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67 puzzles by Patrick Blindauer
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59 Daily crosswords by Patrick Blindauer

POW Wed 9/4/2019
SAGALTIMACAD
ILEOVERDIDONO
NFLVANILLALOU
GRABLIBELNUMB
LETINONDECIMAL
EDISONRABBLE
ONESMOAPLOY
CHOCOLATE
CARTRIVALTACO
CHASTELOSTIT
SAPROADMAPMAT
PISTACHIO
SCOOPORKAORTA
PEARLMTATOTAL
FORTESHYEVENT

This one was inspired by my toddler, who was playing with some letters at our local library. I think she came over with an O on top of an angled L, which reminded me of an ice cream cone. I knew a V would work better, and of course vanilla sprang to mind as an appropriate entry to contain a cone.

Next came the realization that chocolate has an O in the center (sometimes you just get lucky!), and the idea of having double and triple scoops came shortly after, even though I knew the cross-referencing would be cumbersome. Finally, I needed a third flavor to end in O, and pistachio swooped in to save the day. It's not as iconic as chocolate and vanilla, but what is?

Anyway, thanks to Maggie for the inspiration, and I hope solvers enjoy having some sweet treats here at the end of the summer.

Mon 4/15/2019
CAMMAGADHERES
OREAGELEADERS
NRAGANGESRIVER
TENNISRACKET
RATESEPEASE
ARTEMISMIDDLEC
SODAHIRELEO
ASIRECALL
ZIPONYXTACK
ALDENTEGRAPHIC
PLAYRAEEINE
EASTERISLAND
DOLLARSIGNSNEA
ROBERTALETTAR
SHOTPARERSIRS

PATRICK: Sam is a great constructor and a delightful human being, so I'm very happy to have collaborated with him on this puzzle. We tossed around a few ideas before landing on this, which seemed particularly apt considering Sam's day job.

Getting all six variations of TAX into the grid was no easy feat, and I remember the SW corner being especially tricky to fill.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go finish filing my extension.

Wed 10/17/2018
MAGICPATJOINS
ICALLESEUBOAT
TESLANIXVINNY
TSPPANCAKESAX
STAYSSANE
AURALFAITH
SCUBAAOLLOUIS
HENPANCAKENNE
ESTALEDGEHGTV
STJUDEGUERRE
ALEXASASTRYON
LAMPANCAKEJUS
AVIDSEEYARABE
DIMEALLINUCLA
YEARPLATEEKES

We like to break the rules, as long as it's for a good reason, so this started with the desire to do a repeated word theme. Various sandwiches with their layers of BREAD were discussed, but eventually a stack of flapjacks was selected. The theme square count was a little shy, so a couple of syrup options were added. Maybe we'll do a tribute to waffles next.

Sun 7/2/2017THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
NBCTVIGORSCRIMZAP
ALLIELANASHAMERICO
YOUREALLYGOTAHOLDONME
SOBERLYXERRANARACE
SEALGALLANTS
ALAABBACTAME
HINTATDRINKFEHLAS
ANDALEYOGIIDOSLIC
SEIKOSMACSEXILEMTA
LETTADAVINYLYAP
ELODSTDANLIE
TAVHANOIENGECHO
CLEELANDPLEAPREVIN
HAHMAINLUSHIONIZE
ELENRATAXCOCPSNOW
DARTSTEELGDS
HALFPIPEEARS
CLAMOREDALIRITCHIE
GOTTOGETYOUINTOMYLIFE
OARSEARLYSKISLOYAL
OTSSKILLTYPEETATS

This started out quite differently, so big thanks to Will and Joel for bringing more cohesion to the theme and solving some of the technical difficulties it presented. I've been a Beatles fan for a long time; I remember putting "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on the mixtape I made for an early crush, and this arrangement of "Blackbird/I Will" is a personal favorite. Hopefully, some of this puzzle's theme answers will leave solvers humming here, there, and everywhere.

For those interested in my other projects, I write a weekly, subscription-based puzzle called "Piece of Cake Crosswords," and I recently announced my upcoming Broadway Puzzlefest, which is an interconnected set of crosswords with a final answer. I also contribute to the American Values Crossword Club and Crosswords With Friends, for those who like lots of pop culture in their puzzles. Of course, nothing compares to the cachet of the New York Times Sunday puzzle. I hope solvers enjoy the ride.

Wed 2/15/2017
MEDICAHABRATS
ACURASARAAGUA
CHERRYPITSTONI
SOLPEISENEGAL
HEARDHAD
BUTTERFINGERS
CARESSALTOLIP
AMIDPGADIOR
SITSNAGSCOTTY
HEADOFLETTUCE
ALLDIETS
JARRETTENOPTA
AVOWEARSOFCORN
ZITIACAIFELON
ZAHNMOWNSEEYA

JESSE: Patrick Blindauer and I initially created this puzzle thinking that it would be released around Thanksgiving. As a nod to my family, vegetarians who celebrate ThanksLiving (yes, a vegan Thanksgiving), I thought we could create a puzzle for vegan dinner options. How did that morph into a food snowman? I don't remember.

I've never made a puzzle before, but I love solving them. Working with Patrick, who is a puzzlemaster, was thrilling; it was simultaneously an exercise in boundless, abstract creativity (a food snowman?) and rigid boundaries (we need exactly two 13-letter and two 10-letter foods that are also parts of the body!). It's a discipline that requires multiple parts of the mind: 1/2 Jackson Pollock, 1/2 Alan Turing.

It was also a good opportunity to express my love of African geography (SENEGAL), my family's heritage (POLE) and mention my playwright friend Will (ENO). And it was primarily exciting to use clues that have never appeared before (e.g. Christian with some intelligent designs? for DIOR; What revolting people do for RIOT).

PATRICK: I had a blast working on this with Jesse; big thanks to Will for putting us in touch.

We brainstormed at least a dozen ideas before settling on this, a wacky concept that we originally pitched for a Monday. I was in the middle of my Kickstarter campaign for "Piece of Cake Crosswords," and Jesse was eagerly anticipating the birth of his child. I had recently become a father myself so we chatted about that, as well as our mutual love of theatre. He was eager to learn about all aspects of construction and was an excellent collaborator. It was fascinating to watch his agile mind at work.

Congrats on your debut, Jesse, and happy birthday to the New York Times crossword!

