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Puzzles for February, 2021
with Will Shortz comments

Mon 2/1/2021
APPTYAMAPLUS
FURYMAKESEETO
TRIPALBAKEANU
ESSENTIALWORKER
REMASTERRUG
YESGOTRICH
ASIGNWINOSHA
HOMECOMINGQUEEN
AMMOCUZUPEND
BEARHUGMFA
GELMARIANAS
USMILITARYDRONE
STEALHIVEMIND
DUNNOEMIRERIE
AFUSSMSNDEER

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Soleil Saint-Cyr is a high school senior in Moorestown, N.J. This is her New York Times debut.

Tue 2/2/2021
HATTONDAPBOP
AIROUTSEGAANA
GRASSHOPPERLDS
LISTREEESTES
MINUSMANONICE
INSPHARDKNOCKS
LEEAYNSTEW
KSTATEHOSERS
SONSYENCEL
CLAYMATIONRONA
DATESACSBETTY
RIOTSNOHASOF
ADDTENNISCOURT
CUDAXISANDREA
KPSROCLESSEN

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Adesina O. Koiki is a sports journalist in Queens. This is his second crossword for The Times.

POW Wed 2/3/2021
PUBSCABSGPS
ISAACOUNCEROI
NONVIOLENCEAPP
GEORGIASFIFTH
ROOMBANINTRO
CRUELBITCOIN
ACTOCASIOANOS
JOHNLEWIS
BIWAATONALSAO
ANEMONEKNACK
DEVILOFFAYES
FREEDOMRIDERS
ATMGOODTROUBLE
TIEALOESSTOOL
SATGARROOPS

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Yacob Yonas is a software engineer in Manhattan. This is his sixth crossword for The Times.

Thu 2/4/2021
WELDMEANFAVE
ELOIACAIIVEY
DORAJOHNDEERE
ELLENEINAWL
SALSASPEDWII
ONEIOTAMUSTANG
PAINTITANKH
SCOOPANGST
BARREBRAND
ONEAWEDDING
DISPOSESWEETEN
AMIBAMINSITU
KIDAGEADDIS
SUBMARINEGNAT
TARAIKEANOME
SLRSLEGSSTYX

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Derek Allen is an accountant in Mishawaka, Ind. This is his third crossword for The Times.

Fri 2/5/2021
ITSONSEESFIT
NEWDADHAVEAGO
TREETOPERECTED
ERASCROLLRITA
NARCSOILEMIT
DIJONFLOWSTATE
NAVELBUICK
REPARATIONS
RAZORSTOPS
IMALLEARSSCOOP
MOREDELAKILL
PORTATLASTLOU
ALITTLETAGTEAM
CAVEATSPIERCE
THEROOTFASTS

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Erik Agard is a crossword editor in Kansas City, Mo. This is his 68th [daily] crossword for The Times.

Sat 2/6/2021
LEOMILHEY
INNEEDOFHONE
STEPHANIEHELGA
PECSHERSTORIES
ERABORSCHTBELT
DIRGESTARWARS
CARPSSPOIL
TEACHEARTH
ATLASTIEIN
SATIATEDNANOS
THEWESTWINGDUE
NONONSENSEEFTS
OVERTDISHITOUT
TEAKNERDCORE
ELSDUOTNT

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Kameron Austin Collins is a writer in Brooklyn. This is his 15th crossword for The Times.

Sun 2/7/2021TODDLER TALK
DOCKPOISEPSSTABIT
OPRAHASNERLASHTENS
UTILETAKEAWAYNECHECK
LIMERICKINAFLORAS
ANELEPHANTINTHEWOMB
SOYERASEBODEREK
SWEATWIGDOORSELI
HITWOKBOTTOMNODAWOL
ANNELOUSEWEAKADEPT
DEADHEATCASHSNORES
GETWITCHQUICK
PIVOTSEKESNCAAGAME
IVANVVIESPACERALOE
ZINEHOGTHEWHEELDEAL
ZENSACHAARMUSEBY
ADASTRASALSAOYL
WEEDBETWEENTHELINES
SCHWASLOLAIRALERT
WHISKEYBUSINESSBICEP
AUTOLEONLEVEEYUCCA
GMENLEWDLEASEMOTT

Katie Hale, of London, England, and Christina Iverson, of Ames, Iowa, are both stay-at-home moms. Katie is also co-founder of a community organization that recycles children's books. The two connected online after Katie read about Christina's first Times puzzle and reached out for mentoring.

