Puzzle

updated 03/11/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/11/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

GERARD MOSLER, PUZZLE MASTER

Gerard Mosler died, at 73, shortly after he completed this PEOPLE Puzzle, the 564th puzzle he had written for the 565 issues in the magazine's history (he missed only last December's year-end issue).

Born in Berlin, Mosler came to the U.S. in 1936 and held editorial jobs with Look, Redbook and the New York Post. In 1950 he began to devote his full time to creating puzzles. His crosswords were widely published, he wrote several books of other puzzles and was the chief compiler of the 1967 edition of the New American Crossword Puzzle Dictionary. His PEOPLE puzzle was chosen from among the ideas suggested by about a dozen applicants before we began publication; Mosler himself offered six variations. (The puzzle will be discontinued after this week; the final answers will appear in the Letters section of the March 18 issue.)

Mosler lived in Forest Hills, Queens, with his wife, Ursula, whom he married in 1938. He went about his work quietly and determinedly, she says. "His brain just worked that way. A puzzle was a challenge to him. It was his way of life."

The names of 20 prominent people are hidden in the maze of letters. How many can you find by consulting the brief clues? The names read forward, backward, up, down or diagonally, are always in a straight line and never skip letters. We have started you off by circling HACK, the answer to 1 in the diagram. The names may overlap and letters may be used more than once, but not all of the letters will be used. Super PEOPLE sleuths should be able to identify 15 or more names. Answers in next week's issue.

Clues

1. She was Angel No. 5
2. He's Mr. Divorce
3. Mrs. Theismann to be?
4. Stately secretary...
5. ...and adviser, meeting...
6. ...a durable Comrade
7. Redmen's chief scorer
8. Oceangoing tycoon
9. Micki & Maude's man
10. The Beverly Hills Cop
11. Hippy-dippy comic
12. Gospel lady
13. The former Mrs. Bogart
14. Apartheid defender
15. Crooning smoothie
16. Well out of Interior
17. So Unusual songstress
18. Drummer man
19. Bunnies' boss
20. Ruling in Rabat

Answers to March 4 Puzzle

1. Linda Gray
2. Larry Speakes
3. Robert McFarlane
4. Conrad Bain
5. Doug Henning
6. Gloria Steinem
7. Tom Hulce
8. Ringo Starr
9. Catherine Bach
10. Michael Jordan
11. James Caan
12. Charles Grodin
13. Larry Holmes
14. Roy Scheider
15. Mick Jagger
16. Mike Nichols
17. Diana Rigg
18. Harrison Ford
19. John Updike
20. Raymond Burr

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