Sun 3/27/2016PITCH IMPERFECT
NICESHOTTORMENTACTV
OVALTINEAVIATORSOBA
DONTSQUEEZETHERICHMAN
ERNOSNOREAPURPLE
ERESNTHLSUTALL
WELOVETOSEEYOUSLIME
ALLRIENNRAPEDESTAL
GLORYSPIKEHEELSEMU
EINEATOMDRESALMA
DEIDRETHISDUBSFORYOU
DORMOSHEASIRI
OBEYYOURTSHIRTJESUIT
WAXESROEDREIENDO
IRAJEOPARDOUSINFER
ESCAPISMLEIRAIDRAT
THEFABRICOFOURVEILS
MIENNAERNARENE
BOTANYEYEVALCNBC
YOUDESERVEABAKERTODAY
ORDOENTENTEIMPEDERS
BEEFROSSSEANAILEDIT

Out of the 60+ puzzles I've done for the NYT since 2005, it looks like this is only my 4th solo Sunday: "Overcharged" was constructed under the tutelage of Nancy Salomon; "Secret Santa's Helpers" was made during my holiday phase (see also Halloween and the 4th of July); and "Figure of Speech" was one where I got lucky with crossing theme answers. This latest Sunday was lots of fun to make, and there were a slew of entries that didn't make the grid for one reason or another. Some favorites:

  • OH, WHAT A FLEEING (14) "Excellent exodus!"?
  • GOOD TO THE LAST PROD (17) Cowpoke's credo for maintaining cow-poking quality all day?
  • THAWS IN YOUR WALLET (17) Melts where one's money is?
  • EXPECT ROME, PAY LESS (17) Slogan for a discount Italian travel agency?
  • IT'S FRINGE-LICKIN' GOOD (19) Reply to "Why are you dippin' that tassel in honey mustard"?
  • THE SAN FRANCISCO TATER (20) Bay Area spud?
  • THE QUICKER PIP-PUCKERER (21) What gives one of Gladys's backup singers a sour face?
Wed 12/3/2014
PAPAALPHASJAM
ULANGIAMBIUFO
PARTYANIMALMRS
ASKSOVERTEAPOT
AIKENGENT
LEVEESALTOPIC
AVERSEBASEPATH
PENPANDATHE
INUNDATESUCCOR
STEERIRSLAHTI
COSTACCRA
KRAKOWUNLEADED
EELPENNYARCADE
YESEDITORAMEN
SLODEPOSESSNS

This was submitted 7/7/2009 and accepted the following December, so I'm thrilled to see it finally make the paper. It was submitted as a Thursday, though the theme is on the simple side so using it as a Wednesday makes sense. If I were to redo it today, I'd try to avoid the partial ITHOT and the abbr. SAS, but otherwise the fill seems pretty clean. I'm glad my EPA clue and a couple of my punny clues made the cut.

Sat 10/25/2014A SIGN OF THE TIMES
TRAPMMXLXTINA
RAREAIDEMORES
INTRANSITAMENS
XISLIONSRENEE
CPASPOKIEST
STROHSOATS
KUALAIRRITATES
IDIDNTCATCHTHAT
SENSUALLYERASE
MOABBSIDES
PIEJESUPEPA
ANDORDRANOOER
RADIIIONSTORMS
EPISCUPDOACTV
STETSSEANRASP

This is the last part of my six-part series of interconnected crossword puzzles, each of which contains a piece of a larger mystery which leads to a final answer. I'm not doling out any hints on the meta-challenge, but I will write up a little debriefing to be released after the contest is over. I do want to take this opportunity to thank Will, Joel, Frank, and the testers for all of their help with this — and uber-thanks to Will for allowing me to do it. I had a blast. If you had fun, consider virtually visiting me at www.patrickblindauer.com where you can try one of my free monthly crosswords or purchase one of my Puzzlefests. I'm also available to make customized puzzles, if you've got an occasion that needs some puzzlization. Good luck on the meta-challenge, everybody!

SOLUTION:

The main inspiration for this crosswordy experiment was the paper itself. Knowing it was going to be in the Times, it made sense to start (and end) with something related to time. Brainstorming gave me my theme concepts for the week: units of time, TIME in the clues, FACETIME, and Times Square. I wanted the Friday and Saturday puzzles to be themeless, though I did put in some time-related clues on Friday and there were the two meta-hint entries on Saturday. The letter X is used to make a multiplication sign or "times sign," so it seemed appropriate to use that letter, utilizing the grid numbers themselves to spell out the final answer. The first X appears in Monday's puzzle in a square with the number 20, and if you use alphanumeric replacement (1=A, 2=B, 3=C, etc.) you'll get the letter T. Continuing similarly with each square containing the letter X, you get TEMPUS FUGIT, or "time flies."

Thanks again to Will for the opportunity to do this — it was a dream come true.

Fri 10/24/2014A SIGN OF THE TIMES
ORALEXAMSCRASS
REDCARPETZIPUP
GRADUATEDATARI
COMSYETXRATED
HUBASSENTSHOE
ATESTTREESYFY
REDEEMSERTA
TSELIOTTROUPES
ENNISANDALE
JAWSINKSTIMID
UZOLETITGOPTA
LANCESSEAFLIT
ELTONTURNLOOSE
PEONYGINJOINTS
SANKAITSABLAST

My first Friday NYT puzzle! As of tomorrow I will have "hit for the cycle" (had a puzzle on every day of the week), but it took a week-long contest to make it happen since I don't generally write themeless puzzles. And now I remember why … they're really hard to make well. This one went through lots and lots of versions before settling on this grid; hope y'all have some time to enjoy it.

Thu 10/23/2014A SIGN OF THE TIMES
CHARGESASHIMIS
OUTEATEMPANADA
ALTIMAMORTIMER
XKEELMRUEESA
MITOVENMITTS
OHPLEASEGAB
RITEMERVINBED
CHEDAYSAILAVE
SODOISANSISEE
BATCITADELS
INTIMATESTIM
DOEEOEHIEEEL
LIMITINGDMITRI
ESPRESSOOPIATE
DESERTEDSOILED

New York-y grid play! This is bound to play like a themeless unless you stumble on 56-Across early. Using only one leg of black squares on the top and bottom edges allowed for some longer entries, and I tried my darndest to get another TIMESSQUARE in the center of the grid, but it just wasn't happening. The four spots do make the shape of a square, though, so maybe it's all for the best. Thrilled to get Michael CHE into the grid; my favorite clue I wrote is [Trailer for "Rocky" or "Rambo"?] for III, and my favorite clue I didn't write is [Letters that are hard to read?] for HATEMAIL.

Wed 10/22/2014A SIGN OF THE TIMES
GILTADFATOMS
OBESPINACHXOO
PEEKABOOISEEYOU
FRAUXERAGIN
FINNSILERSEND
TANGOEDSAYINGS
FACETIME
UNCURLSCROLL
SEASANGRIANAE
AWRYTIMONCENT
SLUMPOTCALC
AROMASPONIES
FORYOUREYESONLY
TOFUMONETLEON
AMFMOZONEARTE

This is definitely more "grid play" than word play, but I hope people get a smile out of it, if nothing else. Not many theme entries here, which allowed me to include some longer, more interesting answers than I could have if I'd crammed in a bunch of theme. I toyed with other face-related phrases, but in the end the symmetry of a SEE phrase and an EYE phrase seemed the most elegant. Happy to feature a Demetri Martin ONELINER at 38D, as well as give props to "Assassins," which I just played Byck in (65A). My originally submitted NOEL Coward quote was "The higher the building, the lower the morals."

