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The April 1998 Puzzler
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Three-Ring Circus

Each of this puzzle's three Rings (A, B, and C) is divided into three concentric Circles (a, b, and c) and 18 Sectors. Each of the nine Circles (Aa, Ab, etc.) contains three consecutive six-letter entries going clockwise from an unmarked starting point. The 12 numbered Sectors contain entries (1-12) of either nine or ten letters broken into three pieces, one piece per Ring, entered from the perimeter inward. Any piece may go in any of the Rings. Ten-letter answers have one four-letter piece (which may be the first, second, or third of the entry's three pieces) whose fourth letter protrudes into the center of its Ring. If all this is making your head spin, take heart; when every answer has been entered, you'll find the source of the dizzying effect in the nine letters filling the centers of the three Rings. Clue answers include four capitalized words.

See the solution to last month's Puzzler.


Previous Puzzlers:

  • "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

  • Circles
    Aa. Suddenly reveal Spanish circus to
    Merv is prepared for realistic
    Celebration somewhat satisfies
    Ab. Writer's glassware found in a
    Get up and go before excessive
    ingestion, eating a container of
    veggies (two words)
    Glass rods seen in abstract Miró
    Ac. Clinton initially playing tenor
    Thoughts revolving around curricu -
    lum's last part of a weekend in Paris
    Political theorist's goal in creative
    Ba. Jellyfish amused crackpot
    Place to get a drink, say, in Tennessee
    Quite a few farm machines initially
    sent back
    Bb. Commit poor Eve to sitting behind
    Singer on the east side of Rhode
    Island theater district
    Lauder of makeup starting with true
    guinea pig
    Bc.Colonial leader married Eskimo
    Disturbed sleep with a tickle
    Make a mistake in addition task
    a. Ice pinnacles frighten ship's pilot on
    the way back
    E.T., in jest, recast High Society? (two
    A soothsayer's conclusion can answer
    Cb. Janitor's helper fixed his melancholy
    Publisher is one bringing legal action
    Horsey adorned with bangles between
    head and tail
    Cc. Gym in a ghetto provides refuge
    The first man in Maine married
    woman abroad
    King with a count's way of fighting

    1. Detain navy in Turkey, heading west
    for volcanic island
    2. Again excite the attention of others
    about bats in tree
    3. Experimenter with freezing toes
    crying miserably
    4.Gang member led Quentin astray
    5. With quiet bearing, reaches out for pipe
    6. Cars backed up outside before
    "Love Songs"
    7. Steered northeast into purple and
    8. Colleague with a bit of marijuana
    caught by officer attending civil
    9. Sunday, Peter takes Ed's racer
    10. Strangely, negativism is efficient
    11. Worn-out spot next to counter held by
    a trio
    12. Most sharp, stylish neckwear carried
    by Kitty

    Copyright © 1998 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
    The Atlantic Monthly; April 1998; The Puzzler; Volume 281, No. 4; page 119.

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