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The August 1997 Puzzler


by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

This puzzle's grid represents a baseball scoreboard, with answers to clues entered Across and Down and heavy bars serving only to separate the innings. Across entries are clued in order of their appearance in the rows labeled a-d. Each Across entry is either six or nine letters long, spanning two or three complete innings. The 18 clued Down entries are all seven letters long and belong in the columns not containing shaded squares. In each inning one Down answer's first letter should be removed to the shaded square in the top of the inning, and the other Down answer's last letter should be removed to the shaded square in the bottom of the inning; solvers must determine which is which. When nine innings are completed, the letters in their 18 shaded squares will lead to each team's score; these scores may be entered in the last two shaded squares. Finally (and fittingly, we hope), the site of the game will be seen in the last two, unclued six-letter Downs. Answers include two proper names. Those are the ground rules -- now, play ball!
Unfortunately, this month's puzzler's oblong shape does not reproduce well on the Web. We recommend printing it out at a larger size or, better yet, obtaining a copy of the print version of The Atlantic Monthly.

Previous Puzzlers:

  • "Celebrating the Fourth"
    July, 1997
  • "Fortune Cookies"
    June, 1997
  • "Slide Show"
    May, 1997

    Diversions Index

  • Clues


    a. Pitcher and catcher entering a melee I stirred up little by little
    At first, behold two under dog
    Look into eating second piece of sushi, marine creature with spines (two words)
    Such flaky sopranos go downhill fast

    b. Something chewy eaten by General Bean
    Bell and General Electric brought back a holiday drink
    Shed in marsh
    Move like a giant assortment of boards
    Punch captures a tuba's sound

    c. Doctor outside Nice fixed cut fine
    Again engage rebuffed woman's wrath
    Girl's name is unknown in part of the Northeast
    One kind of tree in New Mexico is not healthy
    Try love after lithium for psychic energy

    d. Card in coaster went laterally
    Day care centers operate from behind chains
    Kill listener with charm
    Minimally promote wacky SNL dueler


    1. Associate blurred vision with fortune-teller
    Make-believe gin mixed into chow

    2. Partially crimped edges stayed
    Throw to left end and laugh

    3. Chicken portion comes with beeper
    Art even troubled old-timer

    4. Trace of iodine found in skeleton behind eastern woods
    Way of reckoning time involving top of ladies' underwear

    5. Accumulate around a small underground pipe (two words)
    Copies of cipher kept by ancient king

    6. Rage about leader of Austria -- the idiot
    Worked as an attendant for some paper in South Dakota

    7. Briefly describe all but the beginning of shtick about Liberal
    Bed receives ultimate in acclaim for coziness

    8. In shade, somewhat regular
    Defenseless nude wandering around a room

    9. Oblique figure agitated mob in mad rush
    Fifty dividing hot, sweet bread

    Copyright © 1997 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
    The Atlantic Monthly; August 1997; The Puzzler; Volume 280, No. 2; page 99.

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