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Puzzles for August, 2019
with Will Shortz comments

Thu 8/1/2019
SHOEBOLTSMASH
PORTFOLIOWILCO
ABSCONDEDAGLOW
MOOGASAFGHANI
SUMDYETHEE
JUNKPILEDRY
OKAYANITAMVP
HEISMANTROPHIES
NSFINDIAACTS
ALISQUAREST
SPEDMSTSIP
PURVIEWHADCEN
APRILOXYGENIZE
SPOCKRIDESHARE
MYLESDIESLOAD
POW Fri 8/2/2019
AMBUSHPISTIL
TOUPEESASTHMA
AIRDRIEDPAYEES
AISLEWAYMAT
ESTATELAWGUNS
INTELNUTWAS
ODESTAXEVASION
TUGWAGEREDCPU
APOSTROPHEAMID
SISMIAINANE
TRAPMEZZANINE
IOUBUZZARDS
BURGERARBITERS
ITUNESDOROTHY
ASSURERANCOR
Sat 8/3/2019
COWTOWNSALADA
OPERAHATCRIMEA
MILEHIGHOCTAVO
BULKUPEMTSZIN
AMOSSITATROLL
TSKCANESCONDI
POWERSTATION
SAMESEXMARRIAGE
SMOKEDCIGARS
MEDOCENEMYECO
ISEETSARSSNOW
NILVASTTOUSLE
NOIRONOPOSSUMS
OWNINGRAPSHEET
WAGONSISAIDSO
Sun 8/4/2019CONSTANT CONSONANTS
HANGSCLEANSTEEPEST
CAGIERHOUSEORDNANCE
BRONTOSAURUSBUDDYCOP
GLUTSTRIOAREAONE
BETHLOISACRIDSPREE
MISQUOTESMOSQUITOES
UGLYAPTUPTOP
ARIOSILEAVEPREAMP
FRONTIERFURNITURESAL
IMAFANELDESTFORSALE
LOREAPUADOCUBA
MISREADFROLLOALINES
ERASCARFACESACRIFICE
DETACHASKTOHABITS
POESYIANAIME
OVERSELLSVERSAILLES
TWIXTTITHEASPSEXPO
REDPLODFREETAPIR
ASISEEITBRAINTEASERS
STOUTESTMOUNTSTEREO
HOTLANTAWINGSCASTS

Will Nediger, of London, Ontario, is a professional crossword constructor and writer of trivia questions. Since early May he has edited a free weekly online crossword for Spyscape, a spy museum in New York City.

Besides an unusual theme and a more wide-open construction than usual, this puzzle has some particularly fresh, imaginative cluing, including 40-Across, 100-Across (which made us smile) and 50-Down.

