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Puzzles for October, 2012
with Jim Horne comments

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Mon 10/1/2012
MECCARAJASABE
ATLASALASANON
SCENTFLITFOBS
ABIGAILADAMS
REVERIEORALS
AVERALVINAILEY
HERRIRISYDS
ALANARKIN
MTSORELAERO
ARTHURASHEVLAD
CERESENZYMES
MADETHEALIST
JONGHOARNEROS
OLDEEASTGAELS
BOSSEXESSLEET
Tue 10/2/2012
RICHTODOSIPSO
ECHOALISTNEON
FEATCARLAJEST
RIMSKYKORSAKOV
IPOEPI
SPOKENWORDALBUM
TAREDABEAMRNA
ALASCREPTSORT
PALERASEAUDIT
HUBBLETELESCOPE
RAWPAK
WHEELCOMPONENT
EASEUNIONDORA
DITZTELLYUNIX
SLAYSALEMPOPE
Wed 10/3/2012
TROTJADELAMPS
HANAOPERAFIRE
ENERGYBARPIXEL
RHAMESROADTEST
MACAOAERODUZ
ARTCLASSLEGUME
LDSNATSLEPER
HIGHTAIL
TAPEDISEEMTA
HURRAYMASSCARD
EDOMAILARRID
JUMPBALLEMERGE
EBOLATIMESSIGN
TOTESANILTEED
SNEAKIGGYSSRS
Thu 10/4/2012
AVISCROCIPAWS
DICEREHEMALIT
DRESIFORMPINE
LAMESTHOOSEGOW
ELAHISRUR
CHOCOLATEDAE
HIHATMYBADADD
ADINTBILLTVAD
NINGEENAFAIRY
GOEDERGROUND
LABENLSOS
MRMIYAGIELAPSE
ROEGLEAVESAID
AUTHLEMAYIDEA
ZESTSKATEFERN

The four special squares are read as SUN on the way Across, but are eclipsed by MOON on the way down. This solar eclipse crossword is a nice complement to Kevin G. Der's 2010 lunar eclipse puzzle.

Fri 10/5/2012
AWEDBOATPRAMS
SIMILARTORENEE
CLOSECALLEDYTA
OCTAGONALBOORS
TOERINGSNEALON
ROSEJUNKDNA
SARANBLONDWOK
TROYPOSESCAME
AGOROWDYAHYES
GETWELLBONE
ENCINOMINGVASE
STANDMISTERBIG
HINGEENHALOING
ONAIRSTOPANDGO
WELTSHYPESEEN
Sat 10/6/2012
ICANNOTTELLALIE
MONEYFORNOTHING
PRIVATEENTRANCE
ARMEDSMUTSELS
LEARWHOISSOOT
ACTDIORSSCUSE
STEARNESSEATED
RIDSPOEM
TBONESHANDSAWS
ARIESCARDSLAH
PELLCOMTEABRI
INBRALLYENURE
ONECELLEDANIMAL
CALCULATINGMIND
ANTIPERSPIRANTS
Sun 10/7/2012SPACE INVASION
TRANQSCHISMDAMAGES
MOOSHUPROSEDEMINENT
ANGOLAHORNETOFPLENTY
YSERGLEASONPYLETIL
BIRTHMARKETATIEYETI
ELSEINESKINGAELS
PARESITTINGBULLET
SHERESCORINGOLE
EWERSLOONIESLUCSTR
RACKETOFLAMBHIGHFIVE
ETTUALIDBATHLEST
CHIPOTLECABINETFEVER
TECKTSPARADESOWETO
HALMUSCLESTRUSS
ESCAPEHATCHETHEMP
VALLIADIASOLABTU