This is Christina's seventh crossword for the paper. It's Katie's debut.

Mon 2/8/2021
JADAMTWTFLPS
EVILCOWARDERA
NOSECMINORTIN
NICEJOBSTRAYED
ADOLYRAHUGOS
MAOASPTOUTS
ORBSHITECHRET
POOHADOREOHSO
PCBTHERMOWASP
SAUNARIAALI
FLINTAFTSRFK
LEAPDAYRAKEDIN
ALTEMOPOPTOTO
OLEMEDUSATWIT
SADRANTSANNS
Tue 2/9/2021
ATOPTOMBFRANK
NINEKNEERANGE
KEEPYOURSHIRTON
ARISESLEEVE
REDINKTWOHAS
ADAOFFSLOUSE
EMAILNOGGIN
HANGONTOYOURHAT
ALIGNSRAISE
TABOOPAYSBOT
ESSLAOENSURE
CITINGPARES
TIGHTENYOURBELT
URIAHTRESEASE
BENDSSORERUED
Wed 2/10/2021
CHICKSCABDATA
HANOICOMEIRIS
ARSONUMPSPEECH
PLOPCLAMOR
EELTRAPTOMCAT
LYEENTERVALVE
OCTNAPOLEON
RANGEBEDFELLOWS
AVERSETODOS
CORESAWMANMAY
ENDSITALEMATE
OBSESSAREA
ICKYNOTESELMOS
LEIANINESTOUT
LOAMDRYSCATTY
Thu 2/11/2021
OTTOGINSILLS
CRANACORNNOLA
COMEDIEDIEFFECT
APPARATSVIEWS
MEARAOBIES
TWELFELFTEPS
ONTHELEFTSLOE
MOERIMCDCMOM
ARABMAHARISHI
NAMANMANAMES
BOASTDINAR
GAYLYIRRITATE
COFFOOTFOOTABLE
AREAROOMSROAD
NEWTEGOSTOSS
Fri 2/12/2021
NBAMVPSPIEHOLE
ISRAELIEMPORIA
PAINTERALISTER
STAIRCASE
RSVPEDOHTOTLC
ELALSWAYEDHOO
SEGATANKIDEAS
PERIDOTEXCEEDS
IVANICHEXRUSE
TENSPHINXBRIT
ESTHACKRAYONS
DOTHEMATH
AMMONIAITSABOY
TORTONILEETIDE
VETERANEDASNER
Sat 2/13/2021
ANGSTYHUESPAT
RESTAURANTKERR
BLUESMUSICINTO
OLIVEMOTHSUFO
RITELIVEHAMUP
SEEZINEGOBBLE
BIZARROWORLD
SNAPATONEDAY
PEERPRESSURE
LARDEDLETSCPR
ARDORSUMSCARE
TOPSUNRACASED
OURSREPROACHES
OTOHGEEYATHINK
NEMOERETEENSY
POW Sun 2/14/2021SEALED WITH A KISS
SNARUMPANAMBIORCAS
YOMAMAOXONOUNLEACH
STEFANWISPIESTSISQO
TARTONEALLTHESEQUA
ELISCRLOUSTRANQUIL
MOCSTOPUSNINCBETS
TAPERCHARTERUS
ARESOHYPETORPBR
CAPTAINPAPONSALE
BESEATEDALLIASKCRUS
ARSESVICEVERSACAIRO
NEUTGENERISHUNDRARD
JARETOECOANARCHY
OLYIFIISTOSANAA
OPENFLOORATTAR
NOSETGILLDVISENIT
EXTRACRTSIEGESMAHI
ITATHETAFRERRYATAN
GENIINOTLEASTONIONS
HAZELTAROITERSTLNE
SMARTSTAXREXEAREAL

