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IN THIS ISSUE 500 Rummy 55
Alpha Bet 31
Will Wonders Never Cease 34
An insightful profile of Animal Calls 7
puzzlemaster Will Shortz Battleships 23
The ACPT: An Insider’s View 40 Camouflage 4
A Q&A with some of the folks Celtic Knot 29
from the American Crossword
Puzzle Tournament Code Crosswords 28
This Old Game 42 Cryptic Crossword 1 60
Vintage board games from Cryptic Crossword 2 61
the collector’s closet Double Cross 49
Your Word Against Mine: 64 Double-Take 62
Scrabble Happenings, Puzzles, and Tips
Dszquphsbnt! 20
Tools to improve your game
Echo System 67
Family Reunions 66
PLUS...
Following Directions 63
MinMoves 22 Hashi 13
A logical game of musical chairs
House Party 7
Carlsen Retains World 24 It’s in the Can 15
Chess Championship
Magnus Carlsen prevails in Kid Stuff 8
a closely fought match Marching Hexagons 19
against Sergey Karjakin Missing Persons 30
Wild Cards 26 Mixed Doubles 3
A potpourri of amusing little New Equation Analysis Test 70
puzzles for your solving pleasure
One, Two, Three 32
What’s Happening 33
Previews of upcoming events Paint by Numbers 56
Paint by Pairs 50
Contest: Coded Crisscross V 44
Pencil Pointers 1 5
Contest Results: 45
Round Trip (from September) Pencil Pointers 2 18
Electronic Game Reviews 46 Quote Boxes 12
SteamWorld Heist, Deus Ex Go Short Stories 52
Traditional Game Reviews 47 Siamese Twins 53
Elfenroads, Royals Solitaire Hangman 16
Off the Bookshelf 48 Split Ends 71
The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming:
Rules Every Gamer Must Live By Sweet Eighteen 54
Taking the Fifth 10
Ten-Pack 6
Easy Medium
DIFFICULTY RATING Through the Week 21
Hard Mixed
Triple Threat 14
Word Hexes 25
COVER DESIGN | MEREDITH MORIARTY World’s Most Ornery Crossword 67

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Senior Editor Jennifer Orehowsky

Editor Raymond Simon
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“ have been omitted. if the clue for 1-Across were “Metallic element“ and the clue for 17-Across read “Starring role. When you find two Across clues or two Down clues that seem to have the same answer.“ and “2 wds.“ which would go in the box labeled 18 (1 + 17). Note: Tags such as “Hyph. The clues are separated into Across and Down. For example. say 14 More under the effects 6 Friendship-ending disagreement of anesthesia 7 Football player on one side of DOWN 15 Disappear. ANSWER. using different meanings of the word. thin piece of paper 23 Vest’s lack 15 Seen from above. as a response 14 Colorful atmospheric 7 Indicate a stop. PAGE 72 31 17 30 16 12 33 22 14 24 23 26 29 28 18 13 27 25 36 19 20 15 32 ACROSS 16 First deodorant available in 10 On time 1 Move forward aerosol form 11 Section of Las Vegas with 2 Calligrapher’s movement 17 Big name in frozen vegetables many casinos 3 Family member 18 Golf shot 12 White piano key. as a traffic signal 22 It may be natural or rational phenomenon 8 Long. as a view 9 Making a goal or a basket 24 Making crisscrossed scratches april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 3 . add up their clue numbers to determine the place in the grid where the answer should be entered. MIXED DOUBLES BY MIKE NOTHNAGEL Each answer word in this crossword variation has two clues leading to it. but are otherwise ordered randomly.“ the answer would be “lead. as a the quarterback 1 “Sweet Caroline” singer Neil skin condition 8 Relaxes after a hard day 2 Remove confusion about 16 Mystic’s trancelike state 9 Enchant 3 Negotiate 17 Baseball infield 10 Roman goddess of the dawn 4 Record album holders 18 “99 44⁄100% pure” soap 11 Pence and Myers 5 Blush 19 Great deal 12 Money paid before it’s earned 6 Bubble gum that comes with 20 Antitank rocket launcher 13 Not absolute a comic strip 21 Cue. colloquially 4 Emcees’ needs 19 Spilling from the confines (of) 13 Intense bliss 5 Bracelet trinket 20 Removes from a spool.

it’s up to you to determine which ones are needed. however. PAGE 73 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z S P E R F E T L E A S Y C O M A R O T E N H O D G A S O L I E A S B L E T H E A R P A T F O R M D E S P O C E T C L A R R O A C T I E B E R N D M E L T A R F F L E A N F O U R S O E L G N T H C A M E D I N C E R S P T W I M B E U I C Y E L R E M A R I I M E L A N C O A S T E A R D O N T M I N E N D N A M I T E R E P A R I D L E N D A E V E R Y B D Y M A N D G R E A F A T E N G E T T E R M S C A L K E N G R A B I T E R I T T L E D I S C H E U B E E N T C O R B L E C A V A T E M O B I L I E N T H E M R E P T I C R T A I N G T R A N E M H A T I C H E S T O R A E R N D E L W R E P L A U E L U C T I D S O S U T E L N G E 4 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . Hyphenated words. and plurals are not used. ANSWER. only one arrangement of all the letters of the alphabet will complete a word in each row. CAMOUFLAGE FROM THE GAMES LIBRARY Place each of the 26 letters of the alphabet once in the grid below to form a common word of five or more letters reading across in each line. Some letters may fit in more than one of the empty squares to form familiar words. proper nouns. Not all the letters in each line will be used.

for one Iron-fisted Hit head- rulers on hard Pop singer Suffix Classic Abdul with Siam Chrysler __ admin Doomed Silver. ANSWER. PAGE 72 Mexico’s Irish Hospital Usually Fir or Wedding Green Circle Slugger Counting Grieves Exodus Former More Catches a northern New Age division deleted spruce’s vow pasta portions Ripken calories for novelist camera snazzily few z’s neighbor singer email cousin locales sauce Leon brand dressed “Dear Abby” and such Heaped Tenerife messily native.” artifact V for Distress Tennis Burn Bat’s Teeming Snare or Blu-ray Vendetta call at sea star slightly hangout (with) bongo Disc actor Arthur maker Stephen Spinning Gist of the __ Lanka Longtime copter matter Honda part models Looking Simpson at it one attorney way Robert Mythical Really half-men enjoy oneself Endures Archrival april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 5 . the clues appear in the grid itself. on TV Despise Not Golf House Iris-family Tasty Makes Object of Augment Moved religion. say Perfume Rock. Thus far Casual with shirt “down” Male cat Carried Big-name along visitors. course furniture. Not slack Little Sheep’s queen clinging plateau call Lauder mollusks Thorn in the side Showing Point-to- no bias point length Father of Cairo’s Expert Isaac. “Neon” Company to Lao-tzu fish in a employee tank Graceful Get the Party card street wrinkles game shader out of A little conserva- tive. Enter the answers in the direction of the pointers. PENCIL POINTERS 1 BY COREY KOSAK In this crossword puzzle. flower tidbits really baseless about related slots to Brits mad fear an axis The way.. In one’s Classic Lures 30 Rock one.. in river the Bible Big golf Most mad event Damage Is priced “Don’t at you Holy worry. white house Olds character slangily element New Deal Lemon prez Devours.

8. acronyms. 14. 10. including slang. 9. contractions. and variant spellings of the same word. 13. 6. You may use any letter as often as you like. 2. 16. After completing the grid. TEN-PACK FROM THE GAMES LIBRARY See if you can beat our score by packing this grid with words using only the 10 letters provided at the foot of the page. or suffixes. but don’t use the same word twice in the grid. 4. 5. calculate your score by adding up each Across row. inflected versions of a word (such as LOVE and LOVED). 17. 3. V A T L N C E I H W TOTAL 1 2 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 1 6 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . 15. This includes singular and plural versions of the same word. Use any word in a standard dictionary. 7. 12. PAGE 72 LINE SCORE 1. ANSWER. our high score was 324…but we were a little off that day. prefixes. abbreviations. 11. but don’t use capitalized or foreign words.

__________________________________ 5. Ibsen drama ____________________________________ 13. as drinks _________________________________ 8. Fraternity flick ___________________________________ 4. Kurt Vonnegut novel _____________________________ 14. each answer is a word. Strong poker holding _____________________________ 3. 52 Copycats the Edsels) Cometh a shrimp 42 Jimmy Carter’s vice 54 Cricket 44 Calf-roping 9 Penny-pinching 28 ___ to be tied president Walter equipment competition 10 In some other way 29 Sneezin’ season 43 Master craftsperson 55 Can’t stand 47 Bay State cape 11 Reveals. 37 Conclusion network 41 “___ Lama Ding successfully sometimes 38 Purchase 51 Alleviated Dong” (1961 hit by 8 O’Neill’s The ___ 24 Nickname for surcharge: 2 wds. 12 Thriller hit: 2 wds. PAGE 72 1. Home christening ________________________________ 9. In fact. 35 36 37 38 21 King cobra?: 2 wds. Be a smash.” as a puppy ____________________________ 7. as a sound 44 Like a good 56 Cheers for 48 Periwinkle or secret: 2 wds. Swatting target _________________________________ 11. e. 32 33 34 19 Fawn’s father 59 Less than fresh 20 Rainbow shape 60 Airport stats: Abbr. Michael Landon series ____________________________ 6. for short 45 Prophet at Delphi 60 Psyche component HOUSE PARTY BY GENE TRAUB No doubt about it—each answer in this quiz is a household word. e. Gratis. 39 WSW’s opposite electrical fires 21 Linden of 36 ___ Gay (WWII 47 Fellow headliner 40 Three Dog Night or 6 Boot tips Barney Miller bomber) 48 Elementary U2 song 7 Sunbathes 22 Wild card. or phrase that contains the word HOUSE—like POWERHOUSE or HOUSE DETECTIVE. 16 Lascivious look 57 Reagan’s “Star 23 24 25 26 17 Gently break a habit Wars” initials 27 28 29 30 31 18 Bridget Jones’s Baby 58 Kareem’s old actress Zellweger school: Abbr.g. name. ANIMAL CALLS BY HARVEY ESTES ACROSS 49 ___-Ida (Tater 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 At one’s ___ Tots company) and call 50 Lion of the zodiac 14 15 16 5 Place for old trunks 52 Marked as a 17 18 19 10 Napoleon’s exile isle no-show 14 To be: Fr. 53 Where sheep are 20 21 22 15 Trainer sheared?: 3 wds.g. Paul Ryan. Confinement to quarters _________________________ 2. coffee blend the matador pink. How many can you identify? ANSWER. Old-time doctor’s visit ____________________________ 12. “Trained. 31 Opening passages. 61 Use a letter opener 39 40 41 42 43 23 Rubber-stamper’s 62 Diner patron need: 2 wds. on Broadway _________________________ april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 7 . PAGE 72 58 59 60 28 Devoted booster 1 Laments 30 Burton’s role 2 Undying 61 62 63 on Roots 3 Guy with nutty 32 ___ gin fizz notions 64 65 66 33 Lighter that’s flicked 4 Tommy director 34 Guys Russell 13 Sock or 33 Spell-off 46 Let join a poker 35 Lovebirds? 5 Like smoke from sweater design 34 West of Hollywood game: 2 wds. Elvis Presley song or movie ________________________ 10. 63 Festive occasion 44 45 46 47 48 25 Military mail 64 ATM bills abbreviation 65 Drag queen’s outfit 49 50 51 52 26 Valvoline product 66 Yoked beasts 27 Spot for a 53 54 55 56 57 campaign button DOWN ANSWER.

Destroyers Destroyers 1 You’ll notice that some 1 Submarines Submarines parts of the oceans have 1 already been mapped out for you. that is. PAGE 72 3 0 2 1 3 1 1 2 3 0 0 4 End of ship (will Middle of a ship (will Cruiser Cruiser continue in the continue either left direction of the and right or up and Destroyers Destroyers flat side) down) Submarines Submarines Water 5–COMMODORE 6–ADMIRAL Submarine 3 1 2 4 2 1 0 1 7 1 0 3 2 6 2 1 1 2 1 0 4 1 5 1 0 1 1 0 7 0 5 0 2 2 1 1 1 5 1 2 Battleship Battleship Cruisers Cruisers Destroyers Destroyers Submarines Submarines 8 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . The numbers along the outside of the 1 2 grid tell you how many cells EXAMPLE 0 4 0 3 2 1 3 0 0 3 2 2 in the corresponding rows 3 Cruiser Cruiser and columns are occupied 1 by ships. www.com Attention kids (and Battleships novices): The six puzzles 1–SEAMAN 2–PETTY OFFICER on this page are easy solitaire versions of the classic paper-and-pencil game of Battleships. The ships may lie either horizontally or vertically. In the first four puzzles. this 0 3 fleet consists of one cruiser (three grid cells long). You can cross off ships below the grids as you locate them. not even diagonally. two 2 0 destroyers (two cells each). Here’s how to play: 3 0 Imagine that each grid is a section of ocean in which a fleet of six ships is hiding. 2 pied water. Other clues given may be a complete submarine (a circle) 1 3 or the end of a ship (a rounded-off 2 1 square). The wavy lines 1 3–ENSIGN 4–CAPTAIN stand for water—unoccu. Can you reach the rank of 3 4 Admiral by locating all six fleets? ANSWERS. Water in 2 4 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 a grid cell means that no part of a ship 3 0 can occupy that cell. KID STUFF: BATTLESHIPS JUNIOR BY CONCEPTIS LTD.conceptispuzzles. An example of a solved 1 0 puzzle is shown at right. and three submarines (one cell each). Additional ships are included in puzzles 5 and 1 4 6. 3 1 and no two ships can occupy adjacent grid cells.

KID STUFF: PICTURE CROSSWORD In this special crossword puzzle. PAGE 72 ACROSS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DOWN april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 9 . but you still have to write the name of each object in the grid—once you figure out what you’re looking at. the clues are pictures instead of words. There’s nothing to read. that is! ANSWER.

) All 10 four-letter words will be related. ANSWERS. For example. By that we mean you will need to identify the pictures in each group (1–10) below and take the fifth letter of each word. the leftover letters can themselves be unscrambled to form an appropriate bonus phrase. but you’ll have to “take the fifth” to do it. so you would write down the letter E. Next. PAGE 72 PUZZLE & ILLUSTRATIONS BY ROBERT LEIGHTON ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ 10 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . the first picture shows a butterfly. When you’ve found all the words. (Which one is the leftover letter is for you to determine. unscramble the five letters in each group to get a four-letter word and a leftover letter. TAKING THE FIFTH FROM THE GAMES LIBRARY You have the right to solve this puzzle.

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QUOTE BOXES BY JENNIFER OREHOWSKY To solve Quote Boxes. line by line. JAMES MICHENER I B E O D WW T H F F H H E S C L T A L F H N D I A I A A H I O A I H I H A A I O I L A A F I T N M Y E L C H P P N I T Y N A E M I N H H M S N H D E E N S S F N T S I S G 3. PAGE 72 1. GLORIA STEINEM A P T W I S H T P C E E S B G N D U M T L G N O H E N E E A R O L L N U U O F H E I N H A W P A C S R T O P U L I N L T W U S L N I S T H O N A W T U S F T I T A E S U S E T E Y R O M O T A E E S I N V N R 12 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . Words may continue from one line to the next. The author of each quote is given above its grid. drop the letters from each vertical column—not necessarily in the order in which they appear—into the empty squares below them to spell a quotation reading from left to right. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN O U S L I P O N N V R E C G V O R G V U R Y A M S M A P O F E H E O E T O O U E O U A A L I S O E T H E F O N T B Y T Y Y O F T R T E E 2. ANSWERS. black squares indicate ends of words.

3 4 1 3. 2 1 2 An example of a solved puzzle is shown at right.conceptispuzzles. A bridge never passes through an island. Your goal is to add EXAMPLE: bridges (lines) between islands so that the islands form a single connected group. All bridges are placed horizontally or vertically. 3 5 3 When adding bridges. 2 4 4. PAGE 73 1 4 2 2 4 2 2 4 5 2 2 2 3 4 2 2 1 2 3 2 2 1 4 6 8 2 2 4 3 1 2 1 2 3 4 2 3 6 2 3 2 1 2 1 2 4 3 2 1 2 2 2 4 5 3 4 3 3 2 1 2 2 2 5 2 1 2 2 3 3 2 4 5 4 3 4 2 4 3 3 2 3 4 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 3 2 5 4 2 4 2 2 1 3 3 2 1 2 2 2 5 1 2 1 4 3 2 2 4 5 5 3 5 2 2 1 4 3 3 4 4 1 2 3 2 2 3 3 2 5 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 3 3 2 3 2 3 1 april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 13 . you are given an arrangement of numbered islands. Bridges do not intersect. There are at most two bridges between any pair of islands. The number on each island tells you how many bridges are to be connected to that island. you must follow these rules: 2 1. www. 2. 5 7 1 5. ANSWERS.com In this puzzle.HASHI BY CONCEPTIS LTD.

PAGE 73 5 LETTERS 6 LETTERS ASYLA I’M HOT SIXTY ACQUIT D MOVIE JIBE AT BARQ’S INDIA SIXTY A MAJOR D MOVIE MIDAIR CLIMB IN TWO SOLID AW. All of the other entries will appear exactly once. and WISE MEN will each appear three times in the completed grid. PAGE 75 ANSWER. D MOVIE. What’s a little different about this puzzle is that there’s some (intentional) repetition in the word list: the entries BAGS FULL. C’MON D MOVIE OLD PAL ELVEN MINAJ SPADE BAD GUY DOES OK PURIFY FRITZ NAOMI WAFER BUG OFF EQUATE SPRUCE GODOT SIXTY WENCH BYE-BYE FATHOM VLASIC 7 LETTERS 8 LETTERS ALADDIN HORATIO WISE MEN ADELAIDE COVERS UP LA LA LA LA CD DRIVE OH MY GOD WISE MEN ANIME FAN DAIQUIRI LAME DUCK DOG TEAM PLAYOFF WISE MEN AT NO TIME DREAMT OF PATENTED DRUMMER SIMPSON BAGS FULL EGG WHISK SNOW LILY ELIXIRS SKYNYRD BAGS FULL ESPN STAR ZABAIONE E-TICKET TEE SHOT BAGS FULL GO UPHILL ZAC EFRON 14 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . TRIPLE THREAT BY RAYMOND YOUNG Just as in your everyday crisscross puzzle. SIXTY. your job is to fill the words and phrases listed below into the grid in standard crossword style. STARTING HINT.

PAGE 73 CANNOLI CREAM D E CANOLA OIL O E V I CANZONI G • C • O I N P • G L N S S U G A R • E • CHICANED N N P O A • E R U S T S E I CAN’T HELP IT I I U L V F I S D D H E P E K E I • E S P • E E E I INCAN GOD • L R C A • V L I • L H R O A T R N Z N I S I P C T MENDICANT L W O E O O T T T H I • S MERCANTILE A B R A I N S • E C T I Y O P I M E I R E R O A R D O CANADA I P • I N E T O O T H E • ON A CANVAS L A • A M A N A P L I M E C T H G I L E L D • A PANAMA CANAL A M E N D I • T N PECAN PIE A D A • O PUERTO RICAN SPLIT-CANE ACTIVE VOLCANO CANDIED CANE RUST SUGARCANE AMERICAN CHEESE CANDLELIGHT CANINE TOOTH VIRUS SCANNER BRAIN SCAN CANDY STRIPE CANISTER WALKING CANE april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 15 . In addition. each entry contains the consecutive letters C-A-N. vertically. these letters have been replaced by a in the grid. ANSWER. they’re all in the can! Find all of the words and phrases listed below. Find them all…if you can. they run horizontally. and diagonally (always in a straight line).IT’S IN THE CAN BY RAYMOND YOUNG In fact.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 IX. make six incorrect guesses) before identifying the word. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 II. on the second. SOLITAIRE HANGMAN As in the two-player version of Hangman. you now look in box number 59 in the Position Chart (to the right of the Letter Chart) and locate the number 7. ANSWERS. either you’re psychic or you have a remarkable gift for words. Go to the Letter Chart on the facing page and find the number listed in row E of Column I (because you are working on word I). then that letter does not appear in the word. and on the next four. you are “hanged. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 III. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 V. As a penalty for an incorrect guess. Suppose you pick E. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 VI. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 16 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . the object of this solitaire challenge is to guess a word before being “hanged. This means the letter E occurs in the seventh position (and nowhere else) in word I. If you complete the figure (that is. The number is 59. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 XI. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 VII. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X. draw the head.” If you can identify 8 of the 12 words before being hanged. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 VIII. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 IV. the arms and legs. the Position Chart will show all its locations. the body. choose any letter that you think might appear in word I below. If a letter occurs more than once in a word.” To begin. PAGE 73 Words To Be Guessed Letters Missed I. If you find from the Position Chart that a letter appears in position 0. you must draw part of a stick figure below the scaffold beside the blanks. 1 2 3 4 5 6 XII. On your first incorrect guess.

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ANSWER. Queens at least” actress Remini Flows out Develops (from) a liking for Sent via Sister of Gumbo or phone Malia goulash line Obama 18 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . Colossus Got after Signet Neeson Social blunder Dewey’s there one’s __ got eyed and bigger anxiety Club brother name to away raptorial Cruel emperor Make Swindle Spiteful a new sort knot in Strip hot- rodder Leave just Metal Informed after a bearing meal mineral Negative answers Second “Beats baseman me” Roberto The whole End of a Small Tiny Garcia. Greek god 1215 old-style of love symbol of liberty Pamper Little Having Women no equal novelist Hat for Needless Take it Often. Asterisk shop as a war offering battle “Shoo!” Obtained Snail. the clues appear in the grid itself. Architect Plays on Not Spanish Painter __ (all of school’s piece energy parra of Saarinen words cooked at for “that” Andrea it) URL source baseball all __ Sarto Small Inhaled river and exhaled Text Sea east Loud Befriend Czar’s cleaner. order uppers maybe Snares Con- venient mag offering Part of a “Beats Item for __-Pei Rotating Person Project fish’s me” close-up (Chinese car part who’s Runway. Even if it paced isn’t fair weather Hurries. Least Pilot a Indiana bustles easy sprained adorned plane Jones joints __ apso Salary Capital of Blind (Tibetan Yemen as __ dog) Canine Actress Fighter in Carves in Armed hunting in Stone or the Iliad stone. of Sicily racket again. Enter the answers in the direction of the pointers. PAGE 73 Zilch Relax Slogan / Actor __ Vista Make a Huey and Over Sign The one Sharp. say force at packs Watson sea Meadow French City near Khloé’s article Toronto mom Jenner Unhappy “That’s King of my take. body photos dog) opposed for one Lingerie Simulate. PENCIL POINTERS 2 BY COREY KOSAK In this crossword puzzle.