Tue 10/21/2014A SIGN OF THE TIMES
REMIXDIGSMARX
ELISAIRONOPER
HIGHCNANASAGA
MARATHONERSSTAT
ALOUSREQOLE
NATLMASSUNWED
ADOOVUMSEP
PARTNEROFWARNER
ORETREKAVA
SIGMAREIDSVEN
APUMPHJETTY
WHATPRISONERSDO
YOREANALTIEUP
ENDSDOLEEVADE
RESTASKSSELES

Today's puzzle features another simple theme type, one in which different definitions of the same keyword are used as entries. There is a lot of flexibility with a theme like this, so I tried to find the most varied definitions and I only went after 15-letter, grid-spanning phrases. Happy that my ADO/APU clue combo made the cut, and thrilled to get Diane REHM of NPR into the grid as well, even if it meant having the tricky ELIA/ELISA crossing nearby. 36D/44D was a happy accident, and I loved Will & Co.'s addition of the two [Palindromic woman's name] clues. Highly original and much more interesting than my submitted clues, believe me.

Mon 10/20/2014A SIGN OF THE TIMES
GADBROMGMTSP
APELETOUIAPU
SPLITSECONDXER
ENSURELITES
TOGAMINUTERICE
HUARTESERAPHS
ACTORSPAN
THEWITCHINGHOUR
HAIRLAPSE
OPTICALCORPSE
DAYTRIPPERLORD
ELROYOREGON
SEAPASSIONWEEK
SSNTOPCLUNYE
ATTSKYHESTEN

When Will asked me if I'd be interested in writing a 6-part meta for the Times, of course I jumped at the chance. I'd be a fool not to … on the other hand, it had been done once before by my xword idol, Patrick Berry. There's no way I could make something as intricate or clever, but hopefully it had been long enough that people might've forgotten about his magnum opus a little. Rather than cower in the shadow of a giant, I resolved to do my own thing with it and give it my best shot. I had some ideas brewing, so I quickly set off to work on the set of crossword puzzles you're seeing this week.

This is a six-part series of interconnected puzzles, each of which contains a piece of a larger mystery which leads to a final answer. I won't say anything about the meta-challenge until the contest is over, but today's surface theme is a simple, Monday-level category theme featuring increasing units of time. Luckily for everyone involved, Will and Joel eased up the clues on this one considerably. Some of the clues that got changed (read: clues I'll use another time) include [Scientist Bill whose mother was a codebreaker], ["___ a Bully, Charlie Brown" (TV movie)], and [Josh who voiced Olaf in "Frozen"].

I like to think that part of this is due to space limitations, since the square inch-age in the paper is extremely limited (especially when it includes a big blurb about the contest every day). I've gotten used to writing longer clues for xword venues like my website and the American Values Xword Club, I guess, so a bunch of clues had their gists maintained and got truncated. Other gems like [Answer to "Paris est-il la capitale de la France?"] and [Apt anagram of CO-STAR - S] weren't my doing at all. HUARTE is an obvious outlier, but I thought all the crossings were fair; this puzzle does skew older, what with HUARTE, CLU, and HARLOW. Anyway, I hope it was a fun and breezy way for solvers to start the week, whether they're participating in the contest or not.

POW Sun 9/14/2014CELEBRITY SPOONERISMS
SPACEKAVAILSSCAPULA
LENORECATNAPWASHRAG
INVITEEULOGYATPEACE
CAINEPILLARFEYHEALED
ELLEGNATSBIGEARS
RIOSSERAEDYAOKS
LEESCIONSELESUNHIP
IRVINNISFIRTHBOTHER
NRAEGGNOGASIAMALY
GONERELITEDROOP
OLESGEREBOGGLESRPTS
SCOUTBOOLAKAYAK
USCMAAMSNELSONDUO
SHEENCLEATSEATNOANS
SUNNITOOTHWESTMYTH
RITTMIRALEERASE
EGOTISTLYSOLALGA
BYRNETACKPOEHLERSOUR
ROUTERSILOILONOLOSS
ARSENICNESSIEOPENTO
GETSANASTEEDSWESSON

Tony:

For a delightful stretch of years, Patrick and I were never without some puzzle idea brewing that we could work on together, and this one served to get us back in the flow. I had a bunch of entries and knew it would be something Patrick would enjoy joining forces on. As usual, we had plenty of fun trying to find a good theme set. Adding the commonality of names, and having the changes all happen the same way, made it come together in a way that felt worthy of making it for public consumption (as opposed to our own entertainment). It's fun to make crosswords, and it's really fun to make them with Patrick!

We had a long list of rejected near misses and, as anyone who's ever tried to think up spoonerisms can tell you, it was not the easiest task to keep them straight and pick through them. In defense of one early one I had — FRIED COWELL [Gave a scorching review of talent judge Simon?], which was not a true spoonerism because it conveniently separates the changing sound (a proper one for CRIED FOUL would/should be FIED CROWEL) — I told Patrick "I know of no governing body of spoonerisms that would disallow it." As a character played by John Cleese on "Cheers" said: "Ah. The cry of the truly desperate!" With desperation on this one now passed, I'm looking forward to the next one with Patrick.

Patrick:

It's a blast making puzzles with Tony, too! We work really well together, and we each bring our unique personalities to the table, as well. I sure do miss kicking around ideas with him over various lunch tables since I moved to STL, but I'm not missing things like the smells (or the prices) of the City So Nice They Named It Twice, that's for sure. As for this puzzle, the first email I see about it was back on 10/28/13, and we sure did go back and forth a bunch before settling on the theme answers. The grid came together pretty quickly, and I took far too long to write my clues (something called Lollapuzzoola seems to have gotten in the way). Sorry to see some of my favorite clues on the cutting room floor, but I guess that means we just get to use them the next time those words come up. I'm ready to make another whenever you are, Tony!

Thu 9/11/2014CHANGE OF HEART
MOOSEAGOPEACH
AVAILLEACURIE
TAKESPARTPRIDE
VIEAHSSEL
GREETERASNER
FOECADGLO
LOTBARONALOHA
ADAATTOSSFOX
BEGETHUNCHAVE
DHLPERGED
TRYSTSTATLER
BEERAWPOL
INTERFIREWATER
GORMETNNEMERY
DROIDAGAROXIE

As the blurb on this crossword says, it was used during the most recent "Lollapuzzoola" tournament in NYC, which I cohost with Brian Cimmet. It was our dreaded Puzzle 4, meant to be the trickiest puzzle of the day (like Puzzle 5 at the ACPT), though looking at the standings just now, I see that Andrew Feist solved it perfectly in 6:45. Nicely done, Andrew! Some got stumped until they were allowed to use their Google tickets (our sanctioned method of "cheating"), and some solved it but put two letters in each of the key squares, which we had decided to count as incorrect (sorry!). Also, two solvers had an odd advantage: they chose to compete in our Downs Only Division for the day, so they didn't have the Across clues to throw them off. As such, Joon Pahk solved the puzzle correctly with only the Down clues in 4:41. Wowza. If anyone had noticed this and done some lateral thinking, it might've been a big help in deciphering the puzzle's diabolical secrets. Special thanks to Will for his support of the tourney these past 7 years and for sharing my puzzle with a much wider audience.

