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50 puzzles by Matt Ginsberg
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46 Daily crosswords by Matt Ginsberg

Thu 10/24/2019
SNUBAGRAMELBA
PERUSAILALIAS
OMITBUTTHEBEST
TOSNEEZEATOGRE
ELSETOWEAR
HINTATHIPPO
AMILOVESTURNS
MUCHSALADTOIT
SPEARSPYONFLU
NOTESROILED
BURGERLIES
ASISUPMYSLEEVE
LEFTBEHINDAMID
MILERANNASMOG
STENOTHEYYALE

Let's see. I don't have a lot to say here; a video of Dr.Fill solving the puzzle can be found here.

Needless to say, DF has no trouble here — all the entries are actual words, relatively uncommon for a Thursday! DF was glad to get the break. :) [Not to mention the fact that the words were obviously all in my dictionary as well. I do try not to reuse clues from my clue database, available for free.]

As usual, Will Shortz changed a decent number of the clues. In general, he improved things (as always!). Still, I was sorry to see [Lady Macbeth's concern] disappear for 1-Down and was pleased with my original clues for the 5-Down/6-Down pair, which were [Medically dangerous fibrous material] and [Medically useful fibrous material]. I also had [Muffin type?] for 37-Down; is that allowed in the current political climate?

One final tidbit: I have never put a fill-in-the-blank clue in any puzzle I've submitted to the Times. I figure if Will wants a FITB clue, it's always easy to put one in. So any time you see an FITB clue in a puzzle of mine, it's something that the editorial staff provided.

I hope everyone enjoyed the puzzle!

Sun 8/25/2019"HOW'S TRICKS?"
AMIRMESASSWAMAFAR
RODEOOAKIEOHHIDRNO
ANYCOLDTIMEDEADCHEAT
BALANCESESSAYSHEESH
LAHRDEALSTARR
HURLANTIWELSHREADS
ATATIDALSWEARATDOE
WINCEMAKERSALUTTINE
KLEINNEMEAPAGECRANK
SEEPAGEMATHASARULE
HBOBAPTISMSID
SMELTERSIGNNEMESIS
SPARECRIBCHAROSAUDI
WIGSHODADCROWHOUSES
ARIMADEIRALAYONHAS
TEMPEESTERUDONOILY
OAREDASAPUSSR
IAMBICHOMEREDHARRIS
CRESTAREANOWYOUSEEME
AINTSULKASHENERNIE
NATSHEMSLEASTYOND

There's not a whole lot of history here; I think I was watching "Now You See Me" on TV when the idea for the theme came to me. Will changed sort of the usual number of clues; the only one I was really sorry to see go was [Fantine / King commonality] for DREAM. Love the song, love the speech.

You can see Dr.Fill solving this puzzle here. The purple squares at the beginning are what you see as DF analyzes the clues; then it blasts along, getting most everything right except for a couple squares in MAGI MOMENT that it fixes up soon enough. 100% correct!

Now onto the theme analysis. It doesn't know about these mixed themes, and there are more acrosses than downs, so it decides that the theme is "add a C." I can live with that. Or so I think: it reworks the puzzle, and decides to replace MODERN DANE, which has no C and is therefore clearly not adding a C to anything, with MODERN CANE, which is adding a C to MODERN ANE, whatever that is. TICAL is, sadly, an old word for the Thai baht. You can see on the right that it thought TIDAL was far better (scoring 5.40 instead of 10.01; lower scores are better), but that C thing really nailed it.

Sigh. I hate computers.

Thu 11/1/2018
ESTATEADSURAL
SLAPONBOAPEPE
PITTEREGGPLANT
TAILORGALILEO
TENACEUNMAN
BPLUSNORISK
LOADSLECHFAT
OLDEJELLYPLOW
BOYNEVEPIANO
RETAGSELWES
SAMOAGEISEL
CHITTERSPRANG
HECTOREDASGOOD
MARETEATIEROD
ODORENDENRAPT

I've always wanted to make a Schrödinger puzzle. The old CLINTON/BOB DOLE puzzle was just so amazing. What I really want to make is a puzzle with two completely different solutions, but I think I need to be a better clue writer to do that. And to have more time on my hands!

As far as this puzzle goes, I often tell people (truthfully) that when my puzzles come out in The Times, I can't do them. That's especially true today; Will changed the vast majority of my clues. I'm confident that he thinks all of his modifications are better; I certainly think some of them are. We've discussed this briefly, and he seemed to think that my clues were just too weird. So now I'm trying to figure out if he's right. I had originally clued 60-A, for example, as "What Mrs. Ed would be" and had clued 61-A as "Tiller operator's drink, supposedly." Both of those clues require larger mental leaps than the clues that were eventually used. What do people think?

I will confess that I thought the gimmick here was localized enough that the puzzle itself would be pretty easy, which is why I tried to make the clues a bit harder than usual. But maybe I overdid it, or got it wrong, or what have you. Dr.Fill gets this puzzle right basically immediately (it doesn't get the Schrödinger element, of course, just filling in one of the two possible letters), and gives Will's clues a difficulty score of 54. It gets it right with my clues as well, but has to rework the answer twice to figure it out (which it does automatically); my clues get a difficulty score of 72.03. So my clues are harder, but that doesn't mean that they are either better or fair. Like I said, I'd be interested in comments from solvers.

My clues or Will's, though, I hope everyone found the puzzle fun.

