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50 puzzles with comments from Will Shortz — 2/5/2021 to 1/16/2022

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Sun 1/16/2022PLAYING THE HITS
THEMANAMIGOSMOGAWW
BOVINETAROTEIREBYE
SHESNOTTHEREALCAPONE
POSHINIILLBEAROUND
AHABALLIESCUTEY
THEPOWEROFLOVECALF
HUMPETUNIAPOSTAGE
AMESABETCHROMECAT
WARTORNLIEINREBA
ENGAGEDEVILINSIDE
DEEPENUNITINGLUSTER
LETSGOCRAZYICEAXE
RAKETUTEECATCHON
ELICRIPESTERITIDE
FISCHERSWEETIETUG
SAABJUDYINDISGUISE
DJINNNOPESTZOOS
RUMOURHASITPREFARE
LIMEKILNCOMEONEILEEN
ACEAMENELATESMARTY
OYEHERASEXESPAGODA

Derrick Niederman, of Charleston, S.C., teaches mathematics at the College of Charleston. This is his 12th crossword in The Times, not counting variety puzzles, beginning in 1983 — all Sundays.

On March 7 last year the paper published an amazing novelty challenge by Derrick, "Two-for-One Crossword," that had two completely different solutions. After you finish today's puzzle, that's worth looking up, if you haven't done it yet.

[March 7 "Two-for-One" puzzle and Solutions. Requires NYT Games subscription.]

Sun 1/9/2022FOOD FOR THOUGHT
SOWNGIFNIMBLEADAGE
CREATIVEACHIERBORAX
ANISETEAJAZZVOCALIST
RAGTAGROARIDOOGRE
ETHMOUNTFUJIELTRAIN
ETCTOTSAMDAHTNT
YOUBETDEODEFOGS
MMMBOPGALAAFFAIR
SEAEELVIVONFLREFS
RETORTAGESRANEONS
ATTNEMPIRESTATEFRAU
SUEDDIESLIMWHACKS
PRODEKETAMPMELEES
WHENINROMECARLOS
CATNAPTOOTERRIF
ALAKIDKENWARNNW
TAXSALEIGETITNOWAAH
ABITOAFWRITBOWTIE
LAWOFGRAVITYLOOKOUTS
OMANITRICOTEYESORES
GAYERHECKNODESLEDE

Timothy Polin, of Central City, Pa., has been making crosswords for The Times since 2011. This is his 55th one for the paper and his eighth Sunday.

He specializes in puzzles with visuals in the grids — like a Jaws-themed crossword in 2018, in which you could connect five squares in the solution containing the letters F-I-N to form a picture of a shark's fin. Today's puzzle isn't quite as unusual, but it's close.

Sun 1/2/2022COLOR MIXING
PAPERSOLANGEELSA
AGREEFOREWORDGOTAT
REINDEERCALVESOSIRIS
INDTUNEICESERODE
STEWARDDOGCOLLARNIX
POGOFAVREITSABET
CARSALTERSADENUDE
GERMANBEERRENOSTRUT
IDALOADSMARINECORPS
FADERSFORUMMIN
TREEMENTALIMAGEYAWN
GPAAIDANERRSRO
STARCLUSTERPAIGETEA
HOLESBALDPEACEMARCH
ELMSPOLELITHOIMOK
ADASTRABETASSTAN
FARHOTCEREALLETSOFF
ELSIESILOMARAMEL
DIAPERVEGETARIANMENU
ELANDINAPANICCIRCE
ADDSCANARDSEASES

Paolo Pasco, of San Diego, is a senior at Harvard studying computer science. He sold his first crossword to The Times when he was 15. This is his 22nd puzzle for the paper. He wrote a program to help him find examples of its theme.

Regarding Paolo's plans for after graduation, he isn't sure. "I'm just counting on someone to read this blurb and think, ‘Now there's a guy I want to offer a job to!'"

