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Puzzles for June, 2000
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Thu 6/1/2000
GABSINDRESAT
AEONSERBARISE
RIGAIRAEMOGEN
TOUCHDOWNJIHAD
HUSKERSERECT
BIOALITALIA
OCTADPUTICI
HEARINGEXAMINER
MDSOLEONERS
SETTLEUPARF
ERASESTARTLE
ALLOTSMELLARAT
PEEVEOONARUTH
EDSELNESSECHO
SASSYSETDEES
Fri 6/2/2000
BASSPARTSCHISM
INLEAGUEPOODLE
ANAEROBEANGLES
SEMIARIDMCGEES
NDAKRISKY
CRATESMITES
RENOSCENETHREE
OAKBRUSQUEADA
CRAZYABOUTCIGS
ESSENEMONEY
SHIRTSPOT
LENORESTRATEGO
INASECPIANOBAR
MINUETCODENAME
SEEMTOANODYNES
Sat 6/3/2000
CALXABLAZEGAS
IMAMSLIMESODE
ROMAPANICSBEE
CUESTICKHERALD
UNSTACKTAXICAB
STARTPAROKIE
ETAUNITODD
OLEOMARGARINE
ONOOATSHID
FEATZOEPESTS
SODAPOPTOUCHUP
ONLOANJETPLANE
ROIDIRESTAKIN
TNNRAFFLEREND
SEEENDEARERGS
Sun 6/4/2000 SPELL CHECKER
TASKOTICMOVIECFC
GETATESLAAPACEAURA
ISAYENAITCHELALLSTAR
FOLGERSCAIRNREISSUE
PEEAITCHDEESTUDENT
MEROREEISHOL
ABABONENASALSECEDE
EMTEEVEEHOSTLORELEI
STEELESOTTOCANOEIST
AIRSBARCLAYSENSE
TRIGALLBROKENUPNEAR
HONESYESIDIDPYLE
EMANATEDZONEDGUNFOR
GENTLEREMGEEEMGRAND
ARISTAHOSESNAYEVAS
POMTELSTRIPO
AITCHEMESSPINAFORE
NOTSURESARAIINARAGE
CEEPEEARTRAININGTBAR
ONLYSPIELDANGSELLA
SOYTEDDYLESTRYES
Mon 6/5/2000
PATIOELFSCAB
ABATEROANARIA
SUPERIORNUMBERS
STEMODDTEEPEE
INESCORERS
GLOATSSHAW
RANGEBOASDROP
INTERIORREGIONS
TKOSNERDOCTET
VERYTAKERS
MOUSERSLAD
ALLWETOURMENU
ULTERIORMOTIVES
LIREADZEOCEAN
SEATEONPASTA
Tue 6/6/2000
UNTORANDOMMUD
SERFILOILOARY
DRAFTDODGERRBI
ADMHEFAIDAN
DIRTYDANCING
DEMONSOLDIE
USAGEDIESDOWN
ASISTHEINTRAC
DONEDEALTETRA
ARNIEMIASMA
DERRINGDOERS
ARISEIREAUS
DOTDOUBLEDUTCH
DDEUNPEELNALA
YESPASTRYDDAY
Wed 6/7/2000
LEFTCABLETREE
ALIEOLEOSOAKS
NEDSMONOPLANES
ECOTYPESIODIDE
AMASEA
HERMANNNSFRED
ERIEYOGAEPODE
SWANSWOKREVUE
SILTYABELRECD
ENSSOISATIRES
TNTPAS
EASTERSHOOTING
GRAYMATTERYSER
GUNKMEANTLEIA
SMEEPARSEEELS
Thu 6/8/2000
IDSAYANILHASH
VOLVOMICEOBEY
AGOODTIMETOKEEP
NETWEIGHTHITME
LEOAYE
RASPSAAVERAGE
OBOECASSIALAS
YOURMOUTHSHUTIS
ADSARROYOKONA
LEAPYEARMESSY
ODDALI
TALIADEGENERES
WHENYOUREINDEEP
ISNTANONONCEA
GODSTESTWATER
Fri 6/9/2000
STRIPEDBASSTSP
IHAVENOIDEAOUI
TONYRANDALLTIL
ASKBEEKARATE
RESEALRIDDLED
CREAMERSEMI
TAROTSOCKSDAT
AXONSTREPLUTO
KITYPRESRIPEN
ESTEROSSSEA
SPECIESHERMIT
HONORSRNAANE
AWERADIOSOURCE
PEGEGALITARIAN
ERGGENERATIONY
Sat 6/10/2000
SHIELDDEMOTION
PENSEEEVIDENCE
LASSIEVENDETTA
AREASBANESRAT
STAYPOLEDTONE
HISALOUDMISER
ELONGATEJAR
SYNERGYLIKEMAD
CEELOVEDONE
BRAKEROGERDIE
REPSPESOSTEMP
ACEDUGINRERAN
VERBOTENAERATE
ONCOMINGBASTES
STUDENTSCREEDS
Sun 6/11/2000 OH, NO!
