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50 puzzles with comments from Will Shortz — 10/10/2021 to 9/25/2022

Will Shortz

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Sun 9/25/2022 Take Two
TWERKBRASBABECATS
HAVEITBELTALUMIMHO
ELECTRICALOUTLETLARA
YESICANDUMPSONRAZOR
TACHERASFAKENEWS
LIBERIARECTOEAT
ADONBASHAVINGCREAM
GEOLOGISTSTAVETOSCA
ATOZTIOSELFINTRI
WASARIENETGAIN
USERNAMEANDPASSWORD
SNLSKITDOOMSYD
ABATABOOCLEOLOAD
NONPCRALPHINFLATION
EXTERMINATORSFODUE
AAAFILETWATTAGE
DRIBBLESCLUEENOS
WEARSBOOKONEGOTWISE
ALMAWORKSWITHOUTANET
DESIANTEETESTENORS
ETONDYADDERNRANBY

Meghan Morris is an appellate public defender in Denver, where she lives with her partner and twin kindergarteners. She got into crosswords at the University of North Carolina, where she did them in The Daily Tar Heel.

"I can't promise that I never worked on a crossword in class." She adds, "My college roommate recently reminded me that she and I would bemoan when the crossword was on the fold, because then it was hard to do discreetly."

Sun 9/18/2022 Because I Said So!
ALGAEPEATAFTSALPE
MOANAEACHBLUELOIN
ILLTURNTHISCARAROUND
DALIASSENTGOSEEKEA
FOIEAASWINGSPAN
SITUPSTRAIGHTDIETARY
CARRIEOUREAVELON
AGOHUGSEREATOM
DONTUSETHATTONEWITHME
AMARETTONCISEST
OCTUPLESLOTHOROURKE
TOWETTADOUBLEUP
ITOLDYOUAHUNDREDTIMES
SELADROPDISICU
EPASITHFINWHENCE
ATFIRSTYOUREGROUNDED
GETSREALSHEEWES
ELFEERIEUNABLEINIT
LETSPLAYTHEQUIETGAME
MEETINESMULEANDOR
ETASTADAYAKSPSAKI

Katie Hale, originally from Houston, is now a stay-at-home mom in London. This is her fifth Sunday Times crossword since 2021.

She works on puzzles when her girls, 6 and 9, are in school or after they've gone to bed. "I like to try and come up with themes during times when I might otherwise be mindlessly staring at my phone, like on the bus. I think the moments when I'm out in the world, hearing other people talk, but not directly to me, are the best times to find inspiration."

Sun 9/11/2022 Opposites Attract
SWATATDOPEDOGFLASH
SOFINEILLSOHOHDITTO
ALFREDNOYESFIFAIGLOO
FLAWERMAPOORRICHARD
AMIDTRAPDOORERATSKS
FACETHEMUSICWEIMAR
TNTARIASLUPESWEARAT
TOEDMYSELFORIOLE
APPOSETAOISRMANURE
PAARPUNJABHIHATTOV
PINHEARTOFROMAINEIKE
ENDEARTHCATERSKNEE
ATOLLSLIBINSCHEERS
SERAPEELECTSSHAY
ERASMUSLEAROTTERPUP
TEPEESFIXBREAKFAST
BEAMTAXMEGAVOLTLYES
ENDODONTICSNELLGARR
GEENACONKKARLABONOFF
EMPTYELIAMDSEANGLEE
MYTHSSTYSUEDHEELED

Derrick Niederman, of Charleston, S.C., is a former teacher of mathematics at the College of Charleston. Currently he's finishing a statistics textbook that incorporates puzzles.

Derrick is one of the longest-running crossword contributors to The Times, spanning 39 years from 1983 to now. This puzzle started when he noticed the curiosity of 114-Across, followed by 24-Across. The other theme examples are the result of a methodical search.

POW Sun 9/4/2022 Ups and Downs
SCRUBSADOCOBSAGAR
PRESETMEWSINRELARY
OATBARPANTLOOMLARGE
TMIRIMREOARTIELOB
SENECASEDMUNDHSWINE
RANRDRSABTESTACNE
GALOOTSERRWALKER
AKCWASPKAROJOLLY
DEEPLYEVILSBUSES
LINUSSWIPETELECASTS
IRANTTOPSGREETFLAT
BACKDOORSCREEPSEIKO
BATIKLHASASISTER
PARACREINTHUDSIM
CHANELHOTDREAMER
LORDSIOUANERSIAMB
ANTSYMALTOSENASTIES
MOIALFREEINTISNAH
BRATWURSTALASSUTURE
EELSMEETROCKHEATED
DESKPERESTYASTERS

Tracy Gray lives in Hunt Valley, Md. She and her husband have owned and operated a lawn and landscaping business for the past 33 years. She got the idea for this puzzle last Christmas while riding an escalator, up and down, at her local mall, proving again that ideas can come from anywhere if you're alert to them.

