removing B's and being left with anything remotely sensible proved unlikely, and the whole thing languished.

But … a strange thing happened. One night just after going to bed, Hamlet's words came into my head—who knows why— and suddenly, I thought of a different approach. "To be or not to be" didn't have to mean two B's vs. no B's. It could mean two B's vs. one B. A true epiphany!

Immediately I thought of HABIT/RABBIT, but there really aren't many pairs that could work. There was ROBIN and BOBBIN, but BOBBIN doesn't yield anything puzzle-worthy. Clearly, the spellings and pronunciations had to be the same. Not DOUBLE/BUBBLE or RUBLE/RUBBLE. I was extremely lucky that the two pairs in the puzzle worked out both with symmetry and with having the one-B answer coming before the two-B answer.

I didn't figure this as a Monday, so Will et al. eased up on a number of the clues. The one that caught my attention was at 53-A, "What the Supremes said to do …" as the clue for STOP. LOL, you can be sure that's not from me. Being hopelessly ignorant about most pop culture, a reference like that would never, ever cross my mind.

This was a fun puzzle for me finally to work out. As always, I hope it's fun to solve.

Mon 9/28/2020
VERDIASAPJOAN
ADORNMEMOUNTO
LUAUSPROPAGATE
DIETUSERPIX
CARDAMOMATARI
ATAMIRCABARET
BOGSCLERIC
METAPHYSICIAN
EDDIESTBAR
CRAWDADNASUMA
HORSECASTANET
ATERIGAKIND
PANASONICGNATS
ETALTARAMINOR
LESTAWOLAETNA

Whenever I would come across the word "cardamom," I saw it in my head as "card a mom." And since I'm always on the lookout for puzzle themes, it eventually dawned on me to look for other examples of words with an "a" in the middle that could be similarly reparsed.

And interestingly, it was that seed entry that Will & Company questioned after I submitted the puzzle this past November, saying the pronunciation was a bit off with the slight change to a schwa sound in the last syllable. My only substitute was SPAMALOT, which they felt was already a sort-of pun. Anyway, they then decided that CARDAMOM was okay after all, and accepted the puzzle as is.

I hadn't found a lot of possibilities. The only other one I remember is MANATEE.

I probably pegged this as a Tuesday. Even so, most of the clues remain intact. Those long clues at 53- and 62-Down were Will's.

Mon 8/10/2020
CUBABOASHAM
AHABHORDECOLA
ROBEORGANDONOR
SHYMUGGARRETS
BARNTITAN
FLORIDAROOMGMT
RANGSRORAHRAH
OWNUPFIGSUEDE
SNEERSKIANERF
HSTATLASROCKET
CYRUSMOHS
CICADASDOHARK
LOCKOFHAIRCLUE
ANNEELWAYEASY
PSYDYESODES

Not a whole lot to say about the puzzle — a pretty common theme type. I think what elevates it somewhat is the lost-and-found element, which came to me only after starting the grid.

True story. Just last weekend my husband and I were leaving the house when we both saw that our front door keys were missing from our keychains. We mainly go through the garage, not the front door, but still …. We looked in the obvious places to no avail. For months we'd procrastinated about making an extra key, and now we didn't even have one. Would we need a locksmith to come put in a new lock? Well, needless to say, I found both keys. And then this puzzle pops up. Very timely.

Mon 7/6/2020
NADALMICASLID
OBAMAOPALTYNE
SALTYVANGUARDS
ELLSAIDATTIRE
JOYRIDESOSCAR
ONIONSPUPSGT
BENDPEORIA
GINGERSNAPS
NOMORERIPA
GELDANMAIDEN
ALAMOBOBSLEDS
MODIFYALASLAW
BILLFOLDSEMILE
ISEERAGETONER
TESSEDENSEEDS

I think it was BILLFOLDS that got me started on this one. But really, I find there's an embarrassment of riches when it comes to using people's names for puzzle themes. The stumbling block here was finding a second 9-letter option, so the idea sat around until I finally came up with VANGUARDS. The puzzle was submitted roughly a year ago. I don't see any especially noteworthy clue changes.

As always, I hope it's a fun one. Hurray for puzzles to keep us all occupied, these days more than ever.

Mon 4/20/2020
LAPELMOJOSTLE
ICUDEEDUNTIED
BALLGAMEMOUNDS
IDSAYSOBFF
DIETHIGHOFFICE
OASESROUTSLAT
ELSTARAIRA
BADNEWSCOWBELL
ALIWALLNOR
NESTLOOPLEAKY
SCHOOLPLAYEDIE
OHOROMCOMS
OUTLAWBOYOHBOY
ASSUREIDOLENO
RAPPEDNYSESOU

I'm having a hard time remembering much about the construction of this one, which was in June of 2019. I have no recollection of what prompted the idea. However, I think I tried all sorts of combinations and permutations of possible answers and various grids. I see I ended up with something of an unusual one, with that black square in the middle separating two 7-letter answers.

And I'm not seeing any particularly noteworthy clue changes, for better or worse. Sometimes, though, I have to laugh when there's a clue I absolutely don't recognize and then discover it was my own. This was the case for 51-Down. I saw "Bored of the Rings" and had no memory of it whatsoever. It turned out to be exactly what I'd written.

Tue 3/3/2020
TESTSECOLPVT
STIRUPLAVAAIR
ANNIEOAKLEYUSE
RASPSRSREFLEX
OMITSHRUB
GASLITGOESNUTS
EMAILBOARKNEE
TONALROKERYAW
AUTOOAFSABASE
TRAVESTYSTONED
CARESGWEN
YELLATCUEFETA
AVASIMONEBILES
LIUEMITPARIAH
ELSSEXYGEEKY

This puzzle sprang from a totally different idea, which had sat around forever and ever. I'd jotted down SHOOTING STAR as an answer for John Wayne, thinking I'd use other nonhuman phrases that could apply to real people. I never got anywhere with it. Then one day, coming across my "shooting star" note for the umpteenth time, I suddenly wondered if maybe there were other stars that would work. Right away I decided that ANNIE OAKLEY was a better fit than John Wayne, and from there it was a piece of cake.

I do remember trying to fit in a dog star like Rin Tin Tin or Lassie, but to no avail. I submitted this pretty recently, in early December. And I'm rather amazed to see mighty few clue changes. I guess the crossword stars were finally aligned!

POW Mon 12/2/2019
LABORALPSHEMS
EVADEBITEURGE
GOREDBOARDGAME
OWEBURNMOE
SAMBASEGOSLAP
LIARSLONESOME
NGOMBASEWES
FEIGNYAPCREST
ACMEOGREAIR
STUDYFORABETS
TOMANDYDASHES
HMOMOORELI
READSUPONEBBED
NEATSORETRACE
SLAVEXESSORTS
Mon 9/30/2019
LAIRPCSCAPES
ALOEAHAORIOLE
PANPIPESMORTON
TRASHPICKUPS
CLAIMSALTISEE
DOLLARUSES
RODEBURGVSIGN
ONERIPTIDEROO
MSNBCTENSTORT
OAHUTBONES
SCABERASLASSO
PUTDOWNROOTS
OTOOLEBLASTOFF
TILLEDYAKERIE
SELESSRSDENY
Tue 8/13/2019
ROSSTONTOMET
OSLOSPOONLODE
CHILDPROOFERIE
KATIEANTIANTS
DASHRAVI
SILENTPREVENTS
ACERALOEINGOT
BEACROSSEDDNA
LASSOGETSMEAT
EXTERIORTRAWLS
OXENGAIN
WIFIKEELSALSA
IRASSTRIKEGOLD
FILMINANEENID
ESLNASTYDEMS

This idea sat around for years until I finally tackled it the weekend I had to miss the ACPT this past spring. I figured I might as well work on a puzzle.

At first, I tried to put STAR-CROSSED across the middle and got absolutely nowhere. Finally, the lightbulb went off, and I realized I could cross it, appropriately enough. But then finding "star" words that crossed proved harder than I would have thought. There had to be four longish entries and four short ones, and I wanted to make sure there were different kinds of stars without totally repeating any. Like, I wouldn't use both FILM and MOVIE, or MORNING and EVENING. And I couldn't use anything too technical that no one ever heard of. I do remember having to abandon some more interesting choices (for example, FREE-FOR-ALL, instead of LEAST OF ALL, would not work), as well as being stuck with the likes of SOLIDER.

Sometimes we just have to give in.

