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50 puzzles with Editor comments — 8/6/2023 to 7/21/2024

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Sun 7/21/2024 In My Defense ...
LOADSUPITISNTGABON
IZZATSODANUBEROTINI
NOTRUESCOTSMANUPTOIT
KNEEREOTEESBRUNO
SECCIRCULARREASONING
PHDONOSUMOECRU
SPREEPOWPOUTMII
CHERRYPICKINGSTIPEND
ROAMARCSEETINGE
ATMSHIEDCARSITE
POSTHOCERGOPROPTERHOC
ROOKEONYHEAREKE
SPLATGASMALGRAD
TOEPADSSLIPPERYSLOPE
OPTTUTSNAETUNIS
MUSHLAPSTSAMAG
APPEALTOAUTHORITYETS
BALSAITRYANDSLAT
MORDORLOGICALFALLACY
ROTUNDERENOWUNEATEN
SKYPERIDGESNAIVETE

John Ewbank is a scientific writer based in Macclesfield, England.

This is the rare example of a puzzle where writing the theme clues took a similar amount of time to making the grid. John would like to put it on record that people who don't like this puzzle smell bad (AD HOMINEM) and want to dumb down the crossword to the point where a 5-year-old could solve it (STRAW MAN).

Sun 7/14/2024 It Goes Both Ways
ALISTERINFORMFLU
REDTIDESCURACAOIAN
CDCASEDIVIDESACDCNUT
THYNOTICEDROZARO
VICIEELADORABLE
PACERSSELFLESSRECAP
LUAUSORESTUTU
ITEMCBSSOCIETYTEN
TIMTHINGYSTEED
SABREKLAUSACTCASUALK
OREIDAGARBOSMOKER
NARCINAPANICRANASIDE
OUTTASALOONTOM
OOFMETGALAARTDANE
PROMATARIMIDI
SEUSSIGNITINGISSUES
ORGANISTSAPACHE
ACLRUBAGITATEAIG
JOEIRISHSIDEDISHSIRI
ANAELUSIVESEAOTTER
REFLENSESSUNSETS

Jeff Chen is a professional crossword constructor from Seattle, WA. He is also the creator of Squeezy, a daily online word game.

This is his 42nd Sunday crossword for the Times.

Sun 7/7/2024 Double Digits
TALCTASTEITZAPBAT
IKEAECHIDNADECOEND
EATHUMBLEPIELIP
STYRENEINHDALMA
MADAMATOASTYALIAS
BLINDEXPERIMENTS
ABELRETAILSUSIE
PLUSHEASEL
KATEMIDDLETON
MEDINACAROUSETYPOS
LEDAOBSMAIOWSSISI
SPURTANTOINEIRONIC
SPARRINGPARTNER
YENTAGENIE
SODOISTREAKERMA
PINKYANDTHEBRAIN
FALSEERODESVAINLY
IRESSTAGTALENTS
ZEDFATFINGERSYNDROME
EMULILTBELIEFSEMIT
REPOLECLAMATOASIS

David Karp, of Victoria, British Columbia, works for the B.C. Ministry of Finance.

This puzzle was built around 107-Across, which makes its debut as an answer in the Times crossword. David was also happy to include 92-Across — in addition to neatly fitting this theme, it was one of his favorite shows as a kid.

Sun 6/30/2024 Misstated
BRAGTHEOSTATARBRB
FEELMORPHOMANILUAU
FLOORITDUHWANTSARMS
SYNTHCOSMISSISZIPPY
TYPOSMATSWOOD
TENASEADUDBALLERS
REELPLAITEDOREAGAIN
AROLETMEGOGITA
MINISODAOASESITSSAD
ESTATEINDIEANNAERA
OUTACTSTALER
ABSDELLAWARESABADO
COHEIRALIKEWHYOMING
HORNROSETEATKO
EYEDAHOEHEIGHTSACER
ADAMANTLEOHUHWHYE
NILECHADRAMEN
VERGEINYEAHTUTRIOJA
ISEEBEADSWHISKONSON
SPARUSMAPIONIAGLUT
ANDTSARSGUSTYSORE

Ginny Too, of Philadelphia, Pa., is a V.P. of customer retention at Comcast. She first started solving crosswords on the Appalachian Trail, sharing clues from a desk calendar with her hiking buddies. She has since completed the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada), and Continental Divide Trail (Canada to Mexico), always with the Times crossword as a companion.

This puzzle was inspired by her father, whose love of silly puns spans English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.

Sun 6/23/2024 Picture Day
ALGAPIAFPAWLTINSEL
HARPINCATRAILOLEOLE
AMERICANGOTHICPERMIT
AIDSEINECINDERS
INVOICENEARSPACEPOE
GUERNICAMAHERPITA
ATSIGNTHESTARRYNIGHT
CUTEYEMUEON
LEBANONREIDONSTAGE
ABATEINBUDTARTTROD
GIRLWITHAPEARLEARRING
EKETCELLADOBOINANE
REDHAIRPLOPOGLALAS
IKEWEERINSE
THEPERSISTENCETROPPO
WADSLIARSOFMEMORY
EPIAIRGUITARLEANTOS
REFORMSOCULILIT
KNIVESPAINTBYNUMBERS
ENCASEAMBIVERTSURAL
DYELOTLIMANASASYFY

Michael Schlossberg is an internist in Bend, Ore. This is his third Sunday crossword of the year.

Michael's antenna is always up for theme ideas — he struck upon this one after seeing the phrase at 113-Across in a news article. Though Michael is an avid gardener, he never brainstorms themes there. "It's my happy place," he says.

Sun 6/16/2024 Connections
MAPSGEOTAGDOTHBRA
ALOEANDONEIDEABRIM
STOREFRONTSSEARRAVI
SOLVEFORTACODEUCES
HELENSEASONOPENERS
GLASSASTERRAKE
PALMTEAMLEADERSISNT
SOLEACNESISIHOO
RAPATPLATOSOPERA
MOVIEPREMIERESCLAIMS
REIGNEDHEALSCRANKIT
BUSHEDROCKETLAUNCHES
EVITAMOSEYSINDIA
ARTSIAMBRIEKFED
NESSFRESHSTARTSEASE
UNITUSEASEMITS
NEWBEGINNINGSTOTAL
AMADOUATADSHACKSUP
ROKURAMASHOWERHEADS
CREEEVENUMPIREUFOS
OYSDADSPOSTEDPENT

Chandi Deitmer, of Cambridge, Mass., works for Elevate Labs, a brain-training app. Wyna Liu, of New York City, is a puzzles editor and author of the daily New York Times game Connections.

Chandi is part of the testing panel for the game, sending her weekly feedback to Wyna. Chandi conceived of this theme and thought, what better person to collaborate with than the Connections queen herself!

Sun 6/9/2024 Quiet Time
BAGSPSTALASBSIDE
CREAMALEDEKEUPNEXT
CINNAMONBREADDREAMON
SEEDYWOOEDAUDIRATA
TEARDROPSONMYGUITAR
GRIDOASHSBCNEELY
ABCPLYEDYSYOGI
PISTOLSCIENCEPROJECT
HOOAORTASENAMOR
SIDEHUSTLEPITASCARE
TWASTUBRNSKLEE
OILUPPYREFRUITSALAD
ASANASISRAELLIL
THISISJEOPARDYUNSTOP
GAULAWESBCEINA
APBIOSIONSUIAMEN
DAMNWITHFAINTPRAISE
ALISPOUFNOAIRNILLA
MINIVANSILENTAUCTION
NODISCETALATTAINED
REESETOWSTAZSEWS

Zachary Schiff is a writer living in New York City. This is his first crossword for The Times.