5 State tree of Iowa: 2 wds. Deep notches in Command to a terrier Sent a check. maybe: Hyph. A It may be hand-to-hand Indian one-shoulder 6 1983 Michael Jackson hit: 2 wds. 15 Ship’s petty officer. Developing Babysitter’s bane E With hands on hips 9 Little giggle: Hyph. with two answers per numbered line. Seoul man Oft-spattered garments Silence breakers Pulitzer Prize-winning Edna ___ Win Friends and Influence 8 Fixes a boot. expert Paula 3 “Africa” band Oddball Mark’s replacement Kid’s first vehicle. All clues are given in order. where they’re separated by a black hexagon. Hexagon Band A. informally C Its capital is Lomé 4 Susan’s All My Children role Aviation prefix Freight train finale Worth having Whopper: 2 wds. to us: 2 wds. Rows answers march from left to right. Comparison. when filled. Hexagon Bands answers begin at the lettered squares (A to G) and proceed clockwise around each of the seven shaded and unshaded hexagons. ANSWER. starting in hexagon A and marching around the grid’s perimeter. as of Coke and garment “Under the word. Big name in tractors Foodstuff 7 Work under. say furniture-making Kind of terrier 10 Incorporates: 2 wds. it’s up to you to figure out where one answer ends and another begins. Hawaiian souvenir Locate Jimmy Carter’s middle name F Seismic sea wave 11 Fill the quill anew When in Act 3 Hamlet says. B Kind of contract: Hyph. will contain seven consecutive entries. HEXAGONS Happens to Direction seeker’s confession: 2 wds. PAGE 74 A 1 B 2 C 3 D 4 E 5 F 6 G 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 ROWS 12 Ulan ___ 17th-century English philosopher/ 1 Hexagonal part of a hive Ghostlike quality scientist Robert “___ girl!” 13 Diving bird Actor Gordon of Oklahoma! 2 Hoity-toity type Wood-shaping machine Southern cooking Think tank products 14 Caesar’s veni. Again. The dividing point between these two is for you to determine. Mocking expression Elizabeth I’s “I”: 2 wds.” in cross-references: Pepsi: 2 wds. except in Row 8. G Photocopier powders april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 19 . MARCHING HEXAGONS BY MIKE SHENK The answers in this puzzle march around the grid in two ways. For example. D Creating a direct outcome 2 wds. as a boss: 2 wds. maybe Ferber novel People: 2 wds. “What ho! Horatio!”: 2 wds.

O. probably A or I. FOUL PLAY 2. A REAL BIG SHOT 7. —*VUHXOW *SXSTP 3. Cipher 2: Ciphertext STUSCT has a distinctive letter is an adjective. CPY GP JHEU PO RO HVU U A P G B Q W V S FA Q M LW M PA Q B K . HK H T H Y Y VA N Y G C Q S V J H X Y V T L H K J C I K UQHSVQT KC VRXVVU TFVVUT CG THRKO EHYVT FVQ JCIQ. fascinating facts. and V. SWKHSWF LX OCAA T H U B A I Q U AT Q U B Q U Z N B P D L B Q D . ANSWERS. TIPS AND CLUES SD appears as its own word. Cipher 6: The hyphenated word in this puzzle Cipher 4: MLWM does not represent THAT Cipher 1: Compare BNU’JJ and RJJ. UMFXONBQ. I. R. AJPU…” 5. The second word 20 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . STEER CLEAR NXXCQUHZA KC *XNYHGCQZHN YNL. Q L N P Z H Q K O Z L L Q I D J D U S D T V N N V U N S V K J L N V Q R U H E TA J K K R L U H ED’PP FQ USKX DZ CEIX SIZDUQK TBH NLQQJCA LUFVMTN QJNNMFV CRJQMUP ZC UEJ OSPEFQK. Letter substitutions remain constant throughout any one cipher. Since Cipher 7: Vowels A. UAQWFOBNW MBN PBVYBN RAKUL RJJ. what word with pattern UWAA or SAYS here. should be recognizable to all. EXCUSE ME UWAA-KXPPWKLWS OCOOWLWWG BNF N B P X T J J O W P T V T. but change from one cipher to the next. in some order. Cipher 3: DUSD probably represents THAT or SAYS. PLAIN SPEAKING SD KQOQNDEZI CZK KQDEKEIT UBLSI KJTTMUP SVHIVVU SLDDJTR ELUHVCN O S I I Z I F S P P. M. try THAT. X L U H ’ Q M W H Q Q U S B Q LGXCDAW QWLLHPQ JNGHXPWLLW FBXU VD ZWXQI XH STUSCT MIU MTPTH’Q JVWPQ HPLX LBWNLWG. DSZQUPHSBNT! BY SHAWN KENNEDY Below are seven messages—pithy sayings. KEJCPVN. An asterisk (*) indicates a proper noun or title. 6. Stumped? S = P. SILENT TREATMENT JVJKWFSSBN CNVQSFUVXXK VSSBPGSW SA “H’Q OPK UOKHLUJC VPOEHOVUG U A P C A N S M A LW B C L X A C U N K F Q Y BNU’JJ ZYC KNU VPJG AUUK BKPLC. Clues are given at the bottom of the page to provide assistance if you need it. the level of difficulty increases as you progress. PAGE 73 1. and U are Cipher 5: The first letter of HK and HT is pattern. CRYPTOON 4. E. Try I here. and a cartoon gag—that have been translated into simple cipher alphabets. often begins such words? Bonus hint: C = F. L. ” F L G H P Q F WA F W U B W G W. represented by J.

in Paris to beat 84 Advantage 32 Gobble up 77 Recipe amts. 28 Minneapolis suburb 68 “___ my doubts”: 2 wds. perhaps 24 ___ bene 67 Chinese restaurant side 11 Sea shocker 55 Kimono cincher 25 Approximations. cartoonist Hoff 73 Mardi ___ 42 Betelgeuse’s constellation 83 Complete circuit of the 30 Mai ___ 75 To Live and Die ___: 2 wds. work 2 wds. 82 ___ barrel: 2 wds. briefly 43 Hosp. 44 They may be hard track: 2 wds. 31 German conjunction 76 On a par. to friends 5 Cambodia’s Lon ___ 48 Door handles 19 Potato chips may be fried 62 Org.. 12 Seed whose oil is used 56 Cartoonist Keane 27 Well-to-do dude 70 Badlands sight in cosmetics 58 Current letters 30 880-foot waterfall 71 Baldwin of The Aviator 13 Annual Alaskan event 60 Earthling in Yosemite 72 Plane place 14 Got through manipulation 61 “The American 34 So very much 74 ___ Cong 15 Marshy area Scholar” essayist 35 Santa ___ winds 78 Low-pH stuff 20 Attended: 2 wds. 78 Ripen 2 wds. asteroid belt 37 ___ note (quaver) 79 Part of SSN: Abbr. briefly dish: 2 wds. informally 57 Couple’s pronoun 3 Baseball’s Sandberg 46 Route 66 pit stop 16 Floor duster: 2 wds. 29 Guitarist Barrett and 69 Do lunch? employees: 2 wds. but not Mary 49 Do nothing in this: 2 wds. with a “Most 6 Peter or Paul. Wanted” list 7 Ending for young or road 50 Ran faster than 21 Spirit of Islamic myth 63 Right this minute: 8 Color quality 51 Extremely hot 22 Bavarian river 2 wds. PAGE 74 81 82 83 84 85 86 ACROSS 52 Like the smiling eyes DOWN 41 Sense of wonder 1 Docking site of song 1 Store inventory. 45 It’s cut at the reception: 85 Largest body in the 33 Ninth-century pope: 2 wds. 40 Required wear for some 81 Not specific: Abbr. 64 Sewing basket item 36 Nerve network 79 Planetary feature visible 24 Russian refusal 65 Academic’s goal 37 Work on copy through a telescope: 26 Burst of voltage 66 Armadas 39 British ref. THROUGH THE WEEK BY BILLIE TRUITT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 ANSWER. Kojak. 18 Comics pooch 59 Lt. 9 Home of the Black Bears 54 Museum employee’s 23 South Seas wrap 65 Brief sketch 10 Wear the crown deg. 58 One who hasn’t 4 Hit song from the Who’s 47 2000 Richard Gere title 17 Proverbial crowd turned pro? Tommy: 2 wds role: 2 wds. staffers 7 Come home safely 53 Big shot 2 “…bug in ___”: 2 wds . 49 Place for a stud 86 Some vowel sounds 38 Grumpy colleague 80 Messenger ___ april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 21 . 44 Old name for Tripoli 12 Instant.

Shasha has written A I 5 six books of puzzles featuring a G F mathematical detective. where the allowed move is to move ten puzzle columns for Scientific four seats away to an empty chair in either direction. BY DENNIS SHASHA •LOGIC• MINMOVES PUZZLES I n MinMoves puzzles you are given a set of chairs around WARMUP a table with a person whose name begins with the letter Below is the starting arrangement. you are shown. Dr. Use at most eight empty chair just to the left of the person whose name begins moves to get to a sorted order. In each move. 22 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . PAGE 75 2 E 9 D 3 HERE’S THE SOLUTION TO THE WARMUP PUZZLE: G H 8 1 2 E 4 A 9 F D 7 C B 3 5 G H 6 8 1 2 4 F A F 9 B D 7 C B 5 3 6 H 8 NOW HERE IS THE PUZZLE FOR THIS ISSUE: 1 4 2 A G 11 E 7 D C E 3 5 6 C J 10 Dennis Shasha is a professor 4 H of  computer science at New B York University’s Courant Insti- 9 tute. and has also writ- most 6 moves. Q 1 ANSWER. 8 6 He writes the puzzle column 7 for CACM (Communications of The Association for Computing Find a way to achieve a sorted outcome using at Machinery). In addition to his scholarly research. with A. You want to rearrange the people in the chairs to allowed to move a person from one chair to an empty chair be sorted in alphabetical order in a clockwise fashion. Dr. The goal is to minimize the number of moves. American and Dr. with one three or four away in either direction. Dobb’s Journal. Ecco.

This fleet consists of one battleship (four grid cells in length).CONCEPTISPUZZLES. The ships may be oriented either horizontally or vertically. Can you reach the rank of admiral by locating all six fleets? ANSWERS. PAGE 74 Water End of ship (will continue in the direction of the flat side) Submarine Middle of a ship (will continue either left and right or up and down) 1–SEAMAN 2–PETTY OFFICER 3–ENSIGN 3 0 6 0 1 1 0 1 3 2 4 1 4 3 4 3 3 1 4 4 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 4 1 5 0 2 3 1 3 1 4 0 3 0 4 2 1 2 0 4 2 5 0 5 1 2 1 2 1 1 Battleship Battleship Battleship Cruisers Cruisers Cruisers Destroyers Destroyers Destroyers Submarines Submarines Submarines 4–CAPTAIN 5–COMMODORE 6–ADMIRAL 2 1 1 5 5 0 1 0 0 3 8 1 0 0 3 4 3 4 1 1 4 0 1 5 3 0 1 1 1 1 4 3 2 2 0 4 1 0 4 0 4 1 2 0 2 2 2 3 2 2 4 1 2 3 0 4 0 2 2 2 Battleship Battleship Battleship Cruisers Cruisers Cruisers Destroyers Destroyers Destroyers Submarines Submarines Submarines april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 23 . not even diagonally. and four submarines (one cell each). The puzzles get harder as you go. WWW. The digits along the grid’s perimeter indicate the number of cells in the corresponding rows and columns that are occupied by vessels. You’ll notice that some “shots” have been taken to start you off. and no two ships can occupy adjacent grid cells. BATTLESHIPS BY CONCEPTIS LTD. These may show water (indicated by wavy lines). a complete sub (a circle).COM The six puzzles on this page are solitaire versions of the classic paper-and-pencil game of Battleships. two cruisers (three cells each). three destroyers (two cells each). or a midsection of a battleship or cruiser (a square). Each grid represents a section of ocean in which a fleet is hiding. the bow or stern of a ship (a rounded-off square).

double-round-robin event held in Moscow last March. in which each player began with 1 hour 40 minutes to make the first 40 moves. and Carlsen as white played it three times.Bb5 is the Ruy Lopez and 3. and as black quickly built up an aggressive position that threatened the white king while maintaining threats on the other side of the board. with 10 seconds added to a player’s time after each move. drifted into a lost game. wondered whether Carlsen could overcome the disappointment of failing to win such a won game. The 12-game match began with seven straight draws. Because the match went to tiebreak games. when he defeated the previous titleholder.1 million. The event was held in the Fulton Market building in New York City’s Seaport District.) This result led to a one-day. Karjakin fell behind in time early but was never in a difficult position. became the challenger by winning the 2016 Candidates Tournament. Carlsen vs. In game 8. •CHESS• BY R. an action that could result in his being fined 10 percent of his winnings. (A win is worth 1 point. after which 3. with 3 seconds added after each move. near the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge.com/nyc2016/). The only other 7 ♟ ♟ ♚ opening to appear in more than one game was the Giuoco Piano (or Italian opening). leading 3 to mate next move. In the second game. Both these openings 6 ♟ ♟ begin with 1. four-game tiebreak match at rapid time controls. Grandmaster Judit Polgar. …Kh7 White to move and win 24 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . Carlsen.wikipedia. he seemed energized by it. In the first game. Karjakin broke through with a win as black after Carlsen overoptimistically sacrificed two pawns. Karjakin resigned at once. appeared confident as the tiebreak games began. Karjakin similarly failed to convert a clear advantage in game 5. who won the World Rapid Championship (as well as the World Blitz Championship) in 2014. In the diagram. ♙ Upon seeing the queen move. and the game ended in a draw. or about $1. But if Carlsen was angry at himself going into game 3. In the following position. Carlsen ended the game with what is undoubtedly the most spectacular final move of any world chess championship match. (The move is revealed at the end of this article. Karjakin An unusual feature of the match was the prevalence of the Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish) opening. Two games later Carlsen capitalized on an endgame error by Karjakin to even the match. (Had Carlsen lost this game. Queen’s pawn openings (1.) World Chess Championship 2016 The players shared a prize fund of 1 million euros. Karjakin. while if gxh6. If Kxh6. Karjakin played it in all but one of his games as white. chosen twice by Carlsen. has been world champion—as well as the highest-rated player in the world—since 2013. the match would have continued with a series of blitz games in which the time control would have been 5 minutes per player per game.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_2016. Karjakin. the main commentator at the match’s official website (worldchess. Carlsen developed favorable positions in games 3 and 4 that on another day he might have won. the winner-loser Tiebreak Game 4 percentage split was 55–45 instead of 60–40. an eight-player. WAYNE SCHMITTBERGER CARLSEN RETAINS WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP I n November. followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game. short of time and struggling to find a winning plan when there was none. once again in time trouble. Viswanathan Anand of India. Rh8 mate. Carlsen. Carlsen was visibly upset after the game and left the playing hall without giving the mandatory press interview. Carlsen needed only a draw as white in tiebreak game 4 to retain the title. with 30 seconds added after each move throughout the game.Bc4 is the Giuoco Piano. Both Carlsen and Karjakin hold noteworthy age-related chess records: Carlsen as the youngest player to be world champion (22). but in time pressure he did not find the most accurate moves. made some inaccurate moves followed by a blunder that allowed Carlsen to win at once. Carlsen built up a clearly winning position as Karjakin’s time went down to as little as 10 seconds. Complete records of all the games can be found at 4 ♙ https://en. which was played in 8 ♖ 10 of the 16 games. 26. This contrasted sharply with the classical time controls of the first 12 games. in which each player had 25 minutes per game. Magnus Carlsen of Norway successfully defended his title of world chess champion in a closely fought match against challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia. Carlsen played the queen sacrifice Qh6+!. Q 2 ♜ 1 ♔ a b c d e f g h Position after 49.d4) were 5 ♖ ♙ played only once by Karjakin and twice by Carlsen. which ended up 6–6 after two more draws. and a draw half a point. but Carlsen kept missing winning moves and the game ended in a draw by stalemate.Nf3 Nc6.) As the game developed Karjakin. Rxf7 mate. who turned 26 on the final day of the match.e4 e5 2. and Karjakin as the youngest person to earn the grandmaster title (12 years and 7 months).

start at some letter and spell out a 12-letter word by moving to adjacent letters. PAGE 74 ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ G L D T A N B O L C M U A M E R R C R K A I I L N T H A S E T E M T N E O I Y V P V S A E H C S ❼ ❽ ❾ L I Y A T E Y L A H E V T M T B S I A T C E T I P A C I M G H N N D N A Y R E L O L C O O R U Q R F M U I S C L P R W R E N L I X T O T E Q E L C O A T C E R H T U I T T I R E N O S E I S G H P L S M V O Y R O M M I A R C U E R I A C P N S G I R I I A N T N E E T N Z B E H C E P I T R P T I A B H C R A A V O L A T T N R E N I R E S E N G T S I Z F D april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 25 . but no letter will be used twice in a row. Each letter will be used at least once. the answer to #1 is AMALGAMATION. As an example. ANSWER.WORD HEXES BY ERICH FRIEDMAN To solve each puzzle below.

Sydney 4. state order. Louisiana women are explored. one of the last human survivors of a pandemic tries to develop a cure” would and one city that does not. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). word. school in London’s East End. and one city that zombie apocalypse. Miami (Florida). within title. the same latitude. Bangkok (Thailand). teacher struggles to gain control of an unruly class in a secondary Cape Town (South Africa).H. Beijing (China). ALMOST COORDINATED CITIES Each sentence below describes parts of two different films. Jakarta (Indonesia). Sarajevo simple substitution code for each (Bosnia and Herzegovina). 5–8 each contain three cities that share. For example. within one degree. Perth (Australia) O N I —R. Edmonton 5. a Philadelphia determine which city in each detective and Mississippi sheriff develop a rapport while solving group does not belong? a murder. As singers perform “White Christmas” and other songs. • W I L D CA R D S • TRIVIA WHERENESS AWARENESS OVERLAPPING TITLES. Manila P N O O I T (Philippines). “While a mother seeks to avenge her daughter’s murder. does not. Beijing (China). New and rearranged the remaining York (New York). 5. WEI N O N TEASERS Hint: If you rearrange the letters THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST used in the solution in alphabetical The last syllable of what U. can you 2. 3. 2. PNOOIT? Oklahoma City (Oklahoma). a psychopath (Australia) terrorizes a blind woman. Cape Town different letter. Cairo (Egypt). Lists describe Eye for an Eye and I Am Legend. Without consulting a reference source. Pittsburgh with a one-letter word. WAYNE SCHMITTBERGER 3. Tokyo (Japan) word. Heist and forgery schemes go wrong as the relationships among six (Canada). The last word Lists 1–4 below each contain of one of the film titles is a homophone of the first word in the other film’s three cities that share. and so on until we ended City (Panama). Minsk (Belarus). Los Angeles (California). Then (Pennsylvania) we replaced each letter with a 6. As Bobby Darin rises to fame and marries Sandra Dee. one degree. Buenos Aires (Argentina). Panama five to form another common word. subtracted one letter. Madrid (Spain). Can you crack the code and Stockholm (Sweden) decipher the words? 7. We took a common six-letter Tehran (Iran). Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) O T N P I 8. using the same (South Africa). Dublin (Ireland). The Caped Crusader fights the Joker while struggling to survive a same longitude. the corresponding letters is the same of the first syllable of will spell a kind of horse. Darwin T N O I (Australia). Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). its capital? —BOB STANTON —IRIS CRADDOCK 26 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 .S. Nanchang (China). the 1. Two identical though unrelated girls scheme as matchmakers while a 1. Paris (France) —R. New York (New York) TEASERS 4.

such as SHEEPDOG and MULE DEER.) 4. or SHARK). What three-letter between two letters 3. of two different kinds of animals.WORDPLAY UNNATURAL PAIRS PRINT-AT-HOME A surprising number of animals have names that are composed of the names CODE CROSSWORDS. What three-letter word can be added of POSTER to make a $2. BUZZARD GNAT MONKEY  ANT CAT GOOSE MOTH SNAKE BARNACLE  DEER  GOPHER  MOUSE SPIDER  BEAR  DOG HORSE  PARROT  TERRIER  BEETLE  ELK HOUND  RACCOON  TIGER  BIRD  FISH  KANGAROO  RAT  TURKEY  BUFFALO  FLY LEOPARD  SHARK  WHALE  FOX  LION  SLOTH  —PADDY SMITH WORDPLAY SOLVE THE PUZZLE The 20 words below can be paired up in a special way. MOTH. TIGER may precede BEETLE. Can you figure out which words go together and why? BREAK PARTY DROP CRASH STOP EVEN MUSIC KICK SOUND HABIT LOWER BANK HIT BALL STEAL DECK ALARM SHOW SCORE BOOM —RAYMOND LOVE TEASERS RIDDLE ME THIS 1. What three-letter of PANTRY to make four syllables? words can be added Y ONL 9 a new word? 6. What three-letter word can be added word can be added between two letters —STEPHEN SNIDERMAN ANSWERS. Some of the words can be paired in more than one way (for example.9 word can be added between two letters new word with four between two letters of HURRIES to make syllables?(There of PORTAL to make a a new word? are two possible new word? 7. but there is only one way to pair them so that all 36 words are used. What three-letter word can be added a new word? word can be added between two letters 2. What three-letter of BENDER to make 5. The 36 BINARY PUZZLES & words below can be paired up to form compound words or two-word phrases SUMOKU that are types of animals. What three-letter answers. PAGE 74 april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 27 . What three-letter between two letters of PERFORCE to word can be added of VACATE to make make a new word? between two letters a new word? 8. What three-letter between two letters of DESCANT to word can be added of RENTING to make make a new word? between two letters a new word with 9.

the numbers in the grid squares stand for letters of the alphabet. Once you've figured out the letter that matches a certain number. place that letter in every square containing the same number and in the chart beside the grid. ANSWERS. Every letter of the alphabet will appear at least once in the completed grids. CODE CROSSWORDS BY JOEL NANNI In the puzzles below.kappapuzzles.com/variety and print your own! 28 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . your task is to crack the code. PAGE 75 1 14 7 16 7 11 7 23 18 21 19 7 21 21 25 16 A N L A 19 24 21 13 8 15 7 25 2 15 B O 11 20 24 24 8 24 17 2 19 20 11 6 17 25 3 16 C P 7 20 7 26 17 24 18 6 4 17 D Q 23 25 4 25 24 14 24 25 9 20 24 25 5 18 E R 7 7 16 7 18 13 11 5 17 6 19 L 12 7 19 15 24 25 10 17 25 7 18 F S 7 20 20 8 13 18 25 24 11 8 17 18 19 A G T 15 19 7 1 22 20 19 22 25 19 6 8 21 H U 20 17 21 25 24 18 3 11 19 9 22 I V 7 13 18 13 11 23 16 25 24 8 16 25 10 23 J W 17 8 20 18 17 12 18 16 11 24 K X 12 3 13 24 23 25 24 20 23 26 19 20 23 2 12 25 L Y 8 23 12 8 19 19 4 25 13 26 17 7 16 16 25 17 18 8 11 25 19 25 18 17 M Z 17 23 26 13 21 9 4 23 23 19 17 16 18 8 1 14 S O A N 23 25 18 3 18 6 18 2 15 19 6 10 3 17 9 18 13 6 19 23 4 3 17 B O 3 16 10 18 23 3 16 25 8 15 C P 4 17 8 23 24 3 4 17 22 6 15 6 10 3 D Q S 5 18 15 6 13 10 1 16 25 E R 25 23 10 17 8 23 13 26 8 3 13 10 6 25 6 19 F S 23 26 14 18 6 21 4 6 7 20 G T 10 6 8 5 23 26 4 18 13 3 16 18 25 13 8 21 14 13 3 10 12 6 11 H U 9 22 3 7 9 3 15 10 21 18 4 3 15 10 I V 10 23 17 26 14 10 10 9 14 20 J W O 11 24 9 23 10 9 23 26 4 4 18 14 3 25 25 23 K X 12 25 18 10 3 3 11 23 2 L Y 13 23 17 11 5 3 21 17 9 4 18 13 2 17 13 26 M Z Want more Code Crosswords? Go to www.

just keep going straight. PAGE 75 21 32 2 12 31 11 33 1 44 13 22 20 43 30 10 34 42 3 29 19 35 9 14 23 36 28 41 24 4 8 15 37 27 40 18 5 7 16 26 17 39 38 25 6 1 Furthest back 16 Vitamin B1 30 Stand firm against 2 Surreptitious 17 Accustom to hardship 31 “Gangnam ___” (2012 hit) 3 Exaggeration 18 Make a new deal 32 Madagascar primate 4 Academic talk 19 Job security for professors 33 Part of HUD 5 Piano student’s performance 20 Make over.” enter the words suggested by the correspondingly numbered clues. done that 44 Sushi tuna april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 29 . say 13 Sicken for surfing 42 Will be. When you get to an intersection. slangily 39 Keen others’ misfortunes 26 Silklike synthetic 40 Cloth 12 Laughing doglike animal 27 Bad kind of wind 41 From Beirut. When you get to a corner. three. as an old home 34 Journalistic slant 6 Hawaiian greeting 21 Battered and fried Japanese dish 35 Rank in the Cardassian 7 Safe place 22 Car engine cooler military (Star Trek) 8 Imagine the future 23 Haunted-house instrument 36 “Love Me ___” (Elvis song) 9 Like some banking or dating 24 Make a collection of 37 Collection of corrections 10 Info-packed short stories 38 Airport apron 11 Heartfelt feeling for 25 Referee. ANSWERS. or four words. to Doris Day 14 Camera lens for far subjects 28 New beginning 43 Stadium cheer 15 Incisor or molar 29 Been ___ . When the grid is filled in correctly. the pink spaces will reveal an Irish blessing. two. so each letter is part of one. turn. The last two letters of each word overlap the first two letters of the next word. CELTIC KNOT BY BOB MORRIS Starting with at the space marked “1.

