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Puzzles for October, 2010
with Jim Horne comments

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Fri 10/1/2010
ALPASSTAMELIA
NEHEMIAHBOXING
AGITATORBOPPER
LENIIMAGE
SOIANGLOSRTAS
EPPSSOLONTHRO
NAPPYDANCEEMO
ALIFRAZIERFIGHT
TINSPINYSTROH
ONERELMERDELE
RESETLASERAER
TITANPAST
PAJAMAIRONHEAD
SMOKINLARGESSE
SPEEDSANTETKO
Sat 10/2/2010
SSTSLEMONTART
PEEPCALIFORNIA
RANIADULTSONLY
INDEBTEDUTIL
GOOGLESEARCH
CLEARRAHGMT
BALLSMARIAEAU
USATRADINGTIM
DERFOXEDEGADS
SYSUNIANARM
PRIMALSCREAM
WARNCAPYBARA
THREADBAREADIT
HAILCAESARGOAT
OMELETTESENNE
Sun 10/3/2010 CAN I CHANGE PLACES?
OHGODICHATBASEDSAC
POLLONERVECENTERPRY
TRAILOFTHECENTURYINC
ENROLLEECHOSENORAL
DYEIDARESTARGAZE
TEHRANRAINSCULL
FRIEDAGARNETTIESON
RECTTESDORIAONSIDE
ALOHATHELOINKINGTOW
NINESHAREMENEWART
ECRUEVRYMISEIHRE
UFOSANIOASTSCOCAS
SMLFRENCHFIRESSKATE
GALOREGRAFTNESNSEC
APEMENSAVEASCHEERY
CAROBMARITALLAW
ATTHETOPASEEDTAW
LEIASIENNASCRAMBLE
EXODONTTOUCHTHATDALI
VANSWITCHBLADEILLER
ESSLEASHSUGARTILED
Mon 10/4/2010
SETUPSAPORETE
ADORENURSECOL
FIRSTLADIESONO
ETNAEPICFLIP
STATEPOLICE
ELDESTTARO
SLOOPHANGOVER
HEROMOOGSRAVE
OVERHANGSINEW
DICELETTER
POLICESTATE
ERIEIRMALOIS
TANLADIESFIRST
ATEABETSESTEE
LESCADETUPSET
Tue 10/5/2010
PERUDRAGUNCAP
CROPIONENEHRU
SAYBYEBYEDWELL
ROOTSSSEREL
PROWLSNEARMISS
LOGKOKOCPU
ELEVDOTEASSES
AFRICANAMERICAN
DESTEASIPCORE
ARMTRIMOLE
APPLEPIETAMPER
FROMSNKORAN
LINGODONMCLEAN
ADDONIDEEECHO
TESTYADESSKAT
Wed 10/6/2010
SONARATSEAUSO
ATARIDUMPYTAR
FIREANDRAINOVA
ESCALATORSPAN
COWTIPPING
CAUSALRELATE
ORRINBEWARE
DINNERETIQUETTE
AMIDSTSNOOK
STATICLESSEE
CHURCHLADY
YOGAIRONSIDES
TRUOPENINGBELL
HASUSUALTEASE
EXTRITZYSTRAW
Thu 10/7/2010
SSTHANTHEFARS
ILOVELAHIBACHI
DEVICESREBATED
EWALKSALEEOE
SHELHEAVY
SERTASTATES
SECTOHSKENOBI
IRRHEXAGONGOD
DOOWOPAPUMANE
ESWIPEPATTI
TIRESIDDO
SKAMOUNTAINS
INSPIRESALIERI
DETENTEEMERGED
EWINDERDESODE

The answers on the side are all SIDE, making a six-sided HEXAGON. Each SIDE answer bends around a corner.

