Puzzler


by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

 

Celebrating the First


IN this puzzle we invite solvers to 20 Across with us. Each time a clue answer is too short for its place in the diagram, you must scramble that word and add one letter to forge a longer word or phrase. The added letter is the same throughout the puzzle, giving you a 20 Across. Clue answers include five capitalized words; the anagrammed longer entries include four capitalized words, a hyphenated word, and two two-word phrases; the entry at 19 Down is an uncommon word made of common elements.


 


Clues


Across
1. Delighted group around the first of Ninety-Eight (4)
6. Russian space station, used without US, bogged down (5)
11. Clever, like Egyptian king and England's leader (6)
12. Mayor in DC has thick skin (4)
14. Commotion about a flight (5)
15. Collectively, actors in Heartless
ejected stuff (8)
16. Valet is off during the summer (7)
18. In answer, German makes cross (6)
27. Sea god's torn it apart (6)
28. Star in Mission Impossible runs squad car (7)
30. Melvin is in pain, working in a foundry (8)
32. Tips in dividing kitchen vessels (6)
33. Designer doesn't have autograph, or does? (4)
34. Story about no-good mass of confusion (6)
35. Leave pie or ice cream in your ear (6)
36. Minister loses head in burning desire? (5)

Down
1. Flower planted in the center and toward the rear (6)
2. Feign a temperature, having a bug (4)
3. Native found refreshment in back of tavern (6)
4. Bribe as described by chief of police (3)
5. Five and Ten quit moving (7)
7. Transparent pair of leotards confiscated by coach (5)
8. Corrects about 100 laws (6)
9. I mostly stick with guys who keep cool (6)
10. To put your foot down is/isn't rude (6)
13. Want carpet brought back with hospital cot (6)
17. Plastic material in top-notch art gallery (7)
19. Spoils infested by ten furry critters (7)
21. Painter regarding Parisian Black (6)
22. Bug popular religious group (6)
23. Drank fermented grape juice (including bit of gin)
for shot in the arm (6)
24. Investigated police error in South Dakota (6)
25. Arab redistributed US aid (5)
26. Terri -- confused essayist? (5)
29. After introduction, talk in the street with director
Fritz (4)
31. NASA mismanaged capital (4)
 


The Atlantic Monthly; January 1998; The Puzzler; Volume 281, No. 1; page 107.


 

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