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Puzzles for December, 2007
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Sat 12/1/2007
APSESPLEURA
BILLEDPERANNUM
SPIDEROVERTIME
CEPEDAPASSITON
ESPRITALTERER
STASESRUINERS
SEGOSSTAG
MENTALTESLAS
CABEPONES
ACHIEVESARTRE
MOUNTERARRIVE
TOPSCOREREAPER
ONTHENETARIOSE
CREEPERSHINDUS
KARSTSBEEPS
Sun 12/2/2007 CAR TALK
ENGELSTOTALLOSSNTWT
LOOKTOINORDERTOERIE
INTERNETEXPLORERBURN
JOESALLNINEUSES
ANAPATEEARNOSALT
HOMERSODYSSEYSTRAYS
DIENETHNOSMESAS
ALPACAJARARABIAINN
CEASEURBANLEGENDDSL
EARNONSIDEATEASE
SHTETLSGAUGETESTKIT
IRISESRISKEDAIDA
ZSAREALTROOPERARCED
AILENTIRERANTRIKES
GRECOMALIGNTHIN
SCHUSSMINIATUREGOLF
LATKESCEOIPOSCAL
ONITEZEKUTAECUA
RAPTTWENTIETHCENTURY
APSECHRISTINEINALIE
LEERHOSTESSESNETTED
Mon 12/3/2007
ATOMECONCOLAS
LIMOMOLEORALS
ALANIAGOEGRET
STRONGLANGUAGE
LARSLORNE
DOTIMELINSPUR
EVITARAGESRTE
MIGHTYAPHRODITE
ONEHEISTNINES
BERGANESARTRE
WEARSMITT
POTENTPOTABLES
ROOSTOLLAIONA
OLDENREARKNOW
ZESTAMARSEELS
Tue 12/4/2007
SHARPCAVEDPAT
EAGERALEROOLE
CLOSEFRIENDPAM
NEVERGRUMP
OBTUSEZEALOT
JULEPSDHARMA
OTOESHOOPSRBI
KISSCARBSTBAR
YESFOLIOMARLA
OLIVESSATEEN
ERMINEMACAWS
MITZIOHARA
ELOCOMICABBOTT
NEBKNACKRETRO
DYEYANKSEATUP
Wed 12/5/2007
ROAMELINORCUB
EURODERIVEOLE
HINDQUARTERRNA
AJAUARTRUDEAU
BAZAARJITNEY
VIDEOISTHMI
CRUELTHOMSAID
HONSCANNEDRKO
ABCDALDAHATES
SOLEMNONTAP
ELOISEARENAS
LABTESTAIMORE
APUSTAGFLATION
MICHERETOESSO
PAKARREARDEER
Thu 12/6/2007
RITEOBOEORBIT
ORALWINGBEEPS
TALKINGTOTAHOE
ONCOMETONCUPID
PROASSN
ALOHAPADREDES
REVOLTGIAABLY
ONAGAINOFFAGAIN
MILSREGEVERSO
ANOMEDOCASSAD
FOTOART
OFFOFFBROADWAY
EMITSALLORNONE
PACESNOOKANNA
ARENASGTSSTIR
Fri 12/7/2007
SAMPLERCARDIAC
PRALINEOLEANNA
ALLERGYRAINHAT
REDBEANSANDRICE
KNEEGOALODOR
YENSELKSTWINE
RIDERANDR
INDIANSTSONGAS
DAUNTCAHN
LILTSBALEAFRO
ELLEARKSBEEP
CHARLESDEGAULLE
HORNETSDOSSIER
ALDENTEANTENNA
TESTOUTTEASETS
Sat 12/8/2007
CAMPANELLAZOOS
UNAIDEDEYEIMUP
TASKMASTERNATL
LGSSLOTSBELLI
ERAONEMUSLIN
RAGLANRCASENT
SMEAREBONYEYES
PETSOUNDS
WINDOWSXPATTIC
ISOLIEFMYHERO
RAMJETOLASON
EDITSBRUITTNT
TONIFAMILYNAME
ARALUSAGENOTES
PELERETIREMENT
Sun 12/9/2007 SECRET SANTA?S HELPERS
