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13 puzzles by Roy Leban
with Will Shortz comments

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Roy Leban
Tue 6/9/2015
WOMBATMMECOST
APOLLOAASINCA
REDEEMCITATION
ARCHNEWYORK
SEATTLESLEWNEE
AXISALLYUSSR
GADINGESPA
AMERICANPHAROAH
DIYDOOMMRI
MUSSAEROONES
ISUSECRETARIAT
KEROUACDIRE
AFFIRMEDNEGATE
DUELEDUGNOMES
OLDSSEESANTAS

Roy constructed this puzzle shortly after American Pharoah won the Preakness in May. We had an understanding: If American Pharoah wins the Belmont (and, thus, the Triple Crown) on June 6, I will then rush the puzzle into print. If not, his beautiful work will go to waste.

In a sense, Roy had a $300 paycheck riding on the outcome!

Fortunately, American Pharoah did win. The race took place on Saturday evening. I edited and typeset the puzzle on Sunday morning. The testers solved it and got me their comments by afternoon. I polished the clues. Ellen Ripstein went to the Times on Sunday night to prepare the files in all the formats for both print and online. Et voilà! Done with time to spare.

Conceivably, we could have rushed the puzzle into print on Monday, bumping the puzzle that was already scheduled then. But the Times crossword now appears in so many formats that a last-minute swap isn't easy. There would have been a serious chance for a screw-up somewhere besides. So Tuesday was safer, and the puzzle's theme and fill felt more Tuesdayish anyway.

A couple of notes on the clues:

  • While the puzzle has no specific mention of the "reveal," the Triple Crown, the clues for 22A ("Home of the Belmont Stakes") and 10D ("Louisville and Baltimore") do suggest all three legs of the title. I was pleased with that.
  • For 1D, WAR, I debated a long time about using the clue "___ Admiral," referring to the Triple Crown winner of 1937. I finally decided not to, as that would have muddied the theme. But I did include a backhanded reference to War Admiral's sire, and a great racehorse in its own right, with the ship reference "Man-o'-___."
  • One other semi-thematic clue was "Infield, for one" (AREA), referring to the interior part of a racetrack.

Altogether I think this turned out well. Thank you, Roy (and American Pharoah)!

The previously scheduled June 9 puzzle will now appear on June 30 instead.

