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Puzzles for July, 2009
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Wed 7/1/2009
ELMIRASCAMSHE
LIONELTHRILLER
SNOCAPSINCERER
NACHOOHM
NOWHADJAUGHT
EVADEDANGEROUS
DELISHCOOLNNE
IRKSASKMEJETT
CLIFLOSSPATES
KINGOFPOPAMORE
SEGARNULLOSS
PEPNOMAS
ALOEVERAATCOST
FALSETTOMOTOWN
BYEREEKSPINET
Thu 7/2/2009
LISTLOTUSDCCI
INCAUNIFYROUT
EDUCLEMONTARTS
GERTRUDESTEIN
EERIEAENEAS
SPYCAMWAXELMS
GOBADBRIBE
RISARISARISAR
PRMENCAMUS
SENTDSTPOTPIE
IDOTOONOONE
FLORALDISPLAY
SHOEFETISHHILO
AMOIMARCIASIR
KOLNIDESTTHEE

Here is a link to the portrait in question at 20 Across.

Fri 7/3/2009
TIMEWARPKEITHS
OSOLEMIOOPTOUT
SAILBOATHOOPLA
CARESSILLSDAG
ACERMOESJOSE
YAWINGBILKS
STESALSAALLIE
WAXWORKLOSTART
AXTONMEADERTS
ZEROGANGELO
IVESLITEBLOC
LAMAUDIATTILA
ADIEUXCOQAUVIN
NETTLEEMULSION
DRYADSREALEASY
Sat 7/4/2009
SERBENIACAWET
ALEAMONGONANO
ROCKGARDENNITA
THEUNITEDSTATES
RIDALOPTALENT
EMEERNEWATDDE
ALSNANPURR
STARSANDSTRIPES
ARISPRESEL
CARSPANSSECTS
KVETCHCHAIART
REDWHITEANDBLUE
ALAIRODSTEIGER
CELLELATEDOSE
EDELSLYASENTO
Sun 7/5/2009M N O P
GASBAGAMPSUPGOUACHE
OSCARSCYRANOENLACED
SPELLTHEROSESROARING
HINDIARAMAIDAONCE
CAESARSPORTALDANGER
ASTISTATPDAS
CLOGANATTHEPODSQUAD
BOILINGPADSTLTURBO
ELLENENIDCEOSISIT
RAYFLEECERRANLATE
FULLPETALJACKET
ELMUNDOGOULASHIOS
RYESSICSSINERONDO
ILOSTAWESTUDPUFFIN
NEWYORKPETSATOIFOES
MILOISISRNAS
PANABOUTTOWNDEALERS
APERTEALAARELAHTI
BERLIOZPASSCONFUSION
LAVERNEETHERSIRONIC
ORESTESDEUCESSENECA
Mon 7/6/2009
MELONWALTEMMA
EXUDEARIAFOES
LIBERALBENEFITS
STEROIDPUREE
DOIWISEST
SETTEENIECE
ICIEREDNASPF
MODERATEDRINKER
PLYGONOGUILE
PLANTMOTTLE
MOHAIRSRI
AVERTEMERALD
CONSERVATIVETIE
RICEAIDAABOVE
ODESSNAGNAMED
Tue 7/7/2009
REAMFELLSBRA
ANVILLASSORAM
JOESATURDAYYIP
ACROBATTBILLS
SHYOMEGAESC
FREDRICAPRIL
NOTESEDENEDU
ELANANNANEELS
REXPLODUNMET
DORISEVENING
ERAALLOTBAN
TALENTETRURIA
ELIDONNAAUTUMN
AGEQUIPSEATEN
RAFSTARTHEDY
Wed 7/8/2009
ROBBINGESCRAM
OPEIDEALCRUDE
BEENEWTOHADIT
IRRIGATEEMMETS
NAGSPNOM
HASAHEARTEWES
SORMEMBERDEVA
CUDCABOVERSAL
USESREVUESTNT
DENTTREESTUMP
AAHSROIS
CHASMSRUMPUNCH
HASHETUBERROE
ASHENOMEGAONE
SHEDSSPRAYEEN

This amazing puzzle has nine Word Squares: four 3 x 3, four 4 x 4, and one 5 x 5 right in the middle. This image shows all the word squares highlighted. See Wordplay for more.

