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50 puzzles with comments from Will Shortz — 11/8/2020 to 9/19/2021

Will Shortz

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Sun 9/19/2021NEW LOOK
BEEFIERLAPDOGSHAREM
ECLIPSEOHHENRYAMARE
THOROUGHFAIRIESHADES
HONERIOTSMONPANICS
BRASSPANAMAHAITI
ALTOONESAUDANA
DORMICEWILDCARDUTNE
DOUBLEDIARIESCARPOOL
ESTSHYFIDOAROMA
REHUNGAZUREONETOTEN
SHOULDERHAIRINESS
SWEATSITGOTTIOREIDA
TORUSBONEITEEER
YOULOSEBOOKSONTAIPEI
ELMSCLEANUPSGETSORE
PREPTHORLOUPES
POLKAIDIOTSITEMS
EMINEMGPAADREPPAPA
CAMELFRESHPAIROFEYES
KNOLLDARKISHPROCESS
SISTAAMASSESSTETSON

Peter Gordon is a puzzlemaker and editor from Great Neck, N.Y. He has been a puzzle editor for Games magazine, Sterling Publishing and the bygone New York Sun. Since 2010 he has edited Fireball Crosswords, a 45-times-a-year online-only super-challenger.

One of Peter's bugaboos as a constructor is partial phrases — multiword answers that would ordinarily require fill-in-the-blank clues (like "Getting ___ years" for ON IN). He hates them. You won't find any of them here.

Sun 9/12/2021WHAT A CHARACTER!
WINESNOTINIFWEPHIL
ANODEAMIGOSNOOPRIDE
SPOUTSIDLEPAREIDOLIA
PUNCTUATIONMARKCOTTON
STEALSNODICENESTS
TEAEGGSLEAPFROG
VICESIRSSOBAAATEAMS
EMOSEAITSABLURHEN
RONSMIMOSAREESEHALL
BUGABOOHAMROTNOM
STALAGHYPHENATHOME
LEGMMEARIEXHUMES
SHIMCOOLSTREBLEMELT
PANLOWLIFESIVSNEE
FLEABANENEDMOIAFTER
NEWSREELWASSAIL
PHAGECALAISCRETAN
EUGENEROTATECLOCKWISE
SMILEYFACEONAIRIONIA
TILEEDGARNERFSSUGAR
ODESSAURERATOSTEMS

Alex Rosen is a software engineer, formerly of New Jersey, North Carolina, and Boston, but now living in London. His job is to help computer users avoid email-related security mistakes, like clicking on a bad link or accidentally sending an email to the wrong person.

This is Alex's third puzzle for The Times. He describes it as "luck at several different levels" that he got the symmetrical black squares and asymmetrical circles to work out right.

Sun 9/5/2021GO UP IN SMOKE
ACTASGNARLSTRIPADES
HAITIMONEYARENASERA
SPELLCASTERDISCILDRS
AERRICARDOUNLEASH
JOHNNYCASHELDERLAW
CLATTEROSTEENETOILE
RIVALRIESANDRISEFROM
EVEEXHALENOMSGANE
WENTAREARCHINAREIGN
WESSGSBUCGUESSED
ASSISTSREHASHERASERS
LAWSUITUNEHONGTI
LIETOAUGERELISEETSY
ODDHTTPSMIDACTHIE
THEASHESBICSEATANGLE
SINGTOELROYSRECOILS
ERUPTIONTALKSTRASH
HOGWASHSCENERYTRE
OREOAIMTOATONESELBOW
SCARNAMEDGHANASCONE
EARNDLINESORERSOWED

Grant Thackray (rhymes with "daiquiri") recently moved from Oregon to Los Angeles, "hopefully to find a job in animation — either storyboarding or character design." He got started constructing crosswords after seeing the 2006 documentary "Wordplay" and thinking "I could do that." The idea for this one came while he was restocking wood for a campfire.

It's Grant's ninth Times puzzle and third Sunday.

Sun 8/29/2021UH? OH ...
TADOBAMAEPICPEN
AWESPAREDCENAALTER
FANTASYSUPPORTSSUSHI
FRIEDOPAHSEAOTTERS
YESWECANGOFORBAROQUE
SNOBLENINARI
IDSNAPAETNADEET
FALCONCARESSEDPEPSIS
SNEAKILYALEERICKY
OOPSIEANTESDISDAIN
THEROUXINTHETOWEL
PILESONNORADRAMAPO
ETASDEEDARGOMITER
RETIREDERIDEAPRICOTS
MENUSPITMREDREO
BINAPRESRAIN
GRAVYTERRAINCASTANET
RECORDSETEGGOADELE
ACUTETHUNDERCOLLAPSE
FAREDEARNLOOFALAIN
PARABEESWATSLES

Dory Mintz, of the Bronx, is a software engineer for a digital marketing company, Wunderkind. He likes to bowl (recently rolling a career-high 218) and calls himself "a passionate albeit subpar Scrabble player." He was reading an old art textbook when the phrase at 33-Across jumped into his head, and a crossword theme idea was born.

This is his second puzzle, and first Sunday, for The Times.

Sun 8/22/2021RESETTLING LETTERINGS
MOATIFSORADARENACT
ONMEMAIDIRULEXENON
MEANGIRLSGREASEPAINT
SUNDANCESHANHLER
PARSENTITYBOILCAT
IKETOROSEOSSHIA
MAGLEVTRAINCATECHISM
ALLSTARTUCSONLILLE
NEOSNUGSULAOLIVIER
EXAMILSEACHTIME
DATINGSITEWHITEBREAD
ZOOMBOMBKEASETI
AMAZONSKILOSWAYNWA
LADENMERELYASOCIAL
LIONESSESADVENTURERS
ONUSTNNBRIEFOWE
WETDIEUAYESIRIATE
BLEEPNESLESSTHAN
CALLIGRAPHYGIFTHORSE
ONIONAGAMEENIDREEL
SAUTETEPIDSGTSSELL

Stephen McCarthy, a native of Vancouver Island, B.C., is a Ph.D. student studying transportation modeling in Stockholm, Sweden. He got his start in puzzles by solving cryptic crosswords with his grandfather in Toronto's Globe and Mail. Last year he began constructing American-style puzzles, incorporating some of the wordplay sensibility of cryptics in his themes and clues. This is a good example.

Stephen's last Times crossword was Maple Leaf in June.

Sun 8/15/2021THINK TWICE
ADDLELOLZADSTEST
TRAITSAPIAFROUNCUT
WIRETAPPINGLOUDMOUTH
ONEFACEDEARPROMLEA
OKDSSRUTERINIBLET
DINAKPOPNOTATED
NOTIFIESWEBDASANI
TWOLETTERWORDSYOGA
ONORTISOAKINN
EVERSOSPATBLMISIT
SANSDOUBLECROSSPETE
SLITRRSOARSTEASED
AIGICEBFFJINN
YUMATHREEFEETUNDER
MALAWIMDSCUSTOMER
BIODOMEMOTTAPES
LAMARRNACHOWHAEAP
ALAIKEAKITFOURBALL
STONESOUPPOPAWHEELIE
HARESNTHTWITSNEEZE
RIOTSODONCEARDEN

Aimee Lucido, of Berkeley, Calif., is a full-time crossword constructor and author of children's books. Ella Dershowitz, of New York City, is an actor. A mutual friend introduced them, and Ella says "we bonded immediately through being artsy puzzle people." When Ella moved to San Francisco they became close. Now that she's back in New York, the two stay in touch by making puzzles together.

