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The Atlantic Monthly | January 2002
The Puzzler
Book Reviews

by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
The January	 Puzzler

The library of a puzzle writer is apt to contain some unusual volumes. The reviews below, in which we examine ten of our hardest-to-find books, also happen to make up the clues to this month's puzzle. These clues are strung together in random order, except that all the Acrosses precede the Downs. Puzzling out the answers' locations is your job. Answers include twelve capitalized words.

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

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Playing the Toady: By Dr. J. Court study with about as much style as a slab of pine. A sampling of gossip in sports.

Legs: One weird new novel by William Kennedy, set in Mobile. Insane and mawkish family history about Alabama town full of Irish people irritated about a "leg."

Big Chief: Le Carre's tailor has to bust Mafia boss and crooked cop. A convincing depiction of the actual lives in a royal domain, according to oral testimony.

Fat Country: Amy Tan in a dither about love for the physical body. Consuming a mixture of gin and tea, popular music composer accidentally wings her sister who works as a thread-spinner. Nothing takes place after material goes on and on in a gabby fashion.

Beasts Without: Kay Ryan's debut, it evokes a "language gym." Like vegetables, unfortunately, and like all seasons' beginnings, this poem degenerates.

Devil Hunting: Potter's origin, by Harry's creator. While the boy is a tennis player, sorcerer's earliest appearances and protectors get brought back in meandering plot. For older boys only.

Guns for the Retrospective Hunter: Illustrations by Emily I. Small. Picture-maker shot game between island and river in the Balkans.

Felony One: New treatment of Carrie in more salacious adult edition, eliciting repugnance. To understand King in the present chilling times, get drunk.

Rest Home for the O'Haras: A traitor comes back to watch Scarlett's ultimate demise. With violence.

Endless Mile: In tale Agee fabricated, about fifty-one of the Romans left a region bordering on Lebanon and Syria.

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