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Solution to Puzzle #130 - March 2012 "Second Choice"

The omitted letters (in parentheses in the list below) spell
THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA

 

Across

  1. ROCK
  2. NU(T)RIA
  3. GREBE
  4. ENC(H)ANT
  5. NOSE
  6. CLEESE
  7. SENT
  8. SOLAC(E)
  9. C(H)ATTY
  10. RAVEL
  11. L(O)RE
  12. RAPE
  13. MERMAN
  14. OISE
  15. LOTHA(R)
  16. SKID
  17. TRIGGER
  18. PLANE
  19. MELO(N)
  20. SEMEN
  21. TRE(S)PASS
  22. BASS
  23. MATR(O)N
  24. HARD PLACE

Down

  1. REST
  2. RELIE(F)
  3. PROBE
  4. SAMO(A)
  5. GLANCE
  6. COVET
  7. GOSH
  8. KELLER
  9. HESS
  10. ANNEAL
  11. MA(D)RE
  12. BRUCE
  13. CLASP
  14. MADRAS
  15. CR(I)NKLE
  16. SPINE
  17. AEO(L)IAN
  18. SLAT
  19. STRID(E)NT
  20. MAGNET
  21. (M)ASTER
  22. ACRONY(M)
  23. PERME(A)TE

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 20 minutes.

 

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

  1. Darreby Ambler – Bath, ME
  2. Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
  3. Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
  4. Donald R. Spaulding – Los Altos, CA
  5. Stephen Throop – Grover, NC
  6. Al Sanders – Fort Collins, CO
  7. Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
  8. Itai Pines – Portland, OR
  9. Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
  10. Steve Tice – Great Falls, VA

William Alcorn – Cleveland Heights, OH
Dale Ashworth – San Francisco, CA
Al Backiel – Ridgewood, NJ
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Kevin Cadmus – Columbus, OH
Cathy Childs – Pompano Beach, FL
Eric Chipman – Boulder, CO
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Patricia Coppersmith – Venice, FL
Scott Cramer & Tamra Eastman – Lancaster, NH
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
David Durfee – Bennington, VT
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner – Sarasota, FL
Barbara Featherston – St. Louis, MO
Joe Fendel – Berkeley, CA
Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
William Flis – Philadelphia, PA
Stan Francuz – Somewhere in Australia
Warren Fraser – Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Edward Gee – Richmond, VA
Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Peter Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Steve Gunter – Raleigh, NC
Craig Harman – Washington, DC
Richard Harrison – Portland, OR
Gιrald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ken Johnson – Springfield, MO
Wayne Jones – Worcester, NY
Natasha Julius – Chicago, IL
Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
Eliot Kieval – NewYork, NY
Eric Klis – Minneapolis, MN
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Richard Letourneau – Bonita Springs, FL
Andy Lewis – Berkeley, CA
D. Loeb – West Chester, PA
Paul Lustig – Lakewood, OH
Carol Marsh – Washington, DC
Bob Mattson – Smithtown, NY
Allan Mayoff – San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Brian McCrady – Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Jackie Miller – Everett, MA
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Mark Navarrete – Quezon City, the Philippines
Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Huw Powell – Lee, NH
Charlie Pritzlaff – Silver Spring, MD
David L. Ratner – Larkspur, CA
Arnold Reich – Bronxville, NY
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Sue Roberts – Tucson, AZ
Jim Robins – Richmond, VA
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. – Scarsdale, NY
Mordy Rosen – Berkeley, CA
Joe Schrader – Hillsboro, OR
Arthur Schless – Unionville, PA
Wayne Scott – Jamaica Plain, MA
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Callie and Bob Smith – Massena, NY
Ashutosh Sodhani – Indore, MP, India
Donald Stanley – Littleton, CO
Bob Thiman – Portland, OR
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI
Barbara Wohlgemuth – Austin, TX