This is Tracy's 33rd puzzle (and ninth Sunday) for the paper

Sun 8/28/2022 Animal Hybrids
TARTANAPESARIDPIN
ABUELOGASHSOMELOSE
BREAKTHEICEHODAALEX
SADAMANDAWETBLANKET
SLANTPAWNSMICA
PARKINGSPACETHEMEDIA
ONEASYADETAMIBOND
PITTWATERMELONPATCH
AMIEURNSARKASSAD
RUNSAMOKGLAMGAGS
TSABATHROOMSCALEGMO
INREOOPSOVERCOOK
ALEVETBDSPECALAS
GENERALHOSPITALMENU
EARNMOATIRAPREFER
SHOOTOUTGLOBETHEATRE
LIEUSIRENROOST
GOLDENGATEGOATEECEO
ICEETILECROSSBREEDS
RHEATRIMSINEEVADES
LOSODESIPADSERENA

Ori Brian is a product manager at Amazon, currently in Los Angeles but relocating soon to London. He got interested in crosswords while a student at the University of Chicago, where he solved the puzzles in the dining hall with friends. He quickly started constructing.

In 2016 The Times published the first crossword he ever made. This is Ori's ninth puzzle (and first Sunday) for the paper.

Sun 8/21/2022 Stacking Up
BLEATAFROLATINA
PIERREPREPARATIVE
HATTREETIMEWILLTELL
RESTOATHAIRBALLMEA
EASEINHUNTAODAMP
FDADEVELOPSOLOORES
USCBOHRATOMKATNINE
SPAREUSDOWELTILTAT
ARGOTSFACETATTOOS
LILOCONCRETEISLAND
SNITCONCURRENCESEES
GAYPRIDEPARADESOTO
THEMARINERSTAMPED
BIOLABSEGARMODERNA
KETOMRSDEDICATEOTC
LAITSAUDREVIVALNIA
ETSYPODRATLAGOON
INSCATEREDLYRENUNS
NIAGARARIVERMEDIANS
KILLINGTIMEADULTS
DOMEASOLIDPOPES

Brooke Husic is a postdoctoral fellow in biophysics at Princeton. Will Nediger is a professional crossword constructor in London, Ontario. They are both regular crossword contributors to The Times.

This unthemed puzzle has 120 answers (versus the usual 138-140 in a typical themed Sunday), affording longer and fresher vocabulary. Seventeen answers, or about 14% of the entire grid, have never appeared in a Times crossword before.

Sun 8/14/2022 In the Money
TRUDDTDIVASSLAVS
RESTORERUNPAIDPANIC
ABSOLUTECASHREGISTER
MARKOMEARASEWONEWE
EOSRATONNADADEE
PLOPOMESDOASLOWBURN
DANALINBOONTWERPS
QUITCOLDTURKEYNBA
ROILISEEWASWAR
DENTISTANNALOYALFAN
ANDCHAIROFTHEFEDTWO
STICKONSSLOETRIDENT
SPATIMNATEEIRE
RCATIMBERINDUSTRY
COLONSDEUSREASAVE
MAKINGALISTGIRLSXES
ETCNOVOATEINMIA
STUORINGDOGHANDLER
CAPITALGAINSOUTTHERE
ALICEEEYOREFRIEDEGG
LODESRENALTARKOS

Jim Horne is a musician and writer from Newcastle, Wash. He is the founder of XWord Info, a website for crossword enthusiasts. He was the original writer (2008-11) for Wordplay, the Times's daily crossword column.

Jeff Chen is a professional crossword constructor and writer in Seattle. This is their fourth collaboration (and first Sunday) for the paper.

Sun 8/7/2022 Letterplay
MANORSJAKOBJOISTS
ANIMALSOCIALSAGLARE
CINEMAALLTHATCRIMEA
ATANANGLEUNIQUEUSER
WASGRANTSCRUZMASS
IDAIDEATESIZE
SAMADAMSFORMTINHAT
IROBOTTWOAMZEROG
ANNSTARSIDRABYLINE
MOESAPERTERNAMIDST
TRIPLEADOUBLEU
RELYONISNTWAILMAPS
EXALTSETNASLOONLEI
FIVEOFOURHTEABAG
TETRISNAPAHUSHHUSH
SPASLIMPIDIAM
ELLEHUMPTERRORCAB
VOODOODOLLOINOINONE
IBADANLAYDOWNTRIVIA
TONITETIMELAGHONEST
ASSESSNEWERSNORES

Tina Labadie lives in London, Ontario. This is her first New York Times crossword. It has one of my favorite kinds of themes — one offering many different "ahas." The example at 118-Across, at the bottom of the puzzle, is a little different from the others, like the kicker of a joke.

As a construction fillip, every letter in the alphabet is used at least once in the completed grid.

POW Sun 7/24/2022 Going Somewhere?
ACRESAMIDTSAESS
PROMOBASEAHIVEEPS
HEROWORSHIPPEREGRETS
IDSSPASESAFRETNOT
DOCKIMPUGNFRAGRANCE
HOESIMONSOIRSKA
TRACERKARYNDREAYSL
BICHROMEGLOBEEVAL
ASHICESEADOONERVE
RECECLATNERDTRIALS
AERODROMEARSEANKH
FORKSULUTIERDISH
YODELSBEFITVERONA
IFSETHANFROMEAYEAYE
BEAUALEACEVIV
IMPOSTERSYNDROMEZEKE
TEACHSUMOGUYTONER
STLEODAWDLESPROUST
ALLROADSLEADTOROME
TILERSHEADELOPE
DISCSDRYREFER

Jessie Trudeau née Bullock recently received her Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard. Her fiancé, Ross, is a writer and puzzlemaker in Cambridge, Mass. They met three years ago. Ross, who has been creating crosswords for The Times since 2017, introduced Jessie to the puzzle world. This is their fourth collaboration for the paper.

