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Puzzles for April, 2009
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Wed 4/1/2009
BIOLBOSCHMACE
RAREORTHOALAS
EMAGBREEDSHILL
ANNULSWASHO
DOGMASAPAGATE
STEERTROUALMA
EDITTENDER
ECUADORMARYANN
GASLOGASHE
ARILSEVESHEEP
LEASTMOCTILDE
IONICRUDEST
NEWZEALANDEVES
FREESIDEAHELI
LABSHOOTSINST
Thu 4/2/2009
JEWCHIRPWIGGY
UVABANDOSNARE
GARYGYGAXJASON
OBIENOGS
CAGYNAPSEEL
OLEOGRANDPRIX
MENSATIRONYM
EKEGORETEXELO
TERANILYATES
GAGREFLEXBANE
TENFANGEXES
GAITDATA
ILOSTGUMMOMARX
VENTIAKEEMPIX
EXXONTENSEBOX
Fri 4/3/2009
OBSTACLEBLEST
ONPATROLSAILTO
FAUXHAWKARTIER
SINEVECHAWAR
BEARTHEBLAME
SMELTOILBELT
DOORSELAATLAS
RUNTSYENSTABS
UPTOPEDGEUCLA
DELILLONICHE
JUSTTHISONCE
OJSTADFOEPSI
SOONASCABARETS
EUREKAILLGETIT
FRITESLEEPERS
Sat 4/4/2009
PAGECHILIAPRS
ERRSLOMANERIE
ERASOPPOSITION
LICENSESENNETT
EVENNESSCHASER
RAFTERPORETRY
LUIPETERI
LASTLETTERS
LAREDOREG
TOPNUDEBEEPER
SPADESRELEGATE
HERESTOSECURED
INACTIVATELAVA
REDONAMEDATEN
TREYGLOSSRENT

This clever puzzle confused many people. Despite the answer at 33 Across, the key is to read the FIRST letter of each clue. Then it all makes sense.

"Any clue for a word of eight or more letters is the opposite of the word to be entered."

Sun 4/5/2009TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
CAPERMORELAMINGGABLE
ORATEAXELADAGIOELTON
PORTFOLIOSJOINTVENTURE
ESTEMADECOLOANOOSES
DENNADERALGERATM
EVERYEARLYRETIREMENT
SPREESSCREAMESAALAR
CASEDARTEMALITATI
RUHRSAFEINVESTMENTTUB
ASISELIASEVANSWHERE
PEPCAIRNURALAROUSE
MARKETINGDECISION
COARSEOPIEONIONBAG
PAULOEDWINALLATDODO
ESTLONGRANGEPLANSINDO
TILENAGYANEWJADED
ANALEVAESTEESPANTRY
LOWINTERESTLOANFAKER
EELMACONSHAVEAHA
AIRIERROBGSAOWEEDEN
BOARDMEETINGDOWNSIZING
UNTILAVENUEERIEARNIE
TEASERESENDSEEDLAGER
Mon 4/6/2009
SLEDALMSDAZED
PEPELEAHOBAMA
EGOSIAGOMAGUS
WAXINGPOETIC
SLYUNTOENIGMA
ALESAGLEX
FULLDISCLOSURE
ELLABOOLEIS
WANINGINTEREST
ERAIRSRAW
SERENESOUPMAR
NEWHAMPSHIRE
ABCTVABETENTS
TUTEEURGELEOI
MYRRHLEADMOON
Tue 4/7/2009
FRISKZACKASEA