Sun 8/8/2021JIGSAW PUZZLE
CRUSTPERMJANEGOOFS
TUSHYASIAODORADMEN
RECAPRAPSSOTSMISDO
PICKUPTHEPIECES
ARLENELEAPTOTTAWA
TEAGOOVERTHEEDGEREC
OPIEKIDSSEGOBATH
NORMARAEOLDBETSY
PLAYWITHMATCHES
PIGEONSRAITTELATION
ADORESEEDIERUPDOS
YOLOHOTBEDIRAALFA
FREEDOMOFASSEMBLY
SERENEPOSIES
BAMGETITTOGETHERPAR
ARIASTEARSINTOGNOME
LENDPARTIESDOWNEPIC
SWERVEALLPRO
AERIESPICTURENOSEIN
MOVEITPERFECTABORTS
NANNYMOMENTSSENSE

Christina Iverson, of Ames, Iowa, is a stay-at-home mom with two young kids. Jeff Chen is a writer and professional crossword constructor in Seattle. This puzzle's theme started with the vague concept of moving pieces and morphed from dominoes to magnets and finally to jigsaws ("all interests of my son," Christina says).

This is the pair's second Sunday collaboration.

Sun 8/1/2021OFF BRAND
ARTICLECFCSPEARCE
TOOCOOLPAWATDENIERS
OFFENSIVELINEARTROOM
PLUMESOSWINDTURBINE
EMTWONCHAONLY
IGNEOUSEMAILAPB
OSOGUSEWELLLAYSHIA
OLDMACDONALDPITOCD
PACEHARDGAGREESMED
SMORELOEBLEGALFEES
MILITARYACADEMIES
HEPTAGONSDESIMATTE
ALLLENDERLSATSSEAL
LIETAOSTEELGUITARS
FOXTAILKVASSICKDOE
ENTINPUTAFCEAST
COEDBOOESLOAT
SOUNDSYSTEMPACTODOR
OUTPOURSPANISHARMADA
APRONEDUPTONASPIRIN
PEEPEDPSSTTHICKET

Matthew Stock, who turns 25 this month, works for a math education nonprofit in East St. Louis, Ill. The idea for this puzzle came about in January, when he was on a cross-country road trip and passed a Honda Odyssey. He reinterpreted the name as "Honda odyssey" (small "o"), which aptly described what he was on. That bit of wordplay didn't make it into this puzzle, but similar ones with other brand names did.

This is Matthew's sixth Times crossword, and his second Sunday.

Sun 7/25/2021STAR SEARCH
ASPSATOASESTOMRDA
*PADPROALEVEANTWERP
LIBRARYKEVIN*NFAVOR
ELLICEY*ELDEUGENE
STONEAGEANDFR*JOLES
K*RINNOELATIN
NORISAND*EGANOATS
BRONTETIREDLYIFF*ER
CATGUTICANSEEDAHL*A
GREECEADSITE
MAJOR*SRAMENPOLAR*S
ALOUETTESIRNATIVETO
COURT*SSARAEPERIL
AULDGNATLANENANO
ODECUOMOSATTILANAS
BASEILANA*MDB
ODIUM*NCOGNITOJOYCE
PROSECCOWEEONEUPPED
RAWDOUBLED*PPERSREI
AKAUPSETSESPRITELF
HENEYELETSUSANSSOY

Chandi Deitmer, of Somerville, Mass., is a social worker in the fields of psychiatry and geriatrics. She got hooked on crosswords in college via the puzzles in The Onion (which was only in print in those days). She started constructing a year or two ago, mainly for "indie" venues. This is her New York Times debut.

The puzzle has a multilayered theme, whose subject is indicated by the designs in the grid.

Sun 7/18/2021DIG IN
ASCAPVOCESCOWLEVER
RHODEIRANTERRAVILE
BONAPPETITALMICHAELS
OVERPOWERATLANTAFIE
RESNIKANYTHINGISGOOD
LEDEPAAORTA
REALLYJUSTAMEETING
ACNESEAAIRPARMEARN
GRAPHDENSOCTADTRIO
AUTEURIRONSONEGG
WHOSGOINGTOKNOW
BOOSTARTEDEROICA
UNDOALOADMAIMMOTOR
BEERTOURPOROUSLOCI
EVENPUTITINTHEFOOD
ASDOIWETTAU
THESTEAKTOCOOKSNUFFS
HATAXLROSEFORTUNATE
EMAILALERTJULIACHILD
NECKMAMMAUSAFHIREE
ASHESHEERTESTSTEER

Jesse Goldberg is a software engineer in San Francisco. Last year, finding himself between jobs, he tackled a big project he'd been thinking about for 30 years — creating an app to assist in designing and filling crossword grids. The result, Crosserville, is available online (free for now). Jesse isn't the first person to build a crossword construction app, but his is a highly versatile one.

This is Jesse's second puzzle for The Times.

Sun 7/11/2021NO RUSE
DRESSAGEMYBADNAPLES
RESTATEDCOULDOMEARA
UNPOISEDBURDENOFPOOF
GOOPDYNAMICSENMASSE
SMAETAPETER
ODDJOBBRENDANRAMPED
TERIODESTILTSDRACO
IAMMALALAHEARTIMRAN
SLOMOMILWAUKEEBOOERS
SMOKEEVENEELJED
RICKADDERPOPO
SSRITOLOAFTORSO
TAMINGOFTHESHOOLITHE
ARISEWYATTMINUSSIGN
RAZORNORTHSLONICER
THENFLREPEALSDONKEY
BARESTMISEN
IMITATEBOOTSTRENGTH
PENELOPECOOSEUPHORIA
SAGELYSORTAEMAILING
ODESSAOPAHSNPRTOTES

Ashish Vengsarkar, of Scotch Plains, N.J., is the head of Optical Networking Technologies at Google. Besides puzzles, he enjoys playing raga and table tennis. (He and I have a longstanding annual rivalry in the latter.)

The seed entry of this puzzle was 10-Down, which came to Ashish while he was at the dentist's. The symmetrical pairing of 36- and 40-Down (a favorite artist of his during college) was fortuitous.

Sun 7/4/2021I'VE GOT A FEELING ...
RATEDRTUBMANRABID
BOBATEAAPRICOTELOPE
GUARDEDOPTIMISMLOTSA
ASTOPIUOMENCLAPTON
MEETCATELOCHAXEL
EDSCULTURESHOCKCECE
PATOLAYTEENIDOL
BBGUNTWOSGOODSAUNA
YURTSHIGHANXIETYPAN
EGOTZANYWAILANWAR
SWEDENTOWDOCENT
BIDENNOOKAMESTGIF
DUNCOMICRELIEFOBESE
ANGLOINTOORGYBARTY
UNCARINGALBAHER
BYOBUNBRIDLEDJOYVAT
NERDOENODOURDIVA
NOCLASSSFPDSIMAGES
OBELICREATURECOMFORT
MIREDIPANEMAENROUTE
SENDSITTEAMDETERS

Howard Barkin, of Hillsborough, N.J., is a software quality assurance specialist. He has been making crosswords for The Times since 2014.

