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the 1974 puzzle.
This is a great opportunity for all kinds of solvers. The ones who complain that Hot and Trazom’s puzzles are too hard are going to get some real brain-busters. Those of us in the middle are going to improve our solving skills and gain confidence. And even if you don’t get more than just a few of the answers without looking at the solution, the amusement value of seeing Lewis’s wordplay is great.
So here we go! Below the fold is the Frank Lewis cryptic published in The Nation 40 years ago this week: June 15, 1974. Click here for a printable PDF version.
I’m going to transcribe these as they were published, typos and all (in this puzzle, some of the enumerations were missing, along with a cross-reference at 6 across, which is clued with 5 down). Looking at the full page from the magazine, I’d guess at least some of that was for space reasons.
Crossword Puzzle No. 1,542 Frank W. Lewis
Copyright ©1974 The Nation. Republished with permission.