The couple is getting married this weekend.

Sun 7/17/2022 It's All On the Table
AMARETTILOCHSLABS
VENETIANREPAIRAISLE
QANNESLAEMERGEGETAC
GUTAESOPNETRKEVENT
AAASROASTHAMRKO
HILTINHASTENERDIER
INSOMNIATABUDOEST
INTURNTYRAYAKS
ASPENSLOETDSBAR
MARAUDSMITTUTILPEP
PLOTTEDPLABOINFLAME
SEWELANSSEASSLAVIC
WHITEQRHEAUBERS
FORAASHESUNUPS
EVENSTSARSNLHOSTS
BRENDANSUBSETSPURE
AGRMORTIMEREPEE
SURFATSIONLOUISNRA
ISAACIDIGITSMOKJETS
LOTTARELICSESTEEMED
SNEERRENEROUNDERS

Greg Slovacek is a software engineer from San Francisco. This is his first published crossword. He finds puzzlemaking similar in a way to programming — both involve problem-solving within constraints.

He enjoys puzzles that have layers to be uncovered, which is certainly true of today's.

Sun 7/10/2022 Movin' On Up
ROFLAWEDTREATTEMPT
OURSCALERASTAANAIS
STUDFARMSAZTECBRINK
ARILIMITSEEOOLONGS
OTHOURIAHREBRAND
BASPANICBADRIP
TEARSATEDAMBROUHAHA
ARTDECODENIMOCTAGON
DOORSTOPSOLEMNELOPE
SSNSNUGNATOCRONES
STURIBNOTHIS
CATNAPGARBOHHIWAS
ARIALSENIORSENDHELP
RESPECTTAXEDAURELIA
LATESHOWRITARAILCAR
ASHIRANIGHTFLO
EVILEYEGENUSTOMB
HASIDICAWLAMUSEEAU
OREOSOHGEEBARCRAWLS
SCALAUBERSINGACASE
ESSAYPORESTEEDEGAD

Scott Hogan is making his New York Times debut with this puzzle, after many submissions. He is a patent attorney from Midland, Mich. Christina Iverson is a crossword constructor and editor from Ames, Iowa. They met through the Cruciverb Facebook page, a forum for crossword constructors.

Scott says he takes inspiration from the lyric of "Movin' On Up," the theme song from "The Jeffersons" — "It took a whole lotta tryin', just to get up that hill.'"

Sun 7/3/2022 Expansion Pack
OSLOUNFITHELPBEAST
RHEANORAHETALELLIE
BOTTOMLINEACRECAPRA
SOSMETEOLDERBROTHER
GRATEDTASTYIMEASY
STEINETHNICONES
PUTTINGGREENANDSWAH
ATOZEAGERANTSAHME
NUNFALSETRUTHFLAIR
WHIRLPEORIALETGO
ASIANINCONTACTARSON
BUTTEVALUESNASTY
USHERAPARTSPOCKOAK
THISANEWBOOTHMULE
SITACTSCHARLEYHORSE
PSISALECTOITSON
ATARUNSMACKSCATHE
GIVINGTHANKSHULUCON
AMENDHANGTHIRDPARTY
TERCEUNDOAERIEREIN
ESTERSTARBETONETSY

Tom McCoy, of Wexford, Pa., recently defended his doctoral dissertation in Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. The subject was how language is represented in artificial intelligence systems and what that tells us about language in humans. This fall he'll begin a postdoc program at Princeton.

This is Tom's 35th Times crossword starting in 2013.

Sun 6/26/2022 Bonus Features
SEPTASLIPOAST
STAREDATOMICGLOAT
THESILENCEOFTHELAMBOS
HITEMLANECOLAUOFA
YPSIBEVERLYHILLSCOUP
MONAEEAUEACH
PANTSLABYRINTHISLAM
ETHOSDUECAROMSOGRE
TEADOSASELATEBMW
ESTADOTHIGHFIDELITY
PERUMOODEMO
JURASSICPARKADOUBTS
GETFATAHNARCSOOH
REEFLAMAZELGAGLOBE
UPSETBRIDGEOFSPIKES
AREAONOEATME
THISISSPINALTAPEMAXI
AUDISTATFOCIDAKAR
THEBLAIRSWITCHPROJECT
SALTYAMTRAKEXHORT
LEESEARNTSARS

Matthew Stock works for a math education nonprofit in East St. Louis, Ill. Next month he's moving to Florida, where he'll be teaching eighth-grade math. Finn Vigeland is a transportation planner in Washington, D.C. The two met at a crossword competition in 2018 and have been in touch ever since. This is their first collaboration together.

When you've finished the puzzle, look for an appropriate hidden word.

Sun 6/19/2022 Some Light Reading
ITSBADINFRASPECTRUM
OREIDABAAEDLIKEWISE
WINTERMINTSUNGLOVED
APTESTSLGAGITSPANS
NORMTHESPIANSHALE
DYEDHAIRMPGDEIST
OILSTIPSDEAR
SIGNEEEELSBOARPSI
ALOTBIELSANDTRAPS
TOVDOUGHVODKABULL
DIVEINTHEPAGESILIE
EVERSTATEPREYSMIC
PAINTCANSNITSPANE
PSTHOPECOCOMAINER
HEREHAWKYAWN
TBIRDNAPFAKEGOLD
HARELOSEAGAMEPEEL
PAREREBASOLATPEACE
STRATEGOCATCHHANDED
ACIDHEADOHYOUARMING
THEJOLLYGIANTTRENTE

Jeremy Newton, of Austin, Tex., is a software engineer who makes mobile games. He's been constructing crosswords for The Times since 2007, specializing in unusual themes often with visual elements. The idea for this one occurred to him last fall while he was stopped at a traffic light. It took him several months, off and on, to work out all the elements.

