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5 puzzles by Rich Proulx
with Jim Horne comments

TotalDebutLatestCollabs
56/29/20177/17/20200
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0102110
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.64010
Rich Proulx
Fri 7/17/2020
SWABGAGA
STENOSAEOLUS
CHARACTERSKETCH
RATECARTSNORA
EVEGERITOLPAL
DELTALEEADAPT
NEARDISASTERS
GLOATCHEST
TILTMECHANISM
HASTORRENTSEA
ALLENSURESTAX
JOANDONE
INTIMATEAPPAREL
SOLOPERFORMER
REPUTATIONS
POW Wed 2/12/2020
OKRAATETHREES
SNOCONESHEAVEN
LOVECONQUERSALL
OWEHITPOMP
SONSOLEEMO
DEATHANDTAXES
DOWSOXSIXERS
REINSWEBCIRCA
ALTOIDLABOTS
THUNDERSTORMS
SIPEPIGTOS
ALLAUTAGPS
WARTOENDALLWARS
IMEANTONEDOZEN
NOODGEGODKEYS
Wed 6/5/2019
ACTSQVCBREAD
TAREUAEORACLE
OVERFILLNODOFF
NEVERLETMEGO
CRONUTSCHANTED
ENRAGEAGINAPR
DADAARTLIEU
LAPELBRAPELEG
ACIDSLOWJAM
NRAITANDROITS
DEFACEROPENSEA
SEVENWONDERS
LADYDIYEWTREES
AMELIEUTEOISE
WOMANKORPTAS

Until Jeff highlighted the theme answers, I didn't realize they were distributed symmetrically in the grid. Nice touch.

In 1989, Kazuo Ishiguro won the Booker Prize for his novel The Remains of the Day. Oh, right, he later won this other thing — the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Like many people, I read that book and then wondered what else this wonderfully restrained and understated British novelist had written, so I turned to Never Let Me Go. The clue at 19 Across calls it "dystopian" and it's certainly that. It's also about as far from Remains stylistically and thematically as you can get.

Both books are well worth reading and both were adapted for film. Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson were among eight Oscar nominees for Remains. Never Let Me Go was a much less successful film. Stick to the book on that one.

Mon 8/14/2017
HIPSPECSTWIST
ACAIAXLEVESPA
RENTALCARTIEUP
MUSHROOMBURGER
SPYSONRAH
WOKCOSYEAT
SPINACHLASAGNA
AIRSLEILATE
BLACKBEANCHILI
STYLOFTRUT
LUIAIMASH
MEATLESSMONDAY
WALTZBIKEROUTE
IRATEBREAPLAN
GENESSEWNETNA
Thu 6/29/2017
JACKSWHAMASTRO
ALOESHIYABARED
KENYAGIVEMEAHAND
EXECITEMUTANTS
ANGEPACERS
BAHRAINWASHAIMS
LEEDSEERRANTAT
AGAABRIDGEDIRR
MIDDLEMOLEBOLA
ESSEGHANAFLYNOW
HEALERSLAG
STAPLEDASUODES
TAKEMYWIFEBELIZE
ARENAIMAYPLAIN
BOSSYGORESYNOD