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Puzzles for June, 2009

with constructor comments

Mon 6/1/2009
STEVEJACKIBM
ERRORSALEENEA
CONANOBRIENJAY
TDSINAGESLENO
LESSONAESIR
MIMIINTIMATES
ATPEACEONE
JOHNNYCARSON
TAMDENEUVE
ABOMINATESNAG
SOLOSGIBEAT
HOSTREDUCEPRO
THETONIGHTSHOW
OONANTEONTIME
NOSPAARALLEN
Tue 6/2/2009
MICTONIIMPALE
INAIDIDNARNIA
SKILODGEGLIDES
SERESHORELEAVE
MYOPIAOMAR
EARPMARARF
SNOWLEOPARDJOE
TABMANAPR
ATESOPHIALOREN
BOYHUEATOP
YETIAGENTS
SPEEDLIMITROAN
CANADASRILANKA
ANDREWGALEOER
MESSRSSETSSNL
Wed 6/3/2009
MALARIALGANDHI
ONEHORSEIBERIA
NONSTOPSASWARM
YDSBESTETTES
SHORJONS
EPCOTSMUTHEM
ULEESALARMIMI
TWENTYSIXSTATES
IATEAMEXOLMEC
LYEGNARAFTER
JAGRAGUA
VISORACMEARC
ANTICSHOTCOCOA
IRANISICECREAM
NECTARCONCORDE
Thu 6/4/2009
HAMLETDEISTS
POSTURERESORTS
INTAILSALLRISE
COOPSTAWABBIE
ARLOFSLICSUMP
REAALIENORTOE
DETONATELEGEND
PETEROSE
HITSATMORELAND
EOERAREBITIER
ADMSXENONALAE
PIPETCUTIGETA
EDUARDOIGNORED
DERNIERCITRONS
SASSEDSLOANS

JOE: This puzzle was one of my favorite to construct. The theme idea originated with Pete Collins, who envisioned the base path as SINGLE, DOUBLE, TRIPLE and HOMER. The problem was that they weren't the same length, so the grid faced symmetry challenges. I struggled for hours ... even making each theme entry plural. Subconsciously, I avoided the past tense — thinking they would be the same length as the plurals and harder to finesse into a coherent wording of the theme. But I was wrong. When I finally came around to trying that notion, it was like hitting the jackpot; everything just fell into place. My advice to other constructors: look hard for natural symmetry and focus on variations that don't fight the fill process.

PETE: This was Joe and my fourth collaboration out of nine (and counting?). I think it was my favorite, along with our first (Sunday, August 3, 2008). Our early collaborations usually arose from me coming up with a crazy idea, getting stymied trying to construct a grid, then throwing the grid at Joe and begging him to finish it. Joe never backed down from a challenge — even if it did result in hours of teeth-gnashing and hair-pulling. I'm especially proud that this puzzle landed in "Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles".

Fri 6/5/2009
MINSTERDEBATED
ONELOVEEYEHOLE
THEOREMFRASIER
HEDCRONIESLVI
ERICHVONTREAD
RIELEERIEARTE
STRAWMATTRESSES
RAILHEADS
ASGENTLEASALAMB
SALTSTAREEVIL
CRISSRSTARISE
EDTORATIONATE
TITANICCREPTUP
INEXILELANEONE
CEREALSENTERED
Sat 6/6/2009
ALCAPPSTALWART
LEAVEITTOBEAVER
SEEINGEYESINGLE
ORNOTELSTSOS
NURSECCI
GRIPETROUNCED
CROCLASERSHMO
CAUSTICPOPQUIZ
UTEHADRONUGLY
PENZANCEELISE
LITLATEX
ASTOHAHNOCKS
MEATANDPOTATOES
ITSYBITSYSPIDER
DISSOLVEPECANS

