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Puzzles for January, 2008
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Tue 1/1/2008
ABBADRIVELOAN
COENEATENOPIE
HEADINTHECLOUDS
ERNRISERASSET
TARONE
HEARTOFDARKNESS
ALBEELAITYNAT
REOSFOURHANTI
SNOTOWNEBRUIN
HANDSONTRAINING
OLDTKO
CARGOSUITEASK
HEALTHINSURANCE
ERIEADDONSTAG
WONGLEONEHERS
Wed 1/2/2008
CHITALAPDSPCA
HOPISATLIIRON
AGONYIRANCONN
CLARINETFDA
HOTTUBABRASION
UNEMOTOCAT
LINEROLOISERE
CONNECTALLTHEOS
ENIDSOTOEARMS
SATOFOBEEE
FOSTEREDVERDON
ACHRELATIVE
UHOHIDLEENOLA
NOESDEANLENOX
ASSTARIDSWELL

When you connect the Os you get a bow tie. So what's the clarinet relative? Ellen Ripstein had to tell me: "It's an O-bow (bow of O's, pronounced like the instrument oboe.)"

Thu 1/3/2008
ATOPAPSEALMS
ROUENICEREAP
MORTONSALTGIRL
SHIATSUYEW
ARCHIETEEPEE
WAHOOJARATONE
ASAPFIRETRAP
YAMPENGUINPAW
BLUENOSETILE
GREERINEMONET
BERGENHOUSES
SALANXIOUS
CARRYUMBRELLAS
TINEDAISEAST
SNAGESSESOSA
Fri 1/4/2008
SCALARIVINS
EASINESSCANOE
EPICTALESUPTHE
MOVIEFONEOHOH
STEADFASTCREPE
ONESTRIPER
WHERESTHEFIRE
SHAMESHEMINS
SCARESTHEHECK
PERPETRATE
INFEREMAILLIST
KERREMBROIDER
EXALTTELESCOPY
TITERDESCENTS
VISESSHYEST
Sat 1/5/2008
SKINNYBITCHEPI
ILTROVATORELOL
TEACHERSPETCUL
KILATTYWEBART
ANOINTSSCRAPER
DDEFLUORIDE
LOSESBOATSTOA
AXISTEXTSHAUT
KYLSIREEFONTS
EMIRATESLOO
TOCELIAHARDCAP
ARABICEASEREA
HOGNASTYHABITS
ONEACUTEACCENT
ESLSAVESTHEDAY
Sun 1/6/2008 THE INSIDE DOPE
PAPALNACREMESHFLEW
AGATEFLAIRAREALORE
COCOAFLAVORCOTSAURA
GILDANETGASSTATION
FLUBDECORFENNELS
AMIPLACIDODOMINGO
WACSELANLONERSTSAR
ACHESIDSATIREMEESE
SAUNAGRIPETTUETA
HUMORONESELFOARMIR
PRIMSHROUDSLATE
SIBOASMASONICLODGE
OVASNOGEDAMSQUAB
SACCOLISLESPAMUNTO
ANKAMIGUELSAGEECOL
READINGBATTERYERA
ACCOSTSDIANEGARR
FALLOUTFITYEAEMOTE
ORALRARAWORLDSAPART
OGREETALENEMYHEINE
TOADDENSTERSEARNEL
Mon 1/7/2008
PARERSBYECBS
ABILENEOAKTREE
POPFOULOPERATE
EDUBALMSISAN
REPELNETRAH
SAIDNOADDED
DOCTORSWANIDO
ERRATICNESTEGG
ALAISLEROUTES
LYCRAAPLOMB
KINPEASEEMS
BASSSTEMSVII
ACHEFORBIGBANG
DIORAMASPIEDON
EDTREPSNEERS

Lynn Lempel joins the Consecutive Constructors Club.

