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Mark Diehl

73 puzzles by Mark Diehl

with Jeff Chen comments

See the 565 answer words debuted by Mark Diehl.


63 Shortz Era daily puzzles by Mark Diehl

Sat 8/18/2018
SKIPJACKSHAMM
STETSONHATAQUI
LAYSIEGETODUDS
ALUMSSHOEAFT
PEPECITYPLAZA
TASESEDUCE
MARCHHAREADMIN
OCARINAGONEBAD
ATTICCORPORALS
TOPEKAHEIR
FORETASTEABLE
ELINOTABROIL
LOSTDENTALEXAM
AVOWDATAMINERS
LENOSTAMPPADS

A surprise to see Mark build a 70-worder! He usually stays in low word-count territory, and does so often using no cheater squares, making for grids with eye-popping wide-open white spaces.

I'm amused by Mark's tradition of including dental-related entries, always clued in funny ways. (Mark is a dentist.) Today is no different, with DENTAL EXAM being an [Open investigation?]. An open case, indeed!

I like his care to avoid short gluey bits, dipping only into a bit of AQUI, ELAL stuff. Those could even be argued to be perfectly fine.

And some great feature entries. DATA MINERS, the STETSON HAT, CITY PLAZA, the MARCH HARE ... who I embarrassingly thought was the White Rabbit. Huh. Apparently, they're two different characters.

RAT POISON was a bit grim. Yikes.

And I think I love AQUAZUMBA? Not sure, since it didn't seem like a real thing at first (no Wikipedia entry? Wiki-editors, get on that!). But as is often the case, I was wrong. And even though it wasn't familiar to me, AQUA + ZUMBA = Zumba in the water. Easy enough to figure out.

A couple of other entries gave me an equal feeling of unfamiliarity. I'm used to that in Mark's low word-count stuff, where he might need to use an unusual long entry to make the grid work. Today, it was FORETASTE and MUD FACIAL (mud mask?). They both made sense when I thought about them and looked them up, but they didn't hit me with a feeling of elation as I solved.

Fantastic clue in [Private leaders]. Coming from a business background, I was thinking C-suite people (CEO, CFO, CTO, etc.), as in private industry. Nope, army privates led by CORPORALS!

Overall, plenty of goodness within this well-crafted puzzle to keep me entertained. Knowing Mark's mark of working in dental entries made me enjoy it even more.

Mon 8/6/2018
TOPORALPRAWN
EPASNAKEROMPS
ERRLETINOBAMA
MAKEITSNAPPY
SHAMPOOEUNICE
BUGSTEPOHM
LOVEPOTIONSNIP
APERSOFTCLINT
TENSNOTSOLUCKY
CRUPENSTED
HASSLESTAGGER
WARONPOVERTY
6IRONTORMEAHA
0CARBIDEASDEN
SENDSSEENELS

Welcome to LAUGH AT MYSELF (LAM-poon) week! I thought I'd try something different, as methinks I've been taking myself too seriously, and that might be hindering my ability to enjoy. And what are crosswords, if not to be enjoyed?

MAKE / LOVE / NOT / WAR start theme phrases today – what a fun hidden phrase! Beautiful themer choices in MAKE IT SNAPPY and LOVE POTION.

I sheepishly admit I put in 70S instead of 60S. So much for being an educated solver! Petty Jeff (PJ) would have whined about how it wasn't fair. But realistically, that one's on me. I mean, come on! The 70s, Jeff? Been watching too much "That 70s Show," have you?

(sheepish nod)

Hmm, what would PJ say about the technical issues? He'd wonder about the phrases ONE TO GO (seems like a partial) and PLAN BS (don't you just have one PLAN B, then you move to PLAN C, PLAN D, etc.)?

But ... bah! Why dwell on these minor issues in an otherwise well-constructed puzzle?

How about CHINK? Okay, I've been called a chink many a time. But, this week's Jeff says that the phrase "chink in one's armor" is a fine phrase. I'm choosing to look the other way.

Love, love, love the SHAMPOO clue. It didn't get me into a lather at all!

If there's one thing today's Jeff and PJ agree upon, it's that we would have preferred a more specific entry for 6 – maybe 6 PACK or 6 GUNS – but either one of us should have been able to identify the 60S from MAKE LOVE NOT WAR, no crossing necessary.

Overall, a fun hidden message that's right on point. Given the country's rocky state of affairs, we could all use a little more love.

I'm enjoying trying out a different perspective. This is the perfect puzzle to kick off a week of making love, not war, on crosswords!

Sat 4/7/2018
COFFEEMATETOJO
ONIONBAGELUPON
BEERGARITANEVE
RANKINTANZANIA
ALDENTANDEMS
DEPUTYNEWEL
RIMNINEPOLITE
IREFUSELOSTDOG
PANAMADOUPENO
SQUIBRUBRAW
PRECESSRICHE
NBADRAFTMANNER
YOGICOPIEDDOWN
ALECTRAMROUTES
HOSEIMNOEXPERT

ZENO'S PARADOX! When running a race, you must get halfway there. And then halfway of the remaining distance. And then halfway again. And so on … so it's impossible to actually finish.

My mind was blown when my dad told me this a kid. Blown!

I love it when themelesses have a couple of these standout entries, making them memorable. Nothing else quite hit that same mark for me – NBA DRAFT is great, but it's been used a couple of times now – but that's not a surprise in 68-word puzzles. So tough to get both sizzle and smoothness.

BEERGARITA came close. I'd never heard of it, but it's certainly inferable. Beer + margarita = refreshing drink, or completely disgusting? Maybe if I were younger ...

I've felt like some of Mark's puzzles, especially lower word-count ones, have contained a few iffy-sounding entries. Today, MENU PAGES didn't land for me, nor did TRAM ROUTES. In the end I convinced myself that they're both fine overall, but even then, they felt more workmanlike, filler that helped keep the puzzle together without having to resort to too much ONEA / HEWER type crossword glue.

I also wondered about FAIR DICE. Ultimately, I decided that it was a good entry. LOADED DICE feels much more like a colorful term (not-loaded dice are just called DICE). But the term FAIR DICE is certainly used in mathematical analyses.

A couple of toughies in PRECESS and TETANY. I love the former, as precession is a common phenomenon in physics. Yay, physics! But I can see how some solvers would give it the stink-eye – just like I did for TETANY. I thought that one was fair since it's related to tetanus … except that it's not! Huh.

Ultimately, a solid 68-worder, stuff like COFFEEMATE / IM NO EXPERT making it enjoyable. And a nice insider's nod to Diehl the dentist, OPENS WIDE with a great clue in [Prepares for a drill?]. This non-anti-dentite loved that one.

Mon 2/26/2018
ARFSAABSPHOTO
MAOMILLILETIN
AILORLONAISLE
STILLKICKING
STOODINVELCRO
WESCOATLOU
WATERSDOWNDEUS
HEARSOUIGIANT
AIMSRUNERRANDS
ROEKURTEEL
FURIESORWORSE
DEEPTHOUGHTS
MASONLEGUPYRS
STALLUSETOMAE
NEWSYSHEENEPS

I've definitely heard the phrase STILL WATERS RUN DEEP before ... but I embarrassingly had to look up what it exactly meant. Apparently "a quiet or placid manner may conceal a more passionate nature." Huh!

