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Puzzles for September, 2011
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Thu 9/1/2011
AMMOLABELBASH
POOHABOVOULNA
STRIPMINESZOOM
GETREGIFTS
KASPAROVSUN
ERASFALSEGODS
RELATECELSNIE
MATEXCUSESTAN
ICIPOEMPOMONA
THISENDUPRUNT
TEMPALMTREE
ACHESONPAR
BEEPBABYDIAPER
OLDEINUREPAGO
TOSSLOGINTROT

In this unusual puzzle, rebus Across answers must be read twice. For example, 14 Across, "Deprecate", is POOH POOH. For a different take on this kind of theme, see the 1995 April Fools puzzle.

Fri 9/2/2011
NEEDTOKNOWBASIS
EDUCATIONALFILM
AGREETODISAGREE
TEALOSSOSHORE
SILTKANTAC
LSATTRSNCAR
PHDONEIOTA
ISADORALETSSEE
SISENORLEA
OTICETCRING
TREARPLARD
RAWERGAIASEAM
CLEARANDPRESENT
PERSONALEFFECTS
TREELINEDSTREET
Sat 9/3/2011
JABBAKITKATBAR
CROONINAGROOVE
CROCKDVDBURNER
HOKKAIDOMEADE
AWWVOLTAMOA
SKOPJEVITAMIND
EERIESEZWHO
ZYMURGYZOOCREW
SKUNKYOHARE
MRMIYAGISTADIA
OEOMENLOICK
HARUMFATHEADS
AGITATIONONTAP
WATERHOLEADENO
KNAPSACKSRESET
Sun 9/4/2011 THAT'S DISGUSTING!
ARTSLEAFLIKETSGARP
NEHILENAOLINSHELTER
GAELICWARNINGHAVARTI
ELIOTEGADARTESIAN
RASCLASSICACTIONSUIT
ELLHUGOLIENMLS
DEEDRUSTICBUCKETS
OSAKAABOMBALCAN
UPFORUNSETLAILAALI
SUMSCANNEDKINGLYRIC
ERATRODINCNOTESPEE
FINETUNICPRONETOENT
UTILIZEDBEETSPANSY
LYCEEIRESTZIPIT
ORIGINALCYNICLEVI
SOOWISCOTOERAM
TOPICOFTHEMORNINGARP
ALIMENTSCERAGONNA
MANMADEGREATLYMYSTIC
PLEASEDPUTTOSEALIST
SADDERASSENTTOOCHS

Yes, that Dana Delany (or IMDB or Wikipedia or guest blogging on Wordplay last April.)

Mon 9/5/2011
CLASPSHBOYODA
HACKITARPALIT
ESTATENAEMERV
WESTVIRGINIA
SROINRUNRHEIN
SNAPSPITVALVE
HEMSAOLAW
DISHRAGCLEMENS
ASAROSDXI
SPLITVOTEIGOR
HYENADIDSTLAY
ABSOLUTVODKA
THAWAMTRIPPER
VIVAFEEUSERID
SPAYENDTALONS
Tue 9/6/2011
TALCMESAATTA
AREAEAGERIRAS
TRAVELCARDRIMS
INGDIEFAIT
JESTERSONCALL
ALLYETCTARP
BIOSCARFREEKS
OTTZONEOUTRAW
TEMPESTOKEINE
ALLSEDUSOYA
SCALEDSLANDER
DAHSLOPETA
EXITDOUBLETIME
CONEOZZIECOAX
ONERMYOBHUGO
Wed 9/7/2011
MESSSTAPLECPU
EXPOTERRORHAG
THEBOUNCINGBALL
ROEANTONARMY
ORDERSCAPRA
STYXTHELEADER
OSSIATAKETO
OVATHATCARSEZ
JAGUAREARLY
ONESHEARTSORT
GELDSFOLLOW
ZEROKARATDEI
INONESFOOTSTEPS
NYUROOKIEASET
GAPAPRILSITRY
Thu 9/8/2011
STUERWINSELECT
EASTERLYIRONER
TRACTILEDENALI
HEFYENSEMITIC
APRESSKIEEK
WOLFEVERITE
PTUIAESCENSE
MERRYPRANKSTERS
AESOPMOSRASP
TURRETKESEY
IVARAISABLE
NOLIMITBLUJFK
DITTOSTOODLEOO
ILEAVEAVOGADRO
CARTEDREMEDIAL
Fri 9/9/2011
FISHERMANSWHARF
ALTERNATEROUTES
CLASSACTIONSUIT
EGGREGNCO
TOSSINONESSLEEP
ILLAPE
SCARLETTANAGERS
HAREBRAINEDIDEA
INONESSPARETIME
PASTISTIN
SLEEPLESSNIGHTS
LOAATO
ASBUSYASABEAVER
STATEUNIVERSITY
UNDERPARISSKIES

