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3 puzzles by Scott Hogan
with Jim Horne comments

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Puzzles constructed by Scott Hogan by year
Sun 2/25/2024 Special Treatment
ASKSWETCCTVHEAVES
CHIASINEOREOUMPIRE
DIDNTMISSABEATHORNED
CADDIEUSEACEDJENNA
MADEARASHDECISION
CICEROREINERSEW
SOSOVOILANORISK
KNOWTHEDRILLELISHA
ASSERTYAPEEYORETON
CRIMPSONEONDWELT
EPEELOSTMYTOUCHIPAS
MOLDSSEOULGEODES
IREPREYONADASONOMA
LESSEEGAVEMETHENOD
TWOCARVALETRIND
KIAROTATECOPSTO
SAWRIGHTTHROUGHME
CRASSNEARCNNBRAISE
AMNIOSSTANDCORRECTED
RINGUPTACOAMIEHEAD
SCANTYSTEMPEGEMMY
Sun 4/23/2023 Punctuation Matters
OFTSPATBARONHABLA
PLEARAGUALOHAAPLUS
AIRGUITARPLAYSATRICK
HRREPTINTORAREINKS
STANDSINTHEWAYCOLD
TOOINSTLENSCAP
JERKSAROUNDMIDUSE
ABUKERRSCAMAORTA
DOSEDFALLSOUTOFFAVOR
EYELEVELAWARELITER
ACERLWORDLOEB
CSPANDAFOEGOPLACES
BATSFIVEHUNDREDDRAWL
FREESEARLNAESMAE
FORHENBEARSINMIND
SNIFTERGLAMROE
LOCSPLANTSEVIDENCE
SMIZESHOTSOMEUTAHN
PUZZLESOVERDARKHUMOR
ONEILSTENOAIDAPESO
TIDESNODTOSLITDEN
Sun 7/10/2022 Movin' On Up
ROFLAWEDTREATTEMPT
OURSCALERASTAANAIS
STUDFARMSAZTECBRINK
ARILIMITSEEOOLONGS
OTHOURIAHREBRAND
BASPANICBADRIP
TEARSATEDAMBROUHAHA
ARTDECODENIMOCTAGON
DOORSTOPSOLEMNELOPE
SSNSNUGNATOCRONES
STURIBNOTHIS
CATNAPGARBOHHIWAS
ARIALSENIORSENDHELP
RESPECTTAXEDAURELIA
LATESHOWRITARAILCAR
ASHIRANIGHTFLO
EVILEYEGENUSTOMB
HASIDICAWLAMUSEEAU
OREOSOHGEEBARCRAWLS
SCALAUBERSINGACASE
ESSAYPORESTEEDEGAD

Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen who is ROFL.

Sunday NYT puzzles have titles. (With rare exceptions, other days do not.) Sometimes the title gives away the trick, and for that reason, many solvers avert their eyes. Today, I was able to guess the gimmick from the title alone. Fortunately, I guessed wrong, and the real trick is more fun than just shifting ON within a word. Here's how it works:

  • In the bottom half of the grid, common phrases have their terminal ONs expurgated.
  • Following Conservation laws, those ONs have to go somewhere. They float up to the ends of the answers immediately above.

These theme types work best when the modifications completely change the meaning of the base text, and that's where this puzzle shines. 3-Down transmogrifies BAT to BATON. That ON was stolen from SEASON in the answer below. Oh, Cap'n, 'TIS THE SEAS is the perfect answer to "Why art thou queasy?"

Entertaining themes only get you so far on a big Sunday crossword. You also need a sprinkling of outstanding clues.

  • "God whose name sounds like the ammunition he uses" is Eros (aka, Cupid) whose ammunition (!) is ARROWS. Do they sound the same? Very close!
  • "Takes a car, in a way." In a way gets us thinking that this must be either something about REPO or maybe GRAND THEFT AUTO. Wrong. When one UBERS, one takes a car. I love clues that I know I could never have thought up.

This is the second recent puzzle where a word got transformed into COUP. Perhaps the next one will run on January 6.

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