The theme was initially planned for a 15x15 weekday puzzle, but it didn't quite pan out — through "trial and error and a little bit of luck," he was able to rework it into a Sunday. His favorite clue is 89-Down, a fact he heard a few years back and stored away in the hopes of one day including in a puzzle.

Sun 6/2/2024 Typecasting
BLACKASICSMASCOT
SOOTHESRATITETVTAPE
QUOTATIONMARKSWEARIN
URNPOTPIERIPATTWO
INITTEECUTOFFJEANS
BEERAMIDCASTROUNSET
IMINHESSTUBSHEL
JUMPINGJACKSSLRMERE
ANISEDESISTSITISSO
MICMURALPATINAS
STARBUCKSLONGJOHNS
BACKSAWPAPASYOU
MRPINKYESIDIDALMVP
YEASEARSPLICEDGENES
BARARMEDIONAURA
ADAPTASCENTEDHARRIS
DASHEDHOPESBAHNATE
TAYELROYDARETOGAI
AHISEETWODOLLARBILLS
HOLIERSERENETOOKAIM
INSOLERENTSTEENA

Luke K. Schreiber is a high school senior from Hoboken, N.J. He graduates this coming week, and will attend Princeton University in the fall.

Luke made his New York Times debut last December, a Monday puzzle with the theme IT'S ME AGAIN. His high school, Saint Peter's Prep, announced the feat at an assembly. "It was fun seeing people compete for the fastest time," he says.

Sun 5/26/2024 Roughly Speaking
AMBIGONGDANGCVS
COINSAWORDIGORSLIT
KNOCKONWOODSOMETORO
NAILSARIALSENEGAL
FISTKNITTINGNEEDLE
CECEGRASSRKOSLAV
UMAMOONPIETINSNIC
BURNAFTERREADINGACDC
ARMANISEARLSOOTIER
RASCPUSFATLENO
ARCHAEOLOGICALDIG
DIALDOTNAVEOFT
PORTENDSIRESCOURGE
DOPEBLASTFROMTHEPAST
FROSCENERYOATSDUA
BRAHNEOADOBEWIIS
PUTDOWNONPAPERFOOT
ESCAPEEISLAMAWING
ATOMIVANFRENCHROAST
REDSRENTTABLESUGAR
TREDRNONASTTAXI

John Kugelman is a software engineer and musician from Gainesville, Va.

Despite only starting to make puzzles in 2023, he is The New York Times' most-published Sunday crossword constructor this year (with three). As a lifelong puzzle solver, he doesn't know why it took him so long to discover crossword construction — "I wish I'd thought of it 20 years ago!".

Sun 5/19/2024 Hold Your Doze
BAITDEIAMISPRIDE
ULTRAOPPONENTLOSER
GOSOLOTEAMGAMEUSHER
SHOULDTHEDEEDARISE
YAKOERSNLTENONES
OWLISHOREOSIOTA
WHATELSEISDUEILLTRY
HERODGERILAPSEPAS
ARCHDOASISAYDOTASIDO
POTANNSHOOPVICES
ITSAWRAPINSOLENT
DICESAUDRAFINUPS
ITSAHARDDOCKLIFEBRUT
MAEANDESREAMFIERY
PLATTEUSEYOURDOODLE
LILAMORPHSPOONS
EASTICUEVABODALT
THATSADOUGHBRAIDER
WAZOOOHIDUNNOSNOOPY
WHOOPPEDESTALTUBES
WHOSEIDEDSTYSORT

Christina Iverson, of Ames, Iowa, is an associate puzzle editor at The New York Times. Katie Hale, of London, England, is an assistant crossword editor for The L.A. Times.

This is their fourth Sunday collaboration for the paper. As mothers of young kids, they often draw themes from real life — this puzzle was inspired by a congested toddler.

Sun 5/12/2024 Pixar Box Set
SKEWSWATCHORANGES
LALALAHUEVOSKIAREA
ALLIASKERNSTCONDALY
BEATTHEHEATTATTIDES
FERRULEMULANREDO
CABOSANLSTUBETOPS
IBARMETJIMRUTHGRE
GUNITLABELMATEICEAX
STATICLENTILSDSHARP
COBOLSECEUHORIA
MEREVEGASSOCALISNT
IDAGREEBTSHATER
SINGINCOOKPOTXEDOUT
SFOODCORNERLOTPEDRO
AYNEGANEEOWETTOAD
CRYPTOWTBNEWWORLD
HILLMIREDTHEMOON
OREADTARWHERESWALDO
TEMPURATIARADEITIES
CNUTOILERRORTNOTES
AEROSOLRESETGRETA

Avery Gee Katz, of Santa Clara, Calif., is a user experience designer at a software company.

She comes from a puzzle-loving family — the first crossword she ever made was a Father's Day present for her dad. A diligent constructor, she worked and reworked this puzzle for months, ultimately ending up with 19 versions of the grid. You're solving version #16!

Sun 5/5/2024 From the Astronaut's Logbook
ISHTRYCABOJSOPT
STAYCOOLAGOOKAYSURE
LOVEMEDOKEWVIBRATOS
AMISASPENTREELOOT
MANBAGTOPTIERFLUFFY
GOYAITAKEITLOTT
TWASNTNUNSCHONEHIT
WEBSHISSHERASEGA
OILPERPMUTEBUM
BRAARIAMOOONITLAP
IDSDISCAPROWNSUNO
TOTSNEELEENAGDEAN
EGGSRANGEYOLO
SPEEDOCTALNEWTS
MILIEUCHANTANNEAL
PLANKSSKIBOOTIDTAGS
GONGTILENEAROKED
ESTCATSAJARSEE
PESTOEMMYROTIMATCH
OCEANICABASHSTARTLE
SHARONANIXONTORTLAW
HOTSWAPLENANTHEMS

Daniel Bodily, of Woodbury, Minn., is a robotics research engineer.

His crosswords often include a visual element, as seen in the middle of the grid here. A self-described "left-brained person," he notes that crosswords are "the closest I'll come to being an artist myself."

Sun 4/28/2024 The Sounds of Music
SHERAMESABROBOBCUT
TUXEDONESCOOPAGLARE
INTWOPAVAROTTDRAMAS
RARERSCENECINDERELL
NADIRTRASHCURELSA
NIKESCIOBEE
SHINGLEDTENTHABITOF
CONIFERLINKTOMARACA
AMANAITOLDYOUSYOKEL
LEMANSHALODOTNEAL
EMOSIRENSSKIBIBANT
DOMOPOPSEANCOPSTO
OVENSWIZKHALIFTAPIN
WINKLEPINOLEASTRIDE
NETPAYSPEWSBICORNES
PEGSECCAROM
ACTIBUBLATINWHOAM
THATSAMORSEEYAELLIS
HAMILLREFERRALADELE
ONENILGLISSANDVIXEN
STRAPSEONESSOYEAST

Mike Ellison, of Henderson, Nevada, works in business analytics. Prior to that, he majored in music education and served as a band director, hence the theme you see here.