Mon 7/22/2019
CAPDEERDODGED
RIOIDLEORIOLE
ESPRUMMAGESALE
ELUDEURNCLAP
PELICANSTATE
AETNAPERILS
RATSADOSENDOW
ALISTILTONIRA
STOVEREUPPOEM
PONIEDDEBIT
SKINNYDIPPER
AUDISAOSERTA
WHATSMYNAMEOUT
EUROPAOPECODE
SHERYLSENTFED

I was wondering about a word or phrase I could break up as the beginnings of theme answers—which I don't remember doing before—and RUMPELSTILTSKIN is what immediately popped into my head. It came out of nowhere but seemed perfect, being the answer to a riddle-type question that could serve as a revealer. The crossword gods were definitely smiling.

The main construction issue was deciding where the breaks would come, with RUM- or RUMP- having to be 11 letters for symmetry's sake. I wasn't real thrilled with PELICAN STATE, but it must have worked out the best.

I had fun with this one and was happy with the way it turned out. I hope it's a fun solve.

Mon 6/3/2019
LPSALTOREFER
IRKBARNSOMALI
MAINSTAYEGOISM
IDEEKIXMETRES
TARHEELFIRES
RLSLOPSHED
ARGUEBERRAAVE
ROOGOODDOGKEN
IDOYURTSLEERY
DESKTAOCOM
ENACTHOWCOME
MEDINAPOLERAS
CLOVISHOUSESIT
ALWESTDEMIONE
TENSESYNCNEE
Mon 12/3/2018
GASPSAWEBALKS
ASTRODOGEVENT
SCOOBYDOORECUR
EONSATEFINITE
STEPMORNINGDEW
TEASINGE
ACORNSINERSVP
MOONOCANDOTAR
POLOMANYABATE
USERBRIT
POSTAGEDUEMEAT
AMELIAINNORZO
BATINPASDEDEUX
SHUNTONECAPRI
TAPESPAROLSEN

I'm a sucker for quirks of English, so a puzzle was clearly in the cards when I noticed there are several stand-alone, differently spelled "do" rhymes. I think it was only when starting the grid that I thought of PAS DE DEUX, which purists will complain isn't quite the same pronunciation. For me, close enough. I would have loved to use DERRING-DO, but it just didn't work.

Nothing much to say about clues. They're mostly what I submitted, or at least the gist of what I submitted. Changes seemed generally to make them a bit easier. The 65-Across clue for ONE was definitely Will's. And he must have nixed my attempt to include a Monday question-mark clue at 7-D, with [Person going to court?] for WOOER.

I hope you all DO enjoy the puzzle.

Mon 8/13/2018
BOSCFACTLLAMA
OHIOAREAPOLOS
GODOWNINHISTORY
ELIETONTHEE
MAKEPASSESEAST
IBISESTAR
TACTHEMPNYPD
TSKGETARUNRIB
ESPNCROCAIDE
ICELATVIA
VAMPDRAWABLANK
ALOEGATEEAT
GOODNEWSBADNEWS
UNDUELEEKTEAR
EGYPTSARAARGO

This had to be the fastest acceptance of all time. I snail-mailed the puzzle on a Friday and got an email back on Monday!! I couldn't believe it had even gotten there already. Will said he wanted to use it for a Monday, but I'd written Tuesdayish clues. So he asked me to suggest easier clues for some of the answers. He also said he was concerned that my clue for MAKE PASSES was awfully harsh, and he asked me to soften it. So the clue was changed to what you see today, from my original [… invite a sexual harassment charge].

As is very often the case, this idea simmered for many moons before I could come up with a final themer to balance DRAW A BLANK. I wasn't really thrilled with MAKE PASSES, but at some point you have to just throw in the towel and go with something.

Will did ease up slightly more than I did on the clues, but overall they're not far different from my revised version. A clue he didn't change was the one for AKA. I hadn't expected that to survive!

Mon 4/23/2018
ATWARSTEPMYTH
LIETOTHAICOHO
SCATTERRUGQUIP
OKRAROODUNNE
SCRAMBLEDEGGS
MATHISALEE
ASHENALUMNICE
WIIGOFIRSTNAY
SANDPITAHASTE
EVERDEBITS
LEAVENEDBREAD
INBOXIRALISA
EDITSHOOTHOOPS
NUDEAUDIINUIT
SPEDPEELPESTO

This was an exceedingly rare, once-in-a-blue-moon puzzle for me: Once the phrase "go first" popped into my head, the theme idea and all four theme entries were a done deal within, say,15 minutes. And within an hour, the grid was finished. That just never happens.

I submitted the puzzle close to a year ago, without the circles. I thought the revealer would make everything obvious enough without them, and that people would have a nicer aha moment by seeing it on their own. But yeah, it's Monday.

Only a pair of clue changes to note—the Michael Jackson ones at 11- and 12-Down. I could never have written them, never having heard of the song. But then, you all probably knew that!

Mon 3/5/2018
COBRABRASHCOY
ARIESROUTEHMO
CITYSLICKERRIG
HOEAIDSTOYOTA
ENSUINGASIAN
BLUESTOCKING
EMCEESWONCEO
BOARDJAMPALED
BOPBUYLONERS
STUFFEDSHIRT
CURRYUNKEMPT
GEHRIGANDYAAA
AMISMARTYPANTS
GUNKATIEINLET
ASSSNEADGAYLE
Mon 1/29/2018
GOSSIPTGIMESS
LAMARRREDDIWIP
ETALIIALIENATE
NHLSNOWAGNEW
SLYTELLALL
WEBMDATTEMPT
SHOPPETILRULE
TARADMIRALMIA
ELLSIONROBBER
MODELUNIGLOO
VAMOOSEPJS
ESSESPARKUPC
DOWNSIZEANEMIA
NAUTICALCOMBED
ARMYUPSEXTOLS

This was an idea that came together fairly quickly once it occurred to me. But it did undergo one major transformation. The obvious first thought was to have small, medium, and large in phrases going down, with the downsizing revealer as the final, fourth entry. But then MUMBO JUMBO came to mind and was too perfect to disregard. That left the revealer for the spot where you find it now.

The grid constraint was that I wanted the size words to go sequentially down the grid as well as just being down entries. Which meant finding answers and placing them such that each keyword was lower than the previous one.

The turnaround on this puzzle was astoundingly fast. I sent it in at the tail end of October and got an acceptance email on January 10. And here it is still January. Maybe a record.

In looking this over, I can see I made some compromises. LASSI, ESSES, and ET ALII, as well as good old IDI, would not be my pick of fill. But that was the best I could do without changing the basic grid design.

Will did make one teeny grid change. At 7-Across, I had BMI rather than TGI. Most clues were unchanged. As I looked them over, I did pause at the one he substituted for PARK, thinking, What the heck is PRNDL? I had to laugh at that one.

POW Mon 12/25/2017
PRIMCLOTLATCH
JADEEONSALOHA
SHOTCLOCKYEMEN
RUSSETEXANS
CALORIEFATTEE
OSUSUNBELTOYL
RICHESLACEUP
KAYONUTSASH
VETOERFIASCO
CSAWAXBEANTAG
RUNOTTRUDDERS
IMPISHMOXIE
SMELTHITPARADE
CILIAARIABAIL
OTTERMACSYANK

I doubt that "hit" puzzles are all that original, so I was mildly surprised when this was accepted, back in April. And I was totally surprised to learn last week that it would be running on Christmas Day. Hitting someone doesn't seem like a Christmasy theme!

I think it was noticing Lucy's last name that inspired this. Van Pelt was a must-use answer, even with the sort-of extra word in there. Deciding on the theme answers made me realize the multitude of words — clock, paste, and belt being just a few — that can be used in this vein.

I didn't notice any significant changes to the clues, so the puzzle you worked is pretty much the one I submitted.

Peace and good will to all this holiday season, and here's to lots of good solving in 2018.

POW Tue 9/26/2017
NEHIWOKSDUBS
ADAMROOTSACLU
PURPLEHARTLOIS
DEENLEOANTI
STYLEPAWPRINZE
WEBSKYSAL
ETONFLAKPARIS
PRYORCOMMITMENT
TASTENYADASEA
OERRAPCRY
BARRFIGHTABUTS
ACAIFOETIRE
MOPEFALLENIDLE
BRITSPIESBOON
INDYEXITEGGO

LYNN: This collaboration was something of a blind date set up by Will, and it was all done via email. We both decided from Day One that the theme would be comedians, but it took a while to get from there to this puzzle. At first we thought of using names like (Lucille) BALL, (Bob) HOPE, and (Chris) ROCK that could be used in everyday phrases—and we batted around some possibilities. We also considered a few ideas that included revealers.

