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Solution to Puzzle #17--October 2002 "Chicago Cubs"

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Parentheses around a letter mean that it must be omitted before the word will fit in the grid. Mystery words are in italics, and the ten omitted letters spell:

DOUBLE PLAY

Across

  1. TINKER
  2. DEBUT
  3. (D) ANTE
  4. DROLL
  5. ROLE
  6. R (O) TTER
  7. PETRI
  8. HIS
  9. REAP
  10. SUBSET
  11. TODDLER
  12. AMBO
  13. EVERS
  14. VEDA
  15. EN (U) MERATE
  16. RINSE
  17. CHOKE
  18. RENT
  19. ABOUT
  20. ERA
  21. FARMER
  22. (B) RISTLE
  23. GRACK (L) E
  24. CHANCE

Down

  1. TALISMAN
  2. T (E) RRINE
  3. HEBE
  4. SAM (P) AN
  5. TRITONE
  6. BECKET
  7. STEM
  8. CORKED
  9. TROVE
  10. HUR (L) ER
  11. REED
  12. EROTIC
  13. DORA
  14. DRAKES
  15. HELP
  16. PL (A) STER
  17. TABLE
  18. SEVERAL
  19. NURTURE
  20. REFECTOR (Y)
  21. BADINAGE

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