Cryptic Puzzle: Decline and Fall

Solve the most recent creation of puzzlemaker John de Cuevas '52

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"Decline and Fall" solvers
(The first ten are listed in the order their solutions were received, the others alphabetically)

  1. Stan Francuz – Somewhere in Australia
  2. Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
  3. Mark Navarrete – Quezon City, the Phillipines
  4. Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
  5. Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
  6. Steve Tice – Great Falls, VA
  7. Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
  8. Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
  9. Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
  10. Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA

Dale Ashworth – San Francisco, CA
Al Backiel – Ridgewood, NJ
Tom Barnet – Spartanburg, SC
Peggy Bedell – Northampton, MA
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Cathy Childs – Pompano Beach, FL
Patricia Coppersmith – Venice, FL
Jeff Courtright – Bloomington, IL
Norman W. Davis – Englewood, NJ
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Stan Francuz – Somewhere in Australia
Warren Fraser – Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Richard Friedman '71 – Silver Spring, MD
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Ralph Jones  – Aurora, CO
Wayne Jones  – Worcester, NY
Al Kahn – Houston, TX
Doug Kouril –  Arlington, VA
Richard Letourneau – Bonita Springs, FL
Gary Levin – Morristown, NJ
Allan Mayoff – San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Roy McLeese '81 – Washington, DC
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. – Scarsdale, NY
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Mordy Rosen – Berkeley, CA
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Joe Schrader – Hillsboro, OR
Dexter Senft  – Bedford, NY
Carolyn G. & Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
Donald Stanley – Littleton, CO
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
John Stuelpnagel – Baltimore, MD
Stephen Throop – Grover, NC
Margaret Webster  – Medford, MA
Laurel Wilson – New York, NY
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI

You can find all 35 puzzles published in Harvard Magazine between 1986 and 1998 at John de Cuevas’s website—puzzlecrypt.com—under Harvard Puzzles. You will also find additional puzzles and contact information there and can subscribe to his mailing list.

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