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Puzzles for January, 2020
with Will Shortz comments

Wed 1/1/2020
OHFUNARTCLIP
LEAFSRAMAAONE
MAKOCLINICLOLA
ODESEAUCAVIAR
SSNKELPREVIEWS
PARISEDEN
JAMALTHEEBLOW
ICEITY2KWAIVE
FESSDIOSELVES
EVENPALER
FINDINGDORKALP
ALOHASADOSLOE
MULEENDOFSTORK
EVILREARRANDO
DUELASSOBESE
Thu 1/2/2020
SEALSCONESLET
PLIEEFFECTALE
AFRAIDOFTHEMAN
SPCASTOPGAPS
WAITUNTILHORSE
ORNOITEMPRES
MIAACMEUAR
BEINTHENSTORMY
AVEJAKEEEO
CASKZIONAGAR
AFTERCHOCOLATE
TRADESINURAL
NITTHEDARKSIDE
ACERESORBKNEW
PANOATERSAGEE
POW Fri 1/3/2020
AIMOPHELIAGUN
STAGFLATIONRNA
TUNATARTAREAFT
UNITSPARMUNRO
TEASETBINDI
ESCRITZCRACKER
ACHORUSLINE
BTWOCARETEDDY
THATSUNREAL
WETHEPEOPLEHUM
FEELSISMENE
LORRECOATALPS
ORBCROPCIRCLES
ACETAKEREVENGE
FEDSEERESSOSS
Sat 1/4/2020
SWEARWORDACLS
HAMBURGLARBLIP
OCTOBERSKYFAKE
TOSSNETDRAPED
YESSIREEBOB
SPASMSNARFMUG
TILTATETCBETH
ALLEGESSUZETTE
BLAMCPRPIGEON
SOBSHEETTURNT
WORLDWARIII
SLUICEDIMLICK
CATSMISSSAIGON
ACMEONTHATNOTE
TEENTOADEGREE
Sun 1/5/2020 STRESSED OUT
LARDSSWAGFROGSNASA
AFOOTAIDEIONIAOPEC
PROJECTGUTENBERGHOAR
SOSORRYTVSALEESSO
ESTEARACHEERSALTON
DOGPRESENTCOMPANY
URGESUPONYOHOHOTAM
PERFECTSCORESUNREELS
SHEATHEDIFSTOOL
HEATERICDUMAULTRA
OASPRODUCELABELSHER
TRYTOEROSGENESEAR
WOLFSHOPANATOLE
MAHALIACONTRACTTERMS
ARETENSORCOLTTRYST
DISCOUNTSTORESEEN
ESSAYERADUGOUTSPSA
ATITADAPOITATTLES
BIASCONVERSEALLSTARS
EDNATUGONERIETONGA
TESTSTEWSRELYOPTED

Will Nediger, of London, Ontario, is a professional crossword constructor and writer of trivia questions. He's a regular contributor to National Academic Quiz Tournaments, which supplies questions for quiz-bowl tournaments at the middle-school, high-school and college levels.

Since 2000, Will has had more Sunday crosswords in The Times (14, including today's) than any other Canadian.

Mon 1/6/2020
VACATEGENTGEM
ARABIAELIAANY
RUBIESEMERALDS
GATTUNICGLUT
SUNSNARETORE
ELASTICASAPER
WASHEDUPFUSSY
AMETHYSTS
SCAMPDECREASE
COGEEGSHADIER
ACIDALLENLAG
NATORAISARES
DIAMONDSPEARLS
ANTWELTPANOUT
LEEEDYSSTINGY
POW Tue 1/7/2020
BBOYINITTRAP
REVUPNORAHUGE
ADELEMROCTOBER
THREEPOINTER
SOSPINBICIAM
GHOSTOFACHANCE
AWAYERSCTRL
BURNTCDSSHEET
ERIESOUECON
LANDSCAPEPHOTO
ALGPORLEIIPO
OUTSIDESHOTS
STEPNIECEMANIA
PAVEALESSLACK
AXEDNYETELSA
Wed 1/8/2020
ISHMRTOADFETA
MOEMORRIEAMAN
ALARMBELLSVICE
COLOMBOSORROW
AGEADELE
AURORABOREALIS
BASSOMATTULNA
RNADABESCASP
EDGERIALAGNUS
AWESOMEBLOSSOM
STYNECTU
ETCETCHALIBUT
YARNABPOSITIVE
EXECMARLINREN
SIDEPHOTOGDAN

See Wordplay for Will Shortz's comments.

