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Puzzles for June, 2020
with Jim Horne comments

POW Mon 6/1/2020
STOWABBAAJAR
LAVAFLOATVERA
APEXRUMBAOMEN
WERENUMBERONE
SCISLIPLIE
ASSITTAMENS
NTHSHESALLTHAT
DROPACUTEVIDA
YOURETHETOPLAT
ENTERAPELYE
TGIITCHAAA
THEYREGRRREAT
WHOAPALEDMAXI
HAULEVILSOSLO
ONTOSEXTRYES
Tue 6/2/2020
LADANGELSAPT
UNIRAISINSLIE
BISCAYNEBAYLEE
EMAILYINMRS
JAVAVOCALCOACH
OTOFAVACLEO
BEWILDERBEHEST
SAINTELMO
BELAYSIMITATES
AQUARIPSALA
BUCKROGERSCRED
YAKANATOTAL
FLYPARTCOMPANY
ATMSIDEONENON
TOEREAGANSRO
Wed 6/3/2020
ETTAATOMPATSY
PAWSLIPOABATE
ALEELETOSOFIA
LEAVESINAHUFF
AYNALUMLATELY
CHEESEPUFFTEE
TORICMOIVAST
NONEGERE
PUSSIDAERODE
ASKKURTISBLOW
SAYSOKAONEDAW
THEBIGBADWOLF
SLIDEAIMEMALI
SAGGYSCANACID
ASHESPANTREPS
Thu 6/4/2020
GOBITREADDARE
IVANOHARAOVER
FINDSWORKBORING
DEEPENSBSIDES
CURDBLAT
NEEDSAWEEKOFF
BARNSASIAETA
EDITRAGONWELD
DIEMEMEJADED
ASKSFORARAISE
IDOSTAFT
ORATORTHWARTS
WANTSMOREBREAKS
ERTEELENASTIR
SEENDAKARSEMI
Fri 6/5/2020
BASSICOSTSTAG
AGAINAUTOTRIO
TRUCKFRONTYARD
HENBCEWILLIAM
SEAHORSECELLO
ATAABSBED
DUTYFREESTORE
BALLOONARTIST
PASSENGERVANS
USHSYSEGG
STEELTHREEDOG
HISNIBSASPHAR
POODLECUTLHASA
INFOTOKEARKIN
NSFWOWEDYEAST
Sat 6/6/2020
NDJAMENAACCUSE
ORALEXAMFLUNKY
TOMTHUMBBIRDIE
EPSDEUSFIEND
FREDSANFORD
SALADHUESVIC
APLUSOPTSJAVA
MYLIPSARESEALED
ACIDAXESDRURY
NAGBRADANTES
MARIACALLAS
FETEDATOPMAY
AROUSEOVATIONS
LARSONRICECAKE
ASSENTSNACKBAR

Slovenia: LJUBLJANA, Chad: N'DJAMENA, Burkina Faso: OUAGADOUGOU. Easy enough!

Sun 6/7/2020 SURPLUS STORE
CATBERTABSENTOPTICS
AQUIVERREELINAIRMAN
SURGERYVERDICTTRIFLE
SANDRAESTATECYANIDE
SATIRERENALNINER
CMONSURPRISEFIGHTERS
ZINCENSUESINLAY
ANTESROMPDIEGONBC
REOHAIFASURLYMAJORS
RIDOFRAPIDLINEN
ATHEISTMOVESBILLOWY
SHEETAILEDHEIST
SURFERBALLSWOWIESHH
TSABACKSMAUITOQUE
SHISHWAISTSRULE
SURPASSEDPERFECTDIAL
ATEATONEILSHAKER
MATCHESDELPHIFORTWO
OHOKAYSURFEITOFANGER
SALLIESCREEDDELOUSE
ANDERSNEEDLEDRAWNTO

Ignore Jeff. SUR + JURY VERDICT, SUR + PRIZE FIGHTERS, SUR + LEE MAJORS, SUR + FURBALLS, SUR + PAST PERFECT, and SUR + FIT OF ANGER are all terrific.

