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Puzzles for June, 2013
with Jim Horne comments

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Sat 6/1/2013
CREEPSHOWOXBOW
HURRICANELARGE
OPENLANESINALL
RECANDIEVADED
DETESTEDXED
OPTLASCRUCES
BURIEDSTEOLE
UNSCREWUPRIGHT
RTEMABTETRIS
BOTTLECAPTEA
VIANEARMISS
POLLENDEMOLEI
AREASBIKINIWAX
LEANTATANYRATE
MONDOSOTOMAYOR
Sun 6/2/2013STIR CRAZY
SAMCOOKEOLETABEADS
OLEANDERSOLOSGUSSET
TALKEDABSTREAKUMPIRE
IDEAERECTCMSMIV
ORRSGILTLOSTLOVE
BINTHEFACEMYBHEAVEN
PERHORAHISOROED
SEABSUVSHEIFERISM
AMEBAMOONDANCEELHI
AMPBBOOKDRESSBS
BPERIODSCRIPSURPASS
HOPONTOAMEANBOA
ONINSCENARIOSONEBC
TECBBEARDBBOYAMIB
RAUSTOATLUMPAGO
STAYSLATESOMETHINGB
HIREABLEAPEAHATE
OSEBUBTCELLBAAS
BANGELTHECOLORPURPLE
UNDOESAALTOSAILBOAT
PETITGRASPANALYSTS

Those colored squares mix BLUE across with RED down to get THE COLOR PURPLE.

Mon 6/3/2013
CEDARZIONPHIL
AMOREIRAERONA
PIGINAPOKEEGGY
ELIEEONDASHES
SEETHRUOSOLE
TOOTATKEANU
JIHADSTOWYVES
USASOWSEARERE
DEMILIESOUNDS
DEFOECARHOP
ININKATTACHE
ASSISIGNUTAIL
RITZPORKBARREL
ALEEARALDEERE
BODSTOBESEWON
Tue 6/4/2013
CMDRROBOTMPEG
ROUEEDITHIAMA
ARBSADDTONUMB
BRAESBEEISLAS
SAINTPATRICK
TULLSROFDA
SCAFFOLDENURES
OAHUSEANASH
IMELDAIRONDUKE
REMRHOMOLE
SNAKECHARMER
CINCOANATWINE
AMAHLYNNEEDDY
PATESEEDSAGUE
EYEDDDAYSREPS

Five snakes snake through the shaded squares.

Wed 6/5/2013
JIBSPEROTSHED
EMUSERICHAERO
THERESNOTELLING
SINLEESDEERES
POSITSONS
THATSNOTTRUE
PALAUHARAURA
AMOFGLASSREGS
ROLFUALAGREE
TILLNEXTTIME
OYSONATIP
NOFUSSGRANSES
THENEWTESTAMENT
WINGHANOILEIA
TONEOBESEBANG
Thu 6/6/2013
ESEPISAISWEAR
CONCEDEDSPELLO
ARTICLESLANDAU
STRIKEOSAWTOIT
HOEUPCNOR
FERRETSONAPS
OEDSUETDIP
TEENAGETRILOGY
IRSMESANEA
TACOPAPERBAG
AREYAONOI
ASPECTSTEAROOM
CHILLOFALLINGO
NASSAUITOLDYOU
EMMETTTONYMOT

Five theme answers have a FALLING OUT.