LAHRETHICMIDASCUSS
ELEERAISEALASTATIT
CURTJESTERTONGATATA
ALTRUISMTWISTANDSHUT
RAZEDEEGINTERCOM
AASRUSEDELETED
FUNDINGFATHERSSLOWER
ULECOARSEOOMWYLE
GASHWRAPBALLASTLEA
UNTIMELYBULLETINBARD
DADAORRISADUE
FREEZINGPINTRHETORIC
RIDENDURESLOADNANA
OPIESSAMAORISVCR
DENIMSTHECASTISCLEAR
ONATEARNOPEHOE
HEREWEGOREOTALES
QUIETASAMUSEANECDOTE
TSARNAGELMISSTHEBAT
INSOALOAFTREEDROTH
PAIRCENTSSALTSSSSS
Mon 6/12/2000
EGADSSALSSEPT
LOGICTAUTTARA
EARTHQUAKEITIS
CLOSEUPEMBLEMS
DOORETNA
BETADRIVERS
ALIBIPINEGAS
SANANDREASFAULT
SLYCAINTHYME
SUNBELTASAP
SLOBDAHS
AMERICACOACHES
LIMBAFTERSHOCK
ALOEBRERHANOI
SENTSONSANENT

My first NY Times puzzle. I had been making them for TV Guide for years. Don't know what specifically prompted me to submit to Will, though we knew each other from the early 80s through Games Magazine where I did a lot of word game puzzles. I was an avid solver and then had an idea for one for the Times. This remains my favorite puzzle, though it didn't turn out in print (or on computer) as I hoped.

The idea was simple: EARTHQUAKE, SANANDREASFAULT, AFTERSHOCK I asked Will if there was a way to put a "tear" through the middle of the puzzle so that it would look like an earthquake had ruptured the puzzle. I envisioned it being torn down half way through. He ingeniously nudged up a few squares 1/3 of the way, the next few rows down a bit and the last ones up again. Problem was, unsolved in the paper it looked like something was amiss so folks didn't solve it, as though there was a printing problem. Years later when reprinted in books the computer printed it without the squares going up and down, just a regular grid, so all the cleverness was lost. Just three themes 10, 15, 10.

But I loved that AFTERSHOCK was below. And the whole impetus for SANANDREASFAULT is that a) I live in California and b) TV Guide never gave us bylines so I thought I'd sneak my name smack dab in the middle of the puzzle! (I later did those secret shoutouts with ACME or putting in a Beatles clue. In TV Guide, I put in "The Streets of ___ Francisco" whenever I could so friends would know it was one of my puzzles. As I said, we had no bylines and the Times had just started using them, under Will, but they were tiny, 1/4 size underneath the puzzle, so almost impossible to see.)

I still think this is an issue. Most people still think the puzzles are made by computer or by Will Shortz. And this was my first experience having a puzzle in a book with no residuals, no warning, not even a copy of the book! This has been a burning issue for me going on 15 years now, I'm almost at acceptance, but not fully!

I framed this puzzle, as it was my first, but it's ironic that there were computer issues with replicating it online more than a decade ago! On the other hand, it prompted a compliment from Manny Nosowsky, who recalled the puzzle and said he remembered it because it was literally thinking outside the box! It would be three years before I submitted another!