To me, a "maxim hidden at the starts of theme phrases" puzzle is best when there's a revealer that describes the maxim in a snazzy way. SAW is too generic for my taste. Problem is, I can't think of a colorful phrase that describes STILL WATERS RUN DEEP.

Heck, I can't even think of a non-snazzy way of describing it, besides just saying STILL WATERS RUN DEEP! Perhaps MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE?

(Doubly embarrassed that I just quoted the "Transformers" theme song.)

Anyhoo, good choices for theme answers. Funny to imagine older people say I'm STILL KICKING! And DEEP THOUGHTS was one of my favorite segments back when I watched SNL.

WATERS DOWN and RUN ERRANDS didn't pop as much – about as exciting as RUNning errands. But they work fine. There's not much you can do with WATERS as a starting word.

I'm curious if switching the maxim to final words would have been better? That would have put ETHEL WATERS into play. AND ... if you ran the themers vertically, you could bury the maxim at the bottoms of the theme phrases … making them RUN DEEP!

Okay, maybe I still don't totally get what the maxim means.

Good gridwork for a Monday. ORLON is a toughie, but I think it's worth the price of SMOLDERS next to an AIR KISS.

I wasn't as much a fan of STOOD IN intersecting ALL IN – feels inelegant to have the crossing dupe – and I didn't care for ESSES … I wonder if black squares at the end of AMASS and the start of ESSES could have cleaned things up.

All in all, a cleanly-executed maxim theme, the saying well-hidden at the start of the themers until the revealer told me what was going on. I just wish the revealer had more pop … perhaps not the best maxim to build a puzzle around.

Sat 1/27/2018
MIDMARCHABUT
MARIECURIEHEME
ORANGESODAHELM
ZYNGATWERPRAP
ALIENSTONGUE
ROARTRASHMOUTH
TUNBEANPLANTS
CLAMJUICE
BLOODBORNEJOB
THINKYOUNGPAWL
HUGGEDSHANIA
ETASITBYEMEND
LATEERRATAPAGE
ANEWTEAMEVENTS
WIDEFMSTEREO

A Diehl low-word-count themeless! (insert mixture of excitement and apprehension here)

Love those big, juicy, wide-open white spaces in the NW / middle / SE. Yowza, those are tough to fill with color and cleanliness. All three had some great entries and some compromises:

NW: MARIE CURIE! ORANGE SODA! That's the way to anchor a themeless swath.

TUN, eh. MID-MARCH… doesn't that feel arbitrary? Does it open the door for LATE AUGUST, LAST FALL, etc.?

Middle: CLAM JUICE! BLOOD BORNE! With STEADY DIET and EARTHLINGS running through them? Awesome.

BEAN PLANTS … okay. Not exciting, but workable. TRASH MOUTH? Huh? POTTY MOUTH, TRASH TALK, both yes. TRASH MOUTH … not so much.

SE: TEAM EVENTS are fun at the Olympics. FM STEREO isn't exciting anymore, but it does the trick.

ERRATA PAGE … yeah, I guess it works. Maybe it would have been more exciting with a clever clue?

Overall, a real mixture of great and head-scratching stuff. All in all, fair, but tough. Very tough! It's rare for me these days to not finish a Saturday puzzle, and this one defeated me. On the one hand, it made me feel stupid for not being able to overcome the challenge. But it also makes me want to improve for the future.

Keep ‘em coming, Mark! (But maybe, just a tad easier? Please?)

Sat 12/2/2017
DOUBLEDOGDARE
ENNIOMORRICONE
BARNYARDANIMALS
AVEDIRECTDEBIT
TINTLIRESOLTI
ESTABTECHSEER
RIESENDUOS
STDENISPLUMJOB
EBAYAREOLA
DAINSLOTEGADS
OLMECBURRANTE
DIPSOMANIACMIL
ONETHINGATATIME
ELLENDEGENERES
SENIOREDITORS

Few constructors would dare to tackle a grid like this. A quad-stack … with another triple-stack running through it? Shudder-inducing! With something so impossibly difficult, my solving expectations run low, wondering how much crossword glue or outright esoterica I'll have to wade through. And the long answers often end up boring.

What a delightful surprise to uncover the snazzy DOUBLE DOG DARE at 1-A! And BARNYARD ANIMALS nearby? Yes!

And down south, DIPSOMANIAC! over ONE THING AT A TIME! over ELLEN DEGENERES! over … SENIOR EDITORS. (*sad trombone*)

Well, three out of four is still fantastic.

ELLEN DEGENERES and SENIOR EDITORS are both so crossword-friendly, what with all common letters and such regular consonant/vowel alternation. But ELLEN is so much more fun, especially what with that hilarious quote in the clue.

I liked that down south region a ton. JOAN MIRO is a great answer running through the quad-stack, as is OLD TIMER. It's hard to imagine how so many sizzling long entries could be jam-packed and interlocked. I thought there would HAVE to be a price to pay, but those two ultra-crossword-friendly entries worked some magic. To have virtually no crossword glue or esoterica (DAIN = hmm) is amazing.

There's a lesson in that. I can just sense constructors racing off to their seed lists, scouring them for similarly crossword-friendly entries …

(Okay, there was a price to pay. But I'm choosing to overlook the TIME / TIMER crossing because everything else was so awesome. It's a TIER 1 DOUBLE PURPLE ALERT INELEGANCY though.)

The top didn't turn out as well in my eyes, what with DEBATERS, ON A VISIT, UNRENTED not very exciting. And LOYD crossing the O of ENNIO? I worry that solvers will miss that square and feel horribly unsatisfied, and I wouldn't fault them. DIRECT DEBIT is a yawner even for this finance wonk. GRACE CUP … wha? Along with ESTAB and BENE, the north didn't do it for me.

But wow, that south half was a memorable standout in the low-word-count genre. If the top had even come close to it, the POW! choice would have been a no-brainer for me.

Sat 8/19/2017
ISOLATEDGROWUP
FIVELOVERECIPE
IDEALMANISOLDE
NERDIESTDINEON
DOWSESARIDNESS
ORRISFLORIO
UDONPRISONRIOT
BETSEININGMIR
TRESPASSESVISA
MARCUSLATEN
HAMACTORMOLARS
ACACIAAPERITIF
LOCKERNOSEDIVE
ARRESTCONNIVER
SNORTSEREADERS

Mark's byline is one I both look forward to and fear the most. Few constructors tackle giant swaths of white in themelesses, and even fewer do it without using extra black squares to make things easier on them. (Adding black squares at the beginning and end of DENTAL INSURANCE would make the puzzle much easier to fill, for example.) Mark usually ends up with daunting-looking tracts of white that seem impossible to even break into, much less complete. Perfect for a Saturday puzzle — it's supposed to be the hardest of the week, after all.