Fri 6/7/2013
CATSPAWEMAILED
ONATEARMISSIVE
MAKETHEBESTOFIT
EGERSNARERENO
DRANKLYRAICU
UALOPELLASER
EMOBETTYSIVS
OVERTHEEDGE
TKOTEETERRCT
BRANSJIMIYAO
UARUSNABASRA
MIOICICLERHOS
PLUMTUCKEREDOUT
PENROSEDIVERSE
ORDERINSCENTED
Sat 6/8/2013
IPHONEAPPDCUPS
MROLYMPIAERNIE
PETEACHERSEGER
UMSHEIRDATE
MITEEDSULLIVAN
PEONNASTASE
ERNESPLINTS
DEERTRITECOBB
GROOVESOPAL
ONLYYOURENE
LOADEDDICEENNE
IBAROASTTED
VALIDCURSEWORD
ELANDASIANPEAR
SLAKEBABYDADDY
Sun 6/9/2013FAST ONE
PALPAJAMEWATACK
AURALRANROIACHILLE
PLAZAINKLINGSHIRLEY
ALBINOILESMAYIETAT
CELEBRATEDSAVORDIVA
EYERTHOHIKEUPOMER
REARSODERSAUER
PETDOGSTAMERSQTR
ITHACADENEBTAUESP
CHEFSMEETSCARPACCIO
ONTOSECRETARIATROMS
TIREMARKSREEDYBURPS
SCIADVFERNSWADDLE
PHITILTONJONESES
SLIDEEPICADIOS
CHETDEARTHIVESWAP
ARCHGAMESSUPERHORSE
SIREESOSSAHLSOREST
INORBITUSOSHOWNBAER
NEWTONSMEAUMADITTO
ORNOTEARHAGACHS

Ms. Gorski is the inventor and still the master of this ingenious connect-the-dots puzzle form. Is that an eye or maybe even a blinder on the horse? And reins?

Mon 6/10/2013
NICEARTYCRTS
IMUSLOEWELOIN
PATPAULSENAUTO
PGSSNEERCIGAR
YESPARTPAYMENT
HISCBS
AMORCREATELOP
PARALLELPARKING
TOTLADIESIKEA
EARGTE
PAJAMAPARTYIPO
OPERAADLERCUB
INSTCOMETOPAPA
SETHELISETRIM
EASYLOTSSELA
Tue 6/11/2013
ACCTECHOLAPIS
NOLALRONEVENT
DRUGABUSETERSE
RENAMEEDAMDIE
EAGLELAGBEHIND
OBIEERGOT
PUBGAMESIONIZE
EVASKIEDOED
WARMTOBIGBANDS
BLURBNEAT
CRABGRASSATARI
YERBYTEZEALOT
CAIROMIXEDBAGS
LIANAAKINONEO
ERNSTNONOYARN
Wed 6/12/2013
PONCETVADLUST
ADIOSRAMSITTO
COCOCHANELMIEN
TREKODINDECAY
IMPELOOLALA
ANGERSLEDGE
GUESSKATESMITH
EDNALAMASOMOO
SEENOEVILSNORE
DIVANBROKER
MUSCLYTHEIR
USERSNCAAAINT
NATEJOHNDENVER
RITAAVIDAGATE
OREMMAPSTENSE
Thu 6/13/2013
ADOESPNIROBOT
RIGALOEDEJAVU
CARTRIPSEGOYAN
ZEEMUTTEROLE
CUSPISINFOR
LOCHSTLCPUFF
APRSNOOKIBUFF
LEAREARENDNIA
ONCETSETSEDCI
SKEETNTFRYER
GOESAPEOTTO
IUDSARTRELOA
GRIPESWINDOWS8
OCCULTODORETA
TEENSYDENYDIM
Fri 6/14/2013
YAWNSTABLIES
ECHOTOURLADLE
CHARLESDEGAULLE
COMMERCIALBREAK
HOSANNACOOED
RIOPHARLAP
DIVANWAITSWEB
EPEECHINSCANE
WANSLANGDAYNE
DESPITEGEL
ZALESPANACEA
YOUCANTWINEMALL
EVERYTHINGBAGEL
GALESANTERENO
GLADTEASISAY
Sat 6/15/2013
SALADBARBAOBAB
ADEQUATEESSENE
VUVUZELACASITA
ELEAZILCHONIT
STEPSTREEESP
LOUDOUTSREO
DISASTERSTORRE
EMANUELHEADOUT
ANNEEICESTORMS
ROTMULEDEER
MTAELALSEEYA
AHABTHICKALER
DENALICONSTANT
ARNHEMALIMENTS
MEANTOSATURDAY
Sun 6/16/2013QUESTION BOX
TTOPSHIGHBROWROSE
HOPUPAMIEYEAHSOPIE
IFAGIRAFFEHASFOURTEEN
NFLKOSTHUMPSTAURUS
NETETALIITRINARY
MORETHANAWALRUSAND
IVANVNOGSEEMEHMS
SIZEDESPTARIOT
ODEMARTTOPSSIBERIA
TADAREPOTELOPERS
SMARMANERATORAH
MALABARPARTSPLOT
ARAPAHOSMASHAUXSAG
SIMSATMARCZERO
HOOGRAFTTNTCORED
ASQUIRRELHASHALFAS
RATSOUTGIBERSORA
ODESSASUNOCOSUVTWA
MANYASAPIGWHATARETHEY
AGARIRENEETASUSONE
NEMOKEGSRYESPORTS

Answers in the central 5x5 box can be arranged in two ways. The circled letters are the same in either case.