Next year's 'Zoola is already scheduled for 8/8/15, so save the date and join us for a day of cruciverbial silliness in a church basement on the Upper West Side (or in our At-Home Division through the magic of the internet). Most of the puzzles aren't nearly this cruel, I swear!

Tue 10/15/2013
GRUBAILSJIHAD
LISAKNEEONONE
ATMSIFATSTATE
MACINTOSHHEXED
LIARCUR
TOXICMECHANIC
ADASHNRAGLO
MICKEYMOUSECLUB
PUTEEKNAOMI
MOCCASINTROPE
HUHUSES
SEDERMUCKRAKER
EVICTELLELOVE
GEEKSANEWEKED
ANTSYDAISSOLO

Andrea:

Post-ACPT 2010, Patrick suggested M*C idea, knowing i like to do this kind of AEIOU puzzle. I came up with preliminary entries, most held to the end, though the MIC was MICROPHONESTAND. Really love MICKEYMOUSECLUB so much more, esp with EEK under MOUSE! (and I snuck in my Siamese cat KOKO)

We talked about adding MCC (MCCOURT) and /or MRC Mr Clean. Maybe MYC MYCENAE...maybe even a MDC snuck in there. PB did a version with SEVEN of them, but the MUC (MUCHADO) lacked the MAC, MEC, MIC, MOC sound. So we decided to scale back and just do a clear, solid, fun alphabet run. I made a new grid having just learned how to use Crossfire, that my other frequent collaborator Michael Blake insisted I learn. The peppy original cluing is all Patrick. Though not a pangram, two Xs and seven Ks (!) make up for no QZ.

Many of my puzzle partners are new folks I've mentored, but Patrick's role with me is that he always takes my ideas and bumps them up many notches. Always. :)

Patrick:

Flattery will get you everywhere. ;)

Working with Andrea is a lot of fun; her vivacious energy is quite infectious. Glad we scaled back our original theme ambitions on this one, though I do like the idea of adding some consonants to the usual "vowel run" theme. Maybe next time!

Wed 9/11/2013
JAFARUNITELS
AMORESCORELAP
WARMBLOODEDIKE
SSTIANDOZEN
MATERNITYWARD
PEYTONPASS
ATEAMPOOLGPS
CARDBOARDCUTOUT
ESSARTSPIETY
LETTADESTE
EXTENSIONCORD
AROMANENUFO
SAYCOLDHEARTED
EYETREVIXACTO
LSDSEEDETHER

I made this one while I was writing "Scratch & Solve Word Ladders", and I remember consulting with Acme on the theme and discussing the option of UMBILICAL CORD versus EXTENSION CORD for some time. There were two J's in this grid when originally submitted, but one of them was changed since it created a too-tricky vortex of literature and music. I was happy to see that many of my clues made the cut, and if I had it to do over I would probably change IPODS to IPADS... though in my defense: they didn't exist at the time!

Thu 7/25/2013
LENGHPSASPA
BEARUGDEPPTAB
SOSUMEOPERANY
MSHUSEORES
TRAPRABIDCRLS
EASYILLOBE
ASTOGOESOAIS
STILSUFOSNTCH
ANDYDENSSARE
MMOANTEGAR
KARESATYRLOPA
AGENCPUORE
PAMFARRHOVANE
UZIBRIESTELAR
TEXISLINETS
Sun 10/30/2011HOLLYWOOD FROM RIGHT TO LEFT
SAMEHEREOPAQUEPAILS
TRAVELEDMEDUSAELLIE
ANGELMANAGEMENTNITTI
GOINSPARRIBSENORAS
TETEMASTERGATO
SHAUNDORMSCALYMOVIE
SALADANEAPPIPEAMA
THELIGHTSTUFFMTSTES
SAXCAWTINLIKEJOLT
DOTYCOSIHAIRDO
PILATESOFTHECARIBBEAN
AGENTSVIALENDS
YUNGPIEDISHCGIMSG
CANTWOFANTASTICFOUL
UNOVOLEEYRESALOME
TAXIDRIVELEMAJTERSE
LOISARIOSIABET
FIENNESOERNACLCHAP
EDWINWEDDINGCLASHERS
SEIZEARETOOHYSTERIA
TASERMASONSSNEERSAT

ANDREA: The impetus was PILATESOFTHECARIBBEAN a perfect 21 across... Once we came up with TAXIDRIVEL it was ON. Some discussion since we were turning Rs into Ls what to do about extra R's in the theme answers (The R in CaRibbean, or the first R in DRiver) but decided the answers were too much fun to give up. Again we generated a huge list, had tons of fun coming up with film titles, since both Patrick and I are movie fans but of different eras and genres. That is the best part of our balancing each other in terms of sex and age and different interests, but unifying ones in being into pop culture more than sports, say.

Thu 8/25/2011
SENSEFOODBSMT
AMOURELMOAWAR
SCREAMEDATSISI
SEATOLINCISCO
YESLOSEARCS
NETCLOBBER
EASESSHESALADY
KNOWSHURTANIA
CONESTOGAICKES
ONADAREDAK
TILESPINESC
RAITTWEEPEXPO
OMNITROLLEYCAR
CIAOSAULDRECK
ASSNKYLESELES
Mon 3/21/2011
LPSAGLOWWATER
ORCLEASHAMORE
YOUBETCHARIGID
ABBABYALLMEANS
LEAGUEEIS
GAGAATESTS
RIGHTONBROTHER
BESOUKETOSS
AINTITTHETRUTH
ANTONYSTET
APPNEWAGE
DARNTOOTINASEA
BRIARSURETHING
LEONAENEROAIL
SATUPSASSYNEE
Thu 1/27/2011
MUSEJERRYRISE
INITATHOSINTL
DIRTYCHOKESTAY
STREAKYRAKER
TEESOLFALYNCH
DEMILUPETHO
ORTHODOXCHEW
ORTOYOWIEESSE
COURTCHESTER
HUNSOURNAPS
OSAKAMSNBCEEK
SMARTBAYAREA
MEETBROADCHUMP
MALISTEELESTO
MUTEPERRYMEOW
Mon 12/13/2010
JETSRISENMAP
ATOPRETINAILL
NETEARNINGSNBA
ESSENSLEET
SCUDSWASTEAREA
CASSIOHORN
ADOGRADERASAP
DEFINITEARTICLE
STANOSIRISULT
ISLEDEBBIE
WYATTEARPTRANS
HESSEERASE
ELKPLANETEARTH
ALEPOMELOSURE
TOWEXPELTEAR
Sun 10/17/2010FIGURE OF SPEECH
LISAASTINPERMACHEF
AGUATHANEACERBAUTO
WNBAHAIRSCONW8WITTY
NOWOODLESANTIINSET
CR8ALOGEZINE
HARKSW8UNTILDARKFDA
ANANIASSOHOTRAEDAWN
ICIESTATTENDDEDUCED
RENEMIRELESSSEER
LIFTEDW8STESTTUBE
BUCBEANALCALEEPSI
EPHEMERAP8ONPLACE
ANAPSRISOLAVFROM
MEFIRSTETHANEERIEPA
EXECUTEDIONEGRILLER
RTSB8ANDSWITCHTEENY
VASCOHEREATA
LIMITAONESMORESSRS
SK8BOARDERTIKKIBEAT
TEARSTLEOACEINIDDO
SAGAUSERSTERNSG8ER
Thu 10/7/2010
SSTHANTHEFARS
ILOVELAHIBACHI
DEVICESREBATED
EWALKSALEEOE
SHELHEAVY
SERTASTATES
SECTOHSKENOBI
IRRHEXAGONGOD
DOOWOPAPUMANE
ESWIPEPATTI
TIRESIDDO
SKAMOUNTAINS
INSPIRESALIERI
DETENTEEMERGED
EWINDERDESODE
Thu 9/2/2010
SLEEPPOLSORG
PACERASTIANTE
ALONETIDEGIRO
MALSIREFACED
SSESSORCAYREVE
LEONHSI
ROTORSPOTSLAG
MORFSDAERREWSNA
SPITEIREMADAM
DENOMEN
TFELOTTHGIRNOB
ALLINORCAORE
DOORTAMALORNE
AJARSTEPDAMON
SONPOOHSTATE