ERIEGMENTRUMPETCARD
NAPDEMOTOELOOPASAD
PLANETOFATTACKOFFICE
AEROBICBOOTEERIFLER
RETHINKSPEARSTRESS
Mon 10/8/2012
ATLASWOMBSASH
PIANOAPIATRIO
PENNYDUNGAREES
SEABEDSLEAVE
REELALIASES
GARBAGETRUCK
ONIONHIKEJAM
BOORCRUDEHIDE
IDSLOOMAIMAT
BASEBALLGAME
ACCEPTSPOOH
TRACEMEGATON
TACKLEBOXDAMUP
ISTOWOVEOINKS
CHINEYESFLIES
Tue 10/9/2012
RAFTCCCPSLOB
INLAWALOEHARE
MAORIDENTASIA
ANDREWJACKSON
SOTTONREINS
THEWHITEHOUSE
AIRESMORE
ROSEHYPERASAP
MEETSINUS
TWENTYDOLLARS
ARROWERECAT
DOUBLESAWBUCK
DUMBMOLLTUBES
ETALIDEAHEART
DENYRASPDRAY
Wed 10/10/2012
ABCOTHERASBAD
GRODRAMATHANE
HIPJOINTSHODGE
ABSORBPROPJET
SEENESPELSOL
TDSICEAGEKIA
SNAPJUDGMENT
USEASTANASSAM
STUMPJUMPERS
HEREMAILSSTS
PODGESTLCHIA
TIPJARSIDIOCY
ONEISFLAPJACKS
STANSPERSEKEN
SONNYDOMEDSRO
Thu 10/11/2012
APEDOMBLOWPOP
TUXEDOSMARIANA
OBELISKORANGES
CANCANCANTATA
EDUGOTOENO
RATSWERTHER
ECRUSTRAMSTOP
CHICHICHIHUAHUA
TAXCODESSLITS
UTILIZEENDS
MOMDORAMOE
BERBERBERNINI
ALISTERRAMINTO
MONTANAONASTAR
ANGOLANITISSO
Fri 10/12/2012
WHUPJETSKIPCP
OONAFLEWINRHO
KODIAKBROWNBEAR
SHARPORRISROOT
AMOOWADIPSO
FLOADE
TAKEONESCUEFROM
ISEAGERTOPLEASE
CARRIAGEPAINTER
SPIRALSTAIRCASE
ISLRIO
ASINSUPOUST
LONGJOHNSUNTIL
PERSONALHISTORY
HUEJOVIALELEE
ARMONETWOREDS
Sat 10/13/2012
BUBBLEUPOFFSET
OPERETTADROPIT
STARSHIPDINERO
HOURACESADREP
SNAREDRUM
CAPOTEBAAEDIT
FLEERSANTAORR
LENNONMCCARTNEY
ARAHOOKEPEONS
TOLDDOWSECRET
THESTROLL
BRYANHIFIDITZ
RUBRICTANZANIA
ALOMAREGGINGON
TEXACORESTEASY
Sun 10/14/2012MEDIA START-UPS
ASANAASSADTALLATMS
TENETTHOROIRAEDRIP
TENDERLOVINGCAREMANE
INARREARSNOTBYCHOICE
COLORISTLANAIHINTED
REDHOUSECATHISSY
BASEWAINNANAS
ALLMYCHILDRENBATHTUB
BEEWHIRSOLEOLEMAZE
USEDCARSORARESEPIA
PEARLSBEFORESWINE
AMISSPOORLYPASTDUE
BEEPCOLLIEGAOLSERN
CHRISTOTOTALBODYSCAN
COALSBEENOKLA
ANWARSTROLLERAGR
LEIBEREERIERUSHESIN
TELLNOTALESFALSENAME
MDSECAROLBURNETTSHOW
ATOMHENSONICETEENS
NONEELSENOTESONLAY
Mon 10/15/2012
ALTOWROTEVEST
JOHNHAGARECHO
AGERANDREGOAD
ROYALTIESJELLO
MOSNINETIES
SHIPOUTYEA
PERPROPERTIES
EXISTOBESEALY
CASUALTIESGIN
BRASANJOSE
BEAUTIESMIO