Often, puzzles like these require made-up sounding RE-, UN-, -ER, etc. words — unsavory tricks that constructors can use to fill difficult areas. I love that Mark refuses to go there, trying to even include a couple of colorful long entries like PRISON RIOT. With its fantastic clue, playing on joint problems ("joint" = slang for jail), I appreciated it so much as I fought my way through the puzzle.

There was another reason I liked PRISON RIOT even more: because this puzzle is so segmented, with the three sections only connected by two answers apiece, I wanted those two answers apiece to be standouts. Sort of eases the blow when you feel like you've been dead-ended in one of the corners.

DENTAL INSURANCE surprisingly gave me a similar reaction. Usually, I'd think this is a dull entry, but 1.) what a great clue, playing on dental bridges vs. river bridges, and 2.) Mark is a dentist! Cool to get the constructor's little wink.

I didn't care for some of the long answers — OISE RIVER felt forced (usually just "Oise" or "The Oise," yeah?), FIVE LOVE sounded odd (granted, I don't watch that much tennis these days), RESIDING and ARIDNESS were a bit arid. But overall, I love this type of wide-open challenge when I can get at least a few sparkly answers like VALID ID, IF IN DOUBT …, PEAR TARTS, HAM ACTOR. Along with DENTAL INSURANCE and PRISON RIOT and their standout clues, I thought this one turned out well.

Sat 6/10/2017
MENACHEMABLAZE
APOLLOVILOOSED
HOTTOWELTAXING
ACHENEIBISAMI
THEREITEMETON
MARSDNATESTING
ALEBEARATTACK
HAPPYMEAL
TEASEAPARTJAW
DOGKENNELSMUSH
INGEDINESANKA
ENDSECSBARKAT
TARZANICEGIANT
EGOISTOGEEARCH
DEPTHSNINTHTEE

It's so tough to do low word-count themelesses well. Few constructors dip into the 66-word territory, and for good reason — it's incredibly difficult to produce a puzzle that's both snazzy and smooth. Most tend to run on the dull side, with a lot of neutral entries, or they feel like they're packed with made-up sounding -ER or RE- words, or they're gloppy with crossword glue.

I think Mark did a nice job today, particularly in the middle of the puzzle, given the level of difficulty there — so many outstanding entries filling that eye-poppingly huge swath of white squares. DNA TESTING stacked atop BEAR ATTACK and HAPPY MEAL, along with DOG KENNEL — such great material!

And running through all those were even more top-notch entries like MILITARY PENSION, BETA MALE (wow, that was tough to parse! Not sure why I kept reading it as BE TAMALE …), and IN A PANIC (crossing BEAR ATTACK!). All of that, held together by fine short material like SECS, ITEM, IBIS; not a dab of crossword glue in sight. Very well done.

I can see why Mark sectioned off the NW and SE corners — such gigantic areas are borderline untenable if you can't work on them independently of the rest of the puzzle. I did like the overall results, generally pretty smooth and professional, but entries like EPOCHAL, NOT HERE, and OGEE ARCH don't do a lot for me. NINTH TEE also felt a tad arbitrary, but I guess it's as valid as SEVEN IRON or other such golf terms.

Great cluing potential for MENACHIM — dang it, MENACHEM! (I was 100% sure it was the former.) MENACHEM Begin just begs to be used with clever wordplay, misdirecting to the verb "begin." Today's clue, [Begin at the beginning?] tried hard, but it didn't quite do it for me. "Beginning" does suggest "first name," but I would have preferred something that didn't require a telltale question mark. Perhaps like [Begin founding a political party].

Finally, some great mid-length entries like WHAT THE…, ZEN MONK, EGG DROP, JUNK ART. Overall, a solving experience much better than the average low-word-count experience.

POW Sat 2/25/2017
SWIPELEFTSCRAP
ARMADILLOARENA
TOMRIPLEYHADNT
ATEITEXCALIBUR
NERTSRIALSOLO
ITSYABORIGINAL
COEBIENMINERS
CARELOSS
SCORNSBENTAPR
CAPECODBAYCLUE
APEDFAQSCAMPS
MINIATUREORATE
MSNBCBIOBURDEN
ECOLEEBULLIENT
DEWEDDSTUDENTS

★ Loved this one. A 66-word grid without extraneous black squares ("cheaters") is extremely tough to fill with snazziness and smoothness. Mark has so many great entries, BIOBURDEN my favorite (my previous career was in biotech). SWIPE LEFT is a Tinder thing (so I'm told), so that gives the puzzle some freshness.

What stood out for me was that so many of Mark's one-word entries were so good. I love Arthurian lore, so EXCALIBUR elated me. The word EBULLIENT feels so bubbly, so effervescent, so … EBULLIENT! And what a great clue for ARMADILLO, that it hops straight up when startled.

The fact that ABORIGINAL and ORIGINAL have similar meanings ... I stared at those first two empty squares for the longest time, wondering if there was some trick going on utilizing empty squares. Love it.

Single-word entries are often harder to make memorable than multi-worders — MINIATURE vs. something as neat as the mid-length BBQ RIBS for example — but Mark shined today.

Speaking of mid-length entries, BBQ RIBS wasn't the only standout. CAPISCE?, PUP TENT, OPEN NOW, TOY CAR, ALIMONY all added to my solve. Great stuff.

And what the heck kind of long entry starts with DS*? I was sure I had something wrong, especially since I was thinking about [60s sorts] as people from the 60s. LSD maybe? No, it was 60s ... as in 60 percent! What a fantastic clue/entry pair.

Nice and smooth grid, too. I did hitch on the BANC / BIEN crossing, as I don't know my Indochina War trivia. But this is a Saturday puzzle, so a ["Tres ___!"] clue would have been way too easy.

AIRSOFT was the one head-scratcher for me today. I used to run a boys' group, where we did all sorts of laser tag-type events, so it's mystifying that I hadn't heard of this. But one head-scratcher in a puzzle is fine and even welcome; a good source of learning.

DEWED was just about the only real complaint I had. "Dewy," yeah? But that vowel-consonant alternation in DEWED is so constructor-friendly.

All in all, such a delight to solve.

Sat 10/15/2016
TVDRAMASCRAWLS
HIREDONTHESOUP
ATACOSTRATHOLE
TAGORERONDELLE
SMOREMUNGSLED
HINDCONGERYDS
ONESADSPEAK
WATERMELONSEEDS
TABLOIDEXIT
AMOMORONSPAGE
MOREDOSTDAMUP
PRACTICEMRPINK
UNCLOAKYOUANDI
LALANNEINBREED
EYETESTPOSTERS

I admire people who can make good, low-word-count themelesses without using cheater squares. These extra black squares are a tremendous tool that I often employ — I would have found it so tempting to put a black square where STRONG POINT and SCRAWLS intersect, because those extra squares make it so much easier to construct lively, smooth grids. Each pair of cheaters makes the task maybe 10-20% or so easier.

