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The September Puzzler

The Puzzler

Wraparound
Previous Puzzlers:
  • "Puzzle Quote"
    November, 2000

  • "Whodunit"
    October, 2000

  • "Highlights"
    September, 2000

  • "Partners"
    August, 2000

  • "Triangles"
    July, 2000

  • "Cryptic Tennis"
    June, 2000

  • "Cutting the Cards"
    May, 2000

  • "Message in a Bottle"
    April, 2000

  • "Bright Prospects"
    March, 2000

  • "Your Turn"
    February, 2000

  • "A River Runs Through It"
    January, 2000

  • "Windup"
    December, 1999

  • "Downsizing"
    November, 1999

  • "Cycles"
    October, 1999

  • "Shakedown"
    September, 1999

  • "At the Movies"
    August, 1999

  • "Family Reunion"
    July, 1999

  • "Mismatches"
    June, 1999

  • "Lawbreakers"
    May, 1999

  • "Mystery Box"
    April, 1999

  • "Hide and Seek"
    March, 1999

  • "Central Square"
    February, 1999

  • "Cross-Training"
    January, 1999

  • "Criss-Crossing"
    December, 1998

  • "Back in the Labyrinth"
    November, 1998

  • "Rite of Passage"
    October, 1998

  • "Service With a Smile"
    September, 1998

  • "In Common"
    August, 1998

  • "Nine-Hole Course"
    July, 1998

  • "Guidelines"
    June, 1998

  • "Picnic"
    May, 1998

  • "Three-Ring Circus"
    April, 1998

  • "Marching Orders"
    March, 1998

  • "Step by Step"
    February, 1998

  • "Celebrating the First"
    January, 1998

  • "Cryptacrostic"
    December, 1997

  • "Chessboard"
    November, 1997

  • "Haunted House"
    October, 1997

  • "Double-Crossers"
    September, 1997

  • "Scoreboard"
    August, 1997

  • "Celebrating the Fourth"
    July, 1997

  • Answers to the clues for Radii, all six letters in length, are to be entered from the perimeter inward; answers to the Rings are to be entered clockwise. The locations of each Ring's four entries, which are clued in no special order, may be determined with the help of the crossing Radii answers. The innermost Ring is a Wraparound -- that is, its five unclued words may be found by reading its 20 letters clockwise twice around the ring. Answers to clues include five proper nouns and a possibly unfamiliar word at Ring d.

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

    See the solution to last month's Puzzler.


    Clues

    Rings

    a. A grass skirt's wrapped around green gnomes (9)
    Book conveys feeling of exhilaration with heraldic gold painting (9)
    Wildly impulsive cad tangled up in plot (6)
    Entertained a doctor with internal practice (6)

    b. 1,000 mergers consuming Self and Time magazine contents (9)
    A numskull returned with hot sponge (6)
    Sticking a teaspoon in main dish, daughter implored (9)
    Share the authorship of "Skipping the Sixth Shell" (6)

    c. Following band around U.S., let loose (9)
    Heard impression of a seal in "The Ugly Duckling"? (6)
    In jest, fuzz take hostage (6)
    Grumbling, say, in Dynasty (9)

    d. Environmentalist, after the first tests, returns from outer space (9)
    Repeated phrase about a miniature iridescent gem (9)
    Sweet Sue almost paired with Hollywood's Cooper (6)
    Piece of food about fitting dish for dipping (6)

    e. Shop carrying novel article, sort of pottery (9)
    Detects twisted vice in former Israeli Prime Minister (9)
    Lip hurt by booze (6)
    Feel funny about popular characteristic of some pets (6)

    Radii

    1. Stretches political writings
    2. Rap hit covered by "Yo Daddy" (hyphenated)
    3. Stuff that is put back in buns?
    4. With witticism, acknowledge style of the 60s
    5. Fared badly eating a hillbilly's chicken
    6. Eliot character is heartless sailor
    7. Faculty with one teacher of karate
    8. Swallow Sprite, gripping plastic gun
    9. Crazy rant by American poet
    10. Came back through lower Germany from the east
    11. Newly reset old sound system
    12. At the start, different protagonist captures alien
    13. Signified nothing by error in repair
    14. Simple citrus fluid
    15. Michigan place's surroundings
    16. After introduction, most in need of weight loss bear witness
    17. Chat about folio penned by hack
    18. Kangaroo bounds off, cavorting with rabbit
    19. Legendary Spanish soldier and I splitting a cold tart
    20. Overdose taken by rebellious youth Hamlet


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    The Atlantic Monthly; December 2000; Puzzler - 00.12; Volume 286, No. 6; page 127.