WICCAUPONCULT
DOERRLEVICAVE
TREASURETROVES
WONWISEST
TRICKORTREAT
NOVAEHAHASMME
UTEPTIMORJOEL
TOSWANEDAEONS
TRIEDANDTRUE
SOLEILEMB
TRACTORTRAILER
RASHROMARARER
ATTNEWANECLAT
PESODANGSKEDS
Wed 4/8/2009
CABOTDABSCASH
ALEROELLEALAS
LORISEDOMNEXT
LUNGCAPACITY
AARPHOUSE
SKIMCURTAINROD
MAGICRARERALI
IBNEMPRESSNAT
TOOTALIATRUCE
HORSESENSEUSED
SMEARONCD
MAIDENVOYAGE
UMPSTORONASAL
ZEROESAUGRINS
IRONMESSADAGE
Thu 4/9/2009
JUDYCLADNOVA
OPIERUBEABEL
ATTSMINIMOZART
DOZINGBATRAMBO
DUMNORAS
CAROMSERENE
UTEBOOZYWONDER
JONISNIDEEAVE
OZONELINERSDIA
SLICERPSALM
BROWNARC
CRIMECOZYYOUNG
LIONSDOZENTROT
ANTIOOZEISSO
MESASPYSAAHS
Fri 4/10/2009
COMICALTWOPAIR
APISHLYARTISTE
TENSILELIONELS
ENGULFLESSSALT
ELEMENT
IPOMINTSHISH
NOTSTANDACHANCE
GETMILEAGEOUTOF
ATEONESHEARTOUT
SERGEWANSWRY
CENTERS
COMPAREDFATLOT
AREAMAPLIMEADE
REGLAZEBRONZED
TOASTERJESTERS
Sat 4/11/2009
ABUTTSPSCRYPT
SACAJAWEAHOARY
ATONALITYASKIN
DONIZETTIREECE
ARNAZZENSTATE
EMERGEPYLE
SCISSORSEEPSIN
PANOUTDELANO
FLAPPERTELEXES
SIGHTUBORG
CROSSBOWRAITT
MOOCHAVALANCHE
ECOLIDIGESTION
SAVERUNEASIEST
ATESTBESSCRES
Sun 4/12/2009FITTING WORDS
HALITEGASPAWLORGS
EMINENTAMERNEEHEEP
MISGAVEMONOGETSSORE
PEPEORSERDISPLEASED
SPIRALPUNTICY
COSTAIPECACSSVUABC
ABASHESGONESUERTOO
DOGSTARPEROTSEPOCH
SEEPEDRAILSLAMDANCE
RUBERESMONARAIN
SQUAREPEGSROUNDHOLES
EASYSUNYDESIIAL
INNEUTRALABESGNEISS
STERNSCLERAMAGENTA
MAWCHETANGELINAKEG
OSSLADCRISPERRASPS
AASCAPTHARASS
RINGSABELLORNOTLEAS
ACCEPTEDUSTAROBERTS
NOONITEGERISLOEGIN
INSTTASSPAMLAPSES

In the print version of this puzzle, each block of four circles is represented by a single larger circle covering all four squares in that block. Click here to see what the grid is supposed to look like.

Mon 4/13/2009
MYSTCASTSPAM
ROTOROBEYERGO
BURMARACKETEER
URIIMPEXTENT
RECKLESSCONDO
NITETECHIESAN
STEVEHALLS
RICKROLLING
NOOILNOELS
HAMCOBALTBRET
ARUBAROCKSTAR
ROSARYOUIRKO
RUCKSACKSSQUAB
ISLEWHEESEDGE
SEERSIGNDEES
Tue 4/14/2009
SPEEDLILTZEAL
ALIKEINORALTA
JAGGEDEDGEILES
ACHPONYEXPRESS
KETTLESLENTO
BOYSBALE
BRATDOGPADDLE