ANDREA:

This was my first Thurs and the most complicated idea I had ever had. I wanted all the words in the grid to be OTHER words if read backwards. I envisioned three sets of clues: Across, Down and Backwards. There is no way I could make this grid on my own, so I went to the genius aka Patrick Blindauer. We bandied about how we could have a reveal in the grid itself. Either a phrase like TO AND FRO, BACK AND FORTH. Both he and Will felt it would be too easy to have a third set of clues.

Then Patrick managed to create a grid with the phrase EVERY ACROSS / ANSWER READS FROM / RIGHT TO LEFT (written from right to left). I didn't originally want something that looked like gobbledygook in the grid, but there was no denying this was an incredible solution and that it broke into three balanced phrases that could be read backward was breathtaking. One of the early drafts had several palindromes that I suggested were "cheating" which was a poor choice of words, which caused a lot of stress between us, but Patrick managed to get rid of most of them. (I bring this up not to tell tales out of school but to be honest about the difficulty of collaborating at times. Especially if one person feels they have done the lion's share of work.)

This is a delicate topic with partnerships. My personal feeling is whoever comes up with the idea should get full and equal credit/money, whereas Will told me a good idea could come from anywhere and doesn't necessarily deserve credit. Needless to say, I don't agree. I'd rather be extra generous with credit as we have so little else. I had been a writer in Hollywood for many years and was well aware of the heartbreak, rifts and lawsuits not giving proper credit can bring. We also didn't want partials that couldn't stand alone without a clue, like INOR even though it could be clued as Rice-a-___, but INOR when read left-to-right, out of context wouldn't stand on its own, so we were sensitive to that as there would be only the clues for the words going backwards, but would still look like good words read from left to right.

My fear was also when people caught on what was happening, they would have to erase or start completely over or have a big mess if solving with pen...and it was the first time ever I worried about pissing off solvers! But am super proud of the concept and the result.

Thu 7/15/2010
PAWLIMPPASSTO
IPOLOCIICEPOP
ENTRANCEXENONS
REAIMADMIRER
SANTARILEGTOS
TSKTSKBASRA
YEWSAHHBALLOT
OXOWHYOATANO
GARDENSNLIWON
ALKIEONEILL
STASAHABAGENT
HISTORYDWEEB
ATONERFORMULAS
MILTIEENYAELP
ALIENSDENGRES
Sun 7/4/2010MAKING ENDS MEET
HAHASELCIDELSEEBBS
IMUSTJOULEMOMASLAP
COMPUTERRORESAUCARR
DEDUCESORTSANTI
GARRETTENGLISHEEPDOG
EMUNEERATILTFREAKS
LIMITEDITIONESTOP
SASVOLHAWTOPPS
BALIDAIPRIMERIDIAN
TREADMILLOPSRECCLE
RANCASENSITIVEOLE
USEAXLTIEONESEATER
SCIENCENTERRVSLUST
TODAYCEEVIARED
SHUTSPLACIDOMINGO
ORATORTWOAMNITEOUR
PERSONALITYPEVINROSE
UGLILIDSTAINTED
SEEDLINEGUARDIANGEL
ENNEEGGSOPINEREEVE
STERINSTPILEDYESES
Sun 3/7/2010COME TO ORDER
HEARTSGRAVESNOWWHAT
ALTHEARELENTPLICATE
SMOOCHUGLIERRANFREE
HOPSTILYOUDROPNEIMAN
OBOESTOKERBESTS
ALIGNEREIEPINAL
TENNISBELOWSUPERDEMO
EDKOCHKNITPERSLID
MASCOWESLOLRONONE
COWERKLUTZDEPOT
THEHINTMANGREENACERS
RONINALEPHKOOKS
YTDKINLEIGEERTAPA
TEESMOTSAGOAMATOL
OPRYMANIAFLOWWHISTLE
SAMPANODINCYNIC
SPATECRANIATECH
ARROWSAHOSTINTHEDARK
BIGLEADELOISEINATIE
LOUISVIITUNESMELODY
ERECTEDMERGESPRIZES
Tue 1/12/2010
LOBEAPPTARBYS
OKRAPAARHERON
COOTIEPIEALOHA
AKISSARESINOR
LARRYAMECHE
AFEWFAMILYFOOD
BARACKAMEN
EASYAOMSASSET
SCABASTERS
FOSSILFOOLARGO
AHCHOOPAIGE
TSARGASPVENTI
CUREDBOOTYMARK
AREWEBASEODIE
TEDDYAPEXMEGA
Thu 12/17/2009
ESSOABADRIED
LEESCATSOONYI
BAALCATPOSHER
ALLOUTNOAHSARK
LSDTRAIL
CAFFEOFTENAHH
OHARECLEMITOO
MOLESTORELIRR
MOLECOOPFLOSS
ATEGORDORENEE
NEATOPBA
TWOBYTWOANIMAL
RIVOLIDOGTCBY
ADELIEDOGLION
MERITSHYLION
Thu 11/5/2009
CRICAJOLEDMEG
LANAGESAGOADA
ENTROSESARERED
ADORERSSNAKING
RONIAESGENIE
CLASPSSASSECT
UPTHEOSTIA
THEINVISIBLEMAN
HOLSTANIMA
TALLLYSINANER
OPIUMSGTTERR
MONKEESSIBERIA
CLEANSHOUSEACT
ALASTEPINSLAE
TORADAPTTOEND
Thu 10/1/2009
SATCHELACTEDUP
INAPILEBROMINE
CATALOGCOMPASS
SOPRANOSPUT
EKGHELENHERE
TNIOPTSEWPARER
COLBERTSSRS
SBARROOUTATE
ISNTTUNEDIN
SPREEEASTENDER
LAINBERTHSAY
IMFPETERPAN
MELROSEAAMILNE
ELEANORPRICIER
SADNESSSKEETER
Sun 8/9/2009MADE FOR TV-MOVIES
BALBOATWANGSMASSES
ANTEUPGOIRISHEQUINE
GOSSIPGIRLINTERRUPTED
ESTIVALLOCAORE
PELESTEPILAFSMANOR
FLECKIMONITEDAM
FATHERKNOWSBESTINSHOW
TNTNIAREPRISEDARA
HOARSERANNAILIAD
APSOTEEIRTCARTE
GREYSANATOMYOFAMURDER
HELLOHRSOBIGODS
ALLEYSHEASARALEE
SATCHARCOALCABMAO
TWOANDAHALFMENINBLACK
PEELMENACESANER
PETRALESSORWDSYODA
OLETOOTINTENSE
SEXANDTHECITYOFANGELS
INALIEOSSUARYREGRET
TANAKASAIDNOLESSON

