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Solution to Puzzle #56 - January 2006 "Trappings"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell BLACK HOLE. The letters swallowed by the black hole [in square brackets in the list below] spell NO ESCAPE.

Across

  1. CONCERT
  2. AL(B)ACORE
  3. ADMIT
  4. ENAMEL
  5. CLOVE
  6. NINETY
  7. HONEST
  8. DURAB(L)E
  9. RISE
  10. BETA
  11. MERI[NO]
  12. [ES]PALIER
  13. ALUM
  14. ROMANS
  15. P(A)RADE
  16. STAN(C)H
  17. POISER
  18. PONDER
  19. ANUS
  20. HERR
  21. CRADLE
  22. HAC(K)NEYED

Down

  1. COMER
  2. (H)ARPO
  3. ADORE
  4. TAMARIN
  5. L(O)NELY
  6. BE(L)LA
  7. SUE
  8. CACHE
  9. RUDE
  10. SHED
  11. LORIMER
  12. HARMONI[CA]
  13. [PE]RSPECTIVE
  14. SPOT
  15. ORNATE
  16. SEAMAN
  17. RELENT
  18. BLAND
  19. CYANIDE
  20. INHERE
  21. CANUTE
  22. SPR(E)AD
Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 45 minutes.

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Charlene Coates Coatesville, PA
Michael N. Geselowitz Cedarhurst, NY
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Thomas Wilson South Williamsport, PA
Carolyn Roosevelt Cambridge, MA
Carolyn Fox Midland, MI
Paul Gordon Northbrook, IL
Edward Gee Richmond, VA
Paul Noack West Bloomfield, MI
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Alphabetically
Judy Adamski Jenison, MI
Geoff Bailey Sydney, Australia
Jonathan Belsky St Louis, MO
Robert Brown Albuquerque, NM
Charlene Coates Coatesville, PA
Al Damm Marshall, WI
David Durfee Petersburgh, NY
Manuel Esguerra Minneapolis, MN
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner Sarasota, FL
Matthew Field London, UK
Carolyn Fox Midland, MI
Stan Francuz Forster NSW, Australia
Dwight Freund Sacramento, CA
Edward Gee Richmond, VA
Lewis Gee Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz Cedarhurst, NY
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
Rick Kasten Alexandria, VA
Stan Kurzban Chappaqua, NY
Caleb Lee Boston, MA
Mike Lessie Douglassvile, PA
Roy McLeese Washington, DC
Jim McNally Shortsville, NY
Thomas Miller Hollywood, CA
Daniel J. Milton Vienna, VA
Cathy Moran Studio City, CA
Paul Noack West Bloomfield, MI
Mary Lyndal Nyberg Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson Framingham, MA
Bob Petitto Carol Stream, IL
Ned Robert Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers Old Greenwich, CT
Carolyn Roosevelt Cambridge, MA
Al Sanders Fort Collins, CO
Arthur Schless Unionville, PA
Joe Schrader Hillsboro, OR
Robert M. & Carolyn G. Smith Massena, NY
Edward Stejskal Raleigh, NC
Claire Trazenfeld Crownsville, MD
Thomas Wilson South Williamsport, PA
Elaine Woontner Marion, IN