Fraser Simpson

Fraser Simpson creates the Political Puzzler for The American Prospect.

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Second in Command





ACROSS: 1 AR(M)RESTS (ref. radio code for letter M); 5 WOR + K (row rev.); 8 U-BOAT (anag.); 9 CH(APT)ER; 11 ERITR + EA ([w]riter anag.); 12 ROMAN (2 defs.); 13 S(A)TRAP; 15 E(VOL)VE; 18 TWAIN (anag.); 19 MEDIA + T.E.; 21 RE + SERVE (verse anag.); 22 RITES (writes hom.); 23 TO ME; 24 S + EDITION



DOWN: 1 AMU + LET'S (Uma rev.); 2 MAOR + I (rev.); 3 ENTERTAINER (anag.); 4 TI(C)TAC (attic anag.); 6 OP(TIM)AL; 7 K + ORAN; 10 ARRIVED + ERCI (rice anag.); 14 T + RANSOM; 16 EMERSON (anag.); 17 (h)AMPERE(d); 18 T(A)ROT; 20 ALTAI (hidden)

Money, Money, Money



ACROSS: 1 B + ARBIT(U)RATE; 8 NEEDLES(s); 9 TH(ER)E; 10 STY(L)E; 11 FIR(EAR)M; 12 HOARSE (horse hom.); 14 S + PILLS; 17 RE(GUL)AR (lug rev.); 19 NEARS (anag.); 22 INSET (anag.); 23 DECLARE (anag.); 24 AMP + HET + AMIN + E



DOWN: 1 B-ONE + S; 2 (g)REEDY; 3 I + L.L. + NESS; 4 UNSAF + E (snafu anag.); 5 ALTER (anag.); 6 EYEBALL (I bawl hom.); 7 DERMIS (hidden); 12 HEROIN (heroine hom.); 13 AU + GUST + A; 15 PAN + ACE + A; 16 DRU(D)G + E; 18 LET U + P (lute anag.); 20 ABACI (hidden); 21 SCENE (seen hom.)

Money Matters

ACROSS: 1 EQUITABLY (anag.); 6 PAIN + T; 7 MO(NDA)LE (and anag.); 9 TR(IT)ELY (Tyler anag.); 10 NANCE (hidden); 11 HAMLIN (hidden & lit.); 13 GALORE (anag.); 16 BURR + O; 18 C(OLLEC)T (cello rev.); 20 ENDWAYS (anag.); 21 CROSS (2 defs.); 22 SL(vEEP)LES + S (sells rev.)

DOWN: 1 EL(IT + IS)M; 2 (a)UNTIE; 3 TA(MAY)O; 4 BO(NAN)Z + A; 5 YEAR + N; 6 PA(TCHAB)LE (batch anag.); 8 EL + EVENT + HS; 12 I + R(ON) AGE; 14 ONER + O + US (Reno rev.); 15 ACTS UP (catsup slightly changed); 17 R + ID ES(t); 19 LU(C)RE

Back to School

ACROSS: 1 THOUSAND (anag.); 5 BRED (bread hom.); 9 CACHE (cash hom.); 10 TRA(NS)IT (NS = last pair of coiNS); 11 G + ROT + TO; 12 KO(A)LA; 14 R(OR)SCHACH TEST (stretch cash anag.); 17 CELLS (sells hom.); 19 G(R)ASPS; 22 ERITREA (hidden); 23 E(C)LAT (rev.); 24 SAKE (acronym); 25 OD + IOU + SLY

DOWN: 1 TACT (tacked hom.); 2 O(CC)UR; 3 S(K)EPTIC; 4 NATIONAL GUARD (anag.); 6 REST + ATE; 7 D + ETRACTS (scatter anag.); 8 JACK (2 defs.); 13 PROCEEDS (pro seeds hom.); 15 ROLL + ICK; 16 HE + A + VE TO; 18 SERF (surf hom.); 20 P + ALMS; 21 IT'S + Y

At the November Polls

ACROSS

Swing voters really struggled (6)

Lucille returned to vote (6)

Lover confused by Associated Press coverage (7)

Like a kitschy party whip heading west to Kentucky (5)

Lost a seat, perhaps (2,3)

Republican tenants save quote (7)

Nominee certainly may, and did, put away the dishes? (9)

Excited Gore fan, almost completely exhausted (3,4)

Hear ordinary jet (5)

Spin doctor's concern: I'm stale (5)

Bush initially happy to be included in slate (7)

Raises before courts (6)

Political helpers accommodating small digressions (6)

DOWN

Work hard on an election motto (6)

Rushes auditions for the audience (5)

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