The theme of this one started when he was driving one day and 15-Down "randomly came to mind" — which maybe reveals something about Howard psychologically? (Solve the puzzle to see.) But don't judge. Traffic in New Jersey can be vicious.

POW Sun 6/27/2021GRAVITY'S RAINBOW
SCAMSEVERGTREEAKITA
HANOIPAPERHATSWAGED
ANNULESOTERICAAZURE
STANLEECREEDUPROARS
TOLDYAHONESIDONOT
ASSMRTRTEARE
MELLOWYOLBEYES
ABBACRIEDWOLFRAFA
BLOODOSILENTUIGIRLS
EARARLOLAAERNOCUP
THEPLAYCONGOODDJOBS
HANDSAWENQUIRE
PRODIGIESBUGGYWHIP
FINSEARTHJAIHOSAME
FCCELOOILSAT
THERPLANETULTRAVRAYS
DELIMESLREELIER
GRADATESTONRAWONION
OUICONTROVERSIALGPA
ATLIUDANEYERYEHES
THYDTSMESSYSSTTNT

Lindsey Hobbs, of Brooklyn, is the head of the Preservation and Conservation department at the New York City Municipal Archives. Ross Trudeau, of Cambridge, Mass., works for a K-12 education nonprofit.

They met virtually through Facebook's Crossword Puzzle Collaboration Directory. Ross suggested the theme idea for this puzzle, which relates to an annual June celebration. It was a joint effort thereafter.

Sun 6/20/2021FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS
TAROTOGREBARREHTML
ALARMORELFLEASAHOY
CONCONFUSESFUSESVICE
OHBABYBEATSMELARKS
SAYILKANONATIONS
ELONELONGATESGATES
LEAVENEDREOELANTRA
ARIAANSACUMENRAT
MANMANDATESDATESCASE
ESTATEATEMEDMOPED
ROTCYCLOPSION
CUMINAHSMMADOGMAS
OPIEANAANAGRAMSGRAMS
BTSADSITEIRAANON
ROSSSEABYUELECTORS
APPAPPRAISESRAISES
ELITISMSEEATVFAA
AFLACSOANDSOEIDERS
LOLAPROPROCURESCURES
POEMGOREYAMEXHENNA
ODDSAETNARESTESSAY

Michael Lieberman is an appellate attorney in Washington, D.C., currently on parental leave after the birth of his first child.

Although this puzzle isn't Father's Day-themed, he says it's nice that his first Sunday puzzle will run on his first Father's Day as a father. About five years ago he and his wife started solving the Sunday Times crossword together, first on paper, then on a tablet. Michael now does the Times puzzle every day. His wife, though, favors the Spelling Bee.

Sun 6/13/2021MAPLE LEAF
BAUMNATCHTWAS
ORWORSEEMILEARCHFOE
HOISTEDSPEARBYTURNS
SYNCSINTURMOILSTEEP
NATSSCRIPSIDEBSETI
ALEAPIANSOHOTHOE
PERLENGETEMOBOENS
INDEEDLACRCCOLA
MUCHACHOETHUKULELES
OPELHAHCOONETATRA
USHERTAUTOLOGYASHEN
STORESPRIORFATCAT
SATMEHDEINCANADAADA
ETESQUINCEANERAWREN
SELLSEDDATGIFCIERA
AIGISLEELMUG
OLDPROSEARSHOT
GORDIEHOWELESLIEHOPE
LEIASATAYILHANOLIN
EWESBLIGEFLITSPLUS
SESHYESESTENETSAME

Stephen McCarthy, originally from Vancouver Island, B.C., is a Ph.D. student studying transportation modeling in Stockholm, Sweden. He made this puzzle last September, about a month after moving. "I was homesick, and this was a way of connecting to my home." In his spare time, Stephen plays Ultimate Frisbee, sings in the Stockholm Gay Chorus, and makes and solves crosswords.

This is his first published puzzle.

Sun 6/6/2021OLIO
ACTORSADREPSCAMPERS
FROMEARTOEARPOWERNAP
LINEITEMVETOAMARETTO
AMENDTOEDPARERPIET
TESSBASSFERRIEDCAL
BRITHOLDONUNITE
SPATIALMELLOWCRANES
HIGHESTBIDDERCOSIGNS
REHABHOGGEDMOOLA
IPADRENNERSAILEDOFF
NASPERNODBARNEYNIL
ENTERTAINWINKEDHALO
COUPEBONDEDDOULA
BIGOTRYFORGETABOUTIT
ALANONBROKERPATRONS
LOGONTEEMEDRHYS
DVRSPEAREDHERSLORE
NEETALTERPEPAMANIA
EYEROLLSASIWASSAYING
SOLARIUMNOTEVENCLOSE
SUSPENSEGLADELEANER

Robyn Weintraub, of Rye Brook, N.Y., is active in local politics and the League of Women Voters. She started solving crosswords 12 years ago. After a few months, she bought some crossword software as a birthday gift for herself and has been constructing ever since.

This is her 35th puzzle for The Times. Robyn's specialty is themeless ones (like this), with colorful, conversational entries and very little obscurity or junk. Oh, and she loves twisty clues. (You've been warned.)

Sun 5/30/2021GAME OVER
RADNERSOTSSEAMSBFA
ASIAGONCAACLIOAWARD
PHAROSITLLHIMALAYAS
COLEADVOCATEDBETAS
DRIPSEEMDOMESSCRIM
SENTSLOGPESOSHEED
IMAMMACJRDABEARS
HOTCOCOARHODAVID
ANAWENTBYEBYEONEIDA
RAMDORICANTIDOTES
ARETUTINKERIRSABC
SURFINUSAMIDASLTE
SNAILSINBADSHAPEION
DETERRTEAMEXCARD
EGGDROPMYERSOATH
LEARWEIRDSOTUALLY
ITSOKENJOYJESULIEU
FLUESDONOTOPENKONG
BRINGITINSHUECUANDO
TENDERAGEHIREUNREEL
WEELEGOSINNSTITLED

Adam Wagner, of Oakland, Calif., is a senior copywriter for an ad agency in San Francisco. He says his real No. 1 job, though, as of about two months ago, is being a first-time dad.

Adam solves the Times crossword aloud every night with his son cuddled next to him — "so I imagine he's one of the few people alive who can claim that he literally has a lifelong New York Times crossword solving streak."

