The Puzzler
Links and Lists
By Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon, in the Atlantic Monthly

Puzzles on the Atlantic's website
(Some retrieved from the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine))
1994 - 2009
(When available, there's a reference to puzzles also published in one of Hex's three books.
See the books indicated at the bottom of this page. Numbers are the puzzle numbers
within the books.

May 1997: Slide Show (same name Aug 1986)
Jun 1997: Fortune Cookies
Jul 1997: Celebrating the Fourth (B-41)
Aug 1997: Scoreboard (B-40?)
Sep 1997: Double-Crossers (B-42)
Oct 1997: Haunted House (same name Oct 1993)
Nov 1997: Chessboard B-26
Dec 1997: Cryptacrostic

Jan 1998: Celebrating the First
Feb 1998: Step by Step
Mar 1998: Marching Orders (B-34)
Apr 1998: Three-Ring Circus
May 1998: Picnic
Jun 1998: Guidelines
Jul 1998: Nine-Hole Course
Aug 1998: In Common
Sep 1998: Service with a Smile
Oct 1998: Rite of Passage
Nov 1998: Back in the Labyrinth
Dec 1998: Criss-Crossing

Jan 1999: Cross-Training
Feb 1999: Central Square
Mar 1999: Hide and Seek
Apr 1999: Mystery Box
May 1999: Lawbreakers
Jun 1999: The Puzzler (mismatches)
Jul 1999: Family Reunion
Aug 1999: At the Movies
Sep 1999: Shakedown (same name Jun 1994)
Oct 1999: Cycles
Nov 1999: Downsizing
Dec 1999: Windup

Jan 2000: A River Runs Through It
Feb 2000: Your Turn
Mar 2000: Bright Prospects
Apr 2000: Message in a Bottle
May 2000: Cutting the Cards (same name May 1992)
Jun 2000: Cryptic Tennis
Jul 2000: Triangle
Aug 2000: Partners
Sep 2000: Highlights
Oct 2000: Whodunit
Nov 2000: Puzzle Quote
Dec 2000: Wraparound (same name Dec 2008)

Jan 2001: Resolution
Feb 2001: Sweet Sixteen
Mar 2001: March Theme
Apr 2001: Mystery Word
May 2001: Craftwork
Jun 2001: Private Boxes
Jul 2001: Faces
Sep 2001: Half and Half
Oct 2001: Rock Climbing
Nov 2001: Full Course
Dec 2001: Presents

Jan 2002: Book Reviews
Feb 2002: Common Bond
Mar 2002: Working Overtime
Apr 2002: Loops
May 2002: Compact Disc (Same name Mar 1991)
Jun 2002: Layers
Jul 2002: Lost in the Funhouse
Sep 2002: Sign of the Times
Oct 2002: Wisecracks
Nov 2002: Gridiron
Dec 2002: CrystalBall

Jan 2003: Target Practice (same name Jul 96, Apr 84)
Mar 2003: Games
Apr 2003: Circular Logic
May 2003: Treasure Island
Jun 2003: Standouts
Jul 2003: Word Magic
Sep 2003: Spoonerfest
Oct 2003: Mystery Theater (same name Jun 1990)
Nov 2003: Floor Plan
Dec 2003: Gift Array

Jan 2004: Eights (same name Nov 83)
Mar 2004: Radio Daze
Apr 2004: Help Wanted
May 2004: Magic Rings
Jun 2004: Graphic Arts
Jul 2004: Room With a View
Sep 2004: (Wayback link) Chain Links
Oct 2004: (Wayback link) Cryptic Journey
Nov 2004: (Wayback link) Leapfrog
Dec 2004: (Wayback link) Cryptic Buffet