Mon 6/8/2020
HUEBEARALIKE
ENDSISLEPESOS
CLICKBAITTAROT
TITANSBAMALA
ANIMETIGERBEAT
RENECOSTOOLIE
EDGELEOLURID
FROSTBITE
MALESCAFSTAR
SOFALEGREFELO
PARTYBOATURALS
ANOYENEMERGE
REPELANKLEBOOT
TROVESIAMAUNT
ASPENYEASTEA
Tue 6/9/2020
COSMOSPREMED
ARCADIATEARIER
FEELILLORVILLE
PICKUPSTICK
APTSMASHBAY
DORAGNITAGATE
OPENACANOFWORMS
APROOF
TAKEASOFTLINE
JOVIBURROSEXY
ARENABROTHREE
BONFOPGREDST
GETHOOKEDUP
GEEKHEMINGRIP
EYREENACTLONE
MESSYANKSYMCA
Wed 6/10/2020
AGILEDRABGROW
TUNERSEIRENANA
ASSISTANTMANAGER
STUEMMATOTEM
TARSMALIBUQED
EVENTHORIZONUTE
AHIKNOXDIEM
ELIROTHDEMETRI
LODETAFTRAN
LOLTHROWASPIRAL
EMOREPROSMAMA
OVOIDELIEBBS
AVENGERSASSEMBLE
PETECOENCOOLER
PROSKNEENEEDS
Thu 6/11/2020
GEMRIGSTASED
ADOOPRAHAWAKE
FEHCOATITATER
FRANKSINATRA
SEEMTOESTESAK
BARIARCANA
FIGUREDINSHUTS
IDOSMYWAYACRE
NAMESLOSESTEAM
CHESTSHATE
HORATOPREAIMS
POPULARMUSIC
ROYALDREAMALE
NOLTESTATEANN
CHESSSPEDCEE
POW Fri 6/12/2020
GMANCITISPACE
RIFEOMENEATIN
ACTVPORCHSWING
FREEWIFIEASTER
TORHEFCAM
SPEARLOVESICK
SCANTRIDESHARE
LORDSEKETIMOR
UPTOSPEEDRESIN
REYNOLDSPESOS
FEYORETSA
HOTTUBCHITCHAT
ANYONEHOMELENS
HERONALASARTE
AGONYDENTMESA
Sat 6/13/2020
ZILLIONXFACTOR
ONEACREELPRADO
OFFWEGOROTUNDA
METSNOOPSADD
ORALSSUPSAGUE
UNREALSHYDECO
TOMSWIFTYBARKS
AIDATRIP
EXFBISWEETTALK
LIARGTOMETIER
YALEOTRASORTA
SNLATRESTTSK
IGOTCHAPREMISE
AQUATICCAVEMEN
NITPICKAPOGEES
Sun 6/14/2020 MAKING ARRANGEMENTS
OWINGTOCHIAFACEMASK
NOSERAGHULUANATOLIA
CONTAMINATEDLITANIES
DSTNEVERISSOANNE
ADREAMWITHINADREAM
CLOVESIMSETTIC
GINABILKOSYCOPHANT
IAMNOTACTIVEEMSTAO
RETURNEDIGLOOSDENT
TOFFLEGUPDEANS
FORTYFIVEOVERFIFTY
TONKASIDESROAD
ALSOHIHATSBADRISKS
TIESODVACATIONTIME
ACTSPHONYLUMENALOT
ACUEULEREWINGS
WHATAMIAMINDREADER
RAGASTANELGINSUD
IRONRULENOADMITTANCE
STRICKENELMOTEASELS
TEACARTSYEASADSPEAK
POW Mon 6/15/2020
BRITPASSGASPS
OATHRICHRANAT
SCOOBYDOOASANA
SEOULWRENPEG
GOOGLEDOODLE
CASHBARSLUR
FACTHALFARAIL
ORRAUPAIRSGMO
SPAWNHAVELOAD
PENNENHANCE
BAMBOOSHOOTS
AGETRIOTESLA
LOTSAFOOLPROOF
KRAUTTHAIELLA
SALVESAKEDEAR

Jeff's recollections of our conversations rarely conform exactly with my own, but one thing is true — we certainly laugh a lot.