Andrea:

Huge breakthrough, dream come true, a Sunday puzzle. All my Sundays have been something based on one of my ideas but collaborations with different guys who are more sophisticated grid makers than I. My early week collaborations tend to be with folks I'm either mentoring or helping them realize their dream of getting a puzzle published in the NYT. My later week ones, I'm in the other position.

Patrick Blindauer and worked long and hard for consistency, a TV show followed by a movie, never movie followed by TV. Something contemporary paired with something from the past. We had a huge list. In the end, and a lot of fun coming up with them and settled upon five that were perfect 21s across. My favorites were GOSSIPGIRLINTERRUPTED and FATHERKNOWSBESTINSHOW just for smoothness factor and new with old.

Patrick made the grid. In 2013, another pair used the same title and I was sort of bummed. Their idea was slightly different though: the TV shows were one-word titles inserted into movie titles.

Wed 7/22/2009
AMMOTROTSACID
LOAFROXIEEDNA
EOJFRAZIERSPUR
PROTEMDREWLIT
HERODJEONAMATH
DIEDECAY
OJEBIDENOTERI
LAVASPENDTROD
ERASEOEJPESCI
PITASASH
EJOCOCKEROFUSE
NORNEINANUBIS
ALASSLOPPYJOES
CITEILLERIANA
TEENTSARSSTAY
Thu 6/18/2009
READSCAYSIPOS
ATARIOBOEMIRA
NURSESAIDAPEER
IDOSERTACOCOA
SENATESBARR
NAMETHATTUNA
HALOSIONSSIS
AMENTAPESSTNS
NIXMOPSUPSET
DELIVERYDATA
UMPSEMERGED
PATHSSALONOBI
ECHORUBIKSCUBA
THOMORESIDLER
EYREBETHLIDDY
Tue 6/2/2009
MICTONIIMPALE
INAIDIDNARNIA
SKILODGEGLIDES
SERESHORELEAVE
MYOPIAOMAR
EARPMARARF
SNOWLEOPARDJOE
TABMANAPR
ATESOPHIALOREN
BOYHUEATOP
YETIAGENTS
SPEEDLIMITROAN
CANADASRILANKA
ANDREWGALEOER
MESSRSSETSSNL
Thu 5/21/2009
ABCAGREEDCLUE
BROPUENTEHENS
BARNEYFIEFARCS
ANNESSARESOLE
BOWCOALMIEN
TORNOUTNYU
SNEAKPEKELIFER
AMATSCOURNITE
RYDERHAPPYFETE
OBISIMILES
SNOWCOENADD
CUBISMAEREMMA
ARALBORDERLIEN
BSMTARCANACAT
SEASYESMENELS
Thu 4/9/2009
JUDYCLADNOVA
OPIERUBEABEL
ATTSMINIMOZART
DOZINGBATRAMBO
DUMNORAS
CAROMSERENE
UTEBOOZYWONDER
JONISNIDEEAVE
OZONELINERSDIA
SLICERPSALM
BROWNARC
CRIMECOZYYOUNG
LIONSDOZENTROT
ANTIOOZEISSO
MESASPYSAAHS
Thu 1/15/2009
BEGORRASPRPAT
ARABIANESOBESO
JOSEPHINEBAKER
ASHYSUBLETS
EBBSEDEL
MANDARINORANGE
AKARENTDORM
YEOBREAKINHEP
ELMOZENOOTT
RAINRAINGOAWAY
RUINSAKI
SESAMESSLIM
STUMBLINGBLOCK
GALPALSSUREBET
TSKSOTAMASSES
Thu 10/23/2008
HOSOFTRIPTORN
ANTACIDITERATE
WEEPERSBERATED
KAPPASEMIL
FANTASYALOT
OVALSSPECULATE
BITSCIIFLARES
ISHPHANTOMRLS
STEELEOASPYLE
PARTYFOULSOHOS
OSSOATLANTA
ISAKVIAGRA
TELLALLBATSMEN
SPEEDEEENCHANT
PATSDRYNTHNOS
Mon 10/6/2008
ONEGLESDOLLARHBOZONE
POTROASTEUGENEEARLOBES
THEUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
NORRIPOSTEBB
SSTINGODWETRUSTAMS
EAUESCTEAACTYOWAAH
GREATSEALWISEBALDEAGLE
GAMMARAYSEVELSTEELDOOR
ONEALXEDYELLAERDOONE
Sun 6/29/2008TEN GRAND SURPLUS
LAPLATAAPESUITPENS
ECLAIRSROMANCEPEROT
SHOWMETHEMONKEYEDINA
TETRERASEGNUNEATER
EPSONTRIPLEKLUTZ
PORNOSTRAITOWIE
DRACULARICAUGANDANS
AFTERASKORTAMORREO
SEESNIDEPLANKAHEAD
MAIERMOIVOILA
WINKWINKSITUATION
ENOLAYINSHOAT
BARKTENDERESSENCTR
ATMDIRTAVERAGEJOKE
NOSEDIVEBRERPALMTOP
LESECOINEDABYSS
GUNKCONTROLUVULA
UTAHANEATACMESRBIS
ITMAYINFLATABLEKRAFT
LEERSDETENTEMINIBAR
ERSTSTYGIANATTESTS
Mon 6/23/2008
SANTAPACEACME
ALIENIBETBLIP
WINSOMELOSESOME
STATIRESBOGIE
TINHER
YOUDIDYOURBEST
SAMBAROUSTRHO
KLEEWIDTHPAAR
EINRILEDEATME
WESTILLLOVEYOU
ENDELS
SAGASHEATLENT
CLOSEBUTNOCIGAR
AIREARNOUPONE
BEETALANESSAY

Andrea:

THis was my first official collaboration with my then newbestfriend Patrick Blindauer. We had met when he was working for Peter Gordon at Sterling as an assistant. I had known Peter for 20+ years from our days at Games Magazine, so I would pop by to see him whenever I was in NY. Patrick and I got to know each other better at the first ACPT I attended. (I hadn't gone the first 25+ years as I lived across the country, etc.) Will was using one of my puzzles for the opening puzzle of the 2008 ACPT I believe. (Cheers! It was four ways to toast, I think, which each theme answer being "Cheers!")