Jan 2005: (Wayback link) What's What
March 2005: (Wayback link) Cloverleaf
April 2005: (Wayback link) Running the Gamut
May 2005: (Wayback link) Sightseeing
June 2005: (Wayback link) Central Intelligence
July/Aug 2005: (Wayback link) Code Pairs (Same name Jun 92, Apr 87)
Sept 2005: (Wayback link) Lost and Found
Oct 2005: (Wayback link) Alien Invasion
Nov 2005: (Wayback link) Our Cryptic Hobby
Dec 2005: (Wayback link) Cryptic Recipe

Jan/Feb 2006: (Wayback link) Mysterious Island
Mar 2006: Twofers
Apr 2006: Box Set
May 2006: Peace of the Puzzle
Jun 2006: What's My Line?
Jul 2006: Dinner With the Crypps
Sep 2006: Hex Sign
Oct 2006: Box Scores
Nov 2006: Connect the Dots (same name May 93, Nov 87)
Dec 2006: Minding Your P's and Q's

Jan 2007: Obstacle Course
Mar 2007: Three Trains Running
Apr 2007: Cryptax Collection
May 2007: Flower Show
Jun 2007: The Bottom Line
Jul 2007: Fishbowl
Sep 2007: A Hard Act to Follow
Oct 2007: Jigsaw (same name Jun 95, Sep 89)
Nov 2007: Web Service
Dec 2007: Getting Into the Spirit

Jan 2008: Togetherness
Mar 2008: Crossers
Apr 2008: Self-Explanatory
May 2008: Cryptic Crossword
Jun 2008: Def Jam
Jul 2008: Pool Puzzle
Sep 2008: Zip Code (same name Mar 95, Oct 90)
Oct 2008: Tools of the Trade
Nov 2008: Obedience School
Dec 2008: Wraparound (Same name Dec 2000)

Jan 2009: Categories
Mar 2009: Double or Nothing
Apr 2009: Trash Collection
May 2009: Last Resort
Jun 2009: Splitsville
Jul 2009: Home Game
Sep 2009: Magic Show
Oct 2009: Sections


Puzzlers available in Random House Guide to Cryptic Crosswords (G)
from 1986-1995
(Some Puzzlers are hard to identify because Hex reused several titles, sometimes even within the range of dates indicated. Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;-))
TAM datePuzzler name #
Dec 1994 Snow JobG-63
Sep 1994 The Best PolicyG-32
Jul 1994 Marginal ThinkingG-58
Jun 1994 ShakedownG-22
May 1994 Garden PlotG-21(same name Jul 1984)
Mar 1994 Crazy EightsG-17
Nov 1993 Fast ThinkingG-47
Oct 1993 Haunted HouseG-44
Sep 1993 Crossword SchoolG-57
Aug 1993 Celestial NavigationG-65
Jun 1993 Chain ReactionG-45
Apr 1993 Guessing GameG-53
Mar 1993 Shooting HoopsG-56
Feb 1993 Cryptic ValentineG-34
Dec 1992 Wrap SessionG-52
Oct 1992 AmazementG-49
Sep 1992 or Jun 1987 Hex G-36?
Jul 1992 Relay RaceG-43
Jun 1992 Code PairsG-23, B-5
May 1992 Cutting The CardsG-29
Apr 1992 Wheel of FortuneG-41
Mar 1992 Borrowers And LendersG-64
Jan 1992 InitiationG-33
Oct 1991 Deduction G-55
Aug 1991 Rectangular G-62(same name Aug 1996)
Jul 1991 KangaroosG-27
Jun 1991 Word LinksG-61
May 1991 Choice WordsG-37
Mar 1991 Compact DiscG-26(same name May 2002)
Jan 1991 For BeginnersG-16
Oct 1990 Zip CodeG-35(same name Mar 95, Sep 08)
Sep 1990 Twisting RouteG-19
Jun 1990 Mystery TheaterG-50(Same name Oct 2003)
Nov 1989 Cryptic MenuG-42
Oct 1989 Waste RecyclingG-24(same name Jun 1983)
Sep 1989 or June 1995 JigsawG-18(same name Oct 2007)
Apr 1989 MosaicG-31
Mar 1989 Egg HuntG-48
Dec 1988 The Four SeasonsG-38
Oct 1988 CommonersG-25
Sep 1988 Left, Right, & CenterG-54(same name Feb 1997)
Aug 1988 Forty-NinersG-51
Mar 1988 Word SquareG-40(same name Jan 1997)
Nov 1987 or May 1993 Connect the DotsG-30
Sep 1987 SubtractionG-20
Aug 1987 CoordinationG-60
Jun 1987 or Sep 1992 HexG-36?
Oct 1986 As Romans DoG-29
Aug 1986 Slide ShowG-28(same name May 1997)
Jun 1986 Flow ChartG-46
May 1986 Matched SetG-59