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the “alpha” part is quite simple: Enter the clue answers into the crisscross-style grid. whodunit author James 14 Sound of frying bacon 2 Cross a stream 15 October in Auckland 3 Sound of spring? 16 Bad news on your windshield 4 Songs for two 17 They cover first. PAGE 75 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 Brit. If you need help. well. fairies. Note: The answer to the first clue has just two letters. we bet you can’t solve this puzzle without looking up the clue answers! Are we on? ANSWER. which lists the answers to the clues. et al. The clues are ordered by word length of the answers. then alphabetically within each group. As for the “bet” part. second and third 5 Curbside coin swallower 18 Revive 6 Sly devil 19 Everything considered 7 More convinced 20 Study group meeting 8 Dumb mistakes 21 Elves. 9 Guarantee 22 Highball ingredient 10 Tastelessly bright and showy 23 Says over and over 11 More shiftless 24 Burial 12 “___ than a junkyard dog…” 25 It damaged the Eiffel Tower in 1902 13 Muralist Diego 26 Compensation for damages april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 31 . check out the hint on page 79. Each of these letters is used only once. but hop over the pink boxes—that is. When the white boxes are filled.ALPHA BET BY DON HENDERSON In this puzzle. we’ve provided an alphabet so that you can cross them off as you place them. leave them empty. put all the letters of the alphabet in the pink boxes so that 26 new words or phrases are created.

35 Briny quality 7 Paying the initial poker stake: 2 wds. two. ONE. 57 West Yorkshire city 27 Membranes enclosing the brain 18 Irreparable injuries: 2 wds. 22 Ludicrous comicality 13 Capitol Hill body 54 Censoring tone 24 Mélange on a Tex-Mex menu: 2 wds. 4 Becomes released. 32 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . ANSWER. 8 Most intermittent 50 Its capital is Santiago 37 Capital of Michigan 9 Hackneyed expression 51 Required thing 38 Officers’ IDs 10 Help criminally 52 Chopped down. except that each space may hold one. 28 Star Search was one: 2 wds. 58 A soccer referee shows it to a player and spinal cord 19 Livebearing aquarium fishes being ejected: 2 wds. The answer to 1-Across. TWO. often of a book 2 Kevin Bacon sci-fi horror film 40 Convertible autos 32 Top-billing sharer of 2000: 2 wds. or three letters. has been filled in as an example. Tide. 33 Brooklyn precinct number in a 3 General feeling 44 Baker’s winnowing gadget Fox sitcom title: Hyph. PAGE 76 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 C HO SEN 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 ACROSS 41 Required 16 Region including Ohio and 1 Selected 43 British brews Indiana: Hyph. in music 45 Ready to erupt at any moment 17 Least dense. 14 Maintains order over 55 Very revealing 25 Putting into office 15 Not just doing what everyone else is 56 Artificial intelligence pioneer Alan 26 Places of entry doing: 4 wds. 42 Election Day sticker message: 2 wds. The number of letters in a space is for you to determine. as a tree 39 Like a rainy season 11 Place for an alarm clock 53 Hertz offering: 2 wds. using logic and the crossing of words. 49 Chinese Checkers piece 36 Suggests subtly: 2 wds. as a savings 5 Unforeseen difficulty 47 Confine within walls account: 2 wds. 6 One of 32 Beethoven pieces 48 Eyeing salaciously: 2 wds. as in population 8 Was a strikebreaker 49 Not just doing what everyone else 21 Natives of Greece’s capital 12 Parcel out is doing: 5 wds. 30 Lines at the top of each page 1 Friendly ghost of cartoons 38 Love song. 20 Artificial 59 Furnace output 29 Marked with stripes 23 Reaching. C-HO-SEN. 4 Lacking harmony. or Cheer 27 “Until It Sleeps” hard rock band DOWN 34 Initial race advantage: 2 wds. as a gear 46 Dare alternative 34 Accrue money. THREE BY FRANK LONGO Solve this puzzle as you would a regular crossword. as a goal 31 All.

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Shortz sold his first puzzle to Venture. And for those of you who have solved a he found himself in puzzle paradise. and he wrote filled to the brim. working Can you solve this riddle he wrote for the Shortz puzzle. with help from his And I was lucky enough to be listening Shortz. inside Shortz’s 1929 pleasingly consistent whole. is plein à craquer with puzzle love of wordplay. Wanting to for GAMES. congruous. words.” (The luminous world around you. Clearly he adores words. the former editor necticut. which he launched in 1978. Over Coke and Corona (the beer. you know he loves to tease the on crosswords. and has a plaque in his living room that reads NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. even a second-century basis later that year. There is a pleasing another phrase having to do with optics. It be.) At his dining room table. At 16 he Tudor house in Pleasantville. became a regular contributor to Dell Puzzle antville—how perfect is that? After taking in melodious. he went on to law school at the Crafts furniture. The magazine answer appears on page 75. filled with well. What do they contain? A At Indiana University. Shortz is the historian for Shortz. he saw an ad in the New York There’s more. Harmonious can mean “forming a mother. You’ll find us all in a tennis court. This would ultimately result in there being titude. like Sunday morning. He was working in the puzzle world. Like his beloved table tennis. Shortz crafted his own was captivated by his remarkable puzzle and pleasingly consistent whole. In 1978. Pleas. that voice A harmonious human multitude. where he received his everything: ephemera. not the went to the GAMES offices. perhaps to revel in was better than any other on the market And try to solve this brainteaser that verbal repartee.” playing field. grit.” “A harmonious human multitude” is In 1977. a typewriter. There agreed to create a brainteaser-a-day for two born in 1952 and raised on an Arabian horse is a twinkle. are protean. a congruity. As an editor for Pencilwise. kept getting better. Shortz is surely a harmonious puzzle mul. the variety. Instead of sending his resume. visual logic 1995 movie Batman Forever? nuance out of words. an eyeglass a good puzzle has back-and-forth between worked there. a writer. “it was a hotbed of creative people” april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 35 .”) is instantly familiar and comforting. analytic excellence. game collection. and. An degree in Enigmatology. perhaps to teach and the high quality of GAMES. It’s easy. There is unhurriedness in it. art.I t’s the voice that gets you first— Rearrange the letters of “the eyes” to get A LIFE IN GAMES (MAGAZINE) reassuring and kind. They It turned out the ad was not theirs. and math puzzles. Regard- Championship. tuneful. author or editor “Though I had always dreamed of creating a of over 500 books on puzzles and games. the founder and director of the but he “dreamed about editing for a quality American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. but to make you alive to the Shortz loved the glossy pages. He was hired on a full-time so he appeared in an episode called “Homer around a celestial body. and fellow puzzle legend Merl Times for a puzzle editor. (He’s now allergic to horses If you are among the 3 million listeners of in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. New York. there is an orderliness and a paper on “Copyright Protection for Puzzles elegance to this puzzle haven. He was sheets. owing to the aggregation of talent that he created for Warby Parker. for Shortz through Publishers Clearing House. his favorite sheet music. It has a warm and cozy (Answer: They see. Did you “Greatest Living Indianan.” saint. it can also mean “pleasant to the ear. the National Puzzlers’ League. longs to puzzlemaster Will Shortz. The folks from The Simp. cryptics. and Lisa Exchange Cross Words. This is not necessarily to puzzles. As a law student. I you’ve ever solved. “We’re five little things of an everyday try to stump you. He was certain it was Reagle. and Games. we started off by feel. Harmonious is an apt word to describe career were sown. and want more? Shortz has talking about Shortz’s life in puzzles.” a beer brand. to his voice in person. master since Weekend Edition Sunday’s Shortz opted to give a puzzle career a go and start in 1987. puzzle magazine like GAMES. After law school. puzzles have been created or edited by Shortz. left. of GAMES.” and a denominational youth magazine. and announced. editor Mike Donner assigned him some sons found Shortz a “fit in their universe. A corona can be less.” Think about the best puzzles publications. degree in 1977. In addition to being NPR’s Puzzle. puzzle magazine like GAMES. While it may be subject was intellectual property. watch Lisa solve crosswords. years that will appear at the Warby Parker store farm in Indiana.) or share something new. AND PUZZLES modulation. know Shortz is a nationally ranked table tennis When Shortz was eight. “I’m here for the job. books. By 14. his mother subscribed to GAMES how Benjamin Franklin has been described. the study of puzzles. they were doing and ringmaster of a remarkable puzzle and it better than anything I had conceived of. In Shortz’s emporium: constructor and solver. Chances are many of these University of Virginia. magazines. one less lawyer in the land. sort. shape-shifters. like your favorite sweater or flannel Like that. acrostics.” game collection. then in New York ferent countries could compete on an even typewriter) I asked Shortz about the many City. exquisitely made antique Arts and your knowledge. that pleasant voice in the pleasant town. and objects. he create an event where puzzlers from dif. whose player and owns one of the largest table tennis drew a crossword grid and “told me to create puzzle segment is likely an integral part of facilities in North America? my own puzzle” and the seeds of a singular your Sunday. right. his mother. exquisitely crafted experience that draws on Uncertain as to whether he could make a living designed. he founded the World Puzzle facets of his life. His house.” He remarked. he’s also the crossword editor became a puzzle magazine editor in Con- of the New York Times. and from puzzles. a luminous glow puzzles to edit.

the obscure words like The editors at the Times have only pushed his career. names. Another instance was having “I have not allowed that word even once in SCUMBAG as an answer. a INEE. One day Shortz received a group of puzzles in is the tactile experience and the ability to jump the mail that blew him away. America” in mind. a puzzle of high quality that and anagrams. puns. Shortz Shortz always edits puzzles with “All had found his tribe. There place on “the Worst Person in the World” is no reason to have it. NAUGHTY advice and coaching while he was a young When asked if there were any solvers who WORDS.” average age of a GAMES solver at 35. It helped that the magazine solvers cherish. and afterward a like longevity and as “Arrow poison. AND NAMES constructor had tremendous influence on missed crosswordese.” is not only a bane to senior Times editor politely advised me not gravitas. Shortz believes that it will be a long responsible for hiring some legendary puzzlers time before the hard copy goes away. but to Shortz as well. his extensive reference In 1993. but it took until 1950 for daily byline for constructors (a boon if you’re a Joel Fagliano. 225. blog about. unlike most puzzle craftsmanship and Shortz’s editorial crossword magazines of the time. which is to the contributor. the pleasure of solving a puzzle. likely only known to anthropologists answer SCHMUCKS (“Jerks”). okay. It’s office. but my eyebrows but then looked the he is known to be more lenient in this area phrase up online. I did raise words like URINE or RECTUM in a puzzle. I shared a pet hate Personally. Shortz understood my 23 years at the Times.000 subscribe to the puzzle online. but pet hate? Shortz was Shortz tries to avoid sensitive or distasteful quick to reply: “Initially. It began: harder to do online. “All an older audience. the New York Times came calling Other Shortz advances include a premium on book library. puzzle in 1942. in the New York area. created by Arthur Wynne and published in the New York World on Later Shortz suggested that if Mike was ever changed significantly. to do it again.”) chive. than before on Monday but get harder than also in several dictionaries. Maleska OVIS. Marketing pegged the the clues that are fit to print. This includes his 24-year-old assistant. CRITERIA FOR ENTRIES. The Times first published a Sunday themes and clues.” Shortz replied back twice on words Shortz used in puzzles. more than and became senior editor in 1982 and edi. which has a sinecure with Supreme-Court. the puzzle has The first crossword puzzle. Along the way he was gardless. which had expertise. Part of like Henry Hook of Four Star Puzzler fame. the Monday through Friday crosswords were considering the validity of an entry. Shortz is just the fourth editor. he suggests. For example. Shortz will consult multiple sources when for the Wall Street Journal) came to be hired. This similar in difficulty. who serves as Shortz’s ear to a puzzles to appear. and crossword solvers and invariably clued vulgar meaning in Yiddish. online searches. Farrar as the first puzzle editor. more playful solvers who help him put together each day’s editor. Will Weng and Eugene T. he should stop by the solving gradient so that puzzles start easier thousands of pages containing the phrase. He wrote back from place to place to fill in answers. That is how multitalented puzzle con. and come up with riddles. with the iconic Margaret constructor like yours truly).who would solve each other’s puzzles. He has steepened the December 21. Whew! During Shortz’s tenure. those stricken with it. (In Farrar’s time. In fact. 1913.” segment of Keith Olbermann’s TV show. Her crosswordese. Pet peeve. and his cohort of five expert and offered Shortz the position of crossword excellent grids and construction. play In many ways the Times crossword is the board games. and greatly reducing the amount of Farrar remains one of Shortz’s heroes. I have friends who were taken that I have while solving aback by the clue “nipple rings.” structor Mike Shenk (currently puzzle editor ever on Friday and Saturday. and relish for its was aimed at younger solvers. “I once published a puzzle containing the Times. followed Farrar as crossword editors for the that crosswords should reflect living language. Re- tor in chief in 1989. he once ran . securing more pay and a puzzle. reality won out. where there are than other editors.” to which the his crosswords–-the use of answer was AREOLAS. Dear Mike. she called the Saturday includes the New York Times newspaper ar- THE OLD GRAY LADY puzzle a “two-cups of coffee crossword. clued as “sheep genus. dictionary in over a Using that in a puzzle earned him an infamous hundred years. allowing for brand younger generation. because the paper has He worked his way up the puzzle ladder such an extensive reach. It hasn’t the word to mean “lowlife” until a Times appeared in a new editor told him it referred to a used condom. With a twinkle in his rarely heard phrases like PET eye Shortz said that initially he paused at using HATE (an entry in a December the clue. a young teacher. If it had a motto it might be. but the wordplay and the anatomic 2016 daily puzzle). To this day. puzzle of record.

BETSY DeVos. the official New York Times also in the sweet spot of cultural literacy. Blogs have Puzzles are sent to three test solvers. “Get Off the Earth Puzzle. In terms of clues into puzzles. Jr.” In terms of what’s acceptable to appear Shortz receives about 75 to 100 submissions The word NAZI has appeared multiple in puzzles. and his for publication. “It’s akin to referencing which has a very active community Shakespeare—you can’t go wrong. granddaughter of the celeb and also twinkle goes away momentarily named Oona Chaplin. playfulness. Shortz fears ERIC Trump in recent puzzles. almost Shortz does check in to a few any reference to Game of Thrones is crossword blogs that discuss the acceptable in crosswords. “I edit first for accuracy. Says Shortz. one regular. I’m editing for everybody. crossword column edited by Deb Amlen. She was Eugene O’Neill’s daughter questioned his political affiliation for using of whom rechecks the accuracy of every clue who married Charlie Chaplin. all three send their comments to that she is too distant a figure now for most true for using Trump’s pick for Secretary Shortz. doesn’t matter how clever or interesting a clue OTT.” OONA O’Neill used to be a crossword distasteful to some of his solvers. The Wire. GET A CLUE as “The ___ mightier than the sword. and Jeff (during the interview I sat next to his vinyl Chen’s Xword Info. Solvers will be familiar with takes the same approach to puzzles. References to The daily Times puzzle. because it UMA Thurman. ways to clue those words and they still have Shortz sometimes gets grief for using as well as for freshness. But fortunately. played the role of as he says. Game of Thrones. cultural heft and relevance.” In the world according to Shortz. He also reads Amy Reynaldo’s magazines (the New Yorker is a favorite). albeit with relatively benign clues professor emeritus E. clued albums from the ’60s and ‘70s). Shortz takes a page from UVA a week from which he’ll select his favorites times. humor. Hirsch. ..” of authors and folks commenting on Shortz loves reading books and puzzles. The puzzles are then test-solved by a solvers to know. He reports that about 140 like “Casablanca extra” or “The Soup ___. knowledge. “I’m not editing for Talisa Stark in the hugely popular HBO series Democrats or for Republicans. Spin the discs and a man disappears! a crossword with the answer PENIS. which features some stellar with terrific data and commentary. another of Education. and hockey’s Bobby ORR. His genial Oona.D. I also edit for the appropriate because there are not many alternative part of their cultural currency.” seminal thinking on cultural literacy. They stay and ideas that Americans should know as is if it’s wrong. a huge puzzle archive collection. setting he says. Diary of a Crossword Fiend. The same is and answer. Fair fodder for crosswords. Hirsch different contributors make it into the Times Crosswords are filled with celebrities or sought to separate what’s really important each year.” invented by Sam Loyd in 1898. where a group the cinema (he is a science fiction fan and of enthusiasts and puzzle pros comment on raves about The Passenger) and music crosswords around the country. baseball’s Mel a bar for the people. and Harry Potter are Wordplay. Yoko ONO. He looks for freshness and elegance athletes who have names perfect for fitting from what is just a passing fashion. the names of people who are politically and overall balance of subjects. places. Shortz in themes and constructions. level of difficulty given the day of the week. These include Sopranos.

which was syndicated cheating to look things up? Shortz definitively one to two hours. he said. which Shortz nodded down at the clue for the last Across clue.” perhaps the most egregious in the Times was there will be more punny clues but never a We talk about some other crossword putting RUPP ARENA in Louisville when it is surfeit of question mark clues-–that would figures from the past and he cites Albert actually in Lexington. that there are some or his work on NPR. Be on target. and the seg- people writing to him about his puzzles ment has run that way ever since. LETTERS Sometime in the early 1990s. And always put PUZZLE TOURNAMENT solved it. She vary from 5 to 95 percent. they’re has brought him a new generation of fans. Upon waking up from “subtle art. Generally 800 to I remarked that the distinguished puzzle Reflections. he cites was supposed to lead to the answer TOBEY meant to be taken in at a leisurely pace as a December 2016 puzzle by college math MAGUIRE…only Shortz had misspelled that solvers enjoy the journey. surface sense of a clue and then take a wicked over the weekend. The show .’” He reader who is smart and educated. It’s your puzzle. Later in the week his armpits. Is it Editing Monday and Tuesday puzzles takes Francisco Chronicle.” The recipe for writing successful THE AMERICAN CROSSWORD the surgery she asked for a Times crossword.’” Now look the puzzle had no correct answer. STAIRCASE. Carroll popularized Times puzzle. A far bigger mistake occurred in his role the difficulty gradient. though the amount can Of course. structed a puzzle every Sunday for the San Readers ask frequently about cheating. with last year’s event drawing almost mation. and knew that the surgery had been yourself in the solver’s shoes and try to do Reagle. the show’s ENTERTAIN YOU new host. Reagle. too. Friday and Saturday puzzles Broadway shows. successful. I asked Shortz where of clues for puzzles. surprised Shortz in a fun. Will’s favorite misdirect? “It might turn with fewest mistakes. And it’s not just would have been the answer! He did because you can fill in two different words for Shortz’s seven-minute weekly stint as puz- it.fourth person. crossword repeaters that still prove chal. con. competing to finish fastest Shortz has created hundreds of thousands detour.000 contestants try to solve a challenge maker Merl Reagle once admonished me her Wordplay blog: puzzle each week. “One of the blanks in the got the right answer by acknowledging that clue deserves a little love. “every Let’s look at 1A. very few misdirect clues. You might think that with into a different story.” The answer: SPIRAL he thinks he would finish if he entered the that many clues he’s bound to make mistakes. argu. Shortz spelled TOBEY MAGUIRE correctly. who passed away in 2015. however.” As explained by Deb Amlen in 1. As the puzzles founded by Shortz in 1978. It is the oldest He has an exhaustive reference library that move to the middle of the week. 5A and the zlemaster of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday next-to-last one at 130A: Yup. Puzzles earlier in the week have tournament and.” world. Thursday’s puzzle contributions to puzzles. puzzles later in the week widely to other newspapers. replies: “No. but had Mr. teacher Derrick Niederman entitled “Mirror actor’s first name as TOBY. He considers cluing a surgery was complete. and went on to edit many THE PUZZLEMASTER are generally non-thematic and ramp up on volumes of Crosswords for the Connoisseur. they become and largest crossword tournament in the used to give him a leg up in accessing infor- more difficult and use more “misdirection. One touching letter was from a woman Shortz on average changes half the clues lenging to clue.” feared not being able to do the puzzle once contributor’s cluing skills. Puzzles Crossword Puzzle Tournament. devised variants of word teasers that work well for the medium and leave little dead-air time. ORE has yielded that classic clue and who was going in for brain surgery. positive way. Then-host Susan Stamberg asked him the ROSE GARDEN near the to come up with a format ripe for radio. Among them: ALE and ORE. Solve any way may take three to five hours. most of them so tiny that only will be thematic and may have a trick in the the thematic puzzle by creating crosswords one or two people noticed. also you like. grid such as two letters or a picture occupying with common long entries such as titles of a single space. something the solver would enjoy. Over the past year he be too annoying. Ellen Ripstein. the same. That week only one person that as a puzzle constructor. which was reflects that the Internet has changed puzzles. can. “Middle of the pack. with hands tucked under He cops to committing relatively few errors. He envisions the ably the funniest constructor in the craft. Sunday puzzles are like In terms of entries or puzzles in 2016 that as puzzlemaster for NPR. He OVAL OFFICE. early in the week are thematic. clues? Be fresh. A puzzle he gave a pleasant car ride through the countryside. the 2001 American concede. now most of that information can be A misdirect will lead you to think about the 600 contestants who solve seven crosswords found online. Look at the second Across clue. And so on and The notion behind the segment was to be a so on. depending on the “Mined over matter. until the mirrored radio equivalent of the Sunday paper puzzle clues meet in the middle at section. 131A: It’s the exact same clue. Liane Hansen. who was an avid Times crossword solver in a given puzzle. He answers as many as he Crossword Puzzle Tournament champion. Some have one ‘call-a-friend. that and agreed.” to cereal slogan ‘___ are for ___. Carroll as someone who is overlooked for his is aware of only five errors in the published Continuing in the week. Some people allow themselves three typical Monday solver as a New York Times contributed puzzles every year to the American lookups. had the idea of Shortz receives a lot of letters from bringing listeners into the game.