Sun 5/23/2021YOU DO THE MATH
DISCSCATSASKSVAMPS
ICAREACHYUNITINOIL
MERYLIRANTIMEGATOR
DIFFERENCEOFOPINIONS
OSLOHALFNOTES
CLAROSOWETOOUSTIMP
HIGHWAYMEDIANTATTLER
ALIENOATTNUTEVITE
TALLCURIOBOOTMARS
SCEPTERNERDAVOCADOS
STOCKDIVIDEND
HOTSAUCESODARATTRAP
OPALSKORSMELLRELO
ORNOTSNOWSEAHADIT
DAGWOODANIMALPRODUCT
SHOALIAENEMYAMEXES
SPAREROOMAFEW
MODEOFTRANSPORTATION
ATARIIAGOHAILENDOW
GOTINETONIKEAADELE
SHAFTRENESSNSMSDOS

Jennifer Nebergall, of Boulder, Colo., is a former finance director at the University of Colorado. She started doing crosswords several years ago as a weekly tradition over Sunday brunch with her husband. Since the birth of their baby, though, they shifted to doing them during naptime. Jennifer writes, "Having spent my career in finance and analytics, this theme appealed to my dual loves of math and wordplay."

It is Jennifer's crossword debut.

Sun 5/9/2021MOTHER'S DAY CONCERT
DOCSCABACHESTERMS
OPALORICHILLASIANS
REMIGETAKICKOUTOFYOU
IREMITERSTAPLERS
CARRYTHATWEIGHTHERES
HAIOATAXLEERA
COCOTCELLREGATTA
HURTSSOGOODPUSHIT
USEPUPAETOMSSKEET
MEWEVERTFINALEASY
IWANNABESEDATED
USPSTEPIDEELEDZAP
REALMORSOADOREODE
SCREAMIMCOMINGOUT
ATATROTDENCHMALE
GNUALTAANAANT
AMEBABABYONEMORETIME
CANARIESABUTSMOT
THEKIDSAREALRIGHTAVA
SERENEMARRYTAROLIP
ROSESITSMESTOPSEE

Brad Wiegmann is a national security lawyer for the Department of Justice in Washington. He dedicates this puzzle to his mother, "a voracious reader, talented knitter, mahjong maven and all-round supermom." He says he's never personally seen any of the musical artists named in the puzzle's theme clues, but he did once attend a 23-Across concert.

Brad's last Times puzzle, Crossword Buff appeared in February.

Sun 5/2/2021INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
LEGUPAWARDRANSACK
OPINEDBABOONEPICURE
COVEREDBRIDGEGETITON
ADEGAIALINEARSOW
LESSONSGINARELIST
AILMOETPOTTYMOUTH
GERMANARMYPAYNARNIA
ARIAYESPERFIDYEND
DADBODSTERRAMAARGO
STEELENOTEBRAOLSEN
GARDENAPARTMENT
SPRAYOWEPLAYDEEPER
TEENBUDSEEDMISRULE
ARMSUREDIDPOOFTEE
VIEFORARRDIRTYTRICK
ELMERSGLUEOTOHRUN
BEETLENTWTEDITORS
BEDARISENARESROC
CARLSJRCOMPASSNEEDLE
OREOPIEUNPACKSCREEN
LSDTABSGOTHSTAROT

Dan Schoenholz, of Walnut Creek, Calif., is the community development director for the city of Fremont. Like many crossword constructors, he got his start after watching the 2006 documentary "Wordplay." The idea for this puzzle occurred to him one day when he was running on a trail that crossed a creek, and he thought of the clue and answer at 23-Across. Back home he searched an online crossword database and found that his theme idea was new.

This is Dan's 26th puzzle for The Times.

Sun 4/25/2021STRETCHING EXERCISES
POEMPHILTRIPINFECT
ENTOURAGEHURLSOOTHE
PECORINOCHEESESCOTIA
LASSHUHAQUADUCK
ALTOELITES
ARISILKALEXEELBIG
HANDNOOBLACEDSODA
ENCODERASSLEDHIYALL
ABIDESELLGLUTENFREE
SOFREAKINLY
DYETUXPARRAISIR
BESTRAPPERFORMANCE
THIRSTEASYBREED
VANITYIMEANITSOYEAH
AIDECOEDSDOMEARGO
DRYRAHBUTTPUTSYET
LATEPAPERSSCAM
ROLWORAWTRUESUP
ORIENTBENICIODELTORO
DAMAGEOPUSMOANK
ELOPEDYANKSHOWAPSE

Jeremy Newton, of Austin, Tex., is a software engineer who makes mobile games. Titles he has worked on include Crosswords With Friends, Zynga Poker, Dragon Academy, and many others. He's been a puzzle enthusiast since he was a child when a grandmother got him hooked on Jumble. As a crossword constructor, Jeremy says he likes "wacky themes" (as a glance at today's grid might suggest).

This is Jeremy's 14th Sunday crossword and 21st Times puzzle overall.

POW Sun 4/18/2021A RARE FIND
LOCALTHOUJAKE
PARTIAFCHENNAATON
STAREMOAELTONWARD
MISSIONIMPOSSIBLE
ITSALOSTCAUSEENOLA
MRIISLETSLIN
PENPALOLEELONEMEA
HISNOISEROCKANT
GMAILGUTGASHIDS
RIDSPSSTOILSUPNET
ANAHEIMRATBITEMAR
SIMSCISSORFERRERA
POWCATHAYBAYSANEW
IRESHAYRONSTUDS
NESSASHAYINGTIE
GOTTOSHAYNERASPED
OUIHAYLEYBRA
ICONSNEEDLESSTOSAY
NEEDLEINAHAYSTACK
SELAALGERSEELAILA
URLSMMHMMSSNOLDEN
ETSYSTYENASTY

Johan Vass is a restaurant worker in Stockholm, Sweden. Though he has never been to the United States, he has been solving American crosswords for many years. He says his personal best times for New York Times puzzles range from 3:21 on a Monday to 10:36 on a Sunday.

Somewhere along the way he started constructing crosswords in English — which is quite a challenge for someone coming from another language and culture. Johan says this one took him two months to make. I'm honestly in awe.

Sun 4/11/2021MERGER MANIA
CIRCEABRAMOBJECTORS
UBERXHUEVOBEAVERHAT
LIFECOACHESINBALANCE
DETERSYRUPTONEPOEM
RELAYDYLANUSS
UKETEARNOOKTIBIA
SINGLESBARSDRIVENUTS
UNDEADATEAMBEELIST
ADULTSCEPTERSSTELMO
LAMEMMAISOSPUTTER
TROUBLESHOOTERS
MIGRANTOAFPARMTSP
AQUILADOCILITYOPINE
SUITCHEHEIDIMIAMOR
TIDEPOOLSSPAMFILTERS
STORETIEDBAILCEE
ALEARROWBLAIR
BARESALLSIZEDENNUI
ANIMATIONPOLOGROUNDS
GETINHEREUNLITDICES
SWELTEREDPESTOETHAN

Dick Shlakman, who's turning 82 next Sunday, is a retired lawyer and corporate executive from Plano, Tex. Will Nediger, 31, is a professional crossword constructor from London, Ont. Dick saw Will's offer of crossword mentorship on Facebook and reached out for his help. They've now made several puzzles together. "I come up with a theme idea that I think is absolutely perfect," Dick says, "and Will shows me the error of my ways — then suggests how to take that idea and make it ideal."

This is Dick's third crossword for The Times and Will's 37th.