Sun 2/11/2018PARONOMASIA
ABLEWILDETETHADJ
WOODSFIVERSORATORIO
ORCHESTRATESDINETTES
LEORELENTSLOCKSMITH
MOANERSSPAASIF
GROUPIESGERIATRICIAN
MATTELWERELODECLU
AMIDEIGHTEBBSPIET
IBOOKCUESMOUSETRAPS
LONARENAFIRMSAILHO
SLEDTIREDCALM
LIFTEDTITOEERIEPET
IDEALOGUESBALISCHMO
LEVYALSORUMBALACE
TSEINRIPAIXROARER
STRATOSPHEREDULCIMER
ILLSINBLINEARA
MISTLETOEORIGINSCOO
ISHEDEADPROFITEERING
ALLROUNDRELETSYASIR
SAYSMGSODORSETTE

This was such a fun puzzle to make; I hope it was as much fun to solve! Since everything is a word, Dr.Fill rips through it with no mistakes in a few seconds.

Will was very kind to my clues this time, using the vast majority of them and, as always, I found some of his changes interesting. I had gone with the slightly edgier [Bridgegate locale] for 19-D and with [Death of a telethon host?] for 35-A. Not sure what people will think of those. Will also removed my slightly political [Company that recalled 18 million products after outsourcing production to China in 2002] for 40-A. I had clued 9-D as [Start of something big] and was sorry to see that changed.

I never know where to clue fill as an abbreviation. So, for example, my clue for 100-D involved a couple of actresses. 110-D was [Am partner], and 106-A was [Baby/pigeon commonality]. I'd love to hear what people think of these changes, and I'll hopefully learn something!

Mostly, though, I had a great time finding the ever-so-painful puns and then subjecting everyone where I work to them. Hopefully, all of you groaned as much as they did. I guess I'd be remiss not to include some of the words that wound up on the cutting room floor. Here are the clues; the answers are below in a random order.

  • What a wild stallion may do
  • Asked for help
  • Like "go fly a kite"
  • Plain ol' spud
  • Drag Karl around
  • Passover celebration for the staff
  • COMMENTATOR
  • SAUTEED
  • CRUSADER
  • BUXOM
  • HALLMARKS
  • FORWARDS
Thu 9/21/2017
TWOTIMCADSTEW
RESOLEONEBYONE
INSULTPARANOIA
STOPSDSLSALAR
EUBIESPACY
GIVEEARMOIST
ODESSTRIKEEGS
BEEABASENOT
SOPHLANCENORA
SOFTGAFLOWER
TATTLFLEAS
ELATEEELHELEN
MAKESUREMODELA
PIESHELLPRIVAT
INSTYESSENILE

I made this puzzle shortly after this year's ACPT, when all of the things I had done to explain "geometry" themes to Dr.Fill were fresh in my mind. Thinking about all the things that other constructors had done with words twisting this way and that, this seemed like a natural idea (and one that would test Dr.Fill's abilities in this area).

The puzzle worked, but Dr.Fill couldn't solve it! (As I only just now learned; I always take a break from Dr.Fill after the ACPT because I'm burned out). It doesn't understand the theme at all, even though it should, and winds up making six mistakes in its usual fast solve. I'll have to figure that out before the 2018 tournament!

As usual, Will in general made things better. My original didn't mark the theme entries but I think Will was right to change that. The only thing I was really sad about was seeing the clue for 52-Across change from [Parisian woman?]. I really liked that clue, figuring everyone would think of a *different* misdirection and happily (and with great confidence) put FEMME in the grid.

I hope everyone enjoyed the puzzle!

Sun 11/27/2016MIXOLOGY
CAFESCADSAMPSBIFF
USOFAOTOENORTEIDOL
BEARBRYANTGROUNDZERO
SCLERANEHIRANTOACE
MAITAISWIMGOGGLES
OFFSENTRIESMSU
PLEABARGAINSEMBLAZON
TIARAILLSTACOERATO
SPRINGELKOBODIDDLEY
DEERSNAILEDSERE
ETASTARTINGTIMESSIS
DADSATEATONSAKE
DREAMBOATWASPSIPHON
ADULTURSATALELIEGE
SEXTANTSPRENATALCARE
IDOBIASTIRELED
RADIANTHEATONERUN
EGOMARIATURFEDAMES
PARISMETROPIANODUETS
OMAREAMESONCEERECT
TAGSTERANITERUTHS

MATT: This puzzle has been a long time in the making, going through a variety of revisions since I first submitted it (and Will rejected it) in February. He seemed to think it had promise, but didn't like my selection of theme entries. So I found a new set of theme entries and, before rebuilding the whole puzzle, asked if they were better. They were.

So I built a couple of very different versions of the puzzle and didn't clue them, instead asking Will which he preferred. As I clued the one he preferred, I discovered that while the fill was reasonably clean, it had so many Spanish entries that it might as well be a Spanish puzzle! So even though Will had accepted it, I changed it around quite a bit (there is still quite a bit of Spanish in it, I fear), and Will took the modified version.

There are a lot of ways that we could have dealt with the mixed up entries. Will chose what I suspect is the most benign, cluing PLEA BARGAINS = LAG + PEABRAINS as [Some compromises = Delay + dodos]. The nastiest mechanism (which I preferred, of course), would clue it simply as [Drop knuckleheads behind] where the clues for LAG [Drop behind] and PEABRAINS [knuckleheads] are interleaved, just like the answer is. You can uninterleave them by realizing that one clue is italicized and the other is not. (I guess it would have been even nastier to not even have the varying font, but that struck me as *too* nasty.)

My favorite clues that didn't make the grade: [Unsur] for NORTE and [Shortest sentence in English although, on sad occasion, also the longest] for IDO, [Grass opposite] for TURF, and especially [Like Doyle Lonnegon] for STUNG.