Sun 12/26/2021PEST CONTROL
ORDAINAPACHEIMIGHT
COULDAUSOTOURMOTHER
HORSEBACKRIDEROPPOSE
OMAHAPLSTIVOSRUSE
ATSEANORTHPOLE
REGRETTWIGYEAS
PREPATRAINGERMGEO
MITTPUBLICHOUSESOAP
SCHOOLTIESEWEBOOZE
INSETBRISKOBGYN
ARTTRUEFALSETESTLES
BOCCETRACTNICHE
ABHORIVEMAINTHEMES
COEDSPEARHEADEDDATA
ITDTEESENHALOGPAS
ANNASPASWRESTS
SOFTDRINKNANAS
PAIRLOOIETOPCANAL
ICLOUDWORKOUTTHEBUGS
CHEESEANTENNAAMENRA
SADDENNESSIEGETSAT

Christina Iverson, of Ames, Iowa, is a crossword constructor with two young children. She has been making puzzles for The Times since 2019. This is her fourth Sunday and 10th crossword overall for the paper.

Christina says she aims to make puzzles that are fun and accessible. "I try my hardest to stay away from obscure language — and squeeze in dad jokes whenever I can."

Sun 12/19/2021SEASON TO TASTE
ACTSARIPJSHAITIAN
THRUBUSROUTEUNNERVE
PEANUTBBUTTERDEGREES
FINNANIARPNORA
SLITSSNICKERHDOODLE
INITSMOSDEFDRYAD
GINGERTSNAPLETSORG
ENGATANYTOLLAHOUSE
ANATDANEREMTOAD
RAWRARCKERNSPETS
STAUBTHINSMINTETHER
EYEROTOESORBTELE
SAGSTWAFRAUABES
FIGENEWTONOLEICENO
ILECLEOSHORTCBREAD
DINAHLOGJAMSELES
OATMEALMRAISINRACKS
RADSYESMEASINE
COINOPSCOOKIECUTTERS
DRFAUCIONIONDIPAERO
CRYSTALSLOYDSLSAT

Laura Taylor Kinnel is a math teacher and the director of studies at a Friends boarding school in Newtown, Pa. This is her fifth crossword for The Times.

Last New Year's Eve, when Laura got together with some wordplay-loving friends via Zoom, she gave them words from a working version of this puzzle, for which some of the celebrants suggested clues. I wonder if they'll remember any of them now.

Sun 12/12/2021JOB SHARING
ATOMTALEMASHUPTART
CORAALOTARCANAODOR
LOCKSMITHMOUSEROLAY
UNSEATRENAULTTVDADS
MWAHLABSPECIALIST
COPEMOBDIETPELE
ORONOSIRFIREOPAL
BAGGAGEHANDLERTOOLE
SLOUGHODEAXILSLIP
SLUEDALPACABYTE
OUTPATIENTCOORDINATOR
URISTOMCATSLASH
NBCONEAMSTSOVIEDO
CAKEDNAILTECHNICIAN
ENSNAREDORATESTY
TREEWISEVANSTAX
CIVILENGINEERPORE
ANORAKREALTORPOETIC
TATEICANSOBASECOACH
CNETNAVIESEGOTFLEE
HEDYGREECESEWSFLEX

Daniel Okulitch, originally from Calgary, Alberta, is a professional opera singer of more than 25 years. He has performed for the New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and many other venues. Last month he completed a run of shows at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow as the title character in Mozart's "Don Giovanni." His partner, Lara, also a singer, introduced him to crosswords last year as part of their morning routine and he started constructing soon after.

Doug Peterson, of Pasadena, Calif., is a professional crossword constructor. The two were introduced online.

Sun 12/5/2021COME AGAIN?
CBSASLEEPUPSETGMC
LAIDNEURALNOONEOAR
ALLANEVERENDINGSTORY
USEDCARUAELONE
SANSABEARSREPEATING
EMTMARIMBADRAGSEGA
PERPETUALMOTIONSOY
KANYEWESTAGENTS
FARMSEOSASPCA
ETTANANAPOPARTISAY
TANSADINFINITUMKERR
INESGOLDENGEEZHUME
DAREIWEDTIDES
SHARPEIMPOSESON
NBCRECURRINGDREAMS
ORALRAFENAMASTECIT
NONSTOPFLIGHTSGUIDO
CIAOACRALGREEN
CONTINUITYOFCARESNAG
ODELETMEURCHINACLU
YESSTEPSPOSIESESE

Chase Dittrich, formerly of Los Angeles, is a senior program manager for Amazon in Seattle. Jeff Chen, also of Seattle, is a writer and professional crossword constructor.

