Contents | May 2004
More Puzzlers from The Atlantic Monthly.
The Atlantic Monthly | May 2004
by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Whenever the letter O occurs in an answer, it acts magically on that word. One kind of ring makes an answer shrink or grow by one letter into a new word (as WORN could become WON or SWORN in the grid); another kind changes an answer into its homophone (as CORD could become CHORD or CORED); and the third, most powerful one transforms an answer into an anagram (as HORSE could become SHORE). Two diagram entries crossing on a ring will undergo the same spell. Answers (whose lengths are withheld to make discovery of the rings more cryptic) include four capitalized words; new grid entries include one capitalized word and one two-word phrase.
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.
1. Native of Ireland admitted by a doctor
6. True lass back in port in Africa
11. Fairy-tale giant fish
12. Guarding men in blue, dog gets confident (two words)
13. Octet confused about that Spanish flirt
14. Beatnik's personal computer nabbed by police
16. Dress for crashing bore?
17. Splitting meat, understand about greens
18. Jolson divides tasks with tunes
23. Is it done revoltingly?
24. Rating in About Mary causes hitch again
28. Brothers straddling North Carolina horses
29. Insure moving of bears
30. Mafia chief in crimes with thrill-seekers?
31. Small sheep adopted by Ruby and mended
32. Gratuitous charge about Republican
33. Fortune-tellers in department store speaking
34. Sets are adapted for moves in the theater?
1. Clever yellow cockroach
2. Bit of Code #12
3. Runners each covered in Mexican article
4. Reptiles bothered us again
5. Jobs in Dutch university—with strings attached
7. Hack sampler of "The Bells" author?
8. Bit of sheer bunk for Highlander
9. Graphite in fruit sack with orange
10. CIA operatives penning long harangues
15. Ms. Fisher and Mr. Adams had an affair (two words)
19. Love poetry by one across the ocean
20. Legendary steroid abuse?
21. I compete in railroad on a coast
22. Rash Rob doctored with hides
23. Remover of periods on E.R.
25. Rodent gobbles bit of sweet dessert
26. Rock star's first note
27. Passes out some tests inside
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