The Atlantic Puzzler

TREE-TRIMMING

The unclued entry 19 Across describes the contents of certain squares in the diagram, which solvers are invited to fill with their own handiwork. Answers include six proper nouns; 14 Across is an abbreviation.

ACROSS

4. Old judge shows up in delicatessen (3)

5. Sound relieved about Latin exam being of minimal importance (9)

7. Extract energy from Easter flower (5)

9. Prison parts are secret (6)

11. Inventor and company backed writer (6)

13. Metal ring accepted by friend (5)

14. A turnip’s skin yields fuel for the body (3) 16. Eat long, exotic fruit (7)

18. South America’s foremost new soy authority (5) (hyphenated)

19. See instructions

21. Losing face is a feeling that hurts (4)

24. Fad about hoarding silver (4)

27. Promises pickles (7)

28. Nothing you and I have to pay (3)

30. Like going around carefree lands (7)

31. Gambles, hosting any dance companies (7)

33. Overturning bias, jazz singer is seen as queen (8)

34. Leader of Gay Liberation is polished as a speaker(4)

36. Big blow for raunchier dancing (9)

38. Local bear maimed horseman (9)

40. Primate holds beginning of service in part of the cathedral (4)

41. Developed loftier clover (7)

42. Vamp comes back in The Sheik, e.g. (4)

43. Helper keeps bit of something in reserve (5)

44. Saw Advertising Age (5)

45. Old English articles, indeed (3)

DOWN

1. Shake rattles violently (7)

2. Gilds the wrong entrances (8)

3. Voiced questions for sage (4)

5. Woman with nearly transparent wrap (4)

6. Attempt capturing part of old legendary city (4)

8. Count some laughter as hunter’s cry (7)

( hyphenated)

9. Before the fighting, discharge a bullet, men (10)

10. Clean out Los Angeles’ source for spice (7)

11. Part of an accordion makes a loud sound (7)

12. Movie sleuth on set in Big Bill’s Mixedup Kids (11)

14. Not quite giving alms to poor (6)

15. Letter is quietly returned (3)

16. Audibly drag part of the foot (3)

17. Take after Zero, being bony (6)

20. Bounty’s captain treated rest as curs (9)

22. Smart one ordered rye, for a trick (9)

23. Indiana resident drops round with yellow socks (7)

24. Spreading libel, rouse insurgent (10)

25. Plant a group of spies around California (6)

26. Girl thief, oddly, is more capricious (9)

29. Bugs flew around Air Force food (6)

31. Sum involved in second-rate delivery service snafus (7)

32. Quote aloud from “Spot” (4)

34. A delay held up party (4)

35. Return dress and trumpet (4)

37. Interpreted orally for Soviet (3)

39. Everyone absorbed by lousy song (6)

The solution to last month’s Puzzler appears on page 106.

Answers to the November Puzzler,

“CLASSIFIED

ADS”

Across answers are given in order of their occurrence in the ads.

Across. DE(SIR)ED; ST(RUM-P)ET (test anag.); SENO-R (anag. + r); BACHELOR (anag.); S(T)EERS; SPOTTED {double def.); RING (double def.);A-C-I-D; EPI-GONE (pie anag.); ALIMENTS (anag.); GA(ME)S; ST-E-W; RE-ADY (day anag.); PRIVATE (double def.); SE(ARCH)ES; ACTION (anag.); SOIL (anag.); C-LOSE; TO(I)-LET; DU(mp)-NBAR (barn anag.) Down. 1. SPRE(AD)S (press anag.) 2. PRINCE (homophone) 3. O-INK 4. TAB(O-O)S 5. DECLARE (anag.) 6. OC-HER (co rev.) 7. CO(LLA)PSE (all rev.) 8. I(SOLD)E 9. DER-BY (red rev.) 10. TIERED (anag.) 11. TEMPER (hidden) 12. TRAMLINE (anag.) 13. TH(INN)E-D 14. TUSSLED (anag.) 15. EAGLET (anag.) 16. STASIS (anag.) 17. ER-MINE 18. G-LASS 19. SUERS (anag.) 20. MOOR (rev.)