By Tom Toce
This issue’s puzzle was created by Bob Fink and Jerry Miccolis, two of my regular test solvers. For this one, Eric Klis and I served as test solvers, and we made some editorial suggestions.
For the most part this is a standard double acrostic puzzle, with all the clues being cryptic clues. Once complete, the grid will spell out a Presidential quotation. The first letter of each clue answer, when read top to bottom, will spell out the name of the speaker and the source of the quotation. There are no proper nouns, uncommon words, or variant spellings, and all words are playable in Scrabble. As always, beware of punctuation in the clues, which may be misleading.
There is, however, a wrinkle. There is one extra letter space in the set of letter spaces following each clue. These extraneous spaces, each of which occurs immediately following the first vowel (a, e, i, o, u, or y if used as a vowel) in each clue answer, correspond to grid squares which should be blackened-in; doing so will reveal an image relevant to the quotation. Note that these blackened-in grid squares serve no other purpose and may interrupt words in the quotation.
Should you need them, you will find two hints following the clues. The first hint provides the length of each word in the quotation (which may be useful for double-acrostic solving), and the second provides the grid location of each of the extraneous, blackened-in grid squares.
|A||Chewed up kishka is several shades of yellowish brown|
|B||Dave confronted Ed face-to-face and got away|
|C||Denim blend camouflages expert|
|D||Party girl, not yielding at first, puts out after speed|
|E||Wiped out after losing lead, Jeff served a winner|
|F||Medium, caught between dance club and citadel, exhibits embarrassment|
|G||Nary a Hoosier hides hayseed|
|H||Fill in messy adhesive after he leaves|
|J||Dig up nuts near hut|
|K||Chic in concert for emir|
|L||Bonehead twin fractured that thing|
|M||With extremities severed, many howl indiscriminately|
|N||Kyoto consort, appearing in mirage, is hallucinatory|
|O||Bonus for sketch artist returned|
|P||Gets around edges of Atlas Mountains|
|Q||Waddle awkwardly and get no place fast|
|R||Take it easy, Duane. Wait, Ned’s taking seconds|
|S||Crazy iPod hater is wasted|
|T||IT reversed the tax|
|U||Malevolence without facade produces irritation|
|V||Senior is most frigid after commencement|
|W||Ann is in New York to become an au pair|
Solutions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to make the solver list, your solutions must be received by Sept. 30, 2019.
Previous Issue’s Puzzle—Six and One
EMBARKS—EM (“Between the third and the sixth of November”) + BARKS (“tree parts”)
SUCCEED—C (“average”) inside “deuces” scrambled
RELIANT—Anagram of “in later”
HAL—HAL(L) (“Shorter corridor”)
TEASERS—Anagram of “a steer’s”
RAILWAY—Homophonic pun on RAY’LL WEIGH (“Charles’ll consider”)
ASS—Three letters from ASSIGNATIONS (“Trysts”)
HCL—Inside “Meth clients”
LEANING—Anagram of “angle in”
DOE—Homophone of DOUGH (“money”)
DREADER—Pun on D-READER rather than E-READER (“earlier version of Kindle, perhaps?”)
DRESSES—DR (“Doctor”) + ESSES (“twists”)
SERVERS—SEVERS (“Cuts”) around R (“resistance”)
ERRANDS—ERR (“make mistakes”) + AND + S (“confess, at last”)
SETTLED—Outside “Seattle’s embattled”
MEASURE—Anagram of “A résumé”
BLISTER—Pun on B-LISTER (“Person overlooked”)
CHARADE—Outside “Charlotte’s promenade”
LAV—Reversal of “Val”
CASINOS—Anagram of “Caisson”
AIL—(M)AIL (“deliveries arriving late”)
ELEGIES—Homophonic pun of ELLA Gs (“Fitzgerald’s notes”)
RAWHIDE—RAW (“war turned ) + HIDE (“coverup”)
KNACKER—Last letters of “took in a classic mink one winter”)
DESIGNS—Pun on DE-SIGNS (“Removes billboards”)
STYLERS—STY (“Messy place”) + first letters of “look elegant, really” and “sumptuous”
Very few solvers used the hints, so I’m not showing the breakdown.
Team AALO (Kristen Bischoff, Danny Clark, Kristen Detwiler, Alec Pirritano), Jina and Michael Accardo, Steve Alpert, Anthony Amodeo, Dean Apps, Jack Brauner, Bob Campbell, Lois Cappellano, Victoria Carter, Daniel Clark, Tim Connor, Todd Dashoff, Mick Diede, Michael Dolan, Deb Edwards, Bob Fink, Mendy Friedman, Bruce Fuller, Phil Gollance, Ruth Johnson, Jason Helbraun, Pete Hepokoski, J & J Holloman, Eric Klis, Paul Kolell, Mike Kosciuk, Ken Kudrak, Philip Lew, Ben Lynch, Michael Manos, Dave McGarry, Jerry Miccolis, Jon Michelson, Becky Moody, Jim Muza, David and Corinne Promislow, Daniel Rhodes, Jay Ripps, Dan Schwallie, Bill Scott, Andrew Shewan, Sally Smith, Zig Swistunowicz, Doug Szper, T. O. C. E. (Josh DenHartog and Sean Donohoe), Betsy and James Uzzell, Jim Wickwire, Michael Zurhellen
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, 2019.