The Atlantic Puzzler

The twelve unclued lights, taken in the order of their appearance (with Across lights preceding Down lights), form a progression of words which may be linked back to back. Clue answers include six proper words; 10 Across is uncommon; a variant spelling is involved in 17 Across. Remember that punctuation in the clues may be used deceptively.

by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

BACK TO BACK

ACROSS

1. Shed in swamp (6)

9. Position open for unskilled laborer (4)

10. For vampire Dracula, Miami is home (5)

11. When the king is away, depression turns to jollity (3)

13. Extract from coroner on device for removing hearts (5)

14. Love to peruse nymph (5)

15. Garden of Eden has twice the room (3)

17. Problem of time and money (7)

18. Equality is something very important to the French (5)

20. Rejoiced in return of splendid time (7)

21. Old Jets given some Rams? (7)

27. Prophetic quiet fills Indian place with outset of ceremony (7)

28. Top man after Christ (4)

29. Sea monster on the tail of retreating crocodile (3)

31. Vault with dangerous consequences(5)

33. Support a certain opera (4)

34. Land adds mass to concrete (5)

35. Turn back (apt to be crowded) (4)

36. Stew in returnable cans (4)

37. Alternate notice now and then (6)

DOWN

2. On the field, king equals king (4)

9. Persevering and topping off sundae, died—eating rotten nut (9)

7. Happy beginning—girl meets boy (4)

5. Characters, alternating in term, accede to presiding position (5)

6. One king among millions (4)

7. Hot dog—one with ketchupy exterior (7)

8. Makes socks smell uplifting (5)

9. Ho! Pot shot! (5)

11. Alarm is loud, getting attention (4)

12. Lighting of sign with none out (4)

16. Moslem lands a hit—place goes wild (9)

19. Indian put back in orphanage home (7)

22. Transfers $100 in business transactions (6)

23. Asian connection at hearing (4)

24. Shepherd’s first 100 sheep get lost (5)

25. More than one fanciful wish (about 1000)! (5)

26.Win near-falls (4)

27. Imagine 500,500 sheets of newspaper (5)

30. Aide changes light bulb (4)

32. Rat gets off craft (3)

Answers to the July Puzzler, “DROSSWORDS”

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook

—William James

Parentheses after each solution contain the extra letter(s) in the clue.

Across. 1. WRA(i)TH (t) 6. OUTPOST (anag.) (h) 11. RISE (anag.) (ea) 12. OPERAS (anag.) (r£) 13. LUT(HER)ANS (sultan anag.) (o) 14. TE(AL (elt anag.) (f) 15. AMOUNT (hidden) (b) 16. ENNUI (hidden) (e) 17. COOLIES (anag.) (in) 18. RETINA (anag.) (g) 21. S(L)EET (w) 23. V0(G)EL (love anag.) (i) 25. MOUS(S)E (s) 27. SINATRA (anag.)(e) 28. J(0)UST (i) 30. ADULTS (anag.) (s) 31. AMIR (homophone of a mere) (t) 32. REALISTIC (anag.) (h) 33. P(0N)IES (e) 34. REEL (hidden) (a) 35. STINGER (double def.) (r) 36. TERNS (homophone) (t) Down. 1. W(RITE)RS (rws anag.) (o) 2. R-I(P)EN (me anag.) (J) 3. AS-L-ANT (k) 4. TELL (hidden) (no) 5. HOUR-I (w) 6. O-PTI-CAL (tip anag.) (i) 7. TREMOLO (lo-term anag.) (ng) 8. PAROLE (anag.) (w) 9. SONNETS (anag.) (h) 10. TESTS (anag.) (a) 19. EVIDENT (anag.) (t) 20. NETTING (hidden) (t) 21. SMATTER (anag.) (o) 22. PET-RELS (levs anag.) (ov) 24. GALLON (anag.) (e) 26. SUMMER(y) (r) 27. SARIS (hidden) (l) 28. J-OIST (anag.) (o) 29. SIREN (anag.) (o) 31. ACRE (anag.) (k)