The 11 grid-spanning 15-letter answers here is just one short of the record set in this 2009 puzzle by David Levinson Wilk.

Sat 9/10/2011
LABAMBAHUMPDAY
ASATEAMOBSERVE
CATERTOTOGGLES
EGGLOSTCATARI
URISROBOTHUTS
PARESZACAGREE
SYLVANROEVWADE
ELEVARIE
SIGNOVERALLOWS
ARRANRAJALOHA
LOOMNAIADSHAD
UNUMINDSETLUC
TOPSEEDOCANADA
EROTICANORULES
SENORESXYPLANE
Sun 9/11/2011 CORNERED
BRASSSTRAWSOPGRASS
RABATTROTHTWATOVAH
ACELAROSEAGAINOTERO
SKETCHOUTTHINGSCRAP
SKIPPEDINGRAMALP
PAPSPHERICSTAVEGEE
ONATSERENEROVERSEER
PARENTDATEDYALL
STAMBERGHUNCHSOARED
TODCROOKSITONTWINE
ALITSTIESNEVILSPEW
RIGHTSNITSNENESPRY
SAMEASGRATERETRIEVE
UNTOALEPHSADDAY
JOHNGALTEASEFULSITE
UNELYDIAMORONICTED
MEWEELERSMERIDIA
PHEWRAGTOPWATERDROP
IODICTALLADEGACAIRO
NUTSOIMASAGERUPPER
GROPENEBSWORDSTENT

Ten answers have to be read by going around a corner. So, for example, at 1 Across, "Nitty Gritty, as of negotiations" should be parsed as BRASSTACKS.

Mon 9/12/2011
PAWFLOODIGIVE
AHALATTEALOES
ROLLOVERMINUTES
TYKELOOPTASE
GAOLROVE
SITDOWNDINNER
ENCOREOASTOVA
PORNODRYIDTAG
INAPSISAARONS
COMEHEREOFTEN
LYREBREA
PUMAINESMAGI
STAYOFEXECUTION
SAUNAEPSONDOG
THIEFDOSESADE
Tue 9/13/2011
IBISCLUEEPSOM
SAMMYCAHNTRACE
ADMISSIONHOSTA
SMELLCHAKAKHAN
IDEONEALS
ANISEMASKED
UTASHINTOSMEW
TOTCONGAMEOXO
ONEGMILTONNIK
REESESASSTS
ESSENEOIS
JAMESCAANALGID
ERITUFREERANGE
CATERBILLYCONN
THERESALKERST
Wed 9/14/2011
SPYDAUBSPEWS
ALESITSOKIHOP
NATUREVSNURTURE
KNIVESRELOADED
SUDSSKY
SHEPOLESAVAGE
MANVSWILDLARAS
ASTINEVISTAMP
STEVERENTVSBUY
HERALDRARASTS
FRYHAND
WOOKIEESTERESA
ALIENVSPREDATOR
VENNINCOGBAUM
YOKOLOAMYSPY

This is the 15th Shortz-era puzzle with repeated answer words, and its SPY vs SPY gimmick is one of my favorites. Here's the complete list.