Chase created his first puzzles by hand for fellow Marines while deployed in Afghanistan in 2012. He took up constructing seriously more recently. Chase came up with the idea for this puzzle and then workshopped it with Jeff.

POW Sun 11/28/2021GARAGE SALE PITCHES
MESSECARDSGARBODES
CRUEMANIACOBOENOME
CANTTURNTHATDOWNSOME
ASDOIALTONTSTRAP
BEANSALADTOOKASTAB
EREGALOREAREARUG
DROPEVERYTHINGSUP
FABIOEXESEONEATIT
ASUSUALALPSENDLESS
RHYMESPINASIRIBRED
NOSTRINGSATTACHED
ALOUROTHEGOTHIREES
LAWNBOYEASEPEPTALK
EMPTYSAPTADATALLY
SEALIMITEDEDITION
DYNAMOSINDEEDNAY
LOWPOINTSITSAPLANE
ICANSOAURICAORTA
MATEROCKBOTTOMPRICES
DREWTRUEBLENDEROUT
BARSSEEDELDESTESPY

Jeff Kremer is a management consultant for KPMG in Chicago. His initial interest in crosswords was sparked by his parents, who were journalists and avid solvers. But it was his wife, who "obsesses over her solving streak and times," who inspired him to start constructing.

Jeff thinks this ad-themed puzzle — his first — is nicely timed for the Sunday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as we all become flooded with sales pitches for the holidays.

POW Sun 11/21/2021SCREEN SHARING
DILATESPOGOALTFEMA
ECOCIDEAWAYTOEAXIS
FROMDUSKTILLDAWNBONK
TYPEAAEONELLSITEM
SLUMDOGMILLIONAIRE
ASSRESTOWLFRANC
HATFULCROSSEGOFOR
OCEANSELEVENASHIMO
OHARAGEMSDSLITISNT
TAKELEAVEPEWTRYTHIS
WEDDINGCRASHERS
CANARDSDOSNEEDALIFT
SHORTIYSLPEERNORAH
IOSEREINHERENTVICE
SKIPSESSAYSUSENET
RERANETSACTIADA
THEGODFATHERPARTII
ABELSARAERIETOPAZ
TOBEPICTUREINPICTURE
AGOGOREGULLINHALED
ROBSTEDHESSDAYSPAS

Adam Wagner, of Oakland, Calif., is a senior copywriter for an ad agency in San Francisco. He got interested in crossword constructing a few years ago after he saw puzzles by some of his former Brown University classmates appearing in The Times.

The idea for this one came to him one night when he was in bed ("second only to the shower in terms of where my best ideas come"). He got up and spent the rest of the night finding theme examples.

Sun 11/14/2021HEADS OF STATE
LASSOGREBOARITSOUT
AUTOROADARLOGRUNGE
PREGNANCYBRAINNINTHS
PATOOTIESOLIDFOOD
ONEGEINOURANIN
GLADEHOWDEDONAMEONE
LOLSTREETSMARTSMFA
EVICTINGLIQUIDDIET
NEGRONIADTTINOUNCE
SYNODGOFARASSETS
MOTHERWITAMYTEST
DREWITDGASGIANTS
RESETSGAUDYROSIE
AMPLELIEERYTHEFEDS
POOLNOODLESHUFFLES
EDUPLASMASCREENMAI
RESUMEDONTOPOFSTALE
YLEMAERANGOAHU
PANDERINGFURIKAKE
REWINDMINDOVERMATTER
HEARYEICETOTTOURNS
OKDEARTAZOLAHRKATE

Aimee Lucido, of Berkeley, Calif., is a crossword constructor and children's author. Her second book, "Recipe for Disaster," came out in September. Her longtime friend Ella Dershowitz, of New York City, is an actor who's appeared in such films as Knife Fight and Addiction: A 60's Love Story.

Aimee writes: "This puzzle came about the way a lot of our collaborations come about. We decide we miss each other, get on a Zoom call and start brainstorming crossword ideas."

