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26 puzzles by Tony Orbach
with constructor comments

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Sun 3/3/2019D.J.'S SPINNIN'
PECANSMISDEALSCALAR
IROBOTITSONMECOSINE
SALOMELEANSINRISING
HOOVERJAMJUSTBUNNIES
FRESNOLUISUNAS
ASEACAANUSCGPXS
ETALROLLINGINTHEJEEP
MILLSEONSPAYETNA
AMITATASCLUESTEAM
JOCKOFTHEBAYGMAIL
REALTYTERRAONEACT
RIALSGRAVEJIGGERS
ALOADHESSALONELAP
COATCLOYTIOSWEDE
MAKETHEJEANSLISTIBEX
EMSRAVILIPSPOLS
AIREGAPSARLENE
GARBAGEJUMPJUNEBUGGY
ICEAGEONEIDASREPAGE
BANTERSIDEONEOATIER
BREEDSSTARTEDSNOODS

TONY:

Placing the additional Js was the main challenge in making this grid, with EMAJ maybe the main concession — but that's a nice-sounding key so, I for one am OK with it!

JOAO came to mind from a musical place, as well. Andrea and I both love names, and our initial, proposed clue was [Stan's partner on the 1964 multimillion-selling "Getz/Gilberto" album]. Having seen a clue in this Friday's puzzle referencing STAN Getz and his nickname, "The Sound," I half hoped that was somehow meant to help prime solvers for this, coming Getz reference in the form of JOAO (Gilberto).

However, the revised clue [Ian : Scottish :: ___ : Portuguese] does give the solver a fairer shot at getting this unusual-looking name, not used previously in the NYT puzzle, as they do not need to know Joao Gilberto to get the answer ... still, I do hope they will go and find him and that classic record that helped popularize the Bossa Nova in the U.S.

Similarly, JOSS went from the restrictive (name) [Screenwriter/director Whedon who created "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"] to the more gettable [Kind of stick for incense].

ACME:

The seed inspiration we had was FARMER IN THE JELL ironically not realizing JELL wasn't a word!

Tony carefully worked on the grid ensuring that there were no other unchanged D in the theme answers.

Although there are a limited number of words that start with J, we had a surprisingly rich list to choose from and would prob still be generating ideas if I had not insisted we actually send something in!

Wed 10/17/2018
MAGICPATJOINS
ICALLESEUBOAT
TESLANIXVINNY
TSPPANCAKESAX
STAYSSANE
AURALFAITH
SCUBAAOLLOUIS
HENPANCAKENNE
ESTALEDGEHGTV
STJUDEGUERRE
ALEXASASTRYON
LAMPANCAKEJUS
AVIDSEEYARABE
DIMEALLINUCLA
YEARPLATEEKES

We like to break the rules, as long as it's for a good reason, so this started with the desire to do a repeated word theme. Various sandwiches with their layers of BREAD were discussed, but eventually a stack of flapjacks was selected. The theme square count was a little shy, so a couple of syrup options were added. Maybe we'll do a tribute to waffles next.

Wed 4/13/2016
BTWETHNOLASSO
AHANATCHAPNEA
TELEVISIONCRUET
HOSNISHOECDS
SCHERZORISK
MOUNTAINDUET
UGLYNEOSTIPSY
NAEGIORGIOOPP
LEAVEFRANENNE
VANITYFERRET
INFODENSELY
ANNUGGSAERIE
MAGAZINERACQUET
PLOTZAGENTCGI
MANLYWANDSTES

As is sometimes the case, the idea for this one came from what would wind up being an unused entry: COLLISION CORSET. Not sure why that popped into my head but, there it was! So, armed with/infected by that, I went in search of phrases that could work the same way — with the added ET sound, plus the change of spelling/meaning to the base words — and came up with these. Though I like them all enough, my favorite is VANITY FERRET — mostly because I could see myself strutting around with one of those, looking down my nose at the less fortunate, posh-pet-challenged passersby.

