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Puzzles for May, 2016
with Jim Horne comments

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POW Sun 5/1/2016 STELLAR WORK
FORAGETORIDISGUSTS
AMULETPAWEDOCEANMAP
CABLECHANNELDERRIERE
THYMUGGLESFAROESE
SASHPOLIORIPOPEN
LOKIPEALRIGHTSIDE
UNITEDAIRLINESTKOS
TAPENADESCEDARGRIST
EMPLOYERDEANICEIDEA
PIECIENTOLURK
BROKEREDASETTLEMENT
PUMAODESSAEIN
NADERISMAFTKEROSENE
AVERTHOMIEGETANEDGE
MIRAROMEOANDJULIET
EDMCMAHONSUMPASAN
RODENTSTEAMSHGTV
HALIDESELASTICHIE
EGOTISTSACTINGCAREER
MRMISTERSEEMSOCULUS
POACHERSHYPESTEPPE
Mon 5/2/2016
PEPSIAFROANDS
AVIANSOPHLEAH
TESLAPRIMETIME
AWAITYVONNE
RHYMESCHEMESSN
LOOIESLYNX
EWWKAPUTSYNCS
SIZEMETOOZOLA
SEALYDANKETAU
FORAENDSIT
ABAWELCOMEHOME
BIGWIGAROMA
BLAMEGAMEIRONY
IBIDIDEOEMCEE
EONSESOSSATAN
Tue 5/3/2016
ABEDABAFTABCS
LEVIRIDERLOUT
BEESMOOLAEZRA
ABRAHAMSLINCOLN
GENENUT
HARRISONSFORD
RAZEDREEFOUT
CITEPICOTBABE
ATELEDACORAL
ICHIROSSUZUKI
YESONAN
FREDDIESMERCURY
REARARUBAETAL
OSSONIMESRAGE
STYXSCORESHAM
POW Wed 5/4/2016
LISZTANITASAN
INTOOLONGFELLOW
STIRSINFILTRATE
PREACHSOFIARRS
SOSAOUTCLIME
LIFERKITBAG
TAMEORUEASELS
PELEISOMEROLLA
BATTENIOSONLY
ARARATDRAIN
SMOREMUSEALT
ITOTRACIMUSTER
MANZANILLAPOLIO
FITZGERALDOFALL
NEZTENSENASAL

Longfellow's ode to Seattle, The Rainy Day is a quick read.

Thu 5/5/2016
TATEBIBSINDC
ROSIEACREDEER
BLACKSHEEPTAME
IINSTALETAROT
TFALAMAZINGGR
YESESANIONANO
GASDENBLAU
ARIETTARIPLEYS
DERROLDCEO
JLOAVERSTOTAL
INTHEHOLEDEMI
NEWELOPERARIB
TSARJULESVERNE
TORNASETISOUR
ONESMETSVERS
Fri 5/6/2016
CARDCATALOG
GAMEOFTHRONES
GOTINTOHOTWATER
LASSOESUSSTATE
OTCTSP
SEALABSITSLATE
SENEGALSATINON
ARNOBRAT
CJCREGGNOGUCHI
HARNESSSTEPHEN
AGAIRE
SUNDOWNPLANFOR
MAKETHEBESTOFIT
RECRIMINATION
DOAGOODTURN
Sat 5/7/2016
PONIARDSMACPRO
IMONFIREUPROAR
SIGHTGAGSTARVE
ATOESMELTFOAL
ARMARABTUGS
THREADSLETSSEE
OHENRYTANS
WHATSNEWWITHYOU
HALOCREEPS
MARRYMEREADSTO
AQUAINTOPOW
DUMBCARDSNEMO
RIBBEDAMERICAN
INLIEUCASHSALE
DOESSOINSOMNIA
Sun 5/8/2016 TRAPPED MOISTURE
SAGESHADAJARFAST
ATRIABITESUREINTER
SWORNAGRASLICESERVE
HAWEDCHANGEYOURHWAYS
ARTCHOORATTRIOWET
HMAINCOURSESKIM
KARATETOSSWOWSCALE
REMIDRANKDIDITITIS
ORONOANASONATANSEC
FINELINEDOGGYHBAG
TEEINCMOLESNOBJAS
HOTHWIRESTOOLBELT
SOSORUINEDIRRYOWIE
ABETOSLINROASTAINT
DINEREENSEWNHORSES
SLURGOODASGOLDH
EYESEASBRRIERELAB
SALTHOFTHEEARTHANITA
THEHUSTLERFAIRNADAL
HOSEREEROTROYNEALS
OSOSROANSENASYLA

Finn Vigeland used a similar gimmick in 2013.