On the Dr. Fill side, bottom line is that it found the puzzle very easy, since all the words were in its dictionary. But it made a mistake! At 57-D, GOTAB has seen a reasonable number of appearances in high-quality puzzles, but GETAB has only appeared in less popular places. (You can check this out via my free clue database). So even though DEER is significantly better then DEOR at 62-A, it's so freaked out by the fact that no one "famous" has used GETAB that it decides to stick an O in the intersection square instead of an E. As always, it has no real idea what's going on and doesn't realize (for example) that GETAB and GOTAB are the same except for tense.

I hope everyone enjoyed the puzzle!

DR. FILL: I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal.

Fri 7/15/2016
GREASYAFRICANS
LAURIERAILEDAT
ANGORAALLINDIA
CHEMISTLEASERS
IONATAPEDODOS
AMISSBENDROBE
LEEISONOPENIN
UNIONIZED
LERNERACESPCS
AXESEINETAROT
CASESSTUBDEVO
EMPTIESPLUMBER
DIETDRUGOPIATE
UNCLELEOTURKEY
PETEBESTSPEEDS

Will definitely saved me on this one. I sent him two very different versions — one with the minitheme that you see here, and one with a ton of examplars like this, but with unionized still far and away the best. He wisely decided to stick with what you see, and I hope everyone liked it!

As I often do, a video of Dr.Fill solving today's puzzle. It has no trouble with it, which isn't a total surprise because all of the words in the puzzle are obviously in my database.

Speaking of which, I've been working on both Dr.Fill and the my word list recently, trying to use some additional techniques from machine learning to improve performance on both sides. The word list is definitely better, which should help Dr.Fill as well, since one of its criteria when it's a bit confused is just trying to guess how good any specific fill is from a crossword perspective. The machine learning stuff on clue analysis is a bit more complicated, and I can't tell yet if it's going to be effective or not. I've got lots of time to get ready to challenge the humans next spring at Stamford, though!

Sun 8/2/2015LITERALLY SPEAKING
REPOTSKOSHSTGESAI
ARUBATHANKUCALLBACK
TUBERHEREINOKAYBYME
SPLITSECONDSTERNSEA
OTISANAORCASECT
CARLOTTORNTOSHREDS
AVENUESSEWEDONOTOE
MINCEMEATSEERSPOTON
ANEEDSODDRIFTAPART
SYMSSOTRUEOATS
SLYSCRAMBLEDEGGSTHO
BAALFLIMSYSWAB
MIXEDMEDIAMGMATONE
ANODESAMPSHASHMARKS
LOUDSWIPEATTEAROSE
INTERMINGLEDLEANTO
DEEDHEAROPTAMAT
THECLEFTFASTSHUFFLE
HALFTIMEOTTOIISILOS
UNBROKENNEESONCRAFT
DDAYENDORSONGETTY

It's always interesting to see what happens to my puzzles between submission and appearance. On this puzzle, I clued all the horizontal words with circles as (SMALL SPOILER ALERT) simply [See circled letters]. But Will decided to make it a bit easier. Not sure who was right; my clue had been used in a similar "Kangaroo words" puzzle in the ACPT one year, although that puzzle was much somewhat more straightforward, cluing for example "israELi AirLine" as [See circled letters]. So this would have been a bit trickier.

I thought of the theme itself while sitting in church one Sunday. Then I spent the rest of the service trying to think of examples to use. This was good because I stayed awake but bad because I didn't pay attention to the sermon. There was no test afterwards, so it all worked out ok.

Meanwhile, I seem to be losing my touch a bit on the cluing side, as many of the clues that I thought were clever or topical didn't make the editorial cut. I used [Seahawks' star Marshawn] for 21-Down and [Berry, repeatedly] for 44-Down. I used [Disney actor] for 67-Down in light of the (fairly) recent film. Perhaps I am simply too old to recognize topical when I see it. (I must confess that I transitioned from one ACPT age division to another a couple of weeks ago.)

Not that I will ever compete, of course. And Dr. Fill remains comfortably in the "juniors" bracket.

If you want to see Dr.Fill solving today's puzzle, here it is, below. I apologize for all the video flashing and whatnot; it's courtesy of my Mac's upgrade to Yosemite. I'll try and track it down before the next ACPT.

Not surprisingly, DF does pretty well on this puzzle, since all of the fill consists of actual words or phrases. It makes a few mistakes early on, but has no trouble correcting them. The solution is found in well under a minute, but it then spends bit of time checking its work and looking for a theme or rebus possibility before announcing that it's done. Correctly solved in a bit under two minutes.

I hope everyone enjoyed the puzzle!

Sun 11/30/2014ZAP!
ADDSFOISTCLARAIBMS
BROAMINDEDHORUSMEAL
ANNOUNCERSIRISHBALLA
ROOSAUDIHARSHAGILE
TITLECANITPREK
TSETSECHANGEOFADRESS
WINCECHAROSERETNT
ONTHESHAYSIDEREDSHOE
AGETASSIWINHAWN
MERINOSARSONZLOTYS
FIVEOCLOCKSHAOW
PAROLESUITSOOCYTES
IDOLSORTBRRROPA
LAYDOWNAOPTIONAGENCY
ANAZOICIOTASRAYON
FOLLOWTHELEAERWARMTO
PINSEDITSCANNA
SLAVEWEENYFJORDRNA
LAIESFIRSTELUCIDATES
ULNAINUSELEGALAVICE
RESTNEPALMESSYANKA

