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6 puzzles by Tracy Bennett
with Editor comments

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Puzzles constructed by Tracy Bennett by year

5 daily crosswords by Tracy Bennett

Sun 12/3/2023 Freestyling
WHATELSEISNEWCLONING
HELENAMONTANAAIRASIA
ESTROGENPATCHDRAGONS
TSARSLIENLLBEANGET
SERAPLANROBOTSDOHA
TEENMASERSTENON
OSWALDSATIREPRTALK
DOLIKEINNINGMEASLES
OLINETRYINGJUAN
WACKADOODLEHELLSCAPE
SLEEPAPNEAFORCEFIELD
EARDOCTORFIRSTDEGREE
WHENTONNESRAINN
RAMADANCRIKEYARRETS
ELITESMAULEDCLASSY
DONORTERMEDTAIL
COINSOGLADJILTSIVA
EGGBETSONHULUHURON
DOORONEREMINDMEAGAIN
ABLEISMFRONTENTRANCE
RIFFLESFANTASYSERIES

Tracy Bennett is a digital puzzles editor for The Times. She manages Wordle and helps with the crossword.

In this themeless puzzle, she took a bold grid pattern with lots of white squares and, in each corner, positioned a marquee answer — "something new or that had an appealing sound or cluing potential." Then she built out from there. FYI, those starting points were 23-, 48-, 50-, and 87-Across.

Thu 5/28/2020
RSVPGOBSVELTE
ATEALIVEMINION
NETSALESASNEAT
GETSMARTFRIENDS
EDEMAOMG
USEDUPOFTEN
AMESRAHSTROBE
DOCTORWHOCHEERS
OTHERSUVAESOS
SHORTSHONDA
HSIETHOS
THESOPRANOSLOST
HALIDEBADKARMA
AMAZONCLASSDAY
IMNEXTSAYTENS
POW Tue 9/20/2016
ACTSPLASMEDGY
SHIVRUCHEVALE
NINEUSUALIRON
ENGLISHTRIFLE
RASTASEDNAWAS
EMITDIGEST
MAYBAKEDALASKA
ALOTONOBAER
PLUMPUDDINGYDS
LESSONTIOS
EYEOHMSCLUMSY
NOPIECEOFCAKE
UNDONAOMIKRIS
SIMPGLOMSEIRE
EXESESTEERATS
Fri 10/3/2014
ARSONISTSDCCAB
NOTSOFASTEARLE
GOATRODEOALARM
LTDILLTRADEYOU
ERINDOSESBOSS
ROUENTESTYLEE
STMARKSUREHAND
MOHSPONE
DIMETAPPSTASIS
UNOCLAROERNST
NAPAICONSTADA
ALPHAFEMALERUS
WIESTBOJANGLES
ANTICATANYRATE
YESNOREGGAETON

Curiously, only 1%-2% of themeless submissions I receive at the Times come from female constructors. The genre is almost entirely handled by men. No one knows why. I think it's healthy to have diversity, though, in all ways, and I welcome more female-constructed themelesses. It's unlikely a male constructor would have used the fresh and lively ALPHA FEMALE (55A) as a seed, which is a perfect example of why diversity is a good thing.

Sun 7/21/2013 ARTFUL THINKING
JINXPARCAGHASTHENS
AMOKAMORMEAGEREVIL
WADEINTHEWATTEAURITE
AXERIODEJAOMELETTE
PERCOCETTELSAWAIT
UNOSONBOARDVIE
TISTHECEZANNEPENGUIN
ANIONADAREDETANNE
HOTSPOTSTEEUPLUGAR
MASCBOODLESAGENT
ASSOCHELLODALICURES
SHAKAAQUAMANCITI
CALEBBUENAPOLANSKI
ALMASUINOBALLSPEN
PLANETSQUESERASEURAT
DYEMUSTSEEFINS
SHAMENAMEISEASYON
PAKISTANRAFTLIEKIA
ITERWITHFLYINGKAHLOS
THEOISRAELNOAHBENT
SAMSTHAMESGRESORSO

1 Variety puzzle by Tracy Bennett

Sun 7/9/2023
ALPSRAPIDPALE
TOETHELINELOAM
SCREENTESTOLDE
TAKEROOTOUTMAN
ATILTIRONHAND
KENZEENAPOISE
EDGEMISSPELLED
PAILHONE
SPLITTIMESSPOT
PEACESASESAPR
INVEIGHSPALEO
TRENTESIBILANT
TORTSTATUETTES
ESNETIGERSHARK
DEEREXERTOLAY
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