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Puzzles for July, 2018
with Jim Horne comments

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Sun 7/1/2018DRIVING AROUND
USEDFIASCOSLABRANG
NOTABIGDEALRENIEVER
PLAYINGCARDSTAGEDOOR
COLDDAYMBALOGCABIN
RELFROGGYRACED
GOJISPOILERHATHA
EVANSEXPOAHEMSNCIS
DARKARTPARTAYAWE
TORPEDOESLACUNAR
STDLAIRPOTTEDPLANT
NOOUTLETZENHAVANANS
BLOCKBUSTERWIVEANA
CATTOYSTRUTHSERA
TMIBOOGIESTOOPTO
VENNTRAPSGRABKNEAD
UHHUHUSHEREDSIZE
ERVINEMETICOUT
UNTANGLEARTSTRINGS
STRUCKOILPASSINGLANE
ONORSOMEICANSEETHAT
BENEODEDGETLITSAWS
Mon 7/2/2018
HAZESACTBOAR
OCEANALOEAMMO
PASTASHELLYAPS
SITPEASANTARMY
HANEAR
WHATAGENTLEMAN
MAAMTAROCARGO
ANTEVITABAG
IDESTECIGVIPS
MARKUPLANGUAGE
INAINN
PRIMENUMBERCHE
HODAITSASECRET
EVESNERDSPARS
WEAKISPTABBY
Tue 7/3/2018
CALCBOALOFT
AREAGULPSELLA
RAGUONEALTIED
BOSTONREDSOX
TIDYTEES
ERMINEPLEASE
CHICAGOWHITESOX
LINGROANARP
ANODEEMUPEDRO
TORONTOBLUEJAYS
MEWPRE
ISSARAEATECROW
NATIONALPASTIME
CLANGREEKEDEN
HERSSLIDEDENT
POW Wed 7/4/2018
ASSAMSPARSCI
LENNONARIAURN
EVENNUMBERSSEA
VEEOBOEPSHAW
ERRORPRIMETIME
VASECEDAR
ALBEITTETYOUD
PEARLRIVERDELTA
TENDEOSOODLES
GORANISNO
BRUNOMARSTNOTE
LOPEDIPODKIT
ADJHAPPYFOURTH
NEOALEEFINALE
COBMEANTASER
Thu 7/5/2018
ANGDRABARABIA
LOLAIDEMABELL
IDATOOLONEALL
BUDGETGARDENLE
ALEROAIMEDLIL
BAYOFSCAYCAVE
AREREINMODES
ATADADAM
TRASHUBERWMD
HORSENUNCTION
EMTSKORTCARTA
MADSCENEALBEIT
OILMANALMATOE
SNEERYDEERANS
TERESAYANKPST
Fri 7/6/2018
CLEOPATRAEJECT
AISLESEATMUNRO
INTERLACEASTIN
NODESESITSBY
SWEETTALK
ICECAPOILISNT
ARIASTRENDIER
MEETINTHEMIDDLE
SPITTAKEKILLS
OTOENOBHONEYS
REASONING
CHASMSTANIBM
LETHESTATETREE
ARMORVOCATIONS
PASTYUMPTEENTH
Sat 7/7/2018
ABLARETWINKLE
BEATONSHALEOIL
UNFOLDTALKTOME
JAMESWATTSKIN
MAYASAYSBUSTA
AMENSCISSOR
LITTLEKNOWNFACT
ITTALYNINPHO
KEEPSITTOGETHER
HEGOATSHEAT
APSESBIOPERPS
SAWNDANKMEMES
IDIOLECTASASET
ARMLOCKSJOSIAH
MESSBOYASKSTO
Sun 7/8/2018PERSON / PLACE / THING
LEDONGEEKWHUMPEHOW
SCOREOLGAEAPOEXENA
ALGREENBAYWINDOWCALL
TANQUADARGONBERYL
STAYPUTFIDOLOSTTO
PARISHILTONHEADSHOP
KOPIBISELSESOS
CATOGMANALLLEGS
OLIVERNORTHPOLEDANCE
OLEREAMSYOYOIAMS
PODCASTCAPWHATNOT
TTYLSCATSKOALCRO
SEANPENNSTATIONBREAK
WILDONETOOLALPE
CBSBAIOTHISRAD
RICHLITTLEROCKMUSIC
AGREEDEXESABSOLUT
STENTCHECKOMNIAPU
HOWLMAEWESTBANKHEIST
EDIEONEALVOTEMAMET
SONYESPYSSEERMUSTI
Mon 7/9/2018
TOOLIDTAGSSPA
EAVESERIESPOT
CHEESECURLSOIL
HURPEARKONA
SHEFORKLIFTS
DETACHHOOTSAT
IVESASCOTS
PEPPERMINTTWIST
APOGEEAREA
STIRRERRENOWN
WINEPRESSYEN
EDDYEASERBI
ABEDIDDLYSQUAT
TIEADAGESELSE
STPMODESTDEEM
Tue 7/10/2018
NCAAITEMSOTS
OAFSNOVASEPIA
GRASSSEEDTREVI
STRAITESPANOL
IDIOMLAPD
WELLLOOKYTHERE
SEXELLIEIBEX
PICASSOPHSCALE
IGORNATALTIC
THREEEGGOMELET
IANSENSUE
STARTLEATTAIN
ARTURFULLHOUSE
SIEGEFRIAURNS
SODSSLEDTATS
POW Wed 7/11/2018
GHOSTEDMADBTU
NEWTAKEUNICORN
CREATESSTLOUIS
RADIOSILENCE
BOGGSPECCIA
AVIALOADSWEAT
BUZZKILLZOO
EMAILEDGEORGIA
NEDSOUNDOFF
BORGEHUBSLISA
UFOSOLTENOR
SNOOZEBUTTON
HOTYOGAOUTGREW
STEELERONETIME
REDARTLASHOUT
Thu 7/12/2018
DEFSTSPANGAHI
ALOHAKAZOOWED
SCRUBIGOTANAME
HELLAEVALORIA
TENENOOVENS
HASASIPCENA
EPICSEAHAGHAT
ROCKENVISSAFE
ESSCELERYINRE
HEDYONANDON
AIKENNOTSAY
TREASMAPWOODS
LAYRUBBERDROID
AQIRAISEDEWAR
WINESTOPSONNY

