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Puzzles for February, 2013
with Jim Horne comments

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Fri 2/1/2013
PLANFORDEMIGOD
AIRFAREIMANAGE
INCLUDEMUTABLE
NETLEDGEFLED
DICTARAGWEED
RACHELMADDOW
UNFEDANOAKMST
SCOWCRAZYLEAR
HEXLITREWILCO
PLAYINGHOOKY
BIODOMERANDR
DOTSCSPOTRAP
ONSTAFFOUTPACE
FEMORALSCHEMES
FRENEMYTHEPAST
Sat 2/2/2013
PLAYTEXDOLAPS
VICTORYARAPAHO
TENDRILWIMOWEH
SUETEENFELLAS
COSMOGIRL
ASSAIROCOCTA
STOPSSTRETCHES
HENIECHEIRISH
BAITSHOPSMENLO
YMCAANOBEGAT
LEVELHEAD
REGGAEEARLNTH
AVIATORUNAWARE
PATIENTNINEVEH
CANNESTEDDIES
Sun 2/3/2013A WHIFF OF COLOGNE
TARTSSALABARTABS
SOLEILPERILOVERVIEW
PUMPERNICKELAERIALLY
APOORUPRIVERDUBDEE
RENTGREENYESONDUCT
TEDEMITTWAINTENTH
ASSASSINREALMREG
CPUPOLYPEBERSOL
SKEINNODEORALSRBI
SPADEDALEXLORICOLA
ELFISHITOHIPTRUMAN
TAFTEAVEVOTEZAPATA
ASEMINERENIDKRONE
THECITYGREEKREL
KATBEERYSPIRACLE
OLLIEREIMSRULEHOD
BEANMENSASELIGDAWG
AMTLABTREADLEMAORI
MUSSESUPKINDERGARTEN
ARCHDUKEORTONTILING
SHEAREDNEATENACT
Mon 2/4/2013
SLAPCALCRECUR
LIMAONEAOBAMA
EBBSNOAMCARAT
EYESINTHESKY
PARMOERONCBS
SPRJANEEYRE
THREESIMIBRIE
HEADINTHECLOUDS
ANNAORANONSET
TRINIDADPAY
SINMETKATZAP
NOSEINTHEAIR
BROOKGLUTWIDE
AORTAISTOORES
MOSSYCAENKEDS
Tue 2/5/2013
AGNESSCAMARC
PLEATILSABLUR
PORTLYAUTHORITY
EOEEMBARGO
AMIDSTEROICA
LYDIASHHEMMAS
SNIPEATHARK
GINGERLYSPICE
BETERAGDOLL
BRAYSTANADAGE
BELLOCSNARED
ASUSUALRES
THENOBELLYPRIZE
RINDERATLABEL
YESDANAYEARS
Wed 2/6/2013
BIGAMYEGGALMA
ONESIENRALEIS
ASTHMACOSECOL
SENIORPROJECT
TTOPSLUMETUAW
AGESTHORPE
BALLEATOMENS
BRAISEDDESIREE
GORMESRITSAR
UPROARIONA
NEYTANGONABOB
BROKENPROMISE
ASIAIVEAMINOR
MARVSETGISELE
BODEHRSSESTET
Thu 2/7/2013
ARMANIPOSING
SEASONEDALLMEN
SETHOGENSEETHU
ESTASKANIOUS
SEEMEDFLAG
SINGLETHEAD
ASTASIEALICIA
DARNTEHANDORM
DMITRIIREELSE
NEPHOLOGIST
AWLSTUGSON
NSECEVAMANNA
EHLICHH&RBLOCK
DEBTORSEALABLE
SKEETSMESSED
Fri 2/8/2013
AZIMUTHDESPISE
NOMINEEETHANOL
TOPLINEWRONGLY
MEETTHEBEATLES
EZRAHALETHEME
COIGNWKRPESNE
HOLEUPERROR
OMSKEWYEPMRI
HEARTZAGREB
IMREKERRLAPSE
MOOLASEATLEOX
ALMIGHTYDOLLAR
BIAXIALALIENTO
UNNERVEREROUTE
MEASLESSTENTOR
Sat 2/9/2013
BASTILLETOOBAD
CATSMEOWUNPILE
SHOELACEREEKOF
CLOCKSBINET
RAKISHSORE
ONPOTMAHJONGG
ACHTBARTENDERS
CHOCARPETSEAT
HOTPOCKETSDYNE