Sun 6/7/2009SHIFTY BUSINESS
ODDESTPOWCAMPISLETS
NOIDEAAREOLAECASTRO
NESTEDSCAMMEROKTHEN
OTCNAMEPESURNSING
WHOSFGOTOTBASEFACTS
THOMSONONEIDAS
CAVEARTDEOXYNOVICES
ANOINTBADDFACEMASK
RAINDELAYOMOOSNORTY
STDSGARCRISCOUVRAY
TAKESANSTANCE
DUTCHEXOTICLILBATE
ITALICATOZALTEREGOS
GAMEROOMEASYAUGERS
SHIATSUSPRITERNESTO
NYTIMESRAILSAT
THISSJULYFBBQSRSIDE
TANSLATCRUTEMPCOD
ONDOPEINHASTEALIENS
POISONNEUTERSSABINE
SIESTAGAPESATHYMNAL
Mon 6/8/2009
TESTCOPESLAZY
AXLEAWAREAROO
SPOTDELLABIOS
TOWDENSEFOREST
ESCORTSAPE
ONUSTOREADOR
ABOMBJEWELUPA
JAKEHOMERAMIN
ORESOAPSEBBED
BARITONESLEW
NASOILLAMP
OBTUSEANGLEIII
LORIGLAREETNA
EXITOATENLEON
GYMSWRESTORSO
Tue 6/9/2009
ACESAFBSSTUDS
DOLTMOATTUTEE
HAIRSPRAYOBESE
OCTALTERMPAPER
CHEWEDDONGS
PEONNOADSL
INMOTIONPHOTO
VIALSHORTAMYS
ANGLOGOESNEXT
NOSUMPWAND
STIESRESALE
CAKEWALKSATBAY
AMATILINEDANCE
PILOTENIDNEER
EDENSTKTSDRYS
Wed 6/10/2009
STUFFETONMCCI
LINEARAFTAHAB
INDEXRUTHENIUM
GEOPORELINT
HANKAARONSLAIN
TREATSREASON
ROSEATEENE
BARACKOBAMA
BOAGUANACO
ENCODETEABAG
TETRASUPERBOWL
MEALEVESRNA
FORTYFOURHUMID
ERIERULEINANE
DEADALASTONGS
Thu 6/11/2009
ATESTRAGIRKSSPUR
TONTOOTOWAILCITE
LOTUSRASORLYRATE
AKITAECONEATUNES
NATTYMOUNTRUSHMORE
TILESTUEVA
AMERICATHEBEAUTIFUL
NATVALSANA
DONTTREADONMEERINS
USUALLIUDTSLANES
VCRSHIREARTMETRO
EASTBEETGEEELEVE
TREYORSOEERRIDES
Fri 6/12/2009
ACEDFAILASPCA
SALEPRICELORAX
PREMIERESLUIGI
SCOPESSEEPSIN
SETTERSINGSONG
HARESBESTRONG
OTISHERMIONE
ESCDESPOTSRAD
ADULTERYTOPE
SLIMLINEHIFIS
MISSPENTBANZAI
ANTLERSDUFFER
GEOIDHAIRTONIC
DARKOOPENSIDED
ADMENWESTLASS
Sat 6/13/2009
PEACHBOWLMAIMS
LITHUANIAALLAH
ALDERTREEGALLO
SEAMCANINTER
MEWKHMERCARAT
ANNANPROFSELF
YEPSHAQATO
MAGNETICEQUATOR
APOSUCHSAD
NEVLIONSRAMBO
ARENANIECEERR
STROPTAOHAAG
SUNUPEZIOPINZA
AROSERECESSION
SERERALERTNESS

