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7 puzzles by Sharon Delorme
with Jeff Chen comments

TotalDebutLatestCollabs
79/29/20084/1/20150
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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.56000
Sharon Delorme
Wed 4/1/2015
SOBIGTALCAMIE
AROMAABOODADA
STIEGJOYBUZZER
HOLLOWMAWSDAN
DRIBBLEGLASS
BROADENBAA
OENESAULONE
SQUIRTINGFLOWER
ESPNCIAOIBM
DOARIVIERA
TRICKCANDLES
YUPOTROSHOALS
PRANKSTERABBOT
EASEAONETABBY
ALSOSODAERASE

As a practical joker, I dug this theme. Appropriate for April Fool's Day! Each of the props is a common enough gag, and all of them work well as snappy crossword entries. JOY BUZZER is such a lively entry, plus it has all those juicy Scrabbly letters in it. Fun stuff. I'd make a "pull my finger" joke, but that isn't exactly NYT-suitable. (Sadly.)

They knew how to have a good time back in 1932

Speaking of those Scrabbly letters, Sharon does a nice job of grid layout to facilitate smooth filling around the J and the pair of Zs. The blocks right below the J and the Z help her section things off, and there are a lot of three-letter options ending with either J or Z (TAJ, HAJ, RAJ, etc. / ADZ, TAZ, BOZ, etc.). Really only the MAZDA slot provides any sort of difficulty, and Sharon does well to fill that corner smoothly.

Usually, themers are alternated (left-right-left-right) to reduce the amount of overlap between adjacent pairs, but Sharon aligns both JOYBUZZER and DRIBBLE GLASS to the right. That's less of an issue if there are two (or more) rows between themers, but with just one row here, there are bound to be some challenges. Once you get the nice COBWEB in place along with TAJ, it's pretty hard to avoid something like ABOO.

Another challenge in the west and east sections, curiously. There's no hate in LOVE/HATE for me, just a beautiful entry. And I appreciated getting RIVIERA crossing it! That does constrain the east section though, resulting in NEBR. Similar sort of thing going on in the west, with OEN and ON UP as the price to pay. Overall, I think the trade-offs are reasonable, though. I liked GAG ORDER and IMELDA enough that those little OEN / ON UP bits didn't bother me much.

Finally, beautiful clue for ABBOT. Who but the head of an abbey would be a keeper of brothers? Great repurposing of a common "my brother's keeper" saying.

Thu 11/29/2012
BOLASCARTEPIE
EPOCHAGUESINN
SECRETPANELNCR
ENALARIATABOO
ALLABANTHEBOMB
TARSPAYEE
ETATBLOUSE
DEGREEOFFREEDOM
TATTOODIVA
ASPICONEK
SUREHANDEDMERE
STIRRAISEDTRI
AUDDONTSWEATIT
IREEMOTEPREPS
LESMASONPASEO
Tue 6/5/2012
SPICETIMORBAD
ERNESIRANIULE
DULLPICKLESMBA
ANALYSTDISBAR
NEWNATONOLTE
DUTCHDIGGERS
AGALRICBOT
BUTTERENEMIES
EOERAWADES
MUSTERROGERS
ATTENANATSTU
ITSAGOSTUCKUP
LIPRUNGMASTERS
EMOAZERATRIBE
DETMOURNASNOT
Thu 11/24/2011
SRISBABAAHAB
CASHALIASSORE
AREAFORTHEGOLD
REENACTERASER
ALIGNTPSIRENE
BYTHEBOOKEDGES
ANOTEEOST
WITHTHEFLOW
UGHROOGIL
PROOFTOTHEDOGS
COSMOEKEGSUIT
LONERSSPECTRE
OVERTHETOPOLLA
SEXTIGORSRAIL
ESTANOGOEWES
Tue 1/11/2011
ACMEMCANMIDGE
BRIMEUROAREEL
RUSTYNAILJARED
ASHESTDIONIZE
HAMSCREWDRIVER
ADAMHOOATERS
MESSARROW
SHIRLEYTEMPLE
RAISEMINI
AARPTSAPEBAM
GRASSHOPPERAMP
HIDEHOOARSTEA
ASIDECOCKTAILS
STAGEACHEGOES
TOLETSHEDENDE
Tue 10/13/2009
MAMASGADMISS
AMANAIPOSACTA
LITTLEJOHNREAL
ASTROSEASTLA
ASHYLETTERHEAD
SHANESORTAGA
CURIOABASE
HEIRTOTHETHRONE
TAPESORION
USABETCOWLIZ
SARDINECANAGRO
EXCITEONEIDA
ROADROYALFLUSH
INDOSUERSEGAR
DYESTRYOREOS
Mon 9/29/2008
OREOIONICSTAT
PICKSPELTHOLE
TORISEWERSEWER
STUNGUNSOPIUM
ALEETYRANTS
DRAWERDRAWER
ROMANHICDATA
ATESCHOLARVAC
GENEEONEMOTE
SHOWERSHOWER
MALTESEETAL
AMEERICEBERGS
TOWERTOWERSOOT
TRIMABIDETONE
SESSMINEOSKEW