But then, among ideas for those themes, Joy included PRYOR COMMITMENT … and I knew immediately that she'd come up with something different and perfect. She'd found our theme angle for sure, and her example was even 15 letters for a terrific central grid-spanner. After emailing back and forth, we decided on this set. Three of the five themers (PRINZE, PRYOR, and IDLE) were Joy's ideas, and all but one of the theme clues were hers (all but BARR). Unfortunately, BARR HOPPING didn't fit. A few names that didn't work were Chaplin/chaplain, Marx/marks, and Bee/be.

I did the grid, which Joy approved. And I wrote clues that she then went through and edited, preferring to make them more challenging. Will changed very few of them. If you guessed that Joy wrote the great clue for GO APE, you'd be right. Also the ones for RESCUE DOG and HELIX, just to name two that I especially liked.

Working on this with Joy was great fun. Her emails were guaranteed to include some funny choices I never would have thought of. I loved the way the puzzle turned out. I hope all of you solvers do, too.

POW Tue 6/13/2017
WORMLESSGRETA
AREAAMTSLUXOR
LIPSBEESTUDENT
LOOKHEREATOM
ELSALINESLPGA
TEEBILLDEEFLAT
IREWARMAPE
SONGDIMPURE
DEFEDENJRS
EXFILESCUEBERT
STIRCIGARSNEE
CIAOEPISODES
GEESTRINGSPULL
EGRETROUTARIA
MOSSYSANSLENS

I don't remember what sparked this puzzle. I do remember consulting the dictionary to check the proper spelling for each written-out letter.

Most of my clues seem to have survived intact. I don't notice any major changes, though my clue for BEE STUDENT referenced someone in the annual Scripps-Howard tournament, and my TEE BILL clue was in relation to a pro shop rather than a souvenir shop.

I submitted this in mid-August, so it hasn't been languishing too terribly long. As always, I hope you enjoy it.

Sun 2/12/2017 DO THE SPLITS
LIBIDOMILEAGESOFAR
PHONICSORANGESAZURE
GOOFFONATANGENTROMAN
APSENASHDINERONALD
RANKSPENDLINEN
GNUPOETRYREADINGCPA
LANKERELSOASTHRU
AFFIXELMORAWRECRUIT
STUDBRAINWAVESHOMER
SANDBLASTEVELCLOUDY
DIETSABECOOPS
CHEERSMALEGOOSESTEP
LADLELABORPARTYHATE
ADMITTANCEORGYFICHE
MEATAPENUBSIPHON
SSNJUSTICEFORALLESS
DIANEGATSATOMS
PEANUTDEBTSNAGABBA
EATENFATALATTRACTION
AVERTEVILEYEINFERNO
TESTYDATASETSODDEN

The idea for this puzzle languished for years. I could never decide if it was good, or uninspired. Then, if I looked at it for the umpteenth time, I couldn't decide which ideas were the best to use. I might like one choice for a symmetrical pair, but be lukewarm about the other one.

Finally, this fall, I emailed a friend here who I know does Sunday NYT puzzles, and asked her what she thought. She started bugging me to do this. And here you have the result.

I was amazed how fast it went from submission to publication. I mailed this in early December and it was accepted in mid-January.

Probably the genesis of this puzzle was somehow reading "Colorado" as "color ado." That would make PUEBLO COLORADO into something like [Big fuss over how to paint the Indian village]. I still like that, but was afraid it wouldn't pass muster since "Colorado" actually comes from the Spanish word for "color", and thus the meanings wouldn't change.

I would have preferred more answers that divided the words in unusual ways, like MARSHALL PLAN, which I liked [Spec for an interplanetary campus building?] or MADEIRA WINE, which in the end seemed kind of blah [Aged a glassful for Mr. Glass?]. A few others that got left out were RAMBLING ROSE [The price went up on some flashy NFL jewelry?], TAKE A PLACEBO ["Park yourself somewhere," to a onetime White House pet?] (I wasn't sure whether that qualified as an "in the language" phrase), and GOLF CADDIES [Headline for the obit of a country club scoundrel?]. If the current grid hadn't worked out well enough, I would have gone back and tried other options.

As for clues, mine remained intact for the most part. I think that Will's changes, overall, tended to make things a bit easier; for example, the clues for MALE and ORANGES—both sort of gimmes--were his. And I would never have come up with that clue for MOTH—totally not in my wheelhouse. All the theme clues were basically the ones I wrote except for UNFUNDED MANDATES. I think I'm reading Will's revised clue a bit differently than he intends, because it seems somewhat off to me. (Mine had been "Watching TV on Saturday nights with a cash-strapped beau?")

Oh, and one last thing for all of you who wonder about clue-grid duplications. Looking at the preview copy, I happened to notice that Will changed the ELMO clue to read "Kids' TV character …" when KIDDIE LIT was fairly nearby in the grid. His response:

"I think bloggers accord way too much importance to this sort of thing, which average solvers don't give a hoot about. My rule is: No answer word in its entirety can be part of a clue, and no clue in its entirety can be part of an answer. But in most cases, partial to partial duplication, as in this puzzle, doesn't matter."

Anyway, I hope you had fun with this. That's the whole point.

Tue 8/16/2016
ARFSPABSTSDAK
SOUPALLAHTOBE
SURFERDUDERYAN
EGOBEETSPOON
THROBROGERMUDD
USBUSOMOE
ACCTMINIOVINE
NARROWLYDEFINED
GRUELICESODDS
EDSDIELIL
REARENDEDPARKS
ADORNSRTAOIL
ALEXARTOODETOO
PERITEENYPOST
ERSEEPEESARKS

After coming up with the idea for this one, I found acceptable examples surprisingly hard to find. There were plenty of phrases with two R's and two D's, but I was being picky here: the first word had to have exactly two R's and no D's; and the second word had to have exactly two D's with no R's.

This was one of the rare puzzles I had to redo. The deal-breaker was the theme entry BROTHER ODD, the title of a Dean Koontz book and a recurring character in his novels. I hadn't been real happy with that, but clued it with reference to a "strange" name, hoping to give a major hint to the "odd" part. But Will thought it was too obscure…and it was back to the drawing board. I can't find the original puzzle, but the change to this version was the inclusion of NARROWLY DEFINED in the middle, which I wasn't exactly thrilled with either.

I will have to get busy because I'm pretty sure this is my last puzzle in the NYT hopper. I need a big influx of both ideas and time!

Mon 6/13/2016
SPUREDITDISH
ALSOVISASEDNA
DOUBLEPARKASIS
TREEAMITAFT
UTEDUNCANPHYFE
FERRARICSASAN
ORSOGPALOOTS
CHESTBUMP
SANKAALPEASE
UMAISRUTENSIL
MOTORNEURONASK
ARIAUSBGORE
TOOKFOOLAROUND
RUNEFLAILPLOY
ASSNETTESERE

Maybe I've finally gotten the message about writing sufficiently easy clues, because this puzzle is hardly changed from what I submitted. Yes, there were a few slight rewordings and a few rewrites—but nothing I'd consider significant.

Once I realized that "fool around" had good crossword potential, I was happy to find four reasonably common phrases that worked—and mostly for words of five letters (i.e., not too short, like ASS or OAF).

I sent in this puzzle just before Christmas, so it's been in the queue less than six months. You never know how long it will take. I hope you had fun fooling around with this one.

POW Mon 3/14/2016
SCATCATTYTBAR
UHUHALOHAHOPI
FETAPLAYWRIGHT
IRONWOODANGIE
KANTSENEDS
SISSYBUTTED
EDUSHAREHOLDER
REBAELUDEMORE
BATTLEFIELDWIN
LEADINOWNED
ALESSEBOZO
LATKEFIREBIRD
GRINDSTONEBLUE
AVEOLARGOLIMB
EASTYIKESYAPS

There are so many ways to play around with people's names. That's obviously not original as far as crossword themes go, but as long as it's fun it passes muster for me. I think what inspired this one was "playwright." A word or phrase you've seen a zillion times suddenly takes on new meaning--and voilà! Here it became a matter of finding compound words where the first part could be a verb and the second part could be a recognizable name.

I sent this to Will in September, so it hasn't been languishing for very long. And I can report that there weren't many clue changes, with none I'd consider significant. The theme clues are all word for word as I submitted them—which is not always the case! I hope you all enjoy it.

