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The October 1998 Puzzler

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


Rite of Passage

Previous Puzzlers:

  • "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

  • "Fortune Cookies"
    June, 1997

  • "Slide Show"
    May, 1997


  • SOME of this puzzle's Across entries take part in 5 Down, a certain ritual; their connection may explain their behavior in the diagram. Lengths for all Across answers are accordingly withheld. Down answers are entered normally. Clue answers include three proper names.

    See the solution to last month's Puzzler.


    Clues


    Across
    1. Save first of bandages for cut
    4. I shot from behind, plugging house pests and garden pests
    10. Arranged truce on defeat
    12. In computer, enter savings account and note involving illegal seizure
    13. Cart 1,000 beds from the rear holding area
    14. Somewhat rude guy's name
    16. Routines for quiet moments
    17. Strengthen love anew in departure
    18. Tip initially included in price for entertainment
    20. Perfect place for study in cyberspace?
    22. Rages about one's phantoms
    24. Various and sundry waterfowl
    27. Dog food
    28. Disrespectful pun timed poorly
    31. Network covering the Spanish and English show-biz luminaries
    32. After introduction, happy-looking people meet participants
    33. Work of art is unsatisfactory in condition
    34. Roll heel over

    Down
    1. Drop act as a Democrat (4)
    2. Add up a group of people in conversation (6)
    3. Lift announcer's child (4)
    4. Belts and footwear (5)
    6. Heartthrob given diamonds mostly showing delight (8)
    7. Bath filled by senior in retreat was overfilled (5)
    8. A fair land (6)
    9. Takes it easy and sits once again (7)
    11. Shape verse in mind (5)
    15. People inhabiting principle housing unit (8)
    17. Tie scores broken by first of decimal figures (7)
    19. Emergency room gets the anesthetic (5)
    21. Terrible court guide (6)
    23. Short pony going around riding course for advanced students (6)
    25. Estate is cause of trouble in Virginia (5)
    26. Girl's nickname is put back in petition (5)
    29. Toy with party lines (4)
    30. Check comes in white stationery (4)


    Copyright © 1998 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
    The Atlantic Monthly; October 1998; The Puzzler; Volume 282, No. 4; page 119.

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