Patrick and I were standing together as people were approaching Trip Payne and consoling him on his second place finish. Folks were saying various cliches, "You did your best!", "So close!", etc. Patrick and I sat down and created a list "We still love you!" "Close but no cigar!", etc. and that became the first of a dozen collaborations. I think Deb Amlen called us the Fred and Ginger of constructors.

We both live very separate lives now, but he's always been my go-to person when I want to create a Sunday-sized puzzle that have funny phrases by changing a letter, or what have you. I love his sense of humor and what a genius he is. Until Patrick, I had only been published on Monday-Wed. He is my collaborator on 3 Sundays (not counting a couple we've done for the WSJ) and my sole NYT Thursday.

Sun 5/11/2008DONE WITH EASE
JETSFANANGULARKALEL
ACETONEREPLETEAMINO
NOWEANSITUATIONZELIG
ONEPMTNUTPEROXIDE
SOSOGLAREDATWOO
NEHIORIGINALSCENE
ARPMANNERROLLOMAN
FEELINGSTATIONERSATZ
LUELLAYALELEADAGOO
ANKAINDIRACINQ
TEAMDUNCANSHEENGUARD
AUSTEMBEDSAZUR
SKADELONAAREEASTLA
UNICEFABANDONEDSHEEP
MEWSOCTANESLUECDE
PEATORCHESTRAOCTA
HCLRESONANTMISS
JUMPSEATBINGSODOI
ONYOUMINNESOTATWEENS
TIMORPREYSONTEABAGS
STYLESEASONSEMBASSY
Sun 3/2/2008FORWARD THINKING
KOOLBIDREGSCECILIA
ONLEAVEAROOMUNITING
ICETRAYINTRAPRUSSIA
ESSENELECTSSIDEA
DADDYSHACKCALMS
IOCMIATAGOODFATS
STARHAZERWEBBRIA
OHDEARDENIMJVDRIPS
LEGPARTYSEGERESTEES
DRESSHASTERESETS
ESSNIXEDDRINKSADO
SEESINSOLTIASLAN
SNATCHSAUTESPYBEANS
POPRUIZTHOSEOMENII
ALPEYESSWISSMIST
MILKDVDSOPTICSHE
EENIELOXPROFILE
GONNASHRINEASWAN
GOATEESSOAMIPUTITON
NUTTREEOSHEAIRONAGE
PRESORTASSNCOPYBOZ
Wed 1/2/2008
CHITALAPDSPCA
HOPISATLIIRON
AGONYIRANCONN
CLARINETFDA
HOTTUBABRASION
UNEMOTOCAT
LINEROLOISERE
CONNECTALLTHEOS
ENIDSOTOEARMS
SATOFOBEEE
FOSTEREDVERDON
ACHRELATIVE
UHOHIDLEENOLA
NOESDEANLENOX
ASSTARIDSWELL
Sun 12/9/2007SECRET SANTA?S HELPERS
ALFALFASACOSSGTFAS
SOIREESTRACUTAHALP
TWELFTHNIGHTRESOLUTE
EFFETEOPENAREARANEE
RAINYBTENDEFLEPPARD
STESFEASTMISSESS
ELOIAMORTEL
SELFREFLECTIVEELSOL
ATEASERENEEALIREF
MCVIPULLONABLEVAL
SHELFLIFEIFEELFINE
OILRELOISHALLOLDE
NNEEELATEAMEAGLET
GREETFLEXIBLEFLYERS
IDIEVRYAWOL
HEFDEMIHIRERECCE
IANFLEMINGENVSALLAN
STLEOINSOMNIAARDENT
TEALEONIGOLDENFLEECE
ORCWHOSORELPRESSER
OSESORTSTYEROSTERS
Wed 10/24/2007
LIMELAMBRIOTS
ASECALOEERROR
TALCTERRAFIRMA
HABEASCORPUS
ECASHNABSCPA
IAMSSASHES
JONGBULBLIENS
ARONABOVONENE
PADUAJUDOERST
ATOMICSHAQ
NEZMUSHRUSTS
ALEAIACTAEST
SEMPERIDEMNEAR
EPEESNEROOTRA
WARDSTRONNOSY
Wed 8/22/2007
SPATMIKADOAGR
URNSGUNNERROE
BOOKEMDANNOMEG
PRIESTVIASOSA
LANDSNEEDALIFT
OTTOVAARARAT
TESTWINGOPERA
ITSFORYOU
SAUDISWEEPICA
ELNINOENDNOM
LIKEAROCKELTON
FENDSROOLEOLE
INOPICKUPLINES
SEWINHERELEST
HENTOSSINARTY
Wed 7/4/2007
CHOPFONZCELS
LINAULEESUFOS
OASTRATATATTAT
STEROLLOVE
EATINSMOKELOU
SLSESTATESEON
GULAGENZO
HAPPYBIRTHDAY
SEMSCASES
OLEONDATESFEW
CLXKOOLSSTARE
SECSSOBERS
DIRTYHARRYIRAS
EVELEGGONROTO
NEMOESOSDEAN
Sun 6/17/2007REAR AXLE
LIBELSHEWSASKSTHEM
ANORAKARIACHIAHEMA
DANGCARROTSTALLORDER
IFSOTRICKDOWNTHEORY
DIABLEACHENLMENSA
AXILLAHAYESSESSION
SEMSSODIUMCNN
BREADANDBUTTERPICK
SEXTSARANOAKLOOSES
IPASSKABULDISSENT
DECTHETEMPOFDOOMARI
ENTREESSCREWOSLIN
STAINSVHSTULSASACK
BOOGIEWOOGIEBUGBOY
MOTURCHINRAFT
INHASTEPOSEDFOSSIL
SPOREALEERECTSANO
FAMILYSTYDINNERALTO
IPSOFACTOTHEJUNGBOOK
LEOSLAINSOSASIENNA
ERNEENCSARTYALLSET
Wed 5/16/2007
PISAATBATATAD
IDESCORPSRABE
TICKLEPINKICUS
TETEATETELAHTI
DYADAMINO
ARTISTTINMAN
LIONEXXONAERO
LAEOXXTEN
OTTSBOXOFRENE
TAHITILEERAT
ERICABAWL
HILLSSTAGEACTS
OHIOCHILDSPLAY
JONISELMASALS
OPENANTSYEMIT
Tue 10/31/2006
AERATEMODELA
RUINOUSHELIXES
CROSSREFERENCES
TETTADIVE
IKEABANDBUSES
CARLYLEAIMLESS
DOAGEN
PREAKNESSSTAKES
SUVOCTOPUSESL
SNIPSATYRTYCO
ALESMIRA
AREELSAPAKIRA
DAYLIGHTSAVINGS
ACETEETIMEGOP
MEDSTAYSINSTS
Wed 6/7/2006
AMIDSPREEAFBS
LANEHEAVYGILA
DISCLAIMERROOF
AMPLERPRESENCE
ANDYTEAKS
BURRSEMEERS
ATIEISOLDEIII
HIDDENBODYPARTS
ALEDOUSESCREE
MINTERITSME
UNWONSADO
NARRATESREFORM
JOIEELMERSGLUE
AMTSELENAOGEE
MISODAWGSDARK
Sun 6/4/2006OVERCHARGED
INAWESOSALESTOPPS
NASALIRALUCYFACEIT
SITTINGBULLIONSKEWER
TRIEDONDEIGNTHEATRE
RETMISSIONMANNERS
SEALAFUSSACRORES
CABOOSESAUNTPPP
RUNOFTHEMILLIONRANAT
ADEFERAIMATCHICAGO
MERITOLIOGOSSIPED
MOUNTAINPASSION
MRPEANUTDELANOISY
PARAGONGIJOETUENHA
STENONOTIONFORPROFIT
TOGNOSYSETSFREE
ADODALEAMISHFADS
DEPOSITIONSLIPEWE
OMITTEDRIPENGRANDMA
BEATATPONYEXPRESSION
EATERYINTOEGOTEMPT
SNERTCOHNSAWESSES
Wed 5/17/2006
BUTTINJARSUSE
BRAWNYABELNEA
CUBEDTOMATOZIG
LEILIRASIZE
PREGREENPEPPER
LASSOESELO
ANATSTOPMOMMA
CILANTROORONION
ENTREAMMOELLO
THOAWARDED
CHILIPOWDERSSE
ROVETREECPA
OVODICEDGARLIC
PEROMANODESSA
SLYEASYPETARD
Tue 5/9/2006
BASISPERTIMAC
ALOFTALEETOGA
DIXIEREVELEVER
HALGAMEENE
MIXAMAXIMIPODS
ONEDSLAPSANAS
MONASTICCEL
SWAHILIDELIMIT
IRAPENKNIFE
LOAFPIECEDNAS
INDIASTIRGRITS
BTUINONYOO
YALERELAYOMEGA
APTSADMSFEATS
NESTPEELFSTOP
Thu 7/21/2005
MUSTANGCATCALL
INERTIAUSHAPED
STRAINSSTRIPES
SIMPLECIPHER
ADOTRASMENTOR
LYNNPISAROE
EAUNOTARIZE
ZPVCSPLFUIFDPEF
BUCKAROOCTA
ARRINRESPAM
RESEWSIRASOVO
SHIFTALETTER
ROUTINESINATRA
ARRANGEENDLESS
TENSESTDESIRES