Tue 2/9/2016
TALCHAZYAPOLO
ODINAGUEVIDAL
BOMBSHELLAROSE
ERECTUPSTARTS
YESRAHSEAT
RESETWRECKS
TIMESHARESSHIA
ROADSTIMSHINS
ITCHCHOPSTICKS
MAKEDOSTRAP
ROOFYONJAB
BEARSKINCRUDE
ATRIAEYESHADES
STINGNAPAKEPT
HEDGEDDAYEATS
POW Mon 8/24/2015
AMESPLUGCHIDE
MAXIOOZEHASON
ACHESKINDIVING
SHARPEITWEETER
SOUREDCLIFF
SATMAYJUICE
NITECRUSUNTAN
AMIRUSSETSSLY
SAVEUPTAUTUMA
AXELSKITIMP
ETHICSCOTCH
ADAGIOSTHEDOLE
ROMANESQUEEYED
AMINOMUTELOAD
LEDTVEASTAURA

Hmm, I can't think of much to say about this one. I have no idea anymore what prompted me to consider the revealer phrase as potential puzzle fodder. But once I did, it was relatively easy to find words and phrases that fit the pattern. Create the grid, and voila, done! Well, obviously not quite. Still those clues to be written.

It goes without saying that Will changed some of them, but I didn't notice anything major. In general, for a Monday, his clues ease things up a bit.

Looking at the grid now — nine months after submitting it — I do remember pondering whether ROMANESQUE was Monday-OK. Getting the Q in there was not a factor — actually, it was the only darn thing that would work.

Only thing left was to solve the puzzle, and for that, of course, it's up to you!

POW Mon 7/6/2015
BAILBALKSACRE
ELLAADIEUHOUR
WALKAROUNDANNE
IMPELSYAPFLA
TOASTPLANAHEAD
CDSONIONPASTE
HESSUPCLESSER
TAKEAPART
CAJOLETAIEROS
OPARTKERRIEVE
MOVEASIDEDICED
CSARIDSENTRA
ATMSKNOCKABOUT
SLAGHANOIERSE
TENTSPENTDYED

I think it was WALK AROUND that got this one started, when I somehow saw the phrase as walking a round of golf. Then came the realization that there are quite a few adverbs of this sort starting with the letter "a" that can be parsed as "a something-or-other." So I was off and running. Some puzzles almost create themselves — without brain-twisting efforts to come up with theme answers — and this was one of them.

Definitely Will's biggest change was in the clue for 25A. I never once thought of a lav connection. My clue was [Sketch some ideas for one's self-portrait?]. And for 51A, I was thinking along the lines of moving a product in the sense of selling it. So my clue for that one was [Sell lots of fries?].

As I've said here before, I know I tend toward Tuesday clueing in Monday puzzles. Easy is fine and I do aim for it, but I rebel against blatantly dead giveaways. So for HOUR at 16A, I submitted the simple and admittedly boring [Happy ___], which Will changed to "One of 24 in a day." Otherwise, this was probably a typical mix of my clues and Will's.

The puzzle was submitted exactly a year ago. I hope you've enjoyed it.

Mon 2/9/2015
OFLATEHATECPR
BRIDALOXENORE
SUPERBOWLADVIM
EMTPANTMEMO
SPOTCOLDWATER
SYNAPSEORATORS
LEEOLEGUSE
MEADOWLANDS
UFOLOVEMER
PANTENEPYRAMID
SLOWDANCEWADE
USTAALITHIM
RIOWHERESWALDO
GENIAGOLIVEIN
ESEGLOBEXERTS

Carmen Sandiego would have been just a tiny bit harder to "hide" ... I can't come up with a whole lot to say about this one, which I submitted almost exactly a year ago. Maybe I was specifically thinking about a word to "hide" in a puzzle — with Carmen Sandiego being out of the running! Or maybe the idea just came out of the blue, who knows. Regardless, I played with various letter combinations that seemed like possible candidates for answers, making sure that all of the letter sequences were different. And voila, a puzzle was born.

No clue changes stand out particularly. Some are slight rewordings, and others seem roughly parallel, like "Loathe" instead of my "Abominate" for HATE, or "Breathe hard, as after running" to replace "Gasp for breath" for PANT. For the COLD WATER clue, I do like "What may be poured on a bad idea" as opposed to my more pedestrian "Wash cycle option." On the other hand, my FALSIES and WIG clues survived intact. I mean, what else was I to do with falsies for a Monday?

When Will accepted the puzzle, he said he might leave off the circles, which surprised me because other times he's added them in. But as you can see, the circles remained so Waldo is perhaps disguised if not quite hiding here (I'd used "camouflaged" in the clue). Much easier to spot than in those books!

Mon 12/22/2014
ELIDECAMPJAG
REMUSASIAPULL
GAPESSHARPEDGE
SPEDAWAYMEDIAN
DAYOREAR
SNITNOTESOBIT
TOMESREMAPRNA
OWEPEDXINGAPR
RANFLEASASKED
MYTHERNSTEENY
ORCSEARP
STOPITSTAMPEDE
PIPEDREAMAIDES
AVIDISLESCAMP
ROECOENSOLON

It's often hard to remember what actually triggered a puzzle. In this case, I think I was pondering "crossings," like RR crossings — which didn't seem to have much of a future. But PED looked promising, and here is the result. My serendipity moment came with cluing the center revealer, when I hit on the link between the PEDXINGs being at corners and at corner locations in the puzzle. It was submitted in August of 2013.

Will made a slight grid change. I'd submitted the puzzle with INTEL at 31D and SCADS at 32D. And not surprisingly, he changed a fair number of clues. I usually balk at too-obvious gimmes (like Will's "Where China and India are" for ASIA at 14A), so my clues probably tend toward Tuesdayish. I'll try to mend my ways with future submissions.

My only quibble with a clue change is for SALE at 58D. As I write this the week before Christmas with sale inserts spilling out of the paper, "Post-Christmas store event" just doesn't seem quite on target.

For all of you devotees who keep us constructors in business, here's to a 2015 full of great puzzling!

POW Tue 8/5/2014
COBSHOSTMARSH
ALOEABLEALOHA
PETERSOUTCAMRY
NOTSOERRSDEED
LAMBPATSDOWN
BREWPUBALI
OAFSGISTINSEL
NNEJACKSUPOXO
ODDJOBYETOREO
AGOTEMPEST
MARKSOFFSAUL
IDEASALTGLOSS
LIARSCARRIESON
NORTHERIENEHI
ESSAYTEMPTROT

The initial idea for this theme hit me with the phrase "peters out." But finding some teammates for Peter, along with their baseball actions, took a really long time.

A list of possibilities sat around in my hugely bulky and totally unorganized "ideas" folder for at least a couple years, which is not at all unusual. (And which does have its disadvantages. I can't count the number of times that a percolating theme has shown up in print with someone else's byline.)

Anyway, the lengthy incubation was largely because my various permutations kept coming up short in two ways. First, I really wanted to use WOLF'S DOWN, for Wolf Blitzer, but could never get it to work. And second, I didn't want to have just one woman in the group, which is the way things kept ending up. Finally, I just got tired of seeing this, decided on the current set, and waved it goodbye in November of 2012. But now I see that the whole male-female balancing act was unnecessary because Will changed PAT from Benatar to Sajak, thereby leaving Carrie as the lone female. I never really liked using "Benatar" anyway, so I'm not real surprised at the change.

The clues! I was amazed to go through them. Other than PAT's gender transformation, my clues remained mostly intact, with only a handful of substantive changes. The one that stands out was for STATUTES at 22D. Will's is fun and mine was boring. Thanks, Will!

Mon 7/7/2014
BRAGDAWGPOTS
MALEOKIELATHE
WHITEWASHONION
SSSPRICECUT
BELATEDISIT
ELITEERGSTRAP
AIMEPEEUSAUSA
USBMINDSETNPR
THEISTYODAOIL
YARNICEDTRURO
FLEASWEATER
EXTRADRYELS
DROOPHONEYCOMB
EARNSOWEDAREA
NYETPLOYLEWD

I submitted this puzzle roughly eight months ago — a pretty quick turnaround these days. Any difficulty in construction resulted from my attempt to fit COLOR in the sequence — but that just wasn't going to work.

I also vacillated a lot as to whether to include BEAUTY PARLOR in the grid. On the one hand, I don't necessarily like to hit solvers over the head with the theme if a revealer isn't needed; I sort of enjoy that aha moment when you suddenly realize what it is. But I also see comments so often from people who say they didn't realize what the theme was, or even that the puzzle had one. So finally, for an early-week puzzle, I decided to put it in — especially since the grid accommodated it so easily. Without those added entries the sides could have had snappier fill, but such are the compromises we have to make.

