by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Hide and Seek

In order to complete this puzzle, solvers must play the role of "It" in a game of Hide and Seek. After all the clue answers (whose starting points but not lengths are given) have been entered, the grid will still have some empty squares. These squares may be filled once you find the hidden players that cross through them in any of eight directions (forward or backward horizontally, vertically, or diagonally). The squares filled in this manner will identify the hiders as a group, and one square, which contains two letters, will symbolically reward the successful seeker. Clue answers include seven capitalized words.

The instructions above are for this month's puzzle only. See a complete introduction to clue-solving.


1. Reset a VCR to jump around while playing
5. Suit excavators' needs
9. One pursuing fabric with a Russian tag
12. So chic, wrapping article from the East
14. Croak, due to mistakenly swallowing iodine (two words)
15. Bright girl finally accepted by school instructional division
16. Rating for a family movie with talented Hollywood legend
17. Often changed limits of load by an order of magnitude
18. Turn dirt around front of plant
23. Hold back on account of dangerous animal
24. Passage from some deadly Cherubini opera
26. Gray, greasy stuff put through another round of cooking
27. Shelter housing one occupant
29. Act fast, spinning big wheels (two words)
31. North American tuber brought back from a pre-Columbian culture
32. A melodramatic actor following great, famous dancer
33. Flowers in fruity dishes keeping a long time
34. Like an airhead, messed up tidy eating zone
35. New cinema's chilling character?

1. Blanketed in covers, sleeper initially drifts
2. French wine conveying excellent mood
3. Virtuous in behavior after the mass is said
4. Writing a cowpoke's name with a carpenter's tool
5. Move stealthily south, not doing anything in particular
6. Have a place with a range
7. High-spirited teammate of Michael Jordan wearing tee in upset
8. Full schedule except for the second day
10. Wrong about good omen
11. Toss disc for canine
13. In backing college officials, university service organization called for investigation
19. Round bodies board bus, odd ones out
20. Philosopher Taylor holding wacky be-in
21. Horse feed includes a large piece of fruit
22. Taboo involving treatment of Mets hitters
23. Get hot about game official being far from sharp
24. Punk Mr. Ice-T composed in verse
25. Box in facility outside of North Carolina
28. Emotional speech took place on time
30. A borderline way of attracting attention?

The Atlantic Monthly; March 1999; The Puzzler; Volume 283, No. 3; page 119.

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