Thu 1/9/2020
PCHELPCOSELL
BROODERONEREEL
HEROINEPICANTE
ALORAIIMS
JUNORIPLEREES
IDESUGBOAANGO
SETTEESTRENTON
ANDOMS
MISREADRUPIAHS
INOROUROU
ASCORAPSEIMID
STOUOPTHARESS
MARLOWEDURANTE
ALROKERIRONIES
LONELYENDEAR
Fri 1/10/2020
BITMOJISOPSUP
OMNIBUSOAKLAND
RAUCOUSPIRATES
ONTHELASTDAY
ESPISHAPR
ITALOOPICRIED
POPIDAHOCENSE
APPLESHORTCAKES
STLEOUNCAPINK
SEETHEOAKSETS
NTHALFEPT
AFROFUTURISM
SPYRINGCHRISTO
IDAGREESEEPIER
LAWYERBLESSME
Sat 1/11/2020
RUBYTINADEPTS
ONEONONEROARAT
ADSLOGANREVERE
DEMOTAPESESPN
MREESPEURTOO
AGARSPVCPIPING
POREGUARDDOGS
BEERLEAGUE
BOLTCUTTER
WERETHEREEGAD
ORANGEADEADOBE
MIRYRSCALFIB
ETCHEMILEZOLA
GELATOEPICURES
AMAJORNECKLINE
SEWINGUSEUTES
Sun 1/12/2020 STATE OF CONFUSION
MAZDASHERODHMOSEAS
ONEACTADOBEEELUCLA
ANSWERINGMACHINEROAR
NUTSEGGYMAUNASELMA
ALSORANSAFRICANLION
NEMOIRELEEWAY
PATAERATORSWINGBY
SQUIRRELEDAWAYLOOIE
AULDEMSEVESTOTO
TAILINGCROAKEDDEW
PERSUASIVEWRITING
PCBSALINASTAPERED
UHUHFROGAHAHILO
GALASSWORDANDSHIELD
SIBLINGEDUCATEFAO
FLORALASLMRED
AVOCADOROLLDIALECTS
SOLOSATEITWEANBOOP
ACLUKNOWSATHINGORTWO
HAIRLEIPLIESEDITED
IBETMRSSKEETRESALE

Evan Mahnken is a high school chemistry teacher in Amherst, Mass. David Steinberg is a puzzles and games editor for Andrews McMeel Universal syndicate in Kansas City, Mo.

They're each 23. They met at a crossword tournament two years ago. Evan originally sent a daily-size version of this puzzle to David, who proposed Sunday-sizing it with more theme examples. They collaborated on the grid by sending each other screenshots back and forth by email.