I personally use them liberally, and I generally don't think they hinder a grid's visual appeal, unless there's a whole bunch of them. (Compare today's grid to yesterday's.) Most of the time, I encourage newer constructors to use more of them, because the end product is almost always better. But there's something striking about a Spartan grid like today's, when it comes out this smoothly.

Now, there are a few head-scratchers like RONDELLE and the DRAGONET, along with some neutral space-filling entries like EXAMINEE, RUNS LOOSE and AT A COST. But there are also many colorful ones like MODEL ROCKET and STRONG POINT right through the middle, crossing the lovely AD SPEAK / WATERMELON SEEDS / TABLOID (over MORONS!). What beautiful work in that center.

Another interesting point from a constructing perspective: check out the relative amount of sizzle between the NW vs. SW corner. They look so similar, but they're worlds apart in terms of constructing difficulty. A stronger result in the NW than the SW comes as no surprise.

Why? Because while the beautiful NW corner only really has to work with WATERMELON SEEDS, the SW corner must coordinate with both CAMBODIANS and MODEL ROCKET. That extra layer of constraint greatly reduces flexibility, so instead of great answers like THAT'S HOW and TV DRAMA, we get more neutral EYE TEST (used a lot in crosswords), UNCLOAK, PRACTICE, LALANNE.

It's a common trade-off — more interconnectivity means less flexibility.

I thought Mark did a really nice job with his grid, given his non-use of cheaters. It would have been interesting to see if a pair or two of extra black squares might have given us a little more great RATHOLE and STEPKIDS kind of material.

Sat 8/20/2016
WATERTIGHTIMAX
AZALEATREEMEGA
SUPERSTOREDTEN
PREVUEARTBOARD
ANSONHENLEY
JOTSDEWTESLA
IONEMERINOTAX
NEEDLESSENSATE
TMIENSUEDAMES
HONDOAPTNYPD
INFANTTODAY
STONEAGEIMELDA
WARTRUMBLESEAT
ANTENAPOLITANO
YAYSSMOKYTOPAZ

Mark's puzzles are tough but fair, making for an intense workout. Sort of a CrossFit experience, if you will — I felt the burn all throughout, pushed myself to the limits, and narrowly avoided hurting myself ... but did I feel great emerging with a victory!

Some beautiful answers today. SMOKY TOPAZ is not just a stunning "gemstone" but it's such a great answer, with a final Z as a bonus. And I haven't loved an answer so much as X AND Y AXES in years! It was so inscrutable at first glance … and at second … and at third, but it's a very common term in math that looks so crazy. What a great sequence of Xs and Ys linked together.

(Adding X Y AND Z AXES to the XWord Info word list …)

RUMBLE SEAT is another standout. Why don't today's automakers come up with such cool terminology? They don't look as awesome as they sound, and I can only imagine how uncomfortable they must be, but I imagine my kids would someday fight over dibs on the rumble seat if I had one.

A couple of long answers didn't hit quite as well for me. AGE-RELATED is perfectly fine — and I appreciated it more since my last company focused on drug discovery for AGE-RELATED macular degeneration — but it's not as colorful as the above-mentioned entries. And ONE IN FORTY seems arbitrary — I don't want the door opened for ONE IN SIXTY or ONE IN TWENTY, etc. Finally, IN THIS WAY also more takes up space than sings to me.

And there is a piece of deeper old-school crosswordese in TARNS. Sometimes I appreciate these, in that they provide a toehold into a tough section, but I don't like how this supports the popular notion that you have to know really esoteric trivia in order to be good at crosswords. Along with the arbitrary D TEN, these are more than minor gluey bits in my eyes.

But overall, some beautiful entries and a great workout leaving me feeling stronger than before. Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum! And I loved reading Mark's notes — I hadn't noticed the W X Y Z in the corners; very fun. This is exactly why I started asking every constructor for their take, way back when I joined onto XWord Info ... three years ago now!

Sat 4/30/2016
FACEPLANTANKHS
STATIONERRENEW
HEGOTGAMEOXEYE
AMENHOTEPSTELE
RPINOSALEHOP
PONCEMENUJOVE
ANTISGAOLER
SHOPVACMASHERS
LAURYNKAREN
ASTIGANGAQABA
PTSGOBANGSAN
JOCKOAVERAGING
AROARSETABLAZE
CURVEEROSIONAL
KNEADDYSPEPSIA

Mark has done some amazing wide-open themelesses, which tend to be incredibly difficult to solve. It's no surprise that Will chose one of his puzzles for the finals of the ACPT this year, a 60-worder using no cheater squares. You can still order it. Well worth the price.

Denzel AND Ray Allen, dang!

Today, Mark stays at 68-words, but he tackles one of the harder challenges in themelesses: the 9x4 chunk. Executing on a 9x3 — a triple-stack — is hard enough to do with cleanliness and snazziness, and a quad-stack is maybe five times as hard. I like what he's done with the NW corner in particular. HE GOT GAME is one of my favorite Spike Lee Joints, featuring the great Ray Allen playing Jesus Shuttlesworth. AMENHOTEP is an important name in history (and a cool one at that), and FACEPLANT is a great way to kick off that corner.

STATIONER … that's one of my quibbles with quad-stacks. It's so tough to get four great answers. STATIONER is fine, I just wouldn't personally count it as an asset.

Same goes with AVERAGING and EROSIONAL in the opposite corner. I do think AVERAGING was elevated by its clue [Doing mean work?] — but innately, I don't find it that colorful.

Some of Mark's entries remind me of Byron Walden's style — an incredible wealth of great answers, but some that make me wonder if they're really legit. SHOP VAC is fantastic. So is SLAPJACK (quite a painful game I used to play as a kid). GOBANG … yep, it looks like it's a thing. GAOLER … a jailer in England? MAGNETOS … huh. When a mechanical engineer scratches his head, it's likely that others will too.

Still, there was enough strong material that I really enjoyed the challenge of solving those big 9x4 corners. Mark's puzzles tend to be the type that really stretch me to become a better solver, and I appreciate that process.

Speaking of appreciation, I also want to say a personal thanks to Mark, who's been instrumental in catching some typos and scoring discrepancies in our XWord Info Word Lists. His help has been great.

