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Ruth B. Margolin author page

14 puzzles by Ruth B. Margolin
with Jim Horne comments

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Ruth B. Margolin
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Constructor (14)Will Shortz (2)Jeff Chen (13)Jim Horne (2)Hide comments

See the 87 answer words debuted by Ruth B. Margolin.

Alternate name for this constructor:
Ruth Bloomfield Margolin
Puzzles constructed by Ruth B. Margolin by year
Thu 9/15/2022
EBBSTERRIMALA
CUJOINCANIMIN
REELNOSWIMMING
UNCORKSEMAILER
TSOCRUEYAY
EPIATTAMVP
GOODNEWSWELTED
GONEMOIRAAONE
OHSNAPNEGATIVE
TREOVERLYS
MAVARTSICE
IRONBARSPARTAN
SOLASTYEARISLE
SMUGUMAMISEAS
YAMSRELICPAST

Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen, who is counting the number of puppeteers needed to manipulate Topo Gigio, in Italian!

I think I understand this one. Some answers peek out the top. You have to raise oBJECTIONS, raise a sTINK, raise the mINIMUM WAGE, and raise a fAMILY to make the clues make sense.

Down below, you have to lower the VOLUMe, lower the TEMPERATURe, and lower the PRICe to fit the clues. And finally, in a bit of classic crossword humor, you have to please, for God's sake, for once in your life, lower the damn TOILET SEAt. (On the other hand, it bugs the heck out of me that some thoughtless people leave the seat down, which is just so very inconvenient! We aim for equally balanced offense here.)

Will Shortz insists that Thursday is simply "one harder than Wednesday," but we've come to expect Thursday to be gimmick day. NYT submission guidelines say they already have plenty of rebus puzzles, so what's a gimmickologist to do? One option is to color outside the lines. Today's example was brave because there's no explicit revealer, like GO OVER THE EDGE or DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS or THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX or MAN OVERBOARD. Hopefully, you had a nice Aha Moment.

If you're curious about how other constructors have broken through the outer wall, the complete list is here.

Our OneLook finder can help find phrases that start with RAISE or LOWER.

Tue 8/17/2021
IREBARAAMIGOS
REDNOSESCANARY
INDIAINKANTMAN
STABSOSASEETO
MAWSTIRRED
SWIMMINGPOOL
ARGUEDREENACTS
PIESBANKARA
STRIPERSOBERON
CHEESEFONDUE
MARSALASFO
ELATEDUPEAIWA
MOVADOPARAFFIN
OHENRYONESLICE
SANDALNADATKT
Sun 8/9/2020 CRAFT SHOW
FACADEARROZVACAAS
ERODEDSLOANEIDASLO
NOODLEMECHANICALSUN
CALLINSICKPICKMEAMI
ERSMITTWRATHNSYNC
LICEBEERHATDESI
ORNOTPRELLTUPAC
LEOVSKISLOPESTRUTS
EDGEAIMSALPHARITA
HOTRODSITSASKIMPY
WEARYSHIPSHAPEATEIN
WARIERODOMANALYSE
IDEAOTTERCYTOLIRA
SANCTASTORYARCINRI
GRILLMASSEINKED
SALECULPRITNYSE
TONEDPALINNCOSCDS
NWTINDIRAFISHMARKET
OHITOWNSQUAREAREOLA
TACOUIOUTLAWMAINLY
ETSRNSNEALEAENEAS
Thu 3/12/2020
CANASTASPILLED
ABORTEDHEROINE
FORSALERAISEUP
SOILGUTSSRO
UPENNBABYSHOES
RUMSPARSCONDE
GRASITDMAA
ERNESTHEMINGWAY
ICYNODYETI
ASANALEOIXNIP
NEVERWORNBUTTE
SRILAOSTONS
WEASELSSIXWORD
ENTITLEKNEELER
REENTERITSDONE
Sun 5/26/2019 BUZZ CUT
DIANACRABATHOSSTAB
EMBERRICECHASEHELL
JURYOFYOURPIERCEOLGA
ASAMOPREEDDATAPLAN
STARTDATESCRODMED
LEIATIETATIILRE
TWOPIECEINAPODTEENER
DENIMPLOBIEBRHODA
RIBMEATSCRAMALIG
HOWGRANNIERABBITS
ERAHISSANDHEARSECOO
PIRATESYUPPIESERN
COMOFIRESESPORTS
ALARMFUMEVOLOPART
TENTERDOWNONALLFORCE
DARAITSAUAEOMAN
OAFGIMMECANDYCANE
BRUCELEEORLEOHMNEE
ALSOCANTBELIEVEMYICE
MESSARTIEOGLEAMAHL
ANYARASPYWHIRNANOS
Thu 12/20/2018
AMOSCARTSSPAS
RENOANOUKTACK
TEASSCENICAREA
TWOWAYSABOUTIT
HOOINNATE
SKINOFFMYBACK
ARMALEEIHEAR
NOMYANMARNO
SCALYYSERROO
MANISANISLAND
AGORASSAC
LAUGHINGMATTER
FINESTHOUREDAM
ALTSORATENASA
SYSTKALESTYPO

Two-letter answers were common in Margaret Farrar's day. They disappeared from the NYT crosswords in 1952, until Patrick Merrell broke the two-letter ban and nine other rules in this memorable 2004 puzzle. Joe Krozel gave us eight two-letter State abbreviations in 2008. In 2014, Peter A. Collins's Mother's Day grid art required four two-letter entries.