Tue 6/13/2000
FINALCALMPUBS
ARENAAREAASAP
NEWTSMINXRATA
SITUPSTRAIGHT
CURTSEOBSESS
ONEDGEHAS
ODEONERICOTTO
PULLUPTOTHECURB
TESTENDSTHREE
SRALOONEY
SHORTSCABASS
PUSHUPDAISIES
ARCOIONSCLIFF
CLADREALELDER
EYREERLESEEDY
Wed 6/14/2000
GEWGAWSMOGBAM
ICEAGELOOMUTE
BRIDALPATHSSRO
BURGFETETHAW
ERASTOWEL
ALTAREDSTATES
AREVETOTYRANT
HENRIAGOWAGER
ACTIONINCAURI
AISLEBEDARNED
LEICAUNDO
MASSROTCOONA
AMOMARRYANDREW
YOUODESNELLIE
ASPSOLOSTEELS
Thu 6/15/2000
GREGCLAWSTECS
RARARELICOSLO
ADAMOUTDOSTUN
MATERSHERESIES
PROFESSORPLUM
IDEAIMPART
HUSSYTITOTOO
INTHEDININGROOM
CDRINSTLARKS
KOALASHOAR
WITHTHEWRENCH
APPLEPIENEBULA
MOOTABASEIBIS
OGLENEVERTINT
SOLDSTYESSAGE
Fri 6/16/2000
PATTIASIAGIAN
OCHOSBICSEDGY
STAYOFEXECUTION
THISLITTLEPIGGY
TARSITOT
COYOTEMAINCUR
AZUREMERCCOLE
SALESRESISTANCE
EWESALFAURGED
DASMIDIDREARY
SONFRONT
ICANNOTTELLALIE
PLEASURESEEKING
SURFTIEAFERRO
ABOUSONYTREES
Sat 6/17/2000
BEEFJERKYSECTS
ALLORNONEHEART
FLIPSIDESEERIE
FEDSDEEMEDDUE
IREOLANRCMP
NYSESUSANEAVE
TACTMOVESIN
ARGUERBIKERS
BALDRICELMO
STYEPHONEFUDD
TICSPEPSGRE
ROEOSMIUMDAIS
UNRIPINRESERVE
SAONESEESAFTER
ELLENESSAYTEST
Sun 6/18/2000 CRITIC'S VIEW
CABANACANNESMAFIAS
ALAMOSORIOLEWOMANLY
ROBOTSLANDERHOISTED
IHAVENOOBJECTIONSTO
BASELTRYATYES
LIRAPASTORBITE
SPEDLONGTEDIOUSPLAYS
TOLIFETEHRANLUMPS
ARIELASTROKILLERBEE
YESMAAMIONRAIDS
SSEJOHNBKEANEESE
SPACESNLCDRACKS
THENIXONSHODGEOBOES
HEROSLEAPERNELLIE
IALWAYSFEELFRESHEINS
STESALLWETAWLS
TRUESETAASSAI
WHENIWAKEUPATTHEEND
ASIATICMILIEURAVINE
NOTDONEBEATENARENAS
ICHINGILLESTPARENT
Mon 6/19/2000
CHAWSPUDADMEN
OATHALTATRALA
ARIAFOALSILLY
LITTLEWHITELIES
SETSHAL
JAUNTYPERSPUR
ELSESSAYOKONE
WEEWILLIEWINKIE
EVANEARSDIETS
LESSRVSENTREE
TOOTRAP
ITSYBITSYSPIDER
WHALERASACAVE
ARLESIGOTKNEE
SUEDEBENZSANK
Tue 6/20/2000
AFRONEATASCOT
BLOBARLOSOAPY
CUBSCOUTSTYLER
COMPOSERFRA
FAKESITNORMAN
OLINSPASOUST
RODEOSALIENS
DEBKITBAGSCPA
RISERSNOBLES
SCOTRATSLEAK
HITTERPRIESTS
ACHWARPLANE
DEERECHICKPEAS
ERRORMICEELIA
DOSESPLEDDILL
Wed 6/21/2000
SLAMAHEMMETRO
CITEDATAORRIN
AMOSOMNIPROSE
NEPALPLANEPANEL
ATEVET
LEASTSTALETALES
ERNIEMARSLAW
GIGSTOONSMAGE
ACEDOWNAIMED
LARGEREGALGLARE
RPIGEE
PACERCAPERRECAP
IRATEBONNCOLA
NILESBODEHOOD
GALLSALAROPUS