This is Jeremy's 15th Sunday crossword and 22nd Times puzzle overall.

Sun 6/12/2022 Didn't We Just Have This?
ASKSCOCOTOOLELMER
THINGOAHUEXPONAOMI
RODEOATITCHINLBOMB
ANDANOTHERTHINGIOTAS
IDIDNTFEEDEJAVU
NAEAIMEDLIEOVERSEE
OSMOSESSHINDIGS
THISISNTMYASANAATOP
RAMONERIYALTOY
ADULTPERILVISORRNA
ITSDEJAVUALLOVERAGAIN
LOTRAYONBORAXTYPED
ANIKOREASONICS
BABYARENAFIRSTRODEO
UNROLLEDRUSSOLO
MARTIALREPSTYNEGMO
OPIATETAUENSUED
MIAMIBABYONEMORETIME
ONSETELLEIDEAMELON
DITTOLIONSTARYETIS
STAIRSAGSEONSLYRE

Will Nediger is a professional crossword constructor from London, Ontario. He contributes regularly to The New Yorker, The Times and other outlets.

He says, "I enjoy architecturally challenging constructions — like this puzzle, which was tricky to create, because the theme content had to be placed in a specific order."

Sun 6/5/2022 Let's Get Literature
FUSESPACEBARBOASIS
AHOYMORELABITPLANK
COMESOUTOFONESSHELLEY
THEMOORSUTILEUNEASY
PARTIDOSAMEND
GOESTHROUGHHELLERFOG
AWOKEAIDELOLSCOWL
LIPDAMNMOMOAARLO
EELSTAKESALONGWALKER
SEALESWORDSERBSTY
LEOIWISPSSOBE
OOHGUNNTHATSNARCO
PLAYSTHEFIELDINGALPS
TIREAMISSBOOBETA
ENDATLENTTYLUSAIN
DELBREAKSTHELAWRENCE
YETISTWIXALAS
TVEXECSHOOTSTRAWHAT
GIVESAFAIRSHAKESPEARE
INERTRINKEVITAEVAN
FORTSODDSRENEWDEBT

Christina Iverson, of Ames, Iowa, is the assistant crossword editor for The Los Angeles Times. Katie Hale is a stay-at-home mom in London, England.

The idea for this puzzle started with Katie. She had a few minutes to kill while waiting for an online course to start. As she stared at a copy of "The Great Gatsby," the phrase THROW A FITZGERALD popped into her head. She laughed … and started adding syllables to other authors' names. Some of the results are shown here. This is Christina's and Katie's third Sunday collaboration for The Times.

Sun 5/29/2022 A Monumental Centennial
TVADSPANGOGHSASH
HOBOKEPTTROUTUTU
ANEWBIRTHOFFREEDOM
INTERNETEARCLIPS
LINCOLNMEMORIAL
MASSEYSOULSCRAGGY
EVAFDADOZENFADRAE
LOVESICKBAGBENSTEIN
TWIGPERSKYRUEHANS
ORRDOCNODSET
BUREAUCASHCOWSTRESS
EGOTISMBEARDBOOMMIC
ELFLAPAGREEATVANA
PITASHONESTABEERNST
HOPSWARHEROSPEC
CELLARSPACIFIC
CHUICUTAPPOM
LENGTHSPSEOREGANO
AVIATESRINMAHATMA
WROTETOEDTSBALOAN
SENORSSTERNS

Daniel Bodily, of Woodbury, Minn., is an R&D robotics engineer. Jeff Chen, of Seattle, is a professional writer and crossword constructor.

Dan started making puzzles three years ago. "Every once in a while I pick a ‘mammoth goal' — something way out of my comfort zone," and in 2019 that was to have a crossword published in The Times. This is his second (and his first Sunday). Jeff Chen has been a frequent contributor since 2010.

POW Sun 5/22/2022 Parting Ways
MDPHDBROPOLWHIM
AERIEIANERATHINE
STOPSIGNSREVERENCE
COGSINCHSOAMIGUT
AXEPIEHOLECOPIERS
RENALWOREATOP
ASYLUMSETCKENOSHA
TMISHOESPAS
DEPOSITIONTORN
AMORCORNICEERODE
RAGEBONYRELEVANCE
ANTGERLTEFAD
NOREGRETSASIANUSE
CHESSREACTTOSLED
IMACANIMATIONS
NATSPLATSRI
INSIDERARKCHAPTER
CECEOATHTERRA
BODYARTINSHAPEIMP
APERERUNHERRSLIP
REVOLTINGMILESTONE
BRINYADOIREPAGER
SALELOTRSSABYSS

David, Karen, and Paul Steinberg live in Pacific Grove, Calif. David is the puzzles and games editor for the Andrews McMeel Universal media company. Karen and Paul are his parents — also longtime puzzle enthusiasts.

