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Puzzles for February, 2011
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Tue 2/1/2011
PSHAWRICHATUB
IRAQIERMALONE
MINUTEMAIDTUBA
DACCAJAILER
ABMHOPEDIAMOND
DUALSRORANTS
OLDSODNOLO
BEDSIDEMANNER
AXESGSEVEN
NOMSGETAWEPT
ADIMEADOZENNOH
POLISHTNOTE
LULLMIXEDMEDIA
ELEEELECARUBA
SSTSDADSRIPER
Wed 2/2/2011
LASTBLUEDROP
OTTISRANDREPS
BEALLASHESSHES
BARTABAMAANT
ESTATESSTATES
RESTTAUSAHIT
SIGNEGRETS
ISLANDERSLANDER
STILLEIAMB
MACEESSESOLA
ORANGESRANGES
JARLOOSMOLTS
USINGSINGARETE
TACOISNTHERES
SPEDRTESSSRS
Thu 2/3/2011
RAKESMOWSAARE
ADOUTICEEPOOL
BORNELATEENOS
BLEUBLTSARETE
IFACLUEPFFT
HERPOLLUTES
TUEINSANAROCK
ISMISSINGUSETHE
EDITINDENTSOW
RATSTAILTYS
SUNSNEXTONE
SCOOTTEARAVON
ROWSORTSATEIT
IDEAWANTCURSE
SENDSLAYESTER
Fri 2/4/2011
APLUSACMECNBC
HITTHEROADHORA
ENDEARMENTINON
MESSSAXEBLOND
MEDIAFRENZY
FLAMEASTIRSES
RATEDRTEXVEST
ESTREETRUNINTO
ETREFIBPULSAR
SMACERESDEERE
PICTURESQUE
INTERSTUNIHOP
RUINDOMAINNAME
ITOOSMATTERING
TENNLENSAEGIS
Sat 2/5/2011
CRISPYTACOATMS
AIRCREWMENCHOW
SPAREROOMSTADA
AUTOSKEEPSTEP
SPELLEDNTHSRS
LEERATDWAN
HOKEYNESSSILEX
ENIDYACHTTIRE
BEAUSMOOREHEAD
SOPHSTEAMS
SEPATVSPATULA
MATHQUIZNAPES
ASIAGLISSANDOS
COMSALMOSTDONE
KNAPTEADRESSES
Sun 2/6/2011 HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
APPALLSRACISMDISKS
LEANMEATATONCEENTER
TOSEEANEWDOCTORPLOYS
ENSORSPINORRCLAW
RAINDIPLOMAONTHEWALL
EGOVENEERSRATWIE
DENYINGTHESAMENAME
ESOAGAAMOCOAYES
JUSTAVERAGELOOKING
ERNOSAGESSEATED
LAURACLASSMATEETUDE
LLBEANAUGURSNIL
WHENDIDYOUGRADUATE
TOTEWORRYNASIAN
WHYDOYOUASKINDICES
AIMNOSASSENTSONO
YOUWEREINMYCLASSALTO
RACKSEARESTSPLIT
BERRAWHATDIDYOUTEACH
YEATSEATSUPARRESTEE
ELYSEAMOUNTSENTESS
Mon 2/7/2011
PECKCHAPFSTOP
OSHABOREATARI
STATSTIRFRYING
TULIPSKIMLAP
WAKEFORESTDOTE
ARICROSIREN
RYESATTACKS
ROLLOVERACD
LIBRARYOAFS
GENIEIPOYOW
AXEDSTRETCHBRA
UPCARIATAROT
GETUPANDGOLENT
ERASETINYLACE
STRADSOULEKED
Tue 2/8/2011
ARALJUANDAT
RAREPURDUERBI
MISSMANNERSARE
DELANOSTAGED
DENIEDOREASSAY
ERIEOGRESHOSE
ESCTRAPPKENTS
WASHRAG
ARENAPEONSPOT
NENESEUSSDELI
ILLWINDSWEIRDO
MAITRESETOUT
ABSMASSTRANSIT
TETAKITASNAME
ELSYSERELEM
Wed 2/9/2011
CARYGESSOTAT
ALOEBURTONECO
TOYSURPRISENRA
CHADETERACNED
HALFDEADBRAE
LEDSIMPSON
ATTARFLAGISNO
NEWTSEARSTEEL
NEETSEMITAEBO
OMNIBUSVAL
TRUESKIPJACK
BAYEDWEILLWON
RHOGRIDDLECAKE
IONETRADEOREL
EYETEENYBEST
Thu 2/10/2011
MOMITSWARMAC
ACEFACILESASH
DONNAKARANCITI
ENTOELENAKAGAN
INERTIAMERRIE
REEDITGRIPPERS
ARSISFEINTTEE
CARLSAGAN
JARPEATSTESSA
EMACIATEPITTED
RIGHTSSETTERS
KATEYSAGALLIRA
IBISERICHSEGAL
ELMSSIRRAHENE
RYESALOMEROS
Fri 2/11/2011
STEPHENREAAIRS
SALESROOMSSTOW
GLITTERATIKALE
TEESCARADELLE
HATHONADIET
GATORSORFFADE
ELOPEDWELTNON
TIESAEIOURAVE
ITTFINNSJETER
NTHALIGCAGERS
SLEEVESSOYA
HELPERMANTEDS
ABIEORANGETREE
PINENOMEALASKA
ETESSTARSYSTEM
Sat 2/12/2011
YOMAMAJOKEMONT
WHATALOSERARCH
COLORADOPLATEAU
AHEMMISTERTOAD