My last puzzle in the Times came with a very brief interval between submission and publication of 74 days. This one was nearer the other end of the spectrum, with the interval being 833 days, a bit over two years. (Still, not really so bad!) I'm not sure if it's related, but many more of the clues were changed on this one than on most of my efforts. Some of the clues I included but which never made it into print: [Deserted?] for SERE, [Crime recommended by the Doors in 1967?] for ARSON, [Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams, as seen on TV] for SUITS, [Pigpen-esque] for MESSY, and [They're in knots] for TOADS. I used Maximum Decimus Meridius instead of Spartacus in 101-A (SLAVE), because I'm a Gladiator fan, and included the bit of trivia [Teddy Roosevelt's was the smallest when he assumed office] for AGE. I used [Burning it doesn't change the name] for ASH and had [Gathers, as Timothy] for HAYS because my wife is an equestrian. Will also saved me by removing a bunch of clunkers.

Cluing is interesting. I've remarked elsewhere that Dr.Fill does better on the NY Times puzzles than it does on those in the ACPT, and I suspect that the cluing is a lot of the reason. Dr.Fill is pretty well dialed in on the cluing style in the Times, but Will edits the ACPT clues much more lightly, and that's why I suspect it has trouble. Speaking of which, you can find a video of Dr.Fill solving today's puzzle below:

This was an interesting one. DF does terribly on its initial pass, but then checks to see if this is a rebus puzzle and concludes that it is (right!) with the rebus AD (also right!). It resolves the puzzle, and does much better. The only mistake is that it thinks that TEENY is better than WEENY for [Itsy-bitsy] and can't figure out what's going on with the existing clue for 103-D. My clue for WEENY was [Diminutive], about the same as Will's; my clue for WINE was [Red or white, but not blue]. DF would probably have liked that clue much better (it knows all about red and white wines), so I'll view this as another of Will's unending and gleeful efforts to cause Dr.Fill fits.

POW Thu 11/6/2014
SKIPOLESOBIWAN
HEDONISTRESALE
INASENSEEERIER
MOSESEMIGRATED
DERNMOPE
PESACHHONOLULU
AVASEBANNINES
REDPARTINGSEA
INAPTYETIBERG
STTHOMASSPARSE
AMANTIER
GUARANTOREGYPT
ORDAINSAOPAULO
ODDONETIREIRON
PUSHERETERNITY

This is a relatively straightforward puzzle, but it reminds me how curious the whole process from construction to publication is. So, for example, this puzzle took 132 days from the time I submitted until it appeared, which seemed fast. Best ever for me is an incredibly quick 27 days; longest is 1377 days — just over 3 3/4 years! I have no idea why some puzzles go quickly and others don't; it just seems to be part of the process.

As always, many of the clues changed. I originally had [Con-dense?] for 46-Across, which I liked, and it took me forever to understand the clue for 9-Down, and I live there! As I often tell people, I can't do my own puzzles when they come out in the Times, and this one was no exception. Dr.Fill, however, had no such problem, solving it correctly in about 15 seconds. It had trouble in the southwest, but eventually managed to patch things up and get a perfect solve. I've put a video of the program solving the puzzle below, where you'll see Dr.Fill mess up the southwest and then fix it before spending the rest of its "ACPT minute" checking its work.

I hope everyone enjoys both the video and the puzzle itself.

Fri 3/7/2014
ICKINESSFLAGON
THENANNYTATAMI
CITATIONCITRIC
HATSSWEEDEATH
TALIAMONGST
SCHADENFREUDE
ERATORENTDEA
MAZESPADELOST
IBMCHANROOST
ALLMYCHILDREN
ACTAEONERSE
RASTAECTOSEAS
BRUINSREBOTTLE
OVINESAROMATIC
RETORTNOTGREAT

I am fighting a battle with Will Shortz that I fear I will never win.

My goal is to put an Easter Egg in a NY Times crossword puzzle. So, for example, in my 9/8/11 effort with Pete Muller, the 72-word fill included the mini-theme KESEY, WOLFE and MERRY PRANKSTERS. Hidden and wrapping around the corners were ELECTRIC, KOOL-AID, ACID and TEST.

Will ran it on a Thursday and circled those letters.

On 2/18/12, I had a puzzle with a long row of diagonal squares. The letters above the squares spelled UPSTAIRS, and those below spelled DOWNSTAIRS. Will added a note in the Notepad: "This puzzle has two bonus answers in appropriate places. Can you find them?"

In today's puzzle, my original clues for 15- 39- and 43-Across were [TV show the last episode of which aired 6/23/99 5/23/10 9/23/11] (I liked the fact that the dates progressed forward in time this way). Will put a little extra in the clues. Sigh.

The reason I can never win this, I have realized, is that Will always gets the last word! And he actually does what is probably the right thing, catering to his broad audience instead of the handful of folks who would discover my Easter Egg.

A lesser man would give up. But not I! My only question is whether I should continue to *tell* Will when I put an Easter Egg in a puzzle. If I do, he'll spoil the surprise. If I don't, he'll be annoyed when he finds out. I'm caught on the horns of a dilemma.

But a word of warning. If you ever see a Friday or Saturday puzzle of mine that appears to have no theme, look again. There's never any telling when I'll manage to slip one by.

