MAURER: My gift to you is a pair of puzzles

Mickey MaurerNow that the elections are over, please relax and enjoy this crossword puzzle and the political riddle it poses. For time-tested loyal readers, my apologies for using a variation of a theme I used a few years ago. You can find a link to the answer to the puzzle at the bottom of this article. If you need help in solving the riddle, contact me at the address below.•



1. Mamma Mia music group

5. Two dimensional

10. Assists someone in distress

14. Mata _____

15. Either Ms. Street or Ms. Reese

16. Salt Lake state

17. Political riddle part I

20. Urge or desire

21. Edgar who painted dancers

22. No longer sick

23. Notre Dame coach Parseghian

24. Expressions of pleasure

25. Political riddle part II

34. Like unused matches

35. R ____ (vacation, for short)

36. Sound on Old McDonald’s farm

37. British gun

38. Actor Alan and actress Cheryl

40. Describe

41. “____ tu” (aria)

42. Miner’s quest

crosswordgrid1224.gif43. Daughter of King Lear or Reagan’s first Treasury secretary

44. Political riddle part III

48. That: Sp.

49. ____ Lanka

50. Purrs like a cat

53. Gobbled up

55. Automobile rte. provider

58. Political riddle part IV

61. Brain product

62. Short sheeting a bed, for example

63. Sea bird

64. Lend by a bank

65. Burros or jerks

66. “Planet of the ___”


1. Sailor’s greeting

2. “I Got You ____” (Sonny and Cher)

3. Breakfast grain, perhaps from oat or wheat

4. Ready/fire separator

5. Stick (to)

6. Carter’s successor

7. “Born Free” lioness

8. _____ and alack

9. Where experiments are performed

10. July follower

11. Believe _____ not

12. Copenhagen citizen

13. Place in the back for tools

18. Get used to or make do

19. Blood of the gods

24. Ifs ____ or buts

25. Pondered

26. Emcee’s responsibility

27. Calvin of fashion

28. German article

29. Carry the clubs around the golf course

30. Conclusion

31. Friend south of the border

32. “____ is an island …”

33. Department or river of central France

38. Whatever she wants, she gets

39. _____ or nothing

40. Robt. E. ____

42. Painting surface

43. Sign again

45. Actor Paul who created his own salad dressing

46. “_____ for Danny Fisher”

47. Totals the car

50. Post office responsibility

51. Prefix with scope or spore

52. Concert halls of old

53. Makes mistakes

54. Nabakov heroine and actress Rehan

55. Grp. for older business persons

56. Writer Rice or actress Hathaway

57. Sailors’ assents

59. _____ tree

60. _____ culpa


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