LOLAMENUSRIOT
TOLLPLAZAISTO
EBROIKES
ASTARATEDIRT
MARCUSWELBYDEO
OXENHIDDENGEMS
ROVEANNEERNIE
ENIDGEARSETTE
Wed 4/15/2009
MGSPANDASPFFT
ELOOBOISTERIE
GOUNDERTHEKNIFE
BLASTTERISTN
CAMPBORNWITHA
BLUEICEAIR
SISNIECEASS
SILVERSPOONIN
MCISTONEDAS
PACCONCEPT
ONESMOUTHHOPE
FANBABEMOORE
FORKITOVERBUDDY
AMOIELYSEEETA
LINTSTEADYROY
Thu 4/16/2009
OHOHBASSARNEL
KENOETCHVOILA
SHOWEDTHEDOCTOR
SARALENRHO
NOMOREELLLOIS
ANASAXTRAUMA
DIRECTSTRAITS
ANKLEERAETAIL
MONICASELECTS
CRYPTSCANISA
IOWESOTGOODAT
NGOCUZFIRS
EUROPEANUNCTION
MEDALWAREENDO
ASSTSAMYSONED
Fri 4/17/2009
SCUSETEXASBBQ
EAVESIVEGOTYOU
THUGSMIRANDIZE
OILONADIMETES
FLABAROLEBSMT
FLEURDELYSLEAS
NUITSKILN
PIERSMTWTF
DOORARROZ
SAWNFOURONEONE
AYESENDITDMAJ
NPRINLIGHTAME
DEALSWITHETHIC
REDPLANETMEANT
OPENEYEDPANGS
Sat 4/18/2009
FISHBOWLSABABA
INTOODEEPROVES
GROUNDSQUIRRELS
TOPSYTURNSONTO
RAGEJEANSGRR
EDABURRTHREAT
ESPERANTOEARNS
GENUINELY
SARISSETTLEDUP
PRESTORHOSISU
ITSGALENPOHL
TITFORTATCAMEL
SCARLETTANAGERS
ALGAEWIKIPEDIA
TEENSONEPARENT
Sun 4/19/2009EXTRA! EXTRA!
BEATLEORBSPYSTOWE
MARIAMARIAPOEAMAZES
WRECKINGBALLOTBIPODS
KENNYOARSYRINGE
SPABOOSPOTLITSCREEN
YESSIRNIASALISH
DRAKEPULLAWILACDC
OTHELLODOLLYALCATRAZ
WHITELISTAIDRAMADA
CAMETOERRMARNOR
JOHNMAYNARDKEYNOTES
COPNIXMMESALINE
ONEGINKEOGHGIAASHE
CARNEGIEROYALFLUSHOT
ASAPGNUSPREENEATH
SOLDTOEATRIDLEY
BLACKFOOTRESTROOELL
REPLYTOEMSSEGNO
AEROBETROTOUTQUINTET
IRONONHENPREDESTINE
NYNEXODDTIPSTONED
Mon 4/20/2009
JOUSTJOEYJOSH
OPRAHENNEAREA
JESSEJAMESNEAT
OLAMANYIDIOTS
JAYSTKOS
ABASEHUNGJURY
SLACKMENOONEA
ELMOJCREWPINK
ROBBEGOSPLOTS
FRIJOLESGAINS
ABLEMANN
HARVEYFALAALI
ALAIJOEJACKSON
HURTALTOHITON
AMESREAREXAMS
Tue 4/21/2009
TACOSMARTABRA
ALANPUSHYBEEP
TINKERSHORTSTOP
ATAPRICEROAST
ATLLIAR
EVERSSECONDBASE
NERVEHONESPA
ITISTRIMSSPIT
ACCORELSICEM
CHANCEFIRSTBASE
UTESETO
OBAMABRAINIAC
DOUBLEPLAYCOMBO
DAREGOTTIMALT
STAROLSENEXES
Wed 4/22/2009
DITSEVERCOBRA
EVRYMAXIADOUT
MAINBLACKPEARL
ONADESCENT
TOGAEDTRIKEEL
EVENTMASTIMNO
NAPASTAKING
ASTAIREREWIRES
DIABLONORAD
ATIEBOOMREMIT
HULLLOSIDEATE