Puzzles known to be published in A (The Atlantic Cryptic Crosswords (2009))
Copyright page says the magazine dates are 1986-1997 (contradiction with dates shown below not yet explained)
Google Books preview
You can view the Puzzlers below. We don't know the names of any others in this book. (same name Nov 1977)
DateName#
Oct 1984Trick or TreatA-1
Nov 1984Party of EightA-2
Dec 1984Mountain ClimbingA-3
Jan 1985LaddergramA-4
Feb 1985Compound WordsA-5
March 1985Guided TourA-6
April 1985Sixes and SevensA-7


Puzzles published in B (The Atlantic Monthly Cryptic Crosswords (2003))
Amazon search inside the book
(Only the first two puzzles (o) can be printed out, and most solutions can be viewed
so we know the names of the puzzles in this book.)
DateName#Atlantic website
HexB-24(not G-36)
Mar 1998 Marching OrdersB-34*
Sep 1997 Double-CrossersB-42?*
Aug 1997 ScoreboardB-40?*
Nov 1997 Chessboard B-26*
Jul 1997 Celebrating the FourthB-41*
Dec 1996 SnowflakeB-36
Nov 1996 SpoonerismB-39
Oct 1996 Got a Match?B-32
Jul 1996 or Apr 1994 Target PracticeB-38?
Jun 1996 Give us a Break!B-37
Apr 1996 Combination LockB-45
Mar 1996 Your MoveB-33
Jan 1996 Starting BlockB-1 (o)
Dec 1995 What's in the Box?B-29
Nov 1995 KeyholesB-19
Sep 1995 FortunetellingB-11
Aug 1995 HoneycombB-43
Jul 1995 or Jan 87, Oct 81 PatchworkB-35
Apr 1995 SmorgasbordB-25
Feb 1995 Cryptic PersonalsB-23
Jan 1995 Janus-FacedB-27
Oct 1994 Changing TimesB-17
Jul 1993 Robin HoodB-21
Nov 1990 TrapdoorsB-9
Aug 1990 QuasicrystalB-16
May 1990 X Marks The SpotB-31
Apr 1990 Getting AroundB-28
Jan 1990 In The SpiritB-15
Dec 1989 DecorationsB-20
Jul 1989 Stars And StripesB-14
Jun 1989 AlphanagramsB-18
May 1989 Cross CheckingB-13
Jan 1989 Cryptic SlalomB-8
Jul 1988 Split DecisionB-6
Jun 1988 Traffic JamB-44
May 1988 Window BoxesB-22
Feb 1988 All HeartB-2 (o)
Jan 1988 At The RacesB-12
Jul 1987 The Music Goes Round and RoundB-4
Apr 1987 or Jun 92, J/A 05 Code PairsB-5
Feb 1987 The Name of the GameB-3
Sep 1986 SolitaireB-30
Mar 1986 or Apr 1981 PinwheelB-7
Apr 1984 or Jul 96, J/F 03 Target Practicenot B-38
Jun 1982 or Aug 1989 Cryptic GolfB-10