Sure, clues were changed, but the overall balance seems similar to what I submitted. One clue's demise was predictable: My clue for NPR was "Station that airs the Puzzlemaster."

Mon 5/5/2014
USBAPPSWAFTS
AQUAPERUOLLIE
WURLITZERORGANS
IRANOGREGMT
TRINILOPEZAMIE
AMTTUXDORMANT
BYOBSEEPINES
JOHNADAMS
ORSONURNHILT
LIPREADAKAMAP
ECONLAUGHTRACK
MONISNTIAGO
ITSABOUTNOTHING
STORMBEANSNIT
SARISERGOECO

I think this puzzle started out without anything particular in mind — just playing around with terms meaning "zero" or "nothing." Discovering wurlitZER Organs gave me the slant to take. And linking the theme to Seinfeld — with the reveal a fortuitous 15 letters at that — was my definite aha moment. The crossword gods were smiling.

I thought this would be more fun without circles, requiring solvers to figure out, if they hadn't already, why the puzzle was "about nothing." So I submitted it with Wednesday-ish clues. Will had other ideas, though, and said he wanted it for a Monday with circles. Which meant reclueing. For a Monday level, I tried valiantly to get rid of ANKH in the grid, but it wasn't gonna happen.

This was one I especially enjoyed doing. I hope you all enjoy the final product.

POW Mon 1/13/2014
OFFERPLUSCOP
NOLTEEONSEROS
TREATPHONECALL
HAWIOTAVILLA
ESSRHONEVALLEY
GOOSESAIDYDS
ONLYSERIES
GONEBALLISTIC
CALMLYERAS
FARSOBFAMINE
STONEWALLEDSIP
TOMEIOUZOHST
ONEANDALLPASTE
PARTACLUTWEET
LOOBESSSEARS

This was a relatively easy puzzle to do once the idea struck. I do remember regretting the need to scrap MONEYBALL, because I didn't want to repeat the B-A-L-L of BALLISTIC — and that was too good to part with. Also, the BALL half would have been too similar to CALL and WALL.

With themes like this, I like it when the pronunciation of the key word(s) changes. That was a plus for RHONE VALLEY, which admittedly rates rather low on the "fun" scale.

I see that Will changed quite a few of the clues, generally making them more straightforward. Yes, it's Monday. His clue redo that I especially like is for 33-Across. A number sequence there definitely has more flair than the "Sitcom, say" clue I submitted.

Tue 8/6/2013
ASSDISCSWISS
DAKSERTAPINTA
DYETAKECHANCES
UNTIEITADAMS
POCKETKNIVES
HERONERODES
ELBATOREARENA
BOOCOPCARSMVP
ALOHAFATEBOYS
YAKIMAUNION
PINCHPENNIES
IRISNRAUNZIP
LIFTWEIGHTSIDA
LOSERMAMIENET
STORYPROPGRE
Tue 4/30/2013
PENSSCRAMSPOE
ARIATHEMETEND
WINSBYANOSEJUG
SEASALTSANJOSE
BUSTOAR
DENNYSETCBATS
ELANDSQUATTIP
NOTWOSOUNDALIKE
CPUCUTIEKEVIN
HERBESLDETEST
EEGAFRO
LOWDOSELOUSEUP
IRAYOUCANTLOSE
CALAFRAMEANTE
ELKSTORESTSAR
Mon 8/6/2012
MESSACTICASA
ANTECOONGALEN
CRAPSHOOTELLEN
HOTTIEFEATATE
ONSETBALLOTBOX
TELLSAVEO
ASSSITSENACT
BANKRUNCORNROW
SWINEICESDNA
FEDSANSEL
LIFECYCLEROAST
ENSESSOSINNER
ATOLLPRICEDIVE
CRUELAIDAOMEN
HATENEONNERD
Mon 7/23/2012
APSEHASTEAWED
LITEERNIECOVE
OXYGENTANKCREW
HALASIFVERNE
AREASSUCHAPITY
CERTHUNTS
SORTIEDABOVA
THEINVISIBLEMAN
PODALLLATELY
PALMSSECT
FELLAPARTKEATS
SCALPAONEBOA
TONEHINDUDEITY
OLEGASIGNODES
PETETONYSNEMO
Tue 5/8/2012
ATBAYSHUSHTBA
BRACEPUREEARM
BESTSHELLERKIA
AXELAWLOMENS
IFSALIASES
PICKUPSHTICKS
OOHEDCOOLETTU
DWIDURANTEOAS
SAVESEREMACYS
ALLDAYSHUCKER
WILLIAMESC
EGRETOHMUCLA
ILOMARRYINSHAM
LOUUNCAPSEIZE
LOSSTALEASPEN
Mon 4/16/2012
METASSNIECES
MANEBOAOOLALA
ORGSSTUDMUFFIN
AGATEDEAEEK
BIGENCHILADA
NEEDLEMATZOH
JAMSELALWEARY
OLEGOODEGGSAP
HINDUTOGAPINE
NATUREURGING
HUMANPRETZEL
ASHPRELEERY
SWEETIEPIEOBIE
PARLORADDURNS
STRIPELOTSAD
Mon 4/2/2012
APARTDEBSSIS
PRIESALAILIMP
PORCHSWINGEXPO
SPYRINGMATTER
URLSMASHHIT
PLAITDUOPEG
LINTTUBULEROB
AMYBULLRUNABA
YAOOGLINGIDOL
LAYEMSKNEEL
MUDSLIDEMID
ANTHEMEASYWIN
ILIEPIANOSCORE
DIMSLORDMARKS
STEYUKSERNST
Mon 3/12/2012
ACHTONGSOFFER
RNAONIONRAISA
NOVMOLDEDGLASS
ATEATSEESTOP
ZEALOTSZANE
HAMMEREDSTEEL
CHESAGOATARI
LOANNASALOSLO
APRONICONYEN
PETRIFIEDWOOD
TALCCENSORS
SUCHOEDUSEUP
CRUSHEDROCKSNL
AGREEUNDUEIII
RELAXPOETSTNT
Wed 2/8/2012
FRAUDSEARCOTS
ANDSOORCAAFEW
BASSRELIEFNCAA
RELICSTOAT
ALGMIDASSTOUCH
ROOMIESITERTE
IKEASTINTS
DISCUSSTHROWERS
BERTHSANAT
UVAAYEAWESOME
SINGLESSBARTSP
ORALSAUTOS
PINEBUSSTICKET
ELANASHECALVE
NESSHEADAMMAN
Mon 10/24/2011
ISLEBALMYTBSP
DIETILIADRATA
INTHEDUMPSIRAS
TIERMOODARNS
PATROLUTILIZE
AXLDOWNTHEROAD
PEIEPEEEDU
ASEABITNYPD
IANGRABOLE
OVERTHEHILLGEL
TEABALLFACIAL
OCTADOHSNABS
OTISUPTHECREEK
LONEMETOOLADY
ERGSASPENAROD
Mon 6/20/2011
HASSLEARLOMAY
ACTUALRAIDOVA
THINSKINNEDTON
CONKSNODSWONK
HOGIMPOTTER
MEALYMOUTHED
CHIARAEGLORY
HUNTCYNICAMIE
ELSIETSANEED
FAINTHEARTED
DECAYAOLAGA
SMEEMEREERRED
TAJLILYLIVERED
AGOALEEDEPOSE
BIBBLTSSNOWED
Mon 4/4/2011
DEBSDANESACCT
AARPVERVESOUR
BRAINDRAINANTI
LIKESOTEAFIN
RYDERBACKPACK
TOEOKRAARABLE
ENDSIONSONSET
HANDSTAND
ASHESSHUNAILS
SWEEPSENYAROE
HAIRCARECLONE
AHSACEOUTING
MIMEHEARTSMART
ELANESTEEAGUA
DINGTEEMSSEND
Mon 2/14/2011
BALMMACBRAVO
AREAICESREVEL
ICANTSTOPLOVING
TSHIRTSRAWSTA
LOAAIMS
IMWALKINGBEHIND
DIELENDSURER
TABSSKILLBASE
AMENDROUTQTS
GIRLIMGONNAMISS
SOONCHE
BAGONOCHOOSES
ONLYWANNABEWITH
ONIONSILOETTU
REBUSBMXDEAN

VIC: I admire Lynn's thematic tautness and deft touch with early-week clues. Always have. In late October 2010 she did a CrosSynergy titled "A Bone to Pick." The title made me think of "with you." as in, "I have a bone to pick with you." Her theme consisted of ILSAs (in-the-language stand-alones), the first unit of which could precede "bone", e.g. TAILWIND and WISH YOU WERE HERE.