Fri 7/12/2013
JUSTADROPSTARK
ANTONIONIREGAL
CRANKCASESMOTE
KEYHONESTPURE
PASSTSRRATTAN
ODIOUSVEILICE
TYNANGENTLESEX
RUSEDEBS
SWISSALPSUNDER
HASELSEETERNE
OREIDARNASICS
OWEDDESOTOVAT
TOYEDMODELLERS
AROSEINORDERTO
TNUTSLAZYSUSAN
Sat 5/11/2013
DRAWERBASILICA
REMORAARCHIVAL
ELIJAHHARAKIRI
WORTMAIMVEEPS
ASSYRSAILED
LOTTSANTANA
PARAGUAYMOOCOW
OREURBANIIIVA
RIESENWINDYDAY
TAKESTOGAEA
ATONCEANDES
SASHAFORTGRAM
LOCATIONRATITE
ENIWETOKECZEMA
DESKSETSFEEDER
Sun 4/7/2013FITTING REARRANGEMENTS
IDAHOAIDAJEERRARE
SOLINGINORDERTOEBON
LOADERDORMITORYZEST
ARSENALISEESEAHORSE
SNOOZEALARMSLENDER
OUTEATKAABEETS
COMTEDEBITCARDUSETO
ANOSGONEBADMARGNIN
DLRMORGEORGEBUSH
DOESOVERSOONNGAIO
YAZOOSETAMOILORNIS
NSYNCPABAAIRRIFLE
ASTRONOMEREYEERR
MFGTRAMREVERSECRIB
ARENABADCREDITBONGO
DONORENEFIGARO
EMINEMFIREOFLONDON
NATURISTDUCTLATEFEE
ITISDIRTYROOMPALOMA
COVESLOWLANESEMILES
EZERTODOLOSTSADAT
Sun 12/16/2012HEARING DOUBLE
ASPICCAMEAAWOLACR
SOREATOLANDLAVATOO
WOODYOUMINEDBLESSERS
ENSOLMOSNEEDTHEDOE
AYEOFKNUTEPROTDINT
TIARAANOLOTRKARAT
NODOSEMAIDOFMETTLE
MADMENALEEINI
ASKERSHASITASLANT
COHOSCESTGOODKNIGHT
KAAARIAALAEROD
KNOTFORPROPHETTIETO
SLOOPSAMOURDIMWIT
IWOGRIPSPATES
HALVETHERITEBROOCH
AMEEROXENLOOFOEHN
IPSOINREBYRDOFPRAY
LESISMOOREUNDERELM
IDOLATRYAISLEOFWHITE
NUNSHEASNEERFORGET
GPSHEELEDDYSWENDS
Sun 9/23/2012BREATH-TAKING
WOLFISHMESASBADDEST
ENOUNCEBLUSHALIENEE
BONSOIRAIRLINETRAVEL
GENOMEELIZAROIL
HAINIGHTOWLSREMITS
ITSSOTRAINAMBLE
SALADSETRESNOOKEDU
STATEOFTHEARTAYEAYES
NISEIIPASSBEAN
MADESUREASLANCABLE
IDSARMTOTHETEETHREW
ADORNOBIESTRAITORS
SLUEDINEDSTRAW
MENTIONSEVENYEARITCH
ADDMORSEILYARUNWAY
JULEPPEAKSPAESE
WATUSIOLDSCHOOLEER
ATONTHOSEVALDEZ
FORESTOFARDENPOETESS
ENTAILSTBONEESCARPS
RESUMESSYNODRAILSAT
Thu 9/13/2012
PAPWHYADLIBS
AREAREALIEGES
YONRESTFRENCH
DUNKSBOCARIAA
ISAYOUZOSATUP
REMOUNTMALTESE
TSETSECECERED
OMELETTES
EATAGIOSPASMS
ARRAIGNCASHCOW
SMALLEROSIONE
TOILIDOLOBOTE
MINORSOOZEPAT
ARETHAFRAUEGO
NEESONSPFDEN
Sat 2/18/2012
ROASTERSTUSHES
ONTHELAMINLOVE
CALAMINEMARLEE
OPAPASTIESDAS
CASCOHAIROORT
ORTHLONIWANDA
AGORANATTER
SWAPOUTSERMONS
TIGERSTHEME
ASNAPARODAGOG
THOUIMUSILONA
EBSRHYTHMSRBI
POTSIEHOOLIGAN
ENIGMAINREPOSE
NECTARSEASONED
Thu 9/8/2011
STUERWINSELECT
EASTERLYIRONER
TRACTILEDENALI
HEFYENSEMITIC
APRESSKIEEK
WOLFEVERITE
PTUIAESCENSE
MERRYPRANKSTERS
AESOPMOSRASP
TURRETKESEY
IVARAISABLE
NOLIMITBLUJFK
DITTOSTOODLEOO
ILEAVEAVOGADRO
CARTEDREMEDIAL
Sun 9/4/2011THAT'S DISGUSTING!
ARTSLEAFLIKETSGARP
NEHILENAOLINSHELTER
GAELICWARNINGHAVARTI
ELIOTEGADARTESIAN
RASCLASSICACTIONSUIT
ELLHUGOLIENMLS
DEEDRUSTICBUCKETS
OSAKAABOMBALCAN
UPFORUNSETLAILAALI
SUMSCANNEDKINGLYRIC
ERATRODINCNOTESPEE
FINETUNICPRONETOENT
UTILIZEDBEETSPANSY
LYCEEIRESTZIPIT
ORIGINALCYNICLEVI
SOOWISCOTOERAM
TOPICOFTHEMORNINGARP
ALIMENTSCERAGONNA
MANMADEGREATLYMYSTIC
PLEASEDPUTTOSEALIST
SADDERASSENTTOOCHS
Sun 4/17/2011END OF THE LINE
TSAGULAGWADESPSALM
AOLERATOERODEALLEE
ISTILLDOBUTIUSEDTOTOO
COINSNUBSRESERVOIR
HOMERSSEULLUCIA
INAPEDESTRIANSPOCKET
TEAMOTIORESTUP
FADSKIPITNAANURI
ESAUTHROUGHNOTDYING
NIMBLEINSNOVAE
APOORJUDGEOFANATOMY
ALIENIREDEWIER
NOITAKETHATBACKSLAP
OWNROUXSTREAMOHM
DETACHSITONTOP
SOTHATSHOWITCOMESOUT
TAROTMIDISTERNA
SUPERDOMENEEDSUTIL
ISINAGLASSJARONMYDESK
DANDDELSIEEZINEGOT
ERASEDOESTDEPOTANO
Thu 3/10/2011
READINGCELLAR
ALBANIASOMEONE
WORDSPRONOUNCED
BIOSYBILDAME
ASAMIITEMLOY
REDONDORAPINE
BAILEYNOTES
DIFFERENTLY
SPELLANGELI
CAMEASGOESBAD
RDATORISHARE
ATRAMISSMNIA
WHENCAPITALIZED