Fri 8/24/2012
GARAGESALES
TACITAPPROVAL
EIGHTTRACKTAPES
PERYEARASININE
PRUENE
SOLARASSPUTNIK
DESERTCLIMATE
OCTAGONAL
PARTITIONSOFF
MOTTOESPASSELS
ALTROM
PYRITESITSTRUE
SPIDERSOLITAIRE
STORMTHEGATES
ELPASOTEXAS
Fri 6/15/2012
SCARECROWSCOST
TOLEDOOHIOANNA
IWANTMYMTVLEON
FETEBASHCLOWN
FREEROLLRICCI
IMEANANTON
THINEWOLFGANG
HANGARMOTIVE
WRISTLETVINES
AEREOMAGEE
RESTSCHARTRES
WHAMSBOOPWELT
IOLAPOPUPVIDEO
CLOPCHILLAXING
KENSPRESENTDAY
Sat 4/14/2012
UPDRAFTSAPICAL
SEEABOVEPOCONO
ATMCARDSPOETIC
BRUISERSTHRESH
LORNEAIDSIREN
ELSEAMORENITE
JEANJACKETS
SPADESTOSSES
THEODOREREX
EARNPALINABCS
PLOTSGMTEGRET
FASCESBATPHONE
ONTAPEALICANTE
UGARTERIPOSTED
REREADKNOTTERS
Sat 1/14/2012
CREWMATESDCUPS
PIXIEDUSTRANUP
LAPSEINTOEMORY
UTAHSTARSAEDES
SATIECASTDOUBT
BAYERRELO
BOLTONLIPITOR
CONOIDCONROY
IDIOTICWEDGED
GEOSNOMAS
AGNESGREYMASTS
RASTANACHOCHIP
ABOILINOURTIME
SAULTSTONEOVEN
HYPESHOLDSFAST
Sat 4/2/2011
FOURPMADAMSRIB
UNSURERAKEHELL
NAMEITEVITABLE
GLASERYENRUSE
OERDIDOBIKED
BAITCOURSEFEES
ASNEROKAPI
THECARDIFFGIANT
ZELDAELBOW
EASTOFEDENLOCO
NITERILESVHS
CREEZINSTREEP
AMENDINGTEEPEE
SALEITEMONBASE
ENERGIZEROARED
Sat 2/5/2011
CRISPYTACOATMS
AIRCREWMENCHOW
SPAREROOMSTADA
AUTOSKEEPSTEP
SPELLEDNTHSRS
LEERATDWAN
HOKEYNESSSILEX
ENIDYACHTTIRE
BEAUSMOOREHEAD
SOPHSTEAMS
SEPATVSPATULA
MATHQUIZNAPES
ASIAGLISSANDOS
COMSALMOSTDONE
KNAPTEADRESSES
Sat 1/1/2011
SABULIGHTSHOWS
EBANANOUKAIMEE
TORTICONOCLAST
TREETRUNKKUNTA
LIBREREEFMIST
EGOASSYRIA
FINESTSENDHELP
ONETERMDIDOVER
RESCUERSTONITE
PARAGONCBS
UBERMOLETATAS
TODAYBANJOPICK
ISUZURODEOLOKI
LOCOMOTIVEUNIT
EXTRAMONEYSSNS
Sat 11/13/2010
CLAPPUSHUPSWAH
OUTERPLANETITO
STONECIRCLERES
MENDSPALTRIEST
ODESBOLOENSUE
SANDALAPPL
PRAYERSKIPROPE
HIBACHISNOOKER
OVERTONEDOWERS
NERDPAYPAL
ERREDPEASBOBS
TRADELAWSCAROL
IANMINISTORAGE
CFCOPINIONATED
STYSOCKMONKEYS
Fri 9/24/2010
REDUCESPEED
BARITONESAXES
WIDESARGASSOSEA
ERICHPASTEDOWN
ANATTOGOLUTED
VETSARENTSOLO
EYEGRASPEDSLR
EMTRAE
CDCMAEWESTWED
REAMCREMEBANE
ARRAYABITELBA
IMPRECISEMAKER
GOOGLEDIRECTORY
TRIPLETEAMING
TESTRESULTS
Sat 9/4/2010
BAITBUCKETSSAG
ELSIETHECOWELO
GLAMOURPOSETIL
SOYWRITSEEOFF
RUNSWEPTFOR
BAGELSWISEACRE
ONOFFTANIALES
NEOSSEVENSUMO
USDBIPEDDEBAR
STROLLERDOESNT
THEDUKEDINK
READERWEAKPFC
ASSFORALLICARE
CIOIBMTHINKPAD
KANNESTINGSITE
Sat 7/17/2010
PAJAMAPANTSHRH
ALUMINUMOREOOO
BIKINIMODELLSU
ATEIMPSELIDES
MBASSTIPPLE
STPAULPIANOLEG
WHATSJONGGEAU
EELSBILKSWAVE
AREDIVESNOSES
RESTOREDMOLEST
WCHANDYCERF
OREOOSSHAWSLO
RURTEACANISTER
DIRGETALICKING
STYODARKTHIRTY
Sat 5/8/2010
CLAMBEDWWIIACE
RAVIOLIRALSTON
AHEADOFICELAND
WARTYFATSATIE
LITABEETSMICA
ENESURREALMAR
RADIATIONLEVELS
TRANSMUTE
HOLDINGPATTERNS
ANONOTATESCOT
NEAPLACEDMAMA
DINESSERHADIT
DROPLETIFORONE
YOUTUBEABYSMAL
ENTOMBSLITHELY
Sat 1/30/2010
CATHAIRSCANIFF
ONIONSETATONAL
PITVIPERVESTRY
STEELYDANAHEAP
EARLPELTGPA
TACOMAFRAS
WARMONESHEART
AERIALASSAULT
DIAMONDFIELDS
ORLYDOESNT
DBLSANEPASO
GODELEDMCMAHON
IRONICBLOOPERS
ENIGMAALACARTE
RETSYNGETSLOST
Sat 1/24/2009
JIFFYPOPRACIST
AREAMAPSADONAI
VOLTAGESDESADE
ANTEENTAILSSR
MATPRYLOAFPAN
AGILEOWLSRICE
NEPALURGEINKY
SEAROUTES
HISSNETSACHES
ODIENYESROAST
WANNABEIDSITA
AHAULSTERBRET
ROTARYADORABLE
DARNITTUNAROLL
SNATCHSPEEDWAY
Sat 8/9/2008
FROGPRINCERICK
LEVELEDOUTINON
AMITYVILLEVANE
PANSSOOTTENSE
NEAPMAURITIUS
BASSDRUMMLI
SMIRKSEPARATE
SHATTERDILUTES
HEREITISALGER
ADCSCOTCHED
DAHDAHDAHNEON
ETHANENOLAMAS
SEANCOCOAPLANT
OARSPRESCIENCE
FREEROSEYGRIER
Sat 9/22/2007
SPYVSSPYCOCCI
THENATIONBARON
PAMELASUESHANT
ELECTSOWNSUPTO
TANKSONTAPPAN
ENISSALPOLICE
RXSCITYSTREETS
SATELLITE
SANATORIUMSELF
ONEMANVEECLEO
YOWTIREDCANAL
BISCOTTODARING
ENDONENDURANCE
ATARISCENEFOUR
NSYNCEYETESTS
Sun 9/24/2006ALL-KNOWING
OSCARARMSINGEPERU
HOOVERTOITNEOPHYTES
MYLIFEOGRECATHARTIC
SADINAMERICATHEYOUNG
CELEBTONILSD
AREALWAYSREADYREDACT
KERRETEMRXLAMINAR
ILECRETANDIMEISSUE
TIARATOGIVETOTHOSE
ATLASTPELFAAAONES
WHOAREOLDERTHAN
SABUPLOAURAUBOATS
THEMSELVESTHEERNIE
