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Puzzles for April, 2018
with Jim Horne comments

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POW Sun 4/1/20181 + 1 = 5
FARFROMPCBSPUNITIVE
ALABAMAOHOHAVEMARIA
KIDINACSTOREPEXPRESS
EVAINSIPIDMCATGNAT
SERFNICEDAYGEES
SUITSEELEDPLOT
CREAMLCALRISSIAN
ALLHONDECKIMBEATADO
TIEINROANESSIEMAT
TVMABACKLOTASAWPA
HEMYANKEEDOODLEDOTS
EWEERASTRAITSAMIE
BISASSTSOCHOBRAVA
ATEHOAGIEHURRICANES
THEAMAZINGRSERUM
PAPIGOGETSEPIA
GMENDISHRAGSCAR
PAIRWEANTOBACCOCUE
ELASTICBAFISHCALLEDW
COMOESTADICEEREADER
SPINSHOTSTATDESCEND
Mon 4/2/2018
DESIKEBABSKFC
OMANANODESILL
EIFFELTOWERROY
STERNETETFOOD
TORTHELOUVRE
SAYNOTOKERR
PONTNEUFASKME
ENEARENAIED
DETOOSORBONNE
GRIPNERFGUN
NOTREDAMEIAM
ALOEETABANISH
KINPARISFRANCE
EVEATONOFGOAL
DESRENEWSESTD
Tue 4/3/2018
TITHEFUSSESARR
ARIELINTHATLEO
NETFLIXQUEUEGAG
GNUICEUPXANADU
YESYOUOOFMYEYE
ATSTROPIC
AVERLESAGEALS
DEADSEAMARYKAY
SETCRUSTYOATS
SUNDEWABS
KALELEMIBUTWHY
ALEPPOANDORAAA
YONTHINKQUICKLY
ANNONSALEATEAM
KEYROUSEDLASSE
POW Wed 4/4/2018
DEFECTOLESASS
EVERLYNECKTAT
LEHRERAGRIETA
AFEWGOUDAMEN
ABETEELSPED
FETAATTRACTION
TNTSRSSARA
STUCCOLANCES
LAVAALIORE
THEPELICANBRIE
SOYADSTINNS
MUENSTERSINC
UPNLUNANOPROB
SEAANTECLEESE
HESPEELHANGON
Thu 4/5/2018
KAFKAMANOASEA
AGAINSANANDREAS
BOTTOMOFTHENINTH
OREILIECAD
BASESLOADEDSAGA
XKEWARLOU
COTTERTWOMENOUT
AFOOTSEEKCONGO
FULLCOUNTSARGES
ESLHEMANT
SERTDOWNBYTHREE
OUIRYANUTE
GRANDSLAMHOMERUN
AUDIOTAPESEGADS
LESSLOSTHOLEY

I hate to disagree with Jeff (actually, it's fun to disagree with Jeff) but each theme answer here is both perfect and necessary. The most dramatic possible walk-off hit requires each of these elements exactly as written. Watering down the scenario just so you could employ re-usable phrases would kill the tension. For this baseball fan (and my oh my, it's tough to be a baseball fan in Seattle) Mr. Kahn's puzzle is outstanding.