Tue 1/8/2008
ICONSCTVOCCAM
CUBACRUERHETT
BRIMOUSTWOOLS
METEORSHOWER
TACOELAPSE
WEATHERBALLOON
RIDGEAERECUA
EMISHUTEYEORC
APTSUSEAMNOT
CLOUDFORMATION
TERRIFASSN
FLYINGSAUCER
CILIAMUNISIZE
ARENTADESETRE
BADGEYETISEAL
Wed 1/9/2008
CARDALAISPLAT
HOOIMEANOMEGA
ARMSIGHTUNSEEN
STINGSANT
MAJORINCLAMBAR
SENSATETVGUIDE
CATSILIE
WHOLEWHEATBREAD
IOLACLUE
THEHUTUINTOTAL
TOORDERFERRARI
DRATORRIN
SHINEALIGHTRAN
AMOURIRISHENE
POUTSCELTSDAY
Thu 1/10/2008
ATLASTEARDARC
TRINEENNEEGAL
TINKERTOYSNONO
NOAHSARKTBIRDS
TAILORMADE
BEAUSEROS
AGGROSLEEKSIS
JOHNLECARREBOOK
ASAIGORSIRANI
ECRUNAKED
SOLDIERBOY
AWAITSOPEDPAGE
MESSSPYCAMERAS
ONTOEREIATILT
ASSNSORTJESSE
Fri 1/11/2008
SOLARTIREDOF
KNIFEOPERATIVE
ATSEAMALEMODEL
THAWSERESNORT
EEKSYNAPSES
LUBEDDAWSTSA
GODELZITISHIN
MORALHIGHGROUND
ASOKONMYEAMES
NEWSACSBARBQ
ZEROHOURSUB
AWGEEXINGADAR
THATSLIFESCONE
RELATEDTOOHWOW
AWESOMEPENNS
Sat 1/12/2008
KICKSTARTSPLAT
CLEOPATRAPEABO
ALLCOMERSERNIE
RESHIPSDEFIES
LETSLIDE
SCORERMTPOCONO
HERODREGISTRAR
EDELSALONTADS
REALITYTVAERIE
MDDEGREEASNEAR
ROADRAGE
SHEBOPCAPECOD
PILAFFIRSTTAKE
EFILERAISINPIE
WIELDINDICATED
Sun 1/13/2008 BABY TALK
NOWNOWFLAKCLUDAWNS
AVIATELIMAOOPALEUT
TUFTEDOVERSHOTNIFTY
OMEARAWESTWEFORGET
GLISTENSIRANINBC
OBOETHRUAPEOTBEOE
CEEDREPATENTWEATHER
ALSORANSLEDTOWHIRR
LOONEYEMIOPULENCE
AWNEDPEASEEKESODED
GIANTWIZARD
OCTSPESOERECTGOMAD
FOOTPATHERASECEDE
FREEHOLSENBAILSMAN
ARTWINKWETTERRCSOZS
LAHZENGISEWOKCREE
LETNASALARROWKEY
WAKEVICTORIAEARWIG
AMISHEXISTENTARIANA
FANTAREETESHVAUNTS
TWEENYRSOLESENMESH
Mon 1/14/2008
UMASSPLUMSJAW
TENTHHOSEAUSE
ENDROADWORKSSE
AVISLENTEN
WAFTEDVIIOMNI
ABRADEANNOTATE
DUESPCAORR
STEPSLAPHERBS
KEYANTSIRA
TRIASSICUPBEAT
EATSANYSLEDGE
ATTESTTHUS
STEPRIZEINSIDE
EENAARONKILOS
TDSSPEEDSEEMS
Tue 1/15/2008
GALASVOCALIRS
ALANAAISLEVIC
ZESTFORLIFEOVA
ACHIEVEASTRAL
RASCALKYLE
TACOLEADFOOT
EXODUSMOATORC
CLASSLESRAWER
HESEZIOGAZEBO
TODIEFORTRAP
OLGAPUFFIN
COURICNEONGAS
TRATONEOFVOICE
ERRADEPTALLOW
TEDRETIESOAPS
Wed 1/16/2008
WADESAFROABBA
ADOBEZEESTEAS
DERATTALCLASH
MYSTERYALASKA
PARAECROSTER
IGOTITSOILSTP
PROBLEMCHILD
SAMSIONALIT
PUZZLEPALACE
IMANEEDARISEN
FAROUTSTRTDS
ENIGMAMACHINE
VIOLPAREVEXED
ELSESTANAVISO
RAIDISLELETON
Thu 1/17/2008
ABSORBSTHEBLOB
TEQUILASUNRISE
REITMANUGLIEST
ANNENDERENOS
ASKPILAF
SILLYESESREI
TREASUREISLAND
PATRONSSCOURGE
ANIMALCRACKERS
TINVITUSERST
BETHSCBS
OHSOOSCARFIB
REPOMANAVARICE
BLAZINGSADDLES
SPREADSSESAMES
Fri 1/18/2008
MAGNETISMCHIC
ALLATONCEPHONO
DOITAGAINHAMAN
ENDSNEAKINESS
GETAENGELLEI
IRRCEYNARD
THEMISERGENIE
PIEROGIINORDER
OMARRDREYFUSS
SERABEECAD
ISTMISSMRAHS
THEPROPHETOWL
RANEEIONIANSEA
OREADNOSECONES
NEDSSTARTWITH

