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Puzzles for August, 2009

with constructor comments

Sat 8/1/2009
TAJMAHALJESSES
OPENDATEAVIATE
UPROOTEDMICRON
GRRBENPECKING
HAYNESCASTE
GILESPARDONS
USEDWATTERSON
YEWJERBOASNOD
SITUATIONCOSI
SELKIRKJAFFE
HIKEDPANZER
CAREENSFANORE
UGARTERIVIERAS
LEGATEALACARTE
LEANEDGENEROUS
Sun 8/2/2009GROUP FORMATION
MOUTHSTRIPEALGAAMY
SUSHIHAIKUSSORTVIA
GREEKLETTERSKNEESOCK
FREEBEEPERSIAONES
ELOISEIONIATDP
MIRVTIBNSPRINCEDOM
MACEDONTKEPORTORUE
AMERICANPEBLUEPITT
VASEDRAINSCESAR
REGISTRYICEDCOSTCO
MOMONEYOINKSTOMCATS
AMINESBUNSTRADEINS
LUNGSWARDEDOLEO
ALESHIHORABERNATHY
WANPAOLODUCESSPREE
INTHEMAINAIRSEPEEN
OPPWORLDJULEPS
FOAMBEIRUTEMPANEL
AMNESIACFRATERNITIES
CADMASKFEDORATONTO
TRYUNESSYDNEYSNEAD
Mon 8/3/2009
CHATSOLERAPID
HALOAVONAMEBA
AMENFEEDGODOT
SLUGGERWILLIE
METALKENYASDS
STSUZIGENETIC
PEELELANA
PALEYELLOWCOLOR
URALSPOON
PULLTABOERPAT
ATAAREASGEODE
LABRATSMILIEU
SNARLTRUEINST
ERNIELIMAOTTO
CADETEASTTEEN
Tue 8/4/2009
ACTEDWAILRSVP
LAHTIEMMAOHIO
DREAMABOUTBOAT
EGGETCSEGUE
NOAHLABRESHOT
PAJAMABOTTOMS
LASRUNSRIP
EPSOMSTYMINTS
DOHPAPAKAT
ALABAMABORDER
MEDICISLOMASS
OSKARDNAMCI
NEWTBEAMABOARD
OVERLAVAORDIE
REDOEDENOBAMA
Wed 8/5/2009
SPOKESKEEABBA
LECARPOURKAEL
INTROCORAISNO
GREATLAKESNINE
HOTTIEKEYLIV
TDSCAESARSWIFE
SARAHSLICER
MAGITONPARA
ADONISJUDGE
GHOSTWRITERSTU
NEDOAKNOSPIN
ASISPERRYWHITE
TIDYPLIESERTA
EVENELLAURALS
SEASDYEDPALEY
Thu 8/6/2009
ELALRAHSLULL
MILAICETCOPAY
ABETPEROGATIVE
IRREGARDLESS
LATTESEACALF
ETNANRAERR
EXCETERAFRAU
PRONOUNCIATIONS
EARSASTERICK
EYECHOTEAS
SYRIANSMTIDA
CAMEACROSSED
SUPPOSABLYESAI
KNITSCRUEEURO
IONSTEESDEES
Fri 8/7/2009
MAYTAGREPAIRMAN
ONEMOMENTPLEASE
STRIKESABALANCE
TOEANIMALSGED
ENVOYDORESINN
SIAMBERNACETO
TONIERSUNBURST
TRAPMELS
POETICALAYESHA
ANNEEVESTMEON
RECDSISIDEANS
IFAPALOMARDOW
NORSELITERATURE
GOTINTOHOTWATER
STARSINONESEYES
Sat 8/8/2009
ATEAMSAMSFRAG
LORNALEAHLALO
FRANZKAFKAOJOS
ASSAULTELDUQUE
BRETULANUDE
DOVEKIEPONCA
IRELANDSTEERED
SERTRU
CORNEALPLACEBO
AUTRYROTATES
JAZZAGEEMTS
PUZZLESJARHEAD
EGALNOTEXACTLY
GENETARACOREA
SROSOPENTWEEN
Sun 8/9/2009MADE FOR TV-MOVIES
BALBOATWANGSMASSES
ANTEUPGOIRISHEQUINE
GOSSIPGIRLINTERRUPTED
ESTIVALLOCAORE
PELESTEPILAFSMANOR
FLECKIMONITEDAM
FATHERKNOWSBESTINSHOW
TNTNIAREPRISEDARA
HOARSERANNAILIAD
APSOTEEIRTCARTE
GREYSANATOMYOFAMURDER
HELLOHRSOBIGODS
ALLEYSHEASARALEE
SATCHARCOALCABMAO
TWOANDAHALFMENINBLACK
PEELMENACESANER
PETRALESSORWDSYODA
OLETOOTINTENSE
SEXANDTHECITYOFANGELS
INALIEOSSUARYREGRET
TANAKASAIDNOLESSON
Huge breakthrough, dream come true, a Sunday puzzle. All my Sundays have been something based on one of my ideas but collaborations with different guys who are more sophisticated grid makers than I. My early week collaborations tend to be with folks I'm either mentoring or helping them realize their dream of getting a puzzle published in the NYT. My later week ones, I'm in the other position.

