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Puzzles for November, 1996
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Fri 11/1/1996
AHSOIMAMCAR
BATMOBILEREFER
ENLIVENEDALTAR
ESOTERICABLESS
TRIMLABORS
MANILAMINISTER
AGONYDESKSARE
ZINGFILTHASTI
ETSDOVESPUTON
LAKEERIECATERS
TILTEDTOTO
TILDEECONOMIST
DOLESNONVIABLE
SNERTDIGESTION
SDSSLAYEDEN
Sat 11/2/1996
HUBSDRAWBRIDGE
OPALREVELATION
STLOSCOREBOARD
POLOSWEBBLES
INAPOKESIP
TONYDANZATUFTS
AGTANTONSTRIP
BOILTONERTAMA
LONISMEMOSDEC
EDEMABRIANSIPE
PTLARAMAIC
RANDOFFGIVER
ORONOMAINEROCA
TIMEWARNERCLEF
CLOWNNOSESHOST
Sun 11/3/1996Theme: Poker Set
SOFTGRESTERBRETABAFT
ONEALESKIMOYOYONOBLY
PULLUPSTAKESAARPGROAN
STEELIEIRISHMENOZONE
AGRATTAOTRO
TRADEINSPLAYITSTRAIGHT
RELOADFEDEROICAROI
APLUSCARESSMPHSCENE
PLEBEATIPPRIESPOUTER
PEALQUODPEENSBETRAYS
ETREULNALEEKBLEST
DESCOKAYBUDDYDRAWAFAR
HOTELAMBIAAREIRMA
SECEDEDALEUTMINENEON
PLACEDPRISMPANEICERS
ROCKSSEMPLESSYTABOO
IRAFTROOPOAKHELIUM
GOODBYEMRCHIPSSEAMLESS
VAINAIDEULT
SAYOKOPENSEASFACTORY
ADOREPAPAARTOFTHEDEAL
CIGARACIDTEEPEECELLO
SNAKYDECAEDWARDHAYES
Mon 11/4/1996
FIRSTALGABLIP
ACTORLOONRITA
THEMESALTALAS
BADOFFICIALS
SCARCEUNCLE
AREELECTEDBY
BARRYHONESNIP
EZIOMANLYNANA
RYEDORIAMEDAL
GOODCITIZENS
SCRODOSPREY
WHODONOTVOTE
AIDSALOEORTHO
IDEOSIDEOCEAN
NEONHOOPKENYA
Tue 11/5/1996
ICALLLOSTASTEP
MEDEAATLIBERTY
PROGNOSTICATION
AILALSOPSTONE
ISPYDOMBEE
REHABSAFERAZZ
RIBNORMPOE
BOBDOLEELECTED
AURSARAERR
TIASSASHVALOR
AITPASBARA
AWARDEERIEMAP
MISTERPRESIDENT
OSTRACISMRINGO
SHOELACESENTER

This amazing puzzle appeared the morning of the 1996 U.S. presidential election. The answer word at 39 Across can be filled in with either CLINTON or BOBDOLE and all the crossing Down clues work either way. In a since-deleted audio interview for Slate, WIll Shortz called this his favorite crossword ever.

This is the only puzzle in our database known to be constructed by Mr. Farrell so it shows up here as a debut. About half the pre-Shortz puzzles are uncredited and, according to this Wikipedia article, he constructed NYT puzzles back as far as the Margaret Farrar era.