Tue 12/13/2005
SMOGSTAGEMESA
LAVAHOVERUSPS
AXERORIONESAU
GINGERROGERS
OFTENALPEN
PAPYRUSGALILEO
AMILEOMSALT
ROSEMARYCLOONEY
RECNFLSPARE
OBELISKAMHERST
TASERGOREN
PEPPERMARTIN
BODEAIRTOOUZO
MUIRSTRATATOP
WINSSAYSODUDE
Mon 10/3/2005
ACMEAERTSETSE
NOIRJLOOPERAS
DONADAMSROGERS
REDSOXSPARADE
EDSELEIGHTYSIX
SLURASYOU
TNTEENYGRIT
WOULDYOUBELIEVE
AWRYMONARYE
BRUSHROSA
SHOEPHONESNIFF
TAJLANESOIREE
ONECARGETSMART
ROTATEELOATME
MISTERVFWLEIS
Wed 7/20/2005
MINTSFICAKILN
ASEATADAMWEAR
IMHIPROSAAIWA
NEILARMSTRONG
BUYSAARHST
RESALEANNATHE
ERICBRETTYON
WALKEDONTHEMOON
ASHLISASANTI
REOBETZCARESS
DRUOSOBAEZ
EDWINALDRINJR
SATORILEAPIAN
OCTOAVONTANIA
BEEREYEDENOLS
Wed 12/1/2004
CHICPAVERPAAR
OATHALIVEIDLE
RITAGODELVOID
KRYPTONISOTOPE
LODEATTN
FARINAMARLA
ALENEDICKCLARK
LEIMUNRORAE
KENTSTATEJERRY
ROADSRINSES
SPEDDEBT
MANANDSUPERMAN
JOLTEXCELELLA
OLEORIATAELIS
ETONDITSYSETH
Tue 8/3/2004
SAHIBOPERABAR
AMINOWALTSONO
PICKYPICKETNIB
CENTSAUNTY
RAPSONGSLIBYAN
ERUPTSCARIB
STPATBOOZEOOF
TOPSSARGEENTR
SOYBARBSPENTA
PULSEHIREON
TAURUSANALYTIC
APPLEERODE
LAPJUNKYJUNKET
IREANGIEPIANO
ATTYARNSSANDY
Thu 7/15/2004
ROBTPALEUPFOR
UTAHENIDHURON
TOTETUTUALOHA
HOTDWITHCSUP
ALLSETOILMIA
NEEEIDERSTERR
NSCNOUNAVAST
RAINCSANDDS
GEESEOLAVUSD
TREKDERIVEROO
OAKSOXINTERN
DCCHERSTRUCK
TWEETALITEPEE
NOVAELANAATRY
TOERRENGRTOYS
Sun 3/21/2004MOVIE SEQUELS THAT WERE NEVER MADE
TVAFRIARSSPCAFABLE
VICLANDHOMOONAFTER
SSTINLIEUALMSDEWAR
THIRTEENANGRYMENWEGO
ANNOETSDATOLEBLUR
RUGBYCLUEINPEEVES
BANGTHEDRUMFASTER
SMUYAHOOSMALLET
HINDCALSEPNOIEMS
OSBOURNESXJSERATO
THEGREATESTSHOWONMARS
SANDLTORUNANGELIC
PTAIDASADESSNOVA
YEMENIITRIEDXER
SLEEPINGINSEATTLE
CHEVREUNTOLDIMACS
RABELILARIMOSISLE
ULANSOMELIKEITHOTTER
TANIATERIINATUBHAI
CLONEANNANOTONEMTA
HANGSSTENGLASSYASL
Wed 2/4/2004
REBAADMANMOLS
ICONDOOZYARAT
BOBKEESHANRARE
BLTSALYSTER
ASYETOWEABODE
CAPTAINKANGAROO
LUISRESARR
URNFIGMCAFOP
TISAAHOENO
CLOWNHALLOFFAME
ZAXISULTEFREM
EBBSCROOURS
CRITHOWDYDOODY
HEREARISEAMOS
SADRNANTZDEAL
Sun 2/1/2004FILM SOUNDS
ASPICDROSSSCHWASCAR
SCUBAEERIEEIDERSWANE
HALESAMIGAPATRONHTTP
ALLTHERIGHTMOOVESDANIO
RIOTHXEBAYEXOTICS
PANACHEDEOSHAELAPSE
DREAMTLISTEDNIB
THEPURRFECTSTORMANODAL
AIDTACHMELVINGUIDE
GEORGESHIMTIEREDTRIO
ISNTNERFEAUBEEN
HISSTORYOFTHEWORLDPARTI
AMOKREEAXONSEGA
LADYMASCOTPOETSABINE
ARABSTORAHSSTEPREA
LISZTSROSIETHERIBBITER
ZAPNOISESNAPLES
ZSAZSAOKSSAPSEVERER
YENNINGLARAJQAEXE
DANESREBELWITHOUTACAWS
EMUSVERONASTAKENOLIE
CELSSELDOMTOSEATHEFT
ORSODESSASNARKSORES
Thu 1/22/2004
RAPSLAYSSTEIN
ACETOSEAIGLOO
LTRACTASLIKUD
SUITYOURSELF
TASKSDOERSCNN
OTHOREFRYZHOU
NEABENTBOAST
BARSTHEDOOR
AALTOERINLAW
KIEVSOMNIPELE
ARSSODOIAIMEE
BUSINESSCARD
ATARISKEINGTO
DIGINTELLANEU
ZEROGSYSOPEDT
Tue 7/8/2003
NAACPEMMADOOR
OCCURMOATANNE
THREERINGCIRCUS
EYEPOGOHONEST
FAIRFIN
JERRYLEWISLAMA
ALIASIDOAVID
NODSFELONBEAM
EPEEADMNORMA
TERRDEANMARTIN
PENEATS
ANGORAMENUJAI
HOLLYWOODORBUST
OPEDALOEAORTA
YENSYARDLOYAL
Mon 9/16/2002
SALSAIRISSWAP
AVAILSILKLACE
DOUBLESOLITAIRE
ENDTAUTPUTTER
LOSEFORE
SMALLERHALFPTA
NOMADODEWOES
ATOMGAPESHURT
KONAROERINSE
ERGRANDOMORDER
BONETSAR
ROTUNDNORMRCA
UNBIASEDOPINION
ICALOPALNITRO
NERDNIKEGLENN