ALFALFASACOSSGTFAS
SOIREESTRACUTAHALP
TWELFTHNIGHTRESOLUTE
EFFETEOPENAREARANEE
RAINYBTENDEFLEPPARD
STESFEASTMISSESS
ELOIAMORTEL
SELFREFLECTIVEELSOL
ATEASERENEEALIREF
MCVIPULLONABLEVAL
SHELFLIFEIFEELFINE
OILRELOISHALLOLDE
NNEEELATEAMEAGLET
GREETFLEXIBLEFLYERS
IDIEVRYAWOL
HEFDEMIHIRERECCE
IANFLEMINGENVSALLAN
STLEOINSOMNIAARDENT
TEALEONIGOLDENFLEECE
ORCWHOSORELPRESSER
OSESORTSTYEROSTERS
Mon 12/10/2007
WALSHKENPSST
ATARIARCHALTO
SPRINGROLLDIAN
HAGTOSCASUNNY
ROTATEIDTAG
STINGRAYSPA
ELSATARMESHES
DOWRYLEASTORK
ARISESGUMATMS
MENSINGSONG
GEESETRUSTS
DIVASSCRODWPA
AMOSSTRINGBEAN
DATEPLEAERECT
AXEDYEWDANES
Tue 12/11/2007
LACYADMITDIKE
OBIEREINSERLE
BUTTHATSNOTFAIR
ETEARESOATES
CHARNUTMEG
OLDHATBASIE
MOREARDENVIA
EVERYONEISGOING
NEWORDERWERE
GUARDSPEWED
LIABLEBALD
LORREHIYADUO
ICANTDOANYTHING
PANESURGEEMIR
SLITLIMOSPETE
Wed 12/12/2007
HADTHEMASKIED
OBISONARHITME
BLACKJACKANSON
NALAOCAODES
ORINGTWOFORONE
BENDERSVFWYAY
IREMERPOUR
GOLDENPARACHUTE
IDEETEXMOO
BEEEARSPOTTER
BAJILLIONPOISE
CHASRONINCA
GOOEYAGOODDEAL
URBANHAZESAPT
SABRESNELLREY
Thu 12/13/2007
SPAMSJAGSARKS
PETALACRECIAO
ERICALAIDETTA
CITYSTATEANDZIP
SHIPSKYYES
UPIREDEALT
SUBPOENAOESTE
EMAILDOMAINNAME
DAREDMINSTREL
SPIDERSANY
ABAAGEBUNT
GODBLESSAMERICA
AXLETALLRIVAL
ZEALIDOLTBIRD
EDITTEESSEEYA
Fri 12/14/2007
IMPASSEGAPESAT
LEAPTATADOLPHE
LAGOONSBIOMASS
STOPITUSERNOT
CAENUSH
DOMALIFHEROD
RETURNTOREALITY
ALOTONONESPLATE
CLEARANCECENTER
EASTSSILOOAR
ECOTYRE
AWLHAZYTATTLE
PREBAKEBIGHOAX
PIERCEDONLEAVE
STJOHNSAGENDAS
Sat 12/15/2007
HOTHEADSJJPUTZ
ONEINTENIAGREE
UNSETTLEFRASER
SOTSSTAFFSUTO
ETAOKAYFLEE
SIBSLIEDBEARD
ACLUODDSARE
TEETHESADIST
RAWEGGSETES
MEDALLOINRHEA
AXESELIAISR
SESPRANCEANTI
QUITITGOBACKON
UNLIKEAMBROSIA
ETUDESTOSSPOTS
Sun 12/16/2007 MOVIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
STREAMMOMCOSIJELL
TROLLEDEVEALASOREO
PAULINEDEADMANWAKING
ASTIINDORSEDETENTE
THESANTACAUSERATS
ABADTRICKERYAOL
ATTHATSEEROEANTE
OAHUCEDEPUPFICTION
TREBEKINDIADROMES
ROBESYESORNOSIENA
ANITHESEVENTHSEAHOD
GRAINDINESENSTONE
UPSIDESEDERNEBULA
THEGODRUSHGOTOASOF
NYESESAUNOHEBREW
ESPANGELINAARLO
ASIASNAKESONAPANE
IMPRINTTIELINEASIN