POW Mon 5/9/2016
SOYACOSTSPREK
ASECDONHOLACE
ALOHASHIRTASHE
BOWENPARTYHOP
FEEDSUED
SHOWMETHEMONEY
HOURMFAPHONE
ADMBAYMAREIDA
LOOIEEMOACER
FIRSTRESPONDER
STANSTUD
SEQUENCENINES
CLUEGOLDENCALF
ALITIRKEDTRIP
REPONEONSSCAD
Tue 5/10/2016
ABCSCLOWNINSO
HAHAAEGISSEER
SLAVEARLWEAVER
CTASKEDDIAS
JOHNJAYDADAS
INANERTONYHAWK
MYMANSAABNSA
HARTCRANE
ENSOUISOASES
TOMSWIFTMORALE
CREPEBIRDMAN
ILEAMOOGRAP
PETERFINCHURSA
AGEDELECTMIEN
WADSNOSEYSADO
Wed 5/11/2016
ROSAAMESSCREW
ENTRMINTTIARA
DEARSANTALARRY
TOBEORNOTTOBE
ONLATEMUMABED
PEERTOBEISTODO
ATMSSTOIC
CASINOSRETAKES
ALISTBOYS
TODOISTOBESWAN
STETIONHOPETO
DOOBYDOOBYDOO
CHOPSCALLSIGNS
OBOESAGEENICE
TORSOREOSGEES
Thu 5/12/2016
ADMANSODADEG
IDEALSIRISAGE
TVCREWMARATHON
SERERFONTOLIO
WRESTLINGPRISM
ASPSONEDAMAME
REIDADEONE
TRANSPARENT
UNEACETETS
FARMERSUMANOE
ALISTESTIMATED
CINECAREALANA
ABSTRACTSNOCAT
DIESTOAADELIE
ESSTOWSEASEL
Fri 5/13/2016
PAJAMABOTTOMS
IMAGINEDRAGONS
VANESSAWILLIAMS
EZINEABLERAT
NEEDSPLAYSERE
APPALLHDTV
SAGARIAFIERCE
ETERNALSICHUAN
ATTESTCOREMRS
GABSTRUSTS
RCATSHIRTPRIG
AKCATOMCRUDE
MAKEMINEADOUBLE
DATINGAGENCIES
TALKSNONSENSE

Congratulations to Mr. Steinberg on his 50th NYT crossword.

Sat 5/14/2016
SNOCONESSOUR
LOCAVORETHINE
AVEMARIATOILED
GELATINRWANDAN
LORIJOETORRE
TOOLCASELINC
SNOOZEDALEK
IBMSAWZALLLDS
PERMNBATEAM
REPOWAGESWAR
OVERDONEFLOG
MEASUREFAULTED
INNEEDCELLMATE
SOULSOLDLATIN
EMTSPLAYPENS
Sun 5/15/2016 EXHIBIT A
CARSCARCEMPAASHAWL
ONOTAVERNELLETABOO
AGGRAVATEDASALTRILES
SLEETSRESISTINGAREST
TERSESODOMHEART
MINSKSNAPEUDORA
CRUZTARTHATSAMORAY
UNDERATACKELIOTNAME
BADOTELLOWEARMATES
STUPACKBEATON
APATCHYHELICOPTER
SLATERGIVEITS
LIBREOUSTLOCATESAY
EDITPARKAARIVALDATE
ALOANATLASTLOPIBET
KENNERKITTWHOSE
ISLAMAREASCARDS
CHANGEOFADRESSKERSEE
RICOHYOUCANTWINAMALL
OVINEARNODEAFENWII
CEDEDLEANSENSESSAG
Mon 5/16/2016
IDINGTIMEKALB
MANIAANEWAMIE
BROKENBONEBEBE
EENLEOIMONET
AMINVOLLEYBALL
TETONALABEE
TEAPOTSOLDS
DINNERTABLE
SPOTTAKESTO
PANAIRURBAN
ALARMCLOCKDOPE
METOORHEAOPS
MAIAWEREALLSET
ELONARIAMETAL
DENSRENTAISLE
Tue 5/17/2016
BEADIPODDOGGY
AXLESARAATLAS
REDLETTERSTOVE
SCOWSHOTSHOWER
ETRESHEM
HASBROSODAPOP
AIRBUBBLENAPA
ULTSEABEESGRR
LEASHORSEMEAT
SYSTEMSTRASHY
PDASPEED
BONEWHITENERVE
EVITAGOONAHEAD
DETERORNEANNA
SNERDRESTYESM