ASABCBOSCSIGURDNEA
LINEAGEAHAUTENATO
ENORMEFULLBENEFITSOF
TSEEDAMNOCHE
THEIRINEXPERIENCEWOO
VERSATILENINAUSNEWS
PRIEDOPENTUESSAMLET
GONENEROEMMYWILDE
Sat 5/22/2004
TVQUIZSHOWABCS
YOUAREHERELRON
SCOREBOARDTUNA
OATDUETGDANSK
NLERLEPERHEE
HETEROOPINE
MENOMOSSOPALSY
EVADERSRESIDUE
RAVERJERKINESS
CLASSORIENT
YULOLEICSCAM
SABINECHOOORO
EBANNASALBONES
ALSOINORDINATE
TEENSANDSTONES
Sat 4/10/2004
BITPARTPEAT
CAPSULARMANTA
FLYOUTTHEWINDOW
LOWASKAROUND
ISAACSSCOURER
PETSHOPSSTORY
SCHEDULEA
THEMANOFSTEEL
STOOPEDTO
EAMESPRICIEST
STOUTENCHERTY
PORCELAINNAP
INTHELINEOFFIRE
ECARDSKERRITT
DELEHYDROXY
Wed 3/3/2004
SCANSPOTPLATE
ALOEWADEEUROS
MENUASIARAILS
FERRYTERMINAL
OOZEION
TIPTOEBANDSHY
ONEISMULEELOI
PUNCTUATIONMARK
ARCSRATEABIDE
ZEEGAMESCENES
POLPOHL
THATSALLFOLKS
MOOREGOUTINCH
POLKAROMESEAM
GLEAMAMENHERO
Sat 1/24/2004
FRUSTRATING
SEASIDERESORT
STEVENSPIELBERG
TULESUSNAGAR
ADINWELTYVOCE
BINSALSAPAREE
LOGKALEDAMIEN
EROTICAPENPALS
DENIESCANSNEA
OMENSNUTSYCML
OASTGOSEESHEA
RKOBATTSTAND
SEATOFYOURPANTS
STUFFEDSHIRTS
SAFETYCONES
Sat 5/11/2002
MGMSTUDIOSJETS
UNCLEREMUSALOE
TAKINGPARTSELA
TRAPERGSMOVES
SLYKNEEDINERO
PITCREWSNAN
WHIRAYCARAMBA
SHOPSATONEBELL
CAMECLEANACNE
RTEHASWORDS
ELOPESAMESPAM
ELWESTRIPALDA
NINOBEDCURTAIN
EDENONEATATIME
DORYADDLEPATED
Sat 3/30/2002
BADHAIRDAYCOTS
AQUARTERTOUVEA
NURSESHARKTELL
DIETMAGEECREE
INSPESOSGOLFS
TOSCAHOTELROOM
OLDENMANANA
CLAMMEDHIREDON
LUMPINSORER
ENPASSANTASCAP
AGENTLIMITRUR
VERYVIDEOCODY
EDAMOCEANBASIN
RAGEWILLIAMSON
STENSAYSCHEESE
Sat 1/26/2002
PAWNSEALEDBEAM
ALIIOBLITERATE
RANDDERMATITIS
ABDULREPSGALS
MASSEHAIRATTY
EMUTWADDLED
CARFERRYEPOCHS
INFORITPAROLEE
ASSORTBENINESE
DISCERNSRIM
SCRIPARMEDITS
ALITDESIDUCAT
GIVERISETONATO
ONEMANARMYCLEM
SGTSNORKELESSE
Fri 1/11/2002
BROWNBAGITPVTS
RIPEOLDAGEREIN
EVENSTEVENARGO
NERDYLOTTTHEO
TRAYNATIONORK
RAITTOBESE
TVGUIDEGROVER
SHAMBLEBARLEYS
CELEBSAAMILNE
OPINECUKES
FEDRIDGESBURG
FONTSCUDEULER
SPEWLASHEDINTO
ALSOESTATECARS
TESSSEAMONKEYS
Fri 9/14/2001
JUNKDRAWERBALD
URANIUMOREUSER
DAVIDBOWIERIFE
INITBREEDISTS
TIENEEDBEEFS
HASPEDEGOIDEAL
SWIMMASKICE
MODISTEBLISTER
ANIBIRDSONG
REASONERNITERS
SPLAYIDOSVIP
HITSLEVARCOPA
GEOSOVERWORKED
ACNEDELLAREESE
SEEDESSAYTESTS
Sat 7/21/2001
CHICKFLICKRSVP
RESPIRATORILIE
ALLANADALEPINS
FLADUELPHEDRE
TENTEDIBLEROOT
ENDRUNALARUSA
RESETANECDOTES
VEALSHED
TVDINNERSRIPON
EAUSARIASLOPE
AIRFILTERSEPPS
SNARLYMESSTOT
EENYSTATEHOUSE
RSTUTINATURNER
STEPSONGSTRESS
Thu 6/14/2001
AMPEDMAAMPALE
GUAVAELIAEVAN
ASYETLOOTREBS
THELAPOFLUXURY
EYEENTIREARC
SLABADAGIO
STEPSAMATGINA
CAMOUFLAGEPANTS
OLEOOLEGEIGHT
WERNERRAIN
LOGSENSEDADA
FETCHINGOUTFIT
AWNSASEAHOTEL
SOCKNEATOMEGA
KEYSDIKEHEROS
Fri 4/27/2001
ACCREDITADULTS
THIEVISHSAFIRE
BUTTERMILKDONUT
ERRANTSIMSGMT
SNAGRIFEREPO
TUTANISEFARES
PEACENOBELIST
DIAGNOSIS
FRONTALATTACK
GEORGBYTESANS
ELLEPEASFROM
NILDOLTMALAWI
ONECELLEDANIMAL
MERINOSANDPILE
ESSAYSTHESSALY
Sat 3/24/2001
RUBADUBDUBSASH
ONEMANARMYALTO
USCIVILWARPEEP
NEOITBEDAPHNE
DAMESOLDSCHOOL
SLEDSABECOUPE
DAISYMAESAS
THEYLLSPEEDS
SOCCOWPATTY
AMOCOELSAREPS
RENOVATESGENRE
IMOGENAIDEDIE
NAMEDISGUSTING
ADINOPENSTANCE
SECTRODSTEIGER
Fri 1/12/2001
ITTAKESAVILLAGE
CHOCOLATECOATED
BOARDOFTRUSTEES
MUTEEHSTEASE
SETEECMEL
SPATWADDLER
HALFHOURONAPAR
ESPRESSOMACHINE
ASSENTPAKISTAN
TEAROPENATE
LIZREFDOI
EWELLDAHSOLD
POPEYETHESAILOR
UNPARLIAMENTARY
STOREDETECTIVES
Thu 8/10/2000
CLOSESINLAIR
AIRPLANEARCED
LEWISOFPOPMUSIC
ADELEAHYESOVA
ITLLSMELLCLEM
SOLSTOWSSOUSE
HAUSSCOTIA
TRUMANSOPPONENT
RONALDFRET
ALFIEEDICTGNP
GLOMFLOSSBLUR
ISRDRANOROOTY
COMICALANDERSON
NERVYLEAVESIN
DAISDRYSDALE
Thu 6/8/2000
IDSAYANILHASH
VOLVOMICEOBEY
AGOODTIMETOKEEP
NETWEIGHTHITME
LEOAYE
RASPSAAVERAGE
OBOECASSIALAS
YOURMOUTHSHUTIS
ADSARROYOKONA
LEAPYEARMESSY
ODDALI
TALIADEGENERES
WHENYOUREINDEEP
ISNTANONONCEA
GODSTESTWATER
Fri 4/21/2000
YOUGOGIRLNACHT
ANNEHECHEOPRAH
RECTORIESTRADE
NOLABLABBYBIT
NEWLEYAREETO
AIREXITRAMP
CALYXPATEETAT
ALECRIVERCEDE