Mon 1/13/2020
MEATYPUMADAIS
ALPHAIRASONTO
PIPEWRENCHCYST
EELERNENWAH
SPACOMESOFAGE
ALLOTGAITRYON
DUTCHAIRLINE
EMOTEDBESTED
ALOTTOMANAGE
PIANOASPROMAN
ITSTOOLATEEDY
LAWPOLELFIN
OLEOMIDDLESEAT
TILLPEDIELSIE
SALEADENTESLA
Tue 1/14/2020
ANNETREESACED
PEONRURALCANE
PUTTANGRYBIRDS
TAOSNOTADAGE
GROUCHYHANMAR
MANRAYIDLEEMT
CLEARMAEALES
GRUMPYCAT
CODEHALWASTE
AVEROSYSENIOR
BUMAHHLADYBUG
ALIBIAHABREC
RAGINGBULLARAB
ETONALGAETINA
TEDSMEOWSEASY
Wed 1/15/2020
SCOTACERSPIED
CHAILOWEMACED
HITBELOWTHEBELT
UMBERAAAS
SPARRINGPARTNER
SSRDOLESANO
ERITUANNUL
THEGLOVESAREOFF
HANGSPANSY
ATTKIOSKTMC
THROWINTHETOWEL
LOLLENOLA
PULLONESPUNCHES
AVOIDTHUGUIES
CAGEYSETHETSY
Thu 1/16/2020
FETASPRIGSCHAI
AARPTOETAPRODS
UTEPANGORAORAL
NIALONGBROWNIE
ATTENDELDERS
JOURNEYMAN
MEGAPEEWEEOTIS
EXECSSTOWPIANO
LANKATSKSASKUP
MESSYGREEK
ETAHONEYBEEATL
BALTDIRELYOKIE
OBOEUNITASANTE
OLGADECIDEFEUD
KEYSERASERSETS
Fri 1/17/2020
AVCLUBPROGTMI
MARINESULUHAN
OLIVIAWILDEEMS
REBECCAISSARAE
MOONNASCENT
ARIADNEGLENS
POSSESSSTREAMS
EARMOE
SMARTTVPREDATE
EERIEREDEYES
UMLAUTSASIF
BUILDUPTOTEBAG
OFTELECTRONICA
ATEAARPTUSKED
TISURSASTEERS
POW Sat 1/18/2020
SLIPSHODWINK
LAVALAKESIRAN
ICEPALACESNUDE
DEMPOPAWHEELIE
IDOSGILINTERS
NOVICESGILA
TIEDONANTISPAM
OLDENBLUESTONE
YOWTAJSTINTS
NAVIDADSNITS
LINDROSGERE
KICKSTARTERDAD
CROATTEARITUP
UMBRAEARFLAP
PASTSSUDSED
Sun 1/19/2020 BIOTECHNOLOGY
REFIADSTHEROSEBLOB
ERINMINDVANUATUREPO
HEDGMOORPLANTAGOVER
ALEEARCANALEGGEWING
BOLEYNAFIRERERAN
SNIDEETTLESPADERETS
GOOBERSENSORSENTIRE
MADATSTELESLEROUX
CAFLOLASPADTIRANE
RURALUSAARISENJETS
ITORGENESPLICINGASHE
BONNUPTAKEATMINCAN
STOLESLARCODOROTT
MAPLESSANKASNORAD
EVADESENCYSTSDENIED
REGAERATEHOMOGINNES
ENDUPGMAILEASTLA
HAYDNBLULOTRIMINWET
AVOWERATIONKNEEEITY
TIKIWANNABESEMIONER
EDENSWEENEYSOONESS

Victor Barocas is a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota with more than 100 published works in the field. Given his profession, the genesis of this puzzle (spelled out at 71-Across) is probably obvious. Besides the theme, Victor included colorful fill like 8- and 29-Across and 8-, 43-, 56-, 82- and 100-Down — all of which help make for enjoyable solving.

This is Victor's 14th crossword for The Times and his fifth Sunday in the past year.

Mon 1/20/2020
GOBIGGAMEACTS
UMAMIAMENWORE
SATANGILDONYX
SNICKERDOODLE
YINGREDRESAT
COMEDYSKETCH
PAPAALIEEYORE
SEARSSANDIGIT
AIRACENETNADA
LOTTODRAWING
MUYTIESKAPBJ
GETTHEPICTURE
LEONWIREHURON
BREDARIAONION
JARSREEKSAMMY
Tue 1/21/2020
ISMSCAMPUNCLE
MEATACAISEOUL
GENEPERTIAMSO
ASTERISKINLET
MALLETORGLSD
EWECABALSCAFE
SALINEETON
SIXPACKOFBEER
SECSALLOYS
FLEWFREEOFFED
OFTTABFAMILY
COREDQUARRELS
CANOEBURRBRIO
ARGONRIGAICON
TESTYSPEWGETS
Wed 1/22/2020
SNOBRIPSRACED
ABELORGYELATE
CARIBBEANCORAL
NEONCHINA
ADRIATICUPENN
LEENICOISETIP
BALTICICKWEAR
ILENEGNUTINGE
NEATLAOREINAS
ORSCASPIANARE
SENORSNIPESAT
DIODEEMIT
BLACKSEVENSEAS
LATHEOMENEDNA
TWEEDSORTQUAY
POW Thu 1/23/2020
OCULARETASAP
SONORAYURTILE
TRICEPERGOLGA
ROCKSTHEBOWTIE
INOUTAXISICBM
CARPBRANAMORE
HENGIMMEASINAI
ARKLTD
THEGOODWIFICPA
MAMASRARASHAM
CLIPEIRELAILA
FREEVERSAILLES
TWASIDESTILTS
EATSTUNSENATE
AYEEPSTREXES
Fri 1/24/2020
BLAMEGAMECHUCK
LOVESIMONHANOI
ICANTGOONEVICT
MAIDSIDETRACKS
ELLENYAHRYE
YESDEARDONTCRY
OLAVROILED
ATMPLEASEDELS
DRAWERCIAO
MIMETICAUGUSTA
AMASISSTOWS
BLANKETHOGALES
ARMIERIDESHARE
SUINGOVENRACKS
SNAGSNASTINESS
Sat 1/25/2020
DONTJUDGEMEAMI
EVERANDANONLAM
FIGUREEIGHTMGM
ANGERNEEMANE
TEASESILLTIMED
DOWNSAMATI
SLAGLAGSCOTIA
PALAVERLOOSEST
OBAMASAUSARME
ROBINPIXAR
TRANSFERDEFANG
SIMSLOBVALOR
BOADURANCEVILE
RUNEMILYBRONTE
ASSBEALESTREET
Sun 1/26/2020 FOOD ENGINEERING
MRPIBBSPURCARBATM
EARNERHIREACORNSIA
SKINNYJEANSTIMEFLIES
SEMINAANTENDALANIS
ANAITODAISSINE
BARGRAPHSRIPCURRENTS
AMYABUOBITSCHOREO
YODELERNAPESCOTS
ELSEAGEDMINEGRR
OBIEINTERRANDARIA
WHATASTEALLIZCAMBAGE
ANTEACESBONETARMS
DOETVADALOGSLIM
MOONSLENTTOOLATE
TWOBITFLASHHADRUE
CORNERBOOTHEYEPOPPER
HEADEUROAVERIO
ALPACASHOPLONECLIP
COPYPASTEUPANDVANISH
HOERACERFERNALICIA
APRAIDEFAMENICEST