LASTONEIMANAGE
SITSBYRAINIER
Thu 2/3/2011
RAKESMOWSAARE
ADOUTICEEPOOL
BORNELATEENOS
BLEUBLTSARETE
IFACLUEPFFT
HERPOLLUTES
TUEINSANAROCK
ISMISSINGUSETHE
EDITINDENTSOW
RATSTAILTYS
SUNSNEXTONE
SCOOTTEARAVON
ROWSORTSATEIT
IDEAWANTCURSE
SENDSLAYESTER
Fri 12/3/2010
ATWOSHEATBAR
LEADCHILLHOMO
TELEPHONICELMS
APELOADHARLEY
RESTARTHERMIT
SEAICELUMMOXES
MESSILYPURL
FREEDTECGYPSY
LAVAPINESOL
UTENSILSQUAHOG
INDENTCUREALL
BOOTEDGOADNEA
ANDIOPENSEASON
LADDWENCHGOLD
ELSENASHAMES
Sun 5/16/2010DOUBLE CROSSERS
FASERINTHERDSPANO
AREGOANDRETTICHETER
DEFOGBEAUFORTHECTOR
ENAETEKENNYPEAHEN
SANGRIASLESREEFSLR
YAMMERERLESSTIA
DONNECAVSATTERSGT
VOWDWAYNEABUSEETHE
IDEAMANOLDCARSTROT
CONVERIONJENNIFER
ESSEEMUSIRTGIARCA
DURATIONCONTRTION
GTOSSAVANNAITSALOT
SAINERHOPANDNOTEKE
ULMDETERSMAIKIDDI
CLEPRAYCELERITY
KILPRODPHDTOLUENES
PITIEDSEARSALTIDO
COMICSHOLLOWEDIONIC
PLINKSSTEEPENSORECK
LITTLTSETSESNESTS
Thu 4/8/2010
BRILLIGGIMBLE
LINEARAFORAGED
ALCOHOLREADING
SEASONGYRERYE
RECAPCLAD
BANDERSNATCH
OREOIGNORAMUS
DIEOUTMYSORE
YARDSALESETAL
LEWISCARROLL
CAKESNIDE
HUHWABEJAILED
ARAPAHOSULTANA
TAKESONORIENTS
SLITHYBEAMISH
Sun 2/14/2010THAT'S AMORE
NEHIAETNABLINDHAJI
OPENRERANSODOMOLIN
WHATISLOVESCIFIOILS
TUNETAMSKOANKALE
FRIENDSHIPSETTOMUSIC
MEATPIEOCATREPEAT
KEYSTONEROWANASSN
TDSELMSNOLOAD
THEBEAUTYOFTHESOUL
PUTOUTMILELAICORZO
CHANGESLUNTSTHEREIN
BORERUHROOHSORELSE
SHARINGYOURPOPCORN
TEAPOTOPAHGYM
VEGAREMUSSIGNORAS
PAMELARINGLEERING
AMANYSPLENDOREDTHING
NONETRODEMILDRED
DOURHITITALLYOUNEED
ASEAMOTTSALIENTREO
SELLAROSEMEESESSGT
Thu 2/4/2010
SEASALTATLASES
ABRIDGEBRIGADE
GRIEVEDDIVERGE
SOAVESAUCEGYM
ERRPLEBS
MAWBABESAYEST
ODESTAXIINTWO
THICKENKITCHEN
HOGANSHEDHYDE
SCHLEPTALCLED
DEALTYAP
SECBLIPSFLOAT
PROTEANPATERNO
ANDANTEATANEND
MEANDERRENAMED
Thu 12/3/2009
LTRSSIRNOSOUP
POETPLOSECURE
NOGOAREAARTIST
LAGGARDSVOIT
MARYIISHEAUNE
ITDONAITCHIER
DEEMGOETHE
DENVERLETTE
SEAGODHONE
KRISHNASETHEM
REFISPSAVAILS
ANODSTARMAPS
KONICAURBANPOP
OILRIGNCODUNE
WRYESTGOBESSU
Sun 11/1/2009COMPOUND FRACTURES
CAPSBATTABHORCDS
APOCRYPHAPIANOTWEET
RETROSPECTACLESVILLE
BATESKATFLEWAKITE
ELEPHANTOMSPORADICAL
AILSYANCORTESPAS
RELCRAGWADIDOTE
PSYCHEDELICACYNODICE
AAHALAEATMISOS
CONTRABANDONLIPBALMS
UTAHSEDGEEFILETAME
OHFATHERROULETTERMAN
METRORAJAMOICI
ORATORGUITARISTOCRAT
ILAYSVENNOELEGO
RECLECTERSTLAFEW
PERHAPSODYFOREVERIES
HIROSHIMAZOLAASAN
OSAKACENTIPEDESTRIAN
TETESARDENMAKEHASTE
ORANSYNCNYESTHAW
Tue 10/6/2009
ERIKOMNIOCCAM
RAMAREAMELLIS
ISMYCAMPGROUND
SPOORDEALSEGO
BLEEDRECEDES
HEADQUARTERS
ARTDOZEYECCH
IREDSTILTTHRO
RYDERNOAHAAA
THANKSGIVING
SPAREMESTINK
AOKIOUTSSPECS
BLITZKRIEGEDAM
LARUEORCARUSE
ERASENETSSPEE
Sat 8/15/2009
MASTSSRIUSPS
UNPAIDMANIACAL
STILLERANDMEARA
THECOVERSOFVON
EELSISTOOBELT
RMSBOOMRBONES
COURTRAGS
THISBOOKARE
AAASEPICS
TURKEYSENEPTL
OSHAOLORDSHOE
UTETOOFARAPART
GREENHOUSEGASES
HILLTOPSDARING
SASSOSERECTO
Sun 6/21/2009FAMOUS LAST WORDS
OSCARWHAMHAMWILDE
MAORIAUTOMATABESEEM
ISLASREMNANTSRILEUP
THEBENDSGROUCHOMARX
ITEFOCIEDAM
LOUCOSTELLOSTAIRUMA
AKCSOFAPIERRECPUS
BRAESDOGGONEITCASTS
SALVADORDALIBEPOLITE
ARISONOPENALIZES
DESPOTNWTJASROGERS
EXTENSIONBUYECRU
PEERGYNTCONRADHILTON
OTROSFIREDOORSNARCO
TEENYEMENILEOSATE
SROMORESDYLANTHOMAS
IRONADESEEN
PANCHOVILLAPAPACIES
IAMTOOILLEGALSRANDI
DAEWOOPLAYEDUPOLDEN
ERROLSSNROSSFLYNN
Sat 5/30/2009
JUSTMEBANDB
ONEHALFSAMPRAS
JACUZZICHORIZO
OWLYITZHAKVAC
BAUMECOLIPEAK
ARDORHOOFOURS
SEEOUTSCRIMPS
CLAPKAVA
SPHERICPETARD
SLOESZOGRUMOR
WOLDOZARKMAMA