Patrick Blindauer and worked long and hard for consistency, a TV show followed by a movie, never movie followed by TV. Something contemporary paired with something from the past. We had a huge list. In the end, and a lot of fun coming up with them and settled upon five that were perfect 21s across. My favorites were GOSSIPGIRLINTERRUPTED and FATHERKNOWSBESTINSHOW just for smoothness factor and new with old.

Patrick made the grid. In 2013, another pair used the same title and I was sort of bummed. Their idea was slightly different though: the TV shows were one word titles inserted into movie titles.

Mon 8/10/2009
ZEALPETEMKTS
ARIAEXALTANEW
PALMREADERRULE
BALMCUBICLE
REFMESHMASKS
EXITEDAPPEAL
LINENSNEERETS
ALGACADETABUT
YEEDANSKMIATA
REBUKEPEGLEG
OPALSTMENLEE
CLASSICUNLV
ALITNAILPOLISH
SINEGRATAASHE
TETREMILDOUX
Tue 8/11/2009
TSPLUIGIASSET
OTOAGRINSOCIO
PAKPLANTASONE
DRESSINGUPUTES
OVATEERASES
GETAHORNRIMMED
SCARYZEALS
ENCHMODIENIL
FORTELINDA
FRIESANEGGMIFF
BASSETCOMER
DEBTKISSMEKATE
ALARMGLEANGIN
WAGERHITITESC
SLEETSPINSSHH
Wed 8/12/2009
SAGFIGHTMOBY
ACNEACRIDORLE
MOANTEENSIBIS
PULLAHEADFRATS
ERYLOSTCRECHE
RETRIMWHOOSHED
EDIEEHUDS
CAPTAINAHAB
RESTSMIRA
ANISETTEHATRED
MARTYRWHOMDVD
APERSSHOWCASES
ZONESLANTBEAT
ELIAROLEORELO
DICKOBEYSADS
Thu 8/13/2009
SALROILFESTS
UGOERNESIXERS
NICOTINEYAPPER
STANDBYONSETS
EATSICONOCLAST
TTOPSREPOSTED
SERENAIISESS
COINFLIPS
DBLROISTOLAF
WAITASECAROLL
INCOMPLETETITO
DENIESREMOTES
CANINECONIFERS
MISTEDEMILREE
IDEESOPEDSDS
Fri 8/14/2009
CRAIGSLISTSAGS
MAGNACARTACURT
ORANGEPEELONEA
NERONASMATTER
CATTCUTTING
AFTERSRADIOERA
DRANKMERITMIZ
AUSTVEDICWAVE
MITPCLABTIMER
STEWARDSMUSERS
ASSORTSROTH
PAGODAPARLACE
PLODPRIZEFIGHT
LAOSEATONESHAT
EDDYSHARONTATE
Sat 8/15/2009
MASTSSRIUSPS
UNPAIDMANIACAL
STILLERANDMEARA
THECOVERSOFVON
EELSISTOOBELT
RMSBOOMRBONES
COURTRAGS
THISBOOKARE
AAASEPICS
TURKEYSENEPTL
OSHAOLORDSHOE
UTETOOFARAPART
GREENHOUSEGASES
HILLTOPSDARING
SASSOSERECTO
Sun 8/16/2009LET'S TALK ABOUT ME
TACKEDRIFTSBIDSFDR
HEARTSUNDUEUTAHREE
ERRORMESSAGERADIOERA