This puzzle has a rare double revealer, found at 42- and 52-Down, which cleverly sums up the wordplay.

Sun 4/21/2024 Get Cracking
CCLEFGASCANSGSUIT
LAIDUPOBLIGEESPENCE
ADVERBTEENAGEPAIDAD
MIENSTREESAPYKENT
BLASETARPSTABAORTA
ELMJGAYIRSSTEL
RAMSECONOTTOPOLK
SCOOPERTIMONELFOWLS
MIRONANADOS
CHUMSWPLATTLMITZI
STREAKMOIARKNOTION
ITSCPEPPACLOX
SPAMMERQUEENPOSSESS
YESYOUASTRAWS
CCLAMPLIPSIRTANTRA
OREEADZLTABNWIN
LOANDAMBASIOUTOPS
BOPOSOLARPUNKOFEW
ENDIVENUGGETSURBANE
REAPERETIENNESAUCER
TRYONEYETTETALTERS

Michael Schlossberg, of Bend, Ore., is a doctor specializing in internal medicine. This is his 11th crossword for the paper and his fifth Sunday.

Sun 4/14/2024 Savings Plan
ALANISELWAYABLUSH
TITANICKOHLSCREASES
SMACKEREMAILOTTOMAN
ILLEGALACEFRETSAW
UTADESILANOPRYROW
SONGDHLIMAROYMIRA
ANTESITSNOTFARWANLY
EATSINADLEREFILED
INOTPAESEARIL
TMANSOAPIDLYSEWS
BILGECHICAGOGATOR
STEEPCHINASHOPINTRO
EXACTACOMETORATED
ROSSIROCARENA
ATMTUTTESLEPTIRA
SHAGOVERDUEANOD
ARCEDGOEXTINCTBLABS
TOENAILRUSTSAPOLLOI
ENDANGEREDSPECIESACT
AGOCOARSEYORKERROE
MSNERNSTTESTSMPS

John Rippe, of Silver Spring, Md., works in the Office of Protected Resources at the National Marine Fisheries Service. Jeff Chen, of Seattle, is a writer and prolific crossword collaborator.

John specifically focuses on the 112-/114-Across in his work, and this puzzle is a tribute to its impact.

Sun 4/7/2024 Double Duty
ITSONCABOOSESIQTEST
VOILEOMELETTEPUENTE
EONDOWNTHEROADSEASON
ACESIGORCLAMSCONE
TUBAFROARKTABOURET
ETAREEBLACKEYEDP
NERVESTAYMANOHIOANS
AYESIRRIPAPOGEE
SENORVESTFOURDEAN
BENUITORLOSEITLIRE
ESCAPEEUDOAMNESIC
TSARAWORDTOTHEWTSA
CINCWRENYODAMARSH
HOTTIEETCINTEND
ANOINTSWAVESKIKASEM
CTHEMOMENTDOEANI
ANTIHEROPETNEVEMTA
ZAIREBRISCOPEFARM
TOMCATASIGHTFORSOREI
EMILIOLITTEREDPAREN
CIDERYSTEEPLESFLASK

Tracy Gray lives in Hunt Valley, Md. She and her husband recently retired after 35 years of owning and operating a lawn and landscaping business outside Baltimore.

This puzzle started with its title, which Tracy then brainstormed themes to fit — the crossword equivalent of putting the cart before the horse.

Sun 3/31/2024 Turns of Phrase
ISAIDTEMPIHEARCGI
BALSACHRISTISLEARM
ALARMTHERAYSHOTDATES
REMARIASALAALBEE
SOWSEARDAZETHECOUNT
ICKCLOROXASTERS
MENUTHATSOANTEGPA
CITESTHESEELUGEDLAS
ORALINREYALIEBACK
NOSIREESEESINSORES
SCREWSTHETITANS
BETTADRIESTHBOSHOW
RAHSOVERTKNEELIMO
ITESPINEHONORTHEDEW
ETDURLSTONEMEEVEN
HERBALDELUXEOLE
HEATTHEBEETSGOALLIN
ORDERJANPUTTYNES
PISSARROPRESSTHEMEAT
ICECHAROPTSTOAORTA
SHATOOKPIETAHITON

Spencer Leach is a third-year mechanical engineering student at Virginia Tech. Their engineering background influences how they generate themes — for this puzzle, they used a custom bit of Python code to compare a list of homonyms against common phrases.

Spencer is currently in the midst of a summer internship search and hopes any would-be employers enjoy this puzzle!

Sun 3/24/2024 Feeling Possessive
PROBBUSESAGASPPEDI
DOVEAMUSTJELLOONES
FUELSSPECULATIONOPAL
STRIPESAPEXPILLAGE
EATSPOTWISEASSES
HOLDSWATERGILSIRS
ELOMONOHOLLALEADS
WISPSGOESALLINASNER
EVELFUDGESFACTSOTTO
DETAILSGAPSISUZU
RONCOYONHUTPERMS
TEAMOAMISPENCAPS
MENSTAKESORDERSESAU
GREEDDONTSTARETSARS
MAUVEDORISAPBSLEI
RICHNONSETSATEASE
HEADCANONRICOSON
ONLEAVEFONZIQRANGE
VONNEXCHANGESNUMBERS
ELECTUPACIMAGELEAP
RATEOSAGETAXESEDDY

John Kugelman, of Gainesville, Va., is a software engineer and musician. This is his third crossword for The Times — all Sundays.

Crossword construction and music "tickle all the same brain cells," he says, as each is "half-creative and half-technical". He adds: "Sundays are like the progressive rock of crosswords. I love 20-minute songs, and I love 21x21 grids."

Sun 3/17/2024 All Over the Map
BOSCACDCOTOHDIAL
BALERSLIERLANEOUTDO
MADEAHOTMAGENTAFRODO
WTFTRITENIAGARAFALLS
SHAKEONSTIRRERVENDEE
INRUSHLADYLIBERTY
STOLEENCLSOARTEARY
SCHWAMYBNEMOSKA
OAFKAYASHTONWARROOM
STUDENTSTOECAPNYE
OSLOTHESOUTHWESTPEDI
TEMCENSORTOREOPEN
JOSHGADTEENERLAVCAD
AXEONITBADEBONY
BOLTSSOCAPHILBRATS
FOURCORNERSTRAGIC
BISTROKATRINAOILLEAK
AREAFIFTYONESISTANEE
CARLELIONSSHAREDOTTY
HIVEDOMNITUNASEDENS
SLEDPESOSHAQSERA

Simeon Seigel is an architect at The Turret Collaborative in New York City. He uses his daily subway commute to "trainstorm" theme ideas — including this one, which has been in the works since 2018.

He writes "The best themes, to me, are the ones that hinge on breaking ‘rules' which I hadn't thought of as rules until they were broken."

Sun 3/10/2024 Rack 'Em Up
CRATEASPCABTSALPS
LETEMMOLARUSESPORT
INAPURCHASETHEHORROR
PARISHONEANIMALEVE
SLIDIMTOLDFORTHISNOW
DNAOATTOAST
SMSMOPSAVEASTESSA
HAWAISLANDERSBREWPUB
ELECTERAHERONAMI
STEERGLIDERNUTCOT
TRIPLELETTERSCORE
ABCRANGAELICNOSES
BRODOZENICHELUDE
BARCODECNEWSHEADLINE
ANNANGOATEETUGTAP
MELEEBAETSE
KRISTINSCOTHOMASTHIN
NAMHOTTUBONTIPHONE
ODDMANOUTBUSINESENSE
COURTMRICREDOASKED
KNEEBEEESTARTESTY

Enrique Henestroza Anguiano, of Oakland, Calif., is a data scientist. Matthew Stock, of Gainesville, Fla., is a master's student in school counseling.