Tue 6/16/2020
TESLAGPSRONCO
ORKINOREONION
BRINGITONSEINE
YSLRANHIGHCS
IGUANODONAHI
GOFORFURLMUSE
ALTOIDNADER
DESSERTBEDHEAD
ELEGYMIYAGI
APPSDEEDCDROM
BAHFALSESTEP
SMILEYOFTIMP
EELEDGRAYAREAS
ILLGOINNROCKS
LAYONNOGTWEET
Wed 6/17/2020
JAWSCORPSDOMO
DRAWOLEICINEZ
SALEOMANIGTOS
BLANKETOFSNOW
TOSCANINI
SHEETOFICE
LIARSBEDBYNOW
OPSOFROSESCPO
APERRANONHUSK
NODICESCARES
TEENIDOLS
FIELDOFDREAMS
ZONALBEAACUTE
AUDIOLAYROLEX
PRODSERSSWEPT
Thu 6/18/2020
KARMAFRAYMISC
UHAULAEROUNTO
BOTTLENECKSTAR
OYSTERLOOSEEND
GISPUR
MALARKEYRAMSAY
ALAMOROSESTOE
DETSCVSTBPARM
AXELOTTOBUTTE
MATTELEUROPEAN
OAFTIO
NEWSTEAMFREAKS
ALOTTRAFFICJAM
MIRESILOSHANE
EEKSYALEHORSE
Fri 6/19/2020
ROASTPIGOPTFOR
ANSWERTOPAULIE
BETATESTENROLL
BLADESMONTROSE
LENDSMIRSERTA
EGALGILDSTWOS
EVENKEELANE
ROSSINIREBOXED
OVAPUMPIRON
PETASIGNSCIRC
ERINSZAGMACAO
STAGESETREMEDY
OUTLIEOSOLEMIO
FREEZEUNDEREAT
FESSEDROSEANNE
Sat 6/20/2020
MIAMIDEADSPOT
BUGLERINDICATE
ADULTSALACARTE
SHANELANINA
SENIORSCONNAP
INAGROOVEGHOUL
HITMEAIDA
SKETCHESOFSPAIN
KAYEPTRAP
INERTCATALYSTS
PECAOLOUTPLAY
ARMPITFLASK
MANEATERTRALEE
ADDALINEDECORS
PAYMENTSSEEMS
Sun 6/21/2020 ANIMAL CROSSINGS
CARAFECHURNSHASSAN
ACADIABAZOOKAOPPOSE
RECASTSWIMMINGTRUNKS
ELEPHANTSENDOWDIET
DARTWAVETANKBIBADS
LAPSSEDINAR
OPENEYESKREMEGSHARP
PITONQATARISSMILES
EXTRADRUMSTICKSANIMA
DYEDCHICKENSOUTOFIT
STOODANTIC
WESTENDFOCACCIAEELS
ACORNELECTRICCHARGES
NODOFFCATSEARROOST
ENAMORDRACOACCESSES
SLAMSALBHHS
TADDIAHONEYBEEELSE
AVOWDUGINFIREFLIES
LIGHTNINGSPEEDTAIPEI
CAMAROCHEEREDADZING
SNAPATSTEELYHEADON

A WaPo article explains how Animal Crossing's massive popularity has made it less like paradise and more like Wall Street. Note: the dupe glitch chart assumes an exchange rate of 60,000 bells per ticket. (Just nod.)

POW Mon 6/22/2020
NADAHOOPAHEM
OXENADMITLAVA
DESKPHONESFLED
DELIRISKPRONE
REELERE
CATTREATDADBOD
RBICAMEOYOURE
ABSESCAPEEFDR
SOLIDSTARRFEB
STEREOSLOBBERY
EAUSOAR
ASKPRICESORZO
KANEJAMESKPOLK
IKEAARIELINGA
NEWTETSYNEAT
Tue 6/23/2020
ASKEBBDRAPE
BEERGUTSFRASER
CLEARCUTOPTICS
SABRESRICECAKE
LETCALIPH
CHEFSLILPERSE
RORYFOGMETEOR
OWEFIGHTERBUN
WILDERTATBESS
DEFOEOERVALET
GLANDSERR
LEAPFROGBITEME
ATTIREECOLABEL
STILESSUREBETS
TUTEEENDLEE

Yes, constructors, RegEx can find words with the left-straight-edge property. Here are some that are at least 7 letters long.