This crossword was specifically compiled to form a part of the MIT Puzzle Hunt in 2008. MIT solvers were pointed to this puzzle and had to use information from the crossword to finish the original puzzle. The NYT crossword ran at the same time as the MIT Puzzle Hunt, so it was all planned in advance.

More information at the solution page for that puzzle.

Sat 1/19/2008
AZTECSSAMPANS
REHEATHAVEACOW
AREOLEEXITVISA
BOBLEERDREDAY
IZODPACTODILE
SEXESTURINCTR
TREBLELIMOS
ORIENTEXPRESS
SITUPSTRATA
FGSGOGOLHIFIS
LOATHSIAMFELL
ONFIRERYESALA
READINTODEARER
AIREDOUTENBERG
SNIDESTATEASE
Sun 1/20/2008 TRIANGULATION
MADMISCAMBODISCTU
ARABASADROANASAMAN
MINECATDMOUSESUDOKU
ESTATESREDEEMSPIKES
TEETHGILDIDIERA
SNERAVILININGARE
IMFINEDESMONDBLAMES
SEEKERSSYNSOONEST
ISRTUTBADGEALBERTA
TONNATEATMIDDAY
INONERESTROOMSLETCH
OLIVEOYLNAANWEE
RIBCAGETRIGOCITODE
IDEATEDONAKNEEPAD
COLLETHANGMANTAXERS
ENLSIMONEBMIHAHA
TIATROTLOXCASOS
ACCTSSPITZERSITUATE
MAITAIEQUIDISTTSPEX
ORTEGARUNTSIZETORE
KEYNESSEASTRAMDOS

Natan Last was a 17-year-old Brooklyn high school student when he became the youngest ever Sunday NYT constructor with this puzzle. The record lasted until 15-year-old Caleb Madison broke it on August 17, 2008.