Thu 9/15/2011
HARRESTANIMALH
BREADTHRIBEYES
RESTORECHIANTI
OCTMIOHIDRST
KISSANSELWALT
EBOATIERARNIE
NONUNIONABIDER
CORNERLOT
COSETSCULDESAC
LUCRECANEIEIO
ETESBASALNERF
ALPCENWISIMF
NOTTHATALUMNAE
SORIANOYACHTIE
HKEEPERSCHOOLH
Fri 9/16/2011
STRIPDOWNPSSST
THEROOKIEONAIR
RISKPRONETALLY
INCASKEDSPIES
NOAMSSEPENT
GULPINGALDENTE
STEGNERPIRATED
TWAUSA
HEINOUSSHINDIG
ELFOWLSHANSOLO
SLOTMFGWILT
BARERRECURDEW
AMOVEONAVERAGE
CANEDGONEVIRAL
KEENSSATASPELL
Sat 9/17/2011
PATTIMEDSTRAP
ALIENABDUCTIONS
VOLKSWAGENJETTA
ETEEASENUDIST
SOCKRONDO
SCENTEDREENTER
HATESCLAWSOTO
ESTSFAITSDRAW
ATECURSEEERIE
FERRULESEXCELL
ATLASREIN
AWHILEPLUMTAM
PAIDASTEEPPRICE
INVESTMENTTEAMS
AGERSIDSSOLES
Sun 9/18/2011 DON'T!
CABALPARCIDIDCOMET
ALEROABELNAVYELOPE
PLAYWITHMATCHESDIVAN
CASSIOSEALLEAVE
JOHNLORISESGETREAL
ALBMESSWITHTEXASMAG
CLAWATICHROILSUCH
OILEDCISSODAPASTE
BELIEVETHEHYPETOMCAT
RAISELOREFIRELIT
DOHDRAMPIUPARTEDO
AMATEURRASPOVERT
GIVENSQUITYOURDAYJOB
AGENTDUBSRTEIRENE
MOATSOILNBASTALIN
ASCQUOTEMEONTHISLCD
HOTWIREOWNGOALAYES
WHETSSCAMADVERB
HUMORTALKTOSTRANGERS
APARTESAUTHEODUANE
GINNYPIMPSEENSENAT
Mon 9/19/2011
ARRRCROPAPPS
NOAHLOVESROOT
DAVYJONESLOCKER
IRISESREAMEMU
LEASTAVAST
TALKLIKEAHER
ATOINIEMAGOG
BASSOONPENGUIN
DEMONPADINGA
NECPIRATEDAY
BOOTYANKLE
ACTTICKLAALAA
SHIVERMETIMBERS
IRMASAYSOBACH
NEETNEONAHOY

It's interesting to compare how this theme was handled when the day in question fell on a "themeless" Friday in 2008.