Mon 6/17/2013
TOASTHARAFADS
IRAQIYVESICET
VIRUSDISCRIPA
OGEEPRAIRIEDOG
AREADIGESTS
JACKINTHEBOX
OROONEAERICAS
BLOCSRATAME
SOLONGPVTSLOW
CARDOORLOCKS
KOOKIERCOOT
INTERNETADEGOS
TREYAWEDSLOAN
EYREDONOALOHA
REIDENDSPOPUP
Tue 6/18/2013
ABBRSTARCHQED
SERAERIEPAEAU
THAWRODEODRIVE
RAYDAVIESHIES
ONSALEELLY
TOSIRATMFEE
AFLATRAINDELAY
TWORANDDERR
RINGDANCEGRAPE
AWGEEZHAILE
NARCMADCAP
CHAIROALDDAHL
RIVERDELTAAMMO
UFOVIDIOTWEEP
ZINSNOOZENODS
Wed 6/19/2013
GIJOEAMASSAMP
ISERERALPHGAL
FRANKLINIOOERA
NASABIOLOGY
ABATHAMILTONIO
CLUESRRSTENN
TOEEXAMALT
CLEVELANDIOOO
REDGAZELGA
OSSOPOTDRILL
CHASEIOOOOAVES
CAVERNSWAGE
UKEWASHINGTONI
PEAINUITFOYER
YRSNEMEAAPLUS

This puzzle is kind of the inverse of this one.

Thu 6/20/2013
POORPOOLPOLL
EIREIMNOCOKIE
LLBSMATSAKELA
OCACAROFREYA
SACRAPOLEDBL
INHIBITNOTDONE
NONUSERUKES
INSTANTWINNER
KNEEKNEADED
IFORONEYALEMAN
XINROLELEICA
NAGATCITYDEM
BITATMOMANOTA
ATALEALASCRIT
RILERICERICH
Fri 6/21/2013
TABLECLOTHSEGA
MIRACLEGROMARS
AMYPOEHLERARES
NENAMENRALGA
ESTADONMAI
POSTMENIRTORL
OPENEDINSIGNIA
RENALROGBORON
TRESTLESBOWOUT
LAGREAOLDNESS
ATAOEDPAYS
NILEROTICPHD
DOESSNEAKAPEEK
INSPALLTERRAIN
ASEATYLERPERRY
Sat 6/22/2013
INSTAMATICTHAN
DOORTODOORREPO
IMPATIENCEYAPS
GESISLEDEFTLY
TREEREWOVE
AGREESSENORITA
GOONSSPECKSIP
ATTNSTILETINT
SHOAPRESREOIL
PARALLELTEENSY
MOCKUPMEDS
ECOCARDOFFZIP
SITUGUILLOTINE
STESEASTORANGE
EYRESECONDGEAR
Sun 6/23/2013TWO-BY-FOURS
DIJOPASSSTALEPHDS
EVACEXITTODAYSHOUP
FOBETTEROFOWOSEMANNA
URALMOINESDISONS
PAPERSDUESCELEB
TALOEDURNSORATERBI
ORCASGRADTHOMASOEN
POOHSIGIITHERAICNET
ELTOAGEGURNEYMACRO
DETESTEDNORMBESOS
YEARCHEWYBOAS
AMMANPOOFCARTHAGE
BEAONBOWOUTOLDEVAN
ARGOWENEKLEMPEEFEUD
LIAPIECESNOESBINGO
LEEOPTEDSCUDMERGER
TRIESAWESFOISED
DEFENDPARENSANGS
ARAATTISTATANDTEOTER
BIRDSALEUTKEELNOAH
SCAYWEARYAWRYEURO
Mon 6/24/2013
ESSEBLOBBACH
GLEEBONEPAULA
GIRLSCOUTASTIR
SMASHSTANHOPE
ALIOBI
GRAHAMCRACKERS
DIETPALSAREE
ISLESMOREBANE
SMEARTOGUTEP
HOTMARSHMALLOW
TUTADO
CHESTNUTCEDAR
AURALCHOCOLATE
MERLECRABSHOP
PSSTOURSELMS
Tue 6/25/2013
GOPROBARSKICAP
INFEROREPELOSI
FACEBOOKSTALKING
LIDCARNEG
BESTDOCUMENTARY
CADIZGRERAMP
OMENTRIPITZHAK
IBNTHEMAMBORUN
TIPTOEEROSIAGO
RARAWTOINSET
IMAGINARYNUMBER
TOISRIAFR
WORDSWITHFRIENDS
ARIOSEEARNEARS
SEEGERRHOEDGER
Wed 6/26/2013
ASTRAHEAVENOG
BEHARASKEWORE
EXITRAMPAGERAY
NEILLLAWNS
ICKDIETPILLAGE
KOBETHINDYER
ELIXIRELUDE
AGEDIFFERENCE
CAPRIELTORO
BEAUEARPENID
INSTANTMESSCEE
OTHERAPPLE
NILMUSICALPASS
IREENOCHIGLOO
CEYDOPEYTASTY