8 Variety puzzles by Patrick Blindauer

Sun 2/2/2014
ITCHPREPSSLOE
ARABEASELIEST
MISODISCOUNTED
SAPERTESTES
AGESPOTSEXIST
MERCINAHSNAS
RCADOMEMOPE
PRESBYTERIANS
VIEWLEERING
ANTWEDSGEORG
CARTEREDASNER
AITALLYSETE
ANCESTRIESNCAA
PEERSALVOHUGS
TOSSOLSENAPSE
Sun 5/29/2011
IFSLBJZORRO
HAUTARIDONEAL
HAMMERHOMENUDGE
MOUSEPADDESKS
ANNOPRIMARYHAP
ROTHEADOVERHEELS
GRETAALIIMACS
DOSHTSPEROT
SHIHSRTA
AIOLISWFTIT
CLUESHAIELOPE
HASTHEHOTSFORHAM
ESENOWTHENTERI
SHOOTFRESHAIR
DONHOHISANDHERS
INTOWAMERGIFT
ASHESELMEAT
Sun 3/21/2010
CHAINUP
DIAGNOSIS
AMTRAKDEPOT
CIVILDENOM
SLRESCSIRIS
CRYFROMTHETICKLED
LADIESSITARSTAO
ISEENOWCTRSCOLT
BLTICKESJAN
TOADFLAPINORBIT
APRRELIESHIDEHO
PERIODINATELEGRAM
COMBESAIALD
WHEELSOMME
ORGANHANDLE
TAKEAPEEK
DEALERS
Sun 10/4/2009
SPACECAMPNOCOMMENT
ERIECANALISOSCELES
METRONOMESHOTCLOCK
FLAEATALLOT
ERSDIFCEY
YEAMOLAR
AMHERST
AIMED
BAS
PACER
MACHETE
DELHIENT
NORINNDVD
GENIEEESTIO
STOPWATCHHOURGLASS
AABATTERYIRSAGENTS
DRESSEDUPSTAYSSANE
Sun 4/19/2009
TAJCAR
ALEROONEIL
HOTELDIMLY
AGENTAMBLE
CATSSARI
VATANO
IBEAMORCASPINON
CITGOPERCHINDIE
NEATELATENUTS
THECIVILWAR
LICHENCEOACESIT
ABOARDSSNNODULE
YMAMOWATLNEE
SCARESAABS
GETTYSBURGADDRESS
MEANIESUESARTRE
CELABESIX
Sun 11/2/2008
ZINGDAMPECLAT
IDOLUSERTOELESS
PINOCCHIOONTARIO
VATRAPJIMINY
CAWEDMERTOY
LUISZOAAXE
ETSCRICKET
OOHSVOLTAIRE
PUPICEIN
YIPEMONSTRO
ALOEEMI
PONDARACHNID
STABGEPPETTO
SUMOWHITESEA
BATMANCOLUMNCUB
ELAPSESTEREOAKA
GARNNWRED
Sun 8/10/2008
ANTIFUDD
STERNOTIREOF
STEVENSPIELBERG
MAOELIELIRA
ARCRESODGAG
YAKSTRANDSHBO
NASSAUAUDITS
DREWBARRYMORE
ETEEXAMSTEN
AFLLPSLCD
IISWOO
ETPHONEHOME
AUNTRANAMOKVAST
SPOUSEEYEELISHA
TOLDYAISRDANSON
INTENDLAGUNCORK
REESESLYEPIECES
Sun 2/24/2008
VISTA
PENCILS
BREYERSICECREAM
PROVERBCHARMER
LACESASHGOTTI
INKSPOSSUMSORTS
EDYHACKNEYEDALE
RIVIERASTREAKER
FAQSRAVI
HABITUEEPITOME
IRAHEYERDAHLBAR
LANETSHIRTSLTYR
TBIRDSPYNEATO
SISTERSTRIVIAL
CHEYENNEWYOMING
LANYARD
GEENA