The idea for this one was Paul's. David wrote a program to generate possible theme entries. When the standard 21 x 21-square grid couldn't be made to work for the theme, Karen suggested changing the grid size, which was successful.

Karen and David did the fill and Paul look the lead on the clues. This is the Times's first all-family crossword collaboration.

POW Sun 5/15/2022 Way Out West
METSSISTINEGERBIL
ETRESCREAMINSOLOIST
THEMOTHERROADMARMOTS
REVIVERVONPAOLO
ELITEOMITFOLKSYHIP
ORDEALBASTECORA
PAINTEDDESERTSQUALOR
STREAMERINGUNPACK
HOVKOREANOKSHOOT
ANISEGEMHURTINT
WENTGATEWAYARCHOARS
DEAICONYAKINTOW
SILENTXNIACINIPA
PUSHEDRANDONTDOIT
INVERSECADILLACRANCH
ETESLLOYDEATSAT
RONONMEDSBAITNANAS
PEEVEPANACETONE
CRAZIERROUTESIXTYSIX
DEPENDSENTHRALLPITT
CARNEYDETESTSERAS

Daniel Mauer is a software engineer in Massachusetts. He started solving crosswords with his father when he was growing up and began making them six years ago.

Two favorite activities of Daniel and his wife are solving the Times crossword, which they do first thing every morning; and taking road trips. The latter was the inspiration for this puzzle.

Sun 5/8/2022 Two-by-Two
IBMSGOBUSTPDFSSHOP
SISTERSISTERARIAHOPI
MONACOMONACORANTOMEN
LOGONHOMAGETEENS
FAWNSITHKUDOPIBB
ALMAICEINLOUIELOUIE
TOURBUSAGEEXTRAEXTRA
SONTAGHOTSIRSTET
ERRELKOHNOMPSBONA
ASAPYESNOTSARHORNET
ETCETERAETCETERA
SURPRISESURPRISE
CRIKEYUSERDOSASSERF
LEVYNTHIDESMMALEO
AREAAAAEONAPPALL
NAMESNAMESETDKNEEPAD
KNOCKKNOCKRINGSASIS
VOTEFUELDARTCCED
GRECOGOAWAYIRULE
YODABENDPEOPLEPEOPLE
MOORARGODOUBLEDOUBLE
SSNSAMORWISETOTACK

Matthew Stock works for a math education nonprofit in East St. Louis, Ill. Chandi Deitmer, of Cambridge, Mass., is a social worker in the fields of psychiatry and geriatrics.

Matthew was making a themeless puzzle a few years ago and his constructing software suggested [41-Across] and [49-Across] in adjacent spots. That didn't work out, but he tucked the thought away. A fan of Chandi's last Times crossword, he asked if she'd like to collaborate on this one.

Sun 5/1/2022 Blank Expressions
AHALTESCHMOISHNIB
REXREEDSHOOINSDUALIPA
PHLEGMYFORTLEEABRAHAM
WAPGOODNEATSADS
ANGELENOPAPALWARNZONE
DEADNHEADTOGCASUALSEX
LASSIPLANETEARTHSOAMI
ITSDOTIMELOCALSGET
BOYSDUEIBARSHMOSEAS
OWENCLARIONELON
ABASEEWEDMSEIDSUGAR
LANAISTOOKNOVERFIGARO
ARIREEFLAHTIETRESMU
BNSIDESAERATEDHARPNON
ABEFORTASMIOROCKSOLID
MATSSOLARSAILDIRE
ACELUPINEPEDANTNED
KARATEENDUSERGOOSES
EBERTOUSTSSLOPE
SWEATSNITMARSTARNDATE
TILDESNOWPIERCERHUMOR
ADAMSETPHONEHOMEACELA
TENETSEANTOTSTENDS

Brandon Koppy works for a digital ad agency in Austin, Tex. He has two girls, 2 and 4 years old — which he calls "black hole ages" that seem to consume all his time.

This puzzle started with a general idea and a title (above). Once he decided on the puzzle's "meta" answer, he was off to the races. After you've finished solving, look for an appropriate bonus phrase.

Sun 4/24/2022 MAGAZINE RACKET
SCULPTGNAWDABSINFO
NOMOREMIROOSHATURK
APPLEJACKETWHATMAKES
GASWATSONANDCRICKET
GENENANOAANDE
CARBOMBMINTYIBEX
COCAPOSTBACATANY
SITTINONTHEDOCKETDSL
INVADEGARRNULLVALUE
LVILANDRAEPOEM
LIKEAMILLIONBUCKETS
MOTODOCLEGOSTU
EATSPALEOBOOSODISTS
RTEUNDERGROUNDROCKET
CHARTWOODTARHOLY
HEMIALBEEPITFALL
CANOETRAMNEAT
FRONTOFTHEPACKETTAU
YOUTICKETDARNSOCKETS
AINTOILYDRIBFAERIE
MEGAWELLSTACFTYPES

Sam Ezersky, 26, is the digital puzzles editor of The New York Times. He also edits the daily Spelling Bee. This is his 38th crossword for the paper.

On the day this one runs, he himself will be running the Brooklyn Half Marathon — the first time he's ever done this distance. He says, "Hoping solvers won't be struggling on Sunday morning as much as me!"