MOMAAGERSIREN
SHORINGSRIP
HANSTYDETECT
ABTLOBBEDFLIT
FORMEARTERIOLE
TWEETCARYELWES
SLEWSKNEEBENDS
Fri 11/5/1999
PIGLATINSCULPT
AXHANDLEHONORE
ANALYSISEUCLID
RANATATHENIANS
YALIESERTA
AMMOATELIER
SWANEERIVERTCU
HINDRACERSUCH
UNEJACKTRIPPER
LOWBALLOONA
EMDENRECAP
BALTICSEARETRO
AGASSICLARABOW
REROOTKENOGAME
TRANNYSECRETOR
Fri 10/15/1999
CATCHAFEWZSBAT
AMERICANPIEUPI
NICOLASCAGECPR
ACHOSHASICKLE
DENSTIMENASAL
ASONEOPENRHUE
ASENSEOFLOSS
SHERPAELITES
TELLYSAVALAS
AMESTHATGLASS
MICASANTAEREI
POTTEDPASSMAE
ALIRICOCHETING
CAVINCOHERENCE
TSEFALLENANGEL
Sat 6/19/1999
TSARJAMESTKIRK
OTTOUSEDCARLOT
OREODOMDELUISE
LIDMINOANEVEL
SKIRACEEDGES
HENRYILEVEE
EONSALOEWRACK
DUESLICKLYDIA
STRAPMUSEHUNT
RATESBAILEE
DAMNSBANTAMS
RICHHAVENTTAM
EXCOGITATENOTI
TITLEROLESBRIT
DESERTISLEASCH
Fri 3/19/1999
BUTLERYEATS
UNRULEDTERRIER
LEUCINEELECTRA
BASKETBALLCOURT
ORTSVESTLAT
UTERAJIVSTATE
SHEETMUSICIRED
MEALSOAK
SCUMTYPEWRITER
TONYAFOSSEIVE
ALBSTIREMIL
SOUTHERNFLORIDA
INRUINSREANNEX
SENNETTINSIGNE
STARSATESTS
Sat 2/14/1998
AMOEBICDISCOS
SLAPDASHONTAPE
POKEINTOGRAVEN
AMERCECHEEPERS
CARETROOMERCI
ERSTDELTSSNUB
TOREAWAYELL
STVALENTINESDAY
AAAEAGEREST
MICARAKERRAUL
SLAVEGISMARNE
POTENCESWAYOUT
ARISTASTARDUST
DENTEDENCLOSES
EDGARSSTOOGED
Sat 1/10/1998
FRANKOZTORI
EARBONESBADEND
EYECHARTACIDLY
LONLIONELEGAN
SNAGREILLYRNA
OSSIESCOREPADS
BATIKOLIVET
STILTONROLLERS
ARNESSROMEO
FANTASIESRUMPS
FLOTARDESSELA
RATEWETBARDAW
OLIVIAAUDACITY
NAMELYGDAYMATE
SERESTEINER
Thu 9/25/1997
DUSTEDSENECA
ONTRIALWINESAP
GRAINRECEPTACLE
LILSTAHLOPAL
EPICSPEDSPEW
GENOASNEAKADE
AMAIRMADON
GILLIGANSFRIEND
ADOGARBMAR
DOCORALSTILLS
SLOWBAASSOOT
AWOLINDIAQUO
ITEMINACARTRUNK
FREEMANTEENAGE
SYDNEYNEATER
Fri 8/29/1997
AFTERIBNANA
MERLENEUTRONS
ADAMDIDNTHAVETO
DOONERIBMOI
BEEANGIESION
LISTENTOEVETALK
TRIAGEANEAR
ENRYATTRABE
SPACEBLURRY
ABOUTTHEHUSBAND
CANSEIDERSOS
ETSPOLEMIRS
SHECOULDHAVEHAD
ETCETERAABASE
SITSSWNATAL
Thu 8/7/1997
MOTSMALSHOUT
USOCERICPERTH
OHOHLIMAORTHO
NATOBOOBOOBEAR
HORASANNGNP
BUGLEEDNASATE
APERCURAJAH
ASLOOSEASAGOOSE
ONEAMGNOMES
AHEMDRATETNAS
ROMSTLSUSHI
GOOGOOEYESOVAL
UPTONSETHOONA
ELENASASEPROP
DARERHERSEND
Wed 1/1/1997
AMPDEPPPANTY
ROOKOWERALOHA
NOWAYJOSEGETUP
OKEYDOKEYEXAM
LIRASTOMSTBS
DESKGIANTPASO
DANSFILLUP
ATFAULTRUDOLPH
GOOGOOBAJA
EBROSCIFIPROF
DEGSHAGFRERE
SERANEVEREVER
PUTONAYEAYESIR
ARISEPENSNUDE
PETEREDDYPAT
Thu 4/4/1996
HICSSETATEDAM
AREAPLAZALOCO
TABLEOFCONTENTS
SQUAWKHIGHCOST
DEESCOIT
BARSOAFSERACS
ASHSULLAVITAE
CLIENTSOFRECORD
KANGAARIASNAG
SPOOKSARSJETE
MIASECHO
ASIANFLUABLAZE
CHANGEOFCLOTHES
HEMISPOOLISUP
ELBATESTYNOSY
Fri 10/27/1995
ANODESTHEBOY
SURINAMBEELINE
WAIKIKIREPORTS
ANNDESCENTDAM
NCOSSTRAYPERE
ECUSEATALGIN
DOCTORZHIVAGO
CARRIEDON
THUMBONESNOSE
CRAMPBEASUED
LAMBHESSETAMS
ALEPERSIANGEL
SALIENTEVACUEE
SLIDERSREPULSE
CANOPYSAMLET
Fri 10/21/1994
AAFAIRORCAASS
ALUMNIHEATSTA
MAJORORMINORKEY
NINETYNEMESES
PRYSASHMUDS
HEARDNCOSIPSO
DEMEANALLIN
DASHDOTDOTDOT
PLANTBUENOS
EDGEKAELPREGO
MARCTRODNEW
EPITAPHBEATIT
THESPEEDOFLIGHT
INSERMAETCHER
CEEDEEDROSTRA
Sat 7/16/1994
STROMVPSSPA
CHARODIEMSPUR
REDONIONROMAINE
ARITRUELIMN
PACTEGGSTOMATO
EMCEEHALSCOW
HERARUBSHON
RAISINSCROUTONS
UFOETTUZEAL
MACSECUTRICK
PRAWNSNUTSOVAL
RAILMUNIERE
PARSLEYBROCCOLI
UHOHPEENORION
GATTARNOLTE
Fri 6/24/1994
PSALMEPICDAB
ETHICSASHBULL
PAUNCHLINEEDIE
SMILEROSINESS
MUMSTSHIRTS
OFFERSUPSANA
MARNERAKEDUTE
ICETGLINTSNOB
TEEPAYNEFACTO
LOOMTELETHON
STAPLEDDALI
NEUROSISITALO
ETNAHAUNCHBACK
ARCHONCEALOHA
DAHWAKETYSON
Thu 3/31/1994
ORCHTALKDROP
CALESARONEINE
THOMASMORELOBE
ORVILLEORWILBUR
PAINIRMACART
IHSMPSIKEATA
TAIONEAVON
WEDDINGCEREMONY
OURSTATOPP
WRYPORBSATBS
ONCEDAREAURA
EMULATEZANEGREY
CAREONTHEMONEY
URSATEEMPRIZE
STETORCAAPES
Fri 3/18/1994
SEACOWAGAVE
ANTHRAXMOMENTS
LIFEISACABERNET
ISAETCHINSOLE
FLULETUPABLE
YELLDORADOLED
STIRCLEANER
MONSHERRY
PREMIUMSPAS
FOEEMBOSSDINO
OPTSJUTTYRUG
GARAGESOYAMGR
GRENACHEVILLAGE
STATICEENTAILS
DATERGABLES

