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13 puzzles by Roy Leban
with Jeff Chen comments

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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
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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

Even though I know little about horse racing, I enjoyed this puzzle. Fortuitous that the five Triple Crown winners fit so nice and symmetrically into a crossword grid! And it's clear to me how much effort Roy put into the grid — nice and smooth, with hardly a blip during my solve. Polished and professional, with quite a few long entries to add (dare I say it?) puzzazz.

I also appreciated the subtle touch of the indirect hints that Will mentioned. If those clues like [Man-o'-___] had specifically been tied to the theme, they would have felt asymmetrical and inelegant to me. This way they're Easter eggs; fun to uncover if you look hard enough.

I was amazed what a coincidence this all was ... until I read up on the Triple Crown and realized that there have been 12 winners, not just five. My lack of knowledge in this subject led me to believe that Roy had made an unbelievable finding, all five winners from history fitting so perfectly in a crossword to form a complete set. And in hindsight, I probably should have read the notepad note, which explicitly spelled it out!

Ah well, it is a consistent set — the most recent five winners. I won't let my ignorance whirlaway my enjoyment of the puzzle.

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