Lisa Bunker, of Exeter, N.H., is the author of two novels for young readers — Zenobia July, about a trans girl with a troubled past starting over with a new family and school, and tackling a cyber mystery; and Felix Yz, about a boy fused with an alien counting down to a risky procedure to separate them. Both were published by Viking. She also represents Exeter in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

This is Lisa's sixth puzzle for The Times and her first Sunday

POW Mon 2/15/2021
HORAACIDCAMARO
OAHUROMAREELED
GRUBISAYERRAND
BUDDYCOPMOVIES
CAREFOES
BARNEYFIFEOMIT
USBTURNPLANON
SUPSBOTREEDATA
KAILUAACAIBAM
LEONMAJORSCALE
NOAMTADS
WHITEHOUSEDOGS
ROSARYSOLEEPIC
INLOVEELSAROKU
TEASESDOERSTEP
Tue 2/16/2021
BADASSALPOACT
EMILIAMOLDWAR
NIPINTHEBUDCPA
ZESTEROSAMOS
SOLIBROTH
STELLAMCCARTNEY
USTOURAUGUR
BEATSMERESORTS
THEPXOHOKAY
ONCEINABLUEMOON
NOIREOATS
RORYMAXIDOLT
ANCCORONACIGAR
MELOMENBEERME
PREBASECOMEBY
Wed 2/17/2021
PEPSIEDGEHIP
APRESECARDANA
RHEAPERLMANTBS
KEGAMANDAPEET
MAYRATIOTA
BEMOANHYENAS
FREUDMIMEOS
FADDIAPERSABU
IMCOOLHERES
MONKEYMIDDLE
OBOERBISET
BANANAPEELNWA
HMOONAPEDESTAL
IANVALORPOLYP
TSOAPESABYSS
Thu 2/18/2021
ECHOASKMEBEEF
LEONSKOALRARE
INTENTIONSITRY
STEREOSSALTS
SELESUIEACCRA
ARSEFINAMORAL
LSATSREMOTE
EMTTVSPOTSWEE
CARTERENIAC
CLEAVECHEALES
OTERIGTIINAWE
GNASHANTITAX
CHOICARTOONIST
BUDSUNCUTESTE
SESHMASSESHED
POW Fri 2/19/2021
ALPHAFEMALEEMU
BAHAMAMAMASVAN
ICANTRESISTIDS
TUSKSRODSFLEW
ONESSINENROBE
FADLOLAREAMAP
LAYLOWSCENT
MAAMINKTANK
RANTOVOWELS
ENTHUSEABETOO
DIVERTORBHERB
SPEDRANDBENES
TENCEREALAISLE
ADODEMIGODDESS
RIMSTYLEGUIDES
Sat 2/20/2021
MUSTDOPAYGAP
CARHORNSSKEELO
USSENATEHOTTIP
SCUDWICCANACE
POLPROWCRAY
STARGATESCRONE
ORNOTELIOTS
ITSAYESFROMME
IGOTYAERASE
NUDESPRESEASON
AEONEAVEEPA
YSLOBLIGELAIN
ESIGNSCATWOMAN
ASSUMEENTIRETY
ROTTENSATIRE
Sun 2/21/2021KARAOKE BARS
APPEALTHEDOWETCETC
LIOTTAOEDIPALCHACHA
FLUTESFLYMETOTHEMOON
FRUITCUPSREWROTE
HESTEACARLAIOWA
ORODRAINSACIDEMU
LEMMASINGININTHERAIN
IDEALSRKOANDSOARCH
SWEARBYSPAPAMELA
PIUSGOATENTSOATEN
ANGJAILHOUSEROCKHAD
SCALELLOYDERRHERS
THRONERVSONTOPIC
IWONMOUSEPODWITHIT
MONEYMONEYMONEYASAMI
ERMTALCEVADEDMAN
MEATOTHERAAHPLY
CRANIALSTARPUPIL
DANCINGONMYOWNPELOSI
INARUTNOSEDINEVENED
TATAMIITSAGOROASTS

Matthew Stock, 24, grew up in Dallas and now lives in St. Louis, where he teaches ninth-grade algebra through an Americorps-affiliated tutoring program. He started constructing puzzles several years ago after he attended a crossword tournament in Boston and "had a great time chatting with puzzlemakers throughout the afternoon."