Erik Agard, 26, became the crossword editor of USA Today in December, the youngest in the paper's history. He's also a former national crossword champion and a three-day champion on "Jeopardy!"

Last year Erik had 21 crosswords published in The Times, the most of any contributor.

Mon 1/27/2020
APPSMEALSARTS
TRIPAGLOWNOEL
BOLADRFUMANCHU
AVECLEILAKER
YOSEMITESAMYEP
CABSONAIR
ADWAROPTDOES
SNIDELYWHIPLASH
PANEEELLEDTO
ETAILSTAT
HASCAPTAINHOOK
IMAPCAVERUNE
MOUSTACHESETTA
ORCSNAOMIATON
MEETTWEENTAPE
POW Tue 1/28/2020
AHHSHAMUGATOR
COYRANONELOPE
COMPOUNDWLAPEL
EDNALEERSMONA
SOARMALCOLMX
SOLOCUPPROORE
LASERYOGIS
GENERATIONY
EGRETWASTE
NRAORCTHESAME
CONTROLZERIN
LADEBEAKSLENT
ONEALFINALFOUR
SEUSSTROVELEE
ERREDSEXEDATE
Wed 1/29/2020
BFFGASCAPLIMB
ELIIDEALSARIA
LONGFORNIABANK
LEERRIDTOQUE
PINEFORCHRIS
SOLESIOU
PHILSPOOLGRAB
JONESFORJANUARY
SOTSIKEAAMIGA
ODEIAMSO
YENFORDONNIE
TAROTEPAEAST
OHIOHOPEFORBOB
MOCKULTRONEFS
BOASHASAGOTAP
Thu 1/30/2020
ICOUPLEGATEWAY
SUBTLERONELOVE
ARIZONACSHOWER
JAWDISSEEN
ORALNETTLECOD
BENINDAYSMOKE
BECTREAVIS
PLAYHIDEANDSEEK
LIMAOAFDOC
OMENSMAGNONPC
WONASPIRETARO
WUPREDHGOV
PARSNIPTITRATE
AGITATEELEANOR
LEGOSETLEANONM
Fri 1/31/2020
SRIRACHAMAMMA
PENDULUMECLAIR
ANDSCENEASKING
REITETRISALDO
SWAMISIMYLOB
COECOWGIRLS
ASWANFAKIRDOA
CHINESEANYNEWS
MELEMERYFERNS
ELDORADOAFT
LPNCMSDISSES
ASIFKEENONTNT
GOTIMEBOLDMOVE
EUCLIDUNFOLLOW
ETHELDOORKEYS