Sun 4/17/2022 ON THE HUNT
WILTOSCARNESSRAE
ASEAOWETOYUCCABELL
RANKHALOSETHOSRAPS
MODEMPENCILMOUSTACHE
AHEMBOOTLEERRITA
OPHELIAFESSEDYEN
REAEBANDMADVEESOUT
SENDTEASETBASSTUBA
ODDASSERTPOTTOTEM
AWAYPOETRYMARINE
DEACONLEOMYEOONMEDS
RULERSPILOSEGODS
EBOOKNGOORGANSWSJ
SINFONIAHANSELMILE
SEESFITLONMAYBENOT
PALPESTLESTRANGE
KCARTAGTEAMSDELI
BEEDTHEQUESTIONAPPLY
LEDEDRUMSELBOWREIE
ERESTRIESSIEGEEELS
USDVANSTAROTPROM

Emet Ozar, formerly from Los Angeles but currently in Charlotte, N.C., is a program manager for a software company. She and her wife have three children, all under 6. She finds crosswords appealing partly because they can be picked up and set down easily, which is helpful due to constant interruptions from the kids.

She credits the Crossword Puzzle Collaboration Directory on Facebook for helping her develop her construction skills. This is Emet's New York Times debut.

Sun 4/10/2022 ORDERING SECONDS
HOTTAMALETAFFYCSPAN
ASIAMINOREMILEOPERA
ROCKIDOLSMOVIETROPES
ESSEWISEPREPOGRES
MIENSTEPSONIT
POWERSTRIPMIRYSAL
ISHITSAMESSDEADSPOT
VSIGNESCAPEESIHEAR
OILPALMKNEXSTORMY
TEESIMDBKLUMESPYS
PEANUTALLERGY
JADENCLAPTHOUBAMA
SAVORSGRUBWETONES
INLETEGYPTIANWOODY
SEASHORESTONEAGEDIE
TBTDIMEMIDDLESEAT
OPENSPACERIDE
HIALLTIERISITTOME
MENTALLAPSEBLACKSTAR
PREENATEITMANHATTAN
GAZESGENRESTAYLOOSE

David W. Tuffs, of Pacific Grove, Calif., is a fourth-year linguistics student at the University of California Santa Cruz. In his spare time he writes for his school's satirical newspaper, Fishrap Live!

This is his third crossword for The Times, and his first Sunday. Planning the theme involved "manually sifting through endless lists" of words — which sounds tedious, but he enjoyed doing it.

Sun 4/3/2022 SOFT OPTIONS
LIFTUPPFFTPELTSWAN
ACROSSREARWIPERCECE
SEAOFTRANQUILITYHEIR
TBILLAIDSROCSSOUND
ILLSAPSESETSOFTONGS
NUTSUPERVHSNEAL
GEYSEREDERASEBROCHE
TEARBROWEDREFLEX
UNLADEJESUSLIKETEAT
NEARSRUNEDTAZHAVE
DOCSSANDSOFTIMEONIN
ESTOORKFAUNAMUSED
ROOFBADRATINGTIGERS
GUSTAFNODULESETH
OLEOLEANDREFASTTALK
MOSTWIDEOUTSDEE
SONOFTARZANARRSPANE
AVERTPEETARCOGAMIN
LIARSTATEOFTENNESSEE
ENTORADARTRAPANTONY
MEOWSPYSCOGSEXANTE

Byron Walden, a math and computer science professor at Santa Clara University, is a regular crossword contributor to The Times. He says the idea for this puzzle started with the title. "I learned the phrase ‘soft option' from the [1986] Pet Shop Boys hit ‘West End Girls,'" and everything sprang from there.

Byron packs his grids with fresh vocabulary, like 20A, 35A, 53A, 70A, 86A, 105A, 51D and 61D, none of which have ever appeared in a Times crossword before.

Sun 3/27/2022 I'M STILL STANDING
ATTESTSSOCALADASTRA
GROCERYUNHIPCONGEAL
EUROVANITEMSHECTARE
SETECCEIOSGERIREX
ISNTRAMPAGESEND
ALLOWLIMESTONENORMA
SYLLOGISMRENTTOOWN
TRAINEROFTHEDOWNPAT
OASDRAWABETOGOSHE
TERSENAYAWARD
STORYENCRYPTSLEEP
KEEPSEBAYAAASDFLAT
INESLIPMMATESH
NOBCASTSAPINCHCTR
GRANOLASPRAYDRAFTEE
SALOMECHAMBEROLEOLE
SLURLOOTSOYAFIRS
GAMETESTHEBORG
BREADEDRHENIUM
IHATEITKHUFUANASAZI
TOTSROMODNIA

August Lee-Kovach is a freshman at Concord-Carlisle High School, in Concord, Mass. He started solving crosswords with his family when he was 9. Someone would read the clues aloud and anyone could call out answers. He started constructing puzzles by himself when he was 11.

This is his third Times puzzle, starting last October, and his first Sunday. At 14 years 11 months, August is the youngest known person ever to have a Sunday crossword in the paper.