This is his third crossword (and first Sunday) for The Times.

Mon 2/22/2021
CASTANONPETAL
OTTOLIPOAGONY
REARPOEMCOWER
GIMMEABREAKEWE
INPEACEMULL
NSAPEPPERED
EMOTEGOALGALA
RANONCUECSI
INTLHAUSMAKES
EXHIBITSLIL
EUROGASLOGS
KGBOUTOFPOCKET
YEARNAXLEANNA
INLETDEALPOOL
VALVEANTSSWAK
Tue 2/23/2021
ASAPCAFTANPBS
GAGASILENTHOC
EMIRIRONTHRONE
TAUODEONUP
DEADHEADWAIST
ARTISANFIANCEE
BEESSTEAMSSSR
ELTONJOHN
OKCSENDINACTS
CALGARYTINROOF
TRAITWATERLOO
OATSEGOTAB
POTTYMOUTHTERM
UKEEMINEMERIE
SERTANDEMSTOW
POW Wed 2/24/2021
SLAVWHALERAGA
IOWARELAXEXEC
STEPALERTVOLT
DEVILSDOZEN
POTRON
THEWHOLETRUTH
PHONEGARREWED
JAMDELTACOELO
STEWTEETHCEDE
DREADNOUGHT
ONEILLGEISHA
PASTAUFONATAL
TRIPARADOXOWL
ECGSISTINERKO
DONEDASNERMET
Thu 2/25/2021
ATHOSHADESJOG
TRACTEXALTUVA
TONTOALLIEKEG
SUGARFREEAYERS
INERTYOKO
ISNTIMSSTUDIO
MADCOUPSARONG
ALERORUBREUSE
GENEVARAGEBEE
ESTEEMTRYBLTS
FRATARGUE
IPASSREBOUNDED
FAQISUZUAGORA
FLUONERSREWON
YEANORAHDENSE
Fri 2/26/2021
TACTICIMPASTO
ERRATAGREENCAR
SKYPERLATENEWS
LIFEGIOSVEN
ANOCOMBSEXIST
RAHBAHCEO
SPACETELESCOPES
PUTAFACETOANAME
ARTISTICLICENSE
NEELOAAGO
KENDOENNIOREP
TONYODDCALI
MAINROOMBEAMUP
INONEDAYETRADE
DINEDATTABSET
Sat 2/27/2021
BALLISLIFEHAMM
IMEANTOSAYASEA
TEASERVICEICES
ELSSUEDEFLITS
MIENTTOPLEICA
EASYATRACIAUG
LITALACARTE
STOREDMRKITE
MOONBEAMDEM
ELYASTIRDADAS
TAPASALECTATA
GRIPEMASERNON
ACAIFINEDINING
LANAINONEPIECE
ARONBESTSELLER
Sun 2/28/2021CROSSWORD BUFF
TREBEKVALISESDEBONE
OHIOANIMALONEEPIPEN
LENTTOBARELYMANAGING
LASTSEESVAILWEE
OBSESSIVESLEET
BLAMEONMANYMOONSAGO
LADLESTHATTOONOTYET
ANDESROEGDRAGSLEI
DAISRAWRECRUITSWOKS
EINSTEINHADATFIRS
PENNOPINEETON
REINBERETSMIRNOFF
EASTCOMICSTRIPSILER
RICLEWISAINTINDIE
INABITLIVEMASENGINE
EXPOSURETIMECLOSETS
ECASHSOREPOINT
APEESTALUSTREAL
FULLYRECOVEREDICEAXE
ITALIAARISINGSEASON
TONINGRESTDAYTOKENS

Brad Wiegmann is a national security lawyer for the Department of Justice in Washington. About a year and a half ago, while solving some crosswords on vacation, he wondered aloud if he could make one himself. It took several tries, but … voilà!

You'll want to put on your silly puns hat before you begin.