WAROFTHEWORDSGILDING
ITEMHERAELISLEDDER
NAPASRASDYELAYERS
Mon 12/17/2007
ALMAIBARSIDEB
MUONRILEPRADA
SARATOGASPRINGS
OUTLANDSRASCAL
GOTONOWHERE
NIAGARAFALLS
ORGRELINEESAU
MEETSTETSAILS
ESSOTERESALAP
LARRYSUMMERS
CAMERASLOAN
ADORESATLANTIS
JONATHANWINTERS
USONEOKIEARAT
NESTSLAGSSANS
Tue 12/18/2007
JESTJACOBSCAM
ACNEUNITETARO
WHOCANITBEELEV
SOBDKNYPRAISE
SAYFEELFOR
WHATMATTERS
OONARBISAPSOS
WHEREDOESITHURT
SOWEDNOUSAREA
WHENPIGSFLY
STUDIOSTRE
TORENTLISAFIG
AMBIWHYPAYMORE
IMACAIROFOXEN
DYNEREESEMYST
Wed 12/19/2007
LETEMCELEBDAD
ILONAENVOYADO
MANSTANDINGNOG
ONENESSUSING
DAYSOFPOMPEII
BEERTROOPELSE
ITALOOLEIC
OAFTHELASTNAY
ATARISTONE
BOSCROSSIETNA
OFTHEMOHICANS
GLEEMTENDONS
IANPICTURESHOW
ETOTOPUPSTORE
SEGYULESTOTIE

Submitted in June 2006, revised after acceptance in Apr. 2007, this simple puzzle came about as a whim during a late-night research session. Using onelook.com, I searched for phrases starting with "last" and listed several possibilities (BUT NOT LEAST, CLEAR CHANCE, IN FIRST OUT, a few others). At some point it hit me that THE LAST would be a nice central entry, so I culled the list accordingly.

Thu 12/20/2007
DAFTOVENLOSIN
OLLANEMOACHOO
EVERYENTRYTHATS
SAXILESAIRWAY
SPEEACNE
INTHEGRIDHASTHE
DAWESNITREN
ENOSSPITSMOST
ANAOATMOUSE
SAMEFIRSTLETTER
SIREVASE
BUSTLEATRAARM
ASTHEENTRYSCLUE
RELETCAANABET
ODORSONYXTASS
Fri 12/21/2007
BEBOPCHINRESTS
UVULAAUDIOBOOK
NADERECOMMERCE
GASTANKBARROW
CAPTORWINSOME
ABERNATHYCOWER
SOSAGRENDEL
ARTBOOSTEDLUV
HANGSONVISA
ALTARGENTLEBEN
SEANCESOATERS
PARDONTANNERS
INSIDEJOBDRAFT
STALEMATEHALEN
HOLYSYNODONSET
Sat 12/22/2007
PRESSURECRIB
RELOANEDPHONO
IDEALISMPRESTO
MAGRITTEREESES
SIENESEINSERT
TRADESMAITRE
AEROMETER
DOSADOSUSERIDS
IRENERYAN
SIRICALAMESA
SEAMANABASHES
UNSUNGMONSANTO
ATESTSOUTEREAR
DARESSTANDARD
ELASASSESSES
Sun 12/23/2007 YULE OUTSOURCING
ERRATAMISLAIDIQTEST
REEFERINTEGRALUELLA
SANTASHADANEASYSEASON
TRESSESTITHEULEES
ENTOBESEABE
SARTREANENTARMREST
ISEEASANITNODEET
LYINGINHISBIGRECLINER
LENUNDERALOUDATONE
STSIRESSPIREPERSE
RTESPITASPLOD
ALBEEPANICSEAREFT
BIOTAIOTASTACITPIE
IFYOUASKHIMFORAREASON
TELLMAESIRANTONO
REDCAPSCAJUNICEMAN