MOEREC
COSTASPOLAROID
ANTICPANTYHOSE
REAMCASTSOKLA
ATTEMPTTOPRIER
TOULOUSENINETY
TITSOX
THEMISFITSATOP
CALIFORNIAGIRLS
BRATWELLLADIDA
YEWSSTATETAXES
Sun 2/13/2011 BARGAINING
POSTITSSTIGMAASPS
ASTOLATPEGLEGSONNET
WHATSMYBARLINEINTONE
TEASERNOBARFLYZONE
WOEALSOOOXKAL
ASPICVIAMASTEMI
THEDAVINCIBARCODEREE
TANTRICOMERTAALIT
ALIENSPACEBARCRAFT
SHAGITEMPLIABLE
TELHOSTELABROADLEX
AXLROSEALLYMEAT
CASHBARFORCLUNKERS
TOOKIDAHOSORANGES
OVASAVEDBYTHEBARBELL
PARESSEENEACTII
OMGILEASSTLAD
SOAPBAROPERAERESTU
SOMALIMARSBARATTACKS
USENETALGORENONUKES
MESSNOONERINSTYLE
Mon 2/14/2011
BALMMACBRAVO
AREAICESREVEL
ICANTSTOPLOVING
TSHIRTSRAWSTA
LOAAIMS
IMWALKINGBEHIND
DIELENDSURER
TABSSKILLBASE
AMENDROUTQTS
GIRLIMGONNAMISS
SOONCHE
BAGONOCHOOSES
ONLYWANNABEWITH
ONIONSILOETTU
REBUSBMXDEAN

VIC: I admire Lynn's thematic tautness and deft touch with early-week clues. Always have. In late October 2010 she did a CrosSynergy titled "A Bone to Pick." The title made me think of "with you." as in, "I have a bone to pick with you." Her theme consisted of ILSAs (in-the-language stand-alones), the first unit of which could precede "bone", e.g. TAILWIND and WISH YOU WERE HERE.

My idea was to use "with you" as a reveal, with four partial phrases that could end with those two words. Falling flat, this idea morphed into, first, phrases ending with "you." And then into song titles, and then love song titles. I had trouble making a grid that would accommodate the lengthy theme — a good time to seek help.

Since Lynn had inspired the idea, I asked her if she'd collaborate. Her initial reaction: "Your proposed theme is pretty far afield from a bone to pick!" But she agreed, made a great grid, and wrote the clues. We pitched it to Will as a Valentine's Day special.

Tue 2/15/2011
MACHUSTUBROMA
ALOOFAONEOLEG
COMMONKNOWLEDGE
STABASSAENEAS
REVTROT
AVERAGEHEIGHT
CDIAHOLEVEERS
DIETOBITSNAIL
SEWONUHAULROY
USUALSUSPECTS
LSATEXO
OHIOANERRLOAD
REGULARGASOLINE
EROSIBARFANTA
SORESIDEARKIN
Wed 2/16/2011
ANELEGASHHESS
RENESOSLOALOT
TVGAMESHOWGILA
HARPERSSIGNAL
UDAYNINEOCLOCK
RAVESPOLHERE
SNEAKSMAL
DRINKINGAGE
LENECARTE
BAITREBATOWN
JUMPSTREETOTIC
ALTHEATSARINA
MOROBLACKJACKS
EVANBACHADALE
SAKEYMCARELED
Thu 2/17/2011
WHAARMADATTOP
HICSEENITHIVE
AKAHANDSOMERED
MEDALGAMEDENS
EXACTORNODS
COMENOWMISO
ANYDREWCARFAX
LEAPPEACESLED
MADRASRISEARI
EVESTALKSON
CATETHEWASH
BUYERBEEPUFFS
ARRESTRANTSOLE
LIENENROBEREX
MOSSNOTBADDAY
Fri 2/18/2011
GOALPOSTSAMOA
HAVEAGOATINANE
ATANYRATENADER
NESTCEPASGRECO
ARTOOLEECHES
CASPARHALT
BACKSPACEISLA
TINASOROSSTET
ALASIRRITATED
GASHSTYLUS
ATTESTSSOFAS
LEASEFANTASIST
ORSONAMOUNTSTO
GAIUSNEONTETRA
SLATESNEERSAT
Sat 2/19/2011
OCEANBORNEJAZZ
HADABADDAYATOI
SIGNALEASEMANO
AREDEASTOFEDEN
YOREPCS
SPACECADET
THAIPECANGIVE
VENTINUSEEVEN
PREFCATEREARS
GOWIRELESS
GAGBASS
NFLUNIFORMREAL
ALARREMEMBERME
VANELEAVESTIME
EXESSTRESSTEST
Sun 2/20/2011 WUNDERBAR!
