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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2004

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2003

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2002

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2001

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2000

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1999

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1998

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1997

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1996

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1995

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1994

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1993

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1992

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1991

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1990

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1989

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1988

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1987

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1986

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1985

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1984

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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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1976

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  • 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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