My idea was to use "with you" as a reveal, with four partial phrases that could end with those two words. Falling flat, this idea morphed into, first, phrases ending with "you." And then into song titles, and then love song titles. I had trouble making a grid that would accommodate the lengthy theme — a good time to seek help.

Since Lynn had inspired the idea, I asked her if she'd collaborate. Her initial reaction: "Your proposed theme is pretty far afield from a bone to pick!" But she agreed, made a great grid, and wrote the clues. We pitched it to Will as a Valentine's Day special.

Mon 2/7/2011
PECKCHAPFSTOP
OSHABOREATARI
STATSTIRFRYING
TULIPSKIMLAP
WAKEFORESTDOTE
ARICROSIREN
RYESATTACKS
ROLLOVERACD
LIBRARYOAFS
GENIEIPOYOW
AXEDSTRETCHBRA
UPCARIATAROT
GETUPANDGOLENT
ERASETINYLACE
STRADSOULEKED
Mon 10/18/2010
UMPSOHARAMYRA
SIREAMBERPEEP
USEDFOSTERHOME
REMAPEAUMAX
PRINCIPALSCARE
ELSSTILLSINKS
DYESSNLAIR
SUMMERPLACE
PIEIIIALES
WIRESMSNBCONE
INERTRESIDENCE
ISPESTSAGAS
FIELDHOUSETARO
IDLEOASISETTU
TESTODORSNEAT
Mon 6/7/2010
RILESWOODSJUT
ARIELATBATUNE
COOKINGTIMESTA
INNPIEIOTAS
EMIRBROKENHOME
RAZORSPITSUET
NEMODENNYTDS
POKERGAME
LAPTUNASCURE
OARSRITSARONG
SMOKEDMEATOUZO
TIMIDSOLGYN
ALIITSOKWITHME
RNSCRUDERULER
TEETYPEDABYSS
Mon 4/26/2010
HOPISCOTFLAW
OVALSEONSROSA
SINEWPACKLIGHT
ENDANISEONSET
DEADHEATHUG
BAITMODELTS
SPELLOARSYOU
PLAYINGWITHFIRE
CARILLSAUNTS
ATSTAKEOLEG
ICEOLDFLAME
SPADEKNEEDWAX
HOLYSMOKEAMANA
URDUCOEDYOKEL
LEAPSKYSBEST
Mon 2/15/2010
DORMDADAENDOW
EDIEOPALMIAMI
MINDINTHEGUTTER
INDIRALSUWANE
COLDSKI
HANDINTHETILL
SCARYROUENCIA
ELSESERFSGINS
LETDECAFTREKS
FOOTINTHEDOOR
ODDTOWS
CAMPOATTESTEE
HEADINTHECLOUDS
ARDORMAYOUNIT
DODGESTEMTATA
Mon 11/9/2009
AGENTCASTOGLE
TONEROTTOLIES
HASTYCOUGHDROP
ELIAOLATILT
NIGHTFALLMETAL
SENIORSESLARE
TRITAUALDA
KITCHENSINK
EMITAAAPVT
PENCNNWEASELS
ANGLOSKINNYDIP
TSARSANDINA
THINKTANKAMBER
OOZEEDGEMILNE
OLESTOADPRESS
Mon 10/19/2009
LIMOBAWLWHIM
ODOROBOESHONE
BOONDOCKSHOODS
NORMSSERAPES
COSTASEGALEE
ASHNEUTRONADS
BLOCKAGEIKE
SOTSSHEDSABED
TEEPETSTORE
NETGOULASHUSC
EDURUNEORFEO
PICKETSSERIF
ASSETOOHANDAAH
LOONSLEISENDS
INNSDRATSTAT
Mon 9/28/2009
REMRAWEGGADDS
ELIAZALEACRAP
COLDTURKEYRUDY
OILIERZEROG
USERETTEABBOT
PEREZOARMAUVE
RATONBATSIN
REFMILKDUDTDS
ADLIBSTUNAS
UNITEJOENASAL
LAPAZOPTSHOPI
FLIESALINES
MALICHERRYBOMB
BLOCRESIGNREO
ALPSUSOPENANN
Sun 7/19/2009 YOU ARE THERE
DECKUSDAGIBEESSAY
IVANASTEMCELLSCOUPE
MANORBURYALLACCOUNTS
CARTSPELTSSAINT
FURRYCOOKDEPTHTTP
RAYORRACMEEYESORE
ATISSUEIGUANASREWED
MENTORSPARLORINANER
ESTRUSCURRATIONSWBO
HEPPOTIDEALSTIOS
VEEDELKEYDDTITA
LIMPVALUEDENSNTH
ICUURSINEWAVEWAHOOS
MERITSDIPOLEDENEUVE
PRINEREVELERINASTEW
IONESCOARFSTEDPRE
DYESCALCOHMYGOURD
CANDOBOOZESUPRA
HOURLYMATRIMONYTRITE
AESOPAMBULANCESATES
GROWSPSATNEETHYDE
Tue 7/7/2009
REAMFELLSBRA
ANVILLASSORAM
JOESATURDAYYIP
ACROBATTBILLS
SHYOMEGAESC
FREDRICAPRIL
NOTESEDENEDU
ELANANNANEELS
REXPLODUNMET
DORISEVENING
ERAALLOTBAN
TALENTETRURIA
ELIDONNAAUTUMN
AGEQUIPSEATEN
RAFSTARTHEDY
Fri 6/26/2009
FLATCAPPDOGES
LIVEDALIEEVENT
AAAMEMBERREEVE
INSPADESBARKIN
LATEFEESAIDSO
RENCOLLOQUY
ARDENGOADSUSO
LENDCAMPYBALK
FDASITBYREDYE
ASSUAGESBUN
QANTASGANGWAR
FUMIERFORSHAME
LAPSEMARRIAGES
ORLONGREENZONE
PEENSMENDINST
Mon 3/16/2009
MAOARTSJOINTS
ARRIVEATAGREED
SIGMACHIMAITAI
TEASOOPSUSSR
SSNKNEEHIGH
MOINUDEMDS
ALUMNADSTCOAT
WISEGUYHAIRDYE
ERINRAWGLUEON
SACPAPALDL
CLEARSKYPRE
LISATHEOALOT
MUDPIEEVANBAYH
INLANDRELIANCE
AGENTSORALEEL
Mon 3/2/2009
EERIETRAMPGPA
SPURSEASYAOED
PINKPANTHERLPS
TRINIBREADS
COINREGISRBIS
SMOGWARNBRUCE
TETSARILOGON
PURPLECOW
ACRIDLILTBOO
TREKSNEROSEXY
MODECASESTAIL
UPROOTELAND
ITOWHITERABBIT
RONNAVELPLAZA
ANYSNEAKSEGER
Mon 1/12/2009
CPAPLAYANSEL
OILSDOMESCHMO
MAIMQUILTPIECE
INTOWSLYSLEW
COOKIESHAPEFEE
EGGOTOTAL
ARODASKTRIMS
PAPERDOLLOUTFIT
TEPEEMAPSEXY
OLMECKEPT
MASSTORECOUPON
EZIONAHIDOLS
CUTTHATOUTINDY
CRETEEDGEODIN
AESOPDAHLSEC
Mon 12/22/2008
TEMPTAPSTRAMP
ALOUNILEHANOI
RABBITRUNOWNUP
OLSENMARDOSE
CRICKETPLAYER
METTLEEMIT
DENYELMNASTY
ONEHOPTOITPIE
GUSTOSPAHIPS
ARABEGRETS
KANGAROOCOURT
ALASCODTBONE
PITASTOADSTOOL
UNCLEERMAENDS
TEHEEESPNASEA
Wed 9/24/2008
BIMBOALAMOHOW
AMOURNAVALODE
HUMMINGBIRDLID
SAMOASAMRYES
ELMSROBOT
ITSREALLYTIMEHE
MRISTOEBARED
PARHEADSRAG
EDGARPALFORE
LEARNEDTHEWORDS
LIANALEER
JOADDYEVESTA
OOHGEORGEBURNS
WPAMANIAIRATE
LSDTREKSTEPEE
Tue 7/22/2008
MEOWSTHEDASAD
ATRIADUNESCRY
CHANTSNACKRACE
ATTICMOSUL
SNORELOSERSPAM
TORYEVILTHETA
SLYIRISDEEDED
SNIDELINE
ZIPLOCNEATRPM
ELLENLOADAERO
ELIATURKEYSNUB
AZTECMETED
BABYSNITSAUGER
OWLASTERSTENO
WEEREEDSTESTY
Mon 6/30/2008
PREKBENCHCALL
HONEECOLIOREO
DURANDURANSTEW
STATUSSDIURI
GODMOSULIRAQ
ITINERARYLOOTS
SANENDSET
HIGHWAYENTRANCE
TIPRCAAHA
SPITZTEATASTER
GRAPESODAHOI
TAGNIBDENOTE
MIROFOUNDMONEY
ASEATOSCARARE
JEERSTORYALMS
Mon 2/18/2008
BOBUPFLUBGEAR
ABASEIOTAOMNI
LIBERALBENEFITS
KEYFLIESVERSE
LEIAPER
RADICALSIGNALT
ALERTSMEATSTEW
ILIAOARLANA
NOTSOFARPOURIN
STYLEFTHANGING
ADZAYES
STYLEPATTYHAT
PROGRESSIVELENS
IOWALAINAORTA
NYSESTAGRYDER
Mon 1/7/2008
PARERSBYECBS
ABILENEOAKTREE
POPFOULOPERATE
EDUBALMSISAN
REPELNETRAH
SAIDNOADDED
DOCTORSWANIDO
ERRATICNESTEGG
ALAISLEROUTES
LYCRAAPLOMB
KINPEASEEMS
BASSSTEMSVII
ACHEFORBIGBANG
DIORAMASPIEDON
EDTREPSNEERS
Sun 1/6/2008 THE INSIDE DOPE
PAPALNACREMESHFLEW
AGATEFLAIRAREALORE
COCOAFLAVORCOTSAURA
GILDANETGASSTATION
FLUBDECORFENNELS
AMIPLACIDODOMINGO
WACSELANLONERSTSAR
ACHESIDSATIREMEESE
SAUNAGRIPETTUETA
HUMORONESELFOARMIR
PRIMSHROUDSLATE
SIBOASMASONICLODGE
OVASNOGEDAMSQUAB
SACCOLISLESPAMUNTO
ANKAMIGUELSAGEECOL
READINGBATTERYERA
ACCOSTSDIANEGARR
FALLOUTFITYEAEMOTE
ORALRARAWORLDSAPART
OGREETALENEMYHEINE
TOADDENSTERSEARNEL
Mon 12/31/2007
SCADSVASTBLEW
KOREAARIALEAH
IRONFILINGONCE
DAMENIDSOOTHE
SLANTEDLAUD
AIRSPLITSUP
THEMETAGEYORE
HEXESCIASPLAT
ERICCONSPIELS
NOTAWHITWIN
LOONCARGOES
ANGLERCOMAMRI
BALITOPBILLING
EDENLIAREATIN
TANGELSADOSES
Mon 12/10/2007
WALSHKENPSST
ATARIARCHALTO
SPRINGROLLDIAN
HAGTOSCASUNNY
ROTATEIDTAG
STINGRAYSPA
ELSATARMESHES
DOWRYLEASTORK
ARISESGUMATMS
MENSINGSONG