BOONETHIMASSAPPEAL
USTAITISSOWACSTRIM
RTECOUNTERPLEANIELS
BANGONSAGASINNS
STEERINGBANVISEPUB
RECEIVINGLINEBONO
TUBALUSERSEASESINTO
ATOLLSENDWADACESIT
RIODIABLOHASUPONELS
ELKOFILMDIRECTION
SEPRENEETHTASTIEST
RAMSOATENLEANTO
UCONNTENDEROFFERGAM
NAPEBOACRONELYFIRM
CROSSWORDSUTACARLY
LASTCALLPECKINGORDER
OFAONEAALPESRIALTO
GELTARPSMASHELDEST
Mon 8/17/2009
CARAFEABCSAHS
CLEVERMEALLEI
CESARROMEROTYR
TIMGOTOSIDE
CHALICEBATMAN
EARLEAHXRAYS
ODESSARENEE
JACKNICHOLSON
AISLEISSUED
FLAREODESTWO
JOKERSTEAROSE
OTISCHICREF
RINHEATHLEDGER
DOTONZEENDASH
SNOTEEMSAYSSO
Tue 8/18/2009
ABRUPTLAIRTSO
PROMOSAIDEABET
BANANASPLITGOAT
IRISICANSO
ELITELEMONCREAM
LOSESITAAASSLA
ICARUSACHATTN
APPLECRUMBLE
TICSDUOARCADE
INNOMARSPOOKED
CHERRYMASHWASPS
KOWTOWEARN
LUTEORANGECRUSH
ESOSROBOBOURNE
DENDEERSWELLS
Wed 8/19/2009
ALAWSTOATOWES
SEGATOMCATHOMO
TIOSERENOWDRIP
AFGHANPRESIDENT
SNOOTNRA
GREATGRANDPARENT
RIALSEXAMTOO
IATETRAGICSHOW
ETESHEDINANE
GARAGEDOOROPENER
LTDNORSE
THESECRETGARDEN
HOAXARISTASEXY
SUZIDAMIENAMEN
TRESBEENSTIDY
Thu 8/20/2009
WESSONLISALAE
ANTECEDENTRASA
IDONTDRIVEENTS
SECSOSIEAGET
TAKESFTRAERO
SRSAFIRESOLID
EROSEGAOLS
PARALLELOGRAM
AMINDLEGIT
IRENAASKOFOVO
NONCAPSTUPOR
FDAYBIGTNILE
TIMEBEORIGINAL
HEEPICESKATERS
SSNSEESELYSEE
Fri 8/21/2009
ACROSTICWAGES
THENERVEHAULUP
LIARLIARARTURO
ALLALONESNOCAT
REIMSRASHHOST
GASPWELKBASIE
ENTRAISINBREAD
SORTPOOP
JACKDEMPSEYBRO
OGRESALASWEEP
URALSNAGWEDGE
RESECTTRAINMAN
NESTLETALLTALE
ATEOUTEDUCATES
LORNEREMOTEST
Sat 8/22/2009
BAGJOBCORRIDOR
ABLAREBRIANENO
FROZENCENTIMES
FOOZLEDIKEOTS
LAMSTOADRANEE
EDSELSCABLINT
SENATLABATT
KRISTIYAMAGUCHI
NUDISTETSEQ
OSLOAGOGSUEDE
WHENSANEWEXAM
BICISMSANREMO
ENHANCESLOQUAT
STACCATOLOUNGE
TOTTEREDARETES
Sun 8/23/2009E.U. DOINGS
TENDPATHOSTDSOBJET
ITOOEBERTERICLOESS
PRESSEDTHEFLUSHGRATE
JAXSLURLAINMAGNET
ADIMECASCASEAUNES
RETEITSPASTMYBUDTIME
RUNSACHEAMORES
NAIVENYTRIAURU
BUTTERBUSINESSBUREAU
RGTATEMOSAKATINS
EGADSBEEFEATERWORLD
DECOORIELDALIMOA
THEUMPIRESTRIKESBACK
SRICELEENTHINK
TBONDSNASLTAIL
WORKSWITHOUTANUTBELT
APOALOESAXONVOTER