Sun 6/14/2009D-PLUS
GSPOTOXENUMPSWISES
ALANAMEMENARAACURA
DOPENDANTSCOOLBREEDS
SPECENOSCOTTORATES
ROOFINGIRAELEG
SALUKISIDEKICKENERGY
IVORIESNORTARERA
PASSEDMUSTARDKOOLAID
ESSEONUSIOTAPARED
DEKEOTTOCETERA
AMITYVILLEHOARDER
TAPINSEDIEFATS
ELENAANONALANAROD
NARTHEXLEOPARDCOLONY
TMCLEOLEXWARGAME
HOUSEADDRESSEDNEEDED
EXPDELERAPTORS
ADDLESSHINEMOEHITE
BOULDERHATSNOWDWIGHT
ULCERAONEPINEISNOT
TETRAMEGSNLERISSUE
Mon 6/15/2009
SNAREJEANAFAR
AESOPUCLASIMI
PHILIPROTHSNIP
SITEEONBEIGE
PATROBERTSON
SPILLSABASH
METALEUROSLAM
EASYPRMENDIKE
ETAWARPSLENIN
STENODEPEND
PIERRERENOIR
EMCEELIEIVES
DARNPAULREVERE
AGEDRIDEGENIE
LETSODESOSIER
Tue 6/16/2009
RUNOFFSAWSCAB
STAPLECROPOLE
TAMPERPROOFMCI
ESEEASESMOG
SOTCOPPERPLATE
INAHEAPIEST
REPOTERRACE
SEMPERPARATUS
BUSSINGENTS
PARRCUDDLES
PAPERPUSHERIMS
ERASANTEYAK
RICSUPERPOWERS
PAHASIASUNLIT
SHEPENDITSYOU
Wed 6/17/2009
ACTASALPSIEGE
SHALTBICCLARA
TIKKICMLIOTAS
ONEARMBAMISNT
CLIMBBALLADE
TRAINSETRIOTER
DARNGRAMS
STEERTUBPIPES
UCONNTREE
WIESELKEROSENE
ENDUSERRENAL
THENOAROLDAGE
TANGONOROATEN
ELITEBOOATEST
DECORYTDNESTS
Thu 6/18/2009
READSCAYSIPOS
ATARIOBOEMIRA
NURSESAIDAPEER
IDOSERTACOCOA
SENATESBARR
NAMETHATTUNA
HALOSIONSSIS
AMENTAPESSTNS
NIXMOPSUPSET
DELIVERYDATA
UMPSEMERGED
PATHSSALONOBI
ECHORUBIKSCUBA
THOMORESIDLER
EYREBETHLIDDY
Fri 6/19/2009
HASTAMANANAMPG
ISAKDINESENERR
RANTANDRAVEZOO
ESTMEREGLUTS
REELSEULOGIZES
TEYJASONPAGE
IMUSSLASHES
OPENITOUTSET
LIVEDTOTAXI
DRAYELLENCMD
JAMESDEANSKIRT
ECASHMARLNIH
AIRALLABOUTEVE
NEIPEARLYGATES
SSEEXPRESSLANE
Sat 6/20/2009
DIETPLATEABIT
ROGEREBERTTORI
ANGLOMANIAALOE
YERWASISNORING
ASOKTEETRIVIA
GCLEFDRYADISM
EOLITHSALIVATE
TREEZUNI
MACHISMOSANEST
AMALITUPLYRIC
MOPPETTOSLOEB
MERRYANDREWTSO
OBIENEUTRALITY
TACOTHEATRICAL
HEEPILLATEASE