This is a milestone puzzle for Will Shortz. His NYT career began 9,000 days ago with this delightful, controversial, and very non-Maleskan Sunday crossword.

Fri 7/13/2018
RAZZPIZZAFIZZ
ALOEOBEAHOREO
GLOBPIECEYORE
NIMRODSHAVENOT
ANSARIDORMER
ROOEVENNOWISO
ONUSALOOFSKIP
KETCHENDBEENE
HOWGOESIT
WORTHYSENSED
PELOSIXGAMES
AIDEZZTOPDALI
GRADKENDOAJAX
EDGEINUITTONE
DOERDOTESEROS
Sat 7/14/2018
ORNATEDISBAR
HOTRODSONTIME
BEERNUTSTHEGAP
APSISROMDELTA
BETSGOFORLEOI
YRSCABARETCARD
CAMERAREADY
RAVELLONGS
GENETICCODE
SENDREGRETSOTC
TROYSHUNSPARR
AMUCKTNTMOXIE
RANOUTKEMOSABE
ENCASERATECAP
SEETHEPEDALS
Sun 7/15/2018COMPLIMENTARY
ALPOACTASIFTHEDANCE
MARCMRSLATERIDESOUT
IMITOUTSTANDINGBILLS
NICOLDOONADDERALL
ONEPAGERADOREDIG
RADICALMOVEMENTSOTTO
ABYSSMENTHEOIL
PIGGYSAINTECONOMY
CANOEBRIGASHCAKE
ASTATAICHISWEETTALK
STELLARCLASSIFICATION
KILLERBEEPODUNKIMRE
CLIFBARTELEMEADE
SCENTEDGADOTJARTS
SICSONOFAWHEEL
NOTARSOLIDFOUNDATION
RASNIGERSTILETTO
EPICPOEMASHEASHEN
SMASHINGPUMPKINSSELF
AMSTEREOTAPINTOELLA
DATALOSSAVENGEDSPOT

At publication, only one Sunday NYT puzzle had a lower word count than this one.