They met through the online indie crossword community as fans of each other's puzzle blogs. This puzzle was constructed entirely over email, but as Matthew writes, "We're long overdue for a video call!"

Sun 2/25/2024 Special Treatment
ASKSWETCCTVHEAVES
CHIASINEOREOUMPIRE
DIDNTMISSABEATHORNED
CADDIEUSEACEDJENNA
MADEARASHDECISION
CICEROREINERSEW
SOSOVOILANORISK
KNOWTHEDRILLELISHA
ASSERTYAPEEYORETON
CRIMPSONEONDWELT
EPEELOSTMYTOUCHIPAS
MOLDSSEOULGEODES
IREPREYONADASONOMA
LESSEEGAVEMETHENOD
TWOCARVALETRIND
KIAROTATECOPSTO
SAWRIGHTTHROUGHME
CRASSNEARCNNBRAISE
AMNIOSSTANDCORRECTED
RINGUPTACOAMIEHEAD
SCANTYSTEMPEGEMMY

Katie Hale, of London, England, is a freelance crossword editor. Her co-constructor Scott Hogan is a patent attorney from Midland, Mich. This is their second Sunday collaboration for the Times.

This puzzle's genesis is owed to Scott's wife, Edith, a podiatrist who came home one day with the joke you see at 120-Across

Sun 2/18/2024 The Inside Scoop
GISSCRIMPOEMHEAP
APPSCARAFEINNOCENCE
SLOPONEPERPOTROASTS
HATERADEALYENTRUST
ENTAILSGROOMERSDIME
ATEKOSHERTIERSATTAR
TORTALIGNSAACHED
OVERSTOCKSBIER
PBSICKTOOITEMORBS
AINTSOHENNARESCUEOP
IDAHOJUDICIOUSAGGIE
REFERRALNORSEINHALE
SNUGIRAQRIPDOOLSD
RIDSUNDERTONES
FRAMEMOOREELAIDS
CLAPSDATUMYELLOWSEA
AIDEREVENUESPOOLING
TRIVIALSSNPATOOTIE
STAIRSTEPCOHORTGNAT
PENNSTATEAKINTOSOLE
ARSEASAPTIDESTSA

Sid Sivakumar is an M.D./Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis, training in biomedical engineering and neuroscience. This is his 17th crossword for The Times.

Since the theme material appears mostly in the middle, Sid made the grid's sides — and especially the corners — quite open, giving them a themeless feel. "I was very fortunate they turned out so clean and fresh," Sid says. "I'm usually not so lucky!"

Sun 2/11/2024 Bright Ideas
DOMPARTSLOTSTAMBA
UNICODEIHOPEHURRIED
GAMELANBERRAONEACRE
UIESMOVIECAMERAOREL
PROAMWHATAHOOTQUOTE
GRAINSNOPULP
MERRNSASSTSFOEHEN
IVANIVIMITATEWELOST
REPINENODULARERENOW
ASHCANCREDITSRETEST
ORTSANISESPYS
YOPLAITLOOMSPLEATED
ASHEOOPTEAKIATHAI
WHOONCEERNERNOOVA
SANDUSKYSASPITCHMEN
OARTONOTTTOA
SIGNSITESOPHESTE
NORLACEUPTINHATARM
INAFUNKTUTOROVERLIE
PIPETTEEMOJINOCOVER
SCHMEARRAMOSECSTASY

Peter Koetters is a pediatrician in Pasadena, Calif. This is his fifth crossword for The Times since 2012, and first Sunday.

His interest in constructing was piqued by the 2006 documentary "Wordplay," in which he saw Merl Reagle go through the steps of creating a puzzle. He thought "I wonder if I can do that?" Peter says his puzzlemaking is intermittent. "My wife hates it when I wall myself off for days working on these things."

Sun 2/4/2024 Punch Lines
BIFLAGNAGJOBJOSIE
AREOLAEBARCODEAPING
GUILTYASCHARGEDCIRCA
ELSADREMEGSOKAYED
LETCANTCOMPLAINTEN
JARSOVATEDIGESTS
EMAILTOEKATOSIP
TELLMEIMPRETTYOLIVE
NAILNCISMIROADORED
ALABAMABEFITRCA
SIXINCHORFOOTLONG
DOTLEWISRIPSOFF
GAMELYALITVEESHARE
LLANOPLEASEBESEATED
ILKTKOSORBARSES
BEETLESTTOPSMARK
GARYOURETHEBOSSWAR
MOWERSCASTETSZETA
BRIBEGODSAVETHEQUEEN
AISLEONEAWAYSTUNKAT
SCHEDANDAXESEISMS

Daniel Grinberg, of Philadelphia, researches user experience for a utility company. This is his fifth crossword for The Times. It was inspired at a party when he heard someone with a new haircut cry [the answer to 47-Across]. To which he thought [the clue to 47-Across] — which became the seed of this puzzle. Apart from its theme,

Daniel tried to include new vocabulary in the grid. 1A, 116A, 10D, 15D, 36D and 74D are all appearing in a Times crossword for the first time.

Sun 1/28/2024 Hammer Time
SLOTCARMESSIPLOSIVE
REWROTEIVIESRANAWAY
SILENTMDENISANEMONE
SMASHINGSUCCESS
HASABLASTMEATHEADS
FENNOESRIOTETA
ARIAYETSPAECGGLUT
COSMOPALPITATETAINT
TITERYENTLMILNE
OZONEHGOWHHOGMCULES
RENDCOINSEUROSSORT
BARNOATRAKE
ZIPCARSFURORRICHARD
EFILEDNOTEPADNOOGIE
ESAUSIXTAUMEME
BLACKHHINONE
SEASHOREDOTSIDESLIP
INSCALEMURALTEATIME
DOPESWHACAMOLERASPS
ELENASENATEBIDSTLEO
BANEMETEREDEELS

Nathan Hasegawa, of Oakland, Calif., is a junior at Harvey Mudd College, majoring in mathematics.

This is his second crossword for The Times. His first was in 2021, during his senior year at high school, when every student had to pursue a year-long project, and Nathan made it his goal to get a crossword published here. This follow-up was two years in the making (on and off) and has a multifaceted theme.

Sun 1/21/2024 Funny Business
BUDATWARASSISTSBIB
UTECHILIWATCHITUNO
GOTITOFFTHEGROUNDSTY
OPENREREADANTSCIA
FICUSYEAROUIRANGE
FATIMADIDNTSCALEWELL
TACTDIETSSITSIA
EBBSCOTEGOFLIPSON
POACHEDOUREMPLOYEES
CORRIDORSVALORRCPT
ONEONEPEWNAVTUSHIE
TEENHOMIETEASPOONS
SUFFEREDFROMBURNOUT
LASTROWEREEUROLPS
ACEARTGOODSTIOS
RANOUTOFRUNWAYSTARTS
KITEDRUTONEGSTOOP
BIDIMAYLOCALEYOLO
BOACORNEREDTHEMARKET
OWLATECROWUSAINIDO
PLSBADSEEDMONTYEON

John Westwig is a software engineer in Seattle. This is his ninth crossword for The Times. His first one appeared in 2015 when he was 17.

