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Solution to Puzzle #110 - July 2010 "Topless"

The letters omitted from across words (in parentheses in the list below) spell
AT THE DROP OF A HAT

 

Across

  1. MAR(A)UD
  2. CAN(T)ER
  3. (T)RACE
  4. SA(H)EL
  5. TALON
  6. READ(E)R
  7. DAN(D)ER
  8. T(R)END
  9. ANI(O)N
  10. GAGA
  11. TAME
  12. URGE
  13. VANE
  14. SIP
  15. TIER
  16. (P)ENCE
  17. (O)PTICS
  18. LISTON
  19. ITCH
  20. TONE
  21. CROCI
  22. SHEL(F)
  23. SCHOLAR
  24. PE(A)NUT
  25. T(H)EN
  26. (A)PNEA
  27. ROTA(T)OR

Down

  1. MAN(HAT)TAN
  2. CORONA
  3. CRETE
  4. ENOL
  5. PREEN
  6. ASPIC
  7. ANUS
  8. ADMIT
  9. TIRE
  10. DADA
  11. EPIC
  12. SPACER
  13. NUT(HAT)CH
  14. HERALD
  15. IRIS
  16. TENON
  17. TANGELO
  18. LUTE
  19. ANGER
  20. INSTAR
  21. LEAVE
  22. SECTOR
  23. ORGAN
  24. T(HAT)CHER

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 30 minutes.

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

  1. Mike Lessie Douglassvile, PA
  2. Dave Kaplan New City, NY
  3. Stan Kurzban Chappaqua, NY
  4. Dina Fertig Cherry Hill, NJ
  5. Rick Kasten Alexandria, VA
  6. Cathy Childs Pompano Beach, FL
  7. Judy Adamski Jenison, MI
  8. Jim Christenson Port Townsend, WA
  9. Robert Brown Albuquerque, NM
  10. Daniel J. Milton Vienna, VA

Dale Ashworth San Francisco, CA
Al Backiel Ridgewood, NJ
Henry Cook Chicago, IL
Patricia Coppersmith Venice, FL
David Coverdale Bowling Green, KY
Al Damm Marshall, WI
Norman W. Davis Englewood, NJ
David Durfee Petersburgh, NY
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner Sarasota, FL
Stan Francuz Somewhere in Australia
Warren Fraser Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Edward Gee Richmond, VA
Lewis Gee Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz Cedarhurst, NY
John Gliessman Seattle, WA
Charlie Jacobsen Walnut Creek, CA
Grace Janeshek Lake Jackson, TX
Ralph Jones Aurora, CO
Wayne Jones Worcester, NY
Douglas Kaiser Deep Gap, NC
Paul Lustig Lakewood, OH
Allan Mayoff San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Daniel J. Milton Vienna, VA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson Framingham, MA
Charlie Pritzlaff Silver Spring, MD
Charles Ray Harare, Zimbabwe
Ned Robert Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers Old Greenwich, CT
Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. Scarsdale, NY
Carolyn Roosevelt Cambridge, MA
Mordy Rosen Berkeley, CA
Arthur Schless Unionville, PA
Joe Schrader Hillsboro, OR
Dexter Senft Bedford, NY
Callie and Bob Smith Massena, NY
Donald Stanley Littleton, CO
Edward Stejskal Raleigh, NC
John Stuelpnagel Baltimore, MD
Stephen Throop Grover, NC
Steve Tice Great Falls, VA
Claire Trazenfeld Crownsville, MD
Margaret Webster Medford, MA
Thomas Wilson South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter Farmington Hills, MI