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Solution to Puzzle #71 - April 2007 "Unstrung"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell NO STRINGS ATTACHED. STRING belongs in the upper left shaded square, STRING or STRINGS in the lower right.

Across

  1. STRING QUARTET
  2. TRIBU(N)E
  3. STAR
  4. B(O)RAGE
  5. (S)ASHING
  6. LING
  7. AL DEN(T)E
  8. REAGAN
  9. LARGE
  10. EAGER
  11. SHY
  12. ASSE(R)TS
  13. OHARE
  14. SP(I)TTLE
  15. RELAX
  16. POOLE
  17. PLAICE
  18. I(N)SPECTOR
  19. VEERY
  20. PA(G)EANT
  21. STRE(S)S
  22. APRON STRINGS

Down

  1. STRING BEAN
  2. SALIV(A)
  3. SQUALL
  4. (T)HRACE
  5. TUESDAY
  6. EXE(T)ER
  7. ASHER
  8. ASPIRE
  9. R(A)TINGS
  10. POSY
  11. STANE
  12. ESTOP
  13. PA(C)ER
  14. GREET
  15. LEAPT
  16. BLEAT
  17. LEC(H)ER
  18. TRIAG(E)
  19. SEPTA
  20. ORANGE
  21. ORLON
  22. NIGGAR(D)
  23. HEARTSTRINGS

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 90 minutes, but he had to contend with an error I made in the numbering of the clues, as did many solvers who worked with an initially incorrect puzzle page, for which I apologize. They were clear sighted and saw through the fog in my brain. JdeC

Chronologically (April)
Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Robert M. and Carolyn G. Smith – Massena, NY
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gerald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJv
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Dave Kaplan – New York, NY
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Dorothy Juhlin – Hillsborough, NC
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Chris McManus – Silver Spring, MD
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Paul Gordon – Northbrook, IL
Andrew Rosenberg – Brooklyn, NY
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Kiki Neely – Waban, MA
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Jonathan Belsky – St Louis, MO
Douglas Kaiser – Deep Gap, NC

Alphabetically
Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Jonathan Belsky – St Louis, MO
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Paul Gordon – Northbrook, IL
Tony Greanias – Saginaw, MI
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gerald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Dorothy Juhlin – Hillsborough, NC
Douglas Kaiser – Deep Gap, NC
Dave Kaplan – New York, NY
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Chris McManus – Silver Spring, MD
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Kiki Neely – Waban, MA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Bob Petitto – Carol Stream, IL
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Andrew Rosenberg – Brooklyn, NY
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Carolyn G. and Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI