The Atlantic Puzzler

The unclued lights represent each of the tones in a familiar set. One of these lights, though nominally different, clearly has its place with the others. Answers to clues include one uncommon word, 16 Across. Remember that punctuation may be used deceptively.

by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

OCTAVES

ACROSS

1. Fruit that’s long with peel on the outside, eaten by monkey (9)

9. Soon may be unidentified (4)

11. It’s eaten by a hound, back in the country (6)

12. Rental out of headgear for a buck (6)

14. Knight turning to view pair of knockers? (5)

16. Golden tones (4)

17. It’s murderous to kill (4)

19. Measures in rods (4)

20. Order to attack written deliberately (3)

22. In jerk’s room (5)

23. Some butter and jam (5)

25. Conveyor belt arc (3)

27. Exhibit boredom through most of spectacle (4)

28. That man is going to a hot spot (4)

30. Ketchup bottles make an impression (4)

31. Indicated by having depressions about nothing (7)

34. Status of actors to audience (5)

37. Integrated unit—it makes sense (6)

38. Return after about one to sell some merchandise (6)

39. Profits from ski resort put into baseball team (6)

40. Football players getting goals (4)

DOWN

2. Drown self, sister, and sweetheart (8)

3. Does speaking through this? (4)

4. Makes report of uncapped hubs (6)

5. Ram around curve into stands (6)

6. Country kid carrying pole (4)

7. Cruel in expression! (4)

8. Marked by claws of devil with a forked tail (8)

10. Jumping bean—don’t cat it (4)

13. Cock fight (4)

15. B.O. aids in punk rock (8)

18. Greeting bound to be heard from peak (4,4)

21. Vessel of lord destroyed in fire (7)

24. “Ouch—that’s crude, darling” (4)

26. Go ahead, head off, and drop back (6)

29. Permits tag for little ones (4)

32. English navy hasn’t a vice (4)

33. Draw circles, right angle, and block (4)

35. Juan and Jose, e.g., make less (4)

36. Enlistee is oddly different (4)

Answers to the September Puzzler, “TORN CLUES”

Below are the clues “before being torn.” Italics indicate the pieces that were missing from their proper numbers.

Across

1. “Torn Clues”—I in Aqueduct

5. Italian river bugs law

10. Disciple comes before God the eternal spirit of youth

11. Say, ”Lazy God”

12. “Left with a Broken Heart” froth

13. Church in a find me in the Orient

14. I’m conducting experiments winding street

10. Sound of hill’s disrupted

19. Half grid iron football formation first showing bad-smelling

21. Ship holding wood sleeps

24. Feasts curse foolish Quest

26. Poles parting runs

28. Bullets ”I’m pooped

31. Whisper strange result

34. He cooks break apart

35. Wagner, for one reconstructed manger

36. Time off something

37. Beat a rug, take big bird

38. Tse-tse flies verse form

39. Right in Fountains in zones of conflict

Down

l. Pieces for chair backs left in gaiters

2. gaiters Slender tip

3, Pure say

4. Move stealthily “jerk”

5. Flying past circling gull designs

6. One-time in concert

7. Fools— I do its recycling

8. Company with Poles prisoners

9. Antelopes (Eastern countries)

14. Congressman faced upcoming assuage

15. Decline assuage garbage

17. Hodgepodge circle—oil rising

18. Again aver, rests are rudely

20. Drunk—not I inside

22. Bail is set for apologies

23. Cleats ears of corn

25. Some moist inkstain bad smells

27. Britain’s first king making dim

29. Sing a number mortal

30. Do not like top piece—Beethoven’s Third

32. Egg in surgery

33. Orally instructed tight

Across. 1. SLUICE (anag.) 5. PO-LICE 10. PETER PAN 11. IDOL (homophone) 12. L-ATHER (anag. +l) 13. CH-IN-A 14. TESTER (anag.) 16. TORE (homophone) 19. FE-T-(gr)ID 21. S(LUMBER)S 24. BAN-QUETS (guest anag.) 26. LOPES (anag.) 28. SHOT (double def.) 31. RUSTLE (anag.) 34. BAKER (anag.) 35. GERMAN (anag.) 36. ITEM (anag.) 37. GREAT AUK (anag.) 38. SESTET (anag.) 39. F(R)ONTS Down. 1. SP(L)ATS 2. LEAN (double def.) 3. UTTER (double def.) 4. CREEP (double def.) 5. PAT(TERN)S (past anag.) 6. ONCE (hidden) 7. IDIOTS (anag.) 8. CO-N-S 9. E-LANDS 14. TEM-PER (rev.) 15. REFUSE (double def.) 17. O-Lio (rev. +o) 18. REASSERT (anag.) 20. INTO (anag.) 22. ALIBIS (anag.) 23. SPIKES (double def.) 25. STINKS (hidden) 27. B LEAR 29. HUM-A-N 30. HAT-E 32. URGE (hidden) 33. TAUT (homophone).