AWEHOAXINGZAG
GINFIZZSEIZING
ESTEVEZTERENCE
HAZEDDODGED
Tue 4/28/2009
ICERSTOMBDEAF
SAMOAINGAUCAL
PRIMPGIRDLORI
STRAIGHTGALLON
NEATCUNNING
STRONGCLYDE
AHASEALEASHES
WISESPEAKSICK
SNACKSANERGHI
LOSERNACHOS
SIMILESBANA
ONAPARSLIPPERY
LUGSASTIATRIA
ISMEPEENSOBER
DEADHARDTREND
Sat 4/4/2009
PAGECHILIAPRS
ERRSLOMANERIE
ERASOPPOSITION
LICENSESENNETT
EVENNESSCHASER
RAFTERPORETRY
LUIPETERI
LASTLETTERS
LAREDOREG
TOPNUDEBEEPER
SPADESRELEGATE
HERESTOSECURED
INACTIVATELAVA
REDONAMEDATEN
TREYGLOSSRENT
Sun 2/1/2009GRID-IRONY
STIRHUMSABITOFBELTS
TILEDASIAROSITAOXEYE
ALLIEZEALMOLTENATONE
PLENARYHIPBALLCARRIER
LEGATECAVESMELINDA
ERAHASHMARKSOEDPOLK
DSLGUAMIPSERIPOPEN
MORALSTHEATRESLIEGE
TWOMINUTEWARNINGRUNLOW
RATEDIVANNEGLECT
ANINDOSESOCKICKOFF
IDOSUPERBOWLSUNDAYFRO
TANTEEOMNIRASPAFAR
FATCATSENGRAGENT
PROAMSPASSINTERFERENCE
OVULESTRENGTHAIRERS
LETSNOTADINATNOIRA
ERSEKEGTIGHTENDSVIS
STREAMSSOILSEASELS
NEUTRALZONEDNAESTELLA
IXNAYTENORSTRODADIEU
PETRIIBERIAEGADYENTL
SCOTTPOTENTDEFYREST
Tue 12/2/2008
CREWSACLUBOOM
LEGITCLAPIONA
INGLEHUSHSONY
NEEDEDCHOOCHOO
KERPLUNKLOU
ISLAADMIRED
PINGACATPTERO
SOUSCREECHDIN
SWISHESAIPONG
TATTOOSSTAT
RAPBEEPBEEP
SPLATTERDOOMTO
OLAFFLEEGAMAL
HOMEOINKETYPE
OPEDRATEESSES
Sat 10/4/2008
OHBOYMFORIPOD
PERSEEIRENASA
TREATNARCISSUS
IMAGINATIONIS
MAKESITNUGGETS
ANSSAEPENSEE
THERMSSIOUX
MOREIMPORTANT
GENIISTRESS
RIPESTYENRUE
ERASMUSLECTERN
THANKNOWLEDGE
TYRANNIESOTHER
AMORENNEWRONG
BALDYSERNATTY
Thu 9/4/2008
THORNITINADDE
RELEEDECISION
AUDIOLEISURELY
PRESCIENCEHULA
PERSONALITY
UNCAGEOMEGA
DUKEHREIDEALS
ONESECONDCUE
ZIPPEDSRSSHEA
EXTRATUKTUK
INFINITIVES
AHEMANDALUSIAN
ROYALTIESRUNTO
THECHECKNICER
SODDARKSSTENT
Thu 7/24/2008
MAKOFLESHWORF
ALEXEULERELAL
DUMBULLETSLADY
EMPORIUMELFIN
WINSITUATION
CROSSEOTTO
HERIRONEDOUT
ONCEISNOTENOUGH
POSTDATESTHE
EINEPLEASE
CHIRODRIGUEZ
HASNTDIRTPOOR
ALLIRAINGOAWAY
SEATATONESIRE
MYMYEMMYSSESS
Sun 7/13/2008PARTING THOUGHTS
BRASHATLBOPPRISKIT
RECTOCRUCIBLEARCANA
UNARMTOBOGGANCIARDI
TODIEQUIETLYINMYSLEEP
AGUASTINDERHYENA
BESTIALHOESHHSMTN
ENTERSMINPAYEES
EERLIKEMYGRANDFATHER
FREDIDOAUSTENRAVE
GEARDEMESNEEMERIL
BETHESDANOTSHREWDLY
ATCOSTINVOICERETD
SIAMAVENUEMARDIOS
SCREAMINGINTERRORMEA
YVETTEHAYREFERS
STLINABORNLAGASSE
PRIMALATINALECAR
LIKETHEPEOPLEINHISCAR
IBERIAASTOLDTONIECE
FALCONCLASSIEREDDIE
FLYINGEASTTREDEEDS
Thu 2/28/2008
WRAPGRIMEMAIL
EASERANIGAGNE
ABITADINGOOFF
RESERVATIONGOT
ROARDUOS
TAOISMORIGINAL
ELFSEINEFORA
NOTHINGISBETTER
THEONOSIRINK
SANCTIONGIANTS
KERRPACT
THETRANSPARENT
RAVELNEAPEMER
IRENECOLLSIMI
MESSYESMETTOP
Sun 2/3/2008JUST FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
LOFTDEADONUPSIDEC
HELLOERNESTELEONORA
TOMEIERESTUHARDLOOK
TIECLIPSPOPGUNAANDE
PICKEDSMISLEDPAYEES
STEROSIERTIS
ACCSALINESTWOHEADS
LOOSSLATSWOONXMEN
LOUTSOLEOTEEFSTALE
ALREADYSUPRASCARRIE
TRIADSTEAKAILEY
SMELLYJOININGREMLIN
OASISFERNNEMOSELMA
CLANDLEIFSAGEWING
KINGLEAREASEONTSOS
AUKSPATESOHM
SPAWNSPEARLSCLEANSE
PALEOMOESHALIARLIAR
ONEFLESHHANSOMOASTS
SETTINGSARTUROAWAIT
EDASNERSTANDCDINE
Thu 1/24/2008
SPARSOTCOCHS
PINATAROADJACK
ARISESAERIALLY
CAMPAIGNTRAIL
ETAMARAYNEWE
SELFAVGSDAK
LYNNEMEKONG
GROUNDRUNNING
OLEOLESNOOD
JAGRSEASOLE
SDIAPOPSTPOD
NAILONTHEHEAD
COALMINEAVANTI
BULLSEYEHITTHE
STDSDIDSHOES
Thu 1/17/2008
ABSORBSTHEBLOB
TEQUILASUNRISE
REITMANUGLIEST
ANNENDERENOS
ASKPILAF
SILLYESESREI
TREASUREISLAND
PATRONSSCOURGE
ANIMALCRACKERS
TINVITUSERST
BETHSCBS
OHSOOSCARFIB
REPOMANAVARICE
BLAZINGSADDLES
SPREADSSESAMES