ROADKILLMEADE
JETEFESTER
DEANAPLINTH
MADMAXAIRDRIED
IMGAMECAMEONTO
REESESKRAZYKAT
Sun 2/10/2013I HEARD YOU THE FIRST TIME
SMITEPOEMBATJUST
AUDENENVYGABEINTEL
GREENGREENGRASSOFHOME
KATIELANAOTTAMPS
HUNGRYHUNGRYHIPPOS
CSISTEINSDEBESP
RINGENOEPABROILER
EXTRAEXTRALARGEEAVE
STROLLOWLELLERBEE
SHOUTPIESBOOEDSNL
THEWILDWILDWEST
SOBEARNSODIEERUPT
THEMATICREGSLICER
ANNASHORTSHORTSTORY
GOTLOSTHEHBOAENDS
LOOGINSHEESHNUT
OFFOFFBROADWAYSHOW
BAUMIIILIENETHOS
ITSAMADMADMADMADWORLD
THEREELMOREAPASCII
ASSTNYCSLOPREAMS
Mon 2/11/2013
SCRUBBALLAGHA
ARENAOBOEGRIM
TIPSYLUCABRASI
USEODDROOFS
RCABUILDINGFYI
NOLALYINIFS
LEASCAMTIA
ARTISTICABILITY
BEAPERUJAI
ELKISLEMOWS
TIEJESSICABIEL
SCIONATMLEI
SHAREACABBLEND
HEROCALLEERIE
EDENTREEROSES
Tue 2/12/2013
CRAGLOCHUHAUL
RAREAHOYTESTY
INGEPOMPMAKES
BOYZNTHEHOOD
SNLTOOENSBUS
ELEPHANTTRUNK
ESSDEOOLDE
HASATGADELBOW
UMPSTRIEVE
FORTYYARDDASH
FRYANNAIDEAT
FREDDYFENDER
POLARDESIOGRE
ALAMOALPEVEIN
RENEWDEADASET
Wed 2/13/2013
PLASMASOCTSRO
CALCULIRHOPER
THEAGEDTEAMETA
RACEWARAEON
DENEBBADGEDDOG
SMORESERROLS
LATKNEWIAM
JACKIECHANGED
LODWOOSTAG
SALUKISLEEVE
TVTRAGEDYERRED
BAHTNANETTE
ETEVISAGEDCARD
DARITEGLITTER
ERENEDSEESAWS
Thu 2/14/2013
REPOORBROSES
ELANBELLATOYA
FIRESIDEASTLEY
ECASHDUTCHOVEN
RIDESEYEAEXO
STEELTRAPDEFAT
EVEFEBNOMO
ELEVATORCAR
SLUEEARETC
HARDGBARNSTORM
APOARBOTCTEA
BACKSTAGEAPOLO
BLOUSEOPENDOOR
AMINESLEGALAI
TANGSFROSENS
Fri 2/15/2013
STONEAGESECADA
CEREBRALPROPEL
OLDWORLDRIPOFF
OLEANETALII
PARTITASARCANE
ELICHITDEERE
RINGSIDESEAT
SEGASEPIAIMAY
SLIDINGSCALE
ATEINNELLDOW
PLANTSSWEEPOUT
ILLGOTNINER
NIKITAJOEDANTE
KEENENUSSENATE
ODDESTTEAROSES
Sat 2/16/2013
FIREFOXMOZILLA
ONARANTCRONIES
EXCITERMENOTTI
SKEETERSENTIN
DOMESSILT
ALFANEATHTELL
GOOSEGLOOMBOA
HAZARDANOPINION
ADZGOMADTERSE
SEISSEMISODES
DEMSSENTA
RUBATOSLEDDOG
APELIKEIPHONES
GOALLINNOONERS
UNRATEDENCASES
Sun 2/17/2013MARK MY WORDS
SIGMABIGBATCSICNY
HONORARALSEAOPENERA
INANELALAKERMUDFLAP
RITEAIDACTLGAARM
EASYREMKOREANTAUS
PHARAOHENSILESPA
THEINDCROWDOSESTOP
LOONSBALIHAISECANT
IRONSIDEENABLELARGE
DEFYPITHGIFTHUNDER
RACHELCRACHEL
PRECEDELONBOARAFAR
AIDANYEGODSUNDULATE
PAWNEECAKEPANZEROG
ALASNEZFROSTSNIXON
LTRBOLEROTHEEAST
ODORAMORALRRSREST
IWONABFINFAKEFUR
BLANKEDORIGAMIIBIZA
VENEERSTARHEELRELIC
DRPDREJETSAMSKEET