Mon 7/16/2018
OPALSWAGPERMA
PACETALEIMOUT
ELLAOXENLOOMS
COUNTRYCODEFBI
IIIMRITAG
COUNTERFEITCOIN
CNNSIRPOOP
SOFASGAPNOBEL
AMENMICAGO
COMPLETECONTROL
OUIFYIROE
ATLCOMECORRECT
RAITAETONEVER
STARRRACESILO
EERIESLOTALLY
POW Tue 7/17/2018
GUACHIMSCHEME
ITSYEPICOINED
REDBARONUMPIRE
DROOLSAMFMDEN
SOIRSPREFAB
GOLDENSNITCH
ABCOATSDETOO
FLYINGCOLORS
OUTDOBEAUPET
GREENLANTERN
ADORNSIOWAN
SSNAUTOALTHEA
CATNIPBLUEBIRD
OKSURELINALII
WEBBYSEDTDEER
Wed 7/18/2018
COTSHEESHORCS
HALLANDHOPARE
IHEARTRDIOEDIT
TURFGYMBUNIES
PRONEOVOID
THEONEFLYAT
HERCHOOYEBBS
ERRDIGSITEEAT
MAYSLINUXARA
KNEELSPOTTY
APRONSHOWY
PLAINTRTHIMAC
ITLLINARMSEACH
POLLCICERORHO
ESSEENOKISKEY
Thu 7/19/2018
FIRSYACHTUSSR
EDITALLAHMILO
SECRETCODEPDAS
TAHINIDESIEVE
FUTZSUCCESS
ALBERTANNERF
LILELIOTTOFFS
OMOOERIESPEEP
UBOLTERECTCTA
DENSEUROSTAR
LAYOUTSPINT
IBMTOTSMARTIN
SOARNEXTPLEASE
PUREELSIEELLA
STYXSEWEDPEER
Fri 7/20/2018
BARBIEDOLLSPAM
AVERAGEJOETONE
LIVINGWAGEAKIN
MASTHAIGPRESS
FURERITREA
RAISINSDUNST
UPNEXTWORKMATE
BORATHANSABRA
SPATULASBALLOT
RURALPELLETS
THEREOFART
HAFTSDONAOGLE
ENOLNOSETOTAIL
FOREROLLERRINK
TIMSCROSSBONES
Sat 7/21/2018
STRINGORCHESTRA
THERESNOIINTEAM
ORDEREDALACARTE
GOESOVERITAGAIN
YEPLESAUGBOD
ODINSEXY
ALSOREDKTEL
SUITEDONESNEEDS
KITLACOSTESOD
FORKCIGS
PGALEARNHAD
TELLSITLIKEITIS
REASONTOBELIEVE
OLDERGENERATION
PEERASSESSMENTS
Sun 7/22/2018MOVIE "M*A*S*H" "UP"
HINDUALAMOFLOGDANG
OBOESNIKONROMOOREO
NETWORKFAMEANNOURGE
GESTALTSAWNEIGHBORS
OBESELATOUTWIT
INATUBOSUVISION
NOTORIOUSPSYCHOKICKS
CHERNTESTOUISHEP
HONCHOSYEASTBANANA
HELPMETRAFFICTOYS
AGSIDEALSEGOISTSAM
TITANICJAWSARNESS
BRONZEOMAHAISOLATE
ALOTSURAARONAVON
TYPESSIDEWAYSGRAVITY
PEANUTSECODESSA
POSTALCNNSADIE
SUPERBADHAIRROLLSBY
ATOMOGREGIANTSPLASH
LISPWHOSEPCOTHOMER
MEETSAPSREADYIBARS
Mon 7/23/2018
EMCEEISISMICE
LARAMNOSEEBON
SPUROFTHEMOMENT
ESSTAHOENERVE
ADELEIVEIER
ORDERSOFTHEDAY
LIENERAFYI
APRILYINEDGAR
RIBNOBTUNA
BOOKOFTHEMONTH
LOSEWEINYOU
ALIASLATCHSMU
PERSONOFTHEYEAR
ERIKANTERERUN
LOSSTSAROASIS
Tue 7/24/2018
GHOSTCHATCHEW
PARTVAXLEHULA
STRAWSHEAIMAX
BIOCHEMICAL
ARCFLAXUDON
REHEELHOPEBSA
MARXADHDEPEES
APOPSIXERLIPS
DEMONTHAIANTE
ADOLASHGANGES
SERFXMENSTS
DOUBLEHELIX
COMBCOHNMETED
DREIINXSUNION
CASEOSHASALSA
Wed 7/25/2018
WIMPSHOPCOCKY
HOURCIAOAPHID
INREARTSREELS
PIANOREHEARSAL
SALUDUNIPSI
POLTERGEISTS
SETROILURCHIN
TRAPWELLIHOMO
ARBORSEASTTET
GOLDENARCHES
EREOATLODGE
FLIPPEDTHEBIRD
BRACEOAHUEXES
YEMENUNITRITE
SEPTSTENTSEAL