Wed 11/6/1996
FAIRBALDBOYER
ULNARHEAENERO
REDBREASTTALIA
BUYEEGSLTS
ASPIRESDROPOUT
STUARABANEW
CORALFLANEBAN
AMPSBEARDVENI
PALOARCOTELEX
ENIDKOBELYE
SCHEMERMONEYED
COEPNEULOB
OMAHAGREENBACK
PERILAGAREXPO
ESTEELETODEUS
Thu 11/7/1996
BERMPOOFLIMAS
IDEALIMOENOLA
DIALESAUACRES
STRAWBERRYPATCH
PASTEAS
PEARYHEATHROW
ALMONDAESOCH
PEPPERMINTPATTY
ENEIALSACHEM
RARAAVISBASTE
SHELALP
CHOCOLATEMOUSSE
HONORWARELOOS
ABUTSAMINCARP
POSSEYAKSOPEN
Fri 11/8/1996
CAJOLESCOSMOS
MONOPOLYOCTOPI
INTHESUNLEADEN
SEENREDBLARING
WARERUN
OSHASADITSA
STATEOFTHEUNION
MISSOULAMONTANA
ANTONIOBANDERAS
NEONMASLARS
FATEMIL
TOWARDSRAREGAS
EMILIACOCACOLA
REDEEMIDENTIFY
INESSEDESISTS
Sat 11/9/1996
SLIPSHAFTS
READOUTSTERLET
ANTIOCHPAPOOSE
MOROCCOIMAMATE
BROTHERNOTATED
LABSSEESITERS
ESEISARSTIRS
PNEUMATIC
FLOSSAGASAMS
SLOPEPSATBEAT
CAYENNEREVERSE
ARALSEAITERATE
RELIANTCRITTER
FUENTESSENIORS
SPREEEYERS
Sun 11/10/1996Theme: TO A T
ELPASOTIEDUPSETTEE
SORBICSERPENTADORES
TWICETOLDTALESVIRILE
EENVARYCPASATAN
TRAVELEDTHROUGHTIME
ABEYARITSMEODOR
OBESERATHUMCRAWL
RASHADASTEPARIADNE
ILKNODSSLAMOAT
EDITTAKESTOTASKOVER
NEMOTICTACTOERIDE
TRONTENTIMESTENASAP
YEWGONESPARAMO
LASTCARGNOMEYEAGER
ELIHUONSTAOATEST
FAMEPOOCHTVSSLO
TIPTOETHRUTHETULIPS
LIMESOSEAGESPER
GEEGAWTOTELLTHETRUTH
ARSENEAGONIESPIERCE
PETRIETENSEDSCATHE
Mon 11/11/1996
SCOWILSACHITS
ARLOLOADRICHE
WEEWILLIEWINKIE
NEGGILDATTEND
WANEARISKY
VENIVIDIVICI
EXILEDONNYET
TALLTHINGFOTO
SMEEOOOMAGOO
MAKEMINEMINK
WEDLISGORY
ANIMALINREBUS
LOVESLABORSLOST
SLEEKPERIIDEA
HASTAEXESDERN
Tue 11/12/1996
AVERBREDADAM
CORELIEUSCONE
TWICETOLDEQUAL
ASCOTSCRUB
RATIOAVILA
ODDLOTSBIREME
DAISRATSLETON
EXTVILLAGEALY
PATTIYELLFLEA
SCORNSREEBOKS
AMATISMEAR
ANNESJAUNT
FORCETWOBAGGER
INKERURDUELLE
BOSSBYESSILK
Wed 11/13/1996
BODEATOPTERSE
INONROMAKNEAD
ACLOCKWORKORANG
SETUPTOREORGY
GARROPEL
SASHBUSTINLOOS
OREPICTSEEFIT
DODGEKERMEALY
OMELETRORYGEL
MARATHONMAMEDE
SEANAJAR
WOESWEANEBOLI
ANDJUSTICEFORAL
SONARWRENNEIL
PRAWNOSSODORY
Thu 11/14/1996
AGEERECURYORK
BRAYCLOSEETUI
BASEBALLSHUNTER
ADELASTRAPSRI
ERASPA
BOTTOMOFTHESHOE