Compare with this 1998 grid by Robert H. Wolfe. It even has the same central answer, only running vertically. The puzzle here differs in that, for the Down answers, the punctuation marks must be spelled out.

FROST/NIXON was the answer to one of my favorite recent clues: Slashed picture of 2008?

Mon 2/18/2013
SLITADAMORBIT
NOAHLONECAINE
ACMELUTETBONE
GOBBLERSKNOB
LUGOPIATE
CUTEASABUTTON
JEEZCAGESTWO
GALSTRILLDAIS
APTCEELOSECT
BAITANDSWITCH
ENCINOMAO
CONTROLGROUP
ABATEIOWAALSO
POLARLILTTIED
EXECSELSEENDS
Tue 2/19/2013
POLKABARBTVPG
ABENDACHEEELY
PATESHOOVERDAM
AMIEAIRERINS
WATSONANDCRICK
SOWNOVO
WENCESLAUSKRIS
EWOKSIRSFIERY
DEWSWEREWOLVES
IWOATOI
HOUSINGPROJECT
SORTAYUMOWAR
WYATTEARPBUENA
ALTEAPOPELROY
BEERUPSYYESES

Sound out the first syllable of each of the six(!) long theme answers.

Wed 2/20/2013
BOSNIACABAVEO
ASPECTUNURAGU
CHECKMARKSANOS
HAWKBLACKLIST
TEALHOST
FBIAGENTHEYHO
TALESEARCAFAR
ORUYEARENDAZT
AGEDSLCOUTIES
DOJOSPOSTCARD
AGUAPEEN
FACEVALUEKOBE
INKAMATCHMAKER
NYERCPAAIRING
KATSOSHMADEDO
Thu 2/21/2013
DROUGHTBEDGAB
WELLNOWEDUARDO
ADDUPTOEYEWEAR
RAILAHABTEAMO
FLEASIREEESAU
SESTOTOADKING
ERRURGEECH
TPSFOUNDEDRES
HOPFUNDSAM
OLAFGITSMASSE
RAMAHOHOSTALL
ORBITNEWTTROI
USOTOURHASHOUT
GETHOMEARRANGE
HASLAPTROUGHS
Fri 2/22/2013
JOCKDISPOSALS
EZRAJOSHUATREE
SAULUNLETTERED
SWEETDEALMTIDA
EATEYELAESSN
ANGCAL
MARSHALLMCLUHAN
ORATORIOSOCIETY
MAJORLEAGUEGAME
STARSANDSTRIPES
SENEES
IMOPDTORABBC
LARGOAPRILFOOL
LUKEWILSONAXLE
EVANESCINGZETA
RENERUSSOERST
Sat 2/23/2013
ROADSTERS
SAMUELADAMS
MINNESOTAFATS
LENDERSTRATI
ITERSSAPSTPAT
TRAYSENETELKS
TODSPLITSCREEN
ESOEELLIKESHO
RECONNOITERCOT
EXONTUNEDSELF
RUNESTESKINDA
SANSEIWINTER
LOTTERYWINNER
ROASTMASTER
PETEACHER
Sun 2/24/2013I SURRENDER!
FIFERALCOTTUNTRUE
INURESMALARIALOWEST
RTERYTSAHATAEBUTIPAC
EELEATSMELDFLEX
ARSSNITAYEBIASPIP
TSPSCLEMEXTENTHOSE
IHEHTROFDAEHELAPSE
IGLOOPBAMEADOLLUP
PYLONSLIBSNEBULAE
OMSKEPAULETCATERS
RENSENOESOL
SHEAVESTONERSSLAP
PALTERSATTNALPINE
DHTIWSORTLOIARNAZ
RERATEUORGEMOSEVIG
ARESVINNIEBREAGEMS
WEDBINDFTDBIRDRAH
MANSALARONTOONO
CNUYRCLFETIHWEHTEVAW
LUSTREARRIVALYEMENI
ETCHESGOSPELDURAN

"Back down" answers are read backwards to the beginning and then down from there.

Mon 2/25/2013
BIDESATRIAICY
IDEALBEANSNOW
LIPTONBRISKTLC
BOOSERNSTRHEA
OTTAWAEERIE
THREEDAYFAST
ARMASSNDELRIO
COASTPDABEEPS
UNSAIDOLDEASH
PACIFICFLEET
UNSERFRASER
JILTHAUTEINFO
UZITAYLORSWIFT
DONIRONYRADIO
ODEEDNASSNEER
Tue 2/26/2013
TBIRDBOCCISOS
KENAIAARONCPA
THUNDERROADREY
SATNABTITANS
VENTURAHIGHWAY
EREACENOLIE
SOAVERAGASRS
PENNYLANE
TDSGOALSTAYS
HELLEVIMROT
ELECTRICAVENUE
SUNDAENANRVS
HIDBAKERSTREET
ASELDOPAEBONY
HERESSAYRINSE
Wed 2/27/2013
EXTOLEVITERIB
KEANEPENINAMA
GREATHORNEDOWLS
IMACSOBIT
SECRETHANDSHAKE
EPAAAHRED
WISPSGEISEL
CHANGEOFHEART
CANONSPOISE
ABAFADCAM
COMPUTERHACKERS
TROUORION
SEENBUTNOTHEARD
ORBIPODSOLDIE
NSACAPOSSLOPE
Thu 2/28/2013
PROANDCON
NIVEKSOUTBONO
OFERVERSEFIDE
MENADESTROLLED
SITCHA
SCIENCEGESTION
TONSHIBITSODY
AMSNERNIE
NETOGEALSSIST
STRAINSSTRICTS
TRAAIR
FITEERSCLAIMED
IFERLOGUENOTE
CHESSORTSGRAM
TEMTESNTO

The Across answers below include the missing PROs and CONs.