Not too many clue changes from my original submission, but, for vanity's sake, two worth noting. For WANDS, I'd wanted to give a nod to my daughter, Sarah Kate, and her love of all things Harry Potter, so had offered "Diagon Alley purchases." Then, for YOGI, I'd looked out the window and thought of my neighbor, NYT sportswriter Harvey Araton, and plunked down "'Driving Mr. ___' (Berra book by Harvey Araton)." Well, those didn't make the cut, but at least I get to mention friends and loved ones here!

Thanks again to Will and crew — and, happy puzzling!

POW Sun 9/14/2014CELEBRITY SPOONERISMS
SPACEKAVAILSSCAPULA
LENORECATNAPWASHRAG
INVITEEULOGYATPEACE
CAINEPILLARFEYHEALED
ELLEGNATSBIGEARS
RIOSSERAEDYAOKS
LEESCIONSELESUNHIP
IRVINNISFIRTHBOTHER
NRAEGGNOGASIAMALY
GONERELITEDROOP
OLESGEREBOGGLESRPTS
SCOUTBOOLAKAYAK
USCMAAMSNELSONDUO
SHEENCLEATSEATNOANS
SUNNITOOTHWESTMYTH
RITTMIRALEERASE
EGOTISTLYSOLALGA
BYRNETACKPOEHLERSOUR
ROUTERSILOILONOLOSS
ARSENICNESSIEOPENTO
GETSANASTEEDSWESSON

Tony:

For a delightful stretch of years, Patrick and I were never without some puzzle idea brewing that we could work on together, and this one served to get us back in the flow. I had a bunch of entries and knew it would be something Patrick would enjoy joining forces on. As usual, we had plenty of fun trying to find a good theme set. Adding the commonality of names, and having the changes all happen the same way, made it come together in a way that felt worthy of making it for public consumption (as opposed to our own entertainment). It's fun to make crosswords, and it's really fun to make them with Patrick!

We had a long list of rejected near misses and, as anyone who's ever tried to think up spoonerisms can tell you, it was not the easiest task to keep them straight and pick through them. In defense of one early one I had — FRIED COWELL [Gave a scorching review of talent judge Simon?], which was not a true spoonerism because it conveniently separates the changing sound (a proper one for CRIED FOUL would/should be FIED CROWEL) — I told Patrick "I know of no governing body of spoonerisms that would disallow it." As a character played by John Cleese on "Cheers" said: "Ah. The cry of the truly desperate!" With desperation on this one now passed, I'm looking forward to the next one with Patrick.

Patrick:

It's a blast making puzzles with Tony, too! We work really well together, and we each bring our unique personalities to the table, as well. I sure do miss kicking around ideas with him over various lunch tables since I moved to STL, but I'm not missing things like the smells (or the prices) of the City So Nice They Named It Twice, that's for sure. As for this puzzle, the first email I see about it was back on 10/28/13, and we sure did go back and forth a bunch before settling on the theme answers. The grid came together pretty quickly, and I took far too long to write my clues (something called Lollapuzzoola seems to have gotten in the way). Sorry to see some of my favorite clues on the cutting room floor, but I guess that means we just get to use them the next time those words come up. I'm ready to make another whenever you are, Tony!

Sun 6/15/2014ENRICH
PBANDJSCHULTZTYPEAB
AURORAARAPAHOAMENRA
PREPARATIONHENKARRAS
AGNEWHIMEASEFARE
YEOLEAVENINGLASVEGAS
ARTSNBAAGOGFAWCETT
TATSAABHEIST
LETERRIPENYESMTVAD
ALERTWOWSTADTBEALE
TENNISONGUIDOPENNIB
INDCANIBEFRANKENUNO
FORALLERNIEINREPAIR
ARIDEEDITSTSEAETNA
HELMSMUGRAMENTOUGH
IMHIPDOINAHN
LEANSINAUNTAMPYOYO
ENSIGNOFTHEZODIACNAH
IDASBRAERIMLITHE
CANTOOCOENORDINATION
ASTERNEURASIATREMOR
SHEREESTAMENSHERESY

As with other puzzles that I've done with seemingly random added letters, this one came from having one of the phrases pop into my head — in this case, it was 32-Across (LEAVENING LAS VEGAS). That the added letters formed a spelled-out letter, and could also be a word or a symbol, presented some nice possibilities for titles and other theme angles, but I decided to just have fun with some silly phrases and leave it at that. I did happen on 90-Down (ENDASH) while filling and thought that would be a nice nod to the theme.

