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Puzzles for September, 2020
with Editor comments

POW Tue 9/1/2020
MAITAIFATORCS
OKTHENBROUHAHA
MADEITPERSONAL
WOEOTTOKIA
ARTHURASHEHERD
HOHOVITAPADS
HBOSIRSCOM
BUTHEYTHEMET
RAWMAAMLOG
SCUMSIRIMSRP
ACHEHIMALAYANS
PARIAGOADO
PRONOUNSTOPEKA
LEMONTEATRITIP
EDENEDSENCAMP
Wed 9/2/2020
BIASESOPAGPS
ACTIVEEVENRIO
SUMMERFLINGOLD
PRIDENEBULA
ORBSFIVEIRON
ZEROGCALLADS
AMENRATOEDCPU
RANALFONSOHAS
KINDIORSEDUCE
NEWCOPYRICER
REMEDIESSKYS
LAPTOPTOOTH
USACATCHPHRASE
TISHUSHHOAGIE
ZASALASUGARS
POW Thu 9/3/2020
AJARCLAMPSPAT
COCOPANELHATH
EKACNAPOTAONTO
SEIKODDAYTHIS
ESPELUSPACE
NBATEAMPEON
ALLPOEMGODS
NOTGNIHSAWALLAW
CIAOSCAREVE
MYOBMAITRED
DAERBANAPSI
ALTOMOCKLEVEE
TIEDBOUNCEBACK
ETREANTICALOE
SOSOMEETSREND
Fri 9/4/2020
REPOSTACTBRIT
IVANPAVLOVLOVE
MILEAGELOGASEA
STEPGALGRADS
ARABIADIETPOP
REMDUNEANO
CREAMSODAOREO
JEANNETTERANKIN
ONITNOTSOFAST
ETSESPYMAV
BEETLESSPREES
ORCASDANRATS
XIANRESORTAREA
ECIGCATBURGLAR
RENOADOMUESLI
Sat 9/5/2020
ATADTAMILERGO
MORETOCOMENAAN
BUREAUCRATDIME
ICANTGOONBONES
THYHUNBONMOT
GMENPAMAVA
MOUNTAINBIKER
TEASERTRAILER
BEDSIDEMANNER
ULACUPTAGS
GELCAPPEPASP
ATHOLTAKEAJOKE
THUDMARIECURIE
TONEOPENLETTER
INTSBERGSSASS
Sun 9/6/2020 COULD YOU REPEAT THAT NUMBER?
STRAPTOMBSROPESIAN
IRINAORIONEXERTRBI
LOFTSMANGAVIRGOELL
ONESELFGERIDALANES
YOUONLYLIVETWICE
ODSSPREESBASIEECO
VEEIDEDAILOLDSAWS
UNSEENWIZLAUREL
LITTLEBROWNANDCOMPANY
AREASLICITEWOKS
ROTSONOHEPASIS
SPASMBUILTCLINT
TINKERTOEVERSTOCHANCE
OMEARASNLAUSTIN
INERTIALIECAMPATT
ODESTIEGTOBOOTXES
INTERCONTINENTAL
GENOAIRTREGKEROUAC
RTESOFIAABASESUNRA
ITSEULERMAMIEASIAN
NASDREDDPRESSLETBE

David Kwong is a magician and crossword constructor in Los Angeles who regularly combines puzzles and sleight of hand in his performances. His 2014 TED Talk includes a trick with a New York Times crossword and has been viewed 1.7 million times to date. David has a new virtual show with puzzles, titled Inside the Box, opening in a few weeks with the Geffen Playhouse in L.A.

This puzzle is his 21st crossword for The Times.

