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Solution to Puzzle #21--February 2003 "By the Horns"

solution grid

In the grid above, the hidden phrase STOCK MARKET appears on a diagonal from upper left to lower right. In the list of words below, parentheses around a letter mean that it must be omitted before the word will fit in the grid, and the eleven omitted letters spell BEARING DOWN. An asterisk indicates a proper name.

Across

  1. SU(B)STRATE
  2. UNLATCH
  3. ERAS(E)
  4. EDICT
  5. OSCINE
  6. HORROR
  7. CASINO
  8. RAIDER
  9. KE(A)TON*
  10. SILO
  11. POEM
  12. GLEE
  13. NEU(R)ALGIA
  14. SAM(I)SEN
  15. CLOSER
  16. SATED
  17. TOOTLE
  18. KNAVE
  19. PUSAN*
  20. SEEN
  21. ORATE
  22. CO(N)CERT

Down

  1. SACRILE(G)E
  2. (D)EVOUT
  3. TO-DO
  4. UNDERSCORE
  5. PACT
  6. PATH
  7. SCROLL
  8. OUTRE
  9. CAKE
  10. GOOSE
  11. ARISE
  12. M(O)IST
  13. ACTA*
  14. NIT
  15. GAEL*
  16. NOES
  17. ENOLS
  18. RESCUE
  19. HONE
  20. ASKE(W)
  21. ENDORSE
  22. MA(N)NER
  23. LIRA
  24. INSTANT

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