Sun 6/10/2018 RUSH HOUR HEADACHES
ASAMIADMANQEIIMGMT
COLICSUEDEANOSAREA
CHUTEFORTHESTARSKIDS
TOMPINADREAMUSENET
IOLANIPRESENTDAY
CRAMPINGMYSTILEAHS
HERSTOPEKAGOGETEM
ASTERNELIDCONTOKE
ROUTEOFALLEVILSCENES
DDRBOOMSIOUXHEEDS
GARROTEARMYMOM
LEGITKEANUSLOPBSA
OARMENBUSSEDYOURBUTT
OREMISATHMOEARBOB
SNEETCHSEINEROBLA
NAWINEEDTOLOSEWAIT
RABBITHOLERESINS
OMERTATATASVENDLOL
TARAPAYYOURFARESHARE
ONEKAMENSTATEIOWAN
RATESITETAXEDTESLA
Sun 8/20/2017 FOUND IN YOUR INBOX
FAUVESAKICHISSAVE
ANTISLURIDROWACLIP
QUESTFORPROPOSALODDS
STPIERREEATNOTRIO
TREATISNOTANOPTION
AFROEXERTONANOINTS
QUARTZKALBASSES
URNVERSECOURSETHORN
ALTARAIDSLAKEDMAO
SOAPSVENNOMANIS
ACTIONTIMEADONLYFILE
CREAMYORDSULTRA
EELAGENDAUSETRASH
SELIGMOTECONTROLUTA
PRICEYAVANECTAR
ONTOASTAPERCUSAONE
WARDFORINFORMATION
EVANLUMETPATRICIA
SIVAACHESFORTHESTARS
TEENTKODORIONABBOT
OSLOESTSGEARYESNO
Thu 6/22/2017
SHOGIASHEGEAR
IOWANREADORSO
GLENSOUTDOORSY
HANDPASSHAND
HAZESEILAT
STNICKOBADIAH
CHIEARSMILEEAR
ORCABUYINAIME
TOESTANDTOENAE
TANKINGCLASPS
STEADAPHID
FACEMEETFACE
CESTLAVIEIRINA
ALEERESTSELES
TSARELSATESTY
Tue 11/1/2016
INCHEBOLAMAYA
SIRETOGOSLOGOS
ANILALLOSAURUS
YEMENSLEMONS
STENOPRAYING
OYSTOPHATNIP
PEORIASANTA
FRANCESDANCES
CRETETINEAR
EYESWANEEBIT
LESOTHOZEENA
CHINASMYNAHS
ROMEOROMEODUET
CUBASTUBASETRE
ASANSTIRSDYED
Sun 7/31/2016 MAKE THAT A DOUBLE
ALLCAPSPERPGREASER
ROOFTOPFOLIORELLENO
SWICHPOSIIONSAFFECTS
ETESROBSSONSURI
NERCREDIORDEBIAGREE
ICETEAASNERRECRUIER
CHRONICWIFIARMY
MEMOPADREAPPDFS
TRITINIIATIONRIEEAT
AESOPTARRINGMATPSA
THYMUSESRSTCOLDCOCK
TABRMSJOCULARSUSIE
OBILITLEWHIELIERIAS
OSSOISEESAFARIS
YAWNSPCALIMOGES
BUSTAGUTUCONNTHREAT
ESPYSPATERNIYSUIISU
REIASTOEWENASIA
ENDGAMEKEEPITOGETHER
TEESHOTELVISOUTCAST
STRAINSDIANTVHOSTS
Wed 2/24/2016
LIMEURBANDUES
EMACLORNAINST
TECHTAINTPISA
TAHOESTAGGTEN
ENOLSTSENBANC
RINGINBOURREE
TEAHOUSEADS
SUBMERGES
ABSPANELIST
SLEEVESSALAAM
CITRONKITTSPA
REAARTOOETHER
INMEASANAKIRI
PEASPALINOMEN
TEXTTRACTSIDE
Wed 11/4/2015
BALLTSKVIDEO
OLIOSHIAACORN
GILGAMESHNEWME
GELLOSINGANAL
SNEETCHRAGU
MAKINGAMENDS
RADARNUOVADEI
OLEGBIBLETELL
USACANIDAURAL
TORNLIGAMENT
SEERENDUPAT
SEASDEADERAMI
AUNTSAGAMEMNON
ARTOORELYADUE
BOARDLDSCARD
POW Wed 2/26/2014
PIGSAVIATECAF
AMOKNASSAURIO
CUBISTREPORTERS
SPICEYESAIDES
ANGASPIRE
POMPOUSASSIST
ORAREPLICARAW
PSIVOILEICE
EONCARBONSSHE
STARKISTNAKED
ATTILASAD
SURLYGASIDIOM
SLEEPERCELLISTS
ESESEANCECLOG
TATOLDESTTEES