Sun 4/4/2021GAME CHANGERS
SNARFJUSTSOMANNERED
WALDOUNPACKITSALIVE
IDEALBREAKERNEWHAVEN
FIXKEYENAMELPARS
TRAUMABUNTSERIOUSLY
LUSHESAVERSE
LAWNSTUDENTSARLOSAW
SINAIMERLOTSYSTOLE
AMBCOBSCRUBSHASTE
TEASBEDSOFAIRSOGOOD
PEORIAONETWO
LINEDETECTORETANCOS
THECWSEADOGIREALA
DORSALSLEBRONGOMAD
SPFROOSLABOROFGLOVE
ADULTSASLOPE
INVISIBLESINKGLOBAL
CHOODARWINSIAERA
HOTWATEREXTRAINNINGS
APIARISTRARINGTRIOS
SETLISTSSMOOTHSANTO

Angela Olson Halsted is a legal secretary in Washington, D.C., and the mother of two college students. Doug Peterson is a professional crossword constructor in Pasadena, Calif.

The two met at a crossword tournament in 2007 and have been friends ever since. Both are baseball fans (Nationals for Angela, Yankees for Doug), and they have attended at least one M.L.B. game together every year (not counting last year) since 2011.

Sun 3/28/2021OVER THE MOON
RAIDIDTAGGRADIENT
ZELDANEALEROLEPLAY
JOLLYRANCHEROUTCASTS
ARIELCIAOTUGSON
IBEGTELESCOPEDEVIL
LASERSTONGEMINI
BLISSFULIGNORANCE
ASKGANYMEDEUFOS
UTEPYELLSWILDBIFF
GREASETAMALETETRA
HAPPYDAYSAREHEREAGAIN
TITANMOULINROILED
SNOWJOSETAMPANINO
POOHSTONEAGEADM
CHEERYDISPOSITION
DEIMOSHEMNOSIER
CYNICCHEWBACCAAMBI
TEAREDTALLARSON
STATELAWMERRYGOROUND
LOVEDONENAIADHENRY
ROADSTERORATEMAGE

Olivia Mitra Framke, of Jersey City, N.J., is an academic adviser at the New School's College of Performing Arts in Manhattan. She started solving crosswords during college — but not at college. Her dad would hoard New York Times Magazines, and the two of them would solve together when she returned home.

This is Olivia's ninth crossword for The Times, and her fourth Sunday.

Sun 3/21/2021MORES
ESSAYSCOTBIBLEGRAB
PIPPAAUTOAFFIXOHME
SLEEPINTHEBUFFETDEUS
OVEROKIERBIRASSLE
MADCOWTRAILERPARQUET
UAELEERATMUST
NBATYPEABSALSA
COLDHARDCACHETADDLED
IDLESOILROSANNEIVY
SEEMAFTABAICANSEE
YOUVEHADYOURFILET
SPONGESBROETAWINK
OHOLESBIANWIIEMCEE
PIPPINLETSMAKEADELAY
ENOKIOSIRISELS
MOREONBASEREF
BACKSTAGEPASSEBLARED
LATISHCPRWAZEMOJO
ALOEUNSOLICITEDBIDET
MOPSGRIMEONESONICE
EXITSATESBENTGENTS

Julian Kwan, of Dumont, N.J., is a software test engineer for a telecommunications company. He started solving crosswords in college (University of Pennsylvania, class of 1997). Several years ago, after noticing that all the Times puzzles had bylines, "I figured, why couldn't one of them be me, right?"

This is Julian's fourth published crossword, but his first for The Times.

Sun 3/14/2021THEY ALL LAUGHED
MCSSAMBALEICAWORM
CHEALARMANNUMFIXUP
GRAFFITIPROOFBUILDING
ROSIESOLOISSUED
AMORCELSOCELOIRT
WANTSTHREEBLADERAZOR
OHISEEARALENEMY
ASPDECSORRYBISTRO
SPELLCHECKERHENCE
CINDERRAIDLORDEJIB
ACESELUDEFORGEMONA
PERTTOPSKLEETOOBAD
RHETTSNOWBOARDING
SPEEDSSTIESVIANEE
SPUDSWAIFBALLOT
AUTOMATICREDIALBREWS
GNUUSERSSUCHTREO
PERONIMEALCIVIL
ALJAFFEEOFMADMAGAZINE
LOOTSTSARSAARONEEL
EBBSSTRATMSDOSWRY

Jacob Stulberg, of Otis, Mass., is a second-year law student at New York University — currently taking classes remotely. He's been making crosswords for The Times since 2013.

Jacob is a longtime fan of the publication mentioned in 101-Across. When he was 11, he wrote a letter to the editors, which they published, correcting their use of the term 'gluteus maximus."

Sun 2/28/2021CROSSWORD BUFF
TREBEKVALISESDEBONE
OHIOANIMALONEEPIPEN
LENTTOBARELYMANAGING
LASTSEESVAILWEE
OBSESSIVESLEET
BLAMEONMANYMOONSAGO
LADLESTHATTOONOTYET
ANDESROEGDRAGSLEI
DAISRAWRECRUITSWOKS
EINSTEINHADATFIRS
PENNOPINEETON
REINBERETSMIRNOFF
EASTCOMICSTRIPSILER
RICLEWISAINTINDIE
INABITLIVEMASENGINE
EXPOSURETIMECLOSETS
ECASHSOREPOINT
APEESTALUSTREAL
FULLYRECOVEREDICEAXE
ITALIAARISINGSEASON
TONINGRESTDAYTOKENS

Brad Wiegmann is a national security lawyer for the Department of Justice in Washington. About a year and a half ago, while solving some crosswords on vacation, he wondered aloud if he could make one himself. It took several tries, but … voilà!

You'll want to put on your silly puns hat before you begin.

Sun 2/21/2021KARAOKE BARS
APPEALTHEDOWETCETC
LIOTTAOEDIPALCHACHA
FLUTESFLYMETOTHEMOON
FRUITCUPSREWROTE
HESTEACARLAIOWA
ORODRAINSACIDEMU
LEMMASINGININTHERAIN
IDEALSRKOANDSOARCH
SWEARBYSPAPAMELA
PIUSGOATENTSOATEN
ANGJAILHOUSEROCKHAD
SCALELLOYDERRHERS
THRONERVSONTOPIC
IWONMOUSEPODWITHIT
MONEYMONEYMONEYASAMI
ERMTALCEVADEDMAN
MEATOTHERAAHPLY
CRANIALSTARPUPIL
DANCINGONMYOWNPELOSI
INARUTNOSEDINEVENED
TATAMIITSAGOROASTS

Matthew Stock, 24, grew up in Dallas and now lives in St. Louis, where he teaches ninth-grade algebra through an Americorps-affiliated tutoring program. He started constructing puzzles several years ago after he attended a crossword tournament in Boston and "had a great time chatting with puzzlemakers throughout the afternoon."

This is his third crossword (and first Sunday) for The Times.

