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The September 1997 Puzzler

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


Previous Puzzlers:

  • "Scoreboard"
    August, 1997

  • "Celebrating the Fourth"
    July, 1997

  • "Fortune Cookies"
    June, 1997

  • "Slide Show"
    May, 1997

    Diversions Index

  • SOMEWHERE in this puzzle there are 11 double-crossers; that is to say, there are 11 letter pairs each shared by a single Across answer and a single Down answer. One letter of each such pair belongs in the square where the two words intersect, but the other letter should be shifted horizontally to a square in the unclued and otherwise uncrossed entry at 4 Down. Solvers will need to determine which letter of the double-crossing pair is to be shifted. When all the shifting double-crossers are in place, they will form an appropriate phrase. To protect the identities of the double-crossers, lengths are not given. Six answers are capitalized.

    See thesolutionto last month's Puzzler.


    1. Place double-crossers the wrong way in beginning
    7. Cure for disrupting nocturnal twitch
    11. Absorbing composer scores Don Juan and the like
    12. Enlightened, made like Sullivan?
    13. Some bread bearing excellent image of Mary
    15. Try saving the last snow leopards and whales
    16. Islander's expression of surprise captured by Italian painter
    18. Stunners married hotshots
    20. Ending in movie is phony
    21. Faithful arrive, mostly wearing gloves?
    23. Finally, tell a long story about northern Italian food
    26. Fashion poem starting with meter
    27. Cracking up at a rusty bunch of carvings
    28. Comrade in Italy's capital taking in Dante's earliest, peculiar sort of writing
    29. Hamlet characters' dispatch from the east about Ophelia's end
    30. Viking running back calls one of the Reagans

    1. In part of the fall, briefly, lake lay still
    2. Heartless, dirty rotten police
    3. Given new supplies after changing diet, fret
    5. Journey to remote eastern kingdom, initially
    6. Constrict view behind the front
    7. Some politicians organized Persian club
    8. Predictions about splitting timberlands
    9. Double-check street in bad shape
    10. School in southern city with average rank
    14. Singer's rustic pitch, in C
    15. Uranium carried by mine conveyor, along with a bombshell
    17. Indulgence for chestnut striking the head
    18. Writer of French article in Mother Earth
    19. Interrupting Dershowitz, cut short sore loser (hyphenated)
    21. Crook from one N.E. state held in another (two words)
    22. Produce-craving elder
    24. Prison riot?
    25. Pervasive atmosphere near Omaha's center

    Copyright © 1997 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
    The Atlantic Monthly; September 1997; The Puzzler; Volume 280, No. 3; page 119.

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