It was printed on handheld objects that must be manipulated like puzzles. But where cal toys and two shelves of puzzle ephemera.S. SPIN DOCTOR bound newspapers from the 19th century Shortz’s collection will keep on inspiring into Many people use puz- that contain puzzles. invented by Loyd in 1898. kind in the world. all the on-air puzzles and writes about half Shortz believes it to be the the challenge puzzles.” So much so. There it will join is release found if you make puzzles all as well as many items created by Sam Loyd. 1913.” he said. The fellow left the book. I did not want to put his Shortz solved all but one. Table tennis. and Ferocious Another bonus of running the club is immensely popular and a 10-foot model ap. game. I held the very good to me. Loyd (1841–1911) is which. mechanical puzzles are what an opponent is doing. my eye kept wandering to the lookout for printed material nearby living room. created before 1970. that he and a partner have 10 million copies.841 (“a little Arthur Wynne and A neighbor from nearby Chappaqua reached above average”) from USA Table Tennis. The game was lightfully Different Crosswords.500 consecutive days widely acknowledged as one of America’s time pursuit of the intriguing and the perplex. his first sudoku book ranked table tennis teenage phenom department store.2 million copies. De. embodies a life. He originally met Kai in Beijing while on a very first crossword Another puzzle type came to Shortz's atten. ephemera zines. thing I asked was this: “How do you see the KenKen now appears in the daily New York future of puzzles?” Immediately he replied: Times as well as its Sunday magazine variety “Strong. and is open every day-–even Christmas.. He finds that not only are the word postcards). a page Shortz is particularly us—the need to solve mysteries. table tennis vacation. and an Arts and Crafts the future. There he keeps but a por. manuscripts.000). of the people disappears. “Let me have another”. per the library website. having to do with puzzles. great puzzle-writers and popularizers. refresh from daily life. The last so KenKen became a part of the puzzle roster. and special collec.000 puzzles Shortz? He responds to the need to react One of the puzzles Shortz pulls off the and 4. The bonus? Shortz. Titles that boasts “top-level playing conditions” characters. Unlike word instinctively to change play depending shelf is called the “Get Off the Earth Puzzle. The model actually turns. puzzle. and table tennis streak in jeopardy. Next. then another. They appeal to something innate in puzzle section. Some of the more than 500 books Shortz opened a table tennis club in Pleasantville when the discs are set one way there are 13 has edited are on his bookshelves. As I was preparing to leave. privately owned.000 puzzle-related books. the Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection day like Shortz? Playing table tennis. others are sent in by only extant example that is prescient listeners. two pieces of cardboard and sold more than to achieve a specific goal. sold over 1. The oldest puzzle is a book THE PUZZLE PLETHORA of riddles in Latin that dates Though interviewing Shortz from his dining from 1533. “Let me show you this sudoku variants and much more. who now lives with him. (I’m mesmerized by a rack of vintage cross. collected and but they can often inspire new puzzles. he tried to put the persistent fellow off. who has achieved a rating of 1.” or jigsaw puzzles. es- tion of his unrivaled collection of puzzle books pecially old crossword maga- and magazines (more than 25. which Shortz’s puzzle idol. He solved one puzzle and Though I could have happily stayed all day said. gets puzzle he ought to try. He has increased the types of puzzles are hardwired to unravel enigmas. talking to Shortz and looking at his plethora other. one include Keep Calm and Crossword On. He is willing it to the Lilly Library’s zles as a way to release and bookcase that holds two shelves of mechani.is now broadcast on nearly 500 public radio New York World newspaper stations around the country. “The result is the largest assemblage of its What is it about table tennis that attracts mentioned as the greatest. it’s a lot of fun…” Q april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 39 . has gotten into Shortz’s blood. Shortz is on the room table. with over 30. Shortz constructs on December 21.” that appear there from acrostics. I heard that less crosswords. “Let me just have 10 minutes”—to which THE PUZZLING FUTURE Shortz acceded. artifacts (a strangely compel. “Sudoku has been named Kai Zhang. tions at Indiana University. He was hooked. but when the discs move. he solved an. created by tion despite some initial reluctance on his part. rare books. the published in the out to Shortz and told him he had this new national governing body of the sport. and puns and anagrams to voice once more. objects aesthetically pleasing. Sudoku. often ing. ling 1930s crossword bucket). of puzzle items. he has done for over 1. and counting. Shortz was in at the vanguard of the that he has become a sponsor to a top- peared in a Brooklyn sudoku craze in the U. of work. diagram. Busy with the crush weekly private lessons from Kai. Our brains proud of.

The constant conversation about puzzles Will if I could be a judge. for them Will eases things up with his editing so people don’t I generally shoot for the fifth slot.THE ACPT: AN INSIDER’S VIEW By Raymond Simon A s readers learned in Jonathan Schmalzbach’s in-depth profile of Will Shortz. He said yes. In various ways. too. and a father. career on Broadway. The judges check each I’m sure there’s one I’ll remember after I write this. In 1978. PATRICK BLINDAUER Patrick Blindauer is a puzzle-maker. one of the puzzlemaster’s greatest accomplish- ments is establishing the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Mixed Doubles. I know.wamc. If you’re holding this issue in your hands. You can follow Mike on Twitter @mikenothnagel or test AS THE JUDGING ROOM CHIEF. I wouldn’t call the contestants “ordinary”! They’re PUZZLES. There’s a reason it’s been such a successful of the tourney. and I’ve been doing it since. there’s the camaraderie. While the contestants are solving. and TV. Guess I improved (or didn’t stay up all night)! [Editor’s I’m always amazed by the speed demons in the room who note: Tony’s father. I think I’ve been to eight of them ARE TRYING TO SOLVE YOUR over the years. The event takes place from March 24 –26. Referees are in the solving room. I asked It definitely does. As Judging Room Chief. really smart. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the ACPT. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE AT THE WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST ACPT? ACPT AND KNOW THAT PEOPLE My first time was 2006. often leads to a spark of an idea or gives me an interesting WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO AT THE ACPT? perspective on constructing. but the process is very similar. I usually present Will with a couple of out-there ideas before My tendency is to make my ACPT puzzles more difficult because settling on one. and the answers “tunneled” diagonally to To try Patrick’s puzzles. AND ation. and having a role in supporting them is a very fame) calculates the score based on the puzzle’s parameters rewarding thing. but luckily requires some outside-the-box thinking. I’ve YOU’RE A CROSSWORD CONSTRUCTOR YOURSELF. which is the hardest puzzle get too frustrated. Fill the show. an actor. enjoyed a six-decade can solve my puzzle faster than I can. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO INTER. He’s also a math profes. attended every year since then. now he constructs so Julia Roberts became JLRBRTS. Judging Room Chief. and YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE? they pick up the completed puzzles. One time I made a puzzle whose theme answers event for over 30 years! had ANT in them. sometimes my puzzle is there but I’m not. first experience at the ACPT was as a solver. in the biz. DOES WORKING AT THE ACPT INFLUENCE YOUR PUZZLE- HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A JUDGE? MAKING? It was pretty simple: After a few years of competing. he was the ACPT’s about tournament-related issues. Last year. It promises to be a great weekend: In addition to the elite solvers and the amazing puzzles. It’s pretty cool. puzzles to torment attendees. which takes place in August. check out of phrases with one occurrence of all five vowels. which is scheduled for August. I’m a big theater nerd and his dad is a legend a thrill. the big screen. Each puzzle is scanned process that needs to get done. in Stamford. Don’t believe us? Check out the brief Q&A with the folks below. there’s still time to get in on all the fun. it’s my job to organize and oversee ANY FAVORITE STORIES FROM BEING A JUDGE THAT the checking process. the first time a major tournament had been held since the 1930s.] HAS WRITING PUZZLES FOR THE ACPT INFLUENCED YOUR HOW DO YOU APPROACH CREATING A CROSSWORD FOR REGULAR CROSSWORDS? THE ACPT? It’s two sides of the same coin. where they’re scored. your trivia knowledge by visiting the website for Any Ques- ACT WITH THE ORDINARY FOLKS WHO ATTEND THE ACPT? tions?: www. It was also quite surprising to win the E division in WHAT SURPRISES YOU MOST ABOUT THE ACPT? 2008. Until puzzle by hand to find missing or incorrect letters and mark then. most of my interaction is related to that: working with the tions? a weekly public radio trivia judges in the judging room or talking with contestants show. sario also organizes Lollapuzzoola.com. visit www. My first ACPT was 2005. appears in CONSTRUCTORS? every issue of GAMES WORLD OF First. This multitasking puzzle impre. Evil. they help Shortz keep the ACPT up and run- ning and they’d genuinely like to see you there! To learn more. which are Lollapuzzoola 10. MIKE NOTHNAGEL Mike Nothnagel’s crossword vari. fun people.org/anyquestions. 2017. I’ll say that one of my favorite things about being a them with highlighters. His had been removed from the grid.crosswordtournament. After the solving is done.bemoresmarter.com. sor and the host of Any Ques. Learn more called supervocalics. and the highlighting.patrickspuzzles. HOW ABOUT WITH YOUR FELLOW JUDGES. Shortz gathered a group of crossword-lovers together to test their wits. The solvers are the stars of and a computer program (created by Matt Ginsberg of Dr. I try to come up with a theme that’s unique and I know the solvers are all die-hard crossword fans. The “whoosh” WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE ACPT? when 700 people turn over your Meeting future co-constructor and friend Tony Orbach at the puzzle and start solving is quite reception in 2006. The title was “Take Five” and the vowels about that tournament here: www. Another time I found a bunch you need a crossword fix before next winter’s ACPT. which is really what the ACPT is all about. REFS. it gives me a chance to WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST ACPT? play games and hang out with my friends. 40 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . Then they’re sent on to the folks in the judge at ACPT is how everyone plays a part in the complex computer room. And if mimic the behavior of an ant. like PUZZLE? last year when I was still a new parent trying not to freak out.com. visit www. the social atmosphere is really great. Connecticut. actor Jerry Orbach.

than half my pictures in the last two hours on Sunday af- sor for one or two years. with two ACPT friends. in 2016. but that’s not always possible. visit www. I captured a photo of Will filming the standing ovation on his cell phone to give to her husband Jerry. Her job is to make for me is the time that top folks who can’t be there feel like they’re in the thick of things. since then. she produces the popular “ACPT Roll Call” photo essay. so of course I had to be there to shoot ternoon. sweater vest. Much better nowhere. Deb Amlen has been covering the ACPT The event that stands out for Wordplay. experienced all the peaks of his incredible ACPT career and WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN YOU’RE SNAPPING PHO. The client agreed to be a spon. my wife of over 20 years.000 photos from the ACPT. I have his use in GAMES.” Will Shortz filming standing ovation for Maura Jacobson DEB AMLEN For the past five years. all with the same gaudy argyle Don Christensen. I love that excitement and the some PR photos. which sometimes happens on the fly. with an KNOW? occasional peek behind the curtain. I signed up one FAVORITE SUBJECTS? of my clients as the “official” pen and pencil supplier to the During a three-day tournament weekend. who accepted the award on her behalf. so I write about what I see in front of me. I try to plan go to ACPT. I went to see it with my wife and kids. Don’s first tournament was in 1981. during the finals. I’ve attended every year since then. going back as far as 1982 when Margaret Farrar was the awards presenter at the close of the tournament. who could not be present. he’s attended 35 consecutive years! Along the way. To learn a bit about what Don does when he’s not photo- graphing the ACPT. april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 41 . but I tanked so the word ZOLAESQUE out of badly that I became a judge the following year. When the documentary was released. plus I always have an eye out for good fidence in their speed-solving skills. we’re still going strong. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE ACPT? Two big memories: The best is meeting Kelli.com and look under the heading “Leadership. That year I competed. the NYT’s crossword column. Two kids later. (The capital letters spell out Merl Reagle’s first name.DON CHRISTENSEN Don Christensen’s day job is working as an advertising executive. while they were filming the had basically dredged up documentary Wordplay. the camaraderie of our participants. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE HOW DO YOU APPROACH WRITING ABOUT THE ACPT? READERS WHO’VE NEVER I want readers to feel like they are there in the room where BEEN TO THE ACPT TO it happens. I’m still covering the tournament. I shoot more tournament as a publicity stunt. cookies on that side. return the following year and photograph the tournament for My favorite subject over the years is Tyler Hinman. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED PHOTOGRAPHING THE ACPT? HOW DO YOU APPROACH SHOOTING AT THE ACPT? ANY When I was working at an ad agency in NYC.com/column/wordplay ING THING YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED AT THE ACPT? and follow her on Twitter @NYTimesWordplay & @DebAmlen. center. but that’s not why you stories to tell. My very favorite is a shot taken this past year. WHAT WAS THE FUNNIEST. at an ACPT in Stamford in the early 1990s. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIC FROM THE ACPT? There are hundreds of photos that I treasure. Read Deb's work at www. You go to ACPT to revel in the company of other out the stories I run. Will Shortz had just named Maura Jacobson the winner of the first “MEmoRiaL” award for lifetime achievement in crossword construction. he’s amassed roughly 15. 35 years later. My other favorite memory is being present at the ACPT during the filming of Wordplay.ci-group. Most people tell me that WHAT’S IT LIKE TO ATTEND THE ACPT AS A REPORTER? they’re afraid to come be- When you’re working.nytimes. The boys counted eight cameo appearances by me. he’s the official photo historian of the ACPT. OR MOST SURPRIS. you obviously have less time to enjoy cause they don’t have con- yourself and socialize. Will saw me taking pictures and asked if I could joy of seeing who will win the big prize every year. QUIRKIEST.) At the close of the ceremony the crowd gave Maura. a standing ovation. as well. I also love capturing these years. “Dear Lord!” at the finals ings. TOS AT THE ACPT? He is an incredible—and willing—subject at both ends of I enjoy capturing the human drama of competing—the ecstasy the spectrum and an inspiring person to have known all of winning and the frustration of losing. in his spare time. solver Trip Payne yelled out In addition to interviewing attendees and updating the stand. puzzle lovers. in response to realizing that WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST ACPT? constructor Byron Walden I first attended the ACPT in 2005. have been there for the inevitable low moments.

The slim 1 spot shows that Rose was not much businessman and investor. For instance. Cadaco was founded in a California garage in 1935 by Rose’s generous 11 space represents a double and the 9 is a Donald Mazer. The home team gets to Being a fan of the hapless Phillies teams of the late ‘60s choose catchers with the first and fourth choices. walks. the K–O Dial Key determines how far runners advance on Imagine home plate as a spinner and the field as another spin. So it was natural that in 1941. he was a hitting disaster. The number 5. but early in his career. Consequently. ner. Schmidt went on to a Hall of Fame career cleated gods who trod the earth. I’d always pick the Phillies shortstop Larry Bowa. In 2003. innings. and Charles Berlsheimer. shown at the top of the next page. Similarly. the visiting and early ‘70s. if ineffectual. Similarly the game is a simulation of a major league baseball game. who went on to win the World Series in 2004. at third base I always To stat-minded baseball fanatics. spins. his 1970 disc showed Baseball’s all-time hits leader has large areas in the 7 and his penchant for striking out—frequently. these discs represented the had Mike Schmidt. after not having won since 1918. and outs. if needed) is the winner. outs or fly ball outs. re. •THIS OLD GAME• THIS OLD GAME: CADACO ALL STAR BASEBALL S abermetrics refers to the observable analysis of baseball statistics. the slim Conceived by a former journeyman outfielder. Circular discs that reprise a professional baseball player’s The gameplay generally follows the rules of baseball. and thus so often. Baseball was not nearly as complicated in 1970 when I was 10 and spent dozens of hours enjoying my favorite pastime: playing Cadaco-Ellis’s All Star Baseball. Then the defensive team developed All Star Baseball. The term is derived from the acronym SABR. its best- known advocate and a SABR pioneer. to the key shown below. show of loyalty. The team with the most runs after nine innings (or extra Teams are chosen from discs that come with the game. Today. singles. I generally drafted Philadelphia players in an team chooses catchers with the second and third choices. Take the disc of Pete Rose. Phillies rest of the positions are chosen in a similar manner. Generally. In 1937. but that matters little as he got on base Ellis. The categories are three outs per side. singles and doubles. players performed terribly. It has changed the way managers and owners look at both in-game scenarios and a player’s worth to a team. Mazer married Eleanor of a home run hitter. and became a monster home run hitter. The rest of the numbers are assigned to ground ball Cadaco-Ellis was born. is a triple. Cadaco-Ellis Let’s say a player hits a fly ball. Players take turns choosing a roster. home. 13 spaces. Runs are scored by runners advancing include homers. However. the SABR- wielding James was hired by the Boston Red Sox. which equate to a single if the spinner lands there. leased in 1936. assuming the fielders do not make an The company began with a niche in sports-based board error. A second spinner for fielding has letters that correspond games such as Elmer Layden’s Scientific Football Game. who lent her fiancé 5K to buy out his partner. The admirable. Ethan Allen. The team won again in 2007. LMNO confirm that the player is out. a game lover. which stands for the Society of American Baseball Research. generally narrow for all players. There lifetime statistics are inserted into the spinner. you can hear heady fans calling into sports radio talk shows citing Talmudic-like SABR analysis in such categories such as WAR (wins above replacement) and FIP (fielding-independent pitching). 42 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . a board game that simulated baseball games using far less rigorous statistics. K allows the player to reach second base on an error. a base on balls. The term sabermetrics was coined by Bill James.

this is en. runs and outs. family games. hit and run. reaching did not have much of a stick. Per author Jack Major. a pop-up scoreboard with its low-tech method of tracking There is a strategy element in the game as well. ivied walls. Cadaco-Ellis had branched out to develop learning games. or squeeze play. Louis Cardinals. The special disc is inserted and the result of the play depends on where the spinner points. pegs for base runners. In fact. During his for home runs at all—he averaged one per season in his early coaching career at Yale. as Maz’s disc represents his aggregate ment a simpler time before sabermetrics. Allen had a more than respectable career average of . I lament the loss of Cadaco-Ellis. the Manager may order a single steal or double sky forever blue. Many lovers of the game (including yours truly) bought new discs that came out yearly. Cadaco-Ellis was acquired by POOF-Slinky. When one or more runners picture of natural grass. crayons. let’s say Pirates star Bill Mazeroski was facing all-time activity sets. 2010. baseball being a non-sabermetric game at the president George H. with older discs from the ‘40s and ‘50s being quite valuable. and strikeout king Nolan Ryan in real life.” Bowa was a tremendous fielder who He went on to become a baseball coach at Yale. Inc. none the Board Game Hall of Fame for All Star Baseball.” As a player. Allen felt one of Major’s letters was a little high and inside and responded: “Holy mother. lifetime achievement against all pitchers. Allen thought up the game in 1933 while he was playing for the St. Mazeroski’s lifetime stats magic sets. one of his players included future years. blackboards. dolls. a major fan of the game. however. Allen broke down hitting stats into categories and created pie-chart representations. against Ryan were 2 hits in 10 at bats plus 1 walk. All Star Baseball does not simulate actual pitching or de. time. and a board showing a compassed in two strategy discs. BY JONATHAN SCHMALZBACH Nicknamed “the Gnat.W. which deserves a place in Ryan never struck him out! In All Star Baseball.300. I told that (All Star Baseball) crowd at the first convention in Chicago I didn’t care how they played the game— only that they bought it. I also la- of these things matter. Bowa’s fielding counted for nothing. . when two spinners. his card has no space the College World Series Finals in 1947 and 1948. fense. There is a healthy market for the discs on eBay. always elicited the magic words: Play ball! Q steal. also corre- sponded with Ethan Allen in the 1970s. The manager whose team is in the field can also order an intentional pass (walk) before a batter spins. I’m glad there are only a few of you kooks. Major. While most of the letters involved possible game improvements. You’re trying to make an adult game out of a kids’ game. Bush. On April 7. not just Nolan Ryan. player photographs were added to the discs. wooden bleachers. THE DISCS Sixty discs came with the 1970 version of the game. There’s even an Ethan Allen disc. and a are on base. By the late ‘80s. And. He played for six teams from 1926 to 1938. For All Star Baseball he put the pie charts onto discs and hit one out of the park. So. However.

to: Coded Crisscross V Contest. if decoded properly. We’ve replaced each letter of the alphabet with a number. as well as any punctuation. You may enter as many times as you like. Fort Washington. •CONTEST• CODED CRISSCROSS V By R. send the decoded category description that appears in the orange squares. any spaces between words have been removed. contains a set of 10 items reading across and down in the white squares. The winners of the first prize and the runners-up will be selected by random draw from among the correct entries. but each entry must be mailed separately. Q 44 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . A number stands for the same letter throughout the grid. To enter. GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES.O. phrases. along with your name and address. The grid at right. or a combination of both. 2017. The items and the category description may be single words. They may include proper names. Entries must be received by May 1. If there are items consisting of two or more words. P. The two shaded rows name the category to which all of the other items belong. PA 19034. Wayne Schmittberger First Prize $100 5 Runner-Up Prizes: A ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES T his contest is similar to previous Coded Crisscross contests (October 2015 and June 2016 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES). Box 184.

• C O N T E S T R E S U LT S •

ROUND TRIP
FROM SEPTEMBER

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n September’s contest, you were presented with the grid shown at right. The 7
first part of this challenge was to find a path through the grid that began at U
the 1, traveled along the grid lines from circle to circle, passed through the 2,
3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 in numerical order, and ended at the 8. Your path could not pass 5
through any circle more than once E A M
Next you had to make a list of the letters in the circles that you passed through, G D
O
in order. You then needed to add to the end of your list any letter(s) in the grid
O 3 1 2 4 R
that your path did not visit. At this point, you should have had a string of 24
letters. The path through the grid is shown below, and the string of 24 letters is I
E E
as follows: OIPEAOURMEGADENYILLCATSO. P
A N
For the second part of this challenge, you needed to break this string into four S 8 Y
A O
parts in such a way that the letters in each part could be rearranged to make a
C T I L
proper name. The four names—which were the answer to the contest—are IO, L
EUROPA, GANYMEDE, and CALLISTO. You might recognize these as the Galilean 6
moons of Jupiter.
We received a very respectable total of 252 entries to this contest, almost all of which gave the correct answer. Congratulations
to the winner of the $100 first prize, Cory Brownson of West St. Paul, Manitoba. Runner-up prizes of a year’s subscription to
GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES (or an additional year for current subscribers) go to: Steven Ballway; Norfolk, MA; Rachel Colestock,
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•ELECTRONIC GAMEVIEWS• BY THOMAS L. MCDONALD

STRATEGY Gameplay is a challenging
STEAMWORLD HEIST combination of 2D side-
IMAGE & FORM GAMES scrolling views and turn-
3DS/PC/MAC/PS4/VITA based strategic gameplay.
WII U/IOS, $20 OR LESS Each robot brings certain
AGE RANGE: E10 weapons and skills to a mis-
PLAY TIME: 15–20 HOURS sion, from long-range trick
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teampunk and gam- ers. Missions are triggered
ing go together like by flying around a map
peanut butter and jel- and boarding enemy ships.
ly, and SteamWorld Heist de- Characters take turns mov- involving ricochet shots, progression keeps things
livers everything you could ing and performing actions multi-shot shotguns, gre- fresh and the tactical choices
want from a steampunk- as they fight other robots nades, and other unique are always interesting. The
meets-Wild-West-themed and gather swag. weapons. Experience pro- biggest problem is the pun-
game of strategic combat. There’s a good deal of vides level bonuses and new ishing penalties for dying
The characters in the nuance in the squad-based skills, such as overcharging a or losing a mission, which
SteamWorld universe are combat. Having a well- shot for more power, mov- can drain a huge amount of
brass-and-gears robot pi- balanced team and mak- ing further, or inspiring the your experience and money.
rates freebooting around ing careful decisions are team to perform better. Death isn’t permanent, but
the galaxy in a rickety ship, far more important than Each level is randomly gen- any bot that dies has to be
looking for any way to earn firepower (although fire- erated but filled with various reassembled at a substantial
water, the coin of the realm power is always good). Bots loot, enemies, exploding cost to game progress. It’s a
in a steam-driven world. level up and get new gear barrels, ladders, and places small complaint, though, for
The ship is led by Captain through experience, which to hide. This results in some a game that brings excellent
Piper, who starts out with a allows them to make com- familiar-feeling levels late in gameplay to just about every
small crew and hires more plex coordinated attacks the game, but the character platform available. Q
gunslingers as she gains a
reputation.
Good choice for fans of: X-COM OVERALL RATING
A
STRATEGY to attack. Sliding around
DEUS EX GO behind him, however, allows
SQUARE ENIX you to deliver a stealthy take-
ANDROID/IOS, $4 down without ever being
AGE RANGE: T (TEEN): spotted. That doesn’t mean
VIOLENCE combat is a major part of
PLAY TIME: 4 HOURS the game. In fact, Deus Ex’s
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urning popular action his time hacking computers
franchises into cerebral than people.
puzzle games seems These computer termi-
counterintuitive, but it’s giv- nals allow you to manipu-
en Square Enix a hit with its late your environment by
“Go” series. First there was hacking into security sys-
Hitman Go, then Lara Croft tems to switch off turrets
Go, and now Deus Ex Go, or take them over to fire at
each with a similar style and an enemy. Some hacking
gameplay that demands logic opens or closes new paths, There’s not a lot of trial and replayability hooks is a move
where the originals require or allows bots to move into error in these levels. Analysis counter that challenges you
agility and firepower. a new area. One of the neat of the different properties of to solve the puzzle in the
The gameplay involves puzzle solutions involves all the features—terminals, fewest possible steps.
maneuvering your character triggering a guard then abilities, enemies, and so The game comes with 54
through various obstacles, trapping him in order to on—usually reveals a path levels, but also adds a level
such as turrets and robots, to block a turret, allowing you without the need for brute- editor and new challenge
the exit. The environment is to slide behind him to your force approaches. Not that missions every week. These
like a game board, with step- destination. Indeed, finding it doesn’t allow for much are free; however, micro-
by-step movement along new ways to use old tricks dying/reloading: Each level transactions are included in
a path. At certain points in helps keep the levels fresh can be reset without penalty the form of puzzle solutions
this path, something may be as the game unfolds. and started over. One of the that can be purchased. Q
triggered. Crossing in front of
a guard will cause that guard Good choice for fans of: Hitman Go OVERALL RATING
A
46 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017