The only theme clue Will changed was 99-Across (ENSIGN OF THE ZODIAC), in which I'd originally referenced the motorized rubber raft brand. It probably is too obscure, but I did enjoy the image of a naval officer being relegated to the command of a rubber raft.

Some other clues were tweaked by Will for the better and for the benefit of the solver. One of the harder ones, my initial AGNEW clue was [Veep who called some opponents "an effete corps of impudent snobs"] — the fact that I'm old enough to remember that event fairly vividly (as well as my mother's pin proclaiming she was "An effete snob for peace" — groovy, baby!) is consistent with the equally mind-blowing fact that I am the proud father of two kids who've gone through college: well, Happy Father's Day to me — and to all you solvers!

Wed 8/29/2012
EVACFRANCAGFA
HEXAARDORLOAM
SALVETRADELOKI
LEESOSMOSIS
ALPTOPCOVERS
BSMTHOPEREF
OTISIRTPARLOR
TARALTERONELO
HYATTSDENPSIS
CHODIAZAHOY
PALINSINDIAN
STEREOSSAAB
ALBSFALKJACKET
TARTTRUERHIVE
SWAYYMCASENYA
Sun 1/8/2012DOING WITHOUT
STILTCLARICECERAMIC
TOGAEAEROSOLAVOCADO
OSAKADONTPLAYMATCHES
REVERSEITECREAM
KEEPUPTHEJONESESARLO
OPAEACHLAW
FEWCOASTERDULCINEA
GREENENVYDATEDESTINY
EARLESEASTAREECCE
STYLIZEEATMEZEROES
GETTHEPROGRAM
GOETHEAORTAEPICURE
ANTIMLLEPHENLATEN
SEALEDAKISSIMTHEBAND
PATTERNSSTANDEEAHA
KINOLDENIL
AQUAPASSFLYINGCOLORS
MULLSOILRENEWAL
IONLYWANNABEYOUIRENE
STAINEDUKULELEZONED
HARNESSSEMINALESSES
Sun 11/13/2011EITHER WAY
NORMANSSGTASPOBJ
OVERLAYDUOSBORNMAO
PUPILSSLIPUPBLOOPERS
EMOSTAMENBEACHBABE
ADAPERSEUSSUESREP
WANTOUTBAITTRAATH
EQUIPAUPAIROYERS
BUTTRESSEDDESSERTTUB
BASLENZAHAURLS
LIBRASUBPARRAPBUS
ELTOROAUNTSARISEN
WARSAWWASRAWLASED
EPEEHITDENTUFO
DEROGATIVEEVITAGORED
SPOTSEXTRASAWGEE
UMAUPAPAPAYESLETS
GIGOLOSSOLOGIGRPS
SCENESHOPSENTRATWA
ORIENTALXERXESSEXREX
MOSTAMEITESVENTURE
ESTLESSOSPROCEED
Tue 8/9/2011
MAIAAJARTHIEF
ISBNCONECYCLO
THEGREATPUMPKIN
TOLETDEANNYET
STILESYUGO
EASTLAMOTTOS
ATVAABABIALY
THEFUNKYCHICKEN
MASAIESCEESC
STOLENSTEFFI
LSATLIOTTA
ISPSVASEDREAR
THEFLYINGTOMATO
CANOENOGOASAS
HYDRATWODLYRE
Sun 8/7/2011GOOD TO GO
LEGRESTSOCASEYFATAL
AWEATHERRUFFLEAGOGO
LETTHETIMESROLLBOWER
ARSENEULAELBENNE
ADOSDESCRYOREIDA
LOGHOUSEKEEPINGSEAL
