cryptic Puzzle TOM TOCE
THE DIAGRAM to the right would
form a regular 12-sided solid if folded
along the thick blue lines. Each clue in
Group A leads to a six-letter word, each
of which contains all the (mixed) letters
of a five-letter word plus one extra letter. The five-letter words are clued in
Group B. The extra letters are entered in
the centers of the appropriate pentagons
with the associated five-letter words inscribed around them (in the directions
shown by the arrows). At each edge of
the solid, adjacent letters are the same.
When the diagram is complete, the central letters from one to 12 will yield a
12-letter message of great historical significance to all actuaries.
Note: The clues aren’t in order. The
answer to clue No. 1 in Group A is not
necessarily associated with the five-letter answer to clue No. 1 in Group B.
The solver must figure out which answers are associated with one another
and where to place them. One letter,
with its duplication, has been printed
to help you get started.
As an example, the answer to a clue
in Group A might be desire; the answer
to a clue in Group B might be sired. Since
desire is an anagram of sired (plus the
letter E), sired would be entered (in the
direction of the arrows) in a pentagon,
surrounding the extra letter E, in such a
way that the S, the I, the R, the E, and the
D would each be duplicated in another
word on the adjacent side of an edge.
There are two proper nouns. Everything else is playable in Scrabble. There’s
one variant spelling of a common word,
another mildly unusual form of a common word, and one more word that
usually is thought of as a foreign word
but is in fact in the Scrabble dictionary.
Ignore punctuation, which is designed to confuse.
Thanks to Eric klis and Bob Fink, for
test-solving and editorial suggestions.
■ ■ Outdone by Joan of Arc, for example,
■ ■ Rubeola-afflicted and pathetically
Group A—Six-letter words
■ ■ Discharge once again from unusual
■ ■ Leap from the second note in Bach
■ ■ Protective coating for one who has
■ ■ A rope’s knotted Norma, Lulu, and
■ ■ Drives cattle
■ ■ Big truck displaying “kyrgyzstan
■ ■ Tamer’s tamed by expert
■ ■ Pub game turned nasty at halfway
point—what could be in those fancy
■ ■ Coat parts of Ilsa’s pie, class, evenly
■ ■ Senator Franken speaks falsely of the
USA, the Uk, and the USSR
Group B—Five-letter words
■ ■ Wayward males in west coast capital
■ ■ Devoid of language, talker may be one
who says, “yes”
■ ■ Afflicted by second-rate audio on TV
■ ■ Sounds loudly and leaps
■ ■ Relaxes at dinners without Pa
■ ■ Narrow passage? I’ll say
■ ■ One recording of edgy Clementi work
■ ■ Ah, pray aloud after
■ ■ Posed again with uncontrollable tears
■ ■ Riga, Vega, and Polaris at last, sailors
■ ■ I hear a former yugoslav is bitter
■ ■ Might err in conversation with the
rank of a bishop
Solutions may be emailed to
Thomas. Toce@ey.com. In order
to make the solver list, your
solutions must be received by
July 31, 2012.
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.
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