Mon 8/5/2019
CASTLATHCLASP
ASHEACHYHUMOR
STANTEEMEMPTY
HUDDLEGNOME
ITOARGOWINDUP
NEWTSROSESONE
BAEODISTWIG
SCOURUSERUNTS
POXPATHSYAW
AREONSETLEAFS
SPRAINPAPAREA
GNASHABIDES
CARATHEWNODDS
PRIMEORESTOME
AMBEREDDYAGED
Tue 8/6/2019
CCTVCASCAJOSH
OHOHUSUALALLA
MEWSBABYPOWDER
PENVISHOSTED
ARCTICOCEANIVE
QUAIDNHLADMEN
SPREESEARREDS
ROYALNAVY
LADEDRSJERKED
EVADEAECROLLE
GOTCOBALTSTEEL
INSITUAWEEVE
BLUEONBLUEANAT
LENSCAUSEJETE
EASTEDGEDAXED
Wed 8/7/2019
NBCARABCHITIN
IRAHERABAHAMA
EARTHDAYSLEEPY
CIAOPLOOAK
ENTREEUNDERWAY
INNSEASYONE
SPICYCOATANNA
PANASHTRAYDAS
ODONPESTUBOLT
SURFBUMORZO
EAGLERAYOUTLAY
AGEARTHONK
PANAMAPIGLATIN
CHIMEDAGUAUSO
PACERSTATSSEW
Thu 8/8/2019
PEPEPACEOPART
AVONSCATPOLER
WILDPITCHTWICE
DESITIPEBAY
FEBCOMICSTRIPS
ONEMORESAUL
NCAAASKBIO
DENTALHYGIENIST
STLLEDELLA
BEGSTOPSPOT
LOGICPUZZLERVS
ACROANAASIA
THINKHIGHKICKS
CONDIAREALEIA
HADINTEEMLSAT
Fri 8/9/2019
SCONCEHOWRUDE
CAVORTBAREARMS
ANEMIAEVERYBIT
NONESERASEANA
DOMPAYERSNOT
IDIDDEATHSTARE
ULTRAHDIOWA
METIMETARMAC
FAROEMBROIL
TWITTERATIYORE
ROTSBRACENBA
ORSHEIGLMORON
LEAKEDTOABHORS
LOGICIANRAMONE
SNORKELPREFER
POW Sat 8/10/2019
STEADICAMMAIA
POWERMOVETURNT
LIESAHEADATEIT
ALLOWEDIMITATE
YELPERECOCAN
REDSUPSOLD
OPPSTIPSAUDIS
WHATDOYOUEXPECT
NORUSHRAPESSO
ENABLETWOS
RESLASITSLIT
SLIPUPSUNREADY
HITONHALTERTOP
INIGOERNESTINE
PECSDEARSANTA
Sun 8/11/2019BIRD PLAY
POSTCHARSTSAAKA
EULERTAIWANHILARYSK
SCENEORGANAAMESIOWA
THEPLOTTHICKENSEATAT
PIANOTHEYSALON
OPENTOSPEDESSO
FARSIVERDISCOFFBIO
TACNEALEPOPULARKIDS
EVANGELIZEROBSIEGEL
NORALEGMAOTAIANDSO
PSSTGERMSPORN
VESPASHORTEOHMETDS
EXCITEELIOFFONALARK
SPREADEAGLERUNITKOI
TOYNEWTOSPOSEEMEND
NESTCAGEDAISES
PLEBSHEALSALSA
PROBEHEADLESSCHICKEN
COCOAMIXGATEAUVANDY
SWANDIVEATTENDELENA
SLYRECREEDSLEAD

Alex Eaton-Salners is an in-house attorney for Western Digital, a technology company headquartered in San Jose, Calif. When he's not creating crosswords, he enjoys escape rooms, reading and spending time in nature. He says the starting point for this puzzle was 84-Across, with the title coming shortly thereafter.

This is Alex's 21st crossword for The Times (not counting two diagramless puzzles) and his first Sunday.

Mon 8/12/2019
FLATLOCASAGAS
LUSHOVIDALIBI
OBIEAWARDPITON
PENPALCOSEMMA
OBIWANKENOBI
ACTUATEILS
TURNESTEETLC
OBEDIENCESCHOOL
MAXCRYINORSO
BOOEMITTED
OBGYNDOCTORS
SLAGECOPATENT
CAPONOHBEQUIET
ARENAMEADFRAY
RESETENDSFELL
Tue 8/13/2019
ROSSTONTOMET
OSLOSPOONLODE
CHILDPROOFERIE
KATIEANTIANTS
DASHRAVI
SILENTPREVENTS
ACERALOEINGOT
BEACROSSEDDNA
LASSOGETSMEAT
EXTERIORTRAWLS
OXENGAIN
WIFIKEELSALSA
IRASSTRIKEGOLD
FILMINANEENID
ESLNASTYDEMS
Wed 8/14/2019
ABITREDOCLOVE
ROLEARABHOVER
BAKEDZITIONAIR
THECATSKILLS
AMAHLSHE
TIDEBIOAHORSE
TRASANTAMONICA
RAPINITSLEVAR
ACTINGAPEDALL
CLOCKTOWERSLEI
TERESAANAGENE
ARERUDER
JOBAPPLICANT
ADIEUWOODSTOCK
BIGOTATOZELHI
SCANTYALEREIN
Thu 8/15/2019
TATBANGSGNOME
OOHAPOLORICES
TRUEORFALSETEST
ETSYUNTAGADA
MALEBONDINGNAT
SYSOPTAME
RENDSGLUES
NOSIDEEFFECTS
BOUTSDROOL
ETTEWEEPS
EARLUCILLEBALL
FBIUSURYOREO
REVERSEENGINEER
INANEINNERNPR
BELTSNEEDSTYE
Fri 8/16/2019
GRABACABLADMAG
TALLTALEABUELA
ONTIPTOEREDDIT
STANLEEMALEEGO
DASPACSANS
SANDYPAIRS
NCAAPARLORGAME
INSTAGRAMFILTER
PETERROGETUMNO
TALONJESUS
AMMOTENDOS
DOORDIEWAYTOGO
MANBUNCANNIBAL
INKINGONSECOND
TASTESBEERKEGS
Sat 8/17/2019
WATERBIRTHSHAM
AREYOUSURECOMB
SCREENAGERANYA
TOMBTASKSREPS
ALECTORSO
EASTERACOLYTES
LITHEBEARDWHO
IRISPERRYCALF
ALLELLISROGET
SILICATECELERY
NIMOYNOGO
MERLORCASROBS
OHIOFOODSTAPLE
MUSSFOLIEADEUX
ABETSMARTMONEY
POW Sun 8/18/2019REVOLUTIONARY
REGIFTSICHECKQURAN
ICESHEETTHESUNUSEBY
POTLATCHGOESFORASPIN
ELSEOTERIDEFCONSTY
NITUNSHORNKOTB
HOPSOOLALAKIRSCH
UBERSATMTENAMCAMEO
RABATELBATILLOVALS
NILLASLAPSTABSABLE
SLRRIOTPOLARINDUS
OCTOPIABOKAZOOS
BLASTMARIOABETIRE
VOLTAROMASONYSONIA
EXITSBRATENDSOMENS
GENOAGENESENSRISKY
ARGYLEADAGIOARTS
SETHCADBURYOPS
SAWSTAKEDRAIMISWAT
TURNTURNTURNTASMANIA
UTICASENATEEMERGENT
BOTOXHEALERINSERTS