PARASWALAROUSES
SHIPLOLLIPOPRDAFEM
UPTONONSETIGUANA
EVESMRTRADAKRON
YOUREAMANCHARLIEBROWN
APLANUTEELSALFA
DULLEAOMEGAHEIRS
ASANANNONEWSISNEWS
DASBOOTVIATENAM
THEERAOFFEELINGSDNA
RENOIRTRAITSALLE
ITSGAMESTEFAEROE
VELMAIMINTOSOMETHING
ERECTMILIEUCOSTANZA
TORSOINSERTDETERGED
Wed 6/29/2011
LEANTSWAMIHOP
ENDOWHOYAMALL
COMBONOVERPNEU
ALISORESCAGGS
RATATATABOIL
JAMAICANROAM
SOLARXERSOLA
KNOXSANDSASIA
ITIBAJAIBEAM
DONTPLAYDOME
CHOIREPITAPH
BALEENLEISBEE
AVOWGNOMESKULL
BETHEYREEASEL
ECHORUDDDIEGO
Sun 5/29/2011YOU'LL GET THROUGH THIS
QUAKERSRINGBELLSSFPD
ENVELOPIRAEINOILTRUE
DEADASANAILPOWERLOCK
SLAYDIVAENCE
SCHSETCALCOTIS
AREEARNERORURAL
BOAPREYERATOUSNA
ESTACDCOUTGAMESSTEM
RTESLSTCROSTINESEXY
SIDEATALOSSESTDRPTS
ANILMAXIMAS
WINAPRIZEPRISMWANE
HOLDTHEOPEN
BOPSNADAATISSUEEPIC
ALOTAVERTJOETNTSEGA
CLOYVANCEJEDITISAHS
KALEALOHAMENURBI
HOTELMANEDGETON
DORMONEDAMOORG
RHEAROBSASEA
ABCDOZAWATRAPSPIDERS
FOURSEDANHAIRHARDHIT
TYRESEEYAALLYEMERSON
Sun 7/4/2010MAKING ENDS MEET
HAHASELCIDELSEEBBS
IMUSTJOULEMOMASLAP
COMPUTERRORESAUCARR
DEDUCESORTSANTI
GARRETTENGLISHEEPDOG
EMUNEERATILTFREAKS
LIMITEDITIONESTOP
SASVOLHAWTOPPS
BALIDAIPRIMERIDIAN
TREADMILLOPSRECCLE
RANCASENSITIVEOLE
USEAXLTIEONESEATER
SCIENCENTERRVSLUST
TODAYCEEVIARED
SHUTSPLACIDOMINGO
ORATORTWOAMNITEOUR
PERSONALITYPEVINROSE
UGLILIDSTAINTED
SEEDLINEGUARDIANGEL
ENNEEGGSOPINEREEVE
STERINSTPILEDYESES
Sun 3/7/2010COME TO ORDER
HEARTSGRAVESNOWWHAT
ALTHEARELENTPLICATE
SMOOCHUGLIERRANFREE
HOPSTILYOUDROPNEIMAN
OBOESTOKERBESTS
ALIGNEREIEPINAL
TENNISBELOWSUPERDEMO
EDKOCHKNITPERSLID
MASCOWESLOLRONONE
COWERKLUTZDEPOT
THEHINTMANGREENACERS
RONINALEPHKOOKS
YTDKINLEIGEERTAPA
TEESMOTSAGOAMATOL
OPRYMANIAFLOWWHISTLE
SAMPANODINCYNIC
SPATECRANIATECH
ARROWSAHOSTINTHEDARK
BIGLEADELOISEINATIE
LOUISVIITUNESMELODY
ERECTEDMERGESPRIZES
Sun 1/31/2010KEEP AN EYE ON IT!
SINATRABEREFTGASBAG
SMOTHERASEVEREMERIL
THEWIZARDOFIDINONAME
SOLONMIGSTENDERSTA
KHAKITAXIEVASION
TAIPEIRBILALA
YOUCANCALLMEALILSAT
ADDEDUSOARAPOUCH
ZOICAYSCOMMONSENSEI
AFROSPOEATTHRS
OPENWIDEANDSAYAHI
ANNNEZORRACELA
JEDICLAMPETTLPSCINE
ARISETECIFSSKOAL
ROTOMARTINIANDLEWIS
LEIASYDFEUDAL
LANAITURNERGULAG
ISOGIDEONTESTFLASK
SYLPHSAREWETHEREYETI
PLAITSPAROLEAUSTRIA
SANCHOSHOOEDMETEORS