Fans of French film are familiar with Pathé. The great Children of Paradise, for example, is a Pathé production. ETRES looks odd but it's legit, and no odder, if you think about it, than the English word beings. "Les êtres humains" translates to "human beings."

POW Wed 5/18/2016
AVAFAMINESAME
MOCOCELOTTRAY
ANTARCTICCIRCLE
ZAIREHAHRESTS
EGOISMDEFOE
DENEELONTAPE
SENATORRHEA
THATSAMOOTPOINT
HAIRCARRIED
ENDIVETENFAT
KESHASIMONE
IRKEDORETORTS
FANTASYBASEBALL
SNOWPAYSINYEA
OTTOASSERTSRS
Thu 5/19/2016
AJARBLOBACRID
COVEYOYOBUENO
THEPRIMESUSPECT
LANUTERUSBOT
INGOTSNOTHOME
KNEWHEWASCOOKED
EARNLIDROSSI
AFTERHE
SLEETAAAGUSH
WASGRILLEDBYTHE
ANTOINEALMIRA
PEEGAZEBOLIV
POLICEDETECTIVE
ENLAITATESTET
DEEMSOLAFPYRO
Fri 5/20/2016
ROGERTHATBOTCH
AROMARAMAACHOO
REFUSENIKRHETT
EGOHAGEMERGES
GARBEDBOAEIRE
ANTISFONDARIA
SOHNITOOUTLET
EGGMCMUFFIN
ANJOUSBFFTENK
SOUMAGOOMIXIN
PUGSFAXCOSTCO
ERUPTEDMENDEC
CILIAGUESTBOOK
TSARSEARTHTONE
SHREKTREASURED
Sat 5/21/2016
MISAPPROPRIATES
THEGREENLANTERN
GAVEITANOTHERGO
ETERNALOPTIMIST
SENCLEASP
TMIRANIOTIS
IMHIPROLFUMA
MEDALJEDODSON
DNAEDENROCKS
BUYSETATCIA
LASILELAI
HADAHEARTOFGOLD
UNIVERSALREMOTE
GIVEMEONEREASON
STARSTUDDEDCAST
Sun 5/22/2016 RISE AND FALL
KTELEPSONSEAJUDD
ARNOMARCOFIRMPROAM
RICAPROTAGORASEDEMA
SCHMITTHANDTVGUEST
TIAMOISTEDUCESYET
SANMARINOALKALIPELE
TAGIONYENGLOSSA
NEABEGSNANOS
CELESTADONIMUSOHMAN
OCATRIRAPTLYSLIME
MOUNTAINHIGHVALLEYLOW
ENDOROSWEGORUENUT
ROSIESTYRENEMEOWERS
SAMOADEALDNA
GAMETETNNGINWIM
ANASTIEOFFAAARATING
STYONSALENOMARNEO
PIERROTVEERENDWITH
AFLACHEARTELLOFECTO
TULIPAMISPIANOPALM
RANTTILOTTERTREE
POW Mon 5/23/2016
HASHHOLEREHAB
ELMOAMENERODE
ROUTLIAMPIVOT
BUTTOFTHEJOKE
ELMSOSRAT
HEADOFTHETABLE
SEXSOARSTOOP
PAPANAACPMAHI
EVERYSHOWRAD
NECKOFTHEWOODS
TNTDRUDEN
EYEOFTHESTORM
PEDALFOUROREO
HALLEEDGEUSSR
DRYERTOEDROTE
Tue 5/24/2016
KEGSRAVEDAJAR
UGLYITINAHOLE
DOORPHONELINES
UNWISELIDOAXE
WANNASAYWHAT
BOOOSSOLAI
ADRAWSHOULDERS
RIMSBOGUSEZEK
RESOURCESSNIDE
NNEETTUODD
SIZETWOSOPUP
UNEISPYSEPIAS
MAPLETREESSNAP
ALPOEATITEZRA
CLOTRHINOTAPS
Wed 5/25/2016
AMOJAFFADRAKE
SENINALLWOMAN
CASHMONEYAWARE
ADLAIDUSKYTAM
PEARCARSONCITY
UTURNADEE
ALGRAGUOOPS
JOHNNYONTHESPOT
ATTAAWOLEDU
ROMAIRKED
BENCHPRESSAPSE
ADACHARTFRIED
KIDDOROTTENEGG
ENEROADORECEE
DARYLTEPIDERR
Thu 5/26/2016
SLAVSETASLOAM
TULIPSALEUNPC
AMATIQUICKTIPS
REMAKESBONZO
STOLENFINENBA
SLOMODEBRIS
ANGIEAXISLILT
ROUGERHOSINGE
OVENSTOWANGER
MESSUPLAIRD
ALTGAPEMASALA
SIGMAOPTIMAL
TAPASBARSODIST
ATOMOVALGESSO
JETSTOGOASHES