Mon 9/7/2020
LIPMATTERVAVA
AVAERRATAERIN
MARBLEARCHNERD
ANTEACSLINER
HAWTICTACTOE
AGELESSRAGE
HONESTDELASOB
ONOTARHEELEPA
YENBIELSASSES
LARDSEXTALK
LEMONSOLEYAM
ABACKICEFETA
WORKABOUTAFOOT
NODECONRADIRA
SKITEASELSLID
Tue 9/8/2020
TAMPAOPALGASP
BLESSNARYARIA
ABOYSBESTFRIEND
RAWIRASTANNER
OSIRISTEASE
ISHISMOTHER
COCONEEDTAU
ANTHONYPERKINS
LAVTOUTINTO
NORMANBATES
APBIOAGEOUT
TOOTLELASTSAO
ALFREDHITCHCOCK
REFINONEOHARE
IROCAPERROPED
Wed 9/9/2020
PACCEDEEJECT
ECOBLOOMMALLE
EMUEINSTEINIUM
PENCAPSALDEP
TONSILRIPEST
NAMESOFALLAH
OMENFIDONICHE
AMIDFCUFOROT
MONAEANNOPANS
WAYNEGRETZKY
ASKSTOBETRAY
THEHDLKASICH
LUFTBALLONSDEE
ANISECANOEELM
STRADSPEXALP
Thu 9/10/2020
MOODPASTABAD
GGGEALIASUNO
RELETSYMPHONIC
SEEDERSYUK
SHEBATTERM
PUERTORICANREI
INRESLUEHTS
SPANISHTUTORIAL
TISFEARILIA
OLESCHOOLRALLY
NERFSASHAY
HASEMERITA
BEETHOVENSINAI
OVAONAIRFFFD
XEDPENNYTOTE
POW Fri 9/11/2020
PALMFRONDSSMOG
SQUAREFEETOAHU
SUCKEDFACESIFT
TAKESATEAMDOS
SCANIMAGERY
BBCAUDITRUNG
FLAWTOTBRINE
FASHIONABLYLATE
CHOPSLAOEMIR
KOLATYSONETA
AMNESIAEDIT
RAHSTRAWCOBRA
EGADESCAPEROOM
NINOMANGOLASSI
ACDCSLEEPYHEAD
Sat 9/12/2020
RIPSAWTHEMOB
ENEMIESCELERY
DCCOMICSMAGGIE
BILGERATSDRAGS
OSAGEMEHREFI
NOSYZAPOTECAN
ERSPERPERSON
SANTAHATS
FIVEIRONSFAB
GOBERSERKDANA
OUISTNNHOSTS
JELLOSTILETTOS
OTTAVASNOWCONE
WHITESGETONIT
LEPERSWOMENS
Sun 9/13/2020 FINAL OFFER
OATHAMPATARIHEISTS
SLAYLAOLORENOLDHAT
HAPPILYEVERAFTCALICO
ASSOCIATEABSOLUTEPOW
ONSIDENOSED
PLANCAVITIESMET
PHONIESADIOSPAGODA
RECYCLINGCENTTITANIC
INKSTATUSAMENBROTH
COERCEGOATSONSET
ELDERPOSTTWOSSERFS
GAILYEMAILSTREET
BRAINTEASARMADAFRA
REVOKEDCELLPHONENUMB
ANONYMDANTEGENESIS
NOWFENESTRADOES
PROOFSALAMI
RELIEFPITCHNOMINATES
UTOPIANOLAUGHINGMATT
SAVINGEMIRSANTOKRA
TSETSESEPTASOYSEEN

MaryEllen Uthlaut is a writer and homemaker in Charleston, S.C. Some years ago she was at her local library doing research for an article when she stumbled across a book about crosswords that had been mis-shelved. She checked it out, read it and started constructing. Her first-ever puzzle appeared in The Times in 2010.

This is her third crossword for the paper and her first Sunday.