LAINEGRODIORS
ITEMSLAPSASIS
METESENOLANEA
PROCEEDCLUMSILY
HERMAT
CITTRIBETIARA
LOWVOICEDSINGER
ALIENEDDAGRIT
MANXGREATSANS
Fri 11/15/1996
SPEARHEADERGO
TAXSHELTERTHOU
AUTHORLESSHUNT
CLIDOEETSBEL
KINKYRERUNARI
UNCACYSTORRIN
PETROLTEARABLE
PLACARDED
STOODPATDRIEST
CRAVESECSATME
RITSHUSHCLEAN
APBTEAIDORRS
PORESLIDESINTO
ELALSTREETFAIR
DINKYARDSALES
Sat 11/16/1996
ADAIRASPSFAST
TRINESOOTERLE
MERCICHEAPSEAT
SABINHOTPOTATO
MUTEDLOOSEN
ABBEVAQUERO
ROBSICANENATE
CALWITTIERWAR
STEEROATSGALA
PIERRESARKS
SPLITSEDGER
TRASHCANSURNAS
EASTERNERRUEDE
EDELONEAELSIE
DOREWEDSRESOD
Sun 11/17/1996Theme: Thanksgiving Shopping List
ATTARCRAVATALACARTE
MERLESALAMIVAGARIES
BROADWAYFLOPOCARINAS
ORINDASALENEST
YESSESABIEEAMES
RACKETANDBALLGAME
ARPSTHEREGUIDEARAM
RIOTSISAMECCASVIII
USUALSETTEESPPEALS
BELGIANYOUTHSTAO
ANTENNABAAELLESSE
GASTAXIDERMYNEED
SCAMSCPAALEXSPARTA
LONEREARMSCUTSCRIM
AREAANIMACORKYTANS
KINDOFTRAINORBOAT
ENTERCLOPBURIAL
ISLERIALBRENDA
OLDJOKESAMERICANICON
VOCALISTMARINOENURE
ANISETTEINSETSDERNS
Mon 11/18/1996
PAPALEASHISNT
ILLSALBEESTIR
CLASSCLOWNLUNA
TENETAMENADAM
SNOREDBRAWNY
TROTADHOC
LADSNOSHERADO
ICEANATOMYLIT
ALANATUREKLEE
RUNONANDA
SCARFSDERAIL
LOLAIOUSLASSO
AVISGYMTEACHER
LESEOLMOSHERR
ARTYREAPSISEE
Tue 11/19/1996
ABETTAMPAOLLA
LAVAEMILYNEAR
TRIXNOLANBATE
ONLIBERTYORRIN
ETAMADONNA
SPOONLUANDA
HORNETSTADRAB
ALLYETHERWILE
YOYOMAEMEANIE
UMPIRETYKES
QUARRELSTU
UNITSONTHINICE
ITSOBRAHEONLY
TILERENESSTAR
OLESADOREHOPE
Wed 11/20/1996
IANSBATORACHE
OMITADAGESUIT
WATERWORLDWREN
ASTRALPEAITSA
SINKERSCARF
LEDONTILLED
COPYTUMORODE
UPIADORERSONE
RAPFIRSTADAM
BLEARSEARLS
BLOTSLEAKEY
BOOMAAHSTARED
ELMOFLUSHINGNY
ALBSFOLIOCOTE
MASTSNAREETAS
Thu 11/21/1996
MAGNACARTAFLAP
IRREGULARSROTE
DEODORIZESAIRY
GOOSSEEKERTAO
ELMPENTTALENT
TASSESOTHORDE
PADTAJCEOS
RAISETHEALARM
YANKICEGOT
UTTERUGHSERGE
CHERUBRUSTERG
ABCGALOSHTZAR
TOESSOUSAPHONE
ANDYRUNAROUNDS
NEEDADDRESSEES
Fri 11/22/1996
BABYARBORAGAR
ALOETIARASUMO
HOWLITTLEWEKNOW
SWAPMEETRINSE
INSISTON
DEPENDMEATADJ
AMENCOATIGRO
HOAGYCARMICHAEL
LTSARIESETAL
SEEWINOCINEMA