POW Sun 2/14/2021SEALED WITH A KISS
SNARUMPANAMBIORCAS
YOMAMAOXONOUNLEACH
STEFANWISPIESTSISQO
TARTONEALLTHESEQUA
ELISCRLOUSTRANQUIL
MOCSTOPUSNINCBETS
TAPERCHARTERUS
ARESOHYPETORPBR
CAPTAINPAPONSALE
BESEATEDALLIASKCRUS
ARSESVICEVERSACAIRO
NEUTGENERISHUNDRARD
JARETOECOANARCHY
OLYIFIISTOSANAA
OPENFLOORATTAR
NOSETGILLDVISENIT
EXTRACRTSIEGESMAHI
ITATHETAFRERRYATAN
GENIINOTLEASTONIONS
HAZELTAROITERSTLNE
SMARTSTAXREXEAREAL

Lisa Bunker, of Exeter, N.H., is the author of two novels for young readers — Zenobia July, about a trans girl with a troubled past starting over with a new family and school, and tackling a cyber mystery; and Felix Yz, about a boy fused with an alien counting down to a risky procedure to separate them. Both were published by Viking. She also represents Exeter in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

This is Lisa's sixth puzzle for The Times and her first Sunday

Sun 2/7/2021TODDLER TALK
DOCKPOISEPSSTABIT
OPRAHASNERLASHTENS
UTILETAKEAWAYNECHECK
LIMERICKINAFLORAS
ANELEPHANTINTHEWOMB
SOYERASEBODEREK
SWEATWIGDOORSELI
HITWOKBOTTOMNODAWOL
ANNELOUSEWEAKADEPT
DEADHEATCASHSNORES
GETWITCHQUICK
PIVOTSEKESNCAAGAME
IVANVVIESPACERALOE
ZINEHOGTHEWHEELDEAL
ZENSACHAARMUSEBY
ADASTRASALSAOYL
WEEDBETWEENTHELINES
SCHWASLOLAIRALERT
WHISKEYBUSINESSBICEP
AUTOLEONLEVEEYUCCA
GMENLEWDLEASEMOTT

Katie Hale, of London, England, and Christina Iverson, of Ames, Iowa, are both stay-at-home moms. Katie is also co-founder of a community organization that recycles children's books. The two connected online after Katie read about Christina's first Times puzzle and reached out for mentoring.

This is Christina's seventh crossword for the paper. It's Katie's debut.

Sat 2/6/2021
LEOMILHEY
INNEEDOFHONE
STEPHANIEHELGA
PECSHERSTORIES
ERABORSCHTBELT
DIRGESTARWARS
CARPSSPOIL
TEACHEARTH
ATLASTIEIN
SATIATEDNANOS
THEWESTWINGDUE
NONONSENSEEFTS
OVERTDISHITOUT
TEAKNERDCORE
ELSDUOTNT

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Kameron Austin Collins is a writer in Brooklyn. This is his 15th crossword for The Times.

Fri 2/5/2021
ITSONSEESFIT
NEWDADHAVEAGO
TREETOPERECTED
ERASCROLLRITA
NARCSOILEMIT
DIJONFLOWSTATE
NAVELBUICK
REPARATIONS
RAZORSTOPS
IMALLEARSSCOOP
MOREDELAKILL
PORTATLASTLOU
ALITTLETAGTEAM
CAVEATSPIERCE
THEROOTFASTS

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Erik Agard is a crossword editor in Kansas City, Mo. This is his 68th [daily] crossword for The Times.

Thu 2/4/2021
WELDMEANFAVE
ELOIACAIIVEY
DORAJOHNDEERE
ELLENEINAWL
SALSASPEDWII
ONEIOTAMUSTANG
PAINTITANKH
SCOOPANGST
BARREBRAND
ONEAWEDDING
DISPOSESWEETEN
AMIBAMINSITU
KIDAGEADDIS
SUBMARINEGNAT
TARAIKEANOME
SLRSLEGSSTYX

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Derek Allen is an accountant in Mishawaka, Ind. This is his third crossword for The Times.

POW Wed 2/3/2021
PUBSCABSGPS
ISAACOUNCEROI
NONVIOLENCEAPP
GEORGIASFIFTH
ROOMBANINTRO
CRUELBITCOIN
ACTOCASIOANOS
JOHNLEWIS
BIWAATONALSAO
ANEMONEKNACK
DEVILOFFAYES
FREEDOMRIDERS
ATMGOODTROUBLE
TIEALOESSTOOL
SATGARROOPS

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Yacob Yonas is a software engineer in Manhattan. This is his sixth crossword for The Times.

Tue 2/2/2021
HATTONDAPBOP
AIROUTSEGAANA
GRASSHOPPERLDS
LISTREEESTES
MINUSMANONICE
INSPHARDKNOCKS
LEEAYNSTEW
KSTATEHOSERS
SONSYENCEL
CLAYMATIONRONA
DATESACSBETTY
RIOTSNOHASOF
ADDTENNISCOURT
CUDAXISANDREA
KPSROCLESSEN

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Adesina O. Koiki is a sports journalist in Queens. This is his second crossword for The Times.

Mon 2/1/2021
APPTYAMAPLUS
FURYMAKESEETO
TRIPALBAKEANU
ESSENTIALWORKER
REMASTERRUG
YESGOTRICH
ASIGNWINOSHA
HOMECOMINGQUEEN
AMMOCUZUPEND
BEARHUGMFA
GELMARIANAS
USMILITARYDRONE
STEALHIVEMIND
DUNNOEMIRERIE
AFUSSMSNDEER

Every daily crossword this week, Monday to Saturday, is made by an African-American contributor. Soleil Saint-Cyr is a high school senior in Moorestown, N.J. This is her New York Times debut.

Sun 1/31/2021PRODUCT MISPLACEMENT
CIVILPESOAJARMATES
OPINEAUTOKIWIGRUNT
MONSTERRAMRALLYMERCI
SEISMSRPITSARATON
SOILADODOTLUG
NATUREABHORSAHOOVER
CARETYEAFOIESPADAY
USEDRIGGOPLOGE
SANMYSOLORUNNETHOVER
PLATOONOLINSORARE
ANKARIGIDPURE
INTERNMETALEMMING
WORKEDFORPLANTERSWAR
ERICSTUSIRKONA
BASALTINCASEQNINNY
THROWINGINTHEBOUNTY
POLLIVAGOSNAG
ARIDGORPLOSNUNCIO
MINISTALEOFTHESCOTCH
POEMSEGOTARIAELATE
ASNERDADAROCKDELAY

Jim Hilger, of Amarillo, Tex., is a retired computer analyst and educator. Besides making crosswords, he enjoys collecting old 45-r.p.m. records (he has more than 10,000 of them), cartooning and watercolor painting. "Most of my paintings end up looking like cartoons, however."

The starting point of this puzzle was 38-Across. Jim apologizes in advance to the maker of every product he has "misplaced" herein.