Yes, it's true. Bernice Gordon is 99 years old and David Steinberg is 16, a difference of 83 years. Ms. Gordon is a veteran constructor — her first Sunday puzzle was published on January 23, 1955 — but perhaps her most amazing accomplishment is that she's had an NYT crossword byline every year from 2009 on. This is her first collaboration.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a great article about the creation of this puzzle.

Thu 6/27/2013
BRANBEATLEADD
RUTSARTHURLEO
ABBYTITANSMSN
GIANTSQUIDFAME
SKYCAMENERO
CARDINALSIN
DADANEARPLANO
OLINSAKASALES
SLADECANSSASE
TIGERSTRIPE
SNAFUAXIOMS
KWONPIRATESHIP
NESDEVITOLANE
ELIERESTUERIN
ELSABSENTTEST
Fri 6/28/2013
SNAILSHELLAPED
HARRYCARAYXOXO
ESCALATORSELIA
ASHIERYESLETS
TAILSQANDAALI
HUESSTYXXAXIS
SPINLORENA
BOXSTEPWINFREY
USETAXZANY
MORANTENTREBA
PLOCLUEDBETEL
SEXSHOPSASHAY
OMITWEBBANNERS
FINDPLAINJANES
FOGSHORSEOPERA
Sat 6/29/2013
CHAPPRIM
VOICEDSEEGER
LETTERCSTEANNE
OUTSKIPHURLING
GRIMIERADSITES
STANDTOREASON
EDGARWINTER
PAINT
HEARINGDOGS
HANGINGAROUND
LATTICEBILLERS
EVERTOREVILEYE
NOSEATSDETERGE
OCTETSRETEAM
SOSOSSRS

This puzzle breaks the NYT record for the lowest word count. The previous record set in 2005 by Frank Longo used only 38 blocks.

Sun 6/30/2013MATCHING WITS
GMATGMCS
HEUREERMATHOMLOOTS
ANDRESOOTREPOADLER
MODESPLUSIRANMEDEA
SAYAHTOTEMPOLEORALS
WRITEHAILEYARNS
ABAROSSIRESISTWIKI
MOTTOTHEMAXTWOFACED
POEMSERICADOARENA
EZRAMMESLAVROOF
DESKMINUTEWALTZAMAS
IMINKIWIEHSRARE
CHINAITEONTOSELMA
TANGRAMSARGONAUTTOM
STEWMUKLUKBETTEWRY
CHASMENEROHEATH
PESOSWENTROGUEMOIST
OTTOSALTIAGRABOSOM
SHAPEGATESADRANKLE
TASERENOSTNUTTIEON
NYETHEYS

Vertical theme answers are each two words starting with M and W. Blocks form an M at the top of the grid and a W at the bottom.