Sun 11/7/2021THIS AND THAT
ATOMICREACTORSAPPS
CANADIANROCKIESNARC
THELITTLEMERMAIDTRIO
BIPEDACELASCATANN
ITISSOCIALMAKEHASTE
GINMCRIBSHOLODECKS
MARINODONTASTI
CODINGVILEPLUS
NUTMEGCANDYCOUNTERS
DASHEDTAPASBARSHAUL
RISENBASEFESTAETNA
AVERFISHSCALEDIGSIT
MEDICINECHESTHEROIC
NUNSROOTCOMBAT
ELBAOOPSRANOUT
TRAILMAPSVALETSMAG
DRAWSLOTSNOWISERAGU
WESMAIMGOTMEBARRE
EMUSPRIVATEENTRANCES
LOREELIMINATIONDIET
TREXKEYNOTEADDRESS

Sid Sivakumar is an M.D./Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis, training in biomedical engineering and neuroscience. He works on medical devices that aid in stroke rehabilitation. In his spare time, he constructs and edits crosswords, including The Juggernaut Crossword, aimed at the South Asian diaspora.

This themeless puzzle is Sid's 10th for The Times. To make it, he started at 92-Across ("which has great letters"), stacked two long answers on top of that, and worked his way up.

Sun 10/31/2021CHOICE WORDS
PATRASCALSPENSEP
ECOEMMYLOUWAGEAPE
THEWHEALBUMHITORMISS
FETASRODEPORTDIDIT
ODORSTNTREMEETABLE
OFTASISAYPETRIMOOR
DOORDIELIVERANDNIONS
READSMUNIPSST
METRESLOLTHRILL
IMPOSEONBEHEADODEA
MOUNTRUSHMMOREORLESS
POPEEASELSSURELETS
STASISNSANOSIDE
SHAHTHONADDTO
MARCHIGORDERSINOROUT
AVERARTIEHEPCATUTE
DAZETONNESSHESACHS
ERODENESTEAABCSHOT
WINORLOSEWHIRLWDTOUR
ACEAIMSUSROUTEFSU
YESSPYPOSSESSFEN

Alex Eaton-Salners is an in-house attorney for Western Digital, a technology company headquartered in San Jose, Calif. He has been a frequent crossword contributor to The Times since 2017.

Alex also enjoys making different sorts of word puzzles. He has a book of diagramless crosswords scheduled for publication next spring from Puzzlewright Press.

POW Sun 10/24/2021SPORTS NUTS
ALLAHDEBITCDCSPAT
MOIRATEXACOLAOHULA
OFFENSIVEREBOUNDITEM
STEWAMISSIBETCEASE
EDGESRAISEHELL
FLOOREXERCISEOLDISH
RILKESUITDUNEDEE
APAWESSTARTINGBLOCK
YOYOTRICKYOGISANTA
HONDAMADISONRIOT
SHAWSERVICELINEETRE
CODETRAILERTRIAD
ORALBOMANTEENMOVIE
UNPLAYABLELIEPSIINA
TITTADAOKRADOORS
SNAPONSEVENTENSPLIT
TANGERINEELATE
ROILSYURIDELISNEWT
AWOLDESIGNATEDHITTER
ZINEJUTMOUSSEMONAE
ZESTSPYARBYSPEARS

Katie Hale, originally from Houston, is now a stay-at-home mom in London. She and a friend run the Reading Network, an organization that finds new homes for used children's books. A lifelong devotee of both crosswords and sports ("I can happily watch about any sport"), she set out to make a sports-themed puzzle that would be accessible to nonsports fans.

This is Katie's third Times crossword and first solo Sunday

Sun 10/17/2021COMMON CORE
OMITSSCHWABONSPEC
HADITTRAINORPREHEAT
SLIDEROGETSTHESAURUS
NADIROPSNEUROTIC
ALIENSWWISUNHEM
PATRONOFTHEARTSIMAGE
LLBEANOLEGONGS
STOICGISTBAEDEUCES
TOCCATASATANHATRED
ATHENAWINESLENIN
GOOTHEREINSPIRITUFO
MOONYGSPOTENURED
STONEDSHELLBLOGGED
ECHOESNETALOEWHETS
TRESSAOLHYENAS
TUTEECHARTEREDPLANES
ABEMRIISRFOMENT
ASSOONASSOUWOODY
BOACONSTRICTORSCECIL
ARCADESINPEACEABOVE
ASTRAYGASPARLANES

Jeff Chen is a writer and professional crossword constructor in Seattle. He has written a daily online review of the New York Times puzzle at XWord Info since 2013 — and helped many other constructors get published for the first time.