Fri 10/8/2010
STEERCANAAN
TANNICNOSENSE
AKRONOHAVIONIC
GEORGIABENNETT
ALMONDJOYSAWA
LEFTJABPILER
FOILWAGERS
CHRISSIEHYNDE
PLIERSSNIP
HORSEACUTEST
ISATSTOREROOM
LEGROOMENVIOUS
ISAIDNODEIGNTO
PENNIESDENIED
STAGESWEEDS
Sat 10/9/2010
CLEAREDONESNAME
HOSTILETAKEOVER
ANTIPROHIBITION
RESTSONONESOARS
SAYSARM
UFWGOFLAT
DNIESTERREFI
GRANDTOTALITOR
ELBEPARKAVENUE
SALSTEENIDOL
TOETAPCST
BHAACEH
OCTOBERSURPRISE
PLAYEDFAVORITES
EARLYRETIREMENT
CROSSEDONESPATH
Sun 10/10/2010 DRIVERS' TRANSLATIONS
PSHAWPAPERIMMADDOS
ALONEAIOLISCAREAKC
PORKBARRELPROJECTYEA
SHAPEKAPOWOSTER
ACEPREPARETOBECUTOFF
POPUPSIRONEDSHRINES
ALLSINCASTEER
COASTONTHROUGHEDSELS
ERYOPSYESMAAMTOE
FURROADRAGEZONE
MAHARAJASSEROTONIN
GOODSHORTCUTTHO
RNASTANDUPATOHAG
SERAPHIGNORETHISSIGN
LOOSETARAASEA
BASETWOPHILLYHUMANS
LEAVEIFYOUSEEACOPNTH
INREMTILTSASSAD
GETKEEPITUNDEREIGHTY
HARIMSETERWINDREAD
TSENUTSYRAINYEARNS
Mon 10/11/2010
SLAMBAMAGAIN
CAPOSALONONTO
OMANALERTAJAR
TECTONICPLATE
INHEREHERLOP
ATEALTARESIDE
FLYINGSAUCER
ALOEEGOMAST
FIFAWORLDCUP
RAFTEDESASCHI
ORSADSPEAHEN
HOLLYWOODBOWL
FLOPORIONOKIE
DARETITHEVENT
AXEDSASSERGS
Tue 10/12/2010
JANETSLABRAT
INAHEAPFEBREZE
MARSALAAPROPOS
STPKEA
PSSTSABERMGMT
AHYESDADMAYER
JUNCTIONSIERRA
ATEJACKSONAIG
MORMONJULIETTE
AUGIEJONSTEED
STYXCOBRAEDDY
NONORE
SEPHORAOCTOMOM
NOVOTESFERTILE
LECTERDECLAW

The answers to the 12 starred clues start with abbreviations for the months of the year, in order.

Wed 10/13/2010
SIONVILECASCA
ENNECRUXRUTHS
ASTAHONEENROL
SHOPPINGCENTER
TAPEPIUSNATE
APORTCATTACKLE
REFORMMOEAYES
BITTEREND
ASTIFOEMYRIAD
SHINGUARDLENTO
HOEOJSIDOALI
WICHITALINEMAN
CINCOELANGONG
LETEMROTEGOTO
ERODESTERSDAK
Thu 10/14/2010
FEDSALFASJAMB
EPICNIOBEOBOE
MASONDIXONBASH
STAYADOCHA
WHITESTAROAKEN
OOPSENDALL
MTADRNOPATINA
BETWEENTHELINES
SLEEVEHEXATAK
LODGERTETE
DWELTFREETHROW
ROZESOREAD
OWIEPRODUCTION
VENIACTUPICEE
EDENRESETSTOW

This theme eluded me. The "and literally so" is key, here. As joon pahk explained on Wordplay, "STAY is literally "between the lines" MASON-DIXON and WHITESTAR, and READ is between the FREE-THROW line and a PRODUCTION line."