Puzzlers not known to be online, and not (yet?) known to be published in any Hex book
TAM datePuzzler nameposs. # in book
Jul 1984 Garden Plot(same name May 1994)
Mar 1990 or Jul 81 Hidden Faces
Aug 1989 or Jun 82 Cryptic Golf
Jul 1985 or Jan 84, May 95 Acrostic
May 1985 Cross Reference
Sep 1984 Puzzle Cube
Aug 1984 ABC
Jun 1984 or Jan 94 or Apr 79 Theme and Variations
May 1984 Procrustean Bed
Mar 1984 Labyrinth
Feb 1984 Hearts
Jan 1984 or Jul 85 or May 95 Acrostic
Dec 1983 Medley
Nov 1983 or J/F 04 Eights
Oct 1983 Diary of a Madman
Sep 1983 Absolutely!
Aug 1983 or May 95 Asteroids
Jul 1983 Quadrants
Jun 1983 or Oct 89 Waste Recycling
May 1983 Cryptic Ping-Pong
Apr 1983 Bookshelves
Mar 1983 Noah's Ark
Feb 1983 From the Heart
Jan 1983 Bar-Hopping
Dec 1982 Tree-Trimming
Nov 1982 Classified Ads
Oct 1982 Dual Commitment
Sep 1982 Spinning Wheel
Aug 1982 Building Blocks
Jul 1982 Number Puzzle
May 1982 Figures of Speech
Apr 1982 Carte Blanche
Mar 1982 One-Armed Bandit
Feb 1982 Couples
Jan 1982 Backfield in Motion
Dec 1981 or Jan 84, Jul 85 Acrostic
Nov 1981 Letter Boxes
Oct 1981 or Jan 87, Jul 95 Patchwork
Sep 1981 Across and Down
Aug 1981 Two in One
Jul 1981 or Mar 90 Hidden Faces
Jun 1981 Breaking In
May 1981 Men of Art
Apr 1981 or Mar 86 or Jun 88 Pinwheel
Mar 1981 Debarment
Feb 1981 TV Guide
Jan 1981 Schizogrammata
Dec 1980 Gift Giving
Nov 1980 The Djintecs
Oct 1980 Square Wheels
Sep 1980 Alphabetical Deletion
Aug 1980 Mixed Double
Jul 1980 Circle Dance
Jun 1980 Head-Hunting
May 1980 Shadow Boxing
Apr 1980 Post Mortem
Mar 1980 Dream Analysis
Feb 1980 Spelling Bee
Jan 1980 Resolutions
Dec 1979 Noel
Nov 1979 Animal Crackers
Oct 1979 Traffic Jam
Sep 1979 or Aug 1994 Wrong Number
Aug 1979 or Aug 1985 Double Cross
Jul 1979 HI (Shorthand I)
Jun 1979 or Sep 1991 Mitosis
May 1979 Misprints
Apr 1979 or Jun 84, Jan 94 Theme And Variations
Mar 1979 Crossword Puzzle
Feb 1979 Counterparts
Jan 1979 Transmutation
Dec 1978 Starlights
Nov 1978 Decipherment
Oct 1978 Octaves
Sep 1978 Torn Clues
Aug 1978 Back To Back
Jul 1978 Drosswords
Jun 1978 Abecedarian Jigsaw
May 1978 Lines of Demarcation
Apr 1978 Vicious Circles
Mar 1978 or Oct 1995 Musical Chairs
Feb 1978 Disguise
Jan 1978 Eightsome Reels
Dec 1977 News Clippings
Nov 1977 or Apr 1985 Sixes And SevensA-7?
Oct 1977 Masquerade Ball
Sep 1977 Short and Sweet


A = The Atlantic Cryptic Crosswords (2009)
B = The Atlantic Monthly Cryptic Crosswords (2003)
C = The Atlantic Monthly Puzzler Book (1986) (no information on contents)
G = Random House Guide to Cryptic Crosswords


Thanks to Barry Haldiman and Steve Levy for data and compilations etc.
included in the above.