His wife, Jill Denny, is an avid puzzle person, too. To date, they have co-constructed five crosswords for the paper.

POW Sun 10/10/2021CLUE: THE MOVIE
LASATOMSEEKLADIES
ASASARAHELLEORONYM
PSYCHOANALYSISGIJOES
CUSHYOREOMONSOONS
ACMEISWEARITSISEHS
THEREDCARPETPANELSAW
PIERSCPAEDDA
PELOTONTSHIRTCANNON
ALOUMEANIEGLUEDAWK
CLAIMSNONETABOOS
KANJISIMONSAYSBORON
ATHOMEOKIEMORALE
AMARADARTOLDTOENDS
BINGEWATCHERORESTES
UNTOOYEIDIOT
JOBOFFERCHANELNOFIVE
AREALSUKULELESONED
RESTUPONMORTBASTE
GOTHAMFLYMETOTHEMOON
ALLELETIMEIRAILLEI
REESESTADAORTAESC

Brandon Koppy works for a digital ad agency in Austin, Tex. He started solving crosswords about 20 years ago in college, doing the ones in The Onion and New York Times reprints in the student paper. He got serious about constructing around 2018.

The theme for this puzzle occurred to him when he stumbled across an old poster for the movie "Clue" and thought, hmm, that could work for a puzzle title.

Sun 10/3/2021SNOOZEFEST
SAILSBFFBMAJOATER
OZZIELAIIAMAOLIVE
FUZZYWUZZYARROZHBEAM
TRYFREEZINGDRIZZLE
DRESSPOESYDEANERY
ZEROINGEOGGULLIVER
AGAZEGTERAZZLEDAZZLE
LAZEDLOEBPESETAOAK
EDENDITZESNANMANIA
SSSPATIENCEJADED
ZIZZERZAZZERZUZZ
MAINEDEERHIDEMAT
HOSTSSUERESINYCANI
ETSSAUTESSANGNANTZ
PRIZEPUZZLESTOYORTIZ
TISAPITYCHEZPAPACY
ANIMATOGLEANEARNS
BUZZFEEDQUIZZESOSU
HAZELOLLIEFORTYWINKS
BLAZENEILNAEELZIE
OPCITEDDAESCRLESS

Trenton Charlson, 25, is a full-time crossword constructor in Columbus, Ohio. He loves words with unusual letter combinations, like 63-Across here, which he's been trying to use in a puzzle for years. He says, "I value the sort of ‘x-factor' that makes a puzzle feel playfully and distinctly ‘human'" — the fill included.

With advanced crossword software and databases available now even to first-time constructors, it takes special effort, like Trenton's, to display a personal style.

POW Sun 9/26/2021STUDY BREAKS
TACKSEASTCAPSDIT
SWEARINGINSALATTONE
ARCTANGENTAMIGAHITS
RYESTASKELITESTATUS
USERSPATAHITUNA
HASURDUORIGINMOPE
INTERNETCONNECTION
PILAFERRELITREADS
GABRUDESNOWHIC
DUALCITIZENSGPAJEER
ESTEEMSADOASSUAGE
STETOATRACHELMADDOW
KOIDIRETAILEMO
SONOFAIRALYEOGRES
POLITICALACTIVISTS
SVENMEETMETINATAN
STANDUPNADABORN
CANNABISOILLIENOMEN
URIEONEBCLASTINLINE
BESTAGAVEGREATBASIN
ASHTERIAMENANODE

Priyanka Sethy is a management consultant, originally from India, now splitting her time between the Bay Area and New York City. Matthew Stock works for a math education nonprofit in East St. Louis, Ill. The two connected via the Crossword Puzzle Collaboration Directory on Facebook. The theme idea here was Priyanka's. They made the puzzle together via Zoom — including a marathon three-hour session at the start.

This is Matthew's eighth Times puzzle. It's Priyanka's debut.

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.