LIBERALS
ARDENINASENSE
GEORGIAONMYMIND
EBROALLUPINAN
SAKINIELSTOGA
Sat 11/23/1996
ALPHABETSPLIT
RELATIVECHOICE
EXUDATESHENNER
LENSELDERS
REHEARSEAVERSE
ADORNSROPER
CANITDAMECIG
EMANATEINCLINE
SSNWESTHORSE
CRIMECITRUS
STILESMEALTIME
TENANTIFNI
ALLUDEPRIDEFUL
LEASEDRENOVATE
LOWEROMEGAMAN
Sun 11/24/1996Theme: The Lady Changes Her Name
PEPSIFETIDCUSPORBS
OLEINENVOIASWEPOLO
MARSHAMOANSLEEREBAN
ELLALMSIMELDACAROMS
ELSIEAIMSREBATE
GAMETEMANSEDINE
AGAVECOTSUSANTANGOS
NOTEANTASUMMOORE
GREERGROANSBARDTALC
ASSAILITEMTERMITE
YVONNECAROLED
PAPEETESTLOAGLEAM
DOLEASKSSANDYSINNED
ISLAMTAJRARESNEE
SHARONTONESLADBUSTS
VEINSTUDYKARNAK
DEWITTASAPCANEA
JULIEWANDERSARTSRAE
ICEDONEALESLEYHALTS
VANERIALETTASEVERT
ELANKALETSARSEADIE
Mon 11/25/1996
HASHBLOTSHREW
AGHALOANTOOTH
PRINCEOFTHECITY
PERSIANSANKLES
YETCRYTWOS
PAYBEASCAB
STEEDALAISOSO
ASTRANGERINTOWN
LANKEENYOAKEN
ERASENDBRR
SODARAMLAS
POSTALCIAAGENT
ITTAKESAVILLAGE
STOLEOPENISLE
HOPEDBERGBEEP
Tue 11/26/1996
SEMDISCEARNS
GEREISLEUBOAT
AURAMEADGETTY
FRANKIEVALET
FANTANRANUGH
ETDPICTDEBBIE
PUSHESRELY
MARTHASTEWARD
SALESTATIC
PIMPLEABCSSRI
ADAILEHESTER
ALISTAIRCOOK
UHURASINNROPE
MUSICAGOGAGED
AREASYENSPEN
Wed 11/27/1996
TRIPARABIAORB
HENSFAVORSNOR
ELWYNBROOKSTSE
DEICEANTISHED
ATTHATINONE
HERBERTGEORGE
SATEROUES
IAMBRELITKNOT
TIEINARIA
ALANALEXANDER
LENINADREAM
JETTNESTERATO
ALIJEROMEDAVID
KLMEAGLESTOME
EEETRYONSAWES
Thu 11/28/1996
COMAEMMAROYKO
AFARBEATEVANS
IFYOUWANTPERIL
REBUSTOLEARNTO
ODESSAREARS
ERLEESTEEMS
ASKSALTTEEDUP
AWEDRIVEWEERR
RANSOMSNOINKY
EGOTRIPCONN
AISLEDANISH
WONTSTANDNARCO
ALOUDINYOURWAY
FLORADUADDILL
TANEYSINESNEE
Fri 11/29/1996
FACELODGENOSH
ATOPAPIANOSTE
HOBOMEANTMARI
DISCHARGECIGAR
HASANFORNEWS
PALSYREA
OROBARTLETTPE
POKEERNIEERIN
EWITNESSESOLE
HICABNER
JOHNPHILOUSA
ANAISSTUNSAILS
PERCSLITSBAIT
ANTASACREAGEE
NOELESKERAOUT
Sat 11/30/1996
BOSCAGECALMEST
ACCUSESADULATE
REAPERSRETIRES
BANSTOPPLEMRT
ANNLEAWAIF
RIELLIARMARLO
ACRIMONYSULKER
BACKTRACK
RERACKHASHOVER
EMITSHIGHNAME
PAVEJONMPG
ONAGUNGHOSOIR
SALTINEONSHORE
ENRAGESLOTUSES
STYLISTDRYNESS