ANTARKINURI
RADONTORIIPORTHOS
EVERYTOYISMADEINCHINA
LEMMONEDIBLESELATES
ORIENTRESOLESDETERS
Mon 12/24/2007
JAMBSIMPEIBOX
AWAITNAILSOHM
PARTYANIMALRIA
ARISENTELANON
NEODEANHST
CREDITREPORT
RAPPERSOERREO
ACROSSSEGUES
ITOHESATTENDS
LIFEINPRISON
ESPLOTTPDA
LOSTPICOSIRIS
IRSPICKUPTRUCK
NCOATEINDONEE
EARWARNSSNERD
Tue 12/25/2007
HAFTSWAGEADZE
ARLENOVALIRON
JOYEUXNOELREOS
IMBIBECASABA
AYNNRALAMPS
GLAEDELIGJUL
ARGUEDOSOORU
BIOPICSPLUMBER
ADDNEERMUSES
FELIZNAVIDAD
TRINIETABAM
NETMENREAPED
ELEVBUONNATALE
DOSEARFSSHREK
USSRSOFAESTEE
Wed 12/26/2007
AMISSCRAMFAZE
RECAPLONEURAL
ELITEOUTSNIPS
TONYCURTISNASA
ENGRSOSKAY
MEXDISCMAN
MAPPEDSETPIECE
IDIOTNYCEDGED
CANNABISKNEADS
ARGYLESBES
CSISEESTOP
AQUAJOHNNYCAKE
BURRITOOMOLAR
LISTNOTICROPS
ETASGESTANNIE
Thu 12/27/2007
FOBSASPSRAKES
ABIELIEUIWERE
CORALEXAMBELIE
TEDARTSCRESTS
CONTHELOOKOUT
LEAVESOPA
UGLIBOERSWAS
COLDFOLKSATHOME
ENSACIDSALEX
RENPANFRY
COILPAINTINGS
ASSOONOENOBEL
UTERICOVENWARE
SARANANYASNOG
ARENTPEELJESS
Fri 12/28/2007
MIAMIEELED
JENNIFERLOPEZ
LANDOCALRISSIAN
ENTSATIATEFDA
TGIFSAONESION
ALOAFLTDOPERA
TENDRILSAMOSAS
DONLEK
ASSIGNSPEGASUS
LUTESAVIANISE
ASETPIANOEDEN
RIARELLENOETO
MEMBERSOFTHEBAR
QUICKBROWNFOX
POTSYROOTY
Sat 12/29/2007
BUBBLEBATHTWAS
OPERASERIAAINT
ADVANCEMENINDO
TOYSTORYDACTYL
SERSNOWHERE
HOBARTFOURIRON
ACORNWITTYTOC
SHODXERESMINA
ALTPALMSCIDER
GOLCONDAMOSEYS
OCELOTSFORT
ARGALIBAPTISMS
TAGSPERIPETEIA
ICESPLATEGLASS
TYRAEIGHTEENTH
Sun 12/30/2007 WINTER FIGURE
FIJIARCEDVOCABHALO
IGORLIONSAPOLOANON
ELLSATHOLNEWTOIDOS
SOLARIZEPASTRAMI
TOYGUNINFLUENCETABBED
ASHENPROLETARIATCRUDE
ANSELTOYOTASANOUT
APPTRAGSCAKESTUS
GAPSSCOOTSBIOMESHOSP
EDYREEDSTREWIOTANEA
ITSNOBAKERSDOZENRANDR
SHOESTOREOTSONEOCLOCK
TAUTLYDERNPROSVASSAL
SILYRSLOGRETAINERE
SNAPSPAREERIDES
PSISHABERDASHERATVS
ANDTWOEYESMADEOUTOFCOAL
LEAAURALOPINELGA
PERETTIFASCIASMASHERS
ARETECORNCOBPIPETORAH
TENURETIGHTENEDTISANE
ERODESTEEMSERFEVENTS
STEREOSLOTASSKEATS
Mon 12/31/2007
SCADSVASTBLEW
KOREAARIALEAH
IRONFILINGONCE
DAMENIDSOOTHE
SLANTEDLAUD
AIRSPLITSUP
THEMETAGEYORE
HEXESCIASPLAT
ERICCONSPIELS
NOTAWHITWIN
LOONCARGOES
ANGLERCOMAMRI
BALITOPBILLING
EDENLIAREATIN
TANGELSADOSES