Sun 1/24/2021SUGAR, SUGAR
TOSHIBARACYBMWORG
ARCANUMISHECRAMBAM
NERDSRINGPOPFADDIETS
KLEEUBERSOILNYT
USESBABYRUTHSNICKERS
PENTONISUEBUMRAP
WHISKASRESTRASPY
CRUNCHNOWANDLATER
ERINSPINYETIKFC
LATKESUSGAEELYAOK
AYEWHOPPERSSPREENYU
NOREASEDISCRAFTER
NSALAPSLEAFOAST
MILKYWAYSTARBURST
SALADASECSCAREDY
ALOTOFATSARAYSAC
LIFESAVERSPAYDAYWELL
BTUJAYSEPEEARLO
HAIRLINEMARSSMARTIES
ABEUTESAKINPROTEGE
MARGASOSLOGETSSET

Lucy Howard, of Austin, Tex., teaches therapeutic yoga and does internet marketing. She made her first puzzle as an icebreaker for her wedding last year. Ross Trudeau, of Cambridge, Mass., works for a K-12 education nonprofit. They met online last summer. Ross says, "We quickly bonded over our mutual love of crosswords and rock climbing." They spent many hours together on Zoom making this puzzle.

This is Ross's 37th puzzle for The Times. It's Lucy's debut.

Sun 1/17/2021DOUBLE-CROSSED
CLOSEBBCBATORABUT
REMITALAARENASCAMO
OVERHEADRSONOMAISPY
WIGEVERTIMOEGADS
ETARADIICARTOETWORK
DYSONVEESSIDTABOO
FESTERSTALLSSOAP
LEFTTOPLEXETCHERS
AIMEEUGENIEASEA
GLORIAREDKURDARCANA
RATEDRTIDEPODMIOTIC
ACEDITETONSTROBEECT
NOAMPEASOUPMAHI
GASMAINMEWLDEBATE
RICOSTAIDPINENUT
ADHOCIRSAONEMESON
BALNARTISTSVOLGAWOE
OPRAHOASADAIRICE
ACAIREFUTEDAYTIMEYS
LUNEEFILESEDUDITTO
LESSTEARSSAPEBSEN

Tracy Gray lives in Sparks, Md., near Baltimore, where she and her husband own and operate a lawn-and-landscaping business. Tom Pepper lives in Eden Prairie, Minn., next door to Edina, of crossword fame. In April he plans to retire from his position of finance director for the city of Eagan after 29 years.

Tracy and Tom met at a crossword tournament several years ago and have been exchanging theme ideas ever since.

Sun 1/10/2021OH, FOURPEAT'S SAKE!
PRESSUREORALBSPIFF
AIRLANESAMELIAARNIE
NOMANISANISLANDLACED
STAMPHUEDOREOADORE
DEMOBAHAMAMAMAMIX
HASADATEIDSELISE
AMONRACREDANTTEN
WELCOMEHOMEHONMCHALE
KNEEVOWSARIELIXIR
SOHOPRIMETIMETV
SSRTOKEGODEVANSEE
WHEREWEREWEALGA
ARTUROILEICEDRASH
TERRIFKINGKAMEHAMEHA
SKITSAREFIONERUN
BIDETTKOTHUDDING
ALUMINUMINGOTOREG
DOTESAONEDIBSRURAL
ARIASROMATOMATOSAUCE
PRONETRADERREVERSES
TENTSSENSEBLANDEST

Alex Bajcz, of Morris Plains, N.J., is an assistant professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Drew University. He studies how and why plants produce fruits — he says he's one of the few biologists who gets to eat his research. The name "Bajcz" is Hungarian. Since that's difficult for American tongues, his family pronounces it "badges."

This is Alex's sixth Times crossword and second Sunday.

POW Sun 1/3/2021BUSTING MOVES
EBBTSKRADARSSNOGS
GORDITAPOPIDOLHIDEY
ETAILERSUPREMELEADER
SHIRTWAISTEPEESSKI
TENTTOTESTOPUPADA
SRSSLEDSOILAARON
KHAKIBOYPROBLEMS
MOUNTAINGOATLOLAT
UNSEEDEEDAMUSESEIS
FAULTROBECIGSAPE
ATALLCRUMBCAKEDOTES
SILSALONCANCASCA
APSOBEADSRIMSASIAM
GOBADPORTAUPRINCE
SHORTANSWERIPADS
LAVERIDEATENSBIB
EVEOPTINOSCARGIGI
EERRANGESAILSALONG
VOLLEYBALLNETINCOLOR
ENIACONEMOREKONMARI
SEETORETORTEWEBEG

Paolo Pasco, of San Diego, is a junior at Harvard studying computer science. He sold his first crossword to The Times five years ago when he was 15. With this being his 20th puzzle for the paper, the number of his Times puzzles has already reached his age.

Paolo's crosswords appear in many places, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the crossword-specific Fireball, and his own blog, Grids These Days.

Sun 12/27/2020PARTNERSHIPS
MAMBAFACTISISAYMOA
ABOILIDUNNONOTEART
JUDGEANDJURYBUTTDIAL
STEPREMOTEGEREETNA
OBESEPARTONLAGS
HARPISTPEACEANDQUIET
AGAPEVIVIENETD
PENANDPAPERALTEREGOS
SEANOONECEOSONO
CHIRPSUCHASROES
BREAKINGANDENTERING
ZOOMDELTASADIOS
IDSLORICEDEDQIN
TESTPILOTBOOMANDBUST
ADOZEALOTLEASH
HUGSANDKISSESSPEEDOS
UNITTENETSSHIRR
MEMEAFARSPECIEPLEA
BALSAMICROOMANDBOARD
USEWEEKALLUREINDIE
GETERRSGOOSEDOGEES

Daniel Grinberg, of Philadelphia, is a researcher and designer in the field of user experience. In 2018 he earned a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

When the pandemic started, Danny had the idea of constructing 30 crosswords in 30 days as a way of coping with lockdown anxiety. He didn't quite make it — more like 28 puzzles in 60 days. That's still quite productive. He thought of this puzzle's theme while brushing his teeth one night (which is not a hint). It's his second appearance in The Times and his first Sunday.

Sun 12/20/2020TOY STORY
BAHTBUSSOREMSANS
IDEALANTIEPOXYERIC
BARBIEDOLLTAMAGOTCHI
IMSOMADINTHEMOOD
ROSASCAASPATES
HAMSETCHASKETCHTIME
APRCLAROAEIOUCECIL
SEPIASATLTRUETOKLM
ADORNTWISTERAZALEA
TOTEDOCALADOYLE
MANYCHRISTMASCOMA
TILEDSAYSOONEIL
BROCASPLAYDOHUSEME
AAHNLEASTSPAAPOLLO
SNEADTRASHINONEMON
STATCHATTYCATHYROWE
IODATEOPAIMDUE
ROSSPEROTSAMBAED
RUBIKSCUBESILLYPUTTY
ERRSNANASASEASTONE
FLAKARTYTHAWSPAR

Randolph Ross is a retired high school principal and math teacher who lives in Manhattan. He's been making crosswords for The Times since 1991.

The theme of this one arose out of some factoids about 111-Across and 33-Down that he gave a grandson. "It occurred to me that for this Christmas and Hanukkah, with so many grandparents and family not able to see the children from their lives in person, a crossword about toys might bring a smile."

