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Solution to Puzzle #115 - December 2010 "Kris Kringle"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
SAINT NICHOLAS

 

Across

  1. DI(S)MAL
  2. OPENER
  3. ICARUS
  4. EDITS
  5. SENTRY
  6. SIN
  7. C(A)MUS
  8. DETA(I)L
  9. S(N)ORE
  10. SPARSE
  11. ACCEN(T)
  12. SINTERKLAAS
  13. BROOD
  14. BEAR
  15. MURAL
  16. NEED
  17. VEEP
  18. ALE
  19. GRETA
  20. TREND
  21. SAPLI(N)G
  22. BONNET
  23. BROMEL(I)AD

Down

  1. DIS(C)USS
  2. BRAN
  3. NIC(H)E
  4. SPIRAL
  5. DEMAND
  6. ANOLE
  7. STARTER
  8. TONGA
  9. BLURT
  10. SEDER
  11. PROSY
  12. AER(O)BE
  13. ELOPE
  14. SLAKED
  15. TIME
  16. DISC
  17. LAVAGE
  18. NIΡO
  19. C(L)ARE
  20. T(A)BLET
  21. CREAMER
  22. OARSMEN
  23. SU(S)PEND

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 30 minutes.

December Puzzle Solvers
(The first ten are listed in the order their solutions were received, the others alphabetically)

  1. Mark Navarrete – Quezon City, the Philippines
  2. Darreby Ambler – Bath, ME
  3. Cathy Childs – Pompano Beach, FL
  4. Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
  5. Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
  6. Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
  7. Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
  8. Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. – Scarsdale, NY
  9. Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
  10. Stephen Throop – Grover, NC

Dale Ashworth – San Francisco, CA
Albin Avgher – Baltimore, MD
Al Backiel – Ridgewood, NJ
Peggy Bedell – Northampton, MA
Barry Brandes – Purdys, NY
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Patricia Coppersmith – Venice, FL
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Barbara Featherston – St. Louis, MO
Juan Carlos Fernandez – West Hollywood, CA
Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
Matthew Field – London, UK
William Flis – Philadelphia, PA
Stan Francuz – Somewhere in Australia
Warren Fraser – Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
John Gliessman – Seattle, WA
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Craig Harman – Alexandria, VA
Gιrald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Gigi & Tony Janeshek – Lake Jackson, TX
Ralph Jones – Aurora, CO
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Natasha Julius – Chicago, IL
Al Kahn – Houston, TX
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Steve Kinsky – Denver, CO
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Richard Letourneau – Bonita Springs, FL
Paul Lustig – Lakewood, OH
Carol Marsh – Washington, DC
Bob Mattson – Smithtown, NY
Allan Mayoff – San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Jill Palmer – Leverett, MA
Itai Pines – Portland, OR
Huw Powell – Lee, NH
Charlie Pritzlaff – Silver Spring, MD
Charles Ray – Harare, Zimbabwe
Arnold Reich – Bronxville, NY
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
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
John Stuelpnagel – Baltimore, MD
Karen Thornton – New York, NY
Steve Tice – Great Falls, VA
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Ed Wallerstein – Prairie Village, KS
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI
Barbara Wohlgemuth – Austin, TX
Mayumi Yagi – Seattle, WA