The Atlantic Puzzler

ACROSTIC

Letters of clue answers, when put in the appropriate diagram squares, will spell out a quotation and—revealed separately—its authors. About a third of the letters in the diagram can be derived from more than one clue. Solvers are encouraged to shade in unused diagram squares. Answers include three proper nouns.

The solution to last month’s Puzzler appears on page 101.

CLUES

1. Disagreeing with a guy like Cousteau? (9)

(I12,M6,G1,A2,L13,B1,K5,D10,J11)

2. Stick around Love Boat (5)

(I7,A4,K4,E8,J8)

3. What’s five hundred and eight divided by fifty, please (7) (C6,M13,H12,D5,E13,B9,K8)

4. Rodent in country catching cold (10) (I6,B2,F1,H7,C9,G11,G4,C5,G7,B11)

5. A sick writer... (6) (H8,E12,I10,L7,F12,F5)

6. ... or healthy writer (6) (E3,M12,J9,A7,F4,H11)

7. Importance of being around England’s capital (6) (H3,M11,K13,B8,J12,E6)

8. Crook’s intuition (5) (B4,A13,J1,A6,M10)

9. Charge, or pull back (4)

(L10,M3,I11,A8)

10.Couple cut end off string (4) (M9,C1,J10,B6)

11. Author secretly and surreptitiously wore tights (10)

(M8, A10,C11,K12,D4,G3,E4,B7,J6,G12)

12. Rank binder (4)

(B3,H10,C2,J5)

13. The pop singer over there is a rushed worker? (8) (A9,L11,C8,M2,J2,D7,E1,G13)

14. Admitted a selfish emotion (6) (I13,M8,A11,E5,G2,D12)

15. A phrase in Shakespeare for a mealmaking establishment (5,4)

(Al,L9,B10,C4,D3,I5,F10,E9,F4)

16. Noise of toppled chair (6) (G5,C10,K11,E11,M7,D2)

17. Nobody has time for music (5) (H6,A12,K1,B5,J6)

18. Dessert makes her be tubby in the middle (7) (M1,C3,I1,A11,D13,G8,D8)

19. Stupid place to stay in the Big Apple (5) (Bl2,B7,H6,Ll,K6)

20. Herb gets cipher ass-backwards (7) (E8,J5,C7,D6, A4,I4,F13)

21. Leading riots put in order (7) (L9,G7,K13,D6,B12,F3,I12)

22. Blue feathers (4) (A3,K2,L10,H7)

23. Disbeliever near the scene of a robbery? (7) (J4,B3,C3,G8,L7,M1,A9)

24. Rugged grass around sides of road (5) (K9,D9,M12,B13,K6)

25. Posed in sleek fabric (5) (L8,J13,D8,H10,H1)

26. “Twist and Shout”—that’s grand (8) (B10,M10,H8,A13,K12,J4,H13,M5)

27. Music and bread for a waif (10) (E4,M3,B8,J13,I5,A13,F2,E2,D5,M4)

28. For starters, a cold month gets freezing (7) (A5,H2,I2,JIO,L2,K10,M1)

29. Break the law to get riches (6) (C1,I1,D9,F5,K8,G10)

30. Bulletin about man and wife from Pacific Islands (3,8)

(F11,A2,J9,D1,K5,D13,D3,F1,C6,L3,L8)

31. Incline to love melody (5)

(I7,I13,K4,G5,E7)

32. Kind babysitter (6)

(C13,L12, K1,B13,I10,L13)

Note: The instructions above are for this month’s puzzle only. It is assumed that you know how to decipher clues. For a complete introduction to clue-solving, write to The Atlantic Reprint Department, 8 Arlington Street, Boston, Mass. 02116, enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Answers to the December Puzzler,

“MEDLEY”

Deleted letters spell “mixed bag.”

Across. 1.-5. DI-THE-R (I’d rev.); M-USCLE (m + anag.) 10. EVE-N 11. MINORCA 12. REV-IS-E 14. SET-TO 15. MI(NARE)T (near anag.) 16.-17. G(E)ORGE; SORTED (anag.) 19. LICENSE (hidden) 25. AIRPORTS (anag.) 28.-29. ATT-ILA (Ali rev.); S(OOT)HE (too anag.) 31. T(RACE)RY 33. EXETER (homophone) 34. SABER-S (anag. 4+ s) 35. IMITATE (anag.) 36. OVER (anag.) 37.-38. F(OLD)ED; TONICS (anag.) Down. 1. LISTEN (anag.) 2. (in)VERSE 3. C-RITTER (C + anag.) 4. RESTED (homophone) 5. DO-WAGER 6. D(IRT)IED 7. HE-ARTS 8. RENO (anag.) 9. L(A)-TENT 13. STOGIE (anag.) 18. GA(THE)R 20. CA(BARE)TS 21. FOOTBALL (anag.) 22. M(OR)ASS 23. STA(TIN)G 24. CIRC(L)E 26. POT-AT-O 27. SE(N)SED (anag. + n) 30. RATED (anag.) 32. LA-NE