BY THOMAS L. MCDONALD •TRADITIONAL GAMEVIEWS•

STRATEGY towns as possible when they
ELFENROADS come of age. Transportation
PUBLISHER: is limited, however, and not
RIO GRANDE GAMES all forms work across all re-
PRICE: $70 gions, which include desert,
AGES: 13+ forest, plains, and water.
PLAYERS: 2–6 Magic clouds can’t travel in
PLAY TIME: 45–90 MINUTES the desert, for example.
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efore Alan Moon ous towns linked by roads
struck it huge with through these regions. In the
Ticket to Ride, he first phase of the game, play-
had a cult hit with a game ers alternate placing trans-
variously titled Elfenroads portation tokens on indi- road. The goal is to plan a for tiles. Elfensea shifts the
and Elfenland, along with vidual paths between towns. path that allows you to col- focus to marine travel with
a hard-to-find expansion Once tiles are placed, elves, lect tiny wooden blocks in as an entirely new map and
called Elfengold. Now Rio represented by wooden elf many towns as possible over new method of transporta-
Grande has teamed up with boots in each player’s color, three rounds, with victory tion (whales).
Amigo to produce an entirely travel from town to town going to the player who col- Fans have paid hundreds
new big-box version that by paying a certain number lects the most. of dollars to buy the original
combines the base game of travel cards matching the The game weaves variants limited-edition Elfenroads,
Elfenland with Elfengold and transportation token. For and complexities from this so it’s great that Rio Grande
a new version on the flip side example, if someone wants basic premise, such as adding has not only made it widely
of the board called Elfensea. to pass though a desert with town cards that provide bo- available, but has also in-
But just what are these elves a unicorn token, the cost is nus points and two alternate cluded a rare supplement
up to? two desert transportation play modes. Elfengold lays a and an entirely new game
Using the most common cards. Each gamer also gets a monetary system atop the in one big box with all new
forms of transportation—for blocking token that doubles basic gameplay, with people art and excellent production
example, dragon, unicorn, or the cost of traveling on that earning gold and bidding values. Q
magic cloud—young elves
need to travel to as many
Good choice for fans of: Ticket to Ride OVERALL RATING
A
STRATEGY board is divided into four
ROYALS geographical regions, with
PUBLISHER: each of those regions hosting
ARCANE WONDERS three to five cities, and each
PRICE: $50 city hosting a noble or two.
AGES: 14+ Nobles are generic and
PLAYERS: 2–5 range in value and cost
PLAY TIME: 60 MINUTES from King at the top down
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n Royals, players vie for tom. These nobles are rep-
control over the noble resented in each country, so
houses of 17th-century there’s more than one King matching cards and placing ence collects a point tile of
France, Spain, Germany, or Princess on the board. your marker (a colored cube) lesser value. These scoring
and the United Kingdom. They’re also represented by on a particular city. There’s rounds happen three times,
This might make for a tiles off to the side of the one color of card for each of and then the title markers
dense, complex bit of game board, one per title for scor- the four countries, and each are awarded. Everyone adds
design, but designer Peter ing at the end of the game. noble is worth a certain num- up their points, and high
Hawes streamlines it into an This means if you gain influ- ber. Thus, it takes one yellow score wins.
accessible game, matching ence over, for example, the card to collect the Marshal of The mechanic of matching
theme to gameplay. Baron of Berlin and the Bar- Valencia, but eight red cards cards to pay for points is clev-
At first, Royals appears on of Dijon, you place two for the King of England. A erly integrated into a system
more elaborate than it really markers on the Baron tile scoring round takes place with multiple scoring layers.
is, with lots of differently and stand a better chance of once the deck is depleted, Players may also snatch away
shaped pieces, cards, and op- scoring for all Barons at the and players with the most influence from an opponent
tions. Really, though, players end of the game. influence in a country collect by playing an intrigue card,
can only do a couple things You gain influence by a point tile, while the person making for an entertaining
during a turn: draw cards or paying a certain number of with the second most influ- game of royal skulduggery. Q
spend cards to claim influ-
ence over a noble. The game Good choice for fans of: Splendor OVERALL RATING
A
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•OFF THE BOOKSHELF• BY RAYMOND SIMON

THE CIVILIZED GUIDE TO TABLETOP GAMING
OFF THE BOOKSHELF:

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eri Litorco’s new book, The Civilized decisions to prioritize the experience around
Guide to Tabletop Gaming: Rules Every fun is the ultimate point of everything cov-
Gamer Must Live By, is about much ered in this book.”
more than gaming. Whether you’re a newbie It all begins with the “friendly local gam-
or an experienced Eurogamer, the practical ing store” or FLGS. A great FLGS should have
advice that Litorco dispenses with equal games you love; games you want to try; and
parts humor and candor will help make you a friendly, knowledgeable staff. It’s important
a better person. Her fundamental message that the other customers are cool, too. “If
is: “Don’t be a dick.” And, really, who could you don’t fit in with the culture of the store,”
argue with that? Litorco writes, “you’re asking for frustration,
drama, and general unhappiness.”
After finding your FLGS, plunge into the
action. Need advice about mastering tricky
gameplay? Ask a helpful clerk. Curious about
a new game that’s just been released? At-
tend a demo. Want to share your passion for
a game that your friends haven’t discovered
yet? Volunteer to host a game night. The
time and effort spent are well worth it, be-
cause, as Litorco points out, “You’re invest-
ing in a gaming culture that you’ll benefit Litorco addresses a delicate personal matter,
from in the future.” too. “Let’s get real about hygiene,” she says.
Becoming a great gamer has a lot to do “Gamer funk is a real issue.” Whether you’re
with how you behave around other people. locked in mortal combat around the kitchen
That entails everything from learning the table or engrossed in tournament play at PAX,
proper way to roll dice to tricky issues like the atmosphere can get fragrant. To stave off
dealing with “rules lawyers” and “rage quit- body odor, she suggests showering, hydrating,
ters.” These gamers, called “beardy” after dressing in layers, and carrying deodorant in
the dwarves in Warhammer Fantasy, can your purse or backpack.
quickly ruin a friendly game night. Litorco’s Gaming with family is another sensitive
advice on preempting their bullshit is no- area. No, your grandma will not be amused
nonsense: “If you encounter a beardy gamer by Cards Against Humanity. Home for the
Litorco is an ideal guide to gaming eti- in the wild, the best way to deal with him holidays? Choose a quick game with a high
quette. She’s a passionate wargamer who is to concede the game. Nothing drives him luck-factor rather than a never-ending round
regularly contributes to the website Geek & crazier than to win a game without actually of Risk. And unless you want to sleep on the
Sundry. She also posts gaming tips and tuto- going through the motions.” couch, don’t do everything possible to block,
rials to “That Teri Girl,” her YouTube channel. Eventually, you may want to host a outmaneuver, or crush your boo. (Litorco
The book’s 11 brief chapters cover ev- game night or attend a big convention like admits she’s made this mistake herself.) So
erything from getting started as a gamer to Origins. Litorco offers helpful suggestions when playing games with your significant
becoming a top-notch Dungeon Master. The to maximize your fun. Game nights, for other, “Care about her or his enjoyment of
prose is friendly, informative, and illustrated example, require some planning. Send your the game more than your own.” After all,
with real-life examples. The overall purpose invites early; make sure you have sufficient she reminds readers, your relationship is more
is promoting great gaming experiences. As space; and think about your menu. Drinks important than a board game.
Litorco puts it, “making things fun for you and snacks are a must but they shouldn’t As you become more experienced, it’s likely
and the people you game with, and making interfere with gameplay. that you’ll begin to garner a deeper satisfac-
tion than the mere pleasure of playing or the
thrill of winning. What Litorco’s getting at
is the way that cardboard playing surfaces,
plastic components, and rule books can, once
in a while, lead to trancendent moments.
Consider a long-running RPG. The players
know one another well; they’re committed
to the imaginary world they’ve created; and
they’ve developed characters with backstories
and quirks. That sometimes produces magical
moments “where the game, your imagination,
and the collective suspended disbelief of those
in the room make the scene come alive.”
If that’s the kind of experience you’d like
to have, grab a copy of The Civilized Guide
to Tabletop Gaming. You’ll be glad you did.
To learn more about Teri Litorco, visit:
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Home city of St. Epic poem set after the fall 95 156 53 153 163 12 of Troy Y. D. Paving material in a Baum classic: 116 138 82 100 27 57 125 22 105 M. First sign of the zodiac 99 110 165 88 70 S. their initial letters will spell the author’s name and the source of the quotation. Field of Dreams’ P. Hobbits’ home.S. proportion in 11 133 87 134 32 16 13 38 with “The” 9 51 128 73 7 architecture E. one letter per dash. Duked it out Streisand’s A Star 77 141 111 43 148 66 71 17 62 106 68 98 144 20 162 Is Born C. DOUBLE CROSS BY MICHAEL ASHLEY Answer the clues on the numbered dashes. Electronics giant R. Amble along 2 wds. Corrupt: 3 wds. In a state of privation 103 94 4 130 78 L. 45 76 119 19 2 J. Ignatius 59 18 63 5 101 115 V. 52 131 W.) When you’re done. Selfie. Faced with trouble: 3 wds. e. Then transfer the letters on the dashes to the correspondingly numbered squares in the puzzle grid to reveal a quotation reading from left to right. 1N 2V 3U 4X 5I 6G 7Q 8K 9Q 10 T 11D 12 L 13 D 14 P 15 H 16 D 17 B 18 I 19 V 20 O 21 J 22 Y 23 U 24 R 25 W 26 P 27 Y 28 M 29 N 30 W 31 A 32 D 33 E 34 C 35 G 36 C 37 T 38 D 39 R 40 A 41 G 42 T 43 B 44 U 45 V 46 N 47 G 48 A 49 M 50 G 51 Q 52 J 53 L 54 S 55 U 56 K 57 Y 58 P 59 I 60 J 61 K 62 B 63 I 64 H 65 W 66 B 67 G 68 O 69 H 70 F 71 B 72 J 73 Q 74 T 75 N 76 V 77 B 78 X 79 J 80 A 81 H 82 Y 83 C 84 C 85 T 86 K 87 D 88 F 89 J 90 M 91J 92 E 93 Y 94 X 95 L 96 S 97 K 98 O 99 F 100 Y 101 I 102 C 103 X 104 S 105 Y 106 O 107 U 108 G 109 N 110 F 111 B 112 W 113 J 114 G 115 I 116 Y 117 H 118 G 119 V 120 S 121 E 122 C 123 K 124 W 125 Y 126 R 127 P 128 Q 129 E 130 X 131 J 132 G 133 D 134 D 135 C 136 J ANSWER. read down the list of answers. Temperamental 3 44 55 23 107 I.g. landscape and 114 47 6 151 118 132 50 67 108 marinescape T. PAGE 76 137 P 138 Y 139 T 140 S 141 B 142 P 143 W 144 O 145 J 146 A 147 H 148 B 149 C 150 T 151 G 152 M 153 L 154 S 155 H 156 L 157 Y 158 E 159 G 160 H 161 T 162 O 163 L 164 R 165 F 166 M 167 K 168 T 169 R 170 H 171 C 172 K A. (Black squares separate words. Love theme of O. Overwhelm 61 167 56 123 172 8 97 86 X. Trickster of Native American lore 96 120 54 104 154 140 G. Sierra Nevada established in 129 158 121 92 33 164 24 169 39 126 resort lake 1865 F. 159 35 41 150 139 37 85 74 42 168 10 161 H. 90 166 49 152 28 157 93 april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 49 . Sign of something to come 112 30 124 65 143 25 K. Set of related N. Eminent U. Human evolution scientist based in 113 145 136 89 79 91 21 72 60 Olduvai Gorge: 2 wds. Song featured in musical pieces 31 40 146 80 48 Animal House 1 46 29 109 75 B. painter: 2 wds. Stick fast Shoeless Joe 34 36 102 83 122 135 149 84 171 58 26 127 14 137 142 Jackson: 2 wds. Harmony of Q. 81 147 15 155 170 117 64 69 160 U.

Next. Compared to Paint by Numbers. They can be filled in immediately. you must first determine which pairs of numbers go together and then connect them in such a way that the number of squares in the connecting path is equal to the value of each of the connected numbers. but simply represent “paths” that are one square long. To solve a puzzle. Also. since numbers only relate to their local areas. Knowing this fact allows you to make certain useful deductions. you can be sure that other paths will eventually block all but one of those routes. but may not cross other paths. for example. a picture has been hidden in each grid by scattering pairs of matching numbers throughout. since the lowest numbers can be filled in without much thought. Paint by Pairs puzzles that contain clusters of identical higher numbers can be extremely challenging. Paint by Pairs puzzles are easier to begin. However. if a pair of numbers seems to be able to be connected by more than one route. Paint by Pairs puzzles can be worked on one area at a time.) Paths may be made in any combination of horizontal and vertical directions. all of its squares may be filled in. Get the picture? ANSWERS. Each puzzle has a unique solution. PAGE 76 7 7 2 2 7 7 2 2 7 7 2 2 6 1 6 1 6 1 6 5 6 5 6 5 3 1 3 2 2 3 2 2 3 1 3 2 2 3 2 2 3 1 3 2 2 3 2 2 1 3 1 1 3 1 1 3 1 5 3 1 3 2 2 5 3 1 3 2 2 5 3 1 3 2 2 4 2 2 4 2 2 4 2 2 4 4 4 6 1 3 3 1 6 1 3 3 1 6 1 3 3 1 6 2 2 6 2 2 6 2 2 Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 ❶ 2 4 4 8 4 4 13 2 2 13 2 2 8 8 8 2 2 2 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 8 2 2 12 13 4 4 1 2 2 3 1 4 13 5 2 2 2 2 8 4 4 5 2 3 6 12 12 4 4 3 5 2 2 5 3 4 4 4 3 12 5 2 3 4 1 13 12 4 4 5 3 2 2 2 4 4 5 5 13 1 2 2 12 2 1 5 ❷ 5 2 4 1 3 3 2 3 2 2 10 3 3 3 4 4 1 5 3 3 11 8 3 4 4 1 3 4 4 4 4 1 12 11 2 8 7 2 7 12 3 2 7 3 1 1 2 12 8 3 3 2 7 5 5 2 3 3 3 5 4 11 8 4 3 3 2 2 8 11 7 4 4 1 3 3 11 7 1 1 5 5 4 12 13 1 2 2 5 5 1 11 10 8 11 1 1 5 4 3 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 8 3 2 2 13 5 1 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 1 8 1 3 2 2 7 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 11 2 2 1 1 13 3 2 2 1 3 3 2 2 1 3 3 2 2 7 3 3 3 12 1 11 2 3 10 4 4 2 1 2 2 2 12 3 2 8 11 5 5 3 3 13 9 9 7 7 2 1 8 1 2 10 10 5 10 2 2 5 10 3 3 2 4 10 1 11 2 4 2 6 4 2 1 2 4 2 4 10 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 4 10 2 11 2 1 10 1 2 1 10 50 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . they are not part of a pair. Once a path’s location is known. it’s advisable to pair up the 2’s and 3’s before tackling the higher numbers (Figure 3). Squares containing a 1 are special. PAINT BY PAIRS In this Paint by Numbers variant. (Include the numbered end-squares when counting the number of squares in a path. as shown in Figure 2 in the example.

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and two groups counterclockwise from the hazelnut. and maple). The peanut is one group clockwise from the mocha cream. From the clues below. 4. group by group. The almond’s group comes directly between that of the orange jelly and that of the hazelnut. walnut. The lemon jelly is two groups clockwise from the maple cream. Oregon. The marshmallow cream is two groups clockwise from the mint jelly and opposite the pecan. and raspberry). The two strawberry can- dies are in different groups. PAGE 77 CLUES 1. and two groups counterclockwise from the strawberry cream. 7. NELSON A company located in Sweet Home. mocha. has begun making candies. known as Huey’s Gooey Chewies. makes six types of chocolate-covered nuts (peanut. apple. strawberry. one cream. lemon. and one jelly. and almond). marshmallow. The apple jelly is two groups clockwise from the cashew. orange. six types of chocolate-covered creams (vanilla. 54 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . 2. The vanilla cream is oppo- site the strawberry jelly. 6. mint. chocolate. The outfit. 3. hazelnut. pecan. 5. showing one of each type of Huey’s Gooey Chewies in a circular arrangement of six sections. cashew. and six types of chocolate-covered jellies (strawberry. and two groups counterclockwise from the raspberry jelly. Within each section is a group comprising one nut. going around the circle? ANSWER. An advertising poster has been made. SWEET EIGHTEEN BY ROBERT E. can you locate all 18 candies.

Sets and sequences. like ♠ A 2 3 or ♣ 9 I M P L A N T 10 J Q). queens. like 7 7 7 or K K K K) and one sequence (three or four cards of the same suit in numerical order. the letters of a sequence must be used in the left-to-right order given in the grid. The ♣A ♥A ♠A ♦A are a set with the letters I-M-P-L. The cards used have values of 1 1 1 1 2 3 4. The same card cannot be used twice in the same hand. for a total of 13 points. Either the set or the sequence may A A A A 2 3 4 13 come first. and the two parts must not be mixed together. may be repeated in other words. the ♠2 3 4 are a sequence with the letters A-N-T. The letters of a set may be used in any order. Aces are low and count 1 point each. and kings count 10 points each. for example. Proper names and foreign words are not allowed. ♥Scoring Each card in a Word Rummy hand scores its face value. ♦Example In the puzzle at right the word IMPLANT forms a Word Rummy hand. Jacks. but one of each must be used in each hand. A 6 scores 6 points. but plurals are fine. however. COLUMN 2 TOTAL ♣ Ratings Knock: 500 points (good game) COLUMN 1 TOTAL Gin: 750 points (winning game) Gin-off: 930 points (our best score) COLUMN 1 TOTAL TOTAL SCORE ANSWERS. A Word Rummy hand is a seven- A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K letter word whose letters appear on cards that make up one set (three or four cards of CARDS & WORDS POINTS CARDS & WORDS POINTS a kind. PAGE 77 april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 55 . 500 RUMMY BY PAM WYLDER Can you score 500 or more points in Word Rummy hands from the card layout at right? A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K ♠ P A N T E F F I E T Y N D ♠ ♥ M U T E R O T B E D S A I ♥ ♠ How to Play Find as many common seven-letter words as ♦ L L E P H A L T I S I X N ♦ you can whose cards form Word Rummy ♣ I V E R I L U R B U F R E ♣ hands.

in the sample below (Figure 1).) The trick is to figure out how many empty squares come between the black ones. The fact that the numbers are separated tells you that there is at least one empty square between them. the sixth and seventh rows each have the number 8. Similar logic can be used to start a line that has more than one number in it. and 2 consecutive black squares. No matter how you place eight consecutive black squares in a row. 5. 9. in order. in order. No matter how they get placed. which is 10 squares wide. the middle six squares will be filled in (Figure 2). (There may also be empty squares at the ends of lines. the third column contains the numbers 1 6. Here’s how it’s done: The numbers outside each row and column tell you how many groups of black squares there are in that line and. PAGE 78 1 1 1 1 1 2 6 9 6 5 5 4 3 4 1 2 6 9 6 5 5 4 3 4 1 2 6 9 6 5 5 4 3 4 1 2 6 9 6 5 5 4 3 4 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 4 4 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 1 1 1 ❶ 3 1 2 3 3 1 1 2 4 1 1 2 2 3 1 ❷ 4 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 4 1 1 6 3 2 2 2 1 1 4 5 1 2 1 1 2 4 2 3 1 1 1 2 1 2 8 2 1 5 7 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 4 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 8 3 1 1 2 8 1 1 5 4 1 1 4 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 3 2 1 1 1 2 1 5 1 2 2 2 3 3 2 1 2 2 1 4 1 2 4 1 2 6 1 1 4 3 2 4 1 3 2 5 1 1 4 2 2 3 2 1 1 2 8 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 5 8 10 2 2 1 1 2 4 5 2 1 4 1 2 2 2 2 1 8 3 3 1 2 2 1 4 3 2 4 2 1 4 12 5 4 2 2 4 1 2 1 2 1 3 2 10 1 3 1 1 3 3 4 3 1 1 2 2 4 6 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 3 2 8 16 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 1 5 4 1 1 8 3 1 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 3 4 2 1 1 2 3 2 5 2 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 10 1 1 1 3 1 2 7 2 2 4 2 1 2 3 3 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 3 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 6 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 6 1 2 1 3 1 5 2 2 2 2 1 4 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 4 1 2 5 1 2 4 2 2 6 2 2 4 5 4 2 6 4 1 3 3 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 4 2 3 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 2 3 2 4 2 3 1 2 2 3 1 4 1 5 2 5 1 6 1 2 1 2 3 2 3 3 1 9 1 2 2 3 1 1 1 2 1 5 2 3 3 2 2 3 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 4 3 3 1 1 2 3 4 2 1 2 3 2 5 2 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 5 1 3 2 2 2 3 2 1 2 2 2 3 4 2 2 2 2 6 1 1 3 1 3 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 3 2 2 1 2 3 2 1 2 2 2 4 3 4 3 5 11 2 3 2 2 3 1 3 3 1 2 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 3 1 5 1 1 3 2 2 2 1 1 3 4 6 1 1 1 1 5 2 14 56 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . For example. how many consecutive black squares there are in each group. For example. the fifth through eighth squares of the column will be black (Figure 3). 4 5 9 2 tells you that there will be four groups that will contain. Figure 4 shows the completed picture. The single black square and the following empty square must take up at least two squares above the 6. In the sample. you can fill in one or more center squares. PAINT BY NUMBERS These eight puzzles feature a unique blend of logic and art. 4. Here’s a starting hint: When there’s a single number in a row and that number is greater than half the number of squares in the row. ANSWERS. The numbers are all you need to determine which squares should be filled in to form a picture.