GEESETRUSTS
DIVASSCRODWPA
AMOSSTRINGBEAN
DATEPLEAERECT
AXEDYEWDANES
Mon 11/19/2007
WISPCRIPESTIM
ALOEDENALIONE
FIFTHCOLUMNPAL
TETRAELIVILE
TOILETARTICLE
TROLLEDAVA
IOUSAGESALIBI
LOCHPAPERSNUB
ETHANRADIOTRI
IFSGOPHERS
SCARLETLETTER
MANYROEISLAM
INNBESTPICTURE
TOEUNCOOLODIE
HEXBEANIENEAT
Mon 10/22/2007
ADDSDOWNBOBS
DIRTMACHOLARK
UVEAACHESOKAY
LAWRENCEWELK
TNTLIARJEERAT
HULAGODACE
RTESCLAMBISQUE
ARLESOSENAURU
FAIRAMOUNTHEAP
TINLETHILL
SLEETSFLEDWPA
LITTLEBOPEEP
MAUIIRATEALAS
RAZZZEROSACRE
SHIAOXENRHYS
Fri 10/5/2007
DENSEFOGAPLOMB
EXITLANEPREMIE
BENEDICTTENANT
SCORELESSSTRUT
OSSCELSSTE
SPLITSADIEHER
LEADSPRATSAMI
EATSHARTEBRAD
ESEDORIESEIRE
PHIEAREDKAFKA
TENCLODMAS
ILLERWATERPIPE
GLIDERWARZONES
HEFNERAPIARIES
TREADSYATITTLE
Mon 8/20/2007
SALEMUSEREMMA
OBAMAPAGEREAL
LITTLEPIGSONCE
EDTAPEDPITIES
SEESREDDIDIN
EKETITICACA
AMBLETREETAR
BILLYGOATSGRUFF
ELIROCSLOBES
DONTWALKMIA
DRATSSATDOWN
HOMAGENARCMAO
AVIDFRENCHHENS
LACEUNITEAGLE
FLEDLANASTAYS
Mon 2/12/2007
ASCOTCUBSHASP
CHOREISEEOTTO
CAPRACONGEREEL
ELYCOETABAVA
PLETHORABASIN
TODOHONDANEED
SWISSTEMPT
THINGAMAJIG
ISAACSORES
BOMBTYINGCONE
OCEANDONSHULA
ITSOAKRUMNAB
LASTDANCEANDRE
EVESREDSSIEGE
DESKPESTHARES
Thu 12/21/2006
ZEROSCHESTREP
ELUDEHUETHEDA
DEMONKINGREVUP
GIRDEDBODICE
BANREDREMOVER
ANAKINEELWEDS
ATTICANNOY
EMBOSSTWEED
MUTESALIKE
SPAMSRSGRIPES
TATERTOTEMLYE
RELAYSWATSON
ELANDBRINGEMON
ELSIEINNIRATE
PATERBAGFATED
Fri 11/10/2006
BASKETCASEDECO
OTHERWOMANAROD
GARAGESALERUDD
AXESEISMWIPES
RIDSDESIINTWO
TASERSENDSIOC
ROYSEATWORK
SCRUBUPOFFENDS
CRIMELABTUB
RENSELESLETBE
ANGLOMAMARILL
BETONTRENDRAD
BLOGARCADEGAME
LENADEARREADER
EDENJETSETTERS
Mon 9/25/2006
BAATERMWRESTS
ELLALEEEARTHA
REGLAVENDEROIL
GRAPENUTSANNE
STERNESCNNE
ITSHOTTUB
SPASNISSANONA
PLUMTUCKEREDOUT
COTOBEYEDELMS
ADOPTSYEP
POEAWEMORON
STATLILACTIME
PURPLEPROSEPEI
UNTIESEPEEEGG
RESETSDEADNAH
Mon 9/11/2006
MICEMAIMSRAJA
ASEAARDENEVER
RENTNEEDLEWORK
XESKITEDTANKS
OPRAHLAHR
HURRICANELAMP
ESSESERINLOA
ASHYTOASTPAIL
TRISHUTSAYNO
POTATOPANCAKE
NEILEDITS
ABIDEAESOPCOE
FACEPOWDERSEXY
ALECTRITEKNEE
RISKBYEARYENS
Mon 8/7/2006
GEMAMASSSPIRE
ORERUPEEAURAL
FIRSTSEEDGNOME
OCCULTTAOCNBC
RAISEDONTSHOOT
ISPYTRIX
PIPESTEMSNIPE
CALARUBADEL
SNAREGOLDLEAF
YUKSNEAL
GIMMEABUDNATCH
ROOMWARIGNORE
ANNANMAYFLOWER
SIEGEBLASEEAT
PAYEEASTORDMZ
Mon 4/24/2006
OPRAHDIESACTS
CLONEROTCCURT
CAPNCRUNCHOBIE
UTEKEGSONRAMP
RESOLESGOON
REDHANDSOME
SPEARPETEQUAY
WORNSEDERUSSR
AGOGPEGSBATHE
NOSEDIVETIS
CUKEFOGHORN
CHARGETOROMOO
LULULEMONTWIST
AGESEGADRETIE
POSHEONSYESES
Mon 4/3/2006
CHASMJADEACME
AERIEOWENBRAD
GEORGESANDBILE
ELSACHYZOOMIN
SEETHENOLTE
WOODWINDWOW
RUBENACESABA
EGOSFAXESEVIL
ELMPAVESLEEK
FIBACIDROCK
SEWEDABUSED
ATHANDATOMVIP
LEERONTHEBEACH
TELLFETEADDED
ONLYFOURGUESS
Tue 3/14/2006
MOTHSHELBOGIE
AREAPERUORNOT
SEMIFINALOZAWA
TOPGUNSUBTOTAL
SSTREMSAL
NOSIRREDHOT
UTTERAUTOGRAPH
MOORAMMANELIA
PROVISIONVALET
SILENTRYDER
ORCAIRPUP
ANTEROOMESCAPE
GOURDCONTENDER
EUBIEKAYEBUNK
SNEERSTUDCADS
Tue 1/3/2006
LORDJEANSCHMO
OPUSABLECHURN
WHITESALEROSIE
MENROYSLEPT
ALISONCOLESLAW
SINUSCONANEYE
SAGSPANMESSES
HEADSTART
LARIATIRSOAKS
ABETANGYAMPLE
BUCKSKINTIPPER
ANAISKIMREP
ALLOWSANDSTONE
DELTAALOEOVEN
SISSYNIBSTEXT
Mon 10/24/2005
CLUBSHELFELKS
LINEHOMERLEAK
ELIEALIVEFAZE
FITTOBETIEDSOW
RUBSPATHOS
CHEERYERASE
HOLDSCRASHDIET
EPADOWNSHAH
FINALEDITABOVE
LINENUSOPEN
THRIFTOSHA
AAATURNTHETIDE
GIZAROUTEMAID
UKESELDERAGED
PUSHSEERSNOSY
Mon 9/5/2005
SHAQSHIPSGABS
PERUPEROTOPAL
ANTEARMORMENU
BARBARABOXER
ETHELEWER
JOECOCKERDRAMS
ERATAILDEADON
CERFSNIPEHATE
TUTORSZASUGEE
SPYRIMARKSPITZ
SNCCAROSE
ITSADOGSLIFE
TACKDRAINPRAM
CLUEAARONPOLO
HEMSSWANSYELP
Mon 8/22/2005
ZAPPAPASHAJET
ETHANISLETORE
BEATTHEHEATSIN
RUSHEEWRITHED
APESRCATRI
SEALTHEDEAL
PLUMESIRSBARE
RERUNTBASIREN
OVALSLAGATLAS
FILLTHEBILL
AHAACEMAYS
AFGHANSCLIQUE
FLUTAKETHECAKE
REFINAWEARBOR
OAFSATEDROANS
Mon 8/15/2005
EMIRMODEMABC
MISERABOVETOO
UNEMOTIONALLOP
STEAMYESSMAZE
PESOSIRISES
ASHRODAVER
MNEMONICDEVICES
MAMAOOHARIA
OPPORTUNEMOMENT
RYESRANWEE
SPHINXKEYED
HOESTAUADORED
AKAFINDINGNEMO
REDELTONEUBIE
PRYWEISSTATS
Mon 7/25/2005
JIBESHARIEKED
USESTOXINDELE
SWEPTASIDEAPSE
TETAGESPESTER
SALMONTUNA
OREOAVIDRETRO
BOTANYERICA
UPSPEPTALKTAR
PATTIORDEAL
CLARAROSAEACH
MITTRATTLE
RIPLEYMANXTAD
ONTOPTAMEETING
BRAGEAGERURGE
SEXYSPINSBESS
Mon 5/30/2005
ABYSSSODALGA
SOOTHEUNOVIED
PIGOUTDUCKINTO
SLAPHISSNADIR
SPECAERATE
SQUIRRELAWAY
PURGERILEDZIG
RAINFIELDEURO
YDSBINGEIGLOO
MONKEYAROUND
ASPIREEDAM
THESEWISEAGRA
WOLFDOWNPONYUP
ANTIPINTRIPLE
RESTTISBASES
Tue 8/24/2004
EAGLECAMPRANK
MORONAWOLODIE
BRANDONAMEMANY
ETSGREYTHAMES
RASCALSSHIN
AMYPHOTOOPS
PASTEHAIRFLAT
AUTOBERRAOGLE
CRABEASTGRASP
TABULATESOU
RICHCLAMSUP
LENGTHGOALPRO
IDOLBONOVOYAGE
AGRAURALNOTES
REARMEWSGUSSY
Mon 6/7/2004
LOYALCAPSKISS
IRENEASHEACME
DELTAMEANTOOT
SOLIDREASONING
PERERIE
LIQUIDASSETSAY
USURPSHISYALE
CAINEFINHOWLS
CATSHIPHOGTIE
ICEGASSTATIONS
POSHIMP
WHATSTHEMATTER
JAILLAIRNAIVE
IDLEEIRETUNES
METSSLEDSTART
Mon 10/20/2003
PACTSGREWJOBS
ECOLERULEABET
CHICAGOILLCOLA
KENLEONLIKELY
SIAMGROSSES
METEORSEETO
APIANCANAANITE
RENTMOVEDMORN
TESTPILOTTINED
LAXERTOSSES
SPHERESTAPS
CROWEDTICKZAP
ROSABOSTONMASS
ANTSARALOINKS
MESHGERETRYST
Mon 5/26/2003
SANGRAVEHEMEN
CLIOEDENALICE
ROCKFORTHRIGHT
AHEADNEEDSOS
MARRIAGERITE
TEARROAMED
AIRSTRIPSPROXY
IREPELTSPIE
LANDSGOALPOSTS
SNOOTSREAR
WILBURWRIGHT
OARLOONEERIE
GHOSTWRITENELL
REVUEETALTALE
EMENDSERFSTYX
Mon 8/19/2002
UKESELBAACTED
NOAHREAPLARVA
CARYGRANTBREED
ALLLASSWIRERS
PAYMENTMANY
ANTSAYONARA
STERNSHINAJAX
TAXIAMAZETAKE
ARIADOMETIRED
BATHMATSRIO
COPESEANCES
AGHASTFEARAVA
FLAREJIMCARREY
RILEYEDITCONS
OBEYSBOSSALTO
Sun 3/31/2002 EXTRA TIME
PEDALERBUGLEMATCH
IMITATEARROWCAROLER
CONTRABANDAGEUNAWARE
STEAKSNUBSCRIBSOP
ESCBASEJAVAASIA
HOOVERDAMAGEBLINI
SEAUNITOXEYELEAFED
INTONEDRUINSPETRI
ETHICSLOGOSHITMEN
SALLEHIGHMASSAGEDEM
TIESEASEHASHSAGE
ALTEXITRAMPAGESODAS
SECRETCOOKSFLOATS
SHARISTOLEGRANGER
SAFESTQUERYVAINEDS
CLOSEGUIDEPOSTAGE
ALOTCHATPIERMAD
ROTDRAYCRAIGDEPOT
EVASIONDROPANCHORAGE
SEGOVIARESETSANGRIA
RELAXJESSETWEETER