Mon 9/14/2020
WASPRESTSGNP
OPIEALLOWFUEL
RIFEDIANAENVY
DETROITTIGERS
ICEDOEAMISS
SERVESITTIGHT
ILKECOHEY
SPLITTICKET
OWLWITKEG
WAITTIMEIOTAS
EDGEDSATRNA
HASITBOTHWAYS
BOTSSHILLIDOS
FREELARVARENO
FEDAIDESEDEN
Tue 9/15/2020
PITPOSHSCOTTS
ADOROKULOUVRE
PORKYPIGOUTLIE
ALIAMAULICK
SCROOGEMCDUCK
THRUCHINESE
ICYMEREINHD
KEEPYOURPANTSON
ELLARUBEETA
ALLISONSLAT
WINNIETHEPOOH
CANALDOMRED
ALGOREYOGIBEAR
SLAYERERINAVE
ASTERSDANKDEW
Wed 9/16/2020
PACELAPSMARTS
ARODEPEEUSUAL
WEAKSAUCELIBBY
SALOONSYLLABLE
CLIOOUIEAR
NOTHINGBURGER
ISRGRUKAVNER
PLASMERRNEEDY
SOIREEMOECIE
NOGREATSHAKES
MOWAMSSCAT
ACROBATSAZORES
LEERYHAPPYMEAL
TACETELSEINTO
ANKLEREADCOST
Thu 9/17/2020
THRIFTTOGASOB
HOORAHAPOLLOXI
ADWAREBELIEBER
WASMGSCDSTAND
SERUMETS
APHIDBORNEAPB
SHENOAHRIVER
AIDESANDSORTA
DAGWOODSWICH
ALEFLEESHALOS
ATETACOS
SPAMBOTYUMDAD
KEPTOPENFEMALE
YESSIREEFEELME
EKELYMESCHISM
Fri 9/18/2020
TOECAPCATCHOW
IMDONENOTAHOPE
EAGLETEXTREMES
DREAMACTARGENT
ORANGYUP
BEYONDMEATELMS
ATONEPUMAVAIL
SHUETOTEDANNA
SOBSBURPERECT
ISEESTALEMATES
TARSLAPS
EDITEDINAPANIC
RICEBELTLAREDO
IDARESAYACTSON
NONSLIPBEETLE
POW Sat 9/19/2020
WISHTOPUPGAP
ACHEELISECOGS
SEAMONSTERHORA
NEVERFEARBADE
TSEIONDARTED
ROOPERTADA
DONTBESOHASTY
PASSPORTPHOTO
RAREBOOKSTORE
ARKELMSHUB
TEMPLERESLOP
DOLTWOEBEGONE
KONAHALFASLEEP
OWENENGELOWNS
ANYPEARLPEDI
Sun 9/20/2020 WORD LADDERS
LOGOPFFTDRIPSHALL
SURPRABLERUNEITALIA
DIETITIANJESTPEGLEG
EESIUMSTERONEDO
UNDEPARTYARICINES
ISHITSABETILLICIT
BRODATETRAVEGLOVE
ADREPICONCURSENECA
RANSOMNOTECLAMDARTS
PLOPROFEOFMESOP
MOATTONIREALTOR
CITRINELOKISEEN
SOXFORTHEPICEDA
TIERSESAUAWARDGALAS
ENDOWSTANLINEECOLI
FRUITFYINGLESTOIL
LETSLIEGOOGLESKEL
LIVESLSUROOTOFLAN
OPIMOLINGELLAOL
OPENITCARAICALLDIBS
FEWESTAGOGVANILEVIL
ARSESNIKEETTUSEXY

Sam Trabucco is an American cryptocurrency trader based in Hong Kong. When he's not working, he enjoys playing board and card games, especially Magic: The Gathering and poker. Sam says one of his top priorities as a crossword constructor is to make his fill relatable to younger solvers. "I want this hobby to remain relevant forever!"

This is his 25th puzzle for The Times.