PELTERSSRS
SANTAMARIASAIL
ODEONLINTPLEA
YEGGSALEEFADS
Thu 4/23/2009
LEADPATHOMANI
ONCEOSHAAUTOS
GODFATHEROFSOUL
ESCAPEMDLERSE
CENTUSS
FEDEXCOMPETITOR
RRRYEANAVAHO
AROMADYETENAM
NONAMEANOGRE
CLEVELANDPLAYER
SIRSPIN
GIGSZAPONCALL
IVYLEAGUESCHOOL
BORERONMEOKED
BROWNNYPDRIBS
Fri 4/24/2009
TAGGEDZIMBABWE
SQUATSONEALARM
QUAINTONTHELAM
UINTAOLIOSTIE
ALASECONOWITT
RICGREGGYACHT
ENOLAGAYWOK
SESSIONBIGEARS
ALTSUSANDEY
JETTYHTTPSRPM
ORESWARTYLEAP
YONNOVAEMANIA
FINDAWAYTENANT
UCIRVINEWEALTH
LASTYEARPRISSY
Sat 4/25/2009
DRAINSOFFTUBAS
RONHOWARDARUBA
ODDSMAKERKANIN
PERENIDMELDED
IBEGKEENONTBA
TYSONBIZOPAL
WASHBOARDABS
SCIPIOBRAINY
THELASTMETRO
HOLDLEAEULER
ERIEELERSSATE
PEBBLYWITSNHL
ISAACHENRYVIII
TUTSIASSONANCE
SPEEDSTEPCLASS
Sun 4/26/2009ROUGHLY SPEAKING
SLCMRIABRAMSCOOPT
TOOSOONEMMYLOUANGLE
ANGELASNEWSPAPECOLUN
SEIALNUBESEITREAN
HSTMOOSEVINCI
OLDMANSTENUSMEMO
PEYEARPODRACEMUBAI
BIGEASYUBRAHASABALL
ATOLLSHIJACKRALLYES
SISLEMACESNOISIE
SEUNOTITHIDESDEV
DEADENSUFISPLUME
VOLUIZEGEANIUCUEBID
INTONINGALANHOTDATE
CARNEHISSINGALIGNS
INSTBUSTEECRANED
SOOTYITSUPDAM
AVIATORBUPETOBUPE
CONSUEINTEESTLOSEBIG
CLASPSTRIPPEEASTENE
TENTSTHESISETAEGS
Mon 4/27/2009
MASKHUMUSEFOR
UNTOUNAPTTRIO
SCARSAYNOHELD
THRESHBEMINE
DORATHEEXPLORER
ORYPUPTSEIWO
KASEMADEN
JOETHEPLUMBER
HUNGHENCE
ADESACETDALA
ROSIETHERIVETER
LOCKINTINHAT
ISININTELDOPE
DECINURSEEMIR
EXECSPEEDDENY
Tue 4/28/2009
ICERSTOMBDEAF
SAMOAINGAUCAL
PRIMPGIRDLORI
STRAIGHTGALLON
NEATCUNNING
STRONGCLYDE
AHASEALEASHES
WISESPEAKSICK
SNACKSANERGHI
LOSERNACHOS
SIMILESBANA
ONAPARSLIPPERY
LUGSASTIATRIA
ISMEPEENSOBER
DEADHARDTREND
Wed 4/29/2009
NINEOLANPASSE
ONORTINEEMPTY
LAMATONESMITE
ETASONUSTORE
SINEWLOGIRA
SESSILENAPSTER
SORELATEST
STANDARDWORKDAY
PERIODSORT
ISTHMUSPEEVISH
NTHPCBDOLCE
FORTORBSILEX
CLUERFOREDINO
OESTEFIREONES
SWEDESLRSFIVE
Thu 4/30/2009
ADDLEOTSMTGE
QUEUESKHARTOUM
UBANGIRUMINANT
ALFABEAMED
SITDEMBAGHDAD
NOCARBSSEEYOU
ORIANAFEND
CAPITALOFFENSES
OPENMORALE
SARONGPANARAB
TRIPOLIMANSEP
FIDGETASIA
SPACEBARINBORN
NEWDELHICIRRUS
LAWSYONBATTY