2 pre-Shortz crosswords by Lynn Lempel

Sun 3/15/1981 WORD PLAY
ELISHAPSATHOBBLED
SANTASOHIOMALLEOLI
AIRAPPARENTARTISTAS
UDONPTAHUTTONIPSO
DAZEOFWINEANDROSES
COMPLEXONIONINERT
AVIATEFLOESDORFSTE
LENTOBIOUSEALL
SITEFORSOREEYES
FLUFFEDBOREALMILER
TERRACEDRANEMMANUEL
CASESEAGLETDANGERS
HASTEMAKESWAIST
HEGIRAPREEMEND
ABSNOSHROASTSTARRY
SEULEUNITSFURNACE
CHAIRMANOFTHEBORED
HASTINTOTOLACROSA
VITIATESMAIDINJAPAN
EVERMOREAGOGBAKERY
SERKINSNOTEAGENDA
Sun 12/9/1979 LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING
FHASBESMUTSALOFT
ROISTERCARROTBELLOC
INROADSONEIDAMADAMA
NOMANSRODSOLESQUAT
GUARDINAPARTMENTUNTO
ERNEDENTIESTAATON
EREIHEPERROR
CHASMSASSADYALTA
PAARASTRCURLEUR
ERGNEEDLIPOYARDED
LEGATOACCEDEDOSSIFY
TELLERSEATPERUTEA
REINELKLOOTHERD
STOPSLEAVESHREDS
TROISVEXTHEM
SHULUMPVONPROVBSA
EASEROOMINDEBASEMENT
GRAFTNOOREDSTREMOR
EMBLEMFLIRTSFISSURE
RELATESALUTEPLEASES
DETERREGALAESEST