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Solution to Puzzle #24--May 2003 "Flights of Fancy"

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In the grid above, the hidden words UPSTAIRS and DOWNSTAIRS appear on off-center diagonals, as shown. In the list of answer words below, parentheses around a letter mean that it must be omitted before the word will fit in the grid. The eleven omitted letters spell: TAKING STEPS

An asterisk indicates a proper name.

Across

  1. EDI(T)OR
  2. SPL(A)Y
  3. ACTION
  4. STRI(K)E
  5. REACT
  6. WELD
  7. ORNATE
  8. *DANA
  9. INFUSE
  10. DYNE
  11. SCARRED
  12. *BLIGH
  13. TWIST
  14. *REAGAN
  15. SAGE
  16. PENNATE
  17. TRIPOD
  18. TW(I)NE
  19. SE(N)D
  20. DREGS
  21. APPEAR
  22. RISER
  23. GUARD
  24. A(G)ONY

Down

  1. E(S)TATE
  2. DREDGE
  3. DICED
  4. BENTS
  5. RIOT
  6. *DYLAN
  7. WAGON
  8. WANIGAN
  9. PURSE
  10. NEGATE
  11. PAST
  12. LASH
  13. NES(T)ER
  14. PR(E)DICT
  15. STEAD
  16. LION
  17. AWARD
  18. (P)RAYER
  19. FRIGID
  20. ROAR
  21. NURSE
  22. PRINCE
  23. A(S)SET
  24. POESY

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