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The March Puzzler

March Puzzler

Bright Prospects
Previous Puzzlers:
  • "Your Turn"
    February, 2000

  • "A River Runs Through It"
    January, 2000

  • "Windup"
    December, 1999

  • "Downsizing"
    November, 1999

  • "Cycles"
    October, 1999

  • "Shakedown"
    September, 1999

  • "At the Movies"
    August, 1999

  • "Family Reunion"
    July, 1999

  • "Mismatches"
    June, 1999

  • "Lawbreakers"
    May, 1999

  • "Mystery Box"
    April, 1999

  • "Hide and Seek"
    March, 1999

  • "Central Square"
    February, 1999

  • "Cross-Training"
    January, 1999

  • "Criss-Crossing"
    December, 1998

  • "Back in the Labyrinth"
    November, 1998

  • "Rite of Passage"
    October, 1998

  • "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
  • THE omission of answer lengths from this puzzle's clues may seem a gloomy business, but a consolation is spelled out in the shaded circles, reading left to right and top to bottom. This phrase may help you reconcile 14 clue answers with their places in the diagram. Answers include four proper nouns and a less-than-common word at 2 Down; new diagram entries include one proper noun and one two-word phrase.

    The instructions above are for this month's puzzle only. See a complete introduction to clue-solving.

    See the solution to last month's Puzzler.



    1. Member of a fraternity that was screened in and out

    6. Making a 180 turn very recently, finished at the front

    10. Domestic work with a blade, about medium

    11. Holder of second in contest

    13. Heard the main musician's songs

    14. Gold coin for wearing around start of Lent

    15. Put up with spike-carrying revolutionary

    17. Tray for serving refreshments, mostly to assuage

    19. Facing the wrong way, a kind of pastry's layers

    23. John Brown's back with somebody who's gone around the bend

    26. Ministers to tackle limits

    27. Continue to improve current TV drama in return

    30. Swindle is gripping to actor in Becket

    31. Interest in crosses and arms of the sea

    32. Brownish hue I found in yellow flower

    33. Confess about couple of errors in dating

    34. Guy without a pen

    35. Rather old idiot in gym class


    1. Restaurants invaded by hundred bugs

    2. Greek soldier landed in Arkansas town

    3. Horror film of the 1970s not fully kept in stock

    4. Shining is a bit of goofy fluff

    5. Miles put into old Bean's work clothes

    6. Idly, we shifted across a lot of territory

    7. Lost a note, according to the audience

    8. Onset of guitars in rock is something frightful

    9. Born of French, with Dutch required

    12. Low note for an actress in Ordinary People

    16. Skunks in circle surrounded by tracks

    17. Bunker is also in band (two words)

    18. "Victory" sign goes through changes

    20. One in Bye-Bye is performing an aria, perhaps

    21. Force small lock

    22. In performance, "I Love New York" is rather smelly

    24. In a Midwestern town, our group is entertaining

    25. "Zip," sister said

    28. Upcoming magazine to put into circulation

    29. Noise before great sound of a chime

    Copyright © 2000 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
    The Atlantic Monthly; March 2000; The Puzzler - 00.03; Volume 285, No. 3; page 119.