AVERSNOVELTIES
HERBERREDTORI
ARIADORIAEWOK
ITENSLYLYDASH
Tue 10/16/2012
DORMIFENDIADZ
EPEESALIENRIA
FARMANIMALSKEG
AQUEOUSTUBA
NUNALASKARANGE
GESSOLEOEBSEN
PKGNBAYANG
FASHIONDESIGNER
ELEEBUSUNA
ALARMDUBSPACY
RADIOREPORTRHE
ECRUOPIATES
REVANKLEINJURY
ALISTEERCARRE
YSLSONGSTROYS
Wed 10/17/2012
SRTASEMUDEFOG
QUOTHLANELECT
UNSHACKLEELATE
ALSLOEWSPAR
RETOLDACTSSAL
ETONGROUPINGS
EPPIERANOUT
ASPIRININCITES
SPEDUPINSET
IRRADIATEISPS
SYSITESSPOTON
EHSROOTSARA
ISIAHANDREOTTI
MEDALTMIUSUAL
SASSYEENDUELS
Thu 10/18/2012
ANYHOOJOEPESCI
DETAINAUTOLOAN
SADDLEINTHEBACK
ASPCATARTE
SPALIEMCISID
HOLEINTHEACE
ENIACITSTBS
DARKINTHESHOT
SSTLOOPETIT
HAYINTHEROLL
ETCBARUAEXTC
DORIAUSRDA
GRASSINTHESNAKE
AMBIENCEMUTTER
RESTSTOPSPELLS
Fri 10/19/2012
ISLANDBABBLED
SCIPIOSAMRAIMI
MOBILETRIASSIC
SURESWINGSTATE
TACHALSACE
STREAMLETORBIT
ARIWONTONSANE
BOANEUTRALTBS
LONGSTOMPSSAT
EPSOMSHESALADY
LUSHERTART
EDWINMEESENOAH
DURACELLACCUSE
INITIALSSAINTS
TETHERSTRADES
Sat 10/20/2012
DUMMYBAGSCAMS
ANYDAYNOWTONIC
WHOSHOTJRLYNCH
NIPBRUISEARM
SPERMAMTOOMOA
OAFPEWBAWL
QUOVADISMARAT
PUTTINONTHERITZ
LITESSTOODPAT
AVERASHPEI
YERICIERANNES
ARFTHELOTUNH
RIOTSRADIOCODE
ENORMSKINDIVER
AGLEYENSENADA
Sun 10/21/2012BYPASSING SECURITY
ASADAETESTALLASSES
LIKEDNOSEDIVEENTICE
AKITADOCTOREDGOETHE
SHOETREETHERAVENAEN
RETRACESEWONRELO
JASMESSIEOLANDALOT
OBISYDSFLYTMILNE
CALFAAPLAN
KBOARDSGBERGORWELL
COMSSOBERALMANAC
PREEMIETRALASLOTTED
CAESARSANTICWISE
STRAFEREECEANEROID
TARPSGTAZO
BRIERTHADRAHIHOP
REPSAMOVEEVADERUDE
ATATLAGOSPIZARRO
TINHANGNAILINSANEST
INEVERILLTIMEDDONHO
SAMIAMSEEDCASEARIEL
LLAMPSHASANTLREDBD

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Mon 10/22/2012
SCHLEADJUSTIN
IRAEPEESUPPOSE
TOSVISEUNTIMED
PUBLICOPINION
ACROPETCOPARK
THOMASNAHLEES
ACHELIKEARF
FRANCISCOPIZARRO
CONTACOSLRS
CANTALANAPOLI
MARCOPOLOECON
UNDERCOVERCOP
OUTMODEOMENUMA
AVIATESTPEDRPI
TANNERTARSSAN
Tue 10/23/2012
AVESUSPSFOCAL
BORASODAARUBA
FIRSTCLASSCABIN
ALOHASHOTADE
BARISTAALIGNED
MEANTION
REGISTEREDNURSE
AAANEABEG
PRIORITYSEATING
WISSETTE
STEEPLELETSSEE