Fri 4/6/2018
HELICOPTERPARENT
ARUNFORONESMONEY
SONICDEPTHFINDER
PSATLEERYDODO
RIPENDAZE
SCRAPSMERCILESS
CLOTSLEVANTZEE
RAVEDELETESPOT
ERESEVERESTAUB
WARBABIESMEASLY
ROSAGEARS
ESMETROUTELMO
THATSWHATSHESAID
DOYOUWANTTODANCE
STANDINGOODSTEAD
Sat 4/7/2018
COFFEEMATETOJO
ONIONBAGELUPON
BEERGARITANEVE
RANKINTANZANIA
ALDENTANDEMS
DEPUTYNEWEL
RIMNINEPOLITE
IREFUSELOSTDOG
PANAMADOUPENO
SQUIBRUBRAW
PRECESSRICHE
NBADRAFTMANNER
YOGICOPIEDDOWN
ALECTRAMROUTES
HOSEIMNOEXPERT
Sun 4/8/2018TRIPLE SPOONERISMS
ETHERRIPOUTBANGUP
GRAPEOCEANICALIASES
GAPESBEAKOFLADSTRUCK
SPEEDOFUNGOBRAY
THESTUCKHOPSBEERSYNE
UPNDOTIMEWRAP
RISESPETERSNODOFF
FLORIDLUGPSSTLARUE
SENATESPALEHAIRYMASS
APEDENABLEONES
TERROROFBADGLIDINGS
COLARIBALDENDS
ROCKSTARCASESGELCAPS
ALIENLOTSBIBREUBEN
BEDSITTHEMESYESNO
PITSORBACHTAR
CONSTHEFANTATRAYSALE
AREAMITEREDENIC
HEALFIGHTATROMECANON
NOTMUCHABANDONCREDO
SHARESSPADESHEDER
Mon 4/9/2018
URLAMAAPPLET
LEAHCATTHRIVE
TAKEACUTHAILED
ALECGUINNESS
KORONEMORE
ANDYGARCIASHEA
DIRECULIMS
AGESYEARSFOOT
PIXRAWEAVE
TRESAVAGARDNER
SILENTIGEE
SILVERSCREEN
ITHACAREUSABLE
CHIMESOARLASS
EXPERTSPFYET
Tue 4/10/2018
SNUBOPEDSTAZO
EARLKIROVADIN
CYBERSPACEURLS
ADOSELAACE
ERNSILENTNIGHT
SIMCITYTENN
SAYONARAANGST
ATTYLARVAAONE
YAHOOCITATION
TISHTREETOP
SCIENCEFAIRATM
TICKARLISL
AREAPSYCHEDOUT
ICANEENIEANKA
NEXTSYNODKEEN
Wed 4/11/2018
ABSELIABED
POOHCIRCRELY
BARBEROFSEVILLE
ACTALONEMISLED
SKATWOGENE
PEECANONIND
VICARSHUTSCIA
EARNSCANSHOLY
NGOQUESTZONES
NOCTURNESIE
HIVEAPPTBS
INHALESNACKBAR
MOONLIGHTSONATA
HUNKLAOSDELE
ONESHWYEEL
Thu 4/12/2018
OFFTOBIBBOGRE
DOLESISLEBLED
DREAATCHERGONG
STARMAPUGLYBTY
EAVEDUNH
BOGSINAPIGSEYE
RHETTSILOAOL
IANWISHNESTUV
MRIEMMAIRENE
SAUGEPARTYERGS
TUTDAUBS
ASWESAYBLATANT
NEOSCABLEBOXES
TARTELIEARENA
ELKSDENTSEDER
POW Fri 4/13/2018
CUSSERADJUST
UNMIXEDCRANIA
STORESUPQUINNS
TAKEMOREUMLAUT
OPENPLANIRAISE
MESSTENTROBLES
GAZELLES
HOWSOIDLED
HAVEASIP
BOREALMPEGFILE
SPARSESEARAVEN
TENDEDARRESTED
ANGOLADENATURE
ROUSEYDIVEBAR
STEEDSTENETS

This is only the sixth NYT crossword where every answer is 5 or more letters long, and the only one that's a pangram. You can see the other ones here, including two by Patrick Berry and one more by Mr. Krozel.

The record is still this amazing grid by Frank Longo where every answer is 6 or more letters.

I found this puzzle to be remarkably smooth given the constraints.