David Steinberg sold his first crossword to The Times in 2011, when he was 14 and just finishing the eighth grade. A prolific contributor since then, he has had 94 crosswords in the paper altogether.

A 2019 graduate of Stanford University, studying psychology and computer science, David recently moved to Kansas City, Mo., to edit crosswords for Andrews McMeel Universal syndicate.

Mon 8/19/2019
PLATOSLURPTAS
DIALOGPISAORNE
RECTORIBETSATE
ATETEETERTOTTER
BADPRGELEDIT
EUROTROTOUT
BORNEOSTARRRPI
OMENTAHINITION
ANIDOVESETHANE
RITAORABRRR
ERNOBIOEULER
TORATORATORAEVE
ADAMTOGAATWOOD
CITIEVELREINKS
ONESRELYARTIE
POW Tue 8/20/2019
PTAAWEOHSTOP
ARTCELSNAPOLI
TEESHIRTTIRADE
HAULROUGHRIDER
STPADDYREST
CUERIDZITS
BUNKERHILLDYE
FROSTESLACORN
FDRGREENSALAD
SUMSLESAIR
NEATMTADAMS
CUPOFCOCOAISEE
AVICIIGOLFBALL
REGALEINITDOM
EASTERSECANA
Wed 8/21/2019
CHALKEOSORCAS
RANINSCHPAULA
ERATOTHESECRET
DELETEDSCENE
FTCATFBAG
TERMSHEETINUSE
EVEOOXFRESNO
REFERENCELETTER
ENURESODELAG
SIENAENTERHERE
AFLRAMCOO
MERCEDESBENZ
SEVENTEENINNIE
AWARDERATORTE
GENESDOSABYSS
Thu 8/22/2019
SNAILSGASPGEM
FIRMUPLITERATI
PLASMAOMEGAMAN
DEBBCUPELIELI
ICEESAPES
FLAIRANTGEARS
LINGERIOSSNOW
IVSDIVEBARTUE
REEKPECLOUISA
TRANSNEEUNTER
IPADDENCH
OMIGODAULDESC
MUSHROOMLOOSER
ISITTRUEINDIGO
TESSETSSEESAW
Fri 8/23/2019
BARBEDGARSWAB
AREAAAABATTERY
BETTERYOUTHANME
ANIMALSSTOIC
SAPORFEYNECK
BASSOSAP
VICTORIAFALLS
WILHELMSCREAM
THREEPOINTERS
BITNOVEL
SMUGCOGMITES
OLSONTHENILE
DISAPPEARINGACT
IVORYTOWERUNIT
NYSEONSETSADE
Sat 8/24/2019
PROTIPSLIGHTBIT
SENHORLITEBRITE
AVEENOOFFCOURSE
LEGOGOWEAKMYOB
MARCHAMOCOPAPA
LARACROFTNEG
MAIMPOIWINS
CROPCIRCLE
BWAYNRABOTS
YOMOPSOMANIA
ROOMHAITIFOXTV
IKEAACTODCOTRO
GIBRALTARAMDIAL
HEISTFILMSELECT
TECHSAVVYTHESES
Sun 8/25/2019"HOW'S TRICKS?"
AMIRMESASSWAMAFAR
RODEOOAKIEOHHIDRNO
ANYCOLDTIMEDEADCHEAT
BALANCESESSAYSHEESH
LAHRDEALSTARR
HURLANTIWELSHREADS
ATATIDALSWEARATDOE
WINCEMAKERSALUTTINE
KLEINNEMEAPAGECRANK
SEEPAGEMATHASARULE
HBOBAPTISMSID
SMELTERSIGNNEMESIS
SPARECRIBCHAROSAUDI
WIGSHODADCROWHOUSES
ARIMADEIRALAYONHAS
TEMPEESTERUDONOILY
OAREDASAPUSSR
IAMBICHOMEREDHARRIS
CRESTAREANOWYOUSEEME
AINTSULKASHENERNIE
NATSHEMSLEASTYOND