HESPAPAITALL
EXPRESSCHECKOUT
BAYEROTOEINDO
ASSTSMAILTEEN
Wed 10/24/2012
SABERTADASPAR
THROEEGOSPAGE
ROUNDCHUCKEYRE
ORIHARESSEPAL
MANDELAITCH
RAINALCOHOL
LURIDBEEPNAB
ASAPGLOSSMESA
WEDZOOMFISHY
RAVEROBBERS
RISEINASTIR
ANGSTBEGOTOSE
XOUTHOSTWRITER
EDNAALPOOPERA
LESSTONEWOMEN
Thu 10/25/2012
TYPEABBUTGPS
OEUVREASHORT
DONOTLETTHENOM
AMTSISTERETA
TEEDLAYREADER
ENDNOTESTACK
AIRESSMARTS
FALLINGBLOCKS
FIGAROTRURO
ILLBEORESTES
GLISSANDOTENT
TMSENESCOEVA
ROTREACHTHETOP
EREVETTUSHIE
EENELOOBSESS
Fri 10/26/2012
SQUAREPEGBEDIM
TURQUOISEERICA
PIOUSNESSDAVEY
ECLATTETEATETE
TKOBANAZORES
EIGHTYCRUZTAT
EYEHOLESLOSS
REBAVOID
MARXTOPKNOTS
FITFLEXEGRETS
ONAJAGBIDNAP
ROBOCALLSAMATO
GROUTPOODLECUT
OCULOGOLDENERA
TATERADDRESSED
Sat 10/27/2012
FRENEMIESDECAL
REVERENCEEXILE
ICECASTLEDFLAT
TANKSLANCEBASS
ONESECITOINTR
STDHURONSTAO
CHUGSCEDRIC
DJBOOTHNEWYORK
JUAREZHORSE
ONTSPRINTRAM
KITTAOLSALUTE
OPERAHATSCOLON
VENALDOYOUMIND
IRENEINSURANCE
CODEXESTRANGED
Sun 10/28/2012WHAT THE ...
KIWIATOPPARDPISCES
IRANLEDAISAWAPOLLO
LATHELADYLATHEROSIER
EENYJPEGMELTONCE
SPRATSOAVESBOYCOTTS
CAPTAINBLITHEOBIT
ADAIMASODSUTHANT
BURGLARWAITANDSEETHE
SAKEDESERTMIAMOLE
MAECRUELCABLEMEN
MAGTITHEBREAKERSSRS
SKELETALAANDEATA
NINOPOTTAURUSPROF
BREATHECHEESEPITBULL
CASTROKAZBOZOMOA
HONGWRITHENEWYORK
SAFEWORDAREOLENERDY
ONEBROUEISNTFILM
ATTLEESCYTHEOFRELIEF
PICONETHAIYULEELMO
SCHWASSOWSSTUDDLIX
Mon 10/29/2012
HOPIADZRADIAL
AMENDEAODESSA
WOLFDOWNPOPUPS
NOFAIRICEZEE
MONKEYAROUND
CODYGRADER
ABETABNOMINEE
PONYUPPIGOUT
PETUNIAREXNRA
REAGANSOOT
SQUIRRELAWAY
HUTIDIHERETO
ARISESBEARUPON
RACISTIAMPERU
ENACTSSROYENS
Tue 10/30/2012
RAWLSAMATCARR
ABOILLOCHOGEE
DERBYADUENALA
STERNUMSMASTIC
AEROBESEECH
ODESSAEATER
BIVSNORTAVAST
ICEEORIONELOI
SENNASTREPEMO
ANJOUHOAXES
FACTIONCROC
ONRUSHFOURTEEN
CZARAWAYLINDA
AIWANOTEAVOIR
LOLLNEERWELTY
Wed 10/31/2012
ESPRITZANETAO
ATRISKODINADZ
TOOTHOFWOLFNRA
SABUSLIPSOFYEW
OARYETLLAMA
ENSLERADO
LUCEASEUPABOU
BLINDWORMSSTING
ALSOLOOSENSEL
RDSSASHAY
OBAMAAAHGTO
LIZARDSLEGAPBS
ITTWITCHESBREW
VEEIDEOLOLITA
ESCNORABRECHT