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Solution to Special "Encryption" Puzzle by Arthur Schless

The omitted letters (shown in parentheses in the list below) spell REFLECTIONS. This suggests that the mystery entry N R I I L I R N Z T V is reflected in the diagram ABCDEFGHIJKLM | NOPQRSTUVWXYZ
as
MIRROR IMAGE

Across

  1. NRIILIRNZTV = MIRROR IMAGE
  2. ERASU(R)E
  3. s(e)date
  4. tele(f)eric
  5. c(l)ash
  6. seasonal
  7. r(e)sets
  8. laos
  9. sane
  10. rebid
  11. se(c)t
  12. MELD
  13. died
  14. talon
  15. humanis(t)
  16. me(i)r
  17. L(O)OK
  18. enacts
  19. PRISE
  20. ratter
  21. lest
  22. (n)acre
  23. pea(s)ants

Down

  1. nether
  2. DUKE
  3. arrested
  4. MERCIA
  5. Lesbian
  6. Arise
  7. Alienate
  8. Lues
  9. Addict
  10. Pie
  11. Roost
  12. Steers
  13. Inseams
  14. Rand
  15. Castle
  16. Plaza
  17. Clamor
  18. Rent
  19. Tarn
  20. ENLIST
  21. vessel
  22. hosts

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