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2019

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2018

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2017

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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.

  • applejack1963

    Any chance that links to Thomas Middleton’s acrostic puzzles that ran from January 1983 to March 1999 (followed by an editor’s note in April 1999 and the announcement of the March 1999 winners in May 1999) could be added to this Puzzles page? Unless there’s an exception along the way, no additional links should be needed for the solutions to the acrostic puzzles, as they typically appeared on the same page as the solutions to the cryptic puzzles.

  • applejack1963

    Just renewing my call to augment this list with the 195 Double Acrostic puzzles that ran from Jan. ’83 to Mar. ’99. I know what you’re wondering: if there were 195 puzzles, why was the last one in Mar. ’99 numbered 194? The Sep. ’97 and Oct. ’97 puzzles were both numbered 177, so the numbers of the last 18 puzzles – the second #177 through #194 – were off by one. Happy to compile the URLs of acrostic puzzles and solutions if it would help bring this about.

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