Thu 6/22/2000
BANGOMENEATON
UPONPUMATERRY
METACOMETCRIES
PREWARREDEAGLE
STAYOTT
ALCOHOLOSCEOLA
DIODEALPECON
DELAWAREPROPHET
UTOLIDONURSE
PONTIACSADNESS
RANNENE
TECUMSEHACTNOW
APIANBLACKHAWK
PIANORENIUSER
SCOTTORANGASP
Fri 6/23/2000
PIRATESHIPREID
ONETOOMANYANNA
RECONSIDERSLIM
CROWELADEPATS
ITINREGISBRIE
NILCAROBLEGAL
EASTERLAUREL
AREAENGR
ASTERNKEYPAD
ANTESTECHSACE
STARTINASPREP
SENTAGARLATTE
INDOCOMMISSION
SNITINEEDAHAND
TANSTELLSTALES
Sat 6/24/2000
STEPSASIDEIDES
PAPERMONEYNEXT
AMELIORATECATO
CARTREMCOOLIO
ERGRECORDING
RANOFFSENTENCE
SCENEISITGTS
TERILAMB
TERSDICOMSAT
ONETOTENTOWHEE
STARKNESSORR
TERESAUPSFRAS
AREAMARIONETTE
DINTETERNITIES
ANDYSCREENTEST
Sun 6/25/2000 CROSSWORDIES
FRAUASMADPECSBEST
EARPLEAVENSTLOALPO
THEBIGCHILITHEFARMER
ESSENALECSNAILDOWN
ATTILATHEHONEY
NECTARYEEROCLIP
ECOCIAOVJSSEAMAN
SHORTORDERCOOKIENEVA
TOTOOLEOSODDBALLS
PSISINNRAGADOT
HAVEONEFOOTINTHEGRAVY
ABEOVERAGOOSSA
MARINATESCOTTGAEL
ATOMDOESNTRINGABELLY
SENATEDUOTARATKO
DANELOSTLAMPOON
PICKUPTHETABBY
MAIDENLYSIEVEOTHER
INTHEDELICHICAGOHOPI
SOTOIWINKATHIEOLIN
SNOWASEATASTENECK
Mon 6/26/2000
CHAPGLADCHANT
ROLEHIREHOWIE
ABETOGLEATONE
BOXERSHORTSKEN
OTTUTTERS
DACHASALTER
EQUALOMITANKA
BULLDOGEDITIONS
TALLURNSONTOP
OPTEDONSETS
STEWEDAPE
LEXPOODLESKIRT
EATUPSEANAGEE
PROSELAMELOBE
TYLERODORERAS
Tue 6/27/2000
AMIDRIFTSEDGE
LIMOONEUPWORN
INANMANNAEGAD
BIGSPENDERSSNL
AMIHOESSATIE
BANJOSFATCATS
ALEUTWAILTRES
MONEYBAGS
STOPODESRUDER
TYCOONSCAPITA
OPENSTERILEI
NEAHIGHROLLERS
EDNATERRAOMNI
RUINCREEKOMAN
SPCAHEEDSPALS
Wed 6/28/2000
CUMOGLESHOWIE
ONACLARAURALS
WBCTAPINBATES
PERIODICTABLE
ELAMISHALLRRS
ATEMPOLESLIE
EELERSTOOT
JOHNWILKESBOOTH
ODASSOWETO
GILEADLUDLUM
SNOVESTALIONA
GEIGERCOUNTER
LEEZAPOCUSHAS
INNERTORTEASH
PESKYAPASSREY
Thu 6/29/2000
BAOBABPAWRUB
MANANAIMREINE
WHACKSPAPERVWS
KLEINCICERO
ABASESOCKERAT
SOBRASPSTSPS
THROWINARRET
IRONICEERIER
NENESDEFACTO
ETCHCHORDKAT
SISIHERALISTS
SETTEESCOOT
EPASCHOOLTACKS
NILSKINATLAST
ENESDSFOLDUP
Fri 6/30/2000
DEVELOPMENTAREA
EDITORIALCOLUMN
SIDEWALKARTISTS
CEESTOESSESE
BETADST
FOAMCOOTMOM
LOSTOPPORTUNITY
ACTIVEINTERESTS
WAITINGFORGODOT
SLAEASEENOS
ISLSASS
SCANESPYGAGA
CONCESSIONAIRES
ARTUROTOSCANINI
RAISESONESHOPES