Mon 1/21/2008
LEWDDWARFJEST
AREARARERUTAH
WINBYANOSEMAUI
NETAMESEBBING
FACADESALLAH
SMIRKSTUBE
TORTREUSEUSN
LOSEONESBALANCE
OTTCONESADOS
NEWTCARETS
SAMOASOBERER
ALUMNICODAOUI
VISADRAWABLANK
EKEDOILERETTE
REDSLOADSWHOA
Tue 1/22/2008
SEEPOKLACHASE
HULANAILLOGIN
OBITERNEERODE
WIZLANECHANGES
SEAALAONE
BETKENTSTATE
CREPESLODEDAB
RATACHINODATA
ASHRHOSGERMAN
WHITELIESREA
UTEERANAP
DAILYPLANETDIE
ASCAPALASMEMO
STONEDOTEOVEN
HONEDSTETWEDS
Wed 1/23/2008
SOTOEROSMIROS
THRUXOUTABORT
IMITACRERISKY
PATRICKSWAYZE
ENTENTECLAMPS
ANATHEMAALE
SPICEVENRAE
MICHAELMASDAISY
APETBSPFEMA
REPHOUSECAT
TRAJANCAMELOT
LAZYHAZYCRAZY
IVANAAHEMANON
DECIRROMALANA
STEEDDYANLIEN
Thu 1/24/2008
SPARSOTCOCHS
PINATAROADJACK
ARISESAERIALLY
CAMPAIGNTRAIL
ETAMARAYNEWE
SELFAVGSDAK
LYNNEMEKONG
GROUNDRUNNING
OLEOLESNOOD
JAGRSEASOLE
SDIAPOPSTPOD
NAILONTHEHEAD
COALMINEAVANTI
BULLSEYEHITTHE
STDSDIDSHOES
Fri 1/25/2008
SADRCITYBEIGES
TRUELOVEELNINO
ATALANTAEMAJOR
TILMIRRORROTE
ECRUCANAQUEEN
SLOPEYEROUT
MELOTTDESESKY
AVENUECDONTLIE
NISDARESCRIMS
CELICAHADJI
SONYSESTDPEON
TEARISEEITIND
ASHARPGASRANGE
ITUNESASCOTTIE
DEMODEREINHOLD
Sat 1/26/2008
COOKIEJARNORMS
OPPORTUNEUBOAT
RECOVEREDRIOJA
ERIKSYMSSETON
SATYRBITTECRI
ECOCARFADS
JUNKFAXRETINOL
ENURESPAJAMA
ADMIRALMANILOW
NEBSBUSONI
GREBARQSABBAS
ERROLCUESLIZA
NAOMIHILLSIDES
ETNASENLARGERS
TEENSSTEVIERAY
Sun 1/27/2008 I NEED MY SPACE
BABARWONATSTOLENBOA
ALOHAROUSHREPROVEENT
AFRAIDOFTHEDARKROOMREA
SADSINSROOTSFLOWNIN
EWINGVAMOSBEAVHIRE
BRINGSHOMEROOMTHEBACON
RITESASSNTWASAMEND
IDOLTILTDAISWES
POWDERROOMKEGSSPAZZIG
ANNVIAKEANEROUXJESU
BILGEATMFELTSERTA
THEBALLSINYOURCOURTROOM
SAXONATTYTRESPEAK
ARAYUSESOHGODJAMPSS
REMFESSGREENROOMPARTY
CRYLEERJIBSWORN
OMAHAAJARTKOSSOFAS
NORESTROOMFORTHEWICKED
ELMSERGSONIONASHES
AIRTAXIFUMESALEESKA
DEEDAVYJONESLOCKERROOM
ARSACEDOUTTITHEZORBA
YETMORSELENTERONSET
Mon 1/28/2008
MAMMAADSABUTS
ABEATLETNEPAL
TERRATAITASTY
ALVINTOFFLER
NEOFENTLC
SIMONWIESENTHAL
EMODIVAAROMA
DIORTERMSIMAM
AGREELOTTAZO
THEODOREDREISER
ETDWWIERN
THECHIPMUNKS
ATARIHANIRENE
ROGETESTTEHEE
MOOSERHOEDIES
Tue 1/29/2008
FANGSCLASSFLO
ADEALYAHOOLIZ
BOWLINGBALLALA
AMINOOSKAR
TAPTURTLENECK
ELAPSESAIDA
NOVAEEPAROMA
THEYCANBEROLLED
SASHMOBWEDGE
IDOLSUNDIAL
QUAKEROATSENE
UNDERDEMOS
ATAMOVIECAMERA
RIGARIELFUMES
TEELOCUSSTUDS
Wed 1/30/2008
PALETTEBOBCATS
AGONIESONEIDAS
KEGGERSLEGGING
ARPEGGIOAGT
AMIGOSREFRY
LIMEDMIRROES
OSEYAZNARNIA
HALFDOZENEGGS
ADDERSLOWIMF
DATAMINSANAA
AMEANILLEST
APUPEGGYSUE
BEGGARYVEGGIES
MALARIAENGARDE
SKITTERSTOREUP
Thu 1/31/2008
PASSLAVAAFBS
AWOLADINATRIA
BRAINDEADROUEN
LAMPOILYAOMING
OPIUMDENLUST
PEAAMISTAX
JOESSPREERIM
ADVWITSENDERA
DIIABETSFESS
EELHITEAOL
QUIZRATFINKS
ALUMNAEPOMPEII
LIEBEAPPLETART
LEERSCELLOLIO
ANNAHWYSPENN
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