Thu 7/9/2009
CAMPSPAGETLAPD
ADIOSALAMOOSOS
SHRUGTORTREFORM
HEARTTRANSPLANT
ERGSOOFOATERS
WEEBALCTRMAY
NOSCOREONAIR
FIRSTAMENDMENT
RICANREDNOSE
ENESSNINKMAM
NISSANFSUSALE
STAGEADAPTATION
SHOEREPAIRPATHS
CERNZORROISAAC
ISMSEPEESPHISH
Fri 7/10/2009
CFOMRS
CREVECOEUR
LAURELSDOLORES
ABERRATIONSGTO
PALESTINEHEIL
SLATHERSSTAPLE
SNOODREHIRE
DUEPRONETO
SHUTPREMARITAL
PUNRELATEENE
IMUSOVINEACTA
TOSCAEECESTOP
TRUECONFESSIONS
EMANANTROSARIO
DELETESSWENSON
Sat 7/11/2009
BUFFCRAGPAWNS
ALARAEROARHAT
KATESPADETROLL
UNSETTLESCACAO
SPANASHUA
MAITAISBUYNIP
ANNOUNCERSDIOR
JOHNLARROQUETTE
ADEEHANAUMABAY
SERGAPDEPRESS
SORBETHIS
ETHNOSEPARABLE
XHOSAOPENENDED
PREENFERNTRAY
OUSTSFEMAAMPS
Sun 7/12/2009LINKS TO THE PAST
LAMAVIRGOLIMOASPCA
ELECULEESARALPHILS
MIDDLEOFNOWHEREPEROT
ONICEVIOLETONLEAVE
NEANNEMEDICALCENTER
BIOTYPEONEATERN
PALMWOEARLENRAPS
SPIRITUALLEADERRAHAL
SITESHEIDIACTLIKE
TAZMATEOUNCOILMPAA
BEGINNINGOFTIME
ALFARESENDAFTONAMP
BEANBAGBASTEESTEE
SERGESECONDINCOMMAND
ASEATEXTSSRSONUS
CANRIGIDGEOLOGY
ENDOFDECEMBERSOLPRE
LOWGEARCARESSEARED
EMILSBROADWAYCLOSING
BIDETIBETISSUEACTE
SEEDSLIDSNETTYPEAR
Mon 7/13/2009
ADLERGARTHDAT
CRUDEALOHAROO
MANUALLABORARK
EGGMIAMIDANTE
PERSONALLOAN
ARMADAWIG
POURSPOOFEBB
SPIRITUALLEADER
EERGEESENITA
ENEZANTAC
DIAGONALLINE
ROTORLEONAAPO
AWEALLTUCKEDIN
MASNAOMIIRENE
ANTTOTESNESTS
Tue 7/14/2009
CRIMEGARPCHAFF
HAREMORALHALLE
ATALEOFTWOCITIES
REQRAREARETES
SITEDORA
LETTHEMEATCAKE
WALRUSELKSLIRE
ABIESESPYSILAS
REZAWASHATCOST
LAMARSEILLAISE
PATSAGRA
PTBOATEGADFRO
FRENCHREVOLUTION
COACHOREOSALVE
SPREETENNTREES
Wed 7/15/2009
BANJOLOCALMUM
OCEANOCHREENO
FRUSTRATIONNPR
FETCHEDAGATES
HEXMORTGAGE
ACTASSURHAL
MOELETSGOINKS
ITMAYBETAKENOUT
ESPNBLANDATHE
TIXMRSSTENT
FASTFOODSTR
UNFAIRMELINDA
NIALIBRARYBOOK
GOTEBONYMAIZE
ONESINAIELREY
Thu 7/16/2009
ATPLAYUNIPCTS
DIRIGIBLESRAHS
ELEVENPTWOOSIS
ESSESARTLOVER
PITTOVADRIFTS
TOHAVENEEDIER
