THe 2011 crypTic pUzzleS
Cryptic Puzzle TOM TOCE
pAnSpERMiA iS THE BELiEF that life exists in abundance in the
universe and may have been brought to Earth by meteorites. Many
serious scientists, including Svante August Arrhenius, Lord kelvin, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Sir Fred Hoyle, have adhered to this theory.
Other scientists believe that much of the water in our oceans came to
Earth on or in comets.
Sure. Why not? Who knows? There
are lots of things out there, lots of strange
rocks and such in the Oort Cloud or the
Kuiper Belt. And some of them may well
be the seeds of things.
Actuaries, too, know about seeding.
This puzzle is dedicated to a seeding
source of great importance to many of
us. Thirteen of the regular clues in this
puzzle will produce answers one letter
too short for the diagram. The missing
letters must be obtained from the seed
clues, whose order is unrelated to the or-
der of the regular clues. There ultimately
will be thirteen pairs of words, with the
longer word formed by adding one letter
somewhere to the shorter word—with
no reordering. The longer words are the
ones entered into the diagram.
1 Discombobulated engram of famed
7 Adjective one informally applied to
Connecticut’s temporary teachers
13 An inspiration, please
14 Lori dividing piles of stocks
16 Inappropriately appropriates
something rare and obsolete
17 Nose smashed by Seth’s son
19 Clear up account after pop’s bro
20 Song for a little river
21 Mostly horrified by Mideast
22 These come with effort, you say, or
absence of effort?
24 Meals-on-wheels for town of
27 Sailed with a long, thin, fluffy scarf,
29 Vocally knows more than one
30 Smart about mechanical device
33 Home Alone star on the radio
34 Large fortune cut off
36 Gold sun god’s haloes
38 Basic cheer
41 Mr. Gershwin is backing Mr. Gold
42 Like an ocean floor with ridiculous
energy around the rims
43 Ill-advised about the United
44 Sonar blurred the act of deliberately
setting a fire
45 Take the family jewels from heads
of Germany, Estonia, Latvia, and
47 In case mail comes here
48 Former Roxy Music star brought
back and cast in retrospective
51 Soft? Pia? No!
52 Vicious asp in health club
54 Second car set to run by itself?
58 Stares in stupefaction at 1000
60 Broken nail remained