Sun 3/20/2022 EXES & NOS
CAMPAMUSTARLOPEP
OBOEPALLIDMOORTAPE
HADNOPRAYERETESSLAW
ICEOLINDIDNTWORKOUT
BULLPENOBEDIENTOLE
ASTIESPNMINBEAKER
KETONETONGUELATS
CAMETONOTHINGSAHL
ALOHAOEETSGENESIS
RESELLGULLBAOHTTPS
DUALLETMEDOWNASIA
STILLOREBUNKSIRENS
SCIENCECOEJUMBLES
TOOKWOULDNEVERFLY
THAITENHUTRELATE
HUSSARAIRMEWLAPPS
EMUBEATTIMEOSHKOSH
MISSEDTHECUTOSHALYE
ADUEARALDIDTHETRICK
GOATMINISENIORACHE
IRLEASERASTAPEEL

Brad Wiegmann is a national security lawyer for the Department of Justice in Washington. He says this puzzle reminds him of the old Steven Wright line: "I almost had a psychic girlfriend . . . but she left me before we met."

This is his third puzzle for the Times — all Sundays.

POW Sun 3/13/2022 Body Language
NELYBROILMRTLEST
HEYEINONITOSHAALTO
LENTGANGESRIVERBLIP
ENINGNEATOPAYMENS
SIEGEHOWNAMING
MPHCREEPERSSONIC
ELISEISLAMWESBELOW
SUPPRESSEDFREESASH
ASTISELASLEWTSETSE
HOTROLLSTASHUTAHAN
SATEMERITAPAT
ABLAZEEAGERTHEBACK
DIETERGROWFIEFTEAM
MNEYOGISBUDDYHOLLY
TISNTPSASELIGINLET
OOZESCALLDESKISH
YOUWINAXLTRIED
PLUGLSDPOACHCROSS
ALTACHETONGUEEKWIIG
PERTHOLASIRREEEDDA
ABESTICODEONLEES

Christina Iverson is a crossword constructor in Ames, Iowa. Katie Hale is a stay-at-home mom in London, England. They met online two years ago. This is their 11th and fourth Times puzzles, respectively, and their second Sunday collaboration.

They say that for a complex theme and tricky construction, as here, "It's helpful to bounce ideas back and forth … and nice to have a partner to motivate you to get it right."

Sun 3/6/2022 PARLOR TRICK
APPETITIMOUTPACIFIC
SHALALANAOMIATACAMA
SATIRESSCONEUPSELLS
ISHPTIPSOPTSALIT
SETESEOREIKE
IROCTRACYGLOSSONES
VITAATEALOTWART
ISITONCADOHELWOOD
SACREDHOWALEPPO
OCTOBERBONUSTRILLED
PHONEMEOKAPIHAALAND
OERASFORILSATSCEE
DRYNOBELATKERR
RODSSINS
SODNAMEOFTHEGAMECHO
THEHELPMOWERBARGAIN
ALVEOLARODISGORGE
FOIAORALSEGOOSHA
FOLLOWTHEBOUNCINGBALL
KEELEYGOPROFINELY
DREDSWINGCURE

Matthew Stock works for a math education nonprofit in East St. Louis, Ill. Will Nediger, of London, Ontario, is a professional crossword constructor. As fans of each other's work, they connected via the online "puzzleverse." They still have not met or even spoken together over video.

The original idea for this puzzle was Matthew's. Together they developed the theme via Twitter direct messages, then exchanged grids back and forth until they got one they were both happy with.

Sun 2/27/2022 Cinemagrams
ATMCARDSBUREAUATIT
POOHPOOHEASESINLIME
PIRATESOFTHECARIBBEAN
SLRTOOHARDSCOURGE
IPASERECHESSSET
ITSAWONDERFULLIFE
LOOSELYONEUPPEGS
LENSVEGPUTONGARRET
THETOWERINGINFERNO
YAHOONORSECARPARK
ESEOLSENAKITATEE
STRIKERSPADEIPASS
THEDEVILWEARSPRADA
EMBODYEARLSTABYVES
RAYSPASTEKENDALL
WHENHARRYMETSALLY
GLACIERSHAISAYS
RECITALGORILLAPCS
ANIGHTMAREONELMSTREET
PINAHAYRIDEEMPANADA
ENGRSNARLSTOYMAKER

Sheldon Polonsky, of Cincinnati, is a pediatrician and medical software analyst at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He loves movies and wordplay and sees films in theaters whenever possible.

The theme clues for this puzzle took varied amounts of time to compose. 75-Across came in five minutes. 110-Across took half an hour. 22-Across, on and off, required three days. This is Sheldon's second Times puzzle and first Sunday.

Sun 2/20/2022 PARDON MY FRENCH
CHAWWIELDFEDSBERT
LOLAGENXERAVOWOREO
OUISHALLOVERCOMEUNIT
USBOSCARSAILATNINE
DEISMHICDIEUPROCESS
PBSDINEDTRIPE
IMPERILSENSIONSLAP
BELLETOWERROWTBILL
ITALINEDIDINLEAPTO
SAYNDAIRISAIRCREW
EAUFORHEAVENSSAKE
TURNSONESTOACTAVE
IRONERCATERPOIVDAY
PANESDADCESTCHEESE
SLEWERROKEDSLURRED
IMGAYUNDUEEGG
LAITTOWASTECABGEICO
INTHATTAREATREEHAN
VISAREINECATSANDDOGS
ETONINDYALEASTEPEE
RAKEPESOPESTSWEST

Victor Barocas is a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota. He's a longtime member of the National Puzzlers' League, and contributes puzzles to its monthly publication, The Enigma.

Victor loves all things related to language and wordplay. Contrary to the title of this puzzle, though, he does not speak French.