I have to stand up for PIANO REHEARSAL. It's a thing. Just before opening night, opera or Broadway singers will get a chance to rehearse with the full orchestra, but until then, they have to settle for piano rehearsals. They're cheaper (obviously) and it's much easier to start and stop to polish tough sections.

Thu 7/26/2018
PENAMTSJUMBLE
IDOMAAMASANAS
NUISANCEREDACT
#CRUNCHERLIKE
PDASAUDI
DENIALACROBATS
ETONARMINGDOT
EATERAGE#CAKE
PTASIZERSOMEN
#STATIONIDUNNO
MUIRCMON
OCTO#SHOOTERS
THORPEHANDYMAN
REFARMIKEAITO
AMULETHASHTAG
Fri 7/27/2018
ADSALESPARTII
BRINGOUTETCETC
LILABNERCOARSE
UNLITAMONMOB
SKISTOGASRIPE
HUEKUNISGONER
PRINCECHARMING
DECOALOE
CAPTAINOBVIOUS
OREADOSLINNAM
LANGINPENRENI
UMAFOERPEARL
MANBUNETHELRED
NICESTYOUGOTME
SCENEVPBSSHOW
POW Sat 7/28/2018
ADELEWEBBDADS
CURESWAREECCE
TEAMSPIRITMACE
ETTUHINESODON
DOORDIEFYIEMO
ESPNREMIT
FASHIONPOLICE
JUICECLEANSES
GENDERSTUDIES
ROSENERTE
APPDIXOHSORRY
NAOHTESLARHEE
DRNOINLAIDTILE
EDGENOOBMINIS
RYESANTSCZECH

This is the 15th puzzle from the J.A.S.A. Here's the complete set.

Sun 7/29/2018THREE IN ONE
WARTPSASDAWGSFROCK
AREARENEILIACDONOR
IMAMEXTERNALLYALAMO
LADENYOINKDULLESPN
NYSETINAARMLETALE
MISTAKINGPROPAGANDA
USERIMEWOOSHALANIS
MUTABLEDEMMEITEMONE
PIGPENJUDEAANISETTE
STORESOFTGDINODESK
REINFORCEMENT
ACTVPREYALTARHARDR
PRAIRIESSNOOTGALORE
BOBCATSTHANXFATIMAS
SPLASHBRUTELASSAMI
PERPETRATEMANHATTAN
DIDSTRIVEWANDLOOM
INHDSATEGOTTALOMAN
AGORADISCONTENTBAJA
LUTESESTERERGOATON
SPEWSSHYLYSNOWDORA
Mon 7/30/2018
VASERAKEASCAP
ESPNEVERSPADE
STATEFAIRKIRIN
TACITROSFLEA
ECOPARTYFOUL
CADENCESEAU
ELOORBALPHAS
STUGUMBALLORE
TOTINGCOTTEE
NAANNHLTEAM
AIRSTRIKEURL
CHIPSEEBASSO
TOPICCLOSECALL
OPERAESAUTFAL
RENEWSORESEGA
Tue 7/31/2018
JIBEDAUBMINAJ
ETONANNAODESA
WEBDUBOISLOOPY
EMBOSSCESTNIL
LOIREBOSHSORE
ENEJRRTOLKIEN
RESTRAINWEIRDO
OOZETBAR
ERSATZPAINTERS
FAOSCHWARZREW
FISTOHNOSUEDE
ENOSPOTENLACE
CORGIDOTDOTDOT
TURINANYAREAL
STYLETEEMARTY