Sun 12/13/2020CINÉMA VÉRITÉ
DANFLATCARCABIN
IMAMLONGOPOETEPOCH
SITEIONIALURESPOIL
RAIDERSOFTHELOSTARK
OBVIATEHINDSIROBOT
BLEATSUNSETBOULEVARD
EESOUTREYELPEGGS
CUTLABSAAH
RICOTTAPATRIOTGAMES
OSAYERGSPURNELICIT
ALTORIOTSSEOULDARE
NECTAROVERTRPIDREA
THEGODFATHERSMOLDER
ATAODININE
DAISMETACASTEAPP
ONTHEWATERFRONTSAVER
MYSOREONCUEEPISODE
HONEYISHRUNKTHEKIDS
CRETEALEEPANSYIDLE
HARESDEUSSPOOLNEET
INERTASPETNADRS

Dan Margolis, of Westfield, N.J., is a semiretired software applications trainer. In his spare time, he referees high school basketball games and plays keyboard in a "dad rock band," Landing Party — so named because all the members are "Star Trek" fans.

Dan has been solving puzzles since he was a teenager. The first ones he constructed were on graph paper back in the day. This is his fourth crossword for The Times, and his first Sunday.

Sun 12/6/2020GET OUT OF HERE!
JAMSESHABACIABLEST
ALITTLEWEIRDOCLAMOR
BONECONTENTIONLATOYA
STDHARESETESDIJON
BLINISSTROKEGENIUS
ALLENSAYSOWAS
BOOKGENESISPEZBLAM
BOWSVOWELPRIDEPLACE
ANNPINEIRONSLIMES
IOTADESISTSUMBRA
STREAMCONSCIOUSNESS
AWAITEARTHENICKY
GOSSIPPAREBTUSDUI
FREECHARGEMRCUBPEGS
ADDSOUIRITEPASSAGE
ANGAMUSEPARSE
COMEDYERRORSAFLATS
HAUERREARICIERAID
ISTRIAFRAMEREFERENCE
CITIFYSALIVATREETOP
ASSETSTEXANHYDRANT

Tony Orbach, of Montclair, N.J., is a construction project manager, saxophonist, and crossword constructor. Today (Dec. 6) happens to be his 59th birthday.

Tony's love of puzzles runs in the family. "My father was a big crossword solver, and as a teen, I would look over his shoulder and help." Once Tony made a Puns and Anagrams crossword for his dad. "He loved it and made me one in return." By "my father," incidentally, Tony means the actor Jerry Orbach of Broadway and Hollywood fame.

Sun 11/29/2020SIX-PACK
GMAILSWEEPSTINKO
EROICABEAGLECUEBALL
NACRESRANGINUPDATED
EPHEMERALDSPEPERAPS
SHADEHISSBADPRSTA
ALVINGILGAMESHOW
DEALTINORELSEATLAS
ETTEPEPPILLRINSE
SHARDREMINISCEESPN
ANTEBENDYSINAPILE
INECHIVASETCETCDUE
PONTIACITEHEREWES
ALDOMETRONOMESIMON
OOMPHREBUSESSANE
DANTEARAMISLIVENED
FIRSTRATEGYTIBIA
ESCIRISEARIZSCRIM
SLAVNESTOBAMACARENA
TIDINGSARRIVEAVENUE
EKESOUTREADERMISERS
RESAVETYLERESTEE

Eric Berlin, of Milford, Conn., is an assistant publisher at Penny Publications, a puzzle magazine company, and the creator of Puzzlesnacks, a website for kids. He is the author of The Puzzling World of Winston Breen (Penguin) and two sequels.

When he started constructing, Eric says, "My goal was to sell exactly one puzzle to The New York Times, just to say I did it." That was almost 20 years and more than 40 Times crosswords ago.

POW Sun 11/22/2020IT ALL ADDS UP
MENURAGUCAPOICICLE
UNITATOPOARSNOONAN
SONEOPOOLTHELASONERD
EKERANDOMSMILEETA
IDBETGATSANACIN
ELSHADAKIDSUNTRAP
BADEAIMRISESREHIRE
ALBASTEFANITHERULES
HEARTHSTROTTEDTRENT
TERSERERATOPTSTSA
DAYSOTWOLIVES
CAMMOTOOVENPEOPLE
LOGANREPUTEDATECROW
ILIKEIKEREROUTECEDE
SOLEMNMODELNITUSES
PRESETSOUTOFITGPS
WAHWAHHOOTBUYER
OAFEARLSKRAKENVAC
FRFOURTRAINBREAKZERO
USAUSAOLGAEDENANEW
MORROWWANTSSNSCTRL

Alex Eaton-Salners, of Lake Forest, Calif., is an in-house attorney for a technology company. He spent his junior year of college studying at a Japanese university and living with a homestay family. He also worked in Japan for several years before returning to the U.S. for law school.

Alex made the Playing With Food Sunday crossword in September. This is his 44th puzzle for The Times overall.

Sun 11/15/2020THEME SHMEME
BARTABDRAWBBALL
IVORIESCRASHCOURSE
NATURALSTRICKORTREAT
ALOETEALEAVESATBAT
COURTREPORTERAWLS
ANTRIPWRENJUDEWWE
MAXWEIRSUGARCOAT
FORAYGARBTUNEDHURT
AVERMOILIENORSALMA
DELETEDSCENESSPENDS
ERASERTHINNEDRECIPE
SYNCEDADESTEFIDELES
RITESARTERYTIMSILT
AGESGRETAWHENWIELD
THATSOKAYSEARPIT
ATMHUEDSPEDARMDUA
DERNSKINNYDIPPING
ALARMSHOESTOREREBA
SLUMBERPARTYWEBSITES
PLANETEARTHPUMMELS
FAUSTDYESSHORTI

Caitlin Reid, of Santa Ana, Calif., is the mother of two boys and two girls ages 4 to 11. Like Margaret Farrar, the first crossword editor of The Times — who was also a busy mother — Caitlin does most of her puzzle work after the rest of the family has gone to bed. That's when things quiet down.

Caitlin is a classically trained pianist who plays at her local church. Her favorite crosswords to make are themeless ones, like today's, which feature long, fresh, lively vocabulary and lots of humor and playfulness in the clues. This is Caitlin's ninth crossword for the paper, including a collaboration last Sunday.

Sun 11/8/2020WAIT, WHAT?
MICROLOANPATELSILO
ADHERENCEELUDEIKNOW
YOUGOTTHATSTRUTDEUCE
ALMSHAYROOKSERENA
SAPCUSSSENSITIVE
MORALWOEROTSSOL
FOLEYCHIMIATADORM
WHYTHELONGFUSSTBONES
IAMIDEEREDSHERO
WIPEGALPALUFOADD
RUDDERSOFTHELOSTARK
SUELEISEDAKADOES
CARYSPARTAMEPGA
ACCEDELOADEDTHEBUSES
HAHSCSINYIOSBAILS
EPALIMAIMPBEETS
MUCKUPARTISTSROD
CHASERHOPELEOLADE
SHIFTTHENUMBOFTHEGUM
KINKSTURINFREEAGENT
INGAVNECKFIREWORKS

Evan Kalish, 33, of Bayside, N.Y., is a writer and crossword constructor. His hobby is visiting and photographing post offices around the country — more than 10,000 to date. Many photos and accounts of his travels appear on his blog, Postlandia.

Caitlin Reid is a mother of four in Santa Ana, Calif. The two connected online and collaborated by email and video chat. This is Caitlin's second Sunday Times crossword, and Evan's first.