Impressive puzzle. I love this innovative theme.

Fri 5/27/2016
SCRAMBLESHAWED
WHATAJERKOVATE
MANICOTTITAXON
LARSENMIENS
BARTOKFUELS
AMEGILLSPET
RIALLENINSTOMB
OGLEERICADEBI
NOTAGBACKSSTAR
SSRROLESIND
ONENDSHOCKS
BLOATFATTEN
LAPAZOPIONEERS
ALECKRICOCASEK
HARPYDESDEMONA
Sat 5/28/2016
ZIPPERGLACES
SNARLUPRESULT
ASSESSEDINSTIR
ZOTATTELETGTI
SNOBSELIGBLIP
AGRIPSULCEASE
GALAXYQUEST
NATOMEMBERS
HIPHOPMUSIC
CANESRONNATTY
ONESHADSTNEHI
ASIROSETEASEP
TORNUPLETSSLIP
ELOISERETRACE
DONNEDSOISEE
Sun 5/29/2016 BEST PICTURE ADAPTATIONS
HERCABINEDNAQUADS
ORAALEROSBEERHUNTER
LIVSILENCEOFTHEIAMBS
ACELACORNYAIT
REBAPOOLTRIPPY
THEVASTEMPERORSTARER
REVISIONABUTLIMO
UNIDUNCESWITHWOLVES
SCEPTERHAPRIPENE
SEWEREASYCOOKIETIN
GONGWITHTHEWIND
FLAGPOLESOREOEARLS
IAMISALASGASMAIN
FRENCHCONFECTIONNEE
TINEEVIEMONGOLIA
HARASSABEAUTIFULMINK
TATTERCRITLINK
ANIEERIESIEVE
GERMSOFENDEARMENTMIX
MYHAIRLADYHEINIEANA
AEONSEROSDCTENDOM
Mon 5/30/2016
MARXISOLDEKOA
AVERDOMAINELL
PINACOLADASEDO
SATYRHENOPEN
SALSADANCING
ASLWOOOTT
DEADLASTOVERDO
DAZEFOALSTEAT
STYLESROADSALT
SUEUMALEO
DOUGLASADAMS
ANNETASNOBLE
REDTOSSEDSALAD
KIAINHEREROVE
SLYMEATAXSWAN
Tue 5/31/2016
IMOFFMTIDASMU
CRUDEOAREDTAR
ESTREETBANDUGG
TRIOEDGE
SKYYIFORMATION
PLEASESAOSCOTT
HELLOLGBT
EPLURIBUSUNUM
RELOTOPIC
MARACASMAESTRO
ILOVEPARISHOOP
SAMEOCHS
ESCOHENRYTWIST
RKOWALDOYIKES
SAMNYLONEIEIO