John says, "I think I got into constructing because, when I was done solving a puzzle, I would look at the answer grid and wonder how someone could possibly have created such a thing!" Note the long answers at 16- and 50-Down, each crossing three theme entries. Very elegant.

Sun 1/14/2024 Er, In Other Words …
VORTEXESDISCIPLE
INAILEDITPINOTNOIR
SUPERDUPERJUNKDRAWER
ASTROSEEPAGEPENS
AYERDEFQUEER
ALECWANDERAROUNDTOWN
SUNKSTOREREMAINFOO
PROSTFBOMBBESTACTOR
ICKALIENOMANIAWES
CHICKENTENDERSSTRODE
LEAKEYEMAID
PIPEINFLICKEROFLIGHT
ELEAACELALAPELEAR
CURRICULAMESSISEIZE
AVECARESSNITERACES
NUMBEROFTHEBEASTTOSS
PETERASLTEEN
VOTETIMCOOKROBIN
ANOFFERYOUCANTREFUSE
STREAMERSROBOCALLS
TOYDRIVEWHITTLES

John Kugelman is a software engineer and musician from Gainesville, Va. He has worked in cybersecurity for many years. John says, "I like anything that's complicated and puzzle-y. Any engineering problem is fascinating to me."

(And what is crossword construction, after all, but the engineering of words?) This is John's second crossword for The Times — both Sundays.

Sun 1/7/2024 Gimme a Second!
PAPAEGADMEDSEDIBLE
IRECKONSOIDOLVELLUM
POWERSUITSNOOZEALARM
EMILYHEARMEROCKY
DATASCRAPERSONTAG
THECURSEINIDLE
SPIDERWEBSPRAGENCIES
ARMANITAEBOSTP
GOESSFMOMAMUDSEASON
AMAHLLILACSDEER
ONCEMOREWITHFEELING
AGERSTEERSSKORT
SWIMSHIRTUPPISHARAB
OHMSEMISERRATA
SEACAPTAINAVIDREADER
ONCALLCBRADIOS
TBONESLUCKYNUMBER
ABASEOXTEAMLORRE
GENERATIONZFLUSTRAIN
RENATOSKYEWERESAVED
ANORAKTEARDENTLOSS

Michael Schlossberg is an internist in Bend, Ore., who's been making crosswords for The Times since 2020. He got the idea for this one after seeing 68-Across as a title at his local bookstore.

Although themeless puzzles are Mike's favorites to solve, he says he doesn't construct them "because I get decision paralysis — they're too much of a blank canvas. I need to have a theme set to build around."

Sun 12/31/2023 It's Going Down
HIMIDLEESSFETA
ADAMEANTSHAKAORALB
HERBIVOREPOWERBROKER
ASIANSINNEWYEARSEVE
STELLACAPUTOALEAER
LOTIONSROBLADS
POPVIDTYPEDUPLOHAN
SPICETEACOEGRUHOSE
HEPANIGHTFOOTBATHS
ARENATREOLUCIA
WATERBILLSSATELLITES
KATIEOTBSLGAME
THATSLIFECASASGHEE
MAYOLETBARGOBEYOND
INCURSERAPESRAYEDY
ARABDELWEASLEY
DIRNORLLBEANLISTIC
ICANTDECIDEONONEWTO
TIMESSQUAREAUTOGRAPH
ZEBRASENORKATSUIRE
RAFTTPSLOOPNON

Matt Linzer, of San Francisco, is a former professional ballet and contemporary dancer who now works in graphic design and art. Rafael Musa, also of San Francisco, is a software engineer at Airbnb.

This is Matt's second puzzle for The Times, Rafa's ninth. After Matt solved Rafa's Pride-themed puzzle in the paper last June, he reached out for help in developing this one's theme.

Sun 12/24/2023 Wrap Stars
ARCOSTABCHISISLE
LIARCASARUNTSANTES
ACROPOLISUMBRASCOOP
SHAMELESSSEPROMOTER
MEADLEASEDSONICS
FEEORPRINTDEALSEAT
ILLLEANDERNOTEDLY
ALAGORGESRIGGESPY
TENRUSESBARREULAPP
FIDOHOTIRONOSSO
SILENTNRARESOPENTOE
SNOWINJUREDDARE
NASHEELIPSSECCOOFT
HIREIONESPEAKSFOE
GONERILRELINKSFIN
OLGASEALKANYEUSTED
DEADENMINGNABRUH
SANTASLITTLEHELPERS
GETBYSTILETRUSSESUP
ACELAKEELSAINTRHEA
POPELSATPETSBERY

Drew Schmenner, of Pacifica, Calif., is a technical writer and editor for an education nonprofit. He was formerly an investigative reporter for The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs.

This is Drew's fifth crossword for The Times and first Sunday. He and his wife have two daughters, ages 6 and 3, who will be angels tonight at their church's Christmas Eve pageant in San Francisco.

POW Sun 12/17/2023 Get Over It
JOYSHANDCARBRAS
AMENSPALOALTOFUELED
CAMBUNIVERSITYARCADE
ONEONONEMASHINBUT
BINGDOTBOMBEREACE
ASTOUNDSTYDOMES
HAJIIRSURBABNART
SOBULFULLYMOUSSE
PODSIMADEITLDSPULP
OFTFEUDSROILAMPLE
USEOFMIBCEANDMENTOE
SIXTYESPNCOASTOYL
ETTUALSREARLITHYDE
SALAMIHELLAGOOBD
ALAKBAZAMEMOOPUS
MIDSTUNODELTACO
TKOOWLDUDEBROMAYI
REPOHISEEOILBASED
ANTIFAWATERUNDERTHEB
KEEPATASAGUIDEREESE
WEARBYGONESOSHA

Jeremy Newton, of Austin, Tex., is an engineering manager for a mobile games company.

This is his 26th crossword for The Times — mostly Sundays, and most of these having visual elements, a bent he attributes to his artistic background. Jeremy attended a magnet high school for visual arts, the Art Institute of Dallas and then an N.Y.U. Tisch graduate program in code-driven art installations. He likes the large "canvas" that Sunday puzzles afford him.

Sun 12/10/2023 Political Pun-ditry
MUDCATCARDIOOVUM
ACRONYMSAWBUCKOBESE
ALONGPARTYLINESNONOS
MAPSOSHASPAAETNA
NUBHOTBUTTONISSUES
CLAMORARIPASTOR
LAMEDUCKBILLSPALEST
IREBOOREBBRODEO
CASIOMOIUPLOADOUR
SPEAKERSOFTHEHOUSE
BRITAEELKENTS
GRASSROOTSMOVEMENT
LUCPALATEELISOPOR
ANIMATELGONGIDO
MONAMICAMPAIGNCHAIR
GROVESBRACRANNY
CABINETPOSITIONUZO
AGINGRIMFROSASIA
BAKESANACTOFCONGRESS
AVERTDENSELYBIODATA
LESSEDITEDPOSTOP

Zachary David Levy is an assistant professor of neurosurgery and emergency medicine at Hofstra's Zucker School of Medicine on Long Island. This is his sixth crossword for The Times, and first Sunday. Jeff Chen, of Seattle, is a writer and longtime crossword contributor.