Mon 9/21/2020
SOLOSKEENEMIT
ALICEORCAMAMA
FIGHTNIGHTURNS
EVERSOOOHDOT
RAREATEEVITE
WHITEKNIGHT
BOTCHNAMEBREE
UPROOTSENDEARS
BEANNEARASSET
BRIGHTLIGHT
LANAILEIFEEL
ETSPATKARATE
TOTEQUITERIGHT
EROSUGLIATEAM
ASPSASKSBORNE
Tue 9/22/2020
OATHMOCHACAMO
SLOESOHOTOMAR
HEARTSHAPEDHERB
ASDOIODSDONTS
STOWWEST
AMFMCHINATOOT
PARIAHCAKETMI
THEBLACKPANTHER
TENBLABNEWAGE
ORCSLLOYDATAD
HAHASOAR
ALONEHEMIMOFF
SUPERHUMANPOWER
AXESALAMOLIMO
PENTTUNASTEAM
Wed 9/23/2020
TOWELVIALCLAM
WHALEBOATSLOBO
INKSTAINEDEWES
TOEOCCAMLACES
NUKEPLANE
CUTBROADSIDE
SCATKOODYELOT
ALTLEXUSESILS
TISSUETONONLY
EPICENTERBAG
TIGEREWOK
MATEOIMNOTDRE
ERINPAPERTRAIL
ZINCSLACKLINES
EDGEISAKEAGLE
Thu 9/24/2020
GERMPFFTCLASP
IDEALOOIEHONOR
BEERBARRELASTRO
INKSACDRUMSTICK
LIEDEBEDIEDEE
LCDTVANDESWORD
RIOJASTATES
CRIBBAGEMARKER
LOOKERVALUE
EMMEIMGAYSNORE
SPAGAIAACTLOL
PANHANDLEAMOEBA
ADIEUSPELLEDOUT
URALSTANEYELSE
LENDSLYNXSETS
POW Fri 9/25/2020
CREMEUMPSKPOP
LATEXNARCROVE
ACROPHOBIAISAW
PEEWEEDLIST
REDBEANELS
TRIOOPTARES
THEMANDALORIAN
CURRENTRATIONS
OCEANOGRAPHERS
SCENTENDESS
TISACTAEON
COLICWISHES
ATOMTURINGTEST
POREETONHARPY
TEENDENSTBONE
Sat 9/26/2020
DUCTTAPEKIMCHI
INHEAVENIDAHOS
GLAMPINGROMERO
GILSACAILMENT
EKEDSALKORSO
RETIEPURGATION
NFCCORNHOLE
REGRAPINOESOS
OXYMORONWNW
ATMINSIDEDIJON
DENSNATEZANE
BRACKETHAHGST
INSANARAGEQUIT
KAISERENERVATE
ELATESNERDCRED
Sun 9/27/2020 PLAYING WITH FOOD
AJARPCPISPOSEDRAPE
GODOFWARTHENHLRENAL
OHIDUNNOBANKOFGUYANA
UNDIDTHAWPRIAMKIP
TOANDDIEINLAENGRAINS
IRSLAGGEDWASRONNIE
SERGESTAXHULA
SPINEYEBASEBALLCARD
ORGIESBATHEVEINRE
FOOTPATROLSALEANNAL
ATTPYRITEGOLIMPATE
REYESINSBANANASPLIT
ASOFLASMEMESERENE
STUFFEDOLIVELITEEGS
ERASAMYREDOES
SPACEROPICIALISIDO
LISTENUPCHOPPEDSALAD
ARKZEPPOOLAYAMORE
MASHEDPOTATOEASYWINS
OTTERESTHERARTSALES
NEONSREOILSREPYODA

Alex Eaton-Salners is an in-house attorney for Western Digital, a technology company headquartered in San Jose, Calif. He's been interested in puzzles and language since he was a child. He keeps a list of crossword theme ideas on his phone, so he can add to them wherever he goes. As a constructor, Alex says he likes to "subvert (responsibly) as many different crossword conventions as possible."

Mon 9/28/2020
VERDIASAPJOAN
ADORNMEMOUNTO
LUAUSPROPAGATE
DIETUSERPIX
CARDAMOMATARI
ATAMIRCABARET
BOGSCLERIC
METAPHYSICIAN
EDDIESTBAR
CRAWDADNASUMA
HORSECASTANET
ATERIGAKIND
PANASONICGNATS
ETALTARAMINOR
LESTAWOLAETNA
POW Tue 9/29/2020
SOSAMASSMAMBO
EVAZAPPAAVIAN
PERUNTILDENSE
INALLROSARIES
ASHYPHENOMS
DARESLEEPIN
ADVISORSUSE
BREAKSCHARACTER
BAREMULATED
ABYSSESOMEN
CAMPERSANDY
COLONIALBLARE
HASTERISKYVIA
UHAULTACITAFT
GUTSYASIDELTS
Wed 9/30/2020
ILLSAYSKEWGMS
GROUPIEPARAOOH
RANKAMATEURSTRU
ANGERACAITWOS
PIESTINKINGRICH
PASSERSGLANCE
ANTIALPSUPDOS
RIPEOLDAGE
BUNDTDYESZIGS
USAUSACHEETAH
FUNKYCHICKENSRA
FREETADAISLAM
APTFOULLANGUAGE
LETANNELIMITED
ODENETSSTATES
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