YOUPAYADREPSBRINES
DYNAMOPEORIAOCTOMOM
SLOPEDPALMEDSASHIMI
ENAKEDLADIESGORAN
OMARREASESSLYERALT
DOGHANDLERQTYBETTIE
STOAEASTSUIGOAHEAD
TLETTCHOCOLATE
PASSEDONREDMITERST
ITABLUGODSENDANITA
PABLOESCOBIEANDKEN
ELIANARRANGERSTKEG
RENUCRILEONITIDILY
ROOMBRAWLSPACE
MAKEHAYEMTCOILLOME
ARENDTTSOBALALAIKAS
MIIEIEIOLOMANTVSET
BELLABELLYUPTOTHE
ATLARGEDELRIOBORDEN
STORMEREVENERSMURFS
ARDENTRISERSPESETA
Mon 2/21/2011
WADSGARPABUSE
ALECODERTONER
ROSAKENOANDES
PHINEASTBARNUM
SALMRTORIEL
UNITEDWESTAND
ETSILSNAT
ZESTSADSTOTES
ARTHQSBAR
GROSSOUTHUMOR
PAPUAESPEVA
HONORTHYFATHER
COVERIAMAHERR
BLESTCZARIMNO
CERTSSYNENSEW
Tue 2/22/2011
DOGGHEMPCHURL
DIEUODIEHOSEA
ELLEWOODSAGUAS
SODSTARWARS
JETSKITODALSO
ULYSSESIDS
KAROTIMESHARE
ETOSPINOUTLOT
SELFWORTHRASH
REPSIBERIA
EPEEUHSMADMEN
MONEYPITPEW
BLAZEMAGAZINES
EATENOVALNILE
DRESSMEGAEXIT
Wed 2/23/2011
AGASPHATABHOR
LOTTOIWOROONE
ETTASLONFAMED
CHANTILLYLACE
SICTOESIRIAN
CHAINLINKFENCE
UMAMOELONE
RANGELOWLINED
ISEEOOFKEA
CHURCHOFFRANCE
HERAOKLOSAXL
OUTSIDECHANCE
MASTSNIXLADEN
BLINITKOARLEN
ASSETOERWEEDY
Thu 2/24/2011
GNATGLADINAPT
RAVERAVINORAH
OMITAKINAFIRE
WEAREDEVOWEARY
NOTATEPHENOL
UNICAMPARIATL
PEONORIOLE
NOUNDERWEAR
SPOUSEREPS
ALPROSSSEAHET
WEARINISWEAR
NOTUSGOLDPIANO
IVANIOBOEDRUB
NIKONNEARESTE
GIINGGYMSNESS
Fri 2/25/2011
MASALARADICAL
ANEMONEAVOCADO
STRINGSMODELED
THEDIETOFWORMS
LOUIS
SLAVEANTSCHAPS
CANARSIERIGUP
AVILAARCAKIRA
MATESMAGNETIC
PLATENOTREDAME
PESCI
ITSFORTHEBIRDS
REALISEEVACUEE
COLOSSIREJOICE
SHEETEDDANNON
Sat 2/26/2011
ITCOUPLEAZTECS
HEATSEALCOOPUP
EARCANDYUNTAPE
ARKFALSERETURN
ROESLEICAELIS
YOYOSSUAGRETE
AMSTELMRMISTER
EELDIM
THINKBIGAMTRAC
RENOSBUBERATO
ANATORNISATTN
MRSMALAPROPRIC
PETALSOLDFLAME
LIENEEREDFACED
EDWYNNTRYTHESE
Sun 2/27/2011 V-2
HUMVEESMIXESCHIVIED
ENTITLEARENAOUTINLA
TEACHERTONALSPANNED
HAREVIETNAMVETSCOME
RAVEFLEWEONSRACE
ATRESTDROOLEDSEVENS
CHARLESSOLESFLYINTO
ESTSLAWDADFRINTSB
AGATESVFEEDME
MTVAVATARGARNERVIS
CHIPSINREPOTCOSSACK
CELLVINCEVAUGHNTREE
AFLATCOANCHORSRAIMI
BEATITMSTEURDUNCAN
EDGEDINMESASTENDONS
ELEVONRODSUNNIS
LOVEDONESVWHITENESS
IGOTOUELEFIATRSVPS
MRIVESTALVIRGINSEEG
AECEDESLAVEOSUINT
SSERURHATEDNAPNTS
Mon 2/28/2011
GAGAREFERDADA
OWENALIVEONIT
WARYTATAFORNOW
NYMPHETSHEART
LODEZOOM
MAMACASSELLIOT
ABACKLADYCOB
ABLEJAILSLURE
METTERMBALSA
YAYASISTERHOOD
ANTZIDED
ENEMYTEARINTO
BABAAURHUMDOES
OPAHGOAPEARCH
NANAHEISSHAHA