MERLEELEA
BICANAGRAMENS
ETUIGAVEL
LATTICEORINGS
ADRENOQUOORCS
DAMASCUSSNOOP
ASTITWELVEPONE
SUEZATEYELEVEL
APSESSNELDEST
Fri 7/17/2009
FAIRSHAKEPEENS
ALMAMATERARIEL
CORPULENTLASER
TEESLATERISERS
JESUONEND
COMEECRUSHOP
LOUVERKEGSOWE
SLIPPERYWHENWET
ADJSPECSTEELE
THATOTOSBURL
ABOATLILY
BROWNSTONEBOHO
ABACKINEEDANAP
LORALTEAKETTLE
DRDREOLDSCHOOL
Sat 7/18/2009
DUFFSSCALIA
INROWSSPOUTING
STEREOPROSTATE
CAESARLETSINON
UPLATEINHALANT
SPOKENNASTASE
SEVERGETA
DENSERAYESHA
GALLCHAPS
BARCODETHORPE
HAVEATITHERMAN
ERASURESELTORO
ENTICINGMOANER
LEADUPTOENGINE
STRESSSECTS
Sun 7/19/2009YOU ARE THERE
DECKUSDAGIBEESSAY
IVANASTEMCELLSCOUPE
MANORBURYALLACCOUNTS
CARTSPELTSSAINT
FURRYCOOKDEPTHTTP
RAYORRACMEEYESORE
ATISSUEIGUANASREWED
MENTORSPARLORINANER
ESTRUSCURRATIONSWBO
HEPPOTIDEALSTIOS
VEEDELKEYDDTITA
LIMPVALUEDENSNTH
ICUURSINEWAVEWAHOOS
MERITSDIPOLEDENEUVE
PRINEREVELERINASTEW
IONESCOARFSTEDPRE
DYESCALCOHMYGOURD
CANDOBOOZESUPRA
HOURLYMATRIMONYTRITE
AESOPAMBULANCESATES
GROWSPSATNEETHYDE
Mon 7/20/2009
TOMSWARTSDEJA
INITELIOTEXAM
ETNABLAIRSPRY
ROOTOFALLEVIL
PRUNESTAORC
SEEYACLOSER
RATSTEMTHETIDE
ATRAANOTVAD
LEAFTHROUGHESO
PANCHOTRYON
HMSERSMYEYE
PLANTMANAGERS
SHOEERICAASIA
EASETERMSTEED
TREKSWEETESSO
Tue 7/21/2009
IRISHTOMSEARP
MARLOARATXBOX
AROARLEGALPADS
MENWALKONMOON
SROTUBUPADOA
NEILARMSTRONG
DOLCEHENIE
KIRISKIDSLSTS
ICONSGOTTI
WECAMEINPEACE
IRKALGALIMAO
FORALLMANKIND
AFORTIORITILDE
BERGNOONELIOT
EDDYESNEDOORS
Wed 7/22/2009
AMMOTROTSACID
LOAFROXIEEDNA
EOJFRAZIERSPUR
PROTEMDREWLIT
HERODJEONAMATH
DIEDECAY
OJEBIDENOTERI
LAVASPENDTROD
ERASEOEJPESCI
PITASASH
EJOCOCKEROFUSE
NORNEINANUBIS
ALASSLOPPYJOES
CITEILLERIANA
TEENTSARSSTAY
Thu 7/23/2009
HOTMEOWSDEVIL
ANAALPHAOVINE
RENDEPOTLEXUS
MAGLEVLIKEERS
VISCERAKNEE
SITINOTISUSSR
TROICATCHER
EARPATHMODELA
PETROVERINTAG
BREEDERROME
SEMIAJOBZONED
AXESREGALES
MANATMSOPENUP
OCTALPOACHOLE
ATALLLUCKYSNL
SALTYOTTEREAT