Tue 9/20/2011
CPUSAPIALUCAS
ALPENACLERODE
BUDGETCUTAIRER
ARACOMINAN
NATIONALANTHEMS
ALECNOAHSLAW
EGGURALIRA
DOLLARDIPLOMACY
AVEDUESFLO
DEFTMAXIJENA
ENTERPRISEZONES
WHEYOXOLAK
AKIRARENTACARS
SONARALTOACTI
SIGNSFOOLPEON
Wed 9/21/2011
ZEBUARYANSMCA
IRANREEDITIAN
GARDENGROVEDVD
ELOIERASER
PURRSOCEANSIDE
EMUSINONUZIS
UPBEATRUMPENS
BAKERSFIELD
OPEAMIESAUCES
FIRSCTRSNASH
SANTAROSATERSE
ONEDGEMART
RICINNERCITIES
TSKLIESONETTA
STSENCODESTAX
Thu 9/22/2011
STARFRUITWEBBS
ESPERANTOALEUT
DAILYMAILMINDY
ERNSPBSPASS
RSTDELICOUNTER
TIDEARMELM
FAABRARIIS
DILLYDALLYING
TYNEEARABS
ANALLDAPRS
DOLLYPARTONSNL
MEATATLBAIO
FIXITDULYNOTED
ITALOICEPALACE
REMANTHESTONES
Fri 9/23/2011
AGATESNEEZEAT
SABERSTANDINGO
AMBLEWORDORDER
PEELSUPCSCONS
SYSTEMSHOWTO
LEROUXTAGON
AVONCRAWLSBAM
MEABEAROUTOYE
ANDUPTILTISEE
OFTENEATSAT
FLUFFGAINSAY
ROLFTEALVANES
OWNEDUPTOILOST
SPARETIMELIVID
THESAUCESEARS
Sat 9/24/2011
HEADLAMPPREFER
ENDEAVORLOCALE
POSITIVEATOLLS
MEDITATESEE
POBOXEEROSENT
EVASSTETSIC
NIBJOHNGRISHAM
ANYTIMEAERIALS
LEGALEAGLESRID
OUTTALKEGGO
BATSGENEOVENS
ORBHERGRACE
SLAPONSITUNDER
SECANTTEALEONI
ANKLESASPIRETO
Sun 9/25/2011 ENTWISTED
MAWRWADISCAMIRAN
EUROEGADDIANASTOLE
GREATDAZEEMPTYZESTER
AANDWSAWBITSOLACED
HIKESHALOMNFL
ALPACINOASARULELAHR
MAIZELOBSTERDISAGREE
ATTATREATSMCMTOEIN
STORKMYTHREAPTONNE
SENDERSEEJUSTICEDOZE
IOUHAMDIM
HIGHLIGHTERPEZAPPEAR
ENROLLEVYREELTONGA
ALAMOIASCOLLETOLAV
REVERSERFRASIERCRAZE
STEMASSURESGROUPIES
AMYTREATYYULE
MASKINGGETSINPOSSE
EMPERORZEROKIDZAPPER
SMOREASOURETUILAVA
HOTSMANNSEEPEYES
Mon 9/26/2011
SPATITCHSLASH
HESSNEHICOPTO
ARIAHAILOASIS
QUARTERPOUNDERS
HRSSEE
ADMIREFLUDATE
BUENOBOARDUAL
HALFBLOODPRINCE
ONEIORLYACTIN
REEDRESFIESTA
EONPAS
FULLMETALJACKET
USAINESAIRARA
DENTILESTAMIS
DRAYSLAMABACK
Tue 9/27/2011
VIALTODDLEMAR
ACLUHEREONAMI
CHICKENYARDRIM
CAWERNIONS
DIGITALYEARBOOK
ONOSLIEREENSY
ODOMRNSCPA
ROPERUGTOOMANY
TISTRUSLAV
PIPITHEINZESE
ANIMALINSTINCTS
LUXEETAROE
ARICATCHINALIE
CEEAVERSELAME
EDSBERETSEXPO

In an unusual feat of construction, today's theme-revealer at 34-Down intersects three of the themed entries.

Wed 9/28/2011
PEACEBOISEBAY
ATLASONCEMINE
THETASTETACOW
EARCUTSOLUTION
NTHDEPPOLA
ASSDISMISSED
AMOLECPATZE
DULLARDANTFARM
INDERRKOLAS
AIMSADJUSTOR
AANDSENEDO
ASHOFTHETITANS
ACTAORDSNOFEE
BRERXIIICLOUT
SERAXMENADEPT
Thu 9/29/2011
POPUPPISAONEL
IRENEROARDIRE
GRADEBONUSDCIV
RAFSEMETE
CUPCAKEANTIQUE
STOOGESGINSU
PESTERSECSTASY
ARILIE
NOTEPADTHESIMS
IRATEROPETOW
SAVANTSANODYNE
NAETIPSEN
AREAMATHSYMBOL
FONDEIREMAORI
UNDOSRASSTABS
Fri 9/30/2011
LITTERSPORES
ONEOVERSAFELY
VARMINTSPUTNIK
ERRCOASTALODE
TAINTSPORKPIES
AGEESJACKLORD
PERUBACKLESS
TRACKMEET
FRECKLEDBOOR
CLOCKSINDONNE
PLANKTONPIXELS
IANLINGERSTEE
GINGERSBOOLEAN
GREASEATWORST
YELPSNONAMES