2 Variety puzzles by Mark Diehl

Sun 4/10/2016
PROPSUPZEBRAS
BEREAVEAROUSED
ALARMERFREEAIR
NOTSAUNTERGNU
DCONVOIDHIFI
JKROWLINGLAVED
RIYALEASELS
SOUVENIRSTAND
SABLESNOTES
PLIESRELAXANTS
LETSNEALYEAH
ASPFOURTHSAMI
SLAYERSOATBRAN
HOGAUGEPLIABLE
GEODESSTRAYED
Sun 6/7/2015
NOTFARACCORD
COURAGETOUPEES
ACTEDASTWEEDLE
TADASTBIRDBUT
KNOTPAULYQUIT
IDOPARMAPULSE
NORTHSEABAILER
ALTARWINE
TEMPOSOILSTONE
ICEAXHUNKYPEN
PUSSPINGSLEAD
JASVENDSPINTO
ADAMANTPIASTER
ROGAINEARIZONA
REELEDNANTES

8 pre-Shortz puzzles by Mark Diehl

Sun 7/18/1993HOW TO SUCCEED
NABBERMICEBESTBET
LAVERNEOSAGEACTUALS
ONEROUSREBOXTRESTLE
NURTUREGREATTHOUGHTS
HENRISIRENOYL
SAMOATASKSORESEVA
CHACHABOOSTBENJAMIN
HECTARENOTINRIOTERS
MAYOMNOPACERTIENNE
ODSMOCHATALESNATAL
FORYOUWILLNEVER
ASCANCHRISYAWEDDEA
BARKINSILTSLOXARAB
CHOICESCLIPSNECTARY
DISRAELIICANTDUTIES
EBSDANZAYURILANDS
WASTROMPBASSO
GOHIGHERTHANYOUTHINK
PAROLEEBEANOMATINEE
ANDOVERALGASEVERTOR
COSTARSLESERESTON
Wed 5/18/1988
AFARCROCSPAN
NAVEARENACHOO
EREIBENETOAKS
MINNESOTAFATS
INGSONINSECT
CAESARCESTOUR
TUBBYTHETUBA
SLUEERAITEM
KASPERGUTMAN
AGETASSEGGERS
TODUTYASUSET
CHUBBYCHECKER
UTAHURARELIVE
MARUREWEDAMES
POSHNESSMOSS
Wed 9/30/1987
CATSELLHADA
ARAUBOATWECAN
LOUDMOUTHIRATE
AUTUMNSERENADE
ISERERUNTELI
SENORITADESMID
VOILARUINS
STPAULMACRAE
STOICEDEMA
HENNASUNBRIDLE
ETETEESNORAD
SPRINGTRAINING
IOOOOGRIEVANCE
ONEINSACRAKER
SSTSGAOLSTS
Fri 8/7/1987
BANSISHCABLE
ALAWESTEALOES
LEVIAROMATIZES
STARTSAFIGHT
ATHLETENEEHST
MEOMELSDRRUTH
SPRINGAGEE
THECENTEROFTOWN
HORAELENAS
INSTEPLASTHAS
SEEXEDTHOUART
THEENDOFTIME
NORMANLEARTRAP
IDEALTONEEDDO
PAYNEANEROAN
Fri 5/29/1987
LIDORAJARICO
ARENAELANELON
BASEBALLSTADIUM
STRATOSPHERE
DABLYONPOST
ELECTORBET
BOTCHACCRAMAT
THECIRCULARFILE
SALCHEMOTULIP
TKOIRONAGE
ENOSORSONNE
GLOBETROTTER
ORBITALVELOCITY
LOLAROERSMILE
DYESANDSPICA
Fri 2/21/1986
ISMSSLAGALSO
SCATPHILOVIEW
OLDELIEUTEBAN
BERTRANDMUSSEL
ARISENSPAREV
RADETALLEAVE
CLAMOSHANTER
HALOINONEDELA
ABALONETEXAS
NOTEDSEATABU
DUCESSGASMAN
THESCALLOPPOLL
DEKAOCEANRUBE
OVERTRAMSENOS
CEYSTARPETAS
Tue 6/25/1985
SASEOFTPAWS
EVENAROWLANAI
GOVTDINOANTIC
ONEARMEDBANDITS
NIHILYMCA
PHLOXFIESTAS
ARIESFIORDERA
MOLDTORUSSNIT
ILLTRUERRUPEE
DESPAIRLABEL
SKEWAUGUR
THREERINGCIRCUS
REBUTNOOKBENT
AMIDODENYINDO
PESOSLYATOP
Sun 11/11/1984OFF THE RACK
FOWLARCAPASTACHAW
EPICUREANSIPPERRATE
WINDSOCKSALLUREEIRE
ENDHUEYFREUDIANSLIP
REOPENSBEADSASSAY
WORDSMITHADARE
DISCODEFAMILYTIES
BRAKESHOESONERSAPO
LESSMARTOUTREMAGEN
SHAPESAURICCANOES
MALPRACTICESUIT
RESENTALTONOPTICS
ULTRAADDONBAREROUI
NBAICIANBOTTLECAPS
GARDENHOSEOROITEM
RAKESSANMARINO
ADIOSAMUSEBALEFUL
CONVEYORBELTMAGIANI
ONCEARABICOUTSKIRTS
REARPETERIPRETERMIT
NESSSLAYSTAROASES

Alternate name for this constructor: M. Diehl