Matt Ginsberg is a computer scientist and co-founder of Connected Signals, a technology company in Eugene, Ore. He received his doctorate in mathematics at Oxford in 1980 at age 24.

In the puzzle world, Matt is noted for creating Dr. Fill, a computer program that solves crosswords using artificial intelligence. Unofficially, Dr. Fill finished 14th out of 742 contestants at this year's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

This is Matt's 49th puzzle for The Times.

POW Mon 8/26/2019
CASTSBIBSLAUDE
ONEUPALOEESSEX
BAABAABLACKSHEEP
RIMRUETABMMA
ASSERTNICEST
BOOBOOBEAR
IKNOWLILONICKI
OREOSENDONBONA
TICKTAKETOSMOG
ASKSURLIEOXO
BYEBYEBIRDIE
DROOLERICINSTA
RANGEYOLKTATUM
ATEINEDGEENACT
TESSADEERDESKS
Tue 8/27/2019
DORAGTHEOCEVA
AROMAORTHOVIS
MELISSASAIMLESS
POEBUDOPENTO
FIRSTSATBAR
TOWELRIBSEST
STELLASALLSET
POLLUTILEUTNE
LAURENSUNREAL
TASNAMEFORTY
OFFERSEPALS
PLANESORGAHI
DARLENESLEARNED
OMGLAPELMENLO
GEOSPACYEXAMS
Wed 8/28/2019
SACSCPATHENET
PLANARCRAVINE
ALJOLSONAZALEA
YOUGOTSERVED
SYNWRYHEREIAM
YEASELDOTE
ACOUSTICSWAN
FAULTINOURSTARS
RITLUSITANIA
ORESNITSAX
SODACANSOTFEB
LOVEACTUALLY
SATORIHATEMAIL
STOOGEOROPITA
TENNISYESSLEW
Thu 8/29/2019
RAJACASTSPISH
ARABALLAHOBOE
GIVEORTAKEDEJA
MAITREVEEPFOR
ONEBFFINOROUT
PARMRIOSPERRY
UBENDSOPEN
FRIENDORFOE
POMPSERIFS
ARGUEDRENEATS
DOORDIESGTDEA
ARFSSNSTARZAN
GAWPBOOMORBUST
ETASACTINIKEA
SARIRHONESITS
Fri 8/30/2019
OFFICEWIFECBER
MELLOYELLOLIVE
EVILGENIUSAGES
GENSTATSMART
ARCEDFLESHPDA
SHAVERSCAMPER
TRUESAMULET
SUEREACTLEN
JUSTSOMOHEL
EIGHTPMCELEBS
STRAEAEASTEEP
TEARYCECESNO
EDDAARROWHEADS
RUEDDOILOOKFAT
SPASSNEAKPEEKS
Sat 8/31/2019
POSHBOSCLISP
OCHOIOWATONTO
STAMPOFAPPROVAL
TAKEITBITEMARK
OVEREATTAXSKA
PERECEPAOILS
MISSILEENVY
RENELACOSTE
BUDGEANINCH
EENYMOTAETNA
NETMAOYOPLAIT
TRIFECTAKEENER
INEEDSOMEADVICE
RUSTSROPYEKES
ETTASKISLAST