Zachary initially submitted a smaller version of this puzzle with three theme entries for the daily paper — but the theme idea felt better suited for a Sunday with more examples. He enlisted Jeff to help.

Sun 12/3/2023 Freestyling
WHATELSEISNEWCLONING
HELENAMONTANAAIRASIA
ESTROGENPATCHDRAGONS
TSARSLIENLLBEANGET
SERAPLANROBOTSDOHA
TEENMASERSTENON
OSWALDSATIREPRTALK
DOLIKEINNINGMEASLES
OLINETRYINGJUAN
WACKADOODLEHELLSCAPE
SLEEPAPNEAFORCEFIELD
EARDOCTORFIRSTDEGREE
WHENTONNESRAINN
RAMADANCRIKEYARRETS
ELITESMAULEDCLASSY
DONORTERMEDTAIL
COINSOGLADJILTSIVA
EGGBETSONHULUHURON
DOORONEREMINDMEAGAIN
ABLEISMFRONTENTRANCE
RIFFLESFANTASYSERIES

Tracy Bennett is a digital puzzles editor for The Times. She manages Wordle and helps with the crossword.

In this themeless puzzle, she took a bold grid pattern with lots of white squares and, in each corner, positioned a marquee answer — "something new or that had an appealing sound or cluing potential." Then she built out from there. FYI, those starting points were 23-, 48-, 50-, and 87-Across.

Sun 11/26/2023 Growth Spurts
BAESARCADIASBARRO
RUNTTOOSOONBEANIES
EDDYBAITINGBELLYFAT
WELLEARNEDITSALLALIE
SNEERYCROCAMUSEERR
SINDHSHOMETURF
DISCOBRALICITPILLOW
ARLOLOCANKLESNYASA
MUONUNHITCHROTCTHY
ELIAREINHAIDAHLIAS
SENDSDNCIMDBBIEN
COPEGAILEATNECCO
ATHEISTSNLABABAHAR
SHOREUPTALLYHOHERE
TIPPIBILOXIBIBOSLO
INSONGNOTIPUTAHUTES
ICOSAGONAMIESC
OVAHAITIGASPFRERES
SANDALTANSSKIPACKAGE
ANTENNASICANNOTEZRA
KEISTERMONOCLEYEET
ASSISTSWATHESSSTS

Adam Wagner, of Oakland, Calif., is a creative lead at Patreon, the crowdfunding site for content creators. Michael Lieberman, of Washington, D.C., is an attorney at Fairmark Partners, a consumer-protection firm.

They're also both dads of fast-growing toddlers, which is what inspired this puzzle. Adam sent the title to Mike, who sent back what became 3- and 13-Down … and they were off and running.

Sun 11/19/2023 Thanksgiving Meal Prep
BARKHULAELSEPAPAW
OHIOBRISNAPAECOLI
BANKROLLSGOOGLEAPPS
ASDOISNITSILOBOP
MMAASOFLETSGO
CHOOSESSIDESSTARTLE
HEHHOAXODESABATES
OLDSONGOLSENSRVLOT
PLEATSANIDEADEYES
SNAGSBLESSAVAST
ORETALKTURKEYRUT
ARENTSPEEDPANAM
ENDINGITEARELISHA
STEVESEWARDIWANTIN
UNWISEDASHPREYOTS
NASCENTSHEPHERDSPIE
RENOWNEROSSAT
OVACEOSORCATOPAZ
KICKTHECANTABLEWINE
ASKEWZANYALBAENYA
YESNOEPEELEADDEAL

Rebecca Goldstein, of Albany, Calif., is a research scientist at Merck, developing immunotherapies for cancer. Rachel Fabi, of Syracuse, N.Y., is a bioethics professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

They met via the online crossword community and now hang out on weekly Zoom calls. They both love collaborating. Rebecca says, "Having a second mind can really elevate an idea." Rachel adds that she enjoys having someone to share puns with!

Sun 11/12/2023 Right on the Money
SODPLUMBAHEMAHA
EGOTEASERRIPERDUAL
AREHADAGOODTIMEURSA
LESURLAREACODEMAPS
WONEATDIRTRAND
FENDLIEONDADGUMIT
DOLCEGLENNSOBAMENU
ELLERBEEHELIOCPR
BIBSERGELEERERSHUN
TOYSAMEXCARDSSPATS
PHDSPOUNDSAAG
LMFAODEADSETONACES
OILASSORTSDEPTHORA
AMYGAMUTCHIASMUS
FIEFLASSSACHSPUMPS
SCRIBBLEGENIIPRAT
REALDEVISESYEN
INDIANAJONESANNDIP
TEENDRAGONTATTOOIKE
ZINGOMNIAONVIEWNET
ANTSEENNOSESGAS

Garrett Chalfin, of New York City, is a first-year student at the University of Chicago, taking classes in biology, "Human Being and Citizen" and "Classics of Social and Political Thought."

This puzzle was a long time in the making. He thought of the theme idea over a year ago, then kept coming back to it until he felt he had it just right. Garrett writes, "I love subtle themes that slowly emerge to the solver."

Sun 11/5/2023 Double Talk
HEMMEDTROUPEDIDOK
ADSALEAROUSALSEVERE
JUNKINTHETRUNKKEENEN
ESSAYSSRIRODAGO
MARGEMESAENTERSLOB
ALOOASSSTRINGBIKINI
DABOMBOPITIARA
AMIDALAVIRALFRATBRO
MOTTUCKEREDOUTTEEUP
UPSSTOREDOTERASE
APSOHINTSEALACED
HESSEDUAVERMOUTH
EDITSCORONATIONSHEP
MINUTIAELOPESEPHORA
RETROTIALSDTAB
SUPERBOWLWINSPYVETS
IPADALLAHGENAPILOT
ETCINSDIPGAPPED
SOKINDKINDERGARTENER
TWERKSIDEATESEROICA
ANTSYPASSATPISTON

Rich Katz, of Park City, Utah, does freelance work in corporate restructuring. This is his third crossword for The Times — all Sundays. The puzzle started when Rich was ruminating on the expression, "Two wrongs don't make a right." One thing led to another, then another. This punny puzzle was the result. Rich does all his constructing at home on a table overlooking a gorgeous Rocky Mountain vista.

Sun 10/29/2023 Fabric-ations
RAPDUOCTRLZEBRAFISH
ELOISEAREAADAPTEDTO
GINGERBREADBINGEREAD
ANDESORALBABESRANG
LESSIPADPURLSHESSE
TONICPERSEBOT
SENATESEATASSENT
SPADEREARJDATEMOE
ARIOMELETWARDSOPTS
MIDFOCUSDALAIPRATT
CUTFROMTHESAMECLOTH
DENISTPAINPAULAHEN
ECCEHAIRSMESSESIRA
CALTEXASBANAMAZES
OPENERERRORPRONE
INSGENIEARENT
LACEDPRUDESTIRIDOL
ETALBLOCSAPTSCHILE
ARMSREACHCREAMCHEESE
FIREEATERUGLIVERGED
SAYNOMOREPOLLSWOONS

Alina Abidi, of Pittsburgh (moving to Brooklyn next month), works as a software engineer at Duolingo, an educational software company, where she's a member of its Club Crossword. Every day after lunch the group crowds into a conference room to solve that day's New York Times puzzle together, shouting out answers as the clues are announced. Alina loves her job.