Fri 10/15/2010
BBQCHIPSSPLIFF
YOUGOTITTOOFAR
JOEISUZUDEVICE
OZSPACTSEDEN
VETTERKOFRITZ
ESSEXRUMORDII
THEOPERAIME
WETRAGCNOTES
HMOLAIDBACK
APOENSORIRISH
CAKEDSTESANTO
KNOWFOCALJON
JAVIEROKEYDOKE
ODENSEMINORKEY
BARGEDSNOOKERS
Sat 10/16/2010
BEATSUPNECTAR
ONTHEMAPETHANE
VARANASISTAINS
AMENDSEPTUPLET
ROUXVIRUSFRY
YRSBOORSSNAIL
SEINESPONCE
BUTTERFLYKISSES
ANWARREWIRE
RIOTSUNITEGUS
BOPRIFLEBANE
ANECDOTALGAMBA
DINARSNOVEMBER
OSCINETWINBILL
STENOSSATIATE
Sun 10/17/2010 FIGURE OF SPEECH
LISAASTINPERMACHEF
AGUATHANEACERBAUTO
WNBAHAIRSCONW8WITTY
NOWOODLESANTIINSET
CR8ALOGEZINE
HARKSW8UNTILDARKFDA
ANANIASSOHOTRAEDAWN
ICIESTATTENDDEDUCED
RENEMIRELESSSEER
LIFTEDW8STESTTUBE
BUCBEANALCALEEPSI
EPHEMERAP8ONPLACE
ANAPSRISOLAVFROM
MEFIRSTETHANEERIEPA
EXECUTEDIONEGRILLER
RTSB8ANDSWITCHTEENY
VASCOHEREATA
LIMITAONESMORESSRS
SK8BOARDERTIKKIBEAT
TEARSTLEOACEINIDDO
SAGAUSERSTERNSG8ER
Mon 10/18/2010
UMPSOHARAMYRA
SIREAMBERPEEP
USEDFOSTERHOME
REMAPEAUMAX
PRINCIPALSCARE
ELSSTILLSINKS
DYESSNLAIR
SUMMERPLACE
PIEIIIALES
WIRESMSNBCONE
INERTRESIDENCE
ISPESTSAGAS
FIELDHOUSETARO
IDLEOASISETTU
TESTODORSNEAT

There is a rare error at 5 Across. "I'll never be hungry again" is Scarlett's last line before intermission but she has plenty more to say after the popcorn break.

Tue 10/19/2010
MIMICMUSTSHIP
EVITAOSHAPISA
MAKERBREAKATTU
ONEMOREGERITOL
MELTSANE
FIBBERRIOTRHO
ALOUDGENUSMAN
LIONSLANTDIRK
CAMSTUDSPOSSE
ODECAMOSLOSHY
ROOTNAPA
REBATESMUSTARD
ABUTLOVERMONEY
GOSHALANABODE
ANTSWELDSYNOD
Wed 10/20/2010
OCALAERGSTHEN
CIVILRILEEASY
HEAVYMETALASAP
ERSEESTDAPHID
RATCHETHIMOM
HAKUNAMATATA
ARHATINATROM
SEATHANDMWKRP
CPUBANOBOSOM
HOTELMANAGER
MNEMESMELLED
FJORDROTADONE
LENOHORACEMANN
ADDLUBERRADII
KIELMEMEEPSOM

This is another debut from a teenage constructor. Mr. Vigeland constructed this puzzle while a student at Horace Mann School in Bronx, NY (hence 58 Across.) At publication time, he was an 18-year-old freshman at Columbia University.

There are 15 M's tying the record for most in the Shortz era.

Thu 10/21/2010
AMPSLAWSSHUNS
LEILAURACOREA
UTAOPCITANDOR
MANBOTTOMROUND
SLOPFIERIER
HEMORIGHOT
OMICRONSROMANA
MENTALPARTIES
ENGINEDIAGRAM
NOENDBLANC
MOUEELBOWS
PIECRUSTSELVIN
POLESITTEROUZO
PLANJEERSCLEO
SENTARRETKENT

The 2x2 block near the center of this necessarily asymmetric 15x15 grid must be interpreted as BLOCK in eight theme answers.