As the long answer at 7 Down implies, there are ten symmetrically arranged Across answers which need the word DOG added to make sense. 1 Across is HOT DOG, 9 is DEVIL DOG, 15 is ALPHA DOG, 36 is DOG EAR, 34 is DOG CATCHER. Those are all in the top half.

Rotating the grid to see the symmetric answers in the bottom half you get DOG TAG, DOG BREEDER, LUCKY DOG, SALTY DOG, and at 74 across you need to add the missing word twice to get DOG EAT DOG.

Fri 7/24/2009
NOSUCHTHING
COMPLAINABOUT
GOVERNMENTISSUE
AMELIADETRE
RELETPEKEDANL
BUTTLINEDRIVES
SPYHASHEDOVER
CANTABILE
BRANDONLEETAP
SLAMDANCESTATA
YELPUSERBARMY
MELONPAXTON
SPIRALSTAIRCASE
SEEYOUINCOURT
DESCENDANTS
Sat 7/25/2009
AFTAINCUMBENTS
TARPNEOREALISM
PROPOSEMARRIAGE
ACLEFTINCTSTE
RELATENOISE
RETAGSWAN
ONTNUMISMATIST
VESTEDINTERESTS
EMPIRESTATECAB
ROSEOREOS
DECAFSLOPPY
BEGAARONAURAE
ELECTRICALSTORM
NOMDEPLUMEEMME
DISTRESSEDROAN
Sun 7/26/2009STORY CIRCLE
MEDALOPTINDISKS
TEXACOUPTOSNUFFONENIL
ESCROWGUIDERAILSKEINS
CHAINOLMOSENRONINGOT
LANNIPSCERANAH
KAISERSSESAESDOGSTAR
NUBCHICOYONERICASNO
ORUTITANNAGNINERONT
BARLINESNOTIFBEATIFIC
ACESAIDHELLONHL
KOMBUSIUSYESSULTRA
EXISTLOFATVIDEOREHEM
ICSYAOENVYINGCASEVE
TATADIEUSAXENCYCREN
HRSNANSDESEDIONOOAR
STOCKSABOTNEALSUVULA
FOESIRRFGSLRON
ENAMELAMILATEETUDES
JAVAODONGASISAOSTYE
EVASWORDINTHESTONEARI
CALQUESTFORCAMELOTBIZ
THOIPSOFRIARMERCLEE
SONNSAYEANSRAHESS

The original NYT Across Lite file inadvertently had a circle in each rebus square. The print version was correctly SIR-cle-less.

Mon 7/27/2009
MIREDHAFTSCRO
ACELAAWAITHIC
PUBLISHORPERISH
EQUALPRANKS
FUNRUNSCENT
ONOIDIARSENIC
RTERAMPSDONO
MAXFIELDPARRISH
EMIROSAGESOO
RETIRESRENELS
TENTHGETSET
GLAZERUSAGE
LOUISIANAPARISH
INNECLATDREAR
BETSHINEEARLS
Tue 7/28/2009
MUMASAPGAMES
ONOFONDAAGOGO
WITHOUTQUESTION
GSHARPRAP
LORITSARARM
INALLLIKELIHOOD
IAMIDALAI
MAYBEYESMAYBENO
SWEETUTIL
NOTLOOKINGSOHOT
LITSETSNIGH
USNCOUPLE
AINTGONNAHAPPEN
IDEALYOYOSIRE
MOODYWEPTEST
Wed 7/29/2009
JAILSAFARSOSA
INLETROTEIRON
MAKEASTRONGCASE
RIOTIEAKNOT
SACNABGROG
CROPSPRAYERENO
HEMIYOREENRON
UTENNNBATAILS
LOTTECOSTANTI
ZOOSHORTWINDED
TASEYINSSE
ONESIDEDSCI
NORWEGIANTHRONE
IRMAERNEEASES
TASSDEKESQUAT
Thu 7/30/2009
EEEEMAYQQQQ
MEDEAATVCUTIT
FOURLETTERWORDS
IIIITTTT
SSEGNATSIMS
GETSTHERESNEER
ONETOTENJIGGLE
OOPAHSFANALA
DROIDSGANGSTER
SAUCYANCESTORS
STEARCEDONS
BBBBOOOO
REPEATOFFENDERS
INERTREFABDUL
GGGGSYSYYYY
Fri 7/31/2009
ITHADDIEETAL
THERESMORELORE
SALMAHAYEKAREA
YTDDAREIPASS
WITHINEARSHOT
ALAMOONESIE
SITARSELISLGA
SPECIALSCHMEAR
NORGRABSWAYZE
CHAIRSHIDES
FREETHROWLINE
JELLSNOESNHL
OPALBAZOOKAJOE
RATEOPENSESAME
DYEDWEDYPRES