Sun 10/22/2023 You're Onto Something
MGSIGUANASSPECSVIE
ARPDOGRACEHADATIMP
DOESNTGIVEAFIGURENAH
CUCKOOSTHINEDEARME
ACTIALOOFVIPROOM
PHOWASHINGTONPOSTURE
SORDIDTALEENOSIGOR
AIDYDEEDSHEENA
PASTURECARINGFEES
OBOEREADGOALTEND
TELALLURETOOWELLCEO
STOOLIESINREERAT
FEEDNOMEANFEATURE
SCLASSTUBEOLGA
BOONFADSCOURSELOAD
ADVENTURECALENDARREA
LEERIERERODEMIRY
OBLATEDUNNOCESSNAS
ALIENDUREONAHIGHNOTE
NUNRISENLETITGOCON
SEESELLSDYETESTORD

Robert Ryan, of London, is an economist for the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority. This is his third crossword for The Times — all Sundays.

Although he grew up solving cryptics (and loves their wordplay), he doesn't create them. He has only ever submitted crosswords here. "Once I discovered the American crossword, I was completely sold."

Sun 10/15/2023 Doing Doughnuts
ODESMOBSTARDOMBOSC
PIRIPIRIASTAIREALTA
EVIDENCEYESICANUDON
CAKESTANDMELDSFOO
BOSSAISLEBETAAPP
EDGESMITTENSZIPSBY
MELTFROSTEDTIPREHAB
BRASLADYSTEFRILE
LIZFUMESAPSROCOLD
EVEOVERRIDESMRSUN
MEDCINNAMONTOASTENT
EMIRSHORNSINONDEW
FIXEUHHNEELEOSILE
UNPCSOAPISNTMDSE
NARCOPLAINTRUTHAEON
KNEADSTRIPHOPTRANS
MISSINGSIRENADOS
UMSNORUNSUGARBUZZ
SAILCASITASFANTASIA
ITOOADSPACEOTTERPOP
CENTPERSISTSEESSNS

Jeff Chen is a writer in Seattle and a frequent crossword contributor to The Times. Juliana Tringali Golden is an editor in Oakland, Calif., making her fourth appearance here.

The idea for this puzzle was Juliana's. She says she always wanted to create a crossword with a doughnut theme, and when Jeff showed her some blank grids he'd made with interesting patterns, this one, with a torus shape in the middle, "screamed ‘doughnut' to me!"

Sun 10/8/2023 Tones of Voice
MOCHASCACAOROAMS
ADPAGESGALOSHEASIER
VERMONTWETRAGCHANCE
GOLDENOPPORTUNITY
TALCREINDOI
AVIATIONREDEYEFLIGHT
SEESITRETILEYOWLED
SHEAFADONISBOARS
PALEORAMONESBLEND
BROWNIEMIXDEFROST
SEWLEILAGBUS
VESSELSGRAVYBOATS
ONSETACREAGEOLDEN
PALESBRIBESRAIMI
CHICASOAFISHPLEDGE
PINKYPROMISEPOPSCENE
YAKHAULSAUL
COLORFULCHARACTER
ARABIAIROBOTOPENERA
REROLLSOLIDSFANEDIT
ODELLTWITSYODUDE

Sid Sivakumar is an M.D./Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis, training in biomedical engineering and neuroscience. This is his 16th crossword for The Times since 2020.

Sid says his favorite theme ideas come to him randomly, like when he's sitting in traffic, cutting vegetables or showering. Because of his work/study schedule, he constructs puzzles in segments. "If I haven't made satisfactory progress in 30 minutes, I pause and do something else."

Sun 10/1/2023 Film Adaptations
TULIPSALPACAAHMAD
ONEFLEWGOAWOLMOORED
THECUCKOOSNESTATTICA
MOSTTOILSOVER
SOHOSORIONNIAENT
IMONTHEEMPIRESEKIRTS
PANACEAMAINACTEAR
THELANDTIMECHITUBA
EASELITSPHOTOGENIC
ASTROPOPTIEUNESOT
TRANSLOSTLATION
BISIREIDALETTUCES
CLOSESHAVETMIAMINO
DEFTABEREADINGBURN
HEMNODDERSEASEDIN
JEOPARDYJEOPARDYRACY
ACRTEEESSIEMSDOS
MARRIEDUPFRAU
BROILSCROUCHINGTIGER
STRODELARVAESETMENU
ESTASATBATSESFEET

Jeffrey Lease, of Granite Bay, Calif., designs printed circuit boards for cellphones at Google. He writes, "The process of designing a board and getting all the connections to fit is its own type of puzzle, so perhaps it's not surprising that my job and hobby overlap." Crosswords are his favorite puzzles to do, but he's also a fan of Wordle and Connections.

This is Jeff's first crossword for The Times. Another has been accepted and he's already working on a third.

Sun 9/24/2023 Rebrandings
POPARTAMUSEDCOOLCAT
AVENUEYANKEEONTARIO
LITTLESEIZERSPETNAME
RHINESIEKRONAPER
COINADOPTSBUDWISER
WALLGREENSEMITACT
ABELHEWCEOSEARN
FLUHOLEFOODSBESTBYE
TEMPOYAWNSPURTLAX
IPODVIESORNAMENT
AMERICANHEIRLINES
CASANOVAGELSYELL
UEYONEPMAILSETAIL
PROCTORANDGAMBLEICU
SOULDUOSAAATSAR
LOWRAINTALKOBELLE
WRITEAIDEDIBLEREEL
EEKLEGALERARIOTS
STEALTHEMBASSYSWEETS
TRIDENTNOIDEAISRAEL
SOTOSAYDETESTTESTER

Joel Fagliano and Christina Iverson are puzzle editors for The Times. Joel lives in Philadelphia, Christina in Ames, Iowa. They both have young kids and a fondness for "dumb jokes," as Joel puts it.

Christina writes, "We were in the middle of a brainstorm for a totally different Sunday puzzle when we'd hit a wall and Joel messaged me with this theme idea. Every step was collaborative, with a lot of back and forth in DMs, shared documents, and conversations over Google Meet."

Sun 9/17/2023 Classical Music
ROPERARASALONBOARD
UNOSIBARPLANEERNIE
HTTPGIVEPEACEACHANCE
RATMATINEESTOELOOP
OPENITNARCPEWS
HERECOMESTHESUNTORSO
XENAMASFEUD
PARTINTLLIGHTMYFIRE
SLOTSISOLATERIVETER
STOOPSAVONJADORE
TOTOHPRETTYWOMANRID
CANOESERASSNEAKY
STAGGERPARSNIPESTEE
YOURESOVAINDELATEAS
NOSESINURSA
CLEEFDONTBRINGMEDOWN
ASAPOONABMOVIE
ALBUMENIMACPROSECG
MORNINGHASBROKENORCA
EMAILLADLEDINEFLAT
NASTYELDERENDSTYNE

Jill Rafaloff, of Forest Hills, Queens, and Michelle Sontarp, of Manhattan, met when they joined the same law firm directly out of law school more than 30 years ago. They've been friends ever since.