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Box 184.4) jobs waiting on tables (9) open strange item found essentially (4. Fort Washington. village in Holland (5. A clue with an exclamation point may be what’s called an & lit. dropped aid to students (11) 28 Suspect slimy liar 9 10 likewise (9) 29 Original poem written in manual margins (5) DOWN 11 12 1 Workers in disbelief—fat salaries taken back (5) 2 Meddling in false virtues (9) 3 Uneven car tire 13 14 15 16 wobbles (7) 4 Stylish street cars coming back (5) 5 Certainly pursuing Hawaiian souvenir in 17 18 19 20 no hurry (9) 6 If atmospheric conditions are discussed (7) 7 Part of body stashed in 21 22 23 24 25 doctor’s office (5) 8 Considered exercise mat ruined (9) 13 Sissies. Spooner’s 21 Taking notice of unlimited 20 Interviewer David doesn’t regulate the sea.” GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES.5) 13 One of the royals keeping 24 Ability to move in the snow in a lecture hall (7) 9 Another option later “loose lip” law (9) with a couple of llamas (5) 22 Get out small stuff (5) confused local resident (11) 15 Again. curiously pale going over edge (3) 17 Make tea expensive (5) 27 Parish school. finding the dividing point between the two parts is the key to solving. PA 19034. 60 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . 18 Examining definite 1 Swell-sounding man who sold his soul to unpredictable guy you’re withdrawal in good hotel rooms (5) the devil (5) dating. as in Terribly angered! for ENRAGED (see “anagrams” on page 61). Roman numerals (five for V). maybe. Expect to see references to abbreviations (doctor for DR. perhaps (9) friend (7) 4 New state law—first to 12 Land in Rev. and parts of words (end of year for R. send a stamped return envelope to “Cryptic Solving Guide. quietly hang around. eight common methods by which hints are given via wordplay are described. Hawaii for HI. Either half may come first. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 1 BY MARIE BARRETT Each clue in a cryptic crossword has two parts: a definition of the answer and an indication of the answer’s literal makeup via wordplay. reorganized jacket feature (5) For tips on solving cryptic crosswords. so the whole clue is both a definition and a cryptic indication of the answer. P. chemical symbols (iron for Fe). following 26 27 us to school (9) 14 Drug dealer holding back one pound for book maker (9) 28 29 16 Contracting chief hires stranger he had greatly appreciated (9) ACROSS 11 Broad takes us to get 19 Tie worn by fiery. clue. any combination of these gimmicks may be used. PAGE 78 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 after first of October. or heart of stone for O). or university for U). trim some of 26 Leaders of expedition 23 Ditch sea bird at club (5) 10 Russian space station lettuce rows back (5) rather rudely go astray (3) 25 Large. in which the two halves overlap. Give these puzzles a try! ANSWERS. On page 61. head of cabbage for C.O.

an internal Reversals: A synonym for “backward” or “overturn” deletion of CHEAP. and internal deletions. where money is made on illegal business (9. a curtailment of FLAMINGO. a beheadment of PENCHANT. The clue always contains a word or phrase indicating Homophones: A word that sounds like the answer the deletion. PAGE 78 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 22 Foolishly beam. Examples: Uncovered bent charm for indicated by use of a giveaway phrase such as “We ENCHANT. in the clue.” Example: Counted frozen without a tail for FLAMING. in a clue may indicate a reversal. suggests the mixing. as in Returned beer Charades: The answer is broken into smaller words fit for a king (LAGER reversed) for REGAL. (3. Fiery bird hear” or “as they say. instead. preceded or followed by a word or phrase that make knots in trousers. for example (9) withdrawn (5) noted playwright (5) april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 61 .3) 6 Tack on holding clamp is recommended (7) 7 Piece of sports equipment 19 20 from corrupt place. chicken out loud for NUMBERED (“numb bird”).10) deemed inedible (5) Republican and gigolo (7) 13 Desperate interns’ 19 A dime store folks radical (7) 10 Tennis player’s general lament (5) rebuilt as a way of 17 Ed’s boy runs around. and Heartless miserly bloke for CHAP. he’d like some cookies” (4-5) 9 23 Suds are thrown in the bag (7) 10 11 24 Car with tiny wheel starts to turn around (6) DOWN 2 What most teens can’t 12 wait to get shocked me: laser printers (8. caught in a spell (9) ACROSS 12 Large. Ace. Example: Myopic beheadments. as in Auto animal for Double definitions: This type of clue has no CARPET. heavy 1 Following the leader. ANSWERS.5) with singers lang. Hidden answers: The answer may appear intact. it has two definition halves. Containers: A word such as PATIENTS “contains” TIE Example: Scooter was blue for MOPED. Deletions: Deletions come in three varieties: albeit camouflaged.6) 8 Greatly desired publicity 21 22 ultimately received for work (7) 9 Actor Johnny is upset and drank a little (6) 14 Get married. so it might be clued as Hospital residents form.3. vehicle left back 14 Calloway.4) 18 Freud finally interprets 11 Right away Dvorak and Nugent. recorded 21 Remove from fears (6) ordered something “July 4” in early court after I’ve 20 Cello player ran into from the bar (5) August.7) 3 Middle East sea where Manning capsized in 13 14 windstorm… (7) 4 …is in a turbulent area between Egypt and Saudi Arabia (5) 15 16 17 18 5 Ice seen by 100 in arctic patrol vehicle (6. curtailments.5. colonel clutches flute for PICCOLO (myopic colonel). CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 2 BY PAM WYLDER Anagrams: The answer appears in anagrammed inside PANTS. as in Changing times for ITEMS. filled with 23 24 desire. heavy object 15 Compensate Kitty West 15 Put away loud. “OK. that’s thrown through for As Good as It backing material (7) speaks ill of windows initially Gets (3-6) 16 Storyteller’s uplifting associates (6) interrupts planned 17 Enjoyed a meal some love story between 5 Ploy by a wayward group forum (5. returning remembering the past I don’t mind (7) in Illinois (4. that are clued individually. wordplay half.

spotted. alas. Marx caught by sharp object (5) 36 Desert hue (6) 26 Tree wore odd nuts (7) 27 Small hat of cork (7) 30 Dog sullied street (6) 62 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . Answers include nine proper nouns. “I’m a lousy cleaner” (7) 6 Shows A & P fruit (7) 15 Six-grain sandwiches: grand and noble (9) 7 Monster. PAGE 79 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 ACROSS DOWN 1 Accountant gives signal about crazy kook (10) 1 Come back to jeer at pie. DOUBLE-TAKE BY EMILY COX AND HENRY RATHVON In this variety cryptic. traveled in San Francisco (9) 16 On both sides of the sea.3) 5 Goes ahead scattering seed crop (8) 14 Moan. unite poorly (9) 18 Pay back note completely (7) 31 Broadcast commercial in Brazilian resort (5) 20 Dark-haired women sent brute flying (9) 32 Writer gets part of his pen serviced (7) 21 Put back in control booth (9) 33 Gatekeeper fencing with metal (6) 22 Part of day bad for one ant (9) 34 Each decade is worn away (5) 24 Cleaned copy covered with grassy dirt (6) 35 Gave commands and rode red horses around (7) 25 Mr. unfortunately (9) 2 Norm pens sick column (6) 11 River lass is to take drink with private investigator (11) 3 Napoleon’s vanquisher beheaded musician (9) 12 Trims back Eastern shawl (6) 4 Hurries. dirt shifts (7) 8 Buffs taking in premiere of gory vampire features (5) 19 Bear is roving around one frozen land (7) 9 Actress Zadora is carried by ram with hives (8) 23 Most of Gene Siskel’s book (7) 10 Make a home outside a Northwestern city (7) 28 Red is dancing—Mom cuts in (9) 17 Lousy rats peddle a way to get high? (10) 29 Islands. you say? (9) 5 Blunders causing failure in all parts. ANSWERS. many of the clue answers are too long to fit in the diagram and must be amended appropriately. pocketing bad check from bumpkins (11) 13 Messenger crashed rod nearby (6.

As an example.FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS BY MIKE SHENK The clues to this variety cryptic crossword are given in sets of four. W. In all cases. another leads to a word reading north (upward) starting in the square labeled 1N.) Behold the bee mad as a hornet In disbelief. I verify fine Flies circling tip of nose—parts of some snubs? Spain attacks general amid bad reviews 2 Stick with a pine tar finally. one of the clues in the first set leads to a word that runs east starting in the square labeled 1E. The clues in each set are given in random order. and south). there will be one superfluous letter in the definition half of the clue. coming back to scold mass Howard Cosell’s head pain 3 Speak about slumber 8 Regrets turning at heron in a Sondheim musical Heard stuff that’s true in the middle of supper Leech was swimming around beer Beef brewed in Tang usually Backing a strumpet’s lawyers Inverted ends of spines Play with us after cold dessert item 4 Shrewd place to cover hearing (2 wds. in part 7 Overturned unblended bit of tequila below one’s lid Health clubs hold sadomasochistic “thrones of pain” Scorer unsurprisingly catches punt on TV again Won the other side’s Oscars in a remake Again shed light on retreats from rooftop slayer Walk with 101.) 9 At first. west. sister sold movies Prisoner and guard in view Wailing Wall’s back half is breaking in serpentine shape Wild toga use results from linens coming down? Doctor braces to catch one giving reefer to a source april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 63 . PAGE 79 1E 2E 9S 5S 3S 1S 3E 4E 7S 5E 6E 7E 8E 9E 6N 2N 8N 10E 10S 4S 4N 10N 10W 8S 2S 6S 9W 8W 7W 6W 5W 7N 4W 3W 1N 3N 5N 9N 2W 1W CLUES 1 Sire a green alien 6 I set the price in a range Models holding top of slightly warmed bands Returned music for wassail (2 wds. N. pluckers resist cuckoo feathers Slight bit of eggs amid breakfast meat Early sage in daydream Twisted trees around college lawn in France Like a prow rope wrapping Dad Prayer leader called for peace Fortress built around one Spanish arena 5 Mussing one in worship 10 Granting top story around the French Every dim sailor is included in cut Around spring period. or S) will indicate the direction in which that answer should be entered. north. one of which reads in each of the four main compass directions (east. These clues in turn lead to four answers. For example. This letter (E. ANSWERS. the clue “Prince breaking cots” would lead to the answer COST. and so on. entered north (indicated by the extra “n” in the definition “price”).

keep it. keeping IOU. ask yourself. does AUDIO fit the board anywhere? Are there Similarly. and you may trap him tiles. 13 points. W. As a result. Q. has much more lamenting your bad luck in drawing terrible tiles. for example. PUZZLES. scoring.” it’s likely better to exchange tiles. the top-scoring play is a common word. I can play that has a spot to be played for difference-making points. yet to be played is a bad idea—there’s too high a chance of As an example. or L instead. sometimes late in the game you want to exchange consonants on the board already that you can use.) points across the four boards. AND OTHER SCRABBLE MALADIES O ne of the common mistakes I see newer players make Some examples include ERS. E. Tiles like O. AND TIPS• VOWELITIS. many times I’ve seen As a solving hint. In the above example. See www. if there is a 50-point on this turn. • YOUR WORD AGAINST MINE: SCRABBLE HAPPENINGS. “Well.” Consider the points and what you’re keeping. which were all taken from completely empty. including all upcoming tournaments. like a T lots of tiles in order to draw a key tile. and those additional These puzzles are on the easier side—please give them a try! points are often difference-making. it’s often a very good strategy to use up actual expert tournament games. You always want to keep blanks. T. try to keep a core of letters that will help you do that. The last E. And that would also mean I keep IOU for my next turn. say. In a situation like this. better to just throw in the towel on the first awful rack using If one of your tiles can be played somewhere on the board the following thought process: “I guess I should exchange for big points if it has a “supporting cast” that you have a good some/all of these horrid tiles. But I certainly would not play DO for 9 points. Better to spend your mental keeping an N late in the game when all of the other N’s have energy figuring out the best path forward. I should be able to start scoring well again on spot for an X if you draw an A.” But how awful is “time to trade” awful? to keep the X and hope to draw the vowel you need. your goal is simple: You all of your remaining tiles quickly—doing so leaves your have one play in which you must use all of your remaining opponent fewer turns to score. but other tournament play. how do you know which tiles to trade and which ones to keep? Most of the time. it’s should usually be traded away. AVOID through that V. or a high-point tile like Z or X relatively good candidate play. Once you’ve made the decision to trade tiles. we all get value than an E in the early part of the game. let’s take the rack ADIIOOU. because keeping five vowels almost certainly means my next turn would be hampered too. U. I would probably play AVOID for 13. stay poised and don’t waste too much time when they are scarce. the player who lesser-scoring. July 22–26 2017). However. Score as many points as you can while doing so. Note that it’s usually is not correctly assessing the awfulness of a bad rack better to keep more consonants than vowels (or an even of tiles. then you likely want my next turn.cross-tables. This is most often the for AUDIT or a V for AVOID? And then once you find a blank(s). Q Scott Appel has been playing tournament Scrabble for nearly 20 years and is already excited for next year’s North American Championship (in New Orleans. case. less-common soutions may be possible. keeping AIIOU. and I’ve only banked 9 points playing DO. you are better that score something and dig you out of your hole. V. In this off trading the N and keeping an R. First. So in that case. or O. Meanwhile their opponent is scoring normally or triplicate). you will be looking to bingo (play a word using all 7 of your tiles) as soon as possible. and G are quite bad and and running away with the game. If your play doesn’t score well and it also can’t undo at least a decent- sized piece of the ugly-rack “damage. they might play several turns number of both). PLAYING OUT As a Scrabble game nears its end and the tile bag is In the puzzles on the next page. In each having used fewer of his tiles. Here are some helpful tips for gauging that. when the game ends. but can also be an S. Also played off her tiles first gets to add twice the value of her note that the top play may involve forming multiple words. bad racks like this sometimes. Look for plays doubling or tripling your N. and decide whether you’re scoring enough to go forward with your remaining bad tiles. scoring very few points always want to keep S’s (unless you have them in duplicate each time. For example.com for more info. To that end. Good tiles become even more valuable late in the game. and almost from a rack like GLLNNRT or AEIIIUV. opponent’s unused tiles to her score. or ADR. While this scores zero points chance of obtaining. our highest scoring plays totaled 58 those points turn a loss into a win. LA. IN. (In Scrabble club and case. 64 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 .

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HYENA _______________________ 4. PERCH _______________________ 5. CEREBRAL _______________________ 7. REEMBARK _______________________ 10. KITHARAS _______________________ FAMILY THREE FAMILY FOUR Category: _______________________ Category: _______________________ 1. BLEAK _______________________ 2.” Can you reunite each family by determining the category for each and unscrambling the 10 entries? Answers include one two-word phrase. and drop the C from ADVANCE to get NEVADA. IMMENSE _______________________ 10. FRONTAGE _______________________ 9. SHAKEN _______________________ 8. SKETCH _______________________ 8. ANSWERS. you could drop the N from HAUNT to get UTAH. CANDYING _______________________ 9. YOWLED _______________________ 5. PAGE 80 FAMILY ONE FAMILY TWO Category: _______________________ Category: _______________________ 1. PORCINE _______________________ 9. BEACON _______________________ 5. states. PACE _______________________ 2. MOTORS _______________________ 7. RAYLESS _______________________ 6. ABLY _______________________ 1. DOLCE _______________________ 3. BASKET _______________________ 4. all in the category “U. UTMOST _______________________ 4. JETSAM _______________________ 3. drop the R from HAIRDO for IDAHO. CHLORDANE _______________________ 66 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . a list of the four categories appears on page 75. DONUTS _______________________ 7. ELFISH _______________________ 5. DEALER _______________________ 6. BORON _______________________ 3. TREASURY _______________________ 10. VISA _______________________ 2. FAMILY REUNIONS BY REGIS MODESTA Change each group of 10 words below into a “family” of different words (words or proper names that have something in common) by dropping one letter from each word and then rearranging the remaining letters. CHARITIES _______________________ 10. HAIRDO. CANOLA _______________________ 6. ARRIVE _______________________ 4. given the entries HAUNT.S. STARLIT _______________________ 9. and ADVANCE. FLUNG _______________________ 3. If you need help getting started. MOPE _______________________ 2. HAMSTER _______________________ 8. ENROLLED _______________________ 8. INGEST _______________________ 7. MARCEL _______________________ 6. For example. GEAR _______________________ 1.

Incredible kick 28 Jazz ensemble demon 143 Comments at A M A __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ member 88 Cuts the great length 29 Puffs. can you guess the rest of these adjective-noun independent sets of clues: “Hard” and “Easy. PAGE 80 in beneath your fold on page 68). open to the Easy Clues (tucked the missing letters in each word. in 40 Jazzman Hines. Dull total Hard Clues  T I R E __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ACROSS 81 Oz city shade 131 Expression of 1 Improvised 82 Gangs of New endearment 2. If you use only the Hard Clues two of our examples. If you want help. Youthful ire 44 Industry 99 Clip 10 Biblical plot 45 Cubano.g. 127 Cop her Stivic duties 15. e. P E __ __ __ __ __ __ 74 One of the a way to fans five W’s 126 Swiss canton 41 She performed 75 Leg and thigh. 128 Euripides play 43 Affected ways A B S O __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 78 Tone 130 Author 44 Ich und Du 79 Punic Wars side LeShan author Martin . Vintage wood guard or room 102 Suffuse 14 Unyielding A N __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 49 Busts and such 103 Monkey type 15 Spreads 50 Lions’ home 104 Cottonmouth 16 Hottest 51 Mr. As a (appearing below and continuing under the grid). Wobbly piece of furniture for one brand 7 More 40 Shooter’s concern 94 Offs. although. 13.g. Pure booty e. and an outlandish ruse is an eccentric The crossword on this and the next two pages has two trick. 20 Article in 11. More inflexible coat afterthought title role 4 Psyche parts 36 End of ___ 92 Quaker’s 5 How some goods S T I __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 38 Sci-fi award pronoun are shipped 39 Captain Ahab. Murderous hero 9 Blood drive York director 134 “Hey!” H O M I C __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ holder 84 The Blind 136 Epitome 17 Descriptor Assassin author of slowness for Brutus 85 After-dinner 138 Menu phrase 3. Lacy avarice 59 Get real? 111 Some AMA Le Monde F I L I __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 60 Intimate members 21 Outburst 61 Endora’s 112 Name on the 22 “Get going!” portrayer cutting edge? 23 They’re usually 12. ANSWERS. a disagreeable milieu is an WIDE WORLD OF WORDS upsetting setting. 1. bridge 124 Finishes an “i” as books 14. with “off” unrefined U N S __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 42 Gruesome stuff 95 Chills in 8 Tests 43 Isn’t wrong? the cooler 9 Sine. as in solving grid on page 69. we’ve provided the letters of the adjective that the puzzle uncommonly challenging. Trite requirement 30 Hold a session 89 Relating to DOWN 31 Get on the el a mystic 1 Way back H A C K __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 33 Quickest movement 2 Fast food chain 35 Second epistolic 91 2008 Sean Penn 3 Hangs out 6. you’ll find solving aid. e. the noun is a perfect echo of the page back on the dashed line so the clues below face the final syllable or syllables of the adjective. 8. 9. Unpredictable garret 52 Environmental 108 Many bucks off-the-wall E R R __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ niches 109 Weaponless 18 Miss 55 Dragnets 110 Part of SPCA: 19 Shooter ammo 56 Rides Abbr. so they say 123 Banned 37 Ran the show 72 Death–Proud ballplayer 39 Reviews. or do not get pronounced in the noun. 100 “My Cup 11 Slip into U N D E __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 46 Hardens Runneth Over” 12 Tops 48 Lead-in for singer 13 Triple play. taker 64 Mug word 120 Shooter ammo 34 Some medical 68 Captain William 121 Go bad drama sets. Standard Clapton 62 Derides 116 Tears wasted G E N __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 63 “___ evil…” 117 Polemicists 32 Ten pct. Clumsy utterance 24 Rubber man liqueur 139 “The Big Easy” A W K __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 25 Darling 86 Bird 140 High-pH 26 Author Eco feeder treat 141 Softens 27 Spy 87 Retired speed 142 Totals 4. as well as blanks for prefer a less severe challenge. e. Annoying glider 73 Soissons saison 125 Charged.g. 93 Freezer section 6 Vanilla ___ 7. mustard? 5.g. FOLD THIS PAGE ECHO SYSTEM THE WORLD’S MOST ORNERY CROSSWORD BY STEPHEN SNIDERMAN BY HARVEY ESTES If a beige gang is an ecru crew. the spelling might be different.” First. Mom costar 107 Most euphoric 17 Really 10. fold this combos? In each case. e. Imagined germ 69 Dense one 122 Beveled edges briefly F A N __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 70 Two.g.

50 The Motor City in 2016 for short 104 Like a bodybuilder 51 Tootsie actress Teri 120 Like two ___ in a pod 34 Sounds of hesitation 105 Conditionally released: 52 Natural environments 121 Make a right. Earl Hines 108 Heart dilation 2 wds. for short 68 Notorious pirate captain 131 Part of a Valentine’s Day 50 Actor DeVito 118 Bit the bullet: 2 wds. 11 Mafia chief 83 NASCAR star Yarborough 33 Quickest with quips 102 Soak through 12 Queen toppers 85 Nile vipers 35 End-of-letter letters 103 Monkey used in 13 Unusual occurrence 89 Hot. 62 Shows contempt for: 2 wds. 78 Road split 29 Kleenex products 99 Gather wool. 55 Posses’ missions 122 Tilts 39 IRS investigations 106 Church fair 56 Teases 123 Ballplayer nicknamed 40 Nickname of jazzman 107 Precede: 2 wds. 128 Electra’s brother 47 Jazz great Waller 115 Covers completely 64 Towel word 130 Childcare writer LeShan 48 Auntie of Broadway 117 Narc’s employer. 52 Made a row in the garden 119 Biblical Queen of Persia 70 Guests 134 Start of a reprimand. slangily 45 Slowly. slangily: Hyph. 32 Insurance co. e. 108 Bambi. 58 In progress: 2 wds. 19 Air rifle ammo 97 Oozes slowly 44 State of being occupied 111 Family docs. as plans: 2 wds. to Solti 114 Neptune’s fork 63 “___ evil…”: 2 wds. 30 Warm the bench 100 He played Mingo on 10 Genesis garden 82 Ghostbusters goo 31 Hop aboard Daniel Boone: 2 wds. for one 17 Loony 94 Infield bags 42 Al or Tipper 109 Without weapons 18 Leave out 96 Settler in a foreign land 43 “___ it the truth!” 110 Part of SSN: Abbr. 127 Type choice 75 Drumstick.g. 2 wds. 139 Golf pro from South 57 Worked up 128 Airport outside Paris 78 Solidify. as a bill 60 Give a clue regarding: 2 wds. 69 Lump of dirt phrase: 2 wds. sweet syrup 54 Coin-operated eatery 124 Put some clothes on 73 Summer at the Sorbonne 138 How chicken may be 55 Attitude 125 Author Asimov 74 “Huh?” served: 3 wds. 8 Practice exercises: 2 wds. employee. 129 Lodge members 79 Hannibal’s home 140 Battery type 59 $100 bill. THE WORLD’S MOST ORNERY CROSSWORD (CONTINUED) ACROSS 85 Licorice-flavored cordial DOWN 66 Painter Henri 1 Spoke off the cuff: Hyph. briefly 20 French article 98 USSR news agency 45 Puerto Rican. 2 wds. medical research 14 Stubborn 90 Prayer finale 38 Les Misérables author Victor 104 Soft leather shoe 15 Spreads thickly 91 Catcher’s glove 39 Unlikely protagonist 107 Most flighty 16 Most alluring 92 Legalese adverb 40 Camera setting: Hyph. 61 Moorehead of Bewitched 126 Mentalist Geller 44 Jewish theologian Martin 113 Turns on the radio: 2 wds. 2 wds. Africa: 2 wds. 103 Family members: Abbr. 75 Rescue Me star Leary 27 Diplomat 94 Jostles 6 Head. 124 Ellipsis parts 41 Sally of All in the Family 110 Paid. 2 wds. 88 Brings in at harvest time 2 Pizza Hut competitor 69 Libya’s neighbor 17 Most lofty 89 Like some Jews 3 Lollygags 71 Turn into a puddle 24 Name on a famous blimp 91 Dairy aisle staple 4 Proofs of age. and ___ 36 End of ___ : 2 wds. briefly 72 Wren or hen 25 Cuter than cute 92 “Of ___ I Sing” 5 “…two if ___…”: 74 “___ on first?” 26 Novelist Eco 93 Ice cream brand 2 wds. 86 Piecrust ingredient 1 A long while back: 67 Vatican City basilica: 9 Humanitarian organization: 87 Grounded jet. e. 53 History of achievements: 120 The Raven writer 72 Donne’s “Death ___ maybe: 2 wds. slangily 76 In the thick of 28 John Coltrane’s 95 Serves a prison sentence: 7 More coarse 77 Lived instrument: 2 wds. 136 Dark. briefly 2 wds. say 37 Ruled 2 wds. as a dream: “Charlie Hustle”: 2 wds. 125 Greek column type 43 Shows on TV 112 Loses one’s temper: 2 wds.g. 59 Be realized. for one 80 Very hush-hush: Hyph. 123 Outlet inserts Proud”: 2 wds. 68 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . as bones 116 No-holds-barred 22 “Hurry up!”: 3 wds.: 2 wds. 127 Policeman. in a way 9 2 to 1. 112 Big name in razors 21 Volcanic blowup 99 Poet Silverstein 46 Hardens. maybe 133 Yang’s counterpart 82 The Departed director Martin 142 Annihilates 62 Foundry waste 135 Fair-hiring letters 84 The Handmaid’s Tale 143 Accompanying 63 Gardening tool 137 Patty Hearst’s author Margaret melodies 65 Catches in a net kidnappers: Abbr. hazy. 56 Exercise caution: 2 wds. 132 Scrape (out) 81 Green gemstone 141 Eases up 60 Put in the microwave. 101 Knights’ ladies 48 Wet dirt shopping trips 23 Drunkards 102 Vagabonds 49 Gallery display 117 Clinton and Trump.