Sat 4/14/2018
SODACANSCAMEBY
ECOLABELURANIA
ATTENDTOPESTER
MICROUSBONHOLD
ALOTCUBSFAN
NEDSTREETOMAR
OAKFREESTYLE
ANTLERALETAP
COULDITBEASH
ANKAOHENRYBBS
BUTALSOSUCH
SOLONGALIPASHA
CREATEBADACTOR
AZARIAOVERHERE
BORDERREDCARDS
Sun 4/15/2018PREPOSITION PROPOSITION
PFFTSHAKEUPADENONO
ELIETONNEAUPINCHRAN
PULLUPSTAKESESCALADE
SELLSTOPSHOAGIETIP
SEVENSPICKUPSTEAM
NOSTRILAGENTSHAW
UNEASEICONATERIGHT
NATLWALKONWATERNOOR
TECRISKEGADPETRI
LOOSETEAPIEBESOTS
ATMDEADONARRIVALPOT
YOUSEEDEWSALTMINE
MOSESSHOEACAISIE
ALIESTANDINLINESCAT
NECKTIESSKIDLOSERS
TERPMILANFLIESTO
PUTONNOTICEIDEALS
IPASOURCEICANEASYA
TOSSESTORUNINCIRCLES
ANTIRIOTUNTAKENURLS
SEEPRFSNOONERSESPN
Mon 4/16/2018
LEWDAMBERRASH
IDEALOIREELMO
SUNNIISLAMALOU
ACTNBAIGLOOS
SETIINSTITUTE
BLOTCOMMYTHS
REFUSEWOMB
ANTIIMMIGRATION
MOOSSLICER
ASTROLEMTYRA
SKIINSTRUCTOR
SADDENSONONO
UTILEYECONTACT
RENEEAGLEEDIT
EDGYROGERESSO
Tue 4/17/2018
BONOODERSODA
CARIBBOLAARES
UNEXAMINEDLEVI
PALOMAAVOCADOS
NAGATNAME
JADESZENPIPER
UBERLOSETOOXO
LOCATORGENESIS
EVEONEMANVILE
SELIGSATRATES
EVANDEREG
KEROSENEAWAKES
ATATPOPEMOBILE
TOTEAGARVOWEL
ONEDLOREERIC
Wed 4/18/2018
BAMASNOBRATS
SODASEIREENRY
TOOTHEXTRACTION
EMPTYOUTMOOMOO
AITUPITRAPP
KNEADSNESTLES
GERMOLESSIRI
MATHEXAMASS
BAAJOYOUSLY
ASPSMENSLOTS
STEPPESBEWAIL
ERROLSTUCDE
HOTTEACORNCHEX
IPUTASPELLONYOU
TORETUNENEONS
SPEDIBETUTNE
POW Thu 4/19/2018
POKEUNIVCACHE
AREANOTEHERES
BEETHOVENAHORA
SONIAMISSOURI
TOATURNCUTUP
SSNGOATEESIAM
SHUSHSMELT
COUNTTHESQUARES
AILEYSTEIN
BLUEISEEITSPF
LTCOLPIONEER
ARACHNIDRINSO
LITHOMARKSPITZ
ICEESEVILALEE
FOSSESEAMTERN
Fri 4/20/2018
DECKCHAIRTBOLT
APOLOOHNOWROTE
WINEGLASSEAZYE
TESTHISNHERS
THISDONATE
HENTHIRSTYEOE
ELEPHANTIFONLY
WINSOMEGRIDDLE
HOTTUBOLIVEOIL
OSSSUBVOCEFEE
KAREEMCAST
STRINGERDIAN
CROWDPITABREAD
RELITECOMMERCE
YEESHDEEPSTATE
Sat 4/21/2018
EROTICNOVELBIC
GENETHERAPYUNO
ESTATESALESBEE
STORYLIEINBED
TSPSNCISSOLD
CORSETNEHI
OHSTOPITHEATED
REHIRESFERRELL
CLARETDEMOTAPE
AIDESTILES
POORHOLDKILT
LOWFIBERLOSER
ORBGREATDIVIDE
GTOGAYMARRIAGE
OSXSEEATTACHED
Sun 4/22/2018PLUSES AND MINUSES
PESTTAPEPAREEBPLUS
TACHEVENOCALAABASE
STARESANDSTRIPSPACER
DEPORTNAIFSAYSTUSA
NEWMOMSTASISHICCUP
CIGSFATHERINONESCAPE
ANOSTARDMXELMER
PTAMICAHREALDADS