Jill has been solving crosswords since college, Michelle for six years or so. The two began constructing during the pandemic. This is their New York Times debut. The inspiration for the puzzle was 34-Across.

Sun 9/10/2023 Detours Ahead
LOLBGAMEASHEMASS
ADAINLATETKOSOPPO
BOBCRATCHITBADASSERY
ROADWAYLAVAGUTHRIE
RISERSELAYNEAETNA
NODREELOPENUGH
JOSEFRIANUSBORDERS
AHAPOINTREODRIVE
BMWRAMSESIBEGONE
BARBETSDOTHPERNANS
EMERYEMUEGGSXENON
DADASSNPATHGOBROKE
SHALOMIVOTENOMIA
MIAMIOEDSILEXIDK
FILMSPEEDPTASKVASS
BANLANEIBISBIO
ANIMESLYFOXBOUNCE
INTOTALEYREAUREATE
LIARSDICEELASTICBAND
ONCEADDSSTREETIVY
NGOSMESHLARDSLYE

Adam Wagner, of Oakland, Calif., is a creative lead at Patreon, a monetization platform for content creators. This is his 16th crossword for The Times (and fifth Sunday).

Adam is part of a large community of Bay Area puzzlemakers. He speculates that the overlap between tech and crossword construction might be the reason for the concentration. Or maybe it's just something in the water?

Sun 9/3/2023 Computer Games
MBACRAGCABINDISCS
ORCAONEADELETANTRA
HATEMAILNEALEISRAEL
SNIPERCODSURFTHENET
DOITGALOOTSILIAD
LINCOLNPARKACRESTAB
USPSEASYFUGUETORTA
CHOTOWWISERDENIAL
YESYESSPENDTIERALE
SEEDTHEDEAEASCROLLS
TAPOUTPINKER
EMAILATTACHMENTNESS
MOSLISTCARESSCOTCH
CUTMENEBERTBAEORE
ENRONPRADAUPONCLEF
ETONDUSTSPREADSHEET
LIVERASSISTSPENN
BROKENLINKPASARABIA
ROGERSBEIGEPOPUPADS
AVERSEMYLARAVECSOO
TERSESELLSSAXEELF

Dylan Schiff is a middle school science teacher in Delaware whose extracurricular activities include cooking, bowling, watching game shows, and editing Sporcle quizzes.

This is his third crossword for The Times (and first Sunday). Dylan writes: "My students and fellow faculty members still can't get over the fact that real-life people — let alone someone they know — design crosswords!"

Sun 8/27/2023 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
MIDISITCOMSJUNIPERS
UDONSCIATICOPENAREA
ROWSNICHOLASNICKLEBY
ANNUSNONHEROCIA
LOWLIFESCOMMONCOLD
TATERSARMENIAEPEE
REGISTRARDUMATAN
LIDDEDOFFICIALORDERS
ODDDAWNSUPSTIEDYE
CLODYENATTADEAL
KEGELBESTBUDDYLATKE
LAPSHASPEARYANK
ARCHIEAILTVDADBEE
GALILEOGALILEIPEALED
ADAALDOKILLSTIME
SIRSENDWELLPOSITS
POOLPLAYERFIRTREES
IIIREADORNSINCE
MIDDLEMANAGEMENTGNAW
UNABATEDTREADEDHIDE
MANYFOLDHORRORSTSAR

Rich Katz, of Park City, Utah, does freelance work in corporate restructuring.

This is his second crossword for The Times, following The Final Frontier in January. That puzzle had answers like DEATH EATER reinterpreted as D.E.A. THEATER ("Staging of a narc sting?") and PARK AVENUE as PARKA VENUE ("Iditarod, for one?"). For both puzzles, Rich's computer-savvy son searched databases for phrases that Rich could use as examples of his themes' wordplay.

Sun 8/20/2023 Crunch Time
AQITOPCATBEFAIRPEE
NUNEXURBSALLPROLAS
TISSOLERAGRAPESUSC
EXPOSLEAOWLINSTA
COINAGEMCCOYIDEAMAP
ETTURDAOURPERVISA
DIESIANUPIIDOENID
ECOALFARBGASOFUAE
FELLAATEITCLAWS
TIESCRANEISTO
MEDOCTOLERANCECOTES
IWONIWONCELONNOTICE
SOYAINTERSSCANMON
TKOKNEADSICIESTEND
USEDSISNOMHEMS
BRAYAKCMOSNUTS
HOWLSATAGASPHATRACK
ALOTCOUPONCODESABRA
VERYHUNGRYCATERPILLAR
ORSETALIAREPPEDEPA
COTHELIOSESPANASET

Michael Schlossberg is an internist in Bend, Ore., who's been making crosswords for The Times since 2020. He says he got the idea for this one while thinking about the books he read to his kids when they were little. He tried to get all the circles in the puzzle to line up, but that proved to be impossible.

Michael says his favorite part of constructing is converting a theme idea into a completed grid — "more fun and challenging than actual solving."

Sun 8/13/2023 Use Your Noodle
MOCHASDOFFTABASCO
ONRUSHFORUMAMATEUR
MEALSONWHEELSROSTERS
MANATEEELBOWGREASE
ICESGOMADTWEETAN
ETDCAPERWASITWOLF
SUZEORMANTHRILL
GETBETWEENTHESHEETS
JUDEASADBRIEFS
ALUMNIRIBBONCUTTING
BCCNIBCOOOKSNYU
SHELLSTATIONSALISTS
OUTLAWMAEONPOT
SPIRALSOUTOFCONTROL
BOINKSHOTELRATE
MUGSCACHESABRAGAH
IPOSARAATTICLOCI
BUTTERFLIESTOTEBAG
HOTYOGAINYOURSTOMACH
INOROUTGENREIRONIC
DENOTESSELFCONGAS

Manaal Mohammed is a junior at M.I.T. studying computer science.

This is her first crossword for The Times. It started when she saw the phrase [27-Across] and thought that was an apt way to describe mac 'n' cheese. The grid is full of references with personal significance. Manaal is from the 7-Down area. Her mother uses 14-Down to make rotis. Her older sister used to be obsessed with 23-Downs. And her dad keeps a 41-Across interview stuck on the family refrigerator.

Sun 8/6/2023 What's Hanging?
LITERATIPADKINGSTON
LEAVESTOANAADORABLE
ADDITIONNTHBYPASSES
TRAPADELELENS
MATEOERASINGDYLAN
AHAGRAPESAGEGAPOBE
NEUTRINORIDICULE
IMTOASTPANELSMARTED
ODEALEVEINA
ATELESSCADETIRONMEN
ROTSTOPICNERVEEAST
ANYSONOFABRANDONSA
KEMALSTIRERSENIGEL
DOORSSETTITRAMEN
POLKOCHRESPADEORCS
TWOOCHOMEALSEC
ANGDROPLEAFTABLECSI
IDEASEALIONISLE
RICOTTAARTOOASHANTI
PLATTERPLANTETAGERE
ALLESTSYRAHSSNSIS

Lisa Senzel is a pathologist at Stony Brook Medicine on Long Island. She's been solving the New York Times crossword in print since 1994. Jeff Chen is a writer in Seattle.

The idea for this puzzle was Lisa's. Jeff wrote a program to generate possible theme answers, then designed the grid and guided Lisa through the fill. "Generous, funny, great people" is how Lisa describes Jeff and the other crossword mentors she's had.

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