Sun 6/21/2009FAMOUS LAST WORDS
OSCARWHAMHAMWILDE
MAORIAUTOMATABESEEM
ISLASREMNANTSRILEUP
THEBENDSGROUCHOMARX
ITEFOCIEDAM
LOUCOSTELLOSTAIRUMA
AKCSOFAPIERRECPUS
BRAESDOGGONEITCASTS
SALVADORDALIBEPOLITE
ARISONOPENALIZES
DESPOTNWTJASROGERS
EXTENSIONBUYECRU
PEERGYNTCONRADHILTON
OTROSFIREDOORSNARCO
TEENYEMENILEOSATE
SROMORESDYLANTHOMAS
IRONADESEEN
PANCHOVILLAPAPACIES
IAMTOOILLEGALSRANDI
DAEWOOPLAYEDUPOLDEN
ERROLSSNROSSFLYNN
Mon 6/22/2009
APEHITCHADEPT
ERSACURAREVUE
SISISENORABATE
OMENJAPEMINTS
PANAMAFIT
CMAJORSCALE
SLOPSTUNEAXON
HOBOFALSERENO
EVILELIEIDLES
SEEYOULATER
ENDNETTLE
PASSEORCAARAB
ELITESEABREEZE
WILEYHELLOEER
STOREALLENDDT
Tue 6/23/2009
ALTARTAPSHGTS
DIODEALOTARAL
ZZTOPLOLADORA
PUNCHANDJUDY
LEFTBEARLOCYS
IMALEEETCH
SOCKITTOMEFOCI
ATTICUAEROMAN
SECTHITTHESACK
HELISEARTE
AWEEGGSELIXIR
DECKTHEHALLS
MAKEINONIAMBS
EVENQUOIFIERY
NEROSSTSEDGAR
Wed 6/24/2009
STAHLTABAOK
AIRIEROHNONRA
DRUGDICTIONJAR
ROTHPATEEBOLA
SHOWOFADOUBT
LOVEISPRY
RIOACTIVITYTPK
OSISLAZPRIE
NEDROLLERBLING
COWHOAXES
MAILINGDRESS
ACRESEYESMODI
BAATAKEOUTANAD
ESQELKSSHTETL
LEIRAOUVRAY
Thu 6/25/2009
ASSOCSPAS
RAHRAHSPOTTERY
EYEDROPREWARDS
TIEDOASIDOCOT
ETTESMOMAVERS
SRTAMADMEN
OUTRUNEREETON
TSODIPTYCHSTE
BETAMAHCOHOST
HAWAIIAUEL
SHEARNNEREUPS
TOWOUTGROWTRI
EPISTLEGRECIAN
LINSEEDSTEPONE
ENDSKINKS
Fri 6/26/2009
FLATCAPPDOGES
LIVEDALIEEVENT
AAAMEMBERREEVE
INSPADESBARKIN
LATEFEESAIDSO
RENCOLLOQUY
ARDENGOADSUSO
LENDCAMPYBALK
FDASITBYREDYE
ASSUAGESBUN
QANTASGANGWAR
FUMIERFORSHAME
LAPSEMARRIAGES
ORLONGREENZONE
PEENSMENDINST
Sat 6/27/2009
DEMOTAPESGNASH
ONEORMORELENTO
REDPEPPEREAGER
AMISVESPERS
GIALACKEYSLEE
SETSONFIREHOOD
SELFCONSCIOUS
ETEHOC
BLESSMEFATHER
CRATTOMBRAIDER
HICPOSTITSUVA
ROTHIRAMCIV
ICEUPILLATEASE
SHALECATLITTER
TELLSSPRITZERS

Sun 6/28/2009SECRET INGREDIENTS
SCYTHEBEDLAMLORDJIM
TEARATATEASEOVERAWE
ADMIRALNELSONSOLOMON
TEAALOGTENUREWEND
INHISNOHOATHENS
COARSEGRAINEDWOODAGE
KENADOREEMAMMAL
LAMRUDEREMAGEMAILS
ARAGFALLENANGELNCAA
PANAMYIELDMYNAH
PLAZASAMSSPECSTEIN
GETUPTEASEWENDY
EMILPAYTHEPIPEREELS
GUNLAWARONSODOIRYE
ANGELAWALESAART
DIEPRINCETONSEMINARY
DOODLEMOABSTLEO
ITISDRAWEECASHLID
MATTHAUTIMOTHYQMOUSE
AMOEBICTEENIEMENDEL
CORRODEUNRESTINTERS
Mon 6/29/2009
LIMOPAARINCUR
ECOLONCESOUSE
GOODNIGHTSSLEEP
ONTHESLYTUT
AGEEPREEMIE
NOTBADKRISOCT
ORBITSNIPSUEY
BETTERMOUSETRAP
UIESOILSRANGE
TDSLOLLHORSES
SATHOMEMOTT
DWIGENIUSES
BESTKEPTSECRETS
OLIVEDOASNEUT
TIPSYASSTSKIS
Tue 6/30/2009
AIDEFIJIBANKS
GROGORANIQUIT
HOWGOESITRUNNY
ANNEXLENDING
DECKROB
AHANOWANDAGAIN
CAMSLAMTAWNY
ELOCUTIONPHRASE
RECONNORBRET
BROWNBAGGERETS
EBBOPAL
JEERSATJIBED
WEBTVCOWPALACE
IRATEUNITACHE
ZINESSEGACHOP