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The September Puzzler

The Puzzler

Resolution
Previous Puzzlers:
  • "Wraparound"
    December, 2000

  • "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

  • Solvers endeavoring to keep the unclued resolution at 24 Across will need to treat some of the answers to this puzzle's clues accordingly before entering them in the grid. The outcome of the resolution may be determined upon completion of the puzzle. Answer lengths, which are not shown, may differ from the lengths of the corresponding grid entries. Five clue answers are capitalized.

    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

    Across

    1. Bit of offering in cash resolved confusion
    6. Mail-order merchant behind that female item in a pod (two words)
    12. Warning about bishop and prince
    13. Retracted question about one Mediterranean island link?
    14. Fellow adopting boy's name given name for a girl
    15. Insufficient material for a showy outfit
    17. Stung, exits the streetcar from the rear?
    18. Good general in African land
    22. Empty, nested containers
    23. Opening sound overheard
    29. Losing the foremost champion's love
    30. Direct old Broadway hit about island
    34. Misconstrued nail to be something to sit on
    35. Turning orb: Atlas's burden to bear
    38. Instrument is wretchedly bad to some ears
    39. Coming into view, river rodent with jagged teeth
    40. Withhold rum itself
    41. Little bit of power coming from speakers
    42. Got rid of load at last, and felt a tingling sensation
    43. Weary, even assuming resistance

    Down

    1. British river past group of cabins
    2. Stop the guy with a thumbs-down (two words)
    3. Downright cunning about cost
    4. Horse with swayback carrying king
    5. Intended holding number back
    7. After the start, Evil Eye is melodramatic
    8. Grass snarled seaport
    9. Free finally, animal in Born Free bounding toward Joy
    10. White Russian's last, after derelict put in bar order
    11. Superfluous goads by head of state
    16. Strip joints, before end of night
    19. Interdiction, among others, in Latin country
    20. Dwelling within, wrong one confined (hyphenated)
    21. How do you like that show with Democratic rowdy? (hyphenated)
    25. Put in order for dark beer, getting otherwise (two words)
    26. Besides taking two lefts, hit truck stop?
    27. Slept fitfully, comprehending about birds
    28. Color communications medium for the audience in eating area
    31. In space station, I see a woolly material
    32. Country chart-topper about a first person, singular
    33. Strangely bestial flowering plant
    36. Stew's musical bar
    37. Charge five hundred for meal


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    The Atlantic Monthly; January 2001; Puzzler - 01.01; Volume 287, No. 1; page 91.