SPIFFYPLUSBNAICMA
ALLIETHELITTLEREDHUN
BEENEBANAEWELLPEEN
ISREDATENLASSOIDLY
Mon 8/24/2009
CHEFSWIPEIDOL
UBOATAPEXDEMI
DONQUIXOTEENID
BREDCHANTS
SIDEBARGRATIS
USOPENLOAVES
RACEDMONTEQBS
GATEFORGEEURO
ECOELVESBRAIN
RETAINGAMING
SQUAREPARADES
COURSEZERO
ELIEDAIRYQUEEN
DINKUNTOURGES
EDNAPAINENOLA
Tue 8/25/2009
ABACITACTOMAN
MACONOSHAPOLO
PALMSMEIRABIT
SUBURBANMALIBU
ALAOAFLIP
MUSTANGESCAPE
APURAILROHAN
HINTTACOSPOKE
INDIAIDOSMIX
ACCORDELEMENT
SKYTOETAU
HYBRIDVEHICLES
AREALIRAOLLIE
RISKEVILWALLY
PETESECTSHAKE
Wed 8/26/2009
SMARTSPARSIMS
ACTIIIIOUONIT
CHOPSTICKSNENE
RAMSROHEADER
ELISEATTENTION
DECIDERETABLE
TIRADELAR
THEENVELOPE
APOORSINO
POLECATZAPATA
ONEMOMENTNETWT
SCREWSUSATOT
THARTAKEMYWIFE
LONGENEEAGLES
ESTELEDNONART
Thu 8/27/2009
BEADSLIPADIP
LPGATITLERENE
AHABAFOULICED
NOPALTTOERAE
CREATEOPENERS
PRATTERRANT
ASTAIRESASEA
TNTPRATTLEESL
IDEDCRUELEST
PREAMPANTIS
SOLDERSDESIGN
OMGTOPAOLRIO
VEROSINEWHEAD
EDENYEARNENNE
RAYELEOSPETS
Fri 8/28/2009
FREETIBETACTIV
AIRCANADABOOLA
THEGRUDGEBRAIN
HALTIDEJOSHED
ENOSTOOKITEASY
ANNEEGUNNTICK
DAGAMATAXIRUE
TINSREDA
SSSROTCDEJAVU
AHASDIAZSODAS
FATALERRORBETS
ELIDESFOILLIC
SARINSIMPATICO
ELISTERIECANAL
XACTOPENNYLANE
Sat 8/29/2009
MUSSINAJACCUSE
INTIMATEAPPAREL
CELLPHONETOWERS
MAULSMAGESTRI
ASKSMIMEDCHAN
CEEDOZERERATO
JEWELPLANER
IMPUTEDPRECEDE
GAOLERCLOCK
UPPERDAUNTPEW
EMUSSETTEBALE
SALSASHASONIA
SKATEBOARDTRICK
SECURITYCOUNCIL
OREGANOHONESTY
Sun 8/30/2009LITERALLY SO
ADAMYAPATRHOMBEGGS
FINEORAMAASPCALEAK
TAKEOUTOFCONTEXTLAZE
AGATHASMONKDIESIRAE
SNAPOLAASS
BLOODLESSREVOLUTION
GOADMERCKIDASTOA
ENCORETHEMISSINGLINK
LITREDEMINASEC
ITIROOTSTHOMMCAN
DOCTORSWITHOUTBORDERS
EUROAREAINALLNEA
STRATIRNAEAGAN
SPARENOEXPENSEADVICE
EKGSOTBTONALINTR
EATSSHOOTSANDLEAVES
ANTXOOSPAR
LOMILOMINLERATLANTA
IRANLEMONDROPCOOKIES
DAZEERASEOSCARINRE
SLEDNEXUSSASSYNANA
Mon 8/31/2009
SCREWALSOSPEW
OHARANOONLAVA
FOURMINUTEMILER
AOLPLODOVINE
DULYCLIENTS
HAREMSWHIRR
EVACSHINEBAG
FOROLDTIMESSAKE
TWAAROSEPRIM
SMARTPLAINS
DESPITEREAM
ALIENPEASPSI
FOREANDAFTSAILS
OPEDAIREORLON
EENSPEERSKEET