Fri 10/22/2010
IMKIDDINGIQUIT
SALTPETERDUNNE
ANASTASIASILVA
DUTYRONDOREAP
OMSSINMIKADO
RICHIEHEAVYSET
ETHANGEENAHRS
JKROWLING
SEPSIRESHUMID
EXAMINEDNOTIME
RULINGWOESAC
IRANSADATHUGO
ABZUGROXYMUSIC
LAZEDFREEAGENT
SNITSSYNTHESES
Sat 10/23/2010
WALTZINGARCADE
IDARENOTFOLLOW
NONONONOFOOZLE
OPALINEVASSALS
STILTUNITER
SHATNERESQUE
ADSSTOICREARS
MOASMOCKSTWAS
ADIOSHOERSILO
TONYAHARDING
TAVERNARABS
THEBARDJAIALAI
HELENECURLIEST
ARMANIANGELPIE
NOONANWOODSHED
Sun 10/24/2010 RISKY BUSINESS
ALMSTHATCHTOEPICK
BACHHORATIOSUNDANCE
OTBINENGLANDATTORNEY
AVENUECTOANTILE
RIANTHOLDEMCAULFIELD
DALYTOROIDRANEES
USAORNATEPANARAB
CRAPSSUZETTEJONNENA
ROTSTACSCOTTOTAC
ONTOEROSSLOTSOFLUCK
ADENIABEAMTOROS
KENOSPEAKERPLANANNE
ELDMORRIEERIEEDA
REEDPETBURTBACCARAT
STRANDSLENOREHOT
YOUTOOSUEANEBABA
DONTROULETTEOUTTOGAS
IGORABBAUPSTART
CROATIANSTAKEPLATTER
TENDEREDPERGOLAOHSO
ASSENTSDISNEYMATS
Mon 10/25/2010
BALMMATEBOWIE
ALOEAVIDADHOC
BOOMERANGDEATH
EFFORTTEAKMAO
STARLITSPASM
YEARSPRAYTO
TABNAPEMABEL
STARTSWITHABANG
ARMORLETORDA
RABIESLATCH
OLSENSTRANGE
EMOPEEROUIOUI
PIZZAPOWDERKEG
ISLESAMIDDISH
COENSLAZYOAST
Tue 10/26/2010
RALLYPAPABEAR
AVOIDRIOTANNA
TORESTORESANITY
SIRSOMBTRADES
RETROALUM
OAFLADYLUCK
NBATAILSAREA
COLBERTSTEWART
ARTESTORMLAY
ANATHEMAEMB
ALEGMARCH
STANZATWOIHOP
TOKEEPFEARALIVE
ARIASEARALTER
BENTEMMYROARK

Wired Magazine did a blurb on this puzzle. The article includes a clip from The Colbert Report.

Wed 10/27/2010
ANGIZODOPPOSE
TOENOIRDOESOK
HDLKOLAESTATE
REALITYBITES
OATENLOITERS
BLOODBANKDOPEY
LOUGORIER
PAININTHENECK
KIDNAPRUR
PLANTBATMOBILE
HEROINERIGOR
COUNTDRACULA
LEGENDADINEIS
ADONAIFANGSTE
TOOTLETYKESAD
Thu 10/28/2010
MACACHBRIDGES
ASHMOEREMORSE
WHATISAISOLATE
REORDERMTVBAT
ESTOPERATO
GHOSTSFAVORITE
EELSSERIO
EYEDESSERTMIX
GENIEMINE
BOOBERRYPIEAND
FANTASAUCY
INSTREKLEENEX
EDITIONISCREAM
FITINTOMEAAVE
STENGELASPTEN
Fri 10/29/2010
RESODSBEDAZZLE
EXOCETIDAREYOU
LALALACALENDAR
AMOENZYMESEDO
XIANDICEYCCUP
INCASPLSIHOPE
NETSCAPEIDA
GESTAPOSOLIDER
ANTFINETUNE
HTESTBLTDENEB
ORLETREADACRO
BOITHEATREEGO
NUDEBOMBELICIT
OPENAREAABLAZE
BESTRONGRASPED
Sat 10/30/2010
CHIPPEWAPALATE
REQUIRESOBERON
ISUPPOSEORATES
STOPSEXTRAFINE
COTYARUBASCAM
ONELAPATTSLIB
OTOOLETCELL
BRAVESTSTRASSE
JUDEATSTRAP
TSATROIOWESTO
HTMLEILATCHOW
OBSESSIVEBORON
MEANTOESCAROLE
ALLIEDRODLAVER
STENTSSPIELERS
Sun 10/31/2010 FANGS FOR THE MEMORY
MSNBCADAGEBREAD
EQUALIMBECILICLODGE
AMINONOSFERATUICARE
TITANFLOODLINENOMAS
NESARESNOSIC
MESACURBEWANOTTO
TRISTANSCADSTEASHOP
VALHALLADNAFEASTERS
VAMPIREINBROOKLYN
GEEKSTOAURNSLAPP
ROREMDRACULARETIE
ACSISMPAINEKEAUNA
PETNAYABATLEEJRAH
ENAMELEDBOOOBLIGATE
SERAYIPMOAULAN
LOVEATFIRSTBITE
ITLLDOSOLUSCARATS
NEARDARKRINTWILIGHT
ULNAEEASYASPIECLARA
SEATSBLOODTIESELIOT
EXISTABOUOURSDANES