57 Upset 90 Sermon ender 118 Put up with much flak 58 No longer in the planning stages 91 Hand protector 119 Sanford and Son aunt 59 Big bill 92 Bit of legalese 120 Usher’s creator 60 It may be packed 94 They might be loaded 123 Hypes on TV 62 Foundry refuse 96 Mayflower passenger. april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 69 . for one 66 The Social Contract philosopher 99 “A Boy Named Sue” songwriter Silverstein 128 European air hub 67 Cardinals may flock here 101 Judi Dench et al. 74 Dr. Seuss characters 105 Out of the can 137 Radical ‘70s gp. and mo’? 133 Feminine force 72 Audubon subject 104 Buff 135 Classified abbr.J. PAGE 80 Hard Clues (continued) 45 Presto’s opposite 75 Leary of comedy 106 Rio celebration 47 Dietary necessities 76 In with 107 Precede 48 Angela Lansbury role 77 Dwelt 108 Systole’s counterpart 50 Boy in an old song 78 Branch off 110 Sank 52 Worked on a bed 80 Clandestine 112 Blows up 53 History of accomplishments 82 Lowlife 113 Pays attention 54 Horn & Hardart establishment 83 Laid-back rock musician J.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 ANSWER. for one 124 Say no to nudity 63 Member of a dark suit 97 Soaks through 125 Hayes of South Park 65 Tangles 98 Cold War news agency 127 Arial. 129 Lodge group 69 Ballot bit 102 Brigands 132 Scratch (out) 71 Get all mushy 103 Bro. 114 Gladiator’s weapon 55 Bearing 85 Cold-blooded killers 115 Puts in a box 56 Parting phrase 89 Like a rainforest 117 Crack team?: Abbr.

40 = T.) ______________________________________________________ 12.S. ______________________________________________________ 7. ______________________________________________________ 17. 10 = A. of the H. 7 = H. at a T. 16 = O. 50 = C. of R. of S. in a P. in a H. ______________________________________________________ 13. creativity.A. ______________________________________________________ 23. ______________________________________________________ 5. 101 = D. ______________________________________________________ 24.W. 6 = W.B. ______________________________________________________ 21. (and a P. 3 = P. ______________________________________________________ 10. ______________________________________________________ 14. PAGE 80 FROM THE MAY/JUNE 1982 ISSUE OF GAMES 1.000 = L. on the H. 56 = S. ______________________________________________________ 2.J. and awareness of the world around you. at B. 4 = H.D. ______________________________________________________ 6.B. of R. ______________________________________________________ 9. in F.L.H. 20 = Y. as the first “Equation Analysis Test” in the May/June 1981 issue of GAMES apparently did to much of the country. How to solve: Each equation contains the initials of words that are needed to complete it. 36 = I. ______________________________________________________ 4. It will.C. or talent for math.G. of H.G. ______________________________________________________ 15. ______________________________________________________ 22. 212 = D. in a B. that R. ______________________________________________________ 18. of R. ______________________________________________________ 19. Find the missing words.R.D. ______________________________________________________ 70 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . the S. ANSWERS. ______________________________________________________ 16. NEW EQUATION ANALYSIS TEST BY WILL SHORTZ This test does not measure your intelligence. 20. verbal agility. ______________________________________________________ 3. at which W. in a S. of I. in the E. in a Y. in a M. 31 = I. 5 = F. ______________________________________________________ 8.) ______________________________________________________ 20. would be 36 = Inches in a Yard. ______________________________________________________ 11. of the A.V. It may also drive you to the brink of madness. however. 435 = M.S. 1 = D. 30 = D. for a F.U. in a Y. For example. 60 = S. and N. 9 = I. of the D. 8 = P. in the B. 13 = C.T. the E.F. 36 = I. give you some gauge of your alertness. in a P. (with A. 2 = T.

The Canterbury Tales 39. Placed money 2. Geometrical figure 28. Dinner 56. Person who 71. What’s inside 38. Line 55. #23 and #6 below combine to form the clue “Nut/Enjoyed by squirrels. Feeling of 61. Residents of 50. Word after 9. PAGE 80 FROM THE FEBRUARY 1986 ISSUE OF GAMES 73 132 35 106 58 75 102 A 59 29 9 C 42 2 O 103 81 R 110 10 38 84 N 63 88 92 21 7 116 76 62 13 65 85 118 45 80 121 99 89 61 94 113 50 143 98 1. ANSWERS. A cigarette 35. Air 51. Opposite of 11. Contaminated 49. Part of something 3. That has been mended 74. Checkers 22. The sun comes up 17. Photograph 19. The Earth’s 37. Kind of 58. Being closed in 5. Desert of 8. From the heart 44. Decoration 27. Country 24. collectively 16. Lends a hand 13. Source 18. Of the jungle 14. Kings and 57. Shake 43. Either part of the clue may appear first in the numbered list. is filled in at #29 (23 + 6). Voice heard 47. Pearl’s 30. Informal 60. Awake april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 71 . Christmas tree 32. To throw coins 33. Place 63. Mecca 64. as 52. An old photograph 54. On the second 40. Mongolia 20. On a weather map 10. ___ (consider) 65. Take into 36. Plant with leaves 70. In a canyon 72. That snap shut 41. To solve the puzzle. Every part will be used exactly once in the completed puzzle. It comes straight 69. Four-sided 23. For horses 76. Enjoyed by squirrels 25. Vessel 68.” The answer. A clock 48. Enter the answer to each clue at the grid space indicated by the sum of the numbers of the clue’s two parts. Direction in which 26. Author of 12. Exclusive 62. Reporter’s 75. find and rejoin each matching pair of clue parts to produce the original clue. In the pot 59. With fear 4. Essential 66. Adjust. Color of 73. Pony or cock 67. King 6. Nut 42. ACORN. SPLIT ENDS BY WILL SHORTZ Each clue in this crossword has been cut into two parts. and the parts have been given numbers from 1 to 76. Tire 7. Shaped like a boot 21. For example. Propelled by oars 29. Queens. Insurance man 53. Less 34. Chancellor 45. Floor of a house 15. Von Bismarck 31. Or spy 46.

(Gloria Steinem) 72 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . 23/4. 8/20. ANSWERS 3 MIXED DOUBLES 5 PENCIL POINTERS 1 6 TEN-PACK P C I U A C R E L A T I V E N E W S P A P E R C O L U M N S E L L S B O E U O I N A P I L E C A N A R I A N E C H A R M A U R O R A T Y R A N T S S L A M I N T O T C H A N N E L T O R P N N Y D E A D M E A T D E S O T O I A C I A R I G H T G U A R D D R O P E S I N L I Z C E N T H L A W N I A E B P E S C A R F S A S Y E T T E E C A U N W I N D S A D V A N C E T O T E D G U E S T S T A R S C H I N N I C E G N I S Z S A B H O R L O E I F A L L I N G O U T T A O S T A F F M E M B E R A W N C S M E U O A C H E E T A H E L M T R E E I R O N U N O S T R O K E M I K E S C H L H I C E S T E E C E N T E R R I G H T R N V B A Y A N T E C E L L O T A U T M E S A B A A B I R D S E Y E N I F A I R L I N E S E G M E N T C I V E T C L E A N P S R A B R A H A M N I L E A C E E E A C M A R R E S T A S S U R E D Clue pairs: L A N T E N N A H Across: 1/12. R E L I C S O S S 7/16. R O T O R R A C C O R D S 14/10. ponytail. trophy. honey. 10/21. but a slip of the tongue you may never get over. Housefly 3. rocket. toaster. crossword) 11. needle. TIRE + E (rabbit. DOOR + W (arrow. House arrest 9. 9/5. 12 QUOTE BOXES 1. BELT + H (stapler. catcher. 17/1. 9/24. giraffe. 16/13. snail. 3/13. 6/19. AXLE + H (Batman. A slip of the foot you may soon recover. canoe. 13/16. knight. doghouse. (Benjamin Franklin) 2. 11/4. (James Michener) 3. SEAT + L (butterfly. As wise women and men in every culture tell us: The art of life is not controlling what happens to us. Nevada) 3. Little House on the Prairie 13. ventriloquist. 2/18. 22/14. suspenders. referee. 15/2. camera. 20/6. 4/23. Housebroken 10. lobster. ostrich. 12/1. 17/15. 14/22. igloo. A Doll’s House 5. “Jailhouse Rock” 4. 10/14. 5/7. 20/8 I N A S E N S E S H A P I R O 8 KID STUFF: C E N T A U R S H A V E F U N BATTLESHIPS JUNIOR Down: 1/17. Housewarming 2. On the house 1. TANK + F (pizza. basket. blender. lemon) 14. Full house 7. Bring down the house The leftover letters spell FIFTH WHEEL. 9 KID STUFF: PICTURE CROSSWORD 21/10. Speaker of the House 9. 11/8. wreath) 6–ADMIRAL 10. 5/9. piano. balloon) 12. 24/9 P A R A C H U T E A N K L E 7 ANIMAL CALLS E E E H F O B E C K A T T I C E L B A A E A E A R R I N G S E T R E C O A C H L E E R C A L E N D A R I I W E A N R E N E E S T A G O L M A T C H B O X 3–ENSIGN 4–CAPTAIN A R C H I S S M A J E S T Y C S I O A A T I N K P A D A P O O I L K I T T E N M R Y L A P E L F A N K I N T E S L O E B I C M E N R E L E V A T O R T W E E T H E A R T S G H O S T T W E G G E N E O N E R A M A L L A N G E L E E L I R O D E O C O D C O L O R A L E G R A K E R O R E L E O A B S E N T 5–COMMODORE S E W D Z E B R A B A A B A A S H O P S S D I S U R F B O A R D E F U C L A S T A L E E T A S S L I T E A T E R G A L A E A R E R F T E N S D R E S S O X E N S W A N M I C R O S C O P E 7 HOUSE PARTY 10 TAKING THE FIFTH 1. but using what happens to us. feather) 6. 16/7. index) 8. 8/11. 4/11. bookend) 5. 18/2. L A S T S B I T T E R E N E M Y 1–SEAMAN 2–PETTY OFF. he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life. DASH + T (kangaroo. heart. Slaughterhouse Five 6. 7/5. football) 7. 3/19. scissors. glasses) 2. elevator. truck. umbrella. 6/20. 19/3. 13/3. 2/15. House call 4. HOOD + F (scarf. 18/12. Animal House 8. If a man happens to find himself. 12/18. sword. magnet. 15/17. 19/6. KEYS + I (pumpkin. volcano. GEAR + E (sponge.

At reception for retiring human cannonball. PLAIN SPEAKING. CROCODILE VI. 5. 14 TRIPLE THREAT 18 PENCIL POINTERS 2 A D E L A I D E S P A D E E I I N T W O M B I T A S O C A M W I S E M E N I S A B S O L U T E L Y N O T H I N G S I X T Y G O D O T O E P H D O E S O K R E T I E R O O K H A T E R E A T A N D R U N A W A R E Q L T D E L V E N N A O M I E Y A L O M A R I D O N T K N O W U Z A C E F R O N I C S T A W C M O N T A E E R O L I A A I T E E S H O T D A E A S H E B A N G R E S P I R E D R B D M O V I E I A N I M E F A N R E D I T O R S U K A S E M I D A I R E D R U M M E R O E D A U T O M A T I C R E N E W A L I EI W P Q C O V E R S U P S M A C R O L E N S N H O R A T I O B A G S F U L L I I U F I N R E E N A C T S T A R A N M S L O A I E L I X I R S G O T R A I N O R S H I N E J I B E A T E E A N T M A T I H I E S M A G N A C A R T A C O D D L E N O N P A R E I L A O H M Y G O D E B P L A Y O F F F E D O R A R E S T I B U G O F F E G D B V S A Y G R A Y W O L F C A B A T A S A S N O W L I L Y O L D P A L B F E S C U L P T S N A V Y D F T O H N E A R A M A J O R L E A O S H A W A K R I S G O U P H I L L I B A G S F U L L R I I M J U S T S A Y I N L E A H U L O I S I X T Y I C A C Q U I T E M A N A T E S T A K E S T O Y L A M E D U C K E T I C K E T S Z F A X E D S A S H A S T E W april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 73 . EXCUSE ME. Juries scare me. BANDWIDTH XII. considers her meager compensation hush money. Well-connected puppeteer has trouble getting marionette show into theater. PACIFY III. it is illegal for vehicles without drivers to exceed speeds of sixty miles per hour. “I’m not entirely convinced she’ll buy the cold feet story. UNILATERAL X. FOUL PLAY. ANSWERS 15 IT’S IN THE CAN 13 HASHI 4 CAMOUFLAGE 2 4 2 2 4 5 2 P E R F E C T D E 2 2 3 4 2 2 1 2 O F T E N O E V I 3 2 G A S O L I N E 2 1 4 6 8 2 P L A T F O R M G • C • O I N P P O C K E T 2 4 3 1 2 1 2 3 4 • G L N S S U G A R • E • 2 3 6 2 3 2 A C T I V E R U F F L E N N P O A • E R U S T S E 1 2 1 2 4 3 F O U R S O M E I I U L V F I S D D H E P 2 1 2 2 M E D I A N 2 4 5 3 4 3 3 J U I C Y E K E I • E S P • E E E I 2 1 2 M A R I T I M E • L R C A • V L I • L H R 2 2 5 2 1 2 2 S T E W A R D O A T R N Z N I S I P C T 3 3 2 4 5 4 3 D Y N A M I T E 4 2 4 3 3 2 3 R I D D L E L W O E O O T T T H I • S 4 3 3 2 3 E V E R Y B O D Y A B R A I N S • E C T I Y 3 2 2 3 2 5 4 F A S T E N C H A L K O P I M E I R E R O A R D 2 4 2 2 1 3 B R I T T L E 3 2 1 2 2 2 5 I P • I N E T O O T H E • C H E R U B 1 2 1 4 3 2 E X C A V A T E L A • A M A N A P L I M E 2 4 5 5 3 5 2 M O B I L I Z E C T H G I L E L D • A 2 1 4 3 C E R T A I N 3 4 4 1 2 3 E M P H A T I C A M E N D I • T N 2 2 3 3 2 5 2 S T O R A G E A D A • O 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 P L A Q U E 3 3 2 3 2 3 1 S U I T E 16 SOLITAIRE HANGMAN I. FLUMMOX 20 DSZQUPHSBNT! 1. STEER CLEAR. A REAL BIG SHOT.” —Monica Piper 3. Calling between buffalo hunters lessens because monthly account summary unveils massive roaming charges. CRYPTOON. MAGNOLIA VII. you do live on an ice floe…” 2. WATERMELON V. SILENT TREATMENT. QUANTIFY XI. According to California law. decides to pull strings elsewhere. TERIYAKI II. Babysitter frantically attempts to comfort houseful of crying children. CAROUSEL IV. After all. I don’t want to put my faith in people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty. 7. LYRICAL VIII. SOLILOQUY IX. 6. employer comments that it’ll be hard to find another guy of his caliber. 4.

ALMOST 27 UNNATURAL PAIRS 1. CHARACTERIZE 7. It Takes Two/To Sir With Love BUFFALO GNAT PARROT FISH  4.) 4. ILL (vacillate) 9. DODECAHEDRON 18. PERSEVERANCE 10. Cairo (Egypt) Even the score Sound the alarm 7. END (descendant) (BEIRT encrypts as PINTO. MATHEMATICAL 12. ABOLITIONIST 6. Darwin (Australia) Hit the deck Kick the habit 26 PNOOIT? Crash the party Steal the show ❻ ADMIRAL BIT T E R TR IBE 27 RIDDLE ME THIS RIT E 1. MULTILATERAL 21. INCOMPETENCE 3. LUMINESCENCE 13. HEAVYHEARTED 9. PARAMILITARY 14. OVA (renovating) ETA (poetaster) Vermont (Montpelier) 6. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) HORSEFLY WHALE SHARK  ❺ COMMODORE 2. PENETENTIARY 2. CONFECTIONER 20. CAN (hurricanes) 74 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . Beyond the Sea/See No Evil CATBIRD RACCOON DOG 5. ELECTABILITY 15. REGENERATIVE 5. NONCHALANTLY 17. MAN TI E IT 2. Los Angeles (California) The pairings are common expressions that 4. BREASTSTROKE 11. AGE (pageantry) (performance) I 3. Bangkok (Thailand) include the word “the” in the middle: 5. Manila (Philippines) Lower the boom Drop the ball 8. WELTERWEIGHT 25. ART (bartender) 7. Holiday Inn/In the Heat of the Night BARNACLE GOOSE KANGAROO RAT  3. RAY (portrayal) 8. AMALGAMATION 8. QUANTITATIVE 19. CLOTHESHORSE 23. PREREQUISITE 24. OVERACHIEVER 28. ANSWERS 21 THROUGH THE WEEK 19 MARCHING HEXAGONS 23 BATTLESHIPS M A R I N A S C O R E J I F F C O M B A T T A ❶ SEAMAN D R Y M O P T H R E E O D I E S N O B I D E A S S U N F L O W E R O I L J I N N T O T O G O C A R T E G E R S A R O N G N O T A E S T S M O N E Y B A G S E R I C A U S A B L E T U E E U L A L A D E A R L Y B U R O A K I M L O S T A N A R E T E E D I T O E D B E A T I T S U B V O C E I D T A G O R I O N O D D S A N S W E R T O N O I S E S W E D D I N G C A K E R E S O L E S N A S C E N T L O B E I R I S H N A B O B T E E H E E R E M I T T E D O U R A N T I T H E O F B I A D D S I N S I T U A T E A T O N C E T H U M B N A I L ❷ PETTY OFFICER R E I N K R O Y A L W E F R I E D R I C E M E S A B A T O R P A L L O R A L E C H A N G A R V I E T A C I D S A T U R N S R I N G S G R E B E L A T H E G E N L O V E R A O N E L A P I C A M E K O O K E D G E C E R E S N A S A L S B O S N A E R O 25 WORD HEXES 1. The Dark Knight/Night of the Living Dead ANT LION LEOPARD MOTH ❹ CAPTAIN 2. 26 THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST 5. DEFENESTRATE WILD CARDS 26 OVERLAPPING TITLES. Paris (France) 27 SOLVE THE PUZZLE 3. LYE (polyester). NONEXISTENCE 22. MISINTERPRET ❸ ENSIGN 4. SEISMOLOGIST 16. The Art of the Steal/Steel Magnolias DEER MOUSE SLOTH BEAR  26 COORDINATED CITIES ELKHOUND  SPIDER MONKEY  The cities that do not match the others in their FOX TERRIER  TIGER BEETLE  groups in latitude or longitude are: GOPHER SNAKE TURKEY BUZZARD 1. PLAGIARIZING 26. New York (New York) Break the bank Stop the music 6. CIRCUMSCRIBE 27.

TABOO. Vera Miles 18. J V L B R O G U E O V E R A L L S X 14 TRIPLE THREAT STARTING HINT R T Z I C The first word across is ADELAIDE. U Thant 12. Mel Torme 16. VOTER. and U april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 75 . PEEVE. UPEND. SALVE. PAPAL. F U G B UNDID. ASTER. PAPAS. DIRGE. BOOST. LASTS. RIDGE. Rip Torn F L A X Y I L Y E L P T AMB O U R I N E K I L N I S B E R T H M L H N E T Z A Y 6. RATER. Adele Astaire 29 CELTIC KNOT 22 MINMOVES M A Y T 1 2 D O T P T L E A N S H M S E M V 11 E I T Y Y I M P O D H E S U N 3 A N A E W R R E C R A L R E A B R J 10 E U T E N D A U S H I N 4 E E T Y A L E G H B A N R P T N T L 9 T A I E O O A E E B R I G A I 5 L E E G B T S A E R L A O O I T G F 8 P O I N L G V E 6 H T E N 7 S O H X N C D E N T O E E T E V COVER 3-D WORD HUNT O O L T R U R A Here are the 47 relatively common Y O U R H words we found: ABATE. Susan Dey I O U T E RMO S T L O U H I A D R A 5. SALVO. ANSWERS 28 CODE CROSSWORDS 30 MISSING PERSONS A D AMA N T B L A B B E D S O U N D P R OO F S K I M 1. STATS. Chris Evert 13. TATER. Elias Howe 11. STEAL. P D Q STEEP. Edsel Ford L R B U O F A E O L I E I A I M I R R O R S G L I M P S E F A T E S P I N A F O R E S 2. ABOVE. RARER. PASTA. RIVET. PASTE. VERGE. STATE. DIVOT. RABID. D S W I Z Z L E B O N K E R S M L E I A G N S 66 FAMILY REUNIONS CATEGORIES S E M I N A R Y G A R F I S H S P Family One: Bodies of water A T H E U S U R E R Family Two: Single-named singers I N T E R N M E N T M R I R D R E E F R E S H M E N T H I C K E T Family Three: “Ice” followers P R E P A R A T I O N S N Z V Family Four: Mystery writers R T E I T E I 34 WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE E O N W H I S K E R Y S P A R I N G R Answer to Batman Forever riddle A The vowels A. Ed Ames 14. STARE. EGRET. DIVER. Ron Cey A U T UMN D E R O D E E X P E C T D I R E C T S O I T S C T D S U H T T P H J 7.” PUPAL. Hal Linden A I A K S R T P T I O E K L M C N E V E R Q R E W I R E MOW E R S V A C A T E 3. Mel Ott 10. SOLOS. A G T N C A E O AREAS. BARER. Artie Shaw 17. Lew Ayres C H U R N E R I N K L I N G P O T P O U R R I H E L L O O N C O L L V E I T E E Y O G 8. Alex Haley S A D D E S T OM E L E T S N O S Y B E D S P R I N G S 9. I. BARGE. STOOL. GREEN. SOLVE. “May the sunshine brighten your heart. LOOTS. 31 ALPHA BET RIVER. STOVE. IRATE. E A R T GRATE. Frank Sinatra 15. VIVID. O. Herb Alpert A A D A T UM Z S C A N T Q K L C A L F R E J S E A T L O T S M O N U M E N T A L 4. R I H I A T C L B Z I M M A I A DIRER. E.

