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The April 1999 Puzzler

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


Previous Puzzlers:

  • "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

  • HALF the clues (20) in this puzzle break a kind of law, committing what you might call 22 Across. The punishment is 5 Down, and it's applied to the answers of the offending clues. Lest all this seem unduly harsh, we assure solvers that our wordplay (even when we go to the dastardly extreme of withholding answer lengths from the clues) is meant to be painless. Answers include 13 proper words.

    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. Stood with shields by front of dungeon
    5. Silver rod holds cross
    10. Cardinal eating large lunch at the outset gives grace
    11. Committee's leader with church flier
    12. Memorable barber and landlord? (hyphenated)
    13. Dark brown or black, e.g., worn by private investigator
    14. Minute instruments for horses
    16. Big house behind a small tree
    18. Hollow spot mars goggles
    20. Pass through a mountain by day, getting dirty
    26. Opens Chapel Hill school records
    28. No-goodnik's behind gore in picture books
    30. Valley contains English bush
    31. Nutty and neat, like an old Italian
    32. What we get from browning some liver segments
    33. Leg's broken by great runner with footballs
    34. Former police leader keeps shaking up or shooting up
    35. Furnish anew with ruby ring
    36. Ground gained, for example, by a cart in reverse
    37. Team's opening cheer, rather Ohioan

    1. Fish in the place where you'll find nice work for yourself
    2. Somewhat antiquated kind of antenna, with nothing left on it
    3. Idle, I shot temple's vessel
    4. Take no pitches, buster
    6. Tonier horses around polo place?
    7. Reveal what rascals make with paint?
    8. Quality of innocence I've found in Nathaniel
    9. Bugs Bunny's heart is in gangster's arms
    14. Spiritualist neither great nor terrible
    15. Official wizard put another coat on
    17. Conservative caught in a romance nook
    19. President's yo-yo is grabbed by Mafia boss
    21. Sorest man beaten with bat
    23. Fire yogi in Australian city
    24. Crazy about railroad that is united
    25. Mutt's or mouse's obedient servant?
    27. Silver butt on a slate
    28. Comrade of grumpy agent taking shelter
    29. Fat man's somewhat unpleasant attitudes
    30. Be evasive with constable's support

    Copyright © 1999 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
    The Atlantic Monthly; May 1999; The Puzzler; Volume 283, No. 5; page 131.

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