ANDREA:

My second Sunday came about through meeting Patrick Blindauer's close friend and collaborator. Tony Orbach is the one of the most beloved people in Crossworld. So funny and lots of fun ... so we tried to come up with fun bouncy phrases where we added an "I". I wanted just phrases that ENDED with I, like, AREWETHEREYETI and OPENWIDEANDSAYAHI, so you could REALLY "hear" the additional i. But Tony liked to mix it up a little, like MARTINI AND LEWIS and TAXI EVASION. Again, I had to bow to collaboration and for the umpteenth time, they were proved right!

Tue 8/18/2009
ABRUPTLAIRTSO
PROMOSAIDEABET
BANANASPLITGOAT
IRISICANSO
ELITELEMONCREAM
LOSESITAAASSLA
ICARUSACHATTN
APPLECRUMBLE
TICSDUOARCADE
INNOMARSPOOKED
CHERRYMASHWASPS
KOWTOWEARN
LUTEORANGECRUSH
ESOSROBOBOURNE
DENDEERSWELLS
Tue 7/28/2009
MUMASAPGAMES
ONOFONDAAGOGO
WITHOUTQUESTION
GSHARPRAP
LORITSARARM
INALLLIKELIHOOD
IAMIDALAI
MAYBEYESMAYBENO
SWEETUTIL
NOTLOOKINGSOHOT
LITSETSNIGH
USNCOUPLE
AINTGONNAHAPPEN
IDEALYOYOSIRE
MOODYWEPTEST
Sun 7/5/2009M N O P
GASBAGAMPSUPGOUACHE
OSCARSCYRANOENLACED
SPELLTHEROSESROARING
HINDIARAMAIDAONCE
CAESARSPORTALDANGER
ASTISTATPDAS
CLOGANATTHEPODSQUAD
BOILINGPADSTLTURBO
ELLENENIDCEOSISIT
RAYFLEECERRANLATE
FULLPETALJACKET
ELMUNDOGOULASHIOS
RYESSICSSINERONDO
ILOSTAWESTUDPUFFIN
NEWYORKPETSATOIFOES
MILOISISRNAS
PANABOUTTOWNDEALERS
APERTEALAARELAHTI
BERLIOZPASSCONFUSION
LAVERNEETHERSIRONIC
ORESTESDEUCESSENECA
Thu 4/9/2009
JUDYCLADNOVA
OPIERUBEABEL
ATTSMINIMOZART
DOZINGBATRAMBO
DUMNORAS
CAROMSERENE
UTEBOOZYWONDER
JONISNIDEEAVE
OZONELINERSDIA
SLICERPSALM
BROWNARC
CRIMECOZYYOUNG
LIONSDOZENTROT
ANTIOOZEISSO
MESASPYSAAHS
Sun 6/29/2008TEN GRAND SURPLUS
LAPLATAAPESUITPENS
ECLAIRSROMANCEPEROT
SHOWMETHEMONKEYEDINA
TETRERASEGNUNEATER
EPSONTRIPLEKLUTZ
PORNOSTRAITOWIE
DRACULARICAUGANDANS
AFTERASKORTAMORREO
SEESNIDEPLANKAHEAD
MAIERMOIVOILA
WINKWINKSITUATION
ENOLAYINSHOAT
BARKTENDERESSENCTR
ATMDIRTAVERAGEJOKE
NOSEDIVEBRERPALMTOP
LESECOINEDABYSS
GUNKCONTROLUVULA
UTAHANEATACMESRBIS
ITMAYINFLATABLEKRAFT
LEERSDETENTEMINIBAR
ERSTSTYGIANATTESTS
Sun 5/11/2008DONE WITH EASE