Wed 6/24/2020
AZIZSPFLAMAZE
LONEKALALOMAR
IOWACITYKATANA
MALLETREMLIS
BINIRISHCOFFEE
ANTIAMOAIRS
LOOSEENAMEL
INFORMEDCONSENT
GRAYLYDIXON
VINOCOOETTU
IRONCURTAINRAT
ZACESESLOVAK
SQUARECOLDOPEN
LITTERANGNARY
ASSESSLEONYSE
Thu 6/25/2020
BEAVGUYSODES
ATTICAREALOPE
GAVELWILTSNIT
WORKSLIKEACH
POPSOYAINT
LIONELIOTAIAN
ALLYBLONDEBOZO
SPINYCUDPANAM
MACYWHISTLEBLO
ANEAHOTHAZIER
HALOCAYNAE
GOOUTONALIMB
MARTPONEALIEN
OHSOETTATORSO
SUESDEERCAPN
Fri 6/26/2020
ALMAYPILEECHO
SOAPOPERASSOON
ALLPURPOSECOME
PALVAUNTDALES
KEMPSTOPBY
ASPICSSTONER
BERTHRARETREAT
BRITAONALOEWE
RAVENCLAWOUZOS
ANGOLAMOTELS
ATHENAPOKE
KNEEDGEENAHES
ITBEMADEATOAST
WOOLFIELDMOUSE
INXSANNEEFLAT
Sat 6/27/2020
SALTCAPSJOGS
HAIRTONICPANIC
HATEWATCHACELA
CHAISEOSMOSED
NEEDNTSOWBIAS
ILLSTITLEDEED
PLYNOCAMERAS
BOCARATON
JASONMRAZDAY
GAVEADAMNMAGE
PANESONDOURER
EVERETTASKSIN
PEDALHONORCODE
SLOGSANNUALFEE
ISEETSARYORK
Sun 6/28/2020 POWER-UPS
COARSEHASTEASPIC
APPENDSCOSSETPLOUGH
THEDUDERAHRAHALUMNA
SEXGALLERYMISTSPOT
PLAYSLAVSROOTEDIRT
AIMEEPIETAPALMTREE
WASATCHCROWDINCHOIR
CHASEPREACHENT
CUTSOUTSETINHELL
ALACRITYREPORUBOFF
BASRAEXPONENTSNOLIE
SNEEZYISLEOINTMENT
AZALEAINSOLEBONE
TAMWOLVESCLOSE
THREWSMELTERSTPETER
RETREATSASSAMSNARE
IFSBOTTOMSWABSCLUB
RACEKORNWELCOMEEDU
ETALIAELAINENEATNIK
MEMORYEARNEDGAVOTTE
ESSIETYKESREESES
Mon 6/29/2020
STARATBATGOLD
LICEBEANOARIA
ANTISENATESEAT
MAINMANALGORE
EELSELMA
SURROUNDSOUND
OWNIMPEIGOOD
RESETTETHEDGE
BEEPAROSEOIL
PRITZKERPRIZE
LAYERLON
AFIELDBESTBET
SAMPLESALEELLE
IRASCOLONNASA
SEXYOBITSTHEM
Tue 6/30/2020
PREAMBLEVIDEOS
RUNSRIOTIMELDA
ONTHEBASISOFSEX
SUREDIDSTU
IPASFLATBUSH
TSPTABLESOSLO
SOCIOBOSON
THENOTORIOUSRBG
RIVALICANT
ALIFALDERSRAG
COLUMBIASELA
ASKPOPOPEN
JUSTICEGINSBURG
ASIANAANISETTE
READEMMATTRESS