Sun 2/13/2022 CHANGE OF HEART
CDSWINDSCRAPASSUCH
PIANODUETLIMEMURPHY
UNLIKABLEUNINHIBITED
ICESIEGESLOSLORE
TWEENSPLIEINSTA
MANNABSINDIGOENZO
INTERFACINGSHRINKING
YESANDTOTSTAPLE
CARESLLAMABAHDON
WAVESLEOAUDREYPROD
ARODINVECTIVEHIKE
SAGSGREECESTPSEVER
ALAROEOSCARFEWER
BADDAYVANORIOLE
IRRIGATEDCOMPLEMENTS
MOVEENAMELSECOAHU
IDLEDAMIDKICKER
SEEDINEPETERINEE
ALTERCATIONCOMMANDED
AMTRAKTOUTACAPPELLA
BOASTSANTSYACHTYIN

David Steinberg, of Pacific Grove, Calif., is the puzzles and games editor for the Andrews McMeel Universal media company. The Universal Crossword, which he edits, appears in many newspapers, including The Daily News, The Boston Globe and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

David's first crossword for The Times appeared in 2011 when he was 14. This is his 101st for the paper.

Sun 2/6/2022 Sci-Fi Showdown
PHDPALACEACCOSTHSN
RIOAVATARYAHWEHIPOS
EGOREBELALLIANCETARA
THREERSSOANDSOLOCUS
ANDERSROEGSUNNINESS
POOLHANSOLOPDASTHY
EONSTEELAPPGRAPH
SNOWMANYARDSALESREIN
THEISMROYYEAAFRO
STEAKASIAWEARCLIOS
SAHARASTARTREKSHINNY
ABETSWHOSRISENANAS
SIRIHERPASDIESEL
KNEEWARMSUPTOMETSFAN
ISLETSIRBIOREREA
IMSGRIMMRSPOCKCORK
DONTBESADHUEYDONNIE
BLOATTSELIOTPRINTAD
ETTUTHEFEDERATIONILL
TERNMARINEISITOKELI
NYTITSBADDECALSRYE

Stephen McCarthy, originally from Vancouver Island, B.C., is a Ph.D. student studying transportation modeling in Stockholm, Sweden. This is his third Sunday Times crossword and his fourth Times puzzle overall.

There is a little trick to this one, as you'll discover, and your solution may not match everyone else's. The middle part of the grid was the most challenging to construct.

Sun 1/30/2022 WATCH YOUR STEP!
SCREAMOFOLDUPFROS
INEXPERTAVERSELEIA
BESTALBUMCEASESYANK
STUOSMOSINGTRICKS
ROANOILSUPANTS
FORINSTANCEEARWIG
ONENDESLORCHESTITS
SECTTPISTSKOBETIE
SITSONTWOBITSHEHER
ELSROOKIRONEDAZERA
BADDESTUNNERVE
ACORNSPICERTACOPMS
DORAGSTAHINIACCRUE
DNAEXECONECUPHERA
STLESSGOWNALEMADAM
MOWGLIVONTPFAMILY
TOADDISOWNRIPS
SIMIANMISSOULAPOP
NOELONTILTTRAPDOORS
INGELEANTOESPOUSES
TSARATRISKSEXIEST

Ross Trudeau is a writer and puzzlemaker in Cambridge, Mass. His crosswords appear regularly in The New York Times (this is his 48th), Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other venues, including his own website, Rossword Puzzles, where he posts an original (and free) puzzle every week.

In 2018 Ross collaborated on a Times crossword with another imaginative person — his father, Garry Trudeau, the creator of "Doonesbury."

Sun 1/23/2022 TURNS OF PHRASE
ATTICTABTUBISCLC
FRODOARACHNIDSTOOD
DRAWERSOFCHESTSCAMPS
RADIANTSHIFTSJAIME
AMENPIPEARAUDRA
BEDHONOROFMAIDSWNBA
OPTIONPFFTADAM
ENBIESSLIDOERYOLO
MORNSFOOTOFFLEETFDR
INONEONARIDLANCE
RETINUEDAFOEYAMAHAS
THEOCNEILSEXGAGE
BAEMANOFRIGHTSLAILA
OKRALOLPOORBOTNET
NESTYETIGOOGOO
KNOTPLENTYOFHORNWOO
FRATSFAASODSAID
ABACIOUTRANFERTILE
EXACTABSENCEOFLEAVES
GENTSOVERSHOELAGER
ODDSKIDSENDOPEDS

Nancy Stark, of New York City, is a writer, lyricist and former editor for the Literary Guild book club. Will Nediger, of London, Ontario, is a professional crossword constructor.

Nancy thought of this puzzle's theme (at 4:00 a.m. one night when she couldn't sleep), they brainstormed examples of it, Will constructed the grid and they both wrote the clues. This is their sixth collaboration for The Times.

Sun 1/16/2022 PLAYING 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 1/9/2022 FOOD 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 1/2/2022 COLOR 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 12/26/2021 PEST 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 12/19/2021 SEASON 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 12/12/2021 JOB 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 12/5/2021 COME 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 11/28/2021 GARAGE 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 11/21/2021 SCREEN 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 11/14/2021 HEADS 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 11/7/2021 THIS 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 10/31/2021 CHOICE 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 10/24/2021 SPORTS 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 10/17/2021 COMMON 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 10/10/2021 CLUE: 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.