# Cryptic Corners

By Tom Toce

Here’s another puzzle constructed by one of my test solvers, Jerry Miccolis. Jerry is a retired actuary. He is a serious crossword constructor and lately, an author. Look for his book The Boys of Late Summer, which is about his senior softball team.

I leave you with Jerry’s introduction.

“Welcome to Cryptic Corners, a fun little gathering place for creative solvers! Here you’ll find a standard cryptic puzzle, at least as far as the clues are concerned. Within both grids below, there are (arguably) two proper names and one alternate (though quite common) spelling among the answers—even so, all entries, including each of the three words contained in the long central entry at 17 Across, are playable in Scrabble.

When you have completely filled in the irregularly shaped grid, you may wish to (at least mentally) cut it out along its outside edge. The next step is hinted at in that long central entry. Thereupon you will find eight aptly placed letter triplets, each of which provides three of the four letters needed to answer one of the eight “cornerstone” clues below. The letters you will need to add to complete those eight answers—letters whose squares you may wish to heavily outline in the supplemental grid provided for your convenience—will spell out, from top to bottom, what you will have compiled from all your creative work. Get there, and you will have displayed quite a gift!

Many thanks to my fellow crypticians, Bob Fink, Eric Klis, and regular columnist Tom Toce, for their excellent advice and suggestions during the development of this puzzle. Hope you enjoy it! As always, be wary of punctuation, which has been known to deceive.”

TOM TOCE is a senior manager for actuarial services with Ernst & Young in New York and is a member of the Jeopardy Hall of Fame. Solutions may be emailed to him at Thomas.Toce@ey.com. In order to make the solver list, your solutions must be received by Sept. 30, 2020.

Previous Issue’s Puzzle—Triply Cryptic

Across

1  PONCHO—Pancho hom.

6  EARDRUM—hEARD RUMblings (hid.)

13 ENEMY—ENEM(Y) (A—>Y)

14 OBOE—hOBO Elusively (hid.)

15 SEWN—sown hom.

16 SEE SPECIAL CLUES

17 SPED—S&P + ED

18 RAIN—reign hom.

20 JERKING—JER + KING

22 CORNED—CO(RN)ED

23 SPEWED—SPE(W)ED

26 SLOPED—S + LOPED

27 ERGO—hER GOat’s (hid.)

28 ASPEN—grASP + bENt (hid. + hid.)

30 SEE SPECIAL CLUES

31 RISKS—(skiers – e) ana.

33 CART—CA + RT

34 HARPED—HARP + ED (oPRAH – o) rev.

37 TALENT—latent ana.

38 UNEVEN—fUN EVENts (hid.)

39 ORIOLES—OuR tIvO bLeEpS (hid.)

42 PROP—(PORPoise – oise) rev.

44 MARK—double defn.

45 SEE SPECIAL CLUES

46 TWIN—TW + IN

47 REEK—cREEKs (hid.)

48 AGENT—A + GENT

49 THEATRE—baTHE AT REst (hid.)

50 SLEDGE—SLED + G.E.

Down

1  PEST—step  ana.

2  ONEROUS—ONER (Reno rev.) + iOUS (i del.)

3 NEWARK—NEW + ARK

4  HYMN—N(MY)H rev.

5  OVERDO—O(V)ERDO (rodeo ana.)

6  EON—one ana.

7  ABLE—fABLE

9  DESK—D + E + S + K (last letters)

10 RAPIERS—repairs ana.

11 UPEND—sUsPEND (SS del.)

12 SEE SPECIAL CLUES

19 INSET—(I sent) ana.

21 GOOSE—double defn.

23 SEE SPECIAL CLUES

24 PER—rep rev.

25 MACHO—M + A + C + H + O (first letters)

27 EIDER—(deer I) ana.

29 PRAIRIE—PR + AIR + I.E.

30 FAN—(NA+ F) rev.

32 KEEPING—(geek pin) ana.

34 HELMET—HE + L + ME + T

35 PURSES—PURSuES (u del.)

36 AVOWED—A + V + OWED

37 TRASH—TR(A)SH (I —> A)

40 OKRA—OK + R + A

41 EVER—sEVER (s del.)

42 PEAL—PEA + L (ape ana.)

43 ANTE—Auntie hom.

44 SEE SPECIAL CLUES

45 UKE—flUKE (FL del.)

Special Clues

A PORTS—double defn.

B INMATES—INtiMATES (T.I. del.)

C DAM—eDAM (hid.)

D EWES—fEWESt (ft del.)

E IMMENSE—(meme’s in) ana.

F FORE—FOREman (man del.)

Modified Grid Entry

A SPORT—ports ana.

B MAT—inMATes (hid.)

D USE—ewes hom.

E MEN—imMENse (hid.)

F FOR—fore hom.

Final Clue

Mad men use mat for sport (9)