NOTEAMOMENTTOSPARCIO
ALESEAOOZECATHER
CHURLDRTGRAZE
HYPNOSPRESUMEWEI
OPSJETEPROPELLEDPLAN
WEARXINGDELTAEMO
NUDIEAIDNASTGEM
HADLESSHORSEMANEKITE
ELDESTURBANAOAFISH
AGOASAMIPETSSALLYS
VOWELLEASTBUTNOTLAST
ERNSTORNOTRYANETTA
NESTSPIANOEXESREST
Mon 4/23/2018
ATWARSTEPMYTH
LIETOTHAICOHO
SCATTERRUGQUIP
OKRAROODUNNE
SCRAMBLEDEGGS
MATHISALEE
ASHENALUMNICE
WIIGOFIRSTNAY
SANDPITAHASTE
EVERDEBITS
LEAVENEDBREAD
INBOXIRALISA
EDITSHOOTHOOPS
NUDEAUDIINUIT
SPEDPEELPESTO
Tue 4/24/2018
DEPPTILESSKID
ACREERICAEIRE
BRETEASTONELLIS
SUPERBGDANSK
MATHRE
CUBAGOODINGJR
GARRSERTARAYS
OLGACCVIKEA
DIEZCLASPZEST
IDRISELBA
SIDLEUPTURBINE
ICRIEDGOESON
NOMANISANISLAND
ANONTENONLACE
ISMSYEARSACED
Wed 4/25/2018
ERGOMRIPARAS
TOREOPENSILICA
NBADRAFTFRIGHT
ATTEAUSPONGES
UNSSMIDGE
GISTEATIDAHO
SETFEEDADNOG
KNOWSEVERYANGLE
ORUREMELOISE
RESINGABIGET
CABANAEOS
BASETENNUNLEX
ACTSASCASEFILE
BUYINSINSEASON
SPENTOARATNO
Thu 4/26/2018
OVERBOGEYTMI
NEATAPOLOPEAR
ANSESEARSALGA
GTEMENLOULAN
ENDLESSLYSEVEN
ROBERTINARITA
RYNNIMBIVOW
ESTONIANS
ECOWINKSNAP
LEHMANEQUALLY
FIFTYSTRUGGLES
LUISCRAIGHAH
KIDDTRIBEMESA
INGADEALTPREP
AGESELESGERE
POW Fri 4/27/2018
SEETHINGPASCAL
ENTRANCEAVIATE
ETHEREALRABBLE
TRIPATEINLAD
HECATEPATNESS
ICANTAKEAHINT
NHLOVIDWEBB
GADPERSIANLIE
STIRERMAEKE
LOSESLEEPOVER
ELECTROSADISM
REMONTAPESTO
RAMONECROATIAN
EVADESHALFTONE
DESERTEYECANDY
Sat 4/28/2018
POSTTRUTHTHARP
ESPERANTOOILER
STONETOOLKELSO
TENSESPIXYSTIX
LAGDOHEGOHSI
ELEVAGRAMETE
ABUJAMOORES
NOPUNINTENDED
SIMONEJESSE
ACERVEALSARG
LEGNEVEDDMEA
IMAGONERREBELS
NODATRAMIMALEK
AVOIDTRILOBITE
SEGNOSEXYBEAST
Sun 4/29/2018MIS-UNABBREVIATED
JUTSFAROFFRUTHJOY
ATOMCOOKIESYRIAAMI
WATERCLOSETFIELDSNEE
SHOALFIRESITWELL
REMISSSIRSLOOPED
PHYSICALTHERAPYBOATS
BADSTATUEDANOEDU
ENDSREMAPDWIELAN
ADVANCEDPLACEMENTNEWS
DADDYORAPLSUYEA
EMMAVILLALANA
AHAEMSALANINEPM
POLITICALLYCORRECTLAB
PELTTOMSONIAZOLA
NAMTOWNWAFTEDRAS
PUBLICSCHOOLILOVEYOU
ISAIAHOATSRENATA
LATCHESMRISEMOJI
ABEANTEMERIDIEMRADIO
FLAMEATYICANSOHINT
SEMMYNASKYCAMANNA
POW Mon 4/30/2018
SHOTSTIPSYITD
TORSOELOPENOR
LEGALBRIEFSALE
ARIANAENDS
OWNDISCJOCKEYS
THIRSTASHGRAY
SOSOHAMLET
AMATEURBOXERS
DRAMASSELF
ANTWERPSETFEE
MOVIESHORTSEWW
DOWNSUITOR
IDICASHDRAWERS
ALFFAKEDTEENA
LEEOHYAYESSAY