NEEDY L O C A L I S M R E N T G. IN THE SOUP Q. SHOUT W. MOODY S C O L D H A S S L E D. you’re never going to see the competition ahead. SHIRE Y A T B L A S S K Y E I. RAY LIOTTA L. EURYTHMY M. EVERGREEN K. WINSLOW HOMER P. ARIES O. no…If you’re always looking behind you. NOKIA N. COYOTE D O C T O R S T R A N G E B. PHOTO E. LOUIS LEAKEY S. MOSEY V. actually. FOUGHT X. INUNDATE T. AUGURY P E L E D U O T O N E S F. AENEID U. —Serena Williams. LOYOLA R. SUITE J. ANSWERS 32 ONE. Fast Company (Magazine) 50 PAINT BY PAIRS ❶ CAT ❸ DOVE ❺ CARS 2 4 4 8 4 4 13 2 2 13 2 5 13 1 3 12 5 5 2 8 12 2 2 8 1 14 4 2 8 8 8 2 2 2 5 2 2 3 4 4 2 2 1 12 12 1 2 3 2 1 2 8 10 7 11 7 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 4 1 1 1 2 3 7 1 2 2 8 8 3 2 2 4 1 1 12 18 6 10 8 2 2 12 13 4 4 1 2 2 3 13 1 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 3 1 2 2 3 4 1 12 2 2 11 4 1 4 13 5 2 2 2 2 4 3 3 7 4 4 4 4 3 8 14 5 1 6 7 12 8 4 4 5 2 3 12 5 12 1 3 6 5 2 2 2 2 4 4 5 18 6 12 12 4 4 3 5 2 2 12 3 3 3 2 5 1 2 2 3 2 1 5 3 4 4 4 3 12 5 2 11 5 2 2 4 16 2 6 1 2 1 2 2 3 3 7 16 2 4 4 3 1 1 7 6 6 10 3 4 1 13 12 4 4 5 2 2 4 5 1 12 1 5 13 4 13 8 12 8 8 3 2 4 5 2 2 8 16 3 3 2 4 5 13 2 2 2 12 1 2 14 2 4 5 6 2 2 3 7 8 3 2 3 10 5 2 4 1 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 3 2 2 6 6 6 4 4 2 12 12 12 7 8 3 3 1 1 2 12 2 16 3 16 10 3 3 3 3 4 1 5 13 8 3 4 4 1 3 11 8 1 8 5 1 12 8 7 2 7 12 3 2 2 4 2 2 2 12 3 12 4 5 4 2 1 1 2 2 5 11 12 2 2 2 10 2 2 12 8 3 3 2 7 5 5 2 3 11 7 2 2 3 3 2 2 6 4 2 13 8 4 5 1 11 14 3 3 5 4 6 12 2 2 14 4 14 7 4 4 1 3 3 5 1 12 1 2 5 3 3 4 3 5 1 11 12 2 2 14 13 1 2 2 5 5 1 11 8 11 11 3 3 7 7 5 2 5 3 3 2 2 1 2 3 4 12 5 12 4 12 1 1 5 4 3 3 2 1 2 2 8 11 5 16 5 2 7 2 2 2 14 3 3 3 12 6 7 12 12 3 2 2 13 5 1 2 2 2 4 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 4 4 11 7 2 2 4 3 2 2 7 2 2 7 1 3 1 13 3 2 2 2 2 1 ❹ FLOWER 16 4 1 1 4 2 16 7 16 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 5 3 1 3 3 1 6 2 2 12 4 3 4 3 2 2 3 3 3 12 1 11 2 4 2 4 4 5 1 2 2 2 12 3 2 2 5 1 5 3 2 2 1 1 2 2 5 16 3 7 3 13 9 9 7 7 2 1 10 10 2 7 7 16 3 16 4 16 2 2 3 3 2 16 16 5 4 4 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 16 1 4 4 2 2 ❷ PIGGY BANK 7 4 2 2 6 4 4 2 2 4 5 5 2 2 5 5 1 4 2 2 5 2 3 3 8 10 1 1 7 10 3 3 3 4 4 1 5 3 3 11 7 4 3 1 4 3 2 2 2 2 1 12 2 2 1 8 6 3 3 4 4 4 4 1 12 11 2 1 2 2 3 3 3 7 2 2 5 10 6 9 2 2 7 3 1 1 2 4 7 7 6 2 7 8 3 5 5 9 3 3 3 5 4 11 2 3 12 1 8 3 3 3 3 2 11 11 2 3 3 2 2 8 11 4 8 2 7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 2 2 7 4 2 3 11 7 1 1 5 5 4 12 10 10 1 2 2 4 2 7 1 1 5 1 6 3 3 3 16 8 2 2 4 2 7 5 4 18 10 8 11 9 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 3 1 6 3 3 4 4 3 3 5 4 4 1 2 2 8 7 1 8 16 3 1 2 2 3 16 2 2 18 2 2 2 2 4 4 1 8 1 5 2 2 2 2 2 3 5 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 14 2 3 2 2 2 11 12 2 2 5 7 7 5 5 1 5 2 1 5 2 2 17 4 4 3 2 2 4 3 3 2 2 1 3 9 3 2 2 3 3 3 7 1 3 3 7 3 3 2 4 4 7 7 17 5 2 3 10 4 4 2 3 12 5 3 5 3 3 2 2 2 5 3 3 4 5 5 3 2 8 11 5 5 3 8 1 2 3 3 3 1 3 16 4 4 1 8 1 2 1 1 14 5 2 4 10 10 5 10 2 2 5 3 7 1 14 19 7 5 12 16 5 3 2 8 2 2 5 3 3 10 3 3 2 4 10 4 2 2 2 7 4 3 5 4 4 12 5 14 3 16 5 1 5 1 1 11 2 4 2 6 4 4 14 3 1 16 3 2 8 3 3 1 4 4 4 1 1 2 4 5 5 10 10 14 5 5 2 9 1 2 1 1 3 4 2 1 2 4 2 4 10 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 8 7 19 2 5 3 3 1 3 3 3 7 4 10 2 11 2 1 10 1 2 1 10 8 4 4 3 3 5 5 5 8 8 3 3 16 9 1 12 12 14 7 14 76 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . TAHOE Someone asked me the other day. Do you stare at your trophies when you walk in your house? Are they still there? I’m like. TWO. THREE 53 SIAMESE TWINS C HO SEN DI S SON ANT S C AB BED H U L K S E W S M M D O P I E A N A C L E I R A LLO T SE N AT E PO LIC E S R E M Y O U R O S B N E S W IM MI NG AG A IN S TT HE T IDE S N O W L IC R A B D S E D S E C L AL S Y S PER MAN ENT DAM AGE GUP P IES S E E M L Y N O E ER S AT Z A T TA IN ING F A N T A S T I C F O U R ME TAL L ICA HE A DE RS CO STA R A T O R E V O L T T A S K S N I M B L E NIN EN INE EAR NI N TER EST SAL TIN ESS I L I E C S I C Y B E R GE TS AT L ANS IN G B AD G ES G O R I L L A Z E G O N S HOW E R Y ESS ENT I AL U S E R B A S E R U N S E S E S P E D S N I T A LE S VO LA T I LE MAR CHI N GTO AD IF FE REN T D RU MM ER T H O R C O M P R E P R A C E A R E A W I D E B L EE P TE LL TAL E T UR ING A L E C N E O L A T I N LE E D S R ED CAR D H E AT C L A R A B O W W A T T T E N U R E T A L I A 49 DOUBLE CROSS I N R U S H I N N A. YELLOW BRICK A L A N A L D A B A N E H. ON THE TAKE I S O L A S T E D C. ADHERE Y.

there will be no way to align the apple jelly (clue 3). but if P E R T U R B it does. apple jelly joins peanut/marshmallow cream. and pecan joining maple cream/orange A 2 3 4 5 5 5 25 jelly. flanked by hazelnut and orange jelly (clue 1). pecan joins maple cream/orange jelly. starting at any section. the 4 4 4 4 7 8 9 40 peanut does not join the lemon jelly. the lemon and I M P E R I L orange jellies will occupy the same group. U T E R I N E In summary: clockwise. and A A A A 2 3 4 13 raspberry jelly will join the hazelnut (clue 4). I M P I E T Y The peanut cannot go in the group with the hazelnut. Now there is only one way for the strawberry jelly to be opposite the vanilla cream (clue 5): by having the strawberry jelly join the almond. If the peanut joins the I M P L A N T lemon jelly. and 10 J Q 3 3 3 3 42 mint jelly goes opposite hazelnut. So the only place S I X T E E N for marshmallow is with peanut. Therefore. with mint P A N T H E R jelly joining mocha cream/cashew. it will have to share the only spot remaining for the strawberry cream (by the alignment in clue 2). walnut goes with lemon jelly/mocha cream. This leaves just two possibilities for the marshmallow cream (from clue 4 5 6 7 Q Q Q 52 2): joining the peanut or joining the almond/raspberry jelly. ANSWERS 52 SHORT STORIES 55 500 RUMMY A L E C RA I L O MA H A S CAM A N X I E T Y N E RO R E T R Y R ADO N WACO Q Q Q 8 9 10 J 67 N E A R O FM I C E A N DM E I K E S B E D S I D E A R T I S T E S EA T L EWD N E S S 8 9 10 J K K K 67 AWA R E E ROD E S E D S E N SN A R E S T R E S F A LAN A B U F F A L O G O O D B Y EM R C H I P S I R EN I C 9 10 J 6 6 6 6 53 G O R E D E E R O TH E R S DO T D U S T P A N E N T R A P LA G H I R E B A B E 10 10 10 10 A 2 3 46 D E S S R S I C ED LA B E L L ED TH E C O CK T A I L P A R T E F F E N D I A C H I E V E R S I NN E L L O D E 5 6 7 K K K K 58 C A EN I N C S NU T L E E V E S F L A T B E D E N D H E E H AW B R E A B UN T 6 6 6 7 8 9 10 52 R E D R AW S R OMEO AN D J U L I E B A A E R S RA R E T I R E L E S S F L O A T E R 6 6 6 6 3 4 5 36 GN P VANDA L S MA L L R E ADYA I M I L I A UG L I E S T F L U T T E R R A B E D OM B E Y A N D S O E R I E 7 7 7 7 3 4 5 40 N U L L O L EO S R OUE N NON E A X E L S ADA T S S N S TOON F R E E B I E J Q K 9 9 9 9 66 54 SWEET EIGHTEEN The hazelnut is mentioned in clue 1 and clue 6. and this violates clue 7. and likewise. the almond is A A A 3 4 5 6 21 clockwise from the hazelnut—with the orange jelly and the maple cream two groups counterclockwise from the hazelnut (clues 1 and 6). chocolate cream goes with 8 8 8 8 2 3 4 41 hazelnut/strawberry jelly. If the almond. the almond. so by elimination. the maple cream/orange jelly (for it must have the raspberry jelly two groups A A A 8 9 10 J 40 counterclockwise). Fix its place (it doesn’t F R E T F U L matter which section you start with). Now there is only one spot for marshmallow cream: between hazelnut and lemon jelly/peanut. The only spot for the peanut is between the hazelnut and the lemon P H A L A N X jelly. it will have mocha cream immediately counterclockwise. T R I B U T E All jellies but one are now aligned. Now the only way to have vanilla cream and strawberry jelly opposite (clue 5) is having vanilla cream join mint jelly. By elimination. is placed counterclockwise from the hazelnut. with the lemon jelly two groups J Q K 7 7 7 7 58 counterclockwise (clue 6). the candies are grouped 2 3 4 5 K K K 44 in the following order: V A U L T E R CREAMS JELLIES NUTS 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 20 Group 1 Chocolate Strawberry Hazelnut Group 2 Strawberry Raspberry Almond V E R S I F Y Group 3 Maple Orange Pecan Group 4 Vanilla Mint Cashew 2 3 4 J J J J 49 Group 5 Mocha Lemon Walnut Group 6 Marshmallow Apple Peanut TOTAL: 930 april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 77 . Therefore. But in the latter case. or the group opposite the hazelnut (for it must be immediately clockwise of mocha cream (clue 4)).

Dreads (d + reads). 14. 4. Aligns (maligns – m). 13.). 16. Cherished (c + hires + he’d). Scholarship (parish school – o). 15. 4. Sipped (Depp + is). 27. 23. Vodka (Dvorak – R). Toyota (toy + O + t + a) DOWN: 2. Dined (deemeD INEDible). Faust (fat + us). Badminton racket (bad + mint + on + racket). 19. 3. Touch down (Dutch town). 13. 14. ANSWERS 56 PAINT BY NUMBERS ❶ GIRAFFE ❷ BIRDHOUSE ❺ VILLAGE ❸ PENGUIN ❹ TRUMPETER ❽ DINOSAUR ❻ RACCOON ❼ BASEBALL PLAYER 60 CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 1 ACROSS: 1. 10. Pushovers (p + hover + us + S. 17. Steep (two meanings). Taffeta (ate + F + fat). 3. 5. Publisher (pusher + I + lb. Yearned (y + earned). Scram (S + cram). 23. Torso (docTOR’S Office). Erratic (car tire). 9. Similarly (slimy liar). Assured (suds are). 26. Suite (sweet). 17. Recut (letTUCE Rows). 15. 14. 12. Evict (ct. Ruminated (mat ruined).). 7. Leisurely (surely + lei). Galilee (Eli + gale). 16. 22. Mamet (Ma + met) 78 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . 29. For old times’ sake (a dime store folks). Whether (weather). Advised (add + vise). Staff (disbelieF—FAT Salaries). 11. Home-baked (beam OK he’d). Ivan Lendl (van + L + end + IL). 13. Dirge (dire + G). Sinai (is in a).d. Model (ode + m. 4. 9. + A + Ted). 18. Top-drawer (reward pot). Alternative (later + native). 17. 6. Intrusive (in + virtues). 25. 8. Err (acronym). 21. Relator (O + tale + R + R). 7. 8. Observing (jobs – j. Police car (ice + C + polar). + I’ve). Disobey (Ed’s boy + I). 21. Salt water (state law + r). Perusal (sure + pal). Bewitched (be wed + itch).s + serving). 5. Rostrum (Frost – F + rum). 28. 15. Rim (Mir). 6. Smart (trams). 19. Lapel (L + pale) 61 CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 2 ACROSS: 1. Gully (gull + Y).l) DOWN: 1. Panel discussion (L + discus + panes + i + on). 24. Principle (prince + lip). 24. 10. Learner’s permits (me laser printers). 5. Skill (ski + ll). 12. Boyfriend (bond + fiery). 11. 18. 20. Playboy (ploy by a). 22. 2. 20. Backdated (Cab + k.

P R I E S T S N E R T G 4. Infancy (in + fancy. C4. Rerun (scoRER UNsurprisingly. 25. A S T R I D E R E S Y S 31. cold). 29. Ordered (rode N T O R E S I B E R I A red). 24. Ammonia (moan I’m a). Siberia (bear is + I). garish. 4. Irate (I + rate. pace). pro). layer). 16 points 18 points Lesser-scoring solutions: TIROS. 13. 14. Bookkeeper (beeper + kook). 26. PUZZLE 2 6 points. 8: Seurat (rues + at. 34. law). 10. Priests (p + resist. Lattice (attic + le. freshen. 17. Errand boy (rod nearby). sizzle. rogue. throes). very). 14 points Best solution: EXPIRE. Icecap (pace + CI. boners. J9. Pangs (G + pans. Boomerang (boo meringue). H P R Q S C O U N I S T 3. 21. Harpo (sHARP Object). G10. Ascribe (braces + I. 6 points. Apiaries (Pia + Aries). 16. lightning. 3. layers). Brunettes (sent brute). Rivera. P. ensure. iterates. Walesa (was + ale. Illness S S O R C A S E S S O P (ll + in + ess. 6. hoard). Pillar (par + ill). 20. on).D. put). Appears (A + P + pears). whiskey. S T A R L I T F I V E R pin). Canter (cantor. ANSWERS 62 DOUBLE-TAKE All doubled letters had to be omitted from the clue B P E R H P R A S A T F answers before they could be entered into the grid. Cache A T A R T S E H C A C E (C + ache. 16. Seethe M E T A L C A N T E R N (see + the. musing). 17. Enrage (a green. 2. 33. ticket. area). 11. 12. 3. Redwood (wore odd). Trolleyed (troll + eyed). Eaten (ea. hero). Capable (cable + pa. Tear up (put + ear. fin). Angus (tANG USually. 9. 7. interment. lines). Afternoon (for one ant). Communist (Mom cuts in). Lesser-scoring solution: TRIPE. Across (Oscars. Hillbillies (hies + ill + bill). Sûreté (trees + U. Serape (pares + E A N D B O Y I A A O N E). 11. Proceeds (seed crop). Pierce (r + piece. ire). TORSI. 5. P E W T E R E E A T E N 24. 5. armed). grating). Soaped (ape + sod). O P U R A E T S U G N A age). old). 5. peak). 36. Silents (Lent + sis. 22. 9. lazier. ACROSS: 1. + ten). + rest. Outages (toga use. Posses (poses + s. Setter (street) 63 FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS The clue word with the direction deleted is S E E T H E P I E R C E given in italics. overall. A L E U T I A N S N S E 7. meter. 20. 32. boing. 7 points april 2017 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES 79 . pain). 8 points Only solution: GARB. 13. 1. 10. C4. 23. R A D I O S P E N S E R 18. Beacon (e + bacon. Aleutians (alas unite). S S E N L L I Y C E E I 6. assail). Cactus (act + us + C. Lech). 12. Metal (T + meal. 23. Pewter (Peter + w). Maroon (two meanings) G E N E S I S R D E E F DOWN: 1. 8. 35. Contend (con + tend). N O T E S D N E T N O C desert). Castile (castle + I. 10 points OSIER. Fiver (disbelieF I R S G U I E L B A P A C VERify. Spasms (spas + SM. duets. Erupt (pure + t. 27. vie. Spenser (hiS PEN SERviced). Reverie (I + revere. R R G V I C E A L R E G 19. 7. fathers). 4. 15. Starlit (tar + slit. blow). Astride (sea dirt). subs) 2. 19. 14. shred). Ellington (Wellington – W). 10. 26. 8. Tiler (relit. Genesis (GENE SISkel). Set on (notes. 14D. ailing). rage). Pratfalls (F + all M I I I I R S P E E R A parts). Stopper (S + topper). 8K. basemen. 9. 15. Stepladder (rats peddle). Requite (re + quite). 22. surer. Seattle (settle + a). Best solution: IONS. 9E. Strata (a tart’s. ford. seminar. Reinstall (rein + stall). refer) 31 ALPHA BET CLUE ANSWERS 1. 21. meaner. 2. 28. spring. O R D E R E D S M A R N 30. sprites. Fangs (fans + g). Mississippi (miss + is + sip + PI). 18.. reparations 64 YOUR WORD AGAINST MINE PUZZLE 1 PUZZLE 3 PUZZLE 4 Only solution: RATED (or TARED). A E R U P T W A L E S A hard). Viceregal (VI + cereal + G). be) Sonars (soars + n. Spots (stops. spies). 1H. Crest (c. Radio (ad + Rio). S U S S E A S C R I B E 5. breed). 25. 6. light).

99 = 56 + 43. 89 = 54 + 35. Breaker 10. 121 = 52 + 69. 110 = 38 + 72. Skate 4. 113 = 65 + 48. Stream 7. 56 = Signers of the Declaration 10. 31 = Ice Cream Flavors at E M I S S A R Y T E N O R S A X T I S S U E S Baskin-Robbins S I T E N T R A I N W I T T I E S T P P S 18. Shakira of Independence 10. Erratic attic 15. Estuary 9. Filigreed greed 12. 20. Age 1. Grafton 8. 50 = 18 + 32. 63 = 17 + 46. Adele 6. 61 = 34 O A T S C E G R + 27. 1 = Day at a Time 4. 143 = 67 + 76. Sia 2. 60 = Seconds in a Minute 8. River 3. 29 = 23 + 6. 80 GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | april 2017 . 58 = 44 + 14. 8 = Parts of Speech in the A G N E S S N E E R S A T S E E N O H E R S English Language K I D D C L O D C O M P A N Y B E N O T 23. Christie 10. Lake 1. Stout in Football 4. 65 = 64 + 1. Antique teak 14. Sting 7. 106 = 47 + 59. Cream 6. Sayers Winkle Slept 6. 16 = Ounces in a Pound G O O D Y E A R A D O R A B L E U M B E R T O 17. 132 = 62 + 70. ANSWERS 70 NEW EQUATION ANALYSIS TEST 66 FAMILY REUNIONS 1. Canal 5. Hackneyed need 10. Bay singers 1. 2 = Turtle Doves (and a Partridge G O R E A I N T B U S Y N E S S L A T I N O in a Pear Tree) O S S I F I E S M U D A R T D E T R O I T 20. 13 = 4 + 9. Cap 2. Tiresome sum 6. 7 = Hills of Rome 9. A S L E E P A N T E D 116 = 41 + 75. 10 = Amendments in the 5. Stiffer fur 11. 35 = 19 + 16. 84 = 24 + 60. Shelf 5. 2.000 = Leagues Under the Sea E T E W H A T D A R K M E A T F I R M U P 24. 92 = 21 + 71. Kesha 8. Rendell 7. 9 = Innings in a Baseball Game C A R T H A G E E M E R A L D S C O R S E S E 71 SPLIT ENDS A T W O O D A N I S E T T E L A R D S S T F L Y T R A P F A R E A P S H A S I D I C M I L K T H E E I O I S O B A R E D Y S B U M P S D O E S T I M E S H E A R R O W B O A T U T E D A M E S P E R M E A T E R H E S U S N A C H I N E S E M O C C A S I N G I D D I E S T D E E R C E C H O T R U N A R M E D S O C G P S G I L L E T T E L C R O Y A L T Y S P R E E S D E B A T E R S P E A S T U R N A C C O U N T I R C A N T S P E T E R O S E D O T S I O N I C U H P T I N S E L U R I F L A T F O O T O R E S T E S E D A S N A P S H O T M L O V E Y O U L O O K H E R E M O L A S S E S T U T A R A B S A L A K I N G E R N I E E L S A L K A L I N E R E C T A N G L E L R E L E N T S D E S T R O Y S D E S C A N T S O E I O Y S T E R The clue parts for each answer are as follows: P U R E R B E E 7 = 5 + 2. 85 = 11 + 74. 98 = 58 + 40. Pesky ski 14. 59 = 49 + 10. 38 = 26 + 12. Unstable table 12. 118 = 63 + 55. Amazing zing 9. 20 = Years that Rip Van 5. 62 = 33 + 29. Poe Water Boils 2. 94 = 37 + 57. 50 = Cents in a Half Dollar A N E R A H U G O A N T I H E R O F S T O P 19. Cher 5. Strait 8. and November 3. Awkward word 8. April. Enya 4. 75 = 50 + 25. Bono 3. 101 = Dalmatians 7. James 4. Underage rage 13. 45 = 15 + 30. 21 = 13 + 8. 435 = Members of the House of Representatives A D L I B B E D R E D C R O S S N O B L E S T 16. 5 = Fingers on the Hand 67 ECHO SYSTEM 11. 30 = Days Hath September. La Carré 6. 40 = Thieves (with Ali Baba) 1. 80 = 7 + 73. H A S S I S T A N T 42 = 39 + 3. 76 B A T M O S P H E R E = 31 + 45. 81 = 28 + 53. Eminem 10. 73 = 51 + 22. Storm 7. Fancied seed 13. 3 = Points for a Field Goal 3. Chest 8. 88 = 68 + 20. Homicidal idol 7. Sound 6. Generic Eric June. Absolute loot Bill of Rights 67 WIDE WORLD OF WORDS 15. I I O I N A 102 = 36 + 66. Ocean 4. Chandler 9. 103 = 42 + 61. 4 = Horsemen of the Apocalypse G A R R H A B I T A T S M A N H U N T S 21. Cold 3. Dancing 9. 36 = Inches in a Yard FAMILY ONE FAMILY TWO FAMILY THREE FAMILY FOUR 2. Doyle 5. 212 = Degrees at which 1. Gulf 2. Prince 9. 6 = Wives of Henry the Eighth Bodies of water Single-named “Ice” followers Mystery writers 3. 13 = Cards in a Suit T A U N T S C O M E T R U E H I N T A T 22.

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