4 Variety puzzles by Matt Ginsberg

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SPASPOPSSCOTS
PINTARESTERRA
LANELOANAREEL
INERRANTALINES
TOEOUTSARIS
ILESLINEMAN
TRADEPLUSSATE
UIESTEAMEDYON
TAREREINESSIE
SLOSHEDARTE
PEASEORALES
TOHOLDLEVELONE
ITOUTPERIAGUE
MOOSEANINNARD
ESTERTANGENES
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CHARSSASHIDE
HOSEASAKIENOS
OOHEDIRAERANT
UPENDINGGAMINE
TESSRECODES
AMBERSVOLES
SUERURISRATER
ILESEEDERSORE
SERRADANOCOIN
ETAILMALLET
RIFLINGLAVA
INLANDFINESSES
SUITRILERHODA
ERTEERASSERIN
REESIANESTEE
Sun 5/13/2012
DISPARATEHOSTA
UNTUTOREDOSCAR
STATELESSSCALE
TONLATSSTIPES
LINESTILES
RESEEDBEALL
ATTARSERGEANTS
NAANSLAVETEAT
ISRAELITEFIBRE
GNATSLOOSEN
COACTSTURN
MANIASDOSELET
IRONSTENTSTAKE
SENSEOVERTAKES
STETSMARESNEST
Sun 5/17/2009
GLAMVISADAMS
RARACELTSEXIT
AMINARLESCIDE
SEATINGMILEAGE
ANTESSEALER
PRESTOPATES
ROYONEALRESIN
ICEDSEDERDALE
EASESRISESHIE
TIMONCHOLER
MASALAGUTEN
ACTIONSROSERED
CHANSUGARSALE
HEREORALSITIN
USEDNESSEAST