JETSFANANGULARKALEL
ACETONEREPLETEAMINO
NOWEANSITUATIONZELIG
ONEPMTNUTPEROXIDE
SOSOGLAREDATWOO
NEHIORIGINALSCENE
ARPMANNERROLLOMAN
FEELINGSTATIONERSATZ
LUELLAYALELEADAGOO
ANKAINDIRACINQ
TEAMDUNCANSHEENGUARD
AUSTEMBEDSAZUR
SKADELONAAREEASTLA
UNICEFABANDONEDSHEEP
MEWSOCTANESLUECDE
PEATORCHESTRAOCTA
HCLRESONANTMISS
JUMPSEATBINGSODOI
ONYOUMINNESOTATWEENS
TIMORPREYSONTEABAGS
STYLESEASONSEMBASSY
Sun 3/2/2008FORWARD THINKING
KOOLBIDREGSCECILIA
ONLEAVEAROOMUNITING
ICETRAYINTRAPRUSSIA
ESSENELECTSSIDEA
DADDYSHACKCALMS
IOCMIATAGOODFATS
STARHAZERWEBBRIA
OHDEARDENIMJVDRIPS
LEGPARTYSEGERESTEES
DRESSHASTERESETS
ESSNIXEDDRINKSADO
SEESINSOLTIASLAN
SNATCHSAUTESPYBEANS
POPRUIZTHOSEOMENII
ALPEYESSWISSMIST
MILKDVDSOPTICSHE
EENIELOXPROFILE
GONNASHRINEASWAN
GOATEESSOAMIPUTITON
NUTTREEOSHEAIRONAGE
PRESORTASSNCOPYBOZ
Sat 2/16/2008
GETSMADCEREALS
ACETONEUTENSIL
BURETTECHATTER
FARTHERHYDRAS
EDITEDDILAILS
SONIAORFEPROW
TRENTPORNOEWE
GENEVIEVE
UMPNONETEXACT
KIRSCLIORISHI
ENOLHENPASSEL
EXOCETTACTUAL
TRIPLETSATIATE
VAMOOSEAVENGER
SLANDERRODGERS
Sun 6/17/2007REAR AXLE
LIBELSHEWSASKSTHEM
ANORAKARIACHIAHEMA
DANGCARROTSTALLORDER
IFSOTRICKDOWNTHEORY
DIABLEACHENLMENSA
AXILLAHAYESSESSION
SEMSSODIUMCNN
BREADANDBUTTERPICK
SEXTSARANOAKLOOSES
IPASSKABULDISSENT
DECTHETEMPOFDOOMARI
ENTREESSCREWOSLIN
STAINSVHSTULSASACK
BOOGIEWOOGIEBUGBOY
MOTURCHINRAFT
INHASTEPOSEDFOSSIL
SPOREALEERECTSANO
FAMILYSTYDINNERALTO
IPSOFACTOTHEJUNGBOOK
LEOSLAINSOSASIENNA
ERNEENCSARTYALLSET
Sun 11/19/2006WHAT'S MORE
ICIESTKANSASMALACHI
MODELAILOILOONESHOT
AMERICANLITERRAGTIME
REAPONDSEETHEICON
ETTASELMOUNLINK
THESHOWERMUSTGOONELI
POWDEMISEURANUS
TLCDENTEAMPSVERBAL
YEASSOBERSISTERTRUE
PAULODADASSERIO
EDGERERSTCOATASTRO
HABLAFORGEYAHOO
FUTZOLIVELOAFERNEAP
ALIENSNINETAMILRMS
SENSEIANGELOGER
TEAANYPORTERINASTORM
FERGIETYNESEPIA
OLINETALIIUMPSPST
LIBERALBUTTEROFAJOKE
EMERALDENABLECLOSER
SARONGSSALEMSSTEEDS
Tue 4/6/2004
WASPFDAPETIT
ARIARICAOXIDE
NEXTASHELATER
THECHERRYMOON
DAYNAYOOPS
INSETSUSPSSRO
STEVEANTEAWAY
COVEROFDARKNESS
ONESSTERLEAST
SYNALERHUSTLE
STIRDATSER
NEWMANAGEMENT
OCHERLULLEATS
STOLILAVEMIRA
HOSTSMETONIT