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2016

January Puzzle | Solution
February Puzzle | Solution
March Puzzle | Solution
April Puzzle | Solution
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June Puzzle | Solution
July Puzzle | Solution
August Puzzle | Solution
September Puzzle | Solution
October Puzzle | Solution
November Puzzle | Solution
December Puzzle | Solution

 

2015

January Puzzle | Solution
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April Puzzle | Solution
May Puzzle | Solution
June Puzzle | Solution
July Puzzle | Solution
August Puzzle | Solution
September Puzzle | Solution
October Puzzle | Solution
November Puzzle | Solution
December Puzzle | Solution

 

2014

January Puzzle  |  Solution
February Puzzle  |  Solution
March Puzzle  |  Solution
April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2013

January Puzzle  |  Solution
February Puzzle  |  Solution
March Puzzle  |  Solution
April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2012

January Puzzle  |  Solution
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March Puzzle  |  Solution
April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2011

January Puzzle  |  Solution
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March Puzzle  |  Solution
April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2010

January Puzzle  |  Solution
February Puzzle  |  Solution
March Puzzle  |  Solution
April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2009

January Puzzle  |  Solution
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March Puzzle  |  Solution
April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2008

January Puzzle  |  Solution
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March Puzzle  |  Solution
April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2007

January Puzzle  |  Solution
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April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2006

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June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2005

January Puzzle  |  Solution
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April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2004

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April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2003

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April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2002

January Puzzle  |  Solution
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April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2001

January Puzzle  |  Solution
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April Puzzle  |  Solution
May Puzzle  |  Solution
June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


2000

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April Puzzle  |  Solution
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June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1999

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July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


1998

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June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution


1997

January Puzzle  |  Solution
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June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1996

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July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1995

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July Puzzle  |  Solution
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September Puzzle  |  Solution
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November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1994

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July Puzzle  |  Solution
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November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1993

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1992

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1991

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July Puzzle  |  Solution
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November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1990

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June Puzzle  |  Solution
July Puzzle  |  Solution
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September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1989

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November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1988

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1987

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1986

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1985

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November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1984

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November Puzzle  |  Solution
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1983

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1982

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1981

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1980

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1979

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1978

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1977

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October Puzzle  |  Solution
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1976

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July Puzzle  |  Solution
August Puzzle  |  Solution
September Puzzle  |  Solution
October Puzzle  |  Solution
November Puzzle  |  Solution
December Puzzle  |  Solution

 

  • Cryptic Maniac

    This is a wonderful idea. I download old cryptics constantly. Yea Harpers.

  • Rob Lewis

    There is an error on this page. The solution to March 2013 is nowhere in sight.

  • Vyerachka

    Some of the earlier puzzles (notably, July 1976, among others) are poorly scanned with the edges cut off so parts of the clues are missing. Also, the archive hasn’t been updated since October 2014, so puzzles (and solutions) starting with November 2014 are not here.

  • Vyerachka

    Also, the Chinese Torture puzzle (November 1976) is missing about 2/3 of its clues (N through HH). They were apparently printed on a separate page in the magazine, I assume due to space constraints.

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