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Solution to Puzzle #92 - January 2009 "SOP"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
RED TAPE

Across

  1. FRACAS
  2. SNOOP
  3. LIKE
  4. VITAL
  5. SP(R)ITE
  6. DEVOTE
  7. LANC(E)
  8. SERENADE
  9. STRAFE
  10. SECRET
  11. BUREAUCRACY
  12. AMEND
  13. BLIGHT
  14. SPADE
  15. JUDO
  16. SHELTER
  17. EBON
  18. TIMER
  19. RECOR(D)ER
  20. RESIGN
  21. TRIPOD

Down

  1. FLINT
  2. BAS(T)E
  3. MERIT
  4. CRUMPLE
  5. SAKES
  6. AREA
  7. TRICE
  8. DEFENDER
  9. (A)GAVE
  10. READER
  11. (P)ENSIVE
  12. SUBJECT
  13. STONE
  14. CLUB
  15. ORNAT(E)
  16. ACRID
  17. ORIOLE
  18. DRAGON
  19. EPOS
  20. LEECH
  21. STROP
  22. PASTY
  23. THIRD

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 25 minutes.

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

  1. Carolyn G. & Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
  2. Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
  3. Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
  4. Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
  5. Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
  6. Al Damm – Marshall, WI
  7. Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
  8. Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
  9. Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
  10. Ed Wallerstein – Prairie Village, KS


Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
Darreby Ambler – Bath, ME
Al Backiel – Ridgewood, NJ
Peggy Bedell – Northampton, MA
Barry Brandes – Purdys, NY
Debbie Carter – Auburn, NY
Cathy Childs – Pompano Beach, FL
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Jeff Courtright – Normal, IL
Elaine Cullinan – Valencia, PA
David Durfee – Petersburgh, NY
Barbara Featherston – St. Louis, MO
Juan Carlos Fernandez – West Hollywood, CA
Matthew Field – London, UK
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Joyce Friedman – Cambridge, MA
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
John Gliessman – Seattle, WA
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
Wayne Gooley – Forster NSW, Australia
Paul Gordon – Northbrook, IL
Yohma Gray – Evanston, IL
Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gigi & Tony Janeshek – Lake Jackson, TX
Ralph Jones – Aurora, CO
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Dorothy Juhlin – Hillsborough, NC
Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Steve Kinsky – Denver, CO
Doug Kouril – Arlington, VA
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Richard Letourneau – Bonita Springs, FL
Paul Lustig – Lakewood, OH
Vic Mather – New York, NY
Allan Mayoff – San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Jim McNally – Shortsville, NY
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Kiki Neely – Waban, MA
Paul Noack – West Bloomfield, MI
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Andrew Oakes – Half Moon Bay, CA
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Charlie Pritzlaff – Silver Spring, MD
Charles Ray – North Potomac, MD
Stan Rehm – Madison, WI
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Sue Roberts – Tucson, AZ
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. – Scarsdale, NY
Jane Roos – Dobbs Ferry, NY
Mordy Rosen – Berkeley, CA
Andrew Rosenberg – Brooklyn, NY
Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
Joe Schrader – Hillsboro, OR
Donald Stanley – Littleton, CO
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
John Stuelpnagel – Baltimore, MD
Steve Tice – Great Falls, VA
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Charlie Varon – San Frabcisco, CA
S. Venkatraghavan – Mumbai, India
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI